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RUSSIA SIGNS AGREEMEMNT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY/JANET NAPOLITANO TO PROVIDE 15000+ TROOPS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN AMERICA

CODE 3 EMERGENCY

CODE 3 EMERGENCY

Yea, you read that right..  I am at a loss on explaining how this could be a good thing for the American People.  Are they (The Feds) afraid that in the event of an emergency (martial law) that US troops will not fire on US citizens if ordered to?  This is beyond the pale and unacceptable on so many levels it is beyond explanation.  THERE NEEDS TO BE A FULL AND COMPLETE EXPOSE’ AND INVESTIGATION DONE ON THIS NOW!!!  Here are the reports:

http://www.infowars.com/foreign-troops-are-already-operating-inside-america/

http://www.inquisitr.com/828674/russian-troops-on-american-soil-confirmed/

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/foreign-policy/item/15899-fema-signs-exchange-deal-with-russian-government

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ARE WE HEADED TO A NEW CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS?

He’s no Jack Kennedy……click the pic for the story

I read today that the Russians are looking to establish a base in Cuba and are in talks with the Cuban Government.   Anyone with half a brain should have seen this coming. I reported on this a long time ago. The Russian Bear NEVER went away and is now looking to take advantage of an America they perceive as weak and misguided.  They may be right, and for the Obama Administration to not anticipate this maneuver, is wholly incompetent and/or subversive. If the Russians get a foothold in Cuba, does anyone believe that they won’t move in nukes, either ship launched or land? The Lefts blindness in this area is incomprehensible and Americans, as well as any other country in the western hemisphere should be alarmed at this development.  America used to have a doctrine that did not allow the introduction of any kind of nukes in the western hemisphere, and it is looking like the Obama Administration has ignored that prudent policy.  Just look at what is going on in Venezuela with the Communists moving in there.  There is no doubt in my mind that Obama is ill prepared to deal with this level of crisis.  In my opinion he will crumble and nothing good will come of it.  The thought of nukes aimed at us from 90 miles off the coast is not a comforting thought even though they have subs off our coasts all the time, doing the same thing we do, armed with nuclear tipped messengers of destruction….  Click here to read on how President Kennedy handled the situation in October of 1962.  Of course, Obama might just think that this is all okay and he couldn’t care less…..  I don’t know, what do you think?

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IS THE TSA HIRING CRIMINALS AND PSYCOPATHS AS SCREENERS? REALLY?!?!?!

Is this the harsh reality of the matter? I hope not. Click the pic for the information

According to this article,a TSA Supervisor has come forward and state that the agency has been directed to hire wackos in order to help push the people into accepting the coming police state…..  Well, I really don’t know what to think about this so-called revelation.  Could it be that there are actually people in the Federal Government who are brazen enough to admit to this crazy, out of the blue, unreal,  “conspiracy” of sorts?  The really scary thing is,….  in this administration, I believe it’s possible.  If true, this revelation should stand as a shot across the bow of every citizen in this nation.  Is this where we as a nation and society want to go?  Are all the “alarmist” FEMA campers right?  Has our government been conspiring against us, and if so, will the patriots in the military allow this to happen or will they stand up and say NO?!   This in my opinion, is the crux of the matter.  How patriotic are our military members?  If this is true, I’ll guess we’ll find out……..one way or the other..

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CHINA CAN SHUT DOWN ALL TELECOMUNICATION ELECTRONICS IN THE UNITED STATES

CLICK THE PIC FOR THE STORY

This revelation should not surprise anyone.  China, as is Russia, are doing everything they can, individually and collectively, to bring down The United States.   To  buy in to the notion that these nations are our friends, is plain foolishness and naive.  It is our politicians who have forced this notion on us and have set up the circumstances in which China has become so prevalent in our marketplace.  When Chinese counterfeit electronic and hard parts have infiltrated our military, it is truly a serious situation.  It is my assertion that all of these parts were designed to fail, or in the case being reported here, operate in such a way that causes a shutdown or failure of critical defense systems in times of critical performance.  This is not by accident but design and our politicians must stop this trend, reverse it and eliminate the use of all foreign-made military parts.  Click the pic for details.

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IS THERE ANY TRUTH TO THE RUMOR OF FEMA CAMPS IN THE US? ……. MAYBE SO..

WHICH REGION ARE YOU IN?

“The American Thinker” is a very reputable web site that does not delve into “Conspiracy Theory” stuff, so in the process of doing some research on another story, I stumbled on this information.  It caused me to sit up and take notice and coupled with what I was researching, it is concerning.   Click here for the story I was researching and click here for the American Thinker article.  Check it out, download the pdf here and make up your own mind……..

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CHINA’S MINING INTERESTS IN THE UNITED STATES

China stealing our resources with a smile.......... Click the pic for complete details.

Yes, China is mining our resources in the gold ol’ US of A.  Who in their right patriotic mind would allow this to happen?  I can tell you, ALL THE POLITICIANS IN DC!  Yes, we have literally been sold out by or Representatives in DC.  Obviously to the highest bidder, and one I might add, does not give a damn about the USA, as demonstrated by their embargo on strategic rare-earth metals.  Who else out there saw this coming?  Really,  I want to know!!!  I guess the fact is lost on everyone except the citizenry who still had their head screwed squarely on their shoulders, unlike those in DC.  This has to stop.  I have a question; Why is it that China gets approval to mine and do whatever else they want to do, but US companies get the EPA boot on the neck?  Click here and here for the story and click the pic to go to the China Mining United site.

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OBAMA PLANS TO PUSH MILITARY RETIREES INTO HIS “OBAMACARE” HEALTH CO-OPS

I WANT YOU!! And we WILL get you...

I hate to say “I told you so”, but….”I told you so”…  Way back when the Pelosi/Reid ran congress was working on “Obamacare”, I was telling everyone, to include all the liberals I work with that this was what was going to happen to the military, and damned if I’m not right.  This was his/they’re plan all along.  They plan to screw the very people that stand up and VOLUNTEER to protect this great country, and yet they expect people in the military to continue to happily continue to serve.  I think these idiot Dems/Libs are sorely mistaken.  We vets will not sit still for this.  I will be writing my Reps ASAP on this issue and I hope all my fellow Vets do the same.  I do think though there is an ulterior motive/goal at work here.  I think it is within the realm of possibility that ultimately these idiots do want the military retention rates to plummet.  This would provide the impetus for the DOD to do way with the all volunteer military.  This in-turn would allow the DOD to severely slash the military pay and benefits because at that point conscription, or the draft will have been reimplemented in order to maintain adequate troop levels.   So, there will be no need for the higher wages.    Done deal……  Our military will have been reduced to just another 2nd or 3rd rate force……  Think I am wrong?   I don’t……..  Click the pic for the story…

MY LETTER TO MY REPS:

I have just learned that President Obama plans to shift all the military retiree medical into the Obamacare’s state-run insurance exchanges by making Tri-Care costs so high and prohibited that most if not all retirees will be forced into exchanges.  This draconian plan is beyond the pale in design and intent and we retirees and veterans will not stand for this atrocious plan.  We vets will find it impossible to support ANY member of Congress that supports this plan.  We will make our voices be heard during your next election cycle should you vote in favor of this extraordinarily repugnant plan. We will be watching your actions and votes on this issue.

