Monday, November 11, 2013

A Veteran's Day Message from
Debbie Lee, Gold Star Mother

It is with great respect, admiration and deep understanding that I write this letter to honor each and every Veteran that has served or is serving our blessed Country! I understand and appreciate all who have given so much for me, so that I could enjoy my daily freedoms.

I was able to sleep well in the safety of my bed last night, because you served.

I was able to pray before my meal this morning in a public place without fearing arrest, because you gave.

I am able to freely speak my mind and voice my opinion without fear of retaliation against me or my family, because you cared.

I am able to stand up for what I believe in and not have a Dictators thoughts and opinions forced down my throat, because you stood up to the call to defend.

I am free to worship the one true God who created me in His image, because you were selfless in your actions.

To each one of you I speak from the bottom of my heart when I say Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! You are my Heroes and I want to remember and honor you this Veterans Day. Not a single day goes by that I don't think of the sacrifices you and your families have given!


My son Marc Alan Lee was laid to rest on Aug 2nd, 2006.  I also remember him today as I do everyday and the sacrifice he made.

Thank you son!  His headstone says "Loved deeply, Deeply loved." The love doesn't go any deeper than that! He loved deeply!

He loved his brothers he served with, he loved me, he loved his family, he loved this nation, he loved his freedoms, he loved God, and he gave.

He gave it all! "Greater love has no one than this, that he laid down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) That's what a hero does. They are willing to give their lives for others if it's required.

I also think of my son Kris who served in the Marines, my son-in-law Christopher who served in the Army and my brother Jim who is serving in the Air Force! Thank you!

Each one of you have deeply loved this country and were willing to give your life if required for this country. Thank you!

Many of you have given your blood, and been wounded for this country. Thank you!

Many of you have  friends, family and brothers at arms who paid the ultimate sacrifice just like my son Marc! Thank you! We will never forget our fallen heroes or their families.

I have traveled around this country, to Iraq and Gitmo speaking out in support of you, thanking and honoring you "Our defenders of freedom." I have been blessed to meet many of you and your families, and have been so deeply touched by your stories and your sacrificial service to this nation. I don't take for granted our freedom which isn't free, it comes at a cost and you willingly paid that for me. So please remember this Veteran's Day that I am your biggest fan and that you are deeply appreciated and loved.

There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you and your families and I know I'm not alone. There is a grateful nation who also honors and remembers your sacrifice and knows that our country is what it is today because you selflessly gave.

I know the price of freedom and I understand the sacrifices that you have given. You have done that for me, and for this nation. You didn't do that for rewards or medals or recognition.

Please join me today as a grateful nation chooses to collectively remember, thank and celebrate our Vets, who they are and what they have selflessly given. I choose to do that every day because they are my HEROES and I am so grateful!

Happy Veterans Day and God bless each one of you!

Debbie Lee
Gold Star Mother and Proud American

CELEBRATE AND HONOR OUR VETERANS BY SUPPORTING THE
TROOPS FIGHTING IN AFGHANISTAN. SEND A CARE PACKAGE!

The roll out of O-Blunder-Care has taken almost all of the oxygen out every media news room. One is left to wonder if anything else is happening of importance. There is, and it's not good.

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to cut some serious nuclear slack to Obama's newest best friend Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. As the Wall Street Journal reported this week:

GENEVA—Iran and world powers expect to announce an initial deal as early as Friday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a step that would mark the first breakthrough in a decade to blunt the threat of Tehran developing nuclear weapons.
 
Secretary of State John Kerry and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius are traveling to Geneva Friday to complete the deal. President Barack Obama described the emerging agreement Thursday in an interview with NBC News, saying that if Iran doesn't live up to its end, "we can crank that dial back up" on sanctions.
 
That news drew a quick and unmistakable rebuke from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. From the Jerusalem Post:

"Israel understands that there are proposals on the table in Geneva today that would ease the pressure on Iran for concessions that are not concessions at all. This proposal would allow Iran to retain the capabilities to make nuclear weapons," he said during a speech to the Jewish Agency.
 
