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Friday, November 30, 2012

Government Assault on Religious Liberties

Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. CEO and founder, David Green:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees.

We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage. But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill.

We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy.

Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running.

Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs.

It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody. Yet that's not true.

The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. Yet it won't exempt them for reasons of proven religious beliefs.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.


David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lame Stream Media - Lap Dogs for Highest Bidder?

Lame Stream Media - Lap Dogs for Highest Bidder? We have often accused the main stream (aka lame stream) media as beng lap dogs for Obama and any George Soros sponsored causes. Now if appears some of them are also lap dogs for foreign governments manipulating the news to benefit these foreign countries.

New reports, buried by liberal media reveals CNN is paid by foreign governments to produce content disguised as news. 

Former CNN Journalist Amber Lyon:  "I started getting employees at CNN, longtime employees, approaching me saying, “You should investigate this. This is very suspicious. Something’s going on here.”

"And we found out that, which was really, I felt defrauded as a journalist, we found out that at the same time I was being detained and risking my life to expose the Bahrain regime, CNN International is taking money from them in exchange for producing content that it airs on CNN International. Content disguised as news."

"I mean one of these programs, the reporter, Richard Quest, was reporting live from Bahrain for a week. And on a program called iList, and that program made Bahrain seem progressive. And the crown prince was a reformer."

"And as an employee at CNN, I was never told that this was going on. Also viewers are not being told that CNN is being paid by state regimes some with horrific human rights records to air content disguised as news, which they’re often not even telling the viewers that this content was paid for by government. And, Alex, on a journalistic level, this is horrific."

From the Alex Jones Channel:

The Amber Lyon story is just the latest in a series of articles that expose the total Joseph Goebbels like censorship rampant in mainstream media today. The first one I posted several weeks ago exposed how the NY Times basically just regurgitates whatever government officials tell them, while the other showcased how an NPR reporter covering D.C. had to leave and do her own thing out of frustration. This is precisely why alternative media sites are taking off. They provide the only outlets left for genuine journalism.

So back to Amber. Back in March 2011, CNN sent a four person team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Once there, the crew was the subject of extreme intimidation amongst other things, but they were able to record some fantastic footage. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK's Guardian writes in his blockbuster article:

"In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives' abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime."

Despite these accolades, and despite the dangers their own journalists and their sources endured to produce it, CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.

Having just returned from Bahrain, Lyon says she "saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn't believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting."

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

More Obama Administration Corruption

Air Force General blows whistle on Obama, but media deaf is the title of a rare on line article detailing Obama Adminstration corruption. As if giving away Tax Payer money to his buddies in he failed Solar Power industry, Obama pushes DoD to give contracts to his other buddies and campaign contributors.

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 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 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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Wisdom of Bill Whittle

Bill Whittle's provides some dead on wisdom and advice for Republicans.   Bill Whittl is a political and motivational speaker. The video below is Bill talking at David Horowitz's Restoration Weekend at the Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida. November 15th - 18th, 2012.

Mr Whittle gets it, he discusses Mitt Romney, Captialism, failure of Democrat controlled government, ....about Republicans failure to get their message across,...about Obama's debacle over Benghazi when he let four Americans die - then lied about it.

Visit Bill Whittle at his site here.

Go to Blip TV to see this video with all of the comments by those who have watched.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nice! Obama Buddy, Egyptian President Morsi, Grants Himself Extra Power

Make no mistake about it, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's agenda is to turn Egypt into a anti-Israel, Sharia loving, Radical Muslim country. Currently there are riots in Egypt over Morsi's declaration that his decisions made as President are above the Egyptian courts. 

Morsi, a long time Muslim Brotherhood member, from the same Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization that Obama hosted at the White House which surely made the Founders turn over in their graves, has now granted himself far reaching powers, and, running Christian and moderate Muslim out of the legislative assembly.

This is the same mutt who gave political support to Hamas shooting rockets into Israel population centers.

Now that Morsi and Obama (sounds like a Muslim Law Firm) have brokered some type of pause for peace in the region, it will give Hamas time to re-group from their ass whupping and bring in more rockets from Iran and additional help from Egypt.

Egypt, who was once a force for peace in the Middle East, will turn out to be a major aggressive enemy of Israel once Morsi gets consolidated and Hamas re-arms which is the entire intent of the brokered peace.  Add Hezbollah entrenched to Israel's north plus the Iranian nuclear threat and things are dire for Israel.

The below is from an AP article by Hamza Hendawi:

Egypt's Morsi grants himself far-reaching powers

Egypt's president on Thursday issued constitutional amendments that placed him above judicial oversight and ordered the retrial of Hosni Mubarak for the killing of protesters in last year's uprising.

Mohammed Morsi also decreed immunity for the Islamist-dominated panel drafting a new constitution from any possible court decisions to dissolve it, a threat that had been hanging over the controversial assembly.

Liberal and Christian members withdrew from the assembly during the past week to protest what they say is the hijacking of the process by Morsi's allies, who they saw are trying to push through a document that will have an Islamist slant marginalizing women and minority Christians and infringing on personal liberties.

The Egyptian leader also decreed that all decisions he has made since taking office in June and until a new constitution is adopted and a new parliament is elected — which is not expected before next spring — are not subject to appeal in court or by any other authority. He also barred any court from dissolving the Islamist-led upper house of parliament, a largely toothless body that has also faced court cases.

The moves effectively remove any oversight on Morsi, the longtime Muslim Brotherhood figure who became Egypt's first freely elected president last summer after the Feb. 11, 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They come as Morsi is riding high on lavish praise from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for mediating an end to eight days of fighting between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

Morsi not only holds executive power, he also has legislative authority after a previous court ruling just before he took office on June 30 dissolved the powerful lower house of parliament, which was led by the Brotherhood. With two branches of power in his hands, Morsi has had repeated frictions with the third, the judiciary, over recent months.

"Morsi today usurped all state powers; appointed himself Egypt's new pharaoh," pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei wrote on his Twitter account. "A major blow to the revolution that could have dire consequences."

Saturday, November 24, 2012

States Moving Forward on Nullification

Nullification Goes Mainstream; States Defy Washington on Drugs and Health Care, from an article by John Rubino on Dollar, November 9, 2012. Read original article here.

This is a long, by powerful article which will undoubtabley spur debate over States Rights and the issue whether we are still a Constitutional Republic or just a Democracy ruled by special interest groups....aka the George Soros' sponsored anti-American causes and the Labor Unions. As the federal government gradually assimilates the rest of the country, a few states have begun to fight back. From the Kansas City Star:

No state-run health insurance exchanges in Missouri or Kansas

Missouri will be unable to implement a key provision of federal health care law, Gov.Jay Nixon announced Thursday.

Meantime, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownbacksays he won’t support an application from Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger to establish a state-federal health insurance marketplace.

That means it will be up to the federal government to establish health insurance exchanges in Missouri and Kansas. The exchanges are designed to be online marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can compare and buy private insurance plans.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the states face a Nov. 16 deadline to notify the federal government if they want to run their own insurance exchange. They must be open for business by 2014. When states do not open their own, the federal government will step in and set up an exchange.

“Obamacare,” Brownback said in a news release, “is an overreach by Washington and (Kansans) have rejected the state’s participation. … We will not benefit from it and implementing it could cost Kansas taxpayers millions of dollars.”

This kind of rebellion has deep historical roots. From the American Thinker blog:

The Nullification Movement

One thing overlooked in the uproar surrounding the election is the nullification of federal narcotics law in Washington state and Colorado. If these laws are allowed to stand without challenge from Eric Holder’s Justice Department, then the green light is on for nullifying any federal law — including ObamaCare.

