Thursday, May 26, 2011

Texas rebels against govt mandated sexual assault...the justice dept reacts with an abuse of power

The State of Texas remains under assault from an out-of-control federal government. The latest attack on state's rights comes from the TSA.

The Texas Legislature has recently been looking into the TSA full-body patdowns and in response they have put together a bill that would make it a crime to fondle the genitals of any citizen as a requisite for travel. The bill passed the House without a single dissenting vote. No one - Democrat or Republican - voted against this measure. So it was sent to the Senate where they also seemed ready to pass the Bill.

That's when the long arm of the Federal gov't reached in. A Justice Dept attorney sent the Texas Senate a letter that essentially threatened legal action, AND threatened to cancel all flights to and from Texas if this bill passed. In other words, the Justice Dept abused its power by using it to coerce a State Legislature into doing its bidding.  Keep in mind, the TSA groping is not a federal law.  This is all part of the executive branch where they have enacted homeland security standards that calls for sexually assaulting random airline passengers before they can fly.  If Congress had passed a law allowing govt officials to sexually assault random passengers prior to travel then Texas may not have the Constitutional authority to act (however, a court challenge would certainly be in order).  But I digress.

At any rate, the TSA is violating random citizens without probable cause, the Texas legislature took a stand and the Justice Dept threatened them with severe penalties if they proceeded.

The Texas Senate folded like a cheap suit. They failed to pass the bill. Now, government agents continue to have the authority to sexually assault you and your children on a whim, and the citizens of this country are powerless to stop it. This is all because of a federal agency - the TSA - that has no clue how to actually protect US citizens. It is because a State's elected representatives don't know the meaning of the word 'courage'. It is because we have a Justice Dept that is infected with unprecedented levels of corruption.

There are many things this presidential administration has screwed up. But I think once it is finally over, few of those mistakes will measure up against the foul management of the Justice Dept. Eric Holder is a disgrace.

I don't know about you guys, but I'm getting tired of this President's mafia-like way of doing business. Issuing threats, knee-capping your enemies, granting healthcare waivers to your friends, this is not "hope and change" for D.C. This is Chicago thuggery come to Washington. He'll cancel an overseas trip to save his healthcare bill, but when a Missouri town gets wiped off the map he won't be inconvenienced by it...there's beer to drink in Ireland. Barack Obama is an embarrassment to our Republic.

And now the great state of Texas cowers before the federal gov't because a justice department pimp sends a threatening letter. How sad.

Rest assured, my fellow Texans won't forget this. There are Senators in Austin who pill pay a hefty political price for not standing against Holder and his goons. We're in a situation where citizens' rights are being threatened and the Texas Senate has decided to stand on the wrong side.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is not a federal disaster...because it's Texas.

The Texas Forest Service has helped respond to nearly 10,000 separate wildfires since November 2010. During that time, 2.3 million acres of Texas land has been burned by fire, that's more land than nearly two Rhode Islands. Hundreds of homes have been lost, and the fires have crept dangerously close to Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Governor Perry asked for parts of Texas to be declared federal disaster areas. President Obama has denied that request.

I'm sure the President's denial has nothing to do with the fact that Texas is one of the most conservative states in America.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Texas has not voted for a democrat President since the 70s.  No.

For comparison, let's look at some things that President Obama DOES consider a federal disaster.

April 2011, the harbor at Crescent City, California was destroyed by tsunami waves after the Japanese earthquake. President Obama declared this a federal disaster...a harbor.

April 2011, a similar declaration was made regarding Brookings Harbor in Oregon.

March 2011, 60 counties in Illinois were declared federal disaster areas after a blizzard.

March 2011, 7 counties in Connecticut declared federal disaster areas after a blizzard.

March 2010, Obama declared parts of California federal disasters after wildfires in 2009. Those fires destroyed 300,000 acres, one-eigth of what has been destroyed in Texas, and yet the President does not feel the Texas fires meet the criteria for disaster money.  I'm sure the President isn't playing politics with peoples lives and homes.  I'm sure there is a logical reason why he considers a wildfire in California to be a federal disaster, but does not feel the same about a wildfire 8 times bigger in Texas.

Today, the President is in Texas to discuss immigration. Of course.  Election time is right around the corner and it's never too soon to pander to racial minorities.  I wonder if someone will question him about his lack of empathy for those who have suffered greatly from these terrible fires.
And if he needs to declare another federal disaster anytime soon, I would suggest he start with his own presidency.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Obama's victory parade

Yesterday the White House announced no photos of a dead Usama will be released for public view.  President Obama said Bin Laden was not a "trophy" and that there was no need to "spike the football". 

Then he packed up and headed to Ground Zero.

Today is May the 5th.  Why is the President at Ground Zero?  I remind you all that President Obama has NEVER visited Ground Zero as President.  Why now?

Mind you, I don't have a problem with the President of the United States pausing at Ground Zero to honor the fallen.  But I do find it odd - and more than coincidental - that this President chose to make his first visit in two and a half years just days after Bin Laden was killed.  There is no explanation from the White House about why this day was chosen and if it was scheduled before or after the death of Bin Laden. 

Is it possible that President Obama is politicizing the death of Osama Bin Laden? 

He invited George W Bush to join him.  Bush declined.  I'm sure the former president was wondering the same thing as I.  Even Bill Clinton declined the invite. 

