Monday, June 30, 2008

An entire city wants out


California is changing into Socialist Mexifornia.
Tax money goes into Social (READ--WELFARE) programs. It DOES NOT go to build roadways, buildings, or new water systems.
The main reason California hospitals are in trouble and going bankrupt is the combined influence of:
A. U S Federal Government Mandate...

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (42 U.S.C. § 1395dd, EMTALA) is a United States Act of Congress passed in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It requires hospitals and ambulance services to provide care to anyone needing emergency treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. As a result of the act, patients needing emergency treatment can be discharged only under their own informed consent or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.

EMTALA applies to "participating hospitals", i.e., those that accept payment from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Medicare program. However, in practical terms, EMTALA applies to virtually all hospitals in the U.S., with the exception of the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Indian Health Services, and military VA hospitals. The combined payments of Medicare and Medicaid, $602 billion in 2004,[1] or roughly 44% of all medical expenditures in the U.S., make not participating in EMTALA impractical for nearly all hospitals. EMTALA's provisions apply to all patients, and not just to Medicare patients.[2][3]

The cost of emergency care required by EMTALA is not directly covered by the federal government. Because of this, the law has been criticized by some as an unfunded mandate.[4] Similarly, it has attracted controversy for its impacts on hospitals, and in particular, for its possible contributions to an emergency medical system that is "overburdened, underfunded and highly fragmented".[5] More than half of all emergency room care in the U.S. now goes uncompensated. Hospitals write off such care as charity or bad debt for tax purposes. Increasing financial pressures on hospitals in the period since EMTALA's passage have caused consolidations and closures, so the number of emergency rooms is decreasing despite increasing demand for emergency care.[6] There is also debate about the extent to which EMTALA has led to cost-shifting and higher rates for insured or paying hospital patients, thereby contributing to the high overall rate of medical inflation in the U.S.

And B:who is the group least likely to have Medical Insurance?

ILLEGAL ALIENS. From my own personal experience, Illegal Aliens are a protected group in California. You hard working, tax-paying wage earners are forced into supporting them.

Needles tired of being stuck to California

NEEDLES, Calif. — People in Needles, a parched railroad town clinging to the eastern edge of California, call it the poor stepchild, the redheaded stepchild, the ugly stepchild of San Bernardino County.
They grouse about not getting roads paved, about being 220 miles from the county seat, about being a dumping ground for parolees and sex offenders, all while gazing enviously across the Colorado River at boomtowns in Arizona and Nevada.

"The building codes are stricter here, the taxes are higher," said Patricia Scott, a nurse. "I cross into Arizona, and it's growing by leaps and bounds. We are the only community in the tri-state area that hasn't grown, and it's probably because we are in California."

Kohl's, Target and Sam's Club stand like beacons on the not-so-distant shore. Gas is almost $1 a gallon cheaper across the river. Casinos beckon. Cities mushroom. And meanwhile, Needles slowly fades away.

Resentment has been mounting for years, but the county's decision to reduce the Colorado River Medical Center, the town's once-proud hospital, to a small urgent-care facility triggered open rebellion. Needles is considering leaving California to join Nevada or Arizona or to create its own independent county.

"This is not a publicity stunt. We are serious about secession," former Mayor and Councilman Roy Mills said. "Look at Nevada, they are booming. Look at Arizona, they are booming. ... I was initially skeptical about splitting off, but the more I learn about it, the more doable it seems."

In many ways, Needles people already have left; they just haven't moved. They often dine, shop and work across the river. School sports teams compete against teams in Nevada and Arizona, not California. For fun, residents usually head to Las Vegas, Lake Havasu or Laughlin, not west to Barstow.

"I think leaving California may be our last chance," City Councilman Richard Pletcher said. "Are we supposed to just dwindle down to a puff of smoke?"

A city commission is investigating the options. Not that leaving would be easy. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress would have to approve.

"It will be tremendously challenging, but people don't feel their voices are being heard," City Manager William Way said. "At one time, Needles was the place to be."

Founded in 1893 with the arrival of the railroad and named after the pointy mountains south of town, Needles calls itself "The Best Kept Secret on the Colorado River." But the sun-blasted city is struggling.

A few businesses dot old Route 66 as it meanders through the dusty downtown past decades-old burger joints, weathered homes and the gritty railroad depot. Shade is scarce, and the temperature can hit 125 degrees.
Yet the tightly knit community rallies when threatened.

In 1965, it prevented the rerouting of Interstate 40, a move officials believe saved Needles from winding up a ghost town. In the late 1990s, it helped defeat attempts to put a nuclear-waste dump nearby.

The 25-bed hospital is the latest battleground. It has treated patients for 56 years and remains one of the few services residents don't need to cross a bridge to use.

Needles took over the hospital. To cut costs, employees are working without benefits or overtime. Yard sales are being held to raise money.

"The county of San Bernardino has never liked us," said Pam Andrade, a respiratory therapist. "They led us to believe they would turn this place around. They are like a lying spouse in a relationship that keeps lying and lying, and eventually you can't believe anything they say."

Brad Mitzelfelt, a San Bernardino County supervisor who represents Needles, disputes that. The town is home to 11 county offices and benefits from numerous county services, including a library, an airport, a regional park and law enforcement, he said.

"Needles may be better served in another state, but that's because California has a disadvantageous business climate that hurts them when they try to compete against Nevada or Arizona," he said.

Tom Bright owned two NAPA auto-parts stores: one in Bullhead City, Ariz., one in Needles. He said he paid 10 times more in workers' compensation in California than in Arizona. A gas can at his Needles shop cost $19.99. In Arizona, it was $5.99. He sold chemicals and paint in Arizona that he couldn't sell in California because of environmental rules.

"The labor laws, the overtime laws, the environmental laws are all stricter in California," he said.

But quitting the state is an uphill battle for Needles.

With the exception of West Virginia leaving Virginia during the Civil War, U.S. secession movements generally fail.

Mayor Jeff Williams thinks secession is a bad idea.

"The county has bent over backward to help us," he said. "I think this is saber-rattling."

Talk of secession is often met with a raised eyebrow or wry grin. Yet it taps into a sense of alienation.

"I think it's extremely ridiculous in this day and age that the county supervisors can't come out and see what we need," said Sandi DeLeon, part owner of a shop downtown. "They think this is Egypt out here. They may get lost and wander around the desert for 40 years."

Barely a mile from downtown, along the river, Needles feels very different. It's as much as 10 degrees cooler. The homes are well-tended, the views stunning. This is the "coastline" some believe is Needles' best selling point to a new state.

Jack Murray, 82, likes to sit in his front room and watch the ducks float by. And he loves Needles — Needles, Calif.

"It's so calming and peaceful here," the retired locomotive engineer said. "I think having a hospital is vital, but I don't think leaving California is a real good idea. I think it's utter nonsense in all reality."

Sunday, June 29, 2008

And the beat goes on in Phoenix...

when I was an officer, and arrested Spanish speakers, some knew a few words and phrases of English.

The standard threat to me was "I get my gun--I choot jou" or "I get my gun, I choot jou and jour family".

Phoenix police officer is recovering after a bullet hit her chest vest after a suspect opened fire during a traffic stop in central Phoenix Saturday night.

