Cowboys and the Tea Party political movement have a lot on common. Both believe in individual responsibility; judging a man by his actions not words; and, both are disgusted with government intrusions into our lives and particularly our God given rights.
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"Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: (1) Those who fear and distrust the people, and; (2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider then as the most honest and safe depository of the public interest."
- Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826) the 3rd American President and principal author of the Declaration of Independence
Guess which group the politicians in Washington, D.C. fall into?
The article is titled: Audit of the Federal Reserve Reveals $16 Trillion in Secret Bailouts. If anything,...anything at all is accurate about this article, then a full and complete audit needs to accomplished, and accomplished quickly before any additional damage is done. There just may be something to the fact that notable conservatives like Jim DeMint, Ron Paul and dishonest liberals like Sanders and Dennis Kucinich want the same thing.
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One if by the sword. The other is by debt."
- John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd American President, quote written in 1826 before his death.
The article begins and ends with the below. but please go to the link above to read the entire one page article.
The first ever GAO(Government Accountability Office) audit of the Federal Reserve was carried out in the past few months due to the Ron Paul, Alan Grayson Amendment to the Dodd-Frank bill, which passed last year. Jim DeMint, a Republican Senator, and Bernie Sanders, an independent Senator, led the charge for a Federal Reserve audit in the Senate, but watered down the original language of the house bill(HR1207), so that a complete audit would not be carried out. Ben Bernanke, Alan Greenspan, and various other bankers vehemently opposed the audit and lied to Congress about the effects an audit would have on markets. Nevertheless, the results of the first audit in the Federal Reserve’s nearly 100 year history were posted on Senator Sander’s webpage earlier this morning.
Americans should be swelled with anger and outrage at the abysmal state of affairs when an unelected group of bankers can create money out of thin air and give it out to megabanks and super-corporations like Halloween candy. If the Federal Reserve and the bankers who control it believe that they can continue to devalue the savings of Americans and continue to destroy the US economy, they will have to face the realization that their trillion dollar printing presses will eventually plunder the world economy.
The list of institutions that received the most money from the Federal Reserve can be found on page 131 of the GAO Audit and are as follows..
Citigroup: $2.5 trillion ($2,500,000,000,000)
Morgan Stanley: $2.04 trillion ($2,040,000,000,000)
Merrill Lynch: $1.949 trillion ($1,949,000,000,000)
Bank of America: $1.344 trillion ($1,344,000,000,000)
Barclays PLC (United Kingdom): $868 billion ($868,000,000,000)
Bear Sterns: $853 billion ($853,000,000,000)
Goldman Sachs: $814 billion ($814,000,000,000)
Royal Bank of Scotland (UK): $541 billion ($541,000,000,000)
JP Morgan Chase: $391 billion ($391,000,000,000)
Deutsche Bank (Germany): $354 billion ($354,000,000,000)
UBS (Switzerland): $287 billion ($287,000,000,000)
Credit Suisse (Switzerland): $262 billion ($262,000,000,000)
Lehman Brothers: $183 billion ($183,000,000,000)
Bank of Scotland (United Kingdom): $181 billion ($181,000,000,000)
BNP Paribas (France): $175 billion ($175,000,000,000)
and many many more including banks in Belgium of all places
View the 266-page GAO audit of the Federal Reserve (July 21st, 2011):
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is being bashed about by other conservatives who are accusing him of advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants after the comment's Newt made at the last debate in Washington, DC.
Gingrich faced harsh criticism after suggesting that some illegal immigrants with close ties to their community should not be deported. Gingrich's says "Several of my friends were explicitly distorting what I said, even though they knew better. So I think it takes a few days to clarify that in fact what they are saying isn't true."
Under Gingrich's plan for immigration reform, the federal government would establish a system of local boards to determine whether illegal immigrants could be permitted to remain in the United States based on their ties to the community. Gingrich's say's it's based on the World War II model of draft boards where the local community selected who would be drafted and who wound not. "It requires
trusting citizens rather than bureaucrats. It's a jury system for local communities."
Gingrich added that he thought that immigrants eligible to stay should have spent at least 25 years in the country, have close ties to a community and a family, but predicted that most would voluntarily leave. But Gingrich also said, at the debate, that the Republican party is the party of family, and (we) can't rip families apart who have been here for 25 years.
On the Gingrich's website, there is a plan that outlines several steps that would need to be taken before implementing the local board plan:
Secure the border by January 1, 2014;
Make it easier to deport people; set up a guest-worker program;
Streamline the visa process;
Make English the official language of government;
Promote immigration among high-skilled foreign workers (especially those with skills in math and science);
Punish employers who hire illegal immigrants;
Require immigrants to take a comprehensive test on American history;
Then set up the boards to determine who can stay and who should leave.
