Thursday, May 29, 2008


S--t on the Police

Obviously Obama does not know anything about the concept of Command Responsibility.
An Example: During Vietnam, a carrier is at sea. A typhoon hits. An aircraft washes overboard. A Lieutenant has his career ended.
Did the Lt. tie down the aircraft?
Who Did?
An enlisted aircraft maintenance person.
Why is the Lt getting burned?
Because the Lt has command Responsibility over that enlisted person.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland police officers have asked for an apology after they said organizers of a Barack Obama rally set up Porta-Potties on a memorial honoring fallen officers.

Earlier this month, 75,000 people gathered in Waterfront Park in downtown Portland to hear Obama speak at a pre-primary rally.

View The Photo From The Rally | Watch FOX 12 Report

Officer Thomas Brennan, a seven-year veteran with the Portland Police Bureau, said he was happy to help at the rally after being called in on his day off.

"On short notice, a lot of people had to cancel trips. But they were glad to do it," Brennan said. "It was very memorable, in more ways than one."

Brennan, who controlled the crowd near the Portland Police Memorial, noticed several Porta Potties set up in the middle of the memorial. Brennan had been at the site five days earlier for an annual memorial service and a flag was still set at half mast on the day of the rally.

"There was plenty of room elsewhere so space wasn't an issue," Brennan said. "So someone used some really poor decision making, whoever elected to put them there. I mean, it's somewhat hallowed ground, I guess you could call it."

After several days, Brennan attached a photo he took to a letter and e-mailed it to dozens of media outlets and the Obama campaign.

Brennan said officers haven't heard back from the Obama campaign. He said someone owes an apology to the families of the fallen officers.

"Not for a moment do I think that Mr. Obama had anything to do with this," Brennan said. "But somebody at his campaign at a local level made the decision to put them there. And I just want an acknowledgement: 'Hey, we made a mistake.'"

A representative with the Obama campaign responded Wednesday morning and said the Porta-Potties were placed at the memorial because of a safety issue for wheelchair access.

Teri Sorenson said there was no disrespect intended and the campaign had not responded because local offices have shut down until Obama becomes the official democratic candidate.

Officers: Memorial Used As Porta Potty Pit Stop At Obama Rally

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Coming home to roost.

Rush Limbaugh has a parody where a teacher asks questions, and the child gives horrendous, erroneous answers. Example:
Teacher:"What is the capitol of France?"
Student:" Des Moines--can I go out and play now?"

I see two factors allowing Barack Hussein Obama to continually make a damn fool of himself:
--The drive to "Level the playing field", abolish grades, and have a goal of building Self-Esteem, while ignoring whether the students learned anything.

--Affirmative Action, and passing Blacks through grades for fear of a discrimination complaint if the student is given a failing grade or held back.

Unlike Curious George, BHO was not interested in learning. He admits cocaine and marijuana use.

World War II is NOT ancient history. The slightest study would have revealed that:
There are 50 States.
The Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz. I will bet BHO can't even tell you which country Auschwitiz is in. He probably would say it was a labor camp, as his buddies, the Jihadis are denying that the Holocaust even happened.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Passing dumbsh*ts

College Seniors Failed a Basic Test on America's History and Institutions.
Colleges Stall Student Learning about America.
America's Most Prestigious Universities Performed the Worst.
Inadequate College Curriculum Contributes to Failure.
Greater Learning about America Goes Hand-in-Hand with More Active Citizenship.

.S. students would get an F if they were graded on their knowledge of Memorial Day, according to results from a survey that tested the knowledge of young people on war-related questions from U.S. history.

A 60-question multiple-choice exam focusing on history, government and economics was administered by the University of Connecticut's Department of Public Policy to more than 14,000 randomly selected seniors and freshmen on 50 campuses of private and public universities across the country. The survey was given on behalf of Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a right-leaning civics nonprofit organization.

While Memorial Day is a holiday that was established as a result of the Civil War, the results of the exam show that only about half of the students surveyed were able to answer a series of questions about that war and other U.S.-involved conflicts.

For example, 48.5 percent of students were able to identify that the Civil War battles of Fort Sumter, Gettysburg and Appomattox were listed in the correct chronological order and about 60 percent of students correctly answered that Abraham Lincoln was elected president during the period of 18511875.

Richard Brake, ISI's director of university stewardship, said the survey was directed at college students, but that the results are "an indictment on high schools" where students are not retaining information about U.S. history.

