Archive for November, 2010
Way too little…way too late!
The president announces a federal employee (civilians only) pay freeze for the next two years, saving 5 billion. Thank you, Mr. President, for doing something that smacks of cost cutting (although it’s only cost freezing). What he should be doing is announcing a 5% per year roll back in the numbers of federal employees for the next four years, and the granting of tax incentives to companies who hire those severed employees, without laying off a current one. That’s a positive move, a freeze is a bandaid on a severed limb. And I fear the only reason this is happening is because he senses that the country is about to pick up their pitchforks and charge the ramparts…and he knows a Republican house majority will be leading the pack.
The headline below would make me guffaw if it weren’t so sad. Deficit Fears? About the actuality of huge deficits? Reporters can be such imbeciles.
This from today’s NYT:
Amid Deficit Fears, Obama Freezes Pay
President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation’s economic and fiscal health.
“The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by employees of the federal government,” Mr. Obama told reporters. He called federal workers “patriots who love their country” but added, “I’m asking civil servants to do what they’ve always done” for the nation.
The pay freeze amounted to an opening bid as the president and Republican Congressional leaders begin jousting in earnest over tax and spending policy. It also illustrated how Mr. Obama can use his office on occasion to get ahead of newly elected Republicans; they had been talking about making such a move when they assume control of the House and additional Senate seats in January.
But while the move represents a gesture toward public anger over the anemic economic recovery and rising national debt, the $5 billion to be saved over two years will barely dent a deficit that has exceeded $1 trillion for the past two years. And even those savings would be swamped by the multitrillion-dollar costs of the bigger issue dividing Mr. Obama and the Republicans — what parts of the Bush-era tax cuts to extend beyond their Dec. 31 expiration, and for how long.
“Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered. It’s not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they? It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle. There’s only one basic human right, the right to do as you damn well please. And with it comes the only basic human duty, the duty to take the consequences.”
– P. J. O’Rourke (1947- ) US humorist, journalist, & political commentator Source: AGE AND GUILE BEAT YOUTH, INNOCENCE, AND A BAD HAIRCUT (Atlantic Monthly Press 1995)
In doing some light research on this Israeli who claims authorship of the email below, I found mixed reports. Snopes.com claims he’s not who he claims to be, however he’s mentioned in a number of FBI reports, and it’s my belief that snopes.com has their own ax to grind as a uber-liberal, often blatantly incorrect, source not to be trusted. The Mossad appearently has denied his association with them…of course they would, as would all other intelligence agencies. During a recent conversation I had with an ex CIA agent, it was basically “Don’t ask me so I won’t have to lie.” All intellegence agencies deny ex employees even exist. The below whiffs of the truth to me, as I think all the intelligence agencies are of the “me thinks you doth protest too much” syndrome.
I’m posting this because I think it still has relevance, even though slightly dated, and has a lot of good information of which we should be cognizant..
The italics are my additions….
This from Wikipedia:
Juval Aviv, also written as Yuval Aviv (born February 24, 1947) is a writer and security consultant who has Israeli American dual-citizenship. He is best known for his claim that he is the source of the 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas, on which Steven Spielberg‘s 2005 film Munich was based. He has claimed to have worked for Mossad but there has been some debate as to whether or not this is the case. He is currently the president of Interfor, a corporate investigations firm (Interfor) in New York.
This from the Interfor website, hyperlink below:
Founded in 1979, Interfor, Inc. is an international investigation firm offering comprehensive domestic and foreign intelligence services to the legal, corporate and financial communities. Interfor is staffed by highly skilled investigators and fraud examiners, many of whom have been associated with government, defense, and intelligence agencies worldwide, including the British Secret Service, Israeli intelligence, various European agencies, and the United States CIA, DEA and FBI
For more from the Interfor website go to:
The email as I received it, and in researching it find it seems to have originated in 2005:
Juval Aviv was the Israeli Agent upon whom the movie ‘ Munich ‘ was based. He was Golda Meir’s bodyguard, and she appointed him to track down and bring to justice the Palestinian terrorists who took the Israeli athletes hostage and killed them during the Munich Olympic Games. In a lecture in New York City, he shared information that EVERY American needs to know — but that our government has not yet shared with us.