"I have a very clear position," Gingrich says,....... "I have not suggested amnesty for 11 million people.....I am for a path to legality for those people who's ties are so deeply into America and would truly be tragic to try and rip their family apart."
No matter what you think of Gingrich's plan or position, I think he is being honest and practical, as opposed to other conservatives' calls to find, detain then deport up to 25 million illegal aliens. Doing that is just not practical. What say you?
Critics of President Obama felt little holiday cheer after the president did not thank God in his Thanksgiving-themed weekly Internet address. They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.
"Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?" columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post, "Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."
Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.
"His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God," Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio wrote.
"What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address." wrote the London Daily Mail on-line edition.
Ironically, the attacks on Obama came as the Republican White House hopefuls suspended their criticism of the president on Thursday in favor of a unified message of thanks to U.S. service members and their families.
To be fair: Three of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum all issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements.
So why all the anti-Obama backlash on his failure to mention God in a Thanksgiving Day tradition started over 350 years ago? I don't mind Obama failing to mention God,......to have him do so would be like paying a prostitute to tell you she loves you. If you click on the link to the full story above, you see almost 34,000 comments. If the last 30 or so are any measurement of the rest, most of the people commenting are supportive of Obama's speech seeing the criticism as "unfair" or "political in nature" or "akin to pole vaulting over mouse turds".
Those commentators must be among the 15% of the American population who believe that WWF wrestling is real or the 50% who voted for Obama in the first place....... BTW - Hows that Hope and Change working out for you?
The reason that some of us are agitated about Obama omitting God in a traditional Thanksgiving Day speech is because it is the latest example in a long line of anti-American, anti-Christian gestures, comments, speeches, regulations, court opinions and political direction of this Administration. It is not only just a consistent pattern but gives even the most critical thinker an insight into the Obama philosophy. And Yes, frankly I think he is a Muslim.....a closet Muslim, but a Muslim nonetheless. Why else would he hate this Country?
From the The Washington Post
August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President by Matt Patterson
Cowboy's Comment: It took some guts for Matt Patterson to write this especially for liberal periodicals. Maybe some of the left is as tired of do nothing Obama and the rest of us are with what he has done....nothing good to be sure.
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present") ; and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.
And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama's "spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama's colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:
To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass.
Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -- held to a lower standard -- because of the color of his skin.
And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) "non-threatening," all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon -- affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist.
Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin -- that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't racism, then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.
True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough forColumbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary. What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks?
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?
In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.
There is increasingly talk around the nation as elements of Obamacare make their way into people's consciousness. Nancy Pelosi was right when she said “we have to pass the Obamacare Bill to see what is in it.”
Separate Physician's conferences, in Washington D.C. and Chicago, IL made it clear that the seniors are going to suffer under Obamacare "support care" mandates as opposed to the current status of treatment plans developed between the patient, the patient’s family and the Doctor’s.
Sarah Plain was right when she said Obamacare has “Government Death Panels” in the ladder of medical care. The Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), is a 15 person panel appointed by the President, to review what kind of health services Medicare should and should not provide as a way to save money. What that means is that, inevitably, significant numbers of people on Medicare won’t get the care they need, and thanks to the single-payer system, lack of Government use of existing free enterprise medical insurance providers (read individual choice) and the fact that the government has received money for those Medicare premiums. Most people, particular the elderly, will have little choice but to suffer more and die more quickly.
But make no mistake about it,…this is not a medical issue,…this is a freedom issue. And choice between the America we have established and enjoyed, paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of patriots, to an America ran by bureaucrats. This is simply an issue of a select group of people (read Democrats), who see themselves as elite, seizing control over the population. More control than what is allowed, or enumerated, by the Constitution.
Obamacare must be re-called…… Individual freedoms restored…….the the Government must embrace the Constitution once more. Many prominent Republicans and Patriots see this clearly and have published works outlining the core issues and solutions. It is imperative we select a conservative to the Executive Office and restore a Republican majority to the Senate. The latest, and not so latest, works by Conservatives who are defining the cause:
In the world shadow of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister Julia Gillard - Australia sure isn't backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen. A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. The whole world needs a leader like this, none more so than the United States!
Prime Minister Gillard told Australian Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: "IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT... Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians."
"This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!"
"Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture."
"We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us."
"This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE. If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted."
Clarence J. Brown (R-OH), taking a cue from Democrat President Harry S. Truman’s 1949 speech which was billed as a “pie for everyone” speech, was able to get the following poem into the Congressional record, citing it from a prominent Democrat from Georgia. I guess things haven't changed that much in 62 years,.....Democrats still buying votes with entitlement promises and programs. The biggest change in 62 years? The deficit of course, which is now at $15 trillion and counting.
