Thursday, June 30, 2011


A few gleanings from today's news articles......... for your reading pleasure

The White House effectively turned down an invitation by Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell for President Barack Obama to visit his members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss raising the debt limit.  White House press secretary Jay Carney, while not directly saying the invitation had been rejected, said Obama did not need to hear Republicans tell him what they would not support.  That, Carney said, was "not a conversation worth having."  But Yesterday, Obama insisted higher taxes must be part of any budget pact and warned of “significant and unpredictable” consequences if Congress doesn’t act soon to raise the debt ceiling.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R, FL) [said in an interview today where he discussed President Obama’s press conference on Wednesday on the debt problems] ….that he will respond to Obama’s recent press conference, where the president reveled in class-warfare bluster.  “Quite frankly, I am both disappointed for our country and shocked at some of the rhetoric,” he says.  “It was rhetoric, I thought, that was more appropriate for some left-wing strong man than for the president of the United States.”

And up the road and across the aisle, Charles Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democratic leader, accused Republicans of seeking to slow the U.S. economy for political gain in the debate over cutting budget deficits.  He insisted Democrats have the “upper hand” in the negotiations.  “I think they are bluffing [when they say they are willing to default rather than raise taxes],” Schumer said. “We [the Democrats] have a good opportunity to prevail on our critical priorities.”

One of the Senate's top Republicans on Thursday fired back at President Obama for questioning his party's work ethic, suggesting that the president should spend less time on the golf course.  "I think the best way to get an appointment with the president is to set up a tee time," Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, told Fox News.

On Wednesday the Obama campaign sent around a slightly panicky email about its quarterly fundraising numbers.  Today, they have sent out another, slightly panickier, email about their quarterly fundraising numbers. The email is titled “Midnight,” just to make it a little bit scary.

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner has signaled to White House officials that he’s considering leaving the administration after President Barack Obama reaches an agreement with Congress to raise the national debt limit, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped just 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000, the Labor Department said. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims dropping to 420,000. The prior week's figure was unrevised at 429,000.  It was the 12th straight week that claims have been above 400,000, a level that is usually associated with a stable labor market. Employment stumbled badly in May, with employers adding just 54,000 jobs—the fewest in eight months.

The unemployment rate remains high, reaching 9.1 percent last month, with Depression-era levels of joblessness affecting the African American community. Worst of all, the public is showing a profound lack of confidence that significant improvement lies ahead. Fewer than one in ten Americans thinks that the jobless rate will get below its pre-recession level of five percent in the next two years, according to the Bloomberg poll.

Three more American soldiers were killed this week, the United States military announced Thursday, bringing the combat-related deaths for United States forces in Iraq to a monthly toll not seen since 2008.

A MSNBC talking head calls you a dick.............. on live TV



FAIRFAX, Va. -- Resort-style swimming pools with fountains and heated spas, billiards rooms, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, indoor basketball courts, stainless steel appliances -- many Fairfax County taxpayers cannot afford such luxuries.  But they are paying for these amenities for use by low-income residents who live in subsidized housing in affluent neighborhoods.

"They're a part of our rental program where we subsidize the rents for the individuals in the units, and we end up having to pick up the condo fees," supervisor Pat Herrity told 630 WMAL News.

Herrity does not advocate putting low-income residents in "ghetto-style" housing but he takes issue with taxpayers who cannot afford such luxuries being forced to pick up the tab for people who qualify for subsidized housing.

Check out the four photos at this link – but I promise you – YOU BETTER BE SITTING DOWN!


Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California's tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say.  Amazon has already emailed its termination of its affiliate advertising program with 25,000 websites.


Found this going thru some old stuff, and thought I'd share it.....

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years.  Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me

3. Place your trust in me.  It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment.  You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me.  Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me.  Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old.  You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please.  Never say you can't bear to watch.  Don't make me face this alone.  Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets.  Enjoy and take good care of them.  Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters. ~

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


A woman was sipping on a glass of wine, while sitting on the patio with her husband, and she says, I love you so much, I don't know how I could ever live without you."

