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OBAMA'S 60 MINUTES MILITARY PHOTO OP: FORGET HE HATES THE MILITARY -- WATCH THE PROGRAM

Here is another Obama Photo Op: showing our citizens and our enemies what money can buy when it comes to infrastructure: weapons and facilities ... hdr60

Inside the Air War: 60 Minutes gets the first-ever look inside the U.S. command center for the air war against ISIS

The United States and its allies have been bombing ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria for more than a year now and all we've seen of it is a handful of videos released by the Pentagon. So 60 Minutes asked for permission to witness the air campaign first hand. And we were allowed into the war's $60 million command center located in the Persian Gulf country of Qatar. There we followed -- from start to finish -- an American bombing mission against what had been identified as an ISIS bomb factory. More at 60 Minutes.

Once again a television show takes you inside a military command post, ostensibly to demonstrate that our government’s elected civilian leadership and our professional military commanders are effectively and efficiently prosecuting the war against our enemies. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth given:

  1. In many instances the civilian leadership is more concerned with domestic politics and the optics/results of a mission than they are in killing people and breaking things to bring about a real change in the actions of our enemies. Thus we find a civilian political adviser telling the President of the United States, acting as Commander-in-Chief, to scrub a mission to capture or kill Osama bin Ladin because failure would reflect poorly on the administration at that particular point in time.
  2. In many cases, high-ranking military officers cease to be an effective leadership force as they have become demi-politicians worrying more about the career, budgets, and their fiefdom, than actual results. Knowingly accepting inferior and costly weaponry lest in upset the industrial-military complex and the defense contractors who are likely to give them cushy post-retirement board assignments.
  3. Much of what you see is tactical, rather than strategic, and is edited to present a particular editorial point of view.
  4. And, allowing our enemies to see into our facilities, systems, procedures, and identify key personnel on television is never a good thing given the terrorist’s exhortation of “lone wolf attacks.”

So why is this staged dog and pony show?

It is no secret that President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats appear to be anti-America; disparaging and disadvantaging our allies while rewarding our enemies.

It is also true that the much of the morass in the Middle East is not individual conflicts, but a theatre-wide sectarian war, including ethnic cleansing, between the majority Sunnis and the minority Shia. A war that has been going on for centuries. A truth that apparently cannot be accepted and countered by the Obama Administration.

Even worse, much of the chaos and confusion in the Middle East has been caused by President Obama, a seemingly ineffectual and incompetent, some say cowardly, Commander-in-Chief who would rather make good on his domestic campaign promises to remove U.S. troops from Middle Eastern battlefields and “lead from behind” than take a leadership position to protect our allies in the region. It is amazing that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emerates are more trusting of a former enemy, Israel, than of the United States. Many in the region courting Iran and Russia to fill the money and power vacuum left by the abdication of American military power in the region.

What coalition?

President Obama assures us that he has assembled an anti-Isis coalition of 60 member states. And one wonders exactly what is actually being contributed by such countries as: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Ukraine. Let’s face it, in any conflict it is the United States doing the heavy lifting, losing soldiers, and financing the effort. This is not to say that our major allies, the British, Australians, and Canadians do not provide well-equipped, well-trained, people when necessary – and bear some of the sacrifice when it comes to a shooting war.

But, if you look at many of the sorties flown against ISIS, they are few in number and most of the aircraft prosecuting the attack are simply engaging in a well-orchestrated photo-op. In some cases, hitting miscellaneous, non-strategic targets lest they actually engage the enemy or heaven forbid, produce collateral damage.

Rules of Engagement designed by lawyers do disadvantage American soldiers …

American aircraft no longer look for targets of opportunity or prosecute attacks on their own. The command and control structures are rigid and designed to convey significant advantage to our enemies lest our political and military leaders be excoriated by the media for killing or injuring civilians. In many cases, the administration is willing to accept the death of Americans lest no media propaganda piece be used to tarnish the carefully-crafted image of our current leadership. Our fighters check-in with controllers by giving a summary of their weaponry and an estimate of their time in their area based on ordnance and fuel status. Known as “playtime,” our people hang-out, refueling by aerial tanker, and if no targets are found, may simply return to base. 

“With or without the Russians, the number of strikes is limited by the need to avoid civilian casualties. So far there have been two confirmed cases in which a total of 5-7 civilians were killed by the bombing. But there are 15 other incidents still under investigation.

Charles Brown: Our goal is to have-- minimize any civilian casualties. And if there's any doubt then we're probably not gonna drop on that particular target. We'll come back another day.

David Martin: To what extent is that inhibiting your operations?

Charles Brown: Well, in every, every air campaign there is some type of guidance that we have to live by.

David Martin: And the guidance is zero civilian casualties?

Charles Brown: The goal is zero.

The goal is also to hit lucrative targets like that car-bomb factory which is as close as a low-tech enemy like ISIS comes to an industrial base. But sometimes the target can be as small as one man with a gun. On the day we watched the B-1 strike, that same bomber was sent to check out a report of a single ISIS sniper firing from the top of a building.

The idea that a B-1 can be tasked to checkout a sniper firing from the top of a building is absolutely insane. And, if there are no Americans on the ground, just who are we protecting and how can we be sure?

Can you just imagine General George Patton’s response to any Commander-in-Chief that demanded zero civilian casualties? After all, the truth is that civilian casualties drive the political winds of change and when the civilians have had enough, the leadership changes.

