was eating an an eatin' house in Quincy, Ill., when I had stuffed my fill
and light my pipe, I found out that one of the men eatin' there was Jesse
James. Was I scared? I wouldn't of eatin' a bite had I known Jesse was
there. He carried two big revolvers on his hips. His brother Frank was
there too. They often came to Quincy. They always came with horses. They
were good judges. The horses weighed about 1100 lbs. They were built for
racing. They had the prettiest saddles. Silver all over. Both of the men
had whiskers. Jesse had a full beard. Frank had a mustache. They were well
dressed. Had big cowboy hats on. I seen them lots of times. The Ford boys
were there too. They were just as bad as the James boys. This was in the
60's after the Civil War, and in the 70's.
were all good sized. Strong. Frank had black hair. Black beard, that is a
goatee. Jesse had full beard, five inches long. They all had big guns.
They wouldn't hurt anybody. They'd ask, "How is it." And if you
tell them you had tough sailing, they would reach in their pockets and
give $40 or $50.
these buys were a gang. By God, these times were hard. When these guys
wanted money, they went in broad daylight to get their money. No one would
dare shoot when they robbed a bank. Quincy was a great town for them to
hang out. The James boys nearly always done the bold robbing. The Ford
boys done the protecting.
James boys were liked by the poor and God knows there was plenty of us and
the law made no serious effort to get them.
was bribed and given a big chunk of money to get Jesse. He shot him the
back while he was shaving thru the door."
A state police officer in New Mexico is being sued after he
allegedly tasered a child in a school playground for no reason other
than he refused to clean the cop’s patrol car.
The boy’s legal guardian, Rachel Higgins, claims that Officer Chris
Webb shot the boy, referred to as “R.D.”, with a 50,000 volt stun gun
while visiting on a “career day” at Tularosa New Mexico Intermediate
School on May 4.
notes that the officer approached a group of boys and asked which of
them wanted to clean his car. When R.D. said he had no desire to clean
the patrol vehicle, Officer Webb is claimed to have stated “‘Let me show
you what happens to people who do not listen to the police.’”
He then pointed his taser at the boy, according to the report, and
fired two barbs directly into the 10-year old’s chest, electrifying him
and causing him to blackout.
Webb then extracted the barbs from the child’s chest, leaving scarring ” that look like cigarette burns”.
“Instead of calling emergency medical personnel, Officer Webb pulled
out the barbs and took the boy to the school principal’s office,” the
On 30 October Jesse James & his fellows robbed a bank in Lexington,
Missouri of $2,000. Not generally know is WHY the James boys went
into bank robbing professionally. They had been Confederate guerillas
during the War, and after the war they were not allowed surrender
& parole. Rather than making peace with them, the US government
made them permanent outlaws. I reckon since they were outlaws anyway,
they figured they might as well make the most of their status. You
have to admire ambition, even in an outlaw.
Over the weekend, Facebook took down a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS) which highlighted the fact that Obama denied backup to the forces being overrun in Benghazi.
The message was contained in a meme which demonstrated how Obama had relied on the SEALS when he was ready to let them get Osama bin Laden, and how he had turned around and denied them when they called for backup on Sept 11.
I spoke with Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc -- the media company that handles SOS postings and media production. Ward was the one who personally put the Navy SEAL meme up, and the one who received the warning from Facebook and an eventual 24 hour suspension from Facebook because Ward put the meme back up after Facebook told him to take it down.
Here's what Ward told me:
We created and posted this meme on Saturday after news broke that Obama had known and denied SEALS the backup they requested.
Once the meme was up it garnered 30,000 shares, approx. 24,000 likes, and was read by hundreds of thousands of people -- all within 24 hrs. On Sunday, I went into the SOS Facebook page to post something else and found a warning from Facebook that we had violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities with our meme. So I copied the warning, put it on the meme as as caption, and re-posted the meme to the Facebook page.
Along with the re-posted meme, Ward put a link to the Facebook "feedback comment" inbox so visitors to the SOS page could send a message to Facebook if they were as outraged over the meme being jerked down as he was.
Earlier today, my colleague, Tony Lee, reported on a new poll from Oregon showing Obama up just six points over Mitt Romney. Surprisingly, Obama's support was only 47%, well below the 50% threshold deemed safe for incumbents. To say that Oregon wasn't expected to be competitive is a massive understatement. Obama won the state by 17 points in 2008. While he is certainly favored to win the state this year, his apparent struggles there are a sign of a campaign falling apart in the home stretch.
With one week to go, presidential campaigns usually narrow down to a small handful of states. Candidates focus their time and resources on fewer battlegrounds to gain a decisive edge. This year, however, the battlefield seems to be expanding. Moreover, it's expanding in a way that isn't favorable to Obama.
