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From: kd Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Subject: 'Blood on your hands'
"The Obama administration is covering up key details relating to the Sept. 11 murders of four Americans in Libya."
by Steve Breen, Editorial Board Member, U-T San Diego, California, Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012
     What did President Barack Obama know and when did he know it?  Why has the Obama administration kept changing its story about how Ambassador Chris Stevens, security officials Tyrone Woods of Imperial Beach and Glen Doherty of Encinitas, and information officer Sean Smith, who grew up in San Diego, died on Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya?  Why won't the mainstream media treat the incontrovertible evidence of the White House's dishonesty and incompetence like the ugly scandal it obviously is?
     These are all questions that demand to be answered after revelations that demolished the tidy narrative the president has been offering about Benghazi.
"The White House's account changed - after leaks showed its dishonesty."
     Until last week, the White House had taken a moderate hit over the fact that for two weeks after it happened, officials had fostered the impression that the four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a spontaneous protest triggered by a blasphemous anti-Islam video posted on YouTube – not by a coordinated terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.  But administration officials pushed back by saying the "fog of war" had left them uncertain about events, and that when White House press secretary Jay Carney and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had cited the video, they were only repeating the best available information they had.  The president's repeated comments conveyed the impression that he wasn't aware of the attacks as they were unfolding, saying only that the next day, he ordered increased security for embassies in the area.
     But after a torrent of leaks of official emails and communiqués – likely coming from CIA officials who refuse to participate in a cover-up and/or who won't accept the role of scapegoat – the "fog of war" narrative looks like damage control: a determined attempt to keep the facts from the public until after the Nov. 6 election.  After the leaks, the president suddenly changed his story to say he was aware of the attacks as they unfolded and had quickly issued an order to "make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to."
     There was no "fog."  There was no spontaneous uprising.  Thanks to a drone and other surveillance technology, the White House's national security team knew in real time that the U.S. consulate and a "safe house" a mile away in Benghazi were under coordinated attack by a well-armed group, not from a protest that unexpectedly escalated.  Over a seven-hour span on Sept. 11, the besieged Americans made at least two urgent requests for help; the U.S. military has considerable assets in the area that could have been deployed to Benghazi.
     Who told the besieged Americans they were out of luck?
     After hints appeared in the media that it was the CIA's fault, the spy agency – obviously at the behest of CIA Director David Petraeus – put out a statement Friday that flatly denied it opposed coming to the rescue of Stevens, Young, Doherty and Smith.  At roughly the same time, in a TV interview, the president offered his new narrative of being aware of the crisis and taking decisive action, while refusing to answer the direct question of whether Americans in Benghazi requested help but were rejected.  A day later, however, the White House said in fact that it had never received requests for help.  This sets up the Pentagon to take the fall.
     On Monday, incredibly, Obama acted put-upon by the questions about his administration's integrity.  In a TV appearance, he said, "I do take offense with some suggestion that in any way, we haven't tried to make sure that the American people knew as the information was coming in what we believed."  Remember, the president made this statement only after leaks the previous week demolished his and his administration's dishonest, intentionally misleading Benghazi narrative.
     It has now been seven weeks since the terrorist attack.  We deserve to know the truth.  Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL from Imperial Beach, said it best in a Monday TV interview.
     "I can't imagine anyone with any heart that would watch a battle rage for seven hours knowing that heroes were there that were going to be slaughtered if you didn't have help sent in. ... Whoever it was that was in that room watching that video of my son dying, their cries for help, their order 'don't help them at all, let them die' ... you have the blood of my son, you have the blood of an American hero on your hands.  I don't know who you are, but one of these days the truth will come out."
     The senior Woods is correct.  Inevitably, there will be a bipartisan fact-finding commission into this terrible tragedy and its cover-up.
     Unless the mainstream media stops abetting the cover-up and the facts come out without a commission wielding subpoena power.
     Isn't this a story – a gigantic story?
     Of course.  But we fear that ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post will only choose to realize how obvious this is after Nov. 6.  Then it will come to them – spontaneously, we're sure.