While deconfliction to avoid friendly-fire incidents is a necessity, but we should not be granting our enemies an advantage by using overly-restrictive rules of engagement or embedding critical media within military operations. There are some things that should be kept secret to protect our country, its citizens, and the members of the military – including our allies.

And, while flight simulators and large-screen battlefield displays are great amusements, let us not forget that they can also be used to train our enemies and to provide attack vectors in battle.

I am not happy with 60 Minutes’ program because while they claim that they did not reveal classified information or use names, it is bad enough that this information is available overseas where people can match faces and target our facilities.

And the story’s concluding lines were ironic …

“Some 25,000 American bombs have been dropped so far. All the firepower and technology of a superpower -- even supersonic stealth aircraft -- directed against an enemy in pickup trucks intent on dragging the Middle East back to the Middle Ages.”

The example used for the program was a three building cluster being surveiled by a drone and believed to be hiding explosives. A perfect stationary target for stand-off cruise missiles rather than a very expensive B-1 bomber strike. That is, unless you factor-in the publicity value of a dog-and-pony show. It appears that the first planes to attack the target are a pair of “Dutch” F-16s (To reinforce the “coalition” standing?) who appeared to decimate the building. And, then the B-1 rolls in to drop its bombs on an already destroyed building. A great show – but an incompetent way to prosecute an attack.

Bottom line …

Actions speak louder than words and staged dog-and-pony shows will not shore up Barack Obama’s image as the worst President in modern history. A

We should also remember, all of the firepower in our arsenal will not do one whit to suppress the toxicity of the religion that drives these sectarian attacks.  feckless, incompetent, empty-suit who couldn’t lead a Boy Scout troop, let alone the American military.

We are so screwed.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler KIA Iraq: Did this mission sneak past the White House naysayers and lawyers?

Saving the doomed …

From published reports, it appears that Americans embedded with Kurdish fighters received credible intelligence that ISIS was going to stage a mass execution of 70-plus detainees held in an ISIS detention center and a mission was mounted to save the captives. The intelligence may have been photos of a recently-dug pits like some of the mass graves used by ISIS. And, the captives may have included high-value detainees with exploitable intelligence value.

In the course of the action, an American special forces operator was killed. Instead of initially honoring his sacrifice, the progressive socialist democrat politicians sought to spin the event from a death received in a “combat role” to a death received in a “support” role. Whether the Americans were in the lead “wink-wink” is being disputed by the military.

Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler (Delta Force) of Roland, Oklahoma; the first US service member to die in the ground fight against ISIS …

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Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Oklahoma, died October 22, 2015 in Kirkuk Province, Iraq, from wounds received by enemy small-arms fire during an operation supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

He was assigned Headquarters U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Wheeler, a father of four, was thinking of retiring from the Army when he became the first American in four years to die in combat in Iraq.

His honors included four Bronze Stars with the letter V, awarded for valor in combat; and seven Bronze Stars, awarded for heroic or meritorious service in a combat zone.

Awards …

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Defense Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation ribbon.svg Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal (7)
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Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal (8)
Army Good Conduct ribbon.svg Army Good Conduct Medal (6)
National Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign ribbon.svg Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign ribbon.svg Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
NCO Professional Development Ribbon.svg Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon (3)
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Army Valorous Unit Award (2)
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
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US Military Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge.jpg Master Free Fall Parachutist Badge
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US Army Special Operations Command SSI.svg USASOC CSIB

ArmyOSB.jpg 3 Overseas Service Bars

To our enemies: this is an American and an example of the “best of the best.”

Considering how fast the mission execution approval was received, one might assume that the White House was blindsided before risk-adverse progressives such as Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama could scuttle the mission. The aftermath produced more spinning than a broken top. It appears that the Kurds and the Americans are now conducting combat operations without even informing the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad – now dominated by the Iranians and Russians.

A politically correct explanation that was meant to reinforce President Obama’s promise of no combat soldiers in Iraq …

"It doesn't represent us assuming a combat role.  It represents a continuation of our advise-and-assist mission." – Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense

"U.S. forces are not in Iraq on a combat mission and do not have 'boots on the ground.” -- Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, head of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.

In spite of the politics, the Secretary of Defense was forced to acknowledge the heroic actions of Master Sergeant Wheeler …

"As the compound was being stormed, the plan was not for the U.S. advise-and-assist and accompanying forces to enter the compound or be involved in the firefight.”

"However, when a firefight ensued, this American did what I'm very proud that Americans do in that situation — he ran to the sound of the guns and he stood up."

"All indications are it was his actions and that of one of his teammates that protected those who were involved in breaching the compound and made the the mission successful."

"Again, it wasn't part of the plan, but it was something that he did."

"And I'm immensely proud that he did that."

Bottom line …

One question being discussed is whether or not Wheeler is eligible for a final medal for his role in Iraq. It appears it may be in doubt due to the refusal of the military to acknowledge Wheeler died in a combat operation. Sort of like the Fort Hood victims were originally denied Purple Hearts because the President insisted that it was not a terrorist attack, but workplace violence.

There is no way we can trust the progressive socialist democrats to protect America and Americans. And, heaven help us if that military-hating Hillary Clinton ever makes it to the Presidency of the United States.

We are so screwed.

RIP Master Sergeant Wheeler.

-- steve

BTW: The Kurds released footage from a Helmet-mounted GoPro camera. Amazing.


“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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


ANOTHER SELF-SERVING PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT DICK SCREWS AMERICAN VETERANS ON BEHALF OF THE UNIONS ...