Police say the officer was a passenger in a patrol car, when she and her partner made the traffic stop at 2100 E. Taylor Street.

They say the two people inside the car were asked to get out and that's when they say the passenger, 35-year-old Aaron Baca Lopez opened fire.

The suspect opened fire and the bullet struck the officer in the finger before lodging in her protective chest vest, according to Phoenix Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Hill.

Her partner returned fire and pursued Lopez as he fled on foot.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody.

The injured officer was taken to the hospital by fellow officers where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say the vest probably saved her life.

Around midnight, police say Lopez forced his way into an apartment in the 2100 block of E. Fillmore and took a man hostage. The victim was able to escape and called police.

After hours of negotiations, Lopez surrendered without incident about 4:40 a.m., says Hill.

Lopez was booked in the county jail for aggravated assault on a police officer and aggravated assault and kidnapping.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

An apt description of four Justices

So, if they would have had their way, four judges of our Supreme Court, with their chess-game minds, would have had us facing incidents like those listed below --UNARMED.

These Elite,unaware, over-protected snobs would have had us cowering in our homes--while their IslamoFascists defending scum-ball attornies get to charge the taxpayers for defending terrorists who would kill us.

The clueless Country Clubbers aren't the only ones. John McCain said this to a Las Vegas Sun Reporter:
I haven't won on every issue. I didn’t win on immigration reform, but I'll go back at it. And I'm glad I did it..

So Juan McCain would have us cowering, unarmed, in our homes when the Cartels come a calling too.


While on the J.D. Hayworth show Tuesday, a top member of a Phoenix police union announced that the suspects were active members of the Mexican Army hired by drug cartels to perform home invasions and murders.

Phoenix Police Enforcement President Mark Spencer said a police officer told him that one of the men captured said they were completely prepared to ambush Phoenix police, but ran out of ammunition. Click Here to listen to the entire interview.

He added that all of them were dressed in military tactical gear and armed with AR-15 assault rifles. Three other men involved in the invasion escaped

June 28, 2008

Phoenix PD: Men dressed as police raid home

Matt Culbertson - Jun. 27, 2008 01:21 PM
The Arizona Republic
Police are asking for the public's help in locating armed suspects wearing police-like clothing in a Thursday night home invasion on a possible drop house.

At about 8 p.m. Thursday, approximately four to 10 men forcibly entered a house near West Thomas Road and North 67th Avenue, armed with handguns and at least one rifle or shotgun, Sgt. Joel Tranter said. Some of the men wore clothing similar to police outfits, such as black shirts and ball caps with police logos, he said.

The residence might have been a drop house used for smuggling illegal immigrants, and it was furnished in such a way that made it difficult to escape from, Tranter said.

The men held two other men inside the house captive for several minutes, stealing money and personal belongings from the home, Tranter said. Police believe the two men held captive inside could have been involved with smuggling illegal immigrants. The men, ages 62 and 34, were not seriously injured, but one was pistol-whipped, he said. Both are suspected of being Mexican nationals here illegally.

Other authorities are involved with the investigation of the incident, such as the Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Police are looking for three vehicles involved in the incident. The suspects are believed to be driving a 1997 white Nissan Sentra, a black GMC Yukon and a blue 1994 Ford Explorer with a Mexican license plate that was stolen from the house, Tranter said.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My Friends,

The Straight Talk Express bus has become a symbol of my campaign's openness, honesty and access - true democracy at work. Some of my favorite memories of the campaign so far are of riding on the Straight Talk Express across this great country, enjoying unscripted, spirited conversation about the issues with members of the press and other passengers.I believe voters deserve a close examination of our presidential candidates. This give-and-take of ideas is a true example of democracy in action.

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If I am given the great honor of serving as the next President of the United States, I will make certain that my administration is open and forthright about the issues facing this country, and I will keep this great conversation going that began on the Straight Talk Express.

I've said before that I'm running to be president of all Americans and the Straight Talk Express enables me to travel around our great country to meet directly with Americans to discuss their thoughts, ideas and concerns. We're facing many great challenges as a nation, and I am running for President to solve these challenges through government reform.

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McCain meets with Hispanic leaders

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reaches out to shake hands with a questioner, who is a veteran, as he takes part in a town hall-style meeting Thursday, June 19, 2008 in St. Paul, Minn.

Republican presidential John McCain assured Hispanic leaders he would push through Congress legislation to overhaul federal immigration laws if elected, several people who attended a private meeting with the candidate said Thursday.

Democrats questioned why the Arizona senator held the meeting late Wednesday night in Chicago. But supporters who were in the room [LIED and] denied that McCain held the closed-door session out of fear of offending conservatives, many of whom want him to take a harder line on immigration.

Both McCain and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama support giving legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, but neither has made the issue a centerpiece of the campaign. At one time, McCain's campaign suffered because of his stance on the issue.

"This was not a secret meeting," said Rafael Rivadeneira, a vice chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois, who was among more than 150 Chicago-area Hispanic leaders who attended. "There was nothing he said that they wouldn't want people to hear."

Other attendees said they were not so sure.

"He's one John McCain in front of white Republicans. And he's a different John McCain in front of Hispanics," complained Rosanna Pulido, a Hispanic and conservative Republican who attended the meeting.

Pulido, who heads the Illinois Minuteman Project, which advocates for restrictive immigration laws, said she thought McCain was "pandering to the crowd" by emphasizing immigration reform in his 15-minute speech.

"He's having his private meetings to rally Hispanics and to tell them what they want to hear," she said. "I'm outraged that he would reach out to me as a Hispanic but not as a conservative."

After the event, McCain met privately with Martin Sandoval, an Illinois state senator and Democratic convention delegate for former candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sandoval said he left open the possibility of backing McCain, citing his immigration stance and pledge to keep business taxes low.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

June 4, 2008 - 7:35PM
The chance for candidates to file nominating petitions for Yuma County offices shut down at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Two more candidates have been added after filing a last-minute nominating petition with the Yuma County Elections Department.

- For sheriff, Democrats Norma Nelson and incumbent Ralph E. Ogden have filed.



To start--the title of the writing is a damned LIE!

NAPOLITANO has fought every attempt to pass laws that limit or or enforce ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

Lately, she tried to keep Maricopa County Sheriff Arpaio from picking up Illegals by cutting State Money from his funds in order to "Use the funds to catch "Felons with Warrants" ".

He cites Operation Jump Start. Any cop in the State knows that was "Window Dressing" to show that "She Cares" NOT!

There are two options:
A. He believes this crap--He's a fool.
B. He doesn't believe--he's lying.

Thursday, June 19, 2008



War crimes committed by U.S., ex-general says
The investigator of Abu Ghraib, now retired, wants people held accountable.

The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing war crimes and called for those responsible to be held to account.

The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel practices.

"After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes," Taguba wrote. "The only question that remains to be answered is whether those who ordered the use of torture will be held to account."

Taguba, whose 2004 investigation documented chilling abuses at Abu Ghraib, is thought to be the most senior official to have accused the administration of war crimes.

"The commander in chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture," he wrote.

A White House spokeswoman, Kate Starr, had no comment.

Taguba didn't respond to a request for further comment relayed via a spokesman.

The group Physicians for Human Rights, which compiled the new report, described it as the most in-depth medical and psychological examination of former detainees to date.

