Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Real Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Constitutional Radio: A Long, Hot Summer?

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Monday, May 25, 2009

The Dame Truth About Memorial Day

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

In Memoriam

Greetings to all today as we begin our "Official" Memorial Day weekend in memory of our fallen heroes. Today is also the birthday of W.R. Connor, USMC, 1/12, Whiskey Company, who served in and around Chu Lai and DaNang '65-'66. He passed from this world as a result of his service there, from agent orange complications, many years after returning home. RIP Connor, and all our brave heroes who gave their lives for our country. You performed your duty as a radioman proudly and well.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Expect the Unexpected: Pope 2.0...

...Imams 101. No, it's not a soccer score, it's Religion going cyber.

The Pope's on Facebook and All Is Well. The Pope's new account, entitled "Pope2You, " shares the marketing ring of names like ToysRus, and invokes the concept of an all inclusive, direct line to the head of the church. Even the Imams are getting on board, having recently decided that their flocks may use Facebook, but only for contact with work and friends--no gossip or flirting allowed.
Meanwhile, the Boys From Brazil are back in the form of a new generation of race "purists," 14 of which, according to the Jerusalem Post, were recently arrested for an alleged neo nazi plot to bomb two synagogues in Southern Brazil's Porto Alegre.

Today's coup de grace, however, underlining all of these surrealities, [there's *THAT* word again] is Joseph Farah's World Net Daily report on the Billboard Movement that's sweeping the country which he has named "The Truth and Transparency Campaign." Within 48 hours of the request for donations, a billboard owner contributed his space to add to the fast growing campaign to erect billboards requesting proof of Obama's citizenship and eligibility to serve as POTUS across the country.
As WND's billboard campaign to raise visibility of the issues surrounding Barack Obama's constitutional eligibility yesterday continued to attract eager donors, the president had this to say:
"I will never hide the truth because it is uncomfortable." [SayWHATT??]
[Like myself, and any other reasonable person], Joseph Farah, WND's editor and chief executive officer, reacted to Obama's statement in stunned amazement.

"This is a guy who has no trouble turning over sensitive documents from previous administrations, but he still refuses to release for public view something seemingly so innocuous as his own birth certificate...This is a double-standard wide enough to sail the Queen Mary 2 through. Statements like this need to be challenged by a vibrant and free press. And that's what our 'Where's the birth certificate?' billboard campaign is all about."
More than $35,000 has been raised in the first 72 hours of the national billboard campaign – and the first sign, an electronic one, is already up and online. Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, said he's calling it "the truth and transparency campaign." The money is being used to erect billboards around the country that ask a simple question: "Where's the birth certificate?"

The first such sign to be posted under the 3-day-old campaign, a digital, electronic one, is up and online on Highway 165 in Ball, La. – the result of a donation by the owner. In addition, based on the heavy volume of financial donations in the first two days of the campaign, WND was able to commit to leasing two more standard billboards – one in Los Angeles and the other in Pennsylvania.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this nationwide campaign to raise awareness and get the truth out may do so by clicking on

Please note, however, that the birth certificate is NOT the ultimate arbiter here. Irrespective of WHERE this man, whatever his name is, was BORN, NEITHER OF HIS PARENTS were legally able to confer American citizenship on him: his father was Kenyan and his mother was too young. ADDITIONALLY, the fact that he was an Indonesian citizen and travelled to Pah-kee-stahn on that passport in 1981 would further disqualify him as a natural born American citizen because having become a citizen of Indonesia at some point after having been adopted by Lolo Soetoro, his resultant allegiance to a country other than American renders him ineligible to serve. See: , ,

And so, at the start of this 2009 Memorial Day weekend, ["Official, " NOT "Actual"] consistency continues to reign: The Rabbit Hole remains the center of our Universe, and the only reasonable approach is to live expecting the unexpected.

Blessing all Warriors and watching over them this weekend, be they on battlefields or highways for holiday travel. [The latter can, at times, resemble the former, so be careful out there everyone!]


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Welcome to the Rabbit Hole: "Official" Versus "Actual"

I offer a compendium of topics, related only by their surreal qualities. Either that, or that 3 hours of gardening today pumped out so much serotonin that I cannot be held responsible for what The Mind On Serotonin does.

In New York it's 4:37 PM, a soft and sunny 75; it's 1:57 AM in Kandahar, Afghanistan, 70 F, and I just finished reading the newswire about Marjah, where American forces have seized 16 tons of opiates, 45 tons of explosive making material and a large supply of heroin refining product. Not far from there, in the Desert of Death, so named by locals for its less than hospitable conditions, the USMC is building a 443 acre Camp Leatherneck, started in January, which will house the largest combat zone parking field [that's for air craft, not cars] in the world, so it looks like we're there to stay awhile.

Sadly, John Brown, Jr., one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers who developed a communication code the Japanese were unable to break passed from this world yesterday at the age of 88. Their contribution to our success in WWII was monumental and was not declassified until 1968. The 29 received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2001. As we near Memorial Day, it is ever more important to remember that although the "official" day of remembrance was changed so that it could always be on a Monday, thereby affording Americans another annual three day weekend, the actual Memorial Day falls on May 30.

On other fronts, California is still broke, Nancy Pelosi is still a liar, and Joe Biden is still as senseless as a goat. In New York four people were arrested today on charges of plotting to shoot military aircraft at Stewart Airfield with Stingers, blow up two Synagoges in the Bronx, and generally create havoc and terrorism wherever they could find it. It is said that three of them converted to Islam while serving time in American jails...and the BOzo in the White House wants to bring Gitmo guys here??

A friend who spent time in a locked mental ward recently told me he had been watching a Lakers game on the TV there when the cameras showed some footage of Jack Nicholson, an avid fan, in the stands. He couldn't help being reminded of watching Nicholson years ago in a theater in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" wherein Jack unwittingly becomes trapped in a locked mental ward. Yes indeed, welcome to the Rabbit Hole, where life imitates art, the insane seems sane and the surreal unfolds, all day, every day.

