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MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE MUST STUDY WAR

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H/T Breitbarts Big Peace.

 

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong — Ronald Reagan.

As citizens of a free country it is necessary that we acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend it. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf.

Andrew Jackson, after winning the Battle of New Orleans, reminded us of the necessity of the soldier when he said our sacred liberties would be in trouble indeed if we only employ “lawyers” to defend the Constitution.

Days of memorial for those that sacrificed and died in service to their country are common in American history, stemming back to the Revolution. But the modern practice of celebrating Memorial Day as a national holiday was established after the Civil War as a way for Americans to pay tribute to their Union and Confederate dead. Some of these earliest commemorations were held at Arlington National Cemetery, which this year turns 153 years old.

However, as we look back and remember those that have died defending us we must note the famous line by philosopher George Santayana: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Modern Americans are being failed by an education system that no longer teaches about war and neglects its study to a dangerous degree.

Instruction regarding war, especially those fought by the United States, is vital for every educated citizen and not just the tiny number who now serve in the armed forces. It is important to not just respectfully mourn those lost in battle on this Memorial Day, but to understand why they fought and sacrificed.

There was a time in American history when almost every student would learn about the intricacies of American wars from a young age. In famous historian George Bancroft’sHistory of the United States of America, the standard history textbook in the 19th century, the battles of the American Revolution played almost more of a role than the ideas.

Bancroft focused on the sacrifice, toil, and hardship that George Washington’s troops faced and highlighted the necessity for this service to the new republic. This encouraged young Americans to join the ranks when their country called in the Civil War; they were inculcated with a belief that they owed a great debt to the previous generation for the great Constitution that protected their liberties and a duty to defend it for those that would come after. Without their sacrifices, and the service of generations of Americans, our grand experiment in liberty and government of, for, and by the people would have faded long ago.

Unfortunately, for modern American students, the “mystic chords of memory” connecting them with past defenders of liberty and the Constitution are being lost. How many today are taught about the suffering at Valley Forge, the heroism at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, or the world-changing Invasion of Normandy that set a continent free?

Worse, students are left with a serious lack of insight into human nature and will be unprepared when war finally comes.

Thomas K. Lindsey, director at the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundationrecently wrote about the frightening lack of military history education at American universities. “If the seeds of war are planted in human nature, the study of human nature, the humanities, needs to take account of it. For this reason, American history courses had always — up until recently — offered military-history courses,” he continued. “No more: Observers have noted an alarming decline in military-history courses in university history departments nationally.”

This lack of military history teaching is bad at the primary and secondary levels of education, but even worse at the university level where any focus on war itself is intentionally diminished. In an article by military historian Victor Davis Hanson he explains the results of a 2004 survey of the top 25 U.S. history departments:

When war does show up on university syllabi, it’s often about the race, class, and gender of combatants and wartime civilians. So a class on the Civil War will focus on the Underground Railroad and Reconstruction, not on Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. One on World War II might emphasize Japanese internment, Rosie the Riveter, and the horror of Hiroshima, not Guadalcanal and Midway.

Great works on war like Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, and Carl Von Clausewitz’s On War are now utterly neglected.

The burying of military history in modern academia may be a result of the generally anti-war views on college campuses, or a result of it not fitting in with the overall ideological agenda, but regardless of the specific excuse, it is a great disservice to those who want to be educated about the consequences of human nature. Citizens must have insight in how to avoid unnecessary wars and win necessary ones. Hanson had it right when he said: “A wartime public illiterate about the conflicts of the past can easily find itself paralyzed in the acrimony of the present. Without standards of historical comparison, it will prove ill equipped to make informed judgments.”

So, this Memorial Day it is important for Americans to re-learn the lessons of war, especially as the conflict in Ukraine continues to heat up and great powers like Russia and China become increasingly belligerent. We serve the honored dead by becoming informed about our nation’s great and small conflicts, and serve ourselves by cultivating a stronger understanding of human nature and the horrors of war, which will be priceless when, inevitably, the next battle comes.

