Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

George Washington's Principles of Leadership

When choosing someone you may vote for in the next presidential election reflect on Washington's Principles of Leadership:
  • Principle #1: Smaller Groups When Well Led Will Reflect The Unity Of The "Great Whole."
  • Principle #2: Governance Requires The Best Men//Women So That "The Great Whole" Is Not Mismanaged.
  • Principle #3: You Can't Please Everyone, So Seek The Good Of "The Great Whole."
  • Principle #4: Jealous Parties Must Be Urged To Exercise The Wisdom Of Being Part Of "The Great Whole."
  • Principle #5: Withering Criticism Can Be Weathered By A Consistent Policy Of Never Seeking Merely Local Or Partial Considerations, But By Always Seeking "The Great Whole's" Substantial And Permanent Interests.
  • Principle #6: Pursue the true interests of the Country rather than popularity.
Good advice from the Father of our Country then and today.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Liar liar pants on fire!

Now let me understand this: French President Nicolas Sarkozy was over hood saying "I can't stand him. He's a liar."...about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama stated "You're tired of him; what about me? I have to deal with him every day." Now those two pots (politicians) are calling the kettle black (Netanyahu)... what a joke...LOL. All politicians lie when they have too or even when they don't; it is a pre-requisite for office in today's world...isn't it? These are world leaders....LOL again. We all have to do better come election time.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Jacksonville NC Police Ban Pro-Lifers from City Sidewalk ‘In Case Car Jumps Curb’ | Godfather Politics

Jacksonville NC Police Ban Pro-Lifers from City Sidewalk ‘In Case Car Jumps Curb’ Godfather Politics

This is an attack on our First Amendment rights of free speech...soon we may need a "permit" from "big brother government" just to walk on a sidewalk all alone. Slowly but surely our rights are being eroded under the guise of protecting our health, well being or person. Don't you see the pattern.

Monday, October 24, 2011

The road to dictatorship?

Recently President Obama directed his staff at the White House to look and see if they could circumvent the Congress in order to get what he wants in his agenda accomplished and placed into law. It sounds like he wants to dictate his policy agenda into law without the input of the Congress and the people who gave him his power and the Congress it's powers. Does it not sound like a violation of his oath of office to defend the Constitution of the United States of America? Wonder what the Supreme Court of the United States of America might have to say about this circumventional action?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The check is in the mail...?

The check is in the mail; how many times have you heard that line.

The meeting of the Woodstock Police Pension Board was called out of Closed Session and into Open Session at 7:56 PM on September 22, 2011 by Chairman Bittig and Mr. Fink moved to award Steven Gorski a non-duty disability pension dating back to November 29th of 2007. Ms Abrams seconded the motion. Chairman Bittig then took a roll call vote of the pension board members.
  • Mr. Knapp....Aye.
  • Ms. Abrams...Aye
  • Mr. Fink...Yes
  • Mr. Leard...Yes
Chairman Bittig then then stated the motion passed.

The hearing officer Mr. Kelly then stated that the Board will follow this oral decision with a written decision within 21 days of today. (Sept. 22, 2011) Mr. Kelly then stated that the written " will be served upon both parties and we'll address all the concerns raised in Mr. Duda's brief relative to due process and things in that findings and decision.

Chairman Bittig then called for a motion to adjourn and the members of the board all voted in the affirmative. Before the meeting was officially closed by Chairman Bittig Mr. Duda asked the following question of Mr. Kelly, "is the Board going to make payment before the 21 days? Mr. Duda stating that usually it's paid after the vote's taken, not from the decision.

Mr. Kelly then stated "They will start the processing. We have to verify the salary, what the salary was at the time. It was 2007. So we'll verify the salary and begin processing the check. Whether it comes prior to or at the time of the 21 days, I don't think we're going to hold it up."

Following this verbal understanding between Mr. Duda and Mr. Kelly, the hearing officer, the meeting was adjourned.

Today is Saturday, October 22, 2011, 30 days since the verbal decision was made and still no check and no written decision has been received. If one goes by the written letter of the written report of the proceedings Steven R. Gorski should have received his check on Sept. 13, 2011, exactly 21 days from the verbal decision.

Note: Nowhere in the official Report of Proceedings (which can be found on the City of Woodstock's Web page) for that Sept. 22, 2011 meeting does it refer anywhere to "working" days....only states "21 days". It also has been 21 working days since the verbal decision.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Universe...may have no set speed limit...maybe all is relative

The egos and inflated self images of many physicists, cosmologists and astronomers have taken a blow to perhaps all that they think they know about the Universe of which they are a part. Over the last several weeks scientists have been shooting a beam of neutrinos to labs equipped to detect these strange particles which apparently react with little or nothing...they travel through our bodies and the earth and solid objects as if nothing was in their way. That in itself is interesting but they also seem to not obey Einstein's universal speed limit of 186,000 miles per second. It may be that all that we have taken for granted regarding Einstein's theory of relativity, the "standard theory" of subatomic particles and a myriad of so called "laws of nature" are do to expire and will have to be re-thought in the not so distant future. Good luck boys and girls!

