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Friday, July 31, 2009

When Was The Last Time That The United States Was Debt-Free?


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-- photo of the federal reserve building -- When was the last time that the United States had NO federal debt to speak of?

Was it 1950?

Was it 1900?

The actual answer is - 1836.

1836. Andrew Jackson was President of the United States.  The Republic of Texas declared their independence from Mexico.  Arkansas was admitted as the 25th state.

In short - it's been a long while since the United States had zero federal debt.

From 1792 to 1834, the United States was slowly able to whittle down the size of their debt in relation to their GDP.

In 1792, the Debt to GDP % was 35.1; by 1834, this number had been brought down to just 0.39%.

In 1835 and 1836, the United States (according to public records) had no public debt to speak of - a 0% Debt to GDP ratio that I'm sure will never be duplicated again.

Since 1836, the United States has managed to add nearly $12 trillion dollars in debt, and this number is expected to rocket higher over the next decade.

The "Panic of 1837" (and the 5 year depression that soon followed) helped to push the country back into the red, and we have never enjoyed debt-free status since.

Over the past 173 years, a number of events have conspired to push our national debt through the roof - a couple of World Wars, a number of other conflicts, a Great Depression, a number of recessions and a general distaste for maintaining a balanced budget.

This question seems almost ridiculous to ask at this point but I'll ask it anyways - will the United States ever be debt-free again?

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Each American Household Owes Average of $546,668


-- growing national debt -- USA Today recently published an article that has many people talking today.

In the article, the USA Today laid out just how much money the US government owes in debt and unfunded federal commitments.  It also breaks down how much each and every American household owes for their portion of the debt.

The results are quite astonishing and are leading many people to ask the question: how will we ever pay for all of this?

Many people think that the
$11 trillion dollars plus in currently outstanding public debt is the sum total of the money that the US federal government owes. This is not the case.

The $63.8 trillion dollar figure includes all of the government's liabilities - everything from Medicare to Social Security to military pensions to public debt.

According to the USA Today, the $63.8 trillion dollar figure measures "what's needed today - set aside in a lump sum, earning interest - to pay benefits that won't be covered by future taxes".

The $63.8 trillion dollar number translates into $546,668 for every household in the United States.  This represents each household's share of all of the federal government's unfunded debt obligations, commitments and promises.

This is on top of the $122k in personal debt (mortgages, credit cards, etc.) that every household in the United States is currently carrying, on average.


The article points out that the strain on both Social Security and Medicare will only increase as the Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement age.  It also notes that Congress has not set aside money to "pay military and civil servant pensions or health care for retirees".

These numbers are even more alarming when you consider the fact that the government is predicting massive deficits as far as the eye can see.  This will only dramatically increase the debt burden of the United States over the next 10-20 years.

Throw in a proposed trillion dollar plus health care reform package and continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and you have a prescription for disaster.

Will the United States have to dramatically cut spending to pay for their spiraling debts?

Or will taxpayers end up bearing the majority of the burden?

Can the United States avoid a complete financial meltdown over the next 10-50 years?

Source: USA Today - Leap in U.S. debt hits taxpayers with 12% more red ink

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LifeNews.com Pro-Life News Report 8/1/09 #4672

From: LifeNews.com Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009
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Congressional Cmte Defeats Another Attempt to Limit Abortion in Health Care
House Panel OKs Fake Pro-Life Amendment That Funds Abortion in Health Care

House Cmte Defeats Amendment to Stop Abortion Mandate in Health Care Plan
President Barack Obama Tells NIH to Adopt Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules
New Poll Shows Just 41 Percent Favor Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Post

England MP to Introduce Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide After Purdy Ruling
Abortion Drug Has Killed 29 Women, European Maker Tells Italy's Government
British House of Lords: Debbie Purdy Can Escape Law on Assisted Suicide
Catholic Bishops Ask Congress Not to Fund Abortions in Health Care Reform Plan
Frankenstein's Folly - Why We Need the Brownback Bill Banning Human Chimeras
Scotland Parliament Expected to Debate Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide This Fall

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Congressional Committee Defeats Another Attempt to Limit Abortion in Health Care
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
After defeating one pro-life amendment Thursday night and adopting a phony ban on abortion funding, the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Friday afternoon defeated another amendment to limit abortion in the House health care restructuring bill. Rep. Joe Pitts, a Pennsylvania Republican, would ensure taxpayer dollars do not pay for abortions or subsidize health insurance plans that include abortion. "We want an explicit exclusion in the bill to prevent any taxpayer funding from paying for abortions," Pitts told his colleagues. "Anything else is wrong, and contrary to overwhelming popular opinion." Though Pitts received support from most Republicans and a handful of pro-life Democrats, he could not gather enough votes to overcome the pro-abortion Democrats who control the committee. The panel voted 31-27 against the amendment. Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, told LifeNews.com: "This is 'Condition Red' for the pro-life movement. Every pro-life American should communicate, loudly and clearly, his or her opposition to this Obama-backed bill, before it comes to the floor in early September."
Full story at LifeNews.com

ACTION: Click here to see how your members of the House Energy and Commerce committee voted on the Pitts amendment and let them know your thoughts about their votes. If your member of the House is not a member of the committee, contact your representative and urge strong opposition to taxpayer funding of abortion. Call 202-224-3121 or see http://www.House.gov

Note: Rep. Skimkus voted no in order to change his vote and allow for a reconsideration of the amendment later after persuading another colleague to vote pro-life. Shimkus is a long-time pro-life lawmaker.

