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BOMBSHELL: Was the downing of SEAL Team 6’s CH-47 helicopter an inside job?

Posted on Fri May 10 14:33:21 2013 by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Fox News’ Megan Kelly interviewed the parents of SEAL Team 6 member Aaron Vaughn who perished in the tragic crash of a CH-47 helicopter on August 06 2011 in Afghanistan. During this interview the Vaughs stated that this crash was a direct result of traitorous rules of engagement ordered by the Obama administration that have consistently proven deadly to our troops (It should be noted here that “Over Twice as Many U.S. Soldiers Have Died in Afghanistan Under Obama In 3 1/2 Years Than Did Under Bush in 8 Years..”)

Although the exact number of SEALs killed has been misstated in the media, it is known that 17 SEALs died in this crash. The other 8 American dead include soldiers/special operators and airmen (See Below). There were also 7 Afghan troops aboard the helicopter.

Why was a commercial grade, vintage 1960’s helicopter used for this mission? Why wasn’t the more heavily armored military grade version, MH-47 used? Why were so many SEALs placed aboard one helicopter, rather than two? Were these SEALs deliberately sent into an ambush for the purpose of silencing them? Was this an ‘inside job’ by Afghans in retaliation for SEAL Team 6’s Osama Bin Laden raid?

Perhaps the most stunning revelation from this interview is that the names of the 7 Afghans placed aboard this helicopter as shown on the flight manifest are NOT the same individuals who actually died in this crash.. The 7 Afghans slated for this flight were SWAPPED with different Afghans at the last minute yet the flight manifest was not changed to reflect the swap. Was the helicopter downed by the Afghans on board this flight? Did the Afghans involved with this flight tip off their comrades down range to plan their strike on this helicopter? Did the Afghans influence the decision to swap their occupants with their own hit team inside?

The Vaugn family is outraged that Vice President Biden outed SEAL Team 6 as the group who executed the Osama Bin Laden raid. She said that because of Biden’s ‘leak’, SEAL Team 6 had “a target put on their backs”. Mrs. Vaughn had been personally warned by her own son via telephone to “wipe her social media clean”. Mr. Vaughn suggested Joe Biden be held accountable for his remarks which far surpass mere ‘gaffes’ and that have cost American troops their lives. “They sympathize with the enemy. They sympathize with the ideology” of the enemy, he said.


Originally posted on BLOGGING BAD w/Gunny G ~ "CLINGERS of AMERICA!":

BOMBSHELL: Was the downing of SEAL Team 6‘s CH-47 helicopter an inside job?


May 10, 2013 | GeorgeWashingtonsGhost


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Fox News’Megan Kelly interviewed the parents of SEAL Team 6 member Aaron Vaughn who perished in the tragic crash of a CH-47 helicopter on August 06 2011 in Afghanistan. During this interview the Vaughs stated that this crash was a direct result of traitorous rules of engagement ordered by the Obama administration that have consistently proven deadly to our troops (It should be noted here that “Over Twice as Many U.S. Soldiers Have Died in Afghanistan Under Obama In 3 1/2 Years Than Did Under Bush in 8 Years..”)




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GOSNELL, THE SERIAL KILLER OF CENTURIES; Grand Jury Estimate He Murdered Thousands Of Viable Infants


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Just Me and My Two Sense

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.  

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

MY TWO SENSE: Within the evidentiary list of charges against the King of Great Britain, and before the signatures of fifty-six patriots, of thirteen colonies, we find a shocking resemblance and relevance to today’s government at work. During the latter half of the eighteenth century, a tyrannical monarch was already in place. In this twenty-first century, we watch a new kind of king usurp our nation, at his will, and we see the success of that oppressive will continue to dismantle our way of life. Like all abuses of power, there is one thing they have in common; that is incrementation of degrees.A government takeover, without armed support, does not happen overnight. Neither does power and control over single individual in domestic situations. But both are such that breaking free the bonds is an exceedingly difficult maneuver. To do so requires a well thought out plan, willingness to follow through, and use of available tools. It is now necessary to remove and replace Washington DC’s corrupted career politicians (the plan), with mass voter turnout in November (use of available tools), and a demand that voter fraud be punished to the fullest extent of the law (follow through).  We must replace cronies with honorable liaisons of We The People before we can begin to rebuild our nation.Let us not forget that the signers of this Declaration pledged their Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor for FREEDOM, and let us not be paralyzed to inaction with fear. To do nothing is to assign meaningless the deaths of our Founders, the deaths of all our past and present soldiers who gave their lives in the name of FREEDOM.

Take the words above to heart, remember the sacrifices those men made to create a FREE nation, and then compare their efforts with ours. Are we doing our part?  


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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE IN AMAC AND AARP? MY TWO SENSE: Taken from the AMAC website homepage. And just to get it out of the way—no, I am not receiving anything from AMAC! In fact, I may be breaking some copyright infringement rule! But when I see honesty out there where so much is dishonest, I have to say something. From what I know about AMAC, all of what you see on this post is true.

What’s the difference between AMAC and AARP?

The Constitution …

They think it’s out of date. We think it is the greatest document ever devised by man for the governance of man.

Big Government…

They are for more government. We think there is too much government and wasted spending.

Social Security…

They are scaring older people to get members. AMAC has brought to Congress a solution to keep Social Security Solvent!


They pushed for it and stand to gain millions from their insurance sales. We know it will result in rationing and are fighting to repeal it.

Our National Debt…

They are ignoring it. We are pushing to reduce spending, cut departments and getting our fiscal house in order. They are part of the Liberal Media. AMAC publishes a national magazine that prints both sides of an argument in a fair and balanced way. If you want an organization that will speak out for the values you believe in, Join AMAC today!

Special Urgent Appeal to Every American Over 50:

Join today and spread the word. Conservative Americans need to Join Forces by joining Amac. We need to neutralize the effects of liberal power brokers – like the AARP.

More and more Americans are realizing the NEED for an organization like the AARP – but one that represents the Real America and stands for traditional values, fiscal responsibility and true financial security for those who have earned it.

AMAC is now THE leading conservative alternative to the AARP, providing insurance benefits (including Medicare Supplement, Major Medical), travel discounts and A VOICE THAT TRULY SPEAKS FOR YOU. AMAC membership has recently exploded with a ground swell of grassroots support – from 30,000 members to over 900,000 members.

More and more Americans are realizing that the AARP does not represent their values – while AMAC does.

Your fellow Americans are joiningAMAC because the AARP:

  • Does not represent best interest.

  • Misrepresents the needs and wishes of American over 50.

  • Aggressively backed ObamaCare against the wishes of their members. From whom they now stand to take $1 Billion Dollars as a direct result of Medicare cuts AARP supported.

  • Supports aggressive Gun Control.

  • Supports federally-funded Abortion.

  • Supports big government and encourages Federal spending. (They received over $100 million in grants last year.)

  • They either support or are silent on many other issues that seniors oppose.

  • They have very limited choices for insurance benefits. Every policy they sell furthers their agenda.

$1 Billion reward for passage of ObamaCare  VIDEO:Finally, we know why AARP worked so hard to get ObamaCare passed. As reported recently in the New York Times and Washington Post, a Congressional Oversight committee released the findings of a year-long investigation that revealed how AARP stands to make nearly $1 billion over the next 10 years if ObamaCare remains in effect.Watch the video of AARP President, A. Barry Rand being questioned in Congress.This is why we need your help. AMAC is fighting to help mature Americans, not push legislation that profits us. Join the AMAC Army. Together we can make a difference. Tell the AARP, “No More!” In what will be the MOST IMPORTANT election in our nation’s history – we need to neutralize AARP’s power. they were a powerhouse for Obama in the last election. We can’t allow thatto be repeated. We need to let our elected representativesknow AARP doesn’t speak for US.AMAC does.

Everything that was once good about the AARP is now
Better with Amac:

  • True advocacy for seniors. We fight for better public policy that address your needs and your values.

  • Active, involved membership. Grassroots efforts working for legislation to curb government spending and over taxing seniors.

  • Insurance you need – Medicare Supplement, Prescription Drug Coverage, Major Medical, Long-term Care, Home, Auto and more.

  • Travel and other discounts on products important to mature Americans.

Plus, we fight against:

  • Out of control spending in Washington, DC.

  • Record debt we are leaving our kids and grandkids.

  • Government policies that are killing jobs instead of creating them.

  • Liberal agendas that weaken our economic and military strength and limit our freedoms.

If you are over 50, please join us NOW.AMAC Demands an End to the Social Security Double-TaxAMAC – Over 900,000 Strong – is pressuring Congress to draft legislation ending the tax on your Social Security checks. This money is yours. You earned it. You need it. The government has no right to it.If you are senior collecting social security, and your combined income is more than $33,000 ($25,000 single) you are paying a tax on your Social Security income* – A Tax that you ALREADY paid.You were taxed when your money went in – and now you are being taxed AGAIN when YOUR money is returned to you.That doesn’t make any sense. AMAC is telling key House Representatives that it is just plain wrong. And, that they MUST draft legislation to correct it.Join Amac. We will add you to our growing army supporting this legislation. With your help we will get new laws enacted. Better Laws. Better for You. Better for America.Join now. Stay informed. Get the AMAC Magazine. Get the AMAC benefits – save on insurance and other products vital to your quality of life. *see Social Security publication 915 to figure your combined income. We stand with all 50+ Americans who want a better America. Better for us. Better for our children. Better for our grandchildren.$5 O’Gallon gas is coming. And AARP is silent.  VIDEO:

Want to know more about AMAC? Get to know us and learn about what we do for our members and America.  Go to their website:

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We Americans are like children.  Tell us we cannot do something, and we will do that something just for spite!  Freedom will not go quietly, obama!  Americans have fought and given their lives for the sake of FREEDOM, and we will do it again, and again, and again.  We will fight tyranny and oppression because we would rather die than put up with the arrogance of despotism.

It may take a long time for America to wake up, and smell the coffee, but once she is awake, she will take back what was usurped while she slept.  Political Correctness will fall to the wayside, and be seen for what it truly is; a major assault on the First Amendment.  Tolerance of the intolerable will fall as well, and DC corruption will meet the ire of pissed off Americans!


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Senate Hearing on Common Core
Wednesday March 26, 2014
2:30 p.m.
Senate Lounge
This week is our chance to be heard in the Senate.

The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on two common core bills this week, SB514 introduced by Senator Lamping and SB798 introduced by Senator Emery. The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core has developed a witness list for this hearing to ensure representation of various stakeholder groups in this hearing while holding to the time limits of the Chairman. We encourage you to come and be a visible support for both these bills and submit a witness form through

Every day there is more and more evidence that Common Core is not the “answer” to our education woes. What it is, is a power grab by private non-governmental organizations, unanswerable to the people, looking to profit off our children. Parents feel the loss of control over their children’s education with the imposition of more stringent (and less sensible) policies by their school districts, by warnings from teachers not to “confuse” their children at home with “outdated” modes of learning, and by the introduction of curriculum that does not reflect their values but which is mandated because it is “aligned to common core.”

