Saturday, October 31, 2009

A New Storm Is On The Horizon--This Will Be A New Conservative Crusade

**(This is my 'rant' of the month)**

Someone tell me HOW disgraceful he is?
Someone tell me HOW dispicable he is?
Someone tell me HOW disrespectful he is?
Someone tell me HOW hateful he is?
Someone tell me HOW stupid he is?

And, someone try to tell me I am wrong for my angry rant about this picture and this healthcare nightmare?

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Well, I do not need a 'story' or 'news article' to provide any commentary on this, folks, because just like that old saying--'A picture is worth a thousand words'. And boy, oh boy, do I EVER have some 'WORDS' for these Anti-American Communists who THINK they will conquer our Great Nation, or our lives.

Here we go, folks. Get ready to see me REALLY fired up, and ready to fight.

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Oh REALLY Mr, SCARY Reid??? OH REALLY??? Well, just let me tell YOU what I think about you and those like you:

F*** YOU Nobama!
F*** YOU Nazi Pelosi!
F*** YOU Scary Reid!
F*** YOU Michelle 'My HELL' Obama!
F*** YOU TeleFarter!
F*** YOU Wimp House!
F*** YOU Thuggress!
F*** YOU Obamacare Nightmare!
F*** YOU Libturds!
F*** YOU Demoncraps!

But MOST of all--and this is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than those Marxists Morons in office--

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
GOD BLESS the U.S.A.!!!
GOD BLESS our FOUNDING FATHERS!!!
GOD BLESS the AMERICAN FLAG!!!
GOD BLESS the MILITARY!!!

If I have to stand alone in my crusade to get him impeached, I will. I am starting a NEW CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION. Because I am sick and tired of this whole Chicago thug-style communist bunch of evil beings who are trying to take over the world!

They are WORSE than Hitler!
They are WORSE than Mao Tse-Tung!
They are WORSE than Stalin!
They are WORSE than Castro!
They are WORSE than Chavez!
They are WORSE than Satan himself!!!!

I cannot take it anymore, ladies and gentlemen, and NEITHER SHOULD THE REST OF YOU!
This is OUR Country! Do you hear me, folks? THIS IS OUR COUNTRY! It belongs to us. Let's get it BACK!

Mr. Nobama, does not REALIZE that HE work for US! HE is OUR 'employee'. WE are HIS 'employer'. HE needs to either DO HIS JOB, and GET OFF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, or WE the PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA will say only two words to him--

"YOUR FIRED"!!!




I will work day and night, night and day, seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year to have him IMPEACHED if he continues to DESTROY our beloved Nation with his Marxist, Communistic, HATEFUL Socialist Fascism-like policies.



(Hell, my DOG could do a better job of running the Country!)

Friday, October 30, 2009

I Am One Who Stands Alone--For Freedom's Sake





Ladies and gentlemen of the United States of America, I stand before you now, a lone warrior in a fight to help keep our beloved U.S. Constitution safe and secure. And I have only one request of you--please help me, for I am afraid.
It is not very often that I endure sleepless nights, however, when those nights do occur, there is but one reason for it--FEAR of TYRRANY. Yes, I fear tyrrany and the loss of my Constitutional freedom.
The first sleepless night I encountered was the night of September 11, 2001. However, it was not your typical 'sleepless night'. No, it was more like a sleepless week. For seven days I could not sleep, for all I could do was live on coffee, cigarettes,news, and the sheer unbridled fear that life, liberty, and freedom were coming to an end.



And now, I have endured yet another sleepless and tearful night, sitting at my desk, my eyes burning from the light of my computer monitor, the tears rolling down my cheeks, and the grey-blue cloud of cigarette smoke that surrounds me like that famous London fog, as I drink cup after cup of strong black coffee, reading, researching, and fearing, yet again where our beloved Country is headed, and I think to myself, 'Am I the only one who is feeling this fear right now' ?


And as I read the articles from various news publications, I feel a fire and an anger and a rage that is being awakened from deep inside of me, and I stood up in the middle of my den and slammed my tightly closed fist down hard on the desk and I screamed out to no one in particular these words: "I REFUSE to allow Mr. Obama to get away with anything that seeks to undermine and destroy our Country, our Flag, our Military, our Constitution, and OUR FREEDOMS"!