"People ask, 'Why does it matter if students know about the specifics of the War of 1812,' " he said. "Knowing the specifics is a reflection of whether you've been exposed to the information."

Brake's group pushes for colleges to require more courses in history, government and economics because he said they believe it's important to living in a republic and developing future leaders.

The results of his survey do not surprise local teachers.

U.S. history teacher Marissa Chavez at Mountain Pointe High School in Tempe said her students generally don't see the value in history and so don't retain many of the facts she teaches them.

"I asked one of my classes why they would have Monday off if we were still in school and not one of them raised their hand," she said. "I was surprised. Even though we don't have a specific lesson plan for Memorial Day, I don't understand how can they not have any clue from their family or friends."

She said her curriculum requires her to spend a lot of time talking about war, specifically the Civil War and World Wars I and II, but students don't take much interest and she's not sure why.

"I've talked with my friends and colleagues about whether students are becoming less patriotic than previous generations," she said. "I don't know if that's what it is, but there's a general lack of understanding."

Arizona State University professor Michael Rubinoff, an American historian, said he thinks high school students may lack the maturity to appreciate why U.S. history should be important to them.

"The word 'history' doesn't make people feel fuzzy and warm," he said. "Part of the problem is that most teenagers don't like to be in school, period. That's tragic because some of them are very poorly prepared for college."

Rubinoff said people shouldn't be too shocked by the low scores of the ISI survey because, in fairness to the students, teaching the origins of holidays is not part of the history curriculum. Most people get Memorial Day, observed to remember those who died in wars, mixed up with Veterans Day, observed for those who served and lived.

He said details such as holiday origins are part of the minutiae of the subject, but that he does wish more people would be enthused about the great events and people who shaped our culture.

"I bemoan the fact that there are so many people who find history boring," he said. "People are getting killed by the thousands in wars, there are fearsome presidential campaigns every four years. Not knowing about history puts someone, just to cope as a citizen, at a real disadvantage."

Test your U.S. history knowledge

A sample of the questions asked of U.S. college students in a recent survey gauging their knowledge of U.S. history:

1. Which of the following are in correct chronological order?

a) The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation

b) Fort Sumter, Gettysburg, Appomattox

c) Cuban Missile Crisis, Sputnik, Bay of Pigs

d) Mexican-American War, Louisiana Purchase, Spanish-American War

e) Prohibition, Boston Tea Party, Reconstruction

2. The dominant theme in the Lincoln-Douglas debates was:

a) treatment of Native Americans

b) westward expansion

c) whether Illinois should become a state

d) prohibition

e) slavery and its expansion

3. Abraham Lincoln was elected president during which period?

a) 1800 1825

b) 1826 1850

c) 1851 1875

d) 1876 1900

e) 1901 1925

4. The struggle between President Andrew Johnson and the Radical Republicans was mainly over:

a) United States alliances with European nations.

b) The nature and control of Reconstruction.

c) The purchase of Alaska.

d) Whether or not to have a tariff.

e) Whether slavery should be allowed in the Federal Territories.

5. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964) was significant because it:

a) ended the war in Korea.

b) gave President Lyndon Johnson the authority to expand the scope of the Vietnam War.

c) was an attempt to take foreign policy power away from the president.

d) allowed China to become a member of the United Nations.

e) allowed for oil exploration in Southeast Asia.

6. The stated United States objective of the 1991 Persian Gulf War was to:

a) block Soviet expansion in the Middle East.

b) defend Israel.

c) overthrow the Iraqi government.

d) expel Iraqi forces from Kuwait.

e) recover control of the Suez Canal

The take the quiz in its entirety, visit

Answers: 1,b; 2,e; 3,c; 4,b; 5,b; 6,d

Sunday, May 25, 2008

USMC General writes from Iraq:

First, a few statistics to ponder. There are twenty-five million living American Veterans. Since General George Washington commanded the Continental Army forty-two million Americans have served the colors. A million have been killed in its defense. Another million and a half wounded. When most of us think about military cemeteries the first thought that comes to mind is Arlington National in Washington, but there are many, many more in the U.S. Most Americans also don’t know there are 24 American cemeteries maintained overseas with 125,000 graves of our fallen—61,000 in France alone—the result of two wars that saved Europe and the world from horrors unimaginable to Americans today; unimaginable, that is, unless you are a Veteran who have seen the terrible face of war so those who remained safe in America, and those yet unborn, would never have to. There are also memorials overseas to an additional 94,000 Americans who were lost at sea, or their remains never recovered from battlefields around the globe. With all this service and loss, we as Americans can be proud of the kind of people we are as we have never retained a square foot of any country we have defeated, we possess no empire, nor have we enslaved a single human being. On the contrary, billions across the planet are today—and billions yet unborn—live free because our Veterans have fought and died, and, once peace achieved, we’ve rebuilt destroyed cities, economies, and societies.
Memorial Day was established three years after our terrible Civil War that finally established what kind of nation we would be. A war in which 600,000 young Americans—North and South—perished. For a century the day continued to mean visiting and decorating graves or town-square memorials to those who died serving our great nation, and celebrating with parades and civic events. Americans kept the day quiet pausing to remember, at least for a little while, the kind of men and women they were who gave the last full measure, and the immensity of the sacrifice they made for those who remained protected at home.
Americans should not forget this weekend or any weekend as they relax with a few days off that the country is at war, and a new Greatest Generation is fighting a merciless enemy on their behalf in the terrible heat of Iraq, and in the mountains of Afghanistan. Like it or not America is engaged in a war today against an enemy that is savage, offers no quarter, whose only objectives are to either kill every one of our families in our homeland, or enslave us with a sick form of extremism that serves no God or purpose that rational men and women can understand. Given the opportunity to do another 9/11, our vicious enemy would do it today, tomorrow and everyday thereafter. I don’t know why they hate us, and I frankly don’t care and they can all go to hell, but they do hate us and are driven irrationally to our destruction. The best way to fight them is somewhere else and that is why we are here. For whatever reason they want to destroy our way of life our countrymen at home should be on their knees everyday thanking God we still have enough young people in America today willing to take up the fight as our Veterans did from the earliest days of our nation.
They should know that they are protected today by men and women as good as have ever served; as good today as their fathers were in Vietnam, and their grandfathers were in Korea and World War II. In this my third tour in Iraq I have never seen an American hesitate, or do anything other than lean into the danger and, with no apparent fear of death or injury, take the fight to the enemies of our way of life. As anyone who has ever experienced combat knows, and many of you do, when it starts, when the explosions and tracers are everywhere and the calls for the Corpsman or medic are screamed from the throats of men who know they are dying—when seconds seem like hours and it all becomes slow motion and fast forward at the same time—everything in one’s survival instinct says stop, get down, save yourself —yet you don’t. When no one would call you coward for cowering behind a wall or in a hole looking to your own self preservation, none of you do. It doesn’t matter if it’s an IED, a suicide bomber, mortar attack, fighting in the upstairs room of a house, or all of it at once—America should know you fight today in the same way our warriors have since the Revolution.
The wonderful thing about America’s Armed Forces is that none of us are born killers. On the contrary we are good and decent Americans mostly from the neighborhoods of America’s cities, and small towns. Almost all come from “salt of the earth” working class homes, and more often than not are the sons and daughters of cops and firemen, factory and service workers, and farmers. Most of us delivered papers, stocked shelves in the grocery store, played Little League baseball and pickup hockey in the local rink, and served Mass on Sunday morning. Some are former athletes, and many “couch potatoes” who drove our cars and motorcycles too fast, and blasted our music louder than perhaps we should have. We are all ordinary people performing remarkable acts of bravery and selfless acts of devotion to a cause bigger than ourselves—and for millions who will never know our names. Any one of us could have all stayed in school or gone another way, but yet we chose to serve knowing full well Iraq and Afghanistan was in our future. You did not avoid the most basic and cherished responsibility of a citizen—to defend the nation and its people—on the contrary, you went after it. You did not fail in life which the chattering class back home likes to believe is why you chose to serve and risk dying for the nation, but, rather, are the best our nation produces and have consciously put every American at home above your own self interest. You are all heroes and like many Veterans throughout our history many of us have endured things—sights, sounds and horrors—that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. I know I find comfort that because I am here those I love and have sworn to protect will never have to deal with memories so terrible. I hope you who have seen these things have the same sense of purpose and balance when you relive the scenes of violence, and of decisions made.
America’s Armed Forces today know the price of being the finest men and women this nation has to offer, and pay it we do everyday in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than four thousand of us have died in this war, and ten-times this number have been wounded. And the sacrifice continues as young Americans have gone to God since we all went to bed last night and slept free and protected. Their mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, wives, husbands, and fiancés are sitting in their living rooms right now with casualty officers learning the true price of freedom, and are only just beginning a lifelong struggle of dealing with the pain and loss of someone so dear, but they are not victims as they knew what they were about and were doing what they wanted to do. Many of today’s self-proclaimed experts and media commentators endeavor to make them out to be victims but they are wrong, and this only detracts from the decision these patriots made to step forward and protect the country that has given so much to all of us. We who are serving, and have served, demand not to be categorized as victims—we are not. Those with less of a sense of service to the nation never understand it when strong and committed men and women stand tall and firm against our enemies, just as they can’t begin to understand the price paid so they and their families can sleep safe and free at night—the protected never do. What the experts, commentators, and elites are missing, what they will also never understand, is the sense of commitment, joy, and honor, of serving the nation in its uniform, but every American Veteran, and their loved ones who support them and fear for them everyday, do understand.
We should all be confident that this experiment in democracy we call America will forever remain the “land of the free and home of the brave” so long as we never run out of tough young Americans willing to look beyond their own self interest and comfortable lives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm.
In closing I wanted to share a story that you may not be aware of that took place only a few miles from here in Ramadi. On 22 April 2nd Battalion 8th Marines and 1st Battalion, 9th Marines were in the process of turning over a Joint Security Station Nasser. It’s in the Sophia district of Ramadi, and was once the center of the insurgency in that city. Two Marines who barely knew each other as one was coming and the other going were standing guard at the Entry Control Point (ECP): their names were Jonathan Yale and Jordan Haerter. At 0745, and without warning, a large truck accelerated towards the ECP careening off the protective serpentine. Both must have understood on instinct what was happening as in less then a second they went to the guns and opened fire until the massive 2,000lb blast took their lives—but the suicide bomber never passed the post they protected, and 50 other Marines and perhaps as many police didn’t die that day inside the JSS. I spoke to several Iraqi police eyewitness and they all told the same story, but one more emotionally than the others. He said no sane man would have stood there directly in the path of a speeding truck firing their weapons—yet two did. His officers, some as close as ten feet initially from the Marines, fired and ran when it was obvious the truck could not be stopped—and they survived. The Marines stood their ground and stopped the truck before it detonated, and saved the lives of their buddies.
A sacred duty of every commander in combat, yet the one we dread the most, is writing letters home to families who have lost a son or a daughter. I wanted to close by reading you a letter I wrote that night to the mother of one of those two heroes that for me sums up who and what we are as warriors and Veterans, why we serve, and how we will remember each other.