Steve Breen, Union Times of San Diego, Editorial Cartoonist and Editorial Board Member     Steve Breen was born in Los Angeles in 1970 and attended the University of California at Riverside.
Steve has been the editorial cartoonist for The San Diego Union-Tribune since 2001. His work is nationally syndicated by Creators News Service and regularly appears in USA Today, The New York Times and Newsweek.
     Steve is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning (1998, 2009).
He is also the recipient of the 2007 Berryman Award for editorial cartooning given by the National Press Foundation, The 2009 Thomas Nast Award given by The Overseas Press Club and the 2009 National Headliner Award.
     In his spare time, Steve writes and illustrates picture books for Penguin including Stick (2007) Violet The Pilot (2008) and The Secret of Santa's Island (2009).
     Steve lives in San Diego with his wife and four children. He enjoys reading, running, playing the guitar and piano and watching old movies on cable.
Steve Breen's submissions for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

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Why an Electoral College? (We are a republic not a democracy.)

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U-T San Diego, Wednesday, October 21, 2012, page B5: Letters to the Editor:  "Electoral College"
     "One-person, one-vote would allow the costal states to control the outcome of the presidential election without consideration of the will of the less-populated states.  In such an arrangement the president could conceivably ignore the conserns of the less-populated states in favor of the wishes of a few states that had the majority of voters. 
     A Democracy is like two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat.  Our constitutional republic protects the lamb."
-- by Bradley R. Williams, Chula Vista



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From: lc Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2012 Subject: The Electoral College in 2012
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The Electoral College in 2012

Founding Fathers' wisdom still evident
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     Thanks to George W. Bush's 271-266 victory over Al Gore in the Electoral College in 2000 despite losing the popular vote, more people understand the significance and unique role the Electoral College plays in electing our president.
     These days, political pundits are all over TV and the Internet with their latest Electoral College predictions, maps and models.  Yes, the American people understand the Electoral College is a "big deal," but few understand how it works and the historical reasons our Founding Fathers established it.
     The Electoral College came about as a compromise solution during the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and is specifically provided for in the U.S. Constitution.  The Framers understood the unique role of the states in coming together to form our government and of the need to maintain the proper balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government.  The Electoral College also ensures that no single region of the country dominates presidential elections, but rather promotes support throughout the country.  Otherwise, major presidential candidates would just camp out in a few major population areas rather than campaigning throughout the country.
     Former Federal Election Commission official William C. Kimberling refers to this as "contributing to the cohesiveness" of the country.
     Here's how the Electoral College works: There are 538 electors - one for each U.S. senator and U.S. representative, plus three for the District of Columbia, with 270 votes required for election.  The state legislatures have the responsibility of determining how electors are chosen.  In most states, electors are chosen by each political party's state executive committee or at a state convention.  The presidential election that takes place in November is really an election to choose a slate of electors supposedly bound to a particular party's nominees for president and vice president.  On the Monday following the second Wednesday in December, the electors meet in their respective state capitals and cast a vote for president and a separate ballot for vice president.  The votes are then sealed and sent to the president of the Senate, who opens them and reads the results to the full Congress on Jan. 6, two weeks before the president is sworn in on Jan. 20.
     Now, how about all the "what ifs?"  If no candidate receives a majority of at least 270 electoral votes, then under our Constitution, the House of Representatives decides.  However, the Senate would decide the vice presidency.  This has happened twice in our nation's history.  Interestingly, one current computer model has President Obama and Mitt Romney each receiving 269 votes.
     If both Houses stay the same, you could have a President Romney and a Vice President Joseph R. Biden.  The late-night shows would have a blast.  I'll never forget the legendary Strom Thurmond telling me how a difference of 26,000 votes in four or five states in 1948 would have thrown the presidential race into the House.  The late senator then smiled and said, "And the Northern Republicans would have gone with me in the House to stop Truman!"
     My favorite "what if" concerns the faithless or renegade elector who decides to vote for someone other than the candidate to whom he supposedly was bound.  More than half the states have laws punishing such electors after the fact, but you can't stop them from doing it.  In fact, since 1948, nine electors have wandered off the reservation, including a Ford elector who voted for Ronald Reagan in 1976 and a Minnesota elector who voted for John Edwards for president instead of John F. Kerry in 2004.  As an elector in 1988, I can remember receiving mail from characters telling me I had the freedom to do as I pleased and others reminding me of my solemn duty, as well as a stern reminder from our secretary of state that I had to vote the people's wishes as he gave us each our ballot.
     Every four years, there are those who argue that it's time to abolish the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote.  Where are the civics lessons in our high schools?  As I look at the Electoral College, I'm reminded of the wisdom of our Founding Fathers, who understood the unique role of all of the states coming together to form our federal government.
     Today, we have a government that is out of control, too powerful and intruding more and more on the rights of the states and the individual.  We see it every day, whether it's Obamacare or the U.S. government suing Arizona.  
   The Founding Fathers provided in Article IV of our Constitution, "The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government."  It's an old history lesson the folks running the federal government today would do well to learn themselves.
"[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own."
-- George Washington, letter to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, 1795 

