Currency

Currency by Todd Wood

Currency by Todd Wood

Currency is a Cussleresque adventure that leads the reader on a search for treasure, sex and international intrigue.

Todd Wood has used his vast knowledge of financial markets and America’s growing debt crisis to create an intense backdrop for his adventure. There is no doubt that Wood is an up-and-comer that is poised to take his place in the upper echelon of the thriller genre.

Currency is available at the itunes store, paperback or Kindle from Amazon.

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Story of a Secret State

Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski | Image courtesy: Georgetown Univ. Press

Story of a Secret State by Jan Karski | Image courtesy: Georgetown Univ. Press

A powerfully heroic tale of bravery and patriotism. Most of the time when we think about the “greatest generation” we think about America’s efforts in WWII. Far too often we forget about the brave resistance that sprung up throughout Europe. These patriots fought a war of counterinsurgency against Hitler’s Third Reich with every bit as much vigor as the American, British and Russian soldiers who liberated Europe.

Story of a Secret State is Jan Karski’s heroic tale of fighting the Nazis as a member of the Polish underground. His story is as inspiring as it is heroic and is a must read for any student of modern history.

You can purchase Jan’s heroic tale from Georgetown University Press or Amazon.

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Spying in America

Spying in America | image courtesy: Georgetown University Press

Spying in America | image courtesy: Georgetown University Press

I use Grammarly – the best plagiarism checker out there – because being unoriginal is the eighth deadly sin.

 

Spying in America is a brilliantly concise overview of our nation’s clandestine services. In one quick read Sulick has highlighted both our success and our failures as America has grown from an upstart nation to world superpower.

My lone criticism of his effort is that he takes multiple opportunities to target Senator McCarthy’s efforts to limit Soviet espionage in America, citing the Venona documents to support his claim. When, in fact, the Venona documents do just the opposite and give credence to most of Sen. McCarthy’s claims.

Putting that aside, Spying in America is perhaps the best synapsis I’ve read on America’s covert affairs.

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How Government Pays for Things | Government 101 Series

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Image courtesy: Joshuapundit.blogspot.com

You can’t go anywhere and not here people talking about Obamacare and health insurance right now. Many are finding themselves shocked at the dramatic rise in the cost of insurance now that portions of the Affordable Care Act have taken effect. Insurance costs will make continue their dramatic rise when the rest of the plan is fully implemented after the 2014 elections.

So let’s take a look at how government pays for things. Since government produces nothing, it sustains itself two ways; the first is by taxing and levying fees. We’re all familiar with sales and property tax as well as FICA and Social Security (SSI) but there are taxes on all sorts of things ranging from alcohol and tobacco, goods being shipped in and out of the country, and gasoline has three taxes imbedded in the cost – in fact, the majority of the cost of a gallon of gasoline go to the government not the oil companies as the Democrats would have you believe.

Government learned that it can camouflage a tax by charging you a fee for something. Think about all the fees you pay for drivers licenses, vehicle registration, hunting license, fishing license, pet license – you get the idea. You don’t think it really costs $75.00 per year to send you a sticker to put on your license plate or windshield do you?

The other way government makes ends meet is to borrow money. Borrowing at all levels of government is at record levels and the federal government is now on the hook for $17-trillion. Dear Leader Obama has amassed more debt in his presidency than all the other presidents before him combined and the Affordable Care Act will add even more to the exploding national debt.

So why are health-insurance costs rising so dramatically? Simply put, when you try to insure an estimated 30-million people who previously did not have insurance, someone has to pay for it. That someone is the people who are already insured because they now have to pay their fair share for someone else’s insurance.

Conveniently President Obama delayed many of the most costly parts of the Un-Affordable Care Act to take effect until after the mid-term elections in the hope of not hurting the Democrats too badly with legislation that he knew would be a major burden on the American people. Time will tell if this political chicanery worked but judging by the dismal polling numbers and the total ineptitude of the people running the website, 2014 is shaping up to be a disaster for the left but that’s another topic.

For instance, the city I live recently saw its insurance cost rise by 25-percent and they are projecting at least that much for the year.

It is obvious now that President Obama has told the most costly lie in American history; “that the average American would see their health insurance costs reduced by $2,500 per year.” What remains to be seen is what the American People will do in response to the great lie.

