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Selected News For The Week Jun 25 – Jul 1

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This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

45 Responses to “Selected News For The Week Jun 25 – Jul 1”

  1. canary says:

    Obama, tells troops of 1st alive soldier he gave Medal to, but their fallen hero had died prior in 2006.

    FoxNews: White House Corrects Record After Obama Claims Medal of Honor Recipient Still Alive

    June 24, 2011

    The White House sought to correct the record after the president mistakenly claimed Thursday that a Medal of Honor recipient who died in Afghanistan was still alive.

    The president made the error while speaking to troops from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y.

    “First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously,” Obama said.

    Monti, however, died in Afghanistan in 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2009 for his actions sacrificing his own life to try and save a fellow soldier.

    … Carney said in a statement. “The president paid tribute to Monti in his remarks to troops in Afghanistan in March 2010….”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/24/white-house-corrects-record-after-obama-claims-medal-honor-recipient-still/#ixzz1QG5kpS6r

    White House has New Job Opening: Wanted Skilled Teleprompter Operator

    NOTE AP’s article & video of Obama speaking to troops.

    AP leaves this out of article and cuts the video after Obama starts the honoring to the 10th. Glimps throughout show
    disheartened troops, and the clip ends with Obama searching for hands to shake among the sad troops.

    getting troops to shake his hand.


  2. canary says:

    CNSnews: Under Obama, U.S. Casualty Rate in Afghanistan Increased 5-Fold
    June 22, 2011
    By Edwin Mora

    (CNSNews.com) – The average monthly casualty rate for U.S. military forces serving in Afghanistan has increased 5-fold since President Barack Obama was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009.

    1,540 U.S. troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Oct. 7, 2001, when U.S. forces began fighting in that country to oust the Taliban regime that had been harboring al Qaeda and to track down and capture or kill al Qaeda terrorists.

    During the Bush presidency, which ended on Jan. 20, 2009 with the inauguration of President Obama, U.S. troops were present in Afghanistan for 87.4 months and suffered 570 casualties—a rate of 6.5 deaths per month.

    During the Obama presidency, through today, U.S. troops have been present in Afghanistan for 29.1 months and have suffered 970 casualties—a rate of 33.3 deaths per month.

    During Obama’s presidency, U.S. troops have given their lives in the service of their country in Afghanistan at an average rate of more than one per day.

    CNSNews.com’s database of U.S. military fatalities in Afghanistan is derived from official casualty reports issued by the Department of Defense (DOD) augmented by information taken from media accounts…

    This is a list of the U.S. military personnel who have given their lives serving their country in Afghanistan since Memorial Day, which was May 30. The list includes the hero’s name, age, hometown and date of death as reported by the Department of Defense.

    article and list of fallen soldiers

  3. canary says:

    The Telegraph: Osama bin Laden courier’s mobile phone linked to Pakistan’s ISI Intelligence

    June 24 2011 by Dean Nelson,Rob Crilly in Karachi

    A mobile phone recovered during the US raid last month on Osama bin Laden’s hideout shows the al-Qaeda leader’s closest courier regularly communicated with commanders of a terrorist group linked to Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency, according to American officials.

    The disclosure is likely to widen the rift between Washington and Islamabad amid growing suspicions that some elements of the country’s security services helped to shield bin Laden.

    Call records revealed he had called a number of South Waziristan-based commanders from the militant group Harakat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), which was blamed for the 1999 hijacking of Indian Airlines flight which led to the release of a number of jailed militants in a deal brokered by Afghanistan’s Taliban government, the 2002 suicide bombing of the US consulate in Karachi and the murder of Daniel Pearl.

    Its leader Fazl-ur-Rahman Khalil was recently found living openly in an Islamabad suburb. He has addressed militant rallies and his group’s website, which urges volunteers to join its jihad, lists accounts at the Muslim Commercial Bank in Karachi’s Shershah neighbourhood for donations.

    “It’s a serious lead. It’s an avenue we’re investigating,” a US official told the newspaper, but admitted it was “no smoking gun” – it did not prove the courier discussed bin Laden’s presence in Pakistan…


    US official claims it is “no smoking gun”?

    Seriously, I’d say it’s time to smoke Pakistan’s nuclear warheads. Their children dancing in the streets for days after 9/11 was enough proof for me.
    Perhaps there’s a safe way; a way to force them dismantle their warhead safely.
    If Democrats Clinton could bomb Kosova with no objections and Obama bomb Libya with no objections, now is the time to do it.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I’m all for dropping the entire Obamao White House, Congress and Senate
      on Packystan from 30,000 feet. I like to see how many flap their arms as if
      can really fly. Hell……the EPA would probably bill us for the clean up. (bastards)

  4. Petronius says:

    This may be the best knife-in-the-back trick since Mussolini invaded France in 1940.

    So why should Britain ever trust the United States again?

    With Britain’s military fighting alongside American forces in Afghanistan and the Middle East, Argentina threatens a renewed attack on the Falklands — this time with American support for Argentina’s “legitimate aspirations.”

    Daily Mail Online

    Forget the Fighting Talk. The Prime Minister Will Be Dead Meat if He Loses the Falklands

    by Stephen Glover, 23 June 2011

    The Argentinian Government had another go at Britain yesterday over the Falkland islands. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman accused this country of acting like ‘bully boy thugs’.

    This was a variation on the abuse handed out a few days ago by the Argentine leader, President Cristina Kirchner. She described Britain as ‘a crude colonial power in decline’. She may be limbering up to a second presidential campaign in a few months, and anti-British invective goes down well with the electorate.

    So it’s all for show? I wouldn’t say so. Argentina remains obsessed with regaining the Falklands, and the prospect of lots of oil around the islands has added vigour to her ancient claim.

    Other things have changed. The U.S. government, a staunch ally of Britain when we re-took the Falklands in 1982, now appears to side with Argentina. At any rate, a couple of weeks ago the Obama administration signed a declaration calling on Britain to enter negotiations over the sovereignty of the islands.

    But something else, even more important, has also changed. As a result of last autumn’s strategic defence and security review, this country may well be unable to defend the Falklands from Argentinian attack. Don’t just take my word for it.

