Archive for September, 2008

O. Missouri.

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

“Obama campaign cracks down on misleading TV ads September 23rd, 2008

The Barack Obama campaign is asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign.”

“On Wednesday, Obama’s Missouri campaign announced U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill would lead a group of Democratic lawmakers, prosecutors and one sheriff “who will be proactive in letting voters in the Show-Me State know the truth in the face of the distortions by the McCain campaign,” according to a news release.”

Did the good and decent people of Missouri elect Claire McCaskill to be a prosecutor or a representative in congress?

The wheels are falling off the bus and Claire McCaskill is in lock-step with Obama as she has been since day one.

Somehow I don’t believe Missourians had this in mind when they sent her to Washington.

 

People In Glass Houses…

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

“Billionaire Penny Pritzker helped run Hinsdale, Ill.-based Superior, overseeing her family’s 50% ownership stake. She now serves as Barack Obama’s national campaign-finance chairwoman, which means her banking past could prove to be an embarrassment to her — and perhaps to the campaign.

Superior was seized in 2001 and later closed by federal regulators. Government investigators and consumer advocates have contended that Superior engaged in unsound financial activities and predatory lending practices. Ms. Pritzker, a longtime friend and supporter of Sen. Obama, served for a time as Superior’s chairman, and later sat on the board of its holding company.

Sen. Obama has long criticized predatory subprime mortgage lenders and urged strong actions against them.”

Can You Spare Ten Minutes?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Just ten minutes.  That’s all I ask.

I Agree With Obama

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Obama stated that the reason he wasn’t going to follow The McCain’s lead and suspend campaigning for a couple of days is because “The president should be able to do more than one thing at a time.”

I agree with him.  The president should be able to multi-task; However, he is not the president.  He is the junior senator from Illinois.  As such, he should be joining the other 99 senators in Washington to hammer out legislation that will SAVE OUR ECONOMY.

And Now, The Rest Of The Story

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

A Gold Star Mother in Wisconsin presented an envelope to The McCain when she, among others, greeted him at the airport.  Inside the envelope were a set of photo memorial dog tags. Later that day at a campaign rally, The McCain used the envelope and photo dog tags to illustrate a point.  That point being let us remember what is important. Here’s what that Gold Star Mother had to say to The McCain afterwords:

“I received and then accepted invitation to meet and greet Senator John McCain when he arrived in Green Bay, WI on 9/18/2008.

There’s been some press and blogging about it.  Some truth and some misconception. For any of you having questions, here is the letter I wrote Sen. John McCain thanking him for acknowledging my son and Afghanistan… I wrote:

Dear Senator McCain,

I desperately hope someone prints this out and takes it to you to read immediately.

I am the mother of Fallen Soldier SSG Patrick Lee Lybert who met you at the Green Bay, Wisconsin Airport on 9/18/08.

There was no time to fully express my feelings to you.

I felt You, Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband to be the warmest, most sincere down to earth people one could hope to meet.

I cannot begin to explain to you the impact upon my heart when I looked into your eyes. I had my composure until that moment. I struggled to hold tears and maintain some dignity, but feel I failed miserably.

Here in front of me was the man I have held in such high esteem for so many years. A man my own son greatly respected, called hero or more reverently “The McCain”.

Television and photo do not do justice to you Sir. Your face is so beautiful, a face of compassion, wisdom and light. A man not afraid to say God Bless you and I know you really meant it.

When you hugged me I thought my heart would break. I could barely speak. I was trying to hold back the emotion I felt.

For in my minds eye, as you came down those steps I was seeing that younger John McCain, the soldier I had watched on television return home in 1973 when I was but 17. I remember my heart breaking and tears running then wishing I could hug you and take your pain.

Now all these years later I stood before you as you walked off a plane, this time as Mother of a Fallen Soldier and you hugged me – my mind could barely assemble it all.

Thank you for accepting the gift I gave you, the Photo Dog Tags of my son, along with my note. And yes, they are meant for you to share if you wish, have no doubt of that! (The press seems to have misunderstood the type of dog tag. You clearly held them up and they were clearly photographed and videoed as photo dog tags.)

Our family is so honored!

The most important part is that you read my note, spoke of my son Patrick, and Afghanistan at the conclusion of your speech in Green Bay.

I had been unable to stay as I had to get home to my special needs son. ( I had a four hour drive).

When I walked in Noah ask me “did you give him the photo dog tags of my brother? Will he say my brother’s name and talk about Afghanistan tonight?” I had told him I didn’t think you would have time but that you had them and he nodded.

Then came the news and video clips. You gave such tribute and honor to Patrick. Noah is so happy!

I could hardly wait to convey the news on to the soldiers I’m in contact with at Camp Lybert in Afghanistan (they are from Fort Hood, Texas) – Then to my son’s Comrades and 3-71 Cav 10th Mnt Div at Fort Drum – soon to redeploy to Afghanistan, again before January. Do you know they refer to this as “the forgotten war”?

They are so thankful to you for what you have done! One said “what you did was to give SSG Lybert’s (memory) and all of us who know what was lost out there HOPE!

There are of course those who have posted a dig here or there at you and I over this as they did not bother to get the full facts.

But please, Senator McCain, do not stop! Know my family and I are so proud to back you! My son Patrick would swell with pride knowing you hold and acknowledge photo dog tags of him, and that you give attention to our troops in Afghanistan.

“It’s not about the war, it’s about standing behind the troops who stand in front of us”.

Thank you Senator McCain,and again God Bless you.

I hold you in prayer.

Sincerely,
Cheryl Lee Patrick
Ladysmith, WI

Mother of SSG Patrick Lee Lybert
KIA 21 June, 2006, Afghanistan”

Gianna Jessen

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

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Elitists, Don’t Worry.

Friday, September 19th, 2008

From The St. Petersburg Times:

“In short, the way students are treated in college trains them for the social position they will occupy once they get out. At schools like Cleveland State, they’re being trained for positions somewhere in the middle of the class system, in the depths of one bureaucracy or another. They’re being conditioned for lives with few second chances, no extensions, little support, narrow opportunity — lives of subordination, supervision, and control, lives of deadlines, not guidelines. At places like Yale, of course, it’s the reverse. The elite like to think of themselves as belonging to a meritocracy…”

Note to Ivy League Elite:  Don’t worry about us rubes.  We’re just simpleton hayseeds who don’t know any three syllable words.  Just let us sit out here in the sticks, clinging to our guns, and religion.  We’ll continue to join the military and go fight and die in America’s wars so you don’t have to.

While we’re eating MREs in foxholes, you can enjoy your favorite merlot with some veal at your swanky digs.

O. Wait.  Does a merlot go with veal?  Sorry, we simpletons educated in public schools don’t know about stuff like that.

We won’t get in the way of you taking over the USA.  Just call us when you need your toilet unstopped.  That’s what we’ve been trained for.

Member Of DNC Endorses McCain

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Member of DNC Platform Committee, Endorses John McCain

ARLINGTON, VA — Today the McCain-Palin campaign announced the endorsement of Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee.

“In an election as important as this, we must choose the candidate who has a proven record of bipartisanship and reforming government, and that’s John McCain,” Rothschild said. “We can’t afford a president who lacks experience and judgment and has never crossed party lines to work for meaningful reform. Amid tough economic times and foreign policy concerns, we need someone who is ready to lead. Although I am a Democrat, I recognize that it’s more important to put country ahead of party and that’s why I support John McCain.”

Rothschild, an attorney and businesswoman, supported Sen. Clinton during the Democratic primaries. She will campaign for Sen. McCain through Election Day.

Obama’s Biggest Lie

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Barack Obama said, before the National Press Club debacle, that “The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation.”

The Truth Machine that is The Honorable James David Manning has some thoughts on that subject.

What’s The Dif?

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Obama picking Biden = Cronyism

McCain picking Palin = Optimism

Let’s Get Optimistic.

8 things you need to know about Obama and Rezko

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

1. They met in 1990. Obama was a student at Harvard Law School and got an unsolicited job offer from Rezko, then a low-income housing developer in Chicago. Obama turned it down.

2. Obama took a job in 1993 with a small Chicago law firm, Davis Miner Barnhill, that represents developers — primarily not-for-profit groups — building low-income housing with government funds.

3. One of the firm’s not-for-profit clients — the Woodlawn Preservation and Investment Corp., co-founded by Obama’s then-boss Allison Davis — was partners with Rezko’s company in a 1995 deal to convert an abandoned nursing home at 61st and Drexel into low-income apartments. Altogether, Obama spent 32 hours on the project, according to the firm. Only five hours of that came after Rezko and WPIC became partners, the firm says. The rest of the future senator’s time was helping WPIC strike the deal with Rezko. Rezko’s company, Rezmar Corp., also partnered with the firm’s clients in four later deals — none of which involved Obama, according to the firm. In each deal, Rezmar “made the decisions for the joint venture,” says William Miceli, an attorney with the firm.

4. In 1995, Obama began campaigning for a seat in the Illinois Senate. Among his earliest supporters: Rezko. Two Rezko companies donated a total of $2,000. Obama was elected in 1996 — representing a district that included 11 of Rezko’s 30 low-income housing projects.

5. Rezko’s low-income housing empire began crumbling in 2001, when his company stopped making mortgage payments on the old nursing home that had been converted into apartments. The state foreclosed on the building — which was in Obama’s Illinois Senate district.

6. In 2003, Obama announced he was running for the U.S. Senate, and Rezko — a member of his campaign finance committee — held a lavish fund-raiser June 27, 2003, at his Wilmette mansion.

7. A few months after Obama became a U.S. senator, he and Rezko’s wife, Rita, bought adjacent pieces of property from a doctor in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood — a deal that has dogged Obama the last two years. The doctor sold the mansion to Obama for $1.65 million — $300,000 below the asking price. Rezko’s wife paid full price — $625,000 — for the adjacent vacant lot. The deals closed in June 2005. Six months later, Obama paid Rezko’s wife $104,500 for a strip of her land, so he could have a bigger yard. At the time, it had been widely reported that Tony Rezko was under federal investigation. Questioned later about the timing of the Rezko deal, Obama called it “boneheaded” because people might think the Rezkos had done him a favor.

8. Eight months later — in October 2006 — Rezko was indicted on charges he solicited kickbacks from companies seeking state pension business under his friend Gov. Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors maintain that $10,000 from the alleged kickback scheme was donated to Obama’s run for the U.S. Senate. Obama has given the money to charity.

E-mail to Obama: dishonest TV ad, wrong audience

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

From Jonah Goldberg at the Los Angeles Times:

After running a brilliant and historic primary battle to defeat Hillary Clinton, the Obama campaign is now in disarray. Why?

Perhaps it’s because Barack Obama has never run a competitive race against a Republican. After all, Obama won his U.S. Senate seat in Illinois by running against Alan Keyes, a fire-and-brimstone, right-wing black carpetbagger from Maryland (or perhaps Mars) who had no real ties to Illinois.

Now, facing John McCain’s blistering ads, Obama seems unable to fight fire with fire. The Democratic rank and file are furious (while simultaneously denouncing McCain’s negativity).

Obama, they may be realizing, doesn’t know how to close the deal.

Nonetheless, the Obama campaign has vowed, once again, to take the gloves off and go after McCain hard, linking him to President Bush and highlighting the fact that the Arizona senator is out of touch.

One flaw with this supposed course correction is that it isn’t one. McCain-Bush-Economy has been Obama’s message for months now. Indeed, ABC News’ Jake Tapper wrote on his blog that this is actually the fourth time Team Obama has pledged to engage in a bracing round of fisticuffs.

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Up. Down.

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

McCain:

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Obama:

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Do You Really Believe That Barack Obama Cares About Veterans?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Barack Obama cares about Veterans when it is politically expedient for him to do so.  When first in the Senate, he jockeyed to get on the Veterans Affairs Committee because he knew that Veterans issues would be a hot item in the 08 presidential campaign.

He gladly marched Tammy Duckworth out during the Democrats convention to heap praise on Obama and denigrate Senator McCain.

Oddly, though, Obama was absent when the VA Secretary toured the VAMC in Marion Illinois, where at least 29 Veterans were murdered.  In The Southern newspaper, John Homan wrote: “The cabinet secretary was in Marion to meet VA staff and employees in person at the urging of U.S. Senators. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield, and Barack Obama, D-Chicago, as well as Congressmen Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville. The Illinois contingent of legislators, minus Obama, toured the hospital with Peake and participated in the town hall meeting and a news conference.”

Where was Obama, the senator from Illinois?

National Disgrace

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

On May 11th we said: ”

“I disagree with the premise that there was some effort to cover something up,” Kussman testified Thursday. “We don’t obfuscate.”

That came from testimony Kussman gave in the “Veterans Lawsuit“.

In an article appearing in The Saginaw News on May 9th, Jean Spenner states: “Comments from Ed Mason, president of the union chapter at the center, must go through the public affairs office, said Carrie Seward, public affairs officer.”

The story is about a hangman’s noose that was found in an employees locker at the VA hospital in Saginaw.

I have been a very vocal critic of the VA spin and rotation propaganda machine for a long time.

And that’s why.  At the same time that Kussman is testifying, under oath, that the VA doesn’t obfuscate, Carrie Seward is giving us another example of just how the VA does obfuscate.

By ensuring that all comments from the employee union president are routed through her, Carrie Seward can guarantee that only the “Official Message” makes it out.

And that’s the way the VA works.  Just like in the email that Katz sent to the VA spin doctor Everett (call me Ev) Chasen asking for guidance on how to spin the fact that 17 Veterans EVERY DAY are committing suicide.

The Nazi and Soviet propaganda machines could have learned many lessons from the VA.

The Chinese, Cuban, and Myanmar propaganda machines still can.”  And today we can add Russian propaganda to that list.

Any reasonable person would think, given the intense scrutiny the VA is under about its fundamental failure to make any meaningful progress on reducing the number of suicides among Veterans, that Everett (call me Ev) Chasen would not be allowed to continue to spin this issue; However, the VA isn’t well stocked with reasonable people.  Quite the opposite actually.  This is Everett Chasen’s bio from his employment with something called “The National Writers Group”:  

“Everett A. (Ev) Chasen has been the Veterans Health Administration’s Chief Communications Officer since November 2003. Ev has been with VA since 1987, as OPA Regional Director for Public Affairs in the New York area; Director of VA’s Protocol Staff; Chief of Support Service for the Office of Administration; and Director of the Office of Media Relations. From 1998 to 2003, he was the principal speechwriter for Secretaries Togo West and Anthony Principi.

Before coming to VA, Ev spent thirteen years with the Army Corps of Engineers as a historian and Public Affairs Officer. He has published numerous articles on collectibles, gardening and home decorating, and is a contributing editor to Country Decorating and Country Collectibles magazines.”

Stunning.  Absolutely stunning.  The guy in charge of spinning the failure of the VA has written several articles on home decorating. Further, he is moonlighting with this National Writers Group, which is clearly a conflict of interest. Not only is it a conflict of interest, it is a perfect example of how Washington Insiders, like “Ev”, are getting rich off the backs of tax payers. Following is “Ev’s” latest transmogrification of an extreme negative into a “positive” with our fact checking OK, there’s just too many disparities to fact check now.  Instead, we are providing this link to the actual report:

http://vetsburg.org/PDF/Blue_Ribbon_Report_FINAL_June3008.pdf

Panel Praises VA Suicide Prevention Efforts
A blue–ribbon panel has praised VA for its comprehensive suicide prevention strategy. The panel noted a number of VA initiatives, including a Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the hiring of suicide prevention coordinators. The panel also made a number of recommendations for additional actions. With more than 17,000 mental health professionals, including dedicated suicide prevention coordinators in each of VA’s 153 medical centers, VA is the nation’s largest provider of mental health care. VA’s mental health program this year is funded at more than $3 billion.

“Panel Praises VA Suicide Prevention Efforts

VA Suicide Prevention Panel Completes Draft Report

September 9, 2008

Group Lauds VA’s Comprehensive Strategy

WASHINGTON – A blue-ribbon panel has praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for its “comprehensive strategy” in suicide prevention that includes a “number of initiatives and innovations that hold great promise for preventing suicide attempts and completions.”

Among the initiatives and innovations the group studied were VA’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-TALK.  The lifeline is staffed by trained professionals 24 hours a day to deal with any immediate crisis that may be taking place.  Nearly 33,000 veterans, family members or friends of veterans have called the lifeline in the year that it has been operating.  Of those, there have been more than 1,600 rescues to prevent possible tragedy.

Other initiatives noted included the hiring of suicide prevention coordinators at each of VA’s 153 medical facilities, the establishment of a Mental Health Center of Excellence in Canandaigua, N.Y., focusing on developing and testing clinical and public health intervention standards for suicide prevention, the creation of an additional research center on suicide prevention in Denver, which focuses on research in the clinical and neurobiological conditions that can lead to increased suicide risk and a plus-up in staff making more than 400 mental health professionals entirely dedicated to suicide prevention.

With the praise, the panel also recommended a mixture of more research, greater cooperation among federal agencies, and more education for health care workers and community leaders to further strengthen and share VA’s ability to help veterans and their families.

“Every human life is precious, none more than the men and women who serve this nation in the military,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake. “The report of this blue-ribbon panel, and other efforts underway, will ensure VA mobilizes its full resources to care for our most vulnerable veterans.”

Called the “Blue Ribbon Work Group on Suicide Prevention,” the five-member group was composed of suicide prevention experts from VA, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  The group was created by Peake and met June 11-13, 2008.

Among the panel’s recommendations to further enhance VA’s outstanding programs, many of which VA has already begun to implement, are:

  • Design a study that will identify suicide risk among veterans of different conflicts, ages, genders, military branches and other factors.  VA has committed to work with other federal agencies to design such a study within 30 days.
  • Improve VA’s screening for suicide among veterans with depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  VA is in the process of designing a new screening protocol, with pilot test undertaken during the fiscal year quarter beginning Oct. 1, 2008.
  • Ensure that evidence-based research is used to determine the appropriateness of medications for depression, PTSD and suicidal behavior.  VA’s is providing written warnings to patients about side effects, and the Department’s suicide prevention coordinators are contacting health care providers to advise them of the latest evidence-based research on medications.
  • Devise a policy for protecting the confidential records of VA patients who may also be treated by the military’s health care system.  VA is already developing a plan to clarify the privacy rights of patients who come to VA while serving in the military.
  • Increase research about suicide prevention.  VA has announced several funding opportunities this year for research on suicide prevention and is developing priorities for suicide prevention research.
  • Develop educational materials about suicide prevention for families and community groups.  VA is examining the effectiveness of support groups and educational material for the families of suicidal veterans, and producing a brochure for the families of veterans with traumatic brain injury about suicide, which will be available within 30 days.
  • Increase training for VA chaplains about the warning signs of suicide.  VA offices responsible for chaplains and mental health professionals are studying ways to implement this recommendation, with a report due by Nov. 1.
  • Develop a gun-safety program for veterans with children in the home, both as a child-safety measure and a suicide prevention effort.  A VA directive establishing the program is being developed, with full implementation expected during the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2008.

VA is the nation’s largest provider of mental health care.  More than 17,000 mental health professionals, including dedicated suicide prevention coordinators in each of VA’s 153 medical centers, are available to care for veterans.  The Department’s mental health program this year is funded at more than $3 billion.”

Why Feminists Hate Governor Palin

Monday, September 15th, 2008

From the WSJ.

“Wendy Doniger, religion professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School, added on the Washington Post blog, “Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman.”

There seems to be no limit on how low Palin detractors will go.  And, to me, that is very sad.

Why Did Matt Damon Say That?

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Clues can be found in where he is spending his money.

Bush Doctrine

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Someone told me last spring that gas would be 7 dollars a gallon by the end of summer.  When I asked how they knew that they said: “I saw it on the news.”

After seeing Charles Gibson, who I admire*, tell the world that the Bush Doctrine consists entirely of preemptive strike, I shuddered.Charlie said: “The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense; that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us.”

That is a common, and totally inaccurate view that is held by a whole host of talking heads.  An enormous number of people not aware of what the Bush Doctrine is, and not capable of critical thought, will believe Charlie because they “saw it on the news.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Bush Doctrine, a rudimentary jumping off point is here.

*Used to admire.

Off The Fence

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

McCain Pailin

Obama Lipstick

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008