Doctors and mental health experts examined 11 detainees held for long periods in the prison system that President Bush established after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All of them eventually were released without charges.

The doctors and experts determined that the men had been subject to cruelties that ranged from isolation, sleep deprivation and hooding to electric shocks, beating and, in one case, being forced to drink urine.

Bush has said repeatedly that the United States doesn't condone torture.

"All credible allegations of abuse are thoroughly investigated and, if substantiated, those responsible are held accountable," said Navy Cmdr. J.D. Gordon, a Pentagon spokesman. The Defense Department responds to concerns raised by the International Committee for the Red Cross, he said, which has access to detainees under military control.

"It adds little to the public discourse to draw sweeping conclusions based upon dubious allegations regarding remote medical assessments of former detainees, now far removed from detention," Gordon said.

The physicians group said that its experts, who had experience studying torture's effects, spent two days with each former captive and conducted intensive exams and interviews. They administered tests to detect exaggeration.

Also this week, a probe by the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed how senior Pentagon officials pushed for harsher interrogation methods over the objections of top military lawyers.

Those methods later surfaced in Afghanistan and Iraq.





Mrs. Obama and the Tuskegee Superstition
June 19, 2008

In February 2007, we noted a rare instance of agreement between this column and the New York Times editorial page. The topic was whether 11- and 12-year-old girls should be vaccinated for the human papillomavirus. HPV is sexually transmitted and is believed to cause 70% of all cases of cervical cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, this year 11,070 new cases of cervical cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and 3,870 women are expected to die of the disease. Do the arithmetic: Had the HPV vaccine been administered to these women when they were girls, some 7,749 would have been spared cancer and 2,709 would have died later of some other cause.

"Social conservatives object that the vaccine will encourage promiscuity," the Times wrote last year, "but it seems farfetched to believe that protection from cervical cancer will change any girl's behavior." That seems right to us--and even if the vaccine has some marginal bad effect on sexual behavior, several thousand cancer deaths a year seems a high price to pay to avoid it. Even the Times editors thought cancer prevention an important enough goal to abandon their usual liberal keep-your-laws-off-my-body orthodoxy when it comes to matters gynecological.

Now, as blogger Tom Maguire notes, the subject of HPV vaccination has come up in a different context: yesterday's New York Times story about Michelle Obama's "subtle makeover." Maguire cites an anecdote from Mrs. Obama's work at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a story that, in Maguire's words, is "ludicrously presented as a sympathetic and positive story of her professional efforts":

She also altered the hospital's research agenda. When the human papillomavirus vaccine, which can prevent cervical cancer, became available, researchers proposed approaching local school principals about enlisting black teenage girls as research subjects.
Mrs. Obama stopped that. The prospect of white doctors performing a trial with black teenage girls summoned the specter of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment of the mid-20th century, when white doctors let hundreds of black men go untreated to study the disease.
"She'll talk about the elephant in the room," said Susan Sher, her boss at the hospital, where Mrs. Obama is on leave from her more-than-$300,000-a-year job.
This isn't the first time the Tuskegee experiment has come up during the presidential campaign. In April the Obamas' then-pastor, Jeremiah Wright, explained his belief that the U.S. government had invented AIDS as a tool of genocide against black people: "Based on this Tuskegee experiment and based on what has happened to Africans in this country, I believe our government is capable of doing anything."

The Tuskegee outrage was real. But the notion that the Tuskegee experiment--which began in the Jim Crow era (1932) and ended in 1972, eight years after the Civil Rights Act became law--reflects the attitudes of American governmental and medical institutions today is an urban legend, a superstition--and potentially a deadly one.

The Times's account suggests that girls in Chicago were denied potentially lifesaving vaccinations because Michelle Obama pandered to racial paranoia instead of standing up for the truth. Is that why they pay her the big bucks

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Woods set to have season-ending knee surgery

Tiger Woods walked tenderly out of Torrey Pines with a U.S. Open trophy he was destined to win on a left leg worse than anyone imagined. A group of children called out to him and Woods looked over and waved.

It turned out to be a most symbolic gesture.

So long, Tiger.

See you next year.

Woods revealed Wednesday he has been playing for at least 10 months with a torn ligament in his left knee, and that he suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg two weeks before the U.S. Open. He said he will have season-ending surgery, knocking him out of the final two majors and the Ryder Cup.

"I know much was made of my knee throughout the last week, and it was important to me that I disclose my condition publicly at an appropriate time. I wanted to be very respectful of the USGA and their incredibly hard work, and make sure the focus was on the U.S. Open," Woods said on his Web site. "Now, it is clear that the right thing to do is to listen to my doctors, follow through with this surgery, and focus my attention on rehabilitating my knee."

He sure wasn't listening to doctors by playing the U.S. Open, a victory that now looks even more impressive.

Out of competition for two months because of April 15 surgery to clean out cartilage in his left knee, he suffered a double stress fracture in his left tibia two weeks before the U.S. Open.

Hank Haney, his swing coach, was with him in Florida when doctors told Woods the preferred treatment was three weeks on crutches, followed by three weeks of rest.

According to Haney, Woods looked at the doctor and said: "I'm playing the U.S. Open, and I'm going to win."

"And then he started putting on his shoes," Haney recalled. "He looked at me and said, 'Come on, Hank. We'll just putt today.' Every night, I kept thinking there was no chance he's going to play. He had to stop in his tracks for 30 seconds walking from the dining room table to the refrigerator.

"He was not going to miss the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. There just wasn't any discussion."

And it was a U.S. Open that will be talked about for years.

Despite a torn anterior cruciate ligament and the double stress fracture, Woods managed to win a major that required five days of flinching, grimacing and a long list of spectacular shots that have defined his career.

He went 91 holes on a leg that got worse each day, finally defeating Rocco Mediate on the 19th hole of a playoff.

"When I talk about golf, he doesn't count," Mediate said Monday after the playoff. "He's not normal."

Woods, 32, did not say when he would have surgery, but he canceled a clinic that was scheduled for Tuesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. Haney said the typical recovery is six to eight months. This will be Woods' third surgery in five years on his left knee.

"There will be debate whether he rushed back for the U.S. Open," said Mark Steinberg, his agent at IMG. "But I don't think there will be any debate that he rushes back from his next surgery. He won't need to. Augusta is in April. And if things go according to plan, he'll be able to play an event or two or three."

Woods first went to Haney toward the end of 2002 to overhaul a violent swing that was putting enormous pressure on his left knee. Haney suspects the pain has been increasing, and Woods stopped hitting balls after his rounds at last year's British Open.

"He's been playing way less than 100 percent for a long, long, time," Haney said. "It has limited him a lot in practice. He's going to come back better than he's ever been."

Woods was already plenty good, with 65 victories that rank third all time on the PGA Tour, and 14 professional majors that are second only to the record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus. This is the 500th week Woods has been ranked No. 1 in the world.

Even in his abbreviated 2008 season, he won five of seven tournaments worldwide. Dating to the discovery of the torn ACL, Woods won nine of 12 tournaments, including two majors, and never finished lower than fifth.