State statute was and continues to be ignored with the implementation of standards we don’t own or control. The time for the representatives of the people to make a decision is now. Do we value our state sovereignty over education or do we value being in common with all other states more?

If you are planning to come to the hearing , please try to be there by 1:00 to save a seat.

Can you help spread the word in your area?

We have made tremendous strides in educating people around the state on what common core is and why it threatens our sovereignty. But there are still people who don’t know about CC. If you can arrange a meeting space and invite people in your area to come listen, we would be happy to send a speaker. Please reply to this e-mail with a proposed date, time and location and we will make every effort to get a presenter to you.

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AMAC – The Association of Mature American Citizens is now over 1,000,000 Members Strong!


ObamaCare Deals Seniors Another Blow


AMAC fought Obamacare before this law was passed
Join AMAC!

Take Back America!

• Quarterly Magazine

• Exclusive Discounts

• Voice in Washington

• Only $16 per Year!

• And much more…

On January 1, 2014, ObamaCare cut nearly $22 billion from Medicare home health care over four years. That means an estimated 3.5 million poor and ill homebound senior citizens woke up on New Year’s Day to discover that ObamaCare had slashed funding for their home health care program.

Last year, Medicare home health services were delivered to approximately 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries. According to the federal government’s own data, these seniors are older, poorer and sicker than the Medicare beneficiary population as whole. Many of these seniors also reside in rural communities, where home health care is especially important because other sources of treatment are often located many miles away.

But wait, there’s more: according to the Obama Administration’s own statistics, “approximately 40 percent” of all providers of home health services face net losses as a result of this Medicare cut. Put more plainly, 4-in-10 of all the providers on whom homebound seniors depend face the threat of bankruptcy and closure as a result of ObamaCare. That’s 5,000 home health care companies and 500,000 jobs wiped out in order to pay for ObamaCare.

Of course, this is merely one example of how ObamaCare is hurting American citizens, affecting American businesses and impacting American jobs. AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, is leading the charge to rescind this reprehensible attack on America’s seniors and small businesses. We have always believed that ObamaCare was a destructive and costly monstrosity – and we support a full repeal.

As the fastest growing alternative to groups like AARP, we aim to champion the interests of mature Americans, seniors and prospective retirees. We believe in religious freedom, free enterprise and support common sense solutions to our Nation’s largest challenges.

Our nation’s economic growth and our citizens’ future prosperity should not be threatened from bad policies emanating from Washington DC.

Join the AMAC Army today and spread the word to friends, family and neighbors – help us fight government overreach and unaccountable Federal spending in the nation’s Capital with greater strength in numbers!

AMAC – Fighting for you to make America strong!

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THE BLAZE by CHARLES C. JOHNSON MY TWO SENSE: Disgraceful! This divisive president has caused, and continues to cause racial, religious, and raucous tensions in what was once a great nation. I say “was” because it’s the truth. As millions lay sleeping and apathetically dismissing criminal and highly unethical behaviors perpetrated by members of government in both high and low places, inside and out of the White House, America began to fall. The broad acceptance that “all politicians lie” and the ho-hum response to it was integral to a successful usurpation of a government of the People by the People, and for the People appeared to turn into a Fascist regime overnight. Under the thumb of an evil dictator we are sinking in a multiple “ism” quagmire much like that of a medieval sadistic monarch. Our once great, yet apathetic nation, laid out the red carpet for the Fascist dictator we now live under. Only a few saw the red flags and heard the alarms go off after 9-11-2001, when the then president Bush’s created the Patriot Act, which turned out to be a major flip-off in the face of our Constitutional Bill of Rights. Myriads fearful American citizens traded their freedom for illusion of security—theirs and mine! The Founders’ guarantee of liberty is now gone with the wind and so is the rest of what most people took for granted, such as an expectation of privacy—all that is gone. Asleep on the job Americans have no one to blame for the current hell in which we are, except themselves. Some of us really don’t deserve to be here. We’ve lost family and friends because of this administration’s snake oil hand jobs and con games that have divided us into two separate camps. I’ve never before seen the subject of politics in such rage and hatred. Atheism against Christianity debates are often passionate and emotionally excessive, but not to the same degree as the subject of Obama, his skin color and his agendas. They are continually brought to the front, forcing our attention on the wrong hand. Family members turn against each other, and friends stop speaking to one another. The difference in today’s culture of hate and that of the Civil War era must comparable. North vs. South—black vs. white—left vs. right, there is no longer any in between and no gray areas. And the truth is that as long as we remain divided, and the more negative and combative we are within our own circles, the more we do not notice what the one hand of our true enemy is up to.

A Detailed Look at Obama’s Radical College Past…And We’re Not Talking About Barack

This is a contribution by freelance writer Charles C. Johnson.

Princeton, 1984.

Michelle Obama attends and promotes a “Black Solidarity” event for guest lecturer Manning Marable, who was, according to Cornel West, probably “the best known black Marxist in the country.” The event is the work of the Third World Center (TWC), a campus group whose board membership is exclusively reserved for minorities.

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

A classmate of Michelle’s identified her to TheBlaze as the second person on the left. Article/photograph taken from The Daily Princetonian – Vol. CVIII, No. 107 November 6, 1984

Michelle Obama (Robinson at the time) was one of those 19 board members and a leader of the organization. She helped to dispense what was, in today’s dollars, a $30,000 budget. Of the 19 elected positions on the board, there were two reserved spots for each of the five ethnic groups TWC purported to represent: Asian, Black, Chicano, Puerto Rican, and Native American.

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

Copy of TWC constitution showing board member requirements. (The Princeton Archives)

The board also had representatives from the various minority organizations on campus, including Accion Puertorriquena y Amigos, the Asian-American Students Association, the Black Graduate Caucus, and the Chicano Caucus, among others. She also fundraised for the TWC by participating in its African-themed fashion show and fundraisers (see picture here).  It was a controversial and racially-charged organization. And in looking at the group’s racial focus before and during Michelle’s tenure, we get a glimpse of her priorities while at Princeton.

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

Daily Princetonian article showing Michelle as a board member.

“White Students on This Campus Are Racist”

If ever there was an example of the TWC governing board’s obsession with race, an editorial from October 21, 1981 is it. The members took great offense to an op-ed titled “Rebuilding Race Relations,” calling the article “racist, offensive, and inaccurate” for daring to question the group’s true commitment and to present a thesis on race relations counter to its own.

“The word RE-building implies that race relations once existed and, for some mysterious reasons, fell apart … ,” the board wrote in a scathing letter to the editor. “We, on the other hand, believe that race relations have ​never​ been and still are not at a satisfactory level. We are not RE-building. We cannot RE-build something that never existed in the first place.”

“Don’t hide behind excuses such as a lack of effort [to integrate with the Princeton campus] on our part,” the revealing letter added.“The bottom line is that white students on this campus are racist, but they may not realize it.” [Emphasis added]

Princeton itself, however, was concerned about the self-segregation by black students and proposed reforms to counter it, including no longer permitting black students to all room together in one dorm and integrating black freshmen into the general student body.  The TWC strenuously opposed all of these reforms, arguing that integration of non-white students would harm the “support system” available to them, especially blacks. (Julie Newton, “TWC criticizes CURL plan: Minority strife would worsen,” The Daily Princetonian, October 21, 1981).

While Michelle was not a part of the board in 1981, as a board member of the Third World Center starting on April 7, 1983 she joined in a different racially-charged statement reproaching the college for not doing enough to hire “Latino administrators.” In a letter a few weeks later, the TWC attacked Princeton’s administration for not replacing Hector Delgado, a minority dean of students.

“This search needs to produce another experienced individual who is of minority background, preferably Latino, and who will be responsive to the concerns of Third World Center as well as the student body at large,” the TWC’s governing board wrote.

Others on campus took notice of the group’s calls and expressed concern.

For example, Fred Foote — the editor of Prospect magazine, a conservative monthly publication — criticized the TWC and Delgado for their obsessive focus on race.

“[Delgado’s] penchant for drawing campus issues along racial lines—a penchant shared by the TWC and The Daily Princetonian—is the chief cause of racial strife on campus,” he wrote.

A Culture of Racial Focus

The TWC’s racialism extended beyond who could become an officer in the group . Although the TWC served a number of roles on campus and was a hangout spot for minorities, its focus was mostly political. Its various constitutions make this clear. To quote the 1983 version:

The term ‘Third World’ implies[,] for us, those nations who have fallen victim to the oppression and exploitation of the world economic order. This includes the peoples of color of the United States, as they too have been victims of a brutal and racist economic structure which exploited and still exploits the labor of such groups as Asians, Blacks, and Chicanos, and invaded and still occupies the homelands of such groups as the Puerto Ricans, American Indians, and native Hawaiian people. We therefore find it necessary to reeducate ourselves to the various forms of exploitation and oppression. We must strive to understand more than just the basics of human rights. We must seek to understand the historical roots and contemporary ramifications of racism if Third World people are to liberate themselves from the economic and social chains they find themselves in.

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

An early copy of the TWC’s constitution. (The Princeton Archives)

It adds in another version:

“The Center is not only a social facility, it has become a place of educational and cultural activity in conjunction with its political purpose. Because the term Third World is inherently political, it is necessary that we be active in political work and in educating ourselves to the various forms of exploitation and oppression. We must strive to understand more than just the basics of human rights. We must look for the underlying conditions faced by our peoples and seek alternative modes of economic and political structures so that Third World peoples and their nations will no longer be agents and pawns of the two superpowers (the United States and Russia.)”

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

Another copy of the constitution and the preamble. (The Princeton Archives)

The Center also opposed the “ruling class values and culture that characterizes Princeton University.”

In November 1984, TWC’s board demanded that non-white students should have the right to bar whites from their meetings on campus. They also demanded minorities-only meetings with the deans. (John Hurley, “Black students, university debate closed meeting policy,” The Daily Princetonian, November 29, 1984). The ban was frankly unnecessary, since whites were made to feel unwelcome at the meetings if they were invited at all, but the TWC continued to press for it, arguing, too, that blacks ought to be able to bar whites from attending events aimed at discussion of “sensitive” racial issues.

“The administration, by denying us these [blacks-only] meetings, is saying that we don’t have specific needs that have to be addressed this way,” David Jackson, ’87, a fellow TWC member, told the Daily Princetonian after the university officials finally rejected its proposal to hold racially limited meetings.

But despite the radical and racialist character of the TWC, Michelle Robinson was an active participant and may have been attracted by that very radicalism.

“The Third World Center was our life,” Angela Acree, her best friend at Princeton, told The Boston Globe in June 2008. “We hung out there, we partied there, we studied there [in Liberation Hall].”

“Not a day went by that I did not see Michelle at the Center,” Czerni Brasuelle, TWC’s director at the time, told the Daily Princetonian in its November 5, 2008 issue.