News Commentary, February 06, 2011
     We hear it over and over from the news media, from liberals, from Democrats, and even from Republicans; we also hear it from all stripes of politicians, from legislators, and much to often from presidents.  To our continued dismay and out right disgust we hear it from self proclaimed conservatives as well.  We certainly have heard it hundreds of times in the news and political coverage of the unrest in Egypt alone.  Out of liberalism, of ignorance, and we believe out of pure laziness much of the time, we hear it from pundits and others that should know better.  We hear "democracy" exalted, with little or no true reason.  We once observed a sign at a tea party, it echoed our disdain of the cries for democracy, speaking of the government left to us by our Founding Fathers it read: "It's a Republic Stupid!"     Virtue lies within a Republic established in law to protect the rights of The People, especially those of the minority which by pure nature are those most vulnerable.  A true democracy would trample on the rights and hopes of the very people that it purports to serve; those of the minority without law would forever be at the mercy of the majority.  Conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr. said it well: "We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority, let alone for the individual, to face that majority down." 
From Merriam-Webster:
  • aristocracy: government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class
  • democracy: government by the people; esp. rule of the majority
  • despotism: a system of government in which the ruler has unlimited power
  • monarchy: a government having a hereditary chief of state with life tenure and powers ranging from nominal to absolute
  • oligarchy: a government in which a small group exercises control; esp. for corrupt and selfish purposes
  • plutocracy: government by the wealthy
  • polity: a politically organized unit
  • republic: a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law
  • timocracy: government in which love of honor is the ruling principle
  • tyranny: oppressive power; esp. oppressive power exerted by government
     We must never underestimate the extent of historical knowledge held and experiences lived by our Founding Fathers.  Primary schooling emphasizing reading, writing and arithmetic, and secondary study of history and science for sure.  Beyond the contemplation of history and the contemporary experience with governance in their own time, the one other meditation that most reasonably readied them for the ardent task of forming our government was that of philosophy.  The history of the loosely allied Greek States and the Roman Empire led by Caesar and the Senate; a lifetime of living under the British Monarchy and Parliament, immersed in both the homologous and independent interests of the American Colonies; and through rumination evoked by Plato, Aristotle, Locke and other innumerous philosophers; all most certainly shaped the thinking of our Founding Fathers making them uniquely capable of establishing a form of government to the full extent the world had never known.