22 April 2008

Dear Mrs. ,

I know there is nothing I can write tonight that will help you deal with the loss of your son Jonathan. I do hope you can find some comfort as I try to help you understand what he was doing for every American when he was taken from us all. He was standing watch on a nameless side street in Ramadi at the entrance of a compound that housed a large number of Marines, Iraqi Police, and civilians. In the early morning a truck turned down towards the entrance and ignored the visual warnings he gave to stop. Jonathan and the Marine he was with must have sensed immediately what was taking place as they went to the guns quickly and fired a very high volume of automatic weapons fire undoubtedly killing the suicide driver, but not before he detonated the massive blast that took their lives. His fellow Marines did what Marines have done from the beginning of our history, something they do almost without thinking and always without hesitation—they risked their own lives to save his, but he was already gone to God. Mrs. because of your son and that other Marine nearly fifty other American families are not mourning tonight; their son’s lives were saved by two Marines who would not abandon their post even to the point of death.

I did not know your son Mrs. , but I am sure he was just like every Marine I have known in the three decades and more that I have served. Like my own two sons who are Marines and have served here in this war, I bet he was a good looking young man, fun loving, into sports and a good son—but not perfect—boys never are. He was also different Mrs. Pride, because he chose to leave the comfortable and safe confines of his home and walk a different path than all the rest. The path he chose led him to be one of the nations finest, to be a Marine. When he did not have to raise his right hand and swear before his God to serve and protect this nation and its people, he did just that. We all owe him an eternal debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. We also owe you, Tammy, and all who loved him a debt—one that can never be settled.

I have 25,000 Marines under my care here in Iraq, and I fear for their lives every minute of every day as if they were my own. They are out there everyday and every night patrolling the most dangerous places on earth for millions of people at home they do not even know. In times of weakness I wonder why they come, young men like Jonathan, why they come when no one makes them. When everything in our society seems to say “what’s in it for me,” those like your son think of others—not themselves. I did not know your son Mrs. , but I will never forget him. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers for the rest of my life.

With deepest sympathy,

Major General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commanding General
I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

USMC General writes from Iraq:

Major B.-aka- Pain writes from Iraq:


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What's the uproar?