Her husband asks, "Is that you or the wine talking?"

She replies, "It's me....talking to the wine."

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


States have the option of using an open, closed or other primary system depending on their individual election laws.  An open primary system does not require a voter to declare for which party she plans to cast her ballot or to be affiliated with a political party when voting for a partisan candidate.  Depending on the state, primary elections can be held at various times during the year.  Voters are not required to declare their political party at their polling station, but they are required to select one party's ballot and vote for only that party's field of candidates.

In an election year where an incumbent, such as Obama, has no primary opponent, Democrat voters flock to the polls in the primaries to vote for the candidate Obama can MOST LIKELY BEAT.  This is how the left will try to choose Obama’s 2012 opponent.

States with Open Primaries

Fourteen states use an open party primary system, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.  

States with Open Caucus Primaries

Three states use the open caucus system, which is a gathering of individuals from a specific area that choose their party's nominee.  Those in attendance nominate their party's candidate for their specific caucus.  To participate in an open caucus, an individual voter does not have to declare her political party.  Hawaii, Minnesota and North Dakota conduct open caucus primary elections.

If you live in an open primary/caucus state, I suggest you petition your legislative body to revert to a closed system.  Democrats should choose their candidate, and Republicans should choose theirs.  We cannot allow the left and the mainstream media to select our candidate next year.




The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency’s role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.

The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.

“Aside from Jay Dobyns, I don't know of anyone that's been more vocal about ATF mismanagement than me,” said Cefalu, a senior special agent based in Dublin, Calif. “That's why this is happening.” Dobyns, an ATF special agent based in Tucson, has appeared several times on Fox News to discuss the scandal.

Cefalu first told about the ATF’s embattled anti-gun smuggling operation in December, before the first reports on the story appeared in February. “Simply put, we knowingly let hundreds of guns and dozens of identified bad guys go across the border,” Cefalu said at the time.

Since then, Cefalu’s claims have been vindicated, as a number of agents with first-hand knowledge of the case came forward. The scandal over Project Gunrunner led to congressional hearings, a presidential reprimand – Obama called the operation “a serious mistake” – and speculation that ATF chief Ken Melson will resign.
Yet last week, Cefalu, who has worked for the agency for 24 years, was forced to turn in his gun and badge. He can appeal but will be on “paid administrative leave” during the process.

Cefalu’s dismissal follows a string of allegations that the ATF retaliates against whistleblowers. When the Project Gunrunner scandal broke, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote the ATF that an agent who had been giving his staff members information about the scandal had been "allegedly accused... of misconduct" by the agent’s boss for talking with Grassley’s staffers.

Monday, June 27, 2011



-- Counts 1-10: WIRE FRAUD. Nearly all are related to the allegation Blagojevich tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's old Senate seat. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence. One count refers to the alleged hospital shakedown and one refers to the alleged racetrack shakedown.


-- Count 11: ATTEMPTED EXTORTION. The alleged attempt to force then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel's Hollywood agent brother to hold a fundraiser for Blagojevich in exchange for releasing a school grant. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


--Count 12: ATTEMPTED EXTORTION. Alleged attempt to shake down the CEO of Children's Memorial Hospital for a campaign contribution. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


--Count 13: SOLICITING A BRIBE. Shakedown of Children's Memorial Hospital executive. Maximum penalty of 10 years.


Count 14: EXTORTION CONSPIRACY. Blagojevich allegedly conspiring with an aide to shake down a racetrack executive for a campaign contribution. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


Count 15: BRIBERY CONSPIRACY. Related to the alleged shakedown of the racetrack executive. Maximum five-year sentence.


Count 16: ATTEMPTED EXTORTION. An attempt to shake a road-building executive down for a contribution. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


Count 17: SOLICITING A BRIBE. Related to alleged road-builder shakedown. Maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.


Count 18: EXTORTION CONSPIRACY. Related to the Senate seat. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


Count 19: ATTEMPTED EXTORTION. Related to the Senate seat. Maximum penalty of 20 years.


Count 20: BRIBERY CONSPIRACY. Related to the Senate seat. Maximum of 5 years.