"It has been observed that a pure democracy if it were practicable would be the most perfect government.  Experience has proved that no position is more false than this.  The ancient democracies in which the people themselves deliberated never possessed one good feature of government.  Their very character was tyranny; their figure deformity."
-- Alexander Hamilton, 1788, Speech urging ratification of the Constitution in New York
     Plato, a Greek philosopher born 428 B.C. believed the state is "man writ large" and will therefore reflect the kind of people a community has become.  He believed that five logical forms of government exist: aristocracy, timocracy, plutocracy, democracy, and despotism.  A transition from aristocracy to despotism occurs as a step-by-step decline in the quality of the state corresponding to a gradual deterioration of the moral character of the rulers and the citizens.
     Plato's ideal state was aristocracy, in which the rational element embodied in the philosopher-king was supreme and where people's reason controlled their appetites.  (Merriam-Webster, appetite: an inherent craving.)  In a plutocracy where power resides in the hands of people whose main concern is wealth, the rich rise in social esteem and breaking the unity of the state into two contending classes, the rich and the poor.  Democracy is a further degeneration, for its principles of equality and freedom reflect the degenerate human characters whose whole range of appetites are all pursued with equal fervor.  The passion for money and pleasures leads the masses to plunder the rich; as the rich resist the masses seek out a strong person who will be their champion.  But this person demands and acquires absolute power and makes slaves out of the people, and only later do the people realize to what depths of subjugation they have fallen.  The natural end of democracy is despotism.
     Aristotle, a Greek philosopher born 384 B.C., believed a community could organize itself into at least three different kinds of government, the basic divergence among them primarily the number of rulers each has.  A government can have as its rulers one, a few, or many.  Each of these forms, however, can have a true or perverted form.  When a government is functioning "true", it governs for the common good of all the people; when "perverted", its rulers govern for their own private gain or self interests.
     According to Aristotle, the true forms of government are monarchy (one), aristocracy (few), and polity (many); the respective perverted forms tyranny, oligarchy and democracy.  His preference was aristocracy, even though ideally an individual of exceptional quality would be superb, such persons do not always exist.  In an aristocracy, there is rule by a group of people whose excellence, achievement, and ownership of property makes them best suited for command.  Democracy, as Aristotle knew it, rises out of the assumption that "because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal." The universal cause of revolution is "the desire of equality, when men think they are equal to others who have more than themselves." The use of "equal" by Aristotle goes beyond our notion of equal human rights, it inferences a demand for equal outcomes; where equality in one aspect deserves equality in all aspects such as property, wealth, capability and status.
John Locke, an British philosopher born 1632, put great emphasis on the inalienable character of human rights, and this led him to argue that political society must rest upon the people's approval, for "men being ... by nature all free, equal and independent, no one can be put out of this estate and subjected to the political power of another without his consent."  Since "no rational creature can be supposed to change his condition with an intention to be worse," laws must be framed and enforced so as to confirm those rights that people have by nature.
     Locke emphasized the importance of the division of powers chiefly to ensure that those who execute or administer the laws do not also make them, for "they may exempt themselves from obedience to the laws they make, and suit the law, both in its making and execution, to their own private advantage."  The executive is therefore "under the law."  Even the legislature is not absolute, "there remains still in the people a supreme power to remove or alter the legislative when they find the legislative act contrary to the trust reposed to them."
     Without ever reading our Founding Father's own views on democracy, it would be completely logical to infer through our own knowledge of the history of world civilization and of the beliefs of those in which they so highly esteemed; that they, our Founding Fathers, would never have deemed the government they risked and gave their lives for a democracy.  After all, what did they establish?  After a short experiment with a "federation of states", they produced the Constitution of the United States; creating three equal branches of government and a Bill of Rights to preserve the rights of The People, and of the States; complete with an amendment process to right that which is wrong and to change that which becomes incorrect.  They begot a Republic.
     The Legislative, elected by majority vote?  Partially, the number of Representatives determined by State population elected by popular ("the People") vote, with two Senators from each State "chosen by the legislature thereof".  (Amendment XVII, 1913, directed selection of the Senate from each State to be "elected by the people thereof".  Our Reform Agenda includes "Repeal Amendment XVII".)  Legislation that must pass both houses of congress before it can be forwarded to the Executive Branch for consideration.
     The Executive, elected by majority vote?  No, elected by Electoral College where State influence is weighted by population but moderated by equality of State sovereignty and the popular vote is surrogated to State interest.  Each State receives a number of electoral votes "equal to the whole numbers of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled" appointed "in a manner as the Legislature thereof may direct".  (All States presently use the popular vote to select their Electors with minor variations but our Founding Fathers did not direct the method.  The States still retain the right to choose them as they deem appropriate.)  The President with approval authority over congressional legislation, with veto power requiring a two-thirds vote in both congressional houses to override, or by signing the legislation into law.
     The Judicial, justice in the hands of the majority?  Never, all past, present and future laws and regulations under the scrutiny of federal courts.  The Constitution of the United States the supreme law of the land with state and local government held subservient to their constitutions or charters.  The People protected from unlimited government and the minority forever protected from a potentially oppressive majority.  Supreme Court Justices with lifelong tenures to insulate them from the whims of the times and of the majority.