All the Super-Libs have their panties in a knot that Hillary said, "I stayed in because BO MIGHT be assassinated".

Little late folks.

There are several websites on the Internet that have a topic, labeled different ways, but they come down to the one expressed on this site:

From the time Bill "Bubba" Clinton became a minor politician in Arkansas, and up through his presidency--people DIED! Go to the siite, read the list.
A telling factor about Arkansas was like this entry:
JAMES MILAN. Found decapitated-Coroner ruled death due to natural causes.

All you had to do was oppose Bubba or threaten to reveal his criminal connections.

Yet, all the Libs HAD NO PROBLEM WITH THAT .

Now, they are afraid that their puppet, their HOPE for CHANGE might suffer the same fate, and they are outraged!

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Child welfare authorities allege widespread abuse by FLDS parents who forced underage girls into marriage and sex and trained boys to become perpetrators. FLDS members deny any abuse.


Sounds like a whole lot of violation of Civil Rights. So, where is Johnny Sutton?
Do not try to tell me that the Feds can not or will not intervene in anything.
Remember Rodney King?
Hysterical minorities demanded a trial for involved LAPD members. They had a trial by jury, and were found NOT GUILTY.
The Feds then jumped in and brought charges of violating Rodney King's civil Rights. Three --a Sergeant and two Officers--were sent to Federal Prison

Friday, May 23, 2008


Oh, yes, the Old RINO got together with a newer RINO, and out of his mouth comes a sentiment designed to pander to:A. Illegal Aliens, and B. Wealthy Industrial Contributors--at the average working man's expense.

UNION CITY – Arizona Sen. John McCain faced withering criticism from conservatives in Republican presidential primaries for backing a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

But Thursday, McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling for an immigration plan including visas to bring employees to California's Silicon Valley and the state's agricultural fields.

McCain's broad immigration pitch – coming at a global competitiveness roundtable of California technology executives – stood out from a far more cautious tone he had adopted earlier in the primary season.

Asked by Silicon Valley panelists what he would do to grant more visas for skilled technology workers, McCain pointedly advocated the comprehensive immigration legislation he had backed with Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy in Congress.

While calling Thursday for protecting America's borders and national security and punishing employers who hire illegal immigrants, McCain advocated a humane approach that treats illegal workers as "God's children."

He said they should be allowed to seek legal status in a "humane and comprehensive fashion" through a program "they can count on and trust."

Responding to a question about H1-B visas for Silicon Valley workers, McCain said: "We have to attract the best and brightest minds. It isn't just H1-B visas. In our agricultural sector, they can't find workers as well. We need a temporary agriculture (worker) program."

Schwarzenegger echoed McCain's remarks after the Arizona senator asked his opinion on the topic.

"We need to change the system. All this is part of a comprehensive immigration reform. You can't piecemeal this thing," Schwarzenegger said.

While the governor said "securing the border is extremely important" to California, he added: "You have to have the courage to do this kind of immigration reform so we can bring people into this country legally."

In a GOP debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley before the Feb. 5 California primary, McCain seemed to acknowledge conservative critics who charged that his immigration plan was tantamount to granting amnesty for illegal residents.

Though he said in the debate he supported a comprehensive program, McCain said the plan shouldn't go through until satisfying concerns of "the American people" who "want the border secured first" against a continued influx of illegal immigrants.

Thursday's immigration discussion took place as McCain appeared at the forum at Finelite, a Union City company that builds environmentally sustainable lighting systems. Panelists included former eBay President Meg Whitman and Cisco Systems Chairman John Chambers.

Shellye Archambeau, CEO of the MetricStream software firm, told McCain her firm can't hire "all the skilled workers we need" because of a shortage of visas. She said more foreigners graduating from California universities should receive diplomas and guest worker visas "right at the same time."

That prompted McCain to openly lament Congress' failure to pass the comprehensive immigration reform bill.

"It's a consequence of the failure of the federal government. And it was my failure too," he said.

Afterward, Whitman hosted a fundraiser for McCain expected to draw 350 donors and $2 million in contributions.

McCain touched down in California Wednesday for a fundraiser at the Irvine Marriott in Orange County hosted by real estate developer and former Seattle Mariners baseball team owner George Argyros. He appeared later Thursday at a Stockton airport rally and fundraiser at the home of developer Alex Spanos, owner of the San Diego Chargers football team.