Could it be that maybe we are not as smart as we thing we are and that nature and the cosmos is more than just one step ahead of us.

Friday, September 30, 2011

United Nations....GO AWAY!!!!

As far a I am concerned the United Nations has outlived its usefulness. It has only been a thorn in our side and has given rogue and terrorist groups and countries a platform to spew their vitriol and propaganda. Leave our shores and don't expect any more money to support your anti-American and socialist agenda. Adios, farewell and good bye! And while were at it lets bid adieu to the World Bank and it's IMF, International Monetary Fund. Besides being the world's policeman lets also stop being its financial savior. Let us see how the elite European sophisticates can do on their own.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ten Hayekian Insights for Trying Economic Times

These insights were adapted from a Heritage First Principles Essay by Bruce Caldwell.
  1. Recessions are bound to happen.
  2. Central planning and excessive regulation sure don't work.
  3. Some regulation is necessary.
  4. A stimulus will only stimulate the deficit.
  5. The economy is too complex for precise forecasting.
  6. Remember the rule of unintended consequences.
  7. You won't believe how much you'll learn in Econ 101.
  8. Leave social justice out of it.
  9. Nothing beats the free market.
  10. As a rule of thumb, government cures are not only worse than the disease, but lead to further disease.
Taken from a Special Abridged Edition of Friedrich A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom, pages 45 to 48. This was produced from the Heritage Foundation.

Monday, September 19, 2011

09/19/11...the President's speech

Today President Obama gave a political/economic/re-election speech. I just have a few bullet points to make about can make of them what you will.

  • He use "I" twenty-four (24) times in 20 minutes of talking
  • He stated that government "always has to do a little more"
  • He stated that physicians should be paid for good results obtained not for what they do. If you used this same standard for the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government they would very rarely be paid.
  • He stated that he is not promoting "class warfare" yet he fails to state that nearly half of the population of the United States pays no income tax.
  • He states that Warren Buffet's tax rate is less than the tax rate of those who work for him. That is because Mr. Buffet is paying Capital Gains Tax....15% and his employees are paying Income Tax of 25 to 35%. This was passed by Congress. In actual dollars Mr. Buffet pays a lot, lot, lot, lot.....more.
Digest the above and ask yourself if President Obama is trying to make points or votes for the coming election or if he is really leveling with you.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


A moment of silence and prayer for those who were murdered in the Twin Towers, in the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania today and for all the military who have served in the War on Terror since then and those who will continue this pursuit.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Arab Spring.....LOL

Cairo, Friday, September 9, 2011 - Spring is supposed to be filled with the aroma of newly bloomed flowers and freshly turned earth for planting new life giving food. In Cairo, Egyptian mobs tore down the wall that surrounds the Israeli Embassy. Once inside they vandalized the offices which were empty because it is the weekend in Egypt.

Oh the glory of such a sight...destruction based on hatred and the smell of tear gas and gunpowder in the air. Added to the above aroma wafting in the air was the mantra calling for the ouster of Israel's ambassador. Now that is what I call a "real Arab Spring".

Sunday, September 4, 2011 geopolitical crossroad

Turkey's location is at the geographical crossroads of Europe and Asia. Now, with it's expelling of the Israeli ambassador it is venturing into a political arena that may, in the long run, not be in the best interests of Turkey. The Israeli ambassador was expelled because of Israel's refusal to apologize for last year's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. This was more than an aid flotilla, it was an act to break the embargo of arms that were  coming into Gaza. The majority religion of Turkey is Islam with small minorities of Judaism and Christianity. I suspect they, the government, is reacting to the pressure of the Islamic majority. In theory Turkey is a secular, democratic constitutional republic and as such has received significant U.S. economic and military assistance. In theory it remains linked with the West and has been friendly with Israel. It is a member of NATO, the Council of Europe, OECD, OSCE and the G-20 economies. In 2005 it began negotiations with the EEC (European Economic Community). It has also held close ties to many Islamic countries in the Middle East.

I pray that Turkey makes the prudent decision to continue it's pro-Western attitude and associations; going the other way would only foster infiltration of militant middle eastern elements into Turkey's secular democratic society.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Where but for God go we....near future?