In case you can’t read the document, here are the words to the poem:
Father, must I go to work?
No, my lucky son.
We’re living now on Easy Street
On dough from Washington
We’ve left it up to Uncle Sam,
So don’t get exercised.
Nobody has to give a damn –
We’ve all been subsidized.
But if Sam treats us all so well
And feeds us milk and honey,
Please, Daddy, tell me what the hell
He’s going to use for money.
Don’t worry. Bub, there’s not a hitch
In this here noble plan –
He simply soaks the filthy rich
And helps the common man.
But Father won’t there come a time
When they run out of cash
And we have left them not a dime
When things will go to smash?
My faith in you is shrinking, son,
You nosy little brat.
You do too much damn thinking, son.
To be a Democrat.
Transparency? Obama's campaign promise to have the most transparent government in history turns out just like Nancy Pelosi's promise of the same kind. Not! The Obama administration continues to keep things under wraps,...from executive orders, to hiding e-mails a concerning Fast and Furious, Solyndra and others,...and the most glaring non-transparent issue of our time, not to mention the Obama presidency is the non-release of school records, travel, employment,
passport and birth certificate. This continues to give fuel to the "Manchurian candidate" conspiracy buffs.
Congressional Corruption. Pelosi's makes money on stock IPO (initial purchase option or going public) after being involved in insider information pertaining to legislation on credit card companies. Pelosi's husband, San Francisco businessman Paul Pelosi, purchased millions in Visa stock just before Visa, also based in San Francisco, was undergoing a large IPO. Pelosi has failed to date to answer the question whether she considered it a conflict of interest for she and her husband to participate "in a very large IPO deal from Visa at a time there was major legislation affecting the credit card companies" making its way through Congress. Well, to be fair, Pelosi did answer the question in a manner befitting someone with something to hide,...."What you're contending is not true,...the fact is your basic premise is a false one.".....WHAT?
Failed Budget Budget Amendment. The House failed to pass a balanced budget amendment, largely on partisan lines.....the vote being 261 in favor and 165 opposed, short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass the amendment onto the Senate, where it would surely die anyway in a leftist controlled, Harry Reid led Senate. We are now over $15 Trillion in debt and the only something like 24 Democrats Congressmen voted for a balanced budget. With projected failure,
caused by Democratic sabotage, of the debt reduction committee's mission to cut $1.2 Trillion, this country will see inflation, more unemployment, people on the welfare and poverty rolls and another National credit rating reduction.
War Numbers Skewed. A reader sent me an editorial written by some idiot in South Texas who asked a rhetorical question to the effect "Ten years of war; Billions spent in Iraq and Afghanistan; 6,000 soldiers dead; where has that got us?" Well, I have some numbers for him: Two countries liberated; 50 million people freed; populations of several other countries now embracing freedom;
AND,.....None,...Zip,...Nada one terrorist attack on our homeland since Sept 11th, 2001.
Newly released documents demonstrate, once again, the blatant pro-Big Labor bias of President Barack Obama's appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The Obama administration lawyer responsible for the outrageous complaint against Boeing that could destroy thousands of jobs in Right to Work South Carolina joked in an internal email about taking a job with Airbus, the plane manufacturer heavily subsidized by European governments.
What NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon said next is even more telling.....
"We screwed up the American economy and now we can tackle Europe ."
Looking at the nightly news, I don't think the Big Governments of Europe need Lafe Solomon's help to wreck the economy.
While Solomon may claim to be joking, the impact of the Boeing case could indeed be disastrous for the economy.
As you may recall, Solomon is scheming to force thousands of Boeing Company jobs from South Carolina to Washington State , where International Association of Machinists (IAM) union bosses can force workers to pay dues or "fees" as a condition of employment.
The goal is clear: paralyze the decision-making of job providers like Boeing as they consider where to expand their businesses and create new jobs -- unless they are willing to cave in to pressure from union bosses and federal bureaucrats.
If the NLRB rubber stamps this despicable union-boss greed, job providers across the country could be forced to get approval from union bosses before they expand their businesses.
It's a blatant attack on the rights of workers and businesses alike.
And as the economy continues to struggle, it's the last thing we need.
Thanks to the generosity of Foundation supporters, after Solomon filed the complaint we immediately launched an aggressive media blitz in South Carolina offering free legal aid to Boeing employees.
Our extensive outreach paid off, and three Boeing workers contacted the Foundation for free legal aid.
Dennis Murray, one of the Boeing employees, told local news reporters that the Obama Labor Board is "forgetting the little people...they're forgetting the people trying to make a living and feed their families."
But Solomon didn't just forget about the workers -- he actively opposed their intervention in the case.
And now we learn that Solomon has been cracking jokes about the impact of his decision to do Big Labor's bidding at the expense of American workers and the economy.