Also Thursday, McCain issued an angry response after being assailed by Democratic presidential front-runner Barack Obama for failing to back a measure to increase financial support for veterans who pursue a college degree.

Saying the Senate had a "moral duty" to pass the bill, Obama said: "I can't understand why he (McCain) would line up behind the president in opposition to this GI bill. I can't believe why he believes it is too generous to our veterans."

McCain, a former naval aviator who was a prisoner of war for more than five years in Vietnam, answered in a blistering statement released by his campaign.

"I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did," McCain said.

About the writer:
Call Peter Hecht, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5539. Margaret Talev of the McClatchy Washington Bureau contributed to this report.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reasons to Leave California

Nunez sees racial bias in attacks on his spending
By Jim Sanders -
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, May 22, 2008
Former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, saying he now can speak more openly, is blasting accusations that he spent lavishly on overseas trips and retail purchases as racially motivated.
Núñez, who is termed out of the Assembly in December, lashed out Saturday during an interview on Spanish-language television.
The Los Angeles Democrat said he has no regrets over his spending of campaign funds, despite controversy over tens of thousands of dollars spent on high-priced hotels, wine, gifts and other purchases.
"Everyone's done it like this," Núñez said of previous legislative leaders. "The difference is there are some in politics who want to judge me in a certain manner.
"Because of the fact I am Mexican, they think I have to sleep under a cactus and eat from taco stands."
Núñez's spending included more than $47,000 in plane fare, more than $5,000 at a wine cellar in France, and more than $2,500 for "office expenses" at Vuitton, the Los Angeles Times reported last October.
In the interview on Univision's Voz y Voto program, Núñez defended in Spanish his accommodations in fine hotels overseas.
"What's a luxury hotel? A stay at a Sheraton? … I am, you could say, like a head of state. I'm the leader of the Assembly of the state of California. Where am I supposed to sleep?"
Núñez's spending became a target last year in the campaign against Proposition 93, which would have altered term limits and allowed him to serve as Assembly leader an extra six years.
"The only thing that really results out of this is that groups that don't like Latinos use this as a weapon to inflame anti-Mexican, anti-Latino politics," he said.
Hector Barajas, communications director of the California Republican Party, called Núñez's racial comments disgraceful and disheartening.
"Questioning someone's expenses, especially when they're in public office, is something the public should do," he said.
Kevin Spillane, a GOP strategist who ran the campaign against Proposition 93, noted that the campaign also accused President Pro Tem Don Perata, who is white, of political corruption.
"Political corruption is colorblind," Spillane said.
Steve Maviglio, who served as Núñez's spokesman, said the speaker was justified in feeling that some people exploited controversy over his spending for racial purposes.
"You cannot deny there's some overtly racial overtones to this," Maviglio said.



Bid to curb legislative raises diesMeasure would have banned pay hikes in tight budget times.
By Kevin Yamamura -
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, May 22, 2008
State legislators killed a plan Wednesday to ban legislative pay raises in lean fiscal years.
The Senate Rules Committee decision came hours after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the proposal a "good idea."
The proposed ballot measure by Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, would have prohibited raises for legislators and constitutional officers when the state faces an operating deficit. Maldonado portrayed Senate Constitutional Amendment 23 as a symbolic move as lawmakers consider cuts to social services and other state programs.
Some senators saw the plan as unnecessary because the independent California Citizens Compensation Commission already can freeze salaries each year. They said the proposal may deter qualified legislative candidates from seeking office because the $116,208 salary could be seen as uncompetitive with private-sector pay.
Sen. Jim Battin, R-Palm Desert, said using the deficit to guide raises could lead to poor public policy. He said lawmakers would be tempted to pass a tax increase to stave off a deficit and receive a pay raise.
Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, said lawmakers do not receive a pension, and another pay restriction would be further disincentive to serve.
Battin, Cedillo and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, also said legislators have diverse financial backgrounds and the existing salary level is particularly important to some members.
Committee debate grew tense when Battin implied that fellow Republican Maldonado was grandstanding.
"Every time I've seen somebody do it, it's because they're looking for a headline," Battin said.
"Well, first of all, Senator Battin, I'm not looking for a headline," Maldonado said. "I've been working on this for quite some time."
By killing the plan, legislators ignored advice from Schwarzenegger, who said earlier Wednesday that "no one should increase their salaries" in deficit years. The governor refuses his $212,179 annual salary.
Legislators who aren't house leaders earn $116,208 annually, in addition to about $30,000 in tax-free per diem payments.
Cedillo, Battin and Padilla voted against SCA 23. A fourth senator, Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, did not vote. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, voted in favor.
"We stand for fiscal responsibility as a party and this is a fiscal conservative bill," Maldonado said. "I couldn't believe I couldn't get a vote out of my party."


