Trick, or Treat?

Trick or Treat. Well what kind of trick are you going to play on me if I don’t give you a treat? Huh? Back in the good old days, people knew what kind of trick would be played; soaped windows, tipped garbage cans, flat tires, flaming bags of deficant on the front porch, a mysterious knock on the door with no one there. We knew how to have some fun at the expense of our fudgey old neighbors. Try that stuff today, and see what it gets you? Most likely jail time.

Is Obama’s Competency Questionable Or Phenomenal?

Today I read an article titled “Obama’s Competence in Question” by Richard Cohen of Real Clear Politics. Cohen very articulately and logically chronicles the actions of Obama on both foreign and national policies. The author finally questions Obama’s competence or the lack of it.

I find the article amusing. Author Cohen missed the boat on what the president’s job description contains. He assumes a president should handle affairs of state as all previous presidents have done. What he misses is Obama”s agenda differs from past presidents. When your goal is the complete transformation of the greatest country on earth you must think outside the conventional box. Obama’s viewpoint comes from his book “Dreams From My Father.” Many have read this book, but few have understood it.

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Obama espouses the same ideology his father did, i.e. the redistribution. His father also abhorred colonialism. Obama Senior grew up in the British colony of Kenya. Barack’s father, and grandfather hated the occupiers and transferred that hatred to baby Barack. Obama Junior blames the ills of the world on colonialism, and blames the United States for exerting its influence over lessor nations, most specifically the Mid-Eastern oil producers, land theft from American Indians, and a land grabbing war with Mexico

The father worked for the Kenyan government as a presidential advisor. He wanted to implement the grandiose idea of income redistribution. The boys in Kenyan high places rejected the idea and promptly demoted him. Obama’s father died a hopeless drunk after losing his great opportunity to change the world, or at least Kenya.

What does this historical drivel have to do with Obama’s competence? His competence to implement an agenda to bring down the United States is genius. He has accomplished two back-breaking policies and is working on the third. First, is his effort to implement the Cloward-Piven strategy to overload the welfare system. Don’t believe me, how about spending over a trillion dollars per year on welfare?

 The second step is taking over the health care industry. Progressives have known all along that the key to becoming socialist is to begin by owning health care. Bill Clinton repeatedly has promoted the idea of passing anything that resembles a health care law and then fixing it, aka making it into a single payer system. If Big Brother owns your health care he owns you. 

The third step on Obama’s agenda is an open border with Mexico. This move along with total disregard for immigration laws will serve to further overload the system and bankrupt the country. Once the country is bankrupt, and chaos prevails, Commander-in-Chief Obama will declare martial law and take over as a dictator. Hello communism!

In conclusion I disagree with Richard Cohan. Obama’s competency as a regular president is not questionable, it is horrible. His competence as one who transforms the US into a third world country is phenomenal.

Two Stories, Both Are True

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In two weeks, on November eleventh, we celebrate Veteran’s Day, at least I will. I suspect most moderns don’t even know the day exists, or why.

A veteran friend sent me a story about the Marine Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, better known as the Iwo Jima memorial. it is the world’s largest bronze statue, and it depicts the Marines raising the US flag on the Island of Iwo Jima during World War Two.

There are actually two stories here. The first is about Michael Powers a school teacher from from Wisconsin. The second story is by James Bradley whose father is one of the six Marines in the statue. I give teacher Powers credit for taking kids to Washington as part of their education. I commend him for his dedication to teaching real American history. This story is proclaimed “TRUE” by Snopes except for a couple of add-ons at the end which were not attributed. I stripped those statements off to keep the stories true.

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Six Boys Raise the Flag of Freedom

1.) By Michael Powers.  Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capital, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’

I told him that we were from Wisconsin. ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.’

(It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.) 

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)

2.) ‘My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.

‘Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called ‘War.’ But, it didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old – and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue) ‘You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph…a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men.

‘The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the ‘old man’ because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country.’ He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home to your mothers.’

‘The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona… Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero’ He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?’

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).

‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.

‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite’s producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell ‘s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.

‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’

‘So that’s the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.’

Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.

Two Items Become Six

This day has been great. Even though three times bad dreams and visits to the john interrupted my sleep. I punched in early at Santa’s factory and finished a series of baby steps on my latest project. I punched out by two p.m. and had lunch with Peggy. Afterwards I scoured the news sites and cleaned e-mails. The afternoon was late but still sunny, so I asked Peg to go for a ride.

We headed south and east making a huge square around the proposed third airport site in south-east Cook County. The farmers are just starting to harvest the corn and beans. We ended the tour by driving down Aberdeen Road in Frankfort. It is beautiful just as the sun falls below the tree line and casts deep long shadows across the emerald-green lawns. Oh how I miss living there. On our arrival home I immediately went to my mother’s old green covered Hungarian cook book, and found the recipe for Turos palacsinta (Crepe suzettes with cottage cheese). I scoured the frig and the pantry for ingredients and discovered I lacked two items. Off to the grocery store to buy two items. Six items later we left Mariano’s for the kitchen. My stomach told me I should not begin cooking a complicated thing like crepes at seven p.m. The last time I made them was in 2006, or in other words a long time ago. The recipe remained open next to me until I finished. Peg assisted by cleaning and cutting strawberries (item three in the basket) for the topping. We finally sat down to eat by eight o’clock. By the time we ate, and cleaned up the big hand stood straight up and the little hand pointed directly at the nine.

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Left over Crêpe Suzette

Occasionally I need an ethnic food fix, and the crepes were it today.

P. S. Items four, five and six were a raspberry coffee cake, a pound of thick sliced bacon, and a quart of pistachio mint ice cream. They all had Peg’s finger prints on them.

Senator Durbin doubles down on arrogance

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For my friends in Illinois: We are coming up on a critical election in 2014,  just 12 short months away.  Our current Senator Richard Durbin is in his third term(18 years folks). I must confess that I voted for him the first time. He hypnotized me with his rhetoric just as Obama has hypnotized the entire country. Over the last eighteen years I have listened and watched Durbin transition from a moderate Democrat to a flaming Obama loving liberal.

Illinois has a huge powerful political machine froth with corruption. Durbin is a part of that machine. Illinois has neutered the Republican party and essentially we live in a socialized state.

Today, I learned who Durbin’s opposition is. Doug Truax, an unknown, is taking  on the Illinois Democrat Machine.  I urge you to visit Doug’s website and become familiar with the next Senator from Illinois.

http://www.dougtruax.com

The link below is an article written by Doug Truax and posted on the American Thinker blog.

Please go to this site and read Doug’s essay. He will impress you.

Senator Durbin doubles down on arrogance.

It Is Called Murder

I suppose I should rant about the health care system, but I have done enough of that and no one listened to me. Now, all those in favor of the ACA have gotten exactly what they deserve, nothing.

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My real topic today, is the movie “Captain Phillips.” I read about this incident in 2009. For the first time in over two hundred years pirates hi-jack an US ship. The movie sticks to the facts as I remember, and the acting is incredible. Tom Hanks plays Captain Phillips, and a bunch of Somalian’s living in the US played the pirates. None of the Somalis had any prior acting experience. All I can say is that either they picked up acting from Tom Hanks very quickly, or Hollywood filmed genuine pirates during a hi-jack. The Somalis did a fabulous job of convincing me that they were pirates.

I won’t talk a lot about the film except to explain that the US Navy came to the rescue.  A battleship, an aircraft carrier and a another smaller vessel between them. Navy Seals flew in from another part of the world parachuted into the Indian Ocean near the ships and did their job.

Coming out of the movie, I met my buddy Al standing near the exit. He beat me to the john at the end and waited for me. As I walked toward him I said, “I can’t believe it, three Navy ships, helicopters, and Seals from somewhere to rescue a single American yet we couldn’t offer a single resource to the Ambassador in Benghazi. He smiled and said. “the same thing kept going through my mind for the entire movie.