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Dame Truth Tonight: Scoundrel Time Again?

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Chris Hill
Gathering of Eagles
as he tells
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about the VI Rally and its cancellation, future plans and veteran activisim in general!
As some of you may know, the June 13 rally for veterans had to be cancelled when its backers suddenly withdrew, citing fear of "the current political climate."
This is sad commentary on our country, its government and the private sector it appears to hold on a very short leash. Anyone who would withdraw funds previously offered to veterans out of fear of repercussion from the current administration is clearly in as sorry a state as the administration itself.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Keep Reading!

I'm purposely leaving the Scoundrel Time post up for several days, as I want to make sure as many people as possible see it. Monday it will be replaced by show notification for The Dame Truth that night, as I welcome Chris Hill to talk about what happened with the backers who pulled out of that Gathering of Eagles rally.

We need to look long and hard at a government who is willing to exercise even the hint of reprisal toward anyone who supports our Military. For this to occur in our country is a dishonor to everyone who has sacrificed their time, their health or their lives to protect our Constitution and its Bill of Rights. Oh and by the way, take a look at Lillian Hellman's Scoundrel Time. It'll chill your blood. Either that or heat it up so fast that steam starts coming from your ears. Either way, it's sobering.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Is It Scoundrel Time Yet?

I received notice this morning from Chris Hill, Director of Operations for Gathering of Eagles that the Victory in Iraq Rally scheduled for 13 June in D.C. had been cancelled:
By Chris Hill 05/15/2009
It is with a heavy heart and more than a little anger that I must tell
you all that the VI Rally scheduled for 13 June in D.C. has been
cancelled. Our sponsors pulled out a couple weeks ago and though we
tried mightily to get others we have come up dry. It appears that the
money guys on our side of the argument are running scared from the
current political climate. The Park Service is going to pull our
permits for lack of resources; simply put, no portalets or EMT services means no rally. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes, but there's is simply nothing we can do.

We had commitments from Capt. Phillips of the Somali pirates event,
Marcus Luttrell USN SEAL (Lone Survivor), former Congressman Duncan
Hunter, Pat Dollard, various Blue and Gold Star family members, three
separate musical acts, a potential video up link to Iraq, the 9/11
chopper, dragsters painted to represent the different services and an
after party at the Hard Rock Cafe. Unfortunately, the hard work
expended to put this together, by a number of people will now be for
naught. Please don't let this discourage your efforts. It is all the
more important that we redouble our efforts concerning our heroes in
the desert. I hope you all understand how difficult it is for me to
send this message. Thank you for all your efforts.
Having made plans to cover it live onsite on The Dame Truth and with my partner and cohost drkate on Constitutional Radio, I was more than a little distressed to learn of this turn of events. Once again, it seems our Military is getting shorted on everything but combat time. I put a call in to Chris to learn more, and to confirm a guest spot on Monday's Dame and we got to talking about the kind of political climate in which any and every entity and individual must calculate their actions and retract offers of good works out of fear from government repercussion.

To begin with, let me make this crystal clear: these backers contacted Gathering of Eagles to offer financial assistance toward producing the June 13 rally. It was their intention to support our troops via the rally until they became aware that doing so could bode ill for them in the current political climate. Of course, my immediate response was, "Who Are These People?!" [ I wanted to organize a boycott of whatever corporate interests they represented]. However, it appears that they were private individuals, at least for the moment. Here is where it gets dicey: how DOES one go about seeking to right a wrong without making the situation worse? I have not yet been able to satisfactorily answer that question in this case but suffice to say, it niggles at me and I will NOT let it go until I have done all that I can to get to the bottom of it and shed the light of truth upon it.

So. These backers approached Gathering of Eagles. The Chairman flew down to meet with them and they asked him what he needed. Chris laid out the program for them and was effectively given a carte blanche until a short time ago, when they informed him that the funding would be withdrawn. Aside from that terse message, they had no more communication with GOE, refusing to answer emails and phone calls. And so, I'm wondering just WHAT they're afraid of. I mean, aside from the fact that
1) Yesterday the Administration said they' d seek to minimize benefits to corporate CEOs regardles of whether they received TARP benefits or not; and
2) I hear the word from Justice is that there's been some niggling in administration over nationalizing oil industry...
So, there we have it...for the moment. Oilmen are feeling antsy about being targeted by the Administration to the extent that they would pull funding for a rally for the troops. And this administration has the temerity to pose as a Constitutional entity??

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Round Up the Usual Suspects: Talk Rado...AGAIN??

Camille Paglia's piece today questions whether "The assassination jokes and "liberal" conspiracy theories on talk radio could be an ominous sign of things to come," invoking names like Knebel, Serling and Frankenheimer, [Seven Days in May , one of whose characters, General James Scott, says,
And if you want to talk about your oath of office, I'm here to tell you face to face, President Lyman, that you violated that oath when you stripped this country of its muscles - when you deliberately played upon the fear and fatigue of the people and told them they could remove that fear by the stroke of a pen. And then when this nation rejected you, lost faith in you, and began militantly to oppose you, you violated that oath by not resigning from office and turning the country over to someone who could represent the people of the United States],
Feherty, Limbaugh, and Sykes, and studiously avoiding names like Obama, Soetoro and Conyers with regard to her fears for our nation, suggesting that talk radio is undermining the authority and dignity of the presidency.

My answer to that is it is NOT talk radio that is undermining the authority and dignity of the presidency. That job has already been fullfilled, and then some, by the current residents of the White House with their grotesquely lavish slap-in-the-face-of-the-American-people-who-are-losing-everything parties, wantonly terrorizing New Yorkers with a dangerous, disrespectful, expensive and unnecessary flyover of lower Manhattan, bowing to a Saudi prince, insulting long time British allies, insisting that all references to Jesus be removed FROM A GEORGETOWN CHAPEL, laughing at inane, obscene comics like Wanda Sykes, passing bill after nefarious bill under cover of darkness, including but not limited to $20 Million for room, board and passage of Hamas to America, cooling toward Israel, and, in general, acting like the pathetically stupid, garish clowns that they are.