"This proposal will allow Iran to preserve its ability to build a nuclear weapon. Israel is completely opposed to these proposals. I believe that adopting them would be a mistake of historic proportions and they should be completely rejected," he (Netanyahu) said. 
 
All of which has led to the latest report that Netanyahu is in "shock" over the possible Iranian deal, and a looming "crisis in Israeli- U.S. relations." From yesterday's Washington Times:

JERUSALEM — A pair of testy public exchanges this week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli and U.S. governments during a high-profile visit by President Obama early this year.
 
Tensions burst into the open during a swing through the region by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

In an interview broadcast on both Israeli and Palestinian TV,Kerry questioned Israel’s seriousness about peace with the Palestinians. Hours later Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back, vowing not to cave into concessions to the Palestinians — and also saying he “utterly rejects” an emerging nuclear deal between world powers andIran...
“If there were a synoptic map for diplomatic storms, theNational Weather Servicewould be putting out a hurricane warning right now,” diplomatic correspondentChemi Shalevwrote on the website of the newspaperHaaretz. “And given that the turbulence is being caused by an issue long deemed to be critical toIsrael’s very existence, we may actually be facing a rare Category 5 flare up, a ‘superstorm’ of U.S.-Israeli relations.”
(Author’s Note: Austin Hill co-wrote this editorial with Dennis Mansfield, Author of “Finding Malone,” a real-life story of fathers, sons, and valor on the battlefields of World War II.)
 
It’s a day to honor those who have served in our military, yes, but it is also a day when many American civilians enjoy a holiday from their labors.

But whether one chooses work or rest on this day, one truth remains: there would be no national holiday, nor would there be the freedom to work and be productive, without the sacrifice of our veterans – now and in the future.

Case in point: Cadet Colin Mansfield will graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in May 2014. As with all who serve he endured an age-old tradition called boot camp - where new recruits have their civilian parts disassembled – and their newly issued G.I. parts assembled.

It’s impossible to gain an understanding of military small unit tactics, if one has never gone through boot camp. Yet, do not for a minute think that this self-evident truth lessens the sincerity of those civilians who applaud from the sidelines. They are not alone. Today’s veterans, like Cadet Mansfield, must also applaud from the sidelines and admit something, too: twenty-two-year-old men save the world in 1945. 
 
Historian Stephen Ambrose showed us they were brothers fighting for their brothers. Many returned home & chose not to talk about it. Their silence often led to frustration, which then became harshness toward their family members, causing deep strain on all.

The VA estimated the number of World War II veterans at 5,032,591. It also projects around 414,000 deaths per year among World War II veterans, putting the rate at which World War II vets are dying at 1,135 per day.

We’re losing the greatest generation – yet, the impactful legacies of such strong soldiers are living on vibrantly through their families & their stories.

It is widely understood that the young American heroes of World War II fought-back tyranny, and secured the world in the name of the rights and liberties of the individual person. Yet central to those rights and liberties is a principle that has defined America’s strength, and has been for the last half-century transforming the globe: the rights and liberties of individuals to privately own property.

In economic terms, the private ownership of “property” means far more than merely possessing real estate (although the right to own land is a key component of the concept). More broadly, private property rights involve the ability of the individual to own the means of economic production.

Whether those means are of an industrial, intellectual, or virtual nature, an individual’s right to harness them, utilize them, and to produce wealth with them, apart from governments and other collective bodies dictating the process or confiscating the spoils, is key to the survival of a free society.

The heroes of World War II well understood that when this right to private property is compromised, the other rights of the individual soon collapse. After all, Adolph Hitler’s reign of terror began with the confiscation of private property from merely one people group - the Jews - yet it didn’t end until over 60 million people, roughly 2.5% of the world’s population at that time, had lost their lives.

With this in mind, allow the stories of two WWII veterans – an Army medic & a Navy seaman – to underscore the point.

