Archive for February, 2010

Clock Ticks – Israel Faces Off With Enemies.

February 28, 2010

Before I get into the cauldron simmering in the Middle East, I want to revisit the ‘health care summit’ and an article written by Joe Klein of TIME/CNN. If there is a better example of why the ‘lamestream’ press are becoming extinct in this country I haven’t seen one.

Mr Klein was apparently elsewhere during the hearing and depended on ‘tea leaves’ for his reporting. Read: ‘I don’t know anything about this but I’ll pass judgment based on second hand garbage from other lefty sources’. Klein’s article was a misrepresentation from beginning to end. Joe, your boy Obama was on the defensive the whole time. The only way he had to protect himself from the very cogent points being presented by the Republicans was to repeatedly cut them off and go off on some obscure posturing or another. Despite being held to only one hundred and ten minutes the Republican lawmakers made the Democrats and President Obama look pretty damn silly.

Events in the Middle East are becoming more dangerous by the day following talks in Damascus, with Syria calling for military support from Iran in the event of war with Israel. Iran has been ginning up the image of war with Israel in talks with Syria, Lebanon and Hizballah.

Ahmadinejad and Assad

Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in a series of phone calls with Syrian President Assad, Lebanese President General Michel Suleiman and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, said that Israel is after finding a way to compensate for the ‘defeat’ they suffered at the hands of Hizballah in Lebanon.

Despite this nonsense Israel’s hand may be forced soon. The on-again off-again Russian missile deal is apparently back on again. Israel has been beefing its anti-missile and civil defense postures considerably. IDF training has been going on at a fevered pitch. The new long distance drones are operational and could conceivably take some of the pressure off of the IAF by performing deep penetration real time surveillance and targeted strikes, leaving the more difficult precision strikes to the IAF fighter and fighter-bomber strike forces.

The Heron TP Drone. The IAF are also currently engaged in exercises to 'rapid refuel' aircraft while on the runway.

There are reportedly some 45,000 rockets and missiles in Lebanon ready to rain down on Israeli towns and cities. Our own Coward-in-Chief has sent our national security adviser and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ‘ensure’ that Israel doesn’t do anything rash… like defend themselves and their country. One would hope that the Israelis told them to put it where the sun doesn’t shine, but they’re more diplomatic than that. One thing is for sure, when they do decide to go they won’t be asking Obama for permission.

Too tempting to pass up? Iran, in a puzzling move, has taken virtually its entire stock of 4,300 lbs of low-enriched uranium to an above ground facility from storage in a hardened facility underground.
It’s like they are begging Israel to do its worst… and they might just find out that Israel’s worst is likely to be Iran’s worst nightmare.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Injustice, Insecure – The Fifth Column In Our Justice Department.

February 27, 2010

Mega kudos to Mark Levin for being all over this. By the way Mark, I’ll back-bench for you any day.

Our Justice Department has been taken over and suborned by radical ACLU types and radicals with direct connections to Islamo-fascist organizations with ties to terrorists. From the top down the Justice Department has become the classic fifth column operating against the interests of the country, our citizens and our national security.

Eric Holder

Our Justice Department has been stacked with leftist-leaning attorneys since the Clinton days and probably before that. George Bush, in a well-meaning but ill-conceived effort to ‘reach out to the other side’, left some holdovers from the previous administration in an effort to appear fair in view of the contested election results. Bad mistake. President Bush hadn’t had time to finish warming the seat in the oval office before they started stabbing him in the back. This is a lesson that should be remembered in 2012.

Eric Holder’s own law firm, Covington and Burling, has represented seventeen Yemenis confined at Guantanamo. Holder himself, as Deputy Attorney General, pushed for the release of sixteen violent FALN Puerto Rican terrorists. Another Obama appointee to the Justice Department was the ACLU attorney for John Walker Lindh, the so-called ‘American Taliban’, Attorney Tony West who was to head the Justice Departments Civil Division.

Tony West

With all respect, this whole thing smells like two week old fish. It’s difficult to see how our national security fits into this picture when the people in our Justice Department are operating diametrically in opposition to the principles of the Constitution of this country.
Our Justice Department needs a thorough housecleaning along with both Houses of Congress.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Humbug – Obama Dog And Pony Phony.

February 26, 2010

Humbug is quaint Americana for something false, phony or underhanded.
President Obama was his usual arrogant self as he demonstrated bi-partisanship to the seventeen Congressional Republicans who attended his health care extravaganza.