Oh, and did I mention the issue of refusing to provide ANY records of birth, education, work product, writing or otherwise usually freely offered by public officials to the American public?

Then, too there's that ACORN/White House Census thing, formerly a legislative purview, now commandeered by partisan thugs...

And, lest we forget under the tutelage of main stream media's constant stream of Kool Aid, there's that pesky list of criminal associations from Chicago and abroad, a Usurper's wife who asserts that she has never been proud of America, and a Usurper who refuses to participate in National Prayer Day...
As usual, THAT'S just the tip of the befouled iceberg that continues to glide over our country from DC and parts unknown.

DIGNITY??? AUTHORITY??? That ship sailed long ago, and whatever was left of its wake was promptly torpedoed by that gaggle of goons who have now seized Washington.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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CONyers & ACORN: Connection Problems??

Our esteemed Namvet posts that
[Glenn] Beck has located the Acorn Cookie Jar but will he manage to discover exactly who has their greedy, grubby little hands in it?

Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) has killed a proposed Congressional probe into the alleged misdeeds of Acorn. He released the following statement: "Based on my review of the information regarding the complaints against ACORN, I have concluded that a hearing on this matter appears unwarranted at this time."
WTF?! The American Spectator's piece on Mr. Conyers's sudden change of heart cannot help but give rise to the question, "Why that sudden change of heart, Mr. Conyers?" Conyers had previously expressed enthusiasm for holding an ACORN hearing mere weeks ago on March 19 after hearing the testimony of GOP lawyer Heather Heidelbaugh about ACORN's many misdeeds, stating that the allegations were "a pretty serious matter." Two weeks later Conyers reiterated his support for an ACORN probe, telling the Washington Times he still wanted to do it and he "probably will." Conyers, whom the article called an "unlikely champion" for ACORN opponents, rejected arguments from fellow Democrats that his committee should steer clear of the issue. Then, suddenly, he feels a hearing is "unwarranted??"

It does give cause for pause, does it not? The beat goes on, and somehow one cannot help but feel it's all some dark, down and dirty way...

Rock on all, and keep the faith, as hard as it may seem sometimes. Remember, evil can't survive in the light!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Importing Jihad

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Tonight: "Importing Jihad"

with our guest, intelligence analyst and Jihadi expert

David Gaubetz

From Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs, my guest last week on The Dame:

Dave Gaubatz, currently the Director of the Mapping Sharia Project and the Owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing, has done dangerous, groundbreaking work on Islam in America. His sources, independent of mine, confirm these heinous crimes. He can be contacted at Read the whole thing here.
Dave will talk about his 50 State journey to mosques in each of those states, and his findings, as well as his background and the journey that led him to this mission.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

We Are All Mothers, Today and Every Day

Happy Mothers' Day to all of you who lend your attention, care and love, not only to children, but to your hopes and dreams, ideas and projects, businesses, Movements, friendships, communities, partnerships, animals and all else that comprises our lives. For we are all Mothers in many senses. We who apply ourselves and nurture anything, including ourselves, fit the bill for the Mother role at one time or another. And so, today, let us celebrate all of us, for the Mothers we all are, and have gratitude for the Mothers we are!

But a special and heartfelt thanks to all of our Gold Star Mothers, including but most certainly not limited to Bev Perlson and Band of Mothers and Debbie Lee of Great American Warriors. May you find some small degree of comfort in the love, thanks and concern we send you.

Friday, May 8, 2009

VE Day, 64 Years Hence

Sixty Four years ago today, the War in Europe ended on May 8, 1945. My father and his crew had already flown their last mission over Germany and they prepared to fly their planes back to the States on their way to the Pacific. They refused to fly the first four planes they were assigned. None were sufficiently flight worthy to make the trip back, via Greenland. They made it home in the 5th one, landed in Bangor, Maine and waited on the West Coast for their orders to the Pacific.

Earlier that year in February, the Big Three Allied powers met at Yalta to decide the fate of post war Europe. Among the things they discussed were:

  • The dividing up of Germany
  • The formation of the United Nations
  • German war reparations
  • The entry of Soviet forces into the Far-Eastern front (Japan)
  • The final, and most difficult issue, the future of Poland

Thus were the seeds of the Cold War sown. George S. Patton, brilliant General and Enfant Terrible of the European ground theater, was killed not long thereafter in occupied Germany, Franklin Delano Roosevelt died that April and Harry S. Truman was left to oversee the end of the War in the Pacific.

Sixty Four years later, those seeds have grown into trees whose branches comprise the world of geopolitics, and the world is now truly a global village, rendering more true than ever the ancient Chinese admonition that the air moved from the flutter of a butterfly's wing is felt around the world. Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the "New World" are indeed on the brink of a "New World Order" so many have predicted, if not advocated, and the phrase "We Are All One" has taken on a new, fairly ominous meaning. As the current resident of the White House muddles on, taking America down a bit more each day, Tom Hayden's review of Mark Rudd's book on the days of Protest as they turned into days of Resistance raises questions indeed: not, of course, as to whether it is acceptable to blow people up a la Bill Ayers and Tim McVeigh, [who was most probably just another Jihadist's dupe]--but, more importantly, when does the realization that Protest, which is directed at entities one believes will listen, turn into Resistance, which moves forward with the sad realization that a government no longer listens or cares about the sentiments of its citizens. Regardless of what one may believe about Hayden, Rudd or any of those old time revolutionaries, Hayden illustrates the difference and the turning point between that of peaceful protest and resigned resistance. Had they only known then what would be occurring those 40 years hence...

My father and so many of his brave fellow soldiers are gone now. I am almost relieved that they did not have to live to see the desecration of the Constitution and the Country they fought so hard and risked so much to protect.