Sunday, June 26, 2011


TSA Airport Screeners Vote to Join Government Union

TSA screeners voted this month to join the American Federation of Government Employees. There are 40,000 TSA airport screeners.

95-year old woman asked to remove adult diaper during TSA search

A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.

Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.

Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.


Massachusetts became the first state to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004.

Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician.  He was the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from January 2, 2003 to January 4, 2007

Same-sex marriage is recognized only at the state level, as the federal Defense of Marriage Act explicitly bars federal recognition of such marriages.  Obama's Justice Department has opted NOT to enforce DOMA.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


I bought a bird feeder.  I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed.  Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.  But then the birds started Building nests in the boards Of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue. 

Then came the poop. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table... everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket. 

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food. 

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore.  So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone.  I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all around the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be.... quiet, serene.... and no birds demanding a free meal. 

Now let's see.

Our government gives out free food, subsidized housing, free medical care and free education, and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.  Then the illegal's come by the tens of thousands.  Suddenly our taxes go up to pay for free services; small apartments are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor; your child's second grade class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English.

Corn flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one ' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'Old Glory' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding  more rights and freebies.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder.   

Friday, June 24, 2011



During his remarks to troops at Fort Drum today, the President was reminiscing about the times he has spent with the US Army's 10th Mountain Division, when he got something wrong.

"Throughout my service, first as a senator and then as a presidential candidate and then as a President, I’ve always run into you guys.  And for some reason it’s always in some rough spots.    

First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq.  When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there.  I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

The problem is, Jared Monti was killed in action in Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006.  He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously, September 17, 2009.  President Obama handed the framed medal to his parents, Paul and Janet Monti.  He and the First Lady comforted them in the Oval Office following the ceremony.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

WORLD WAR III (Caution - this is LONGGGGGGG)

Do you have any doubts we have been under attack for 32 years?  We are at war and we will lose....

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran.  This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world's most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a presidency.   President Carter had to do something.  He chose to conduct a clandestine raid in the desert.  But America's military had been decimated and down sized since the end of the Vietnam War.  A poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly organized military was called on to execute a complex mission that was doomed from the start.  The ill-fated mission ended in ruin, but stood as a symbol of America’s inability to deal with terrorism.

(The Shah had been overthrown a year prior to the taking of the U.S. Embassy.  He had been a U.S. ally for 40 years, and while he was called a ‘benevolent dictator’ he had managed to keep the peace in that part of the world.  After his ouster, there was a power vacuum and the most organized ‘group’ moved into the power chair – In Iran, it was the religious leaders, led by Ayatollah Khomeini … in Egypt, 2011, it’s the Muslim Brotherhood)

The attack on this sovereign U. S. Embassy set the stage for events to follow for the next 32 years.  The biggest problem was revealed… you cannot point and say ‘there the terrorists are!’ and subsequently attack.  Terrorists are not a cohesive ‘army’; they don’t wear uniforms.

Soon after the Tehran experience, Americans began to be kidnapped and killed throughout the Middle East.  America could do little to protect her citizens living and working abroad. The attacks against US soil continued.

In April of 1983 a large vehicle packed with high explosives was driven into the US Embassy compound in Beirut.  When it exploded, it killed 63 people.  It was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that time.  Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the blast with a message "promising not to allow a single American to remain on Lebanese soil ...” This is seen in hindsight as the beginning of anti-U.S. attacks by Islamist groups.

Just six short months later in October, 1983 a large truck heavily laden down with over 2500 pounds of TNT smashed through the main gate of the US Marine Corps headquarters in Beirut and 241 US servicemen were killed.  Moments later, a suicide bomber slams a vehicle into the barracks of French paratroopers, a 9-storey building called the Drakkar elsewhere in Beirut.  The blast killed 58 French soldiers. The building is wiped out. We were in Beirut on a ‘peace-keeping’ mission, so there was no one to ‘attack’ back.  The U.S. military packed up and left but the embassy remained.