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WHY MANUFACTURING LEFT THE UNITED STATES

HOW HARD IS IT GOING TO BE TO REBUILD AMERICAN INDUSTRY? CLICK HERE FOR INFO.

Here is a great article by Carl Pope that explains why manufacturing has deserted the USA.  He says it like it is and is GREAT read.  Click HERE for the article.

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(UPDATED 022112 WITH REPLY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN JAMIE HERERRA-BUETLER – UPDATED 121911 WITH REPLY FROM SENATOR PATTY MURRAY) (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) WASHINGTON REPRESENTATIVE JAIME HERRERA-BEUTLER AND SENATORS CANTWELL AND MURRAY VOTES AWAY OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS / CONGRESSIONAL VOTING RECORD ON THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2012

OUR FUTURE HOMES? MAYBE............

As this article outlines, this bill is so draconian you might as well tear up the Bill of Rights.  I am appalled that Congress would do such a thing.  It is now legal to use the might of the United States military against its own citizens in the USA.  All the government needs to do is use the laws and guidelines, the very same ones I have been highlighting on this web site, determine that whatever you are doing falls within the “you might be a terrorist if” guidelines published by the DHA, and the next thing you know, you have the DOD breaking down your door at 3am and hauling you off to jail because simply, they can….  That IS where we are now thanks to the very people who we sent to DC to protect our rights and I am so very disappointed in my Rep.  She is a Freshman and was specifically sent to NOT do what she just did.  Check the list below to see how your Rep voted.  It is truly a bleak and black day in and for America………………