    Admiral Sir John ‘Sandy’ Woodward, who was the head of the Naval task force in the Falklands war, recently wrote in the Mail that as a result of defence cuts Britain could do nothing to defend the Falklands. We no longer have a single aircraft carrier capable of defending the islands.

    According to the Admiral, we have four ‘ageing and ineffective’ Tornados based at Mount Pleasant airbase in the Falklands. He thinks that even with one aircraft carrier it would have been uphill work protecting the islands.

    Without one — and with no prospect of American help — it would be impossible.

    * * *

    Whatever the truth, many servicemen, from generals to privates, are bewildered that a government which cut the defence budget by 8 per cent last autumn should be expecting the armed forces to do more, not less.

    * * *

    Even as things stand, our armed forces are evidently unable to fulfil all the tasks that politicians throw at them. Imagine what would happen if those tasks suddenly included fighting the Argentinians eight thousand miles away.

    * * *


    Britain may afford us a glimpse into America’s own Liberalized socialized future — an American military overextended and engaged in remote corners of the world, fighting three or four no-win wars simultaneously, fighting without any coherent planning, direction, or clear-cut goals, where every deployment and redeployment is erratic and unpredictable, the result not of a prudent estimate of the objective situation but rather of impatience, panic, ineptitude, or cold cynical calculation and egoism, with endless dithering and blundering about, waiting for the United Nations to act, waiting for this, waiting for that, shuffling and reshuffling military commanders, and then repeatedly ignoring the advice of the new commander we have just appointed, so that our forces are used at the wrong times and places, against the wrong targets, in the wrong amounts, using just enough force to assure the worst possible result from all possible points of view, with our armed forces cut to the bone by austerity measures, with every available resource diverted into redistributive social welfare and wasteful stimulus spending programs, and unable to meet any new threats to our own territory from opportunistic aggressors … aggressors egged on by our professed friends and trading partners.

    Wait a minute. Am I pounding on an open door? Why, we’re already there.

    • canary says:

      Obama took the side of Argentina over a year ago. Obama was caught a few months ago secretly equipping Argentina with Military weapons and training. Obama tried to pretend Argentina seized the U.S. Air Force’s Cargo Plane US Air Force Globemaster III’s “communication equipment” when the purpose was just for U.S. troops to give them weapons and ammo and train Argentine “Special Forces” and hold military exercises.

      According to Wikileaks, Argentine and Obama have been in diplomacy for months trying to get Buenos Aires to join.

      What a greedy oil warmonger Obama is. Let’s face it, Obama does not like light skinned countries.
      Let’s not forget Obama is still trying to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, suspended last year by the go greens pressure.

      Obama will straighten up the problem next time he visits. Oh boy, who do you believe Obama, his spokesman, or Argentina warning Obama he’s best to keep his mouth shut.

      So, we’ll probably never know if Argentine seized the communication equipment. I can’t remember his last visit to Argentine because he travels constantly.

      Obama to CFK: “can we have our (US Air Force seized) equipment back”


    • Petronius says:

      canary : “Obama took the side of Argentina over a year ago.”

      Spot on. You have a good memory, canary. Here’s the article dated 11 June 2010 :


      Typically Nerobama ignores the wishes of the inhabitants of the Falklands. They are called Kelpers or Islanders; they are loyal Britons of Welsh and Scottish descent who want nothing to do with Argentina.

      There is growing support in Britain for pulling their troops out of Afghanistan. The Brits feel their sacrifice is unappreciated. They are fed up with Nerobama’s insults, deceptions, and betrayals, his backstabbing, his bullying and shakedown of BP, and what they rightly see as American ingratitude.

      The amount of damage this man has done in just two and a half years is astounding.

    • proreason says:

      “The amount of damage this man has done in just two and a half years is astounding.”


      It’s the proof that incompetance cannot be the explanation. An incompetant person would have taken some actions that would have benefited the country. Random chance would make it inevitable.

      It’s deliberate.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Chavez Hospitalized, “Pelvic Abscess”.

    FOX via the AP: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/06/25/hugo-chavez-reportedly-in-critical-condition-after-surgery/?test=latestnews

    Hugo Chavez Reportedly in Critical Condition After Surgery

    Published June 25, 2011

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is reportedly in critical condition after undergoing surgery in Havana, Cuba, unnamed U.S. intelligence sources told the El Nuevo Herald.

    Chavez is “in critical condition, not grave, but critical, complicated,” the source told the newspaper; the Spanish-language, sister publication of the Miami Herald.

    Officials say Chavez underwent surgery June 10 for a pelvic abscess, which is an accumulation of pus that can have various causes, including infection or surgical complications. Neither Chavez nor doctors treating him have disclosed what caused the abscess.

    Here’s a possibility: STD, http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/102/main.html#DiagnosisofPelvicInflammatoryDisease

    “Pelvic abscess is a walled-off pocket of infection in the pelvic cavity.

    Treatment for male partners involves the same treatment as for women.

    PID is caused by a bacterial infection that moves from the lower genital tract…

    In most cases, it is caused by chlamydia or gonorrhea, two very common sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). However, other kinds of bacteria and bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, anaerobes, enteric gram-negative rods and streptocci, can be associated with PID.”

    Nobody has heard Chavez speak since he talked by telephone with Venezuelan state television on June 12, saying he was quickly recovering from the surgery two days earlier.

    The only glimpse of Chavez came when the Cuban government released photos of the Venezuelan leader at the hospital with Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro on June 17.

    Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua said Chavez is attending to his day-to-day government duties while recuperating.

    Venezuelans are accustomed to near daily speeches and television appearances by Chavez that can last several hours, even when he’s traveling abroad.

    I may be being presumptuous, but it appears that like most autocrat dictators, Hugo has a problem satiating his many “desires” and apparently is showing very poor choices in who he has “serve” him.

    • canary says:

      Explains how secretive and going to Cuba of all places. Rotten not to have informed his sexual partners, but it appears U.S. intelligence has notified the president by now.

      Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hugo feel the love.
      Hugo and Harry Belafonte sing “The Banana Boat Song.”
      Hugo considers Jesse Jackson to be a representative of the American government
      Cindy Sheehan and Hugo get cozy.
      Hugo gives Sean Penn some pointers.
      Danny Glover and Hugo are joined at the hip. (Where might their other hands be?)

      Obama’s diversity czar explaining they must control the media as Hugo Chavez has done is happening. That long hugging slapping shaking highfiving squeezing Obama did with Chavez on an unofficial trip is scrubbed.

      Obama’s diversity czar loves Chavez too.

  6. canary says:

    BBC News: Egypt drops plans for IMF loan amid popular distrust

    June 25 2011

    Egypt has dropped plans to seek loans from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, Finance Minister Samir Radwan has said.

    Many of those who took part in Egypt’s uprising denounced the role of the IMF.

    Despite apparently lenient terms on which the IMF offered the loan, many Egyptians were unhappy, feeling it was a betrayal of the protest movement that had denounced the IMF as a tool of imperialism, our correspondent says.

    Mr Radwan now says that following discussions with civic and business groups and the military council, the budget forecast has been revised down from a deficit of 170 billion Egyptian pounds ($28.5bn; £17.8bn) to 134 billion pounds, and loans are thus not needed at this stage.

    He said Egypt would cover the greater part of the deficit from “local sources”, as well as packages from Gulf Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which he said had provided $500m in the past week as a “gift”.

    The protesters want a complete change from the lumbering, state-controlled economic systems that failed to provide jobs for tens of millions of young people.


    yeah Mr. Radwan doesn’t want to lose his head from taking
    money from infidels. Saudi will hopefully appease them.

  7. Melly says:

    You’re all equal here: Swedish school bans ‘him’ and ‘her’ in bid to stop children falling into gender stereotypes
    By Daily Mail Reporter

    Last updated at 12:58 AM on 27th June 2011

    A pre-school in Sweden has decided to stop calling children ‘him’ or ‘her’ in a bid to stop them falling into gender stereotypes.
    The Egalia preschool, in the Sodermalm district of Stockholm, has made the decision as part of the country efforts to engineer equality between the sexes from childhood.

    As well as the decision to stop using the words, the taxpayer-funded school also carefully plans the colour and placement of toys and the choice of books to assure they do not fall into stereotypes………..

    …………..Meanwhile, nearly all the children’s books deal with homosexual couples, single parents or adopted children. There are no ‘Snow White,’ ‘Cinderella’ or other fairy tales.
    Director Lotta Rajalin notes that Egalia places a special emphasis on fostering an environment tolerant of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

    ………….Staff at the school try to shed masculine and feminine references from their speech, including the pronouns him or her – ‘han’ or ‘hon’ in Swedish. Instead, they’ve have adopted the genderless ‘hen’………..

    ………Jay Belsky, a child psychologist at the University of California, Davis, said he’s not aware of any other school like Egalia, and he questioned whether it was the right way to go.
    ‘The kind of things that boys like to do — run around and turn sticks into swords — will soon be disapproved of,’ he said.
    ‘So gender neutrality at its worst is emasculating maleness.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008453/School-bans-bid-stop-children-falling-gender-stereotypes.html#ixzz1QR12zFSu


    Boys will be boys? Uh, no.

  8. Illusions says:

    Obama administration considers 56.2 mpg vehicle fuel standard

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Obama administration is considering requiring all new cars and trucks sold in the United States to get an average of 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

    U.S. officials presented the possible new standard in a proposal to representatives of Detroit auto makers, the Journal reported in its online edition.

    The newspaper said the proposal isn’t final and could be adjusted over the next several weeks before it is presented to White House budget officials.


    Say goodbye to the auto industry in the US.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Other nations were able to cooperate with Cater’s high fuel mileage requirements; In part due to the fact that fuel costs in their homelands were higher and they used smaller engines/lighter cars to begin with and also because their ability to adapt and change small things more quickly allowed them to gain a bigger foothold in the US. The US makers, who were essentially being punished for making cars that were big, powerful and heavy, and our gas was about 60c/gallon. There was no real pressing need for any type of government restriction to make cars get better mileage. There were plenty around that if buyers wanted/needed 30mpg or better, they could purchase as they required.

      Carter, by doing what he did, essentially crippled the US car makers to follow a plan that was ill-conceived (imagine that) and due to the union-heavy, poorly educated assembly-line workers, coupled with a complete disconnect between engineering and marketing departments of the big 3, we got such things as the Vega, the Cadillac 8-6-4 engine that never worked and most owners had disconnected anyway, as well as many more rolling disasters. US car makers were scrambling to come p with viable products that they could sell and then forget about, while Honda, Toyota and Datsun (Nissan) were making durable/reliable machines that lasted well into ten years of age.

      It’s always so predictable when the government dictates what the market should bring. If anyone has any doubt that our current brand of government is full of socialist/communists, think again. The intellectual elite who can draw you a pretty graph and explain things in ethereal terms is no answer to reality and market-share mechanics. So, yes, as far as GM/Chrysler is concerned, you can kiss them goodbye. They had been making a reasonable effort by re-inventing 1960’s muscle-car classics like the Camaro, the Challenger and their Hemi line along with Cadillac producing aggressive upscale powerful cars. This is unsatisfactory to the new castrati who think everyone should drive a thimble, gumdrop car that runs on butterfly farts.

  9. canary says:

    Governor Otto selling his state to the Chinese

    NewAmerican: Idaho Governor Selling His State to the Chinese?

    by Joe Wolverton, II
    09 June 2011

    In a letter proudly publicized on a state-sponsored website, Idaho Governor Butch Otter (left, a Republican) describes a program designed to “grow Idaho’s Gross Domestic Product” by creating “quality jobs for all Idahoans by fostering systemic growth, recruiting new companies to Idaho, and selling Idaho’s trade and investment opportunities to the world.” The following is from Governor Otter’s announcement of the plan known as Project 60.

    Project 60 is just a name. But it stands for a goal, and a way of getting there….

    No state or local agency, no government of any kind can successfully tackle this kind of goal alone. Project 60 belongs to all of us and it needs all of us to be champions of this effort. Today, I invite you to be a Project 60 Partner. This Web site is built for you to participate in the process.