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Akhmed & the Atomic Matzo Balls

BuslikNovelThe only thing politically correct about Gary Buslik’s novel Akhmed & the Atomic Matzo Balls is the equal opportunity in which he attacks, well – everything. Buslik lambastes liberals, conservatives, world politics, religion, Gilligan and higher education with hilarious impunity.

One can only imagine how his colleagues in academia received this sardonic masterpiece but one would imagine not too kindly. I found myself actually laughing out loud as I read this brilliant political satire. At one point I thought my spousal equivalent, aka my wife, was actually going to throw the book across the room because I kept waking her up.

In this day and age where political correctness seems to have replaced logic and reason, it is refreshing to see someone point out the seemingly endless hypocrisy that exists in the world today. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you what political affiliation Gary is, all I know is he is one funny guy and an extremely talented writer. I highly recommend this book as a far better way to spend a weekend than watching tired reruns on the boob tube.

You can order Gary’s book from Amazon or check out his website Gary Buslik.com. If Gary’s ever in Houston, I hope we can go have a couple of beers and a good steak.

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Unprecedented Government Ammunition Purchases are Backdoor Gun Control

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Image courtesy: columbian.com

Seemingly every week there’s a new headline reporting that another government agency has made a massive purchase of ammunition. The Department of Homeland Security has led the way purchasing nearly two-billion rounds of ammunition over the last year.

Nearly every major government agency has gotten in on the purchasing frenzy; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), Dept. of Forestry and even the guys with pocket protectors at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Obama administration claims that all these purchases are normal and that most of the ammunition is for training. If that’s the case, then why the large purchases of hollow point ammunition?

No one trains with hollow point ammunition. For one it’s too costly in comparison to standard ball ammunition. Furthermore it is pointless to train with hollow points because you don’t need stopping power to subdue a piece of paper or a plastic pop-up target.

Of course the internet is abuzz with all manner of conspiracy theories. While I believe some of these theories have merit; primarily that the Obama administration is preparing for civil unrest.

There are far too many credible sources in the military and law enforcement that have substantiated the claim. That being said, I think there’s an even more sinister back-plot to the federal government essentially using taxpayer’s funds to corner the market on bullets.

The real reason for these massive purchases is gun control.

The strategy is brilliant in its simplicity as it uses basic supply side economics as a political weapon. Drive the price of bullets up so high that no one can afford to purchase them. The limited supply also further reduces the availability which also controls the supply, and therefore, guns.

Couple this basic strategy with increased federal regulation with a few simple executive orders and you have taken down the Second Amendment without firing a shot.

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There’s a Science to the Art of Communication

Some say communication is an art while others claim it’s a science. James Farwell’s Persuasion and Power, the Art of Strategic Communication proves that there is a science to the art of communication.

Farwell fills this volume with relevant examples of strategic communication pulled straight from today’s headlines as well as significant points in history. He skillfully guides the reader through the types of communication and the effective use of the mediums of dissemination.

If you’re involved in politics, public affairs, business or marketing, I highly recommend you read this book and hope your competition doesn’t.

You can purchase the book from Amazon or Georgetown University

My thanks to Charlotte at the Georgetown University Press for the opportunity to review this outstanding book.

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Continuing Evolution of TKC

Taking the oath of office with my family by my side.

Now that I’ve been elected to office, this site will quite naturally undergo a few changes in its continuing evolution. When I look back at the old site I am amazed at how far we’ve come in just a few short years. There was a point during the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement when this site was one of the top sites on the internet and I was receiving all sorts of threats.

The OWS threats never worried me too much but if you’re a political writer and you dare say anything negative about islam, rest assured, you will promptly receive death threats from the practitioners of the religion of peace.

I’ve also written a few negative pieces about the Third Reich of Persia, better known as Iran, to which I generally receive at least one threat of violence per week. I think Iran must actually have government employees assigned to comment on negative articles that appear on the internet. God knows it’s not the citizens of Iran since they have no freedom.

Moving forward I’ll obviously be discussing some of the issues that arise in city government but rest assured national politics will still rule the day at TKC. I also muse on pop culture from time to time at another site called 20 Mile Level Road.

As always thanks to my loyal readers and subscribers. I assure you I’ll be posting my sardonic take on geopolitics much more frequently in the coming months.