"If I lose my job, my family will be devastated," Murray explained.
The newly released documents only confirm what I already knew -- I'm proud to stand with these courageous Boeing employees fighting back against outrageous bullying from union bosses and an out-of-control Obama Labor Board.
Cowboy's comment: It is inconceivable that people in the U.S. still do not have a right to work without paying Union dues, which of a large percentage is used in support of politicians (read Democrats) who what to perpetuate the system of Union domination in the workplace and the resultant degradation of the U.S. Economy.
Joe Biden, perhaps the least mentally capable person ever to occupy the Office of the Vice President, is now calling for an official investigation of a journalist who dared to question the Veep about his ludicrous claims that crime would sky rocket,....that rape and murder would go greatly increase, if Congress did not pass Obama's latest stimulus spending plan, titled under the cover of a Jobs Bill.
The encounter between a journalist named Mattera and Vice-Prez Biden took place like this:
Mattera: "Do you regret using a rape reference to describe Republican opposition to the president's bill?"
Biden: " I didn't use it. No, no, no, what I said,... let's get it straight, guys.... Don't screw around with me....Let's get it straight..... Listen to me...... I said rape was up, three times, in Flint (meaning Flint, Michigan). They're the numbers, go look at the numbers. Murder's up, rape is up, burglary's up, that's exactly what I said."
Mattera: "And if Republicans don't pass this bill, then rape will continue to rise?"
Biden: "Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise."
Of course, there are no statistics to back Biden claims up, after all the truth or proof never stopped Democrats before. What is really telling is Biden's attitude and subsequent call for an "investigation" into Mattera. Biden forgets that he works for the People,.....and this Country, at least now, it not Venezuela or Cuba or Russia or Iran, where the elected leaders control a police state. Now matter how Biden and Obama wish it so.
I was not planning on writing anything about this, but too many people asked me to address it and certainly there are some people who did not hear or read about this primarily because the liberal media tends to minimize news that embarrasses the Obama Administration.
While Obama was in France last week attending the G-20 summit in Cannes, he shared the stage with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Unaware that the microphones were on, Sarkozy leans over to Obama and says "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar." Obama replies ""You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you."
Not reported on initially, possibly because most foreign journalist's have something akin to a journalistic moral (unlike the majority, leftist media in this country) in what they may have considered a private accord. However, this event became known through the internet and affirmed by several news agencies on site during the gaffe.
Senior White House Propaganda Secretary in Chief, Jay Carney, declined to comment on the conversation.
What does this mean to the U.S? Well for one it's another case of American disrespect of Israel and the third world (read Islamist Terr organizations and States like Iran) tend to read between the lines and are very good at reading U.S. intentions through ill thought speech like what was caught between Butt Clown Sarkozy and American Apologist in Chief Obama.
No doubt, as we try to navigate dealing with the Iranian Nuclear capability it will degrade not only how the rest of the world and key players in the Middle East see the U.S., but it will degrade how serious Iran takes the U.S. resolve.
And what's damn sad about this one of many episodes of Obama dissing Israel is that the majority of Jewish Americans will still vote for the Democrat party. The only friend to Israel in the last three decades has been Republican Administrations.
Another aspect to this story is the anti-semantic tone Sarkozy and Obama which is in line with the Occupy Wall Street movement that is giving new life to the age old racist notion that "evil Jewish Bankers" control the World's money supply.
Being the class act that he is, Benjamin Netanyahu, when asked about Sarkozy and Obama's comments, responds "Is Obama a friend of Israel? Is Sarkozy a friend of Israel? The answer to this is yes, and, as far as I'm concerned, that is what's important."
Coming out of Fox News, The Daily Beast, the Blaze and multiple other sources, a United States Air Force general is blowing the whistle on another alleged White House scandal, but few in the news media seem to be listening.
According to General William Shelton, the commanding officer of U.S. Air Force's space command, he was told to alter his testimony before the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Strategic Forces regarding an Obama White House attempt to award a defense contract to the Lightsquared firm. Lightsquared is a high-tech company doing business in Virginia that's owned by billionaire Philip Falcone, an Obama friend and campaign contributor.
According to the National Legal and Policy Center , Phil Falcone had visited the White House and made large cash contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Soon after, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted his LightSquared a highly unusual waiver that allows the company to build out a national 4G wireless network on the cheap.
Republican lawmakers say that after Falcon's visit, the Obama White House allegedly tried to push through a Lightsquared's proposed wireless network regardless of the objections emanating from military commanders who believed the project could disrupt key U.S. satellite systems.