House Panel Adopts Amendment to Help Stop Rationing in Health Care Legislation
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A House of Representatives committee, late Thursday, approved a phony "compromise" amendment to the health care legislation it is considering. The amendment, sponsored by an abortion advocate, gave the impression that it would stop tax-funded abortions in the health care bill but, in reality, would allow it. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has been considering its version of the House government-run health care plan, H.R. 3200. Rep. Lois Capps, a California Democrat, proposed an amendment that she claimed was a "compromise" between pro-life advocates and abortion proponents. The amendment explicitly permits the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department, pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius, to include abortion in the services offered by public option and requires abortion coverage in the government health plan if the Hyde amendment is ever reversed. HR 3200 authorizes taxpayer-funded affordability credits and he Capps amendment specifically requires taxpayer subsidies to flow to plans that include abortion, but creates an accounting scheme designed to give the impression that public funds will not subsidize abortion. The Capps amendment also requires that a plan that includes abortion be made available in every region of the country. Despite bipartisan opposition from Republicans and some pro-life Democrats on the committee, the panel approved the Capps amndment on a 30-28 vote. (Click here for vote listing.) Full story at LifeNews.com

House Cmte Defeats Amendment to Stop Abortion Mandate in Health Care Plan
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
The House committee that is considering the main House health care restructuring plan defeated a pro-life amendment Thursday night that would stop any mandate for abortion coverage. The vote saw Tennessee Rep. Bart Gordon change his vote, allowing for its defeat. The panel's vote and re-vote came along with a vote for a phony measure that abortion advocates said would stop abortion funding in the health care bill, but would actually do otherwise. Reps. Joe Pitts, a Pennsylvania republican, and Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, combined for a bipartisan amendment to prevent mandated abortion coverage in the essential benefits package. The amendment said abortions could not be a required basic benefit of any government or private plan. The House Energy and Commerce committee initially approved the amendment on a 31-27 vote. However, Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who is the committee chairman, switched his vote from nay to yea at the last minute, so he could call for a re-vote later in the night. A few hours later, when Waxman brought up the amendment for reconsideration, it failed by a vote of 30-29 with Waxman switching sides along with Gordon, who has a pro-abortion voting record on other issues. Also, a Democrat who hadn't voted the first time, Rep. Zack Space of Ohio, voted against the amendment under reconsideration.
Full story at LifeNews.com

President Barack Obama Tells NIH to Adopt Embryonic Stem Cell Research Rules
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) --
Prescient Barack Obama on Thursday directed the National Institutes of Health to officially adopt its proposed rules to implement his decision to force taxpayers to pay for embryonic stem cell research. Obama reversed protections that prevented the funding of new research destroying human life. President Bush has kept protections in place because new embryonic stem cell research requires the destruction of unborn children to obtain their stem cells. The research has yet to help a single patient, unlike adult stem cell research -- which has helped patients with more than 100 diseases and medical conditions and which Bush supported with hundreds of millions in federal funding. Obama's decision to force funding required the NIH to adopt rules to implement it.
In a statement, he instructed the NIH to officially adopt the rules: "I hereby direct the heads of executive departments and agencies that support and conduct stem cell research to adopt these guidelines, to the fullest extent practicable in light of legal authorities and obligations." The NIH rules received significant pro-life criticism when the agency released them earlier this month and because the Obama administration ignored the majority of public comments opposing embryonic stem cell research. Full story at LifeNews.com

New Poll Shows Just 41 Percent Favor Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court Post
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A new Rasmussen poll finds just 41 percent say they favor adding appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court. The Senate is expected to vote on her confirmation next week -- and will likely confirm her -- to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice David Souter. Leading pro-life organizations oppose the Sotomayor nomination because they say she will likely advocate abortion on the high court. The Rasmussen telephone survey of Americans finds 41 percent believe Sotomayor should be confirmed, while 37 percent oppose her confirmation. A large contingent of those polled, 21 percent, aren't sure whether the Senate should confirm the woman who would become the first Hispanic on the high court. There's been little change in voters' views of Sotomayor since the end of her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings nearly two weeks ago. At that time, Rasmussen found 43 percent favored her confirmation and 39 percent were opposed. Full story at LifeNews.com

England MP to Introduce Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide After Purdy Ruling
London, England (LifeNews.com) --
Following a House of Lords ruling that Debbie Purdy's husband can take her to Switzerland for an assisted suicide without facing prosecution, a British MP plans to introduce a new bill in Parliament. The measure would legalize assisted suicide in England and follow nations like the Netherlands and Belgium. David Winnick, Labour MP for Walsall North, said he planned to enter the lottery with a private member's bill. He told the London Daily mail his bill would be "a measure whereby assisted dying could take place in this country." "The question arises from yesterday's decision - should we recognize cases such as Debbie Purdy, should we change the law, should people have to go abroad?" he said. In their ruling, Lord Hope, sitting with Lords Phillips, Brown and Neuberger and Baroness Hale said their decision was not meant to open the door to legalizing assisted suicide, but to clarify and interpret the current law prohibiting suicide tourism. But Paul Tully, the general secretary of the pro-life group SPUC, said the House of Lords is disingenuous.
Full story at LifeNews.com

Abortion Drug Has Killed 29 Women, European Maker Tells Italy's Government
Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) -- The world may never know how many thousands of women have been injured, or even killed, by the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug. The best worldwide guess is that 13 women have been killed as a result of the mifepristone abortion pill, but the maker of the drug in Europe is saying 29 women have died. If the information given to the Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) by European abortion drug maker Exelgyn is correct, then twice as many women have died from the abortion drug globally than the pro-life community has thought. Currently, eight women have died from using the RU 486 abortion drug in the United States, two in England, and one each in Canada, Sweden and France. But, according to a report by the Italian news agency ASCA, Exelgyn provided the figure of 29 women dying from the abortion pill to the Italy Ministry of Health, which, in turn, gave the information to the AIFA drug regulatory agency. Meanwhile, Eugenia Roccella, the subsecretary of the Italian health office, also reportedly confirmed the figure she received from Exelgyn to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper. Full story at LifeNews.com

British House of Lords: Debbie Purdy Can Escape Law on Assisted Suicide Tourism
London, England (LifeNews.com) -- The British House of Lords on Thursday issued a ruling allowing Debbie Purdy, a Briton who wants her husband not to go to prison for taking her to a Swiss euthanasia center, to escape a national law. The law allows for the prosecution of family members who talked loved ones out of the country for an assisted suicide. Under current English law, which has rarely been enforced, anyone assisting in a suicide could receive as much as 14 years in prison for doing so. British law covers a person who "aids, abets, counsels or procures" the suicide of another person. The High Court and the Court of Appeal had previously ruled that the Director of Public Prosecutions is not required to issue a public prosecuting policy on suicide tourism. Without such a public policy, Purdy can't know if her husband will face legal judgment after he takes her for an assisted suicide. The House of Lords ruling requires the DPP to issue guidance on when he will or will not prosecute those who criminally assist suicide. The judgment directs that the new policy should cover "a case such as that which Mrs Purdy's case exemplifies." Full story at LifeNews.com