SOMECITY, SOME STATE, U.S.A. - Looters were caught in SOMECITY stealing electronic goods from stores in SOME STATE, U.S.A. When asked to explain the reason for their actions they responded "we are on a shopping spree." One blamed the government saying that they are not getting enough entitlements and welfare to meet their ever increasing needs and wants. So here is another triumph for entitlement mentality...we need even bigger government and more spending for their ever increasing wants. They are justifying their actions so no one dare call them robbers, thieves and burglars, that would imply they did an illegal and immoral act...and we can't say such things in our politically correct society anymore.

These actions have taken place here in the U.S. and are leading us to the final destination of a national entitlement mentality and the nanny welfare state and eventually anarchy and fragmentation if not complete dissolution of the United States of America. Ever since FDR and his "new deal" and LBJ and his "war on poverty" this has been the trajectory that this nation has been on; it must change because it is not sustainable and will by the middle of this century if not sooner lead to the demise of this country...we will bury ourselves from foreign enemy will need lift an arm against us...we will do it to ourselves. On our national tombstone it will read "Here rests the United States of America...cause of death...economic suicide".

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Data of attorneys should be on the Web also

Thanks to Hilary Gowins of Shawmedia for giving me the idea.

Imagine a website where consumers could type in the name of an attorney and learn everything they needed to know before making an appointment: an attorney's educational background, certification of specialties (there are only two recognized...patent law and admiralty law), any publications written, and in what States and courts they have privileges to practice their profession.

What if they also could view any disciplinary actions, including convictions of felony crimes or misdemeanors and judgements or settlements in malpractice cases?

Unfortunately Illinois residents don't have such a tool at their disposal.

I would hope that Governor Pat Quinn would sign legislation of a similar nature regarding the legal profession in the near future; but don't hold your breath since many of our legislators are attorneys.

Just think what an advantage this would be to a client and his/her family would have in selecting an attorney skilled in the area of law they are seeking.

I just have one question: if it is such a good idea to have such a list available for patients seeking physicians seeking specialty trained individuals why is it not just as good an idea to have a list of attorneys for clients seeking attorneys that have experience, if not specialty training, in certain areas of law. An individual would not go to see a dermatologist if they had a broken bone...would they?

Thanks again Ms. Hilary Gowins of Shawmedia for giving me the idea for this blog.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

Pick up Sunday, July 24th 2011 Chicago Tribune and go to page 25 in the NATION & WORLD section. There you will find a photograph of two men with sad and I believe perplexed looks on their faces...expressions that are beyond words to explain the fatigue and emotional distress expressed on their faces and body postures.

Read the article by Peter Nicholas and Lisa Mascaro if you want; but I don't think it can add much more than the expressions on both mens' faces. On the left, House Speaker John Boehner and on the right President Obama.

I looked at this photograph and saw two different views of the United States' projected trajectory; one directed toward bigger government, more taxes and a larger deficit and one toward smaller government, less taxes and a smaller deficit. The perplexing part is that each man thinks he is correct in his views and that his views are what the American people want.

I say a prayer every night for the politicians, given the power by "the people" to make the prudent and correct decisions that will be the best ones for all the people of the United States of America.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Is there a double standard Gov. Quinn?

Is there a double standard Governor Quinn between sex offenders who are physicians and those who are attorneys? According to an article written by Tribune reporter Megan Twohey in Friday's July 22, 2011 Chicago the TRIBUNE WATCHDOG UPDATES section titled Sex offenders will lose their medical licenses there must be a double standard.

The article states that "Doctors and other health care workers convicted of sex crimes, forcible felonies or battery of a patient (client) will be stripped of their medical licences in Illinois under a sweeping new law." emphasis (client) added

"Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Thursday in response to a Tribune investigation that found predatory doctors, even those convicted of crimes, often faced little or no punishment from state regulators, said his spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson." No mention of weather the Tribune investigated the legal profession in regards to predatory attorneys convicted of crimes and weather or not they often faced little or no punishment from state regulators...I wonder why that was not mentioned; I wonder if the trial lawyers could have donated significantly more to the Governor's political campaign.

According to the article in the Chicago Tribune "The governor wants patients (why not attorney clients) to feel safe and to be safe," she said. (emphasis attorney clients) added  "After the things that were brought to light in the tribune, he supported the bill." I wonder if the governor feels the same way about attorneys that commit crimes. I wonder if the Tribune has the "guts" to do an in debt investigation of attorneys that commit crimes and if they ever even come to the light of day for investigation much less prosecution and loosing their law licenses. I think that would be an interesting study and one that would be fair and balanced....don't you? Go ahead and do it Chicago Tribune...I dare you...I double dare you!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

U.S. becoming an oligarchy?

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article, IV, Section. 4; "The United States shall guarantee to every State in the Union a Republican Form of Government...".

According to the U.S. Constitution, Article. I., Section. 8., Paragraph 2., "The Congress shall have the power "To borrow Money on the credit of the United States,".