Repeatedly interrupting Republican speakers and refuting factual representations made to him, the President’s idea of bi-partisanship comprised of one hundred and nineteen minutes of Obama-dominated campaign mode lecturing. The Washington Times stated he looked very professorial… a title he never held.

Republicans were held to a mere one hundred and ten minutes while the twenty one Democrats attending the meeting were allowed one hundred and fourteen minutes, during which they dredged up story after story of constituents medical woes in support of their boss, some of which stretched the imaginations of those present. It was the usual Democrat hysteria-inducing sob-story tactic we’ve all heard so many times before. You’d think they’d wise up to the fact that we’re on to it.

For the Republicans’ part they pretty much stuck to what they said they’d do, which was to stipulate that the entire piece of legislation should be scrapped and started over from scratch.

Eric Cantor with the 2,400 page Senate Health Care Bill.

Obama was also offended at Representative Eric Cantor (R) Virginia, for bringing the two thousand four hundred page health care bill to the meeting and prominently displaying the bill in front of him as he spoke. The President interrupted Republican speakers, refuting statements and giving somewhat unlikely anecdotes. At one point Obama got into a peeing match with Senator John McCain, where he petulantly quipped “We’re not campaigning here John”.

All in all, the Democrats not only didn’t cover themselves with glory, they looked pretty silly. The Democrats are trumpeting the use of the reconciliation process, since President Obama has said he wants an answer from the Republicans within six weeks, presumably giving Democrats enough time to see if they can come up with the requisite votes.

That’s not at all a done deal either, for all the Democrat bloviating.
Eric Cantor, the Minority House Whip, and his team have come up with some pretty solid calculations showing that the House Madame may only be able to come up with about 205 of the 217 votes she needs.
From your lips to God’s ears, Eric.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

The Man Behind The Mirror – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

February 25, 2010

Joseph Goebbels had a standard mantra which is attributed to him, in spirit if not in fact. “Tell a big enough lie frequently enough and it will be believed”. Actually Lenin, William James (considered to be father of modern psychology), and Adolf Hitler all had variations on the theme. It’s a current that runs through socialist history. In fact, socialism cannot function in the light of truth because its methodology is that of fear, intimidation and impending real and manufactured calamity.

Barack Obama is telling us ‘I am not now, nor have I ever been, a socialist’ and as a matter of fact I’m an arch capitalist and have ever been a champion of business and commerce. That’s like saying, ‘hey, look over there, that’s not a giraffe it’s an eighteen foot lion’.

Later today, Obama will put on his best socio-pathological face and demand that Republicans accede to his imperial will, while the House Madame prepares to threaten, cajole and break the kneecaps of recalcitrant House members. Republicans, far from heeding the imperial decree, will draw the proverbial line in the sand at the direction of the American people. With the imperial throne tottering and the public’s actual evaluation of Congress at an all time historical low of 90 percent disapproving, a bare 10% of the people are of the opinion that Congress has been doing its job.

The only option left to Barack Hussein will be to call for his party to commit political seppuku and call for passage of this heinous assault on our freedom by reconciliation. Everyone, especially the statists and their slavishly devoted lapdogs in the leftist press, has forgotten what Barack Obama and the Democrats said in 2005 when Republicans were threatening to use the reconciliation process to stymie the Democrats filibustering President Bush’s Judicial appointments. “Nuclear option is an arrogant power grab against the founders intent”, they howled as one Democrat after another paraded in front of the cameras. Joe Biden said, “I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing”.

Let’s see, Judicial appointments versus a Socialist takeover of our economy. Anybody see a disconnect here? For all Obama’s blather about jobs and a recovering economy, what’s coming down the road gives the big lie to all of his claims. A whole new wave of foreclosures is here and RealtyTrac is grimly forecasting that as many as four million homes will receive a foreclosure notice this year. Large-scale layoffs of fifty or more employees for as many as two thousand companies are scheduled for this year as well. Next month, the employment forecast summary is expected to be grim news.
So, President Obama, what other good news do you have for us?

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Two Thirds Of Americans Say No! Democrats Face 2010 Firestorm.

February 24, 2010

Nobody I’ve talked to can quite fathom why the Democrats seem determined to remain in the death spirals that are its insane fiscal policies. In a way it’s understandable, given the composition of the administration and the Democrat dominated House and Senate. Taking a look at who these people are, and the man that they have elevated to be their leader, places a little more perspective on it.