Nullification is based upon the principle that is best described in the words of Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence:

“Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”

This simple statement asserts that no government may impose its will upon the people without their consent and that if the people make it known that they do not consent then the imposition is nullified. The very first time that a nullification resolution was passed in our history was the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798 to nullify the Alien and Sedition acts. The author of this resolution was Thomas Jefferson, who had to write the resolution in secret because if it were known that he was opposed to these acts, he would have been imprisoned, even though he was vice president at the time.

Jefferson had help from another of the founding fathers, James Madison. Madison wrote the Virginia Resolution, which nullified the Alien and Seditions Acts in Virginia. These nullification resolutions were never tested in court since in the next presidential election Jefferson became president, repealed the laws and pardoned all those who had been imprisoned under the Alien and Seditions acts. The idea of nullification became popular again in the decade leading up to the War Between the States as many northern states nullified fugitive slave laws.

Now two western states are using the principle of nullification against federal narcotics laws to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Both Colorado and Washington had legalization measures on the ballot, and the measures passed. But Kevin Sabet, the former Obama administration’s drug czar, stated:

“This is a symbolic victory for advocates, but it will be short-lived. They are facing an uphill battle with implementing this, in the face of presidential opposition and in the face of federal enforcement opposition.”

But as of yet, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency have not made a show of force by kicking in the doors of local head shops and hauling shopkeepers off to jail.

If the federal government does take action, it will likely be via lawsuit. They will argue the Supremacy Clause of the constitution. But the Supremacy Clause is not a slam dunk as some would have you think. In Federalist Paper #46 titled, “The Influence of the State and Federal Governments Compared,” Madison comments on the idea of supremacy:

“These gentlemen must here be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ultimate authority, wherever the derivative may be found, resides in the people alone….”

Ultimately, if the federal government loses, then nullification will be used to do away with many overreaching federal laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, which has shut down agriculture in California, or to the Clean Air Act, which threatens to cause rolling blackouts across the nation.

But Colorado and Washington are not alone in the nullification movement; six other states are challenging federal law. Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures guaranteeing health-care freedom, and Massachusetts approved a measure to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

Last spring, Virginia passed legislation prohibiting state and local agencies from cooperating with any federal attempt to exercise indefinite detention without due process under the National Defense Authorization Act.

Idaho’s Governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, signed the Health Freedom Act into law which essentially nullifies the Affordable Care Act.

The nullification movement is alive and well, and growing exponentially, and as a result the beltway bandits may see their power greatly diminished.

Some thoughts

Most non-libertarians will like some of these nullification moves and abhor others. Conservatives hate the idea of legal weed, for instance, and liberals can’t tolerate states running their own health care systems. In other words, both sides of the current US political establishment are all for a big, intrusive central government as long as it serves their ends, but dead set against it when it serves their ideological opponents. This philosophical, um, flexibility is what has allowed Washington to grow so steadily. When republicans are in charge, the powers of the federal police state grow. When democrats take over, the welfare state expands. Neither has the political capital to undo the other’s expansion, so federal power continues to metastasize.

Cowboys and Tea Parties comment:  The idea that "When republicans are in charge, the powers of the federal police state grow" is not true.  Look that what Obama has done and wants to do to increase the Government's Police and Security powers,.....the NDAA allowing the military to detain citizens without due process,....wanting to hire 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce Obamacare and other regulations that he declared unconstitutionally through executive order rather than through the legislative process.  Hey, here's a clue - it called the Legislature for a reason!!  Allowing Eric Holder's Justice Department to arm Mexican Drug Cartels with thousands of weapons.  No!  It's not the conservatives who are increasing the police state,'s the Socialists who are currently in power.

But now this process has begun to work in reverse. Liberal states are trying to push the feds out of the realms of drugs and sexual behavior, while conservative states are trying to reassert their dominance in economics. The result might be an irregular but steady erosion of federal power.

Cowboys and Tea Parties comment:  The erosion of federal power is a good thing when the federal government acts unconstitutionally and against the will of and best interests of the People. 

Very few dictators go down without a fight, however, so Washington might decide to make an example of rebellious states by asserting federal supremacy in the courts and then backing up favorable rulings with legal sanctions. Will it succeed or backfire? Who knows, but it will almost certainly energize the libertarian movement that Ron Paul helped create – which would be both educational and entertaining. So by all means, let nullification debate begin.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Geithner: No Debt Ceiling for Federal Government

Thanks to Elizabeth Harrington of for her article, "Treasury Secretary Geithner: Lift Debt Limit to Infinity" of a few days ago. This is another bit of news you'll never see in the Lap Dog media.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Friday that Congress should stop placing legal limits on the amount of money the government can borrow and effectively lift the debt limit to infinity.

On Bloomberg TV, “Political Capital” host Al Hunt asked Geithner if he believes “we ought to just eliminate the debt ceiling.”

“Oh, absolutely,” Geithner said.

“You do? Will you propose that?” Hunt asked

“Well, this is something only Congress can solve,” Geithner said. “Congress put it on itself. We've had 100 years of experience with it, and I think only once--last summer--did people decide to use it to threaten default on the American credit for the first time in history as a tool for political advantage. And that’s not a tenable strategy.”

Hunt then asked: “Is now the time to eliminate it?”

“It would have been time a long time ago to eliminate it,” Geithner said. “The sooner the better.”

Geithner’s Treasury Department quietly warned at the end of October that the Treasury would reach current legal limit on the federal government's debt by about the end of the year.

In August 2011, President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to lift the legal debt limit by another $2.4 trillion--allowing the government to borrow up to $16.394 trillion. However, as of the close of business on Thursday, the Treasury had only $154.3 billion of that $2.4 trillion in new borrowing authority left.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said last week that the Senate stands ready to increase the debt limit by another $2.4 trillion. “If it has to be raised, we’ll raise it,” Reid said.

Cowboy's and Tea Parties Comments: Are you kidding me? Hey Turbo Tax Tim, does the words "economic collapse" mean anything to you? How about "down graded bond rating"?,.....maybe "national bankruptcy" rings a bell.

This, increasing the debt limit, really is a stupid idea placing the future of this country and our children, their children and our great grand children at signifcant risk.

Imagine a family increasing their credit card limit then using the limit. This is the same thing. The more money the U.S. borrows the more of the national revenue has to be used to pay it off, therefore the less money to pay for anything else from entitlements and handouts to national defense. Anyone who advocates increasing the national debt limit does not have this Country's best interests in mind and in fact is intentionally placing this Country at great risk.

The only way this Country can come out of this spiraling budget disaster is to repeal anti-business regulations from burdening EPA regs to Obamacare and allow U.S. business to expand and fuel higher revenue. The more money people make, the more money they spend, the more tax revenue is collected and the faster we can pay off the debt,....but we have to also cut waste and abuse, and reform entitlement programs.

Senator Eric Cantor and the Republicans has it right with their "You Cut" program and when earlier this year, they would not approve of additional government funding via a Contuning Resolution (CR) unless the Dem's agreed to cutting funding from somewhere else. Remember that we still don;t have a federal budget. Senator Hary Reid will not allo the Senate to consider the House passed budgets and Obama's sole budget proposal was voted down 99 to 0. And the American people still re-elected these Butt Clowns. Unbelievable!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Obama Adminstration Lying,.....On Benghazi

Most of us should know by now that when Liberals call Conservatives "racists" it is because they cannot argue their case on the merits of facts and in most cases are caught in a lie. And there is no more bigger lie than what Obama and his cronies are saying about Benghazi.

Congressional Leaders,....Republicans that is,..... because the Democrats are not interested in getting to the truth on Benghazi, are planning on calling United Nations Ambassador Rice to testify on why she lied about the Terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and who prompted her to lie not only once by several times.  And Lie she did on nationally broadcasted television.