Among other atrocities, under cover of "Flu Mania, "H.R. 1388 was passed yesterday, surreptitiously of course. By executive order, pResident Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in "migration assistance" to the Palestinian refugees and "conflict victims" in Gaza .The "presidential determination", which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States , was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4. Few on Capitol Hill, or in the media, took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support to the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

And, in case anyone may have forgotten some of these offenses in the onslaught, here is an itemized list of some of the worst of them since the coup "inauguration":

  • His first call to any head of state, as president, was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
  • His first one-on-one television interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
  • He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted.
  • He ordered overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
  • He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and the "terror attack" on 9/11.
  • He is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to, and live in, the US at American taxpayer expense.

www.thefederalregis " target="_blank">These important, and insightful, issues are being "lost" in the blinding bail-outs and "stimulation" packages.

And they wonder why the Tea Parties??! See tonight's Glenn Beck on FOX at 5 PM EST. He'll explain it. More and more states are getting fed up with the Federal government's increasing attempt to violate the 10th Amendment...among other things...

Oh, and don't forget the huge infusion of troops to Afghanistan...

Happy VE Day.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

A World Gone Mad Into LaLa Land

800px-Gadsden_flag.svg I feel a rant coming started this morning with news from Hawaii, whose obdurately inane legislature has passed "Islam Day", just a few short years after the most horrendous attack in our history, on American soil, perpetrated by Muslims, occurred in New York. That, in itself, would be an outrage, were it not for the fact that Hawaii, despite its explanation for that heinous act being that they espouse "tolerance," is one of THE MOST racist, intolerant states in the country, replete with rudeness and intimidation directed at anyone white, light eyed or light haired. [Bear in mind, now, that THIS is the state in which Barry Soetoro is purported to have spent several of his formative years...] See May 6th''s Logistics Monster AYFKM for first hand account on that one.

And now for another Worst of the Day. World Net Daily calls it "Shocking to the Conscience," a term once used in SCOTUS decisions to indicate...well...things so abominable that they...shock the conscience. Today's Conscience Banger is the new hate crime legislation passed by the House of Representatives wherein

"House of Representatives passed legislation last week to add sexual orientation and gender to the list of categories covered by federal "hate-crimes" laws. 'Pedophilia is one of the scores of sexual orientations that are included, that are protected, that are granted special preferred status under this legislation to the exclusion of other classifications of people,' says Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel".

Except that...illegal acts are NOT protected under the law, the Constitution or anything else. BECAUSE THEY ARE ILLEGAL. As the old saw states, our right to free expression does NOT include the right to yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater because it is detrimental to the freedom of OTHERS. Ergo, anyone doing something against the law DOES NOT HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO IT. THEY ARE NOT PROTECTED BECAUSE IT IS ILLEGAL AND VIOLATES THE EITHER THE SPIRIT OF OUR LAWS OR THE PERSONAL FREEDOM OF OTHERS. Hence, killing people and stealing their money, their innocence or their peace of mind are NOT protected actions.

Truly, we have a Congress of morons. Craven cretins who know neither the law nor the spirit of it, the intention behind it or anything else having to do with--dare I say it--Common Sense. This Congress, few to none of whose children are going to war, refused to include the protection of Veterans in this legislation, but they are entirely willing to protect the rights of those who would violate the rights of others. For what else is a pedophile if not one who is so cavalier and self absorbed that they would violate a child?

I'm done. Stick a fork in me. There is no hope of reasoning with a Congress so uninterested in everything but their own skins and the continuance of full, life pensions. Clearly they have either forgotten their World History or never learned it, or they would heed the lesson of the tumbrils and remember that cake thing with a healthy concern.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Man Who Never Was, Hating the Country That Will Never Die

I was talking with my good friend Logistics Monster last night and said my heart is heavy these days. So much is happening so fast...every day our Constitution and our Country are invaded, affronted and embarrassed by the Usurper who seized power in November with the help of some very powerful people, who, for all we know, may be having second thoughts themselves about the puppet they helped install. But perhaps there is a silver lining in this ever darkening cloud that has beseiged our nation. Never have I seen our country and its people so motivated, mobilized and committed to their Constitution and their Republic, so ready and willing to work so hard to save them despite derision, untruth and downright foul mouthed verbal assault from government and main stream media's obvious collusion. Like Buffalo Springfield, I'm thinking...
For what it's worth...
Something's happening here
What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
Stop children what's that sound--
Everybody look what's going down.

Battle lines bein' drawn
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong
Some people speaking their mind
Gettin so much resistence from behind
What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singin songs they carry inside
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line--
The Man come and take you away

And so, today, I ponder the writings of Joan Swirsky, and I think it's time to assess the truth about this illegal, unelected individual in our White House, the *pResident* Who Hates His Country, reprinted below, from Canada Free Press at

Restore our Constitution
By Joan Swirsky
Sunday, May 3, 2009
In the last century, the impassioned words and actions of patriots like Winston Churchill – along with America’s heroic help and sacrifice – saved Europe. The eloquence and actions of “I’ve been to the mountaintop” Martin Luther King Jr. brought America to an unprecedented level of social justice.The peerless oratory and tireless diplomacy of the man who would become Israel’s Foreign Minister, Abba Eban convinced the entire world that after the wanton murder of six-million Jews in the Holocaust its straggling survivors deserved their own state of Israel. The inspiring words and decisive actions of President Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, tore down the Berlin Wall, and restored economic prosperity to America. The efforts of these towering figures resulted in a more highly-evolved world.

We have also seen the opposite in totalitarian leaders like Hitler, Mussolini, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Mao, and Saddam Hussein, among others, who exploited their masses, destroyed their economies, brought havoc, turbulence, grief and massive death within and outside of their countries, and made the world a more dangerous and threatening place.