Votes by Representative

Name Voted
Rep. Gary Ackerman [D, NY-5] Aye
Rep. Sandy Adams [R, FL-24] Aye
Rep. Robert Aderholt [R, AL-4] Aye
Rep. Todd Akin [R, MO-2] Aye
Rep. Rodney Alexander [R, LA-5] Aye
Rep. Jason Altmire [D, PA-4] Aye
Rep. Justin Amash [R, MI-3] Nay
Rep. Mark Amodei [R, NV-2] Aye
Rep. Robert Andrews [D, NJ-1] Aye
Rep. Steve Austria [R, OH-7] Aye
Rep. Joe Baca [D, CA-43] Aye
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R, MN-6] Abstain
Rep. Spencer Bachus [R, AL-6] Aye
Rep. Tammy Baldwin [D, WI-2] Nay
Rep. Lou Barletta [R, PA-11] Aye
Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12] Aye
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6] Aye
Rep. Joe Barton [R, TX-6] Aye
Rep. Karen Bass [D, CA-33] Nay
Rep. Charles Bass [R, NH-2] Aye
Rep. Xavier Becerra [D, CA-31] Nay
Rep. Dan Benishek [R, MI-1] Aye
Rep. Rick Berg [R, ND-0] Aye
Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] Aye
Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28] Aye
Rep. Judy Biggert [R, IL-13] Aye
Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50] Aye
Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R, FL-9] Aye
Rep. Sanford Bishop [D, GA-2] Aye
Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1] Aye
Rep. Rob Bishop [R, UT-1] Aye
Rep. Diane Black [R, TN-6] Aye
Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R, TN-7] Aye
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] Nay
Rep. Jo Bonner [R, AL-1] Aye
Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45] Aye
Rep. Dan Boren [D, OK-2] Aye
Rep. Leonard Boswell [D, IA-3] Aye
Rep. Charles Boustany [R, LA-7] Aye
Rep. Kevin Brady [R, TX-8] Aye
Rep. Robert Brady [D, PA-1] Aye
Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1] Nay
Rep. Mo Brooks [R, AL-5] Aye
Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10] Aye
Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3] Aye
Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13] Aye
Rep. Larry Bucshon [R, IN-8] Nay
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle [R, NY-25] Aye
Rep. Michael Burgess [R, TX-26] Nay
Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5] Nay
Rep. George Butterfield [D, NC-1] Aye
Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-44] Aye
Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4] Aye
Rep. John Campbell [R, CA-48] Nay
Rep. Francisco Canseco [R, TX-23] Aye
Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7] Aye
Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2] Aye
Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23] Aye
Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] Nay
Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18] Aye
Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-3] Aye
Rep. John Carney [D, DE-0] Aye
Rep. André Carson [D, IN-7] Nay
Rep. John Carter [R, TX-31] Aye
Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6] Aye
Rep. Kathy Castor [D, FL-11] Aye
Rep. Steven Chabot [R, OH-1] Aye
Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R, UT-3] Nay
Rep. Ben Chandler [D, KY-6] Aye
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32] Nay
Rep. David Cicilline [D, RI-1] Aye
Rep. Hansen Clarke [D, MI-13] Nay
Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11] Nay
Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1] Nay
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5] Nay
Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6] Nay
Rep. Howard Coble [R, NC-6] Abstain
Rep. Mike Coffman [R, CO-6] Nay
Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9] Nay
Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4] Aye
Rep. Michael Conaway [R, TX-11] Aye
Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11] Aye
Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14] Nay
Rep. Jim Cooper [D, TN-5] Aye
Rep. Jim Costa [D, CA-20] Aye
Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12] Nay
Rep. Joe Courtney [D, CT-2] Aye
Rep. Chip Cravaack [R, MN-8] Aye
Rep. Rick Crawford [R, AR-1] Aye
Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R, FL-4] Aye
Rep. Mark Critz [D, PA-12] Aye
Rep. Joseph Crowley [D, NY-7] Aye
Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28] Aye
Rep. John Culberson [R, TX-7] Aye
Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7] Nay
Rep. Geoff Davis [R, KY-4] Aye
Rep. Susan Davis [D, CA-53] Aye
Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7] Nay
Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4] Nay
Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1] Nay
Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3] Nay
Rep. Jeff Denham [R, CA-19] Aye
Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15] Aye
Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R, TN-4] Nay
Rep. Ted Deutch [D, FL-19] Aye
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21] Abstain
Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6] Aye
Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15] Aye
Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D, TX-25] Aye
Rep. Bob Dold [R, IL-10] Aye
Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2] Aye
Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14] Nay
Rep. David Dreier [R, CA-26] Aye
Rep. Sean Duffy [R, WI-7] Aye
Rep. Jeff Duncan [R, SC-3] Nay
Rep. John Duncan [R, TN-2] Nay
Rep. Donna Edwards [D, MD-4] Nay
Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5] Nay
Rep. Renee Ellmers [R, NC-2] Aye
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8] Aye
Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17] Aye
Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14] Nay
Rep. Blake Farenthold [R, TX-27] Aye
Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17] Nay
Rep. Chaka Fattah [D, PA-2] Nay
Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51] Abstain
Rep. Stephen Fincher [R, TN-8] Aye
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick [R, PA-8] Aye
Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6] Nay
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann [R, TN-3] Aye
Rep. John Fleming [R, LA-4] Aye
Rep. Bill Flores [R, TX-17] Aye
Rep. Randy Forbes [R, VA-4] Nay
Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry [R, NE-1] Aye
Rep. Virginia Foxx [R, NC-5] Aye
Rep. Barney Frank [D, MA-4] Nay
Rep. Trent Franks [R, AZ-2] Aye
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11] Aye
Rep. Marcia Fudge [D, OH-11] Nay
Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24] Aye
Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10] Aye
Rep. Cory Gardner [R, CO-4] Aye
Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5] Nay
Rep. Jim Gerlach [R, PA-6] Aye
Rep. Bob Gibbs [R, OH-18] Aye
Rep. Chris Gibson [R, NY-20] Aye
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8] Abstain
Rep. John Gingrey [R, GA-11] Aye
Rep. Louis Gohmert [R, TX-1] Aye
Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20] Aye
Rep. Robert Goodlatte [R, VA-6] Nay
Rep. Paul Gosar [R, AZ-1] Nay
Rep. Trey Gowdy [R, SC-4] Nay
Rep. Kay Granger [R, TX-12] Aye
Rep. Tom Graves [R, GA-9] Nay
Rep. Samuel Graves [R, MO-6] Aye
Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9] Aye
Rep. Raymond Green [D, TX-29] Aye
Rep. Tim Griffin [R, AR-2] Aye
Rep. Morgan Griffith [R, VA-9] Nay
Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7] Nay
Rep. Michael Grimm [R, NY-13] Aye
Rep. Frank Guinta [R, NH-1] Aye
Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2] Aye
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4] Abstain
Rep. Janice Hahn [D, CA-36] Nay
Rep. Ralph Hall [R, TX-4] Aye
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D, HI-1] Aye
Rep. Richard Hanna [R, NY-24] Aye
Rep. Gregg Harper [R, MS-3] Aye
Rep. Andy Harris [R, MD-1] Nay
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R, MO-4] Aye
Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23] Nay
Rep. Doc Hastings [R, WA-4] Aye
Rep. Nan Hayworth [R, NY-19] Aye
Rep. Joe Heck [R, NV-3] Aye
Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1] Nay
Rep. Jeb Hensarling [R, TX-5] Aye
Rep. Walter Herger [R, CA-2] Aye
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R, WA-3] Aye
Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27] Aye
Rep. James Himes [D, CT-4] Aye
Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22] Nay
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa [D, TX-15] Nay
Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2] Aye
Rep. Kathleen Hochul [D, NY-26] Aye
Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17] Aye
Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12] Nay
Rep. Michael Honda [D, CA-15] Nay
Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] Aye
Rep. Tim Huelskamp [R, KS-1] Nay
Rep. Bill Huizenga [R, MI-2] Nay
Rep. Randy Hultgren [R, IL-14] Aye
Rep. Duncan Hunter [R, CA-52] Aye
Rep. Robert Hurt [R, VA-5] Nay
Rep. Jay Inslee [D, WA-1] Aye
Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2] Aye
Rep. Darrell Issa [R, CA-49] Aye
Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2] Nay
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee [D, TX-18] Aye
Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R, KS-2] Aye
Rep. Eddie Johnson [D, TX-30] Abstain
Rep. Samuel Johnson [R, TX-3] Aye
Rep. Bill Johnson [R, OH-6] Aye
Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4] Nay
Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15] Nay
Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3] Nay
Rep. Jim Jordan [R, OH-4] Aye
Rep. Marcy Kaptur [D, OH-9] Nay
Rep. William Keating [D, MA-10] Aye
Rep. Mike Kelly [R, PA-3] Aye
Rep. Dale Kildee [D, MI-5] Aye
Rep. Ronald Kind [D, WI-3] Aye
Rep. Steve King [R, IA-5] Aye
Rep. Peter King [R, NY-3] Aye
Rep. Jack Kingston [R, GA-1] Aye
Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R, IL-11] Aye
Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8] Aye
Rep. John Kline [R, MN-2] Aye
Rep. Dennis Kucinich [D, OH-10] Nay
Rep. Raúl Labrador [R, ID-1] Nay
Rep. Doug Lamborn [R, CO-5] Aye
Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7] Aye
Rep. Jeff Landry [R, LA-3] Aye
Rep. James Langevin [D, RI-2] Aye
Rep. James Lankford [R, OK-5] Aye
Rep. Rick Larsen [D, WA-2] Aye
Rep. John Larson [D, CT-1] Aye
Rep. Thomas Latham [R, IA-4] Aye
Rep. Steven LaTourette [R, OH-14] Abstain
Rep. Robert Latta [R, OH-5] Aye
Rep. Barbara Lee [D, CA-9] Nay
Rep. Sander Levin [D, MI-12] Aye
Rep. John Lewis [D, GA-5] Nay
Rep. Jerry Lewis [R, CA-41] Aye
Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3] Aye
Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2] Aye
Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2] Aye
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D, CA-16] Nay
Rep. Billy Long [R, MO-7] Aye
Rep. Nita Lowey [D, NY-18] Aye
Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3] Aye
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R, MO-9] Aye
Rep. Ben Luján [D, NM-3] Nay
Rep. Cynthia Lummis [R, WY-0] Nay
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R, CA-3] Aye
Rep. Stephen Lynch [D, MA-9] Abstain
Rep. Connie Mack [R, FL-14] Nay
Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D, NY-14] Nay
Rep. Donald Manzullo [R, IL-16] Aye
Rep. Kenny Marchant [R, TX-24] Aye
Rep. Thomas Marino [R, PA-10] Aye
Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7] Nay
Rep. Jim Matheson [D, UT-2] Aye
Rep. Doris Matsui [D, CA-5] Nay
Rep. Kevin McCarthy [R, CA-22] Aye
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY-4] Aye
Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10] Aye
Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4] Nay
Rep. Betty McCollum [D, MN-4] Nay
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11] Aye
Rep. James McDermott [D, WA-7] Nay
Rep. James McGovern [D, MA-3] Nay
Rep. Patrick McHenry [R, NC-10] Aye
Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7] Aye
Rep. Howard McKeon [R, CA-25] Aye
Rep. David McKinley [R, WV-1] Aye
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5] Aye
Rep. Jerry McNerney [D, CA-11] Aye
Rep. Patrick Meehan [R, PA-7] Aye
Rep. Gregory Meeks [D, NY-6] Nay
Rep. John Mica [R, FL-7] Aye
Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2] Nay
Rep. Candice Miller [R, MI-10] Aye
Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7] Nay
Rep. Bradley Miller [D, NC-13] Nay
Rep. Gary Miller [R, CA-42] Aye
Rep. Jeff Miller [R, FL-1] Aye
Rep. Gwen Moore [D, WI-4] Nay
Rep. James Moran [D, VA-8] Nay
Rep. Mick Mulvaney [R, SC-5] Nay
Rep. Christopher Murphy [D, CT-5] Nay
Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18] Aye
Rep. Sue Myrick [R, NC-9] Abstain
Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8] Nay
Rep. Grace Napolitano [D, CA-38] Nay
Rep. Richard Neal [D, MA-2] Nay
Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19] Aye
Rep. Kristi Noem [R, SD-0] Aye
Rep. Richard Nugent [R, FL-5] Aye
Rep. Devin Nunes [R, CA-21] Aye
Rep. Alan Nunnelee [R, MS-1] Aye
Rep. Pete Olson [R, TX-22] Aye
Rep. John Olver [D, MA-1] Nay
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23] Aye
Rep. Steven Palazzo [R, MS-4] Aye
Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6] Nay
Rep. William Pascrell [D, NJ-8] Aye
Rep. Edward Pastor [D, AZ-4] Aye
Rep. Ronald Paul [R, TX-14] Abstain
Rep. Erik Paulsen [R, MN-3] Aye
Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10] Nay
Rep. Steven Pearce [R, NM-2] Aye
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] Aye
Rep. Mike Pence [R, IN-6] Nay
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D, CO-7] Aye
Rep. Gary Peters [D, MI-9] Nay
Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] Aye
Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6] Aye
Rep. Chellie Pingree [D, ME-1] Nay
Rep. Joseph Pitts [R, PA-16] Abstain
Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19] Aye
Rep. Ted Poe [R, TX-2] Aye
Rep. Jared Polis [D, CO-2] Nay
Rep. Mike Pompeo [R, KS-4] Aye
Rep. Bill Posey [R, FL-15] Nay
Rep. David Price [D, NC-4] Nay
Rep. Tom Price [R, GA-6] Aye
Rep. Ben Quayle [R, AZ-3] Aye
Rep. Mike Quigley [D, IL-5] Nay
Rep. Nick Rahall [D, WV-3] Aye
Rep. Charles Rangel [D, NY-15] Nay
Rep. Tom Reed [R, NY-29] Aye
Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0] Aye
Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8] Aye
Rep. Jim Renacci [R, OH-16] Aye
Rep. Silvestre Reyes [D, TX-16] Aye
Rep. Reid Ribble [R, WI-8] Nay
Rep. Laura Richardson [D, CA-37] Aye
Rep. Cedric Richmond [D, LA-2] Nay
Rep. Scott Rigell [R, VA-2] Aye
Rep. David Rivera [R, FL-25] Aye
Rep. Martha Roby [R, AL-2] Aye
Rep. Phil Roe [R, TN-1] Nay
Rep. Michael Rogers [R, MI-8] Aye
Rep. Harold Rogers [R, KY-5] Aye
Rep. Michael Rogers [R, AL-3] Aye
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46] Nay
Rep. Todd Rokita [R, IN-4] Nay
Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16] Aye
Rep. Peter Roskam [R, IL-6] Aye
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18] Aye
Rep. Dennis Ross [R, FL-12] Aye
Rep. Mike Ross [D, AR-4] Aye
Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9] Aye
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard [D, CA-34] Nay
Rep. Edward Royce [R, CA-40] Nay
Rep. Jon Runyan [R, NJ-3] Aye
Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger [D, MD-2] Aye
Rep. Bobby Rush [D, IL-1] Nay
Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17] Nay
Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1] Aye
Rep. Loretta Sanchez [D, CA-47] Abstain
Rep. Linda Sánchez [D, CA-39] Aye
Rep. John Sarbanes [D, MD-3] Nay
Rep. Steve Scalise [R, LA-1] Aye
Rep. Janice Schakowsky [D, IL-9] Nay
Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-29] Aye
Rep. Robert Schilling [R, IL-17] Aye
Rep. Jean Schmidt [R, OH-2] Aye
Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18] Aye
Rep. Kurt Schrader [D, OR-5] Aye
Rep. Allyson Schwartz [D, PA-13] Aye
Rep. David Schweikert [R, AZ-5] Nay
Rep. Tim Scott [R, SC-1] Aye
Rep. David Scott [D, GA-13] Aye
Rep. Robert Scott [D, VA-3] Nay
Rep. Austin Scott [R, GA-8] Aye
Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5] Aye
Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-16] Nay
Rep. Peter Sessions [R, TX-32] Aye
Rep. Terri Sewell [D, AL-7] Aye
Rep. Brad Sherman [D, CA-27] Aye
Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19] Aye
Rep. Heath Shuler [D, NC-11] Aye
Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9] Aye
Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2] Nay
Rep. Albio Sires [D, NJ-13] Aye
Rep. Louise Slaughter [D, NY-28] Nay
Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4] Aye
Rep. Adrian Smith [R, NE-3] Aye
Rep. Adam Smith [D, WA-9] Aye
Rep. Lamar Smith [R, TX-21] Aye
Rep. Steve Southerland [R, FL-2] Aye
Rep. Jackie Speier [D, CA-12] Nay
Rep. Fortney Stark [D, CA-13] Nay
Rep. Clifford Stearns [R, FL-6] Aye
Rep. Steve Stivers [R, OH-15] Aye
Rep. Marlin Stutzman [R, IN-3] Nay
Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1] Aye
Rep. Betty Sutton [D, OH-13] Aye
Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2] Aye
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D, MS-2] Nay
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5] Aye
Rep. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1] Nay
Rep. William Thornberry [R, TX-13] Aye
Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R, OH-12] Aye
Rep. John Tierney [D, MA-6] Nay
Rep. Scott Tipton [R, CO-3] Nay
Rep. Paul Tonko [D, NY-21] Nay
Rep. Edolphus Towns [D, NY-10] Nay
Rep. Niki Tsongas [D, MA-5] Aye
Rep. Robert Turner [R, NY-9] Aye
Rep. Michael Turner [R, OH-3] Aye
Rep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6] Aye
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen [D, MD-8] Nay
Rep. Nydia Velázquez [D, NY-12] Nay
Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1] Aye
Rep. Timothy Walberg [R, MI-7] Nay
Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2] Aye
Rep. Joe Walsh [R, IL-8] Nay
Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1] Aye
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D, FL-20] Aye
Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35] Nay
Rep. Melvin Watt [D, NC-12] Nay
Rep. Henry Waxman [D, CA-30] Aye
Rep. Daniel Webster [R, FL-8] Aye
Rep. Peter Welch [D, VT-0] Nay
Rep. Allen West [R, FL-22] Aye
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R, GA-3] Aye
Rep. Edward Whitfield [R, KY-1] Aye
Rep. Frederica Wilson [D, FL-17] Aye
Rep. Addison Wilson [R, SC-2] Aye
Rep. Rob Wittman [R, VA-1] Aye
Rep. Frank Wolf [R, VA-10] Aye
Rep. Steve Womack [R, AR-3] Aye
Rep. Rob Woodall [R, GA-7] Nay
Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6] Nay
Rep. John Yarmuth [D, KY-3] Nay
Rep. Kevin Yoder [R, KS-3] Aye
Rep. Bill Young [R, FL-10] Abstain
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0] Aye
Rep. Todd Young [R, IN-9]
MY LETTER TO MY REPS;

