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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Clock Ticks – Israel Faces Off With Enemies.

Before I get into the cauldron simmering in the Middle East, I want to revisit the ‘health care summit’ and an article written by Joe Klein of TIME/CNN. If there is a better example of why the ‘lamestream’ press are becoming extinct in this country I haven’t seen one.

Mr Klein was apparently elsewhere during the hearing and depended on ‘tea leaves’ for his reporting. Read: ‘I don’t know anything about this but I’ll pass judgment based on second hand garbage from other lefty sources’. Klein’s article was a misrepresentation from beginning to end. Joe, your boy Obama was on the defensive the whole time. The only way he had to protect himself from the very cogent points being presented by the Republicans was to repeatedly cut them off and go off on some obscure posturing or another. Despite being held to only one hundred and ten minutes the Republican lawmakers made the Democrats and President Obama look pretty damn silly.

Events in the Middle East are becoming more dangerous by the day following talks in Damascus, with Syria calling for military support from Iran in the event of war with Israel. Iran has been ginning up the image of war with Israel in talks with Syria, Lebanon and Hizballah.

Ahmadinejad and Assad

Iranian President Ahmadinejad, in a series of phone calls with Syrian President Assad, Lebanese President General Michel Suleiman and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah, said that Israel is after finding a way to compensate for the ‘defeat’ they suffered at the hands of Hizballah in Lebanon.

Despite this nonsense Israel’s hand may be forced soon. The on-again off-again Russian missile deal is apparently back on again. Israel has been beefing its anti-missile and civil defense postures considerably. IDF training has been going on at a fevered pitch. The new long distance drones are operational and could conceivably take some of the pressure off of the IAF by performing deep penetration real time surveillance and targeted strikes, leaving the more difficult precision strikes to the IAF fighter and fighter-bomber strike forces.

The Heron TP Drone. The IAF are also currently engaged in exercises to 'rapid refuel' aircraft while on the runway.

There are reportedly some 45,000 rockets and missiles in Lebanon ready to rain down on Israeli towns and cities. Our own Coward-in-Chief has sent our national security adviser and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ‘ensure’ that Israel doesn’t do anything rash… like defend themselves and their country. One would hope that the Israelis told them to put it where the sun doesn’t shine, but they’re more diplomatic than that. One thing is for sure, when they do decide to go they won’t be asking Obama for permission.

Too tempting to pass up? Iran, in a puzzling move, has taken virtually its entire stock of 4,300 lbs of low-enriched uranium to an above ground facility from storage in a hardened facility underground.
It’s like they are begging Israel to do its worst… and they might just find out that Israel’s worst is likely to be Iran’s worst nightmare.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Injustice, Insecure – The Fifth Column In Our Justice Department.

Mega kudos to Mark Levin for being all over this. By the way Mark, I’ll back-bench for you any day.

Our Justice Department has been taken over and suborned by radical ACLU types and radicals with direct connections to Islamo-fascist organizations with ties to terrorists. From the top down the Justice Department has become the classic fifth column operating against the interests of the country, our citizens and our national security.

Eric Holder

Our Justice Department has been stacked with leftist-leaning attorneys since the Clinton days and probably before that. George Bush, in a well-meaning but ill-conceived effort to ‘reach out to the other side’, left some holdovers from the previous administration in an effort to appear fair in view of the contested election results. Bad mistake. President Bush hadn’t had time to finish warming the seat in the oval office before they started stabbing him in the back. This is a lesson that should be remembered in 2012.

Eric Holder’s own law firm, Covington and Burling, has represented seventeen Yemenis confined at Guantanamo. Holder himself, as Deputy Attorney General, pushed for the release of sixteen violent FALN Puerto Rican terrorists. Another Obama appointee to the Justice Department was the ACLU attorney for John Walker Lindh, the so-called ‘American Taliban’, Attorney Tony West who was to head the Justice Departments Civil Division.

Tony West

With all respect, this whole thing smells like two week old fish. It’s difficult to see how our national security fits into this picture when the people in our Justice Department are operating diametrically in opposition to the principles of the Constitution of this country.
Our Justice Department needs a thorough housecleaning along with both Houses of Congress.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Humbug – Obama Dog And Pony Phony.

Humbug is quaint Americana for something false, phony or underhanded.
President Obama was his usual arrogant self as he demonstrated bi-partisanship to the seventeen Congressional Republicans who attended his health care extravaganza.

Repeatedly interrupting Republican speakers and refuting factual representations made to him, the President’s idea of bi-partisanship comprised of one hundred and nineteen minutes of Obama-dominated campaign mode lecturing. The Washington Times stated he looked very professorial… a title he never held.

Republicans were held to a mere one hundred and ten minutes while the twenty one Democrats attending the meeting were allowed one hundred and fourteen minutes, during which they dredged up story after story of constituents medical woes in support of their boss, some of which stretched the imaginations of those present. It was the usual Democrat hysteria-inducing sob-story tactic we’ve all heard so many times before. You’d think they’d wise up to the fact that we’re on to it.

For the Republicans’ part they pretty much stuck to what they said they’d do, which was to stipulate that the entire piece of legislation should be scrapped and started over from scratch.

Eric Cantor with the 2,400 page Senate Health Care Bill.

Obama was also offended at Representative Eric Cantor (R) Virginia, for bringing the two thousand four hundred page health care bill to the meeting and prominently displaying the bill in front of him as he spoke. The President interrupted Republican speakers, refuting statements and giving somewhat unlikely anecdotes. At one point Obama got into a peeing match with Senator John McCain, where he petulantly quipped “We’re not campaigning here John”.

All in all, the Democrats not only didn’t cover themselves with glory, they looked pretty silly. The Democrats are trumpeting the use of the reconciliation process, since President Obama has said he wants an answer from the Republicans within six weeks, presumably giving Democrats enough time to see if they can come up with the requisite votes.