Catholic Bishops Ask Congress Not to Fund Abortions in Health Care Reform Plan
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With members of the House and Senate rejected amendment after amendment to stop taxpayer funding of abortions in the Congressional health care plans, the nation's Catholic bishops have written a second letter imploring elected officials to do something. The Catholic bishops say they are behind efforts to reform the health care system, but they say it must not be done on the backs of unborn children. Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the Catholic bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, wrote a letter Wednesday that is now becoming public. He urged lawmakers in the House to change H.R. 3200, the main House ill for a government-run health care system, to retain longstanding policies stopping taxpayer funding of abortion. Cardinal Rigali reiterated criteria for "genuine health care reform" set forth by Bishop William Murphy, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Domestic Policy, in his letter to Congress on July 17. He described health care as "a basic right belonging to all human beings, from conception to natural death" and said that "the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is working to ensure that needed health reform is not undermined by abandoning longstanding and widely supported policies against abortion funding and mandates and in favor of conscience protection." Full story at LifeNews.com

Frankenstein's Folly - Why We Need the Brownback Bill Banning Human Chimeras
by Ken Connor
Those who would defend human dignity in the face of science's relentless march towards "discovery" are once again under attack. Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are making headlines for introducing controversial legislation that would ban the American scientific community from developing embryos that contain both human and animal material. Dubbed the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009, the bill upholds the unique dignity of the human species and condemns human-animal hybrids as "grossly unethical because they blur the line between human and animal, male and female, parent and child, and one individual and another individual." One might think that even the most ardent disciples of science would acknowledge the problems (if not the downright creepiness) inherent in blending human and non-human genetic material, but no. Instead, critics are dismissing the grave ethical and moral concerns at stake as paranoid hyperbole and characterizing opposition to human-animal hybrid experimentation as yet another attempt to sabotage scientific progress, and thus, the betterment of mankind. Full story at LifeNews.com

Scotland Parliament Expected to Debate Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide This Fall
Edinburgh, Scotland (LifeNews.com) -- The parliament of Scotland is expected to debate a bill this fall that would legalize the practice of assisted suicide. MSP Margo MacDonald had originally secured enough support from colleagues to introduce the measure and now it has won cross-party backing. The proposal would allow people with a progressive and irreversible illness, the terminally ill, or those who had an "intolerable" quality of life to kill themselves with the help of a doctor. Private bills at Holyrood require at least 18 signatories before they can be presented and MacDonald's bill has the support of 21 MSPs. In comments to the London Guardian newspaper, MacDonald said that her bill would allow someone like Debbie Purdy, who won her suicide tourism case at the House of Lords, to kill herself in Scotland instead of having to travel to Switzerland. Full story at LifeNews.com


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Market Dries Up for US Debt


Apparently this never occurred to the profligate fools in Congress who go along with Obama's deliberately disastrous Cloward-Piven economic policy, but there are limits to how much the government can borrow:

The U.S. Treasury sold $39 billion in five-year debt Wednesday in an auction that drew poor demand, raising worries over the cost of financing the government's burgeoning budget deficit. … Under the weight of the ballooning deficit, the government has raised auction volumes and analysts now wonder whether the strain on the market is showing.

…dealers drove an unexpectedly hard bargain to raise yields, and lower prices, to buy the bonds. Ultimately, this could raise interest rates throughout the economy at a faster rate than might be appropriate given the lingering effects of the worst recession in decades. …

The government plans to issue $2 trillion in new bonds this year to finance economic and financial rescues.

Treasury auctions have come under particularly close scrutiny since investors began to question the longevity of the United States' prized AAA credit rating back in May.
Thanks to the leadership moonbats have seen fit to inflict on this country, we are on our way to the second-class status of a debtor nation that can't pay its bills. But that's okay; if the ChiComs won't lend us any more money, we can just crank up the printing presses even faster — or maybe add zeroes to the currency, like they do in Zimbabwe. What better tribute to Chairman Zero?

Track Legislation & Congress at OpenCongress.org

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Open Congress dot org's logo OC screencast   OpenCongress.org: Track any bill, issue, or Member of Congress � Roll Call Details � You can Vote and comment too. � RSS feeds of their votes � Track all actions by your elected officials. � What people are saying about them. � Campaign contributions � contribution$ for prominent bills � congressional news � most-viewed bills , or hot bills by issue area.

Watch a video overview of OpenCongress, the information offered, and ways you can use the site.  This screencast was graciously created by Ryanne Hodson and Jay Dedman of RyanIsHungry.com as a volunteer project.  ?   ?   ?

OpenCongress is a free, open-source, non-profit, and non-partisan web resource with a mission to make Congress more transparent and to encourage civic engagement.  OpenCongress is a joint project of the Sunlight Foundation and the Participatory Politics Foundation.  To read more about our approach, our data sources, and how Congress works, see About OpenCongress.  Send us an e-mail anytime: writeus@opencongress.org.
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Contact: Senators, House, President

Considering the estimated $26,600,000,000,000.00 estimated debt being created by all of the legislation that's now being rushed through Congress (+ issues involving the 2nd Amendment, Life, nationalized medicine, taxes, terrorism, illegal immigration, cap'n tax, etc. etc.), if you want your legislators to hear your yea/nay wishes, here's easy to use contact help.  Most senators' email is in the format of senator@boxer.senate.gov (change boxer to your senators' names.)  Representatives' format: pelosie@house.gov   The links below will give you voice and facsimile numbers and ordinary mail addresses.  As issues are being considered, it'll be business as usual in D.C., if you don't contact them.  Until the next round of elections gets close, when they'll promise anything to get re-elected to stay in office, citizens need to be heard by Washington.  Personal phone calls & letters are best, faxes are good, d'unno about email but any contact you make is better than none. 
 