Nowhere in the Constitution does it give the authority to Congress to pass a bill giving the Executive Branch (the President) the authority to raise the debt ceiling. This is being proposed by a handful of legislators in the Congress (an oligarchy) in the hope that it will be approved by the Congress. It is the directed duty of Congress not the Executive to pass a bill to either increase, keep the same, or decrease the debt ceiling. They are mandated by the Constitution to do this; they cannot constitutionally pass this on to the President. The political theater must stop and the Congress, both Republicans, Democrats and Independents must meet their responsibilities and not posture for future elections. I believe that those who continue to play political theater wont be on the list of actors in the next Congress.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The World Bank

Following World War II two significant politico-economic entities, the U.S. and the U.K. created the World Bank. Concurrent with the war, business entities either had their businesses (mortar and bricks) bombed to hell or left Europe with all the liquid assets they could carry or somehow transport to safe havens for their assets. Leftists, comprised of resistance leaders, communists, anarchists and socialists filled the void left by the business, well financed elite that had left for safer locations. In order to prevent these leftist groups from taking power by the void left by the vacated business elites the U.S. and the U.K. devised a way to get these business classes back into power. The U.S. and U.K. had to create an international system to champion and grow capitalist policies.

Thus the reason for the creation of the World Bank; this bank focused on making loans to governments for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of various countries devastated by the war...those parts of the economy that primarily improved the financial aspect of the governmental sector. Those parts of the economy that improved the private sector were left to the private companies and taxpayers. After western Europe and Japan were somewhat rehabbed the World Bank focused some of its lending towards third world countries.

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) portion of the World Bank would lend money to countries that the U.S. and the U.K. would choose so that commerce, trade and balance of payments could be smoothed out more so that this policy would benefit all nations but especially the U.S. and England...self interest was at work here and this was not at all done for humanitarian reasons alone. The IMF and World Banks' underlying mission was to bring together all the financial elites of all the countries and form a capitalistic system. This was in essence a Keynesian "pump-priming" that would especially benefit the U.S. and the U.K..

By adjusting their policies the World Bank and IMF could push certain economic and political policies which suited them more than the other countries in the system. This set up a type of "colonial control system" that would selectively allow some corporations to repatriate (bring back) profits, balance countries (governments) budgets and other internal matters of sovereign countries. In reality is was a system of control by the U.S. and England over many of the countries in Europe; one might say it was an indirect was of "colonizing" these countries via economic control policy.

Note" Materials and data from 50 Years Is Enough, edited by Kevin Danaher.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Bretton Woods Agreement

Following the end of World War II the allies where faced with the challenge of developing a postwar monetary system. In 1944 they meet in the Bretton Woods of New Hampshire. About two and one half years had gone into the planning of the postwar monetary  system that was to be used by the Treasuries of the U.K. and the U.S. and Forty four allied nations and neutral Argentina. A system was designed to legal binding obligations among these allied nations to form an international organization, the IMF, International Monetary Fund. Two rival plans were developed; one by the U.S. represented by Harry Dexter White and the other by the U.K. represented by John Maynard Keynes. Ultimately a compromise was agreed too that resembled the U.S. plan to a greater extent. In order to solve the monetary chaos that occurs during post and interwar periods their judgement was to form the Articles of Agreement of the IMF.

What emerged was the 'pegged rate' or also know as the 'adjustible peg' currency system which obligated members to declare a par value (a 'peg') for their national money and to intervene within maximum margins that were agreed upon.

They agreed on several items which resulted in what was the 'pegged rate' monetary regime which became known as the 'par value system'. They also agreed that if exchange rates did not float freely, countries would require adequate supplies of monetary reserves. If some countries could not supply this reserve a supplementary source would of these funds should be established. What eventually emerged was a system of subscriptions and quotas embedded in the IMF. The members of the IMF where then permitted to borrow monies in amounts regulated by the size of its quota.

Another point on which all the governments agreed upon was to end the economic warfare that occurred during the 1930s. A system of rule was created to ensure fairness in currency practices. The IMF was responsible to oversee these new rules of fairness governing currency transactions.

Most importantly they agreed that there was need for an institutional forum for international cooperation on monetary policy. The IMF in the postwar years did provide such a forum.

Putting all these agreements together essentially created and defined the Bretton Woods Agreement or System. The IMF which was at the center of this agreement was hoped to perform three important tasks:
  1. Regulatory administration of the rules governing currency
  2. Financial (supplying supplementary monies as needed)
  3. Consultative (a forum for cooperation among governments)
All however did not go as smoothly and as optimistically hope for right after the end of the war and even to this very day. The United States eventually became the leading economic contributor and responsible entity to carry on the tasks of the IMF. The U.S. managed to keep an open market, to continue the flow of money and grants first through the Marshall Plan and eventually through the finally reopened New York market. Also the U.S. continued a lending policy for the provision of short term funds in times of crisis.