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God Bless the USA and the brave men who defend her

A 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment base camp along the Czech border in the Fall of 1989 just before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

In August of 1987 my family waited anxiously with me at the gate as I waited to board a plane taking me to U.S. Army Basic Training. I was nervous, excited and a little scared at the adventure that awaited me.

The first few days of basic training are probably the worst because regardless of how much you think you know about the military, there’s little you can do to actually prepare you for the culture shock of entering military service.

Drill sergeants fill every minute of every day with some sort of training leaving very little down time. What little down time we did have was usually spent cleaning, shining or organizing something but every once in a while we had some fun time. One thing my platoon enjoyed was listening to the radio or as our drill sergeant called it, “going to the bar.”

Going to the bar meant we could listen to the radio as long as everyone was in the push-up position, known as the front lean and rest position, with their feet elevated on a support bar of the upper bunk of our beds which was about four feet in the air.

At first these sessions would only last a minute or two but as everyone got stronger, we could usually make it through a couple of songs before guys started to drop. Drill Sergeant Heflin was the brain child of going to the bar and he had great affinity for Lee Greenwood’s beautiful anthem Proud to be an American. In fact, he liked it so much that he made the entire platoon learn the song and often made us regale our instructors with our a cappella rendition.

So for all my fellow brothers in arms, I offer you this salute.
 

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Romney: “I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again”

Governor Romney masterfully defeated President Obama in last night’s debate.

There have been several famous presidential debates throughout American history: Lincoln – Douglas, Kennedy – Nixon, Reagan – Carter, and now Romney – Obama.

Republican nominee Mitt Romney so thoroughly defeated President Obama last night it was reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson knocking out Michael Spinks without ever breaking a sweat. From the opening question Romney scored a standing eight count and continued to mercilessly pound Obama on point after point.

Despite the president having the sizeable advantage of PBS’s, Jim Lehrer moderate the event, there was no question that Mitt Romney was the undisputed winner.

Lehrer, who at times seemed to be like a kindergarten teacher trying to help a bashful child with stage fright get through his lines in the school play, often fed President Obama lines and generally tried to help him respond to questions. The clearly biased Lehrer also allowed President Obama to have four-minutes more talk-time than Mitt Romney but in the end, Romney was clearly more erudite than President Obama.

I found it striking that not one person in the audience clapped for President Obama when he was introduced despite Lehrer urging applause immediately before introducing the participants. Conversely, there was robust applause after Mitt Romney was announced.

Throughout the evening President Obama was glued to his talking points. He repeatedly accused Romney of not elaborating on his plans, however, throughout the night Romney did just that. Romney laid out several specific plans to jump start the economy and put America back to work while masterfully articulating the president’s failures.

One of the most salient moments of the debate was when Mitt Romney took President Obama to task on his massive deficit spending. Romney pointed out that the president promised to cut the debt in half, from $8 trillion to $4 trillion, in his first four years and instead he doubled the debt to $16 trillion. He further drove home the point by saying that it was immoral to run up a debt of this magnitude just as President Obama did when he was a candidate in 2008.

Mitt also scored big when he said the first thing he would do with any government program is to ask the question; is this so important that we should borrow money from China to pay for this?

Often times President Obama could do nothing but nod in agreement with Romney which was simply astounding to watch.

Romney also destroyed the president when they debated the finer points of healthcare.

To begin, the president was quick to point out that he likes that the healthcare law has been called “Obamacare.” From there Romney went on the attack and by the end of the exchange you could have put a giant, red scarlet O on the president’s chest because Romney flat out shamed the president over his healthcare plan.

Romney laid out America’s dire financial situation then said that President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid thought it was more important to force healthcare legislation that the American people didn’t want down are collective throats.

Romney truthfully stated that there will be European style rationing and that Obamacare adds $2500.00 to the cost of the average American’s annual healthcare costs.

Governor Romney also reiterated throughout the evening that President Obama is cutting $716 billion from Medicare. He explained that his plan would allow for “free-market” solutions which are always less expensive and would provide more options for the American people.

Romney also scored big with the Republican base as he spoke frequently of states rights and that the Federal Government’s principle job is to protect and enforce our founding documents.

Romney drove home the point that there will be European style rationing and that Obamacare adds $2500.00 to the cost of the average American’s healthcare coverage.