That’s not at all a done deal either, for all the Democrat bloviating.
Eric Cantor, the Minority House Whip, and his team have come up with some pretty solid calculations showing that the House Madame may only be able to come up with about 205 of the 217 votes she needs.
From your lips to God’s ears, Eric.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Man Behind The Mirror – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

Joseph Goebbels had a standard mantra which is attributed to him, in spirit if not in fact. “Tell a big enough lie frequently enough and it will be believed”. Actually Lenin, William James (considered to be father of modern psychology), and Adolf Hitler all had variations on the theme. It’s a current that runs through socialist history. In fact, socialism cannot function in the light of truth because its methodology is that of fear, intimidation and impending real and manufactured calamity.

Barack Obama is telling us ‘I am not now, nor have I ever been, a socialist’ and as a matter of fact I’m an arch capitalist and have ever been a champion of business and commerce. That’s like saying, ‘hey, look over there, that’s not a giraffe it’s an eighteen foot lion’.

Later today, Obama will put on his best socio-pathological face and demand that Republicans accede to his imperial will, while the House Madame prepares to threaten, cajole and break the kneecaps of recalcitrant House members. Republicans, far from heeding the imperial decree, will draw the proverbial line in the sand at the direction of the American people. With the imperial throne tottering and the public’s actual evaluation of Congress at an all time historical low of 90 percent disapproving, a bare 10% of the people are of the opinion that Congress has been doing its job.

The only option left to Barack Hussein will be to call for his party to commit political seppuku and call for passage of this heinous assault on our freedom by reconciliation. Everyone, especially the statists and their slavishly devoted lapdogs in the leftist press, has forgotten what Barack Obama and the Democrats said in 2005 when Republicans were threatening to use the reconciliation process to stymie the Democrats filibustering President Bush’s Judicial appointments. “Nuclear option is an arrogant power grab against the founders intent”, they howled as one Democrat after another paraded in front of the cameras. Joe Biden said, “I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing”.

Let’s see, Judicial appointments versus a Socialist takeover of our economy. Anybody see a disconnect here? For all Obama’s blather about jobs and a recovering economy, what’s coming down the road gives the big lie to all of his claims. A whole new wave of foreclosures is here and RealtyTrac is grimly forecasting that as many as four million homes will receive a foreclosure notice this year. Large-scale layoffs of fifty or more employees for as many as two thousand companies are scheduled for this year as well.
Next month, the employment forecast summary is expected to be grim news.
So, President Obama, what other good news do you have for us?

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two Thirds Of Americans Say No! Democrats Face 2010 Firestorm.

Nobody I’ve talked to can quite fathom why the Democrats seem determined to remain in the death spirals that are its insane fiscal policies. In a way it’s understandable, given the composition of the administration and the Democrat dominated House and Senate. Taking a look at who these people are, and the man that they have elevated to be their leader, places a little more perspective on it.

Barack Hussein Obama…the man without a history or a background. At least, not one that can be readily traced. What we do know about him is not all that clear. His associations from childhood, attending a moslem school and attending mosque with his Indonesian step-father, his associations with various moslems throughout college and his mentoring in Hawaii by an avowed communist. Frank Marshall Davis was an active and key member of the CPUSA, involved in an important Soviet-sponsored network targeting the Hawaiian Islands as an important part of US strategic defense.

Obama was ‘mentored’ by Davis from the time he was nine until he left for Occidental college on the mainland at the age of eighteen. At Occidental, in his own words he was careful to associate only with radical minority and political groups. His associations have all come from radical backgrounds. His brief legal career was in working with and aiding the radical ACORN group. This in fact turns out to be his main and only resume as a radical ‘community organizer’. Barack Obama never once held a private sector job.

Likewise, the people he has chosen to surround himself with are for the most part what we in the plebeian world would refer to as pinheads. Only about SEVEN PERCENT of Obama’s entire administration has ever held a private sector job, run a company or had to meet a payroll.

The people in our Congress, largely and sadly, are not our best and brightest either. Many are the dregs left over from the radical 60’s. The same 60’s radicals infest our colleges and universities spewing their leftist dogma into the minds of our youth. Most of these people in Congress and academia have never held private sector jobs either. What this adds up to is economics by experiment. Add that to radical Marxist ideology and we have the Obama Presidency.

A driven Marxist/Leninist ideologue has absolutely no scruples or moral limitations regarding the forced implementation of the Communist ideal. In this respect Marxists are much akin to radical Islam. We have before us a Democrat/Marxist agenda with a truly suicidal bent to it.

When Obama grandstands his health care monstrosity on Thursday, February 25th and in his manifest arrogance demands ‘My way or the highway’, Republicans need to call him on the farce he is staging. Furthermore, they need to say not only no, but HELL No!

HUBRIS is the only explanation I can come up with. The Leftists’ Holy Grail, their Key to the Kingdom, has always been the health care issue because with it they can control the populace and thereby the country. This has been their overweening ambition for over fifty years. They are so close they are willing to try anything to get it done. They really never expected the level of resistance they have encountered. Never in their wildest imagination would they have thought that fully TWO THIRDS of the populace would have said NO, we won’t permit this takeover of our society or the theft of our freedoms.

They may be presiding over the destruction of the Democratic party as we know it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

One Trillion Dollar Health Care Reconciliation Scam.

Statists are nothing if not consistent and predictable. Obama is counting on his grandstand showpiece on Thursday to gin up enough support to allow passage of this monstrous, unsustainable TAX bill through reconciliation. Despite promises of open debate and transparency in the development of the health care bill, President Obama and his leftist Congress cronies have gone about the legislation like a meeting of the forty thieves in a cave somewhere.

Thursday’s meeting is already shaping up to be a barn burner, with Obama sure to be at his arrogant high-handed best since he, Reid and Pelosi have been unable to pass health care due to (on the House side) an inability to hold together the votes required for final passage and (on the Senate side) no longer holding the required majority vote.

Desperate for a success, the Democrats are falling back on their legislative version of a scorched earth policy. Obama’s plan has been to meld the House and Senate versions of the bill and add a range of draconian measures of his own. Republicans can be expected to be highly resistant to Obama’s intimidation tactics at the ‘health care summit’ on Thursday.

The Republican leadership has already stated that it may have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that would allow them to introduce an infinite number of amendments to the bill. Experts on Senate procedural rules from both parties have said such a filibuster is possible. While reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours, Senators lack constraints and could conceivably continue offering them up until 60 members agree to cut the process off.