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Acceptable black racism

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This is from The Black Sphere.

The reason people don’t speak out against Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and their ilk is the charge of being a racist.

The black people that speak out are called Uncle Tom’s, Oreo’s and the biggie, they will be called House Ni@@ers.

 

I’m amazed at how openly racist black Liberals have become, and how few Americans of all colors are willing to call them out on it.

I was waiting to be interviewed on CNN the other night, and I was listening in advance of my appearance to an interview of a Missouri legislator said to Don Lemon, [pp] “The way for Ferguson Missouri to improve public relations is to have more black cops.”

Can you imagine the reaction if a city asked for more white cops?

This call for “blackness” as an answer to what’s plaguing the black community is happening a lot, and quite frankly is disturbing.

 

Pretty soon when we go to a store, black people will only be able to be helped by black people. Imagine a warped world where only somebody of your same COLOR could help you?!

“Colorization” seems to be the answer to all things for Liberals, and is most important to black Liberals. More black is suppose to be better. It never is.

For the life of me, I don’t understand why on Gore’s green Earth black people would want more black people controlling their lives, as there is plenty of black leadership.

Cities are replete with black folks in charge of other black folks: Black aldermen, black city councilmen, majority black school boards (maybe one token white), black mayors, and the real shot-callers known as the Congressional Black Caucus.

Add to this a black president and a black attorney general, and you have a cornucopia of black power, all of which has led to devastation in the black community. And how is the life of Michael Brown celebrated in the black community? Looting.

You’d think by now black Liberals would have had enough of black leadership, because all they need to do is look at the evidence; the outcomes.

Obama has run the nation into the ground; and as I wrote a while back, if you want a recipe for failure in a municipality, elect a black Liberal.

When will black people go back to selecting who is best for the job, regardless of color? That would make blacks step up to become the best and stop relying on white Liberals “pat pat poor little Negro” policies.

I have a friend who has been to prison twice. He left high school in the eleventh grade unable to read. He started committing armed robberies shortly thereafter, and was sent to prison the first time.

Upon his first release, the inmates bet on when he would be back, and an “OG” in the prison predicted my friend would return in less than six months. “You ain’t learned nothin’ in prison. You still a thug,” he told my friend.

My friend returned to prison almost six months to the day, again for armed robbery.

While in prison the second time, my friend learned to read. He was taught to read by an old white lady, and she taught him to read from the Bible.

He explained to me that this woman was his first real interaction with a white person, as he had robbed all the others. He described the care in which she took to make sure that he learned how to read properly.

He said that learning to read from the Bible taught him lessons beyond putting words together, lessons he would apply the next time he was released.

He’s out of prison and a solid citizen, because of an old white woman.

My friend says this old white lady made the most impact in his life to date. Up to the point of meeting this old lady, my friend thought of white people as evil. He learned upon reflection that many of his black “friends” were not friends at all. They were enablers of his self-destruction and catalysts to his destruction.

This idea that having more black people is the answer is the most racist mentality one could have. That said; I understand it.

What black Liberals are saying inadvertently is white Liberalism isn’t working. White Liberals do NOT help the black community, because they won’t tell black people the truth.

When you want to help people, you tell the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell people what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell

America will change, when Americans have the guts to tell black people the truth.
Read more at http://theblacksphere.net/2014/8/acceptable-black-racism#URvigqPez8Fjv1iJ.99

Americans Can Now Determine Where To Shop And Spend Their Money

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This is from my email box.

Food for thought.