I've often noted that whichever states become competitive at the end of a campaign are a good indication on the overall trends of the election. Four years ago, traditionally Republican states were competitive, signaling that Obama had strong momentum. This year, however, it's traditionally Democrat states that are now competitive. Obama has been forced to make significant ad buys in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Just a month ago, all three were considered "safe" Obama states.
But, Obama's already been running ads in Oregon for weeks. This mostly had to do with potential complications from the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, and a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana. Romney hasn't run any ads. Yet, Obama is still only at 47%, even though he's had the airwaves to himself.
Back during the Vice-Presidential debate I sent the following tweet:
It's a wildly popular website laden with unlicensed songs and Hollywood movies, a prime exhibit of the digital piracy that is strangling the music industry in Asia and eroding legitimate online sales around the world.
The free-to-download bonanza has pushed Vietnam's Zing.vn into the ranks of the globe's top 550 websites. But a few clicks inside the site reveal a surprising presence: the U.S. government, which maintains a bustling social media account there.
Washington is a vocal proponent of intellectual property rights in Vietnam as it is around the world, and a site like Zing would be shut down in the United States. But with space for public diplomacy limited in Communist Vietnam, the American embassy uses its "Zingme" account to reach out to young people in Vietnam as it seeks to build closer ties with its former enemy.
The embassy's presence shows just how mainstream pirate sites have become in Vietnam, where the government does nothing to stop them operating. But it also raises questions whether Washington is legitimizing a renowned pirate site that record labels, singers and industry groups say ignores requests that it take down infringing material.
Coca-Cola and Samsung pulled their advertising from the site earlier this month because of piracy concerns following questions by The Associated Press. The move challenged Zing's business model and was praised by recording industry groups. Samsung said last week it was also closing its Zingme account for the same reason.
The embassy said it recognizes the concerns for U.S. copyright interests posed by Zing but that it believes that contact with the website's users could reduce traffic or infringing activity on it. The mission sometimes uses its Zingme page to post about copyright infringement.
Its statement noted that the site had removed, at its request, the link to infringing material that appears on other Zingme pages as a matter of course. It also noted to its lack of options in a country where the Communist government controls the media, saying "there were few spaces for public discourse and intermittent access to Facebook", referring to a block the government sometimes puts on the American social networking site.
But not everyone thinks engaging with Zing is the right thing to do.
"Here we are as an American company trying to set things right with one of the biggest pirates in Vietnam but the U.S. embassy is essentially showing its support by being on its site," said Mimi Nguyen, an American who has been trying fruitlessly to get Zing to take down some 10,000 songs owned by her family's business for a year.
"It is really sad to find out the embassy is using their platform."
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A confidential source, familiar with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), has informed illinoispaytoplay.com that
Issa's committee is conducting a preliminary investigation into the
Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois (USAO)
pertaining to USAO leaks to the media that may represent an obstruction
The source further informs IP2P that the inquiry is focused on claims made within a recently-released book written by two Chicago Tribune reporters.
The book states that the authors were given exclusive access to
transcripts and tapes of government wiretaps in the case against Rod
Blagojevich; and, that sensitive information had been previously leaked
from the USAO to the Trib.
to the book, one of the authors, John Chase, was chosen by his editors
to notify Blagojevich that his phone calls were being monitored by
federal agents. Chase completed that assignment the night before a
scheduled meeting between Blagojevich and someone attempting to purchase
a U.S. Senate seat for Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Four days later, FBI
agents arrested the then sitting Governor of Illinois at his home.
Bryna Franklin of Jerusalem is a lifelong Democrat and former chair of
Democrats Abroad Israel. She voted for a Republican for President for
the first time in her 80 years when she voted this year for Mitt Romney.
a delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention and who served
for years as vice chair of the Franklin County Democratic Central
Committee in Missouri, explained her decision as stemming from a deep
disappointment in President Obama on a range of issues.
been an active and committed Democrat her whole life. But this year,
like many other Jewish Democrats, she is calling on her fellow Jews
across America to support Mitt Romney.
I am trying as hard as I can to get out the word about cross-border authority (CBA).
I just can’t believe reporters don’t know enough to ask the right questions! It’s infuriating.
Libya, as far as standing down the rescue, is 100% Obama’s show, and nobody else’s. Only he can grant CBA, not Biden, not Panetta, not Dempsey, not Hillary, and certainly not Ham in Germany.
The entire episode is explained perfectly inside the context of not granting CBA. The CIA QRF in Tripoli? No problem, send them on the local Tripoli station chief’s say-so. He merely informs up COC that he has done so. CCs them so to speak. “This is what I am doing.” Ditto if Predators were in country, no problem using them.
But the big rescue air armada streaming toward Libya right away after the alarm got to Stuttgart and Africom? That has to stop. I believe at the 5pm meeting with Panetta and Biden in the Oval Office, he said, “No outside military intervention,” on the basis that the last report was the “lull” from the consulate, at about 1030 p.m. in Benghazi, when the attack appeared to be over and the situation stabilizing.