I am writing you to express my dismay at your vote concerning The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 2012.  Your main purpose in Congress, as stated by your Oath of Office was to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of this nation.  Your AYE vote on this Bill is blatantly just the exact opposite.  While the poorly crafted language is seemingly aimed at persons inside the United States who are aiding identified terrorist organizations, the language is purposely vague so that it could be interpreted in very broad terms and conditions which can be “cherry picked” and used against the citizenry in most draconian ways.  This Bill effectively tears up the intent of The Bill of Rights as written by our Founding Fathers.  You know this and you still voted in favor of passage of this Constitution crushing legislation.  In my opinion, you are unfit to serve because you willingly violated your oath of office and violated the rights of the citizens of Washington State.  I will not in any way shape or form, support you in your upcoming election.  In fact I think you should be recalled immediately.  I anticipate that your response to this letter will include your rational for this betrayal to your oath and to the citizens you were supposed to represent.  In that light, it will be shallow and not acceptable as usual.

CLICK THE PIC FOR THE VIDEO

REPLY FROM SENATOR PATTY MURRAY:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns regarding military detention.  It is good to hear from you.  As you know, in the aftermath of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration devised a new detention system outside of established legal structures of the U.S. criminal justice system and military courts-martial. Through legislation and a series of high-profile Supreme Court rulings, both Congress and the federal judiciary took action to clarify and limit parts of the Bush administration’s detention programs.  Although President Obama has taken some important steps toward the fair and humane treatment of detainees, I believe much more work has yet to be done. I continue to support closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay and the ability of the Administration to try terror suspects in the U.S. federal court system.  The federal courts are well-equipped to handle these complex and difficult cases—since 2006, federal courts have successfully tried over 300 terrorism suspects while military commissions have tried only three.  I strongly support giving our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to protect our nation and our service members. I understand some evidence against detainees may be too sensitive to national security to be presented in civilian court or may be tainted due to harsh interrogation techniques.  Right now, the Secretary of Defense and the Attorney General can decide whether to use a military tribunal or a federal court.  I believe the Obama administration should continue to have the flexibility to decide on a case-by-case basis, and I opposed Republican amendments during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act that would strip the President of this authority.

Please be assured that I will keep your views on this important topic in mind during the 112th Congress. If you would like to know more about my work in the United States Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates/. Thank you again for contacting me and please keep in touch.
Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

(my comment; You see, she does not care about the Bill of Rights)

UPDATED 121911

Lawmaker obtains commitment to revisit detainee language

UPDATED 022112 REPLY FROM CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRARA BEUTLER

February 14, 2012

Thank you for contacting me about Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  It is an honor to represent the people of Southwest Washington, and it is important for me to hear from folks in our region.

I certainly understand your concerns about Sections 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA and how these sections impact our civil liberties and Constitutional rights.  I am a firm believer that your federal representative should take a proactive role in preserving your Constitutional rights.

I have not and will not support any legislation that would limit your Constitutional rights or allow American citizens to be detained under military authority and held without due process.  Please let me share with you why I believe the NDAA takes the proper steps to preserve your Constitutional rights and provide the President and our military with the tools they need to combat terrorism.

The NDAA reaffirms that the President may use “all necessary and appropriate force pursuant to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF)” against al Qaeda and the Taliban.  The AUMF was authorized following the September 11th terrorist attacks and had not been updated since it was originally sanctioned in 2001.  It is important to provide the President and our military with the resources they need to combat al Qaeda and the Taliban, and this bill accomplishes this goal by reaffirming current laws and without expanding presidential authority.

People had very valid and legitimate concerns about Section 1021 of the NDAA as it relates to the use of force.  Before voting for the NDAA I checked to make sure this legislation will not take away from or infringe upon your Constitutional rights.  The use of force does not apply to U.S. Citizens, in fact Section 1021, Subsection E which explicitly exempts U.S. citizens reads: (e) AUTHORITIES.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.

Section 1022 of the NDAA clarifies procedures for how non-U.S. citizens linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban are to be detained.  Evidence must be presented that demonstrates a foreign national’s link to al Qaeda or the Taliban in order for the detainment to be legal. This section clarifies that terrorists apprehended by law enforcement agencies must be held under military custody.  However, Section 1022, Subsection B explicitly exempts U.S. citizens and legal residents.  It reads:(b) APPLICABILITY TO UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND LAWFUL RESIDENT       ALIENS.—

(1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States. 

(2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS.—The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.

Our country continues to be under the very real threat of terrorism, and it is important to make sure our military is proper equipped to protect our citizens.  It is equally important for us to take steps to preserve and uphold our Constitutional rights.  The NDAA accomplish both of these goals.

Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. I invite you to visit my website at www.HerrreraBeutler.house.gov for additional information or to sign up to be kept up to date on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.

 
Sincerely,

Jaime Herrera Beutler
Member of Congress

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Rep. Issa Gov Used Fast & Furious To Limit 2nd Amendment Rights

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THE TRUTH ABOUT YOUR CHRISTMAS TOYS AND “CHINA-GATE” AND BILL CLINTON

CLICK THE PIC FOR THE TOY STORY.....

