A 1-In-100 Blogger: 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lloyd Marcus 'Tribute to Conservative Women'

Tea Party singer-songwriter Lloyd Marcus released another hit music video, "Our Girls," a tribute to Conservative women.

Some names included in Lloyd Marcus's tribute to Conservative women include Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Michelle Malkin. One name I personally believe is missing from the list is Rep. Michele Bachmann, though it doesn't take away from Lloyd's latest music video.

As a tribute to Conservative women, to show my support to them for their ability to uphold person values and have the strength in character to overcome times of adversity, I want to thank all of you! Conservative women risk the chance to be personally attacked every day by the Mainstream media — for the sake of keeping Conservative values in America. Lloyd Marcus says it best, "Our Girls" certainly are sharp, witty, beautiful, and they always know what to say! The facts are a most powerful weapon. Talking about 'Our Girls' — Liberals, I know why you fear them. I would too if I were at odds with their morals and political opinion!

While the Climategate scandal is still largely ignored by the liberal media, for whatever reason, the Mainstream media just cannot ignore Conservative women. Brings a smile to my face.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

CRU's Scandal: What is Climategate?

A hacker, or perhaps "whistleblower," broke into CRU's system, obtaining thousands of emails and documents. The uncovered documents show strong evidence of fraud, and may show smoking-gun proof of a lackluster cover-up by CRU scientists to exaggerate the existence, causation, and threat of global warming. In one e-mail dated November 1999, CRU chief P.D. Jones wrote to Michael Mann, Raymond Bradley, and Malcolm Hughes:

"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline."

They’re calling it "Climategate." Quite possibly the biggest scientific hoax in the history of the world.

Lower Troposphere Global Temperature: 1979 - 2008; a representation of the actual climate change. Since 2005, global temperatures have given back most of the warming that occurred since 1980.

In the wake of the climategate scandal, a truly bizarre and slightly humorous situation has also developed. The mainstream media stories about global warming are simply pretending the uncovered documents never happened. As Climategate is totally ignored by most TV news outlets, Fox News appears to be the only national news media in Ameria interested in the growing Climategate scandal.

At Pajamas Media, they've outlined three things everyone should know about Climategate.
1. Scientists discussed manipulating data to get their preferred results; paleoclimatologists at CRU reconstruct historical temperatures and are responsible for a series of reconstructions that seemed to show a sharp rise in temperatures well above historical variation in recent decades.

2. Scientists on several occasions discussed methods of subverting the scientific peer review process to ensure that skeptical papers had no access to publication.

3. The scientists worked to circumvent the Freedom of Information process of the United Kingdom, as evidenced in this e-mail.

Iain Murray summed up what these three main points could mean:
"It does not mean that there is no warming trend or that mankind has not been responsible for at least some of the warming. To claim that as result of these documents is clearly a step too far. However, it is clear that at least one branch of climate science — paleoclimatology — has become hopelessly politicized to the point of engaging in unethical and possibly illegal behavior."

Meanwhile, as this controversy unfolds, Obama heads to Copenhagen vowing to force U.S. taxpayers to pay for Cap and Trade, still planning for more action to fight climate change.

Related Reading
A 1-In-100 Blogger: Video of the Year: 'Hide The Decline' - Climategate

Friday, November 27, 2009

Video of the Year: 'Hide The Decline' - Climategate

Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an entry about climate change, the myths of global warming and how more reliable evidence suggests that, because the Earth's ecosystem is constantly changing, global temperature naturally goes up and down - and it's currently decreasing. That was a year ago when I wrote the article. Things are about to get very interesting as this fraud ends in a debacle.

The only flaw in my 2008 blog post was in its title, "Green Smug Drives Global Cooling." Now that man-made global warming is proven to be just an elaborate hoax, and since scientists can get back to studying factual quality data, it would have been much more appropriate had the original title read:
Green Smug Hides Global Cooling.

The infamous Climategate, uncovered in 2009, and of which motivated the making of what I consider the best video of the year: "Hide The Decline."

Related Reading
A 1-In-100 Blogger: Green Smug Drives Global Cooling

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Why 'DuckDuckGo' is the Best Search Engine

How many Internet search engines exist today? Most of you probably just thought of four names without hesitation: Google, Yahoo!, Ask, and now also Bing. The "big four," I suppose. For Google and Yahoo!, we're probably so familiar with their names that when we think about the "Internet" or "Web," it conjures up the name Google rather than what the real "Internet" is or looks like. We may even precariously assume the Web-Internet-Google-Yahoo!-Ask are all one and the same. Fortunately, they're not: one searches the other and retrieves information from it. They are quite literally the surf-boards that allows us to "surf" the Web.

Each separate trademark to its company, as a service in the information technology industry, Google, Yahoo! and even Bing will search to best of their ability and retrieve information for us on the Internet. Using their own patented algorithms, the reality is that a search engine will only retrieve as relevant of requested information that its own technology is designed to find—they have their limits. Some are more glaring than other minor issues. But all of this became much more aware to me recently, when I found a new search engine called Duck Duck Go.

I know what you're thinking. Probably, "Oh, not another..." Nope. It's not just another search engine. I wasn't happy after a week of trying Bing. And I was more interested in finding an alternative to Google. Don't get me wrong—Google's great! For a lot of things Google provides a great product or service, but in my opinion, Google's search engine has been lacking. And one of many reasons why I believe Duck Duck Go is the best search engine since the birth of the Internet!

And here's my test to prove it.

I used the extremely rare, technical search query, "metalworking inurl:blog" because, according to SEOmoz, in an entry posted by a member who goes by the name randfish, he said this:
Understanding how search engine query demand works is vital to judging an engine's performance. Some engines are excellent at returning great results for the most popular queries their users run, but provide very little value in the 'tail' of the demand curve. To be a great engine, you must be able to answer both.

SEOmoz member randfish also defined search engine "Relevancy," as another quality of search performance. Relevancy is defined by the core quality of the results — the more on-topic and valuable they are in fulfilling the searcher's goals and expectations, the higher the relevancy. Thus, taking the most technical, rare search query from a search engine comparison chart, I used the following scale to compare Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.com (Duck Duck Go had to be in its own browser window because the comparison site I used only compared "top" search engines).

The results I got from each of the four search engines using the query "metalworking inurl:blog" were quite interesting. The first image below will show you the results from (image: left-to-right) Google, Yahoo!, and Bing; the second image is the results following the same query but using Duck Duck Go.