 

 Election Cycle political donations, as reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Shopping
Ø   Price Club/Costcodonated $225K, 99% went to Democrats
Ø   Rite Aid donated $517K, 60% went to Democrats
Ø   Magla Products (Stanley tools, Mr. Clean) donated $22K,100% went to Democrats
Ø   Warnaco (undergarments) donated $55K, 73% went to Democrats
Ø   Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia donated $153K, 99% went to Democrats
Ø   Estee Lauder donated $448K, 95% went to Democrats
Ø   Guess, Inc. Donated $145K, 98% went to Democrats
Ø   Calvin Klein donated $78K, 100% went to Democrats
Ø   Liz Claiborne, Inc. Donated $34K, 97% went to Democrats
Ø   Levi Straus donated $26K, 97% went to Democrats
Ø   Olan Mills donated $175K, 99% went to Democrats
Ø   WalMart donated $467K, 97% went to Republicans
Ø   K-Mart donated $524K, 86% went to Republicans
Ø   Home Depot donated $298K, 89% went to Republicans
Ø   Target donated $226K, 70% went to Republicans
Ø   Circuit City Stores donated $261K, 95% went to Republicans
Ø  3M Co. Donated $281K, 87% went to Republicans
Ø   Hallmark Cards donated $319K, 92% went to Republicans
Ø   Amway donated $391K, 100% Republicans
Ø   Kohler Co. (plumbing fixtures) donated $283K, 100% Republicans
Ø   B.F. Goodrich (tires) donated $215K, 97% went to Republicans
Ø   Proctor & Gamble donated $243K, 79% went to Republicans
Spirits
Ø   Southern Wine & Spirits donated $213K,73% went to Democrats
Ø   Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons (incl. Beverage Business and considerable media interests) donated $2M+, 67% went to Democrats
Ø   Gallo Winery donated $337K, 95% went to Democrats
Ø   Coors & Budweiser donated $174K, 92% went to Republicans
Ø   Brown-Forman Corp. (Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels, Bushmills,Korbel Wines, Lenox China, Dansk and Gorham Silver) donated $644 K — 80% went to Republicans
Hungry?
Ø   Sonic Corporation donated $83K, 98% went to Democrats
Ø   Triarc Companies (Arby’s, T.J. Cinnamon’s, Pasta Connections) donated $112K, 96% went to Democrats
Ø   Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. (chicken) donated $366K, 100% went to Republicans
Ø   Outback Steakhouse donated $641K, 95% went to Republicans
Ø   Tricon Global Restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) donated $133K, 87% went to Republicans
Ø   Brinker International (Maggiano’s, Brinker Cafe, Chili’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill, Crazymel’s, Corner Baker, EatZis) donated $242K, 83% went to Republicans
Ø   Waffle House donated $279K, 100% went to Republicans
Ø   McDonald’s Corp. Donated $197K, 86% went to Republicans
Ø   Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Smokey Bones,Bahama Breeze) donated $121K, 89% went to Republicans
Ø   Heinz Republicans $64,000 Democrats $21,300!   John Kerry’s wife’s company!!!
Traveling and/or Dining
Ø   Hyatt Corporation donated $187K of which 80% went to Democrats
Ø   Marriott International $323K, 81% went to Republicans
Ø   Holiday Inns donated $38K, 71% went to Republicans

GOV. PENCE URGES CONGRESS TO BLOCK EPA REGS

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This is from Human Events.

I agree with Governor Pence these EPA regulations are bad for Hoosiers and all Americans. 

 

STATE OF INDIANA Michael R. Pence
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Governor
State House, Second Floor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
July 9, 2014

Dear Members of the Indiana Congressional Delegation,

 

As Congress begins to consider the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills that provide funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and federal energy programs, I write to urge your support for legislative efforts underway that would block or prevent implementation of the EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants.
In Indiana, we recognize that we need all forms of energy to power our economy, and, at the same time, we know that coal is a crucial Hoosier energy resource that should continue to be promoted. Our state has a 300 year supply of coal, and coal has historically provided Hoosiers with reliable, affordable electricity. More than 80 percent of our electricity comes from coal, and the coal industry employs 28,000 Hoosiers. Hoosiers know that coal means jobs and coal means low-cost energy.