And then all I could do was sit back down and bury my face in my arms on the desk and cry from the frustration and feeling of helplessness that threatens to enslave my heart.

I am but a lone warrior in this fight to preserve and protect our Nation, our Flag, our Constitution, and all that we, as Americans hold dear to our hearts, and I ask myself, 'Will anyone help me' ?


Ronald Reagan made a statement once about our government, and he said '... Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives...' And yet, we have in our midst, a government that wants to do exactly that...run our lives.



I am but one voice, I am but one person in this vast sea of humanity, and I am but one who is not afraid to stand up and declare mutiny against the tyrrany that threatens our Country.





In the great immortal words of Dr. Martin Luther King, '...I have a dream...' and my dream is to fight this impending threat upon us that will undermine, destroy and make null and void our very freedoms that our Founding Fathers put into place for us lo those many years ago when they gave birth to our Nation's Constitution that grants us our FREEDOM and our LIBERTY, a Constitution that our current government wishes to 'abort' and turn our Country into a Marxist communistic nation where the government can and will do anything and everything that they please to us, and there will be ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that we can do to stop them.






Unless we work together right now, as one, we will lose everything our Founding Fathers granted and guaranteed us in our United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.



And know this, ladies and gentlemen, even though I stand alone at this time, my only hope is that I shall not remain alone in this fight, and if I do, I do it for you, and I do it for our Country.




And as you sit there at your computers, reading these words of my post, I ask you all to look deep inside yourselves, deep inside the very core of your Being, and search your hearts and souls for what you believe in. You must dig deeper than you ever have before and ask yourselves this:



"What would our Founding Fathers think of me, if I just sit back and do nothing to help preserve and protect our Country's Constitution? The very Constitution that grants me and my family our freedom"?



Even if our efforts fail, at least our Country and this Marxist-style government will know where we stand, and they will know that we will NOT back down, we will NOT give up, we will NOT surrender, we will NOT be silenced, and we will proudly and bravely stand tall and firm and deeply rooted in our beliefs and we shall shout it out loud to the Heavens "CAN YOU HEAR US NOW" !?!





And we shall fight the good fight to let our freedom ring like the sound of thousands of Liberty Bells and our voices shall reverberate all across the world as we stand proud, and tall, and strong and shout "GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"!!!







And again I ask, "Mr. Obama 'Can You Hear Us Now' as we proudly proclaim:







God Bless our Military!God Bless our Founding Fathers!God Bless our United States Constitution!And GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!



For 'We the People' of the United States of America WILL NOT BE AFRAID any more, and 'We the People' of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA shall NOT BE SILENCED by those who would seek to demonize our Constitution! We are the Voice of the United States of AMERICA and WE WILL BE HEARD!



Please read more here:


http://wisdomofsoloman.blogspot.com/2009/10/american-sovereignty-glenn-beck.html

http://back2basicusa.blogspot.com/2009/10/oath.html

http://teresamerica.blogspot.com/2009/10/lord-monckton-says-stop-obama-from.html







If I am not alone, please help me take back our Country before it is too late.





Thank you, and God Bless.



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Thursday, October 29, 2009

We Don't Want This Obamacare Nightmare!

Help Stop The Obamacare Nightmare

TN 8th Mr. Congressman John Tanner is in favor of the Obama Healthcare Plan Bill. Call his office and tell him that if he votes in favor of this bill, you will throw all your support to the other guy, and campaign against him. Even if you do not live in Tennessee, call him. Call 1-202-225-4714. If the line is busy, that is a good thing. Keep calling and don't let them have a minutes rest, and help us put an end to the Obamacare Nightmare.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dear President Obama--HOW DARE YOU FORGET!!!

I had a really hard time creating this particular post, because of the tears roling down my cheeks and flooding my eyes. I know that this particular post is a couple of months late, but I also had a difficult time trying to find the perfect videos to include here. This post is not just an "In Loving Memory', but it is also meant to be a letter to our President.

Please, let us all NEVER forget what happened that day, let us all NEVER forget how we felt when this happened, and let us all NEVER forget why we are REALLY at war.

In Loving Memory of the families, friends, co-workers, the victims and those who died trying to resue the survivers, and in loving memory of our brave men and women in uniform who serve in our military who have died trying to PROTECT our freedoms and our LIVES.