    Consider this “home base” for Project 60. This is where you will have the chance to offer “Top-to-Top” help in our efforts to recruit new and expanding businesses to Idaho, the chance to tell us about networking opportunities with your vendors and customers in other states, and the chance to become an ambassador for Idaho’s future. I want you to tell us about your own success stories and offer us tips and advice about what it takes to thrive in business here.

    Specifically, “The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service administers an immigrant investor visa program called EB-5. The program grants foreigners permanent U.S. residency in exchange for helping create U.S. jobs.” This prong will facilitate the immigration of Chinese nationals into the United States for the purpose of establishing a Chinese industrial beachhead in Idaho, under the guise of creating U.S. jobs.

    Put simply, Idaho (and reportedly other states, as well) are offering the Chinese a way to dump their useless treasury bonds without sacrificing the strength of their clamp on the economic pipeline of American industry.

    The specifics of the wheeling and dealing between Idaho’s state government and their Chinese counterparts are unclear with a few exceptions. What is known is that “top Idaho officials have been traveling to China and entertaining the Chinese here, in order to help facilitate this.”

    The result of these junkets? American Falls, Idaho will soon be home to a Chinese-owned fertilizer plant. A significant swathe of land south of Boise (about thirty thousand acres) was bought by China, a purchase Idaho’s governor promises will “reinvigorate our American industrial base.”

    Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert, who led an April 2011 trade delegation to Beijing and Shanghai, said he was amazed by the scale of Chinese development and construction and impressed by the business community’s “embracement of free market principles.” Utah will host Governors from China’s provinces at the U.S. National Governors Association in Salt Lake City this July.

    Governor Herbert got considerable help with China connections from former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, who has served for the past couple of years as the Obama administration’s ambassador to China….

    entire article

  10. tranquil.night says:

    Well SNL has their coveted skit material for next week, hattip to Chris Wallace for the assist. Fox probably bought advertising for the interview on Rush’s show just so we’d all see the turd-eating smirk that came with such an obviously unprofessional question. Queue the laugh-track.

    Michele and the others gotta be expecting it, and you gotta have a tougher skin than that. Being leader of the free world requires you to project the unshakeable emotional strength of a man at war, as sexist as it sounds. As Davis said today, that’s why there’s such resonance with Christie and Trump, and to the extent that he prokects ‘seriousness,’ Romney. You’re on a stage now where perception is reality, more than substance. If you’re going to take on the demonic mob and their caretakers who will lie to any extent to win, then you at least gotta be ready for the smug, solely self-interrsted round-table elitists.

    Distractions distractions..

    • tranquil.night says:

      Here’s how I would’ve answered it by the way:

      “Maybe I’ve mixed up my facts or misspoke on rare occasion, but I don’t wake up every day and lie to the American people about the results or intentions of my agenda.”

      F*** debating their agenda. Every damn word and policy behind it is a craft of deceit. If being an honest dunce is a disqualifier for executive office, then I’d have asked Chris Wallace when in his life did he become so comfortable with diabolical liars?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Mark Davis, filling in for Rush today is defending Wallace and criticizing Bachmann for not accepting the “apology”. Mark seems to not realize that even the most sincere apology is simply the socialist way. And his praising him as such a “classy guy” and so experienced….and yet, if that was so, 1) he wouldn’t have asked the question and 2) all his experience and “wisdom” after doing such interviews for decades now, would’ve led him to ask the question in a far less rude and caustic manner.

      I had to cut it off because Mark is currently playing into the hands of the left right now. Jebuss, he even had praise for Jon Stewart. I wonder if either of the other two Marks would say similar, especially Mark Steyn. I guess I could go check his website. And I’m pretty sure Rush would be in agreement….why play nice? Let them know it was you who screwed up and don’t do it again….not gonna put up with it. Can’t just be all sh*tty and then say “oops, my bad” and expect everything to be alright especially considering that the left figures Wallace scored major dirtbag points on Sunday.

    • proreason says:

      Michelle should have said:

      “it’s a rude and ignorant question that I’m not going to dignify with a response”

      If he were to repeat the question she should have repeated the response.

      Mark Davis loves to pretend to be the reasonable man….you know, the guy who proclaims that the boiling oit isn’t really all that hot. No matter what, that’s his position. I can’t listen to the guy and I expect he won’t be with Rush much after this one.

    • tranquil.night says:

      David is solid: http://www.davidlimbaugh.com/mt/archives/2011/06/new_column_what_6.html (h/t Levin’s facebook).

      I don’t know why Michele has to an accept an apology that as far as I could tell wasn’t directed at her, btw. Davis has a good analytical mind on some things but my gosh he done blew it today. If I wanted two and a half hours of thoughts on non-news items and political speculation about undeclared candidates then I’d read more Hot Air. I write that with love, because there is only one Rush.

    • BillK says:

      Please – I think every MSM interview will now start with asking if Michele is a flake.

      When you’re running for that office as a Republican, you have to be ready for anything; Palin’s “newspaper” question from Couric shows what happens if you’re not.

    • Melly says:

      Re: Bachmann – Mark Levin did a great job trashing Chris Wallace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiauFHKr2LI

    • tranquil.night says:

      Levin has been coming into his own lately but the past couple days in particular have been inspired directly from the burning Plane of Kether. His intellectual command and intense passion are combining into a level of leadership that mends the spirits of any infantry listening to him who are on the verge of total cynicism. Honestly I know how Leftists think, or feel rather, and I don’t know how they can’t be moved to tears at time for how clear Levin loves the country because of how he’s willing to fight for it with everything of which he’s capable.

  11. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The latest from the religion of peace.

    From the UK Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/26/afghanistan-taliban-girl-bomb-police

    Taliban use girl, 8, as bomb mule in attack on Afghanistan police post

    Declan Walsh

    Taliban insurgents used an eight-year-old girl carrying a bag of explosives to attack a police checkpost in central Afghanistan, the Afghan government said on Sunday, making her one of the youngest child bombers of the decade-old conflict.