Though a multinational agreement in formal design quickly became the U.S.'s Bretton Woods Agreement and the U.S. dollar the exchange standard and to this day remains so. For a period of time during the "cold war" the U.S. welcomed this control and the world did not mind having a source of liquid capital as needed in crises or perceived crises. The system eventually broke down in the early 1970s for many reasons.

I will share more with you about the demise of the Bretton Woods Agreement in future blogs. Promise!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

'Education is a basic civil right'...WHAT?

Gov. Pat Quinn just signed the education overhaul bill in an elementary school in Maywood. It takes effect immediately and largely has the support of unions and advocacy groups.

According to Senator Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood, "this is not a bill to attack the teachers". She sponsored this bill. She goes on to state that "Education is a basic civil right." Here we go again with politicians making something a civil right when it is not. I guess if you say it enough people will believe you. Just to make sure I pulled out my copy of the U.S. Constitution and no where, I repeat no where is it stated that education is a basic civil right granted by it. So don't believe everything you read in the newspapers or everything a politician says...check it out for yourself.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

U.S. don't count on NATO in the future

Brussels, Friday, June 10, 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates spoke at the Biblioteque Solvay regarding security and defense. According to an article by Associate Press reporters Desmond Butler and Robert Burns, the Secretary warned that the "NATO military alliance is at risk." His reasons, "penny-pinching and the distaste for front-line combat." Well isn't that just too bad after we have hauled their hind ends out of two world wars. According too the reporters the Secretary stated that the United States "won't carry the alliance as a charity case" anymore.

The only NATO country that agreed and with gusto was Britain; so much for the rest of our so-called allies. I guess now we know who we can count on in the future...not many.

Gates warned the Europeans of the distaste of Americans towards Europe's priorities. He warned "the blunt reality is that there will be dwindling appetite and patience in the U.S. Congress, and in the American body politic at large, to expend increasingly precious funds on behalf of nations that are unwilling to devote the necessary resources or make the necessary changes to be serious and capable partners in their own defense."

In essence I believe that Gates was telling the Europeans that they need to start "carrying their fair share" of the load that the U.S. has been doing for "six decades".  Well it is about time someone in a high position in the government told the European "users" the truth of the situation and that we are sick and tired of constantly bailing them out of situations they got themselves into.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Martin Anderson's Policy Memorandum No.1

by Martin Anderson

The Plan

(1) We must speed up economic growth to increase the take-home pay of workers and to provide more jobs.

  • Reduce federal taxes
  • Index federal income tax brackets
  • Reduce and eliminate counterproductive federal government regulation of business, education, and the professions
(2) Federal spending must be controlled

  • Reduce and eliminate waste and extravagance in federal spending
  • Establish effective controls on federal spending
  • Give the President line-item veto power over the budget
  • Transfer certain federal programs, along with the tax resources that finance them, back to state and local governments
(3) Balance the federal budget
(4) Economic policy must be consistent, dependable, with no abrupt changes
(5) Propose an "Economic Bill of Rights"
    • Section 1.Limit the amount the federal government can spend
    • Section 2.Require the federal budget to be balanced
    • Section 3.Prohibit the imposition of wage and price controls
    • Section 4. Establish line-item veto power for the President
    • Section 5. Require a two-thirds vote of Congress on all major spending bills
This plan should show positive results within at most one to two years.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two U.S. Senators on the Intelligence Committee...beware of the Patriot Act

Two Democratic U.S. Senators, Mark Udall of Colorado and Ron Wyden of Oregon have gone of record as warning the citizens of the U.S. that if they knew how and to what extent the Patriot Act is being used they would be alarmed at how the Act might and can and in some instances undermines our civil liberties under the premise that the government is using it just to protect us from terrorism. The documents that explain how the Obama administration implements the Patriot Act are classified. The two senators above are privy to this information and without telling the details (which they cannot do so legally) at least warned us to beware.

I believe that the government is obtaining "bulk information" from a very large cross sections of this country's citizens that has nothing to do with spying or terrorism and using it to have an electronic file on each and everyone of us...maybe "big brother" is already hear. Things that start off innocently ofter lead to "ends" not justified by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Beware of those who never loose an opportunity to use an "emergency" to further aggrandise power and centrally locate it in the Federal Government...big government leads to more control of the people and less control of the people who should be in control of their Government.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pres. Obama...abusing War Powers Resolution?

According to U.S. Code, Title 50, Chapter 33, S 1541:

Purpose and policy

(a) Congressional declaration
It is the purpose of this chapter to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgement of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in such situations.

(b) Congressional legislative power under necessary and proper clause
Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer hereof.

