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ARLINGTON CEMETERY: THIS HALLOWED GROUND

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This is from Warrior Scout.

I want to visit Arlington.

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On May 13, 1864, America’s most revered burial place was established on the pristine grounds of the Arlington Estate.

They are presidents, explorers, sports figures, judges, and admirals. And lots of every day people, too—farmers, teachers, and factory workers among others.

There are more than 300,000 of them—named and nameless, forgotten and revered, mourned and martyred, male and female, and of every race. With some exceptions, most share military service to their country and a final resting place on a hillside overlooking Washington, D.C.

Arlington National Cemetery, the most well known of the nation’s 130 military burial grounds, annually inters 6,000 dead—many of them succumbing to old age and disease, others just out of high school dying violently and suddenly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year, some 4 million visitors go to the cemetery to pay their respects.

Fittingly, Arlington was born of the cataclysm of war and the country’s desire to honor its fallen soldiers. At the beginning of the Civil War, no one anticipated the carnage or had made arrangements to deal with the dead, who lay exposed on battlefields or were buried where they fell, frequently thrown into mass pits, unidentified and unclaimed. The situation appalled the families back home as well as federal authorities. In 1864 Secretary of War Edwin Stanton ordered Army Quartermaster Montgomery C. Meigs to site a cemetery near Washington.

Meigs recommended only one location, the plantation called Arlington, which before the war had been the home of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The federals already occupied the plantation for its high ground and had seized it for delinquent back taxes of $92.07.

Meigs also wanted to make the mansion permanently uninhabitable. On June 15, 1864, the day the government declared Arlington House (pictured below) and 200 surrounding acres a national cemetery, he buried 65 soldiers in the yard. That year dead and dying men flooded Washington from the pitched battles in Virginia—The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. Many of the casualties—both Union and Confederate—are buried in Arlington.


A sketch of Arlington House drawn in 1861, published in 1875
After the war, the government created other military cemeteries to accept human remains from “cleaned up” battlefields. The bones of more than 1,800 soldiers were gathered from the nearby Bull Run (Manassas) battlefield and buried in Mrs. Lee’s rose garden. More remains were later interred.

Robert E. Lee never returned to Arlington. But in 1883 the U.S. Supreme Court decided the estate had been confiscated illegally, and the government paid his family $150,000. By then, however, tens of thousands of graves ringed the mansion, and the land had become hallowed ground for the reunited nation.

Over the ensuing years, veterans of the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War, and other conflicts were reinterred at Arlington. It wasn’t until 1906 when the tensions of the Civil War had lessened that a memorial to the Confederate dead was approved; the corner stone was laid in November 1912 and the monument dedicated on June 4, 1914.

Today, the cemetery hosts dozens of memorials—to sailors killed in the explosion of the battleship USS Maine, to commandos lost in the 1980 Iranian hostage rescue mission, and to the astronauts who perished aboard Challenger.

The most revered memorial is the Tomb of the Unknowns (below), guarded 24 hours a day. The first American unknown was brought to Arlington from France in 1921. Servicemen from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam were interred later, although the Vietnam soldier was eventually identified and removed to a family cemetery.


Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. Source: Getty Images.
As did predecessors, President John F. Kennedy visited Arlington and the tomb during his tenure. A few months before his assassination, he toured Arlington House and remarked on its magnificent view of Washington, saying he could stay there forever. He now rests on a slope just below the mansion—his brother, Bobby, too—and decades after their deaths their graves (below) remain an attraction for tourists.

A who’s who of American luminaries lies in Arlington, including Robert Peary and Matthew Alexander Henson, the first to reach the North Pole; boxer Joe Louis and civil rights leader Medgar Evers; John Wesley Powell, who explored the Grand Canyon; Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; Ira Hayes, a Marine who helped hoist the flag at Iwo Jima; and Audie Murphy, World War II hero and movie star.

Until 1948 and Harry Truman’s executive order to desegregate the services, the dead were separated by race; today everyone is treated equally and with honor, each grave marked with a simple, formalized regulation stone. Because of space limitations, ground burial at Arlington is quite restricted, but criteria for the new Columbarium are more liberal and extend to all honorably discharged veterans and members of their immediate families.