Mr. Obama, this is for you:
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Dear President Obama,

How dare you forget what happened to our Nation on September 11, 2001. How dare you forget the REAL REASON we are fighting. And further more, how dare you take your sweet ass time sending in more troops--troops that we NEED-- to finish the job. I "HOPE" you are reading the blogs on GOOGLE, and that it will "CHANGE" your perspective on the war.





Mr. President, while our AMERICAN soldiers are being killed daily in Iraq and Afghanistan, you are too busy trying to get the Olympics in Chicago. You are too busy 'touring the world' and "APOLOGIZING" for America and It's PEOPLE. You are too busy whining and crying about Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and trying to 'shut us up and shut us down. You are too busy out 'PLAYING GOLF' every 2nd or 3rd day of the week, and choosing a 'dog' for your family.





Mr. President, if you TRULY have a heart inside your body, you WILL NEVER FORGET what happened that day. If you truly have a BRAIN inside your head, you will THINK about how YOU and YOUR FAMILY felt that day, when our Nation was attacked so mercilessly, and so brutally.





Mr. President, WE THE PEOPLE will NEVER FORGET how we felt that day. We lost our families, our friends, and our co-workers. Who are we, you ask yourself? WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! WE ARE THE VOICE OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! And I say this to you, so listen up very closely:

"MR. PRESIDENT, CAN-YOU-HEAR-US-NOW? We will NOT be silenced! We will NEVER forget! We will NOT allow you to forget! So, I ask you again, Mr. President...."CAN--YOU--HEAR--US--NOW!?! Because we are NOT going to take it ANYMORE!




Mr. President, you see fit to travel all over the world calling the AMERICAN PEOPLE the 'enemy'. Take a REALLY GOOD LOOK, Mr. President, because WE are NOT the ENEMY! The true enemy is the evil that attacked our Nation. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda are the enemy, yet you say that it is AMERICA who is to BLAME. HOW--DARE--YOU--BLAME--AMERICA! HOW--DARE--YOU--FORGET! And you may ask, 'Have you no respect for me as your President'? And my answer is simple, yet BRUTAL--

"NO! I have NO RESPECT for YOU or YOUR 'communist administration' and I absolutely WILL NOT support YOU or your 'communist administration'. You show our Nation no respect, you show our military no respect or support, so WHY SHOULD I RESPECT or SUPPORT YOU???? I have NO room for RESPECT or SUPPORT for a 'so-called' president who shows a total DISREGARD for our Nation and Military. And I NEVER will".



Take a REAL GOOD LOOK Mr. President, and listen VERY CLOSELY--

WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL NOT BE SILENCED by YOU or ANYONE!!!

Mr. President, I will ask you ONE LAST TIME---

"CAN--YOU--HEAR--US--NOW!?!

Sincerely,

We the People of the United States of AMERICA.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Afghanistan Could Turn into Vietnam: Let's Hope So.

By Joshua Kurlantzick
Sunday, October 25, 2009

In a ceremony last week honoring a unit of Vietnam veterans for their heroism in a long-forgotten battle, President Obama offered a glimpse of how heavily the lessons of Vietnam weigh on him as he considers the way forward in Afghanistan.

"If that day in the jungle, if that war long ago, teaches us anything," Obama said in the White House Rose Garden, "then surely it is this: If we send our men and women in uniform into harm's way, then it must be only when it is absolutely necessary. And when we do, we must back them up with the strategy and the resources and the support they need to get the job done."

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: I totally agree. I may not know a great deal about the Vietnam War, but I intend to do the research and 'do my homework, so to speak, about this, and if the president REALLY believeshis words, then WHY is he 'dragging his feet' and procrastinating on sending in more troops--troops that we NEED over there in Afghanistan--so that we can end this thing with a victory?)**

Vietnam is the nuclear option of historical analogies. Yet, rather than fear that Afghanistan will become another Vietnam, we should embrace the prospect. If the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan eventually resembles the one we now have with Vietnam, we should be overjoyed. Little more than a generation after a bloody, frustrating war, Vietnam and the United States have become close partners in Southeast Asia, exchanging official visits, building an important trading and strategic relationship and fostering goodwill between governments, businesses and people on both sides.

