Wednesday, September 29, 2010

JUSTICE!

...only by turning on the light will we scatter the cockroaches.

Christopher Coats and J. Christian Adams are heroes!

We've all heard the stories about dead people voting, about people away in prison voting, about boxes of ballots mysteriously showing up late, or only during a recount.

Who can stop this? Who can protect our right to have our vote count? The United States Department of Justice. If they won't fight for justice for everyone, we can't trust them to fight for justice for anyone.

...if I worked for the DOJ, I'd...

Monday, September 27, 2010

OTB...

...this post falls under the umbrella of 'Other Than Bacon' stories"

New York Times editorial: A Reminder for the FBI

"...The day after Thanksgiving, 2002, was a slow day in the Pittsburgh office of the F.B.I., so a supervisor sent a special agent to a rally against the threatened war in Iraq to look for any terrorism suspects who might be there, just to “see what they are doing.” The peace rally was sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center, which has opposed violence and armed conflict since the days of Vietnam, and consisted largely of people distributing leaflets. There was not the slightest indication that there were any terrorists there or even the hint of a connection to terrorism. Nonetheless, the agent kept the leafleteers under surveillance and even took pictures...

...It sounds like the paranoid approach to dissent of J. Edgar Hoover’s F.B.I., but this and other abuses took place during the Bush administration...

...The report did not find evidence that the F.B.I. routinely targeted groups that were trying to exercise their First Amendment right to protest government policies. It characterized the Merton Center incident as a slip-up. But it also found other incidents in which the F.B.I.’s investigation of various groups was based on a weak case of connection to terrorism or any other crime...

...no investigation of an advocacy group should take place without indications of a specific crime. Nonviolent civil disobedience should not be investigated as an act of terrorism. And the F.B.I. should not retain surveillance information it gathers at public events unless it is related to criminal or terror activity — a prohibition that used to be in force at the agency but was relaxed in 2008. To keep the agency from backsliding into the Hoover days, those recommendations should be followed promptly."


Think of an FBI Special Agent as a cop on beat. Only, the beat - is the United States. And for the agent in question, my guess, his beat was Domestic Terrorism. The New York Times wants to remind the FBI that the "Hoover days" included Hoover 'spying' on Americans. Which included keeping files on politicians, celebrities, etc. In the files were things that could be used against them if necessary. And thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we see that most of the files were innocuous, detailed, but harmless.

Intelligence gathering. Oh wait, I thought the FBI has been transforming into an "intelligence gathering" bureau only since 9/11? (I just hate hearing that).

Don't confuse that with what the FBI in Pittsburgh was doing.

Knowing what is going on in your beat, does not mean there is a full investigation. There may be absolutely no ties to criminal activity within the group being surveilled. It still falls under the agent's 'beat,' and he should know about it.

When something does happen, when there is an act, or crime committed, the agent won't be starting from scratch when he is assigned to leave no stone unturned. Not only can the group in question be 'cleared' in the preliminary stages, but the group may be able to provide experts, witnesses, etc.

Does the New York Times really think civil rights were violated when leafleteers were watched, and the agent "even took pictures." This is what you get when groups like the ACLU, etc., was consulted during the writing of the FBI's Domestic Intelligence Operations Guide, in the Bureau's effort to be more open and avoid the dreaded "Hoover days."


...I would even go so far as to say that FBI Agents may, or may not, have been at Tea Party rallies. They may, or may not, have been some of the ones holding signs and cheering...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Baconiest Bacon Pancakes that Ever Baconed Bacon...

...I'm not sure if I found this while surfing the google-machine (I'm not sure if its officially "time travel" but I know I start clicking on links, reading parts of articles, watching stupid videos, and the next thing I know - its several hours later?)...anywho, I stumbled upon Bacon Pancakes.

...I'm a bacon guy as opposed to a sausage guy, but if I go to a restaurant, I usually get sausage. Its hard to do sausage bad, but bad bacon is all too easy, and I'm pretty sure its sacrilege.

...plus, you can't consider yourself a true infidel, unless you savor the salty goodness!!!

...also, bacon is good for you, or else it wouldn't taste soooo good. That's science, and you can't argue with science...

...Anyway, here is a funny article on bacon pancakes, and here is one of the funniest bacon bits you will ever hear:




They could probably make a time machine out of bacon. But then, wouldn't you just go back to a time when you were eating more bacon?

...so, we made bacon pancakes today:


...the only funny thing about sausage was this complaint call some Texan made to Jimmy Dean after they discontinued the 16oz package of sausage in favor of a 12oz package...which just don't cut it in Texas...his poor portly wife..