Anthony J. Malone was from Middletown, CT. He was a rare breed—a soldier who joined the peacetime US Army in 1938 between the wars. He was issued a World War I uniform and a doughboy helmet that looked more British than American.

In his helmet Tony Malone penned his first two initials and his last name. The leather headgear bore the markings “A.J. Malone, Co ‘H’ 16th med. Reg’t, Ford Devens, Mass.”

He trained to be a medic. Tony Malone was a soldier without a war.

Until December 7th, 1941.

Men ran to enlist, standing in line for hours. Tony Malone was already there. His wartime duties would take him to places that today’s history books reference with a sense of awe: fighting in North Africa, Sicily, D-Day, and ultimately to Hitler’s Lair. His helmet went with him.

The Navy seaman was Bill Mansfield from Grant’s Pass, OR. He joined at the end of World War II, seeing no combat. As the war ended, he joined the US Army Air Forces and was deployed to Korea during that conflict. Like SGT Malone, CMSGT Mansfield became anonymous to the pages of history but not to the small groups they commanded.

When World War II ended, Malone discarded his helmet and returned home to Connecticut.

Unbeknownst to SGT Malone his helmet became a symbol of a by-gone era and the beginning of a legacy for generations to come. His helmet travelled undetected for 64 years till 2009 when Boise, ID high school students researched and found Malone. He had passed away 8 years earlier – one of a 1000 or so World War II vets that had died on a particular day.

Bill Mansfield passed away on another day in 2012, equally anonymous and yet equally impactful on the lives of his small band of brothers.

Malone lived through World War II with his small unit of men – they protected him, and he them. His heirs lived to see his legacy continue through the silent witness of a helmet.

Mansfield lived to see healing be a part of his personal relationship to his estranged son. They formed a deep friendship. His legacy lives on through a soon-to-be West Point - his grandson - who will be sworn into the US Army in 2014, almost seventy years after he entered boot camp and World War II.

With each passing year, fewer and fewer Americans have such a direct, multi-generational connection to World War II. Yet the domestic and global free trade that empowers our economy and enables our very way of life is a legacy from our veterans that is ever-present, if only we’ll stop to consider it.