In this lead story you will see how the global economy is helping the Chinese working class,…or is it.  I work with a lot of Asians from all over that area, to include a few people from China and I know this to be true, plus I was told that a lot of toys are made by prison labor.  does not surprise me at all, nor should it you.  My immediate thought was to check and see how much of an influence or how much of a role Jon Huntsman played in this situation, but it looks like he may not have much of a role in the toy manufacturing machine.  However, he was working very closely with Obama which should be enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck.  This story beings me back to Bubba and China-Gate.  It is really worth revisiting now especially since we are in a much more precarious situation national security wise because of him and this scandalous affair.

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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STILL TRYING TO GET YOUR GUNS BY LYING….THE FEDS SEND GUNS OVER THE BOARDER TO JUSTIFY THIS LAME CLAIM..

ERIC HOLDER WANTS YOUR FREEDOM AND YOUR GUNS

These people are still working at their grand plan to get your guns…  They will never give up and will not stop until we are no longer a free society.  This is how tyrants take over….  Click the pic for the story.

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LEON PANETTA SAYS BENEFITS FOR MILITARY RETIREES MAY BE CUT AND IS “ON THE TABLE”

IS LEON PANETTA A TRAITOR TO THE VERY MILITARY MEMBERS HE COMMANDS INCLUDING THE RETIREES?

My letter to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler on this subject:

In a recent article I read on “The New York Times” website, it recounted recent statements being made by Leon Panetta that a reduction of retired military benefits will be on the table and out of pocket increases will be incurred by us retired military people.   I have written you on several occasions expressing my concerns regarding Tri-Care and the possibility that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the Vets and Military Retirees.  You have replied to my concerns stating that you will resist all efforts to further erode the retirement benefits that I worked over 20 years to get, that, by the way, was promised to me all those years ago.  In the years since my initial enlistment, which was in 1975, I have bared witness to the steady reneging on the Governments part, of the retirement benefits of those serving this nation.  You as a Representative of Congress, and as a body, must never lose sight of the fact that each and every man and woman who served and are currently serving in the military are volunteers.  They/we have volunteered to defend this great land, with our lives if need be, in order to preserve the American way of life.  That act alone, is worthy of honor AND backing and support of the very government we defend.  It is my sincere prediction that if Congress once again, turns its back on the military members and further erodes the promised benefits of those who serve, you will see a steady, unrelenting decline in the numbers of people who will be willing to “volunteer” and stand up for this once great nation.  I dare say, Congress is not contemplating a reduction in their retirement benefits, are they?  Are you?  You have to serve a much shorter time to get your benefits that I had to, yet you are fully vested after 5 years and will retirement with full benefits.  I am unable to find any information regarding the medical benefits that are afforded you and others in Congress. I am troubled by that fact.  The lack of information on this subject is troubling at best.  Could you enlighten me and explain/outline the medical benefits afforded both serving and retired members of Congress?  My readers have the right to know what we tax payers are paying for, especially when it involves the pay and benefits of those we choose to send to Washington DC.  Bluntly stated, I will accept a reduction in benefits when Congress does the same.

In closing, I continue to urge both you and the rest of the Conservatives in Congress to strongly resist any further changes in the military benefits that would either lessen services or cause an increase in “out-of-pocket” expenses of the retirees or any other class of military vets.  It is immoral for a nation to punish the very people whom you rely on to protect this great country.  When I signed my contract with The United States of America, way back in 1975, the government promised me certain things if I kept up my end of the bargain.  Well, I did, will the USA do the same and keep its end of the bargain?  So far, it hasn’t.  It is up to you to restore what is rightfully ours.  The next election cycle is just around the corner for you and your re-election is not guaranteed.  I sent you to DC for a reason and that was to stand up for me and be my voice along with the other thousands of Vets who rely on your support.  I am expecting you and your like-minded Conservatives to do just that.  Do not “cave” into those who wish to further erode the militaries pay and benefits just to make a “deal” and make political points by trying to look like you’re being ‘bi-partisan”.  You are our shoulder to the dike, holding back the tide.  Stay the fight, make those who wish to do us vets harm, blink first.

Letter to Senator Patty Murray:

In a recent article I read on “The New York Times” website, it recounted recent statements being made by Leon Panetta that a reduction of retired military benefits will be on the table and out of pocket increases will be incurred by us retired military people.   I have written you on several occasions expressing my concerns regarding Tri-Care and the possibility that the budget will be balanced on the backs of the Vets and Military Retirees.  You have replied to my concerns using very broad terms and not committing to resisting all efforts to further erode the retirement benefits that I worked over 20 years to get, that, by the way, was promised to me all those years ago.  In the years since my initial enlistment, which was in 1975, I have bared witness to the steady reneging on the Governments part, of the retirement benefits of those serving this nation.  You as a member of Congress, and as a body, must never lose sight of the fact that each and every man and woman who served and are currently serving in the military are volunteers.  They/we have volunteered to defend this great land, with our lives if need be, in order to preserve the American way of life.  That act alone, is worthy of honor AND backing and support of the very government we defend.  It is my sincere prediction that if Congress once again, turns its back on the military members and further erodes the promised benefits of those who serve, you will see a steady, unrelenting decline in the numbers of people who will be willing to “volunteer” and stand up for this once great nation.  I dare say, Congress is not contemplating a reduction in their retirement benefits, are they?  Are you?  You have to serve a much shorter time to get your benefits that I had to, yet you are fully vested after 5 years and will retirement with full benefits.  Bluntly stated, I will accept a reduction in benefits when Congress does the same.  You being on the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, the Defense Subcommittee and the “Super Committee, you are in a prime position to preserve the benefits we veterans sacrificed so long for.

In closing, I continue to urge you to strongly resist any further changes in the military benefits that would either lessen services or cause an increase in “out-of-pocket” expenses of the retirees or any other class of military vets.  It is immoral for a nation to punish the very people whom you rely on to protect this great country.  When I signed my contract with The United States of America, way back in 1975, the government promised me certain things if I kept up my end of the bargain.  Well, I did, will the USA do the same and keep its end of the bargain?  So far, it hasn’t.  It is up to you to restore what is rightfully ours.  The next election cycle is coming up in ’16  and your re-election is not guaranteed, especially if you fail the vets.  You were sent to DC for a reason and that was to stand up for me and be my voice along with the other thousands of Vets who rely on your support.  I am expecting you to do just that.  Do not “cave” into those who wish to further erode the militaries pay and benefits just to make a “deal” and make political points by trying to look like you’re being ‘bi-partisan”.  You are our shoulder to the dike, holding back the tide.  Stay the fight, make those who wish to do us vets harm, blink first.  We are watching and we vote.

note: With a few changes, this letter was also sent to Senator Maria Cantwell

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9-11, IMPRESSIONS FROM A CONSERVATIVE AMERICAN VET – A decade of pain and change

0845HRS - All is well at the Twin Towers, Click the pic for the timeline of events..