The one thing all of these virtuous and evil men had in common was love for their respective countries, in fact a burning passion that superseded all else. The virtuous believed in freedom and democracy. The evil believed in subjugation of their peoples and lifetime tenures for themselves in order to actualize their goals of conquering their eternal enemies – Americans and Jews.

Today, we have a new crop of inveterate America- and Jew-haters, among them the Marxist leader of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega, Iran’s “death-to-America-and-Israel” study-in-abnormal-psychology Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the ever-sabotage-America and anti-Semitic “leaders” of the 22-Arab states that surround Israel.

I have either read about or observed firsthand all of these people. Yet in my decades of commenting on the political scene, I cannot recall a single leader of any country or regime who has ever spoken negatively of his country or tolerated others speaking ill of the land or the people he represented

Until now

Bizarre and, yes, repugnant as it is to our essentially centrist country, America now has a president who has broken that time-honored tradition. Barack Obama, on the campaign trail and as the leader of the free world is the first U.S. president to proclaim to anyone within earshot that he, like his wife, is not proud of his country, and is all-too-willing to offer serial apologies – for America! – to Americans and foreigners alike.

As Ed Lasky writes: “We know that during the campaign [Obama] warned that criticism of his wife was `off-limits’. But criticism of America – well, that is fine.”

We also know that during his run for the presidency, Obama expressed sneering condescension towards all those bible-clasping, gun-owning yahoos who “cling” to those silly things, and that in Europe he consistently gave voice to America’s supposed “sins.” But all that pales in comparison to the clear contempt – looks more like hatred to me – that Obama feels for the United States of America and for its most revered founding document, the U.S. Constitution.

In just the first 100-days of his tenure, Obama’s words and actions have demonstrated that he is no friend of the country he leads. This is only a smattering of what happened on his recent three-continent trip abroad and to Mexico:

  • In France, Obama told his audience that America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” toward Europe.
  • In Prague, Obama – in true utopian-kindergarten fashion – pledged “with conviction” that America will “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” In other words, destroy big bad America’s ability to defend itself!
  • In London, Obama made clear that the world’s financial wealth was no longer made by those inferior leaders Roosevelt and Churchill, effectively ceding America’s leading role in creating and sharing wealth to nations that have never measured up to our country’s bountiful generosity or spirit of free-market entrepreneurship.
  • In Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Obama sat passively while the Marxist Chavez handed him an American-bashing book and delivered another revile-America speech, while never once rising to defend our country.
  • In Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Obama again sat passively while the Marxist Ortega blamed the United States for a century of what he called terroristic U.S. aggression in Central America, again emitting not a whisper of defense on our country’s behalf.
  • In Turkey, Obama said – incredibly and inaccurately – that America was not a Christian nation.
  • And in his recent trip to Mexico, Obama said that the escalating border violence was essentially America’s fault.

Scan you memory. Can you think of any other leader in world history who so consistently badmouths his own country, or fails to defend it? I can’t.

Wall St. Journal writer Dorothy Rabinowitz notes that Obama “had gone to Europe not as the voice of his nation, but as a missionary with a message of atonement for its errors. No sitting American president had ever delivered indictments of this kind while abroad, or for that matter at home. When [our allies] see Obama’s moral equivalence, they realize they are on their own and must cut their own deals to survive – understanding that multicultural trendiness is now a cynical cover for moral laxity and ‘can’t we all get along?’

Historian Victor Davis Hanson also noticed something odd about Obama’s apology tour. “Despite this fresh climate of atonement, there was a complete absence of a single apology from any other foreign leader…not a word came from Britain about colonialism…nothing from Germany on the Holocaust…not a peep from France about Algeria or Vietnam. Turkey was mum on the Armenian killings…Russia said nothing about the 30 million murdered by Stalin…Nothing came from China about the 70 million who perished under Mao…Mr. Medvedev said nothing about Putin’s brutish rule…We saw no concrete evidence of any help — or hope and change — from any foreign leader. Zilch.”

In addition, Hanson continues, “We hear nothing about our Gettysburg, or our entry into World War I. Iwo Jima and the Bulge are never alluded to. Drawing the line in Korea and forcing the end of the Soviet monstrosity are taboo subjects. That we pledged the life of New York for Berlin in the Cold War is unknown. Liberating Afghanistan and Iraq from the diabolical Taliban and Saddam Hussein is left unsaid. The Civil Rights movement, the Great Society, affirmative action, and present billion-dollar foreign-aid programs apparently never existed. Millions of Africans have been saved by George Bush’s efforts at extending life-saving medicines to AIDS patients — but again, this is never referenced.”

Blogger James Lewis says that Obama’s “obsessive need to put down his own country shows a stunningly ignorant man who has evidently never spoken to a concentration camp survivor, a Cuban refugee, a boat person from Vietnam, a Soviet dissident, or a survivor of Mao’s purges.”

And Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell adds, “Obama `gets’ the America-haters.”

Abandoning allies, Embracing enemies

“If you are a longtime enemy of the United States, count on a grand reception from the Obama administration. All is forgiven and, worse, forgotten,” write Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. “But if you have a track record as an ally or friend, you won’t get the right time of day.”

Of course apologists for Obama & Co. point to “progress” in our foreign policy, ignoring, as Caroline Glick points out, that “America’s betrayal of its democratic allies makes each of them more vulnerable to aggression at the hands of their enemies – enemies the Obama administration is now actively attempting to appease.” Glick lays out the cold hard facts:

  • Obama abrogated America’s strategic commitment to the defense of our ally Japan when his administration reacted to North Korea’s ballistic missile test by saying the U.S. would only shoot the missile down if it targeted U.S. territory.
  • Obama slapped our ally India when he refused to make ending Pakistan’s support for jihadist terror groups attacking India a central component of its strategy for contending with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Obama failed to assure our ally Iraq that democracy and freedom will be secured before U.S. forces are withdrawn next year.
  • Obama de facto abandoned our allies in Eastern Europe when he announced his intention to forge a new alliance with Russia. “The Czech, Polish, Georgian and Ukrainian governments,” Glick says, “were quick to recognize that Obama’s strong desire to curry favor with the Kremlin and weaken his own country will imperil their ability to withstand Russian aggression.”
  • Obama “is sacrificing the U.S.’s alliance with our ally Israel “in a bid to appease the Arabs and Iran by supporting the immediate establishment of a Palestinian state,” which, Glick warns, “requires Israel to commit national suicide in exchange for `peace.’” Obama also made clear “that from the administration’s perspective, an Israeli strike that prevents Iran from becoming a nuclear power is less acceptable than a nuclear-armed Iran.” In addition, Obama sent Hamas $900 million of foreign aid, “channeled through the UNRWA, a United Nations front filled with Hamas operatives”
  • Obama slapped our ally England when he returned the bust of Winston Churchill to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
  • Obama slapped our ally Colombia and its president Alvaro Uribe when he refused to submit the free trade deal with Bogota to the Senate.

“What a great time to be our enemy!” Glick exclaims. “What a terrible time to be our friend!”

And speaking about appeasing Iran, the Obama administration recently asked a federal judge to throw out a $6.6-billion class-action lawsuit against Iran filed by 52 American diplomats and military officials held hostage for more than a year at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran 30 years ago. Nothing like selling out Americans to make brownie points with a bloodthirsty dictator!

Barry Rubin explains: “Friends, especially in Europe, are pleased, applaud, but then add that they don’t have to give this guy anything because he is all apologies and no toughness. They like the fact that he is all carrots and no sticks. If, however, they are states more at risk…they worry that they cannot rely on the United States to help and defend them. Enemies or potential rivals…say that this guy is weak and defeated. He apologizes, offers unconditional engagements, and promises concessions…they’ll eat the carrots and, if possible, their neighbors as well.”

NY Post writer Ralph Peters, a former military intelligence officer, sums up the hate-America core tenets of the “Obama Doctrine” as follows:
(1) We’re to blame,
(2) Problems can be negotiated away,
(3) Problems that can’t be talked out can be bought off,
(4) Islamist terrorism doesn’t exist,
(5) It’s all our fault,
(6) Israel’s the obstacle to Middle East peace,
(7) Our nukes threaten world peace and we need to get rid of them,
(8) Our military is dangerous,
(9) Our intelligence services are even more dangerous than our military,
(10) It’s only torture if we do it, and
(11) Blame President George W. Bush.

Obama is clearly not satisfied with threatening the safety of our tried-and-true allies abroad. He is also determined to undermine the bedrock foundation of America’s security – our military and intelligence agencies. By disclosing interrogation memos – and planning to release photographs associated with military probes into prisoner abuse – he has betrayed every heroic person who risks his or her life for our country, and unforgivably given aid-and-comfort to enemies who seethe with virulent anti-Americanism and lust for our demise. And in the Department of Homeland Security’s infamous memo, he has called members of our military, among others, potential domestic terrorists!

“After September 1th, the general outcry was, ‘Why don’t we have better overseas capabilities?’” said Porter Goss, director of the CIA from September 2004 to May 2006. “I fear that in the years to come, this refrain will be heard again. It is certainly not trust that is fostered when intelligence officers are told one day ‘I have your back,’ only to learn a day later that a knife is being held to it.”

How horrifying to contemplate that it is the President of the United States himself who is wielding that back-stabbing knife!

Questioning Obama’s patriotism

Before the November election, legal scholar Henry Mark Holzer wrote – and scrupulously documented – a stunning indictment of Obama in which he stated that Obama’s repeatedly professed claim to be a patriot is “a fraud on the American people – and an insult to the countless true patriots who, for over two hundred years, have loved and loyally and zealously supported the United States of America.”

“Patriots,” Holzer concluded, “don’t associate with and derive sustenance from terrorists, America-haters and anti-Semites; they don’t countenance fixed elections; they don’t keep secrets from voters; they don’t intimidate their enemies; they don’t denigrate and degrade our military; they don’t gratuitously interfere with their government’s efforts to protect our country; and they don’t disdain the symbol of this great nation, which for over two centuries men and women have fought and died: the American flag. Whatever Barack Obama is, we can be certain that he is no patriot!”

The events that have followed Obama’s election, Holzer says, “have compounded the proof of the president’s lack of patriotism,” which he has recently spelled out in a follow-up article. A few of the many examples he provides of what “a patriotic American president does not do include:

  • Bankrupt this country and court massive inflation in order to implement his vision of a fascist/socialist nation.
  • Sit on his hands with a straight face while a South American thug insults his country.
  • Appoint America-haters to his cabinet.
  • Cozy up to a soon-to-be-nuclear-armed Iranian madman.
  • Impotently watch the probably-already-nuclear-armed North Korean Stalinists lob a ballistic missile across the Pacific.
  • Fail to stanch the flow of illegal aliens across the Mexican-United States border.
  • Cut the defense budget.
  • Strangle innovation during a serious recession by raising taxes.
  • Close Guantanamo Bay without a clue of how to handle the enemy combatants incarcerated there.
  • Publicly announce what measures military and CIA interrogators can use to extract information from terrorists.
  • Apologize to the world for what has made America great and grovel to persons, nations. and institutions unfit to shine our shoes!
  • Cede American sovereignty to the American-hating United Nations.
  • Defy the Second Amendment and a Supreme Court decision by making an end run that substantially reduces the supply of certain ammunition.
  • Repudiate the policy and practice of missile shield installation.”

Some dare call it treason

It is one thing to question a president’s patriotism, but even more serious to accuse him of treason. In an open letter to Obama on Treason, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1975) minces no words in accusing the president of sending Army forces to Samson, Alabama, and Boston in violation of the Constitution. Here are excerpts of his letter:

“I have observed and extensively recorded invidious attacks by military-political aristocrats against the Constitution for twenty years. Now you have broken in and entered the White House by force of contrivance, concealment, conceit, and deceit. Posing as an imposter president and commander in chief, you have stripped civilian command and control over the military establishment…
“We come now to the reckoning. I accuse you and your military-political criminal assistants of TREASON. I name you and your military criminal associates as traitors. Your criminal ascension manifests a clear and present danger. You fundamentally changed our form of government. The Constitution no longer works….