The lessons of the Vietnam War are clear and sobering, but history does not end in 1975, when the last American diplomats fled Saigon. Once large-scale fighting ends in Afghanistan, Washington should strive for the kind of reconciliation it has achieved with Vietnam. America did not win the war there, but over time it has won the peace. As unlikely as it seems today, the same outcome is possible in Afghanistan.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: Ok, but here's the thing. In my opinion, the people of Vietnam were a lot more civil toward us [America] than I think that Afghanistan or Iraq will be. Let's face it, the Taliban is over there using Afghanistan as a training camp for their militant terrorist groups, and those people HATE America and all that we [Americans] stand for. My question is this: Even if this war turns out the way the Vietnam War did, can we REALLY trust that Afghanistan and Iraq will show us the same respect that Vietnam did so long ago? Do we REALLY want to take the RISK of trusting our enemies?)**

Thirty-plus years ago, few would have predicted that Vietnam and the United States would someday come together. The long war of attrition left government ties strained, to put it mildly, and forever scarred both populations. In the United States, the war damaged the reputation of the military, severely dented America's own image of its power and undermined U.S. standing in the world. And for the loved ones of the 58,000 American servicemen and women killed, the war was a tragedy from which they may never recover.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: Exactly. This is something else that I am afraid will happen. I mean, wasn't not too long ago that our Presidential Administration was already calling our military 'evil' and 'murderers'? Our military are the only ones, RIGHT NOW, who care enough to fight for our freedoms that we are granted under our Constitution and Bill of Rights, and I have much--MUCH--respect and love for them [military], and it would simply break my heart if our military was shunned and disregarded, once again for the sacrifices that they make for all of us--even for those who are ungrateful.)**

Much like the airstrikes in Afghanistan, U.S. tactics in Vietnam -- such as the spraying of Agent Orange and bombings that caused widespread civilian deaths -- alienated the civilian population there. And even after the war officially ended, Washington continued to punish Hanoi, refusing to recognize the Vietnamese-installed government in Cambodia that had ousted the genocidal Khmer Rouge and slapping a trade embargo on Vietnam.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: Ok, and considering the type of Administration we have at the White House now, I believe that it is safe to say that the same thing will happen with them, only it won't be OUR government that will continue to punish them, it will be THEIR government--or the terrorists--who will continue to punish us by executing more and more terror attacks on U.S. soil. I mean, realistically, is this what we really want? Is this the risk we really want to take?)**

Today, however, 76 percent of Vietnamese say U.S. influence in Asia is positive, according to a 2008 study by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs -- a greater percentage than in Japan, China, South Korea or Indonesia. When President Bill Clinton visited Vietnam in 2000, citizens greeted him like a rock star, mobbing him whenever he stepped out in public. Two-way trade now surpasses $15 billion annually, compared with virtually nothing in 1995, the year the two countries normalized diplomatic ties. American companies have descended upon Vietnam, and last year foreign direct investment in the country tripled compared with 2007.

U.S. Navy ships now call at Vietnamese ports, and the two governments have institutionalized high-level exchanges, including a 2003 Pentagon visit by Vietnam's defense minister -- the highest-level Vietnamese military trip to Washington since the war. Following up on Clinton's visit, President George W. Bush traveled to Vietnam in 2006; the previous year, Bush welcomed Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai on a visit to America.

Why the dramatic reversal? Time helped, certainly: Just as Americans will forget Mohammad Omar, eventually the images of tortured American POWs and massive bombing of the Vietnamese countryside began to fade on both sides. But more important, American war veterans publicly made peace with their old adversaries. In the Senate, vets John Kerry and John McCain pushed for the normalization of ties between the nations in the 1990s. And on the ground in Vietnam, groups of veterans met with civilians from the areas where they had served. These meetings had a profound impact on Vietnamese public opinion.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: While both sides after the Vietnam War were able to 'forgive and forget' what had happened, my thought about this when it concerns this current war(s) is that we [America] may be able to 'forgive and forget', but do we really believe that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda will do the same? My guess is no, they won't. In theory I believe that what will actually happen is that they [terrorists organizations] will make us think that they have 'forgave and forgot' but the minute we [America] allows our guard to be let down, all hell will break loose and the next terror attack will be at least 10 times worse than the attacks executed on September 11, 2001)**

Hanoi reciprocated American goodwill and allowed a U.S. investigative commission to scour the country for any remaining prisoners of war, a major concern of the U.S. veterans community. The commission reported in 1993 that it had found little evidence that any POWs remained. The report, more than any other gesture, helped bring the American public on board for reengaging with Hanoi.