Two months later in December 1983, the American embassy in Kuwait was bombed in a series of attacks whose targets also included the French embassy, the control tower at the airport, the country's main oil refinery, and a residential area for employees of the American corporation Raytheon.  Six people were killed, including a suicide truck bomber, and more than 80 others were injured.  The suspects were thought to be members of Al Dawa, or "The Call," an Iranian-backed group and one of the principal Shiite groups operating against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.  The U.S. military took no action in retaliation.  In Kuwait, 17 people were arrested and convicted for participating in the attacks. One of those convicted was Mustafa Youssef Badreddin, a cousin and brother-in-law of one of Hezbollah's senior officers, Imad Mughniyah. After a six-week trial in Kuwait, Badreddin was sentenced to death for his role in the bombings.

On March 16, 1984, CIA Station Chief in Lebanon, William Buckley, was kidnapped.  Buckley was the fourth person to be kidnapped by militant Islamic extremists in Lebanon.  The first American hostage, American University of Beirut President David Dodge, had been kidnapped in July 1982. Eventually, 30 Westerners would be kidnapped during the 10-year-long Lebanese hostage-taking crisis (1982-1992).

U.S. officials believed that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah was behind most of the kidnappings and the Reagan administration devised a covert plan.  Iran was desperately running out of military supplies in its war with Iraq, but Congress had banned the sale of American arms to countries like Iran that sponsored terrorism. Reagan was advised that a bargain could be struck -- secret arms sales to Iran, hostages back to the U.S. The plan, when it was revealed to the public, was decried as a failure and anathema to the U.S. policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorists.

In August 1985, the first consignment of arms to Iran was sent -- 100 anti-tank missiles provided by Israel; another 408 were sent the following month.  As a result of the deal, three American hostages were released.

[Since the funds from the arms sales to Iran were secretly, and illegally, funneled to the U.S.-backed Contras fighting to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua, the infamous episode became known as the "Iran-Contra affair."]

On September 20, 1984 a truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy annex in Aukar, northeast of Beirut, killing 24 people, two of whom were U.S. military personnel.  According to the U.S. State Department's 1999 report on terrorist organizations, elements of Hezbollah are "known or suspected to have been involved" in the bombing.  The U.S. mounted no military response to the embassy annex bombing, but it did begin to explore covert operations in Lebanon.

In December, 1984 Kuwait Airways Flight 221, on its way from Kuwait to Pakistan, was hijacked and diverted to Tehran. The hijackers demanded the release of the Kuwait 17. When the demand wasn't met, the hijackers killed two American officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development. On the sixth day of the drama, Iranian security forces stormed the plane and released the remaining hostages.

Iran arrested the hijackers, saying they would be brought to trial. But the trial never took place, and the hijackers were allowed to leave the country. There was no U.S. military response.  The State Department announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of those involved in the hijacking.  Later press reports linked Hezbollah's Imad Mughniyah to the hijackings.

Soon the terrorism spreads to Europe.  In April 1985 there was a bomb attack against the El Descanso restaurant just outside Madrid, Spain. The explosion killed 18 Spaniards and injured 82 others, including 11 American servicemen, who were believed to be the target of the attack.  A 47-year-old Syrian man with Spanish nationality, Mustafa Setmariam Nasar, is believed to be a key figure in Osama bin Laden's terrorist network in Europe has been linked to restaurant bomb attack.

Rhein-Main Air Base, West Germany, Aug. 8, 1985 - A car bomb exploded today outside the headquarters building at this United States military base, killing two Americans.

Fifty-nine days later, on October 7, a cruise ship, the Achille Lauro is hijacked and we watched as an American in a wheelchair was singled out of the passenger list and executed.  The hijacking reached a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercepted an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and forced the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily.  American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody.  Score one for our side.

An American soldier was killed on April 5, 1986, when a bomb was detonated at La Belle, a discotheque in West Berlin known to be popular with off-duty U.S. servicemen.  A Turkish woman was killed, and nearly 200 others were wounded. U.S. intelligence sources identified Libya as being responsible for the attack.  Five individuals were captured and tried for the bombing.  Four were convicted and one was acquitted.