Disgraced former Army General and CIA Director Petraeus testified that the CIA talking points on the Terrorist Attacks were sent to the White House, but obviously changed when the Administration, from Obama to Rice to the President's Press Sectretary, all pushed the lie that the terrorist attack was actually just a riot by a mob upset about some obscure anti-Mohammed you tube video.

The White House is saying that the CIA sent the talking points which outlined the anti Mohammed You Tube video protest mob, not terrorists. The White House also said they ordered the military to respond to the Americans who were under attack. The military says they were NOT ever ordered to respond and were actually prohibited from responding.  General Ham, the AFRICOM Commander was actually relieved of command. Okay, pretty simple to prove....where is the execute order? Show the American people a copy of the execute order, Mr. Obama.

And finally, when Republicans state that Ambassador Rice, if nominated for Hilary Clinton's replacement as Secretary of State, would not be confirmed because of her lying, the Democrats counter by calling the conservative law makers "Racists". Unbelieveable that some Americans, perhaps as much as 51% will believe this.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Fiscal Cliff: How it Affects Your Taxes

From a yahoo finance article which can be viewed in it's entirety here. In a few weeks, tax laws U.S. taxpayers have enjoyed for more than a decade are scheduled to expire. Along with long-standing and historically low tax rates, several popular tax credits and deductions already have or will soon expire.

That scenario is being described as a fiscal cliff. And if American taxpayers are nudged over that cliff by Congressional inaction, most of them will face dramatically higher tax bills.

Estimates by tax policy groups and government accountants put the total tax cost at more than $500 billion in 2013.

That averages out to almost $3,500 per household, according to calculations by the Tax Policy Center. Middle-class taxpayers are likely to see an average increase of almost $2,000.

Using Tax Policy Center data and hypothetical taxpayers, Bankrate shows what some tax bills might look like if lawmakers don't soon put up a guardrail at the fiscal cliff's edge.

The single tax filer

Joe is single and has an adjusted gross income of $60,000 a year. As is the case among two-thirds of the tax-paying population, Joe claims the standard deduction.

After subtracting the projected 2013 personal exemption of $3,850 and standard deduction of $6,050 for a single taxpayer, Joe's taxable income comes to $50,100.

If the current tax laws are extended beyond 2012, that would mean $8,900 of Joe's income would be taxed at only 10 percent, and his top tax rate would be 25 percent. This would leave him with a tax liability of $8,465.

If the current rates expire, however, Joe's tax bill would be $863.50 higher.

The reason? There would no longer be a 10 percent rate, making more of Joe's earnings taxed at 15 percent, and his top tax rate would be 28 percent instead of 25 percent.

Married couple filing jointly

Jane and Bill have two kids: 10-year-old Jimmy and 8-year-old Sarah. Both parents work, bringing home a combined adjusted gross income of $175,000. They don't yet own a home, so without mortgage interest to deduct, they're still claiming the standard deduction.

If the current tax laws stay in place, their four personal exemptions totaling $15,400 plus the $12,100 standard deduction will get them to $147,500 in taxable income, resulting in a tax liability of $28,803.

But Jane and Bill wouldn't have to send the Internal Revenue Service that much. Thanks to the $1,000 per-child tax credit, their final tax bill would be $26,803.

If the tax laws expire, however, Jane and Bill's tax bill will go up by $6,304 to $33,107. That takes into account that the child tax credit would return to its pre-tax-cut level of just $500 per kid.

One reason for the increased tax bill is the return of the marriage tax penalty. This is where a couple pays more taxes by filing one joint return than they would if they filed two returns as single taxpayers. Wider tax brackets and a larger standard deduction for married couples now help ease the penalty.

Instead of facing a top tax rate of 28 percent, Jane and Bill would be in the 31 percent tax bracket if the tax cuts expire.

Single parent head of household

Kathryn is a divorced working mom of 7-year-old Jonah. She makes $75,000 a year via her salary and alimony payments.

By filing as head of household, Kathryn's standard deduction of $8,900 and personal exemptions totaling $7,700 for herself and her son get her to $58,400 in taxable income.

Taxes on that amount are currently collected at the 10 percent, 15 percent and 25 percent rates, giving Kathryn a tax bill of $9,125. She knocks $1,000 off that thanks to the child tax credit.

But if the tax cuts expire, Kathryn's tax liability will be $1,435 more -- $9,560 -- in 2013. The bigger bill comes from losing the expired 10 percent and 25 percent tax rates, putting more of her income into the 15 percent and 28 percent tax brackets.

And just like all parents, married or single, Kathryn will only get a $500 child tax credit for her son starting in 2013.

Expiration of capital gains rates

If any of our hypothetical 2013 taxpayers have investments in a taxable brokerage account, their tax bills next year will be higher.

Long-term capital gains and certain dividend payments are taxed at lower rates than the regular, ordinary income rates, which now top out at 35 percent. Most taxpayers pay capital gains taxes at the 15 percent rate. Taxpayers in the 10 percent and 15 percent brackets don't owe any taxes on their gains.

But if today 's lower rates expire, the capital gains rates will go to 20 percent for most investors and 10 percent for those in the 15 percent tax bracket.

And dividends will lose their favorable tax treatment entirely. These payments will return to being taxed as ordinary income, meaning that taxpayers making enough to put them into the highest income tax bracket in 2013 would pay taxes on dividends at the top 39.6 percent income tax rate.

In addition, a provision in the health care reform law, often referred to as Obamacare, will kick in next year. This new 3.8 percent surtax will apply to capital gains, dividend and interest income of more than $250,000 for married couples filing jointly or $200,000 for other taxpayers.

Payroll tax holiday over

Every person who collects a paycheck knows that taxes reduce take-home pay.

In addition to income taxes, both federal and where applicable state, payments toward Social Security and Medicare, known as FICA taxes, are collected via withholding.

So that workers would have more money to spend and give the economy a boost, Congress enacted a 2 percent cut in the Social Security taxes paid by workers. This so-called payroll tax holiday has been in effect since 2011 but is scheduled to expire Jan. 1, 2013.

That means every worker will pay more taxes in 2013. The increase could be substantial for high-income earners.

Individuals who make up to the Social Security wage base of $113,700 next year will pay $7,049.40 in taxes for the retirement system. That's $2,425 more than this year because the wage base was slightly smaller ($110,100), and workers paid just 4.2 percent of their income toward Social Security instead of the regular 6.2 percent level that returns in 2013.

Other expiring tax breaks

While the possibility of higher tax rates gets most of the attention as taxpayers near the fiscal cliff, many other provisions could cause higher taxes if they are allowed to end Jan. 1, 2013.

In addition to losing half of the current child tax credit, parents would get reduced savings from the child care tax credit.

Students looking for the $2,500 American opportunity education tax credit would find instead its predecessor the Hope credit, which maxes out at $1,800.

Lower paid workers could still claim the earned income tax credit, but eligibility requirements would be tougher and credit amounts lower.

The estate tax would apply to more property left at death, affecting estates worth more than $1 million instead of the current $5.12 million exclusion amount. The tax rate also would rise from the current 35 percent to 55 percent.

Higher-income taxpayers who itemize would again see their overall Schedule A claims reduced by 3 percent. A similar reduction also would apply to personal exemption amounts for wealthier filers.

And legislation to increase the alternative minimum tax income exclusion amount must be approved retroactively for 2012 as well as for 2013, or tens of millions more taxpayers will face higher tax bills because of this parallel tax.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Probable War on the Israel's Borders

With reports of President Obama in Thailand, AND HAVING NEVER VISITED ISRAEL, underscore the problem and the threat today, right now in Israel. We, the U.S. Government, give Egypt billions of dollars in aid, only to see it transferred for military and political purposes to Hamas, a Terrorist organization, who is lobbing rockets into Israeli population center every day. This aid to Egypt, and their radical Muslim Brotherhood government, and Obama's silence over the daily attacks on Israel endanger our only allies in the region. To be fair, Obama has said that Israel has the right to self defense, but again the financial aid to the Muslim Brotherhood and bringing these Christian, Jew and Western world haters into the White House should force even the most middle of the road Americans to conclude that Obama supports radical Islam more than he supports Israel and even the United States.