  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Dylan Davies on "60 Minutes"
Now discredited Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies scored a book deal and interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” even though evidence has been out in the open for over a year that his story conflicted with claims he made in both the book and interview.
On Friday, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized and said the network was “wrong” for airing a report based in large part on claims made by Davies, a private contractor at the Blue Mountain Group that provided security at the Benghazi compound that was overrun by Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012.
Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has recalled Davies’ book, “The Embassy House,” spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson told CNN.
The retraction reportedly came after it was discovered Davies provided a conflicting account of his version of events – including where he was during and after the attack – in interviews with the FBI and in an unsigned Blue Mountain incident report provided to the State Department.
WND found, however, that all “60 Minutes” or the book publisher needed to do to discover the inconsistencies in Davies’ claims was search the Web for his last name and the word “Benghazi.”
Such a search would have found a London Telegraph article from Oct. 14, 2012, in which Davies claimed he wasn’t even in the city during the Benghazi attack.
The Telegraph reported: “Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched.”
The Telegraph article seems to erroneously report Davies first name as Darryl instead of Dylan. A Blue Mountain receptionist reached by phone told WND the firm has never employed any Darryl Davies.
Davies has been in the news in recent days since releasing a book about Benghazi under the pseudonym Morgan Jones.
Davies gave a newsmaking interview to “60 Minutes” in which he claimed to have recounted his attempt to defend the U.S. compound. He criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent the attack despite what he said were early warning signs.
The Washington Post reported details of a Blue Mountain Group incident report it claimed was submitted by Davies to Blue Mountain three days after the attack. The report differed from the story Davies told in his book and in his CBS interview.
The incident report has been widely cited in media as evidence Davies is not credible.
Davies told the Daily Beast he did not write the report and has never seen it. The report was not signed by anyone.
Over the weekend, sources in the FBI reportedly told CBS and other news agencies that Davies also gave them a version of events that differs significantly from his public descriptions.
The Blue Mountain incident report, written in the first person allegedly as told by Davies, stated he returned to his villa immediately after the attack. Davies writes in his book, however, he attempted to reach the Benghazi compound but couldn’t do so because of Ansar al-Sharia roadblocks.
The Blue Mountain report has Davies stating he learned of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ death from a Blue Mountain guard who had secretly gone to the hospital and had taken a photo of the ambassador’s body. Davies writes in his book, however, he was the guard who infiltrated the hospital and verified Stevens was dead.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/60-minutes-bungles-benghazi-even-worse/#m6ggb7m7ddIwmdu9.99
  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Dylan Davies on "60 Minutes"
Now discredited Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies scored a book deal and interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” even though evidence has been out in the open for over a year that his story conflicted with claims he made in both the book and interview.
On Friday, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized and said the network was “wrong” for airing a report based in large part on claims made by Davies, a private contractor at the Blue Mountain Group that provided security at the Benghazi compound that was overrun by Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012.
Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has recalled Davies’ book, “The Embassy House,” spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson told CNN.
The retraction reportedly came after it was discovered Davies provided a conflicting account of his version of events – including where he was during and after the attack – in interviews with the FBI and in an unsigned Blue Mountain incident report provided to the State Department.
WND found, however, that all “60 Minutes” or the book publisher needed to do to discover the inconsistencies in Davies’ claims was search the Web for his last name and the word “Benghazi.”
Such a search would have found a London Telegraph article from Oct. 14, 2012, in which Davies claimed he wasn’t even in the city during the Benghazi attack.
The Telegraph reported: “Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched.”
The Telegraph article seems to erroneously report Davies first name as Darryl instead of Dylan. A Blue Mountain receptionist reached by phone told WND the firm has never employed any Darryl Davies.
Davies has been in the news in recent days since releasing a book about Benghazi under the pseudonym Morgan Jones.
Davies gave a newsmaking interview to “60 Minutes” in which he claimed to have recounted his attempt to defend the U.S. compound. He criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent the attack despite what he said were early warning signs.
The Washington Post reported details of a Blue Mountain Group incident report it claimed was submitted by Davies to Blue Mountain three days after the attack. The report differed from the story Davies told in his book and in his CBS interview.
The incident report has been widely cited in media as evidence Davies is not credible.
Davies told the Daily Beast he did not write the report and has never seen it. The report was not signed by anyone.
Over the weekend, sources in the FBI reportedly told CBS and other news agencies that Davies also gave them a version of events that differs significantly from his public descriptions.
The Blue Mountain incident report, written in the first person allegedly as told by Davies, stated he returned to his villa immediately after the attack. Davies writes in his book, however, he attempted to reach the Benghazi compound but couldn’t do so because of Ansar al-Sharia roadblocks.
The Blue Mountain report has Davies stating he learned of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ death from a Blue Mountain guard who had secretly gone to the hospital and had taken a photo of the ambassador’s body. Davies writes in his book, however, he was the guard who infiltrated the hospital and verified Stevens was dead.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/60-minutes-bungles-benghazi-even-worse/#m6ggb7m7ddIwmdu9.99