****Rated R language****



Saturday, September 25, 2010

Don't Stop me Now...

This post started out as comments on this posting at Can we keep our Republic...but I kept going on and on...so I put it here.



...It seems as though the race card did not stick, so those in power on the left have moved on to try and paint the Tea Party as a third party...as far right wing...as being linked to social issues and specific GOPers - things they believe that 'moderates' and Dem's won't accept.



...What the Tea Party could use (in the long run) is a couple of high profile Dem's, some blue dogs, to make some noise. (I really don't know any, but I'm sure they are out there, and I'M SURE they are more in line with most Americans than Nancy Pelosi, and I'm not talking about the ones that are changing their colors for the election, you know - the ones with the Scott Brown pickup trucks in their commercials).



...I just have so little faith in the congress, even with a Republican majority. We don't agree on abortion, we don't agree on what marriage is, we don't agree on how evolution was created . . . but we should all agree that the government should not be in the business of punishing business, should not spend money it doesn't have, and should not keep growing faster than the private sector.



...I understand the left's belief that Government can provide solutions to problems in ways that the private sector can't. It makes laws, it can 'enforce' natural rights, etc. I don't agree, but I understand what they are thinking... But when that Government proves over and over again its INABILITY to solve those problems, and instead self perpetuates uncontrolled growth in debt, bureaucracy, complexity and encroaches so far into the daily lives of all Americans - in our schools, in our health care, in our freedoms...how can they not see that? That, I don't get.



...that is when I come back to States Rights. If California wants to be, well, California. Let it. I can choose not to live there. And if New Jersey wants to be New Jersey...who the hell wants to be New Jersey?

...All politics is local, especially when the Federal Government controls everything local...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

¡Ayudanos!

Armed men kidnap 9 Mexican state lawmen; 2 officers found dead as police, troops hunt for them

"...ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen kidnapped nine police officers investigating a death in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, and the bodies of two of the lawmen were found later, authorities said Saturday....

...Several drug gangs are battling for control of smuggling routes in Guerrero state...

...In another part of Guerrero, unidentified men traveling in two vehicles threw two human heads into a refreshment stand in Coyuca de Catalan, state police said. One of the heads was blindfolded with duct tape...

...Monreal said the incident was not connected to the kidnapping of his officers....

...Authorities in Ciudad Juarez, a northern border city gripped by drug violence, said police arrested two alleged leaders of the Aztecs gang linked to at least 10 murders, including the killing of a federal police officer last month...."


...I'm not in favor of the U.S. trying to solve other countries' problems. Especially countries like this one, who would rather just accept gifts of money and equipment. But there I believe there are two options: #1) Send the money and equipment. We will never cure their society of corruption, and it is hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys when a good portion of their 'most wanted' were at one time cops or politicians. But the other side here is pure evil, and if not destroyed soon, will continue to spread across the border.

...which brings us to #2) Secure the border. The yahoos in DC love to use the word 'comprehensive.' How about a comprehensive border solution. I can list out the things that are needed, but most people can figure it out. You have to have the mindset that you don't want something coming across the border (the human capacity for self defense is a great thing). However, until everybody agrees that we don't want something coming across the border (illegals, i.e. people we don't know, drug cartels, murderers, terrorists, etc.), those bodiless heads will find their way across.

...Gov. Brewer 'apologized' and 'retracted' her statement that Arizona law enforcement had found headless bodies in Arizona. Sorry folks, that's only if you elect Terry Goddard. Goddard is a good supporter of law enforcement, but so was Janet Napalitano. If Goddard wins, I guarantee you will hear more of this...

*interesting side note - rumor has it that the FBI is offering $15k for agents to volunteer to relocate to the border, and to Mexico.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Times they are a changing...

...from Peggy Noonan:

"...First, the yardstick. Imagine that over at the 36-inch end you've got pure liberal thinking—more and larger government programs, a bigger government that costs more in the many ways that cost can be calculated. Over at the other end you've got conservative thinking—a government that is growing smaller and less demanding and is less expensive. You assume that when the two major parties are negotiating bills in Washington, they sort of lay down the yardstick and begin negotiations at the 18-inch line. Each party pulls in the direction it wants, and the dominant party moves the government a few inches in their direction.

But if you look at the past half century or so you have to think: How come even when Republicans are in charge, even when they're dominant, government has always gotten larger and more expensive? It's always grown! It's as if something inexorable in our political reality—with those who think in liberal terms dominating the establishment, the media, the academy—has always tilted the starting point in negotiations away from 18 inches, and always toward liberalism, toward the 36-inch point...."
(read more)

...That's what I'm talkin' about! It's the people in Washington (or those whose lives revolve around it) who say 'you can't repeal Obamacare, but you can adjust it.' No! Repeal it.