After U.S. intelligence intercepted Libyan government communications implicating Libya in the La Belle disco attack, President Reagan ordered retaliatory air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi.  The operation on April 15, 1986, dubbed Operation El Dorado Canyon, involved 200 aircraft and over 60 tons of bombs. One of the residences of Libyan leader Muammar el-Kaddafi was hit in the attack, which, according to Libyan estimates, killed 37 people and injured 93 others. As a result of this American operation, U.S. national security officials say Libyan-sponsored terrorism ceased "for a long time."

Two days after the U.S. retaliatory attack, the bodies of three American University of Beirut employees -- American Peter Kilburn and Britons John Douglas and Philip Padfield -- were discovered near Beirut shot to death. The Arab Revolutionary Cells, a pro-Libyan group of Palestinians affiliated with terrorist Abu Nidal, claimed to have executed the three men in retaliation for Operation El Dorado Canyon.

The terrorists then shifted their tactics to bombing civilian airliners.

Trans World Airlines Flight 840, registration N54340, was a Boeing 727-231 flying en route from Rome's Fiumicino Airport to Athens on April 2, 1986.   A bomb was detonated on the aircraft while it was over Argos, Greece, ejecting four American passengers (including a nine-month-old infant) to their deaths below.  Five others on the aircraft were injured as the cabin suffered a rapid decompression. The remaining 110 passengers survived the incident as pilot Richard "Pete" Petersen made an emergency landing.

A group calling itself the Arab Revolutionary Cells claimed responsibility, saying it was committed because of "American arrogance" and clashes with Libya in the Gulf of Sidra the week before. Investigators concluded that the bomb contained one pound of plastic explosive. It is suspected it had been placed under the seat cushion on a previous journey by a Lebanese woman (later arrested, never convicted) who worked for the Abu Nidal Organization, which was opposed to the peace process.

Four days before Christmas, 1988 - Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York exploded over the small town of Lockerbie, Scotland.  All 259 people on board were killed, along with 11 on the ground. According to the State Department's "Patterns of Global Terrorism, 1991," released in April 1992, the bombing of Pan Am 103 "was an action authorized by the Libyan Government." Though there were reports that Syria and Iran also played significant roles in the attack, U.S. officials were never able to tie the two countries to the bombing. No one has ever taken credit for planting the bomb, though some think the bombing was in retaliation for Reagan’s bombing of Tripoli following the Berlin nightclub incident.  Others believe it was retaliation for the USS Vincennes’ inadvertent shooting down of an Iranian Iran Air Flight 655 in the Strait of Hormuz on July 3, 1988.

The terrorists decide to bring the fight to America.  

A firearm attack took place on January 25, 1993 near the entrance of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Virginia where two CIA employees were killed and three others wounded. The perpetrator, Mir Aimal Kansi, shot CIA employees in their cars as they were waiting at a stoplight.

Kansi fled the country and was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, sparking a four year international manhunt. He was captured by FBI agents in Pakistan in 1997 and rendered back to the United States to stand trial. He admitted that he shot the victims of the attack, and was subsequently found guilty of capital and first-degree murder, and was executed by lethal injection in 2002.

The following month, February 26, 1993, a group of terrorists are arrested after a rented van packed with explosives is driven into the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.  Six people are killed and over 1000 are injured.  He attack was planned by a group of conspirators including Ramzi Yousef, Mahmud Abouhalima, Mohammad Salameh, Nidal A. Ayyad, Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ahmad Ajaj. They received financing from Khaled Sheikh Mohammed (KSM).

On November 13, 1995 a car bomb explodes at a US military complex in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Six people were killed, including five Americans. Sixty others were injured.  A group called The Islamic Movement for Change has claimed responsibility.

A few months later in June of 1996, another truck bomb explodes only 35 yards from the US military compound in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.  June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others.  Thirteen Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members of Islamic militant group Hezbollah, were indicted on charges relating to the attack.

The terrorists move to coordinate their attacks in a simultaneous attack on two US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.  Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near two U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500.   Four men connected with al-Qaeda, two of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison.  A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden.  America responds with cruise missile attacks.  Nothing more.