    The incident took place in Char Chino district of central Uruzgan province, the interior ministry said. “The insurgents handed over a bag with a homemade bomb to an eight-year-old girl and asked her to take it to police forces,” it added.

    “As the girl was getting close to the police, it exploded and killed the girl.”

    Gee willikers, I sure hope we get them to like us soon. We should really not do anything to make them mad or they’ll kill more kids…and it would be out fault. (sarc)

    • untrainable says:

      I guess the terrorists are running out of virgins for the martyr squad. By using children, they only have to promise 72 pudding pops to get the job done. Austerity can take many forms (sarc)

  12. jimwilson says:

    AP just moved this entire story.. yet..

    Nowhere in it is the party affliation… wow…

    Can YOU find it.. for ANYONE?

    Associated Press
    CHICAGO (AP) – A jury convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Monday of nearly all the corruption charges against him, including that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.

    Blagojevich had faced 20 charges, including the Senate seat allegation and that he schemed to shake down executives for campaign donations. He was convicted on all charges regarding the Senate seat.

    Jurors delivered their verdicts Monday after deliberating nine days.

    Blagojevich had testified for seven days, denying wrongdoing. Prosecutors said he lied and the proof was on FBI wiretaps. Those included a widely parodied clip in which Blagojevich calls the Senate opportunity “f—— golden.”

    Jurors in his first trial deadlocked on all but one charge, convicting Blagojevich of lying to the FBI. Blagojevich already faces up to five years for the lying conviction.

    Blagojevich, 54, had arrived at the courthouse accompanied by his wife, Patti, and walked past the crowds that lined the street outside the building.

    Prosecutors, defense attorneys and dozens of reporters filed into the courtroom Monday after the court announced it had received word of a note from jurors.

    “The jury has come to a decision on 18 of the 20 counts,” Zagel said, clutching the note and reading it aloud. Jurors added they were deadlocked on two counts and “were confident” they couldn’t agree on those charges “even with further deliberations.”

    Blagojevich was arrested in December 2008, after the FBI had wiretapped hundreds of his telephone calls at work and home. The Illinois Legislature impeached him a month later.

    Both trials hinged on whether the former governor’s bold ramblings to aides and others on the telephone was just talk, as he insisted, or part of “a political crime spree,” in the words of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

    Before a national audience, the Blagojevich saga exacerbated Illinois’ reputation for graft. The convictions mean Blagojevich is the second Illinois governor in a row facing a prison sentence for corruption. His predecessor, former Gov. George Ryan, is serving a 6½ year sentence.

    The case also became a media spectacle, as the indicted governor and his wife appeared on TV reality shows, and as the loquacious Blagojevich made theatrical appearances daily outside the courthouse during the first trial to profess his innocence and hug his remaining fans.

    In a case full of high-level name dropping, defense attorneys in the retrial pulled into court Chicago’s new Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Emanuel’s appearance on the witness stand, the most anticipated by a Chicago mayor in a federal courtroom in decades, was over in just five minutes. Jackson was done in about half an hour.

    Overall, though, the retrial had far less of the circus-like atmosphere that accompanied the initial trial. Blagojevich himself also was more subdued this time.

    Other major differences were in the prosecution’s dramatically streamlined case, and the fact that the defense put on a case after not doing so the first time around.

    Prosecutors dropped racketeering counts against the ex-governor and dismissed all charges against his then co-defendant brother, Robert Blagojevich. They presented just three weeks of evidence – half the time taken at the first trial. They called fewer witnesses, asked fewer questions and played shorter excerpts of FBI wiretaps that underpin most of the charges.

    There was also a new variable at the retrial: The testimony from Blagojevich himself. At the first trial, the defense rested without calling any witnesses and Blagojevich didn’t testify despite vowing that he would.

    Retrial jurors saw a deferential Blagojevich look them in the eyes and deny every allegation, telling them his talk on the recordings was mere brainstorming.

    Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    • jimreport says:

      Yep, his odds of being re-elected by his constituents (after “treatment”) just went into the high 90’s.

  13. Melly says:

    “So much for the health kick… Michelle Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana”

    She has been widely outspoken about the perils of children eating too much fatty food with her campaign for better nutrition.
    So perhaps Michelle Obama should have thought twice before posing enthusiastically for her latest photo opportunity in Botswana.
    The First Lady, who has been criticised before for failing to practise what she preaches when it comes to her health food drive, made a quick stop at a small restaurant in a Botswanan village on Saturday to sample some of the local fare – fat cakes and French fries…..

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008507/Michelle-Obama-tucks-fat-cakes-French-fries-trip-Botswana.html#ixzz1QVsLFtOe


    Do as I say……………..

    • canary says:

      Melly do you have any more on Michele & family’s free trip while their in the WH’s visit? The purpose. Will they go to 4 sqaure where the famous outhouse Obama used for the runs after drinking something that made him hallucinate and made him sick til his granny (not true paternal grandmother) gave him medicine man herbs. Well they visit their poor uncle who lives in a shack and smokes African pot.

    • Melly says:

      lol -Well, I hear Michelle LaVaughn Robinson swept out shacks, washed clothes by a dry river, and attempted to dig a well as a self-proclaimed separationist would. Remember what she wrote in her Princeton thesis: “By actually working with the Black lower class or within their communities as a result of their ideologies, a separationist may better understand the desperation of their situation and feel more hopeless about a resolution as opposed to an integrationist who is ignorant to their plight.”

  14. canary says:

    Obama’s promoting & celebrating Arab Spring has endangered Google employees lives. Prepare for

    Google chairman warns of censorship after Arab Spring.

    BBS: June 27 2011

    The use of the web by Arab democracy movements could lead to some states cracking down harder on internet freedoms, Google’s chairman says.

    Speaking at a conference in Ireland, Eric Schmidt said some governments wanted to regulate the internet the way they regulated television.

    He also said he feared his colleagues faced a mounting risk of occasional arrest and torture in such countries.

    The internet was widely used during the so-called Arab Spring.

    Mr Schmidt said he believed the “problem” of governments trying to limit internet usage was going to “get worse”.