All of these and more government contacts are at http://harrold.org/rfhextra/contact_the_us_government.html

How to avoid the “500 worst passwords of all time”

By John Dodge | Jul 29, 2009 on SmartPlanet.com at http://www.smartplanet.com

We all have lots of Internet passwords and about half of them are not difficult to guess.  Just take a look at the "500 worst passwords of all time."

A strong password should be two things: easily recalled by its owner and difficult to guess by someone who doesn't know it.  So even non-hackers can guess a few on the worst list.

"123456″ is number one followed by you guess it, "password."   Some on the list are intriguing.  Number 496 is a "mistress" although I don't if the owners lean toward kept women or men who wished they had one.  Many are profane with a hint of anger and impulsiveness suggesting people don't want to bother with passwords.  Some are plays on words like "letmein."  Number 486 is a seemingly cryptic letter string "abgrtyu" and still made the list.

The list comes from the book "Perfect Password: Selecttion, Protection, Authentication" published in 2005.  While the list would appear outdated, it still gets considerable attention because it's unique.

One out of nine passwords used is on the list and about 50% of passwords are passwords are "based on names of a family member, spouse, partner, or a pet," according to the book's teaser on Amazon.  Just ask Sarah Palin whose email was hacked last September by someone who reset her password using her zipcode, birthdate and where she met her spouse.  When asked where she went to high school, the hacker entered  "Wasilla High" and was right. Such is the price of celebrity and people knowing a lot about you.

Passwords are a challenge.  Like you, I often want quick access to a site and view the password as an obstacle deserving little attention.  However, I can proudly say no password I have ever used is on the worst list.

In a recent discussion with fellow bloggers, one said he keeps passwords only in his head. He never writes them down ANYWHERE.  I have far to many for that and lack the photographic mind he must have.  He also avoid passwords hints such as boyhood dog or mother's maiden name given what happened to Palin.

Another swears by password manager Roboform which can be downloaded for $35. I may try this given good reviews and because I don't feel secure with my current password strategy if you can call it that.  I am constantly looking them up and must have about 30 of them.  I also have used meebo with some success as a single logon/password to multiple instant messaging accounts.  I tried a something called a secure login called vidoop, but it was too good: it didn't let me into anything.

There's plenty of advice on how to create a good password such as Microsoft's six-step to creating "a strong, memorable password.  Some of the advice is is obvious, but worth repeating.

– Use a mix of symbols, characters and numbers.  Use spaces if allowed.
– If you can't use symbols, double the number of characters.
– Think of a memorable sentence and take the first letter of each word and combine into a password.
– Use a password checker to test its strength.

TV's 'The Wanted' out to grab terrorists, viewers

From: baja Sent: Friday, July 31, 2009
 
The Washington Times
 
 Originally published 04:45 a.m., July 27, 2009, updated 05:53 a.m., July 27, 2009 by (Contact)
 
Eight years after the Sept. 11 attacks and the beginning of the war on terror, leaders and supporters of terrorist organizations still lead free and open lives around the world. More than a decade after the Rwandan genocide, its practitioners still roam the United States. The government seems unable - and sometimes unwilling - to change this state of affairs.

NBC's new program "The Wanted" aims to push the issue, entertaining audiences while bringing the accused to justice: Its team of terrorist trackers hops the globe collecting evidence about its targets in order to persuade extradition-shy countries to stop dragging their feet.

The team consists of former Green Beret Roger Carstens, former Navy SEAL Scott Tyler, war-crimes prosecutor David Crane and producer-journalist Adam Ciralsky. In the series premiere last week, the team went after the founder of Ansar al-Islam - which the State Department lists as a terrorist organization - who lives freely in Oslo and has yet to be extradited to Kurdistan to stand trial.

On Monday night, the show focuses on the pursuit of Mamoun Darkazanli, a German-Syrian national accused of helping Osama bin Laden finance the Sept. 11 attacks and the Madrid bombings. Spanish officials have indicted him and German officials know his whereabouts, yet he remains active and out of custody.

Government officials have been wary of the show. The Department of Homeland Security worried that Mr. Ciralsky and his team would endanger the case being built against one of the show's future suspects, a Rwandan implicated in that country's genocide who now teaches at universities in the United States. The public affairs officer at Special Operations Command, where Mr. Carstens recently screened the first episode, said there was no buzz about the show around headquarters.

Mr. Carstens dismissed the department's fears, while rank-and-file special operations members celebrated the show and what it represents.

"It's really about the rule of law. It's about justice; it's about human rights; it's about facing those that are accused - and that's the key word - facing those that are accused of the most egregious crimes against humanity and effect some sort of effort to get them to at least take responsibility for their actions or clear their name," Mr. Carstens said.

"The Wanted" isn't about cowboys charging headlong into uncertain situations; it takes care to show some of the difficulties of real-world special operations missions.

The reaction from people in the special operations community has been positive.

"Initially, they were very suspicious of [the show] because they thought it was Hollywood trying to make something dramatic out of this situation," said one person in the Department of Defense's special operations community who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of his position.

"They thought these guys were going to be out bagging and tagging folks and violating all kinds of laws and it was going to turn into a fiasco. ... Everyone I've talked to said that it was well done, didn't reveal a lot of our trade secrets - if you will - and left me feeling that somebody's doing something about a problem we all know exists and, frankly, we can't do anything about," he added.

Though sometimes juiced up for dramatic purposes - the show employs a hand-held camera and is shot in a style that brings to mind movies such as "The Bourne Identity" more than "Dateline NBC" - "The Wanted" takes care to show the mundane nature of most surveillance and investigative operations.

In taking such care, "The Wanted" is opening eyes to the bureaucratic roadblocks to the pursuit and capture of people linked to terrorism. After a screening at the Capitol, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, Missouri Republican, said she was upset over the problems that the show exposed.

"It's always frustrating to deal with the bureaucracy, and it's frustrating to watch the show and watch all that they had to go through," she said.