As Hamas sends hundreds of missiles into Israel each day targeting civilians the world is silent. When Israel retaliates on Hamas command control centers, missile launchers and locations of terrorist leadership, the World, usually the goat butt licking United Nations, blows up and demands Israel stop the action.

The below article shows the inability of the press to tell the difference of self defense from Israel and the civilian targeting, murderous band of terrorists, called Hamas, who want to destroy Israel. Unbelievable. It seems the world is upside down.

Hamas targets Jerusalem in major escalation, by Ibrahim Barzak and Josef Federman of the Associated Press

Palestinian militants took aim at Jerusalem for the first time Friday, launching a rocket attack on the holy city in a major escalation of hostilities as Israel pressed forward with a relentless campaign of airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.

Israel called up thousands of reservists and massed troops along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion of the densely populated seaside strip could be imminent. The attack on Jerusalem, along with an earlier strike on the metropolis of Tel Aviv, raised the likelihood that Israel would soon move in.

Israel launched its military campaign Wednesday after days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza by assassinating the military chief of the territory's ruling Hamas militant group. Since then it has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on weapons-storage facilities and underground rocket-launching sites.

Cowboy's Comment: When Israel strikes terrorist leadership it is called assassination! Are you kidding me? What it really is, is extermination of rodents.

It has slowly expanded its operation beyond military targets and before dawn on Saturday, missiles smashed into a small Hamas security facility as well as the sprawling Hamas police headquarters in Gaza City, setting off a massive blaze there that threatened to engulf nearby houses and civilian cars parked outside. No one was inside the buildings at the time.

A separate airstrike leveled a mosque in central Gaza, damaging nearby houses, Gaza security officials and residents said. The military had no comment on that attack and it wasn't clear whether weapons or fighters were being harbored in the area.

Cowboy's Comment: The radical islamic apologists also accuse Israel of targeting Mosque's. The truth is that Hamas located rocket launchers next to schools and Mosques. So who is at fault here?  The picture top left of this column shows the expedient missile launchers that Hamas locates next to aras where civilians live and work in order to get casualties they can exploit when Israel retaliates.    

"Every time that Hamas fires there will be a more and more severe response," he told Channel 2 TV. "I really recommend all the Hamas leadership in Gaza not to try us again. ... Nobody is immune there, not Haniyeh and not anybody else."

While Israeli military officials insist they have inflicted heavy damage on Hamas, there has been no halt to the militants' rocket fire. Hundreds of rockets have been fired, including a number of sophisticated weapons never before used.

The rocket attack on Jerusalem was unprecedented, setting off the eerie wail of air raid sirens across the city shortly after the beginning of the Jewish sabbath, a time when roads are empty. Police said the rocket landed in an open area southeast of the city. Earlier on Friday, Hamas fired a rocket at Tel Aviv that also landed in an open area.

Israel's two largest cities have never before been exposed to rocket fire from Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Over the past three days, Israel has struck suspected rocket-launching sites and other Hamas targets in Gaza with scores of airstrikes, while Hamas has fired more than 450 rockets toward Israel. In all, 27 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed.

On Friday, the Israeli army sent text messages to some 12,000 Gaza residents warning them to steer clear of Hamas operatives.

An attack on Jerusalem, claimed by both Israel and the Palestinians as their capital, was especially bold, both for its symbolism and its distance from the Palestinian territory. Located roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the Gaza border, Jerusalem had been thought to be beyond the range of Gaza rockets.

"We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine and we plan more surprises," said Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Hamas' armed wing. It marked a bit of a gamble for the militants. The rocket landed near the Palestinian city of Bethlehem and just a few miles from the revered Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City, one of Islam's holiest sites.

Hamas, an Iranian-backed group committed to Israel's destruction, was badly bruised during its last full-fledged confrontation with Israel four years ago that ended with an informal truce, although rocket fire and Israeli airstrikes on militant operations continued sporadically.

Just a few years ago, Palestinian rockets were limited to crude, homemade devices manufactured in Gaza. But in recent years, Hamas and other armed groups have smuggled in sophisticated, longer-range rockets from Iran and Libya, which has been flush with weapons since Moammar Gadhafi was ousted last year.

Hamas said the rockets aimed at the two Israeli cities Friday were made in Gaza, a prototype the militants call M-75, and have a range of about 50 miles (80.46 kilometers). The Israeli military also released a video of what it said was an attempt by Hamas to launch an unmanned drone aircraft. Neither weapon was previously known to be used by Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddled with his emergency Cabinet on Friday night. Israeli media reported the meeting approved a request from Defense Minister Ehud Barak to draft 75,000 reservists. Earlier this week, the government approved a separate call-up of as many as 30,000 soldiers. Combined, it would be the biggest call-up of reserves in a decade.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, a military spokeswoman, said 16,000 reservists were called to duty on Friday and others could soon follow.

She said no decision had been made on a ground offensive but all options are on the table. Dozens of armored vehicles have been moved to Israel's border with Gaza since fighting intensified Wednesday.

The violence has widened the instability gripping the region, straining already frayed Israel-Egypt relations. The Islamist government in Cairo, linked like Hamas to the region-wide Muslim Brotherhood, recalled its ambassador in protest and dispatched Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to show solidarity with Gaza.

Kandil called for an end to the offensive while touring Gaza City's Shifa Hospital with Haniyeh, the Gaza prime minister who was making his first public appearance since the fighting began.

In one chaotic moment, a man rushed toward the two leaders, shouting as he held up the body of a 4-year-old boy. The two prime ministers cradled the lifeless boy who Hamas said was killed in an Israeli airstrike. Israel vociferously denied the claim, saying it had not operated in the area.

Fighting to hold back tears, Kandil told reporters the Israeli operation must end.

"What I saw today in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy ... whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about," he said.

An Egyptian intelligence official, meanwhile, said an Egyptian proposal for a cease-fire in Gaza was presented Friday to Haniyeh and other Hamas leaders. The details were not made public.

However, Hamas replied that a cease-fire was premature because military chief Ahmed Jaabari's "blood has not dried yet."

The Egyptian official said Hamas officials promised to study the cease-fire proposal again in the coming days. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

A senior Hamas official confirmed that Egypt, which often mediates between Hamas and Israel, was working behind the scenes to arrange a truce.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was discussing a sensitive diplomatic matter, said Hamas was demanding an end to the offensive, limits on Israeli ground activities along the border, a permanent halt in assassinations of Hamas leaders and an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza.

"These conditions must be honored and sponsored by a third party," he said. "We will stop all armed activities out of Gaza in return."

An Israeli official refused to say whether Egypt or any other country was involved in cease-fire efforts but said Israel would not settle for anything less than a complete and long-standing halt to the rocket fire. "We're not interested in a timeout that returns us to square one," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to discuss the matter with the media.

Since I wrote the above comments, President Obama has came out warning Israel not to invade Gaza. Since the President doesn't support Israel, we have decided to post the Israeli version of the "Don't Tread on Me" flag to show our support not only for Israel's right of self defense, but for Israel being on the front lines of fighting radical Islamic Terrorists who want nothing but the death of Christianity,...the destruction of Israel as a nation and as a people,....and the demise of the Western world.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Unemployment Rate Climbing

Jobless Claims increasing, article from Breitbart. The Department of Labor has announced that new jobless claims rose by a staggering 78,000 in the first week after the election, reaching a seasonally-adjusted total of 439,000. Over the past year, and in the weeks leading up to the election, jobless claims were said to be declining, dipping as low as 339,000, with the media proclaiming that they had reached the "lowest level in more than four years." Now, suddenly, the news seems far less rosy.