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Department of Veterans Affairs has treated our veterans horribly when it comes to medical care and the administration of benefits rightfully earned by American soldiers. Even worse, even through a change in administrations was demanded by President Obama, little has changed because corrupt, malfeasant, and incompetent employees cannot be fired like employees in the private sector. The villain: the public employees unions that control the politicians and political affairs of the Department.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still screwed up and corrupt, malfeasant, and incompetent employees are still there …

Rubio: A path for reforming the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the second-largest federal agency, with more than 350,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $159 billion. Yet today — more than a year after scores of veterans died while stuck on secret wait lists — mountains of backlogged disability claims, wide-scale construction overruns and a serious lack of accountability continue to plague the agency.

Last year, our nation was shocked by reports of egregious systemic failures at 110 VA facilities around the country that kept secret lists to mask the true length of veteran wait times, so that incompetent bureaucrats could pick up taxpayer-funded bonuses. Since then, only three employees have been fired for wait-time manipulation; not a single one of these employees was a senior executive. Not only did employees guilty of misconduct keep their jobs, but many were promoted and even received bonuses.

In fact, it is so difficult to punish VA employees for their misdeeds that, incredibly, one VA employee in the department's drug addiction treatment program took a patient to a crack house, purchased narcotics for the veteran, stole the veteran's $600 VA check, received $225 in overtime pay for his "work," and was still employed by the VA more than a year later.

It doesn't end there. Recently, investigators found that 307,000 veterans have died waiting for their applications for care to be processed. In one case, a veteran waited 14 years for VA care, while his application rested in "pending" status since 1998. The department has been aware of this since 2010, and still, no one has been held accountable.  <Source>

Bluementhal carrying water for the unions …

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Democratic Sen Blocks Rush Vote To Pass VA Accountability Legislation

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal blocked a rush vote Tuesday in the Senate to pass accountability legislation allowing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary to fire employees at-will.

In effect, the bill allows for VA Secretary Robert McDonald to expedite the firing of employees for misconduct or poor performance. If appealed, the Merit Systems Protection Board would have only 45 days to issue a decision on the matter.

VA officials have stated that the VA Accountability Act would reduce the department’s ability to retain top-notch talent.Earlier Tuesday, the American Federation of Government Employees became aware of the rush vote and urged supporters to call senators and ask them to vote no, saying that the legislation represented a “sad excuse for accountability at the VA” as it would take away workers’ rights and set a bad precedent for other government agencies.<Source>

Whoops …

Candidate’s Words on Vietnam Service Differ From History

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

In 1970, with his last deferment in jeopardy, he landed a coveted spot in the Marine Reserve, which virtually guaranteed that he would not be sent to Vietnam. He joined a unit in Washington that conducted drills and other exercises and focused on local projects, like fixing a campground and organizing a Toys for Tots drive.

But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.

Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. At other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar.  Source: Blumenthal’s Words Differ From His History - NYTimes.com

Bottom line …

The contract between the America and its veterans is written in blood. Anything or anyone who stands in the way of providing services to our veterans, such as the despicable Dick Bluementhal, are douchebags and should be thrown out of office.

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-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


58 DAYS TO A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AND OBAMA AND HIS ADMINISTRATION LIED ABOUT A TERRORIST ATTACK ...

In today’s Benghazi hearing, we learned that Hillary Clinton, as well as Barack Obama lied about the origin of the 9/11 anniversary terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya – and it appears that this lie was motivated by domestic political concerns with 58 days to a presidential election. Could it be the reason that we have never learned the whereabouts of Barack Obama after he left the Oval Office is because Valerie Jarrett was given command authority and invoked the President’s name in refusing to send troops to aid the stricken Americans in Benghazi? And, that Jarrett feared a larger failed rescue attempt much like the one that caused her to advise the cancelation at least two attempts to capture of kill bin Laden? Or, is it possible, she cares more about Muslims than Americans?

What Hillary said …

House Select Committee on Benghazi member Jim Jordan (R-OH) said …

“At 10:08, on the night of the attack, you released this statement, “Some have sought to justify the vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”

What Hillary Clinton knew and told others, including her daughter and the Egyptian Prime Minister …

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Bottom line …

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  • Can we trust a corrupt liar that is willing to put American lives secondary to self-serving domestic politics?
  • Can we trust a party that openly deceived the American people while disparaging and disadvantaging our allies and rewarding our enemies?
  • Can we trust a party that cannot be trusted to protect, uphold, and defend the Constitution and the rule of law?
  • And most of all, can we trust a party that is unwilling to protect and defend America and ALL Americans?

Democrat Voter

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BENGHAZI: HILLARY ON THE HILL -- HEARING 4 OF THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON BENGHAZI(Updated)

UPDATE:  There were four major takeaways from today's hearing:

  1. With respect to the responsibility for the safety and security of the compound and its occupants ... "I was not responsible for the security arrangements for the compound in Benghazi ... "Those requests and issues related to security were rightly handled by the security professionals in the Department. I did not see them. I did not approve them. I did not deny them. These issues would not ordinarily come before the Secretary of State and they did not in this case."
  2. With respect to the fact that no member of the State Department was fired or held accountable for the actions in Benghazi ... "It is my position that, in the absence of finding dereliction o breach of duty, there could not be immediate action taken.
  3. With respect to the "video" story ... Hillary Clinton knew immediately that this was a terrorist attack and so informed a member of her family (Chelsea Clinton) and other officials, both foreign and domestic. Thus, we now know that the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense, and other officials knowingly lied to American citizens.
  4. From the ranking committee members ... This appears to be a partisan witch-hunt to embarrass and denigrate Hillary Clinton and to impact her candidacy.