As I try to put pen to paper on this subject, I am full of mixed emotions.  I am so proud of America for the way its citizens have bounced back from this heinous act of cowardice.   I am proud of all the young men and women who answered the call and volunteered themselves to go into harms way to protect this great nation.  Many of which whom made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home.  I am so proud of all the First Responders, Police and Fire Fighters who responded to the Towers to help others, who in turn, we lost.  I am proud of all the military personnel who were serving at the time of the attacks.  It is these people who put shoulder to wheel and made the things happen that needed to get done immediately.  It is these people who secured the nation from further attack in those days following the disasters.  I am proud of those on Flight 93 who, in the face of adversity, made up their minds not to go down without a fight and try and stop the hijackers from achieving their sick and twisted goal.  I am proud of all the brave men and women who when attacked, and a great many of them wounded, stood up, to help those who could not help themselves, saving countless other innocent lives.  It is because of this kind of spirit, that America truly is; “The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave”. It is this indomitable American sense of toughness that has and will see America through these trying times. No doubt, America has been through quit a lot.  It survived the worst attack on is soil since Dec 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor.  On 9/11/01, almost 3 times the amount of people were killed than at Pearl Harbor.  It sickens me and I feel ill to this day every time this time of year comes around.

I remember that day like it was yesterday.  I was the Security Manager in charge of Security at the Pilots briefing area within the Fighter Wing.  I worked literally elbow to elbow with the F-15 Fighter Pilots in my Unit.  It was a normal Tuesday morning and my alarm had gone off as usual. As was my custom, I would turn the TV on to look at the news and get the local traffic conditions so I would know how to plan my commute to work.  I live across a major river from my Base and the commute can be a real pain sometimes because we only have to bridges spanning the river.  So watching the traffic in the AM was pretty important.  As the TV came on, both my wife and I were immediately struck by what we were seeing.  It was a live news feed from NY and the news people were talking about how a plane had crashed into one of the twin World Trade Center towers.  We watched for just a short time when out of nowhere, another plane flew into the picture and crashed into the other undamaged tower.  We watched in stunned silence as the plane crashed into the building, sending debris, fire and bodies everywhere.  At that instant, I knew we were under attack.  I jumped out of bed and threw on my uniform as fast as I could.  I threw a few things into my “ditty bag”, kissed the wife goodbye, telling her I don’t know when I’ll be back home, but not to worry, I’d call if I got the chance..  When I arrived at the Installation, as expected there was a calm and serious sense of urgency being displayed by all.  From the lowest Enlisted to the highest Officer, all were conducting themselves professionally and with purpose.  As my duties put me right in with the Fighter Pilots, I was able to witness them set about getting ready to answer whatever call came down.  Each Fighter Pilot was and is the consummate professional, each determined to do whatever it took to protect this nation from further attack.  Normally these guys were a pretty happy bunch.  Everyone poking fun at everyone else, each, with no shortage of Fighter Pilot confidence and bravado.  But today was completely different.  The fun time was over, and it was time to get down to business, and each one had their game face on.  It was a sight to see.  In short, I was and still am, awed by their presence.  They are totally inspiring and I am so proud to have been able to not only witness them at work, but I am proud to have been able to serve with them and along side of them .  They truly are “The Tip Of The Spear”.

In the days, weeks and months following 9-11, schedules began to slowly return to a more of a semblance of normalcy.  Schedules got more normalized, and were once again predictable.  There were still a lot of long hours, but as time went on, we began to realize that there may not be any further attacks involving aircraft.  You could almost hear a collective sigh of relief.  Believe me, to a man, there was not a single pilot who looked forward to have to shoot down an airliner full of innocent people.  That scenario was one only nightmares were made from….

However, now that we collectively look back in the years since 9-11-01, we have begun to realize that we may have paid a huge price for the apparent security we enjoy today.  Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all the work that our Military and Law Enforcement people are doing behind the scenes, all so we can go about our daily lives, not worrying about this or that blowing up in our faces.  But what really concerns me is the fact that when the Patriot Act was signed, (all well intended I’m sure) a lot of our civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, were severely trod upon, if not completely bent, broken or wiped out.  Just look at what we citizens have to go through just to travel by air.  Rather than target the threat directly, the DHS chooses the political correct path and subject innocent, non threatening people to invasive if not illegal searches.  The DHS has used this crisis as an opportunity to categorize every citizen of this country as an “Extremist” of one kind or another.  Even the veterans, the very people who preserve or freedom, did not escape the indignity and insult of being looked upon as extremists.  The people in Congress and in the various law enforcement agencies have used this situation as an excuse to illegally spy on innocent people and illegally track and tap into all sorts of computerized data available via the web.  I dare say, our Republic has taken a hard hit, thank to the zealots in our government.  The really sad thing is, it didn’t have to go down that way.  All it would have taken was to do the right thing and deal with the problem directly and do everything possible to NOT encroach on our civil rights.

Since 9-11, in these last 10 years, I would like to believe that our government has learned volumes about our adversaries.  I would like to believe that many lessons have been learned and that it has been discovered that there are better, more ethical, less egregious ways to protect this nation that strike a better balance between security and our god given rights.  If this balance is not found, the terrorists will have won because one of their biggest goals was to change our way of life.  And at this point in time, we have changed, not for the better, and they have won.  We as a nation and a people cannot allow this to stand.  Our Elected Officials must insist that the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights are once again respected by the people whom we trust in high offices throughout this nation.  All those who fail to do so, must not be allowed to serve in the government.  They are the antithesis to freedom and liberty and they must go.  I can name many that are in the news on a daily basis today that fit that description.  It is these people who are more concerned about power, and gathering more, than civil rights.  It is these people I speak.  It is that simple.  Why?  Because a Conservative American Vet said so, that’s why………….

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(updated 081711) DOD PANEL CALLS FOR RADICAL RETIREMENT OVERHAUL

CLICK THE PIC TO GO TO THE ARTICLE AND SEE THE COMMENTS

By Andrew Tilghman– Staff writer, AIR FORCE TIMES

A sweeping new plan to overhaul the Pentagon’s retirement system would give some benefits to all troops and phase out the 20-year cliff vesting system that has defined military careers for generations.

In a massive change that could affect today’s troops, the plan calls for a corporate-style benefits program that would contribute money to troops’ retirement savings account rather than the promise of a future monthly pension, according to a new proposal from an influential Pentagon advisory board.