Romney masterfully juxtaposed the president’s track record of complete partisanship and legislative gridlock by highlighting how he successfully reached across the aisle when he was elected Governor of Massachusetts. Despite having a legislature that was comprised of 87-percent Democrats, he was able to foster relationships with his opposition and lead the state back to prosperity.

“I’ve done it before,” Governor Romney said “and I’ll do it again.”

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Obama: “Words Matter”

To steal a phrase from Al Gore, it is an inconvenient truth for President Obama that Words Matter. The video below shows the president making promises juxtaposed with the breaking of those promises. In fact, President Obama has broken so many promises that it took over thirteen minutes to chronicle all of them.

Thanks to SnorkelDogg for producing this great video.

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Sorry Mr. President but We’ve Heard it All Before

Even the president knows his policies have failed.

This week the DNC is hosting their national convention and they are going to try and convince the American people that we should double down and bet on the failed policies of the last four years. Well I’m sorry Mr. President but we’ve heard it all before.

Check out the video below and you’ll see that President Obama has been championing the same tired rhetoric for four years now. The fact is, America is in far worse shape under Obama’s leadership. End of discussion.

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George Stephanopoulos says there is no media bias

Left-wing media weasel George Stephanopoulos says there’s no such thing as media bias.

Over at Brietbart they have video of a reporter from the Media Research Center asking liberal George Stephanopoulos if he believes there is any bias in the media. The little weasel half-heartedly says “no,” then asks where the reporter is from and upon finding out, abruptly ends the interview.

I guess if you’re a socialist and a member of the state-run media you don’t consider it bias when you blatantly push an anti-American agenda. After all, to the left-wing subversive lying is just another means to an end. That end is the complete collapse of America as we know it and they are dangerously close to achieving their goal.

To stop them, it is not enough to just go out and vote. You must be engaged. You must educate your circle of influence. And you must convince your circle to vote. It is going to take several elections to correct all the damage of the last six years.

Check out the brief 0:23 second video here.

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Massachusetts billboard features child flipping off President Obama

Via: HANSON (CBS) – Free speech or offensive?

Those are two viewpoints regarding three political billboards in Hanson that are getting the attention of everyone who drives by Sullivans Inc., a motorcycle accessories distributor off Route 27.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports

One shows a little girl raising her middle finger next to the message:

“Thanks Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You Jerk. Vote Mitt Romney For 2012!”

The finger is now covered in packing tape.

Some people say the sign makes them uncomfortable.

Read the full article here: Anti-Obama Billboards The Talk Of Hanson « CBS Boston.

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Federal court rejects Texas voter ID law

If there was ever any doubt that the Democrats are going to pull out all the stops to keep President Obama in the White House you need look no further than today’s ruling from Washington D.C.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that a three judge panel has ruled against Texas’ Voter ID law. The judges stated that the law places ”strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor.”

It doesn’t matter that these same poor people have to show identification for hundreds of other things from getting into a rated R movie to cashing a check. As always you can count on liberal judges to legislate from the bench rather than follow the rule of law.

Couple this news with the rampant reports of voter registration fraud around the country and November’s election has disaster written all over it.

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Founding Fathers Know Best

Founding Fathers Know Best is available in paperback or Kindle.

It is always an honor when I am asked by an author or publisher to review a book. This is the fourth occasion I have had the privilege of reviewing a book and I must say, I was not disappointed. Founding Fathers Know Best is one of the most intelligent, cogent and timely books I have read in quite some time.

Author Ross Puskar combines an amazing penchant for satire with a unique understanding of American history by creatively combing Dickens’ masterpiece A Christmas Carol with the Federalist Papers. The result is the most entertaining political yarn I have had the pleasure of reading.

The book starts by reminding the reader of the current state of affairs in America as President Obama enters the fourth year of his presidency. Recognizing that America is on the precipice of disaster, the ghosts of presidents past, known as the “President’s Club,” decide to offer the sitting president some assistance.

The club nominates Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison to visit President Obama over the course of a week. Puskar brilliantly uses the Founding Fathers, in their own words, to provide solutions to all of the problems facing America today. The only question is; will President Obama listen?

The only issues I have with Puskar’s highly entertaining book are that he did not source his material and that he refers to President Obama as “Ob.” But don’t let either of these minor hiccups prevent you from reading an outstanding book.

This is Ross Puskar’s first book and I hope it is not his last. He is truly gifted wordsmith and I look forward to his future works.