While the Committee's work is ongoing and a report will be issued in due course, many of the emails and other requested documents from the Department of State, the White House, and elsewhere have yet to be received. This hearing did not produce substantive results and was pretty much a waste of time as all of the necessary information could have been elicited in a closed session without the grandstanding and speechifying of the committee members.

Original post ...

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Former Department of State Secretary Hillary Clinton appears to be a formidable power in her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi during its fourth hearing. She appears rested, well-spoken, poised, and totally in control. Something one would expect of a psychopath with decades of experience dealing with corruption, criminality, and lying before similar investigative bodies. Lying with no outward change in appearance or demeanor. And, precisely the reason that Hillary Clinton would be so dangerous in any high political office.

Here are a few resources that you may find helpful in attempting to determine the truth about the Benghazi incident.

It should be noted that the ranking members, especially Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) attempt to interrupt and interject procedural nonsense, perhaps in an attempt to “run out the clock” since this is Secretary Clinton’s only appearance before the Committee. You should also note the professionalism and persistence of Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (D-SC).

Some additional resources …

Bottom line …

Let us never forget that four brave men were killed, and an unspecified number wounded, in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on the anniversary of 9/11. Their requests for additional security went unheard and the pleas for help were met with silence and inaction. Even worse, the President of the United States and other high-ranking officials consciously and deliberately lied to the American people about the actions that occurred at Benghazi, prior to Benghazi, and in the aftermath of Benghazi.

The airways and blogs are full of talking heads, pundits, and “strategists” – the chattering classes – many of whom are quick to make this inquiry into a partisan witch-hunt in order to derail the candidacy of Hillary Clinton for the Presidency of the United States. But, while these affairs serve as an unofficial referendum of her qualifications and fitness for office, let us not forget the obligation of the government to fully and accurately explain why brave men and women were placed in a dangerous position and why it appears that their rescue was seemingly unimportant to those in charge of our nation’s safety and security.

This is an ongoing affair and will be continued as appropriate.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


THESE 45 SENATORS WANT TO SEE AMERICANS KILLED BY ILLEGAL ALIENS …

There is no doubt in my mind that these 45 Senators have put their personal political interests about the safety and security of American citizens. And, in doing so, have violated their oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold the rule of law …  

S. 2146 -- Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act

“To hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for defying Federal law, to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the United States after being removed, and to provide liability protection for State and local law enforcement who cooperate with Federal law enforcement and for other purposes.”

Here are the 45 Senators, 44 democrats and 1 republican, who violated their oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold the rule of law. Instead, they voted to allow so-called “sanctuary cities” to continue to provide aid and comfort to illegal alien criminals who reenter the United States after having committed a previously violent crime.

  • Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Bennet (D-CO)
  • Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Booker (D-NJ)
  • Boxer (D-CA)
  • Brown (D-OH)
  • Cantwell (D-WA)
  • Cardin (D-MD)
  • Carper (D-DE)
  • Casey (D-PA)
  • Coons (D-DE)
  • Durbin (D-IL)
  • Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Franken (D-MN)
  • Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Heinrich (D-NM)
  • Heitkamp (D-ND)
  • Hirono (D-HI)
  • Kaine (D-VA)
  • King (I-ME)
  • Kirk (R-IL)
  • Klobuchar (D-MN)
  • Leahy (D-VT)
  • Markey (D-MA)
  • McCaskill (D-MO)
  • Menendez (D-NJ)
  • Merkley (D-OR)
  • Mikulski (D-MD)
  • Murphy (D-CT)
  • Murray (D-WA)
  • Nelson (D-FL)
  • Peters (D-MI)
  • Reed (D-RI)
  • Reid (D-NV)
  • Sanders (I-VT)
  • Schatz (D-HI)
  • Schumer (D-NY)
  • Shaheen (D-NH)
  • Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Tester (D-MT)
  • Udall (D-NM)
  • Warner (D-VA)
  • Warren (D-MA)
  • Whitehouse (D-RI)
  • Wyden (D-OR)

Vote Source: United States Senate -- On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S. 2146 ) 

These well-protected Senators, politicians pandering for votes, apparently see nothing wrong with sanctuary cities who refuse to follow federal laws and  reporting illegal alien criminals to the federal government or enhancing mandatory penalties against illegal aliens reentering the United States. Especially those who go on to commit egregious, heinous, and felonious crimes against American citizens.

Think of Kate Steinle and the fact that these Senators want to see another American dead at the hands of an illegal alien criminal …

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At 6:30 p.m., a gunman, alleged to be Francisco Sanchez, fired three shots from a .40-caliber handgun at Pier 14, a tourist attraction area at the Embarcadero district. One of the bullets struck Steinle in the chest and pierced her aorta. She collapsed to the floor while screaming for help to her father Jim, who was accompanying her at the pier.  

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez (or Francisco Sanchez; given name José Inez García Zarate), of Guanajuato, Mexico, had been deported from the U.S. a total of five times, most recently in 2009. He was on probation in Texas during the time of the shooting. He had seven felony convictions.  <Source>

Bottom line …

These are petty much the same people who want to deny you your God-given Second Amendment rights to self-defense and to empower criminals who do not obey the laws of our land by creating an even larger pool of potential victims.

It is about time to call out the progressive socialist democrats as a fifth column who want to destroy American from within, often by using our own legislation and laws against us. A neo-Communist organization posing as a traditional political party that refuses to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and uphold the rule of law. A political party so brazen as to run a provably corrupt, lying, criminal as their party’s candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America.

