Saturday, November 17, 2012

Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep


 Read by Jeremy Irons 


For My Mother

We had a large, circular driveway in Marshall, Virginia which was encompassed by Daffodils in the springtime. A beautiful sight to behold.

I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch'd in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.



To Our Military: "Am I missing something, am I stupid, am I ignorant?"

Am I just being, speaking out as it is so well defined by the department of homeland security, nothing but a mouth breathing, provincial knuckle dragging, domestic white male terrorist?

Or am I correct in pointing out the truth, the truth that our military is absent from the idea of Liberty? Is it populated with cowards? Traitors by way of inaction even? What? I can not figure it out.

Every one who is in the military has taken a solemn vow, an oath that says in it, it is their duty to protect and defend the US Constitution, (and by consequence, we the people), from All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.

The question is, what of that oath?

Lt. Colonel Terry Larkin, far as I can determine, is the only Military man who has taken the stand of Liberty, honored his oath to protect and defend The US Constitution from the blatant outright Tyranny that constitutes our representative government today.
That system of tyranny, kangaroo'd courted Lt. Col Larkin straight to a jail cell in a new york minute.
For the crime of not ignoring his oath.

Is the truth something like this:

I have not heard of one fellow officer or enlisted man, within this brotherhood, defend the one guy who stood up and honored their oath, the oath that they all took.

Have any of you out there?

So it comes to reason.
It is reason that created the idea of a Constitutional Republic. It is men who chose reason to guide them in their dream of Liberty.
It is reason that leads me to this:

If everyone in uniform is afraid to defend their own within the ranks, out of principle, with virtue, for the cause of Liberty, is it too far a stretch of to suppose there is no help coming for American's from this quarter, fellow Americans who choose Liberty or Death over tyranny, Americans outside the military.
I mean if they can't stick up for their own, how are they going to stick up for their country?

Whats wrong with this picture?

Whats going on here guys?

What part of Defend and Protect The US Constitution from ALL Enemies Foreign and Domestic does anyone not understand?

Far as I can see, answer to this question of questions, the truth of this sorry reality, is the absence of that oath being honored, says everything.

Eternal everlasting shame.

Tell me I am wrong, please.

We got a little boy drawing pictures of Chickens that are fed up. A little boy who understands the tyranny enveloping us. ( Civil War 2 - The Chickens Have Had Enough! )
We got a million deer hunters that by many accounts are useless, who don't stand a snowballs chance in hell of honoring their oath of being rule of law abiding America's, who via lawful means of redress codified in Constitutional law express their desire to right these injustices of tyranny. That their need to throw off the chains of despotism is fruitless, unless, they do what guys who took an oath tell them to do. Well maybe those wise military minds are correct, might be they are not, but one things certain, those deer hunters, and fed up chickens too, got one thing in spades over the vast majority of those in the military...

Care to hazard a guess what it is?

Why does a little boy understand what this is about and has the virtue to express his concerns, but an entire army, the greatest mightiest military force the history of the human race has known, essentially mum?

Do you hear Crickets?



There is something incredibly wrong here.

Mind blowingly FUBAR
--Mt Top Patriot

PAUL: Ron Paul Revolution: GOP’s last best hope

 Illustration Ron Paul by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times


Some argue that Ron Paul was never relevant, that he was simply a gadfly who never accomplished anything legislatively. Others, myself included, argue that maybe, just maybe, the Ron Paul Revolution is the last best hope for saving the GOP from oblivion.

As I walk through airports, ride in taxis and meet people in large cities — people of color, working-class people, people with tattoos, people in overalls, people with piercings and even, at times, people in suits — I am amazed at the diversity of folks who come up and say how much they admire Ron Paul.

At rallies around the country, from the liberal bastion of Berkeley, Calif., where 8,000 students came to an event, to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, kids from all over the political spectrum came to listen to Ron Paul.

The naysayers will point out: “He didn’t even win a primary.” This is true, but when polled directly against President Obama, Ron Paul ran neck-and-neck with an interesting demographic. In the heat of the campaign, a Feb. 28 Rasmussen poll showed him leading Mr. Obama, winning the independent vote, taking a significant part of the Democratic vote and losing a significant part of the Republican vote. He truly attracted voters across the political divide from both parties and from independents.
His colleagues in Congress would ask with envy, “How do you raise so much money from the youth?
From the Internet?” The truth was much more revealing. College students, welders, carpenters, maids, blacks, whites and Hispanics latched onto Ron Paul’s unique message of fiscal conservatism, personal privacy and liberty and a less bellicose foreign policy, one of taking care of things at home before sending our soldiers and our money abroad. It is and was the message that attracted the youth, the message that combined the fiscal conservatism and limited constitutional government of Republicans and a more restrained foreign policy sometimes exhibited by Democrats.