The cemetery features a museum, a bus tour, and visitor’s center, but Arlington is unlike any other Washington attraction. About 30 people are interred on the grounds each weekday. Tourists may look down a slope or along a tree-shrouded road and watch a caisson and flag-draped casket passing by or hear the playing of taps and the sharp report of a rifle volley—all sobering reminders of service, conflict, and mortality.

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10 surprising birthday facts about President James Monroe

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This is from the National Constitution Center.

This is a nice break from the insanity going on in America now.

 

James Monroe was the only president, aside from George Washington, to run unopposed for re-election. But that may not be the most surprising fact about the last Founding Father to occupy the White House.

James_Monroe400Monroe was born on April 28, 1758, in Virginia, and his public career started from humble roots. He was an eyewitness to many of the events that led to the creation of the United States and the U.S. Constitution.

But you won’t hear Monroe’s name used in the same lofty terms as his friends Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and his former commander, George Washington.

Monroe did leave a lasting impression on America’s destiny because of the Monroe Doctrine, a policy he established to keep other nations out of the Western Hemisphere.

Here are 10 interesting facts about an underrated Founding Father who spent more than four decades at the center of American change.

1. Teenage James Monroe was a hero at the Battle of Trenton. The 18-year-old lieutenant was sent across the Delaware River by Washington to scout, and he nearly died after being shot during the fight in Trenton.

2. Monroe was a law apprentice for Thomas Jefferson. Monroe studied under the third president, but he wasn’t an outstanding lawyer. Monroe was more interested in politics in his native Virginia and served in the Continental Congress at the age of 25.

3. Monroe initially opposed the Constitution. Monroe wasn’t at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and opposed it at Virginia’s ratification convention, wanting a strong bill of rights. Monroe eventually supported the document.

4. Madison and Monroe had an unusual friendship. James Madison won the fight in Virginia over ratifying the Constitution in 1789 and then ran against Monroe for a seat in the House of Representatives. Madison and Monroe took part in a series of public debates, and Madison narrowly won the election. But the two opponents became fast friends on the campaign trail, much to the chagrin of Madison’s enemy, Patrick Henry.

5. Monroe was not friendly with George Washington. The men had a falling out after Washington sent Monroe, his former lieutenant, to France as an ambassador. Washington eventually fired Monroe after he criticized the Jay Treaty. Monroe also wasn’t fond of Alexander Hamilton, Washington’s close associate.

6. Monroe was a key player in two presidential administrations. Monroe was a minister to France and England for President Thomas Jefferson, and he served as both secretary of state and secretary of war for President James Madison. He held virtually every key public office before becoming president in 1817.

7. Monroe was one of the most dominant presidential candidates ever.Monroe received 68 percent of the vote when he defeated Rufus King in the 1816 election. He ran unopposed in the 1820 race, getting 81 percent of the vote. Only one cranky elector in New Hampshire kept Monroe from a unanimous win in the Electoral College.

8. Monroe had some help writing the Monroe Doctrine. John Quincy Adams was a driving force behind the policy, which President Monroe introduced with his annual message to Congress in 1823. The doctrine stated that Europe needed to stay out of the affairs of new countries and territories in the Western hemisphere; in exchange, the United States would stay out of European affairs.

9. Monroe was able to buy Florida for $5 million. Monroe had started talks with Spain about Florida while he was James Madison’s secretary of state in 1815. After violence in the region and a flurry of diplomacy, Adams helped negotiate a deal for Monroe where the U.S. would pay off damage claims made by Spain during the violence. The U.S. got Florida and promised that it would recognize Spain’s sovereignty over Texas.

10.  Monroe died on the Fourth of July, too. Three Founding Fathers who were elected president died on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Monroe died on July 4, 1831. Monroe was also the last president who was never photographed in his lifetime.

General William Tecumseh Sherman: What’s Not to Love About Him?

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This is from Clash Daily.

Not only is William Tecumseh Sherman revired by me, I am teaching our daughters about Uncle Billy.

Along with other historical greats Reagan, Jefferson,Washington, Patton, Washington, Grant, Sheridan, you get the idea.