“I identify you as a foreign-born domestic enemy. You are not my president. You are not my commander in chief.

Fitzpatrick is not alone. John Smith – a blogger on, titled a recent article “Obama Is a Traitor.” Commenting on the president’s release of the “torture” memos, Smith says:

“Given the actions of Barack Obama in recent days, one has to wonder how many soon-to-be released State secrets have been gathered by radical left-wing traitors and hidden in the dark recesses of Washington, awaiting the Manchurian Candidate’s command to publish them…

“The motivation for Obama’s recent intentional disclosure of Top Secret CIA memoranda…was an act committed solely to increase his own political power through appeasement of the radical left…or was it …guided by the twisted moral imperative uniquely embraced by the Left, which dictates that only those actions that serve to limit individual liberty, punish patriotism, and destroy the traditions and culture of the United States of America are good?…

“Were Obama’s actions motivated by a deeply rooted desire to harm this Nation?…

“Article III of the Constitution defines Treason against the United States as “… levying War against them or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort…”.

“Top Secret information is the highest level of classification that we have on a national level. By definition, such material, if made public, will cause “exceptionally grave damage” to national security…

“The willful disclosure of Top Secret information is an act of Treason against the United States….A sitting President of The United States of America has committed Treason.”

Fitzpatrick and Smith are among a rising tide of voices – in and outside of the military – who have observed with growing horror Obama’s proclivity to destroy our capitalist economic system, subvert the U.S. Constitution, endanger our military and intelligence services, and obsequiously embrace America’s sworn enemies.

Dr. Jack Wheeler, a consummate Washington insider, goes one step further. “The evidence that the President of the United States is a traitor is mounting. The evidence that the President of the United states is a mortal danger to America’s national security is mounting. The evidence that the President of the United States will not defend America from threats and insults from every two-bit fascist dictator in the world …is not only mounting, it is overwhelming.”

Writer Amy L. Geiger-Hammer states: “I do wonder if Obama should be called a traitor or just incompetent…does he ever talk about what a great country America is?”
And UK journalist Gerald Warner echoes that rising tide: “If al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the rest of the Looney Tunes brigade want to kick America to death, they had better move in quickly and grab a piece of the action before Barack Obama finishes the job himself. Never in the history of the United States has a president worked so actively against the interests of his own people - not even Jimmy Carter. Obama’s problem is that he does not know who the enemy is. To him, the enemy does not squat in caves in Waziristan, clutching automatic weapons and reciting the more militant verses from the Koran: instead, it sits around at tea parties in Kentucky quoting from the US Constitution. “

Is America Lost?

Multiple lawsuits to find proof that Obama is Constitutionally ineligible to be president are ongoing and will ultimately determine if he is an American or Kenyan or Indonesian or UK “natural-born” citizen. To this date, he has spent over a million dollars blocking the suits about his still-missing birth certificate, and there is increasing evidence that the birth certificate attested to by,, and are forgeries. And of course we still have not seen Obama’s Selective Service record, medical records, multiple visas, college transcripts, et al.

If Obama is proven to be the fraud and interloper many suspect, every one of his edicts, bills, laws, dictates, Supreme Court selections, et al, will be overturned , leaving America to cope with serious problems – under the leadership of the incomprehensible Joe Biden – but nothing approaching this hate-America president’s far-left socialist domestic programs and appease-our-enemies foreign policy.

The huge national turnouts at the Tea Parties of April 15 were only the beginning of a movement that was spurred by ordinary Americans waking up to Obama’s destruction of our economy, his attempts to reshape America into a banana republic, the grave damage he’s inflicted on our military and intelligence services, and his unsavory predilection for embracing our enemies and apologizing non-stop for the most magnificent nation on earth.

In short, they are waking up to the president who hates his country.

Editor Charlotte Baker predicts that “the Tea Parties and other, more aggressive, protests will grow exponentially, and that the Obama juggernaut can and will be stopped.” It’s crucial, she says, “for all Americans to recall the history they learned in school – at least before the Left hijacked what used to be known as `education.’ The Europeans, Japanese and Russians were all taken over by one form or another of totalitarianism because their combined history was one of absolute rulers – kings, czars and `divine’ emperors. They were totally conditioned to tyranny.

“But the monstrous anti-American gang that rigged the voting system on November 4, 2008– as they do routinely in Obama’s Chicago Machine politics – to push Obama into We-the-People’s White House, have shown – even before his inauguration – the kind of overreaching that arrogant tyrants always demonstrate. Hitler, Mao, Tojo and Stalin all got away with overreaching, but they weren’t brutalizing Americans.

“Tolerating totalitarianism is simply not in the genetic code – the DNA – of Americans!” Baker adds. “Freedom and Liberty run in our blood!”


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Constitutional Radio–Rally the Republic, Old & New!

Join drkate & Dame Central tonight at 10:00 PM EST
"Constitutional Radio"
The Wind Down and The Wind Up!
Winding Down: The first part of our series on the Constitution
11:00 PM EST
at our NEW Venue!!!
Winding Up: The Rest of the Story - What's Next & Beyond!
Rally for the Republic: Ready, Aim, Teach!
Meet Ups, Rallies, Teach-Ins & More!!!
Cinco de Mayo : A celebration of Independence for All

Monday, May 4, 2009

Pamela Geller Tells The Dame Truth!

Mondays 8:00 PM EST

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"The Dame Truth"


Pamela Geller

Journalist, Atlas Shrugs founder, truth teller and champion of American patriotism and the U.S. Constitution

to discuss some of the most pressing socio- and geopolitical issues including economic disaster and the future of patriotism as it collides with the very real, yet for the most part unreported terrors caused by the creeping shadow of Jihadists.
She'll share news from Summit from which she has recently returned as a co host with Geert Wilders with a particular focus on the imminent threat to the loss of free speech at the hands of jihadists, misguided politicians and an uninformed public.

