Black helicopters go mainstream

March 28, 2015

USA Today warns of potential for calamity with frail, penetrable, power grid

Conspiracy theories are nothing new. “Wars and Rumors of Wars” date back to warnings in biblical prophecy, and preparedness is simply wise. Peace loving nations maintain military forces for that very reason.

Back in the 1950’s regular folks built bomb shelters in their backyards, stocked them with canned goods, made solemn vows regarding who they wouldn’t be able to let in regardless of kinship, and fervently prayed the Russians would rethink bombing the American heartland. School children were taught how to prepare for an atomic bomb by this “Duck and Cover” film that was shown in classrooms across America. It was advertised as the “official civil defense film, produced in cooperation with the Federal Civil Defense Administration, in consultation with the Safety Commission of the National Education Association.”

Fast forward. In recent times, those originally demeaned as “survivalists,” are now mainstream “preppers” finding kindred spirits at conventions and in popular warehouse clubs that are now stocking emergency freeze-dried and dehydrated food with 25-year shelf life, generators, 55-gallon emergency water barrels, with filtration systems and more. It’s now known as “self reliance.”

And why not? Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross run “preparedness“ ads directing listeners to their websites. They tell us first responders will not be available and it’s up to us to make a family emergency plan. Americans are warned in 13 languages to learn more about specific hazard types, including natural disasters, technological and accidental hazards, and— yes, even  terrorist hazards.”

Such thinking is no longer confined to those previously labeled as conservatives crazies. This past week the left-of-center USA Today ran a front page “Special Report” with a full jump page detailing the vulnerabilities of America’s power grid, how attacks could cripple the country and threaten lives. The bleak picture begins with the immediate problems if such a cyber attack were to occur, through just four days of a power outage hack. Picture no electricity, water, phone service, hospitals, transit at a standstill and stores stripped bare of food. The article advises routinely keeping gas tanks at least half-filled, having hand-cranked emergency radios and at minimum, one gallon of water for each person in the family as well as at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods.

Back in 2009 we reported on preparation of mass graves at Arizona’s National Memorial Cemetery, something we now know is being replicated across the United States. This video shows the Phoenix cemetery. This is Georgia, They are but two disturbing examples.

In the meantime, get one of those hand-cranked radios, that also run on batteries or solar power. Lay in a supply of batteries, manual can openers, matches, gallon-size sealable plastic bags, peanut butter, canned tuna, soup and plenty of water. Prepare a good first aid kit and make sure you have a supply of necessary medications. Think of toilet paper as a marketable commodity and lay in a good stockpile. You have room.  Store rolls under your beds. They won’t spoil or become devalued like cash. 

Just a thought.


Winning issues for 2016 GOP WH candidates?

March 24, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dove into the 2016 Republican presidential pond (video) —- without a teleprompter —-  Monday, telling his audience, “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”

That’s a winning message right out of the chute.

Not to be eclipsed, others will follow in short order. Campaign fundraising on this level is not for the faint-of-heart and Jeb Bush’s exploratory campaign is already raking in the big bucks from establishment types based on his squishy bipartisan views such as “overhauling immigration” and “income inequality.”  Bush, whose wife is Mexican-born, regards illegal immigration as “an act of love.”

Cruz is the conservative contender at this point, though the field will widen. The MSM is already hard at work marginalizing him as integral to the “tea party” it abhors and even questioning his credentials to run since he was born in Canada to an American mother.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are likely the top-tier contenders giving serious consideration to seeking the GOP nomination.

But none of them can get to the White House without us —- the Republican base. What are the defining issues that your support hinges on? Here are some —- you may think of others:  Economic growth, educational choices, dealing with burgeoning global terror, military readiness, actually securing our porous border, reducing the national debt, instituting a balanced budget, energy independence, healthcare that values patients and doctor interactions, minus federal intrusion?

 Who are you leaning toward and why?  


Nat’l ID card: Hypocrisy reigns at Arizona Republic

March 12, 2015

Illegal aliens accorded more leeway than American citizens

The few remaining readers of the Arizona Republic are well acquainted with the tactic. Like a nagging shrew, repetition is the name of the game. The Sunday March 8, edition took the editorial route, rife with insults and scare tactics, beginning with the headline: “Anti-ID law brings troubles for travelers.” The opening line? “Now they’ve done it.” The fear-mongering comes with the threat of not being able to board an airplane without complying with governmental data gathering. Arizona legislators are called “paranoid,“ and compared to ”knuckleheaded teenagers,” debating “their little fist-shaking bills” and identified as “dollar-store constitutionalists” passing “lunatic legislation.”