Brasuelle, director of the Third World Center from 1981 to 1983 and a friend and mentor to Michelle during and after Princeton, was herself no stranger to controversy. According to a Daily Princetonian columnist, she described the campus climate as “racist” and worried about “a lack of understanding of Third World [non-white] people.” (Barton Gellman, “Rebuilding Race Relations,” Daily Princetonian, October 16, 1981). In May 1983, Brasuelle joined calls for a minority dean, writing that “[Princeton] cannot afford to ignore our commitment to Affirmative Action with token representation of Latinos on the administrative level.” Michelle’s mentor left Princeton for a position as vice president of academic affairs at Kentucky State University at the end of 1983.

In April 1983, the Third World Center held an emergency meeting where it approved a draft statement, prepared jointly with the student government’s race relations committee, calling for racial preferences and set-asides in the hiring of administrators.

“There should be someone representing Third World views in the administration,” explained Raghu Murthy ,’85, who sat on the board with Michelle. (Daily Princetonian, May 6, 1983). The TWC wanted one of its board members to be given a vote and a voice in the administrative hiring process. (Daily Princetonian, September 20, 1983). Ultimately, Dean of Students Eugene Lowe caved, agreeing he would “make an effort to identify some candidates who are of Latino background.” (Daily Princetonian,  September 20, 1983.)

For the TWC, this departure set off alarm bells because it meant someone more moderate might be appointed to run the Center. TWC members demanded that they be given representation on its board. Michelle Robinson joined a statement saying that students associated with the center be given a role in picking its director and was quoted in the Daily Princetonian as demanding that the dean place more TWC members on the search committee.

“We Saw a Need to Address Issues of Race Relations on a Continuing Basis…”

As a member of the Princeton student government’s standing committee on race relations, Michelle signed another provocative statement, recounting the history of the TWC and offering insight into its focus.

“We saw a need to address issues of race relations on a continuing basis … .We saw the need to realize that situations, issues, and problems involving race relations occur everyday.” She even helped to “organize a rally to raise the question of [minority] representation in the Dean of Students Office,” according to the statement.

The TWC bemoaned the “institutional racism” on campus and pushed for more minority students. A frequent participant in TWC events was assistant dean Delgado, who claimed that Princeton was excluding minorities from admissions or hiring on campus, presumably because of its racism.

“Sometimes the institution gives criteria which exclude certain people,” Delgado told the Daily Princetonian in December 1982 at one of the numerous TWC forums on racism. “There are only five black tenured faculty, no Chicanos, no Puerto Ricans.” (Michelle Robinson would go on to make a similar argument as a student at Harvard Law School and in her thesis.)

Unfortunately the calls for more diversity did not extend to diversity of thought within the black Princeton community. Blacks who disagreed with the race-baiting consensus and need for agitation among the campus’s minority activists were often made to feel like “sellouts” by the TWC members, who sought to enforce a racial orthodoxy.

Crystal Nix Hines ’85, who became the first black editor of the Daily Princetonian, had a run-in with Michelle that reflects the activists’ mentality. As she would recall to the New York Times in 2008, Michelle wanted her not to run an article that characterized a black politician in a negative way.

“You need to make sure that a story like that doesn’t run again,” the former editor remembered her saying. (Hines could not be reached for comment, but the likely story was this profile of Harold Washington, the controversial first black mayor of Chicago and a role model to both Michelle and Barack Obama.)

Crystal wrote about her experience at Princeton in a January 7, 1983 op-ed. She mentioned a “series of run-ins with the type of student who implied that my involvement with white-dominated organizations,” and her friendships with whites, were tantamount to “selling-out.” Crystal became involved in the Third World Center and the Organization of Black Unity, both environments in which Princeton’s alleged racism was stressed.

“They prepared me for racism from students, professors, and from the institutions itself. Above all, they urged me to be a part of the black community[,] which they said would be sensitive to my needs and aware of the problems I would face as a black student at a predominately [sic] white institution.”

Robin Givhan,’86, described TWC as follows:

“I always felt like the Third World Center was, for a lot of black students, really, the center of their social world,” says Givhan. “There were definitely black students who joined clubs, who were very much part of the wider social world, but there were some [who] really, I felt at the time, really sort of relied on the Third World Center as this kind of security blanket. And my feeling was always that I kind of needed or wanted to pop into the Third World Center as a way of saying, yeah, I’m black, I know that, I’m aware of that, but I never wanted or was interested in that being the center of things for me. If I’d wanted that experience, I would have gone to Howard or Spellman.” (“Michelle: A Biography,” Mundy, 85-86)

Givhan remembers getting the impression from one Third World Center speaker that “if you didn’t believe what I believe, or operate the way I operate, you’re denying that you’re black. I came back to my dorm room and was in tears, relating my experience to my roommate, who was Chinese American.” (Mundy, 86)

TWC’s Role in Bringing Radicals to Campus

In cooperation with the Organization of Black Unity, to which Michelle also belonged, the TWC brought a number of terrorists and radicals to campus. We don’t know which of these events she attended, but it was probably more than a few, especially after she became a TWC board member. According to the heavily favorable “Michelle: A Biography”, she “spent much of her free time at the center, where, among other events, she attended seminars that featured the last surviving Scottsboro boy—a member of nine black Southerners who were falsely accused of raping two white women in the 1930s—and another featuring Rosa Parks.” (Mundy, 114).

These are just a few of such events hosted or promoted by the TWC while Michelle was a student:

  • In November 1981, Hassan Rahman, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s deputy observer to the U.N., came to campus. At this remarkable event, sponsors TWC and OBU  segregated the audience along racial lines and had students serving as security guards and searching bags.  (Jay Appelbaum, “Students decry ‘security’ at PLO speech,” Daily Princetonian, November 30, 1981).

  • In February 1982, the Center sponsored David Johnson, a representative of El Salvador’s Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR), the political wing of the terrorist group FMLN. (Stona J. Fitch, “Salvadoran opponent speaks. Demands end to U.S. military, economic aid,” Daily Princetonian, February 26, 1982). That very day the TWC created a task force intended to “draw attention to the link between U.S. policy in El Salvador and other forms of oppression.” (Meryl Kessler, “TWC forms task force to oppose U.S. intervention in El Salvador,” Daily Princetonian, February 26, 1982). Members also signed a petition that opposed the Reagan administration’s involvement in El Salvador and, in particular, the military aid to its pro-American, anti-Communist government. (Tom McLaughlin, “TWC members petition against Reagan,” Daily Princetonian, February 23, 1982)

  • The following month, TWC sponsored a trip for 20 Princeton students Puerto Rico in order “to examine student movements, Puerto Rican nationalism, family structure, the role of women, and the U.S. military activities on the island of Vieques.” (The island off Puerto Rico — and the military’s presence on it — were a cause celebre among the political left. After years of agitating, the Navy’s extensive live-fire exercises on the island were ended due to political pressures.)

  •  In April, the Daily Princetonian reported, the Organization of Black Unity sent two representatives to Yale for a weekend symposium on the problems of black Ivy League students. Kwame Toure, a.k.a. Stokely Carmichael, a member of the All-African Peoples Revolutionary Party and a leader of the Black Panthers in the 1960s, gave a presentation emphasizing “the need for the organization of the black masses and the active participation required from black students,” said Janette Payne, ’84, who attended the conference.

  • In late April 1982, the TWC and the campus’s Minority Recruitment Office hosted the April Hosting Cultural Show, at which William T. Murphy, a member of the Organization of Black Unity’s board, launched into an attack on white people by quoting Malcolm X, the subject of his senior thesis that year. One student, Paul Russo ’85, walked out and wrote a letter titled “Fostering Hate” to the campus paper. Murphy refused to apologize and attacked Russo in a letter of his own, accusing him of being an oppressor and blind to the racism on campus. (William T. Murphy ’82, “The past and present reality of Malcolm X,” Daily Princetonian, May 3, 1982).

  • Michelle also likely participated in Black Solidarity Day the following semester, where black students en masse absented themselves from class to dramatize what they considered blacks’ largely ignored contributions to society. Protestors carried signs saying “The struggle continues” and “Liberation through unity and struggle.” (Crystal Nix, “Procession symbolizes ‘continuing struggle,’ Daily Princetonian, November 2, 1982).

  • On April 15, the TWC hosted Michael Manley, the former prime minister of Jamaica. Manley, a committed socialist who dubiously denied that he was a Marxist, headed the pro-Castro National Liberation Party and later in 1983 opposed Reagan’s removal of the Marxist thug Maurice Bishop from power in neighboring Grenada.

  • In April 27-28, 1983, the TWC hosted a symposium praising the work and life of Clemente Soto Velez, another Puerto Rican nationalist and poet.  In 1936, Soto Vélez was arrested by United States authorities and charged with conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. He served a six-year prison term. Soto Velez then returned to Puerto Rico, only to be arrested once more for violating the conditions of his release. In 1942, after another two years in prison, he was released but forbidden to return to Puerto Rico. (“Clemente Soto Velez, Puerto Rican Poet, 89,” New York Times, April 17, 1993).

  • In September 1983, the TWC hosted Princeton’s president, William G. Bowen. Although Michelle has habitually made her alma mater seem racist in her writings and public statements, Bowen was actually the architect of Princeton’s racial preferences and an outspoken advocate of them. He even went on to co-author a book, “The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions,” about them with President Derek Bok of Harvard. Seeking minority applicants would be the “responsibility of everyone in the admissions office,” Bowen told the TWC. To attack Bowen, president of Princeton from 1972-1988, and his allegedly racist Princeton, was to attack a straw man. Both his successor and his predecessor were just as enthusiastic about preferences.

  • In November, Michelle likely attended a Black Solidarity Day (BSD) event. The photograph appears to include her, at right. Black Solidarity Day, founded in 1969 during the height of the black power movement, tries to highlight what would happen if blacks absented themselves from American life. Celebrated the day before Election Day, BSD reminds blacks of their political power.

  • Four days later, it played host to the pro-Castro writer and ethnographer Miguel Barnet in Liberation Hall. He criticized the American media for its coverage of El Salvador, where the Marxist FMLN continued to fight the country’s legitimate government. “If there are guerillas in El Salvador, it is because the people want justice,” he told the TWC.

  • On April 20, the TWC held a conference on “being black.”

  • In September 1984, Arcadio Diaz-Quinones, a Puerto Rican nationalist, specialist in “post-colonial” studies, and Latin American studies professor, became interim director of the Third World Center. (Later in the decade, he helped an illegal immigrant, Harold Fernandez, conceal his status at Princeton and eventually help him secure financial aid, as revealed in Fernandez’s memoirs.) (Joseph Berger, “An Undocumented Princetonian,” The New York Times, January 3, 2010).