"While I am obviously disappointed to have to miss the remainder of the season, I have to do the right thing for my long-term health and look forward to returning to competitive golf when my doctors agree that my knee is sufficiently healthy," Woods said. "My doctors assure me with the proper rehabilitation and training, the knee will be strong and there will be no long-term effects."

Woods will miss a major for the first time in his career -- the British Open next month at Royal Birkdale and the PGA Championship, where Woods is the two-time defending champion, in August at Oakland Hills in Michigan.

"Tiger is an enormous attraction, there's no denying that," Royal & Ancient chief executive Peter Dawson said. "But the Open Championship has had many exciting finishes which Tiger has not been part of, and I'm sure there will be more. It's very sad. We're very sorry that he's succumbed to the injury and he won't be competing in the Open.

"We hope he has the speediest recovery."

Woods also will miss the Ryder Cup in September, meaning the ninth player in the U.S. standings will qualify for the team. Coincidentally, Woods had mathematically clinched a spot on the team by winning the U.S. Open.

"We sent him flowers for winning the U.S. Open. Now I wish I had put in a note of condolences," U.S. captain Paul Azinger quipped. "But this is not about Tiger and the Ryder Cup. It's about Tiger getting better and his march to history."

The majors won't miss Woods nearly as much as the PGA Tour -- and the networks that televise it -- especially in the second year of the FedEx Cup, which Woods won in a landslide last year.

He still might be on top of the points race in August leading to the playoffs. Even with Woods no longer playing the rest of the year, he will keep his spot in the playoff events for which he is eligible.

"Tiger is our tour," Kenny Perry said from the Travelers Championship, which starts Thursday at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. "When you lose your star player, it definitely hurts."

Woods had committed to playing in next week's Buick Invitational. He hosts the AT&T National the week after that, at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C.

"I'm sorry about Tiger having to miss the rest of the year due to more knee surgery," Phil Mickelson said in a statement. "I know how frustrating it was to lose most of last summer to my wrist injury but I expect him to be back as strong as ever and look forward to competing with him as soon as possible."

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said his concern was for Woods' health and well-being.

"For an athlete as talented and competitive as Tiger Woods, taking the rest of the season off must have been an incredibly difficult, yet necessary decision, one that we understand and support completely," Finchem said in a statement. "The fact that he needs additional surgery only makes his performance and victory at last week's U.S. Open all the more impressive. First and foremost, our concern -- as it would be for any of our players facing surgery or illness -- is for Tiger's health and overall well-being, both on and off the golf course. We wish him the best toward a speedy recovery."

Woods is private about his health and personal life, never more so than at the just-completed U.S. Open. He didn't say anything about the torn ACL or the stress fractures, and wouldn't say how he was treating the knee, only that it was more sore as the week went on.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was when the injury first happened.

Woods said he tore the ACL while jogging at home after the British Open last July. He played on, going on a streak that included seven consecutive victories, including the Dubai Desert Classic on the European tour and his Target World Challenge, an unofficial event.

He did not play overseas late last year for the first time since 2003, hopeful that rest could allow him to play more this year. But the pain intensified through the Masters, where he finished second, and Woods said the cartilage damage developed from the ACL injury.

He bypassed surgery on the torn ligament April 15, hopeful that by cleaning out the cartilage he could make it through the year. What he didn't anticipate were the stress fractures as he tried to get ready for the Memorial.

"The stress fractures that were discovered just prior to the tournament unfortunately prevented me from participating and had a huge impact on the timing for my return," Woods said. "I was determined, though, to do everything and anything in my power to play in the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, which is a course that is close to where I grew up and holds many special memories for me."

Woods has won eight times at the public golf course in San Diego -- a U.S. Open, a record six times at the Buick Invitational and a Junior World Championship as a teenager.

He called his U.S. Open victory "probably the best ever."

On Wednesday, he explained why.


I personally worked on I-10 from Jan 1972 to Nov 1974. This was between Blythe and Desert Center, from 1400 hrs (2 PM) to 2230 hrs (10:30 PM)
325 PM MST WED JUN 18 2008 /325 PM PDT WED JUN 18 2008/







So what about the Marines in Iraq?
Do they get this warning?
They go out in the same temperatures, with body armor on and 60 pounds of gear.
Baghdad 86...105 F

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

O Baum a Mau-Mau

Mr Odinga (right) says that Senator Obama's late father was his uncle on his mother's side
The Mau Mau Uprising was an insurgency by Kenyan rebels against the British Empire administration that lasted from 1952 to 1960. The core of the resistance was formed by members of the Kikuyu ethnic group, along with smaller numbers of Embu and Meru. The uprising failed militarily, though it may have hastened Kenyan independence. It created a rift between the white colonial community in Kenya and the Home Office in London that set the stage for Kenyan independence in 1963. It is sometimes called the Mau Mau Rebellion or the Mau Mau Revolt, or, in official documents, the Kenya Emergency.

The name Mau Mau for the rebel movement was not coined by the movement itself- they called themselves Muingi ("The Movement"), Muigwithania ("The Understanding"), Muma wa Uiguano ("The Oath of Unity") or simply "The KCA", after the Kikuyu Central Association that created the impetus for the insurgency. Veterans of the independence movement referred to themselves as the "Land and Freedom Army" in English.

The Council of Freedom declares war
By January 1953, the Nairobi Central Committee had reconstituted its senior ranks and renamed itself the Council of Freedom. In a meeting it was decided to launch a war of liberation. In contrast to other liberation movements of the time, the urban Kenyan revolt was dominated by the blue-collar class and mostly lacked a socialist element. The network of secret committees was to be reorganized into the Passive Wing, and tasked with supplying weapons, ammunition, food, money, intelligence and recruits to the Active Wing, also known as the Land and Freedom Armies or, less accurately, the Land Army.

The Land and Freedom Armies, named after the two issues that the Kikuyu felt were most important, were mostly equipped with spears, simis (short swords), kibokos (rhino hide whips) and pangas (a type of machete). The panga, a common agricultural tool, was most widely used. Some rebels also tried to make their own guns, to add to the 460 precision made firearms they already possessed, but many of the homemade guns exploded when fired.

Mount KenyaThis declaration may be seen as a strategic mistake that the Council of Freedom was pushed into by its more aggressive members. The resistance did not have a national strategy for victory, had no cadres trained in guerrilla warfare, had few modern weapons and no arrangements to get more, and had not spread beyond the tribes of the central highlands most affected by the settler presence.

Nevertheless, the lack of large numbers of initial British troops, a high degree of popular support, and the low quality of colonial intelligence gave the Land and Freedom Armies the upper hand for the first half of 1953.

Large bands were able to move around their bases in the highland forests of the Aberdare mountain range and Mount Kenya killing Africans loyal to the government and attacking isolated police and Home Guard posts.

Over 1800 loyalist Kikuyu (Christians, landowners, government loyalists and other Mau Mau opponents) were killed. The Mau Mau, operating from the safety of the forests, attacked mostly by night. They attacked isolated farms, but occasionally also households in suburbs of Nairobi. Only the lack of firearms prevented the rebels from inflicting severe casualties on the police and European community, which may have altered the eventual outcome of the Uprising.