Boxer gets symbolic victory on California smog waiver
By David Whitney -
Published 12:00 am PDT Thursday, May 22, 2008
WASHINGTON – In a purely symbolic move, the Senate committee headed by Sen. Barbara Boxer approved her bill Thursday that would grant the Clean Air Act waiver California needs to enact tough car and truck emission standards.
But the 10-9 vote by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is as far as the legislation is likely to get. The vote was largely along party lines, an indication it might not be able to overcome a filibuster blocking it from coming to a vote.
Even if the measure did make it out of Congress, President Bush is all but certain to veto it.
A House committee released documents this week showing that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson denied California's waiver request in December after being told by the White House that it opposed giving the state an exception to the act.
The California Democrat's bill would simply deem the state's waiver application approved.
While the committee vote was mostly along party lines with Democrats backing the measure, one Democrat voted against it and one Republican voted for it, giving Boxer the opportunity to tout bipartisan suppor

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

You want to "Bet your Ass"?

Barack Obama: Gaffe machine
Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2008
All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe.”
The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush’s questions about new scanner technology at a grocers’ convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.

But what about Barack Obama?
The guy’s a perpetual gaffe machine.
Let us count the ways, large and small, that his tongue has betrayed him throughout the campaign:
* Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

*Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”

*Last week, in front of a roaring Sioux Falls, South Dakota audience, Obama exulted: “Thank you Sioux City…I said it wrong. I’ve been in Iowa for too long. I’m sorry.”

*Explaining last week why he was trailing Hillary Clinton in Kentucky, Obama again botched basic geography: “Sen. Clinton, I think, is much better known, coming from a nearby state of Arkansas. So it’s not surprising that she would have an advantage in some of those states in the middle.” On what map is Arkansas closer to Kentucky than Illinois?

*Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement:
“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”

Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965.
His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole.”
*Earlier this month in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Obama showed off his knowledge of the war in Afghanistan by honing in on a lack of translators: “We only have a certain number of them and if they are all in Iraq, then it’s harder for us to use them in Afghanistan.” The real reason it’s “harder for us to use them” in Afghanistan: Iraqis speak Arabic or Kurdish.
The Afghanis speak Pashto, Farsi, or other non-Arabic languages.

*Over the weekend in Oregon, Obama pleaded ignorance of the decades-old, multi-billion-dollar massive Hanford nuclear waste clean-up:
“Here’s something that you will rarely hear from a politician, and that is that I’m not familiar with the Hanford, uuuuhh, site, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on there. (Applause.) Now, having said that, I promise you I’ll learn about it by the time I leave here on the ride back to the airport.”

I assume on that ride, a staffer reminded him that he’s voted on at least one defense authorization bill that addressed the “costs, schedules, and technical issues” dealing with the nation’s most contaminated nuclear waste site.

*Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama’s “Dreams from My Father:”

“Then, there’s the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, say the magazine’s own historians.”

* And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us”–cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm– and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”
Barack Obama–promoted by the Left and the media as an all-knowing, articulate, transcendent Messiah–is a walking, talking gaffe machine. How many more passes does he get? How many more can we afford?


A Word to Barack Obama: Real Patriotism Speaks for Itself
Gregory D. Lee, a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and now a criminal justice consultant, is a nationally syndicated columnist for North Star Writers Group ( and the author of three Criminal Justice textbooks. He participated directly in the arrest of Ramsi Yousef, the Al Qaeda mastermind of the WTC 1993 bombing, while in Pakistan and is an active Army Reserve officer. You can contact Mr. Lee at

Patriotism is commonly defined as one's love and devotion of country and the willingness to make sacrifices for it.
Barack Obama gave a speech in Charleston, West Virginia, where he made an exception to his self-imposed policy of not wearing a flag lapel pin, and according to the Chicago Tribune, defended his patriotism.

According to Obama's campaign web site, he justifies his patriotism by citing his maternal grandfather's enlisting in the army after Pearl Harbor, and his marching across Europe with Gen. Patton.
He also mentions how his grandfather taught him to say the Pledge of Allegiance and love his country. It sounds to me that the grandfather is a true patriot, but what does this have to do with Obama?
Did Obama become a patriot through osmosis?
The web site goes on to mention that Obama went to Harvard Law School, and "Barack's patriotism and profound belief in the underlying principles of this country led him to teach Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago."