  • In November of that year, Malcolm X biographer Manning Marable spoke to TWC’s annual Black Solidarity event. He encouraged the audience to vote for Reagan’s opponent Walter Mondale, who “[i]n the context of black solidarity” was both “a lesser evil” and “a choice against Reagan, Reaganism, and racism.” Marable also sided with the Marxist Nicaraguan dictatorship, encouraging black Americans to express solidarity with “the righteous movements of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the New Jewel Movement in Grenada, the guerillas of El Salvador, and especially, our brothers and sisters in South Africa.” (D.E. Williams, Daily Princetonian, November 6, 1984)

Other guests during Michelle’s time at Princeton included the anti-Friedmanite, anti-Hayekian economist Albert Hirschmann (February 16, 1983), the Chilean left-wing activist-turned-poet and playwright Ariel Dorfman, and Jamaican development economist George Beckford, who blamed Caribbean poverty on neocolonialism. Also invited and came was Paulo Freire, the founder of Marxist pedagogic theory. (“Freire’s main idea is that the central contradiction of every society is between the ‘oppressors’ and the ‘oppressed’ and that revolution should resolve their conflict,” writes education reformer Sol Stern.)

Professor Diaz-Quinones, the interim director of the TWC in 1983 noted “the growing consciousness of Third World countries and the relationship minority students felt to certain threads in their history.” Blacks and other non-white students, then, weren’t American in any larger sense, the thinking went, because of America’s institutional racism. The TWC provided programs that “link the ‘historical legacy of racism on both sides.’” Recalling its own legacy on its tenth anniversary, Center representatives wrote:

In the spring of 1971, many of the issues facing Third World people at Princeton and across the country were similar to those we face today. The country was in recession, and a Republican administration was attacking the social and political gains of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.” (A Luta Continua: A History of the Third World Center at Princeton, 1971-1981).

“Black Drama”: Making Race a Class

The Center also pushed for “institutional changes” to combat the alleged racism on campus. (The Daily Princetonian, October 6, 1982, p. 3). According to a document obtained through the Princeton archives, the TWC sought to implement ethnic studies programs and get more minority faculty and students on campus.  Among their recommendations was the creation of the Afro-American Studies Program, which was quickly established and which Michelle joined. Her thesis advisor, Howard Taylor, was the program’s director. According to course descriptions taken from the Princeton archives, the push was successful:

AAS 306: The Black Woman: This course seeks to go beyond the broad analysis that has characterized the study of the black woman. Students critically evaluate the historical background and status of the black woman in African society and her transition into slavery; and the many roles the black woman plays in contemporary society. The course looks at the basic institutions that impinge on the black woman’s life, and an attempt is made to determine how successful she has been in maintaining her identity.

AAS 201: Introduction to the Afro-American Experience: The course deals with a phase of black history which ends where the courses of this type begin. It is not an exploration into slave colonial history; but rather, an expose of the barrenness of earlier concentrations on the African primitive and the black slave. The course seeks to promote a new vision of the African ancestor, and, as such, focuses on the core and genius of African civilizations, rather than emphasizing the African as victim of the European imperalist [sic]  enterprise. The course format extends the historical framework within which to view the African-American experience, and is intended to revise the conception of African and African-American achievement and potential.

A January 1987 course guide provides further evidence:

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

January 1987 course guide shows the extent of the African-American studies program at Princeton. (The Princeton archives)

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

January 1987 course guide shows the extent of the African-American studies program at Princeton. (The Princeton archives)

For the first time ever, the college even offered a course on Swahili through the Third World Center as evidence of its diversified curriculum.

The Radical Fliers and “Oppression”

In case there was any doubt about the group’s radical focus, a flier from the time makes it clear it was all about “struggle”:

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

A flier for a TWC event that put’s the focus on “struggle.” (TheBlaze)

Another document from the center confirms that Michelle had to have known of the group’s radical focus, too:

Michelle Obamas Radical Past Involvement in Third World Center at Princeton

“Oppression breeds resistance,” a document from the TWC states. (The Princeton archives)

“Oppression breeds resistance,” the document titled “A CALL TO ALL THIRD WORLD STUDENTS TO STRUGGLE AGAINST ATTACKS ON THE THIRD WORLD CENTER,” states. “The history of the peoples of the Third World, who have suffered U.S. Imperialism, and of the oppressed nationalities within the United States — Afro-Americans, Puerto Ricans, Chicanos, Asians, and Native Americans — has been a history of oppression and resistance. This is true for the Third World Community, which in this instance includes students from the oppressed nationalities in the U.S., on Princeton University’s campus.”

Michelle would later write her senior thesis, which attracted national attention in 2008, on that same kind of “oppression.” The 60-page thesis tends to discredit the claim that race-based admissions policies or separate groups actually foster diversity and integration at all. The future First Lady mailed a questionnaire to 400 randomly selected black Princeton alumni. Although the response rate was underwhelming, the responses of the 89 black alumni who returned the questionnaire gave reason for concern. The alums were asked whether they felt “much more comfortable with Blacks,” “much more comfortable with Whites,” or “about equally comfortable with Blacks and Whites,” in various contexts, during three periods in their lives—pre-Princeton, Princeton, and post-Princeton.

Far from encouraging racial tolerance, the number of black alumni who said they felt “much more comfortable with Blacks” went up sharply during their Princeton years, in comparison with their pre-college lives, in categories like “Intellectual Comfort” (26% vs. 37%) and “Social Comfort” (64% vs. 73%).

Michelle herself stated, “My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘Blackness’ than ever before.”

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White House occupier tells one whopper after another! It’s getting to be a common characteristic of this so-called president.

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White House caught in lie about Obama’s past

White House caught in lie about Obama’s past.

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White House caught in lie about Obama’s past

White House caught in lie about Obama’s past.

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We gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Americans died. Where is the outrage?

Where Is the Outrage?

By Arnold Ahlert  Tuesday, December 3, 2013

On Sunday, the New York Post ran an excerpt from “The Unarmed Truth” by John Dodson. Dodson is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent who blew the whistle on the gun-walking operation known as Fast and Furious.

According to the Mexican government, 211 of their citizens, including police officers and children, have been murdered with weapons from that scandalous operation. So was American Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose family, along with every other concerned American, has been stonewalled in their efforts to find out who is accountable for this atrocity. After recounting some truly unbelievable instances of bureaucratic arrogance and ineptitude, Dodson inadvertently poses a question with far larger implications. “We gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Americans died. Where is the outrage?” he asks.

Perhaps fittingly, “The Boomer Bust,” a column by P.J O’Rourke published the same day in the Wall Street Journal, inadvertently provides a substantial portion of the answer. “We are the generation that changed everything,” O’Rourke writes. “Of all the eras and epochs of Americans, ours is the one that made the biggest impression—on ourselves. That’s an important accomplishment, because we’re the generation that created the self, made the firmament of the self, divided the light of the self from the darkness of the self, and said, ‘Let there be self.’ If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you may have noticed this yourself.”

Self-Absorbed Nation

With some notable exceptions, including a very large one for veterans of the Vietnam War, no previous generation of Americans was as self-absorbed as my own generation of Boomers. Note the word “previous.” Unfortunately, we have done a rather remarkable job of cultivating that noxious trait among subsequent generations. As a result, an American ethos has emerged, one in which the most truthful answer to Dodson’s question would embarrass those previous generations.

Where is the outrage? For millions of Americans, there is no outrage whatsoever—unless something personally affects them.

For far too many Americans, the numerous scandals engendered by this administration, including Fast and Furious, the targeting of conservatives by the IRS, the monitoring of news reporters by the DOJ, the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, the NSA abuses, and the general trampling of the Constitution by a president who unilaterally re-writes laws whenever he sees fit, have generated little more than a collective yawn. And that’s when those same Americans are even aware of what’s going on in the first place. Perhaps the greatest paradox of the modern age is how well-connected Americans are to information-gathering devices, even as they remain completely uncurious about vast swaths of critically important information.

The filtering mechanism that separates the relevant from the irrelevant is transparently obvious: if it’s not about me, who cares?

Facebook: A Testament to “Me”

Perhaps the most searing example of this phenomenon is Facebook. It is, above all else, a testament to “me” in all my glory. In all of American history, there is no comparable example of a time when so many people dedicated so much energy to chronicling the mundane and the trivial at best, and the truly twisted, at worst. It is almost inconceivable how many people have posted self-indicting accounts of criminal behavior. Apparently boasting about one’s thuggery is viewed as a reasonable tradeoff for the possible incarceration that could occur when a jury sees a video starring you and your homies “knocking out” some unsuspecting grandmother, simply for the thrill of it.

Yet there is a bigger thrill. Several other websites glorify such thuggery including one,, that compiles “excerpts of hundreds of fights, from women being sucker-punched to brutal gang attacks,” writes Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist James E. Causey, who further reveals that those videos “often earn thousands of views and ‘likes’ and ‘recommendations’ on Facebook, which turn the perpetrators into overnight sensations.”

That’s as “all about “me as it gets.

Rush Limbaugh:  “low information voter”

Radio host Rush Limbaugh coined the increasingly popular term “low information voters” (LIVs). I believe the term is somewhat inaccurate. These Americans are not bereft of information. They are not cut off from television, radio, the internet, i-Phones, texting, tweeting or any other source of information exchange. In fact, most Americans, including the LIVs, are inundated by information. What they actually pay attention to is the great separator. We live in an age where the public school system promotes the maintenance of self-esteem over genuine achievement, and trains younger generations of Americans to feel, rather than to think. And now that everyone gets a trophy just for showing up, the distinction between banality and greatness no longer applies. Everyone is “special,” and there is little reason to dwell on anything that occurs outside one’s personal universe.

By accident or design, the Obama administration and their media lapdogs have been masters at exploiting this phenomenon. No sooner does one scandal arise than another takes its place, followed by another and another, seemingly ad infinitum. Keeping track requires genuine effort in an age where effort has given way to the cruise control of self-absorption. Those who remain genuinely outraged are either dismissed as over-wrought, or denigrated with a label such as “misogynist,” “homophobe,” “nativist,” or “teabagger,” with the understanding that, once labeled, no further thought is required.

Yet despite their good fortune, this administration pierced the collective fog of self-absorption with the ultimate over-reach known as ObamaCare. Or as the coordinated attempt to put the genie back in the bottle is rolled out, the scrapping of the name ObamaCare and the return to the term Affordable Care Act, lest our feckless president be permanently associated with his “signature achievement,” yet another appellation undoubtedly headed for the ash heap of history. In one of the more colossal outbursts of hubris, Obama and his fellow Democrats decided that millions of Americans getting their insurance policies cancelled would be as indifferent about that reality as they have been about every other scandal, and/or lie of omission or commission, foisted upon them by our Prevaricator-in-Chief.

No such luck. Few things are more personal than one’s health, and the notion that this administration has put millions of Americans’ access to healthcare in jeopardy—even as they were assured that nothing of the sort would happen—has engendered the kind of outrage that even our hopelessly corrupt media cannot tamp down.

Not that they aren’t trying. The trumpeting of the so-called historical deal with Iran that was nothing of the sort, along with the implementation of the “nuclear option” in the Senate, were the latest attempts to overwhelm Americans. Today the administration will attempt to put more lipstick on the pig known as, in the hopes that Americans will conflate the website with ObamaCare itself.