At a hearing on Thursday, lawmakers on strategic forces subcommittee, especially the Republican chairman, Michael Turner, requested that the House Oversight Committee investigate if Falcone's company garnered any type of special treatment from the White House or from Obama appointees. The hearing came after a report by a blogger on a news and commentary web site alleged that the Obama White House pressed General Shelton to downplay his concerns about the proposed Lightsquared system.
"Under extremely unusual circumstances, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently granted a company called LightSquared the right to use wireless spectrum to build out a national 4G wireless network. LightSquared will get the spectrum for a song, while its competitors have to spend billions," according to NLPC's Ken Boehm.
President Obama's underlings deny any wrongdoing, and officials at Lightsquared denied the charges that it is receiving preferential treatment from President Obama or his staff. Republican staff members on the subcommittee say that the decorated General Shelton told the lawmakers that Obama administration officials urged the general to describe Lightsquared's system favorably during his congressional testimony.
During the hearing, General Shelton told committee members that the wireless broadband network manufactured by Lightsquared would have a negative impact on the current Global Positioning System (GPS) relied on by both the U.S. military and private sector users of the GPS. General Shelton told the committee members: Tests with Defense Department experts, civilian agencies and others "indicate the LightSquared terrestrial network operating in the originally proposed manner poses significant challenges for almost all GPS users."
The general insisted through his spokesperson on Friday that he had not "watered down his testimony due to alleged White House pressure." According to a source familiar with the Lightsquared probe, many officers at the Pentagon are highly suspicious of the President, the White House staff and even Obama's appointees at the Defense Department.
Another occurrence being probed is that the allegation that Lightsquared at first offered to sell satellite phones on its network, however the Federal Communications Commission allegedly issued a special waiver to the firm thus allowing sell terrestrial-based wireless service to other companies.
Department of Defense officials. such as General Shelton, in the past have raised concerns about interference with GPS users, and the FCC would then promise to disallow a firm to begin operating their network until after intense testing is carried out to ensure there is no disruption to satellite navigation.
The head of the FCC declined to appear before the committee on Thursday, which the chairman, Turner, called an "affront" to the panel. Meanwhile, Falcone and Lightsquared executives are taking the offensive by giving Obama-friendly journalists at Politico exclusive interviews.
LightSquared CEO. Sanjiv Ahuja, and its billionaire backer, Phil Falcone, denied all allegations (Really?) that the wireless company used its political pull with the Obama administration to secure approval of its business plans with the Defense Department.
“It’s just very disappointing that people are not seeing the facts here, and [that] this has become a real political issue,” Falcone, a senior executive at the hedge fund firm Harbinger Capital, said during his Politico interview. “It’s not a function of being a Democrat or a Republican, it’s about trying to be an innovator. … It’s very disappointing and frustrating that we are getting stonewalled like this. … I kinda scratch my head every single day and say I can’t believe this is happening.”
Falcone and Ahuja denied receiving special treatment (Really?) from the White House or the FCC in their ongoing quest to become the nation’s first wholesale wireless broadband provider, according to Politico.
But some observers see things differently. Mike Baker, a political strategist and a former military officer, believes that this investigation needs to be taken to wherever or whomever it leads. He's like to see a special prosecutor appointed.
"This is a very important national security issue, not some politically-motivated witch hunt like the Valerie Plame-CIA case. But we all know that with the news media protecting this president, the chances of anything being done are slim or none," he quipped.
"First of all, we know what motivates politicians and big business. In the middle you have a career officer who is a four-star general. Whom would you believe? What's in it for General Shelton to make up stories?" Baker asks.
"Let's hope General Shelton sticks to his guns and that more Pentagon and Justice Department officials decide enough is enough from this administration," Baker added.
Cowboy's comment: Figure the odds on Eric Holder doing anything about this,....remember Mark Rich?,....or the radical black militants intimindating voters in Philly?.....Solyndra?,.....how about Fast and Furious? All these events would lead a blind man to reckon that the Obama Adminstration is safe from investigation by a Holder led Justice Department.
I am grateful for someone sending me the link to a coalition of County Sheriffs in Northern California and Southern Oregon who are standing up for the people against intrusions into Liberty (and dare I say common sense) by the Federal Government.
The 10th Amendment, stating "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people." It designed to restrict powers of the Federal Government, yet the Federal Government uses the "commerce clause" as well as Presidential edict,..err,....executive orders and cabinet agency regulations to grab more and more power.
Back to these counties,.....who are facing execution of uninhibited powers by the Federal Government in destroying dams that provide water and electrical power in favor of fish; shutting down access roads to Federal Lands that will minimize the Counties' ability to access and conduct search and rescue operations, and, search for marijuana fields operated by foreign nationals, notably Mexican nationals, in the employ of Mexican cartels.