(As a soft exception, Obama may have authorized sending an unarmed Predator from outside of Libya, but I am thinking the two Predators were already in-country, and hence available to use within “no CBA granted” rules.)
“No outside military intervention” equals “no cross-border authority” and that constitutes “standing orders” until POTUS changes them. Nobody else can “un-decide” the POTUS decree. The rescue air-armada of C-17s, C-130s and SOF helos like MH-47 Chinooks and Pavehawks cannot proceed directly to Libya without CBA being granted, so instead they are all staged at Sigonella, Sicily.
USN ships are in position to “lilypad” helos for long over-water flights. Airborne tankers are coming into position. SOF forces in Sigonella are going over their gear for different contingencies. Fuming all night as officers keep checking in with operational commanders. “Hold in place, no rescue yet. We can’t find the President, it sounds like,” say the colonels to the majors and captains. 100s of military must know about this. I keep waiting for the conclusive whistle-blowers to come forward BEFORE the election. After won’t matter, it will be for the historians.
Panetta is falling on his sword for Obama with his absurd-on-its-face, “The military doesn’t do risky things” defense of no rescue. Panetta is destroying his future reputation entirely, to save Obama. The question is why? Loyalty?
Petreaus was probably “used” in some way early, about the supposed CIA intel link to the Mohammed video, and now he feels burned. So he conclusively said via his PAO, “The stand-down order did not come from CIA.”
Well, what is higher than CIA? Only White House. Obama, nobody else. Petreaus is naming Obama without naming him.
Now, as far as Obama / Huma Abedin / Valerie Jarrett etc actually wanting Ambassador Stevens dead, to terminate the end of the very dirty Libyan arms to Syrian AQ programs, I can’t speculate. Obama is not competent enough, I’m thinking.
But for sure, the ambassador going to unsecure Benghazi on 9-11 of all days stinks to me of a setup. You can bet Stevens would have told the Turks, “No, 9-11 is not a good day for us,” and stayed in Tripoli behind many high and thick walls. For him to go to dangerous Benghazi on 9-11 means the Turks totally insisted, but why would they care about the meeting date, unless they were in on a “hit” as the Judas goat?
Alternatively, ordering Stevens to meet the Turks in Benghazi on 9-11 may have come from down OUR chain of command. Stevens seems to have been wearing two hats as ambassador and CIA arms shipper. Moving between more-secure Tripoli, the Benghazi “consulate,” and the CIA “annex.” So orders to him might come down the State or the CIA commo channels, or both. I am unclear on his job title and true position, but either the CIA or State sends him final instructions. How this works with “dual-hatted” ambassadors, I haven’t a clue.
But Stevens meeting the Turks at the unsecure Benghazi “consulate” on 9-11 stinks to me of a deliberate setup. The Turks left the meeting and probably flashed their headlights to the attack team commanders lurking in shadows. A coded text, a word on a phone, meaning, “The ambassador is there, with minimal security: proceed with the attack plan.”
That is all pure speculation. What I know FOR SURE is that the big “stand down order” issue revolves around granting or withholding cross-border authority.
Every SOF officer and ops officer all the way up has this drummed into his head. We can make Obama respond to this question, even if reporters must shout it at him while he’s doing storm cleanup photo ops. If the reporters KNOW enough to ask the quesion.
That’s why I am shouting all over the internet about CBA.
I can’t believe cross-border authority permission is not one of the top discussion points about Benghazi.
That, and who “set him up” by sending him to Beghazi to meet the Turks on 9-11, with them leaving after dark.
And of course, down the road, was the military rescue-in-progress turned back because Obama actually wanted to make sure the consulate was wiped out? Is that why the spooks at the annex were refused permission to travel the under one mile to intervene? That would connect it all together, but for now, the best focus is on Obama either granting or withholding cross-border authority for the rescue.
Feel free to repost these musings of a long-ago SOF officer anywhere you please.
Sunday, during the Fox New Sunday
panel discussion, Obama broke in for a live nationwide
emergency-awareness announcement about Hurricane Sandy. We’ve been
hearing about the storm nonstop for days on every single TV and radio
station, but our president wants to reassure the nation that he and
emergency responders are prepared. Follow evacuation orders, he urges in
his best comforting baritone. Get ready! The government is standing by
to help. What a true leader. He’s the go-to president we need in a
If you need a reminder to buy bottled water and tape the widows
before a hurricane, Obama is your man. If you’re running a machine gun,
soon to be covered in your own blood, on the roof of a building under
fire in Libya at 3 a.m., if you’ve
called three times over a period of almost seven hours for air cover
that is within a couple of hours away (or, as we might learn, in the
armed drone directly above) — well, you’re on your own. The president
will get back to you.
Most Americans know that the budget deficit stems from reckless
spending, but they remain unaware of the wasteful nature of the so
called “investments.” For instance, the feds spent $85 million last year
and—and $834 million over 10 years—just to subsidize snacks on the
government rail system, Amtrak.