  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Dylan Davies on "60 Minutes"
Now discredited Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies scored a book deal and interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” even though evidence has been out in the open for over a year that his story conflicted with claims he made in both the book and interview.
On Friday, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized and said the network was “wrong” for airing a report based in large part on claims made by Davies, a private contractor at the Blue Mountain Group that provided security at the Benghazi compound that was overrun by Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012.
Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has recalled Davies’ book, “The Embassy House,” spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson told CNN.
The retraction reportedly came after it was discovered Davies provided a conflicting account of his version of events – including where he was during and after the attack – in interviews with the FBI and in an unsigned Blue Mountain incident report provided to the State Department.
WND found, however, that all “60 Minutes” or the book publisher needed to do to discover the inconsistencies in Davies’ claims was search the Web for his last name and the word “Benghazi.”
Such a search would have found a London Telegraph article from Oct. 14, 2012, in which Davies claimed he wasn’t even in the city during the Benghazi attack.
The Telegraph reported: “Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched.”
The Telegraph article seems to erroneously report Davies first name as Darryl instead of Dylan. A Blue Mountain receptionist reached by phone told WND the firm has never employed any Darryl Davies.
Davies has been in the news in recent days since releasing a book about Benghazi under the pseudonym Morgan Jones.
Davies gave a newsmaking interview to “60 Minutes” in which he claimed to have recounted his attempt to defend the U.S. compound. He criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent the attack despite what he said were early warning signs.
The Washington Post reported details of a Blue Mountain Group incident report it claimed was submitted by Davies to Blue Mountain three days after the attack. The report differed from the story Davies told in his book and in his CBS interview.
The incident report has been widely cited in media as evidence Davies is not credible.
Davies told the Daily Beast he did not write the report and has never seen it. The report was not signed by anyone.
Over the weekend, sources in the FBI reportedly told CBS and other news agencies that Davies also gave them a version of events that differs significantly from his public descriptions.
The Blue Mountain incident report, written in the first person allegedly as told by Davies, stated he returned to his villa immediately after the attack. Davies writes in his book, however, he attempted to reach the Benghazi compound but couldn’t do so because of Ansar al-Sharia roadblocks.
The Blue Mountain report has Davies stating he learned of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ death from a Blue Mountain guard who had secretly gone to the hospital and had taken a photo of the ambassador’s body. Davies writes in his book, however, he was the guard who infiltrated the hospital and verified Stevens was dead.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/60-minutes-bungles-benghazi-even-worse/#m6ggb7m7ddIwmdu9.99
  • Text smaller
  • Text bigger
Dylan Davies on "60 Minutes"
Now discredited Benghazi whistleblower Dylan Davies scored a book deal and interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes,” even though evidence has been out in the open for over a year that his story conflicted with claims he made in both the book and interview.
On Friday, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan apologized and said the network was “wrong” for airing a report based in large part on claims made by Davies, a private contractor at the Blue Mountain Group that provided security at the Benghazi compound that was overrun by Islamist militants on Sept. 11, 2012.
Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has recalled Davies’ book, “The Embassy House,” spokeswoman Jennifer Robinson told CNN.
The retraction reportedly came after it was discovered Davies provided a conflicting account of his version of events – including where he was during and after the attack – in interviews with the FBI and in an unsigned Blue Mountain incident report provided to the State Department.
WND found, however, that all “60 Minutes” or the book publisher needed to do to discover the inconsistencies in Davies’ claims was search the Web for his last name and the word “Benghazi.”
Such a search would have found a London Telegraph article from Oct. 14, 2012, in which Davies claimed he wasn’t even in the city during the Benghazi attack.
The Telegraph reported: “Darryl Davies, the manager of the Benghazi contract for Blue Mountain, flew out of the city hours before the attack was launched.”
The Telegraph article seems to erroneously report Davies first name as Darryl instead of Dylan. A Blue Mountain receptionist reached by phone told WND the firm has never employed any Darryl Davies.
Davies has been in the news in recent days since releasing a book about Benghazi under the pseudonym Morgan Jones.
Davies gave a newsmaking interview to “60 Minutes” in which he claimed to have recounted his attempt to defend the U.S. compound. He criticized the government for not doing enough to prevent the attack despite what he said were early warning signs.
The Washington Post reported details of a Blue Mountain Group incident report it claimed was submitted by Davies to Blue Mountain three days after the attack. The report differed from the story Davies told in his book and in his CBS interview.
The incident report has been widely cited in media as evidence Davies is not credible.
Davies told the Daily Beast he did not write the report and has never seen it. The report was not signed by anyone.
Over the weekend, sources in the FBI reportedly told CBS and other news agencies that Davies also gave them a version of events that differs significantly from his public descriptions.
The Blue Mountain incident report, written in the first person allegedly as told by Davies, stated he returned to his villa immediately after the attack. Davies writes in his book, however, he attempted to reach the Benghazi compound but couldn’t do so because of Ansar al-Sharia roadblocks.
The Blue Mountain report has Davies stating he learned of Ambassador Chris Stevens’ death from a Blue Mountain guard who had secretly gone to the hospital and had taken a photo of the ambassador’s body. Davies writes in his book, however, he was the guard who infiltrated the hospital and verified Stevens was dead.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/60-minutes-bungles-benghazi-even-worse/#m6ggb7m7ddIwmdu9.99