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Real Immigration Reform

Illegal immigrants continue to pour across the U. S. border with Mexico. – Image courtesy: U. S. Open Borders

There is no question that America now faces a vast range of difficult problems; the economy, unemployment, Social Security, Medicare, and healthcare are pushing our great country to the breaking point. However, there is an underlying problem which is a contributing factor to all of these issues – illegal immigration.

The U.S. Government estimates that there are between 8 to 12million illegal immigrants currently residing within our borders. Conversely, independent studies have shown that the number of illegal immigrants currently residing in America is significantly higher. The Californians for Population Study (CAPS) released a report by four leading immigration experts who believe that there is somewhere between 20 to 38 million illegal aliens currently in America[vi]. Given the federal government’s penchant for under grossly underestimating numbers, there is a significant likelihood that the CAPS figure is closer to being accurate than the government’s estimate.

Regardless of which number is correct, illegal immigration is one of the most critical issues facing America today and not, as the Obama administration recently asserted, akin to jaywalking[vii]. In fact, Fox News recently reported that illegal immigration currently costs American taxpayers an astonishing $113 billion per year[viii].

Further exacerbating this problem is that unbridled immigration has created an inordinate amount of anchor babies. Politicians have not had the courage to enforce the provisions set forth in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which allows for children of individuals who have immigrated to the United States legally to become American citizens. However, governments at all levels have circumvented the law in the hopes of gaining favor, and thus votes, with Latinos. This usurpation of our own federal statute is now causing great financial strain on the entire nation.

In fact, the United States is on the precipice of a historic population shift wherein Latinos will become the new racial majority as early as 2042 according to the most recent Census data. Moreover, white children have already become the minority in the United States so it is now a certainty that this shift will occur.

So what is America to do to solve this ever-growing problem?

1. Citizenship status shall be verified for all people in the United States by electronically verifying their Social Security or Green Card numbers when:

i.      When filing their annual tax return
ii.      Gaining Employment
iii.      Changing jobs/employment status
iv.      Receiving unemployment benefits
v.      Purchasing or renting a domicile
vi.      Purchasing an automobile
vii.      Obtaining a drivers license
viii.      Receiving healthcare treatment

2. Any person found to be in the United States illegally will be given two options:

i.      Deportation to their home country where they will be given the opportunity to apply for legal immigration to the United States unless they are a convicted felon.

ii.      Receive a Green Card granting temporary citizenship for a period of five years. As long as that person does not commit a felony, they will be granted citizenship as long as all conditions set forth herein are complied with. Persons choosing this option will forfeit the right to vote in all elections as penalty for entering the United States illegally. Persons choosing option one will have all the rights and privileges of a U.S. citizen as long as all the conditions of citizenship are met.

3. Any person found in the United States illegally who has committed a felony will be immediately deported to their country of origin and will not be allowed to return to the United States under any condition.

4. English will be declared the official language of the United States. All Federal agencies, state governments, municipalities, schools (to include K-12, all colleges and universities), and business entities will comply with this mandate within two-years of the implementation of this Bill. This includes all documents, websites, and phone systems.

5. Citizens must prove their proficiency in English before citizenship will be granted.

6. No person shall be offered employment in these United States without a valid, electronically verified Social Security or Green Card number.

7. No person shall be able to domicile in the United States without a valid, electronically verified Social Security or Green Card number.

8. If medical attention is provided to a person found to be in this country illegally they shall be deported to the country of their origin as soon as medically stable.

9. Should conditions exist that a person cannot be deported to their country of origin, in cases such as: their country of origin no longer exists, may be persecuted for political or religious reasons – a person will automatically be slotted into the five year limited Green Card program per section two (2) of this document. Felons will be deported regardless of condition.

Like any legislation, this plan will only work if it is enforced at all levels of government. Partisan detractors will make false accusations of racism, this is to be expected but ultimately unsupported by facts. It is common practice to show identification throughout the world for common transactions, this is not racist, it is common sense.

It is evident that our immigration process needs to be updated and streamlined as does most of the federal bureaucracy. Current immigration wait times range from three to nine years[ix] which is patently absurd. Perhaps a point system such as the one employed by New Zealand would be an appropriate model to correct the deficiencies in our current system.

The Preamble of the Constitution states that the Federal Government is tasked with providing for the “common defense” of its citizens. In that regard, the Federal Government has woefully failed its constituents in its most important function. Our southern border with Mexico has become as porous as a sieve.