We are so screwed.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


BENGHAZI: THE HILLARY CLINTON TESTIMONY

Update: For those who want a taste of what committee questioning looks like, here is the link to the full transcript of the questioning of Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, as released by the Committee Democrats.

Original Blog Post ...

While I want to know what happened in Benghazi, it is unlikely that the public will ever know the full truth as the careers, reputation, and possibly the freedom of the participants may be in jeopardy. Here are some of the questions I would like answered.

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Benghazi Select Committee Hearing 4 -- Thursday, October 22, 2015 10:00 a.m.  EDT 1100 Longworth House Office Building
Topic: Testimony of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Excerpts from Trey Gowdy’s letter to the Ranking Member of the Committee …

As you know our Committee is not investigating Secretary Clinton or allegations surrounding the handling of classified or otherwise protected information.  Other entities may be investigating matters related thereto, but we are not.  This is best evidenced by the fact our Committee has not issued a single subpoena related to her email arrangement or server or any aspect surrounding allegations of mishandling classified or otherwise protected information.

Our Committee has access to career civil servants, former federal prosecutors, former intelligence experts as well as military experts who are uniquely well suited to gauge intelligence information and how it should be handled.  Although the Executive Branch is ultimately responsible for classification, we remain concerned with the naming of sources and methods and will continue to protect that information now and going forward where it is readily apparent to us.

Source: Gowdy Response to Latest Cummings Letter | Select Committee on Benghazi 

In spite of Representative Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) inartful, inopportune, and stupid utterance that the Committee had an affect on Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, the Committee, under veteran prosecutor Trey Gowdy is focused on the events surrounding the terrorist attack on the Benghazi compound on the anniversary of 9/11 – when such an attack could have been anticipated for symbolic reasons.

What I, as an American citizen, want to know …      

We have heard that the “compound” was not an American Embassy nor was it a consulate.  

  • So what was the U.S. mission at the “compound?”
  • Did this mission involve the collection and transfer of military-grade grade weapons to Islamic terrorists no matter what faction they represented?
  • Was this mission known and authorized by Congress?
  • If this mission was not known and authorized by Congress, who was in charge of this mission and who did they report to in the chain of command?
Pre-attack: we have seen e-mails requesting additional security for the “compound”    
  • Who received these e-mailed requests?
  • Was the Secretary of State aware of these requests?
  • Did the Secretary of State receive these requests directly?
  • What action did the Secretary of State take regarding these requests and what was the reasoning behind the handling of these requests given that there were other attacks in the area and further attacks appeared imminent?
  • Who else was in the chain of command regarding these security requests?
Attack: we have heard conflicting stories about the actions taken by the principals involved, including the President of the United States, The Secretary of Defense, The Secretary of State, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  
  • Where were all of the principals during the period of the attack?
  • What was the attack timeline?
  • Was their real-time monitoring and reporting at the time of the attack or at any time during the attack?
  • Were any American or other forces (CIA, British, etc.) available to mitigate the attack?
  • At any time during the attack, were there American forces, anywhere in the world, ready to respond and waiting for orders?
  • At any time during the attack, did anyone issue a “stand down” or “delay” order to anyone who could have provided material support and assistance?
  • Where was the Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF) and why were they not deployed when Americans came under fire?
  • Why was an American General and an American Admiral relieved of command and was there any connection with a potential response of a request for help by those in Benghazi or elsewhere? 
  • Why were those injured immediately sequestered, forced to sign non-disclosure agreements, and kept from being interviewed by this Committee?
Post Attack: we now know that the “video” narrative was concocted and promulgated by the principals and that the attack was executed by terrorists and this fact was known to the principals  
  • Who conceived and advanced the “video” story and why was that narrative necessary when the truth was readily available?
  • Was there an attempt to cover-up or obscure the actual activities related to the Benghazi attack?
  • Were documents that were to be made available to the Accountability Review Board inspected prior to their transfer to the Review Board and were any of those documents withheld from the Board?
  • Who was involved in inspecting these documents and making decisions on what documents that were to be withheld?
  • Who told the Accountability Review Board that the Secretary of State and others were not to be questioned and on what basis was that decision made?
  • Why was the Department of State not forthcoming on providing information to this Congressional Committee and explaining that the requested principal’s emails were contained on devices beyond control of the Department of State and could not be made available in a timely manner?
Subordinates: Did you ever directly or indirectly instruct, suggest, or non-verbally indicate instructions to your direct reports, subordinates, or any other person that would have lead them to take actions to withhold, alter, or deny information to this Congressional Committee?
If so, please explain your actions?

Bottom line …

We have seen, with our own eyes, that there was clearly an attack on the Benghazi compound and that high-ranking officials lied to the American people about what happened; possibly to the extent of criminally obstructing justice in the follow-up investigations.

It is most likely that criminal acts may have been committed and it is believed that President Obama might provide blanket pardons for those involved in ill-serving the United States of America.

We probably will never get to the truth and that Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy will returned to his beloved South Carolina to begin an ascension to the Supreme Court.

Due to the nature of Committee hearings, we can look forward to shameless speechifying -- with the minority members praising Hillary Clinton -- obfuscation, convoluted and meaningless questions, and an attempt to run out the clock. The idea that Hillary Clinton or anyone else could demand that they sit for only one hearing is ludicrous.