They will come to know these were living and breathing human beings and great leaders.  

 

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General William T. Sherman was a great man. I have decided to use my words this week and write a tribute to a man with more than his share of spine. I’m honored to share his name and a little DNA. I’m proud of what he stood for. He literally freed the slaves. Like literally killed their masters and broke off their chains. Amen, brother. So many freed slaves followed his army it became a problem. Not knowing what else to do they followed along as he destroyed many a plantation on his infamous march to the sea.

I’ve done a little research and read a little about the good General, but I am by no stretch of the imagination an expert. From what I gather about him, I love him. I love him because I know he would be absolutely hated today. Everything that would make modern man despise William Tecumseh Sherman makes him awesome to me!

First off, he is a quote machine. For a man not known for oratory skills in his time, the quotes he generated are stunning. The absolute most famous one that lingers still is War is hell. This one has stuck in our American culture, but the number of people who can rightly attribute it to “Uncle Billy” dwindles every day. Many of his troops lovingly called him Uncle Billy because he was like a beloved Uncle to everyone. He was loved by his men, but most of his close friends called him “Cump”.

Here are a few more choice quotes pertaining to war from the wise warrior:

– “War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it is over.”
– “Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.”
– “In our countryone class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.”
– “I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”
– “War is the remedy that our enemies have chosen, and I say let us give them all they want.”
– “I would make this war as severe as possible, and show no symptoms of tiring till the South begs for Mercy.”

There are many more but those are some of the best. I’d like to see a General go on Good Morning America or The View or Fox for that matter and say any one of these. Then we could watch the left come unglued. If any of those quotes were true today for how we were fighting Afghanistan, wouldn’t it be different? If fought like this, wars would be shorter, much shorter.

Few realize the genius of William T. and that he understood a few things about war. These things aren’t popular, but they do allow your side to win. It’s the kill people and break things theory.

Currently, our White House Occupant has no idea how to actually win a war. These statements are as a foreign language to him. Our President has but one goal, to end all war and it doesn’t matter if the objective was reached or who won. Just schedule the ending. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/05/28/see-the-reception-obama-received-from-the-u-s-military-academy-that-cnn-anchor-says-is-pretty-icy/

Check out the icy reception from the 2014 West Point grads. Supposedly, less than 25% gave him a standing ovation why would they? They are the brightest of the bright military minds in America. It doesn’t take a West Point Grad to see the destructive force this Commander in Chief is to our military might.

Sherman is most famous for his March to the Sea. He said, “I intend to make Georgia howl.” And he did. He is credited with creating what would be called Total War. This idea was really the forerunner to “Shock and Awe”. He pretty much burned everything in his wake, fed his army with the crops and livestock, and destroyed everything. He understood the power of fear and demoralizing an enemy. He wrote to Lincoln and said, “I beg to present you as a gift the city of Savannah.” I won’t mention Atlanta. I’m still uneasy to share my name in that town because of what he did. Burn it all.

In this Ode to Cump, I must tell of his fondness for the media. Another reason he would be derided today. He despised the media and we weren’t on the 24 hour news cycle yet. No Twitter, no Facebook, no TV, no phones, nothing but word of mouth and print newspapers. So apparently, the way media people are is an actual character thing, not a technology thing, because they were no different in the 1860’s as they are now. Here are a few priceless quotes from the General that would have scrolled along the bottom as breaking news back in the day.

– “If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.”
–“I hate newspapermen. They come into camp and pick up their camp rumors and print them as facts. I regard them as spies, which, in truth, they are.”

That kind of talk won’t get you interviews or invited to the Correspondents Dinner! The present day left could write Ole Cump off as a crazy, shell-shocked veteran, which in his day they actually did. They could say he was a murderous villain. They may even call him barbaric. To some degree they would be right, but they forget that he was also something we don’t see much of today, extremely loyal. Loyal to his country yes, but more loyal to his friends, his brothers in arms.

General Sherman and General Grant were friends. They were the kind of friends who had each others back for real. The kind of friends who would die for each other or help you bury a body. Sherman refused any attempts to pit himself and Grant against each other. When asked about his friendship with Grant, Sherman said, “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was a drunk, and now we stand by each other.” Now that’s a real friend to ride the river with.