The Land and Freedom Armies had lookouts and stashes for clothes, weapons and even an armoury. Still they were short of equipment. They used pit traps to defend their hideouts in Mount Kenya forests. The rebels organized themselves with a cell structure but many armed bands also used British military ranks and organizational structures. They also had their own judges that could hand out fines and other penalties, including death. Associating with non-Mau Mau was punishable by a fine or worse. An average Mau Mau band was about 100 strong. The different leaders of the Land and Freedom Armies rarely coordinated actions, reflecting the lack of cohesion to the entire rebellion. Three of the dominant Active Wing leaders were Stanley Mathenge; Waruhiu Itote (known as General China), leader of Mount Kenya Mau Mau; and Dedan Kimathi, leader of Mau Mau of Aberdare forest.

Sarah Hussein Obama of Kenya, Barack Obama’s stepgrandmother, is a lifelong Muslim. “I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith,” she says.

So noted an April 2007 New York Times profile of Barack Obama. Kenya is in the news again and, like much of Africa, the reports are horrifying.

This past weekend, women and children -- entire families -- were burned alive as a crowd of Kenyans torched a church where they had gathered to protect themselves.

The violence broke out after a disputed election in which populist challenger Raila Odinga was defeated. Odinga had even hired Dick Morris as a consultant. Jack Wheeler writes:

When Raila Odinga lost the presidential election last week (12/27) to Mwai Kibaki, he claimed the vote was rigged, whereupon his tribal followers went on murderous rampages such as in the town of Eldoret, where on New Years Day dozens of people were burned to death in a church set on fire... Throughout Kenya, hundreds of people have been politically murdered in the last few days.

...Raila has now made a deal for support from the Soviets' successors as world-champion enemies of the West and democratic freedoms: Muslim fundamentalists... The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya has posted on its website a photograph copy of a Memorandum of Understanding, dated and signed on August 29, 2007, between Raila Odinga and Shiekh Abdullah Abdi, chairman of the National Muslim Leaders Forum of Kenya...

It pledges the support of Kenyan Moslems for Raila's election. In return, as President of Kenya, Raila agrees to 14 actions, listed a) through n) on page two. Read them all, and be sure you're sitting down. Here's a sample:

b) Within 6 months re-write the Constitution of Kenya to recognize Shariah as the only true law sanctioned by the Holy Quran for Muslim declared regions.

g) Within one year facilitate the establishment of a Shariah court in every Kenyan divisional headquarters. [Note: everywhere in Kenya, not just in "Muslim declared regions."]

...And here is the biggest non-surprise: Raila Odinga has, in his own words, a "close personal friendship" with Barrack Hussein Obama Junior. When Obama went to Kenya in August of 2006, he was hosted by Raila and spoke in praise of him at rallies in Nairobi... Obama’s bias for his fellow Luo was so blatant that a Kenya government spokesman denounced Obama during his visit as Raila’s “stooge.”
It gets worse. If you read through the agreement that Obama's friend signed with the National Muslim Leaders Forum, you'll find that Kenya is destined to turn into an African version of Talibanistan.

* "Popularize Islam, the only true religion... by ordering every primary school in Kenya in the regions to conduct daily Madrassa classes."
* "Impose a total ban on open-air gospel crusades by worshippers of the cross..."
* "Outlaw gospel programs... on KBC, the National Broadcaster."
* "Impose a total ban on the public consumption of alcoholic beverages..."
* "Impose an immediate ban on women's public dressing styles that are considered immoral and offensive to the Muslim faith..."

Obama's friend, in other words, is setting the stage for a transformation of Kenya into a Muslim state, similar to that which governed Afghanistan during the days of the Taliban.

Note that the mainstream media hasn't reported a single word regarding the true nature of Kenya's unrest -- nor Obama's involvement with Odinga and the onset of a Taliban-style Sharia law in Kenya.

Linked by: Atlas and Jammie Wearing Fool. Thanks!
Hat tips: Atlas and Larwyn. Also see: All Africa: Churches And Muslim Leaders Urge Rejection of Contentious Mou, Dr. Bulldog and Ronin: Kenya Turmoil a Test for Obama, Muslim Tensions Rise and Churches Burn; Kenya: Muslims Push for Sharia. Sarah Hussein Obama photo: New York Times


The pic you see is Chris Dodd--Senator from Connecicut.
We can safely stereoype him as a pompous hypocritical corrupt official.
It first came out that Jim Johnson--hand picked selector for BH Obama's Vice Presidential candidate--got "Sweetheart deals" from subprime lender Countrywide.

Senators Implicated in Countrywide Scandal
Condé Nast Portfolio exposes two U.S. Senators, two former Cabinet members, and a former ambassador to the United Nations, who got favorable mortgage terms from Countrywide Financial.

Among them: Sen. Christopher Dodd, Sen. Kent Conrad, former HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, and former U.N. ambassador Richard Holbrooke.

Jim Johnson, the man leading Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team, was forced to step aside earlier this week after news that he also received favorable treatment from Countrywide.

The standard excuse--or what they thought was an instant exculpatory statement was:
I DIDN'T KNOW (that they didn't charge me the current rate)

Remember Paris Hilton got stopped after her DUI arrest, and was charged with driving with a suspended license?
Her excuse was " My Secretary didn't tell me".

As a former Law Enforcement Officer, I know that when you get picked up for DUI, you get a test. If that test showws .08 BA or more, the Officer TAKES YOUR LICENSE--there in front of you, and hands you a piece of paper that says YOU ARE SUSPENDED FOR 6 MONTHS--IF YOU WANT A DMV HEARING, YOU CAN REQUEST ONE AT (phone number).

Back to loans--How many of you have taken out loans in the last 5 or 10 years.
You get writer's cramp from signing 50 plus documents, telling all kinds of things, one of which is what your rate is.

So, Dood, the others and Paris are all liars.

The are no better than the liars I used to stop on the road, whose standard excuse was "I DIDN'T KNOW I ( fill in violation)"

Monday, June 16, 2008

Finally--someone who doesn't roll over, play dead and give away the store

Usually, an elected official will be cowed with the threat of being investigated by:
The Federal Civil Rights Office and
The Office of Equal Opportunity.

Hell, the California Highway Patrol has every officer fill out a daily form listing the age, sex, and race of every person CONTACTED--just to counter-act the POSSIBILITY that someone might accuse them of Profiling, being Racist, or prejudiced.

It is SO WELCOME to see someone FIGHT BACK!

Gordon thought he would intimidate Joe into halting Illegal Alien sweeps and silencing Joe about criticizing Gordon over his Sanctuary City Policy.


When Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon questioned in early April whether one of his staffers was inappropriately detained by sheriff's deputies because of her ethnicity, Sheriff Joe Arpaio responded with an investigation of his own.

It began at the mayor's office.

Aides of the top Maricopa County lawman made a sweeping request, asking for six months' worth of e-mail from the mayor, Phoenix Police Chief Jack Harris and City Manager Frank Fairbanks that raised questions about Arpaio's motivations.

The blanket request took four city departments hundreds of hours of staff research time, has produced more than 10,000 pages of material and cost about $2,000 to process.

Sheriff's deputies did save taxpayers some money by using a scanner to copy the e-mails instead of paying 19 cents per page.

The request led to a tense situation last week between deputies, Phoenix police officers, city staff members and a reporter who demanded to see the records as deputies were taking possession.

Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott of the Sheriff's Office denies that the public-records request amounts to a political slap at the mayor's office.