Do not expect anything less than a "brilliant" performance by Hillary Clinton as she has decades of experience dealing with criminality, scandals, and fending off attackers in a lawyerly way that neither admits nor denies the allegations under discussion.

We are so screwed.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


I LIKE EVERYTHING AMAZON, BUT THIS ONE THING ...

It appears that the progressive socialist democrats at the New York Times took on Amazon and portrayed the firm as being unduly harsh on its workers. Whether or not this hit piece was a progressive attempt to encourage the unionization of Amazon or was simply one of their anti-capitalistic screeds in a time when Bernie Sanders is a credible challenge to Hillary Clinton is unknown.

I like Amazon as they made my life infinitely easier – in both the discovery of new products and the rapid fulfillment of my desires ...

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As a technologist, I have few illusions of the company itself. I have never viewed Amazon as a technology company, but a fulfillment operation that uses advanced technology as the engine that drives its marketing and fulfillment activities. And, I would be crazy to even begin to believe that the pickers, stockers, and other low-level white-collar functionaries were treated like top-notch coders and high-level technology workers in Silicon Valley.

This is a company that rarely turned a profit and frugality and increasing productivity is a necessity for survival. That you can fin disgruntled employees in any large organization should come as no surprise. That their story plays into today’s political climate of abused workers and the need for unions is probably, in my opinion, a little more than coincidence.

A step closer to unions at Amazon -- Could Amazon  workers finally be on a path to unionizing?

A case settled this week with the National Labor Relations Board could pave the way for the company's workers to organize. As part of the settlement, Amazon agreed to display signs at its fulfillment centers telling employees that they have the right to form unions. The company did not respond to a request for comment from CBS MoneyWatch.

Amazon has beaten back employee attempts to unionize for years. Earlier this year, a group of workers at a Delaware fulfillment center shot down a proposal to form the company's first labor union. Labor leaders said Amazon aggressively lobbied to discourage the workers from unionizing.

Amazon has been criticized for creating difficult working conditions for employees, particularly those in its fulfillment centers.  <Source>

But, the New York Times took the shot and Amazon responded …

Amazon and New York Times battle publicly over story's accuracy

Amazon fights 'brutal' workplace portrait … Two months after a damning New York Times story about Amazon's corporate culture, the retailer has published a blistering response, accusing the paper of misrepresenting the company.

The Times responded with a tough, unwavering defense of its story and its reporter. At the moment, Amazon is getting the last word with a rebuttal to the paper's rebuttal.

The original August 16 piece concluded that Amazon's many breakthroughs and innovations come from a "bruising workplace."  It bruised Amazon, and in recent weeks the company has been privately punching back, lobbying The Times to "correct the record."

"They haven't, which is why we decided to write about it ourselves," Jay Carney, Amazon's senior vice president for global corporate affairs, wrote in a Medium blog post on Monday morning.

Source: Amazon and New York Times battle publicly over story's accuracy - Oct. 19, 2015

NYT Story: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace: The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions. 

The one thing I do not like about Amazon …

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I am unhappy that Amazon chose a paid professional liar-spinmeister like Jay Carney as the face of Amazon’s corporate image. Ironically, the same professional liar who stood at the official presidential podium and spewed lies, half-truths, and distortions to the American people. A man who does not engender trust and confidence when he represents his new employer.

The background of a liberal mouthpiece …

Prior to his appointment as Press Secretary for President Obama, Carney was director of communications for Vice President Joe Biden. Carney previously served as Washington Bureau Chief for Time magazine, a post he held from September 2005 until December 2008, and as a regular contributor in the "roundtable" segment of ABC News' This Week with George Stephanopoulos. <Source>

Bottom line …

Unlike former White House Press Secretaries like Dana Perino and the late Tony Snow who minimized the spin and tried to portray their administration fairly without actually lying, I have absolutely no respect nor belief for anything Jay Carney or Josh Earnest might say. Both paid liar-spinmeisters who appear to do as they are told. So when Jay Carney mounts a defense of Amazon, I cannot help but wonder what they are really hiding and why they need a political weasel to tell their story.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


COWARDLY JOHN KERRY REFUSES TO CONDEMN TERRORISTS BY NAMES AND URGES JEWS TO AVOID SELF-DEFENSE IN A TERRORIST ATTACK

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There is little or no doubt in my mind that John Kerry is an anti-Semitic lickspittle who dishonored his country in the Viet Nam war and who continues to dishonor his country with his service in the United States Department of State.

The very idea that this gutless wonder cannot bring himself to identify anti-Semitic terrorists by name and to urge a besieged Jewish population to avoid “self-help” only proves the point that John Kerry is an Obama ass-kisser and is willing to compromise his honor on the altar of public appearance.

Here Kerry demonstrates his obedience to his Muslim masters: Valery Jarrett and Barack Obama …  

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Excerpts of Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
Madrid, Spain; October 19, 2015

SECRETARY KERRY: Well, let me speak first to the issue of the violence that has been occurring in Jerusalem particularly but also elsewhere. Security and diplomacy go hand in hand. There is not a time for one and then the other, really there is an importance to both. We want to see calm restored and we want to see the violence stop. And I think everybody in Israel and in the region would like to see both of those things happen.

We continue to urge everybody to exercise restraint and restrain from any kind of self-help in terms of the violence, and Israel has every right in the world to protect its citizens, as it has been, from random acts of violence.

[If anyone should have the God-Given right to self-defense (self-help as John Kerry phrases it) in a terrorist attack it is the Israeli citizen. And, you will notice: one, if any party needed to show restraint, it was the terrorists supported by the Iranians and their proxies; and two, that these attacks were not random acts of violence (as President Obama has characterized an attack on a Jewish Delicatessen and Market in Paris), but acts of anti-Semitic terrorism.]