I have an image in my head of the two grizzled commanders sharing a cigar around the campfire after the first day of the Battle of Shiloh. Literally thousands of dead and wounded lay around them in the dark. I don’t think they overly talked as they stared at the dancing flames. Sherman said solemnly, “We had the devils own day.” To which Grant replied without looking up, “Lick ‘em tomorrow though.” And they did, after being heavily reinforced throughout the night.

My point in writing this rant to honor Bloody Bill, as his enemies called him, is to say, this is the type of man we have come from. Many of us share the same spirit today. This is why America will not go quietly into the goodnight. We will not surrender this great land to the insidious weakness that is destroying us from within. Let us end this time together with one last statement from my ancestor and a great American general.

“Courage – a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”

God bless America. I pray that sitting in that graduating class at West Point or in some recruiting station in Nowhere, USA we have some good ones like William Tecumseh Sherman coming up, because we’re going to need them.
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Five Things Obama Could Do to be the Greatest President Ever, but Won’t

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This is from Town Hall.

These will never be enacted by The Lying King.

 

The saddest thing about a guy like Obama, as opposed to say, Bill Clinton, is that if you went forward in time and showed him all his mistakes, showed him an alternate vision– one that’s successful for the country– he is such an ideologue that he would reject the advice out of hand.

But still that doesn’t mean that I won’t share the five things Obama could do to turn the country and the economy around.

Some of these are things anyone could do. OK, anyone but Obama:

1) Negotiate with Republicans on Obamacare—This signature piece of legislation is going down, and it’s taking Democrats with them. Obama actually holds most of the cards and would put the GOP in a tough spot if he offered concessions. Obama runs the risk of looking like the bitter clinger he always accuses the rest of us being. But Obama won’t negotiate because Obama’s never wrong about anything. That’s what his mom said anyway.

2 ) Fold Up Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank— The banking industry doesn’t lack for regulation. It lacks for the right type of regulation. Sarbanes Oxley was supposed to fix fraud at publicly traded companies. Dodd-Frank was supposed end too big to fail. Both pieces of legislation fail at their primary mission and make Wall Street more complicated. It’s time for a bipartisan effort that deleverages Washington in Wall Street and Wall Street in Washington. You want to clean up money in politics? Then give financial companies less reason to donate money. Give them more reason to stick to their customers rather than lobbying to do in the competition. Pass bipartisan reform that permanently keeps Wall Street and Washington away from each other and really reforms financial services.

3) Approve the Keystone Pipeline— The Keystone pipeline isn’t about Canadian tar sand oil, it’s about opening the U.S. to further development of light, tight oil and gas. While it’s estimated that Canada may have as much as 2 trillion barrels of oil in reserves, “the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the [US] has 4.3 trillion barrels of in-place oil shale resources centered in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, said Helen Hankins, Colorado director for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management” according to the Associated Press.

4.3 trillion barrels is 16 times the reserves of Saudi Arabia, or enough oil to supply the US for 600 years.

As I have pointed out all along, the Keystone issue isn’t about the safety of a pipeline. Obama and enviro-whacko friends know that if they allow Canadian tar sands oil to be developed via the Keystone pipeline, that the US will also start to develop their own tar-sands and shale oil. The US contains well over 600 years of known reserves and that would allow the US to be a net exporter of oil. If that happens, the green economy ruse that the left has sponsored, already reeling from bankruptcies and cronyism, would collapse. It would show that there is no shortage of oil and “green” energy can’t compete with fossil fuels.

4) Evaluate All Legislation and Executive Action for Job Cost—There’s probably ten million jobs in the Keystone pipeline, after accounting for post construction US shale development. PwC estimates that if shale oil is fully developed, US Gross Domestic Product could grow an additional 2-5 percent per year –that’s $300 to $800 billion in extra growth…every year…compounded– greatly reduce the influence of OPEC, lower global energy prices, and —with NatGas thrown in– add at least a million jobs to manufacturing that are now just going to energy costs.