Ms. Emerson, who sits on a NATO parliamentary assembly that works with other parliaments in NATO countries, said she and her colleagues were unaware of the situation in Norway highlighted in last week's episode.

"I wish I had known that they were having all these problems and had had that discussion before, or while, we were there in Norway," she said, referencing her time in Oslo during a recent meeting of the assembly.

Raising awareness is one of the show's key missions and among the reasons why the program was so well received in the special operations community.

"A lot of guys who work this business get very frustrated in how uninvolved the American public is in this war we're all fighting," said the operative in the Defense Department. "We just cannot give up and walk away, it'll come to our shores and meet us again."


Here is a copy of the ObamaCare health plan. You better read it because you will be forced to live with it!

From: AFA Action Alert Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:43 PM posted on AFA July 31st, 2009
 

Here is an overview of the ObamaCare health care bill (HR 3200) which Congress is about to force every citizen to live under, except members of Congress.

Members of Congress will be exempt from being forced into this plan.  They will have their own.  The liberals, Democrats and some Republicans - while forcing you to join the plan - refuse to include themselves.   Members of Congress will have a better plan which gives them freedom you will be denied.

You can read an updated and revised overview of HR 3200 compiled by Liberty Counsel: http://www.liberty.edu/media/9980/attachments/healthcare_overview_obama_072909.pdf

Or, go to the full text of HR 3200 and read directly from the government website what this bill does!

Your Senators and Representative will soon be home for the August recess of Congress.  Get a car load of friends and go meet with your Senators and Representative.  Find out where he or she is holding Townhall meetings.  Go to those meetings and ask for some answers! Some of them may try to avoid discussing ObamaCare.  Don't let them!

Find your Senators and Representative local offices here:  http://www.capwiz.com/afanet/dbq/officials/

Take Action!

E-mail your Senators and Representative,asking for a schedule of their Townhall meeting during the month of August.  Once you get the information, get a carload of friends and attend the Townhall meeting.  If your Senators or Representative is not holding Townhall meeting, ask why not.  (We have been told that many of those favoring ObamaCare aren't holding meeting because they don't want to answer questions about ObamaCare.)  Then ask for an appointment at his or her district office nearest you.

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'Stimulus' grants going to porn producers?

'Stimulus' grants going to porn producers?
Charlie Butts and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 7/30/2009 1:40:00 PM

Money down the drain

Editor's note: This story contains descriptions that some may find offensive.

 

"Stimulus" funds awarded to the National Endowment for the Arts may be being used to produce pornographic material.

source: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Culture/Default.aspx?id=625302

by Charlie Butts and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 7/30/2009 1:40:00 PM

The NEA was allotted $80 million out of the $787-trillion stimulus bill approved earlier this year by Congress and President Obama. Alliance Defense Fund special counsel Pat Trueman shares what he found upon close examination of the NEA's expenditures.
 
"The National Endowment for the Arts is using money from the stimulus bill, which was supposed to create economic activity, for the production of pornography," he states. "They've specifically given grants to companies that they know produce pornography -- primarily homosexual pornography."
 
Among the recipients of federal stimulus money, according to a Fox News report:

• Frameline, a "gay and lesbian" film house which recently screened Thundercrack, which is described as "the world's only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women, and a gorilla." ($50,000 grant)
• San Francisco-based CounterPULSE, a group that produces the weekly "Perverts Put Out" -- a performance that invites guests to "join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun." ($25,000 grant)
• "The Symmetry Project" -- a dance piece that Fox News says "amounts to two people writhing naked on the floor, a government-funded tango in the altogether." ($25,000 grant)

Pat TruemanTrueman says it is an "outrage" that federal monies are being given to porn-producing organizations. "The National Endowment for the Arts has long been fought by American Family Association and other pro-family groups because year in and year out, they fund pornography and blasphemy," he tells OneNewsNow.
 
And of the allegedly misspent stimulus funds? "This is an outrage," he exclaims. "People are hurting financially, and our federal government is funding pornography?"
 
Trueman believes the public ought to call on members of Congress to take a closer look at the National Endowment for the Arts and pull its federal funding.


copied from ALIPAC Forums

original source: http://www.alipac.us/ftopic-164535-previous.html
Titled: Homeland Securtiy Right Wing Extremism report sources?
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 12:16 pm by Newmexican

"I received this and don't quite know what to make of it. Has anyone else received anything similar?

Has Homeland Security released any of the soouce information for the memo identifying Right Wing Extremists?

According to this , they used almost exclusively, papers composed by the SPLC and the ADL.

This would explain in my opinion. why conservative and religeous groups were identified as potential terrorists, while anarchists groups, such as La Voz de Aztlan, Blac Panthers, MS-13, 18th Street Gang, etc were not.

Any expert folks here that can help me out?

That stupid Homeland Security report on "Right-wing Extremism" was written with sources drawn primarily from the Southern "Poverty" Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Here are the pdf's of a three page response to a FOIA request:

Page 1: http://www.mediafire.com/?tic5xy4mzuo
Page 2: http://www.mediafire.com/?zmdqzqnizn1
Page 3: http://www.mediafire.com/?gtguhjoz2qz

I transcribe them below because I had a devil of a time getting past the (expletive deleted) pop-ups and other crap on Mediafire."

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

SENT VIA EMAIL TO: (REDACTED)
Mr. (Redacted)
P.O. Box (Redacted)
Chicago, IL (Zip code redacted)

Re: DHS/OS/PRIV (identifier redacted)

Dear Mr. (Redacted):

This is the final response to your Freedom of Information act (FOIA) request to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), dated April 16, 2009, and received in this office April 22, 2009. You requested records relating to the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis assessment titled, "Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment," to include the following:

1. With respect to "(U//FOUO) DHS?I&A notes that prominent civil rights organizations have observed an increase in anti-Hispanic crimes over the past five years," found on page 5 of 9 of the document, you requested the following:

** Names of the cited "prominent civil rights organizations," as well as any references used to create the document or this citation within the document.