Barack Hussein Obama…the man without a history or a background. At least, not one that can be readily traced. What we do know about him is not all that clear. His associations from childhood, attending a moslem school and attending mosque with his Indonesian step-father, his associations with various moslems throughout college and his mentoring in Hawaii by an avowed communist. Frank Marshall Davis was an active and key member of the CPUSA, involved in an important Soviet-sponsored network targeting the Hawaiian Islands as an important part of US strategic defense.

Obama was ‘mentored’ by Davis from the time he was nine until he left for Occidental college on the mainland at the age of eighteen. At Occidental, in his own words he was careful to associate only with radical minority and political groups. His associations have all come from radical backgrounds. His brief legal career was in working with and aiding the radical ACORN group. This in fact turns out to be his main and only resume as a radical ‘community organizer’. Barack Obama never once held a private sector job.

Likewise, the people he has chosen to surround himself with are for the most part what we in the plebeian world would refer to as pinheads. Only about SEVEN PERCENT of Obama’s entire administration has ever held a private sector job, run a company or had to meet a payroll.

The people in our Congress, largely and sadly, are not our best and brightest either. Many are the dregs left over from the radical 60’s. The same 60’s radicals infest our colleges and universities spewing their leftist dogma into the minds of our youth. Most of these people in Congress and academia have never held private sector jobs either. What this adds up to is economics by experiment. Add that to radical Marxist ideology and we have the Obama Presidency.

A driven Marxist/Leninist ideologue has absolutely no scruples or moral limitations regarding the forced implementation of the Communist ideal. In this respect Marxists are much akin to radical Islam. We have before us a Democrat/Marxist agenda with a truly suicidal bent to it.

When Obama grandstands his health care monstrosity on Thursday, February 25th and in his manifest arrogance demands ‘My way or the highway’, Republicans need to call him on the farce he is staging. Furthermore, they need to say not only no, but HELL No!

HUBRIS is the only explanation I can come up with. The Leftists’ Holy Grail, their Key to the Kingdom, has always been the health care issue because with it they can control the populace and thereby the country. This has been their overweening ambition for over fifty years. They are so close they are willing to try anything to get it done. They really never expected the level of resistance they have encountered. Never in their wildest imagination would they have thought that fully TWO THIRDS of the populace would have said NO, we won’t permit this takeover of our society or the theft of our freedoms.

They may be presiding over the destruction of the Democratic party as we know it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

One Trillion Dollar Health Care Reconciliation Scam.

February 23, 2010

Statists are nothing if not consistent and predictable. Obama is counting on his grandstand showpiece on Thursday to gin up enough support to allow passage of this monstrous, unsustainable TAX bill through reconciliation. Despite promises of open debate and transparency in the development of the health care bill, President Obama and his leftist Congress cronies have gone about the legislation like a meeting of the forty thieves in a cave somewhere.

Thursday’s meeting is already shaping up to be a barn burner, with Obama sure to be at his arrogant high-handed best since he, Reid and Pelosi have been unable to pass health care due to (on the House side) an inability to hold together the votes required for final passage and (on the Senate side) no longer holding the required majority vote.

Desperate for a success, the Democrats are falling back on their legislative version of a scorched earth policy. Obama’s plan has been to meld the House and Senate versions of the bill and add a range of draconian measures of his own. Republicans can be expected to be highly resistant to Obama’s intimidation tactics at the ‘health care summit’ on Thursday.

The Republican leadership has already stated that it may have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that would allow them to introduce an infinite number of amendments to the bill. Experts on Senate procedural rules from both parties have said such a filibuster is possible. While reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours, Senators lack constraints and could conceivably continue offering them up until 60 members agree to cut the process off.

Senator Jim DeMint

Republican Senator Jim De Mint (S.C.) said that using reconciliation rules to pass the house-requested changes to the health care bill is “tyrannical”. “I think you’ll see us offering amendments to get us into November if we can”, said De Mint.
Senator Judd Greg, the leading Republican on the Budget Committee said, “You could continue to offer amendments, I suspect. You can offer an unlimited number of amendments after time has elapsed, so it’s logical that you could do it on reconciliation”.

Republicans are doing just what we want them to do. As long as we don’t have any defections, such as Olympia Snowe, we stand a good chance of beating this legislation. It is important that you continue to contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know we won’t stand for the Democrats Marxist tactics.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Reconciliation – Obama’s Last Gasp Marxist Power Grab.

February 22, 2010

Reeling from defeats in Virginia, New Jersey  and Massachusetts, Obama’s dramatic legislative agenda to fundamentally change Americans’ lives and the structure of our free society is in a shambles. His credibility within his own party is wearing very thin as frightened Democrats seek high ground from the rising tide of public anger.