No doubt many will, until other realities intrude, such as the loss of one’s doctor, as networks tighten up to contain mandated costs, or the realization that “cheaper” insurance comes with hefty coinsurance requirements and deductibles that must be satisfied by the insured themselves. Then there is the ultimate time bomb that will explode next year when millions of additional Americans have their employer-based policies cancelled.

The ultimate nightmare for this administration? A sense of outrage that breaks through the containment barrier of healthcare. The possibility that Americans eventually discover that this scandal is not anomalous, but part of a larger pattern. A pattern where even most self-absorbed Americans may be prodded to ask themselves disquieting questions, leading to evermore disquieting questions. “There is no escape from happiness, attention, affection, freedom, irresponsibility, money, peace, opportunity and finding out that everything you were ever told is wrong,” writes O’Rourke, in reference to the Baby Boom generation.

With any luck, O’Rourke is vastly underestimating the size of his audience.

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Child taken from womb by social services

Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.

The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.

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They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.

Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.

“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.

“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”

The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.

It will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP. He chairs the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign, which wants reform and greater openness in court proceedings involving family matters.

He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.

“It involves the Court of Protection authorising a caesarean section without the person concerned being made aware of what was proposed. I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is an Italian national who come to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex.

She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.

She called the police, who became concerned for her well-being and took her to a hospital, which she then realised was a psychiatric facility.

She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Meanwhile, Essex social services obtained a High Court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”, according to legal documents seen by this newspaper.

The woman, who says she was kept in the dark about the proceedings, says that after five weeks in the ward she was forcibly sedated. When she woke up she was told that the child had been delivered by C-section and taken into care.

In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Her lawyers say that she had since resumed taking her medication, and that the judge formed a favourable opinion of her. But he ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that she might suffer a relapse.

The cause has also been raised before a judge in the High Court in Rome, which has questioned why British care proceedings had been applied to the child of an Italian citizen “habitually resident” in Italy. The Italian judge accepted, though, that the British courts had jurisdiction over the woman, who was deemed to have had no “capacity” to instruct lawyers.

Lawyers for the woman are demanding to know why Essex social services appear not have contacted next of kin in Italy to consult them on the case.

They are also upset that social workers insisted on placing the child in care in Britain, when there had been an offer from a family friend in America to look after her.

An expert on social care proceedings, who asked not to be named because she was not fully acquainted with the details of the case, described it as “highly unusual”.

She said the council would first have to find “that she was basically unfit to make any decision herself” and then shown there was an acute risk to the mother if a natural birth was attempted.

An Essex county council spokesman said the local authority would not comment on ongoing cases involving vulnerable people and children.

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THE BLAZE by ERICA RITZ (MY TWO SENSE: Castration is appropriate here. JM)

66-Year-Old Gay Rights Icon Arrested Over Horrific Child Porn Allegations (Graphic Content)

Gay Rights Icon Larry Brinkin Arrested Over Charges of Graphic Child Pornography

(Photo via the SF Examiner)

66-year-old Larry Brinkin, the first man to use the phrase “domestic partner” in a lawsuit, was arrested in California Friday in connection with felony possession of child pornography, police said.  The district attorney’s office will reportedly decide Tuesday whether to file charges.

Media reports are offering more details on the horrific charges, and are also providing a picture of who Brinkin is and how he’s been viewed.  The Huffington Post republished an SF Weekly post that concludes with Theresa Sparks, the executive director of the Human Rights Commission, saying:

“It’s almost incredulous, there’s no way I could believe such a thing…He’s always been one of my heroes, and he’s the epitome of human rights activist — this is man who coined phrases we use in our daily language. I support Larry 100 percent; hopefully it will all come out in the investigation.”

But while there is a certain degree of disbelief, other sources are pointing out that the evidence against Brinkin certainly warrants investigation.

Caution: what follows is extremely disturbing. 

The San Francisco Chronicle describes the allegations:

Police say that Brinkin had pornographic images, some that appear to show children as young as 1 and 2 or 3 years old being sodomized and performing oral sex on adult men, in e-mail attachments linked to his account, according to a search warrant served by San Francisco police.

Representatives of America Online contacted authorities after coming across e-mail attachments from one of its subscriber’s accounts containing what they believed to be child pornography.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which was assigned to the case, traced the IP address associated with the account,, to Brinkin, a San Francisco resident, according to court records. Los Angeles police forwarded the case to San Francisco police.

San Francisco investigators say the account was registered to Brinkin, and that he paid for the e-mail service with his credit card.

Police provided two examples of e-mail messages from last year in which Zack3737 provides disturbing descriptions of the exploitative sexual acts.

The e-mail account also is linked to Yahoo discussion groups on sexual exploitation of young boys and girls, according to the search warrant. [Emphasis added]

Though the Huffington Post links to part of an article from the SF Weekly, the updated article has far more graphic details: — whom the police allege is Brinkin — provided graphic commentary on the photos of interracial adult-child sex. Comments included “I loved especially the ni**er 2 year old getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond bi*ch is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White D*ck Rules!”

The AOL e-mail account was also linked to Yahoo! Groups centering around discussions of child porn, according to the search warrant. Investigators say they additionally found e-mails sent from Brinkin’s now-defunct city e-mail account to [Emphasis added]

Gay Rights Icon Larry Brinkin Arrested Over Charges of Graphic Child Pornography

(Photo: YouTube Screen Shot)

The news follows the conclusion of “Pride Week,” where Brinkin has been honored in the past.  After he retired from his 22-year tenure at the Human Rights Commission, the Board of Supervisors even declared the week of February 1, 2o10 “Larry Brinkin Week” in San Francisco.

Brinkin, who reportedly has a longtime partner and teenage son, was not taking questions Monday, but several blogs have risen to his defense.  According to PJ Media blogger Zombie, the “Lez Get Real” blog was the first to do so, writing:

There have been incidents where people have been arrested for possessing child pornography on their computer that turned out to be malware using the computer to launder the images. This can often be difficult for people to prove, however.

Do not be surprised that anti-LGBT organizations will use this arrest against the Community; however, it is important to remember that most pedophiles identify as straight, and there are many straight people who have been arrested, charged, and convicted for possession of child pornography.

Brinkin’s co-workers and supporters seem just as stunned as everyone else by the arrest.  The vice president of the California Association of Human Relations Organizations said Brinkin was always a consummate professional, and Bevan Dufty, who authored the board resolution for “Larry Brinkin Week,” said: “I have admired and respected his work for the LGBT community…I respect and am confident that there will be due process.”

(H/T: Zombie)

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Ohio Man Using a Scheme to Snatch Up ‘Abandoned’ Houses That’s So Absurd, It’s Scary to Think It’s Actually Working

A Springdale, Ohio, family was shocked when they returned from a visit to a dying relative to find that a stranger had moved into their house and changed the locks – and even more shocked to learn that the intruder may have the law on his side.

I Feel Violated: Meet the Man Who Changed the Locks and Claimed Ownership of a Familys Home While They Were Out of Town

Image source: WLWT-TV

The family, who asked to remain anonymous, is moving to Pittsburgh and a local bank is foreclosing on their home of 21 years in Ohio. However, the bank had nothing to do with emptying the Ohio house and changing the locks – the new “owner” did that.

The situation has escalated into an all out legal battle, with the man saying he has the documents to prove he’s the rightful owner of the family’s home.

A local news group, WLWT-TV, investigated the family’s legal situation and found at least a dozen similar cases linked to the same man.

The new “owner,” Robert Carr, began his occupation of the family’s home shortly after they left to visit a relative. He emptied the house, changed the locks and then produced court documents alleging ownership when confronted by the family.

The document Carr showed the family is referred to as a “quiet title,” which can be used in situations involving abandoned property.

More specifically, a “quiet title” is an “action brought by a person in possession of real property against any person who claims ‘an interest’ adverse to him for the purpose of determining such adverse interest,” WLWT-TV explained in a follow-up to their original investigation.

Simply put, Carr is saying he “lives in the properties, everyone knows he lives there and he has lived there long enough to gain the legal right to own it despite having another person say they own the property,” the report added.

The family, of course, disputes these claims.

“What he’s looking for is full title and ownership of the home,” said the family’s attorney, Alison Warner, adding that the family is frightened by the entire ordeal.

“He’s in their home. They don’t know when he’s there. He can be there now,” Warner said.

Carr, for his part, has no intention of paying a cent for the home. And this is apparently how he operates, according to WLWT-TV’s investigation.

The report found 11 cases where Carr had filed similar ownership documents, seven on the same day. When the news group went to look at some of these houses, they found Carr had put up “no trespassing” signs – even though he has yet to be listed as the legal owner of those properties.

Carr explained himself to the news team: “When you abandon a property, bam, walk away from it, ‘I ain’t never coming back. I don’t want nothing to do with it,’ right? Somebody can come in, ‘Oh, mine.’”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Carr is not acting alone.

“I have a team of people who go out and I say make sure the house is empty. If it’s empty, change the locks,” Carr said.

“You can just come in and change the locks and become owner?”  WLTL-TV’s Karin Johnson asked Carr.

“Anybody can,” he replied.

But the Springdale family is not as impressed with Carr’s strategy as he is.

“I feel violated. (I’m) very scared, you know, because I never know if somebody’s going to be here,” the family said, adding that their legal battle has become a nightmare.

“It’s really been hard,” the family said.

The family’s lawyer added: “This is stress that has fallen on their shoulders out of nowhere, after the death of a loved one and now they’re responsible to answer to this.”

Carr has been charged with breaking and entering in at least one case. He of course disputes the charge.

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Featured image WLWT-TV.

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THE BLAZE by BECKET ADAMS (MY TWO SENSE: OBAMA LAW directive, “Do As I SAY, Not As I Do.” How ever the Left justifies this directive is beyond the powers of logical minds to understand. Socratic Irony is the very description of the Progressive agendas and their responses to opposition. Their contradictory words and actions are Crazy-Making. The Leftard Progressive notion that in order to remove the yoke of societal oppression, society must be oppressed. In other words persecution, abuse, maltreatment, hardship, suffering, misery and repression of the “down trodden,” can only be eliminated through the use of repression, suppression, subjection, subjugation, injustice, tyranny, and despotism toward the rest. Go figure. JUST ME!


Cancer Patient Who Says Obamacare Canceled His Health Insurance Now Says He’s Being Audited by the IRS

A cancer patient who said publicly that his health coverage was canceled because of Obamacare now says he’s being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Bill Elliott appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” earlier this month and said he was told that his cancer was considered “beyond a catastrophic pre-existing condition” and his plan was being canceled because of new regulations.

He said he was given the option of a new $1,500-per-month plan, up from the $180 per month or so that he’d been paying. Elliott told Fox’s Megyn Kelly that he had decided he wasn’t going to pay for the new expensive plan, and was instead going to take the financial penalty and “let nature take its course.”

Appearing this week on “Rocky D” on Charleston, S.C.’s WQSC, Elliott said that after a media frenzy, his insurance company worked it out with him to allow him to keep his coverage — but there’s a new hitch.