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The results are clear. Bing didn't even know what to find, or how to find it. So its top result was simply a forum talking about the search engine comparison chart, while the second result was to SEOmoz comparing the search engine results. Then as you scroll down past a few more offbeat links, the remaining results were in Japanese or something. So I couldn't tell what Bing had found for me. Both Google and Yahoo! gave somewhat relevant results, according to the rating scale for comparing search engines, Google and Yahoo! both received a 3.75 rating.

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The results found using DuckDuckGo's search engine were very different, clearly. The results all appear to come from relevant websites on the topic of my test search, the website is clean looking, and the URL's seem respectable. And I didn't even "Duck It!" But I'll let you be the judge. Those are the results I got, and it seemed worthy enough as results to share with those who might be interested.

Most people love to try new things. Right? Besides, who wouldn't want to try out something new if it could mean a more satisfying "surf" experience on the Web—? So here's an alternative engine that I found compelling enough to share—and now you know why I "Duck It!"

Upvote this page for
"Duck Duck Go"
at a new search engine

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

And the Nation Roars in Applaud—for Sarah Palin

By now most all of the United States knows who Sarah Palin is. A strongest of women beholden to nobody, yet bound to scrupulous attention from everyone. She is a woman of such awesome conservative character, and of which has garnered powerful loyalty by her followers, it’s no wonder the mainstream media liberals hold Sarah Palin accountable to unprecedented levels. So much so that her recently published memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” is held to the highest of standards in Associated Press history.

Treatment of Palin’s book is something new for the AP, having assigned eleven people to fact check all 432 pages, line-by-line, with nothing but the strictest of critique. In all fairness, as Fox News pointed out, the AP is an organization with more than 4,000 employees, and earned 49 Pulitzer Prizes for asking the toughest questions on major news stories – as well reviewing the occasional book here and there. The organization opted not to review for accuracy any of the books written by Barack Obama, such as Dreams From My Father (allegedly written by Bill Ayers), nor had they bothered to analyze the books written by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, or then-Sen. Joe Biden, or the autobiographies by Bill or Hillary Clinton. And there’s a reason for it, too.

Despite the AP dedicating eleven reporters and monetary resources to tear apart the book—they found just six “errors,” which are meager at best. Four-hundred-thirty-two pages, eleven critiquing reporters, and six errors; the AP claims Palin misstated her record with regard to travel expenses and taxpayer-funded bailouts, and in a typical leftist fashion they were speculating into Palin’s motives for writing “Going Rogue,” stating this that and the other.

In defense of the AP’s overzealously critical analysis of a book written by the beautiful conservative Republican, the former vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, the one to help rejuvenate conservatism—Sarah Palin. Fox News pointed out, in a fair and balanced news article, “The attraction to Palin doesn't appear to be partisan, since AP didn't fact-check recent political tomes by Republicans Rudy Giuliani or Newt Gingrich.”

Oh, perfect. So what is it about Sarah Palin that makes all liberals skin crawl? The left-wing media has proven that they cannot, under any circumstance, allow her to be seen as the awesome, amazingly strong woman that she is.

Let’s ask President Barack Obama—what are your thoughts?

OBAMA: “You know, you can put lipstick on a pig.” He pauses to chuckle; the liberal crowd roars with laughter. “It’s still a pig.”

This apparently isn’t the first Obama slur. According to the New York Times, President Obama used a crude sexual term to insult conservatives at his pep talk to Democratic members of Congress before the health care bill vote on November 7, 2009.

Speaking of which, point being, I suppose when you have a conservative public figure who’s also a vibrant, strongly pro-life, belonging, in fact, to Feminists for Life—Sarah Palin—what you get in return from the liberal MSM is an obsession with trying to discredit her. They make fun of everything about her on a personal level; making fun of her gorgeous accent, commenting about her looks from a sexist point of view, all because she’s a conservative woman. What the liberal media offers is a hysterical spewage of stories focusing on the irrelevant, taken out-of-context approach that is now grossly expected of from the liberals and shows just how low one can go to attack a great individual.

Here’s another kicker—we've all seen the sexist Newsweek photo (used completely out of context)—originally published in the August 2009 issue of Runners World. Well, as it turns out, the photo was illegally sold by the photographer to Newsweek for their cover.

Yep, the photographer breached a contract by selling the Palin photo to Newsweek. Did Newsweek know their cover photo was illegally obtained?

I hope Sarah Palin runs for president in 2012—she’s got my vote. She is the image of the America I want to see, in all its glory and of which represents the same values that I hold closely. She is real change in the United States of America.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Violations Nationwide, Same SEIU Thugs

I previously wrote about the SEIU, and why I voted to elect Susan Hutchison for King County executive. I briefly covered some disturbing facts about the SEIU, a thug Union, one that also strongly backs Dow Constantine. In this entry I'm pointing out more reasons why it is necessary to curb the SEIU's ever growing power — which apparantly isn't just a state issue, it's a national problem. I'll get to that in just a bit. Here's a brief outline of the situation and problems that have been brought to surface in Seattle.

Before the smear campaign ads against Susan Hutchison occurred, a Seattle consulting firm, called Moxie Media Inc., was hired by a group calling itself "Citizens to Uphold the Constitution," to produce attack ads against Ross Hunter — Dow Constantine's opponent in the primary. This "independent" group, financed by several state and local unions (SEIU), paid $14,565 to Moxie Media to send out direct mailings attacking Hunter.

Moxie Media is well known for its campaign mailings supporting liberal groups such as the Service Employees International Union. Coincidentally, Moxie Media also shares the same mailing address and suite number as another consulting firm that was working for Dow Constantine's campaign, called Northwest Passage. There's strong evidence showing that a paid staff person for Constantine's campaign was working with Moxie Media, delivering campaign money for advertising.

Wait—how can that be?

Jason Bennett, a paid staffer as the treasurer for Dow Constantine's political campaign, owns his own political consulting firm and is listed as the sponsor for the group that purchased targeted phone campaign and mailing attack ads against Susan Hutchison, the opponent of Dow Constantine. Seattle Times reporter Keith Ervin wrote on August 5, commenting that, "Labor unions back county exec candidate Dow Constantine." He also pointed out the fact that the SEIU, as part of the "independent" campaign, working under a group that bills itself as a "non-partisan" political action committee, calling itself "Citizens to Uphold the Constitution," has something in common with Constantine's own campaign: They share the same treasurer, Jason Bennett.