...It's the people in Washington who say you can't simplify the tax code, you can only add changes. No! Shrink it.

...It's the people in Washington who say you can't cut the Federal Department of Education, that will hurt the children. No! Cut it.

...It's the people in Washington who say you can't fix Social Security, you can only push its demise further into the future. No! Free it.

If the R's win big in November, which will almost have to include a win in Delaware, the Tea Party movement has to force Change, without it, we have no Hope...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's fair...

...is it right for the Governor of New Jersey to not pay retirement benefits to those who already worked their 20 or 30 years under the promise to receive those benefits?

...only when the government created and run by those retirees was not set up to actually have the money to pay for it! The Governor is telling government workers that they have to contribute to their own retirement funds, and they have to pay a portion of their medical insurance.

...to pay for it.

...that would be out of line, if the government employees took a lower salary for 20 to 30 years in exchange for that. But they didn't. They don't.



...I happen to know a federal government employee who was forced to move to New Jersey. In 2009, that employee paid $170 a paycheck for health insurance for a family, in Ohio. In 2010, the rate went up to $264 a paycheck. In New Jersey, it went to $376 a paycheck.

...that is $814 per month, $9776 per year. For insurance.

...I don't want to name names (Aetna!!!!) but the insurance company saw what was coming (Obamacare costs). Oh, and they announced that rates will have a sharp increase in 2010. So a 55% increase was not "sharp." Can't wait to find out what's next.

...let me make a prediction, though I can't take credit for it since EVERY Republican against Obamacare said this - NOBODY will "choose" to pay that insurance company (Aetna!) premium, and they will eventually be forced to take the government option.



(interesting side note: Look at the first clip - its a speech written for him, to try and allay the fears of most Americans, so doctors in white coats are behind him - and since he has to be on point, of course, HE READS FROM THE TELEPROMPTER. Look at the second clip, he's talking off the cuff - what he thinks, what he believes - "I don't think we're gonna be able to eliminate employee coverage immediately...")

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

And then this...

...each time I returned to post on something (like the public corruption case in Cleveland, or the primary in Delaware, etc), I looked at the post regarding Gary Box, and decided to leave that. It still gets to me when I look at that picture.

So, fitting, Gary Box is gone because of one thing. Gary's family knows that he went to work on September 11th. They know that he did not come home. They don't know what he did, they don't know what he was thinking, they don't know what happened to him.

Gary Box did not come home because of one thing.

Watch the video in this post.

STEALTH JIHAD

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gary Box...



New York (CNN) -- Judson Box has never known exactly how his son, Gary, died on September 11, 2001. But an unexpected find nine years later has given him a glimpse into his son's final hours.

Gary, then 35, had been working as a firefighter in Brooklyn for roughly five years when the terrorists attacked. He did not speak to his father the day of the attack and his body was never recovered, leaving the circumstances of his death a mystery.

On September 11, 2009, Gary's sister, Christine, was visiting the Tribute Center when an employee asked her if she was looking for someone specifically. She mentioned her brother Gary, and the employee showed her to a picture of a firefighter in the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel that had a caption bearing Gary's name.

But it was not Gary. It was a photo of Brian Bilcher, another member of Gary's fire squad who also perished on 9/11.

The discovery compelled Gary's father to dig deeper, clinging to the possibility that there could be a similar picture of his son out there.

Box scoured photo archives of the National 9/11 Museum and the memorial's website, which allows users to upload photos from 9/11 directly to the site.

After searching one night for more than five hours, Box went to sleep, physically and emotionally exhausted. The next morning, his wife, Helen, called him into the living room as he was eating breakfast.

She showed him a photo of a firefighter running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the Towers alongside cars stuck in traffic.

This time, it was Gary.

"I was out of out control, emotionally," Box said. "Thanking God, being so happy that I had something to see."

Eager for more answers, Box contacted the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial in an attempt to track down the photographer. Several months later, the museum gave him the e-mail address of Erik Troelson, a Danish businessman who was stranded in the tunnel on his way to a meeting when he snapped the picture of Gary.

They shared an emotional moment onstage. Afterward, they spoke at length, with Box expressing his gratitude.

"I think I said about 300 times thank you and God bless you, that's all I could say," Box said. "I think I told him I love you, and I don't tell anybody that."

Nine years after September 11, Box said he still feels the pain of that day. He doesn't have the means to make large donations to the museum, but has sought to promote their cause through his story.

"We need that in this country because too many people forget," Box said of the museum.

"I wish everybody could get what I got."

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MSM...

...at it again.