"Absolutely not," Hendershott said when asked if sheriff's officials were trying to retaliate against Gordon for speaking out. "We had a fiduciary responsibility anytime someone of the mayor's position makes an official complaint to the (U.S.) Justice Department."

Gordon's letter requested a Justice Department inquiry into Arpaio's enforcement efforts.

On the third page of the letter, drafted on April 4, Gordon states that one of his staff members, who is Hispanic, was among a group of people detained by a sheriff's deputy for "off-roading" in a restricted area.

All the other members of the group were White, Gordon's letter states, and the deputy simply asked those people for identification and let them go.

"My staff member was asked not for her license, but for her Social Security card- and was issued a citation," Gordon states. "She was the only Hispanic of the six.

There is a growing sense in Arpaio's office that Gordon and other prominent Democrats are involved in a conspiracy to discredit Arpaio and the Sheriff's Office.

Arpaio doesn't deny the sweeping nature of the e-mail demand and how it might bolster that theory, although the staffer could have relayed the incident via a phone call or an in-person conversation - neither of which would be reflected in the records request.

"If it was just made up, I want to know that, too," Arpaio said. "If that (allegation) was made for other reasons, don't go using my deputies as a pawn in some political game."

Gordon is irked at the records request but stopped short of calling it retaliation for speaking out against Arpaio's tactics.

"I'll let people draw their own conclusions," he said.

But the mayor said one thing is clear: The records will almost certainly prove useless.

"It's wasted all these taxpayer dollars . . . for their own review of their own people," he said.


For 5 years now, I have watched--not too intently--Football, some basketball, and some baseball.

Five years ago was when my wife and I attended a Chargers football game. A defensive back for San Diego was called for pass interference at the gaol line. He was 10 feet away from the receiver he supposedly interfered with. That started my suspicions.

You say--well, they fixed that--they now have instant replay and challenges. Yes-but not quite. There are times of the game where a coach is not allowed to protest.

Two years ago, the Phoenix Suns were on their way to being NBA champions. The game was televised, so 50 million people got to see several bogus calls against the Suns.
Later, after the FBI informed the Referee who made those calls that they had profe that he had gambled on games, owed favors to the Mob,and he confessed that he had been told who was going to win.

Just lately,

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy has accused the NBA of manipulation of game results in order to "boost ticket sales and television ratings." Commissioner David Stern has called the allegations "baseless." But statistical analysis seems to support the claim that an abnormal percentage of NBA playoff Series are extended to seven games.

Mathematics estimate that a NBA Playoff series will go the full seven games approximately 18% of the time. Since 2000, a surprisingly large 26% of non-first round NBA Series have extended to the maximum seven games. That's 44% more often than expected. That's 16 of 62 Series when only 11 would have been expected. RJ Bell of said: "The odds of this increase happening randomly are less than 1%, approximately 180 to 1."

"44% more Game 7s than expected clearly supports Tim Donaghy's claim that the NBA Playoffs are officiated with the agenda of extending Series as long as possible," says Bell.

Former Kings player, Doug Christie, and others weighed in on Donaghy's allegations today. What they have to say may surprise you. See more at SpursReport.Com or below:
Now, we move to our Government.

We were sold a load of bullsh*t by the Bush Campaign in 2000 and 2004.
Oh, yeah--he is all for national security... We send people to several countries to fight--what was that name--oh, yeah, can't say that because it isn't PC.
IT is Radical Islam or Islamofascists--you know, those guys who cut people's heads off and post the video on YouTube, and tell you that it was "God's Will"

Neither one of our pandering-pussy candidates for US president has said anything about:
--Stopping the continued influx and influence in the good ol' USA of IslamoFascists

--Stopping the Tsunami wave of Illegal Immigrants pouring across our Border. McCain has a former Mexico Cabinet member on his campaign team, and refuses to discount or dismiss him.

--This came out on the Internet. I have seen it on various web logs. Nowhere have I seen it shown to be untrue.

I’m sure the sponsor of the so-called Campaign Finance Reform Bill wouldn’t mind if we took a cursory look at his donors. They include the sinister international currency manipulator George Soros, JP Morgan Chase & Company, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Lehman Brothers. In other words, McCain is backed by most of the usual suspects who back “the competition.”

According to WorldNetDaily, since 2001, this candidate has receiving funding via the Reform Institute of Alexandria, Virginia, founded to launder money from George Soro’s Open Society Institute and Theresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation.

Let’s just know who owns whom. All this only makes sense. The senator is a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a one-worlder, an ultimate insider.

Funding scandals? Sure. We have them too. Does anybody remember the Keating Five debacle from 1987 that cost depositors and taxpayers $160 million? Charles Keating owned American Continental Corporation
and its subsidiary Lincoln Savings & Loan. Facing multiple federal indictments, he called on the recipients of his largesse ­ Senators Alan Cranston, John Glenn, Don Riegle, and from the great State of Arizona Dennis DeConsini and John McCain. Strings were pulled, but, in the end, Keating was convicted. In 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee (I know, such an oxymoron) ruled that McCain hadn’t quite done anything illegal. But by his own standards he was corrupt.

So, I think we are set up to have:
A--A Liberal President, funded by George Soros


B, a Marxist-Socialist Black Power Super-Liberal, funded by George Soros

Thursday, June 12, 2008

SELLING OUR Everything

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of:
-- Having the BOTTON LINE as the only measure of success (Thank you, Bill Clinton)

--In an indirect way, saying Americanworkers can "Cut it", but only when working for a foreign company

--Selling out heritage to "Make a buck"
Politics May Block InBev's Anheuser-Busch Bid
Belgian Brewer InBev's unsolicited bid for Anheuser-Busch could fall prey to US politics

Belgian Brewer InBev is offering a big payday to shareholders of Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., but its bid to create the world's largest beer company is already facing a major obstacle — U.S. election-year politics.

InBev SA, whose brands include Beck's and Stella Artois, delivered an unsolicited all-cash bid of $65 a share for Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser, Michelob and Bud Light. That's well above the St. Louis-based company's closing share price of $58.35 Wednesday.

But politicians and activists are already lining up against the deal, saying it could cost jobs in the United States and send ownership of an iconic American company overseas. With economic concerns at the front of voters' minds, the opposition could cause a headache for InBev.

Republican Gov. Matt Blunt said Wednesday he opposes the deal, and directed the Missouri Department of Economic Development to see if there was a way to stop it.

"I am strongly opposed to the sale of Anheuser-Busch, and today's offer to purchase the company is deeply troubling to me," Blunt said in a statement.

Web sites have sprung up opposing the deal on patriotic grounds, arguing that such an iconic U.S. firm shouldn't be handed over to foreign ownership. One of the sites, called, was launched by Blunt's former chief of staff, Ed Martin.

"Shareholders should resist choosing dollars over American jobs," Martin said in a statement Wednesday night. "Selling out to the Belgians is not worth it — because this is about more than beer: it's about our jobs and our nation."

If the deal goes through, it would create a beer-brewing giant and mark just the latest phase of consolidation in an industry facing rising ingredient costs and stale demand in the United States.

"Anheuser-Busch said that its board of directors will evaluate the proposal carefully and in the context of all relevant factors, including Anheuser-Busch's long-term strategic plan," the company said in a statement. "The board will pursue the course of action that is in the best interests of Anheuser-Busch's stockholders."