Conditions have become so dangerous along sections of the border with Mexico that the U. S. Government has actually posted warning signs. Yet the Obama administration continues to do nothing to stem the tide of violent illegal immigrants coming to America.

The drug war that is raging along the Mexican border has become a political nightmare for the Obama Administration and rightfully so. There are portions near the border where the Federal government has posted warning signs, on U.S. soil, warning Americans of the danger of entering these areas[x] which include portions of our nation’s interstate highway system.

To make matters worse, the State of Arizona has resorted to soliciting donations[xi] so that it can construct a fence along the Arizona, Mexico border. Under no circumstance can the government conclude that its current immigration policy is effectual and that a new approach is not only warranted but an absolute necessity.

The implementation of this bill would prohibit illegal immigrants from obtaining employment or residence in the United States, and as a result, we would likely see self deportation akin to what has happened in states like Alabama[xii] where strict immigration enforcement has caused a mass exodus of illegal immigrants. For those that remain, federal authorities will arrange deportation immediately.

Strict penalties must be placed on employers who are caught employing illegal immigrants. Similar penalties must be levied against landlords and banking institutions who conduct business with illegal immigrants. Strict enforcement of these policies along with those spelled out above should cause a cessation to illegal immigration without an increase in government spending and will alleviate any need to build a cumbersome, costly border fence which will require maintenance and upkeep in perpetuity.

 

© 2011-12, Todd A. Kinsey, All Rights Reserved

NOTES:

[vi] CAPS 20-38 Million – http://www.capsweb.org/content.php?id=57

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I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…

The liar-in-chief is in a panic ridden attack mode

Over the past several weeks the Obama campaign, if full desperation mode, has been leveling all sorts of baseless accusations at Mitt Romney. Team Obama is also demanding that Romney release all manner of documents; from tax returns to documentation from his days at Bain Capital.

If I were advising Governor Romney I would answer these demands quite simply: I’ll show my records when President Obama shows the American people his.

As we all know, President Obama has spent untold millions of dollars to keep his records hidden from the public. You would think one of our so called journalists would ask the simple question: why?

The reason for these desperate, baseless attacks by the Obama campaign are quite simple – he cannot run on his record. Real unemployment is still north of 20-percent, the housing market continues to plummet and the economy in general is in a shambles.

The president’s woes don’t stop here. Nearly every despot in the world is rattling their sabers at the eunuch-in-chief knowing full well there is little Obama can do to them. Syria is openly thumbing their nose at the president with the full support of China, Russia and Iran. The president knows he cannot do a thing because he needs the Chinese to continue buying our debt to support all his socialist spending programs.

So with the very real prospect of a one term presidency becoming a reality; what’s a Marxist community organizer to do? Pull out the liberal bible Rules for Radicals.

Alinsky wrote the Democrat’s playbook and in it he teaches that you must pick a topic and polarize it. Since the American media has become little more than a left-wing propaganda machine, Obama knows his baseless allegations will never be challenged by the mainstream media. That’s why the left wants to get rid of talk radio and regulate the blogosphere but that’s another post.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective) for the president, distrust in the media is at an all time high. The American people are now questioning the media and searching for alternate media outlets.

Romney just needs to continue to take his message to the people. Keep his message about solutions to the litany of disasters that Obama has wreaked upon America. Most of all, Romney needs to be honest because that is the one thing that President Obama cannot be.

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The race to replace Ron Paul suddenly becomes clear

Rep. Ron PaulGalveston, TX- The race to replace retiring Republican Congressman Ron Paul in Texas’ 14th District has come into focus tonight. Brazoria County residents Randy Weber and Felicia Harris have emerged from a crowded field and will face off against each other in the July 31st runoff.

Weber has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2008 and is a successful business owner.

Like Weber, Felicia Harris served as a member of Pearland’s City Council and was a self-made business woman before working her way through law school.

Both candidates fared equally well the traditionally Republican strongholds of Galveston and Brazoria counties, battling to a near draw. However, Weber had a nine point lead in Jefferson County which tends to lean to the Democrat Party.

After these two candidates slug it out for the next two months, they will have to face one of the toughest Democrats in the State of Texas – Nick Lampson.