Senator Jim DeMint

Republican Senator Jim De Mint (S.C.) said that using reconciliation rules to pass the house-requested changes to the health care bill is “tyrannical”. “I think you’ll see us offering amendments to get us into November if we can”, said De Mint.
Senator Judd Greg, the leading Republican on the Budget Committee said, “You could continue to offer amendments, I suspect. You can offer an unlimited number of amendments after time has elapsed, so it’s logical that you could do it on reconciliation”.

Republicans are doing just what we want them to do. As long as we don’t have any defections, such as Olympia Snowe, we stand a good chance of beating this legislation. It is important that you continue to contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know we won’t stand for the Democrats Marxist tactics.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Reconciliation – Obama’s Last Gasp Marxist Power Grab.

Reeling from defeats in Virginia, New Jersey  and Massachusetts, Obama’s dramatic legislative agenda to fundamentally change Americans’ lives and the structure of our free society is in a shambles. His credibility within his own party is wearing very thin as frightened Democrats seek high ground from the rising tide of public anger.

Obama, his administration and the Democrat-dominated House and Senate have consistently operated in direct opposition to the will of the American people. We’ve been subjected to layer after layer of lies and disinformation, telling us that what we saw and heard with our own eyes and ears wasn’t true.

They have fabricated an alternative universe of statist nirvana that they want to force us to enter to satisfy their dreams of absolute power over us. Americans won’t put up with this, now or ever. If they think they saw a couple of million Americans on the march at the Tea Party event in Washington, they haven’t seen anything yet.

If Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid think that they can ram health care through using the RECONCILIATION process they may be biting off more than they can chew. For one thing, it’s not at all clear whether they can muster the required number of Senate votes to pull it off at this juncture, given the Democrat mad scramble for political cover with November looming larger by the day and increasingly angry, vocal constituents lurking over their shoulders. It’s not nearly the slam dunk deal Harry Reid, Pelosi and their slavish statist press are portraying it to be.

The obvious factoid that they are trying to get their colleagues in the House and Senate to ignore, is that if they were to push this monstrosity through using reconciliation and Obama signed it into law the public’s fury would know no bounds. We’re not nearly as dense as they wish we were. We would understand perfectly what a massive distortion of the legislative process this would be! We would also understand that it was being used in order to avoid the will of the people.

Obama has ’summoned’ Republicans to a health care ’summit’ for which he has a ready-made bill, the House and Senate versions combined, to which he has presumably added a few twists of his own which he will present to Republicans as his grand fait accompli. Republicans need to stick to their guns and demand that the bill be scrapped and started over. They should wear the mantle of the PARTY OF NO proudly, for that is precisely what we wish them to say.

America will stand with them as long as they stand for us, God, truth and the Constitution of this great country.
Get on the phone, send your faxes and emails. Write letters and flood representatives’ offices with your visits. Talk to your friends and neighbors and get them to do the same. Now is the time for ACTION!!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Obama’s OK Corral – Health Care’s Scorched Earth.

Once upon a time, people would feel the call to service in Washington D.C. with the good of the Republic and it’s people in mind. Somewhere along the line that call has been corrupted by the siren song of the money, power and influence that is the beltway. The heady balsams that pervade the atmosphere there can and will turn the heads of any but the strongest and most principled men and women.

We have been battered by wave after wave of successive administrations whose only answer to any problem has been to grow government. Government does nothing efficiently. It cannot feed or sustain itself. It produces nothing. It can only take, it cannot give. The federal government under Barack Hussein Obama is the Titanic shopping for it’s iceberg. When history reports on this recession it will say that it was engineered by insane fiscal policies put in place by a political party whose sole intent and purpose was the destruction of, and socialist takeover of, the country by Marxist ideologues.

Although the citizens of this country have repudiated every economic legislative move by this leftist President and Congress, they continue to meet behind closed doors in one effort after another to suborn the will of the electorate. Having watched his ‘health care’ initiative fall apart in the House and Senate, Obama now has ‘called’ for Republicans to bring their ideas to the table on February 25, while he is scheming even now with Pelosi and Reid to bring the bill up for reconciliation.

Republicans are wise to his game and will not give him the cover he’s looking for. Letters and calls to the ‘Bluedogs’ should have a profound effect right now, especially in the Senate where the Democrats MUST come up with 51 votes to make reconciliation possible. These “Bluedog” Democrats and not a few others on the other side have been sounding decidedly conservative recently. And no small wonder! The country is rising up all around them and literally taking their heads off.

I think many of them know that this is their last hoorah and if they are seen to support this thing they are also seeing the ends of their political careers.
Nonetheless, there are lists of the Bluedogs all over the net, the House and Senate seats most at risk also…and there are a lot more now than there were two months ago. Who’d a thunk it?

CALL, WRITE, FAX, EMAIL or visit your Senators’ and Representatives’ offices if you can. Let them know that if they vote for this sickening garbage they will get a chance to see what unemployment is like for the 20 million or so Americans out of work.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Obama Willfully Ignoring Domestic Islamo-Fascist War On America.

If the shoe fits, wear it… and Obama is wearing out shoe leather on this one. In an article I wrote on Feb.17 (America’s War on Terror…Obama’s War on America), I said that it was time to ask, “Hey Obama, who’s side are you on?”. Suffice to say, there are a lot more questions about Obama’s motivations than answers.

As a Commander-in-Chief, it’s readily apparent that he is waffling and tentative at best, even making allowances for his lack of executive or command experience. His apologists are quick to point to his great intellect and thoughtfulness. I haven’t noticed any great intellectual horsepower there. I have noticed an awful lot of people running interference for him while trying to convince us of his genius.

Obama’s record of ignoring, obfuscating, covering up or lying about Islamo-fascist activities in this country goes back quite a way. Obama’s connection to CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) and to the Nation of Islam alone would prevent him from getting a federal security clearance. The number of connections to people with confirmed militant Islamo-fascist contacts is astounding, and in the chaos of the Obama administration’s efforts at dismantling our economy and our society have all but been forgotten.