According to campaign finance reforms that were enacted in 2002, it is illegal for a candidate to collaborate with a group—in this case several groups—who spend money to support that candidate or to attack the candidate's opponents. It appears that Dow Constantine's treasurer is working as a paid campaign staff person and as an operative for political action committees. Ads funded by two SEIU locals, unions of which also gave a combined $49,606 for pro-Constantine advertising, shared the same treasurer as Constantine's political campaign.

In the Federal Way Mirror Political commentary, Angie Vogt wrote:
According to their expenditures report filed to the [Public Disclosure Commission], Citizens to Uphold the Constitution paid $11,300.25 to Washington, D.C.-based vendor "The Clinton Group" to perform robocalls attacking candidate Susan Hutchison. The sponsor of the group who purchased the vendor services is named as Jason Bennett, who, according to the Seattle Times article, is also Dow Constantine's treasurer.

Angie Vogt has since filed a complaint with the state Public Disclosure Commission against the campaign of Dow Constantine.

This is all very interesting because of a recent call for investigation of SEIU President Andy Stern. Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) formally requested the investigation, to determine whether SEIU's related activities could constitute unregistered "lobbying" by Mr. Stern in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), 2 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.

The situation in Seattle appears to be a violation of RCW 42.17.020 and WAC 390-05-210; from the RCW, in section 28, it defines independent expenditure, which "forbids collaboration between a candidate—the candidate's campaign staff or any agent of that campaign—and a group or person purchasing advertising for that candidate or against the candidate's opponent." It is illegal for a candidate's campaign to coordinate with independent groups who finance attack ads against opponents or who fund campaign activities in support of said candidate.

Jason Bennett is a veteran political consultant and Olympia insider who has helped win Democratic majorities in the state Legislature and worked for Sen. Maria Cantwell's staff before opening his own political consulting firm in Seattle, Argo Strategies. He owns a firm that advertises its ability to get progressive Democrats elected; and now, he is in immediate need to answer some very important legal concerns based on his actions working with SEIU and at the same time as a paid staffer for Dow Constantine's campaign.

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Mideast Summer’s Dream

Act I—Introduction

Act II—A Mideast Summer’s Dream

Maneuvering from lane to lane, it is all so easy for me to get lost in the dunes of Iraq – as if there is anything here but flat, endless lanes of sand. I jack up the music; a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival blasts as loud I can set it, titled Heard It through the Grapevine. Oh the joy of freedom, the reckless driving in the open desert. The military hummer and myself behind the wheel, we showed the sand dunes who’s in charge. Every now and then I notice a slight lump of sand out in front and ahead of the vehicle. Pressing down on the gas pedal, I gun it, hoping to catch air. Just for the thrill of it, testing out the power of its engine, the hummer gets me where I need to go. I am able to easily maneuver in and out of things in my way at top speeds – as fast I can go there isn’t a damn thing to stop me. The song nears its end, drifting quieter and quieter to the whisper of a siren.

Snapping back to my being, racing down the highway, I notice a police officer in my rear view mirror. In a hurry to go somewhere with flashing lights and a blaring siren, he crept up directly behind my vehicle. “How odd,” I think to myself. Even more peculiar is the fact as I slow down allowing him to pass he let his vehicle get within feet or inches of my own. Unsure what to think at this point, other than, well, I wonder, “When did he start following me?” Slowing down to 85MPH, then 75 to 65 and slower, I prepare to pull over. Realizing I had been racing along at who-knows what speed, I suppose this journey on the freeway was fun while it lasted. I’m home in the good state of Oregon.

Stopping the car I roll down my windows as two officers slowly walk up from both sides of the vehicle, hands on their holsters – I gulp, though swallowing mostly air. My hands tightly grip the steering wheel. The first officer reaches my driver side window, speaking first he says, “Where are you going?!” Pausing for a moment, I don’t want to say anything stupid or lie to him. “I’m going home, officer.” Looking up at him, I try appearing innocent. I swear he’s reading my thoughts because the next thing he mentions answers my unasked question. “I’ve been chasing you since you screeched your tires leaving the Costco parking lot. Did you not see me?” I didn’t. That was five miles ago. It occurs to me I’m probably going to jail. “Officer, I-I had no idea…” Stumbling to fix the situation, I say, “I apologize, Officer. I truly had no idea you were following me. I had my music turned up and was just driving home.” Soon thereafter I’m holding a yellow sheet of paper with five unique ticket violations on it, totaling about $1,000.

During my trial in court, I plead “not-guilty.” Before leaving court, after receiving my next trial date, another police officer stares me down as he walks up to me. He tells me sarcastically of my new fame, having been ‘the guy in a black sedan running from the cops.’ Wearing a collar-shirt during my show in court, I have a high-and-tight military haircut. I explain to the officer my recent return from Iraq. I assume it is easy for him to see that I was telling him the truth. Lo and behold, weeks later when after posting a plea bargain to reduce my fine – I’m told it’s denied. Instead, the court informs me that I must pay the sound violation fine for screeching my tires upon exiting the Costco parking lot. Shocked but extremely appreciative, I take it. The fine totals about $94. I can rest assure I’ll pay more attention while driving from there on out, lesson learned. I don’t want to do that again.

Immediately upon my return home from Iraq I notice my bank account has about $10,000 in it. Not having to pay taxes for ‘living’ outside the U.S. during the previous six months, each paycheck accumulated very nicely. Doing the math, I calculate the net income of $10k by the number of days I was in Iraq – which is six months, so approximately 180 days – it turns out each paycheck I received a cool $55.50 a day. Having worked twenty-four hour days with no weekends, I was paid a hefty $2 or $3 an hour for my work. What the money did offer me was a nice cushion for beginning school at the Oregon State University.

Walking on campus to class, my backpack is loaded with books. I’m a college student aiming to achieve an undergraduate degree. Sometimes I’m still aiming the barrel of my M-16 toward the enemy, wondering if the convoy my hummer leads is about to get ambushed. The campus streets fill with other students, each searching for their own building and classroom destination. Mine is for an English Philosophy class. Before entering the building where my classroom is located, I double check the streets, accounting for each remaining student still meandering along. Some appear lost. Making sure there isn’t anybody hiding on the roof-tops of other buildings, including my own, it’s time to head into class. “No snipers,” I imagine. It’s safe to enter the building; there will be no incoming fire. Lining the stairway up to the door, sandbags rest on either side, barbed wire along the railing. Quickly entering through the doors I search for room 189A.