Access to recreational areas for hikers, bikers and horseback riding as well as fishing are all affected. Other Federal Regulatory infringement kills the lumber industry and hurts the farming and ranching that have been the life of multiple generations of families.
The video below is long, 64 minutes, but worth every second of your attention.
There are eight county sheriffs from Northern California and Southern Oregon speaking on a panel to Defend Rural America on 22 October 2011. Despite the low media coverage there were about 700 people in attendance from all over California, Oregon and as far away as Wyoming. The sheriffs made it perfectly clear that they are the last line of defense for their citizens and given authority by the 10th
Herman Cain is defending himself from sexual harassment allegations, but that didn't stop him from joking about Anita Hill, the college professor who made similar allegations against Clarence Thomas during his Supreme Court nomination hearings 20 years ago.
A Fox News camera captured Cain laughing about Hill during a campaign stop in Kalamazoo, Mich., Thursday, when a supporter brought up the professor's name.
"You hear the latest news today? Anita Hill is going to come …" a man told Cain, the conclusion of his statement muffled by the crowd.
"Is she going to endorse me?" Cain joked, as he and the crowd laughed heartily.
I am thinking "so what"? People are attacking Cain for this?! Cain did not introduce Anita Hill's name (which is obviously not a name that is backed up with a lot of credibility since her baseless attacks on another conservative black public figure - now Associate Justice Clarence Thomas), ...ohh,..but I am getting off track here,......again, Herman Cain did not bring up Hill's name,.... some reporter did, and Cain made a facetious (and funny) comment. If you have problems with this - go stick your head in a toilet......as a bus station.
So now this event adds to the plate of rotten vegetables the liberal media is using to drive Herman Cain off the Presidential Candidate podium. Rational people have got to ask, "Why is the liberal media much harder on Cain than anyone else?" The other black presidential candidate this decade, Barack Obama, received not only an absolute pass from the media, but this "objective" media championed his agenda as well, giving him a pass on everything from citizenship issues to lack of experience.
The reason I think Herman Cain is such a target is that the Liberal-Leftist society of this country is scared to death of a black man with conservative views holding such a position. This would surely rock the very foundation of the liberal think-speak, which bases one of the foundation platforms on the concept that white conservative America is to blame for the poor economic condition of black America. The liberal-leftist establishment needs for black America to believe this, so they continue to get the vast majority of black-Americans voting Democratic. Herman Cain explains this best when he says words to the effects "that he left the
Democratic Plantation long ago."
Another Conservative blog to visit from time too time is JustThoughtsOffCenter. CowboysAndTeaParties particularly likes the call to electoral action under the "A Few Suggestions" post which can be found here:
It seems that ThoughtsJustOffCenter is a Newt Gingrich supporter, which shows they are clear thinking (Newt is the smartest, most experienced candidate) as well proving they are judging substance over prettiness......as Newt is pretty damn ugly as most would admit; although Ron Paul ain't a pretty picture either.
Anyway check out this site for right thinking commentary.
Rick Perry’s Debate Debacle. Last night Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) apparently pooped in his bed when he flubbed his answer for what three government agencies he would get rid of if he were President. It’s actually pretty damn funny. Readers of this site will recognize that I’m not pushing for a Rick Perry nomination as the Republican candidate for President. I think Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich are mush better candidates, however really anyone would be a better President than the guy we have in office now,….even Joe the Plumber. The only excuse I would put forth for Perry is that he is a sitting Governor and has much more current responsibilities than anyone else on the debate stage, which greatly minimizes his preparation time. I just saying,...
Continued Attacks on Cain. This is the subject that makes my blood boil the most these past few days. About every liberal and leftist scum bag (there I go being overly redundant again) is attacking Cain on the sexual harassment allegations. These are the same losers and apologists when Clinton, Barney Frank, Anthony Weiner and other Dems were accused about sexual harassment, sexual assault and pornographic tendencies.
Some of the black commentators are fomenting racial division by claiming that the “rich, white” republicans will be furious with Herman Cain for sexual harassing a white, blonde woman. They call Cain “the Republican’s one Black friend”. Lost on at least 40% of the population,…….. mainly liberals, leftists, socialists and welfare cheats,……. is the undeniable fact that the only racists in today’s America are those liberals, leftists, socialists and welfare cheats who use racism and the threat of branding people as racists in order to validate their ideology.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Aka the stimulus money pit or the Chris Dodd-Barney Frank fleecing of America . After Fannie Mae received $112.6 Billion in stimulus money (courtesy of the taxpayers of course), made necessary for Dodd and Frank’s extensive lobbying against financial oversight of these institutions, now Fannie is asking for another $7.8 Billion in federal aid. When is the Federal Government and especially the spending addicted Democrats going figure out that throwing good money after bad is not to fix anything. And not only is it not going to fix anything, it is going to make things worse.