    In most of these countries, television is highly regulated because the leaders, partial dictators, half dictators or whatever you want to call them understand the power of television”….

    …”If you look at television in most of these countries, television is highly regulated because the leaders, partial dictators, half dictators or whatever you want to call them understand the power of television imagery to keep their citizenry in some bucket,” he added.

    During the uprising in Egypt, Google executive Wael Ghonim was detained by Egyptian authorities after taking part in the protests that led to the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

    Mr Ghonim had been involved in founding an anti-torture Facebook page that helped inspire demonstrations.


    Obama’s goones & spooks terrorizing google , and now this.

  15. tranquil.night says:

    Doc.0 – The Future of Marriage

    I’m not religious myself, and with all due respect to the earnest belief of those who are, I have entirely secular reasons for defending the institution of marriage…

    Here’s the thing: in order to survive, every society needs a large number of natural-born children, raised in stable homes. A replacement birth rate of 2.1 children means a very large number of women must have two children, and quite a few must have three or more. Why should women in such great numbers accept all that sacrifice and responsibility, without an honored commitment from the father of their children, to stay with them for life? Why should men not be revered for making such a commitment?

    ..According special significance to that bond is not an insult to gay couples, any more than it’s an insult to unmarried straight people…

    ..I suspect all talk of ‘state’s rights’ from gay marriage advocates will end shortly thereafter. It might even come during the 2012 presidential campaign, when President Obama’s highly ambiguous view of gay marriage abruptly completes its ‘evolution’ at a politically opportune moment.

    Even as I oppose their goal, I won’t blame the advocates of gay marriage for abandoning the state strategy and going national, because it would be illogical for them to leave the project they have embarked upon half-completed. To get where they want to go, it will be necessary to create an unchallenged national consensus that two men, or two women, can form the exact same type of bond as men and women do. I don’t believe any contempt toward long and honorable same-sex relationships is necessary to maintain that is obviously not true. It won’t be the first obviously untrue thing Americans have been required to believe.

    If left to their own devices, a Liberal’s behavior will eventually be their destruction, no matter how much we try and warn them of their errors of their ways. Problem is when their ideology gains power in the mainstream, the consequences of those self-destructive attitudes extend to all corners of society.

    But you see Doc, our problem is that we have too traditional an understanding of ‘reproduction.’ Child-rearing is first and foremost a disease in the Liberal’s universe. Liberalism reproduces by attaching itself to a healthy host body and slowly sucking out its brains via some fictitious sociopathic utopian illusions or chemical/behavioral addictions. Only the golden gods at the top rungs of elite social society are worthy to mass spread their superior talents into the collective, state-regulated Gene Pool.

  16. tranquil.night says:

    Erick Erickson is staying on offense on the Cut, Cap, and Balance front. The Establishment leadership is reacting predictably, laughably claiming ‘pledge fatigue’ as if they’ve ever delivered on their promises in the first place. http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/06/28/pledge-fatigue/

    The real problem Republican Leaders have is that they just got burned with flaking out on their own pledge. They promised $100 billion in cuts, folded like a cheap suit under the slightest pressure, and now, instead of growing a spine and keeping their promises, have just decided to stop making any promises. This is the Mitch McConnell strategy: never announce what you are for, so no matter what you get you call it a victory…

    Likewise, conservatives need to pay attention to and capitalize on this fear. Now is the time for conservatives to up the ante and pledge scorched earth on Republicans who raise the debt ceiling without first cutting spending significantly, imposing enforceable caps on spending, and passing the Lee-Cornyn-Hatch Balanced Budget Amendment a/k/a the Walsh BBA for you House guys.

    He thinks the leadership is using Tea Party Patriots, who’re opposing any debt limit increase whatsoever, to box the CCB Pledge out of the debate. In this case I think a debt limit hike is the best choice as long as we get these firm provisions. Forcing cuts by refusing to raise the limit is just going to leave Lil’ Timmy in charge of the maneuvers, and the regime could very well let us default and blame Republicans. It’s best to define the reforms on our own policy terms. That’s the difference between a long-term Conservative Ascendancy and an unwieldy Populist Revolt.

  17. Melly says:

    What happened to the family doctor?
    By Cathryn Delude, Special to the Los Angeles Times

    June 27, 2011

    The days of the old-fashioned family doctor who knows us intimately and treats our kids — and our grandkids — are fading fast.

    Instead, we’re more likely to find ourselves searching for a doctor who will take our insurance, then waiting weeks for an appointment and hours in the waiting and exam rooms. Our doctor will rush in and rush through a series of pokes and prods and a checklist of questions, check off some codes on our record, then rush out again…….

    ….But many doctors say there is not enough time in a typical 15- to 20-minute office visit to cover all the tests, inquiries and procedures recommended by medical schools, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations — even when dealing with a healthy patient…

    …So what’s to be done?

    Four physician groups — the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Assn. — believe the answer lies with a different way of patient care, known as patient-centered medical homes. It’s an idea that germinated in the late 1990s as a way to provide patients more access to primary care — with longer office visits and office hours, more convenient electronic scheduling, a team approach to managing patients’ health and more email and telephone contact with physicians…

    …To date, more than 100 primary-care practices in the U.S. — a tiny fraction — have restructured themselves as patient-centered medical homes. Some are pilot programs funded by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

    For these “homes” to work, experts say, medical practices need to move away from paying doctors just for face-to-face visits to a system that pays them a set amount for each patient, including services outside the exam room, so that the doctor can focus on keeping patients healthy rather than checking off codes.

    The medical homes also require well-functioning teams of doctors, physician assistants, nurses and other staff that share responsibility for patient care, says Sinsky, whose 115-physician group in Dubuque was an early adopter of the model. “That’s hard for small or solo practices. It requires more infrastructure, and that doesn’t happen for free,” she says.

    And there are other complexities. Ideally, the medical home model would give doctors more time with their patients — to make this happen, some advocates suggest that doctors should have fewer patients. But this could exacerbate the shortage of primary-care doctors, Sinsky says.

    Another suggested alternative is scheduling fewer individual office visits with patients and more group visits…..