“Monday I got a certified letter, I went down and got it and it’s from the IRS and they are auditing my books from 2009,” Elliott said.

He said he didn’t own a business at that time, and in fact was working for the government. He said he’s paid his taxes every year and is not any kind of a tax evader.

There was one more part of the notice — Elliott said that “due to federal budget cuts,” the meeting between him and the IRS won’t take place until April 2014.

“It doesn’t matter. It could’ve been today if they wanted it to,” he said.

The radio host said, “you stood up and spoke out about how Obamacare screwed over your insurance and probably would kill you and what’s the next thing that happened? You get audited by the IRS. That is not a coincidence.”

“No it’s not,” Elliott said.

And it might not just be Elliott: C. Steven Tucker, an insurance broker who contacted Elliott after his Fox News appearance, said that after he helped assist Elliott with his coverage, the IRS “are now coming after ME all the way back to 2003.”

Elliott told Kelly that he actually voted for Obama over Mitt Romney last year specifically because he liked what Obama had promised about being able to keep your doctors and your insurance plans.

Elliott said on the “Rocky D” show that he’s doing better now health-wise, thought still has to have bone scans every four months.

See the President’s Alleged Handwritten Letter With the Quote ‘Tea Baggers’ in It

President Barack Obama allegedly told a Texas schoolteacher in a handwritten note that pursuing the Affordable Care Act was not “politically” smart, but that it was the “right” thing to do.

The president also defended the rights of so-called “tea baggers,” a derogatory term used against supporters of the Tea Party, to protest his signature health care law.

Obama’s note on official White House stationery was made in response to a letter from Thomas J. Ritter, a fifth-grade teacher at Sally B. Elliott ­Elementary in Irving, Texas, according to the New York Post. Ritter bemoaned the “toxic” political environment surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

“This bill has caused such a ­divisive, derisive and toxic environment,” Ritter wrote, according to the Post. “The reality is that any citizen that disagrees with your ­administration is targeted and ridiculed.”

“I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution,” he added. “I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House … Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.”

Much to Ritter’s surprise, he received what appeared to be a genuine response from the president.

“I … appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers … [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind — ­including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse,” Obama wrote.

“I believe that health care reform will be the right thing for the country … It certainly wasn’t the smart ‘political’ thing! And I hope that in the months to come, you will keep an open mind and evaluate it based not on the political attacks but on what it does or doesn’t do to improve people’s lives,” he added.

Ritter has since put the president’s note up for sale on

“I am selling the letter because I am just so disappointed, and this Obamacare bill is wrong,” Ritter said, according to the Post. “The president told me what he thought I wanted to hear. The letter is just words on a paper. It doesn’t mean anything to me because Obama doesn’t mean any of it.”

You can see a copy of Obama’s letter here:   

When TheBlaze contacted to verify the authenticity of the letter, we were told it was “absolutely” real.

Obama has been known to write notes back to people who send him letters, and has even said he sends checks to struggling Americans.

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Valerie Jarrett Targets Hobby Lobby as a ‘Corporate Entity’ Trying to ‘Seize a Controlling Interest’ Over Women’s Health

White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett called out Hobby Lobby and insisted the Obamacare mandate case that will go before the Supreme Court is about whether big corporations can restrict women from having access to birth control.

Valerie Jarrett Slams Hobby Lobby After Supreme Court Accepts Obamacare Case

Senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett accused craft store Hobby Lobby’s owners of wanting to “take the option for birth control benefits away from their employees.” (Getty Images)

“No corporate entity should be in position to limit women’s legal access to care, or to seize a controlling interest over the health care choices of women,” Jarrett wrote on the White House blog. “To take that type of power away from individuals, and to let the personal beliefs of a woman’s boss dictate her health care choices would constitute a major step backward for women’s health and self-determination.”

The case is actually a religious freedom complaint against the administration for the Health and Human Services mandate requiring insurance to provide free coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, contraception and sterilization. If the plaintiffs win, it would not allow them to restrict employees from buying these products on their own, only that the employees would not get them for free.

The high court will hear the case from two family-owned companies, the Oklahoma-based chain Hobby Lobby and the Pennsylvania-based Conestoga Wood Specialties Store Corp., both of which argue that paying for employee-based coverage of these drug violates their religious freedom.

“Today, there are people trying to take this right away from women, by letting private, for-profit corporations and employers make medical decisions for their employees, based on their personal beliefs,” said Jarrett, whose blog was cross-posted on the Huffington Post.

Jarrett predicted victory in the high court, and called out just one of the plaintiffs.

“Among the first cases to reach the Supreme Court is one filed by Hobby Lobby, an arts and crafts chain whose owners want to be able to take the option for birth control benefits away from their employees,” Jarrett said.

The two litigants in the case are not trying to restrict anyone’s freedom, said Sarah Torre, policy analyst for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

“This is an interesting argument from the administration that pushed a health care law that severely restrictions the ability for Americans to choose health care that aligns with the value of their family and restricting companies that could be creating jobs,” Torre told TheBlaze. “Obamacare is about restricting choices.”

“No one is suggesting a ban on anything,” Torre continued. “This is about family businesses – the Green family and the Hahns family – about their freedom to continue to create jobs while respecting their values.”

The Green family is the owner of Hobby Lobby. The Hahns family owns Conestoga Wood. Lower courts split on the decision, ruling in favor of the Green family and against the Hahns family.

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TEAPARTY.ORG I will air this eveyday until I no longer see people call America a Democracy! (PLEASE STOP PREACHING DEMOCRACY!!! PLEASE FOCUS ON REGAINING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!)


NOVEMBER 26, 2013

No true American wants a Democracy for our nation.  What we want is our Constitutional Republic.  The word “democracy” is nowhere within our Founding Documents-nor did our Founders intend to create a Democracy.  What they did intend, and did create, was a Constitutional Republic with democratic elections.  There is a major difference in the two forms of government, and they are, indeed, mutually exclusive, regardless of Ilya Somin’s attempts to make the two words interchangeable and their meanings moot.  It is laziness to let people, repeatedly use a word incorrectly and without a full understanding of that word’s actual meaning, just because it has become the popular thing to do.  It is dangerous to mislabel our intended form of government because when we do, we remove the caveats and protections that those words gave us as a People within a Nation.  The Left continuously attempts to reshape our language, and the reason is because language is our only way of communicating–making our intentions and beliefs clear to others is paramount.  We cannot allow benign,everyday language, to take the place of the words used by the Founders.  If they hadn’t placed such importance in the very words they used to shape our Nation, they would have expressed themselves capriciously and vaguely, which would have allowed the people to treat our Constitution as a changeable, sign-of-the-times, document.  They did the opposite with clear and precise language in all of our Founding Documents.  It is important to remember that those courageous men, of the eighteenth century, placed everything they had at risk for the birth of this nation.  They did not do that lightly but with purpose and desire to free a nation from a tyrannical monarchy.  Today, we suffer much of the same oppression that was alive and well prior to the American Revolution.   Everyone can learn the difference between a democratic Republic and a Democracy from a book entitled “The 5000 Year Leap,” first published in 1984!

Just Me

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FOXNEWS.COM Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report


Defense Department gives local police equipment designed for a war zone

Published November 27, 2013


March 12: Attendees look at the Lenco MRAP Bear SWAT Team vehicle at the 7th annual

From war zones to city streets, some military vehicles are getting a new life — and not everyone is happy about the recycling.

The Defense Department recently announced it would be giving domestic law enforcement forces hulking vehicles designed to efficiently maneuver in a war zone for use in thwarting any potential high-scale activity.

This did not sit well with those who see a troubling trend: the militarization of local police departments, including the American Civil Liberties Union, which has criticized the Defense Department for giving 18-ton, $500,000 armor-protected military fighting vehicles to local forces.

ACLU affiliates have been collecting 2012 records to determine the extent of military hardware and tactics sent to police and plan to issue a report early next year.

“One of our concerns with this is it has a tendency to escalate violence,” said ACLU Center for Justice senior counsel Kara Dansky.

An Associated Press investigation of the Defense Department military surplus program this year found that a disproportionate share of the $4.2 billion worth of property distributed since 1990 — everything from blankets to bayonets and Humvees — has been obtained by police and sheriff’s departments in rural areas with few officers and little crime.

Ohio State University campus police got one vehicle, saying they would use it in large-scale emergencies and to provide a police presence on football game days. Others went to police in High Springs, Fla., and the sheriff’s office in Dallas County, Texas.

In New York, the Albany County sheriff’s department already had four smaller military-surplus Humvees, which have been used for storm evacuations and to pull trees out of roadways. Their new Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle will go into service after technicians remove the gun turret and change the paint from military sand to civilian black.

Sheriff Craig Apple rejected the idea that the nation’s police forces are becoming too militaristic.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he said. “Our problem is we have to make sure we are prepared to respond to every type of crisis.”

To be sure, there has been some concerns raised in the past.

Radley Balko, the author of “The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” argues that the police mind set in the country is to be like a soldier.

“Instead of bringing soldiers in to do domestic law enforcement, we have allowed, and even encouraged, police officers to basically be armed like, police like, use the tactics of, be dressed like and adopt the mind set of these soldiers,” he said at a CSPAN forum last summer. “And the outcome is just as troubling, I think, as if the military were actually doing domestic police themselves.”

In October, Reuters ran a column by Michael Shank and Elizabeth Beavers called “The Militarization of U.S. Police Forces” in which the authors called for Congress to permanently ban the transfer of all military-grade equipment to U.S. cities.

The column noted the Pentagon’s 1033 Program that allows the Defense Department to donate its surplus equipment. It pointed out allegations of fraud and abuse and called some of the machinery donated “impractical.”

“Shocking, almost comical, examples of abuse have been well-documented — from the officer who sold his weapons on eBay, to the one who lent his weapons to unauthorized friends and the police departments that lost the military weapons or tried to auction them off,” the column said.

For police and sheriff’s departments, which have scooped up 165 of the mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPS, since they became available this summer, the price and the ability to deliver shock and awe while serving warrants or dealing with hostage standoffs was, however, just too good to pass up.

“It’s armored. It’s heavy. It’s intimidating. And it’s free,” said Apple.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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NOVEMBER 26, 2013

No true American wants a Democracy for our nation.  What we want is our Constitutional Republic.  The word “democracy” is nowhere within our Founding Documents-nor did our Founders intend to create a Democracy.  What they did intend, and did create, was a Constitutional Republic with democratic elections.  There is a major difference in the two forms of government, and they are, indeed, mutually exclusive, regardless of Ilya Somin’s attempts to make the two words interchangeable and their meanings moot.  It is laziness to let people, repeatedly use a word incorrectly and without a full understanding of that word’s actual meaning, just because it has become the popular thing to do.  It is dangerous to mislabel our intended form of government because when we do, we remove the caveats and protections that those words gave us as a People within a Nation.  The Left continuously attempts to reshape our language, and the reason is because language is our only way of communicating–making our intentions and beliefs clear to others is paramount.  We cannot allow benign,everyday language, to take the place of the words used by the Founders.  If they hadn’t placed such importance in the very words they used to shape our Nation, they would have expressed themselves capriciously and vaguely, which would have allowed the people to treat our Constitution as a changeable, sign-of-the-times, document.  They did the opposite with clear and precise language in all of our Founding Documents.  It is important to remember that those courageous men, of the eighteenth century, placed everything they had at risk for the birth of this nation.  They did not do that lightly but with purpose and desire to free a nation from a tyrannical monarchy.  Today, we suffer much of the same oppression that was alive and well prior to the American Revolution.   Everyone can learn the difference between a democratic Republic and a Democracy from a book entitled “The 5000 Year Leap,” first published in 1984!