Starting with George Bush cowardly avoiding saying what was only obvious to the rest of us after 9/11 by referring to Islam as “a religion of peace”, his government’s bi-polar war on terror, fighting an armed conflict in the middle east while simultaneously trying to convince Americans that the tens of thousands of muslims in our midst were as innocent as lambs and all solid patriots (pay no attention to the man behind the curtain), despite the fact that the very tenants of this benighted religion demands of its adherents that they wage war on the infidel, Obama has done nothing to further the war on terror and everything to retard its prosecution.

The Army's 09L or "09 Lima" program trains noncitizen, native speakers of Middle Eastern languages to be translators for the U.S. Army. In January, the Army transferred the program from Fort Jackson (seen here) to Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

He would have done nothing about Iraq, except for the fact that we were already there, and in fact opposed the troop surge which proved to be the winning strategy there. He would most certainly have done nothing about Afghanistan either, except for the fact that he had shot his mouth off about it during the campaign and was then trapped into acting on it. He then decided not to proceed by dragging his feet for several months on giving his commanders the resources they required to complete the mission.

Obama’s pro-Islamist attitude has permeated a military already rife with political correctness, especially at the command level. Such machinations resulted in the cover up of the Fort Hood shootings and the apparent cover up of the Fort Jackson poisoning investigation.

Obama has also further weakened an already overwhelmed Border Patrol Service by reducing funding and reducing the number of agents working our southern border by 150.
Obama’s assault on our NASA space program is another mission-critical purposeful attack on our national security. The Chinese and Russians will be quick to militarize space. We would have no defense from such an assault except by being there.
Obama has much, very much to answer for.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – Don’t Do It!

We’ve heard a lot of out and out B.S. about this. Let me put it as plainly and succinctly as I can. No one in a combat line outfit wants to be in a situation where he would have to serve with an openly gay person. You can cut out all the feel-good, touchy-feely crap about gays just wanting to serve their country too. Most gays are attracted to the military because there are a lot of healthy young men and women living in close proximity, in what can only be described as forced intimacy.

We all know there have been gays in the military from day one, but the military strictures against homosexual activity are severe and are there for very good reasons. They prevent, for one thing, the sexual predation of enlisted by higher ranks, from which they would have little or no defense. I have talked to people who have had such experiences. In the military you just don’t go around complaining about a higher rank. It has a tendency to make your military career miserable and short.

Opposing Views On 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - Admiral Michael Mullen and John McCain.

There are conflicting themes here…the one the military and the government want out there and the day-to-day reality of life in the military.
When I was in the United States Marine Corps I was in what was then called the Fleet Marine Force. I was in a combat line outfit. You live in a squad bay (barracks) in close proximity with about thirty other men. It’s a pretty tight-knit group of guys. There are always rumors too. Many times the ’scuttlebutt’ mill would be surprisingly accurate, we would know about an impending operation or movement long before the actual orders would be issued.

There were other rumors too. There was always a story or two about one guy or another, but nothing anyone could prove… not often anyway. These people were always looked on with suspicion. The last thing anyone in a line outfit wanted to know was that the guy in the shower next to him was making calves eyes at him. Speaking for myself, the last thing I’d want to be concerned with was that the guy you were with in a fighting hole, depending on for your life for, was more interested in your equipment than the rifle he held to kill the enemy.

We know that the gays and gay advocates are highly placed throughout the government and the Pentagon and that an attitude of political correctness has invaded the highest ranks of our military, fostered in part by our weak and insipid Commander-in-Chief.
There is no Constitutional right to service in the military of the United States of America. If there is a right at all, it is of the military services to be very discriminatory, based on the nature of the mission.

We need to let our ultra dense leaders in Washington know that gay advocacy has no place in our military, or in government at all for that matter. It only further serves to weaken and divide us at a time in our history when we need all of our strength. Gays have all the freedom they could want in our society. There is no reason at all for creating a protected class, thereby partitioning them from criticism for a lifestyle most Americans find repugnant.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Conservative-Republican-Patriot Meld… No Third Party.

As much as the Democrats/liberals/progressives/greens/socialists/communists (calling them what they are makes them mad) would love to drive a wedge between the Republican Party and its patriot components, the newly activated grass roots Independents and ‘Tea Baggers’, it looks like they will be disappointed again.
As usual, the statists took exactly the wrong message from the Tea Party Convention.

What they reported on was Sarah Palin’s crib notes, ignoring the fact that she delivered a near flawless address of 40 minutes to universal acclaim, both at the convention and across the nation, with six words scribbled on her hand, while Barack Obama can’t speak to sixth grade students without his teleprompters and has trouble delivering two cogent sentences extemporaneously. Further, they isolated the presentation of featured speakers to make the messages appear as divisive as theirs is. What they missed in their eagerness to trash people like Sarah Palin, Tom Tancredo, Andrew Breitbart and others, was the UNANIMITY of purpose and the consistency of the message.

Sarah Palin

Unlike the mental and philosophical lockstep demanded by liberal dogma, Conservatives can and do disagree… sometimes vociferously. But they have one thing in common that the statist lacks and furthermore, cannot comprehend. It’s the PRINCIPLE of Patriotism, a deep and abiding love of the country and the freedoms that have been gained and maintained for us at so great a cost. It’s a love for the wisdom of the founders and those most miraculous of all documents, inspired by God and given to the hand of these wise and Godly men. Our Constitution, our Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights.

That's what has been re-awakened across these fifty United States. It’s why the statist/liberal/Marxist ideology will fail. It’s why we will sweep the Democrats from power in November and why Barack Obama will be a one-term President, remembered only as an unpleasant blot on history.
To the chagrin of the left there will be no third party. There will be one party, one people united in purpose and in our love for this GREATEST country on Earth.
God Bless America.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

America’s War On Terror – Obama’s War On America.

We’ve had some stunning successes recently in the international war on terror. US and Pakistani forces successfully put the snatch on the number two man in the Taliban chain of command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, considered to be their key military strategist. Much to the chagrin of Eric Holder and company he WAS NOT Mirandized, and in the hands of Pakistani interrogators is singing like a Hartz Mountain Canary. It’s safe to say he’s being interrogated for more than fifty three minutes.