Kerry: U.S. "not blind, and I don't think we're stupid" in Iran nuke talks

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


Think again. "US 'not blind, stupid' in nuclear talks with Iran, John Kerry says," from AFP, November 10 (thanks to Lookmann):
WASHINGTON: The United States is "not blind, and I don't think we're stupid" in nuclear talks with Iran, secretary of state John Kerry said in a US television interview that aired on Sunday. 
The top US diplomat also insisted there is "zero gap" between the Obama administration and its commitment to Israel, with diplomatic relations between the two allies under strain over the Iran nuclear talks.
Kerry made his remarks in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" program after talks with world powers in Geneva failed to produce a deal to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
"Some of the most serious and capable, expert people in our government, who have spent a lifetime dealing both with Iran as well as with nuclear weapon and nuclear armament and proliferation, are engaged in our negotiation," Kerry said, speaking after intensive talks.
"We are not blind, and I don't think we're stupid," he said. "I think we have a pretty strong sense of how to measure whether or not we are acting in the interests of our country and of the globe, and particularly of our allies like Israel and Gulf states and others in the region."...

Don’t Get Too Excited About 2016: Obama’s ‘Remaking The Courts’

by / Personal Liberty Digest

Don’t Get Too Excited About 2016: Obama’s ‘Remaking The Courts’
PHOTOS.COM
Last week, President Barack Obama traveled to Texas in an attempt to put pressure on Governor Rick Perry to agree to the Federal Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. His strong-arm tactics are troubling enough, but it’s what the President said about the Nation’s court system during the trip that should worry conservatives.

Obama called on Perry to join Republicans in Arizona, Ohio and Michigan in Medicaid expansion — though there is little possibility that Republican resistance to the President’s agenda will fade.
Prior to the President’s visit to his State, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued a statement imploring Obama to “take his broken promises tour elsewhere.”

“President Obama’s trip to Texas brings nothing with it but broken promises,” Cruz said. “He promised that Americans could keep their health care plans. We were told premiums would go down, that jobs would be created. And we now know these are all false promises.”

Cruz continued,“[I]n spite of all Texas has done to resist the biggest entitlement program of this generation, Obamacare is reducing health care options, increasing costs and hurting jobs. It has no place in Texas and must be repealed.

“President Obama should take his broken promises tour elsewhere so Texans can continue focusing on the solutions that have allowed our state to become and remain the nation’s economic and job creation powerhouse,” Cruz added.

Also on the President’s agenda for his trip to Texas last week was a stop at a Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in Dallas. It was there that the President said something that should be more striking to conservatives than his pleas for conservative States to roll over and accept liberal policies without a fight.

The President essentially noted his Administration’s efforts to take away one of the major ways conservatives have to fight legislation that they feel is unConstitutional.

“… [W]e are remaking the courts. I know that we’ve got some lawyers here, and here in Texas sometimes people feel a little frustrated about the pace of appointments here in Texas. But you should know that in addition to the Supreme Court, we’ve been able to nominate and confirm judges of extraordinary quality all across the country on federal benches,” the President said. “We’re actually, when it comes to the district court, matching the pace of previous presidents. When it comes to the appellate court, we’re just a little bit behind, and we’re just going to keep on focused on it.”