That means- I’m saying this, not PwC- that we could significantly reduce the deficit, without drastically cutting benefits for a generation of Americans who have planned to count on those benefits. It means– I’m saying this, not PwC– we don’t have to raise taxes. Actually, it means we could go to some sort of a simplified tax code, like the fair or flat tax.

See the danger to the progressives under the enviro-whackos here? We all win. There are no losers here to pit against anyone.

Along the way, the U.S. would create at least 10 million new U.S. jobs in ten years, plus keep an average of $500 billion per year here at home yearly. Over twenty years that would be an additional $12.5 trillion in GDP even at a modest 2 percent growth rate. At 4 percent, the numbers are closer to $15.5 trillion.

Do you know how much tax revenue $15.5 trillion in GDP produces? Today it produces $5.3 trillion. That would go along way toward working off our sins.

Now, imagine if we applied the same cost-benefit analysis in jobs to every piece of legislation. Forget about money, how many jobs will this kill for American workers? That’s the question every one in D.C. should be asking.

5) Resign— Seriously, I’m only half-kidding about this. Obama’s in  way over his head in the office of president of the United States. Obama– and his mom– seem to be the only ones who are ignorant of the fact. If this was any other type of job he would have been fired or they would have handed him a golden parachute. Would Joe Biden be better? Yes and yes. Almost anyone would be better, with the exception of the next presidential nominee of the party—either party—who will likely be much, much worse. Hillary-Jeb 2016? Ouch.

Union: Obamacare will slash wages by up to $5 an hour

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

The Unions chickens are coming home to roost.

You union morons pushed for universal healthcare die with it.

Now you have Obzozcare so live with it.

Our you  cloud join Republicans in repealing and replacing Obozocare.

Yipes I said unions could work with Republicans.

Your DemocRat buddies are saying shut up and take one for the team.

A national union that represents 300,000 low-wage hospitality workers charges in a new report that Obamacare will slam wages, cut hours, limit access to health insurance and worsen the very “income equality”President Obama says he is campaigning to fix.

Unite Here warned that due to Obamacare’s much higher costs for health insurance than what union workers currently pay, the result will be a pay cut of up to $5 an hour. “If employers follow the incentives in the law, they will push families onto the exchanges to buy coverage. This will force low-wage service industry employees to spend $2.00, $3.00 or even $5.00 an hour of their pay to buy similar coverage,” said the union in a new report.

“Only in Washington could asking the bottom of the middle class to finance health care for the poorest families be seen as reducing inequality,” said the report from Unite Here. “Without smart fixes, the ACA threatens the middle class with higher premiums, loss of hours, and a shift to part-time work and less comprehensive coverage,” said the report, titled, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse.”

Based on government and private reports, polling and statements from administration officials, the report, to be sent to pro-union members in Congress, charges that low-wage workers are taking the hit under Obamacare, while wealthy insurance companies fatten up on government subsidies.

Union head Donald “D.” Taylor, in a note also being sent to Congress, demands changes and admits to being reluctant to bash a president his union supported.

“Believe me; I enter this entire debate about the consequences of the ACA with a deep reluctance,” he wrote. “Unite Here was the first union to endorse then-Senator Obama. We support the addition of health care to millions of Americans. Yet facts are facts, and Obamacare will cost our members the equivalent of a significant pay cut to keep their hard-won benefits.”

Taylor and other union leaders have criticized Obamacare before. His union’s report was uploaded by Ralston Reports.

Unite Here’s document charges that the administration is putting union health care into a “death spiral.” It endorsed criticism that employers will move workers to part-time status to avoid the requirement that those working 30 hours or more a week be provided health insurance — or else the company pays a penalty. And it says the Affordable Care Act will shift workers from union insurance to the more expensive Obamacare health exchanges, costing them up to half of their pay to cover premiums.

“The information addresses the very unfortunate irony of Obamacare,” Taylor said in his letter about the report. “Namely, that it will inevitably lead to the destruction of the health care plans we were promised we could keep. And, as a result, it will lead to greater income inequality for the very segment of the population Obamacare should want to help most.”