I recently met with coal miners in southern Indiana. In that meeting I committed that Indiana would stand with them against existing and proposed EPA regulations that would harm their industry and threaten their jobs. And I am committed to stand with millions of other Hoosier workers and families who will feel the impact in markedly higher electricity rates, lost jobs, and lost business growth.

The Obama Administration has already put in place regulations on power plants that will increase the cost of electricity in Indiana by 30 percent over the next seven years, according to the State Utility Forecasting Group. The newly proposed EPA rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants will only cause electricity rates to rise further while at the same time threatening the reliability of our electricity supply. At a time when we are all focused on creating jobs and economic opportunity for Hoosiers, these EPA regulations threaten to reverse our progress.

Using the power of the purse, Congress has the ability to block or prevent implementation of the EPA’s proposed regulations on new and existing power plants. I respectfully urge you to support legislative efforts to do so. Thank you for your consideration and your service to our state and nation.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Pence
Governor of Indiana

Vermont Firearms Dealer To Lay Off 41 Because of Obama Executive Action

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Obama wants to destroy the gun industry.

He also wants Americans as unarmed serfs not free citizens.

 

A Vermont firearms dealer says the Obama administration is responsible for him having to lay off 41 of its workers in a “last minute” move that has even angered some of the state’s liberal politicians.

Century International Arms had a $30 million contract in place to import World War II era M1 Garand Rifles from the South Korean government. The U.S. State Department had given preliminary approval to the deal, and the State, Justice and Defense departments had cleared the transaction.

But an executive action announced last year by President Obama ultimately blocked the plan, according to the gun seller, despite pleas from Sen. Patrick Leahy and Gov. Peter Shumlin, both Democrats.

“All the normal approvals were in place to obtain the import permits for this sale from ATF,” the company wrote in a statement on Thursday.

It said it had invested “considerable funds” to line up approval and financing for the bid, which it had won from the South Korean government.

But the deal was nixed, the company said, because “the White House intervened at the last minute and blocked this importation.”

The administration’s rationale was what it called “two common-sense executive actions” announced last year which were designed “to keep the most dangerous firearms out of the wrong hands.”

One of the actions put a ban on private entities re-importing military surplus firearms. Museums are one of the only exceptions to the ruling.

In a letter sent last month, Leahy and Shumlin pleaded with Obama to allow the transaction to go through.

They noted that the M1 Garand Rifle is used in the government-chartered Civilian Marksmanship Program. It was also given exemption in California U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 bill.

They also claimed that blocking the deal would harm the company and its 200-plus employees.

And according to the company, that’s exactly what happened.

“As a consequence of this denial, there has been a reduction in work and Century has had to make the difficult decision to layoff 41 Vermont employees,” the company wrote.

“I think the Obama administration made a bad bad mistake,” said Leahy, according to WCAX.

“This is not like selling a bunch of assault weapons; these are basically collectors’ items,,” he said. “I’m a gun owner and these are not the things someone is going to use to hold up a bank, or shoot people, they are legitimate collector items.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/07/vermont-firearms-dealer-to-lay-off-41-because-of-obama-executive-action/#ixzz34Cwp6Rvr

Obamacare Penalty to Hit One Million Low-Income Americans

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The Washington Free Beacon.

How many of this one million voted for Obama?

How many of that million are that voted for Obama is now  suffering from buyers remorse?

 

200,000 earning less than 100 percent of the poverty level to pay fine

Roughly one million low-income Americans will pay a fine under Obamacare, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

The CBO estimated that four million people would pay the individual mandate penalty for not having health insurance by 2016 as a result of the president’s health care law, according to a report released last week,

“All told, CBO and [the Joint Committee on Taxation] JCT estimate that about four million people will pay a penalty because they are uninsured in 2016 (a figure that includes uninsured dependents who have the penalty paid on their behalf),” the report said. “An estimated $4 billion will be collected from those who are uninsured in 2016, and, on average, an estimated $5 billion will be collected per year over the 2017–2024 period.”