Sitting down at my desk, we’re told to take our reading material out so we can follow along with the instructor as he takes us through the lesson plan of the day. Following instruction I quietly find myself looking around the room, impatiently waiting for everyone else to shut their mouths and do as we’re told. Time passes and eventually the other students catch up. Class begins. The instructor carries on, discussing something about William Shakespeare and poetry, or whatever. "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" the instructor quotes. Trying to keep focus on the lecture I take notes along with the lesson. At all costs I keep my head up, occasionally writing down what I hear, though mostly looking straight ahead. I must stay confident. I mustn’t show weakness from a lack of knowledge in lectures.

My head snaps forward, realizing my eyes are looking out the window. Stay focused. Keep alert. Class is still in session. I go over my notes and begin to recollect the instructor’s strategy given to us that morning, right before our convoy plans to head deeper into Iraq and into a hostile city. We are told of the enemy’s willingness to use all means necessary to kill Marines. Stay focused. Another convoy had run into trouble that morning after being suspiciously halted by “civilian vehicles and people” blocking the road. Look, read over my notes. The enemy, a child clutching a live grenade ran up to one of the stopped hummers packed with Marines, resting the device onto a wheel before running away. Focus. Many Marines were killed in that ambush. We prepare to move out.

The desert peels away from the earth under the tires of the hummer. “Now class,” the instructor continues. “We have to ask ourselves some important questions.” Nothing remains here; it is a constant state of motion. “Because we now have a Lysander who is under the influence of pixy dust.” With a fully loaded, locked-in-place magazine to my weapon, I have three remaining magazines strapped to my Kevlar vest. I am deadly at a distance of up to 500 yards. “His motives have been altered.” I am armed and kill-ready, there are few who are able to stop this weapon. “They are displaced, I’ll admit that. Puck may have used pixy dust, but can we still view his qualities as those of natural human beings?”

The instructor continues his lecture, quoting another reference to our reading from Shakespeare. He said:

"I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was. Man is but an ass if he go about t’expound this dream. Methought I was—there is no man can tell what. Methought I was, and methought I had—but man is but a patched fool if he will offer to say what methought I had. The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report what my dream was. I will get Peter Quince to write a ballad of this dream. It shall be called ‘Bottom’s Dream’, because it hath no bottom."

A few minutes later I check my notes, or at least I believe some time had gone by, because I apparently wrote the same quote down. I have no idea what it means, but satisfied with myself for writing it in my notes. “Ooh-Rah” I think, relieved that I’m staying on top of class work. The bell to end class blares and I realize my own shock that it’s already over. I pack up my things and leave. Assuring myself that I took quality notes, I’m pretty sure I gained something from today’s class lecture. Heading into the hallway there’s a lot of people in my way, I need to get out of the building and to my next class.

Locking my bayonet into place, I hold up my M-16 A2 service rifle while noting to self, “Not today.” It’s my life or theirs. And I sure won’t let it be mine. Our convoy enters the ‘hot zone’ in Iraq. The streets are filled with civilians and people, trucks and cars all pulling over to the side as we pass by them. Except for one, which did quite the opposite, it pulls out directly in front of our convoy ahead of me. About twenty yards in front of the hummer.

Staged on the back of the lead hummer I look over to the Marine next to me, his weapon mounted on the top and center portion of the vehicle. The M240 Machine Gun is extremely powerful having the capability to rip into and demolish the potential threat in front of us. Leaning to my right I also notice people begin to crowd near us, moving closer to our vehicle and the convoy which has now slowed down slightly – due this truck ahead of ours. Aiming my weapon at those getting closer, I’m yelling for them to get back, to move away. My bayonet-mounted rifle fiercely interpreting to them what I want. Searching for a weapon of any kind, I’m looking for the enemy. Noticing the white truck in front of our convoy hadn’t moved out of the way, I know our orders. Thirty seconds to a minute, that’s all we give them. We cannot afford another ambush. Not today. A minute passes by.

Waiting outside the classroom for my next class, a student near me asks if I finished the homework assignment from the night before. “I think so,” I reply, simultaneously dropping my backpack to the ground, rummaging through it for a particular sheet of paper. Apparently this is a follow up lecture teaching the same genre of written poetry and plays by Shakespeare and other well-known artists. Also apparent to me now, there was an assignment given the other day for us to complete. The ten-minute warning bell rings alerting us that class will begin soon but I couldn’t find my homework. I didn’t do it, it wasn’t there. My classmate tells me he hadn’t finished his either. He asks me if we should work on it before the class begins.

“Let’s do it,” the Marine next to me atop the hummer yells. He reminds me the truck in front of us seems all too suspicious, which is full of Iraqi’s standing in the truck-bed. I aim my rifle at them, frantically searching for a weapon aboard the vehicle or potentially held by those inside of it. Realizing some of the Iraqi’s in the truck bed were looking at us, I wave them off; motioning to them, they must move aside. Seconds pass by. No change of direction. There will be no warning shot. Not if my life has anything to say about it. General George S. Patton once stated, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” It’s my life or theirs.

“Wait,” I say to the Marine next to me. Still looking down the barrel of my rifle, aiming directly at them I say, “Are they looking to die or for an open street corner so they can turn?” After all, the street is crowded with people. And just as I mention it they turn. Satisfied with their movement, I finally exhale; taking note that there will be no killing here today. The men in front of us will live another day, and so will we.

A philosopher named Bertrand Russell who lived during the WWI and WWII-era once said, "Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country." How true it is, our willingness to sacrifice our life for our country do indeed make us heroic. Yet killing for our country isn’t a discussion veterans talk about or want to hear about. This is probably for the better.

I am accustomed to this mentality in Iraq; it is in my training, and it’s a daily routine I am used to in order to remain at the top of my game. But make no mistake; war is no game at all. It reminds me that, "There are no atheists in foxholes…” isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. Few understand this, luckily even less experience it. Nobody wants war, but if war is an intrinsic quality of humanity, then Marines should be the ones to punish those who try and restrict or damage the freedom that every human deserves a life of. I am proud of the freedom I’ve given to the Iraqi people.

In class I listen to our instructor speak. At least I can see that she is telling us something. Reciting and translating a final quote from Shakespeare’s play, she says,
“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here.”

“To help translate,” the instructor clarifies, “What Puck is saying is this: ‘if the actors in our show made you mad, it’ll be okay if you think of it this way! You fell asleep and dreamed the whole thing anyway.’” She continues,
“While these visions did appear;
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend.
If you pardon, we will mend."