I think that no matter his personal issues with multiple divorces and campaign staff reported deserting him early in the campaign, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich remains one of the smartest, and most experienced Republicans candidates. He is starting to get a lot more support in the Republican primary, practically quadrupling his numbers in the last two months. Here is what he has to say about Tax Simplification:
A significant amount of attention during this campaign has focused on simplifying the tax code. There is no question that our tax code has become a burden to the American people and must be reformed. In our 21st Century Contract With America, we address tax simplification in a way that is both bold and pragmatic. As Speaker of the House of Representatives, I led the effort to reform welfare, resulting in 66% of those on welfare getting a job or going to school. So I know what it takes to actually pass historic reforms. The 21st Century Contract With America has a tax simplification plan that I am uniquely qualified to pass through Congress. Here is the plan you have helped us develop:
All tax filers would be given the option to pay their income taxes under the current income tax provisions or choose to pay income taxes under a lower single rate of taxation of 15% or less with limited deductions.
This optional flat tax reform could save taxpayers more than an estimated $400 billion in compliance costs each year such as record keeping, paying for tax advice, and filling out complicated tax returns. This savings doesn't even account for eliminating the countless hours of aggravation and worry and the sheer complexity of tax compliance. These tax compliance savings are the functional equivalent of a permanent, pro-growth tax cut and will provide a substantial boost to our annual growth rate.
This faster, flatter, fairer tax structure would also be simple: tax returns could be done on a single page. Subtract from your income a standard deduction and deductions for charity and home ownership, multiply the result by the fixed single rate of taxation of 15% or less, and the process is over. Gone will be the stressful hours spent figuring out whether you qualify for this or that deduction. No more headaches trying to determine where estimated tax payments go. Tax preparation fees could be money spent on something more rewarding.
Such an optional flat tax system would create a new standard deduction, which would be above the established poverty level, meaning an optional flat tax would not unfairly target the poor. And because the flat tax is optional, it does not raise taxes on a single person or unfairly impact seniors or lower income workers.
Once we combine these pro-growth tax reforms with my other reform proposals for welfare reform, social security, and lower spending contained in the 21st Century Contract with America, we will experience a stunning and swift turnaround in the economy.
The U.S Government is reported deploying Elmo from Sesame Street to the Middle East to help teach Radical Islamists about tolerance. Fox News commented that this needs to be a Special Forces Elmo.
I waiting on the Government to announce a Sesame Street Special Operations Unit. Imagine the havoc a fully trained and equipped Cookie Monster could bring on terrorist camps! But knowing this administration, the unit would become a public affairs type unit, dolling out candy and dollars, while the Radical Islamists built vest bombs.
With the turn to violence and vandalism across this country at many of the "Occupy Whatever" movement protests, there are an increase in Leftist talking points calling the Tea Party a racist and violent organization. This is, of course, to re-direct observation of (obscure if you will) the issue of leftist anti-capitalistic violence. While is there NO evidence or proof of Tea Party racism nor violence at Tea Party rallies, the violence of the Occupy Movement in Oakland, not to mention the increasingly vulgar acts of vandalism at most of the other Occupy Protest locations cast a distinct difference between these two groups. You never saw nasty, vile acts like people stuffing business trash cans with bags of human feces or jars of urine at Tea Party rallies like is reported by some many business at the Occupy Wall Street protests. What to Occupy something? Occupy a Job!
Shame on Nancy Pelosi and her comparisons of these two movements. Hey Nancy, you idiot, here's what the FBI calls a clue (sorry Wayne),...the Tea Party stands for smaller, more effective and efficient Government as well as the return to Constitutional values of individual property rights, free enterprise and deregulation from the burdensome Government over reach of powers. What does the Occupy movement stand for? Nobody really knows except for entitlements and government give-me's, taxing the rich, vandalism and total disrespect for other people's rights especially those who disagree, and double especially standing against authority......ten injured Oakland police officers will attest to that.
Then we have Michael Moore, who has more chins than Carter's Got Pills (that means a butt load for you young people who fail to get the comparison). Moore the biggest, or is it fattest?, supporter of the occupy movement, besides George Soros and SEIU, is out there running his big, fat mouth and rapidly becoming the biggest hypocrite in history with his bilking of the American population of more than $50 million dollars to see his crap movies.
And then we can complete the newest look at Liberal double standards with what the Left has done to Herman Cain. My God!,....there are three anonymous people making sexual harassment accusations against Mr Cain in complete contradiction against the right to affront your accusers. Lawyers for these three women attack Cain while saying their clients want to remain in the shadows even after the National Restaurant Association gave the lawyers permission for their clients to break the confidentiality agreements and speak in public about their accusations. It's easy to cast allegation when you can remain hidden.