This embarrassing attempt at journalism was followed by a March 11, ‘My Turn’ column by the policy director of the Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License in Washington, DC. He is so enamored with pro-amnesty baloney-slinging con man and state Sen. Bob Worsley, (who claimed during his campaign to favor small government) that he mentions what he calls “Worsley’s bill”  four times in two abutting paragraphs. The bill would repeal Arizona’s 2008 legislation prohibiting implementation of this massive governmental overreach.

The idea of American citizens having to produce government authorized identification is repugnant by its very nature. One that unleashes biometric mechanisms for unwarranted surveillance is reprehensible.

The national identity scheme known as REAL ID mandates that each state create a standardized electronic database of all information from every driver’s license issued.  Further, it requires each state to link its electronic database to that of every other state in the nation, effectively creating a nationwide database containing the private information of every individual with a driver’s license in the entire country.

REAL ID would become the key component of a system of identity papers, databases, status and identity checks —- in effect, an “internal passport” with the capacity to track individuals’ movements and activities.

When the issue was illegal aliens, the Arizona Republic derogatorily referred to H.B.1070 as the “show me your papers law,” since a provision allowed law enforcement to check the legal status of persons detained during investigations or traffic stops. When a much more egregious law affecting American citizens is the issue, the hypocrites at the newspaper wholeheartedly support it.

Background on this disreputable issue is fascinating and even more evidence that REAL ID appeals to no one. Arizona banned implementation of the REAL ID Act on June 17, 2008 with passage of  H.B.2677. Although all but characterized by the newspaper as arising from right-wing spew fomenting in a cauldron in the basement of the state legislature, the bill actually had widespread —- or “bi-partisan” support in the newspaper’s favored jargon. It was sponsored by leftist former state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, now representing AZ CD 9, and former Senate President Russell Pearce, an unwavering conservative.

Further, the ban was signed at the urging of the ACLU by then-Gov. Janet Na­politano, a far left Democrat, who later, as Barack Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, headed the department charged with implementing the legislation. Former Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, opted not to partic­ipate in REAL ID. Newly elected Gov. Doug Ducey, also a Republican, has yet to address the issue. His actions will be closely watched.


Turncoats vote with Dems to sign GOP death warrant

March 5, 2015

Remember their names and their votes

In our world of instantaneous news delivery, this is already stale by many standards since it occurred two days ago. Like most conservatives who rejoiced when the GOP regained control of the U.S. House and Senate this past Nov. 4, we are still  trying to shake some sense out of this capitulation.

Speaker John Boehner’s white flag surrender Tuesday to Democrat pressure to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security through the 2015 fiscal year, ended a contentious three-month face-off centered on Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.  The resulting  sweeping amnesty for at least 30 million illegal aliens —- assuring them numerous citizen paid benefits and protection from deportation, comes after Obama repeatedly stated (video) he was the president, “not the emperor,” and couldn‘t do what he ultimately did.

How long before they will be voting. rendering the Republican Party permanently irrelevant?

It was briefly heartening to read of an earlier move by nearly 3 dozen conservative House Republicans to establish the House Freedom Caucus intended to give “a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans,” according to the caucus’ mission statement. Arizona U. S. Rep. Matt Salmon (R-CD 5) was a founding member.

Yet after weeks of stalemate, Boehner ultimately caved and the House voted on a “clean” bill replenishing DHS funds, without separating the issues. The legislation passed 257 to 167, with the unified support of all Democrats who voted and 75 turncoat Republicans. Obama happily signed it.  Check out the individual votes here.

Martha McSally, Arizona’s newly elected CD 2 Republicrat,  joined with the Democrats. Regardless of what she gives as her reasons for betrayal, she should not be reelected. 

“This isn’t about party,” Congressman Salmon was quoted as saying following the vote. “This isn’t about policy. It isn’t about politics.  My opposition to this bill is based primarily on the fundamental separation of powers which the President has violated. The same powers he himself said over 20 times that he did not hold.”

Salmon was right about Obama’s power grab, but wrong about it not being about party. This is Obama’s petulant parting shot across the Republican bow for retaking both chambers. His aim is to gut the GOP. 

As Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra observed and SRAZ wrote last year, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint has written an excellent commentary on this shameful debacle, “If Not Now … When? Will the GOP Majority Ever Stand for Anything?” We highly recommend his assessment.


Netanyahu’s speech scores big in showdown over Iran

March 3, 2015

Barack Obama has his own reasons for continuing to contemptuously disregard Israel’s concerns regarding a nuclear Iran —- which presents a global threat that should concern us all. The rift between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached epic proportions leading up to Netanyahu’s address to Congress this morning.

On Monday, Netanyahu downplayed their increasingly strained relationship, but said he has a “moral obligation” to speak out against a deal with Iran that potentially threatens Israel’s existence.