He predicted the London subway bombing on the Bill O’Reilly show on Fox News stating publicly that it would happen within a week. At the time, O’Reilly laughed, and mocked him saying that in a week he wanted him back on the show. Unfortunately, within a week the terrorist attack had occurred. (Remember that this is from 2005)
Juval Aviv gave intelligence (via what he had gathered in Israel and the Middle East ) to the Bush Administration about 9/11, a month before it occurred. His report specifically said they would use planes as bombs and target high profile buildings and monuments. Congress has since hired him as a security consultant.
Now for his future predictions. He predicts the next terrorist attack on the U.S. will occur within the next few months. (Again, remember this was written in 2005, of course we just had another bombing attempt by a Muslim in Portland, OR.)
Forget hijacking airplanes, because he says terrorists will NEVER try and hijack a plane again as they know the people onboard will never go down quietly again. Aviv believes our airport security is a joke — that we have been reactionary rather than proactive in developing strategies that are truly effective. For example:
1) Our airport technology is outdated. We look for metal, and the new explosives are made of plastic. (Now, of course, we are sniffing for explosives of all kinds)
2) He talked about how some idiot tried to light his shoe on fire. Because of that, now everyone has to take off their shoes. A group of idiots tried to bring aboard liquid explosives. Now we can’t bring liquids on board. He says he’s waiting for some suicidal maniac to pour liquid explosive on his underwear; at which point, security will have us all traveling naked! Every strategy we have is reactionary. (He was right on with this one!)
3) We only focus on security when people are heading to the gates. (And, of course, we’re still not doing anything deemed to be politically incorrect, like profiling…as that makes far too much common sense and we insist on being nonsensical.)
Aviv says that if a terrorist attack targets airports in the future, they will target busy times on the front end of the airport when/where people are checking in. It would be easy for someone to take two suitcases of explosives, walk up to a busy check-in line, ask a person next to them to watch their bags for a minute while they run to the restroom or get a drink, and then detonate the bags BEFORE security even gets involved. In Israel , security checks bags BEFORE people can even ENTER the airport.
Aviv says the next terrorist attack here in America is imminent and will involve suicide bombers and non-suicide bombers in places where large groups of people congregate. (i.e., Disneyland, Las Vegas casinos, big cities (New York, San Francisco, Chicago, etc.) and that it will also include shopping malls, subways in rush hour, train stations, etc., as well as, rural America this time. The hinterlands (Wyoming, Montana, etc.). The attack will be characterized by simultaneous detonations around the country (terrorists like big impact), involving at least 5-8 cities, including rural areas. Aviv says terrorists won’t need to use suicide bombers in many of the larger cities, because at places like the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, they can simply valet park a car loaded with explosives and walk away. (I fear that he’s also right on regarding this senario)
Aviv says all of the above is well known in intelligence circles, but that our U. S. Government does not want to ‘alarm American citizens’ with the facts. The world is quickly going to become ‘a different place’ and issues like ‘global warming’ and political correctness will become totally irrelevant. (Let’s see, does our government continue to think we’re too stupid to know the truth? They only prove it daily.)
On an encouraging note, he says that Americans don’t have to be concerned about being nuked. A viv says the terrorists who want to destroy America will not use sophisticated weapons. They like to use suicide as a front-line approach. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s effective; and they have an infinite abundance of young militants more than willing to ‘meet their destiny’. (From his lips to God’s ears)
He also says the next level of terrorists, over which America should be most concerned, will not be coming from abroad. But will be, instead, ‘homegrown’, having attended and been educated in our own schools and universities right here in the U.S. He says to look for ‘students’ who frequently travel back and forth to the Middle East . These young terrorists will be most dangerous because they will know our language and will fully understand the habits of Americans; but that we Americans won’t know/understand a thing about them. (The 19 year old who attempted the Portland bombing was a naturalized citizen, so he’s right on again.)
Aviv says that, as a people, Americans are unaware and uneducated about the terrorist threats we will inevitably face. America still has only a handful of Arabic and Farsi speaking people in our intelligence networks, and Aviv says it is critical that we change that fact SOON. So, what can America do to protect itself? From an intelligence perspective, Aviv says the U.S. needs to stop relying on satellites and technology for intelligence. We need to, instead, follow Israel ‘s, Ireland ‘s and England’s hands-on examples of human intelligence, both from an infiltration perspective as well as to pay attention to, and trust ‘aware’ citizens to help. We need to engage and educate ourselves as citizens; however, our U. S. government continues to treat us, its citizens, ‘like babies’. Our government thinks we ‘can’t handle the truth’ and are concerned that we’ll panic if we understand the realities of terrorism. Aviv says this is a deadly mistake.