The George W. Bush and Obama administrations have continued to grapple with some of the old differences. The Bush administration, prodded by Congress, began funding efforts to study the extent of chemical contamination and clean up pollution in areas near a former U.S. facility in Da Nang. And this month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted Vietnam's foreign minister and vowed to expand trade links between the two countries.

At the same time, the large Vietnamese American community, many of whom fled to the United States after the communist takeover of their homeland in 1975, gradually abandoned their fears and began pouring investment into Vietnam in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This trade has helped heal old wounds, crowding out memories of war with new commercial influence, as American products compete for space in the shops and open-air markets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.


Undoubtedly, Afghanistan would offer different postwar challenges than Vietnam. Of course, the campaign there is far from over -- it may even be escalated, if Obama agrees to Gen. Stanley McChrystal's request for additional troops -- and how and when it ends will shape Washington's future relationship with Kabul. The eventual results of Afghanistan's presidential election notwithstanding, the lack of a strong central government could make it difficult to build postwar ties, since there may be no leaders or institutions powerful or legitimate enough to sway the public.

Still, the parallels should not be ignored. After the war in Indochina, the United States wanted to build a close relationship with Vietnam, an important player in a critical region; Afghanistan has even higher strategic value. And much like Vietnam after the war, Afghanistan would have its own reasons for seeking strong ties to the United States. While Hanoi feared being dominated by its giant neighbor China, Afghanistan could use an outside power's help to hedge against the influence of regional powers such as Iran, Pakistan, India and China.

In Vietnam, just as the battle for public opinion was critical to the fight against an enemy enmeshed in the civilian population, it was also important to postwar reconciliation. Similarly, after the Afghan war, one can imagine U.S. investigations into the lasting impact of the conflict on the population, perhaps a well-publicized government study on the effects of airstrikes and an acknowledgement of the damage done on the ground.

Congress, meanwhile, could steal a page from the Vietnam Education Foundation Act of 2000, which established a foundation to support exchanges between the old adversaries, such as bringing Vietnamese graduate students to the United States and paying for American academics to teach in Vietnam. Such a program could ensure that the next generation of Afghan leaders sees an image of the United States beyond that of the war.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: Ah, but considering the fact that we may have a Marxist president in our midst, would this actually be a good idea? I mean, correct me if I am wrong, but if this were to happen, then our president's views of our own country and Constitution would do more harm than good in Afghanistan. He has made it quite clear that he is ashamed of America and shows his shame in the fact that he is always going on 'apology tours' and making our country look weak and vulnerable. So, I really do not understand how this Administration would be able to do any good for the Afghan people, especially if they end up hating us because of our president.)**

American servicemen and women often return to the United States seeking to improve lives and conditions in the countries where they served, and new vets could be critical to rebuilding ties with Afghanistan after the war. With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development or other aid agencies, veterans going back to Afghanistan to do nonprofit work could not only improve Afghans' standard of living but also promote the kind of healing that veterans groups fostered in Vietnam.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: Ok, I might be able to see this happening, and it being a good thing--HOWEVER--and this is my own 'personal opinion', could this type of mission even be a success? And if so, would we not have to disban the Taliban and Al-Qaeda first before it is a success? I mean, these terror organizations are going to continue to plan attacks, unless we put a complete end to them. So, how do we make this mission successful?)**

The stated goal of the Vietnam War was the defeat of communism. But three decades later, the United States has gotten much of what it really fought for: a stable friend who could prove an ally against China. After all, it was China, the expansionist giant, that terrified American policymakers and sparked U.S. interest in Indochina in the first place.

Of course, a close relationship with Vietnam will never erase the pain of the war, and the ability to forge closer links today does not mean that the United States was wise to escalate the conflict there decades ago. Still, once Washington decided to fight on in Vietnam, a postwar reconciliation made sense for both sides -- politically, strategically and economically. In Afghanistan, where the United States has been fighting for eight years, it makes sense to consider how to build a postwar relationship.

**(MY THOUGHTS ON THIS: I kind of agree with this, but, again, how do we make this mission a successful one as long as the terror cells are still intact? I believe that we should first dismantle these terrorists, and then we can talk about some sort of postwar reconcilliation.)**

As in Vietnam, the stated aim of the Afghan war -- denying al-Qaeda a haven, thereby protecting the United States -- to some extent masks the larger goal: building a stable, pro-Washington nation that, in the long run, can provide enough political and economic success to dry up militant groups' recruiting pool. Reaching that goal will require as much savvy postwar planning as it does smart war-fighting.