When the GOP examines itself to try to regain its mojo, I hope Republicans will look at the message of Ron Paul, because as it stands now, the GOP is a dinosaur that can’t compete on the West Coast, in New England or in the Great Lakes region. Before the powers that be call for abandoning our limited-government principles, maybe we should look at how Ron Paul adhered more consistently to the first principles of our founders and, in the process, found a unique and diverse coalition that actually could have competed in a world not controlled by a two-party system.

In 1984, my father wrote a farewell address when he left Congress for the first time. He went back to delivering babies for 12 years. He didn’t think he would ever return to government. At that time, he wrote:

“Thousands of men and women have come and gone here in our country’s history, and except for the few, most go unnoticed and remain nameless in the pages of history, as I am sure I will be. The few who are remembered are those who were able to grab the reins of power and, for the most part, use that power to the detriment of the nation. We must remember that achieving power is never the goal sought by a truly free society. Dissipation of power is the objective of those who love liberty.”

While his conclusion is still true — dissipation of power is and should be the objective of those who love liberty — the idea that my father will remain nameless in the pages of history is far from accurate. You may not see highways or schools named after Ron Paul. Pundits may not refer to the Ron Paul bill (that is, unless by some miracle Sen. Harry Reid lets us vote to audit the Fed). My father’s imprint will not be in Washington but in the minds of the millions of today’s youth who found the message of liberty through a certain congressman from Texas.

For inspiring a new generation to love the ideas of liberty, we all owe a debt of gratitude to my father, the champion of liberty, Ron Paul.

16 Southern Pictures 1903 - 1967


More @ NamSouth

Dinesh D’Souza: Obama collaborating with radical Islam


Author Dinesh D’Souza told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview on Friday that the documentary he co-directed – “2016: Obama's America” – is even more relevant now in light of President Barack Obama’s re-election last week.

“This is the sort of relevance of ‘2016.’ The film, oddly enough, would be obsolete had Romney won, but is now very relevant that Obama’s there now,” D’Souza told Newsmax at Restoration Weekend 2012 in Palm Beach, Fla. “The film, in a way, looks at what would happen if Obama had his way.

“It’s almost as if we removed all obstacles, checks and balances, we removed the court, the Republican Congress. What if Obama could run unmolested? But, of course, he won’t. He’s going to have counterbalancing forces.

“On his own side in the Democratic Party, you have the mainstream Democrats and you have the left. Now, the left knows what Obama is doing. He is pursuing decline – and they want decline. This seems odd.

“I could go to a hundred American campuses and say: ‘America’s the rogue nation in the world. It’s America’s nuclear arsenal, not Iran’s that’s the problem. We should put the leash on America.’ And I’d get thunderous applause at Berkeley, Oberlin College, Yale.

“So there’s plenty of people on the left who have this sort of ‘let’s shrink America’ ideology,” D’Souza said.

More @ Newsmax

Florida County To Recount All West-Murphy Early Votes



A Florida canvassing board decided to begin counting this morning all 37,379 ballots from early voting in the race between  Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

St. Lucie County's decision, split 2-1, is at least a temporary victory for West, who trails Murphy by less than 2,000 votes in the race for Florida's 18th District seat covering St. Lucie, Martin and Palm Beach counties.

"We are pleased the Canvassing Board has done the right thing for the voters of St Lucie County by agreeing to a retabulation of early votes," said West in a press release. "All we have been fighting for since the very beginning is to ensure the citizens of this county have their votes accurately and fairly counted."

By early Saturday morning, Murphy's legal team sought an injuction in circuit court to stop the recount.

Shortly before 10 a.m. Murphy lawyer Liz Powers told the canvassing board of the action but county attorneys had not received word. The recount began shortly after 10 a.m.

West fired back at Murphy, issuing a statement:

"In a last-ditch effort to suppress the vote, Murphy's lawyers submitted sloppy and incomplete papers to the Court this morning to try to strong-arm the judge into preventing today's retabulation already underway. The Murphy team's motion is procedurally and substantively lacking. With every action attempted, Murphy demonstrates a complete lace of respect and utter disregard for the voters of St. Lucie County.

"Murphy's efforts bring to mind the dark times in our nation's history when politicians tried to manipulate the law to suppress the votes, and we are appalled by Murphy's apparent contempt for the voting rights of citizens to have their ballots accurately and fairly tabulated."

The canvassing board’s decision to recount came late Friday, hours after Treasure Coast Circuit Judge Dan Vaughn declined to intervene in the case, declining a request from West that he order a full recount of all early votes. 