Following along in the text, I ask myself, “What does the rest of it mean?” The struggle to regain focus and the concentration I know all too well I once had. “Where does it go?” I suppose that is asking for too much. I cannot know everything. I have many goals, though no regrets. Everyone’s life is unique and challenging in its own surrounding. Understanding this I comfortably remind myself that, “This is my challenge, and by way I will work around it.” And the instructor completes the recital, “Now to scape the serpent’s tongue, ‘illustrating the hissing of the audience,’” she says, “...So, good night unto you all. Give me your hands, if we be friends.” Paraphrasing, she states, “This demonstrates a yearning of applause from the audience, if they so desire. ‘And Robin shall restore amends.’ For William Shakespeare’s, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the instructor finishes, “This is the end.”

Cite this story
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Erwin, D. (2009, November 2). A Mideast Summer’s Dream [Online exclusive]. A 1-In-100 Blogger. Retrieved from http://derekerwin.blogspot.com/2009/11/mideast-summers-dream.html

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Act I—Introduction

The flight from Kuwait back home takes what seems like forever. Eager to see our family, friends, and supporters, there is not a single U.S. Marine aboard the plane whose anticipation is hidden. For six months there are two things we think about: our mission and family—home. But on this flight it is only thoughts of home. During our flight and until finally reuniting with our families we lose all discipline – if even for a brief period. Looking forward to arriving home is, after all, one of only two things crossing our minds since we left.

What we didn’t realize at the time is that the Middle East soon finds us again; the images, surroundings, and our mission. War follows the involved back home, waiting for the right moment to begin its eternal rerun from the past. But on this day it doesn’t show, on our first night home it is all family and no mission. Nothing can stop us from enjoying the safety and comfort of our return home.

Act II—A Mideast Summer’s Dream

Prelude: The true story of a war veteran's return home, crisscrossed with the theatrical play-within-a-play, and the on-again, off-again struggles returning to civilian reality.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Susan Hutchison for King County Executive? Absolutely!

As the November 3rd King County election nears, I feel it's important to express my views on one of the more important political challengers on the ballot: Susan Hutchison, who's running for Seattle's King County Executive. Endorsed by the Seattle Times, Susan Hutchison is a political outsider who recently emphasized the need for fresh ideas in county government. Hutchison said this:
"With hundreds of millions in projected deficits and critical services on the chopping block, our county's financial house is in disorder. We need a new direction in King County, with new leadership that does not believe the answer to every problem is a new fee or a higher tax."

Her top priorities are budget reform, improving jobs and the economy, enforcing government accountability and reform, and public safety; as well, Hutchison has also been focused on helping South King County residents before and after flooding.

Meanwhile, her opponent Council member Dow Constantine, he looks to continue a destructive path which leads to more debt for our state and a less accountable government.

I will add this however, which is perhaps an indirect warning to those like myself who do want change from Constantine's "business as usual" politics. ACORN’s Siamese twin, the same Unions who despised those asking tough questions at Townhall meetings during the nationwide healthcare debates, and who "...will punch back twice as hard..." toward those who want more fiscal responsibility, it has been reported by the Seattle Times that three locals of the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have "overwhelmingly" endorsed Dow Constantine for county executive. According to Dow Constantine's home page, a fourth SEIU Local has also endorsed him: Local 6, Local 925, Local 775, and Local 1199NW.

This is the same national "team" which had eyewitness account's of their Union thugs beating an independent Tea Party attendee at a Town Hall meeting of Congressman Carnahan in St. Louis. According to reports, six people were arrested after the altercation which left a man named Kenneth Gladney shaken, bruised and his glasses broken.

Does Seattle really need more of the same thugery that disrupts ordinary citizens from speaking out against (or for) certain legislation in our State? After all, Dow Constantine hasn't provided any positive "change" in King County. He's already had his chance and failed. Contrarily, Susan Hutchison (who is a former union member) has said she is "not afraid to work with the unions and seek to open their contracts." She looks to bring the type of leadership and strong political balance to a county which is in desperate need of it.

These are just a few reasons why I voted for Susan Hutchison, a true conservative, and who I believe is the best chance for Republicans to bring real change and real fiscal responsibility back to Washington state.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Financial Collapse and 'The Warning'

In reference to a PBS special on Frontline, called The Warning, Brooksley Born was the chairman of the Commodity Future Trading Commission in the Clinton administration. She not only warned of the potential for economic meltdown in the late 1990’s, but also tried to convince the country’s key economic powerbrokers to take actions that could have helped avert the crisis. Here’s a quote from Brooksley Born:

"We didn't truly know the dangers of the market, because it was a dark market. They were totally opposed to it. That puzzled me. What was it that was in this market that had to be hidden?"

The hidden history of the nation's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression is revealed; and at the center of it all is Brooksley Born, and her failed campaign to regulate the secretive, multitrillion-dollar derivatives market whose crash helped trigger the financial collapse in the fall of 2008. The Warning shows exactly what happened with the derivatives, and how Born (she’s also a Democrat) knew as far back as 1997 that there was going to be a financial collapse, and she tried to warn everyone about it.

Former SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, a member of President Clinton's powerful 'Working Group' on Financial Markets, he said, "I didn't know Brooksley Born. I was told that she was irascible, difficult, stubborn, unreasonable." He explained how the other principals of the Working Group convinced him that Born's attempt to regulate the risky derivatives market could somehow lead to financial turmoil, a conclusion he now believes was "clearly a mistake."

Born's battle behind closed doors was apparently "epic." However, despite her attempts to warn those with power to make the right call, the members of the president's Working Group vehemently opposed regulation – especially when proposed by a Washington outsider like Born. Michael Greenberger, a former top official at the CFTC who worked closely with Born, said this:

"I walk into Brooksley's office one day; the blood has drained from her face. She's hanging up the telephone; she says to me: 'That was [former Assistant Treasury Secretary] Larry Summers. He says, 'You're going to cause the worst financial crisis since the end of World War II. [...] [He says he has] 13 bankers in his office who informed him of this. Stop, right away. No more.'"