Lampson is a fundraising machine and has not had to spend much at all to secure the Democrat nomination while Harris and Weber have been engaged in political trench warfare for the better part of a year.

One thing is certain, the Republican National Committee will have to fight hard to salvage this seat in the wake of Rep. Paul’s retirement.

 

This article first appeared at the Examiner.com

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Fallen Warrior

Thomas Jefferson once quipped that the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots.America, and the rest of that world for that matter, is fortunate that the warrior culture has remained strong throughout our history despite the best efforts of the left to undermine it. The American soldier has defended liberty and oppression throughout the world. Without him, imagine the evil that might rule the world.
 
So for my fellow brothers in arms who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom – I salute you not only on Memorial Day, but every day.
 
‘O happy souls, which from this mortal vale
Freed and exempted, through the good you wrought,
Safe from the harms that here did you assail,
By your deserts to highest Heaven were brought,
Which here inflamed by wrath, and noble thought,
Showed how much your forces did avail:
When both your own and foreign bloods you taught,
From sandy shores, into the deeps to trail.
Your lives before your valour’s end deceased
In your tired arms, which, though they were a-dying
And vanquish’d, yet on victory have seized.
And this your life, from servile thralldom flying,
Ending, acquires, between the sword and wall,
Heaven’s glory there, fame here on earth for all.
 
Cervantes

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Memorial Day Poem

My dear friend Shawn during Desert Storm | Image: T.A. Kinsey

For my brother’s in arms:

From midst the barren earth, here overthrown
In these sad clods, which on the ground do lie
Three thousand soldiers’ holy souls are flown
And to a happier mansion gone on high
Here when they did in vain the vigour try
Of their strong arms, to cost of many a one
After the most, through extreme toil, did die
The cruel sword a few did light upon
And this same plot eternally hath been
With thousand doleful memories replete
As well this age, as in foregoing time
But from his cruel bosom Heaven never yet
Received sincerer souls than were the last
Not earth so valiant bodies aye possessed

                                               - Cervantes

 

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Forward – Into the Valley of Death…

Image courtesy: Harris @ Newsrealblog.com

I was doing some reading today about the history of America’s education system. While dated, the article was quite interesting and touched on a variety of topics but primarily focused on how reading is taught to students and the amount of money America spends on literacy.

The conclusion that I drew from the piece was that the more money America spends to educate her students the poorer they perform in the classroom. You might think that the article was written in the last few years, unfortunately, the article was written forty years ago in the 1972. As they say, “the more things change the more they stay the same.”

Fast forward to 2012 and America continues to lag behind the rest of the world despite spending significantly more per student than any other country. Why does America continue to fall further and further behind the rest of the world? There is a litany of reasons, which I won’t go into now, but suffice it to say that America needs to seriously evaluate the entire education system.

Of course the liberals will never admit that we need to make wholesale changes to the system, because they have been in the driver’s seat for the last century, and to admit we need to change things would be an admission of failure on their part and they will never do that.

Could it be that they don’t really care about actual education performance? As far as they are concerned, they are doing a fine job because our school system stopped being places for learning a long time ago and became a method of indoctrinating our nation’s children to the progressive socialist platform. Other than that, the liberal answer is to spend more money on it.

Of course this is their answer to every problem. Think about it, the war on poverty officially began in 1964 and less than a million families received government assistance, now more than fifty-million people receive welfare from the government. Not what you would call a resounding success story unless your intent isn’t to bring people out of poverty but to transfer wealth from the productive portion of society to the unproductive segment and have them become entirely dependent upon the government for their entire existence (this is how you create a socialist state). America has spent untold trillions on welfare programs with that number skyrocketing to unprecedented levels under President Obama.

In fact, according to a projection for the period of 2010 through 2020,America will spend more than $10 trillion in this decade alone on welfare programs. Where will this money come from when the country is already in debt $15 trillion and growing rapidly out of control? Think about this, President Obama has borrowed more money than all the other presidents combined and our economy has deteriorated to Great Depression lows. How can we seriously consider giving this man another four years to further indebt our country?

Liberals never take ownership of their failures always citing that their “intentions” should be what we judge them by. When that fails they pass the buck and blame anyone or anything that happens to be convenient. Heaven help anybody who publicly questions the methods of these altruists (socialists). If you do, rest assured you will be demonized by the media and receive the modern day version of a tar and feathering.