I make it a point to go to CNN and MSNBC websites to see what they are putting out as news. I also try to watch Olberman, or Maddow, but can only last a few sentences before I lose it.

The piece below was front and center on CNN's page. Bachmann is campaigning (doesn't it seem like some politicians are fighting every campaign, while some can do 30+ years without a real challenge?). Watch the piece. Fair and balanced? Its no wonder she has to fight for her seat every two years.



Bachmann is no superstar in my book. I don't think she is the best this country has to offer. But if we had 434 other Michelle Bachmanns in the House - we wouldn't be in the mess we are in today.

Everything Old...

...is New Again:

U.N. Nuclear Agency Sounds Alarm Over Iran

"...It followed Iran's recent decision to strip two experienced inspectors of the right to monitor its nuclear activities after the two reported what they said were undeclared nuclear experiments."




Barack Obama: "...this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful programme." "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon."

Joe Biden: "The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."

Hillary Clinton: "..We believe, as a matter of policy, it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons..."

Nancy Pelosi: "An Iran with nuclear weapons is simply unacceptable."

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The hot Cold War...


Iran Paying Taliban to Kill US Troops...

Is anybody surprised? Is anybody surprised that little seems to be done about it?

Little was done about it when it was revealed they were fighting us in Iraq.

This, after Obama promised to talk to Iran?

We are approaching November 4, which will mark the 31st anniversary of Iran’s “declaration” of war against the United States in 1979. Though it won’t be marked in the press, just like it wasn’t on the 25th anniversary.

Iran isn’t just attacking Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. From The Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

“…Elsewhere, an Azerbaijani court convicted fifteen Iranian-supported individuals of treason in December 2007, on charges of plotting to overthrow the government in an attempt to establish a Shiite regime. The cell was also charged with counterfeiting and possession of weapons and drugs. According to local security officials, two of its members traveled to Iran and received training, equipment, maps, and more than $10,000 to finance their activities. In addition, the cell reportedly passed information on American, British, and Israeli activities in Azerbaijan to Iranian intelligence.

The Azerbaijani case also illustrates Iran's practice of using humanitarian and diplomatic footholds as a cover for IRGC or MOIS operations. The leader of the convicted cell reportedly ran a suspect charity in Baku. Similarly, in 1998, Time magazine reported on a case of Iranian surveillance of Western interests in Kazakhstan. And in 1997, a Defense Intelligence Agency report quoted in the Washington Times detailed Iranian plots targeting U.S. interests in Tajikistan; the plots including kidnappings, threats, and the casing of U.S. diplomats by Iranian intelligence operatives.”

…from Dr. Walid Phares, Iran is Infiltrating Arabia: Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf…Targeting North Africa…has Facilities in East and West Africa…is
Stretching into the Americas…meddling in Turkey and Qatar…


“…The threat from Iran goes far beyond its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Its use of terrorist proxies and its creation of global terror networks has been one the longest-standing bones of contention with the West. Despite the current focus on the Taliban and al-Qaeda, no group has had more practice in global terrorism than Hezbollah, and no state has proved a better and more consistent patron than Iran.

From a U.S. counterterrorism perspective, the threats posed by Iran, Hezbollah, and its global terrorist network are considerable. But the addition of nuclear weapons into this global network of Khomeinists may well prove as dangerous if not more so than nuclear weapons in the hands of al-Qaeda.”


Barack Obama: "...this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful programme." "It is unacceptable for Iran to possess a nuclear weapon."

Joe Biden: "The United States is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."

Hillary Clinton: "..We believe, as a matter of policy, it is unacceptable for Iran to have nuclear weapons..."

Nancy Pelosi: "An Iran with nuclear weapons is simply unacceptable."

Harry Reid: "I'll say whatever you want, just vote for me." (Okay, I made that one up, but the rest are real..)

...straight from the horses mouths...

Saturday, September 4, 2010

And now for something completely different...

...who doesn't want to dress like they are going on a safari, or, could be going on one any minute?


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I hate to say it...

THIS STORY...

is not about the FBI, its about federal government employees. The fact that this guy was on the wrong end of a stand-off with police, TWICE! Normally, people wouldn't necessarily be fired from their job for that, especially if they were never charged with a crime. But this guy was a law enforcement officer, he should have been fired 18 years ago. Read the article, the former head of the Dallas FBI says that Washington would not let him fire the guy.

Think about it, if the FBI can't fire an agent for threatening the lives of others, do you think they are firing ANYBODY in the federal government?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One time, I...

Somers Point, New Jersey..


Joey and John - final entry

Joey and John - first entry

Read some in between. Short stories about the places he went, people he met, and tidbits about hiking and surviving.