At least when Bill Clinton was accused of sexual assault,..numerous times by the way,...and when Barney Frank was accused by young men of homosexual come-ons, at least these accusers stood up and identified themselves right away.
Someone asked me a rhetorical question the other day,.....Don't they (the Left) have any Shame? The answer is obvious,...they don't.
A system of government whereby the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
How to use in a sentence: The Obama Administration, through socialist executive orders and unconstitutional laws, took a Constitutional Republic and turned it into a Ineptocracy.
Those of us keeping track of the infamous “Fast and Furious” debacle, where the U.S. Justice Department not only armed Mexican Drug Cartels, but the action directly lead to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, are well aware of the name Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General who heads the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Breuer is a major Butt Clown, who recently said words to the effect that “if Agent Terry was not killed by a firearm from Fast and Furious, he would have been killed by another gun sold illegally by a U.S. gun dealer.”
Make no mistake about it, this Justice Department and this Administration has an anti-second amendment agenda. It is very telling that Mexico President Calderon is silent,......completely silent about the U.S. Government arming Mexican Drug Cartels,.....whereas in previous speaking engagements he has towed the Obama Administration line about the U.S. gun dealers arming cartels.
For one of the more recent article on Breuer’s go to Townhall here.
First the Nation suffered from the Chris Dodd-Barney "Mumbles" Frank cover of bundled junk mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mack and dump truck loads of taxpayer money wasted for bailouts.....now we have another east coast Democrat, former NJ Governor John Corzine, now an executive of MF Global, no where to be found after after MF Global admits to using client's money to cover it's financial troubles after European debt problems caused a multi-billion dollar loss.
It is, of course, against the law for securities firms to pool clients' money and company money. They are require by law to keep them in separate accounts. Now it is reported that hundreds of millions of dollars of customer's money have gone missing from the brokerage firm.
Corzine, 64, who once ran Goldman Sachs before becoming a U.S. senator and then governor of New Jersey , had been taking big risks on trades and European debt and was exposed after failing to find buyers for this debt, primarily in Italy , Spain and Portugal . Initially it was reported that over $950 million was missing, but the the latest figure, said to be more accurate is closer to $700 million....boy! that's a relief!!
MF Global filed for bankruptcy earlier this week and now many media outlets are reporting the Corzine is getting a $12 million dollar bonus for his excellent work. Hey, Occupy Wall Street protestors,....got a better address for your protests!
It is just ludicrous that the Democrats are painting this as a Republican problem. Here's a clue,......Barney Frank,.....Chris Dodd,..Barack Obama,......John Corzine,......are all Democrats!
Yet another black mark against Attorney General Eric Holder comes to the surface.
Eric Holder, still pushing back against Congress’ attempts to get to the truth of the “fast and Furious” gun-running fiasco, is now exposed for the reverse racism practiced by his Justice Department. The public first saw Holder’s skewed view of justice when he failed to prosecute uniformed, baton wielding Black militants intimidating white voters outside of Philadelphia polling stations.
Although the Department of Justice's prosecution of these Black militants began in the very last days of the Bush administration, the case was dropped by the Justice Department after Eric Holder took over.
One of the lawyers, J. Christian Adams, who was one of the prosecutors on that case resigned in protest. Adams has now penned a book, titled “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department” exposing the radical and reverse racism agenda of the Holder Department of Justice.
According to Thomas Sowell, a well known national conservative author and editorial voice,…..”Despite the efforts of some in the media and in politics to depict the voter intimidation in Philadelphia as just an isolated incident involving a few thugs at one voting place, former U.S. Attorney Adams shows that these thugs were in fact part of a nationwide organization doing similar things elsewhere. Moreover, the civil rights division of the Justice Department has turned the same blind eye to similar voter intimidation and corruption of the voting process by other people and other organizations in other cities and states — so long as those being victimized were white and the victimizers were black.”
“This is all spelled out in detail, naming names and naming places, not only among those in the country at large, but also among those officials of the Justice Department who turned its role of protecting the civil rights of all Americans into a policy of racial partisanship and racial payback. The widespread, organized and systematic corruption of the voting process revealed by the author of "Injustice" is on a scale that can swing not only local but national elections, including the 2012 elections. The Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has not only turned a blind eye to blatant evidence of voter fraud, it has actively suppressed those U.S. Attorneys in its own ranks who have tried to stop that fraud.”
With recent revelations on Indiana voter fraud pertaining to Obama’s right to have been on the Presidential ballot and with insider’s claiming that Holder considers himself a black man first, as opposed to the Nation’s Attorney General first, there is plenty of reason to suspect and investigate this administration and this Justice Department for intent to manipulate elections and subsequently the results in order to attain their anti-American, socialist agenda,……even as the ship is sinking.