2. With respect to "(U) In April 2007, six militia members were arrested for various weapons and explosives violation. Open source reporting alleged that those arrested had discussed and conducted surveillance for a machinegun attack on Hispanics," found on page 5 of 9 of your document, you requested the following:

** Website links or media references to the "open-source reporting" referred to in the document, as well as any references, websites, etc. used to create this citation.

3. With respect to "(U) A militia member in Wyoming was arrested in February 2007 after communicating his plans to travel to the Mexican border to kill immigrants crossing into the United States," found on page 5 of 9 of the document, you requested the following:

** Website links or media references to the "open-source reporting" referred to in the document, as well as any references, websites, etc. used to create this citation.

A search within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OI&A) for records that would be responsive to your request produced a total of 127 pages, all of which are publicly avaliable. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. ss552(a)(1) and (a)(2), DHS need not make available under the FOIA records that are published elsewhere. As the responsive documents are publicly available and you specifically requested "website links," we have not enclosed hard copies with this response.

With respect to Item 1, the following website links are provided:
http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2008/10/29/anti-latino-hate-crimes-rise-for-fourth-year/
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=886
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=763
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=845
http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=415
http://www.splcenter.org/blog/topics/nativism-in-the-news/
http://www.adl.org/civil_rights/anti_immigrant/
http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCr_51/5403_51.htm
http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/PWC_Conference.htm.
http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/PWC_Conference-update.htm.
http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/ShawnaForde.htm
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2008/11/10/national/a161853S92.DTL
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-11-12-2775952356_x.htm
http://www.fbi/gov/ucr/hc2007/victims.htm

With respect to Item 2, the following website links are provided:
http://birmingham.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel07/bh050207.htm
http://birmingham.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel07/bh062507.htm
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269534,00.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18426038/

With respect to Item 3, the following website links are provided:
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/circs/10th/07086p.pdf
http://www.trib.com/articles/2007/11/02/news/casper/78691afl4f872573850000eedf.txt
http://www.trib.com/articles/2007/08/05/news/casper/bc5e751956c6cc068725732c0080e613.txt
http://www.adl.org/learn/extremism_in_the_news/Anti-Government/militia_wyoming4.07.htm
http://www.adl.org/learn/extremism_in_the_news/Anti_Government/serafin+8.07.htm?LEARN_Cat=Extremism&LEARN_SubCat=Extremism_in_the_News

If you deem this advisement an adverse determination, you have the right to submit an appeal. Should you wish to do so, you must send your appeak and a copy of this letter, within 60 days of the date of this letter, to: Associate General Counsel (General Law), U.S. Department of Homeland security, Wasdhington, D.C. 20528, following the procedures outlined in the DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. s5.9. Your envelope and letter should be marked "FOIA Appeal." Copies of the FOIA and DHS regulations are available at http://www.dhs.gov/foia .

Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request. In this instance, because the cost is below the $14 minimum, there is no charge. 6 C.F.R. s 5.11(d)(4).

If you need to contact our office again about this matter, please refer to DHS/OS/PRIV(Redacted). This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.

Sincerely, Vania T. Lockett, Acting Departmental Disclosure Officer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mcmahon, Fawcett, Malen & Jackson... Pretty much says it all

From: baja Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Subject: Pretty much says it all
 
Ed McMahon died recently/ He was a great entertainer, but prior to his stage accomplishments he was a distinguished Marine Corps fighter pilot in WWII earning six Air Medals. He was discharged in 1946 and volunteered to fly again in the Korean War. He joined the CA Air National Guard and was later promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

Farrah Fawcett died recently after a long career in
Hollywood as an actress. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she became an activist for cancer treatment and devoted her last remaining years encouraging people to seek treatment. She documented her plight on film and used it to encourage others to stay positive and upbeat despite their diagnosis and suffering.

Karl Malden died recently after a long career in
Hollywood as an actor.  He also served in the US Air Force during WWII and also served on the US Postal Service committee to review and recommend commemorative stamps.  In 2005, the US House of Representatives authorized the US Postal Service to rename a Los Angeles post office the Karl Malden Postal Station.

Michael Jackson died recently after a suspected abuse of prescription drugs. He was perhaps one of the greatest singers of modern time. He will also be remembered for his eccentric lifestyle that included sleeping with a chimpanzee, living in a carnival-like atmosphere at Neverland, his fascination with Peter Pan, and his numerous masks and costumes. He also admitted to finding pleasure sleeping with young boys and paying out millions of dollars in settlements to the families of these boys despite being acquitted by a court on one allegation of sexual molestation.

QUESTION 1) Which of the above did the House of Representatives declare a moment of silence for today? (Hint - It wasn't the first three)

QUESTION 2) Which of the above's family received a personal note of condolence from President Obama? (Hint - It wasn't the first three)

Need we say more
?

Lauer Loses Cool During Malkin Interview (Video) re o'who?

Lauer Loses Cool During Malkin Interview (Video) by Human Events, 07/29/2009


humor - Top ten indicators that your employer has changed to Obama's health plan

From: jb Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 Subject: TOP TEN INDICATORS THAT YOUR EMPLOYER HAS CHANGED TO OBAMA'S HEALTH Plan
 
TOP TEN INDICATORS THAT YOUR EMPLOYER HAS CHANGED TO OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN:

(10) Your annual breast exam is done at Hooters.

 (9) Directions to your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer park."

 (8) The tongue depressors taste faintly of Fudgesicles.

 (7) The only proctologist in the plan is "Gus" from Roto-Rooter.

 (6) The only item listed under Preventative Care Coverage is "an apple a day."

 (5) Your primary care physician is wearing the pants you gave to goodwill last month.

 (4) "The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges," is not a typographical error.

 (3) The only expense covered 100% is "embalming."

 (2) Your Prozac comes in different colors with little M's on them.

 AND THE NUMBER ONE SIGN YOU'VE JOINED OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN:
 (1) You ask for Viagra, and they give you a Popsicle stick and duct tape.

o'bamacide = Government Funded Euthanasia and Abortion

From: GOPUSA Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009

A nation of Terri Schiavos with a National Euthanasia Bill?
In 2005, a COURT ordered the removal of a feeding Tube from Terri Schiavo. It outraged a nation. If the Government takes over health care, bureaucrats will decide who lives and dies in America. In the name of "creating efficiencies," they will delay -- or deny -- treatment to critically ill patients because it costs too much.