Administration requests that Baradar be transferred to New York for trial have so far gone unanswered. Sound improbable? Well it is. There are real questions in many American minds just which side of this war on terror Barack Hussein Obama is really on. Our Marines and Army are being asked to fight with almost impossible constraints on their ability to respond to an enemy who can kill them at will. This is a direct reflection on the will of the Commander-in-Chief. No military in history, other than ourselves and the Israelis, go to more extremes to avoid citizen casualties and unnecessary collateral damage.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Obama hemmed and hawed for MONTHS giving our troops in-country the force multipliers they required, and then he permits one arm to be tied behind their backs while they fight what is probably the most important battle of the war in Afghanistan to date. Whether it’s troops in the field or terrorist trials at home, Obama’s whole approach to the prosecution of this war is CARTERESQUE at best. At worst it may be something entirely different and more sinister.

Obama’s close connections to the Islamic community, whether with wealthy Pakistani student Mohammad Hasan Shandu from Obama’s Occidental College days to his inexplicable fawning to Muslim leaders, there is much to wonder about. As the leader of a country in a war to the death with a fundamentalist Islamic philosophy which is no more than a cult of death and one which has the STATED aim of the destruction of our country and our way of life, his attitudes become even less understandable.

His recent appointment of Rashad Hussain as US Envoy to the Muslim world is also very suspect, given Mr Hussain’s proven connections with known terrorist sympathizers such as Sami Al-Arian, currently serving time in a federal prison for aiding terrorists.

With about 53% of Americans not even wanting Obama to run for re-election in 2012, and with the lowest approval ratings of any president in recent history I guess it’s time to ask….
Hey Obama, WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON? Better yet, WHO are you working for?
What oath did you say you were going to abide by?

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More Clown College Antics.

If it weren’t so comi-tragic in these days of the constant threat of terrorist penetration of our vaunted ‘national security’ apparatus, it would make a great sit-com… or a third-ring, floppy-shoe, fright-wig clown act.

We have a Justice Department trying to be the CIA, FBI and  NSA all in one delightful package, under our intrepid and totally inept Attorney General Eric Holder. It’s one grandstand play after another, trying to set up MASSIVE show trials on American shores in order to give sterling individuals, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a year long showboat opportunity to spiel his vitriol in front of the cameras for all of this country’s avowed enemies to see.

Obama And Eric Holder

Now, Obama’s ever-dense administration has finally gotten the message from the American people that we don’t want these people tried in civil courts and we REALLY don’t want terrorists Mirandized so that they can clam up, holding vital information that conceivably could reveal attacks pending against US citizens and interests. The “Christmas Bomber” was only unsuccessful by accident and ineptitude, otherwise another 290 passengers and crew would be dead.

The CLOWN COLLEGE persists in dealing with the international war on terror as though it were some sort of municipal parking problem. There’s a huge credibility gap between what the Obama administration and his National Security Adviser and deputy have been telling us, and what our own good sense and powers of observation are telling us is the truth.

They just don’t get it. They keep underestimating and selling the American people short. They keep getting caught, but they keep going back to that well again and again. Sort of like Obama using George Bush as the ultimate evil facing his Presidency, when the real bogey man is Obama himself.

National Security Adviser General Jim Jones was made to look positively lame by Chris Wallace in a Fox News interview. When defending his deputy John Brennan’s asinine contention that because our American penal system has around a 50% recidivism rate,  a one-out-of-five rate of released or relocated terrorists returning to the battlefield to kill more Americans or innocents is somehow ‘not so bad’. I was all but speechless when I heard him say that. The thought that kept going through my mind was, “what the hell is this guy doing up there?”

Obama’s administration says an awful lot about him unfortunately. The CLOWN COLLEGE would be funny if the stakes were not so high.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Clear And Present Danger.

While American Marines, soldiers, NATO allies and Afghan troops put their lives on the line against a truly vicious Taliban foe, to free Afghanistan from their yoke of oppression and deny the Taliban their base of operations, President Obama is planning to steal YOUR freedoms…again. While our troops fight to uphold the principles of freedom, Obama steals around like a thief in the night.

Behind closed doors, with no press or other witnesses present, President Obama put every single taxpayer in this country ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS DEEPER IN DEBT! No fanfare on this one folks. No hysterical lapdog media breathless pronouncements of his brilliance and genius. Just more debt enslavement for you, your children and if he gets his way, their kids also.

With the stroke of a pen the President increased the debt limit of this country by ONE POINT NINE TRILLION DOLLARS from 12.4 trillion, an already unsustainable figure, to a mind-splitting 14.3 trillion dollars. This money is sure to be more pork smorgy and bribe (whoops) political-payback government feel-good money which will do nothing towards private sector job growth, in fact the opposite.
I warned about this before. Obama is acting like a petulant youth who has been punished by his parents and is scheming ways around them. He is desperate and dangerous.

The other analogy would be that of a cornered animal. The facts are that Obama is planning to bypass the will of the American people and the Constitution of the United States, to rule by fiat and decree like some of the third world thugs he so admires. The Constitution clearly defines the duties of the executive branch. Making law is not one of them… no not even close. Yet that is what the Anointed One intends to do. We should be burning up the wires to Washington with our calls, letters and emails of protest. He needs to know, his administration needs to know and the Congress needs to know that we will not stand for it.

His plans for getting by executive order that which he was denied by the citizens, taxpayers and patriots of this country will have dire consequences. If he thought he saw tea parties before… he would see such an uprising as this country has never seen.
We remember Adolf Hitler, Mao and his Red Guards, Stalin and Pol Pot. We see Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. These people all ruled by fiat and decree also.
Don’t look for it to work here Obama, Americans are watching and we are ready to march.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Obama’s Scorched Earth Policy.

With his entire legislative agenda frozen in Congress and not likely to go anywhere soon, our President is dusting off his best Hugo Chavez imitation and is preparing to govern by decree. Everything the American people have told him in none too uncertain terms they want NO PART OF, the White House is preparing to end-run by utilizing executive orders. The ever-unsavory White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel stated that they had a list of executive orders and directives ‘across a broad front’ of issues.

Rahm Emanuel And Tim Geithner

All recent presidents have used executive privilege to one degree or another, but none have dared to abrogate the will of the people this flagrantly should Mr.Obama attempt to go this route. Increasingly unpopular President Obama could be sealing his fate as a one term president if he goes ahead.