The USS Cole was docked in the port of Aden, Yemen for refueling on 12 October 2000, when a small craft pulled alongside the ship and exploded, killing 17 US Navy sailors.  Attacking a US War Ship is an act of war, but we sent the FBI to investigate the crime.  This bombing was linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.

September 11, 2001 - New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.: hijackers crashed two commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; two more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania.  Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921:  2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pennsylvania, and 19 hijackers.  Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed.

December 22, 2001:  American Airlines Flight 63, carrying 197 people from Paris to Miami was diverted to Boston on December 22, 2001, after passengers and crew saw Richard Reid (dubbed the shoe bomber) trying to light a fuse and subdued him by tying him to his seat.   A doctor on board administered a tranquilizer.  FBI bomb technicians and explosives experts found explosives in Reid's shoes.  Reid, a British citizen and convert to Islam, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, attempted homicide and placing an explosive device on an aircraft.

June 14, 2002 - Karachi, Pakistan: bomb explodes outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12.  Linked to al-Qaeda.

July 5, 2002 – Los Angeles, California:  Three people were dead and at least seven wounded today when an unidentified gunman opened fire on the Israeli national airline El-Al's ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.

Officials said preliminary investigations suggested the shooting was an isolated incident but did not rule out a possible link to terrorism.  Israel immediately branded the shooting a terrorist attack.  Speaking to CNN from Israel, Israeli Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh said while there was no specific information about which organization the gunman was affiliated with, "we have all the basis to assume this was a terrorist attack."

May 12, 2003 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners.  Al-Qaeda suspected.

May 29–31, 2004 -  Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.

June 11–19, 2004 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Two other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.

Dec. 6, 2004 - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing five consulate employees.  Four terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

Nov. 9, 2005 - Amman, Jordan: suicide bombers hit three American hotels (frequented by foreign diplomats), the Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 60 and injuring 115.  The bomb at the Radisson SAS exploded in the Philadelphia Ballroom, where a wedding hosting hundreds of guests was taking place.  Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.

September 13, 2006 -  Damascus, Syria: an attack by four gunmen on the American embassy is foiled.

January 12, 2007 - Athens, Greece: the U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damage but no injuries.

December 11, 2007 - Algeria: more than 60 people are killed, including 11 United Nations staff members, when Al Qaeda terrorists detonate two car bombs near Algeria's Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.

May 26, 2008 - Iraq:  a suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills six U.S. soldiers and wounds 18 others in Tarmiya.

June 24, 2008 - Iraq:  a suicide bomber kills at least 20 people, including three U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.

June 12, 2008 - Afghanistan:  four American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle in Farah Province.

July 13, 2008 - Afghanistan:  nine U.S. soldiers and at least 15 NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base in Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan.  It's the most deadly against U.S. troops in three years.

Aug. 18 and 19, 2008 - Afghanistan:  as many as 15 suicide bombers backed by about 30 militants attack a U.S. military base, Camp Salerno, in Bamiyan.  Fighting between U.S. troops and members of the Taliban rages overnight.   No U.S. troops are killed.

Sept. 16, 2008 - Yemen:  a car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including four  civilians.  At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.

Nov. 26, 2008 - India:  in a series of attacks on several of Mumbai's landmarks and commercial hubs that are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including at least two five-star hotels, a hospital, a train station, and a cinema. About 300 people are wounded and nearly 190 people die, including at least five Americans.

February 9, 2009 - Iraq:  a suicide bomber kills four American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.

April 10, 2009 - Iraq: a suicide attack kills five American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.

June 1, 2009 - Little Rock, Arkansas:   Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center.  One is killed and the other is wounded.  In a January 2010 letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed asked to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, claimed ties to al-Qaeda, and called the shooting a jihadi attack "to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims."

November 5, 2009 – Fort Hood, Texas:  Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 injured when Major Hasan, a military psychiatrist, opened fire at Fort Hood base, the largest American military installation in the world.  Hasan is an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent.