Obama, his administration and the Democrat-dominated House and Senate have consistently operated in direct opposition to the will of the American people. We’ve been subjected to layer after layer of lies and disinformation, telling us that what we saw and heard with our own eyes and ears wasn’t true.

They have fabricated an alternative universe of statist nirvana that they want to force us to enter to satisfy their dreams of absolute power over us. Americans won’t put up with this, now or ever. If they think they saw a couple of million Americans on the march at the Tea Party event in Washington, they haven’t seen anything yet.

If Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid think that they can ram health care through using the RECONCILIATION process they may be biting off more than they can chew. For one thing, it’s not at all clear whether they can muster the required number of Senate votes to pull it off at this juncture, given the Democrat mad scramble for political cover with November looming larger by the day and increasingly angry, vocal constituents lurking over their shoulders. It’s not nearly the slam dunk deal Harry Reid, Pelosi and their slavish statist press are portraying it to be.

The obvious factoid that they are trying to get their colleagues in the House and Senate to ignore, is that if they were to push this monstrosity through using reconciliation and Obama signed it into law the public’s fury would know no bounds. We’re not nearly as dense as they wish we were. We would understand perfectly what a massive distortion of the legislative process this would be! We would also understand that it was being used in order to avoid the will of the people.

Obama has ‘summoned’ Republicans to a health care ‘summit’ for which he has a ready-made bill, the House and Senate versions combined, to which he has presumably added a few twists of his own which he will present to Republicans as his grand fait accompli. Republicans need to stick to their guns and demand that the bill be scrapped and started over. They should wear the mantle of the PARTY OF NO proudly, for that is precisely what we wish them to say.

America will stand with them as long as they stand for us, God, truth and the Constitution of this great country.
Get on the phone, send your faxes and emails. Write letters and flood representatives’ offices with your visits. Talk to your friends and neighbors and get them to do the same. Now is the time for ACTION!!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obama’s OK Corral – Health Care’s Scorched Earth.

February 21, 2010

Once upon a time, people would feel the call to service in Washington D.C. with the good of the Republic and it’s people in mind. Somewhere along the line that call has been corrupted by the siren song of the money, power and influence that is the beltway. The heady balsams that pervade the atmosphere there can and will turn the heads of any but the strongest and most principled men and women.

We have been battered by wave after wave of successive administrations whose only answer to any problem has been to grow government. Government does nothing efficiently. It cannot feed or sustain itself. It produces nothing. It can only take, it cannot give. The federal government under Barack Hussein Obama is the Titanic shopping for it’s iceberg. When history reports on this recession it will say that it was engineered by insane fiscal policies put in place by a political party whose sole intent and purpose was the destruction of, and socialist takeover of, the country by Marxist ideologues.

Although the citizens of this country have repudiated every economic legislative move by this leftist President and Congress, they continue to meet behind closed doors in one effort after another to suborn the will of the electorate. Having watched his ‘health care’ initiative fall apart in the House and Senate, Obama now has ‘called’ for Republicans to bring their ideas to the table on February 25, while he is scheming even now with Pelosi and Reid to bring the bill up for reconciliation.

Republicans are wise to his game and will not give him the cover he’s looking for. Letters and calls to the ‘Bluedogs’ should have a profound effect right now, especially in the Senate where the Democrats MUST come up with 51 votes to make reconciliation possible. These “Bluedog” Democrats and not a few others on the other side have been sounding decidedly conservative recently. And no small wonder! The country is rising up all around them and literally taking their heads off.

I think many of them know that this is their last hoorah and if they are seen to support this thing they are also seeing the ends of their political careers.
Nonetheless, there are lists of the Bluedogs all over the net, the House and Senate seats most at risk also…and there are a lot more now than there were two months ago. Who’d a thunk it?

CALL, WRITE, FAX, EMAIL or visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices if you can. Let them know that if they vote for this sickening garbage they will get a chance to see what unemployment is like for the 20 million or so Americans out of work.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Obama Willfully Ignoring Domestic Islamo-Fascist War On America.

February 20, 2010

If the shoe fits, wear it… and Obama is wearing out shoe leather on this one. In an article I wrote on Feb.17 (America’s War on Terror…Obama’s War on America), I said that it was time to ask, “Hey Obama, who’s side are you on?”. Suffice to say, there are a lot more questions about Obama’s motivations than answers.