At dinner Al and I continued to analyze the differences between Somalian piracy and the Benghazi Embassy attack. We concluded that the prime difference was the 2012 election. Obama ran around the country bragging about Al Qaeda on the run and how he killed bin Laden and that terrorism is declining. Had he acknowledged Benghazi as a real threat, he would have blown all his campaign rhetoric and looked like a complete dummy. We all know that wasn’t going to happen. Incumbent presidents do very strange things to get re-elected. In this case Obama killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Information Officer, and Seals Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods in the embassy in Benghazi, Libya. His right hand Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also complicit.

My lifetime spans thirteen presidents, and never have I heard any rumor, innuendo, or a smattering of gossip about any of them committing murder to win an election until number thirteen.

Benghazi was within an hour of the nearest military team ready to deal with a terrorist attack. Three men died while defending the Ambassador. There are reports that the three took out sixty or more of the two-hundred or more attackers with the limited resources they had. All it would have taken was another seven Seals to squash the attack. Had there been some air support, each attacker would be happily engaged with his seventy virgins.

What ever Obama and his spin-masters tell you about the Benghazi attack is a huge stretch of the truth (another way to express that is that they are telling you a lie). Obama allowed his embassy team to die because he chose to go to bed, and to leave them hanging. I call it murder, and every one who voted for this guy is an accomplice to murder as well.

To My Kids Who Want To Put Me Away

Well Kids, here is another article from your crazy old man who you believe belongs in a home for thinking and blogging the way he does. Regardless of what you say or think of me, I will not sit still and watch a carpet-bagger wise guy take our great country away from you. For me it doesn’t make much difference any more. Your mom is gone, and I am nearing the end of my time with you. I won’t lose much, but you will become a slave to the government. If you go on welfare which I don’t think any of you will ever do, you will stay in the workforce. You will be one of the few who work for the élite bastards in charge, and all those who feed from their trough. You won’t call it slavery, but you will call it taxery.
Your Mom and I hoped we raised you to want a life that is better than what we gave you. I see you struggling to make ends meet, and how hard you work to live an independent life. I commend you for that, I am proud of that. I also know that you can read, so I ask that you read this essay by another crack-pot like your old man. Wayne Allen Root has written an excellent essay explaining what is really going on. I wrote about the Cloward-Piven strategy back in 2009 shortly after Obama took charge. Back then you all thought I was a racist old man, but I hope by now you are learning that maybe I was just a wee bit right.
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by Wayne Allyn Root
Barack Hussein Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. On the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within. Barack Hussein Obama was my college classmate (Columbia University, class of ’83).
He is a devout Muslim; do not be fooled. Look at his czars… Anti-business anti-American. As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Barack Hussein Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University.  They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands.
Add up the clues below. Taken individually, they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a Socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival.  And can be counted on to always vote for even bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
Universal Health Care:
The Health Care bill has very little to do with healthcare. It has everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and healthcare workers as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn’t care that giving free healthcare to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?
Cap and Trade:
Like healthcare legislation having nothing to do with healthcare, Cap and Trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy, and a criminal payoff to Obama’s biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama spread the wealth around.
                                                           Making Puerto Rico a state:
Who’s asking for a 51st state? Who’s asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers! But this has been Barack Hussein Obama’s plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressmen and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.
(This will tip the balance of those living off the government to more than those who must pay for it; and we’re done for.)
Legalize 12 million illegal Mexican immigrants:
Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free healthcare alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America. But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security. (see note above re: Puerto Rico)
Stimulus and bailouts
Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions — including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues).
All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America. The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful.
The ends justify the means. Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama).
Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Barack Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition. With the acts outlined above, Barack Hussein Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.
Add it up and you’ve got the perfect Marxist scheme all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Hussein Obama using the Cloward-Piven Strategy.
Last point: think about what this designed rule of the rabble will do to anyone successful and everyone receiving this is. What will your lives be like under Communism? The time to fight this abomination is now.

 

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