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**(Ok, first of all, I have been trying to get this article re-posted from the 'Washington Post' since 12:00am. It is now 11:25am (Memphis, TN time) and I am just now getting it posted here. Every time I tried to go back to the article, my computer would 'freeze up' or just completely 'shut down'. Which is very strange and unusual because this is a brand new computer. But it took me 16 tries to get this article from the Washington Post's Opinion Page.)**

In His Own Image: Obama and the DNC

This is some scray stuff out here ladies and gentlement, and these are truly some very scary times we are living in. When a president wants to not only re-shape and re-make and re-write the values of the American people, the American Constitution, but also, now, the Democratic Party.

What kind of world are we living in when our 'Founding Fathers' are treated with the worst kind of disrespect and disregard as what they are being treated right now?

What kind of world are we living in when our freedoms are being ripped to shreds and torn out from underneath us at such an alarming rate that we can barely see what is going on?

What kind of world do we live in when our president refuses to focus on the REAL issues, the MAJOR issues, of the Iraq War and the Afghanistan War, but instead is more worried that 'FOX News and Conservative Talk Radio may be actually telling us, the American people, the truth because they don't want to?

What kind of world are we living in when someone [a LIBERAL] writes in to a conservative talk radio show and tells the people listening that 'anyone who is in the military and is on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan "GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE" when our solierds are over there fighting for and defending our rights and our freedom? Yes this actually happened, last night on the Ben Ferguson Show, someone actually had the AUDACITY to say that OUR SOLDIERS are getting WHAT THEY DESERVE.

In these dark days I find it harder and harder to stay sane in an insane world. I am finding it harder and harder to see the light in the vast darkness that surrounds our world as if the sun has been blotted out like so much black ink.

Every morning, I wake up and I wonder, 'What will happen to us today?' I am afraid to turn on my television, except to watch a dvd. I find comfort in listening to Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ben Ferguson, and Micheal Savage, but when they go off, what else is there to comfort me in these trying times?

Here's an article I found that I am having a little bit of trouble getting my mind around. So, now, we have this person who is the president of the United States who is not only 'organizing' the DNC but is aslo working toward 'organizing' AMerica and our Constitution? Ladies and gentlemen, I will ask again...'What kind of world are we living in'? And furthermore, "What can we do about it"?
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By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 10/24/09 6:32 PM EDT

The Democratic National Committee, often relatively inactive in the year after a presidential election, is ramping up its hiring and aggressively broadening its mission under the direction of Obama campaign veterans intent on applying the lessons of 2008 to races in 2010 and 2012.


Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, the DNC chairman installed in January by President Barack Obama, has hired many of the top staffers, pollsters, ad makers and fundraisers who helped steer the Obama campaign, completing a takeover of the party machinery that began when Obama became the Democratic nominee 14 months ago.


A POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission records found that since the beginning of the year, the committee has paid at least $5.9 million to staffers and firms that worked on the campaign – but had little to no independent history with the DNC – to do a range of work that will boost the party as a whole, and also lay the foundation for Obama’s reelection campaign.


Financed in part by money left over from Obama’s record-breaking fund-raising operation, the DNC has built a staff of about 380 employees across the country – a hiring pace that puts it on track to far surpass the staffs assembled by Kaine’s predecessors.


The lion’s share of the hiring is to support a new organizing project called Organizing for America (echoing the name of his presidential campaign, Obama for America) created within the committee to perpetuate the grassroots mobilization that played a key role in Obama’s capture of the White House. The project acts as the custodian for the campaign’s 13-million email address list.


Paul Begala, who became a DNC consultant after helping guide Bill Clinton to victory in the 1992 presidential campaign, said Obama has earned the right to remake the DNC in his image. “Yes, this is an Obama-centered DNC,” he said, “but it ought to be. To the winner goes the spoils.”


In the months after Clinton’s 1992 election victory, the DNC had more than 200 employees but was aggressively paring down its payroll, according to Bobby Watson, a top committee official in Clinton’s early years. “I had to get rid of close to 100 people,” Watson recalled.