(c) Presidential executive power as Commander-in-Chief; limitation
The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to

  1. a declaration of war,
  2. specific statutory authorization, or
  3. a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
According to Senator Richard Lugar who was the former chairman of and is currently the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee in a letter to Pres. Obama dated May 23; he contends that Obama's commitments to consult with Congress and act "consistent with" the War Powers Resolution  "have not been fulfilled." Since that letter the President has been stonewalling the Congress. Since the President is not fulfilling the requirements of the WPR the Congress should take further legal action in forcing him to meet his constitutional obligations or suffer the consequences thereof.

Catholic Power, Catholic Morals | The Weekly Standard

Catholic Power, Catholic Morals The Weekly Standard

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Look to the Hearthstone...therein America's Hope Resides

Who said the following:

In a free republic a great government is the product of a great people. They will look to themselves rather than government for success.

The destiny, the greatness of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there, and the example of self-sacrifice oft appears, if honor abide there, and high ideals, if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character, America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home, and in peace, respect, and confidence abroad. If these virtues be absent there is no power that can supply these blessings. Look well then to the hearthstone, therein all hope for America lies.

The United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons » Publications » The Federalist Society

The United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons » Publications » The Federalist Society

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Contraception...what next the Kama Sutra?

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Senate passed a measure that would require sex education teachers to instruct students from grade six through twelve on the use of contraceptives. Parents are allowed to review the course materials but I do not know if they can elect to not have their children attend these courses. What is next on our educators agenda...the Kama Sutra and alternative life styles. By teaching these courses they are in a direct way condoning them as established moral choices of our society. Our school children have problems enough learning reading, writing and mathematics and now they want to introduce mechanics of contraception. Do you want your tax dollars spent in this manner?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Netanyahu outshines Obama

Class, wisdom, experience and a knowledge of history really showed when comparing the actions and words of Pres. Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. Mr. Netanyahu, with a world of experience under his belt, shined like the leader and statesman he is during the time he was in the United States. He represented his sovereign nation, Israel, in a manner that made me, a gentile and non-citizen of Israel proud of what and how he said it. I wish I could say the same thing of what Pres. Obama said and did...I was embarrassed by the words and actions of Pres. Obama...who acted in a manner that no other U.S. President has acted. Pres. Harry S. Truman; the President that first recognized Israel as a sovereign nation in 1948 and everyone since Pres. Truman never through Israel "under the bus". I apologise Mr. Netanyahu for the manner in which you were treated.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Background of U.S. Recognition of the State of Israel

Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: The U.S. Recognition of the State of IsraelBackgroundIn 1917 Chaim Weizmann, scientist, statesperson, and Zionist, persuaded the British government to issue a statement favoring the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine. The statement, which became known as the Balfour Declaration, was, in part, payment to the Jews for their support of the British against the Turks during World War I. After the war, the League of Nations ratified the declaration and in 1922 appointed Britain to rule Palestine.

This course of events caused Jews to be optimistic about the eventual establishment of a homeland. Their optimism inspired the immigration to Palestine of Jews from many countries, particularly from Germany when Nazi persecution of Jews began. The arrival of many Jewish immigrants in the 1930s awakened Arab fears that Palestine would become a national homeland for the Jews. By 1936 guerrilla fighting had broken out between the Jews and the Arabs. Unable to maintain peace, Britain issued a white paper in 1939 that restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. The Jews, feeling betrayed, bitterly opposed the policy and looked to the United States for support.

While President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared to be sympathetic to the Jewish cause, his assurances to the Arabs that the United States would not intervene without consulting both parties caused public uncertainty about his position. When Harry S. Truman took office, he made clear that his sympathies were with the Jews and accepted the Balfour Declaration, explaining that it was in keeping with former President Woodrow Wilson's principle of "self-determination." Truman initiated several studies of the Palestine situation that supported his belief that, as a result of the Holocaust, Jews were oppressed and also in need of a homeland. Throughout the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, the Departments of War and State, recognizing the possibility of a Soviet-Arab connection and the potential Arab restriction on oil supplies to this country, advised against U.S. intervention on behalf of the Jews.

Britain and the United States, in a joint effort to examine the dilemma, established the "Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry." In April 1946, the committee submitted ten recommendations covering topics such as "The European Problem," "Refugee Immigration Into Palestine," "Principals of Government," "United Nations Trusteeship," "Equality of Standards," "Land Policy," "Economic Development," "Education," and "The Need for Peace in Palestine." [For the complete text, see The Avalon Project at Yale Law School,]

British, Arab, and Jewish reactions to the recommendations were not favorable. Jewish terrorism in Palestine antagonized the British, and by February 1947 Arab-Jewish communications had collapsed. Britain, anxious to rid itself of the problem, set the United Nations in motion, formally requesting on April 2, 1947, that the U.N. General Assembly set up the Special Committee on Palestine (UNSCOP). This committee recommended that the British mandate over Palestine be ended and that the territory be partitioned into two states. Jewish reaction was mixed--some wanted control of all of Palestine; others realized that partition spelled hope for their dream of a homeland. The Arabs were not at all agreeable to the UNSCOP plan. In October the Arab League Council directed the governments of its member states to move troops to the Palestine border. Meanwhile, President Truman instructed the State Department to support the U.N. plan, and, reluctantly it did so. On November 29, 1947, the partition plan was passed by the U.N. General Assembly.