December 25, 2009:  A Nigerian man (the crotch bomber) on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear.  The explosive device that failed to detonate was a mixture of powder and liquid that did not alert security personnel in the airport.  The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda.  The suspect was already on the government's watch list when he attempted the bombing; his father, a respected Nigerian banker, had told the U.S. government that he was worried about his son's increased extremism.

December 30, 2009 - Iraq:  a suicide bomber kills eight Americans civilians, seven of them CIA agents, at a base in Afghanistan.  It's the deadliest attack on the agency since 9/11.  The attacker is reportedly a double agent from Jordan who was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda.

October 29, 2010:  two packages are found on separate cargo planes.  Each package contains a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11-14 oz.) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism.  The bombs are discovered as a result of intelligence received from Saudi Arabia's security chief.  The packages, bound from Yemen to the United States, are discovered at en route stop-overs, one in England and one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

This link is an interesting graphic of all sorts of ‘terror’ acts:

This is a Global Terrorism Database…  most interesting stuff in this one:

The following link list terror acts back to April 14, 1972 – I have not verified those:

Monday, June 20, 2011


WASHINGTON — US First Lady Michelle Obama is en route to Pretoria on Monday to kick off a six-day Africa visit, during which she will meet anti-apartheid leaders in South Africa and go on safari in Botswana.

President Barack Obama's wife, their daughters Sasha and Malia,

 her mother Marian Robinson and two nephews departed Washington late Sunday and are scheduled to arrive in South Africa around 1800 GMT on Monday.

IF this is TRULY an Official trip to promote/advance the Administration’s “agenda” in Africa…..WHY is Michelle bringing her daughters Malia and Sasha, her mother, Marian Robinson, and her niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson.

The trip ends with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the return to Washington on June 27.

Attempting to head off similar criticism this time, the White House said Mrs. Obama is allowed to bring guests with her on the plane because she's on official U.S. business, as the president is allowed on his official trips. All other costs regarding her family are to be paid for privately.



1 - The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there.

The court ruled unanimously that the lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cannot proceed as a class action, reversing a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The lawsuit could have involved up to 1.6 million women, with Wal-Mart facing potentially billions of dollars in damages.

Now, the handful of women who brought the lawsuit may pursue their claims on their own, with much less money at stake and less pressure on Wal-Mart to settle.

2 -  The Supreme Court blocked a federal lawsuit Monday by states and conservation groups trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The court said that the authority to seek reductions in emissions rests with the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts. The ruling was 8-0.

3 -  The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from ACORN, the activist group driven to ruin by scandal and financial woes, over being banned from getting federal funds.

The high court on Monday refused to review a federal court's decision to uphold Congress's ban on federal funds for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Congress cut off ACORN's federal funding last year in response to allegations the group engaged in voter registration fraud and embezzlement and violated the tax-exempt status of some of its affiliates by engaging in partisan political activities.

ACORN sued, but the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City upheld the action. The high court refused to hear its appeal.



Ross Perot’s old company, EDS, has had North Carolina’s contract for 35 years for processing Medicaid claims.

Our Democrat governor (Easley) decided this needed to be upgraded and put out bids.  In 2004, the state awarded a $171 million, five-year deal to Affiliated Computer Services, which eventually went south.  The state ultimately canceled the contract; ACS sued, and the state eventually paid $10.5 million to settle.

The state rebid the contract and awarded it to Computer Services Corp. in 2008.  At the time, CSC had been in the news for its problems building New York's Medicaid system.  (According to an audit from the New York State Controller, CSC was 33 months late and $166 million - or 47 percent - over budget, with a system that couldn't detect fraud and was hard to modify.)  So N.C. gives them the contract at a cost of $287 Million.

This contract was SCHEDULED to have the new processing system on line this August.  However, the state HHS officials now say it will be July of 2013, and the NEW cost will be $495 Million (up from the original bid price of $287 million).  During that two-year delay, the state will continue to pay about $110 million for Medicaid claims processing to EDS.

State officials place the blame for the delay on changes in the law made by Congress and the state legislature that force the state and contractor to revise the computer system.  However, "Medicaid changes constantly on a daily or weekly basis," said Dan Stewart, a deputy director of NCHHS. "There is a never-ending series of changes."