"No good government but what is republican ... the very definition of a republic is 'an empire of laws, and not of men.'"
-- John Adams, 1776, "Thoughts on Government"
     Hardly a democracy, the majority held in check and the minority "with certain inalienable Rights" protected with layers of safeguards.  Neal Bortz, a conservative talk radio host with libertarian leanings, subscribes to a telling definition of democracy the rudiment of which originated with Benjamin Franklin: "two wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner", rule of the majority.  With all this we know liberals favor democracy in their dream world void of reality, that can account for its use by most of the news media and a good portion of politicians; but we also hear it from conservatives, oh how many times did we hear President George W. Bush utter it.  Is it of ignorance, of laziness, is that the best explanation, easier to go along with the common vernacular in deference to making the effort to inform and educate the "common" populace in the virtues of republicanism?  If true, the logical inference is that the "elite" does not believe the masses attain the sophistication or intelligence to comprehend such diverse concepts.  Either way how sad the leaders we do have.  We don't know the answer, perhaps "why" is not of importance, but the quest for proper use of the terminology and for extending the wisdom of our Founding Fathers forward to the masses is; the future wellbeing of our way of government and thus our Country depends on it.

      In conclusion, a quote attributed to James Madison sums up our view of majority rule:
"There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong."
      P.S.  Democracy did not work out for the sheep.



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Now the U.S. Owes $175+ Trillion Dollars! (25Sep17) Up daily since o'tax'n spend was elected!

"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."
-- Alexis de Tocqueville [Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
The U.S. Deficit in 2007 was $9,007,653,372,262.48
The federal government has accumulated more new debt -- $3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29) — during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury." -- By Terence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews.com (Read The Full Story)
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3 years ago: The Debt ~ $125T+! Then Obama:  Up $22T+ in only 3 years! $22T to $26T+ by 2015!  Since November 2011 to January 2013 he has added $2 Trillion to the deficit!  States' Unfunded: $3.2T+! • (Dec10) From Jan'09 the deficit: $10.2T→$14.6T up $4.3T/42%! -- Federal unfunded liabilities total $84 trillion .. equal to 5.7 percent of the present value of all future GDP, which translates into about 31 percent of the long run federal revenue estimate,” the report states.  “Thus federal revenues would have to rise immediately and permanently to 24.1 percent of GDP to cover the fiscal imbalance.” (source: http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/16/report-federal-unfunded-liabilities-total-84-trillion/)
Federal obligations exceed world GDP! Is the US Gov't Bankrupt?Unfunded a myth?
Deficit: $ national debt Totals Source: http://www.usdebtclock.orgUnfunded Liabilities: $ 107,599,889,000,000 (25Sep17)
Many Americans actually pay $1 out of ever $2 earned to some form of tax while ~50% of people pay no taxes!  Do you pay your bills?  The Fed takes $3 in and spends $5.  Debt per citizen: $51,985 - Debt per taxpayer: $142,513! (13Dec12)
Also, see the blog videos below at http://harrolds.blogspot.com/2009/09/national-debt-how-come-how-much-who-do.html
What were you doing in the last hour while the U.S. Gov't spent $188 Million Dollars of our money!  (Every Hour, Every Day!) (Apr11)   In 8 years, President Bush added $5 trillion to the national debt; President Obama, according to a revised Dec11 GAO report, added $4T+ to the U.S. deficit in 2011 alone!  The GAO estimates the deficit, including o'scamcare & mandates, may grow from $15T+ to over $26T+!  UPDATE: A little-noticed event occurred at approximately midnight on Monday, October 31, 2011.  The National Debt exceeded the GDP!  Imagine what these numbers are going to be now that Obama is reelected! (src)
A trillion seconds pass in 31,688 years.  At $1/sec it would take 41,194 years just to pay off o'tax'n spend's new Feb12-Feb13 added debt - 538,696 years to pay only the national debt or 4,404,632 years to settle the debt+unfunded liabilities!