From the Department of Labor press release:

In the week ending November 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 439,000, an increase of 78,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 361,000. The 4-week moving average was 383,750, an increase of 11,750 from the previous week's revised average of 372,000.

Some of the new claims, especially in New Jersey, were due to Hurricane Sandy--but these were offset by a decline in claims filed in New York. The highest numbers of new filings came from Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there were thousands of layoffs in the construction, manufacturing, and automobile industries.

Both states had been targeted by the presidential campaigns. President Obama highlighted his record of job creation in Ohio in particular, focusing on the automobile industry. The state reported 6,450 new jobless claims in the week after the election--second-highest after Pennsylvania, which recorded 7,766 new claims.

Cowboy's comments:

Make no mistake about it, the turnaround in Ohio's economy was built by a Republican Governor and Republican Legislature despite oposition from Democrats and the Unions. How dare Obama claim credit for Ohio's progress!

Now we have a diverse list of companies stating they are going to close down, lay off workers go to a part time work force with maximum weekly hours at 29 hours to keep from going bankrupt on the obamacare regulations which are even barely beginning to be implemented.

Companies and (layoffs or firings):

Proctor and Gamble (unidentified layoffs),
Stryker Corporation (1,170),
Red Lobster and Olive Garden Restaurants (going to a part time work force with yet unidentified layoffs), Ericcson (1,500),
Hostess Brands (18,500),
Xerox (2,500),
Panasonic (10,000),
Monitor Group (235),
NBC (500),
United Technologies (500),
Energizer Holdings (1,500),
U.S. Cellular (980),
Vesta Wind Systems (3,000),
Bristol Myers (480)

And these are just the larger layoffs (less than 200) since the election!! Wait for more to come in this Obama engineered economy.  If there was data on all the small businesses laying off employees or closing their doors - then that news would be horrifying for the economy and a statement on businesses' lack of confidence in Obama and his economic policies.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Our Constitution Has Failed, by Ron Paul

Ron Paul: 'Our Constitution Has Failed', By Chris Good, ABC OTUS. Dissenting view by Cowboys and Tea Parties.

Rep. Ron Paul, the iconic libertarian congressman from Texas, has delivered what will most likely be his final address to Congress.

In a sprawling, 52-minute speech to the House chamber, Paul lambasted U.S. government, politicians and special interests, declaring that the U.S. people must return to virtue before the government allows them to be free, and that the Constitution has failed to limit the scope of an authoritarian bureaucracy.

"Our Constitution, which was intended to limit government power and abuse, has failed," Paul said. "The Founders warned that a free society depends on a virtuous and moral people. The current crisis reflects that their concerns were justified."

Cowboy's Comment:Are you kidding me? The people have failed, not the Constitution. The People have failed the founders and everyine who has fought, bled or died for this country. Ron Paul is right about a free society being dependant upon a "virtuous and moral people", but lack of enough of these people to counter the greedy, hateful people is what has went wrong".

For the retiring Republican, 77, the "current crisis" isn't quite what it is for other members of Congress, who routinely use that word to describe the economic recession that followed the 2008 financial crash. To the Texas Republican, that's part of it, but the causes are deeper, and it's also a crisis of governmental authoritarianism and the vanishing of personal liberty.

"If it's not accepted that big government, fiat money, ignoring liberty, central economic planning, welfarism, and warfarism caused our crisis, we can expect a continuous and dangerous march toward corporatism and even fascism with even more loss of our liberties," said Paul, an obstetrician-gynecologist by training.

Cowboy's Comment:WHAT? The collapse of this country will give rise to Socialism, not corporatism nor fascism.

The problem isn't just government's size, but its use of force, both in starting preemptive wars and as it coerces U.S. citizens with police power. To Paul, this is the fault of Americans who no longer prioritize liberty, and it will lead to the unraveling of orderly society unless people change.

"Restraining aggressive behavior is one thing, but legalizing a government monopoly for initiating aggression can only lead to exhausting liberty associated with chaos, anger and the breakdown of civil society," Paul said. "We now have a standing army of armed bureaucrats in the TSA, CIA, FBI, Fish and Wildlife, FEMA, IRS, Corp of Engineers, etc., numbering over 100,000 civil society."

More than coercive, to Paul the government is also corrupt: "All branches of our government today are controlled by individuals who use their power to undermine liberty and enhance the welfare/warfare state-and frequently their own wealth and power," he said.

Throughout his speech, Paul questioned not only the fundamental health of America's social compact, but specifics like fiat money, the power of the Federal Reserve, the PATRIOT Act, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act modifications, undeclared war, the illegalization of medical marijuana, mandatory sentencing requirements for drug crimes, the illegalization of hemp, TSA searches, federal debt and borrowing, the White House's authority to assassinate those it declares terrorists, the legalization of detaining U.S. citizens for national-security purposes, the political power of AIPAC, and the regulation of light bulbs and toilets in people's homes.

For Paul, the list of grievances is long, and he might not have accomplished much in Congress: "In many ways, according to conventional wisdom, my off-and-on career in Congress, from 1976 to 2012, accomplished very little," he said. "No named legislation, no named federal buildings or highways, thank goodness. In spite of my efforts, the government has grown exponentially, taxes remain excessive, and the prolific increase of incomprehensible regulations continues. Wars are constant and pursued without congressional declaration."

Cowboy's Comment:Now you're getting somewhere,.....gigantic government growth, excessive taxes, and the incredible increase of incomprehensible regulations continues unabated - these are the problems. When George Bush signed 60 some odd Executive Orders in 8 years and Obama signing over 900 Executive orders in 4 years - that is the problem. Creating rules, regulation, and laws that have criminal penalities, with Congressional aproval is the problem.

In thinking about the champions of liberty, his lesson is a bitter one: "History has shown that the masses have been quite receptive to the promises of authoritarians which are rarely if ever fulfilled," but his prescription is hopeful.

Paul left the podium, for the last time, offering an "answer" to all of these problems: that people should choose liberty and limit government, and seek change within themselves.

"The number one responsibility for each of us is to change ourselves with hope that others will follow," Paul said, urging an end to two motives that have hindered U.S. society: envy and intolerance.

"I have come to one firm conviction after these many years of trying to figure out the plain truth of things. The best chance for achieving peace and prosperity, for the maximum number of people worldwide, is to pursue the cause of liberty. If you find this to be a worthwhile message, spread it throughout the land."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The People Have Spoken,...and they are Clueless

The People Have Spoken,...and they are Clueless, least 51% is.

The below teaser came from Mychal Massie's Daily Rant site from a piece writen by Dan Bubalo. Read the entire article here.

Like him or not, Mitt Romney ran a good race. In fact he ran a great race. He was "presidential", he's brilliant beyond anything I can imagine, he presented an alternative, and the voters of the United States said, "Take a seat on the bench."

WOW. WOW. WOW. The message is still sinking in.

Last night I discussed the lives of Mitt and Ann Romney and asked rhetorically, "Do you think they're sleeping well?" Nobody could ask for a better shot at the prize. Nobody could have picked a better running partner than Paul Ryan, and nobody could have presented a more workable alternative than Mitt Romney, and America said, "NOT INTERESTED."

Watch out what you wished for, because reality is going to land soon with a giant thud. Apparently the country wants foreign energy dependency, the country cannot wait to embrace the excessive taxation of Obamacare, it desires a neutered military, and cares not a whit about a strangling deficit. The questions are how and why did we make this decision, and what prompted the country to accept such a weak man as its leader after he's proven himself to be a naïve and incompetent poser.