Taylor also suggested that Democrats in Washington are telling unions to stop griping about the impact of Obamacare on their members. He quoted a Senate aide saying, “Labor needs to regress to the mean.” Said Taylor: “In other words, roll back what you have and take one for the team. Ironic, given that Congress and the president carved out an exemption for staffers on the ACA. We cannot sit idly by as the politicians carve up our health plans while they carve out exceptions for themselves and every special interest feeding at the trough in Washington.”

White House denies Gates’ charge that Biden is often wrong

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This is from McClatchyDC.

I am going to agree with Jay Carney on this assessment of

Slow Joe Biden often wrong, he is always wrong.

There is an old saying that even a stopped clock is right twice

a day, but this does not apply to Slow Joe Biden.

 

WASHINGTON — The White House pushed back Wednesday against a harsh critique from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who in an upcoming memoir accuses Vice President Joe Biden of being wrong on foreign policy and national security issues over the last 40 years.

President Barack Obama did not have much foreign policy experience when he chose Biden, the former longtime chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as his running mate in 2008.

But Gates’ criticism follows a long line of complaints from Republicans that Biden has been wrong more often than right.

Republican Mitt Romney in 2008 accused Biden of being “wrong for 30 years;” former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove in 2010 accused Biden of being “on the wrong end of virtually every foreign policy dispute” since he was elected in the 1970s; and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, in a presidential debate in 2012, said that taking an opinion counter to Biden would ensure accuracy “100 percent of the time.”

Republicans say Biden got it wrong in the 1980s when he said that President Ronald Reagan’s defense buildup would strengthen the Soviet Union rather than defeat it; that he wrongly opposed the 1991 Persian Gulf War under President George H.W. Bush; was wrong after the 2003 U.S. invasion to champion a controversial proposal to divide Iraq into three regions, for Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites; and was wrong when he opposed the surge of extra troops for Iraq in 2007.

On another, Biden now says he regrets one decision: voting for war in Iraq in 2002.

And Biden acknowledged in 2012 that he had advised Obama against launching the mission that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden.

Gates, in his book, called Obama’s decision to order the raid “one of the most courageous decisions I had ever witnessed in the White House.”

But his critique of Biden was tough.

The White House sought Wednesday to portray Biden as a trusted presidential adviser, allowing news photographers to shoot Obama and Biden eating lunch together in the president’s dining room, as the two paused between a national security briefing and a flurry of meetings with intelligence community leaders and Secretary of State John Kerry. They noted Biden had spoken with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki to pledge U.S. support and aid as his government battles al Qaida-backed insurgents.

Press Secretary Jay Carney said the timing of the luncheon was a coincidence – and that photographers were allowed in as part of the administration’s promise to improve press access. And he said Biden routinely attends major national security meetings when he’s in town.

Carney said the White House disagrees with Gates’ assessment.

“As a senator and as a vice president, Joe Biden has been one of the leading statesmen of his time and he has been an excellent counselor and adviser to the president for the past five years,” Carney said, adding that Biden has played a “key role” in every major national security and foreign policy debate in the White House, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During White House policy debates on Afghanistan, Biden was often portrayed as playing the role of devil’s advocate and reportedly pressed for a more rapid withdrawal of troops from the country than Gates and the military had proposed, citing concerns about the strain of the war on the federal budget and growing opposition to the decade-old conflict.

Obama eventually settled on a middle-of-the-road approach between the military’s recommendations of a slower drawdown and the push for a faster withdrawal.

Carney said the White House knew Gates, who served under President George W. Bush and Obama, was writing the book, “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,” but didn’t obtain a copy until Tuesday night. The book is due out Tuesday.

Obama also comes in for criticism in the book. Gates wrote that Obama lost faith in the troop increase he ordered in Afghanistan and it was ultimately “all about getting out” of the country, according to the newspapers that obtained copies of the book.

In a lengthy excerpt published in The Wall Street Journal, Gates called Obama’s White House “the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost.”

 

Congress fared even worse.

“Such difficulties within the executive branch were nothing compared with the pain of dealing with Congress,” Gates wrote. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.”

Biden and Gates did find themselves in agreement at times. Foreign Policy magazine in 2012 – in an article that dubbed Biden the “most powerful U.S. vice president in history save for his immediate predecessor, Dick Cheney” – noted that among other issues, Biden had opposed the intervention in Libya – as did Gates, then the defense secretary.