Einstein once said that “the definition of insanity was to do the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” That is exactly what America has been doing for a century now. Unfortunately that is the only answer the liberals and President Obama have.

President Obama’s 2012 campaign slogan is “forward!” Yes Mr. President, let’s keep moving “forward” with the same insane policies which have fiscally and morally bankrupted America. Forward – into the valley of death…

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George Clooney to host Obama fundraiser in his Los Angeles home

Showing just how elitist and out of touch President Obama and the left have become; the Obama campaign sent out a fundraising email this evening announcing that George Clooney would be hosting a fundraiser for President Obama at his home in Los Angeles. All you have to do is donate $3 to the Obama campaign and you’ll be entered to join the President and Clooney. The email specifically states “this is not a chance most people get — well ever.”

Personally I have no desire to meet either of these liberal ideologues. One is going to go down as the worst president in history and the other is one of the most overrated actors in Hollywood. Personally I would be like Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and turn down a chance to meet President Obama.

And By the way, if I can meet a president, several governors, and countless other politicians, anyone can.

 

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RINO ALERT – Liberal Democrat Judge Wayne Mallia trying to steal Republican nomination

This Op-ed originally appeared at the Patriot Statesman Texas Edition

The 2012 Republican Primary is just over a month away and there are a number of races where lifelong liberal Democrats have decided to change parties in a desperate attempt to hoodwinkTexasvoters.

After watching every Democrat in GalvestonCountylose to a Republican challenger in the 2010 midterm election cycle, Judge Wayne Mallia saw the writing on the wall. In a desperate attempt to hold on to his seat as Judge of the 405th District Court in Galveston, Mallia decided to roll the dice and see if he could steal the Republican nomination.

So for a year now, Judge Mallia has been traipsing all over Galveston County telling people he has seen the light and has become a born again Republican although the preponderance of the evidence would suggest otherwise.

As of the most recent campaign finance report available from the Texas Ethics Commission, Judge Mallia still has not donated a cent to any Republican organizations. Conversely, since 2004 Judge Mallia has seen fit to donate more than $16,000.00 of his hard earned money to Democrat candidates and liberal organizations. As recently as November, 2011, Mallia made donations to the radical left-wingAFL-CIO labor union as well as contributions to the Galveston County Democrat Party, LULAC and the NAACP. Does this sound like a man who is a Republican?

Perhaps Judge Mallia’s voting record will show that he has some conservative leanings? Wrong again. According to Voter Vault, the Republican Party’s voter database, Judge Mallia is classified as a “Strong Democrat” and has voted Democrat for at least the last four election cycles.

There is nothing about Judge Wayne Mallia that is Republican and what’s worse is that he lacks the moral integrity to admit what he is – a liberal Democrat. Even his former Democrat Party Chairman Lloyd Criss said “Maillia is a man without principles who wants to have it both ways.” This doesn’t bode well for a man that wants to sit on the bench. After all, don’t we want people of the highest moral character to occupy the halls of our judicial system?

Judge Mallia is the epitome of a Republican In Name Only. He is desperately trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Galveston County Republicans. He is a man that donates his time and money to liberal causes and he has never voted for not has he ever been a Republican. Most of all, he is a man that lacks integrity and does nor deserve the public trust that comes with his office.

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Communists.com Redirects Users to Obama 2012 Website

Type in communists.com and you will be redirected to the Obama 2012 Campaign website. - Image courtesy The Big Dustup

The Obama 2012 campaign has a serious problem; the web address communists.com redirects users to the President’s campaign splash page.

Don’t believe me? Type the address into your browser for yourself and see what happens.

While it is quite common for companies and campaigns to secure multiple web addresses which redirect the user to one master website, the other domains typically have some sort of relevance to the campaign. For instance, it would be perfectly appropriate and expected for the Obama campaign to secure; Obama.com, Barack.com, Hopeandchange.com, etcetera.

In fact, it is in accordance with SEO best practices for a campaign to secure common misspellings of a domain name as well. For instance you could expect the Obama campaign to secure domain names like Omama.com (which they have not).

That being said, it is highly unusual for a campaign to secure a domain that is so highly controversial and telling as communists.com. While ownership of the communist.com domain remains unclear, perhaps the president is finally showing his true colors, something many Americans have known all along.

 

 

Thanks to TKC subscriber CKD for the tip.

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