Much to Obama’s consternation the Prime Minister was invited to address the joint session by House Speaker John Boehner. Dozens of Democrats including Arizona’s CD 3 U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva are boycotting the speech. Although no members of the Obama administration attended the event, Netanyahu was interrupted by applause 41 times.

Further sticking his finger in the Prime Minister’s eye, Obama announced he had scheduled a conference call on the crisis in Ukraine to coincide with the timing of the speech.

Still gracious while underscoring Israel’s right to defend itself, Netanyahu said, “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both. But while American leaders worry about the security of their country, Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

Netanyahu charged that Iran’s “goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon and the Revolutionary Guard in the Golan Heights” act as its proxies. Iran’s ‘global terror network’ poses a threat with ‘tentacles of terror region throughout the region.”

GOP Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) summed up the speech using these words, “Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked for America’s unwavering support for Israel, our friend and ally in a tumultuous region,” adding, “It’s unfortunate the Prime Minister even had to ask.”  Burr is the son of a Methodist minister.

Fifty Democrats  —- 42 House and 7 Senate members joined by VP Joe Biden, shamefully boycotted Netanyahu’s address. Many will remember Democrats at their own 2012 national Convention booing the addition of God and Jeering the mention of Jerusalem in their party platform. It’s in their genes.

This ad sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition aired in advanced of today’s speech.

Watch Netanyahu’s impassioned speech here.


WH terror warning: focus on “right wing” threat — again

February 22, 2015

Obama’s former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued similar report in 2009

A new administration report on security threats surfaced this past week as Barack Obama was wrapping up his three-day summit on extremism during which the words “Islamic extremists, jihadists or radical fundamental Islamic terrorists” were never uttered. Invited guests at the conference included Pro-jihad, anti-Israel Islamic clerics according to this well researched article in One News Now.

The deflecting report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instead redirects urgency toward domestic terrorist movements —- “right wingers”  —- said to be engaged in a sovereign citizen extremist movement.

 CNN which reviewed the intelligent assessment that was not made public, reports “federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.”

Apparently missed were the grisly reports last week that fundamental Islamic terrorists escalated their ongoing bloody carnage by burning alive 40 caged Iraqis. Earlier the civilized world was horrified to see photos of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by these same ISIS fanatics. The insulting report targeting Americans comes as ISIS madness continues to spiral in unimagined ways.

In April 2009, Janet Napolitano, then Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, released this report on homegrown terrorists, singling out our own returning war vets, comparing them to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Is it any wonder former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioned Obama’s love of America?

“We are not at war with Islam,” Obama declared, setting the tone for the conference. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Sounding a lot like Obama equating Islamic terrorist to evil done in the name of Christ (video) at the recent Prayer Breakfast, Vice President Joe Biden used his appearance at the summit to compare the virulent rise in Islamic terror attacks to right-wing extremists and militias who commit violence “in the name of the Bible.”


Pelosi’s provocative app’t to House Intelligence

January 18, 2015

Although Democrats are defending House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s oddly timed appointment of U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), others have expressed concerns about naming the congressman with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to this committee charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community —- including intelligence related activities of 17 elements of the US Government, and the Military Intelligence Program.

HPSCI’s subcommittees deal with Technical and Tactical Intelligence, Terrorism. Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence—- including the Muslim Brotherhood.

This 6-page opening statement going back to April 13, 2011, illustrates the concerns even at that time. Now retired U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) said, “We have heard the full spectrum of views on, and approaches to interaction with, the Brotherhood from various government officials. This inconsistency makes me feel like our government is playing checkers while the Muslim Brotherhood is playing chess.”

Robert Spencer, writing for FrontPage Mag provides important background on Rep. Andre Carson’s appointment. Take time to read his well researched report.

Carson, raised as a Baptist and educated in a Catholic school, converted to Islam as an adult. He has attracted attention for his public statements, including when he was guest speaker at the 2012 Islamic Circle of North America/Muslim American Society convention where he said American schools should be modeled on madrassas —- Islamic schools noted for their penchant to promote repressive, anti-Westernized culture and hatred toward Christians and Jews —- “where the foundation is the Qur’an.”  Both sponsoring groups have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Moments later, according to this report in the UK’s Daily Mail, Carson, a former police officer, warned undercover law enforcement he suspected of being at the event looking for “secret meetings” that “Allah will not allow you to stop us.”

He has a history of making wild and unsubstantiated statements. On August 28, 2011, Carson referred to the Tea Party movement using these words: “This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.” Despite calls to resign, Carson said, “I stand on the truth of what I spoke.”

Good going, Ms. Pelosi.

 


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