Former DNC chairman Howard Dean caught some flak from Democrats for trying to buck that trend after taking over in the months after former President Bush’s 2004 reelection victory over Democratic nominee John Kerry.


The former Vermont governor, who had challenged Kerry for the Democratic nomination, began hiring staff to work around the cycle – and around the country – on an ambitious initiative called the “50 States Strategy,” intended to put traditionally Republican states in play in 2006 and 2008 – an effort continued by Obama’s campaign that stretched the inferior resources of his Republican opponent, John McCain.


Organizing for America, which is still hiring staffers in the states, is based on a similar idea as Dean’s project. But FEC reports covering September 2005 show that Dean’s DNC had only 217 staffers at a comparable point in his tenure as chairman.


Tom McMahon, who worked on Dean’s presidential campaign and then became DNC executive director when he was chairman, said Obama’s DNC “has been effective at moving more quickly in the hiring process” because it had a “willing work force of organizers and volunteers who were already schooled in the Obama way of organizing,” as well as more money.


“They were able to hit the ground running faster and they hit the ground running with cash in the bank.”


That’s thanks in no small part to Obama’s record-shattering campaign fundraising operation, which in some ways reversed the traditional dynamic in which presidential nominees are dependent on their national parties’ resources.


To be sure, after securing the nomination, Obama did integrate the committee’s voter file and field workers into his campaign’s state operations, and also installed Paul Tewes, a top staffer, at the DNC to begin the overhaul. But unlike previous nominees, Obama, whose campaign raised $750 million, had plenty of cash left over after Election Day – $18 million at the end of the year – allowing him to keep the DNC closer than usual in the cash race to the traditionally better-funded Republican National Committee.


This year, the Obama campaign has given nearly $5 million to the DNC, both by writing checks and picking up the tab for all manner of expenses, including ads and travel (it even donated the unused miles racked up during the campaign to the DNC), bringing the committee within $7 million of the $62 million raised by the RNC.


The cash has helped pay a DNC staff led by McMahon’s replacement as executive director, Jennifer O'Malley-Dillon, who oversaw Obama’s field operation, as well as finance director Rufus Gifford, whose California-based fundraising firm raised tens of millions of dollars for the campaign, and Organizing for America honchos Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird, who helped lead the Obama campaign’s efforts in Virginia and Ohio, respectively.


The DNC has made big payments to key Obama consultants, including Obama’s top campaign pollsters: Joel Benenson, David Binder and Paul Harstad.


Their three firms had not collected a dime from the DNC between 2002 and the time Obama secured the presidential nomination, but have raked in a combined $2.2 million for polling work this year. Another $376,000 in payments went to the ad firm credited with developing Obama’s messaging and media campaign, AKPD Message and Media, which was founded by Obama political guru David Axelrod, who steered campaign strategy and – since taking a top White House job – has convened weekly political messaging meetings with his former partners at the firm, as well as O'Malley-Dillon, Benenson and other DNC consultants.


Team Obama even installed its own lawyer at the DNC, replacing longtime general counsel Joe Sandler with Bob Bauer, an Obama insider who is married to White House communications director Anita Dunn, another participant in the weekly political meeting. Bauer’s firm has pulled in $306,000 in legal fees from the DNC this year.


His hiring caused some grumbling among Democratic loyalists, who were upset to see Sandler go. Other party faithful have complained that Obama’s team is over-reaching by deploying Organizing for America in the states to lobby lawmakers – including Democrats – to back the president’s legislative agenda.


A number of state party chairs “were not, frankly, overly enthused by the plans to unleash OFA across the country,” Rhode Island Democratic Party Chairman Bill Lynch wrote in a letter sent this month to other party leaders. He argues that much of OFA’s portfolio should be left to state parties.


DNC press secretary Hari Sevugan, himself a former Obama campaignspokesman, called OFA “an unprecedented effort in the history of any party committee” and said it required the staffing boost reflected in the DNC’s financial reports. But he stressed that OFA’s mission “is not about looking forward to the next election. It’s about following through on the last election.”


The line is sometimes blurry, however.


For example, at the DNC, Sevugan blasts out emails to reporters highlighting the committee’s efforts to help enact healthcare reform and elect Democrats to lower offices, but also acerbically ripping potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates like Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Sarah Palin.