Just Me

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Your Eyes Are Fooling You: There Aren’t Two Children in This Photo — and the Family Has a Chilling Explanation

We will be discussing this story and all the day’s news on our live BlazeCast with Editor-in-Chief Scott Baker (@bakerlink) beginning at 2:15 pm ET:

A curious photograph has given comfort to a grieving father who lost his son in a deadly tornado last May, though the seemingly supernatural reason the bereaved father has been put at ease might seem unbelievable.

Scott McCabe wholeheartedly believes that his 9-year-old son, Nicolas, who died inside Plaza Towers Elementary School during the disastrous tornado that struck Moore, Okla., has made himself visible from beyond the grave.

The picture in question shows Madison, Nicolas’ cousin, playing with a lighted sparkler on July 4 — nearly two months after the boy’s death. Upon closer examination, it looks as though a second child is standing behind her.

The problem? Madison was the only person in front of camera when the cell phone picture was snapped. Now, McCabe is convinced that Nicolas appeared behind her.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” he told KWTV-TV. ”Nicolas loved the Fourth of July and he loved firecrackers.”

Take a look at the picture below:

Grieving Father Scott McCabe Claims His Deceased Son Nicolas Appeared in Chilling Family Photo

Credit: McCabe Family/KWTV-TV

McCabe said that the apparition has been a major source of comfort.

“I was in awe. It touched my heart. It’s obviously not Madison,” the father said. “It’s obvious there are two people there or one person there and one spirit there.”

McCabe said his brother was also amazed after seeing the picture.

While some might dismiss the phenomenon as a camera glitch that resulted from Madison’s movements, McCabe told KWTV it’s clear to him that the two faces have different features and skin tones.

And that’s not all — the father said there was one more gripping detail. Nicolas was buried in his red Plaza Towers Elementary T-Shirt — and McCabe said he can make out a red shirt on the figure seemingly standing behind Madison.

McCabe knows many people will be skeptical of the image, but he’s not concerned with naysayers.

“They can say what they want. I believe,” he told KWTV. “I believe he’s watching over us.”

Read more about Nicolas and the other tornado victims here. He was one of seven children found in the school’s rubble.

What do you think? Take the poll below:


Featured image via KWTV-TV/McCabe Family

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You Might Be Surprised by Who’s Furious at MSNBC Over Martin Bashir’s Sarah Palin Comments

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik angrily criticized MSNBC and NBC News — along with network stalwarts Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd — for failing not only to punish host Martin Bashir for comments he made about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin recently, but also for not even speaking about the issue.

TV Critic David Zurawik Criticizes MSNBC Over Martin Bashir’s Sarah Palin Comments

TV critic David Zurawik (Image source: Fox News via YouTube)

“Where are people like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd who claim to speak for NBC News and the brand?” Zurawik asked Fox News’ Howard Kurtz on Sunday’s “MediaBuzz” program.

“Why haven’t they called Bashir out and the lack of punishment for him?”

Zurawik said Bashir’s comments and the lack of reaction from MSNBC hosts and the network as a whole is “part of the larger problem here, that the mainstream media isn’t more upset about this.”

“I’ve been complaining about the way our civic and political conversation on cable TV is debased,” he said. “And MSNBC has led that drive in a calculated way because they have no journalistic function. They have no reportorial infrastructure anymore for business reasons.”

Zurawik noted that when hosts are just “sitting in front of a camera doing opinion, you have to keep turning it up and turning it up and turning it up and being more and more extreme. And this is what we got. And no one cares! That’s what’s outrageous! Whatever you care about, whatever you feel about Sarah Palin doesn’t matter. The conversation of democracy, you can’t have this kind of stuff going on!”

As for the question of whether the media treats Sarah Palin with a double standard because she’s conservative, Zurawik said, “I think there is some of that, Howie, but the real question are where are people like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd who claim to speak for NBC News and the brand? Why haven’t they called Bashir out and the lack of punishment for him?”

Here’s the clip from Fox News via Newbusters:

TheBlaze reported on Palin’s response to Bashir’s comments and apology earlier Sunday.

(H/T: Newsbusters)

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THE BLAZE by BILLY HALLOWELL ( It’s time that people stood up to these bullies and stopped using excuses like, “Rather than use school money to fight a law suit, we decided to back down.” That’s pathetic! Where is the gumption? Where are the parents and community related to schools that kowtow to threats? STOP IT!! If no one stands up for right, then they are supporting the so-called opposition. No excuses, no whining and moaning, and no more dictating! I am furious at the lack of courage so many Americans display at the first sign of trouble. We are facing an evil enemy which will suck everything out of those who accept it and bow down to it. There is no stopping these people because there is nothing that will satiate them! Wake up before you have given away your souls! JUST ME


‘The Definition of Bullying’: Church vs. State Threat Leads Another School to Cut Ties With ‘Operation Christmas Child’

Just days after a South Carolina charter school came under fire and subsequently dropped support for Operation Christmas Child, an annual outreach to poor children that is operated by Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical Christian organization, another public school in Colorado has done the same.

But while SkyView Academy, an elementary school in Highlands Ranch, Colo., officially cut ties with the group, parents are fighting back with an effort of their own to make sure that the outreach goes on as planned.

Church vs. State Claim Leads Another School to Drop Student Support for Operation Christmas Child Outreach


The school announced last week that it will be severing its relationship with Operation Christmas Child, ending two years of participation in the outreach, The Christian Post reported.

Students at the school had been raising funds and were preparing to put shoe boxes together for children in need. This was halted, however, when the American Humanist Association recently wrote a letter threatening a lawsuit if the charter school didn’t stop working with Operation Christmas Child.

The letter warned that the school is violating the separation of church and state by facilitating student participation in a Christian outreach — one that shares the Bible’s central message along with items for kids in need.

So, looking to avoid a lawsuit, SkyView Academy sent a subsequent note to parents and explained that the school would be halting to project.

An e-mail to parents allegedly read, in part, “In an abundance of caution because we do not want to expend school financial resources defending a lawsuit, we are not going to accept Operation Christmas Child boxes. If you and your child had planned to donate a shoebox of supplies, you are encouraged to find a charity of your choice for the gift.”

Some parents were so frustrated by the development that they planned a ”Religious Rights Rally” on Wednesday, where they assembled outside of the school to show support for Operation Christmas Child and to collect funds independent of the school.

It is unclear how much money was raised on Wednesday or whether the “Religious Rights Rally” was successful, but it seems some parents aren’t so willing to back down. Ruth VanSant’s daughter, Michaela, is one of the students who founded the Operation Christmas Child outreach at the school.

VanSant said that the effort “is still happening, according to The Denver Post. In addition to the Wednesday effort, materials will be collected on public property outside the school before and after each academic day starts.

Another parent responded to the American Humanist Association’s lawsuit threat by calling it “the definition of bullying.”

Kendal Unruh said that it is “tragic” that SkyView Academy “was bullied down.” And while she understands that the school does not want to enter a legal battle, she is hopeful that word gets out about the situation.

“I still want this egregious violation of our legal liberties being violated to be known publicly,” she told KUSA-TV.

SkyView Academy board president Lorrie Grove added that she and others were “shocked and disappointed” by the humanist group’s legal threat.

“It was hard to believe we were receiving a threatening letter based on the good intentions of our students,” she told The Denver Post.

KUSA is reporting that Principal Mike Munier admitted in a private email received by a reporter that the school was involved in an “indefensible” violation of the separation of church and state, although it is unclear what, exactly, he was referencing.

The email reportedly claimed that the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group, had advised the school that due to an error in their handling of the Operation Christmas Child situation, participation was not permissible. But a lawyer from Alliance Defending Freedom told KUSA that it is possible for schools to participate in the outreach within the confines of the law.

SkyView Academy’s cancellation follows similar action that was taken by East Point Academy, a charter school in West Columbia, S.C., after the American Humanist Association sent a similar letter warning about a perceived church vs. state infraction.

(H/T: Christian Post)

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‘You’re Just a Young Punk’: 70-Year-Old Great-Grandma Gives Pistol-Whipping Thug More Than He Bargained For


Wanda Pierce, 70, pulled into her son’s driveway like she does every morning, hopping out of the driver’s seat to the passenger side and waiting for her son to emerge so the pair could carpool to work.

Suddenly her passenger door opened. Pierce thought it was her son.

Great Grandmother, 70, Fights Attacker Who Pistol Whipped Her

Wanda Pierce fought back against an attacker. (Image source: WTHR-TV)

“As soon as I turned my head, there we were, face-to-face,” Pierce told WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. She wasn’t looking at her son, but another man in his early 20s.

And he was pointing a gun at Pierce and grabbing the purse on her lap.

That’s when the great-grandmother did something her attacker probably wasn’t expecting.

“For some particular reason, instinct told me at the same time, ‘That’s mine,’” Pierce told WTHR of the Tuesday attack. “‘I work for what I get. You’re just a young punk running around out here doing things you ought not do and you’re not getting my purse.’”

“Then he told me, ‘Lady, give me the purse or I’m going to shoot you,’” Pierce recalled. “And that’s when I told him, ‘No, you won’t’ — bad word — and I held on to it anyway,” she told WTHR.

Great Grandmother, 70, Fights Attacker Who Pistol Whipped Her

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Pierce acknowledged that the safest path in that situation was to give up her purse — and that if she had to do it over again she’d make a different choice — but “until you’re in that situation, you really don’t know what you’d do.”

“I was bound and determined to keep what was mine,” she said. “Didn’t work.”

The attacker then pistol-whipped her, Pierce said. “He hit me in the head and I knew it was bleeding, but I still held on.”

“I continued to hold onto the purse and he hit me here,” she added, pointing to her right wrist.

“And something else hit me that said ‘let go’ and I let go,” Pierce said.

Great Grandmother, 70, Fights Attacker Who Pistol Whipped Her

Image source: WTHR-TV

The man may have gotten away with her purse, but Pierce said she’d face him in court in a heartbeat and give him a piece of her mind.

“I’d tell him, ‘I hope that wherever you’re going, somebody beats the living tar out of you because you deserve it,’” Pierce told the station. “I only got hurt, but that’s all right. At least I gave ‘em a fight. I don’t think he quite expected that either.”