Biden recently returned from a weeklong trip to Asia, aimed at soothing tensions in the region, an indicator that he’s seen as a skilled diplomat by the White House and by key foreign leaders, said Joel Goldstein, a scholar of the vice presidency at the Saint Louis University School of Law.

“They haven’t been sending him to peripheral countries where nothing is happening, and that doesn’t happen unless the president and his foreign policy team believe he’s someone who can handle those missions,” said Goldstein. “Of course, anyone who serves 36 years in the Senate and as vice president is going to have some issues they’d like to have a do-over. You don’t get always get the easy ones.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/01/08/213908/white-house-denies-gates-charge.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

Huckabee and Others Endorse COS Project

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This is from Convention Of States.

This is what convention that Mark Levin has spoken of

on many occasions and endorses.

We need to encourage our State Representatives and Senators

to join the push for State Conventions.

 

As the Convention of States Project grows, it is increasingly gaining the attention of the public and the politically savvy.  With many people coming out in support of the COS Project, be on the lookout for your favorite legislator or political analyst.  Here are just a few of the endorsements the Project has received from influential thinkers and legislators:

Former Governor Mike Huckabee:  “The Framers gave us a structure to allow the states to unilaterally impose proper controls on the federal government when it overruns the boundaries they had established.  Article V allows for a Convention of States for this very purpose.  The states can meet in official session to draft amendments to the Constitution that require fiscal restraint and other limitations on federal power.  My longtime friend, Michael Farris—who is an excellent constitutional litigator and professor—has joined with Mark Meckler and Citizens for Self-Governance to actually bring this idea into reality.  I have reviewed their plan and it is both innovative and realistic.

I urge you to join me in supporting the Convention of States Project with Citizens for Self-Governance.”

United States Senator Ron Johnson: “I am a big supporter of what Mike [Farris] is proposing here: the Convention of States.  This problem is not going to be solved in Washington D.C. It’s got to be solved by We the People.  We’ve got to take the power back.  I can’t think of a better way of doing it, because Washington is not going to give up power.”

Glenn Beck: “I’m telling you, Congress will remove the debt ceiling and there is nothing you can do about it, there is nothing you can do about any of these things unless the states get together and say, “We’re going to have a convention, and we are going to amend the Constitution.”  That is what the Founders put in [the Constitution]….

Find out, please, about COS. A Convention of States is what it’s called, and do your homework on this. Politically speaking, I think it is time. It is time. The document that we have is living. It is breathing. But there is a way to do it.  And this is the way….

There is a reset coming, and you need to have your power back at the states, and you need to break up the cabal in Washington, and this is the way to do it.  Please do your own homework on this and decide for yourself.  Convention of States.”

United States Senator Tom Coburn:  “The problem in Washington is not that politicians agree too little but that they agree too much.  Both parties have worked together to grow government far beyond what we can afford, and what the Founders intended.  Sadly, there is not enough political will in Washington to fix the real problems facing the country.  It’s time for the people to take back their country.  The plan put forth by Convention of States is a great way to do just that by using the process the founders gave us for reigning in the federal government.”

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe and South Carolina Representative Bill Taylor, among other state legislators, have also specifically endorsed the COS Project. Bill Taylor notes, “The Convention of States is the safest, most legitimate, lawful and most effective means to solve the problems in Washington.  The Constitution is a brilliant document, and it’s high time we use it as the Founders intended.”

These men believe in what we’re doing, and folks across the country are catching the vision of a limited federal government.  If you’re ready to join them, sign up today and get to work!

 

PENNSYLVANIA TOWN GIVES ANTI-GUN MAYOR THE BOOT

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

Bravo Chambersberg for tossing anti gun DemocRat

Mayor.

We need to stand strong against Obama and his

stooge Micheal Loonberg. 

 

Chambersburg, PA residents voted Mayor Pete Lagiovane (D) out of office on November 5th after he signed up to be part of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG).