Attempting to APPEAR to be willing to include Republican lawmakers in bi-partisan heath care talks, insultingly excluding them for over a year, may play well with some inside the beltway but not likely to be with Republicans, who are constantly being reminded by constituents and the millions of Conservatives and Independents who make up the new American Revolution that we want nothing of the President’s agenda, not one tiny bit.

Americans, stung by lies, deceit and backdoor deal-making, will not warm to the Democrats games anytime soon. Furthermore, Obama’s image as a ’strong leader’ and a president ‘able to get things done’ took a severe nose dive among Independents, according to a January Pew Research Center for the People and the Press report.

This could be one of those defining decisions. The sort he may not be able to back and change, as he’s doubled back on so much of what he’s done thus far.
It’s likely the American people won’t let him either.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Obama Presidency – Wherefore Art Thou?

We’ve been pretty harsh on our young President. We’ve taken him to task on virtually every word and every item of his agenda… with good reason. Those of us who managed not to be mesmerized by the glitzy rock concert/camp meeting atmosphere that surrounded the unlikely, albeit meteoric, rise of this young first term senator from Illinois were in turn bemused and then alarmed.

We had been looking into what young Mr. Obama had been doing, where he had been and what he had been saying. Critics rightly pointed out that his resume was as thin as a layer of shellac and that the presidency didn’t lend itself to on-the-job training. We Conservatives emphasized that he had no executive experience at all. We were shouted down, called racist rednecks and all of the other labels that the left uses to marginalize opposition opinions. I’ve enumerated all of the reasons Obama won and McCain lost in detail. I’ve also described the state of the electorate, shocked into inaction over the advent of the recession and the BLITZKRIEG of the unholy alliance between Democrat politicians scrambling to cover their dirty tracks behind the banking and sub-prime mortgage crash and their allies and lapdogs of the statist ‘mainstream’ media.

Fast forward to today… Obama has been solidly resisted on everything he has attempted thus far. The American people rose up and said HELL NO! What looked like a cakewalk for the ‘prancing pony’ less than a year ago has become a nightmarish quagmire, reducing the once supremely arrogant Obama and the Democrat majority to confusion and disarray.

Modeling his statist government and it’s grand schemes on European socialism was his fatal flaw. The European states do not have the TRADITIONS of freedom we so cherish. Americans believe strongly enough in our freedoms to send our best and brightest to fight, bleed and die on every continent on Earth. Many countries owe their very existence to us. Once America recognized that Obama’s end game was and is nothing more than a soft tyranny the game was up.

It’s not over. Not nearly so. The Democrat sleazy trick department goes on unabated. On February 25, 2010, Obama will hold his bi-partisan summit on health care. He has ‘commanded’ that the Republicans bring their ideas to ‘improve’ health care. This is an easy one. We should have one stand and one stand only… SCRAP IT AND START OVER! By the way, any Republican that buys into this crap should be removed from office… PERIOD. Democrats may still try the so-called nuclear option though the political consequences could be dramatic.

The following members of Congress were invited to the event:
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., Majority Leader
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Republican Leader
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Majority Whip
Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Republican Whip
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., Chairman of the Finance Committee
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ranking Member of the Finance Committee
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Speaker of the House
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Majority Leader
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, Republican Leader
Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Majority Whip
Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., Republican Whip
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., Chairman of the Education and Labor Committee
Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Chair Emeritus of the Energy and Commerce Committee

Look for Obama to try to enact portions of, or all of, health care by Presidential fiat (executive order) if he doesn’t get his way. He would have to know that it would effectively doom his presidency. Is he that much of an ideologue? I guess we’ll find out. Much the same way, the EPA may try to enact cap and trade by regulatory order. Which is reason enough to get rid of this massive unelected bureaucratic empire that is bent on destroying American business and our way of life.
Don’t take your eyes off of these people for a split second.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Obanostic… Bohica – Bend Over, Here It Comes Again!

To paraphrase Sarah Palin, “How’s that hopey changey thing workin’ out for ya?”
Mr ‘No family making less than 250,000.00 dollars will see a tax increase’.. ad nauseum. Now Mr Presidential Chameleon has come up with another mind-torturing shape change. Our wonderful leader has discovered that he is ‘AGNOSTIC’ to tax increases for the “middle class”, whatever his definition of that may be this week.

Our nouveau deficit hawk is fresh from his most recent bi-partisan entrapment attempt, complaining that the Republicans didn’t want to come out and play. Obama was seeking political cover for his latest money pig-out, asking for EIGHTY BILLION dollars for ‘jobs’. If you’re a Democrat you know you’re in trouble when one of your own statist media organs (AP) looks at your ‘jobs’ bill and says it won’t create many jobs.
Knowing that the Democrats were only too happy to set them up as being the party of ‘NO’, the Republicans neatly sidestepped the ploy.

The ‘tax’ cut provisions of the bill were something that would only appeal to someone who had never worked in the private sector, run a company or had to make a payroll. Therein lies the rub for Obama’s administration. There simply is no one to tell them ‘heck no’, it just doesn’t work like that. Few, if any, people in the White House have ever held a private sector job and have little understanding of the economic engines that actually drive job growth.

Harry Reid Speaks To The Media After Scrapping The Bipartisan Jobs Bill

Other provisions in the bill are more transportation make-work union paybacks, and possibly the only part of the proposed legislation that may have validity, further extensions of unemployment benefits for those who have been unable to find work. With a stagnant economy there are approximately six job seekers for every job out in the private sector. The only job growth has been in the public (government) sector which has a direct negative effect on private sector job growth.

Along with the tax increases, the administration is seeking cuts in spending for entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare… sure to be an extremely unpopular issue with the country’s seniors. A huge voting block that up to this point had been reliably Democrat.

Of course, a REALLY courageous leader and his party could find much of that money by removing many of the multi-layered and redundant agencies and bureaucracies which glut our government, and by reducing the truly insane regulatory burden being placed on American business.
Naturally, that would probably make too much sense. As would CUTTING TAXES. It’s easy, Obama.
You want to create jobs? LOTS of jobs? CUT TAXES.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feb 11… Iranian People May Sucker Punch Mullahs.