As a Commander-in-Chief, it’s readily apparent that he is waffling and tentative at best, even making allowances for his lack of executive or command experience. His apologists are quick to point to his great intellect and thoughtfulness. I haven’t noticed any great intellectual horsepower there. I have noticed an awful lot of people running interference for him while trying to convince us of his genius.

Obama’s record of ignoring, obfuscating, covering up or lying about Islamo-fascist activities in this country goes back quite a way. Obama’s connection to CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and to the Nation of Islam alone would prevent him from getting a federal security clearance. The number of connections to people with confirmed militant Islamo-fascist contacts is astounding, and in the chaos of the Obama administration’s efforts at dismantling our economy and our society have all but been forgotten.

Starting with George Bush cowardly avoiding saying what was only obvious to the rest of us after 9/11 by referring to Islam as “a religion of peace”, his government’s bi-polar war on terror, fighting an armed conflict in the middle east while simultaneously trying to convince Americans that the tens of thousands of muslims in our midst were as innocent as lambs and all solid patriots (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain), despite the fact that the very tenants of this benighted religion demands of its adherents that they wage war on the infidel, Obama has done nothing to further the war on terror and everything to retard its prosecution.

The Army's 09L or "09 Lima" program trains noncitizen, native speakers of Middle Eastern languages to be translators for the U.S. Army. In January, the Army transferred the program from Fort Jackson (seen here) to Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

He would have done nothing about Iraq, except for the fact that we were already there, and in fact opposed the troop surge which proved to be the winning strategy there. He would most certainly have done nothing about Afghanistan either, except for the fact that he had shot his mouth off about it during the campaign and was then trapped into acting on it. He then decided not to proceed by dragging his feet for several months on giving his commanders the resources they required to complete the mission.

Obama’s pro-Islamist attitude has permeated a military already rife with political correctness, especially at the command level. Such machinations resulted in the cover up of the Fort Hood shootings and the apparent cover up of the Fort Jackson poisoning investigation.

Obama has also further weakened an already overwhelmed Border Patrol Service by reducing funding and reducing the number of agents working our southern border by 150.
Obama’s assault on our NASA space program is another mission-critical purposeful attack on our national security. The Chinese and Russians will be quick to militarize space. We would have no defense from such an assault except by being there.
Obama has much, very much to answer for.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Don’t Do It!

February 19, 2010

We’ve heard a lot of out and out B.S. about this. Let me put it as plainly and succinctly as I can. No one in a combat line outfit wants to be in a situation where he would have to serve with an openly gay person. You can cut out all the feel-good, touchy-feely crap about gays just wanting to serve their country too. Most gays are attracted to the military because there are a lot of healthy young men and women living in close proximity, in what can only be described as forced intimacy.

We all know there have been gays in the military from day one, but the military strictures against homosexual activity are severe and are there for very good reasons. They prevent, for one thing, the sexual predation of enlisted by higher ranks, from which they would have little or no defense. I have talked to people who have had such experiences. In the military you just don’t go around complaining about a higher rank. It has a tendency to make your military career miserable and short.

Opposing Views On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - Admiral Michael Mullen and John McCain.

There are conflicting themes here…the one the military and the government want out there and the day-to-day reality of life in the military.
When I was in the United States Marine Corps I was in what was then called the Fleet Marine Force. I was in a combat line outfit. You live in a squad bay (barracks) in close proximity with about thirty other men. It’s a pretty tight-knit group of guys. There are always rumors too. Many times the ‘scuttlebutt’ mill would be surprisingly accurate, we would know about an impending operation or movement long before the actual orders would be issued.

There were other rumors too. There was always a story or two about one guy or another, but nothing anyone could prove… not often anyway. These people were always looked on with suspicion. The last thing anyone in a line outfit wanted to know was that the guy in the shower next to him was making calves eyes at him. Speaking for myself, the last thing I’d want to be concerned with was that the guy you were with in a fighting hole, depending on for your life for, was more interested in your equipment than the rifle he held to kill the enemy.

We know that the gays and gay advocates are highly placed throughout the government and the Pentagon and that an attitude of political correctness has invaded the highest ranks of our military, fostered in part by our weak and insipid Commander-in-Chief.
There is no Constitutional right to service in the military of the United States of America. If there is a right at all, it is of the military services to be very discriminatory, based on the nature of the mission.

We need to let our ultra dense leaders in Washington know that gay advocacy has no place in our military, or in government at all for that matter. It only further serves to weaken and divide us at a time in our history when we need all of our strength. Gays have all the freedom they could want in our society. There is no reason at all for creating a protected class, thereby partitioning them from criticism for a lifestyle most Americans find repugnant.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010