Well, another sign of the times is the exposure of the General Petraeus affair. A Yahoo! poll asked if General Petraeus should have resigned, like he did, or was his affair while serving as the Director of Central Intelligence only was his business and nobody else's and he should have stayed. With approx 12,000 voters at the time I saw the poll, 49% said he should have resigned and 51% said the affair was his business and he should have stayed. Wow! 51%,...that's the same percentage of people who voted for Obama.....and that's not a coincidence....that's 51% who have no concept of honor. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ain't This The Truth!

50% of the people voted for Obama, it ain't by accident that 49.5% do not pay income tax.  Afterall, this is the Democrat plan,....ensure that 50% of the population is dependant upon welfare and entitlements, pander to their greed and ensure you will never get below 50% of the vote and therefore never lose an election.  Add in some voter fraud for election security and the Democrats are assured they will remain in power.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Prepare for the Downfall of California

From a Global Economic Analysis article: "Prepare for Demise of California; Liberals Will Get All the Government and Tax Hikes They Want" by Mike "Mish" Shedlock

On Tuesday voters in California went the wrong way on three propositions.

1. Voters approved Proposition 30 "temporarily" increasing the state sales tax and income tax on individuals making over $250,000.
2. They voted against Proposition 31 that would allow the governor to cut the budget in fiscal emergencies. 3. They voted against Proposition 32 that would prevent unions from making campaign donations via members' dues.

Moreover, and worse yet, Democrats picked up two more votes in the state legislature giving them a supermajority, capable of passing any tax hikes they want. Those results are so awful I suggest you prepare for the demise of California.

Indeed California's Liberal Supermajority is about to run the state into the ground and taxpayers are going to get all the government they ever wanted.

The main check on Sacramento excess has been a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority of both houses to raise taxes. Although Republicans have been in the minority for four decades, they could impose a modicum of spending restraint by blocking tax increases. If Democratic leads stick in two races where ballots are still being counted, liberals will pick up enough seats to secure a supermajority. Governor Jerry Brown then will be the only chaperone for the Liberals Gone Wild video that is Sacramento.

The high Democratic turnout in moderate and right-leaning districts helped the party pick up three seats in the senate and four in the assembly.

So now Californians will experience the joys of one-party, union-run progressive governance. Mr. Brown is urging lawmakers to demonstrate frugality and the "prudence of Joseph." As he said the other day, "we've got to make sure over the next few years that we pay our bills, we invest in the right programs, but we don't go on any spending binges." That's what all Governors say. Trouble is, merely paying the state's delinquent bills will require tens of billions in additional revenues if lawmakers don't undertake fiscal reforms.

With no GOP restraint, liberals can now raise taxes to pay for all this. [$200 billion in unfunded liabilities, the California State Teachers' Retirement System in need of $10 billion annually for the next 30 years to amortize its debt, $73 billion in outstanding bonds for capital projects and $33 billion in voter-authorized bonds, etc.]

They'll probably start by repealing Proposition 13's tax cap for commercial property. Democrats in the Assembly held hearings on the idea this spring. Then they'll try to make it easier for cities to raise

The greens want an oil severance tax. Other Democrats want to extend the sales tax to services, supposedly in return for a lower rate, but don't expect any "reform" to be revenue neutral. Look for huge union pay raises and higher pension benefits.

The silver lining here is that Americans will be able to see the modern liberal-union state in all its raw ambition. The Sacramento political class thinks it can tax and regulate the private economy endlessly without consequence. As a political experiment it all should be instructive, and at least Californians can still escape to Nevada or Idaho.

Big government and absurdly strong unions destroyed Greece and Spain. Expect no less for California.

Many large California corporations that can flee, will flee. Those stuck in California will see massive tax hikes (with many more to come) just so public unions and administrators can collect absurdly high salaries and benefits that most citizens can only dream about.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The New Twist on the Benghazi Scandal and Coverup

Everyone by now has heard of General Petraeus' resignation from his position as Director of the Central Intelligence Agncy (CIA). What is being reported is: The Federal Bureau of Investigation began this investigation into threatening e-mails from Petraeus' mistress, Paula Broadwell, to another women who Broadwell apparantly felt was a threat to her relationship with the General.

The White House claims they did were not informed of the investigation until last Tueday night, the evening of the Presidential Elections.

General Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, nominally Petraeus' boss, talked with Petraeus and discussed the right course of action, which was Petraeus' resignation.

Unbelievably Petraeus is on record, well after the State Department correctly called the Benghazi attacks a Terrorist Attack, as suporting the Obama Adminstration's party line about a video causing a riot which in turn became attacks on the consulate and lead to the deaths of four Americans.

General Petraeus was scheduled to teafity to the Congressional Comittee investigating the Benghazi attacks and hopefully the woefully executed Obama coverup of lies and failures.

Nobdoy can really believe that Obama and the White House first found out of the FBI investigation leading to the discvoery of Petraeus' affair on the night of the election. Obama and his minions knew, at least weeks before and held onto that information so it would not negatively reflect on Obama's foreign policy competence and call further attention to the lies and deceit to the American people over Benghazi.

Another reason for holding on to the information is that an early Petraeus exit may have lead to Petraeus coming clean on why he upheld the pitiful Obama "the video caused the riot and deaths of Americans" excuse for not only his Adminstration's failure to provide adequate security for the consulate but his failure to respond when Americans were under attack.

The American people will probably not know anytime soon when the White House knew about Petraeus, but Petraeus needs to testify about what he knew and when he knew it. This is the largest and most corrupt event in American history since the JFK assassination.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Day America Changed

November 6, 2012 is the day America changed. 8 to 9 percent unemployment is the new normal. It’s good enough. 46 million people on food stamps is OK. It shows we care. Debt spending is good. It will get paid off some day and if not, our kids can worry about it. Trillion dollar deficits make sense.

Socialized medicine is good. It will cost more, but did you honestly believe it wouldn’t? It doesn’t matter what you were told. Catholics should pay for abortions. Sandra Fluke is a prophet. Abortions and birth control should be free. We should fund abortions overseas, too.

The First Lady should be allowed to blow millions on lavish vacations. The White House parties should cost millions, too. The president should play as much golf and basketball as he pleases. They deserve it. They work hard. They’re Democrats.

Greedy Americans should pay more taxes and millions of Americans who pay no taxes should receive more free money. It’s only fair. Businesses can afford to pay more taxes too. That’s what they teach you in school, right? We all know the Bush tax cuts that brought the deficit from $450 billion to $175 billion in four years and created millions of jobs didn’t work. Obama said so. And did you know Obama created 5 million jobs? Who cares how he came up with that number. In September he even created 600,000 part-time jobs somewhere. And, don’t you dare question his math. because like he said, he doesn't lie.

Benghazi was a protest, or a terrorist attack. Obama said so from the beginning. Who cares anyway. Things like that happen all the time. And the media never covered anything up to help the president either. Right, 60 Minutes?

Al-Qaeda is dead or on the run.

We pushed the restart button with Russia. Putin is a democrat. He can be trusted. What do you mean there are Russian subs in the Gulf and off the east coast?

It’s not racist that 97% of blacks vote Democrat. It’s racist if you are white and vote Republican.

The media is your friend. The mainstream media is not biased. They would never hide anything from you.

Katrina was a national embarrassment. It was Bush’s fault. Sandy was not so bad. And Obama did a great job focusing on it from between campaign stops. The people are not suffering so much or we would have heard about it in the news.

America was once the land of the free. Now we want to be told what to do. More government is good. We want stuff. On Tuesday America changed.

If this is the new normal and we accept it, then not only is this Country in the deepest peril since 1860,....then we deserve it.
God help us in the days ahead.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Foreign Perspective on Electing Obama

We have a serious education problem in this country. The Czech Republic understands the problem:

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president."

"The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their President.”