A chart accompanying the report revealed that 200,000 of those paying the penalty earn less than 100 percent of the poverty line. An additional 800,000 are considered low-income, earning between 100 and 199 percent of the poverty level.

President Barack Obama was once critical of an individual mandate precisely because of its effect on low-income Americans. During a primary debate against Hillary Clinton, then-candidate Obama criticized the idea of a mandate for imposing fines on people who could not afford health insurance.

“You can have a situation, which we are seeing right now in the state of Massachusetts, where people are being fined for not having purchased health care, but choose to accept the fine because they still can’t afford it even with the subsidies,” he said. “They are then worse off, they then have no health care and are paying a fine above and beyond that.”

This year, Americans opting to not purchase health insurance will pay a $95 fine or 1 percent of their household’s adjusted gross income—whichever amount is greater. By 2016, the minimum fine will be $695 or 2.5 percent of the household income.

In addition, the report estimated that under Obamacare 30 million Americans will still be uninsured by 2016.

“The central promise of the new health care law was that by bringing down the cost of insurance and making it more affordable, virtually all Americans would have good health insurance at reasonable rates,” said Daniel Garza, executive director of the LIBRE Initiative, a nonprofit organization devoted to economic freedom for Hispanic Americans.

“Instead, 30 million Americans will be uninsured,” he said. “And four million will pay tax penalties for not complying with the law.

“Moreover, this administration has hit a new low by penalizing 200,000 of America’s most needy,” Garza said.

The CBO report noted that many uninsured Americans would be exempt from the penalty in 2016. The government will exempt unauthorized immigrants, incarcerated individuals, members of Indian tribes, people with earnings so low they are not required to file an income tax return, and individuals whose premium exceeds 8 percent of their income.

MEMORIAL DAY: WHY WE MUST STUDY WAR

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This is from Breitbarts Big Peace.

 

 

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong — Ronald Reagan.

 

 

As citizens of a free country it is necessary that we acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend it. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf.

Andrew Jackson, after winning the Battle of New Orleans, reminded us of the necessity of the soldier when he said our sacred liberties would be in trouble indeed if we only employ “lawyers” to defend the Constitution.

Days of memorial for those that sacrificed and died in service to their country are common in American history, stemming back to the Revolution. But the modern practice of celebrating Memorial Day as a national holiday was established after the Civil War as a way for Americans to pay tribute to their Union and Confederate dead. Some of these earliest commemorations were held at Arlington National Cemetery, which this year turns 150 years old.

However, as we look back and remember those that have died defending us we must note the famous line by philosopher George Santayana: “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” Modern Americans are being failed by an education system that no longer teaches about war and neglects its study to a dangerous degree.

Instruction regarding war, especially those fought by the United States, is vital for every educated citizen and not just the tiny number who now serve in the armed forces. It is important to not just respectfully mourn those lost in battle on this Memorial Day, but to understand why they fought and sacrificed.

There was a time in American history when almost every student would learn about the intricacies of American wars from a young age. In famous historian George Bancroft’sHistory of the United States of America, the standard history textbook in the 19th century, the battles of the American Revolution played almost more of a role than the ideas.

Bancroft focused on the sacrifice, toil, and hardship that George Washington’s troops faced and highlighted the necessity for this service to the new republic. This encouraged young Americans to join the ranks when their country called in the Civil War; they were inculcated with a belief that they owed a great debt to the previous generation for the great Constitution that protected their liberties and a duty to defend it for those that would come after. Without their sacrifices, and the service of generations of Americans, our grand experiment in liberty and government of, for, and by the people would have faded long ago.

Unfortunately, for modern American students, the “mystic chords of memory” connecting them with past defenders of liberty and the Constitution are being lost. How many today are taught about the suffering at Valley Forge, the heroism at Gettysburg’s Little Round Top, or the world-changing Invasion of Normandy that set a continent free?

Worse, students are left with a serious lack of insight into human nature and will be unprepared when war finally comes.