There's other bad news for the state's Medicaid division.  A recent federal audit found that North Carolina owes the federal government $42 million for paying unallowable Medicaid claims.  The refund means that Medicaid spending in North Carolina will be reduced by $42 million.

At the time North Carolina awarded the contract to CSC, Lanier Cansler, who is now SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, was the lobbyist for CSC.  Cansler had also worked under contract for ACS while it worked for the state.


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Barack Obama snubs British scientists by refusing to receive Royal Society medal

Barack Obama has snubbed Britain’s most eminent scientists by refusing to attend a Royal Society banquet in his honour at which he was to be awarded with a prestigious medal.

Sources close to the state visit said members of the Royal Society were “deeply offended” by the snub and had accused Mr Obama of being obsessed with his “street cred”.
The US President was offered the chance to receive the King Charles II medal, which is awarded in “exceptional circumstances” to heads of state who have “made an outstanding contribution to furthering scientific research in their country”.
The last person to receive the medal was Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, in 2010.
The honour was to be conferred on the US President at a dinner where he would be introduced to “some of Britain’s brightest and best young scientists” as well as some of the society’s most prestigious fellows.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


On Anthony Weiner, Congressional Perv, sorta…

Weiner is off to ‘rehab’ for his ‘sex addiction.’  What a load of shit!  Giving his penchant for getting his rocks off with young ladies NOT his wife the classification of ‘sexual addiction’ is allowing him to not be responsible for his lousy behavior.  Same as calling alcoholism a ‘disease’ or smoking an ‘addiction’. 

Giving these behaviors ‘medical cover’ provides the perv, the drunk and the smoker something to blame their behavior on, when in fact, they are where they are because of lifestyle choices and lack of responsibility.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


First commercial break - I'm frankly impressed with most of 'em and IMHO - Romney is coming off as a slick politician... the others seem totally genuine.  Pawlenty seems to be scoring points.

Second break:  Ron Paul makes great points but he's a horrible speaker; Bachmann is rocking; Newt is cutting to the chase with sure and short answers; Santorum is holding his own, as is Cain.  Romney has answers looking for a question.  Pawlenty is still scoring.

Third Break:  whew!  I'm becoming more and more impressed with Pawlenty - I think he wrote the religion question; Bachmann seems to be getting shortchanged on time to talk but she's direct and to the point when she does answer; Newt hit the 'enemies of the country' out of the park; Romney muttered and dodged, and Cain stumbled about the Muslim question.  Ron Paul makes sense but has trouble saying why.  Santorum didn't lose any ground.

Round Four:  Santorum came on strong with two great answers on Choice/Abortion and DADT…. Pawlenty is giving great answers and seems to be well prepared; I’m starting to be afraid of Romney – his answers seemed canned; Cain is sounding less and less well rounded…. But has the job thing down pat; Ron Paul isn’t impressive late in the game.  On immigration, Santorum was strong; Paul was great on borders but had trouble with the question; Cain on anchor babies – good answer, and good on existing illegals; Pawlenty GREAT on SCOTUS appointments; Newt on 20 million illegals – great answer‼! 

Final round:  need a global warming question for Romney...

Well it’s over – and frankly I’m really pleased with the field there tonight.  My thoughts:  Ron Paul has no chance; Santorum may have improved his chances; Newt had great, powerful answers but he’s digging out of a hole; Romney wasn’t very impressive; Cain got weaker as the night went on but is still strong; Pawlenty made a great impression; but for my money, Bachmann came out on top - got all her questions right and she seemed knowledgeable in many, many areas.  My opinion, after this debate, is Bachmann is the only one standing with the stones to get in Obama’s face.  I don't see ANY of the men doing that.

I also watched some of the CNN critique…. Gibbs plans to blame Obama’s failures on Bush so 2012 will be Obama Redeux… the CNN talking heads loved Romney, so for me that’s the final nail in his coffin – the left picked Bob Dole and John McCain for us – we cannot let them pick our candidate this time!