An excerpt from a the Czech Republic newspaper Prager Zeitung.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Texas Trooper Helicopter Sharpshooter

Near the Texas-Mexico border, near La Joya, Texas State game wardens attempted to make a vehicle stop this past Thursday and once the vehicle failed to yield Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) were called to assist. A Texas state trooper fired on the speeding and evading pickup from a DPS helicopter trying to disable the vehicle during the deadly chase resulting in the pickup tires blowing, the driver loosing control and the vehicle crashing into a ditch.

Two of the occupants were shot and later died, the remaining six were here in the U.S. illegally from Guatemala and arrested.

I know that different law enforcement agencies have different use of force policies and many agencies practice and have policieis regarding firing from helicopters on vehicles, people or boats. I was not there and have no opinion on whether the shooting was justified or not,....but I do take exception to a so-called "expert" on police chases, who said the "the decision to fire on the truck was “a reckless act” that served “no legitimate law enforcement purpose.”

This so-called expert, Geoffery Alpert, a professor of criminology from the University of South Carolina,...that would be several states to the east of Texas,.........also said “In 25 years following police pursuits, I hadn’t seen a situation where an officer shot a speeding vehicle from a helicopter. Such action would be reasonable only if “you know for sure the person driving the car deserves to die and that there are no other occupants.”

Mr Alpert continued opening his pie hole and continued on, stating "In general, law enforcement agencies allow the use of deadly force only when the car is being used as a weapon, not “just on a hunch.”

Boy, Mr Alpert you really must be an expert if you think police on fire on someone because they think the suspect "deserves to die".

Would it be a justified shooting if the truck was recklessly speeding and entering a populated zone?

How about if it was during going to school hours and that populated zone included some elementary school bus stops were children were waiting to board the school bus?

In case you don't know it Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies working on our border with the failed state called Mexico, routinely receive several threats to kill law enforcement personnel each week.

There are several "shots fired" at U.S. police officers on the border each week. And just because this turned out (after the chase) to be (just) illegal aliens does not diminish the fact that many aliens are also carrying drugs and weapons. Unless you were there, don't comment or judge law enforcement personnel who risk their lives each day to protect us,.....

Monday, November 5, 2012

Obama-Romney Endorsements from Generals and Admirals

Much is made of General (ret) Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama. Well if you a counting type let's look at just who is endorsing who....

Obama's Endorsements from the Military:

General Wesley Clark, USA, (Ret) General Colin Powell, USA (Ret) Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret) Admiral Donald Gutter, USN, former JAG of the Navy, (Ret) Admiral John Nathman, USN, (Ret)

Mitt Romney's Endorsements from the Military:

Admiral James B. Busey, USN, (Ret.) General James T. Conway, USMC, (Ret.) General Terrence R. Dake, USMC, (Ret) Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, (Ret.) Admiral Mark Fitzgerald, USM, (Ret.) General Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF, (Ret) General Tommy Franks, USA, (Ret) General Alfred Hansen, USAF, (Ret) Admiral Ronald Jackson Hays, USN, (Ret) Admiral Thomas Bibb Hayward, USN, (Ret) General Chuck Albert Horner, USAF, (Ret) Admiral Jerome LaMarr Johnson, USN, (Ret) Admiral Timothy J. Keating, USN, (Ret) General Paul X. Kelley, USMC, (Ret) General William Kernan, USA, (Ret) Admiral George E.R. Kinnear II, USN, (Ret) General William L. Kirk, USAF, (Ret) General James J. Lindsay, USA, (Ret) General William R. Looney III, USAF, (Ret) Admiral Hank Mauz, USN, (Ret) General Robert Magnus, USMC, (Ret) Admiral Paul David Miller, USN, (Ret) General Henry Hugh Shelton, USA, (Ret) General Lance Smith, USAF, (Ret) Admiral Leighton Smith, Jr., USN, (Ret) General Ronald W. Yates, USAF, (Ret) Admiral Ronald J. Zlatoper, USN, (Ret) Lieutenant General James Abrahamson, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Edgar Anderson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Marcus A. Anderson, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Buck Bedard, USMC, (Ret.) Vice Admiral A. Bruce Beran, USCG, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Lyle Bien, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Harold Blot, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, USA, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Mike Bowman III, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Mike Bucchi, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Walter E. Buchanan III, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Richard A. Burpee, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General William Campbell, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General James E. Chambers, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Edward W. Clexton, Jr., USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General John B. Conaway, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Marvin Covault, USA, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Terry M. Cross, USCG, (Ret.) Vice Admiral William Adam Dougherty, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Brett Dula, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Gordon E. Fornell, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral David Frost, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Henry C. Giffin III, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Peter M. Hekman, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Richard D. Herr, USCG, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Thomas J Hickey, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Walter S. Hogle, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Ronald W. Iverson, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Donald W. Jones, USA, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Douglas J. Katz, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Jay W. Kelley, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Tom Kilcline, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Timothy A. Kinnan, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, M.D., USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Buford Derald Lary, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Frank Libutti, USMC, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Stephen Loftus, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Michael Malone, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral John J. Mazach, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Justin D. McCarthy, USN, (Ret.) Vice Admiral William McCauley, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Joseph S. Mobley, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer, USA, (Ret.) Vice Admiral John Theodore "Ted" Parker, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Charles Henry "Chuck" Pitman, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Steven R. Polk, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral William E. Ramsey, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Edward Rowny, USA (Ret.) Vice Admiral Dutch Schultz, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Charles J. Searock, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General E. G. "Buck" Shuler, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Alexander M. "Rusty" Sloan, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General David J. Teal, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Billy M. Thomas, USA, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Donald C. "Deese" Thompson, USCG, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Alan S. Thompson, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Herman O. "Tommy" Thomson, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Howard B. Thorsen, USCG, (Ret.) Lieutenant General William Thurman, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Robert Allen "R.A." Tiebout, USMC, (Ret.) Vice Admiral John B. Totushek, USNR, (Ret.) Lieutenant General George J. Trautman, USMC, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Garry R. Trexler, USAF, (Ret.) Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Claudius "Bud" Watts, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General William "Bill" Welser, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Thad A. Wolfe, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General C. Norman Wood, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Michael W. Wooley, USAF, (Ret.) Lieutenant General Richard "Rick" Zilmer, USMC, (Ret.) Major General Chris Adams, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Henry Amos, USN (Ret.) Major General Nora Alice Astafan, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Almon Bowen Ballard, USAF, (Ret.) Major General James F. Barnette, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Robert W. Barrow, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John R. Batlzer, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Jon W. Bayless, USN, (Ret.) Major General John E. Bianchi, USA, (Ret.) Major General David F. Bice, USMC, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Linda J. Bird, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James H. Black, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Peter A. Bondi, USN, (Ret.) Major General John L. Borling, USMC, (Ret.) Major General Tom Braaten, USA, (Ret.) Major General Robert J. Brandt, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Jerry C. Breast, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Bruce B. Bremner, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Thomas F. Brown III, USN, (Ret.) Major General David P. Burford, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John F. Calvert, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Jay A. Campbell, USN, (Ret.) Major General Henry Canterbury, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James J. Carey, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Nevin Carr, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Stephen K. Chadwick, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral W. Lewis Chatham, USN, (Ret.) Major General Jeffrey G. Cliver, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Casey Coane, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Isaiah C. Cole, USN, (Ret.) Major General Stephen Condon, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Richard C. Cosgrave, USANG, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert Cowley, USN, (Ret.) Major General J.T. Coyne, USMC, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert C. Crates, USN, (Ret.) Major General Tommy F. Crawford, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James P. Davidson, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Kevin F. Delaney, USN, (Ret.) Major General James D. Delk, USA, (Ret.) Major General Robert E. Dempsey, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Jay Ronald Denney, USNR, (Ret.) Major General Robert S. Dickman, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James C. Doebler, USN, (Ret.) Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA, (Ret.) Major General Hunt Downer, USA, (Ret.) Major General Thomas A. Dyches, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Jay T. Edwards, USAF, (Ret.) Major General John R. Farrington, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Francis L. Filipiak, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James H. Flatley III, USN, (Ret.) Major General Charles Fletcher, USA, (Ret.) Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Veronica Froman, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Vance H. Fry, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral R. Byron Fuller, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral George M. Furlong, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Frank Gallo, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Ben F. Gaumer, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Harry E. Gerhard Jr., USN, (Ret.) Major General Daniel J. Gibson, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Andrew A. Giordano, USN, (Ret.) Major General Richard N. Goddard, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Fred Golove, USCGR, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Harold Eric Grant, USN, (Ret.) Major General Jeff Grime, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Robert Kent Guest, USA, (Ret.) Major General Tim Haake, USAR, (Ret.) Major General Otto K. Habedank, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Thomas F. Hall, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey, USN, (Ret.) Major General Leonard W. Hegland, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John Hekman, USN, (Ret.) Major General John A. Hemphill, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, USCG, (Ret.) Major General Wilfred Hessert, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Don Hickman, USN, (Ret.) Major General Geoffrey Higginbotham, USMC, (Ret.) Major General Jerry D. Holmes, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Weldon F. Honeycutt, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Steve Israel, USN, (Ret.) Major General James T. Jackson, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John S. Jenkins, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Tim Jenkins, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Ron Jesberg, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Pierce J. Johnson, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Steven B. Kantrowitz, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John T. Kavanaugh, USN, (Ret.) Major General Dennis M. Kenneally, USA, (Ret.) Major General Michael Kerby, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral David Kunkel, USCG, (Ret.) Major General Geoffrey C. Lambert, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Arthur Langston, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Thomas G. Lilly, USN, (Ret.) Major General James E. Livingston, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Al Logan, USAF, (Ret.) Major General John D. Logeman Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Noah H. Long Jr, USNR, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN, (Ret.) Major General Andy Love, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Steven Wells Maas, USN, (Ret.) Major General Robert M. Marquette, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Larry Marsh, USN, (Ret.) Major General Clark W. Martin, USAF, (Ret.) Major General William M. Matz, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Gerard Mauer, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral William J. McDaniel, MD, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral E.S. McGinley II, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, USN, (Ret.) Major General Robert Messerli, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Douglas S. Metcalf, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John W. Miller, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Patrick David Moneymaker, USN, (Ret.) Major General Mario Montero, USA, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Douglas M. Moore, USN, (Ret.) Major General Walter Bruce Moore, USA, (Ret.) Major General William Moore, USA, (Ret.) Major General Burton R. Moore, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral James A. Morgart, USN, (Ret.) Major General Stanton R. Musser, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John T. Natter, USN, (Ret.) Major General Robert George Nester, USAF, (Ret.) Major General George W. Norwood, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert C. Olsen, USN, (Ret.) Major General Raymund E. O’Mara, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert S. Owens, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John F. Paddock, USN, (Ret.) Major General Robert W. Paret, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert O. Passmore, USN, (Ret.) Major General Earl G. Peck, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Richard E. Perraut Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Major General Gerald F. Perryman, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral W.W. Pickavance, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral John J. Prendergast, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Fenton F. Priest, USN, (Ret.) Major General David C. Ralston, USA, (Ret.) Major General Bentley B. Rayburn, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Harold Rich, USN , (Ret.) Rear Admiral Roland Rieve, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Tommy F. Rinard, USN , (Ret.) Major General Richard H. Roellig, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Michael S. Roesner, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral William J. Ryan, USN, (Ret.) Major General Loran C. Schnaidt, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Carl Schneider, USAF , (Ret.) Major General John P. Schoeppner, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Major General Edison E. Scholes, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral William S. Schwob, USCG, (Ret.) Major General David J. Scott, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Hugh P. Scott, USN, (Ret.) Major General Richard Secord, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral William H. Shawcross, USN, (Ret.) Major General Joseph K. Simeone, USAF and ANG , (Ret.) Major General Darwin Simpson, ANG , (Ret.) Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, USN , (Ret.) Rear Admiral David Oliver "D.O." Smart, USNR, (Ret.) Major General Richard D. Smith, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Donald Bruce Smith, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Paul O. Soderberg, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Robert H. "Bob" Spiro, USN, (Ret.) Major General Henry B. Stelling, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Daniel H. Stone, USN, (Ret.) Major General William A. Studer, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Hamlin Tallent, USN, (Ret.) Major General Hugh Banks Tant III, USA, (Ret.) Major General Larry S. Taylor, USMC, (Ret.) Major General J.B. Taylor, USA, (Ret.) Major General Thomas R. Tempel, USA , (Ret.) Major General Richard L. Testa, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Jere Thompson, USN (Ret.) Rear Admiral Byron E. Tobin, USN, (Ret.) Major General Larry Twitchell, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Russell L. Violett, USAF, (Ret.) Major General David E.B. "DEB" Ward, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Charles J. Wax, USAF, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Donald Weatherson, USN, (Ret.) Major General John Welde, USAF, (Ret.) Major General Gary Whipple, USA , (Ret.) Rear Admiral James B. Whittaker, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Charles Williams, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral H. Denny Wisely, USN, (Ret.) Rear Admiral Theodore J. Wojnar, USCG, (Ret.) Rear Admiral George R. Worthington, USN, (Ret.) Brigadier General Arthur Abercrombie, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General John R. Allen, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Loring R. Astorino, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Richard Averitt, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Garry S. Bahling, USANG, (Ret.) Brigadier General Donald E. Barnhart, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Charles L. Bishop, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Clayton Bridges, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Jeremiah J. Brophy, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General David A. Brubaker, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Chalmers R. Carr, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Fred F. Caste, USAFR, (Ret.) Brigadier General Robert V. Clements, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Christopher T Cline, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General George Peyton Cole, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Richard A. Coleman, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Mike Cushman, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Peter Dawkins, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Sam. G. DeGeneres, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General George Demers, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Howard G. DeWolf, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Arthur F. Diehl, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General David Bob Edmonds, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Anthony Farrington, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Norm Gaddis, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Robert H. Harkins, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Thomas W. Honeywill, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Stanley V. Hood, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General James J. Hourin, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Jack C. Ihle, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Thomas G. Jeter, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General William Herbert Johnson, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Kenneth F. Keller, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Wayne W. Lambert, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Jerry L. Laws, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Thomas J. Lennon, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General John M. Lotz, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Robert S. Mangum, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Frank Martin, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Joe Mensching, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Richard L. Meyer, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Lawrence A. Mitchell, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Michael P. Mulqueen, USMC, (Ret.) Brigadier General Ben Nelson, Jr., USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Jack W. Nicholson, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Maria C. Owens, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Dave Papak, USMC, (Ret.) Brigadier General Gary A. Pappas, USANG, (Ret.) Brigadier General Robert V. Paschon, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Allen K. Rachel, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Jon Reynolds, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Edward F. Rodriguez, Jr., USAFR, (Ret.) Brigadier General Roger Scearce, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Dennis Schulstad, USAFR, (Ret.) Brigadier General John Serur, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Joseph L. Shaefer, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Graham Shirley, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Raymond Shulstad, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Stan Smith, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Ralph S. Smith, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Donald Smith, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General David M. Snyder, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Michael Joseph Tashjian, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Richard Louis Ursone, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Earl Van Inwegen, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Terrence P. Woods, USAF, (Ret.) Brigadier General Mitchell Zais, USA, (Ret.) Brigadier General Allan Ralph Zenowitz, USA, (Ret.)

Oh Yeah, forgot to count one more General for Obama,....General Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.....okay, General is only one of his titles - the other one is marxist Dictator, but he endorses Obama just like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, as well as Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt.....birds of a feather,....