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the Provisional Government of Israel proclaimed a new State of Israel. On that same date, the United States, in the person of President Truman, recognized the provisional Jewish government as de facto authority of the Jewish state (de jure recognition was extended on January 31, 1949). The U.S. delegates to the U.N. and top-ranking State Department officials were angered that Truman released his recognition statement to the press without notifying them first. On May 15, 1948, the first day of Israeli Independence and exactly one year after UNSCOP was established, Arab armies invaded Israel and the first Arab-Israeli war began.

The telegram reproduced here is from decimal file 867n.01/5-1448, Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. The press release is from the records of Charles G. Ross, Alphabetical File, Handwriting of the President at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MO. The Library is part of the Presidential Libraries system of the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Documents Larger Version Press Release about Recognition of IsraelCharles G. Ross, Alphabetical File

Handwriting of the President

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library

Independence, MO

Larger Version State Department Telegram to Diplomats and ConsulatesRecord Group 59

Records of the Department of State

National Archives and Records Administration

Article Citation

"Key Press Release on the Recognition of the State of Israel." Social Education 42, 6 (October 1978): 469.

Revised August 23, 2006, by Education team staff members.

The Balfour Declaration

It read:

Foreign Office, November 2nd,1917

Dear Lord Rothschild,

I have much pleasure in conveying to you on behalf of His Majesty's Government the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations, which has been submitted to and approved by the Cabinet:

"His Majesty's Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

I should be grateful if you would bring this Declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.

Yours sincerely,

Arthur James Balfour
With this document the seed was plated for the rebirth of Israel.

White House Shuts Out Newspaper Over ‘Bias’

White House Shuts Out Newspaper Over ‘Bias’

Monday, May 16, 2011

ACLU Wants Religious Symbols Covered for NJ High School Graduation

ACLU Wants Religious Symbols Covered for NJ High School Graduation

Amendment 1 of the Constitution of the United States

"Congress shall make no law respecting as establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

No where did the founding fathers set up a "wall" between the Government and religion or non-religion....this so called "wall" was a creation of the Supreme Court and has NO foundation to exist in the US Constitution. The ACLU should pick its fights better...or it will loose any remaining relevance it may have had at one time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So called Patriot Act extended for three months

The US House and Senate passed an extension of the egregious so call, misnamed and misleading "Patriot Act". The extension was for three months. Loosing our civil liberties and protection under the Constitution is not the way to fight terrorism. Remember the more power you give to the government the less you have...beware those who  grow the government under the promise that you will be more safe.

Some of the worst provisions include:

Roving, warrant-less wiretaps of virtually ALL forms of electronic communications by U.S. citizens.

Secret federal searches without warrants OR knowledge of the resident.

Blanket warrants for the search and seizure of all library records, without naming individual suspects or providing probable cause.

Judicial warrants replaced with “National Security Letters” signed by unaccountable bureaucrats. Also makes provision to gag anyone served with a “National Security Letter” from disclosing them.

Drastic expansion of the definition of “domestic terrorism,” which is sure to include gun owners.

Expands asset seizure to permit the taking of assets from anyone “suspected” of terrorism, even if that person is NEVER charged or sent to trial.

Lone wolf provisions which allow the government to spy on ANYONE even if they’re not associated with a terrorist organization or foreign national, without due process or notification.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Original Intent

If you are a student of American (U.S.) history and the way certain aspects of its history and law including the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (first ten amendments) have be revised (revisionist history) and actually ignored by the Supreme Court of the United States of America I recommend you get and read Original Intent written by David Barton.

Go to

Address: WallBuilders
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You will be surprised how very far, and in a wrong direction, from the ORIGINAL INTENT we have come from what the Founding Fathers had envisioned for this country.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Is the TSA the new in Bill Barlow v. OSHA (1976)

Pocatello, Idaho....  Bill Barlow and his four sons ran a plumbing, heating and electrical business. This was a family-owned business with thirty-five employees. Bill new that eventually OSHA would sooner or later inspect his business on his private property. After some thinking and study he felt that such inspection of private property by the government was a violation of a constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment.*

    *Article IV, December 15, 1791: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

OSHA, at that time, based its right to search without a warrant of Section 8(a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Bill refused to obey the order. He challenged the constitutionality of Section 8(a) of the OSHA Act via an empaneled three judge court.