  18. BillK says:

    Mr. Obama can speak of “57 states” and a medal of honor winner who was not given an award posthumously who in fact was, but it’s of no notice to the MSM; on the other hand Michele Bachmann’s “flake” nature is now in the spotlight, with more than one commentator noting Bachmann shouldn’t be “allowed” to speak without a teleprompter. Simply amazing.

    From political blog “The Ticket” via Yahoo! News:

    Bachmann admits John Wayne flub, but still insists John Quincy Adams was a Founding Father

    By Holly Bailey

    Michele Bachmann acknowledged Tuesday that she misspoke when she claimed yesterday that actor John Wayne was from her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa. But the 2012 GOP hopeful refused to dial back on another one of her notable gaffes: Her claim that the nation’s Founding Fathers “worked tirelessly to end slavery.”

    In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, the Minnesota congresswoman insisted she was right on the slavery claim and pointed to the career of John Quincy Adams, the nation’s sixth president who was not yet nine years old when the Declaration of Independence was drafted with the help of his father, John Adams.
    Bachmann insisted John Quincy Adams, who later worked to end slavery, should be considered a “Founding Father.”

    “He was a very young boy when he was with his father serving essentially as his father’s secretary,” Bachmann told ABC. “He tirelessly worked throughout his life to make sure that we did in fact one day eradicate slavery.”

    But Stephanopoulos interjected, insisting that the younger Adams had never been considered one of the Founding Fathers.


    Note that it was not John Wayne that was from Waterloo, but rather notorious murderer John Wayne Gacy, and that John Adams is considered a founding father, but John Quincy is generally not.

    Bachmann later stated:

    People can make mistakes and I wish I could be perfect every time I say something, but I can’t,” Bachmann told CNN. “But one thing people know about me is that I’m a substantive, serious person and I have a strong background.”

    Pity our President would never admit to the same.

    Here’s an Obama gaffe reel from GlennBeck.com:


    • Liberals Demise says:

      dingleBarry may travel to all 57 States but the big question is, “Does he speak
      fluent Virginian while in Virginia? We know he speaks Thug but does
      he speak Illinoisian when he’s there so they know what he is talking about.
      Or does he screw up and and speak Virginian whilst in Georgia?
      He has to be the GREAT ORATOR. Man………he’s swell!!

  19. BillK says:

    The MSM is hopeful SCOTUS will completely overturn FCC indecency regulations this fall.

    From Bloomberg:

    TV Indecency Threat May Ease on Court Review

    By Todd Shields and Greg Stohr

    The U.S. Supreme Court may loosen or eliminate restrictions on indecent broadcasts as it decides if regulators improperly penalized News Corp. (NWSA)’s Fox and Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC for shows involving foul language and nudity.

    The justices yesterday said they will consider whether the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency policy, which calls for fines of up to $325,000, violates First Amendment guarantees of free speech. The case stems from expletives uttered on two Fox network award shows and from a scene with a naked woman on ABC’s “NYPD Blue.”

    “The commission’s ability to continue to regulate in this area at all is clearly on the line,” Harry Cole, an Arlington, Virginia-based broadcast lawyer with Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, said in an interview. The case calls into question “the FCC’s ability to regulate indecency — that is, dirty language — on any broadcast station, TV or radio” as well as nudity, Cole said.

    In another free-speech case, the court yesterday struck down a California law prohibiting sales of violent video games to minors. On a 7-2 vote the justices rejected the state’s contention that violent games are akin to sexual materials, which the government can restrict to protect children.

    Parents Television Council, which lobbies against what the group considers to be indecent programming, is glad the Supreme Court took up the FCC case because it may correct “woefully misguided” lower-court rulings, Tim Winter, president of the Los Angeles-based group, said in an interview. …


    Perhaps NBC will get to show full frontal nudity on their program The Playboy Club this fall after all.

  20. TerryAnne says:

    Ahem. I’ve said several times on here that John Lennon was a righty. This article tries to prove it (although it is being written off as “bunk” by the left, without them giving any sort of argument as to why). While the article is short, it only solidifies what I believe – that John was righty. His favorite author was George Orwell. He railed against taxes, even singing in George Harrison’s song (allowing the Beatles to sing it and claim it as their own), “Taxman”, and helping form the tax dodge “music company” that became known as Apple. I could go on, but that’s only if Steve wants to post this on another page where we can have the comments not clog up a larger page…


    John Lennon was a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism, at the time of his death – according to the tragic Beatles star’s last personal assistant.

    Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon’s death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.

    In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn’t the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.

    He says, “John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.

    “He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the 70s at some sporting event… Reagan was the guy who had ordered the National Guard, I believe, to go after the young (peace) demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that… He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.

    “I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who’s an old-time communist… He enjoyed really provoking my uncle… Maybe he was being provocative… but it was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.

    “He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he’d been when he wrote Imagine. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

    • proreason says:

      Isn’t it amazing how people who acquire something through their own efforts somehow invariably find within themselves a justification to retain it.

      Sometimes they become conservatives and try to limit the governments’ tireless efforts to sieze their assets.

      Other times, they become liberals and try to expand the governments powers to sieze the assets of OTHER people, meanwhile doing everything in their power to protect their own assets. In extreme cases, liberals even give their assets away rather than to allow the government to sieze them.

      I mean, really, I thought the natural human condition was socialism. Doesn’t everybody want to share the bounty of their own efforts and talents with everybody else? Surely the Beatle’s and John Lennon’s, and Bono’s and John Kerry’s, and and and and and…, efforts are aberations.

  21. The Redneck says:

    Billionaires give big to new ‘super PACS’

    When you’re raising political cash these days, it helps to have a few billionaires in your corner.

    You mean like George Soros?

    The outside role a small number of extremely wealthy donors is playing in the run up to the 2012 elections is highlighted by the first early finance reports of the new campaign cycle filed late last week by two so-called “super PACs ” — political groups that can raise unlimited amounts from individuals, corporations and labor unions.

    American Crossroads, the super PAC spearheaded by Karl Rove, is vowing a massive attack ad campaign aimed at defeating President Barack Obama next year. The group reported it had raised $3.8 million during the first six months of 2011.