But in my conversations with the prime minister, as well as with King Abdullah and the foreign minister of Jordan, they have expressed the desire to try to see this process be able to find a way of making certain that everybody is clear about what is happening with respect to the Temple Mount.

Israel has made it clear to me that they do not intend to and have not changed the status quo, and I think it’s important for me to meet with the prime minister and talk about the road ahead. We have a longstanding, extremely close, very important relationship with respect to Israel’s security, and security will be front and center in our discussion. And obviously, the United States remains deeply concerned about and engaged in efforts to help Israel with respect to its security. But we also share a global interest in seeing the region find a way forward to avoid this kind of confrontation and senseless loss of life. So it is important to have that kind of discussion at the same time.

I don’t have specific expectations except to try to move things forward. And it would depend on the conversations themselves as to what it is that we’re able to define in the context of steps that might or might not be taken to help people understand that in fact leaders are leading and making a serious effort to try to resolve the current level of conflict.

Source: Remarks With Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo y Marfil 

Summary: That wasn’t a terrorist attack, but a random act of violence. And, please do not engage in any self-help if you should be confronted with a knife-wielding terrorist. Yada, yada, yada. 

If John Kerry has an honest bone in his body, he would have called out the leader of the Palestinian Authority who received millions in United States “humanitarian” aide …

All the Palestinian terrorist attacks that have been carried out in recent weeks share one common feature. All the terrorists believe that by attacking Jews they are protecting the Temple Mount from destruction.

And why shouldn’t they believe this obscenity? Everywhere they go, every time they turn on their televisions, read the paper, go to school or the mosque they are told that the Jews are destroying al-Aksa Mosque. Al-Aksa, they are told, is in danger. They must take up arms to defend it from the Jews, whatever the cost.

One man stands at the center of this blood libel. The man who propagates this murderous lie and orchestrates the death and mayhem that is its bloody harvest is none other than the West’s favorite Palestinian moderate: PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

On September 16 Abbas gave a speech. It was broadcast on PA television and posted on his Facebook page. In it, he incited the Palestinians to kill Jews. In his words, “Al-Aksa Mosque is ours.

They [the Jews] have no right to desecrate it with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do everything in our power to defend Jerusalem.”

Abbas added, “We bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem. This is clean and pure blood, blood that was spilled for God. It is Allah’s will that every martyr will go to heaven and every wounded [terrorist] will receive God’s reward.”

Two weeks later, Abbas opened his address before the UN General Assembly with the same lies, threats, and incitement. <Source>

This enemy has a name and his words are recorded for all time. So why is John Kerry afraid to use the words terrorism and call our Mahmoud Abbas as a terrorist? Because he thinks he needs to appear neutral, politically correct, and demonstrate moral equivalence. There are times when you don’t kiss the devil’s ass and suborn evil – you kill the son of a bitch where he stands. And, to those who teach children how to use knives to kill Jews, they deserve to be roundly condemned and held responsible if their children kill in the name of their fanatical religion.

Bottom line …

John Kerry  does not deserve any recognition other than obsequious boot-licker of the year. Proof positive that the American people cannot allow the progressive socialist democrats to formulate foreign policy nor control the means to keep America and ALL Americans safe.

Is there any wonder why President Obama and his cadre of progressive socialist democrats wants to disarm all law-abiding Americans to produce a larger victim pool and to cede the advantage to criminals, crazies, and now I believe, Islamic terrorists?

We are so screwed.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


GUN CONTROL & CHICAGO PROGRESSIVE SOCIALISTS

Once again, my friend Texas Fred points out the sheer idiocy of progressive socialist democrats and their crazy assertion that guns, not individuals, kill people …

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6-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shoots 3-Year-Old Brother in Chicago

A 6-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 3-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a gun their father told investigators he had obtained illegally from a gang member, Chicago police said Sunday. SOURCE

A 3 year old child, shot and killed with his father’s gun, one that was *illegally purchased* from a Chicago gang member, by a *former* Chicago gang member, the father himself, but this isn’t HIS fault. According to every Libtard comment I have found on line so far at least 2/3 of them are blaming ALL gun owners and the NRA, some saying the NRA encourages things such as this.

So, to you anti-gun Libtards that DO read here; feel free to weigh in and tell us all how gun bans, restrictions, confiscations and rigid gun laws are working out. Go ahead, take a shot at it, no pun intended, I really want to hear your ideas on what kind of gun laws could or would have stopped this from happening.

Police subsequently arrested the boys’ father, 25-year-old Michael Santiago, on a felony child endangerment charge. During a court hearing on Sunday, Assistant state’s Attorney Joseph DiBella said that Santiago bought the gun off the street, kept it “wrapped in pajama pants on top of the refrigerator” and even showed the boy where the gun was.

Well of course he showed it to a 3 year old and a 6 year old, and made sure that they knew where it was kept too. Isn’t that what ALL responsible parents and gun owners do? Allow the little tykes knowledge of and access to a loaded gun?

That’s what the moronic anti-gun LEFT believes.

“He kept the gun for protection because he was a former gang member who snitched on a gang member in a murder trial,” the Chicago Tribune reported DiBella as saying in court. Santiago had told police about the gun in a videotaped confession, DiBella said.