Thomas K. Lindsey, director at the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundationrecently wrote about the frightening lack of military history education at American universities. “If the seeds of war are planted in human nature, the study of human nature, the humanities, needs to take account of it. For this reason, American history courses had always — up until recently — offered military-history courses,” he continued. “No more: Observers have noted an alarming decline in military-history courses in university history departments nationally.

This lack of military history teaching is bad at the primary and secondary levels of education, but even worse at the university level where any focus on war itself is intentionally diminished. In an article by military historian Victor Davis Hanson he explains the results of a 2004 survey of the top 25 U.S. history departments:

When war does show up on university syllabi, it’s often about the race, class, and gender of combatants and wartime civilians. So a class on the Civil War will focus on the Underground Railroad and Reconstruction, not on Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. One on World War II might emphasize Japanese internment, Rosie the Riveter, and the horror of Hiroshima, not Guadalcanal and Midway.

Great works on war like Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, and Carl Von Clausewitz’s On War are now utterly neglected.

The burying of military history in modern academia may be a result of the generally anti-war views on college campuses, or a result of it not fitting in with the overall ideological agenda, but regardless of the specific excuse, it is a great disservice to those who want to be educated about the consequences of human nature. Citizens must have insight in how to avoid unnecessary wars and win necessary ones. Hanson had it right when he said: “A wartime public illiterate about the conflicts of the past can easily find itself paralyzed in the acrimony of the present. Without standards of historical comparison, it will prove ill equipped to make informed judgments.”

So, this Memorial Day it is important for Americans to re-learn the lessons of war, especially as the conflict in Ukraine continues to heat up and great powers like Russia and China become increasingly belligerent. We serve the honored dead by becoming informed about our nation’s great and small conflicts, and serve ourselves by cultivating a stronger understanding of human nature and the horrors of war, which will be priceless when, inevitably, the next battle comes.

Open Letter to Michael Bloomberg – You’ll Never Win

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This is from Guns Save Lives.

How long will Little Mikey Bloomberg keep pounding money down the rabbit hole of gun control? 

 

minuteman1Dear Mr. Bloomberg,

I understand that as a multi-billionaire you have to find non-traditional ways to pass your time. I’m sure rolling around in mounds of $100 bills just doesn’t bring the same enjoyment that it used to. I guess that it’s hard to find pleasure in the little things such as playing a round of golf, spending time with your family, or enjoying yourprivate tropical estate. I guess it’s only natural that you would take up pet projects to occupy your time. Many multi-billionaires end up doing the very same thing later in life. However, I’m here to tell you, in your effort to disarm Americans – You’ll never win.

There are an estimated 300,000,000+ guns in the United States. This number is growing at a faster rate than ever over the last several years. Efforts to ban or regulate guns only spur higher sales of the very guns you are seeking to regulate.

Over the last several years you have had to form THREE different anti-gun groups in order to generate media attention for your cause. You tout email list signups and Facebook “Likes” as “members”. Despite these questionable “membership” numbers, you still haven’t gotten anywhere close to the NRA’s 5 million+ DUES PAYING members or even the DUES PAYING members of Gun Owners of America (300,000+) or the Second Amendment Foundation (nearly 1,000,000).

Outside of yourself and other uber rich donors, how many people send you annual checks of their hard earned money to support your gun control efforts? Few to none? That’s what I thought. It’s one thing to sign up for a mailing list or like a Facebook page, but it’s another to actually show up for protests or get out your checkbook once a year. This is why your protests regularly have dozens or maybe, maybe hundreds of people while ours have thousands, or even tens of thousands.

Your “members” join your organizations because they think it’s a cool, or trendy thing to do, like changing your social media profile picture in support of the flavor of the month causes we see come and go so often. We take action because we know it’s the right thing to do for our country.

Your efforts to squash a grassroots effort to recall three state senators in Colorado are largely credited as being the very reason that the recall succeeded (in case you haven’t noticed, many people take offense when billionaires try to buy local elections).