For conservatives who are holding their breath and waiting for a chance to replace the current White House with leadership that will obey the Constitution, the President’s remark is a somber reminder that the Obama agenda could live on for years.

Obama has only been responsible for just two Supreme Court appointments, Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. But the current President has, so far, appointed 29 judges to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and 168 judges to Federal District Courts.

Obama’s next judicial appointment will make the number of Democrat-appointed Federal judges higher than the number of Republican appointed judges for the first time in more than five years.

Packing District and Appeals Courts will give Obama’s agenda an edge in setting judicial precedents in matters such as gun control, abortion, national security, immigration and other social and civil-liberty related issues long after this President vacates the Oval Office.

This week, a Senate showdown over Georgetown law professor Cornelia “Nina” Pillard’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is brewing. Republicans have been working to fight the nomination of her and two other judges to what is often considered to be the Nation’s second most powerful court.

“Georgetown law professor Nina Pillard, is the next up, the next victim of what the Republicans are doing here,” Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said on the Senate floor Thursday. “She is qualified and dedicated, so it’s truly a shame that Republicans would filibuster this nomination for unrelated political reasons.”

Reid filed a motion on Thursday that sets up a confirmation vote for Pillard this week following the recent GOP filibuster blocking the nomination of Patricia Millett, another Obama appointment to the D.C. Appeals Court. Pillard and Robert Wilkins, Obama’s third nominee to the Court, are both expected to be blocked by members of the GOP.

Republicans say they are not blocking the nominations because of political ill will toward Obama or the individuals he selected for the job, but rather because the D.C. Appeals Court doesn’t require the additional judges at this time. Democrats say that Republicans are wrong about the court’s case load and have further said that the President has a Constitutional duty to fill empty seats.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) recently told USA Today, however, that the Democrats have another reason for increasing the number of loyal Obama appointees on the Court.

“The reason they want to put more judges on the D.C. Circuit is not because it needs them,” he said, going on to quote an Administration insider who said “the president’s best hope for advancing his agenda is through executive action, and that runs through the D.C. Circuit.”

Furthermore, groups like the liberal Media Matters For America are pining for more liberals on the court as well, saying, “Due to the court’s imbalance toward Republican nominees, progressive legislation at the core of federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Labor Relations Board has become increasingly threatened …”

Obama’s overall judicial appointments coupled with the possibility that the GOP will be unsuccessful in keeping the three vacant seats on the D.C. Appeals Court from being filled, make it increasingly certain that while the current President will be gone in a few years, many of his policies will live on in various ways for the foreseeable future.
Thank you to all who served...
thank you for keeping us safe and free...
God Bless you all.



Op-ed: 
Obama and the Democrats…NOT happy campers for sure 
By: Diane Sori

Tsk, tsk…the media anointed ‘savior’ of us all is nervous…very very nervous as the fallout from NOT only the disaster of the ObamaCare website roll-out hits home, but also because he’s now facing the ire of millions upon millions of Americans getting their ‘once happy with’ health insurance policies cancelled after being promised that they would be able to keep them. And add in that now infamous apology that was anything but…I mean an apology for getting caught does NOT equate to an apology for one of the worst laws…one of the highest taxes…ever to be imposed on ‘We the People’…and you have one very nervous and very unhappy man.

And now…and rightfully so…the credibility, competence, and above all else the honesty of the Obama presidency is being called into question all across America, with the oh so deserved fallout being that his job approval ratings are tanking fast…tanking as his numbers hit an all time low…falling into the mid to upper 30% range depending on whose poll you use.

But NOTHING makes our supposed ‘savior’ more nervous than the fact that come November 2014 all 435 House seats and 33 of the 100 Senate seats…including 21 now held by Democrats (with 5 incumbent Democrats retiring)…are up for grabs. Up for grabs while Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s own Democratic Party is starting to turn on him and distance themselves from both him and his namesake of a health care law.