A spokeswoman said the company would not comment beyond the statement.

InBev Chief Executive Carlos Brito said the deal would boost both companies, giving InBev access to the U.S. market while expanding Anheuser-Busch's reach overseas.

"We have the highest respect for Anheuser-Busch, its employees and its leadership, who have built the leading brewer in the U.S. and grown the iconic Budweiser brand. Together, we would draw on the collective expertise of both companies' management and employees."

Shares of Anheuser-Busch soared 7.6 percent to $62.80 after regular trading hours, when the announcement was made. They had risen 2 percent in late-afternoon trading, when rumors of the deal were reported on CNBC. Speculation has been rife in recent weeks that the deal might occur.

InBev was formed in 2004 when Belgium's Interbrew merged with South America's biggest brewer AmBev. Since then, the company has cut jobs in several European countries while its sales were boosted by strong demand in Latin American countries.

Worries about job cuts at Anheuser-Busch could be justified. InBev has a reputation for squeezing costs out of the companies it acquires, said Benj Steinman, editor of the Beer Marketer's Insights trade publication. Because of its size — and control of nearly half the U.S. beer market — Anheuser-Busch could be a ripe target for cost-cutting.

"One theory is that their own cost reductions are winding down in Europe and Asia and around the world, and they need somewhere to sort of implement what they're best at," Steinman said.

InBev tried to allay those fears Wednesday, saying it would not close any Anheuser-Busch breweries and would make St. Louis the headquarters for its North American division. The company also said it would invite some Anheuser-Busch directors to join InBev's board.

Anheuser-Busch executives have made cost-cutting a goal over the last two years. Sales in the United States have been stagnant as consumers turn toward wine and cocktails, and the rising costs of ingredients have bitten into profit margins.

Last year, Anheuser-Busch turned a profit of $2.12 billion, up nearly 8 percent from $1.97 billion in 2006. But its core brands of Budweiser and Bud Light continued to lag as sales of craft beers and imports rose.

While the InBev deal looks sweet on paper, it's far from a sure thing. InBev said it plans to pay for the deal with $40 billion in debt, and raising so much capital could be tough as banks tighten their standards during a global credit crunch.

InBev's statement said the company has "strong support" from a number of financial institutions, including Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan. The company would pay for part of the deal by divesting some "noncore assets" along with equity financing.

Opposition to the deal is sure to be stiff in St. Louis. offers visitors yard signs and bumper stickers to express their distaste for the purchase.

"Like baseball, apple pie and ice cold beer (wrapped in a red, white and blue label), Anheuser-Busch is an American original," the site says.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Obama Running for Jimmy Carter's Second Term

Deflecting attacks that his administration would be a third Bush term, John McCain said Barack Obama is "running for Jimmy Carter's second" in an interview with Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News.

"Senator Obama says that I'm running for a Bush's third terms. It seems to me he's running for Jimmy Carter's second," McCain said.

The comment came during a discussion on record high gas prices.

Asked to clarify his comment, McCain said, "He's got proposal that would raise taxes by $1.4 trillion, you know, over five years. Raise spending -excuse me, raise spending by $1.4 trillion over five years. And no way to pay for his programs. That would put us further in debt.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Another Crooked DA

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood-Large, Smaller pic is Dickie Scruggs

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wrongly conspired with prominent trial attorney Richard "Dickie" Scruggs to skirt a court order in a case involving Hurricane Katrina insurance claims, a federal judge has ruled.

Referring to Hood as a "so-called law enforcement officer," U.S. District Judge William Acker said the attorney general helped his "close confidant" Scruggs avoid handing over stolen insurance company documents that Scruggs wanted for lawsuits against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.

Acker did not recommend any criminal or civil action against Hood in the opinion, filed Thursday.

But the judge cited Scruggs and two whistleblowers for civil contempt and ordered them to pay $65,000 in attorney fees to an Alabama company that worked for State Farm and sued in Birmingham after its records were taken.

In a news release Friday, Hood said he planned to file a motion asking Acker "to revise such uncalled for derogatory conclusions."

Hood accused Acker of interfering with a grand jury investigation and said judicial rules do not allow for "unnecessary attacks" on court officials.

Hood's office did not respond to questions about the personal relationship between the attorney general and Scruggs, who separately is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to bribe a Mississippi judge over $26.5 million in legal fees related to Katrina cases.

Alabama-based E.A. Renfroe & Co. Inc. worked as an adjusting firm for State Farm after Katrina wiped out much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. Sisters Cori and Kerri Rigsby claimed the insurer was trying to avoid paying claims through fraud and took records from E.A. Renfroe, their employer.

The sisters provided records to Scruggs, who became entangled in the dispute over the documents after E.A. Renfroe filed suit seeking their return.

Attorneys for Scruggs did not immediately return a message Friday seeking comment. Harlan F. Winn III, a lawyer for the sisters, said they were disappointed with the ruling and had not decided whether to appeal.

E.A. Renfroe accuses the sisters of wrongly taking the documents. A lawyer for the company, Barbara Ellis Stanley, declined to comment.

Acker previously accused Scruggs of criminal contempt for taking the records from the sisters and giving them to Hood, but another judge threw out that case. Acker then found Scruggs and the Rigsby sisters guilty of civil contempt and ordered them to pay $65,000 in attorney fees and expenses.

Friday, June 6, 2008

A Marine recognizes Memorial Day+ 2 more MOH's

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.


Major General John F. Kelly
Commanding General, Multi National Force - West

Major General John F. Kelly currently serves as the Commanding General, Multi National Force - West

Major General Kelly was born and raised in Boston, MA. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged as a Sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, he was commissioned and returned to the 2nd Marine Division where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, company executive officer, assistant operations officer, and infantry company commander. Sea duty in Mayport, FL, followed, at which time he served aboard aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and USS Independence. In 1980, then Captain Kelly, transferred to the U.S. Army's Infantry Officer Advanced Course in Fort Benning, GA. After graduation, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC, serving there from 1981 through 1984, as an assignment monitor. Captain Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984, to command a rifle and weapons company. Promoted to the rank of Major in 1987, he served as the battalion's operations officer.

In 1987, Major Kelly transferred to the Basic School, Quantico, VA, serving first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later assuming the duties of the Director of the Infantry Officer Course. After three years of instructing young officers, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School for Advanced Warfare, both located at Quantico. Completing duty under instruction and selected for Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Holding this command position for two years, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly returned to the East Coast in 1994, to attend the National War College in Washington, DC. He graduated in 1995, and was selected to serve as the Commandant's Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill, where he was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

In 1999, Colonel Kelly transferred to joint duty and served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium. He returned to the United States in 2001, and was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, now as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 with the 2nd Marine Division. In 2002, selected to the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel Kelly again served with the 1st Marine Division, this time as the Assistant Division Commander. Much of Brigadier General Kelly's two-year assignment was spent deployed in Iraq. His previous assignment was Legislative Assistant to the Commandant, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Washington, DC

Another Marine--Another Hunter

Duncan D. Hunter gets ready to be interviewed by radio personality Roger Hedgecock Tuesday night at Golden Hall Election Central. Hunter received 73 percent of Republican votes cast in the June 3 Primary Election and will be the Republican candidate for the 52nd District Congressional seat in the November election. Photo/Carl Klem


From the Los Angeles Times

JUNE 2 2008:

Duncan Hunter prepares to pass the torch -- to Duncan D. Hunter
In the 52nd Congressional District, the conservative Republican son hopes to succeed his conservative Republican father.