All troops would receive the yearly retirement contributions, regardless of whether they stay for 20 years. Those contributions might amount to about 16.5 percent of a member’s annual pay and would be deposited into a mandatory version of the Thrift Savings Plan, the military’s existing 401(k)-style account that now does not include government matching contributions.  A critical new feature would adjust those contributions to give more money to troops who deploy frequently, accept hardship assignments or serve in high-demand jobs. It would also give the services a new lever to incentivize some troops to leave or stay on active duty longer.

The new proposal was unveiled July 21 by the Defense Business Board, the wellspring for many cost-saving initiatives adopted by the Defense Department in recent years. The new retirement plan would mark the biggest change in military retirement in more than 60 years and require approval from Congress.

“The current system is unfair, unaffordable and inflexible,” said Richard Spencer, a former finance executive and Marine Corps pilot who led the board’s eight-month retirement study.

This alternative plan would “enhance the ability of the service member to build a meaningful retirement asset [with] complete flexibility for their lifestyle or desires,” Spencer said.

Retirement overhaul

It’s unclear whether troops would have immediate access to all the retirement money or whether it would be partially or completely withheld until a traditional retirement age, such as 65. Under the current TSP, troops cannot withdraw money until age 59½ without incurring a significant penalty, except in certain specified circumstances.

Fairness is a key factor, Spencer said. Along with saving the Pentagon money, the new plan offer significant retirement benefits to the roughly 83 percent of troops who leave service before reaching 20 years.

Unlike other proposals to overhaul military retirement that would grandfather current troops, the board suggests that DoD could make an “immediate” transition to the new system, which would affect current troops quite differently depending on their years of service:

• Recruits. The newest troops out of boot camp after the proposed change would have no direct incentive to stay for 20 years and would not get a fixed-benefit pension. Instead, they would receive annual contributions to a Thrift Savings Plan account and could leave service with that money at any time — although under current rules, they can’t withdraw the money until age 59½ without paying a penalty, except in certain specified circumstances.

• Five years of service. Troops would immediately begin accruing new benefits in a TSP account. If they remained in service until the “old vesting date” — the 20-year mark — they also would get one-fourth of the “old plan benefit,” or about 12 percent of their pay at retirement, as an annuity. If they separated, for example, after 10 years, they would walk away with no fixed-pension benefit but would have a TSP account with five years of contributions.

• 10 years of service. Troops would immediately begin accruing new benefits in a TSP account. If they remained in service for 10 more years, they would receive half of the “old plan benefit,” about 25 percent of their pay at retirement, as an annuity. If they separated after 15 years, they would walk away with no fixed-pension benefit but would have a TSP account with five years of contributions.

• 15 years of service. Troops would immediately begin accruing new benefits in a TSP account. If they remained in service for five more years, they would receive three-fourths of the “old plan benefit,” about 37.5 percent of their pay at retirement, as an annuity.

• 20 years and beyond. Troops who stayed in past 20 years would continue to receive annual TSP contributions.

The far-reaching proposal comes at a time of immense pressure on the military to cut spending and help reduce the national debt. President Obama has talked about cutting $400 billion over the next 12 years, while some proposals gaining support on Capitol Hill would call for cutting more than $800 billion over the same period.

Military retirement costs have soared in recent years because of rising life expectancy. If not contained, they will eventually “undermine future war-fighting capabilities,” Spencer said.

A new system may allow the military to make rapid changes in the size and structure of the force. For example, troops with 15 years of experience are likely targets for downsizing, and this plan would provide them with a significant retirement benefit, Spencer said.

The proposed change would have no affect on current retirees or disabled veterans.

Most private-sector companies contribute 4 percent to 12 percent of base pay into an employee’s retirement savings account. By comparison, the current military retirement benefit, for those who ultimately get it, amounts to a 75 percent contribution each year, the board said.

The board considered keeping the current system with some major changes, but concluded that those changes would not save enough money or fix the fairness and flexibility issues.

Those changes included withholding pension payments until a traditional retirement age; reducing pensions to 40 percent of regular pay rather than the current 50 percent; or calculating retirement pay based on the average pay over a member’s last five years in uniform, rather than the three years under the current system. Those changes would save about $254 billion over 20 years, the board said.

MY COMMENT:  If this goes into effect, there will be no incentive for anyone to stay in the military.  That in-turn will gut the military of its “brain-trust” and the US Military will sink to mediocrity at best……  Just like any other mediocre country….  Not good….

UPDATED 081711

MILITARY.COM

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WHAT IS THE CHINA-U.S. GOVERNORS FORUM HIDING FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC?

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NEW RENOVATIONS TO THE OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE WILL PROUDLY DISPLAY A “MADE IN CHINA” LABEL

OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE - MADE IN CHINA

How stupid is this?  How in the hell can any government official look any American in the eye and say with a clear conscience and a straight face, that this is good for America and California?  It is beyond me.  Gee, I wonder what kind of life span those new sections are going to have?  Lets see, if I was China, and intent on taking down America, what better way than to build flaws into the infrastructure is possible.  And if this bridge went down, out of service for whatever reason, it could be a great help to cripple transportation.  And plus, why wasn’t this job done in the USA?  What about the “Shovel Ready” jobs and the “stimulus” plan?  Huh?  Nobody here needs the work?!?  I don’t get it…….  Click the pic for the story.

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IF PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE LIBYA CAMPAIGN DOES NOT VIOLATE THE WAR POWERS ACT BECAUSE THERE IS NO HOSTILITIES, THEN WHAT IS THIS?

CLICK THE PIC FOR THE VIDEO OF A BOMB DUMP BEING HIT IN LIBYA BY A US PLANE

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LEAKED U.S. CABLE LAYS OUT NORTH AMERICAN ‘INTEGRATION’ STRATEGY

This should not be our future.

Once again it becomes known that our politicians are working behind our backs to sell off America.  This time in the form of a North American “Trade” agreement.  Read the article and see for yourself.  This type of “deal making” cannot be allowed to continue without citizen involvement.  We citizens should have a say in this.  Click the pic for the story.

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PEAK OIL PRODUCTION – EVERYTHING YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT FOSSIL FUELS IS WRONG

"Fracking" Drill baby drill!!!!!

As it turns out, the fossil fuel reserves in this country has just been expanded dramatically.  By the use of a technique called “fracking” the amount of shale oil and natural gas reserves has been expanded so much, it seems to me that developing these reserves should be a “no brainer”.. But wait, oh yea, our President wants gas and fuel prices as high as possible so we all volunteer, oh, I mean, are forced, into his green agenda.  If the GOP, never mind the Dems because we know they don’t or won’t jump on this, we need to throw all the bums out.  We as a nation MUST get a lot more energy independent.  We need not only for our economy, but for the security of the nation.  Click the pic for the story.  Question; How long (really) has this been known and by whom?    Hmmmmmmmmm

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