She was ultimately blocked by Rubin, Greenspan, Larry Summers, and others who were with the president's Working Group at that time. They hammered Brooksley Born until she gave up. She was in hearings before Congress explaining that there's going to be a major collapse if these derivatives aren't banished, and instead of getting a less risky market, the president's Working Gourp crushed her career for it. Ironically, a 25 year old Geithner was involved in the Working Group at that time. Just as ridiculous, Summers is still presently in the White House, too. Many of the same people and organizations that helped cause the financial meltdown just so happen to be in key positions in the Obama administration.

The federal government created policies that forced banks to make bad loans to people who couldn't pay them - "toxic debt," I believe is the term used today. That's what the subprime mortgage crisis is all about. And these people in government, many of whom are still in power today, they were all warned about the problems that they themselves created. But they ignored the warning. And now they're working with the Obama administration as the "heroes" as having the "solution" to the problem. Everybody hop on the Geithner plane, he says it might work out OK this time.

Even ACORN is involved! The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now was given extraordinary power in the late nineties with Clinton, Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, and they went around and forced the banks to make bad loans after making them a federal law. Banks were forced to make bad loans that led to today's financial disaster; and these banks, after following orders, the irony is that they are now being blamed for the financial problems today by the very people who were warned about the inevitable problem and actually created it themselves in the first place.

Considering many of the same men who shut down Born are now also in key positions in the Obama administration, what's Born's latest warning? Brooksley Born now warns, over and over,

"It'll happen again if we don't take the appropriate steps. There will be significant financial downturns and disasters attributed to this regulatory gap over and over until we learn from experience."

Related Reading:
RushLimbaugh.com has Rush Limbaugh's take on The Warning, included in the linked article is the full hour-long video of the PBS special on Frontline.

Obama a super hero? Think again. A follow up to this series will be written in the future, once things unfold a bit more.

Performance and timeline of Stock Market calls by Jim Cramer, includes Barney Frank's ridiculous agenda and attempt to cover up Fannie and Freddie's woes - before they "woe'ed," per say.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Domino's Pizza Tracker IS Amazing!

Have you ever ordered pizza online only to find yourself waiting, 45 minutes to an hour later, wondering whatever happened to your pizza? We've all been there. A countless number of times I've done it - called for an update on an order I made online - pleading for the status of my pizza delivery.

This of course also defeats the purpose for ordering online in the first place. It's not that people are rude on the phone or anything (in most cases). It's just that, well it's nice not dealing with the hassle and having to miss ten minutes of a football game because you're in another room waiting, on hold for god-knows how long just so you can get the status or your order. The answer is always the same too, they say, "It's already left our store for delivery. So it should be there at any moment." And then ten or fifteen minutes later it finally arrives, forever remaining a mystery what happened to your pizza from the time you placed the order to when it actually got to your place.

Oh the good ol' days of delayed delivery. But enough about the past. Have you checked out Domino's lately?

For starters, Domino's Lava Cakes are insanely delicious. And they come in two's, so you'll feel even more guilty if you happen to be ordering alone. Why? Because you'll eat both - guaranteed. Trust me. They're that good. There's lava inside! Chocolate lava! Ha--funny how I started by describing the dessert. Talk about a lasting impact. My favorite pizza is above all the Brooklyn style, with pepperoni and roasted garlic. Parmesan cheese is a must, too.

Just looking at it... I already had dinner about half an hour ago and yet, the thought of what it'd be like to have this pizza here right now, steaming hot and ready to eat... My stomach just growled. Is it suppose to do that even after you've eaten and are "full?" I just had a carbohydrate-free grilled chicken dinner, with broccoli. And a salad. I'm full, right? Hmm... maybe something is wrong with my stomach... OK, enough chatter. I've already written enough fragmented sentences for one blog entry, so I don't need any more. I'll get to the main point. The reason for publishing this blog tonight: Domino's Pizza Tracker.

This thing solves ALL of my delivery problems of the past! Thus far, every time I've ordered from dominos.com, my pizza arrived within 30 minutes - sometimes less, which is eerily fast for what I was used to. What seems like the most simple invention, it's actually an extraordinary milestone and great improvement in online delivery. I swear the pizza tracker is mesmerizing at times!

Not only do you get the name of the delivery person, but you know who's making your pizza as well. Accountability is ALWAYS a good thing when it comes to food. Because you also get to rate virtually every aspect of the pizza order and delivery process right on the same screen as the Pizza Tracker. If it takes 10 minutes to go from "order placed" to "pizza has left for delivery," but then takes 25 minutes for your pizza to arrive - you know exactly who's getting a complaint. And you know where in the process of making, baking, and delivery your food the bottleneck occurred. It's really an interesting, unique device that's been long overdue in the pizza delivery business. I love it!

Best of all? Which I might add, it's the upgrade I've been waiting for since first experiencing the Pizza Tracker. If you have an iPhone, there's an app for that. Domino's rocks!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Web Exclusive: Rush Limbaugh Unaired Clips on the Today Show

Recently, Jamie Gangel from the Today Show interviewed Rush Limbaugh, a two part series. But there's more! Below are some excellent web-only clips from the interview, unaired on MSNBC.

First up: Limbaugh comments on Donovan McNabb

Next: Unaired clip on Miss America

Web only: Rush comments on Letterman (the 'social commentator') and fame

Rush comments on McCain: Denies responsibility for hurting McCain during election

On Radio Success: Rush says 'Ideology and business inseparable'

For written transcripts of the interview, click here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama Can You Hear Us Now

Growing Tea Party rallies are on the move!

Why won't the mainstream media just tell the truth? They need our help.

The plan is simple: March on the media!

From a Community Organizer, "You want you to argue with them, get in their faces... you guys are the ones who can make the change." - Candidate Barack Obama to supporters September, 2008

Local media nationwide still refuses to let the valid concerns of conservatism be heard, so we're bringing our concerns to them! It’s called, "Operation: Can You Hear Us Now?" We've protested in our town halls, rallied in our cities, and marched on D.C., with an aim of restoring the balance of power in favor of citizens; to stand up for the principles of fiscal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and a strong national defense.

Gathering on Saturday October 17, “Can You Hear Us Now” groups are forming events in many states to let local media outlets know that people want responsible journalism.

Related Readings

Tea Parties Media Lies Exposed

TEA = Taxed Enough Already
Tax Day Tea Party in Seattle, WA

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Pinpointing Obama's Indecisiveness On Afghanistan

Despite having increased the federal budget deficit by $1.2 trillion after he signed two new bills, the $787B stimulus and the $410B omnibus, President Obama is in the midst of another problem: the war in Afghanistan. I must admit, when Barack Obama decided to send troops into Afghanistan, this was his first and only decision so far as President that I support. He acted quickly, choosing to continue the fight against the terrorists. But just as quickly did Obama act when sending troops into Afghanistan, he soon forgot about the issue and moved on to lesser important things.