You were around in 1994 Mr. Bloomberg, right? You remember what happened in the national elections following the passage of the federal “assault weapons” ban don’t you?

You can keep throwing money at this issue all you want. You can keep touting your inflated membership numbers. You can form new organizations to try to reinvent your efforts as much as you want. We will still be here, more resilient than ever. We will continue to dedicate our time, money and votes to protecting our rights. You’ll never win.

Air Force memorial fenced off ‘to avoid offending Libyans’

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This is from The U.K.Express.

This is no longer the Great Britain that thousands of young Brits and young Americans died in two world wars to keep free.

If the Libyans got offended by this memorial tough cookies. 

Peter Worby,, military, top brass, fence, us air force, memorial, libyan, soldiers, officials, mephis belle tribute,

The World War Two memorial has been hidden behind a newly erected fence [SWNS]

MILITARY top brass were forced into a humiliating about-turn last night – tearing down a fence hiding a US Air Force memorial from Libyan soldiers.

Embarrassed officials acted after furious enthusiasts contacted the Daily Express saying the Memphis Belle ­tribute was no longer visible.

The monument was erected inside RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, to honour the USAF’s Eighth Air Force, based there in the Second World War.

Now an Army training base, Bassingbourn will be the temporary home to 2,000 Libyan soldiers being trained to restore order to the war-ravaged land.

The over-officious commander who ordered the memorial to be fenced off was last night being hunted as part of a top-level Ministry of Defence probe.

He was dismissed by a ministry source as “some bloke with a clipboard” who oversaw an extraordinary “error of judgment”.

There was no official comment as to why the fence was up but the source added: “I expect the rationale was it might offend the Libyans.”

Libyan armed forces will be taught basic infantry skills as part of a two?month course starting next month. It is part of efforts to help the Libyan government disarm and integrate ­militias and improve security and ­stability following the toppling of ­despot ­Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The memorial was erected 20 years ago after a fundraising campaign on both sides of the Atlantic. Scores of USAF veterans have made a pilgrimage to England to see it and remember their fallen comrades.

Peter Worby, 55, a long-standing member of Friends of the Eighth, said: “I am glad someone has seen sense but this was a disgusting insult to the memory of the young airmen who died saving our bacon. The MoD should be hugely embarrassed by this – they should be promoting these memorials, not shunning them.”

During the war US military personnel based in the UK were said to be “overpaid, oversexed and over here”. But their contribution to communities across Britain is still felt today and a reason for Friends of the Eighth ­forming almost 40 years ago.

Peter Worby,, military, top brass, fence, us air force, memorial, libyan, soldiers, officials, mephis belle tribute, TThe memorial before the fence was erected [SWNS]

 

A Facebook page was set up to shame the base after a 10ft wooden fence concealed the memorial, which features the propeller of a B-17 bomber.

Last night one member said: “We are not going to let the veterans down and those who died for us. If the MoD wants a row they have got one. We owe the veterans more than we can ever hope to repay – letting them or their memory down doesn’t even enter the picture.”

12 Numbers Which Prove That Americans Are Sick And Tired Of Politics As Usual

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This is from The Daily  Sheeple.

Americans need to get of the couch and reclaim our country.

We must be united to stop this crap.

 

 

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” — Thomas Jefferson

 

The American people are increasingly waking up to the fact that nothing ever seems to change in Washington D.C. no matter which political party is in power.  In fact, as you will see later on in this article, an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither party “represents the American people”.  Over the past several decades, we have sent a Bush, a Clinton, another Bush and an Obama to the White House, but the policies coming out of Washington have remained pretty much the same the entire time.  The mainstream media would have us believe that the Republicans and the Democrats are constantly fighting like cats and dogs, but the truth is that the Republicans want to take us to the same place that the Democrats want to take us – just a little more slowly perhaps.  And behind the scenes, Republicans and Democrats have a good time with one another and they are ultimately controlled by the same set of oligarchs.  The Americans people are really starting to recognize what a sham our system has become, and the numbers show that they are quite fed up with it.