We will have a NATION of Terri Schiavo's, with a faceless Federal Bureaucracy pulling the plug instead of a Court.! Sound crazy? It happens every day in Great Britain. If you care about the Sanctity of Life, the proposed Government Takeover of Health Care is an attack on your values.

A National Abortion Bill?
That is what the legislation should be called, because the bill pending in Congress includes the unlimited right of a woman to end the life of her baby, with the government footing the bill. And groups like Planned Parenthood will be the beneficiaries of your tax dollars.

To stop the state sponsorship of abortion , ACT NOW. Because health care should be about preserving life, not ending it! ACT NOW before it's too late. Go to http://freeourhealthcarenow.com/

-- added by rfh

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CAGW - Porker of the Month July 2009



From: Citizens Against Government Waste Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 Subject: E-News from Citizens Against Government Waste

The Porker of the Month Hall of Shame
Nominate a Porker of the Month


Porker of the Month, July 2009, is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

CAGW flying pig

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.)
Phone: 202-225-2671
Fax: 202-225-7452


Rep. Russ Carnahan is CAGW's July Porker of the Month

Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) its July Porker of the Month. Rep. Carnahan, who was caught on videotape by a vigilant citizen blogger at a town hall meeting held at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, who posted the remarks on his website and on YouTube, grossly misrepresented the costs associated with the controversial healthcare reforms bills currently under consideration in Congress. His statements were so patently false that when members of the audience reacted with disbelief and loud guffaws, he instantly became the public face of those in Washington, D.C. who are willing to blurt out anything they think will mask the reality of this heinous reform plan to try to slip it by taxpayers.

Rep. Carnahan first stated that "The overall cost of the package has been estimated at about $1 trillion over ten years. About half of that comes from savings and efficiencies in the system," a statement which drew derisive chuckles from a skeptical audience. He then compounded his verbal misery by asserting that "The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) most recently came out and analyzed the current plan and said that it was not only debt neutral, which has been one of the important factors of the President and congressional leaders, but also that over 10 years it would create a $6 billion surplus," a statement which was both demonstrably false and elicited loud guffaws. In fact, on June 15, a month before these remarks, CBO estimated that the Kennedy-Dodd bill would increase the deficit by $1 trillion over 10 years. On July 16, four days before Rep. Carnahan's comments, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf told the Senate Budget Committee that every healthcare reform bill would increase costs, not reduce them.

Rep. Carnahan's behavior seems to be part of a pattern. Democrats in the House seem to be willing to say anything to misdirect taxpayers. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the legislation's head cheerleader, said during the week of July 10 that "all of the cost of the healthcare reform bill can come from squeezing more savings out of the system;" soon thereafter she came out in favor of a $544 billion tax increase to finance healthcare reform. The President has said that he would only support a bill that is deficit neutral, and that reforms should mirror "what members of Congress are getting through the federal employee plan." Yet he seems to be pushing for a bill that would not meet any of those criteria.

For his memorable walk-on cameo appearance in this political Comedy of Errors and his significant contribution to the unbridled bloviation emanating from Washington, most of which has been long on spin and short on facts, Rep. Russ Carnahan is CAGW's July Porker of the Month.

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers, government officials, and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.



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Condolences to the family and loved ones of Agent Robert Rosas and standing in solidarity with the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol.

111TH CONGRESS, 1ST SESSION
 
H. RES. ll
Expressing condolences to the family and loved ones of
Agent Robert Rosas and standing in solidarity with the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol as they remember the service and sacrifice of
Agent Rosas and continue their mission to preserve and defend our borders.
 
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
Mr. HUNTER (for himself and [see ATTACHED LIST of cosponsors]) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on RESOLUTION
 
Expressing condolences to the family and loved ones of Agent Robert Rosas and standing in solidarity with the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol as they remember the service and sacrifice of
 
Agent Rosas and continue their mission to preserve and defend our borders.
 
Whereas since 1919, 108 United States Border Patrol agents have died in the line of duty;
 
Whereas, on July 23, 2009, on the Shockey Truck Trail near Campo, California, agent Robert Rosas Junior, a member of the United States Border Patrol since May 22, 2006, was killed by gunfire while serving in the line of duty;
 
Whereas since 2008, more than 50 Border Patrol agents have been targeted by gunfire while hundreds of others have been subject to other forms of attack;
 
Whereas since 2006, over 10,000 individuals have been killed as a result of ongoing violence on the Southwest border;
 
Whereas, despite an increased security presence along the Southwest border in recent years, Border Patrol agents are under constant threat of violence and contact with drug, weapons, and human smugglers, drug cartels and other organized crime, and transnational criminals;
 
Whereas the killing of Agent Rosas represents the ever-present danger associated with the Southwest border, affecting law enforcement and communities in both the United States and Mexico;
 
Whereas agent Rosas' death serves as an important reminder that we are engaged in a serious effort to secure the Southwest border, led by the approximate 17,000 agents currently stationed along our Nation's 1,969-mile land boundary with Mexico;
 
Whereas the bravery and devotion to duty demonstrated by agent Rosas has forever earned him a place in the hearts and memory of his fellow Americans and the men and women of the United States Border Patrol who risk their lives daily to protect the safety and security of the United States people;
 
Whereas agent Rosas, after starting his law enforcement career in 2001 as a reserve officer in El Centro, California, aspired to be a member of the United States Border Patrol; July 27, 2009 (10:22 p.m.)
 
Whereas agent Rosas was beloved for his desire and dedication to serving others, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues, but most of all by his devotion to his wife, Rosalie, and their two children; and
 
Whereas in the face of this loss, the Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement immediately reaffirmed that acts of violence against Border Patrol agents will not stand: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives expresses its condolences to the family and loved ones of Agent Robert Rosas and stands in solidarity with the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol as they remember the service and sacrifice of Agent Rosas and continue their mission to preserve and defend our borders.
 