In attempt to re-focus the President, I'll remind him that General Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is still requesting between 30,000 and 40,000 more troops. Since the President has already ordered an initial troop surge in the Afghanistan War, Obama must make another decision very soon: send between 30,000 and 40,000 more troops into Afghanistan and try to win the war, or be weak and surrender to Al-Qaeda. And to reiterate the President's current state of confusion, Afghanistan is indeed on the list of places we're fighting Al-Qaeda. If it helps the President to remember, I'll just say it like it is — we're at war with Al-Qaeda — and they are still terrorists.

Here's another quick memo to President Obama: You cannot simply vote 'present' on the issue and hope the problem goes away on its own. Unlike the too-quick to pass $1.2 trillion in earmark-riddled, pork barrel spending bills, Afghanistan is a situation where you, Mr. President, must make a decision sooner than later. Stop playing political games with the lives of American troops and make the right call. If it helps to feed your craving for personal gain and bolster your arrogance, win this war for your own legacy. More importantly however, and for the sake of not jeopardizing U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan, listen to Gen. Stanley McChrystal!

That's not all either, because the real problem I have with Barack Obama is that we have no idea how the inexperienced and indecisive President will choose to continue the war in Afghanistan. Actually, unfortunately, history might be a greater tell-tail sign as to how the President may act; Obama's previous notions on war strategy seem to correlate with how-to lose a war. Currently, the President must decide one thing: Is there proof that a troop 'surge' in Afghanistan will work? Even if there is proof, how will Obama interpret the results?

Going back to the January 10, 2007 speech by former-President Bush, he had announced plans to increase the number of troops in Iraq by about 20,000 in an effort to quell violence throughout the country and especially in Baghdad. By spring 2008, the number of deaths and other violence in Iraq began to drop, and most journalists in the media were hailing the "surge" as a success and giving it much of the credit for improvements. Top U.S. officials have verified that the buildup did indeed help cut violence in Iraq to four-year lows. However, despite its success, what did Obama think of Bush's decision to push a troop surge in Iraq? "First, he opposed the surge — then he confidently predicted that it would fail," McCain said in his August 11 speech.
Barack Obama openly mocked the war in Iraq and tagged the efforts as a loss and defeat when he said, "Here's what we know. The surge has not worked. And they said today, 'Well, even in September, we're going to need more time.' So we're going to kick this can all the way down to the next president, under the president's plan."
Obama arrogantly suggested that U.S. troops could not win the war, but what actually happened? McCain said it best, "Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines and to brave Iraqi fighters, the surge has succeeded. And yet Senator Obama still can't quite bring himself to admit his own failure in judgment."

I have to wonder if now-President Obama will make the same mistake again. Will he have an epic-failure in judgment and lose the war in Afghanistan? I hope not. But he probably will, assuming he acts similarly arrogant as he has in the past. Barack Obama campaigned vehemently against the Iraq War, and he tore into the idea of a troop surge. Thus, a legitimate concern I have is that Obama will again refuse to listen to top military strategists when they ask for a troop surge.

Nothing tells me that President Obama knows what he's doing, yet he wreaks of false-confidence. Failure after failure he stubbornly chooses to make the wrong decision, rushing when he shouldn't be, and then taking his time when the clock is ticking and American lives are counting on him to act quickly. Maybe he just needs some more encouragement? Or maybe he is looking for a third, fourth, and possibly a fifth opinion to assure a troop surge is the right thing to do.

For those who have heard of the famous acronym, "WWJD?" (What Would Jesus Do), here's another acronym and after-thought as to what Obama's next decision as President should be: "WWPLD?" What Would President Limbaugh Do?

If asked, "WWPLD?" Limbaugh said, in own words, "I'd win." President Limbaugh would listen to what the generals say. It's not hard. We win; they lose.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Politics, Obama and a History Lesson

At times it seems paying too close attention to politics can drive anyone crazy. "So the pendulum swings," some will say. A shift in political power is apparently healthy and normal, so I'm told. Our political system is uniquely structured so that we have a system of checks-and-balances. In this system, several branches of government are created and power is shared between them. At the same time, the powers of one branch can be challenged by another branch. This is what the system of checks and balances is all about.

Before President Obama, I only experienced two different last-names in the Executive branch, as President of the United States: the Bush's and Clinton. It would have been ironic had Hillary Clinton won the presidency over Barack Obama. I never got to experience what it must have been like when Ronald Reagan was the President. But still today he can be heard as he speaks out against socialized medicine.

“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.” ~ Ronald Reagan, from his first inaugural speech as governor of California, January 5, 1967

Perhaps he is one of the greatest President's of your time. But I wouldn't know, as hard I might try there's little I can do to imagine what life was like during an era that I did not exist. For me it has been Clinton and the Bush's, until Obama came along hoping to fundamentally transform America.

The pendulum swings. Far, far left it goes...

To make political matters more difficult for Republicans, Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats hold a Congressional supermajority, not seen since 1977 under Jimmy Carter; thus, tipping the political balance of power further left than I have ever seen in my lifetime.

There's a chance I'm thinking too pessimistic about the lasting negative effects Barack Obama will leave for Americans during his presidency. We survived the American economy of the 1930s, the decade in which President Franklin D. Roosevelt did everything he could to interfere with the economy's adjustment from depression to health. The country withstood the Presidency of Jimmy Carter, who after embarrassing himself yet again was headlined on #TCOT Report as the "Worst President in American History (Until Obama)."

Taking a look at how FDR damaged America, Roosevelt created New Deal programs marked by inconsistent planning, wasteful spending, and opportunity for political gain -- falling flat in achieving the economic revitalization that America so desperately needed from the Great Depression. From 1933 to 1940, the unemployment rate averaged 18 percent. Some say it never fell below 20 percent.

Similar to what President Obama is currently in the process of doing, Roosevelt broke every promise he had made and did the exact opposite of what he had promised. During a time of economic "crisis," Roosevelt swore to 'reduce the cost of government operations twenty-five percent.' From 1933 to 1936, government expenditures sky-rocketed up 83 percent.

Also like President Obama, Franklin Roosevelt was a Statist. Which slowly moves toward socialism. President Obama is simply continuing a socialist agenda, and with the help of our education system Obama's administration is attempting to indoctrinate school children with propaganda as well.