I truly wish that things were different.  When I was much younger, I was actively involved in politics and I enthusiastically campaigned for certain candidates.  But then when they got to Washington D.C., they never did most of the things that they promised to do during their campaigns.

I was quite bewildered by this.  At the time, I concluded that we just needed to send even more “good politicians” to D.C. and then things would finally turn around.

But things never did turn around.  No matter which party had the upper hand, the same garbage continued to spew forth from Washington.

Ultimately, like millions of other Americans, I have come to see that there is not really much of a difference between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi on one side, and John Boehner, John McCain, Mitch McConnell and Jeb Bush on the other side.

Sure, if you listen to their campaign speeches you might be tempted to think that they were polar opposites, but when you watch what they actually do there is not that much that really separates them.

Fortunately, large numbers of Americans are starting to see through this disgusting charade.  Most of our politicians are con men that tell us what we want to hear during their campaigns, and then after they are elected they forget all about us.  Dissatisfaction with these politicians has risen to unprecedented levels in recent years, and that could be a good thing.  The following are 12 numbers which prove that Americans are sick and tired of politics as usual…

#1 A national Rasmussen Reports survey has found that an all-time high 53 percent of all Americans believe that neither major political party “represents the American people”.

#2 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, only 29 percent of Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.

#3 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing by a 52.2 to 43.7 percent margin.

#4 According to a Real Clear Politics average of national polls, Americans disapprove of the job that Congress is doing by a 77.6 percent to 14.2 percent margin.

#5 52 percent of Americans “do not think the economy is fair to those willing to work hard”.

#6 65 percent of Americans are dissatisfied “with the U.S. system of government and its effectiveness”.  That is the highest level of dissatisfaction that Gallup has ever recorded.

#7 Only 4 percent of Americans believe that it would “change Congress for the worse” if every member was voted out during the next election.

#8 An all-time low 31 percent of Americans identify themselves as Democrats.

#9 An all-time low 25 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.

#10 An all-time high 42 percent of Americans identify themselves as Independents.

#11 60 percent of Americans report feeling “angry or irritable”.  Two years ago that number was at 50 percent.

#12 70 percent of Americans do not have confidence that the federal government will “make progress on the important problems and issues facing the country in 2014″.

Of course at the heart of much of this dissatisfaction is the continuing problems in our economy.  For example, check out the Gallup daily employment tracking survey that you can find right here.  As you can see, the payroll to population number (those Americans working 30 hours a week or more) has been flatlining in the low forties for more than four years now.  The truth is that there never has been an employment recovery in this nation since the last recession. For much more on all this, please see my previous article entitled “This Is What Employment In America Really Looks Like…

The last wave of the economic crisis really devastated the middle class, and as a result record numbers of Americans have become dependent on the government.  As I mentioned in one recent article, ten years ago the number of women working outnumbered the number of women on food stamps by more than a 2 to 1 margin. But now the number of women on food stamps actually exceeds the number of women that have jobs.

No wonder so many Americans are so angry.  Things are not nearly as good as they used to be.

Unfortunately, even though so many people are angry and frustrated, there is very little consensus on the solutions to our problems.

Many Americans even want to throw out the principles that this country was founded upon entirely.  For example, one recent survey discovered that 59 percent of all Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution is “outdated”.

That is a very chilling number.  We live at a time when Americans are becoming increasingly ignorant about who we are, where we came from and how we get here.

And a lot of our fellow citizens do not even know how our system of government works.  One survey actually found that only 25 percent of all Americans knew how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans knew how many U.S. senators there are (100).

In the final analysis, it is hard to be optimistic about a political solution to any of our major problems in the near future.  Most of our politicians are deeply corrupt, the American people are incredibly angry and are deeply divided, and the vast majority of campaigns for federal office are won by the candidate that raises the most money.

But perhaps there is something that I am missing.  So what do you think?  Do you believe that there is hope that we can get Washington D.C. turned around in the near future?  Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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