July 27, 2009 (10:22 p.m.)

How to clean your PC's infections, basic tips'n downloads

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Killing robots and other problems with A.I.


by Zoe Romanowsky, 7/27/09, InsideCatholic.com Print This Page

The New York Times reports that computer scientists met privately in February in California to discuss whether limits should be placed on artificial intelligence development. The meeting was organized by Eric Horvitz, a Microsoft researcher who is now president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.

The experts are concerned that further advances could "create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences."

As examples, the scientists pointed to a number of technologies as diverse as experimental medical systems that interact with patients to simulate empathy, and computer worms and viruses that defy extermination and could thus be said to have reached a "cockroach" stage of machine intelligence.

While the computer scientists agreed that we are a long way from Hal, the computer that took over the spaceship in 2001: A Space Odyssey, they said there was legitimate concern that technological progress would transform the work force by destroying a widening range of jobs, as well as force humans to learn to live with machines that increasingly copy human behaviors.
The researchers discounted the likelihood that intelligence "might spring spontaneously from the Internet. But they agreed that robots that can kill autonomously are either already here or will be soon."

Did I read that right? Robots that kill autonomously are here or will be here soon?
"Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years," Dr. Horvitz said. "Technologists are replacing religion, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture." [snip]

Dr. Horvitz said the panel was looking for ways to guide research so that technology improved society rather than moved it toward a technological catastrophe. Some research might, for instance, be conducted in a high-security laboratory.

A report from the conference will be issued later this year.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Media Coverup Over Barack Obama Birth

Attorney and former gubernatorial and Democratic Senatorial candidate Philip Berg, who filed a lawsuit claiming Obama is constitutionally ineligible to be president, makes an appearance to reveal the truth about Obama birth certificate and the largest government and media coverup of our time.

See the video, in 4 parts at: http://wallstreetmarketnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/media-coverup-over-barack-obama-birth.html

Quote, "Ask yourself a common sense question... WHY doesn't Obama just reveal his actual birth certificate?

Obama can spend an hour for a "beer summit" but when over 80% of all Americans say they want Obama to show his real birth certificate he refuses?

Why would Obama do that?"

2nd Amendment - Observations on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the Civilized world.

From: jrp Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Subject: On tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the Civilized world

My feelings.....Exactly!

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part drill Instructor, and part standup comic. Here are a few of his observations on tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the civilized world.

 

"The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight....I'd choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic bomb instead."

 

"The two most important rules in a gunfight are:  always cheat and always win."

 

"Every time I teach a class, I discover I don't know something."

 

"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."

 

"Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets.  I may get Killed with my own gun, but he's gonna have to beat me to death with it, cause it's going to be empty."

 

"If you're not shootin', you should be loadin'. If you're not loadin, you should be movin', if you're not movin', someone's gonna cut your head off and put it on a stick."

 

"When you reload in low light encounters, don't put your flashlight in your back pocket.. If you light yourself up, you'll look like an angel or the tooth fairy...and you're gonna be one of 'em pretty Soon."

 

"Do something. It may be wrong, but do something."

 

"Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a Ghilliesuit."

 

"Shoot what's available, as long as it's available, until something else becomes available."

 

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid.  That's ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid For."

 

"Don't shoot fast, shoot good."

 

"You can say 'stop' or 'alto' or use any other word you think will work but I've found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone's head is pretty much the universal language."

 

"You have the rest of your life to solve your problems. How long you live depends on how well you do it."  "You cannot save the planet. You may be able to save yourself and your family."

 

"Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you'll have us or until someone makes us go away and either way it will be exciting."

 

More Excellent Gun Wisdom....... The purpose of fighting is to Win. There is no possible victory in defense. The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The Final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental.

 

1. Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to Fight, he'll just kill you.

 

2. If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

 

3. I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.

 

4. When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

 

5. A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'

 

6. An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

 

7. The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm. 'Sheriff, I see you have your pistol. Are you expecting trouble?' 'No ma'am. If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.'

 

8. Beware the man who only has one gun. He probably knows how to Use it!

 

If you believe in the 2nd Amendment, please forward.

 

 'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.'

~ G. K. Chesterton

 

A people that values its privileges above its principles will Soon lose both.

~ DDE

 

'Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.'

~ Thomas Jefferson


 -- added by rfh
 
"Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark."
  --  Robert Anson Heinlein, (American novelist and science fiction writer, 1907–1988)

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Mar 11, 2008 - "My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.  I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it." -- B. Hussein Obama

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Gov't Off Our Backs
o'KGB?: "Remember..comrade, one day it will be your mission to destroy those bourgeoisie capitalist freedoms." small video camera image
o'mam: 'The Prettiest Sound On Earth At Sunset' is the Muslim call to prayer. small video camera image
o'anti-colonialist: Constitution..is imperfect..flawed..colonial small video camera image
o'Marxist: 'I sought out..the Marxist professors..' small video camera image
o'cap'n tax: 'Under my plan, energy costs will necessarily skyrocket..'
2008: o'bamacide's 'Culture of Death' "The first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."
o'who?: 'We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation..' small video camera image
ø'commie: 'It's not surprising..they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion..' small video camera image
o'bamacide: 'doesn't want his daughters punished with a baby..mistake' (773)
2008: '..5 days away..fundamentally transforming the U.S. of America..' small video camera image
2008: 'Judge me by..whom I surround myself.'
2009: "Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009 small video camera image
2010: 'I am a muslim."
2012: 'If I had a son, he'd look like..' small video camera image
2012: o'stand down 'What difference does it make?, phony scandals, real dead peoplesmall symbol of a sound speaker
2013: 'Catholics and Protestants are divisive..'
o'der führer: '..reject..'voices' that warn of tyranny.'
2014: o'der leader 'That's the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want.'

"The Rise and The Fall of Great Civilizations - From Apathy to Dependence to Slavery"
http://www.corson.org/archives/sociological/S27_090109.htm
by 'The Corsons', John and Janice Corson (John is a member of the American Conservative Union and the Federalist Society.)

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