Or am I exaggerating how far left the Obama administration is taking America? Is it me who is the extremist? After all, we survived FDR and Jimmy Carter with most of our liberty still intact. If that's the case, then the balance of political power will do its thing and America will be fine after another President takes office. A gain of 20 Conservative seats in the U.S. House would be a great benefit to the country, too.

Meanwhile, children go to public school every weekday, but during this Presidency they must learn something new. The children receive a follow up on President Obama’s education speech, an order made to "educate the whole child." Upon watching and learning about the 'Story of Stuff' (see video below), the children must take a simple test to verify that they've learned what Obama wants them to believe. Then they are taught to praise Obama.

Once the children have learned all that they can from the Story of Stuff, and only after they've taken Obama's test to make sure they are satisfactorily indoctrinated, teachers gather your kids together and sing fun songs in praise of a great dictator, or President. Whatever.

Lyrics - Song 1:
Mm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that all must lend a hand
To make this country strong again
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said we must be fair today
Equal work means equal pay
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said that we must take a stand
To make sure everyone gets a chance
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

He said red, yellow, black or white
All are equal in his sight
Mmm, mmm, mm!
Barack Hussein Obama

Mmm, mmm, mm
Barack Hussein Obama

Lyrics - Song 2:
Hello, Mr. President we honor you today!
For all your great accomplishments, we all doth say "hooray!"

Hooray, Mr. President! You're number one!
The first black American to lead this great nation!

Hooray, Mr. President we honor your great plans
To make this country's economy number one again!

Hooray Mr. President, we're really proud of you!
And we stand for all Americans under the great Red, White, and Blue!

So continue ---- Mr. President we know you'll do the trick
So here's a hearty hip-hooray ----

Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!
Hip, hip hooray!

Maybe children shouldn't be getting lessons in school on the Story of Stuff, just a thought. I guess it could be voted on by individual states and districts? In my opinion, children in school should be taught the facts instead of what Barack Obama wants them to learn. Or, quite possibly, I've become an extremist in the eyes of America and it is not Obama or his agenda that is out of line, it could be me. It's not like the Obama administration is going so far as to use the National Endowment for the Arts as a propaganda arm for its left-wing agenda on health care, the environment, education, and "community renewal."

My hope is that our system of checks and balances will hold up, keeping the United States in tact, because the Obama administration is doing everything in its growing power to fundamentally change it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Question Our Government With Boldness

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Everyone knows that power left unchecked can turn very ugly, very rapidly. For all Americans it is very important that we continue to question our government with boldness, especially now that there's a Liberal "super majority" in Congress. Temporarily however, after the death of Ted Kennedy, the Democrat-led super-majority is no more; that is, until the corrupt powers that be simply reverse a law to allow the 60th seat to be filled sooner than later in the U.S. Senate - a law first enacted to keep Republicans from potentially filling the seat if John Kerry were elected president in 2004. Funny how this "law" works, its only use is to keep Republicans out and Democrats in power. If the law favors Conservatives? "Simply change it," lawmakers say.

"Republicans also may be less likely to get a chance to run in a January election. Though Massachusetts law currently requires a special election within 145-160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant, state lawmakers are considering reversing the 2004 law that Ted Kennedy himself proposed to require a vote rather than a gubernatorial appointment.

At the time, Democrats were worried that then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney would be able to fill any vacancy created if Democratic Sen. John Kerry were elected president."

Regardless of the corruption, I'm still going to use my First Amendment right to question with boldness. To Congress, the U.S. government, I have questions that you need to answer.

First, why the rush on health care reform, cap-and-trade?

Luckily, cap-and-trade can be reversed; unfortunately, forcing Americans to pay for universal healthcare, called "public option," this is damage to the nation that cannot be overturned. Once the government forces its people to rely on it, especially with health care, this is a scar that will last forever, and with it there will be debt that will forever-never be paid. It is all the more likely that Obamacare would become similarly like the ponzi scheme that is Social Security. We all know Social Security is a big Ponzi scheme, one can only imagine the debt and problems that will come with Obamacare.

Next question is about the Apollo Alliance. The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill; why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

What role did the Apollo Alliance play in crafting bills? Does the president know the co-founder of the Weather Underground is a board member of the Apollo Alliance?

If politicians aren’t writing the bills and aren’t reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1,000-page plus bills actually impose on the American people?

Nancy Pelosi called naysayers to Obama's health-care agenda "un-American." So I have to ask: why are you called "grassroots" if you are for Obama's agenda, but "Astroturf" if you are against? Is dissent and freedom of speech no longer patriotic?

Who are the "Special Advisors" to President Obama?

Green jobs "czar" Van Jones, he's an avowed communist and radical activist who co-founded the communist group STORM — a group that describes themselves and their activities as:

"We upheld the Marxist critique of capitalist exploitation. We agree with Lenin's analysis of the state and the party. And we found inspiration and guidance in the insurgent revolutionary strategies developed by third world revolutionaries like Mao Tse-Tung and Amilcar Cabral."

How did Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist, become a special adviser to the president?

Did President Obama know of Van Jones’ radical political beliefs when he named him special adviser?

Should a communist have the ear of the president of the United States?

And who is FCC Cheif Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd? This guy actually lamented the fact that non-state-run radio stations prevented the "incredible" revolution in Venezuela.

Ronald Reagan once said, "...back in 1927 an American socialist, Norman Thomas, six times candidate for president on the Socialist Party ticket, said the American people would never vote for socialism. But he said under the name of liberalism the American people will adopt every fragment of the socialist program."

The history of the United States of America is of historical awesomeness, which holds meaning and value, and its citizens have a deep-rooted love for the country. Yet it unfortunately appears like our history is disliked, abandoned, and possibly unknown by our current president Barack Obama. His actions suggest so; his words however contradict those action, lie after lie. Actions cannot lie.

Check out an interesting history lesson in law, The Smith Act of 1940. The accusations charged against eleven defendants were that "they conspired ... to organize as the Communist Party and willfully to advocate and teach the principles of Marxism-Leninism," which the government alleged to mean "overthrowing and destroying the government of the United States..." They were also accused of conspiring to "publish and circulate ... books, articles, magazines, and newspapers advocating the principles of Marxism-Leninism," again interpreted by the prosecution. Seem eerily relevant to what's going on today? It shouldn't. But it does. Makes me wonder if Glenn Beck is onto something...