The ‘Grand Aya-told-ya-so’ has been muttering through his beard about how the WEST (read Israel and the US) is going to be ‘punched’ on Feb 11, 2010, the anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah of Iran and the advent of the most virulent Islamic fundamentalist regime in the world. The Ayatollahs, with the weak, inept Jimmy Carter at the helm of the United States, declared war and have been waging that war on us ever since, deftly utilizing their surrogates throughout the world, as they built their international terror networks with one end game in mind. The goal of that end game is nothing less than world-wide fundamentalist domination. The only substantial obstruction to the realization of that goal has been Israel and the United States of America.

Ahmadinejad addresses the crowd in Tehran.

The Ayatollahs are directly responsible for the deaths of many thousands of American and Israeli men, women and children over the last thirty years, as well as thousands in other countries around the globe. They have much to answer for. To us, to Israel, but most of all to their own people who have suffered immeasurably under the iron boot of brutal totalitarian oppression.

There have been stories of unrest coming out of Iran for years. The advent of computer technology, the internet and satellite communications have allowed clarification of the situation inside of Iran. With many thousands of Iranian refugees here in this country and around the free world a better picture of events in Iran is emerging. Recent stories and videos show a picture of practically universal resistance to the brutal Islamist regime. The stories we see and hear are only a small portion of the whole, as resistance has been brutally suppressed. The courage of the Iranian people striving for the freedoms we take so much for granted cannot be understated. They risk their lives on a daily basis to get news, pictures and videos out to the free world.

The Grand Ayatollah’s ‘punch’ against the west is to be a nationwide display of Islamic strength and unity, with hundreds of thousands of people imported into the capital to participate in a massive extravaganza. In an ironic note, huge and extensive public address sound systems have been installed throughout the city to drown out the voices of the protesters. When it was tested, instead of playing the anthem of the Islamic Republic, it played the anthem of the late Shah of Iran!

There are massive demonstrations emerging all over the nation that are sure to be brutally suppressed. If we had a President with even a tiny amount of  character and courage he would support this nascent revolution by a people who are, and would be, friendly to the United States and Israel. But our leader is NOT a man of conviction. He is not a man of character. Having come from a tradition of warriors, I have the distinct impression that he has no courage either.

In the meantime, the Israelis and the United States continue to build up forces in the gulf and off the shores of Iran. Israel has naval and special forces assets in the region. Israel faces a dicey proposition in facing off with Iran as it will almost certainly encounter the Syrians, the Lebanese Hezbollah, which all but runs the country, and the Palestinian Hamas. According to some reports Hezbollah has trained some 5000 men, who with Syrian help would sweep across the border to seize towns in Galilee. The Syrians have become increasingly belligerent in recent weeks. Additionally, Syria has reportedly supplied Hezbollah with the Fateh 110 mobile missile system which has a range of 250 miles and could hit targets anywhere in Israel. Israel has warned Syria that she considers it to be an act of war.

Between the massive unrest of its own people and what looks like eminent hostilities between Iran and Israel, the Ayatollahs may just get a whole lot more than they bargained for.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

If Wishes Were Fishes… Obama’s Pond Would Overflow.

But they (wishes) are not (fishes) and those nasty and hateful TEABAGGERS pulled the plug on the pond. Shucks, seems like a feller just can’t have any fun any more. Well, President Obama, it hasn’t been any fun out here for Americans for a very long time. Now, you can keep going back to the well and dredging up the specter of the Bush administration all you want. Goodness knows I’ve taken him and his Republican Congress on often enough. In many ways his failure to stand up to the runaway spending in his own government set the stage for the recession we began experiencing in 2008.

Bush had recognized the danger represented by the various manifestations of the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, which essentially lowered standards for mortgage lending. Subsequent efforts by Democrats resulted in lowering the bar even farther, setting up the sub-prime disasters we’re now familiar with. A stronger George Bush, in control of a Republican majority in both House and Senate, might have taken on the Democrats over the financial time bomb he knew was ticking away. But as usual he and the Republicans allowed the left to control the message.

I’d love to understand why the Republicans allowed the left to turn the message on them starting back with the Civil Rights Movement. It’s as if they were afraid to stand up to the left and answer their lies and charges for what they were. Barack Obama has certainly gotten a lot of mileage (so he thinks) out of George Bush. The problem with that is the same as the other reasons Obama’s pond has gone dry. We were looking for the post-modern CENTRIST he portrayed himself as. What we got was the prancing pony sprinting as hard and fast to the left as he could with a smorgasbord of hard core leftists right behind him.

He quickly outlined his Socialist Menu for this country, which he hoped would be enabled by the economic chaos created by the SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE CRISIS, a crisis you may recall which was engendered largely by Democrat policy and irresponsibility. Obama did everything in his and the Democrat Congress’s power to force his Marxian policies on the American people, who were initially in panic mode and were definitely slow on the uptake. Remember Rahm Emanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste”?

Fortunately for us, God, America’s love of freedom, the Patriot Movement, the Internet, and Conservative broadcasting changed all that. Obama’s attempted takeover and eventual enslavement of the American people backfired.
Now there is much talk of bi-partisan this and bi-partisan that, when in January the Democrats, in their overweening arrogance, were changing the locks on the House Conference rooms locking out Republican Representatives. What a difference a couple of months makes!

Put in plain old fashioned language…these Democrat cretins are headed for a butt kicking next November of historic proportions. It’s all because of you, my fellow patriots. There is not a single reason for Republicans to accommodate or make ‘deals’ with this administration. They have not changed. They are still bent on the destruction of our way of life, and so far they’ve done a pretty damned good job of it. They will not change. Remember the snake in the high grass? He’s still there…and he still bites…

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Public Unions – Government Glut – Public Menace.

This is a HUGE problem. Michael Barone has written an excellent in-depth article on this increasingly important issue and you can read it on, Mon Feb 8, 2010. I don’t wish to duplicate his work but I don’t think it can be stated strongly enough. These unions have to be brought under control before it is too late – and it is very late indeed. Public service is an exercise in searching for oxymorons. They serve not the public but themselves, and are in place only to perpetuate their own power and existence. They flourish at the expense of the private sector. Mr. Barone said very succinctly that the public sector unions are a PARASITE sucking the life out of the private sector.