Aviv recently created/executed a security test for our Congress, by placing an empty briefcase in five well-traveled spots in five major cities. The results? Not one person called 911 or sought a policeman to check it out. In fact, in Chicago , someone tried to steal the briefcase! (Of course that happened in Chicago, and had it been a bomb someone would have tried to hock it on Pawn Stars.)
In comparison, Aviv says that citizens of Israel are so well ‘trained’ that an unattended bag or package would be reported in seconds by citizen(s) who know to publicly shout, ‘Unattended Bag!’ The area would be quickly & calmly cleared by the citizens themselves. Unfortunately, America hasn’t been yet ‘hurt enough’ by terrorism for their government to fully understand the need to educate its citizens or for the government to understand that it’s their citizens who are, inevitably, the best first-line of defense against terrorism.
Aviv also was concerned about the high number of children here in America who were in preschool and kindergarten after 9/11, who were ‘lost’ without parents being able to pick them up, and about our schools that had no plan in place to best care for the students until parents could get there. (In New York City , this was days, in some cases!) He stresses the importance of having a plan, that’s agreed upon within your family, of how to respond in the event of a terrorist emergency. He urges parents to contact their children’s schools and demand that the schools too, develop plans of actions, just as they do in Israel.
Does your family know what to do if you can’t contact one another by phone? Where would you gather in an emergency? He says we should all have a plan that is easy enough for even our youngest children to remember and follow.
Aviv says that the U. S. government has in force a plan, that in the event of another terrorist attack, EVERYONE’s ability to use cell phones, blackberries, etc., will immediately be cut-off, as this is the preferred communication source used by terrorists and is often the way that their bombs are detonated. How will you communicate with your loved ones in the event you cannot speak to each other? You need to have a plan. If you understand, and believe what you have just read, then you must feel compelled to send this to every concerned parent, guardian, grandparents, uncles, aunts, whomever. Don’t stop there. In addition to sharing this via e-mail, contact and discuss this information with whomever it makes sense to. Make contingency plans with those you care about. Better that you have plans in place, and never have to use them, then to have no plans in place, and find you needed them. (This is good advice, 5 years ago, and today.)
If you choose not to share this, or not to have a plan in place, and nothing ever occurs – good for you! However, in the event something does happen, and even more so, if it directly affects your loved ones, then this e-mail will haunt you forever.
Telling yourself after the fact, “I should have sent this to so and so, but deleted it as so much trash from old Bill Jones, plus, I just didn’t believe it”, will not change anything. You were alerted, had the chance to do something, and instead of erring on the side of caution, you chose to disregard, if nothing else, a sensible, valuable warning.
End of email
I show this article because it’s typical of what the reaction to the banning of riders, or earmarks, will be all across the country. Oh, yes, ban earmarks for the good of the country, just don’t ban mine! Folks, if we’re going to straighten out the economic mess in this country, our ox will have to be gored. If we want something funded, then go at it honestly and straightforward, not hidden like a tree mushroom, depending upon the life of another for sustenance. Earmarks are just that, sneaky last minute additions to funding that must be passed for one reason or another. I’m particularly angry when an earmark is attached to an emergency bill, and to my way of thinking, every bill effecting those kids risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, as a for instance, is an emergency.
Do we want children to read? Of course we do. And there are a thousand other programs we want to see happen. Do we want a bridge to nowhere? Of course we don’t, but we’re not going to stop that kind of waste unless we STOP earmarks.
This clap trap of congress setting some time limit on bills is nothing but cowardice. What they’re doing is recognizing the anger of the country over some congressional boondoggle such as earmarks, then setting themselves up so the reactionary bill can die a natural death without them having to take another stand on the issue. In three years, when the “ban” on earmarks dies, no one in congress will have to risk the wrath of their constituency by taking a stand. “Oh, no, I didn’t vote to bring back earmarks. It was automatic.” Coward. If it’s bad now, why will it be good in three years? BAN EARMARKS. Get an ounce of chicken guts, congressman.
This from Publishers’ Weekly”
A rider attached by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), which proposes banning earmarks for the next three years, could have a devastating effect on educational programs like Reach Out and Read, Reading Is Fundamental, and Teach for America, which would lose their federal funding. The vote on the ban is scheduled to take place on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
“The passage of this amendment would be catastrophic for Reach Out and Read and 12 other high quality, evidence-based programs that benefit millions of children and families in our country,” says Reach Out and Read CEO Earl Martin Phalen. “The best way to protect America’s economic security for the future is to invest in early education, and vote against this shortsighted amendment.”
This year, for example, Reach Out and Read, which promotes early literacy and school readiness by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud at regular pediatric checkups, was awarded $6 million in federal funding. The organization leveraged it to raise another $21 million in non-federal funding to serve 4 million children and families nationwide.
Reach Out and Read is working with the 12 other nonprofit education organizations that would be affected by the earmark ban—Center for Civic Education, Close Up foundation, Communities In Schools, cooperative Education Exchange Program, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National History Day, National Writing project, New Leaders for New Schools, Project GRAD, Reading Is Fundamental, Teach for America, and VSA—to try to stop the legislation.
It’s a wonderful program. Would I love to see it continue? Of course I would, far more than about 50,000 other government programs…but not if it requires an earmark. Let Reach Out and Read, get honest straightforward funding, and preferably private funding. Let’s all get off the government tit, for everyone’s good.
The United States of America and 10 Latin American Countries Sue Arizona
If you’re on a Kindle or other device, go to this hyperlink:
I’m outraged. If you’re not outraged you’re not interested in human rights…yours and mine, and those of every patriotic American. You’re not interested in protecting the U.S.A. Where’s sovereignty? Your president, your attorney general, and the 9th Curcuit Court of Appeals, have said, yes, why don’t we let the world gang up on one of our states?
Your state is next. Your country’s sovereignty is next. Your freedom is next.
Sorry folks, but those mentioned above are traitors to the United States of America. One by one, they’ll throw the individual states to the sharks. The only reason Mexico and other Latin American states are interested in an open border is to have wide-open gates for the multi-billion dollar drug trade. And guess who’s on their side…Obama, Holder, and the slimy creeps of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Maybe I’m a cynic, but it makes me wonder where a portion of those drug billions might be headed? How many slaps in the face must Americans take from this administration.
“…when I came out of the closet as a gay conservative.” Paul Capuccio, his own words, from his ultra-liberal book Blinded By The Right.
Here’s a pic of Paul with his “good friend” and Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Alex Kozinski. Judge Kozinski leads the court that said “go ahead, foreign country, sue a state of the union.” When he could have said, should have said, “you have no standing to sue in the United States of America.”
Paul on the left, Judge Kozinski on the right
And who’s Judge Kozinski? This from Wikipedia: Kozinski was born in Bucharest, Romania. In 1962, when he was 12, his parents, both Holocaust survivors, brought him to the United States. The family settled in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California, where his father, Moses, ran a small grocery store. Kozinski graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving an A.B. degree in 1972, and from the UCLA School of Law, receiving a J.D. degree in 1975. Kozinski clerked for future Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Ninth Circuit from 1975 to 1976, and then for Chief Justice Warren Burger from 1976 to 1977. From June 5, 1981 to August 1982, Kozinski served as the first U.S. Special Counsel appointed by President Ronald Reagan.
Ronny, what were you thinking?
I don’t know what it’s going to take for red-blooded Americans to rise up and impeach this “imposter American” who serves in the White House. Let’s see, he and George Soros want the United Nations to have a say in the internal affairs of the U.S., and now they want our laws decided by, influenced by, Latin American countries. Latin American countries whose borders we couldn’t cross illegally without facing a firing squad, countries who have among the worst civil liberties, civil rights, records of any in the world.
When is enough just that, enough.
As I said in the last post, voter fraud is among the most heinous crimes against democracy. It poisons the very marrow of democracy’s bones, it undermines the foundation of all we rely upon to keep our country honest and the go-to country in the world. When one is given probation for voter fraud, it’s like being slapped on the hand for murdering a way of life.
18 former Acorn employees were found guilty of voter fraud in Las Vegas, some received a few months prison time, but most probation. They still face charges of “compensation for registration.” Otherwise, they paid people to come and vote for their particular candidate…aren’t you proud, Harry Reid? You and yours bought your way back into office, so now you can push The Dream Act and try to by more votes. Oh, were there a rail to ride you out upon.