Maybe Santiago thought that if the kids knew where the gun was and a rival gang member crashed through the door one of the kids could grab the gun, shoot the gangster and save the day. It could have been planned that way, maybe, in a *gang world*.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the case tragically illustrates a point he has been making for years about how a major cause of much of Chicago’s violent crime is the flood of illegal guns into the city.

“It’s real simple,” McCarthy said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday. “If that gun is not in the house that kid is alive today. We see this happen over and over and over again.”

Well let me make a suggestion there Garry; make a concerted effort to take ALL of the illegal guns from the hands of the illegal and irresponsible owners, lock up the illegal guns owners and throw away the key and then leave the honest folks alone. That would be the best solution for you wouldn’t it? 

Oh, wait, what am I thinking? I’m sorry Garry, I forgot that you want all guns to be outlawed, there are, in your demented Libtard mind, no honest gun owners. My bad.

McCarthy routinely points out that his officers seize many times more illegal guns than any city in the nation, including the larger cities of New York and Los Angeles. The department has seized more than 5,500 illegal weapons thus far in 2015.

And yet the gun crimes, shootings and gun homicides continue.

Chicago also has more homicides than any city in the nation, and the number this year has climbed, with department statistics showing there were 370 homicides as of Oct. 4, compared to 306 for the same period last year. The number of shooting incidents also has climbed during the same period to 1,870 from 1,581 last year.

So, let me ask once again; how is all that gun control working out for you Chicago?

Some members of the city council recently called for McCarthy to resign because they said he had failed to stem the violence.

I personally believe that Garry McCarthy is a twit, a big-time member of the *Chicago Political Machine* and a really egotistical piece of crap, that said; there is no way that Garry McCarthy, or any other police chief, Sheriff, state law enforcement officials or any federal law enforcement organization or military force can take away the guns in the hands of Americans, legally owner or otherwise. This isn’t Germany in the 1930’s and we are not going to roll over and go quietly into the night, the number of well armed Americans if far larger than ALL LEOs and military combined, and I am 100% convinced, our military and LEOs will NOT take up arms against the American people.

But McCarthy said that even when people are convicted in Chicago of gun possession the sentences in Illinois are not as long as they should be and dangerous criminals are back on the street within months or even weeks.

“Until something happens with these gun laws, it’s going to continue,” he said.

Yes Garry, it is going to continue because gun confiscation, even extreme regulation simply does not work. The only guns you would ever obtain are in the hands of people that you never have to worry about; the gun owners that are so simple-minded that they too would fall for all of this BS and would turn in their guns in some sort of buy-back or gun-grab.

All that you, or anyone else would accomplish with a gun confiscation would be the transition of LEGAL, responsible and LEGAL gun owners, people like ME and most of my readers, into full-blown outlaws that will give you our guns, but we’re going to give them BULLETS FIRST.

You might want to consider the number of troops and LEOs in this nation, they are far outnumbered by American gun owners, and then you might want to consider that at least 70-75% of those troops and LEOs will walk away, stand with the American people and against the moronic leadership of the Left, Obama, Clinton and people like you.

One other thing to think about; those troops and LEOs will bring their toys with them.

Careful consideration; that’s the key word and the decision is all yours.

The sheer idiocy of progressives can be highlighted by Robin’s reply to a commenter on this story …

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The NRA is all about protecting the Second Amendment, individualism, the responsible use of weapons, and gun safety. To blame the NRA for this tragedy is like standing in a garage and claiming you are a car. Total nonsense from someone who lacks the capacity to think and the commonsense to know better. Full disclosure: I am a life member of the NRA (Benefactor Level) and am proud of our organization’s diversity and mission. If more progressives would join and learn about guns and gun safety, this would be a far better – and safer – nation.

Bottom line …

First, we should give thanks to people like Texas Fred who are patriots and not afraid to stand up for the Constitution, the Second Amendment, and who are willing to call bullshit on the nonsense proposed by progressive socialist democrats. It is time that we all took a hard look at those who would compromise our personal safety and security – as they are now compromising the safety and security of the United States with their idiotic foreign policies that arm terrorists and provide for an Iranian nuclear bomb that can be delivered on their newly-engineered intercontinental ballistic missiles.

This was clearly a tragic accident that was clearly preventable. In spite of some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation, the dead boy’s father cared not one whit for the law and illegally purchased an illegal weapon. Compounding his illegality with absolute stupidity by storing the weapon in an accessible place and even showing the gun to his young children.

Leading one to believe that you cannot control the behavior of crazies and criminals who ignore the law. And, in all probability, in the absence of guns, criminals and crazies one would turn to edged-weapons or other means of intimidating or injuring others such as lead pipes, chains, or nail-studded baseball bats.

Disarming a law-abiding populace only creates a larger pool of victims who must face death or injury because they lack the means to overcome stronger or more numerous assailants.

It is likely that the lawyers involved will plea bargain away gun charges and simply charge the perpetrator with felony child endangerment with the admonition that the man has suffered enough with the loss of his son. And again, the progressives will claim it was the gun, not the father’s individual behavior, that caused this tragedy.

And, the real tragedy is that the progressive socialist democrats will continue with their political agenda to destroy the Second Amendment and disarm the law-abiding population. Mindful that the sheeple must be disarmed lest they rise up in rebellion against a tyrannical government that seeks to impose draconian public policies and enforce them in a totalitarian state.

We are so screwed when the progressives socialist democrats care more about a former basketball star, married to a Kardashian, who OD’s in a $75,000 splurge at a local whorehouse than they do about the safety and security of America and ALL Americans.

-- 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

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS