We are seeing more and more stories about police brutality, overstepping their authority; maybe it's because of the reporting, more likely it's because more people are waking up and seeing what is going on. Air Force Captain Nicolas Aquino is a frist generation immigrant. His parents came to the U.S. from Paraguay as political exiles. He was a model airman by all accounts. But now he has been kicked out of the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey CA because he was arrested for breaking and entering into his own home. He was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing an officer.
Last December, an officer responded to a call from a neighbor of Aquino's. The neighbor had seen someone enter the home and suspected a burglary. The officer asked Aquino for identification, after being told by Aquino that this was his home. Aquino asked the officer if he was being detained; he knows his Constitutional rights. The officer said he was so Aquino gave the officer his name and said he was in the military. Aquino showed the officer his military ID but refused to hand it to the officer.
Well, that right there son is a hostile move. The officer responded by tackling Aquino and putting him in a choke hold. The officer described the hostile movement as pulling "his hand away from me, thereby moving the card away from my hand." Ooh, I'll bet you feared for your life with the id card being such a terrifying weapon, especially when it's moving away from you.
But that was just the beginning of the threats the officer would face: as he sat on top of Aquino, who was not resisting, the officer told Aquino to put his hands out to his side. The officer claimed Aquino was moving his arms closer to his body and could have drawn a weapon, a point Aquino says is absolutely false. The officer said he "contemplated disengaging from him, drawing my own firearm and taking aim."
Things did eventually calm down and the officer accepted Aquino's claim that he was indeed the homeowner and not a threat. It seemed the incident was over and done with. Yet several weeks later Aquino found out a warrant had been issued for his arrest on the aforementioned charges. His military career is on hold. Interestingly Aquino had been featured in a promotional video for the Air Force in which he discussed how his parent's persecution in Paraguay had instilled in him a profound appreciation for U.S. values and the rule of law.
Too bad that Aquino and his parents followed the law by emigrating to the U.S. If he'd been an illegal, he'd have been set free and given applications for welfare, free healthcare...
Hillary claimed the U.S. was reestablished as a world leader with influence while she was Secretary of State. IF that's true, then John Kerry has done a bang up job of destroying our position. Obama announced more sanctions against Russia for increased military involvement in the Ukraine. What Russia is calling 'Pro-Russian militias' are now moving further into the Ukraine and attacking military bases and establishing 'temporary governments'. Funny, the armored personnel carriers being used by the 'Pro-Russian militias' are flying Russian flags and carrying soldiers dressed in Russian military uniforms. Now reports are coming out of Donetsk in the eastern Ukraine that the pro-Russian forces are hunting down Jews and forcing them to "register" and list all the property they own or face deportation and confiscation of their assets. Donetsk has been identified as the next region to hold a 'referendum' on joining Russia but there has been very active opposition, many of whom are Jewish. I'm sure Obama's putting in a lot of time thinking about what we should do with our new found clout. Maybe after the 18th hole and that visit to Cold Stone Creamery.
Obama's philosophy concerning foreign policy has been to "increase understanding" with our enemies and the bullies of the world. That way they will see that we mean them no harm. Maybe that explains how a NE elementary school staff came up with a program to help kids deal with bullies. The flyer that was handed out had 9 suggestions for kids to deal with bullies. The rules included: #1-Don't get mad: anger is a feeling we have toward our enemies not our buddies. When you get mad you are treating the bully like an enemy. Rules 2-5 are all similar and again tell the kid to not treat the bully like an enemy and since the bully is really a friend trying to help you, treat them like a friend & don't defend yourself verbally or physically. But rules 7, 8 & 9 are beyond the pale. 7 tells the kids to not tell on the bully because then the bully will hate you and will want to retaliate. You can tell if a theft occurs or a real injury has happened. 8 reminds kids not to be a sore loser; just lose gracefully. 9 suggests kids laugh at themselves and agree with the bully's verbal jabs. If they call you ugly for example, put down your sister by saying "If you think I"m ugly, you should see my sister." I have no idea how this made any kind of sense when the school staff was putting this together. They are telling the kids to submit, to give in and let the bully continue to make your life miserable. Then you can commit suicide and we'll have a nice memorial for you and talk about what a nice person you were.
Obama's spokespeople are claiming our intelligence community did not know anything about the party; but our intelligence community is saying "yes we did" and we told the boss. While our government has been happily using drones to spy on Americans, just waiting for us to do something wrong, they couldn't find a drone to attack one of the largest gatherings of known al Qaeda leaders in recent memory. And it took place in Yemen, one of our 'allies' in the Middle Eats. Video shows the gathering, out in the open, of what really does look like a rock concert or Obama political rally. In the middle of the clip one of al Qaeda's leaders, Nasir al-Wuhayshi walks through the crowd greeting admirers. He then speaks up and talks about attacking the United States and ultimate victory over the Great Satan. So I'm to understand we can locate and use a drone to attack a single al Qaeda terrorist in Afghanistan but we completely miss a gathering of top al Qaeda leaders out in the open in a country where we have naval bases and staff galore. Right. Clearly, those at the party aren't at all worried about being attacked. Apparently they did not get Obama's memo that they are on the run, strewn throughout the globe with no real leadership. They are in trouble now, I'll bet the IRS is getting ready to audit them as we speak.
Did Jordan' military stop an attack against a joint U.S./Jordanian military base? Appears that is what happened on Wednesday. The Royal Jordanian Air Force struck a convoy moving through Syria headed for a secret training base near Ruwaished. The base is used to train Iraqi military who are then sent back to Iraq to combat the growing al Qaeda forces threatening Baghdad. The attacking force came from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (SS) fighters, groups that make up the majority of al Qaeda fighters in Iraq. Surveillance aircraft picked up the convoy as it left Iraq, moved through Syria, where it stopped to refuel and pick up more arms and fighters. With little time to put boots on the ground, Jordan moved their fighter/bombers into the area and destroyed the convoy. Maybe we misunderstood when Obama said al Qaeda was on the run; I'll bet he meant they were running towards us, not away from us.
Time after time after time, Obama goes returns to his perpetual campaign trail and makes statements that are patently false, yet he never suffers the consequences. Even when some in the MSM, like the NY Times, report that his statements are incorrect, there isn't the media outrage at his fabrications that there were when Bush or Reagan were accused of lying but turned out to be right. Problem is, that when Obama says something, it gets reported as fact and the low information voter believes what he says.
Last Friday Obama was speaking at fellow race baiter Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference. Glorious Leader proudly proclaimed that under his watch, the Justice Department had taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009. He inferred these had to do with discrimination against minorities, mostly African American voters. Here's the problem with that claim, the JD has only investigated 39 voting rights claims since 2009. Only 13 were related to minority voting rights. And in the cases the DOJ did take to trial, it lost several spectacularly.
Maybe Obama misunderstood the DOJ Inspector General's report about voter fraud and minority cases when he overstated his record by 60%. Maybe he was citing President Bush's record which was similar to what Obama claimed as his record. That's correct, the ever evil George Bush's DOJ had a better record of prosecuting voter fraud cases than Obama.
No one in the MSM is going to report with great fanfare the inaccuracy of Obama's claims, in fact most will fawn over his great record of protecting minorities and their ability to go to the polls without being intimidated or having their voices marginalized. The low information voter will believe minorities are being discriminated against, even though none of them have ever experienced or seen intimidation or behavior that marginalized their voice. Obama said it, so it must be true. He is after all the best ever.
The fundamental difference between liberals and true conservatives is that liberals believe you cannot take care of yourself and the government must be there to make your decisions for you, to provide for you. Conservatives know, from history, that if the government just gets out of your way, you can make a very good life for yourself and don't need to be told what to eat, think etc. Bad things are going to happen, bad decisions will be made but no matter which philosophy is prevalent at the time, bad things happen anyway. Several stories are in the news this week that just made me want to pull the person speaking through the radio or T.V. and slap them across the face.
I was listening to the Fox Sports Radio morning show, I believe it was Steve Phillips speaking. The topic was the unionization of college athletes. If you've been following the story at all you'll know that Shabazz Napier, member of the national champion UCONN Huskies basketball team, said that he often goes to be starving because he's so poor he can't afford to eat. That statement has gotten people really fired up; Napier is at one of the premier programs in the country and he's starving?! As an aside, his coach says all they do is eat but that Napier was probably talking about not being able to order a pizza at midnight on Saturday night. But I digress, I know, a surprise right?
Phillips was basically summarizing why the football players at Northwestern wanted to unionize and get additional benefits. They want to know who is going to take care of them when their playing careers are done. Who is going to pay for their healthcare since their bodies are decimated and how are they going to earn an living. That is it in a nutshell; kids are being brainwashed into thinking that they cannot take care of themselves, the government or university or someone else should do it for them. Never mind that the vast majority of players won't need healthcare because they aren't physically destroyed, it's the minority of players that suffer long term injuries. Never mind that the player on a full ride is getting a top notch education in exchange for his talents. NW tuition was $43K in 2012-13, not to mention the cost of room and board.
Chris Hayes, of MSNBC went on a rant while presenting a story about Shanesha Taylor. Taylor was arrested and charged with felony child abuse after leaving her 2 year old and 6 month old children in a hot car, in Arizona, for 45 minutes while she was at a job interview. Someone noticed the older child crying hysterically and sweating profusely. The kids did not suffer serious injury but certainly could have had the passerby not called police. Taylor faces felony charges and up to 7 years in prison; her kids have been taken away from her. Hayes blames the state, rather than the mom, since Arizona had cut child daycare payments to the poor due to budget shortfalls. In Hayes' mind, it is the state's responsibility to pay for poor people to have daycare, food, a place to live and so on. Taylor apparently did not have the ability to think critically, to make a decision about the safety of her children, to make the right choice. I guess she didn't have friends or family with whom she could leave the kids for a couple of hours.
Another college athlete was highlighted in the NW unionization story. He complained that he'd had to give up on his dream to become a doctor because the could not play football and handle the heavy course load of a pre-med program. OK; there are lots of players that have done it before, Robert Smith of Ohio State and the Minnesota Vikings is just one player that comes to mind. But the ute didn't think he had options and wanted the coaches to excuse him from practices so he could pursue his career goal and still get his full scholarship and play football. In other words, have the team and coaches adjust to him not the other way around.
We could go on with the stories about how someone else is responsible for taking care of us, that we shouldn't be responsible for the consequences of our choices; in fact liberals seem to believe that we don't have choices. We are stuck. Sometimes the choices we have to make are tough but the beauty of this country is that we have the freedom to make choices; to better our situation. But sometimes the choices are difficult and may result in short term challenges but long term betterment of our situation. Liberals don't want us to have to make choices, don't want us to suffer consequences. Conservatives believe in the individual's ability to succeed; liberals believe you can't do it on your own, you need the government to coddle you. That is the fundamental difference between the two philosophies. The sad thing, liberals have been brainwashing our children in the schools for 40 years and now many of you believe you can't succeed on your own.
This is another reason to require amendments to bills to have something to do with the content of the bill. I will bet my own money that most politicians didn't realize this was in the bill but they certainly won't be moving to repeal the law. In 2011, Congress slipped a provision into the farm bill removing the 10 year statute of limitations on money owed to the federal government. Previously you had some protection from the IRS going back over your entire life to see if maybe, just maybe, you'd stiffed Uncle Sam out of a couple of dollars. Then they could add on interest, fines and jail time. Now over 400,000 Americans, per IRS records, are now subject to collection efforts. Did your parents or grandparents owe money but now they are dead? Too bad, you owe their debt. And in many cases records have been destroyed but that's not stopping the IRS. Many of the debts are actually overpayments made by the IRS so it was their fault in the first place.
I thought carpooling was a good idea. Not any more. With the cell phone apps available, it's easy for strangers to hook up and share a ride. Sometimes those with cars will tell advertise their availability and add that you have to pitch in for gas. That has the taxi industry upset saying these carpoolers are actually cabs and it's not fair. So some city governments are cracking down on ride sharing. Philadelphia conducted a sting operation posing as people needing a ride. When the guy with the car showed up, they impounded the car, ticketed the driver and smiled as if they'd stopped a public nuisance. And that is their excuse; they claim that the ride sharers are endangering the public since they don't have to maintain their vehicles in the same manner as cabbies. San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos revealed the real reason behind the movement, "We cannot let the taxicab industry fail." Maybe you shouldn't grant them a monopoly and make them compete.
Hillary talked about her accomplishments as Secretary of State pointing out how safe the world is and how she helped return America to the status of world leader. How's that working out for us? Russian backed forces are now openly attacking Ukrainian military bases and Russian army armed personnel carriers entered the Ukraine, after Putin said he had no designs on annexing the independent country. Iran entered the latest round of talks on their nuclear weapons program by saying they will not even talk about their nuclear warhead capable missiles; you know the ones built in violation of U.N. limitations. The Iraqi government is about to lose control of Baghdad as al Qaeda forces have entered the city and taken over strategic areas. Iraq is in danger of losing its democracy and becoming an Islamic state harboring al Qaeda terrorist. Sad thing is, these probably are her best accomplishments.
Liberals are lambasting Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for refusing to pay fees and taxes on his land. Harry Reid has threatened Bundy saying "this is not over" and others have suggested he should be killed. Much of the discussion focuses on Bundy and his family not paying grazing fees or taxes and they hate him for it. But illegal immigrants don't pay taxes either and are likely using more government services than Bundy and they love illegal immigrants.
Liberals are outraged, OUTRAGED I say, that Christians have once again murdered people who disagree with them. Oh, wait, it was Muslims killing children in the name of their religion, never mind; move along, nothing to see here. Boko Harem has once again slaughtered innocent people, including 200 children as they fight to establish an Islamist state and Sharia law in Northern Nigeria. You may recall they killed 40 young men in October in a midnight raid on dorms at a Nigerian college. Just because their education was secularly based and not based in Islam. In February the group killed 59 students, some put to death by burning them, for the same reason.
Over the weekend they exhibited their lack of tolerance once again in coordinated attacks on 4 different villages. The attacks began on Thursday night and lasted through the weekend. In the first attack, the Muslims ambushed 4 cars carrying students from their village, Biu, to Maiduguri, where they were going to take state sponsored exams. 200 children, teenage and under, were killed in the attacks. Well over 200 had been killed in the first two days of the attack, according to Nigerian officials.
Isn't it amazing that such slaughter can take place and we do not hear a peep out of the media or the left wing. But let some intolerant government make homosexuality a crime and Obama and the left wing lose their collective minds.
There's stupid and then there's 14 year old, spoiled brat girl stupid. Sarah, last name not identified, was bored over the weekend. It seemed like a good idea at the time for the South Carolina girl to send a tweet to American Airlines, so she did. @AmericanAir hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye. AA was not amused and responded telling Sarah her IP address and name would be forwarded to the FBI. Then AA security personnel sat back and watched the panic set in. "omfg I was kidding"; "I'm so sorry I'm scared now"; "I was joking and it was my friend not me, taker her IP address"; "I was kidding pls don't I'm just a girl pls"; "and I'm not from Afghanistan". I like it, let the little smart a** stew for a few days. Then send over a couple of men in black...
A 33 year old man from Brighton England was able to survive a plunge over an 80 ft cliff into the ocean this past weekend and his reason for being able to do so was rather unbelievable. At about midnight Saturday night the man missed a turn and plunged over the cliff while driving his Ford Focus. He must have been going pretty fast, but it was a Ford Focus so it's relative, as he missed a 16' wide concrete abutment and landed on the sand below. He was able to get out of the car and suffered only bruises. The Focus was totaled. He credits having just consumed a Red Bull and it gave him wings. No you hadn't been drinking all night, alcohol had NOTHING to do with it. You flew on energy drink, riiight.
Thanks for that observation Captain Obvious. Researchers in Germany have concluded a study in which they found scientific proof that being in a secure relationship reduces a woman's desire to have regular sex. The smart folks at Hamburg Eppendorf University found that 60% of women in the 25-35 age range no longer wanted to engage in regular sexual activities after being in a secure relationship for 4 years. That number continues to drop pretty steadily until after 20 years with the same partner, just under 20% of women desire sexual intimacy at all. Instead, women want to be 'tender' with their partner. That is they want to 'cuddle' and that satisfies their intimacy needs. 90% of men however remain steady in their desire for sex from their partner. Scientists say women have 'evolved' to use sex early in the relationship in order to build a bond with their partner, then when they feel secure, the desire ebbs. Every husband that ever lived could have told you that.
You've seen them all over, the A frame signs put out on sidewalks by restaurants and bars with witty phrases or daily specials enticing pedestrians to come inside. Outside the Bar-Ly in the Chinatown section of Philadelphia, someone wrote on their chalk board, "I like my beer like I like my violence - domestic." Sure seemed like a good idea at the time. Nobody could possibly be offended by that, could they? The owner had not seen the sign until someone sent him a photo and he immediately fired the bartender responsible for the 'quote'. Is it ironic that the owner's name is, Buu Ly? Pronounced "Bully".
In any discussion of the amount of money we owe, due to Federal deficit spending, politicians and most pundits always leave out certain unfunded obligations or other potential threats to our economy. Social Security shortfalls for example. Or how about the subsidies given to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two agencies most responsible for the housing market crash. The pols have not only refused to allow reform of those agencies but have mandated they do more of what got us into trouble in the first place; force banks to loan money to people who cannot pay it back and thus we are on the hook for the mortgage when the homeowner defaults.
And why are the feds in the home loan business in the first place? Government control of the mortgage industry killed the savings and loan industry. A little history: as with most federal programs, the stated goal was to make buying a house easier for people with marginal financial means. Politicians back in 1968 used all the right catch phrases to garner support; owning a home was a fundamental right of every American; banks discriminated against minorities and so on. So Fannie was created to guarantee loans made to lower income buyers so they could buy a home they could not afford. And who pays the bills when they default? We do.
But back to the point; when the Mac and Mae were created the stated goal was to increase home ownership. Since 1970, home ownership in the U.S. has increased a grand total of 1%. Foreclosures on the other hand have increased exponentially in comparison because, as the private market knew, some people can't afford a home and aren't credit worthy. But pols put social goals ahead of sound business practice so you and I are now on the hook for $4 trillion in mortgages. Right now about $200 billion a year is paid by you and I for bad loans.
Instead of scrapping the programs, our politicians continue to pour billions of dollars in subsidies into the market. Getting rid of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would bring back the local banks, the savings and loans and actually help more people buy homes as interest rates would no longer be artificially high due to government guarantees. More people would own homes and others would not and both would be better off. It's time to get rid of Fannie and Freddie; those programs haven't even come close to accomplishing the stated goals and have hurt more people than they have helped. But our 'leaders' will say we just haven't spent enough money on the problem.
We've related stories about federal agencies, some that seem to have absolutely no reason, arming themselves and purchasing tens of millions of rounds of ammo. Along with those stories, we could spend all of our time also telling of the heavy handed tactics being used by law enforcement, federal employees and the infringement upon private property rights. Since the election of Obama, the overreach of the feds has not only picked up steam but has been more overt than ever before. The arrogance of Obama has seeped into the ranks of bureaucrats and now people are beginning to push back.
All it is going to take is a seminal moment, a spark that ignites the fires of not only freedom and liberty but to anger people enough that they take action. We may be seeing it in Nevada. In a rural area of Nevada, the Bundy family may be losing their livelihood as rangers from BLM and law enforcement officers from the park service are forcibly removing the Bundy's cattle from public land and in the process, killing many of them.
The feds claim the Bundy's have been illegally grazing their cattle on public land for 20 years, but the feds are just now getting around to doing something about it. Whether or not it's been illegal is up for debate, their are valid arguments on both sides. But the process has come to a head as the family first resisted the removal of their herd, then asked to be allowed to gather the 500 head themselves. BLM employees have admittedly killed a number of cattle and separated calves from their mothers. They won't say how many they have killed. As the Bundys and their friends tried to get to the herd, they were met with armed officers and tased, hit by vehicles and tensions have risen.
These cattle are represent the sole income for the family, their way of life for generations and the feds are killing them and taking away the income from the family. The family began ranching the area in the late 1800s long before the feds took over the land. People in the area have had enough and while the MSM is barely reporting on this situation, word has spread and help is coming.
Militias from Utah, Montana, Florida, New Hampshire and Texas have mobilized and are on their way to Bunkerville NV to stand with the Bundys. Could this be the beginning of the second American Revolution? Nevada's governor has publicly declared his administration and its resources stand with the Bundys. Sheriff Richard Mack of Gilbert AZ, known for flaunting orders from the feds to let violent illegal immigrants go, has said he stands with the Bundys and will put his resources behind their fight as well. I would not put it past Obama to bring in the National Guard; this situation has the potential to turn bloody very quickly given the use of force already implemented by the park rangers.
Simply, the people are beginning to get fed up with the heavy handed overreach being used by the federal government. The punishment of those just trying to make a living the way they have done for decades and generations. People who just want to be left alone to provide for their families and enjoy the fruits of their labors. This situation has the potential to be explosive. If the feds don't back down and continue as they are, things will escalate quickly. You know where we stand and that we will be watching closely.
Because of all the unanswered questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Air flight 370, conspiracy theorists are having a field day. It's relatively easy to take facts and twist them into the wildest stories, but make them sound plausible. When authorities are withholding information or really don't have answers that we think they should have, the wild theories then sound more likely.
The thing is many of us have a hard time believing that with the ability of countries to monitor everything that is going on, we have a hard time believing that a commercial airliner can not only just go missing (outside the Bermuda Triangle that is) without anybody having any idea where it was for several hours. And if the plane was hijacked or suffering mechanical problems that were not catastrophic, why didn't any passengers send text messages or try to make a phone call? Ooh, conspiracy heaven.
The theories run the gamut from dry run for a terrorist operation to defection by the pilots or some passengers meaning the plane did not crash but is in Pakistan or China to the newest theory, the U.S. military forced the plane down in Diego Garcia.
The U.S. Navy has one of the most sophisticated tracking and monitoring operations in the world at their Diego Garcia base in the Indian Ocean. Several pundits have wondered how that plane escaped their notice, as U.S. officials claim. They also wonder why the U.S. has not been more involved in the search using the highly sophisticated equipment located at Diego Garcia to assist in the search. Remember the U.S. used similar equipment to help find and bring up the Air France plane that crashed in a remote region of the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. Why aren't we doing the same thing now?
To further the conspiracy, a cell phone video or photo was supposedly sent from passenger Philip Wood's cell phone, days after the plane disappeared. While nothing can really be seen in the photo, the Image Exif data embedded in every photo taken by any cell phone shows the photo was sent from the Diego Garcia area. His girlfriend, Sarah Bajc, appeared on CNN and said her sources told her the plane had a military escort and was forced down and landed at Diego Garcia. Now the U.S. Navy command has restricted all non-essential travel to Diego Garcia. Not that Diego Garcia is a tropical paradise but why restrict all non-essential travel to the island? Now we have a real conspiracy theory!
But why did the U.S. military want the plane routed to DG in the first place? 20 employees of U.S. based technology company Freescale Semiconductor were on that plane. The company works on a lot of defense department projects including high tech, advanced systems that are highly sensitive. Allegedly one of those projects has to do with being able to force light through solid objects. The ability to do that can lead to all kinds of high tech weapons or surveillance capabilities. If it is true and that fell into the wrong hands, such as China's, then...
So now we have circumstantial, unverified 'proof' that the plane didn't crash and at least a cell phone from a passenger is at a U.S. naval base; no one can find a plane that should have been easily tracked; claims of U.S. military involvement in the disappearance and a possible motive. Put on your tin foil hats folks, this ride is only going to get wilder.