No, I think it's more probable that he taught Constitutional Law because it was gainful employment and he needed the money. Many law school professors are off-the-map liberals who try to come up with ways to undermine the Constitution, so he was perfect for the job.

The web page further defines his patriotism by stating: "Barack believes that you show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans and veterans." In his speech in Charleston, he echoed these examples of his patriotism and then immediately attacked the country's poster child for patriotism and most famous war veteran, John McCain. The last time I checked, John McCain is an unapologetic patriot who retired as a Navy Captain after spending five years as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton while Obama was being taught the Pledge of Allegiance by his grandfather.

So far I'm not convinced of Obama's patriotism. Here's why.

Obama married a woman who said that America was a "mean" country and as an adult she was never proud of it until her husband ran for president.

He attended a church for 20 years where the minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, preached disdain for America and her foreign policies, asked God to damn her and accused her of spreading AIDS and crack cocaine among black communities. Would a true patriot sit there and listen to that dribble, or would he walk out and never come back?

Obama is a long-time friend and business associate of former domestic terrorist and Weatherman leader Bill Ayres, whose organization caused explosions at the Pentagon and New York City police headquarters and made serious attempts to destabilize and overthrow the U.S. government. Would a true patriot associate with such persons or tolerate anyone who did?

Obama never joined the Armed Forces to make a sacrifice for his country; nor did he ever join VISTA or the Peace Corps as an alternative to military service. Instead, he attended college at two of America's most prestigious universities which prepared him for a career in politics.

Obama has campaigned on his decision to not support the U.S. invasion of Iraq, despite overwhelming evidence at the time the nation's security was in jeopardy and military action was warranted. It makes me wonder under what set of circumstances a President Obama would commit U.S. forces to battle to protect this country.

Have Mr. and Mrs. Obama ever attended a Fourth of July parade?
Do they swell with pride like I do when you see the B-2 stealth bomber slowly flying over the spectators at the beginning of the Rose Parade?
Does Obama get goose bumps when the National Anthem is sung at a baseball game or other sporting event whether he is there in person or watching it on television?

I suppose not, in light of press reports that Obama won't place his hand over his heart during such occasions.

A true patriot does not have to justify his patriotism to anyone. He demonstrates it by his actions.
A patriot never has to defend his love and respect for his country because it's obvious.
Nor does a patriot have to make the case for his patriotism on a web site, in a feeble attempt to convince others you're something you're not.


So, those who would elect Barack Hussein Obama are like someone who buys a car strictly for its looks.
They are like someone who sits on a stool in Las Vegas, and bets that the next card hand, the next pull of the slot handle, the next toss of the dice will see this somebody as a winner. (Why do you think Vegas stays in business and thrives? STUPID LOSERS!)
They are like the prospectors of the 1849 to 1910 peiod, where a gold srike was "Just over the next hill".

But, in this case, you bet your ass, because Obama is either a Communist or a Muslim. Doesn't matter, because both want to see the U S subjugated to their control.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Grief, coming home to roost

So Sen. Kennedy has a brain tumor?
People nowadays are wont to forget that:
Teddy ran off and left a young lady to drown
Teddy REFUSED to help South Vietnam after the Peace Agreement that said we would provide Aid
Teddy has done his best to wreck America

Monday, May 19, 2008

Everyday, accepted behavior

A crash of a car fleeing a traffic stop near Casa Grande early Monday left two people dead and four seriously injured, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said.
One person ran away after the 1:20 a.m. incident at the westbound Interstate 10 off-ramp at state Route 387. The off-ramp was closed until 7 a.m.
According to DPS, an officer had pulled over a blue four-door sedan around Milepost 190 when the vehicle bolted. The officer then chased the sedan with the DPS car’s lights and sirens activated.
The driver of the sedan exited the freeway at Milepost 185, but at a speed DPS described as “greater than reasonable and prudent.” The driver lost control of the car, which left the road and rolled.
Some of the seven occupants were ejected in the crash. The four who were injured were taken to hospitals.
The vehicle’s occupants have not yet been identified, and there are no details on why the driver fled.

That's the story.
Some aspects:
--This is an almost Daily event. A car loaded so heavy that it is unstable, driven by a "Skill Challenged Driver", who has been told that "If you speed away--they will not chase you".
--No one seems to care--except the Mexican Consul, who then comes in a sues on behalf of the Illegal Aliens