According to The Palm Beach Post: "After Vaughn’s ruling, the canvassing board held a lengthy and at times heated meeting in which elections officials revealed that 306 ballots had gone uncounted and the attorney for St. Lucie County Elections Supervisor Gertrude Walker announced that the elections chief was in the hospital."

Nor'easter next week primarily a threat to North Carolina

Via NC Links and Thinks


A complex series of low pressure systems will affect the U.S. coast near North Carolina through early next week, and a powerful Nor'easter is expected to develop off the North Carolina coast on Monday, then move northeastwards out to sea. The storm will be too far from coastal areas of New Jersey and New York hard-hit by Sandy to cause more than minor coastal flooding, thankfully. However, high winds, heavy rain, and coastal flooding are expected to affect the coast of North Carolina beginning on Saturday, with the peak winds and greatest coastal flooding likely to occur on Sunday and Monday. 

Minor to moderate flooding will occur along much of the Northeast North Carolina coast, and coastal Highway 12 that connects the Outer Banks to the mainland will probably be cut. Hurricane Sandy pummeled the Outer Banks of North Carolina in late October, causing $13 million in damage. Sandy weakened or wiped out the protective dunes along a long section of coast, and caused significant damage to coastal Highway 12. As a result, all it takes is a high tide to cause overwash on this vital artery. The road was closed on Tuesday due to overwash during the high tide cycles, and requires a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to navigate it due to the extensive damage it has suffered over the past two weeks. Residents of the Outer Banks must take a 2-hour ferry ride to get to the mainland when Highway 12 is cut.

“They tried to kill my daughter.”

Via Hype And Fail 


 An early morning FBI raid has a District Heights family in fear. The agents came into the house and drew their guns at the family’s daughter, but she wasn’t armed.

“They almost hit my daughter, man,” says Emory Hughley. “If I hadn’t told her to go back in her room they probably would have shot her.”

Hughley says he was asleep in the basement when he heard a bang at the front door. His 18-year-old daughter Myasia was upstairs in her room with two friends who were spending the night. Around 6 a.m. he says he came up to the living room and saw 15 FBI SWAT agents coming inside, guns drawn.
“I’m shouting ‘Nobody is armed, nobody has a gun!’ and then all of a sudden I heard ‘She’s got a gun!’ and they just opened fire,” he says.

Hughley says he looked up and saw his daughter standing outside her bedroom in the hallway. Then he heard gunfire.

“I’ve got eight holes in my wall. One bullet went past my head, almost hit me, ricocheted off my brick wall and some of the shrap metal hit my little daughter in the back of her neck, all for nothing.” says Hughley.

Myasia was treated at a local hospital for a flesh wound and released.

More @ ABC 7


House GOP: Obama officials using secret emails to avoid oversight


The House science committee is demanding the White House explain why top administration officials are using secret e-mail accounts and other techniques to conceal their taxpayer-paid activities from public oversight.

The evidence of officials’ efforts to evade transparency laws includes EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s use of the fake name “Richard Windsor”, and hidden e-mail accounts, according to a Nov. 16 letter sent by the committee to several White House officials, including Jackson.

The committee’s letters justified their startling statements with evidence published in The Daily Caller. The Caller’s report was based on an investigation by Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the author of a new book “The Liberal War on on Transparency.”
“The use of these [hidden] accounts could seriously impair records collection, preservation, and access, therefore compromising transparency and oversight,” said the letter, signed by committee chairman Rep. Ralph Hall.

The letter also asked Jackson’s office to provide all records related to “‘Richard Windsor’ or other aliases used by the EPA Administrator or senior management…. [plus] records relating to the establishment or use of dual, secondary, or non-public email accounts.”

Efficiency: $4 Million Spent to Distribute $12 Million in Food Stamps


In the wake of hurricane Isaac, Baton Rouge, Louisiana spent $4 million dollars setting up emergency food stamp application sites which eventually distributed $12 million in benefits.

Hurricane Isaac struck the gulf coast the last week of August 2012 and was responsible for nine deaths. In the wake of the disaster, emergency food stamp sites were set up at six locations in Baton Rouge. In that city alone $4.2 million was spent on renting everything from chairs to port-a-potties to food service.

According to records examined by CBS affiliate WAFB, $360,000 was spent renting 240 portable toilets, over 112 of which were delivered to one location. Nearly half a million dollars was spent catering food and snacks for state workers.

WAFB notes that the $4.2 million spent in Baton Rouge did not include the salaries of state workers. The cost of setting up the distributions sites was split between the state of Louisiana and the federal government.

A total of $12.4 million in food stamps were distributed as a result of the effort, less than triple what was spent on the distribution effort itself.