"Over the last four years our national debt has risen nearly $6 trillion, and just last week the debt topped an astounding $16 trillion.  To put that in perspective, $16 trillion is enough money to fund the US military, along with the military of every NATO country combined… for the next sixteen years!  Government spending is projected to hit $3.8 trillion this year alone.  Even after every tax dollar paid by Americans has been counted, the government will still overspend by another $1.13 trillion.  Every single second of the day our government spends over $12,000.  So in the time it takes you to read this article, roughly five minutes, our government has spent $3.6 million.  It take four seconds for the government to spend what the average American earns in an entire year."  (source: by Tim Phillips 17Sep12 at TownHall.com)
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself.  They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to insure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable . . . the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that is good." -- George Washington
"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
Bishop Sheen Audio Library small animated speaker "For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise." [2 Cor 11:19] Psalm 109:8
"[W]e ought to deprecate the hazard attending ardent and susceptible minds, from being too strongly, and too early prepossessed in favor of other political systems, before they are capable of appreciating their own." -- George Washington, letter to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia, 1795
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Thousands of Deadly Islamic Terror Attacks Since 9/11
     It has been suggested that o'who?, the clown, and 'those who surround him' are not the bumbling fools they appear to be.  Nor are they one of the 'Three Stooges' but rather are shrewd implementation/drivers and fellow-travelers of policies designed to disarm the citizenry & collapse the American economy.  Why?  o'nocchio's grandiose scheme to "fundamentally transform America" is more than simple campaign rhetoric as can be seen by his use of "enabling acts" to circumvent the Constitution of the United States.  As Ollie used to say, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into."

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When Men Were Men - "Scots Wha Hae" Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 Listen to the poem A Speaker GIF Image. "Scots Wha Hae"

Values:   "Scots Wha Hae"  1] poem lyrics..text of "Bruce before Bannockburn" also known as "Scots wha hae", written by Robert Burns
Robert Burns b.1759-d.1796, 8May1794, The Morning Chronicle)  1] "Supposed to be addressed by Bruce to his soldiers before the Battle of Bannockburn against Edward II."
Listen A Speaker GIF Image. to the poem "Scots Wha Hae" read by Doug Robertson [3m55s],  Music by Steve McDonald from 'Bannockburn' [Stone of Destiny]" (.mp3, 3.7MB)
• alternate A Speaker GIF Image. ScotWha2.ram Stream in Real Audio (rm, 3m55s) re [ Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn, Robert I, the Bruce (1274-1329) also know as Robert the Bruce, "The Hammer of the Scots" ] plus A Speaker GIF Image. "Scots, wha hae Wi' Wallace Bled," (midi, Scottish Songs) & .midi sequenced with lyrics [src] ***
and A Speaker GIF Image. Scots Wha Hae (bagpipes) by the 48th Highlanders of Canada (7MB, .mp3, 3m14s)
and A Speaker GIF Image. Scots Wha Hae, bagpipes solo (1.3MB, .mp3, 1m22s)
and A Speaker GIF Image. Scots Wha Hae (2.7MB, .mp3, 3m4s; 'The Corries' ["Battle songs of Scotland", sung by Ronnie Browne solo] & A Speaker GIF Image. Scots Wha Hae with pipes (4.3MB, .mp3, 4m29s)
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