    The group proclaims on its website that its mission is to empower “America’s citizens” to “take back control of their government.” But the new report suggests American Crossroads is anything but a grassroots funded organization.

    More of the usual “party of the rich” BS. Meanwhile a Nazi-collaborating billionaire dropped 25 million into the last presidential election.

    But it’s not just the fact that now conservatives, who are far more likely to follow the law, can contribute to the political process that really pisses them off….

    Still, the two-tiered system infuriates reformers like Wertheimer, who says it has set the stage for an unprecedented avalanche of attack ads next year — much of it funded by billionaire donors, a great bulk of which will never be publicly disclosed.

    The ‘publically disclosed’ is a big, big matter. How are they going to assault, vandalize, and threaten conservative donors if the government won’t tell them where to strike?

  22. tranquil.night says:

    A couple days ago, the Daily Caller headlined the fact that Romney announced his big support for the Cut, Cap, and Balance pledged as “outflanking” Bachmann – which is great! It wasn’t necessarily true; while Michele hadn’t yet signed the pledge, she’s always been in favor of the provisions and was even speaking favorably of DeMint’s hard work that day. Whatever reason she had for not yet formally addressing the pledge I had faith would be revealed.

    Daniel Horowitz @ Redstate now reports that her hesitation has to do with the pledge … not going far enough: http://www.redstate.com/dhorowitz3/2011/06/30/michele-bachmann-dont-forget-obamacare/

    Michele Bachmann: Don’t Forget Obamacare

    After we won control of the House in January, we began the year with three opportunities; the 2011 budget, the debt ceiling fight, and the 2012 budget. We punted on the 2011 budget and we are wisely coalescing around a balanced budget amendment as a precondition to raising the debt ceiling. However, Obamacare is still being funded and the clock continues to tick.

    Michele Bachmann is perspicacious enough to realize that with control of only one branch of government, we will only have one more chance to force the defunding of Obamacare; during the September battle over the 2012 Ryan budget. The Ryan budget completely defunds Obamacare, but Republicans must have the gumption to shut down the government over it on October 1 in order to force the issue. Judging by the flaccid reaction from GOP leadership during the 2011 budget fight, we cannot confidently presume they will have the courage to force a government shutdown over anything. So what is the endgame for Obamacare?

    Bachmann is laudably directing a penetrating focus on Obamacare. We can debate whether it is prudent to muddle the balanced budget pledge with another provision; however, we must remember that at some point, the GOP must be willing to go to the brink over Obamacare.

    If we fail to defund it now, we will be facing the same insurmountable political reality that confronts us with reforming Medicare. On the other hand, if we force a government shutdown over Obamacare, the public will strongly support us – a vote of confidence we would not enjoy if we would go to the mat over Medicare reform. A half century of dependency will do that to most Americans. This is a lesson we should heed regarding Obamacare.

    It is a very politically gutsy call, but she’s exactly right. Dick and the Demoncraps want to demagogue the Ryan Plan in a vacuum without recognition of the inconvenient truth that they have already passed their plan and it is currently a disaster in motion.

    Bachmann has proven she has huge rock hard balls this week and I think really demonstrated that she’s ready to take the reins of the movement if we’ll unite behind her. She handled the Palinization with grace and intelligence, and it totally backfired on them with Dick’s pressdown meltdown coming shortly afterwards followed by Halperin’s subsequent infamous meltdown. And Michele is still demonstrating her prowess when it comes to pragmatic political strategy for advancing the agenda. Whatever Sarah decides to do, those two working together supported by our knights in the air, cavalry and infantry on the ground, will become an unstoppable force for good.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Outstanding retort, t.n..
      To all S&Lers, “Have a safe and Happy 4th of July”

    • tranquil.night says:

      And same to you, L.D., Steve the luminous, all the other S&L Truthseekers – and especially any warriors or veterens who might be reading.

      Never had a deeper understanding and appreciation for Liberty – and an excitement to celebrate it! You all have been a tremendous part of that education and motivation. Much gratitude.

  23. BillK says:

    Ah, unions never disappoint.

    From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Firefighters union throws cold water on 9-11 float

    By Daniel Bice

    These days, almost anything can get caught in the blender of Wisconsin’s union politics.

    It can even happen to a Fourth of July parade float honoring firefighters and cops killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

    “Back then, the public wasn’t saying, ‘How sad for the union’ – they were saying, ‘Those were firefighters who died,'” said Matt Gorniak, a Milwaukee-area fire lieutenant who is the driving force behind the float. “That’s what this is about. It’s above union, nonunion.”

    Or at least it should be.

    The same float – a re-enactment of the famous photo of three firefighters raising the American flag amid the rubble of the World Trade Center – created a rush of emotions as it passed through three parade routes in Milwaukee County back in 2002. Crowds spontaneously rose to their feet, offering thunderous applause.

    With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks coming up later this year, Gorniak and his church’s youth group decided to revive the float in Racine’s upcoming Independence Day parade, one of the biggest in the area.

    Unexpectedly, the request set off a debate among the leaders of the Racine firefighters union.

    The problem: Gorniak had recently invoked a little-used provision in his union contract and opted out of membership in the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin.

    Members of the executive board of the Racine firefighters union ultimately decided not to support or march with his float.

    This week, the head of the union declined to discuss the decision.

    “I really don’t have much of a comment on that,” said Craig Ford, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 321.

    Other union leaders were also tight-lipped.

    “I don’t feel it’s appropriate for me to make a comment,” said Mike DeGarmo, the union treasurer.

    One Racine firefighter is disgusted by the union leadership’s decision.

    Mike Gabbey, a veteran firefighter who also resigned from the union earlier this year, said most of his colleagues don’t even know what is going on with the parade float. But Gabbey predicted a huge backlash once word gets out.

    “I’ve got to think most of the guys would agree with me: This has nothing to do with politics,” Gabbey said.

    The tribute to the 300-plus firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was built by members of the Oak Creek Fire Department, including Gorniak, using parts donated by local businesses. …


    Just as with teachers who strike when they say they only care about the children, we see the real motives of the Firefighters’ union exposed for all to see here.

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