Medical giant Stryker cuts 1,170 jobs, citing ObamaCare


Medical supply giant Stryker is the latest company to announce job cuts in anticipation of coming costs associated with ObamaCare, even though the man who inherited a fortune from the company's founder is a fan.

The company will cut 1,170 jobs, or five percent of its worldwide workforce, despite the fact that the founder's grandson was one of the largest contributors to President Obama’s re-election campaign. Medical tech scion Jon Stryker, whose net worth is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, contributed $2 million to the Priorities USA Action super PAC and has given $66,000 in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party. Stryker does not run the company.

A "medical device excise tax" included in the mandate imposes a 2.3 percent levy on medical device manufacturers and suppliers, which critics say will raise prices on everything from pacemakers to prosthetics to stents. Companies will be required to pay the tax regardless if they have a profit or loss for the year. The tax is estimated to cost the medical device industry $20 billion.

House Republicans tried to have the tax repealed, drafting a bill called the Protect Medical Innovation Act, but the Democrat-controlled Senate has blocked the measure.

More @ Fox

Arizona Gun Store: No Obama Voters Allowed

A gun shop in Arizona has a clear message to would-be customers who happened to vote for President Barack Obama: take your business elsewhere.

Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Ariz. took out an advertisement last week in the local newspaper, the White Mountain Independentthat spelled out the store's new policy in explicit terms.
"If you voted for Barack Obama your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority," the ad reads. "You have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm."

A sign on the store's front door contains a similar message. Cope Reynolds, the owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority, posted a letter on the website AmmoLand shortly after the election last week to explain his motives, writing that his personal convictions trump profit:

More @ TPM

Israel readies to invade Gaza as strikes from both sides continue

Via Michael


From Gaza City to Tel Aviv, rockets kept flying, people kept dying and fear and anger on both sides kept growing.

For all the bloodshed thus far -- including at least 30 killed in Gaza since Wednesday, according to a Palestinian government website, and Israel reporting three deaths in Kiryat Malachi -- there has been little indication the situation will calm any time soon.

In fact, fears are rising that the opposite will hold true. Israel's Cabinet on Friday approved the activation of up to 75,000 reservists, prime minister's spokesman Mark Regev said. Also, the Israel Defense Forces reported earlier in the day that it is "mobilizing forces" in preparation for a "possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip."

More and slideshow @ CNN

2nd Amendment Re-post

Roundabout via Carl

The Unmitigated Disaster Known As Project ORCA



When the Nerds Go Marching In
A GREAT article about the Obama campaign's electronic 'ground game', Narwhal, how they put it together, tested it to fail multiple times, and made it work. Compared to Team Mitten's Orca (which FAILED miserably), this is a great example of how things SHOULD be done. EVERY person with any interest in being involved in a campaign in the future SHOULD READ THIS ARTICLE!

Remember that Orca hadn't really been tested until election day? Here's what the Narwhal team did 17 days before the election: "We worked through every possible disaster situation," Reed said. "We did three actual all-day sessions of destroying everything we had built."

Money quote: "We knew what to do," Reed maintained, no matter what the scenario was. "We had a runbook that said if this happens, you do this, this, and this. They did not do that with Orca."

No, they didn't, and it showed. Yet another Team Romney FAIL!

The Obama campaign's technologists were tense and tired. It was game day and everything was going wrong.
Josh Thayer, the lead engineer of Narwhal, had just been informed that they'd lost another one of the services powering their software. That was bad: Narwhal was the code name for the data platform that underpinned the campaign and let it track voters and volunteers. If it broke, so would everything else.
They were talking with people at Amazon Web Services, but all they knew was that they had packet loss. Earlier that day, they lost their databases, their East Coast servers, and their memcache clusters. Thayer was ready to kill Nick Hatch, a DevOps engineer who was the official bearer of bad news. Another of their vendors, PalominoDB, was fixing databases, but needed to rebuild the replicas. It was going to take time, Hatch said. They didn't have time.
They'd been working 14-hour days, six or seven days a week, trying to reelect the president, and now everything had been broken at just the wrong time. It was like someone had written a Murphy's Law algorithm and deployed it at scale.
They'd been working 14-hour days, six or seven days a week, trying to reelect the president, and now everything had been broken at just the wrong time.
And that was the point. "Game day" was October 21. The election was still 17 days away, and this was a live action role playing (LARPing!) exercise that the campaign's chief technology officer, Harper Reed, was inflicting on his team. "We worked through every possible disaster situation," Reed said. "We did three actual all-day sessions of destroying everything we had built."

Hamas and IDF

Via Hype And Fail