According to Salena Zito on RealClearPolitics.com, the anti-gun influence of Bloomberg made Chambersburg hunters and gun owners feel like they were under attack. And the combination of Bloomberg and “Washington [trying to regulate] gun ownership with more background checks” caused Chambersburg residents “to react in the only respectful way they know: [by voting] out of office those who are infringing on their way of life.”

Mayor-elect Darren Brown (R) says that once he is sworn into office in January 2014, “the very, very first thing [he’d] like to do is get Chambersburg off the [MAIG] list.”

According to Brown, “a mayor should focus on such issues as curbing crime and drugs, or keeping the sidewalks clean—not on the issues of outside groups that don’t understand a town’s way of life.”

 

Gonzaga Students Face Possible Expulsion After Pulling Gun On Home Intruder

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This is from KHQ NBC6 Spokane, Washington.

A son of Obama tries to break in and rob white students.

A white student pulls a legally owned handgun and is

able to scare off the son of Obama.

Now the white student is facing possible expulsion

because said student was unaware of the firearms rule. 

Gonzaga Students Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh face possible expulsion from the university for pulling a gun on an intruder.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two Gonzaga students are facing possible expulsion from the University after they pulled a weapon in self defense as a six time felon attempted to get into their on campus apartment. According to the student handbook, students may not possess handguns on campus or university owned property.

On Friday a university discipline board decided to move forward with sanctions, including possible expulsion, for using the weapons. The students will learn in the near future about their future with the school. It all happened late in the night on October 24th when roommates Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh were hanging out in their university owned apartment.

At 10:15 Fagan answered the door and was greeted by John Taylor. John TaylorTaylor is a felon with an extensive criminal history and when he arrived Fagan said Taylor showed him what appeared to be an ankle bracelet as he tried to intimidate him. Fagan said Taylor then demanded money and was frustrated when he was turned down.

Taylor then attempted to force entry into the apartment. At that point McIntosh brandished his pistol. McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit for the gun and did not know it was in violation of policy at the time. Once Taylor saw the gun he left the property. McIntosh said Spokane Police took Taylor into custody after their report because he was wanted on a Department of Corrections warrant.

Gonzaga released a statement speaking of their long standing weapons policy that has been in effect. The University says the policy has been in place to reduce threats to the school. This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

 

 

Cheney: Mideast Allies No Longer Trust The US, Enemies ‘Don’t Fear Us’

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This is from CBS in Washington,D.C.

Former Vice President Cheney is correct.

I will add to what V.P. Cheney had to say about our Allies.

All of Allies worldwide not longer trust us.

It will take one Hell of a long time to gain our Allies trust back.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) Dick Cheney said Sunday that Republicans need to look to a new generation of leaders as the party deals with poor approval ratings following the government shutdown.

The former vice president said Republicans have faced challenges before and it’s healthyfor the party to work to rebuild.

The GOP “got whipped” in the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Barack Obama won re-election over Mitt Romney, and the party needs to build its base of supporters and find “first-class” candidates and turn to a new generation of leaders, Cheney told ABC’s “This Week.”

“It’s not the first time we have had to go down this road and it’s basically, I think, healthy for the party to be brought up short, say, OK, now it’s time to go to work,” Cheney said.

He predicted that his daughter, Liz Cheney, would win her Senate primary challenge against Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming next year. The former vice president said it was “simply not true” that he and Enzi were “fishing buddies,” and asserted that Enzi has received the vast majority of his campaign funds from Washington-based political action committees.

Asked to name a prominent Republican who can attract Democrats and independent voters, Cheney said he was “not going to predict or endorse anybody. We’ve got a long way to go to the next presidential election.”

On foreign policy matters, Cheney declined to weigh in on surveillance activities by the National Security Agency, saying he hadn’t been regularly briefed in five years.

He expressed skepticism that the Obama administration would be able to force Iran to comply with demands that it show its nuclear program is peaceful. Asked if military action against Iran was “inevitable,” Cheney said he had “trouble seeing how we’re going to achieve our objective short of that.”

Cheney faulted the Obama White House’s handling of Middle East politics, saying the U.S. presence in the region had been “significantly diminished” in recent years. “I think our friends no longer count on us, no longer trust us and our adversaries don’t fear us,” he said.

 

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