Here's the thing.  Regardless of Obama's intentions it looks tacky.  It looks like a victory parade for himself.  It looks like he's spiking the football.  But no photos of dead Bin Laden.

In related news, the UN is now demanding all of the information regarding the assault into Pakistan that killed Bin Laden.  They want to know if our action was legal according to international standards.  That's funny.

It's funny that the UN portrays itself as a defender of international justice, even when it's the death of a homicidal maniac in question.  Does anyone remember the last time the UN demanded information from the Palestinians for their attacks on Israel?  Me neither.  It's funny that the UN thinks they can demand anything from America.  I would promptly tell them what they could do with their demands but I doubt Obama has the courage.

And in Pakistan, there are protests against America.  You know, flag burning, we're the devil, etc.  Apparently the Pakistani people have a problem with America killing one of the most evil human beings to ever draw breath.  Isn't it about time we started calling it as we see it?  Pakistan is a terrorist state.  Yes, I said it.

They harbored the most notorious terrorist in world history.  And now they are enraged over America's action to kill that terrorist.  Yes, Pakistan is a terrorist state.  And, by the way, they are also a nuclear state.  Scary. 

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

No photos of dead Usama

The White House says they will not release any photos of the dead Bin Laden.  The concern is that such a publication would offend the Muslim world.  It would be inflammatory. 

"There is no need to spike the football," says President Obama.  Hillary Clinton agrees, as do many in the Obama administration.

Then I pulled some old headlines off of Drudge reminding us all of what the President is okay with showing us.

Here's a headline about the Obama administration allowing the release of hundreds of photos of US troops engaged in torture and prisoner abuse

And here's another where a policy is changed allowing photographs of military caskets and body bags as they are unloaded from overseas flights

Oh, I see.
Oh, I get it.

It's okay for us to see photos of US troops engaged in prisoner abuse.  Of course those photos will inflame the Muslim world and put other US troops in danger...but more importantly they will embarrass Obama's political enemies and his presidential predecessor.  Yes, by all means, LET'S RELEASE THOSE PHOTOS!

And we must have photos of dead US troops in their coffins.  Because that's SOOOO important.  Otherwise, we may not actually know how terrible war is if we don't see photos of dead US soldiers in coffins.  By all means, snap away.

But dead Usama?  Absolutely not.  A photo of one of America's most hated enemies.  That's where the President draws the line.  It would be way too offensive.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Bin Laden is dead...the good and the bad

Good:  Osama Bin Laden is dead.  I hope he roasts in hell for an eternity.  Yes, I said it.  No one deserves it more.  No capture.  No trial.  No media circus like we see with KSM.  Double tap to the head, lights out.  Lets party.

Bad:  The reaction from the Muslim world is lukewarm at best.  Sad.  This maniac murders 3000 Americans in cold blood and they're dancing in the streets.  We eliminate the man who is responsible for thousands of innocent Muslim deaths and not a peep from the Middle East (except for Saudi Arabia).  What is wrong with these people?  Can somebody explain to me why the Muslim world wouldn't welcome the death of someone who has done so much damage to their religion?

Good:  We took him out in a brilliantly executed mission, and we took control of his body.  Further proof of his death. 

Bad:  For some reason, President Obama felt obliged to honor Bin Laden's death by granting him Muslim burial rights.  I understand the need to be sensitive toward Muslim customs, but again this man was a menace to the Muslim religion.  He did not represent Islam.  He murdered Muslims by the score.  Did he really deserve to have his body treated with respect as to Muslim custom?  No.  Bring the body to the USA.  Have it examined by military and private sector pathologists for further confirmation of his death, incinerate it, then scatter the ashes over the sea.

Good:  President Obama gave the order that had to be given.  We had to infiltrate Pakistan to carry out the attack.  That's not easy when we're supposed to be working with them.  But Obama didn't hesitate.  Give him credit.  He has picked up where Bush left off and has done some very good things in the war on terror.  I applaud him for it, and I applaud Bush for laying the groundwork. 

Bad:  Pakistan can't be trusted.  Period.  I say withdraw all foreign aid from them and wish them luck fighting off the Taliban. 

Good:  Americans reacted with jubilation at the news, joining together to celebrate in the streets.  It was good to see.  For a moment, it was 9/12 all over again.  For a moment, we were united as a nation.  No divisions.  No partisans.  No political ideology.   And then...

Bad:  Many of those celebrating carried Obama-Biden 2012 signs.  Many were chanting "four more years".  Many were chanting Obama's name.  While the majority of people were singing God Bless America and the national anthem, these idiots were turning it into an Obama political rally. 

Really?  You're going to inject politics into this moment?  Sickening.

What I like most is that we proved our resolve as a nation.  It took us a while, but we got him.  There were times we thought about quitting, and many people wanted to give up and bring the troops home.  But more determined minds prevailed.  Despite the political pressure, we kept up the fight.  We refused to give up.  Bill Chrystal said it best when he said "the wheels of justice may turn slowly, but turn they do".  Indeed.  We proved that no matter where you hide, no matter how long it takes, no matter the cost, when you attack us we will hunt you down.  We will find you.  And we will kill you.  It's quite a testament to our strength as a nation. 

Many evil human beings have met their end in similar ways, defying liberty, challenging our God given rights.  We have stood our ground against them all, and triumphed.  Bin Laden is dead.  He is the latest in a long line of tyrants who have assaulted liberty and lost.  Perhaps one day, the tyrants will learn.