So with Republicans doing the proverbial ‘happy dance’ as they’re coming out on top after the ObamaCare fiasco…a fiasco they have been warning the public about for years…and even after having been erroneously blamed for the recent government shutdown and for failing to defund ObamaCare outright during the last session of Congress…they now have a great chance of…if they play their cards right and continue to keep the issue of ObamaCare’s failures and Obama’s big LIE in the forefront of the news…NOT only keeping the House but taking back the Senate as well…thus rendering Barack HUSSEIN Obama politically impotent as his ‘lame duck’ presidency becomes his well deserved dreaded reality. And as an added bonus the Republicans could finally send ‘Prince’ Harry Reid, his Botox Queen Nancy Pelosi, and Obama’s Congressional little lapdog Debby Wasserman Schultz packing.

The Democrats know this even though they’re NOT actually admitting it…at least NOT in the media. But above all else they know ObamaCare is their political death knell so much so that some of their own…like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana who this week will introduce legislation calling for Obama to make good on his promise that those who like their policies can keep their policies and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia who is working on a measure to put off the requirement for everyone to obtain insurance for a year by delaying the fine for non-compliance…are now jumping off the ObamaCare sinking ship and joining with Republicans in calling for its delay, especially of the individual mandate section which to date Obama seems NOT willing to compromise on.

However, being caught in the mother of all LIES…a LIE he cannot LIE his way out of…just might give Obama pause to reconsider his stubbornness in that matter…that is if he can put his narcissism and political posturing aside for a bit and stop his mouthpiece Jay Carney from saying ridiculous statements such as, “Every one of the Democrats who voted for this and believed in it and fought for it, and with the president, defended it against the constant assault by Republicans and outside opponents, continue to believe in it, and believe it’s the right thing to do”…maybe then he can see that ObamaCare needs some major overhauls if it is to succeed at all, otherwise it will surely implode from within.

And why…because even reconsidering the individual mandate does NOT alleviate the fact that ObamaCare’s main premise is fundamentally flawed and monetarily unsustainable for ObamaCare’s success relies solely on the participation of young people carrying the load for older Americans. Healthy young people do NOT have ‘throw away’ money to buy health insurance they most likely will NOT use strictly to support NOT only said older Americans…the ones who actually need insurance…but also to carry the burden ‘the sponges’ of our society place on our current health care system.

Most young working people are smart enough to know that ObamaCare is the straw that will break their financial backs.

And they're NOT only smart enough to know the financial pitfalls of ObamaCare and how it affects their wallets, but they’re also techno-savvy enough to know that a website costing six-figure millions+ of our taxpayer dollars to create that fails on day one signals further problems down the road with the concept and the program itself…problems that can and most likely will implode ObamaCare from within in a matter of time.

Problems like what happens when only the sickest Americans go into the ObamaCare exchanges (remember they cannot be turned down), with the cause and effect being that the number of claims and the cost of each claim will rise, and in turn premiums will have to be raised on the healthy young people who are funding the program to begin with.

NOT good…NOT good at all for the young healthy Americans who might have once considered signing onto ObamaCare will NO longer do so for as those who buy into the exchanges become older, sicker, and more expensive to carry, many carriers will leave ObamaCare altogether...leave because only the sickest who cannot afford to go elsewhere and those who get subsidies will sign on, and that scenario CANNOT monetarily sustain ObamaCare for very long.

So as we lead up to the 2014 mid-terms…the sad reality of facts and numbers that tell the truth about ObamaCare might just be the thing that turns the Senate back red…that is as long as the Republicans do NOT let Obama’s BIG LIE go to waste. And while folks continue to be nervous that they’ll be the next one to get an insurance cancellation notice in their mailboxes, guess what our miserable excuse of a president has been doing…jetting off to Florida for a weekend of golf when he should have been working on a way to get those cancelled back their policies…after all he said he was going to work on it during his apology 'song and dance' routine.

But then again that was a LIE too.