Monday night at 8:00 PM EST.

Call ins, questions and comments welcome!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

So Much for the Flowers That Bloom in the Spring:273 German Police Hurt in May Day Riots

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BERLIN (AP) - More than 270 police officers were injured in this year's May Day riots in the German capital yesterday, once again illustrating the fact that not only is May Day no longer a happy spring event, but has become a venue for unrest, demonstration and dissent. It also underlines the fact that while America suffers from the internal enemies of corruption, coup and errant leadership, so, too, does the rest of the world. Although May Day riots in Germany are an annual event, it was reported that the violence was more pronounced and started earlier this year. A portent of things to come perhaps, over the long hot summer ahead.

Can it possibly be otherwise with a Usurper in the White House who insists upon stacking the administration with Islamists, DHS Secretary who demonizes and tries to diminish the character and courage of our veterans and a media whose bias rivals that of the old Pravda, Tass and Isvestia combined?? Add these travesties with the constant assault on our Constitution and the economic disaster including 32 known American bank failures that has spread world wide and you have the perfect storm.

Join The Dame at "Kicking Back" tonight at 11 EST with author and activist Kathy Morrison, whose account of the 2008 campaign, "An Independent Call" is both a memorial and a wake up call to our way of life.


Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day... Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!

maypole_aMay Day: It's a celebration of Spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a neopagan festival, a saint's feast day, and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday. The first of May was once a happy day spent in celebration of spring. In medieval England, people would celebrate the start of spring by going out to the country or woods—"going a-maying"—and gathering flowers, or "bringing in the may." Here in America, it was once a day for parties, May poles with ribbons and apple blossums. Vikings had Walpurgis Night, Celtics Beltain, Latin countries have Cinco de Mayo four days later, and Obby Oss is thought to be the oldest May Day celebration in Europe, dating back to the 13th century. In the hey days of the former U.S.S.R., large parades, populated with all manner of military vehicles and weaponry, were the word of the day, celebrating The People and, of course, most importantly, The State.
Mayday, on the other hand, is an emergency code word used internationally as a distress signal in radio communications. It derives from the French "venez m'aider" ["r" is silent], meaning 'come help me'. It is used to signal life-threatening emergency, and The Call is always given three times in a row ("Mayday Mayday Mayday") to prevent mistaking it for something similar-sounding under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.
Unfortunately, today marks occasion for both. A big H/T to American Genie, Logistics Monster and Live, Fortunes, Sacred Honor for continuing to make us aware of the many dangers we presently face, including the hubristic, invasive and illegal tactics practiced by ACORN, and reminding us that even though it is difficult to wrap our minds around this stuff, it is vital that we do so or suffer the severe consequences. After reading Genie and Namvet's posts about it, I shared my own experience with ACORN brownshirts trespassing on my property without permission, and if it is any portant of the future, we do indeed have much to fear.
When I found them in my yard, I told them that I was not interested in helping them in any way as

1) They were illegally on my property without my permission;

2) It was not census time;

3) Census is a NOT constitutionally within the purview of the FREAKING WHITE HOUSE.

The nice old gent in front wavered a moment until his partner in crime, a no nonsense type older woman who seemed to have a lot of experience rounding up uncooperative enemies of the State told him he had to hand me a piece of paper, which he did. It was the same one Genie received, reminding us what we are "obligated" to do and what we are not. But wait--there's more!
Five minutes later I was in the back yard and whom do I see trespassing around my old, helpless single neighbor's back yard and outbuildings--the same pair of miscreants. I yelled, "CAN I HELP YOU?" and they mumbled something about looking for other residents on the property. I told them that no one lived there and that they needed to move on. Unfortunately, the damage was already done. GPS in hand, they managed to creep my meighborhood and register it on on their hand held device. Scary times these.

Mayday Mayday Mayday...

From our beloved LM,

They are *only* GPS marking your front door now, and Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2 provides the Fed NO authority to GPS paint your front door. Best I can tell, the Fed has NO authority whatsoever, to paint the front door of every private residence in America. Still, that is exactly what they are doing. Now, the trillion dollar question is, why?

And, finally, and perhaps most disturbing, [it IS a tough call, after all, with such massive amounts of shock and awe assaulting us every day] I bring a bon voyage message from my friend Doctorate, on her way to some blessed R & R in warm sunny climes:

The Audacity of Hubris: How an Enabling Press Corps Produces a Culture of Pathological Liars.

[One] could literally see Robert Gibbs's nose growing yesterday as he made statements about what Joe Biden "meant" regarding Swine Flu and his family's travel prospects. This combined with the recent bowing-to-royalty incident, which we literally watched on video while he told us it wasn't happening, is beyond the pale. It all reminds me of when I lived in Santiago for five years. In underdeveloped countries under authoritarian rule, there is not only constant manipulation of the press by the government - which uses the media as a propaganda tool - but the average citizen learns to have no qualms about lying through his or her teeth about the most mundane of topics. For example, if you would ask someone for directions there back in the 80s, and they did not know the answer, they would happily make up something and send you wherever. It was less shameful to invent a story then to say, "I don't know," or to articulate an explanation or apology. This is part of the underdeveloped mentality generally and could happen under any type of government; but it is facilitated by authoritarianism in cases where the ruling party sets the tone even for thought.
We are dealing in the realm of idiocy here and sometimes it is indeed laughable, though no less terrifying.
PS: I trust the opposition is in good hands right now, including yours. If you could do one thing while I am away, could you please remove the usurper? Just that would be great. Seriously, here's hoping the lawsuits are in full substantive swing when I get back.

As I said, folks...Mayday Mayday Mayday...and thank god for all the good guys on OUR side!