By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

June 2, 2008

ALPINE — Here in the Republican stronghold of eastern San Diego County, Duncan Hunter the son is attempting to succeed Duncan Hunter the father in the 52nd Congressional District.

The elder Hunter is leaving Congress after 14 terms and a failed try this year for the GOP nomination for president.

When he first ran for Congress in 1980, he was a 31-year-old combat veteran from Vietnam. His son is a 31-year-old combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Father and son share the same brand of conservatism: Continue building the border fence; continue fighting in Iraq; cut spending and taxes; oppose abortion and gay marriage; and support the rights of gun owners and sportsmen. (The Hunters are hunters.)

"If you're asking if I've fallen far from the Hunter tree, the answer is no," the younger Duncan Hunter said at a fundraiser hosted by his parents last week at their hilltop home here, 40 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Hunter's three opponents generally share his political views and have credentials that, in a Hunter-free election, might make them front-runners in this ruby-red district.

Brian Jones, 39, is a Santee councilman and unordained Christian minister. Rick Powell, 61, is a former Marine and retired Army colonel who served in Vietnam and Iraq and worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Bob Watkins, 65, is a county school board member and owner of an international management consulting business.

An independent poll done for the Sycuan band of Indians, which donated $2,300 to Watkins, suggests that Hunter will win easily.

Whoever wins the Republican nomination becomes a favorite to beat the Democratic nominee in November. Republicans hold a 14-point registration advantage in a district that includes the eastern edge of San Diego and several suburbs. President Bush got 61% of the vote in 2004.

"Duncan Hunter is the brand name, the Coca-Cola. The others are off-brands," said Carl Luna, political science professor at San Diego Mesa College.

Hunter's family is helping. His brother Sam quit his job at a golf course to work on the campaign. And although the candidate was deployed to Afghanistan last year, much of the campaign organizing and fundraising was done by his wife, Margaret.

Hunter, who graduated from San Diego State University, quit a high-tech job to join the Marines shortly after Sept. 11.

An artillery officer, he was deployed to Iraq in 2003 after the fall of Baghdad and then again in 2004 for the battle in Falluja. He is now a captain, no longer on active duty but eligible to be recalled for a fourth deployment.

When he was in Iraq, Hunter saw no need to tell his fellow junior officers that his father was a congressman -- the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee until the Democratic takeover in 2006.

But on the campaign trail, he is his father's son and proud of it. He stumped for his father in South Carolina. For his own campaign, he inserts a middle initial D (for Duane) on his campaign material.

The criticism of Duncan D. Hunter is much the same as it was of his father in 1980: lack of experience outside military service.

Powell said that his opponent Hunter leans heavily on his Iraq and Afghanistan service while campaigning. As a colonel, Powell said, he commanded far more troops than Hunter would as a captain.

"He's a patriot, there's no doubt," Powell said. "Duncan D. talks about his combat experience in nearly every subject; that's the limit of his experience."

Another opponent, Jones, said he figures that 52nd District voters want a change. He's slammed Hunter for taking campaign contributions from defense firms that benefited from his father's "earmark" appropriations.

"Nothing against the congressman or his son, but people want a fresh face and some fresh ideas," Jones said.

The Alpine fundraiser was attended by about 150 people, some of whom have supported the candidate's father since his first campaign.

Rep. Brian P. Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) remembered when he first met the elder Hunter in 1979. Bilbray was the surfer-mayor of Imperial Beach when in walked "some crazy young lawyer from National City asking for my vote."

Duncan D. promised the gathering he would continue the "Hunter legacy," particularly in championing increased border security. America has to be a good place when "good people, like my father, run for Congress."

A gentle joke ran through the crowd that someday Duncan Hunter will be remembered not for his own accomplishments but rather as the father of Duncan D. Hunter. That thought didn't seem to bother the congressman.

"My son is a great American," he said.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Minnesota, Liberals, and Free Speech

Minnesota Teens Barred From Graduation for Displaying Confederate Flags on Pick-Ups
(Story -Video at:

So, the reverse-hate groups in Minnesota took immediate action against these kids for having a confederate flag.

Do they think Ted Nugent is a Hate Leader?(Photo above)

I keep saying over and over: Liberals have two hallmarks: Fantasy and Hypocrisy.
Here we have both.
Fantasy is labeling a historical flag a Hate symbol. This flag was flown by people WHO WANTED TO RULE THEMSELVES, and not be dictated to by Washington DC.
If you are going to ban this flag, why not the flag at the top pf this post--Hell, it has a snake on it!

Hypocrisy is that someone wanted to show an admiration of Country life. Yet Minnesota elected a Muslim Congressman (Who, by his very religion can not have an allegiance to the United States), and they let Muslims dictate what people they will check out at the cashier's stand, or carry in their taxis.

Asdk yourself: What would have I done/thought/felt if some dipsh*t dictated that I could not graduate with my class for (Fill in the Blank)



Air Force Secretary Michael Wynn, left, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley, testify in Washington in this file photo.

Remember how everyone gave Obama a pass when his campaign put Porta-Potties on a Peace Officer Memorial?
Guess the Government and the Military still believe in the concept of Responsibility going to the top

By Bill Arthur

June 5 (Bloomberg) -- Air Force Chief of Staff Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne are resigning at the request of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a defense official said.

Gates scheduled a news conference later today to discuss the departures.

The departures are related to a number of Air Force problems in handling nuclear weapons and aren't the result of any policy disputes, the official said.

Admiral Kirkland Donald, director of naval nuclear propulsion, said in a recent report that Gates must make changes, according to the Air Force Times, a newspaper serving Air Force personnel.

Last October, three senior officers were relieved of command for their roles in mistakenly allowing a B-52 bomber to fly from North Dakota to Louisiana carrying six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

Less than two weeks ago, the same Air Force unit that was responsible for mishandling the cruise missiles failed key parts of a nuclear safety inspection, the Washington Post reported.

The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota was given a grade of ``unacceptable'' in the security of nuclear weapons and a ``marginal'' grade at management and administration by the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Post said. These failures were in the same two areas that allowed the missiles to be flown, the paper said.

Shipment of Fuses

Another controversy involved the Air Force's erroneous shipment of fuses for nuclear missiles to Taiwan in 2006. The mistake was revealed only in March, a disclosure that strained relations with Taiwan and prompted Gates to order a complete inventory of U.S. nuclear weapons and components.

President George W. Bush nominated Wynne to the top Air Force post in August 2005. At that time he was the Defense Department's No. 2 acquisition official. Prior to that, he held a variety of senior positions at General Dynamics Corp., retiring in 1999 as senior vice president, according to his biography on the Defense Department's Web site.

Wynne received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served as a captain in the Air Force. He received master's degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado.

Moseley took office in November 2005. He has been in the Air Force for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of commands.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bill Schmick in Washington at

Last Updated: June 5, 2008 15:23 EDT