Melanie Morgan

Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

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  • Do We Have a Deal?

    Original Article
     
    "...As of now—Sunday morning—word is there’s a deal between the White House and Republicans on a deal to raise the debt ceiling. No tax increases. $1 trillion in immediate budget cuts. A required $1.5 trillion in cuts by November as designed by a bipartisan committee or (if the House and Senate do not agree on them) automatic cuts to Medicare (to scare Democrats) and Defense (to scare Republicans). If the details are true, and the deal holds, it’s an astonishing achievement for the Right—the most significant conceptual shift in American politics since Bill Clinton​ announced his support for ending welfare..."
  • Getting a Clue

    Jumping to conclusions, or is the mystery of DB Cooper about to be solved?

    The FBI claims to have credible new clues in the four decade long mystery of a hijacking over the Cascade Mountains in which the suspect took $200K and disappeared into history.

    Close to be caught? Artists sketches of America's most elusive fugitive DB Cooper who hijacked an aeroplane and extorted $200,000 from the FBI before escaping by parachute in 1971

    Close to be caught? Artists sketches of America's most elusive fugitive DB Cooper who hijacked an aeroplane and extorted $200,000 from the FBI before escaping by parachute in 1971



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020687/DB-Cooper-FBI-new-suspect-40-years-fugitive-parachuted-hijacked-plane.html#ixzz1TittFpar

     

  • LA or Bust!

    I'm taking the next couple of days off and heading to Hollyweird. Hopey Changey land. Visualizing world peas.

    Blogging will resume when morale improves.

     

  • Horror in Oslo, Plus Other Weekend Headlines

    Who was that handsome, square-jawed, blue-eyed, blonde hair MAD MAN who mowed down 91 innocents in Norway?

    Partial answers drifting in today...(linkage from Instapundit)

    NORWAY SHOOTER hated libertarians.

    91 dead in Norway: Right wing extremist theory is pushed by liberal/Muslim media.  This attack bears the marks of an Al Qaeda “Mumbai” style attack

    Speaker Boehner on the “big breakup:”  if the White House won’t get serious, WE WILL

    More than 500 California state workers make more than $250,000

    “No-plan” Obama Blames, Scaremongers, Quits

    Obama billionaire fundraiser busts her Hyatt hotel workers union – Obama is silent

  • Another Sex Scandal for Democrats

    A young woman accuses Oregon Democratic Congressman David Wu of unwanted sexual advances....Wu says he doesn't want media attention to focus on young woman and her family.

    I'll bet!

    Question: how long will it take for Democrats to demand an investigation? Answer: a looooong time. 

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    Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., talks to constituents at an Oregon town hall.  By CHARLES POPE, JANIE HAR and BETH SLOVIC

    A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu's Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources.

    When confronted, the Oregon Democrat acknowledged a sexual encounter to his senior aides but insisted it was consensual, the sources said.

    The woman is the daughter of a longtime friend and campaign donor. She apparently did not contact police at the time.

    One person who heard the voice mail described the woman as upset, breathing heavily and "distraught."

    In the voice mail, the young woman accused Wu of aggressive and unwanted sexual behavior, according to sources with direct knowledge of the message and its contents.

    Reporters could not verify the young woman's age. Notes on Facebook over the past 18 months indicate she graduated from high school in 2010. California records show she registered to vote in August.

    Wu, 56,  did not respond to repeated questions from The Oregonian over the past four days.

    Late Friday, Wu issued a one-sentence response: "This is very serious, and I have absolutely no desire to bring unwanted publicity, attention, or stress to a young woman and her family."

    Sources familiar with the voice mail said it was clear that the woman was the daughter of a high school friend of Wu's in Orange County. The Oregonian does not use the names of victims of sexual assault without their permission. In this case, the newspaper is withholding some details about the family that might identify them given the allegations.

    The young woman and her mother and father declined to speak to a reporter outside their home Friday. The family said through an attorney that "they are not interested in talking to" the press. The attorney, David Swanson, is an Orange County lawyer who specializes in criminal law, according to his website.

    Sources who talked to The Oregonian agreed to speak only on condition they not be named. They offered information about the alleged incident independently, and each said they had direct knowledge of its details.

    Two people with knowledge of the recording and the later conversation with Wu said the alleged incident took place over Thanksgiving weekend. Sources said they were told that the woman went outside and Wu left after her. The sexual encounter followed, they said.

    Two sources said the woman believed there was not enough evidence to press charges. There were no witnesses, and it would be her word against a seven-term member of the U.S. Congress.

    The alleged incident raises new questions about Wu's behavior during the 1st District congressman's re-election campaign last year. According to staff at the time and emails from the period, he behaved so erratically that staff avoided scheduling him for public appearances and ran a campaign that relied heavily on advertising. Shortly before the Nov. 2 election, senior staff quietly shut down the campaign office and sent other campaign workers home.

    In February, following unexpectedly large staff turnover, Wu acknowledged extreme stress last year, which he attributed to the campaign and problems in his marriage. He and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce. He said he sought counseling and has taken medication for an unspecified mental condition.

    The Southern California incident allegedly occurred a little over three weeks after the election.

    In 2004, The Oregonian reportedon a 1976 case when Wu was a student at Stanford University and was disciplined for trying to force an ex-girlfriend to have sex.

    Wu refused interview requests related to the Stanford incident for months and hired an attorney who aggressively attacked the paper's reporting and sought to stop publication. When the story ran three weeks before the 2004 election, Wu quickly apologized for his "inexcusable behavior" and was re-elected.

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    Jayme Fraser and Lynne Palombo of The Oregonian staff contributed to this story.

     
  • Newsroom Picks, Uncoverage the Right

    Mysterious deaths at millionaire Democrat’s San Diego home raises more questions

    Project Veritas Pt. 4: Medicaid fraud in Richmond Virginia

    Big fat Indian weddings faulted for wasting food

    While Obama golfs and America sleeps: China is taking over the oceans

    New study 563,000 Illegal immigrants in California

    The Obama depression: 10,000 new unemployed in June, Jobless rate 9.2%/

    “Spenditol” for that budget pain [video]

    Warning: Gang of Six plan will raise taxes, mortgage/401k/IRA/charity deductions to be affected

  • A Headache for the Haters

    Authoritative reports on Michelle
    Bachmann's migraines
    American Thinker  Original Article
    There is still yet another reason for the Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) haters to hate her--she refuses to play victim. [Snip] "Like nearly 30 million other Americans, I experience migraines that are easily controlled with medication. I am a wife, a mother, a lawyer who worked her way through law school, a former state senator who achieved the repeal of a harmful piece of education policy in Minnesota, and a congresswoman who has worked tirelessly fighting against the expansion of government and wasteful spending."
  • Faster, Please

    Simple jab that can
    cure heart disease

    Daily Express

       Original Article

    An injection could reverse the ravages of heart disease, ­effectively curing the condition. The revolutionary technique could transform the lives of ­many thousands of people in Britain with ailing hearts. Scientists have found a way to make hearts beat stronger and to even overcome the damage caused by previous heart attacks. The gene injection takes just 12 weeks to start working. Hailed as “the next great thing”, the ground-breaking research is ready for testing in humans. This means that it could be just a few years before it is used on heart attack and heart failure patients.
  • The Slap Heard Around the World

    How Wendi Won the Day, and Why It’s Good for Rupert

    Watch it over and over and over...

    Watch it over and over and over...

    A mere 24 hours ago, Wendi Murdoch, née Deng, wasn't having such a great time. Her husband was in the middle of the worst crisis of his career, which happened to be rotten timing for the opening of the movie she'd co-produced. Her marriage to Rupert seemed to many like a classic trophy case — despite her own impressive résumé, Wendi is, after all, much younger and far more beautiful than her very powerful husband. And then with one instinctual protective swap, she became Wendi Daaaang, responsible for the most riveting moment of a memorable day, stealing the thunder of the pie thrower, even.

    Deng's volleyball career was swiftly analyzed (was that a spike?!); an MP told Rupert, "Your wife has a very good left hook." Wendi became, suddenly, not a mysterious gold digger, but a genuine pop-culture hero: GIFs like the one above ricocheted around the social web, as did the Awl's funny gallery of her five best stone-cold faces from the hearing. A fake Twitter account sprang up ("I like to karate chop hippies. You have a pie, I have fists of steel"), and she was a trending topic on the service, with a Chuck Norris–like folk legend quickly coalescing ("At least the question of next News CEO has been settled, in muscular fashion. #Wendi #obviously"). Wendi's moment even brought the scandal to the attention of her native China, where it had been previously ignored. Headline writers reached for the vaguely uncomfortable Asian Tiger comparison — she was a Tiger Wife and a Tiger Mother, and she was also, in good old-fashioned American tradition, standing by her man.

    The sober-minded New Republic declared her slap its favorite moment of the day; the FT ran a glowing opinion piece on the couple's performance, with Wendi's obviously buoying up her husband's rather less stellar day. Michael Wolff, not exactly known for his chummy relationship with Rupert, glowed to Reuters, "That's our Wendi. She is great — incredibly full of energy, incredibly intelligent, living the life and just squeezing everything out of it. She is incredibly ambitious." And that's why the pop-culture Wendi moment matters: Even people who despise her husband can't help but be delighted by her fierce swipe. That it came in such unblinking defense of her husband means there must be something worth protecting in him, goes the next unconscious strand of thought. Even more than the pie in his face, it was a moment that suddenly made the villain of the piece seem a sympathetic figure; the tough-as-nails wife softens him somehow.

  • Reality Check, Tim

    It's time for Tim Pawlenty to wake up and smell the coffee.

    He's not going to become the next President of the United States.

    Pawlenty, a Republican from Minnesota, will not even be among those polled in the future by PPP due to the fact he doesn't show up on national data. That's semi-tragic (for him.)

    Daily Caller, by Alexis Levinson    Original Article
    As a result of Tim Pawlenty’s poor performance in its latest national poll, Public Policy Polling will no longer include the former Minnesota governor on the list of candidates it polls in a direct match-up against President Barack Obama at the state level. Pawlenty will still be included in PPP’s Republican primary polls. PPP is set to release the results of its national poll this week. Teasing those results on Monday, Tom Jensen, PPP’s director, tweeted: “Rick Perry debuts in our national polling at 12%. Will replace Pawlenty in our state level general election polls because T-Paw is now 8th.”
  • GOP Rolls with Deficit Cutting Bill

    Original Article
    WASHINGTON- Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened government default.The 234-190 vote marked the power of deeply conservative first-term Republicans, and stood in contrast to stirrings at the White House and in the Senate on a renewed effort at bipartisanship to solve the looming debt crisis.President Barack Obama and a startling number of Republican senators lauded a deficit-reduction plan put forward earlier in the day
  • Go West Young Man, Go West

    It looks like the California Gold Rush has resumed as thousands folks rush to the Sierra to pick and pan for nuggets. Is this Obama's economic prosperity plan? Lottery tickets and amateur gold mining...is that what the President was talking about with Hope and Change?

    What's next...a reality TV show? Oh gosh....guess that's already been done.

     AMADOR COUNTY (CBS13) — A group of investors is betting millions the gold rush isn’t over in the Sierra Foothills. They’re spending more than $20 million to get a mine in Amador County back up and running.

    The mine goes about 650 feet underground and it’s about to get a whole lot deeper.

    They’ve done the research, and Sutter Gold Mining Inc. says there’s a lot of gold in the rocks. The light-colored quartz will guide miners to bright colored nuggets and the potential for a billion dollars.

    “We’ll be mining about a third to half ounce of gold per ton,” said company spokesman David Cochrane.

    The untapped, underground territory is about to get blasted.

    “The miners will drill holes, set charges and blast it down,” said Cochrane.

    David says an astonishing 20 tons of gold lies within their 3.6 mile stretch of land. At today’s rate of about $1,600 an ounce, that’s over $1 billion of valuable rock.

  • Rupert in the Dock

    The "get" Murdoch story is on full boil.....

    "...The phone hacking scandal that has claimed the jobs of Britain's two most high-profile police officers, caused the closure of one of the country's most famous newspapers, prompted 10 arrests so far and led to calls for the resignation of the Prime Minister reaches a critical juncture today with a moment of high drama to rival anything that the British media has produced before, either in real life or fiction.

    The founder and the appointed heir to the world's most famous media empire will take centre stage in the next act of the hacking saga.

    Rupert and James Murdoch will sit before a panel of MPs and face questions that the company over which they preside was involved in phone hacking on an "industrial scale", made illegal payments to police officers and sought to corrupt the democratic process by "owning" politicians. In their answers, for which they have been carefully drilled by a team of lawyers and media trainers, the pair will attempt to rescue a tarnished reputation and distance themselves from serious criminality."

  • Murder Mystery Won't Die

    Even though the California media is ignoring a shocking hanging death of the girlfriend of a liberal Democratic fundraiser in California...and the "accidental" death of his six year old son....the facts are beginning to emerge from the shadows.

    Read more here.

  • She's baaacckkk and whining; "Hanoi Jane" Fonda

    "Hanoi Jane" Fonda is bonkers over the on-line shopping channel 'QVC' canceling her appearance to promote her new book.

    Jane Fonda: 'I Have Never Done Anything to Hurt My Country'

    1972 photos of Hanoi Jane yucking it up with North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners while sitting on their gun, while they still held hundreds of U.S airman and while the air war was still going strong YET she says in below article:

    "Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT!"said Fonda. "I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us."

    Several requests from students and other visitors have asked if the photos depicting Jane Fonda sitting on an NVA anti-aircraft gun were really her or not.  The answer to this question is YES.  Jane Fonda has expressed her regrets for having her picture taken while sitting on the anti-aircraft gun and for the pain that her action has caused many American Veterans.

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    Jane Fonda sitting on a seat of an anti-aircraft gun

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    Jane Fonda looking admiringly at an NVA gun crew

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    Jane Fonda applauding an NVA anti-aircraft gun crew.  These guns were used to shoot down American planes and contributed to the deaths of American Airmen.

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    Jane Fonda laughing with an NVA gun crew

  • If You Live in the D.C. Metro Area...

    PATRIOTS ALL

    The DC Chapter of FReeRepublic invites all patriots to stand together with us at Walter Reed for one last big gathering on JULY 29,2011,  at the main gate at Georgia Avenue and Elder Street, NW.   We will stand in support from 6:30PM to around 9:20PM when the dinner bus returns, cheering the wounded and their families through the gate.

    You have been an integral part in our support of the wounded at Walter Reed.   This will be the last big gathering at Walter Reed before it closes down in August.   Also, we do not know when the Friday night dinner buses will stop taking the wounded and their families out to dinner, but rest assured, the DC Chapter will continue the Friday nights until the last bus returns.

    If you cannot make it on July 29, email me to see if we will be there so you can join us.   We expect the dinner bus to keep running several weeks into August.

    This will also be the 328th CONSECUTIVE Friday night that patriots have stood at Walter Reed.  We have stood there on Christmas Day 2009, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve,2010, on 9/11/2009, Good Fridays, tropical storms, snow storms, rain storms, 12 degree temperature when the bus finally returned, and each Friday in between.   We are on our 3rd generation MOAB.

    The DC Chapter will have banners, signs, patriotic music, drinks and plenty of pizza.

    Hope to see some familiar patriots that night.

    This invite is being sent to some patriots who I know cannot make it, but I wanted to keep you apprised of an end of one of the greatest troop support rallies in history.  It is only surpassed by years of support families gave their loved during WWII while they fought for our freedom.   In WWII, soldiers were away from home for years at a time. 

    The DC Chapter says Thank You for your support at Walter Reed.

    Please pass this invite to your email lists.

    Phil, aka Trooprally


    (I have spent several Friday nights at Walter Reed standing with the FreeRepublic Patriots when I visited from California. It was an honor to be with them in support of our Wounded Warriors, God Bless them all.)


    Just two of the four corners that teemed with FReepers, Eagles, Protest Warriors, Gold Star and Blue Star families, Rolling Thunder, Vietnam Vets of America and troop supporters representing dozens of other organizations. Melanie Morgan and Move America Forward's caravan came from California, gathering flags, signs and more patriots at stops across the country, as they had done last March for the first Gathering of Eagles.

  • Nicely Said, Ms Daley

    I want to cross-post a piece I read at Instapundit this morning because I so completely agree with Janet Daley's assessment of the Rupert Murdoch scandal.

    JANET DALEY: Media Pile-On On Murdoch Is About Eliminating An Ideological And Commercial Rival. Well, yes. “This has gone way, way beyond phone hacking. It is now about payback. Gordon Brown’s surreal effusion in the House last week may have made it embarrassingly explicit, but the odour of vengeance has been detectable from the start: not just from politicians who have suffered the disfavour of Murdoch’s papers, or the trade unions (and their political allies) who have never forgiven him for Wapping, but from that great edifice of self-regarding, mutually affirming soft-Left orthodoxy which determines the limits of acceptable public discourse – of which the BBC is the indispensable spiritual centre. . . . . But the power of the BBC – and its historical hatred for the ‘Murdoch empire’ – is just one aspect of a larger battle which has now leapt across the Atlantic, where the target is not newspapers which can be legitimately charged with having committed unconscionable acts, but Fox News. Its offence is to have filled such a huge gap in the market for television news and current affairs that it has swept all before it. Its raucous Right-wing orientation is, in fact, matched by an equally raucous Left-wing equivalent in the cable news channel MSNBC, so why should anyone who believes in open and free debate among news providers object to this?” It’s about ensuring the absence of alternate power centers.

  • America Cares for Our Troops

    From NTS MediaOnline 7/15/11

    Former Saturday Night Livecast member and actress Victoria Jackson shows off her handstand prowess, as host Melanie Morganlooks on, during the recently held 2011 Troopathon. The annual live webcast, which is organized by the non-profit group Move America Forward, raises funds to send “care” packages to our troops overseas. With solid support from many from the Talk radio community, this year’s eight-hour event netted more than $500,000 in donations. BTW, you can continue to donate year-round HERE.

  • Lunatics Running Asylum

    Enough is enough. Stop it, everyone.

    Move on.

    Oklahoma woman mistaken for Casey Anthony attacked with Minivan!

    Picture of Sammay Blackwell on the left; Casey Anthony on the right.

     

  • Hello GOP! A Message from America

    Any old Republican can beat Barack Hussein Obama...ANY generic Republican.  A big ole ass-kickin' is in store for the Democrats if things remain the same on election day as they are today.

    Read this and weep...with joy!

    PRINCETON, NJ -- Registered voters by a significant margin now say they are more likely to vote for the "Republican Party's candidate for president" than for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, 47% to 39%. Preferences had been fairly evenly divided this year in this test of Obama's re-election prospects.

    2012: Barack Obama vs. Generic Republican -- Based on Registered Voters, 2011 Trend

     

  • Newsworthy Reads

    Third gov’t gun-running scandal out of Texas killed Agent Zapata

    Today’s cartoon by Antonio Branco: “McConnell’s wobble”

    Soldier who lobbed exploding grenade to save comrades given Medal of Honor

    Highest paid California state employee is a doctor who is too insane to practice medicine

    Pouter-in-chief walks out of budget meeting while Moody’s threatens credit rating

    July 13: It’s Michelle Obama’s National Holiday!

    #FAIL  Carly Fiorina to Herd NRSC RINOs into 2012

    Polls show Obama losing support of Arabs ….and Jews/ Ed Koch to Jews: Vote REPUBLICAN

    The awful McConnell plan proves my “closeted gay Republican” theory [AGAIN]

    Today’s cartoon by Antonio Branco: “What’s for Dinner?”

    Obama’s stealth executive order on gun control and its ties to Fast and Furious

    Who’s the biggest hypocrite?  Jerry Brown, CSU trustees or new $400k CSU President?

  • Newsroom Picks

    Cleared murdering Mom Casey Anthony may not be cashing in the millions she has envisioned since her Orlando trial.

    Please God, make this statement true.

     
    Original Article
     

    She was probably already spending the money in her head as she lay in her cell patiently waiting for her imminent release. But it appears Casey Anthony needn't bother because she may not be 'cashing in' on the death of her daughter Caylee as much as was first predicted. It was thought that the accused child murderer could have raked in millions of dollars from TV appearances, interviews, penning her memoirs, a movie about the tragedy and even a career in the porn industry. And no sooner had she been acquitted on all counts except for lying...

    Original Article
     

    House Speaker John A. Boehner abandoned efforts Saturday night to cut a far-reaching debt-reduction deal, telling President Obama that a more modest package offers the only politically realistic path to avoiding a default on the mounting national debt. On the eve of a critical White House summit on the debt issue, Boehner (R-Ohio) told Obama that their plan to “go big,” in the speaker’s words, and forge a compromise that would save more than $4 trillion over the next decade, was crumbling under Obama’s insistence on significant new tax revenue.

     

    We salute you:
    William and Kate wrap up their U.S.
    tour by paying tribute to brave
    Americans who serve in the military

    Daily Mail [UK], by Rebecca English    Original Article
    The royal couple's last event saw them attend a jobs fair at Sony Pictures Studio staged by Service Nation: Mission Serve.[Snip]The royal said: 'This is the last event on our tour of North America, but to my mind, it is one of the most important. 'This is because it is about men and women who--of their own free will--choose to put their life on the line for their country.' He added: "Service Nation Mission Serve, and all the companies and employers taking part today, are providing opportunities which mean something very immediate and personal to us.
  • More Weekend Cut-And-Paste

    From Glenn Reynolds:

    DEBT-CEILING UPDATE: The Rose Garden Collapse. “The White House dished out the spin that suddenly the Tea Party crowd had nixed a deal. In reality, the White House had upped the ante on taxes.”

    Republicans need to respond with my revenue-enhancement ideas.

    SALENA ZITO: Unemployment Issue Could Cost Obama His Job. “Polls at the beginning of July showed President Obama in an increasingly hazardous position with voters on jobs and the economy.”

  • Newsroom Picks

    Time to Impeach and Indict: Obama and AG Holder Planned “Fast and Furious” Gun scam in 2009

    A new nation is born and South Sudan gives thanks…..to President Bush

    Video: The cost of Obama’s over-regulation of small business

    http://www.uncoverage.net/2011/07/no-global-warming-in-canada-but-bull-moose-are-widespread/

    No global warming in Canada, but bull moose are widespread

    US Drug Enforcement Administration finds NO scientific basis for medical marijuana use

    California high speed rail is doomed but no one wants to admit it

    Isn’t that nice? Congress wants to make sure you can pay higher taxes…….. if you want

    GOP’s Sunday budget meeting w/ Obama :  Are mortgage interest deductions at stake?

    Today’s cartoon by Antonio Branco: “Kleptocracy”

  • The Beginning of the End?

    (via Drudge Report)

    Here is the question: will the President of the United States accept responsibility for the worst economic numbers since the Great Depression? Or will he act like the man-child that he is and blame everyone else for this diaster? When will we get back to work? When will the crushing worry over our future end? Only Barack Obama can answer these questions, alongwith his enablers in Congress who are destroying our chances to recover while assumingthat politics as usual will pull them out of this mess.

     

     

    JUNE +18,000 JOBS...
    April, May revised: -44,000...
    Top Obama adviser says unemployment won't be key in 2012...
    Dow drops 100+ points in first minute...




    9.2%

  • Could Rick Perry "Surprise" New Hampshire?

    Real Clear Politics, by Scott Conroy    Original Article
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- The last time a brash Texan known for his cowboy persona moseyed on into this Yankee bastion, intent on winning the New Hampshire primary, the year was 2000 and George W. Bush was handed a resounding 19-point defeat at the hands of John McCain's straight talk. Twelve years later, another Texas governor appears to have his sights set on the White House, and Rick Perry is not likely to be dissuaded by his predecessor's poor performance in the Granite State. Perry's strategy for winning the Republican nomination will likely...
  • Brits "Gob-Smacked" Over Closure of Murdoch's Tab

    News Corp to close News of the World

    OnLONDON (Reuters) - LONDON, July 7 (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will close its tabloid News of the World after this Sunday's edition, as a result of an escalating phone hacking scandal, James Murdoch said on Thursday.

    "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account," the deputy chief operating officer of News Corporation told staff of the 168-year-old newspaper.

    "It failed when it came to itself.

    "The good things the News of the World does... have been sullied by behavior that was wrong. Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company."

    News Corporation has been rocked in the last week by claims that its best-selling Sunday tabloid hacked in to the phones of relatives of British soldiers killed in action, of missing children and those caught up in the July 2005 London bombings.

    Steven Barnett, professor of communications at Westminster University, said he was "gob-smacked" by the announcement.

    "Talk about a nuclear option," he told Reuters. "It will certainly take some of the heat off immediate allegations about journalistic behavior and phone hacking."

    (Created by Kate Holton and Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Chris Wickham)

  • That Sure Didn't Take Long!

    Casey Anthony lets hair down, wears tight sweater and a smile, announces she wants more children.

    A psychopathic, lying child killer goes free.

    I hope that the jurors can live with themselves over this verdict. I couldn't.

  • Obama Ignores Congress, Brings Terrorist to NYC

    A New York Times article published today reports that the Obama Administration will prosecute a Somali accused of ties to two Islamist militant groups in civilian court in New York.

    The suspect, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame, was indicted for allegedly providing support to the Shabab in Somalia and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, in Yemen, according to the Times.

    Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon expressed his disapproval with the transfer in the article stating that, “The transfer of this terrorist detainee directly contradicts Congressional intent and the will of the American people. Congress has spoken clearly multiple times — including explicitly in pending legislation — of the perils of bringing terrorists onto U.S. soil.  It is unacceptable that the administration notified Congress only after it unilaterally transferred this detainee to New York City despite multiple requests for consultation.”

    Section 1039 of the House-passed FY 2012 NDAA would explicitly prohibit these types of transfers to the United States.

    Since the Obama Administration has yet to define a coherent detainee and interrogation policy, Warsame was held for months board a U.S. Navy vessel while Administration officials  “were engaged in deliberations about what to do with Mr. Warsame’s case,” according to the Times.

  • Sent to the Principal's Office...Georgia Cheating Scandal

    The interesting part of this story is that the Atlanta educators were A) caught and B) face consequences.

    When Educators Cheat On Tests: “The results of a massive investigation in the government school system in Georgia, one which involved outside agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), has revealed what everybody in the state knew. . . . Investigators name nearly 180 educators, including more than three dozen principals, as participants in cheating on state curriculum tests, officials said over the weekend.”

    Cheating is not an option

    Cheating is not an option

     

  • Who Can Beat Obama?

    It is growing increasingly apparent that the conservative base and the GOP mainstream are merging in the desire to draft Texas Governor Rick Perry into the 2012 election cycle. You can see it in the number of articles speculation about a possible candidacy in both media.

    Prediction: Perry will jump in. If the election were held tomorrow (and the last time I checked it is not) Perry will win.

    Human Events, by Merrill Matthews    Original Article
    More than any other potential GOP presidential candidate, President Obama fears Texas Gov. Rick Perry. That's because Perry is the only one who can devastate virtually any Obama claim.(Snip)A full two and a half years after taking office, Team Obama still blames Bush—for everything except the fall of Adam. Well, there is one other elected chief executive who inherited a Bush economy: Rick Perry, as governor of Texas. And yet I have never once heard Perry whining that the state would be doing so much better if it hadn't been for the policies of his predecessor.
  • Obama Reneges on Iraq Withdrawal Plan

    What will CodePink have to say about this? Hmm?

    The White House is prepared to keep as many as 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of the year, amid growing concern that the planned pullout of virtually all remaining American forces would lead to intensified militant attacks, according to U.S. officials.

    Keeping troops in Iraq after the deadline for their departure at the end of December would require agreement of Iraq's deeply divided government, which is far from certain. The Iraqis so far have not made a formal request for U.S. troops to remain, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

    U.S. troops

    A U.S. soldier moves the American flag as troops were preparing to leave Mendin military base on the Iraq-Iran border in June. (Haider Assadee, EPA)

  • Liars, Damn Liars

    Juan Williams: Media Matters
    ‘Ruins People’s Lives’ Over
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  • Motorcycle Vets Take On Westboro Baptist Church

    By: Charley Barnes  |  1 week ago 

    I decided when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church months ago that I was going to make a trip to Topeka Kansas and express my right to free speech as well; on their doorstep. True to my word, I made that trip this weekend and let’s just say that we were heard!

    Photo by Charley Barnes 

    My best friends Kenny Oldson and Jay Tamlin, along with Chad Blanco, rode out with me early Saturday morning on a long awaited journey for justice. It was a great day to ride through Kansas; completely overcast and it was like a sign that what we were about to do was the right thing to do.

    Our Arrival in Topeka

    We arrived in Topeka early Saturday evening, set up camp at Forbes Landing RV Park and then went in search of the Westboro Baptist Church to see what was up, how hard it was going to be to even find and how to execute the plan.  What was the plan?  No idea!  But we were there to execute it…

    Sunday morning we were up bright and early and back at their complex, parked right at the front door by 6:30am.  I rang the buzzer and asked on the intercom what time services were and nothing.

    Maybe I’ll try again in a few minutes.

    Now, we knew they were there, because the flags were all down Saturday evening when we first got to WBC and now the flags were all up so we knew they were close, but where?

    I know, I will ring the doorbell and try the intercom again, darn, nothing!

    Photo by Charley Barnes 

    Would Fred Phelps bring us weary travelers from Colorado donuts and coffee?  I hope so…I needed some coffee.

    Well, there was no coffee service so I made a trip down to the corner to get some java and some old guys that had passed by earlier as we waved our flags gave me the skinny on their compound. Turns out that every house on that block, with the exception of one, is owned by WBC and all fenced off into one big compound.

    Wait, is it the ultimate block party?

    It just wreaked of cult all the way around.  So, after finding out this information it explained all the looks we got as we walked around the block with our flags earlier waiting for them to get out of bed and face the day; couldn’t figure out why so many were un-american.  4 guys, ultimately turned the entire block into a frenzy by 8:19am.

    Things Turn Ugly With the WBC

    Photo by Charley Barnes

    I know your asking yourself if the Topeka Police Department was called so let me answer that now by saying, yes, yes they were.

    Three squad cars showed up; I guess one for me, one for Kenny and one for Jay but alas, they were on our side.

    Now the guy who called in the complaint {pic included} was impossible to talk to and just plain mean and nasty.  NOT what you would you call a man of God by any stretch of the imagination.  He and I had been having a heated conversation for the past 1/2 hour and the man never would tell me his name.  He must be hiding something but all be darned if I could figure it out.

    So Topeka’s finest arrived and talked with “the man with no name”and assured him that we were more than in the right to walk down the sidewalk with our flags without permits.  The ‘man with no name’ got so mad he changed the time of their service to start at 9:30am {it was 9:18am at this point} because you can’t protest or picket within 50 feet while a “church” is in service.

    How convenient!

    We agreed to leave on our own accord after the police explained to us what our rights were so we just walked the sidewalk for a few minutes and then began to pack up our flags and head down to a park where we knew another group of them were picketing a very well known War Memorial there from some great Topekans who gave Jay the intel from an earlier ‘bathroom break’ at the place with the golden arches.

    Photo by Charley Barnes 

    That’s when Cindy came out of her home from across the street and asked if we were getting “run off,” to which we replied, we were, and she offered her lawn and driveway for us to use.  So, that’s where we went.

    The smile on the face of the ‘man with no name’ was priceless as we saw it slip right off his face.

    Another win for team Colorado and still no donuts!

    So as we moved across the street the ‘man with no name’ made the Topeka Police department MEASURE the distance. The officer stopped about 10 feet from us and said, with a thumbs up and smile, “You’re Good.”

    The ‘man with no name’ behind his wrought iron fence wasn’t smiling anymore…everyone was ushered inside and that was it.

    Another win for team Colorado!

    You know, I found it very odd that he would not come out and confront me. In the hour he and I were there together,  hoping I would punch him so he could sue me but he never did. Strange, I invited him to do so and even promised I would NOT call the police.

    MORE FLAG WAVING – STAGE II

    Photo by Charley Barnes 

    Time now for stage II and head to the park for more flag waving!

    We thanked Cindy for her kind gesture and cold ice water then gave her one of our personal big flags we had been waving and we were on our way to 10th and Gage.

    Sure enough, there were about 20 of these cult members on the busy corner spewing their nonsense so we parked the bikes behind them in the parking lot, assembled our flags and walked through the park to join them on the corner; shoulder to shoulder.  I am going to be honest and say I openly wept on that corner Sunday at the outpouring of cheers and car honks we got in the very short time we were there.

    They didn’t like us very much there either and we were constantly filmed, especially me, as Fred’s daughter actually followed me around!  At one point I stopped right in front of her so my flag draped right down across her camera.  It was obvious, very quickly, that we were not going away as I stood on that corner {pic included} and whistled “God Bless America” and the “Star Spangled Banner.”

    They finally got so upset that they left in a dash for the parking lot; all this taking place in less than 10 minutes. We left with them to make sure they were leaving and followed them directly through the park, to the parking lot and their vehicles all the time waving goodbye.  Can’t even tell you how good that made us feel…the big bad boys from out of town!

    Another win for team Colorado!

    After we respectfully packed up our flags we rode down to a corner store for coffee and donuts and I asked some people coming in the store if they knew of any places the WBC commonly pickets on Sunday’s and we were given some info that just didn’t pan out. So we just rode around town for about an hour looking everywhere, on every busy corner and could find and nothing.

    Note to self:  Need local intel in city quadrants to call in sightings and donut drops.

    Was It Worth It?

    I have to say that on the ride home I felt 10 times better than I thought I would.  I knew I would feel good but ‘good’ doesn’t do it justice.  We DID make a difference and we were only 4 bodies from 600 miles away and we rocked their entire day!  Was the 1300 mile trip worth it in high humidity with temps at 101?  You bet!

    Another job well done and our voice WAS heard…next?

    {Journey for Justice group page}

    {Read the follow up to the follow up here.  Posted 6.10.11}

    {You can see part of the TV interview here}

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    IN GOD WE TRUST

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