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Egypt has documents indicating Obama is part of the Muslim Brotherhood

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Egypt has documents indicating Obama is part of the Muslim Brotherhood

Surprise, surprise, President Obama’s half brother, Malik Obama, oversees much of the finances of the Muslim Brotherhood, not just in Egypt but throughout the Mideast.

When Morsi was arrested last month, the Egyptian military discovered a pile of documents linking the Obama regime with the illegal activities of the Muslim Brotherhood. Investigative journalist Jerome Corsi has obtained a copy of the document held by the Egyptian military, proving the Obama regime sent millions of dollars in bribes to the Muslim Brotherhood, paid out by the U.S. Consulate.

Conveniently, the President’s brother…is one of the architects of the major investments of the Muslim Brotherhood and oversees an $8 billion dollar bribe to the Muslim Brotherhood made by the Obama regime. The bribe was payment to guarantee that the huge tract of Egyptian land, the Sinai Peninsula, be turned over to the Muslim Brotherhood sister group Hamas, The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas mince no words about their goals for Israel, which is total annihilation.

The former Chancellor of the Constitutional Court of Egypt and current adviser, Tahani Al-Jebali stated that the reason the United States cannot fight the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood is because the brother of U.S. President Barack Obama is the architect of the investments for the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.

According to Egypt Daily News, a document exists showing the eight billion dollar “holocaust” agreement with the Obama administration that was signed by former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi and his second in command Khairat Al-Shater. Both are under arrest by the Egyptian military for murder and treason.

Obama’s close ties certainly explains our weapons and arms shipments to Egypt along with monetary aid. It may also explain why the Obama administration ignores the persecution of Christians in Egypt.

According to Khairat Al-Shater’s son, Saad Al-Shater, prior to being arrested by the Egyptian military, his father was in possession of information linking Obama with the Muslim Brotherhood that he says would put Obama in prison.

If the Egyptian military releases this document, it would no doubt spell the end of the Obama presidency, bringing impeachment, a long prison term, and perhaps even the death penalty.

Source: Examiner

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State Department

‘Pleading’ distress calls made from US consulate on night of Benghazi attack

State Department employees at the Benghazi compound knew they were in a death trap and made a series of radio distress calls to the CIA annex during the terror assault last year, according to congressional sources familiar with recent testimony on the attack from five CIA personnel.

Sources told Fox News that the radio calls, which were described in closed testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, were characterized as almost frantic, with State Department employees who knew they could not defend themselves “pleading” for their lives.

When the CIA team arrived from the annex about a mile away, they found the State Department employees without guns that could adequately protect them; one of the agents was found hiding in the consulate, apparently in a closet. The testimony lends more weight to repeated claims, in the wake of the attack, that the consulate was not adequately protected despite being located in a volatile and violent area prone to attack.

When the CIA personnel were asked for their reaction to the administration’s initial explanation that an anti-Islam video and a demonstration gone awry were to blame for the attack, Fox News is told they were seething with anger because everything on the ground — from their perspective — showed it was a premeditated attack.

At least three of the five — who were all in Benghazi — responded to the scene that night. The witnesses testified that five mortars rained down on the annex in less than a minute. They pointed to those details as more evidence of a professionally trained team, describing the attack on the annex as akin to a professional hit on the operation in order to drive it out of Benghazi.

Congressional sources say the testimony seems to further conflict with and undercut the briefing three days after the attack by then-CIA Director David Petraeus, who likened the attack to a flash mob. When pressed on the number and precision of the mortars, Petraeus offered that Benghazi was flooded with mortars, and played down their accuracy by suggesting they could have been fired from the back of a pick-up truck.

When Petraeus appeared on the Hill in November, following his resignation from the CIA over his admitted affair, he tried to claim that he knew it was a terrorist attack all along and insisted that he did not put the emphasis on the anti-Islam film.

Catherine Herridge is an award-winning Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) based in Washington, D.C. She covers intelligence, the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Herridge joined FNC in 1996 as a London-based correspondent.

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BIZPACK REVIEW by JOE SAUNDERS followed by letter, posted on her Facebook page, by YOLANDA (LANA) VESTAL as told by CHERYL CARPENTER KLIMEK

NBC confronts Pelosi with ‘pass it to see what’s in it’ clip; hot mess follows

Nancy Pelosi still can’t see it.

Confronted by “Meet the Press” host David Gregory on Sunday about her famous Obamacare statement of 2010 — “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” — the San Francisco congresswoman didn’t give an inch.

pelosi 1“I stand by what I said there: When people see what’s in the bill, they will like it, and they will,” Pelosi said, in utter defiance of reality.

“It took a great deal for us to pass the bill. I said, ‘If we go up to the gate and the gate is locked, we’ll unlock the gate. If we can’t do that, we’ll climb the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole-vault in.’”

Set aside for a second the fact that Pelosi might have thought she was talking about the Democratic approach to immigration. The former House speaker had no visible qualms about defending the handiwork she and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid produced during the disastrous years, from 2008-2010, that Democrats held both houses of Congress.

“It doesn’t matter what we’re saying here,” Pelosi nattered. “What matters is what happens at the kitchen table of the American people.”

Actually, what matters is what’s been happening with congressional Democrats who aren’t lucky enough to be from San Francisco and who abandoned President Obama Friday by voting for the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Ill.

What matters is what’s going to happen to Democrats who don’t start listening to their constituents when election time rolls around in November.

What matters is that the American people are seeing what’s in the bill. It’s what conservatives have been saying was in the bill for three years now.

They’re seeing it. And, no matter what Nancy Pelosi says, they don’t like it at all.


Texas single mom’s ‘thanks a lot’ letter to Obama goes viral

Crossroads ObamacareA Texas single mom’s letter “thanking” President Obama for Obamacare, and all that it entails, has gone viral.

Yolanda (Lana) Vestal posted the letter on her Facebook page, and what started out as a way to vent, became a way for others to share frustration over Obamacare. The single mother of two blasted the president for increased taxes and lavish vacations. The post has received over 63,000 “shares,” according to

Here is Vestal’s letter to Obama:

Dear President Obama,

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all you have done and are doing. You see I am a single Mom located in the very small town of Palmer, Texas. I live in a small rental house with my two children. I drive an older car that I pray daily runs just a little longer. I work at a mediocre job bringing home a much lower paycheck than you or your wife could even imagine living on. I have a lot of concerns about the new “Obamacare” along with the taxes being forced on us Americans and debts you are adding to our country. I have a few questions for you Mr. President.

Have you ever struggled to pay your bills? I have.

Have you ever sat and watched your children eat and you eat what was left on their plates when they were done, because there wasn’t enough for you to eat to? I have.

Have you ever had to rob Peter to pay Paul, and it still not be enough? I have.

Have you ever been so sick that you needed to see a doctor and get medicine, but had no health insurance because it was too expensive? I have.

Have you ever had to tell your children no, when they asked for something they needed? I have.

Have you ever patched holes in pants, glued shoes, replaced zippers, because it was cheaper than buying new? I have.

Have you ever had to put an item or two back at the grocery store, because you didn’t have enough money? I have.

Have you ever cried yourself to sleep, because you had no clue how you were going to make ends meet? I have.

My questions could go on and on. I don’t believe you have a clue what Americans are actually going through and honestly, I don’t believe you care. Not everyone lives extravagantly. While your family takes expensive trips that cost more than most of us make in two-four years, there are so many of us that suffer. Yet, you are doing all you can to add to the suffering. I think you are a very selfish and cold hearted man, who does not care what is best for the people he was elected by (not by me) to represent, but more so out for the glory of your name attached to history. So thank you Mr. President, thank you for pushing those of us that are barely staying afloat completely under water and driving America into the ground. You have made your mark in history, as the absolute worst and most hated president of the United States. God have mercy on your soul!


Yolanda Vestal

Average American

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FOXNEWS.COM by DR. KEITH ABLOW (MY TWO SENSE: I believe it is worse than Obama disrespecting others. I believe he is a clinical Narcisist, that he is amoral, and lacks empathy–all of the characteristic facets of a narcissist and a psychopath. No drama, Obama’s lack of character and integrity was certainly shaped in his youth, but once autonomous, he decided which path works best for him and his goals. He is also a megalamaniac, with delusions of power, relevance, and omnipotence. In short, Obama is in love with himself, and if he could, he would make love and procreate all by himself. JUST ME)

Why it is easy for President Obama to lie to the American people

By Dr. Keith Ablow
  • Recently, America has witnessed something we have not seen since Watergate:  The president of the United States openly admitting that he lied to the American people.

There are at least these two differences this time: First, the admission of the lie does not come at a moment when this president is facing impeachment (which would almost certainly have been true for President Nixon had he not resigned).

Second, this president still shows, in my opinion, even after his most recent mea culpa, far less remorse than President Nixon showed in the speech he made upon announcing he would leave office and in his choice to leave office.

I do not believe the president sees most Americans as competent. I believe he sees them as children.

In this case, the president lied to Americans about the Affordable Care Act, promising that passing the legislation meant they could keep their health plans and doctors, when the truth is that tens of millions of people will likely lose their health care plans and be forced to switch doctors.

That’s a really big lie, however you measure it — whether in the tens of millions of people affected, or the hundreds of thousands of doctors, or the dozens of insurance companies, or the thousands and thousands of employers or the rerouting of billions of dollars.

Yet, the president only said he was “sorry that people are finding themselves in this situation based on reassurances they got from me.”

He didn’t say that he had profoundly violated the trust of the American people.

He didn’t say that he would search his soul for the reason he could have been so intent on passing his legislation that he promised very important things he knew he could not deliver.

He didn’t say that the rage people feel toward him is justified.

Why does it seem so easy for the president to tell such a gargantuan lie?

Here’s why:

- In order to feel guilty about deceiving someone, an individual must have respect for that person.

- He must consider the other man or woman his equal.

- He must believe that depriving the other man or woman of the truth would be a sin because it deprives that person of free will. Because without the facts, competent people can’t make informed decisions.

But I do not believe the president sees most Americans as competent.  I believe he sees them as children, who cannot think for themselves, nor support themselves, nor defend themselves.

And because he believes this is a nation of children who are powerless to truly decide anything knowledgably, withholding certain facts from them “for their own good,” is no different than telling the kids a few harmless lies to keep them safe and settle them down and calm their anxieties.

“This doesn’t taste bad,” a father might say to his daughter before giving her medicine, even when he knows it will.  The lie is forgivable. It’s meant to keep his little girl from being too anxious and refusing what she needs.

But tell a competent adult something tastes good when it will make him gag, and you’ll be, rightfully, seen as having deprived the person of information he deserved.

This president was lied to by his father who abandoned him, by his mother who abandoned him and by the grandmother who hugged him, but also revealed that she distrusted men of color.

Now, he wants to be the only adult in town. He needs that much power to feel safe, because he was that disempowered and unsafe in the past. So, to him, we’re incompetents.

To him, we’re just kids who need to take our medicine. And lying is the easy and justifiable way to get the job done.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at

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