Then there are the legions of mostly young Obama devotees around the country who worked low-paying jobs on his campaign and have transitioned to new low-paying jobs for Organizing for America.


Though OFA boasts they’ve organized thousands of house parties around the country to rally support for Obama’s agenda, turned out Democrats to counter angry Obama opponents at this summer’s raucous town hall meetings and generated 300,000 phone calls to congressional offices supporting Obama’s healthcare plan, organizers for the group have also been instructed to focus on Obama’s 2012 reelection, according to a former regional director, Jeremiah Anderson.


“Even in the midst of training, they were asking us to start thinking about 2011 and what our areas would look like then,” said Anderson, 28, who left the job last month to attend to family issues and eventually return to school. “I thought that was cool, because I’m not that big of a fan of advocacy. I’d much rather work for a candidate.”


But Begala cautions that 2012 is still three years away.


“Re-electing President Obama is ultimately somewhere on the mind of everyone at the DNC, but job one is 2010,” he said.

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*(sighs)*

My mother told me there would be days like this.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"The Limbaugh Ballad"--This is kind of cute

Ok, I am sure that everyone here who listens to the Rush Limbaugh Show that at times he play songs that school children were being indoctrinated to sing to 'the annointed one' [Obama], and now, (it was bound to happen) there surfaced a song being sung to Rush Limbaugh.

Well, I finally got a chance to record this song on cassette tape being sung to Rush. I did this because I happen to love the Rush Limbaugh Show, and I thought that the song was kind of cute, and I wanted to learn the words to it.

Well, here are the words to the song being sung to Rush Limbaugh (that I love to call 'The Limbaugh Ballad')

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Rush Hudson Limbaugh...um um um
Rush Hudson Limbaugh...um um um

'My ears have heard Rush Limbaugh
on my parent's radio

'He tells me that the left is wrong
and stuff I need to know

'We turn it off when he is done
cause there's no other show

'Rush keep brodcasting on

(chorus)

'Glory, glory hallelujah,
Gore and Clinton couln't fool ya,
Barack Obama can't ignore ya,
Rush keep broadcasting on'
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' In 1951 he was born in Missouri,
now he's on the radio,

conducting E.I.B.,
**on the air in the street,

from sea to shining sea,
He keeps broadcasting on

(chorus)

'Glory, glory hallelujah,
Gore and Clinton couldn't fool ya,
Barack Obama can't ignore ya,
Rush keep broadcasting on...Rush keep broadcasting on'



**(I am not entirely sure about this one line--it is hard to really understand--but this is what it sounds like to me).

Public Option Annie, the musical health-care protest--Part 2

Ok, here is the article that goes along with the video, both of which I found on the 'Washington Post' web site. I just wanted to post the video first, for your enjoyment. LOL!

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By Garance Franke-Ruta

Washington has long attracted demonstrations, but the contentious debates over health-care reform and climate change appear to be reanimating protesters' absurdist impulses.

There's public option street art in the Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods in the District. The Yes Men impersonated the Chamber of Commerce at the National Press Club earlier this week, leading to a bizarre standoff. And now, in a video clip starting to circulate online, we have "Public Option Annie" -- the singing protest at the America's Health Insurance Plans state issues conference in Washington on Friday morning.

The protesters interrupted a presentation by Republican pollster Bill McInturff, whose work for AHIP on the series of early-90s "Harry and Louise" anti-health-care reform commercials has been called by Advertising Age "among the best conceived and executed public affairs advertising programs in history."

AHIP represents insurers who provide coverage to more than 200 million Americans, the group says. Singing out against them were a small group of protesters from the group Billionaires for Wealthcare, which specializes in dressing up as members of the groups it is critiquing (often in an exaggerated or satirical way, as with top hats or suspenders).

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Ha ha ha, ya just gotta love those protesters! And what great choreography and lyrics. I mean, this, in my opinion, was an even better musical than my two all-time favorites 'GREASE' and 'GREASE 2'.

Public Option Annie: The Health Care Musical Protest

And now, for your viewing pleaseure, I present to you "Public Option Annie: The Health Care Protest Musical".

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Now, how cool is that? We'll be right back after this public service announcment.

Ronald Reagan Quotes

Ben Ferguson Show

Ronald Reagan Speech--A very good lesson for Obama to learn!

Ronald Reagan Speech--A very good lesson for Obama to learn!
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.

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