The U.S. District Court ruled on December 30, 1976 in his favor stating that Section 8(a) 'directly offends against the prohibitions of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.'

I would like to know how the government and TSA circumvented and continues to circumvent via the Patriot
 Act or other instrument the original intent of the very clearly stated right established by the 4th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. What Amendment (Right) are we going to loose to the sacred altar of security and safety...where will this stop?

Monday, February 28, 2011

A Myth that has been sold to us

In order to deflect any serious discussion  of national security our government tries to reassure us that Islam is a religion of peace. I believe that most Islamic Americans are peaceful and consider the United States there home. However I also believe that there are significant factions in Islam that want to destroy western civilization and its way of life. We have been led to believe that Islam is not that much different from Christianity and Judaism. This is a myth perpetrated to reassure us and put us at ease.

Islam has both a theological and political ideology: a belief in Allah and a political ideology built around the Koran and the teachings of its founder Muhammad. Christianity (Christ), a Jew, teaches us to render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and to God (Allah) what is God's. This has allowed for a non-theocratic political tradition to develop in the West and in Israel. This, in tern, has led to the development of principles of civil and religious liberty.

Islam teaches even to reinterpret or much less to disagree with the Koran's 6000 verses, 114 chapters or Suras which deal with law, politics and faith is punishable by death. Islamic authorities also hold that parts of it written last have more authority and override those written earlier (theory of abrogation).
Specifically, they are parts of the Koran written after 622 A.D.  These are Suras 9 and 5.

Sura 9, verse 5, reads: "Fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them, and lie in wait for them, in every stratagem of war. But if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them....

Sura 9, verse 29, states: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Apostle, nor acknowledge the religion the religion of Truth, even if they are of  the  40 people of the Book, until they pay the jizya (tax) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued."

 Sura 5, verse 51, reads: "Oh ye who  believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors; they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them for friendship is of them. Verily Allah guideth not the unjust."
 And Sura 3, verse 28, introduces the doctrine of taqiyya, which holds that Muslims should not be friends with the infidel except as deception, always with the goal of converting, subduing, or destroying him."

Muslims who truly believe in the above are the individuals and groups that present a threat to Western Civilization.

Friday, February 25, 2011

USA PATRIOT Act (aka the Patriot Act)

A short time ago I wrote to Congressman Joe Walsh, 8th District, Illinois. I voiced my concerns about continuing the Patriot Act and expanding its provisions which in my view may, in some cases, violate our civil rights. I believe it is necessary, at this time in our national history, to have this Act in place to safeguard our country and its citizens but I do believe that it should be reviewed at least twice a year and any additional intrusions on our civil rights and privacy have to be closely followed by the House Committee on Homeland Security of which Congressman Walsh is a member.

Congressman Joe Walsh responded on February 11, 2011 to my inquiry in the following manner:

"Yet, I do believe wholeheartedly that our civil liberties are sacred and indivisible, and I share your concerns that the federal government may be overstepping its bounds and going beyond what is necessary and proper to maintain our safety. As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I will continue to monitor federal authorities to make sure they do not infringe upon the rights and privacy of peaceful Americans. I plan to review Patriot Act programs and investigate all cases of its abuse and will endeavor to reform the offending agencies or programs so that these cases are not repeated."

I hope that all who read this will keep in contact with Congressman Walsh and monitor his progress in keeping the above promise to his constituents.

Congressman Joe Walsh
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-3711

Thursday, January 6, 2011

112th Congress....THE TIPPING POINT?

Yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 the 112th Congress of the United States of America was convened. In November of last year the "real power" of the United States "We The People" spoke in terms that politicians of all parties understand; they voted. I believe they told all on the Hill to start to behave as statesmen concerned with the welfare of this country and the individual and not be blinded by party partisanship. The American people want the Congress to follow the principles as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and at this point in history to be concerned about the economy, the deficit and jobs. Don't try to solve the world's problems...start with ours...they are a big enough challenge. I hope that all in the Congress got this message and also all in the Obama Administration including President Obama.

Do not listen to there words and promises...see and keep tract of what they DO. Constantly remind them that they are there to serve the United States and the electorate that put them there.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Great Depression...non-revisionist version

If you are interested in the true history of the (non-revisionist) "Great Depression" I recommend The Forgotten Man by Amity  Shlaes.

Amity Shlaes is a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations and a syndicated columnist at Bloomberg. She has written for the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, where she was an editorial board member, as well as for The New Yorker, Fortune, National Review, The New Republic, and Foreign Affairs. Shlaes is the author of The Greedy Hand. She lives in New York.

Read it and you will re-evaluate the supposed "greatness" of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Learn the truth and it will set you free.