Let me reprise: GOVERNMENT PRODUCES NOTHING! Fully seventy percent of all new jobs in this country come from small business. By and large, small businesses do not use private sector unions, though are not necessarily anti-union. Unions in this day and age accomplish little and obstruct much. Unions have destroyed productivity in this country. With their intransigent attitudes towards management they have forced development and manufacturing off-shore to more business friendly environments, leaving the unions to complain bitterly at the dearth of jobs. It’s akin to circling the wagons and firing inwards. They have forced prices higher, made the very companies that were feeding them unprofitable and forced many out of business.

The unholy alliance between the public service sector unions and the CROOKED and UNPRINCIPLED politicians who prop them up must be broken. Like the politicians, these unions have forgotten whom they serve and why.

Here in the ONCE magnificent state of California we have unions and union thuggery run amok. This State is a model for exactly what will happen at the federal government level. Unions have a death grip on the state. The unfunded liability for pension funds alone in the state of California is ONE HUNDRED THIRTY BILLION DOLLARS. To bring that figure into proportion, the State at present faces a budget shortfall of FORTY BILLION dollars.

In a sad parody of the Washington Democrat binge-spending, the insane and out of control California State Assembly is pushing a ridiculously unsustainable ’single payer’ health care system of their own, to the tune of TWO BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.
Is it any wonder that the citizens of this country are up in arms? The measure of our discontent is palpable in Washington, Sacramento and rest of the country. The people are on the march they are being heard… and they will be COUNTED next November.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Republicans! Beware Of Obama’s Move To The Right.

Be wary… be very wary. There are a number of gutless Republicans who would like nothing better than to be thought of as ‘reaching across the aisle’ to find some sort of accommodation with the White House, so as not to be seen as the ‘party of no’. Any Republican who thinks that this may be a good idea has missed the entire message of the Conservative Republican revolution and the Tea Party movement.

Obama’s sudden ‘willingness’ to work with Republicans in a bi-partisan effort to resurrect health care from the legislative trash pile where it resides now, and deservedly so, should be viewed with extreme caution.
An old Texas cowboy I was once with on a mining venture  told me, “Son, when you’ve got a rattler in the high grass around camp, you’d best know where it is and that it bites”.

The message we sent to the administration, both the Democrats AND Republicans in Congress, was NOT that we wished that benighted health care legislation to be repaired, ‘fixed’ or otherwise incremented into law. The message we sent, are sending, and will continue to send, is that we want nothing to do with Obama’s monstrosity at all. The Republicans who have been insisting that the entire stinking mess be scrapped and that we need to start over from scratch need to stick to their guns. What is wrong with health care is not our medical health system. American medicine is the finest in the world.

Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams - Pleased To Receive Treatment In The United States.

Single payer disconnect: What does a Prime Minister of Newfoundland, a province of Canada, one of the left’s oft-lauded examples of the glories of single-payer health care, do when he is in need of heart surgery? Does he turn to the Canadian Health Service? NOT ON YOUR LIFE! Rather not on HIS life. He came here to the United States for his medical care as do people from all over the world. Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams is very glad it was here for him. Can anyone guess why he didn’t trust his life to the CHS? Could it be the SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR wait for a surgeon or the inadequate care? You bet it was! This is what Obama the radical ideologue and his cronies want for you.

What’s wrong with our health care system can be summed up in one word… GOVERNMENT. It’s government interference on every level. It’s lawmakers who have permitted and abetted the trial lawyers who have driven the cost of practicing medicine through the roof. Added to the government mandated and price fixed medical entitlements, it is a recipe for disaster. The straw men that the left loves to throw out there are the big bad insurance companies. Insurance companies have their issues but they are for-profit companies responsible to their shareholders. By and large they serve their policy holders well. They are also victims of the runaway trial lawyers and the MASSIVE interference of the government.

The Republicans in Congress would be well advised to stand firm. BE the party of NO. That’s exactly what we are calling on you to do. Take the message of the Tea Party Convention to heart. There can be no accommodation or deal making with a radical ideologically driven government.
You can’t stand for it… WE WON’T stand for it.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

H1N1, Obama’s Pandemic That Wasn’t – ‘Nuther Snow Job.

How far would Barack Obama and his administration go in order to gin up support/panic for his signature health care legislation? If you’ll remember, the grandstanding and informational blitz for the ‘UPCOMING’ H1N1 started back around January and February of last year. The Democrats were shouting from the roof tops that “THE PANDEMIC IS COMING, THE PANDEMIC IS COMING”. We HAD to have health care passed right now! Sounded an awful lot like the bleating that was going on with the ’stimulus’ didn’t it? We absolutely, positively had to have it or the banks would collapse. Wall Street would fold up and go home and the economy would collapse.

As such things usually do in the light of sober reflection, it is apparent that we would have been SO much better off had we simply allowed the banks, the investment houses and the auto manufacturers to fail and go into bankruptcy, which is precisely why the bankruptcy laws had been written into the Constitution in the first place. The market place would have adjusted, reorganizations and bankruptcy courts would have adjudicated and the void would have been filled, because nature abhors a vacuum.

As it was, we allowed the ‘leaders’ who had us dead in their sights, with SAP written all over us, to panic the country into the MASSIVE PORK FEED that is the stimulus and every single ancillary piece of paper that has come out of Washington remotely associated with it. Keep in mind that many of these so called leaders are the very ones who knowingly fostered and promoted the very factors that created the situation to start with.

In any given year in this country there will be approximately 36,000 deaths from influenza (CDC figure). In any given year world-wide there are between 250,000 to 500,000 deaths from influenza. If you add up all the space given to the ‘approaching’ pandemic, in the shameless and cowardly effort to promote the THEFT of our freedoms through these scare tactics, it would come to tens of thousands of column inches.

Pandemic FACT. To this date a total of 14,286 deaths have been attributed to the H1N1 virus WORLD WIDE. There are approximately 43,000 deaths caused by auto accidents every year in this country alone.
Seen in this light it’s sort of like the PANDEMIC that wasn’t, promoted by the presidency that ISN’T.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Saturday, February 6, 2010

9.7% – What’s Wrong With That Figure?

Like every thing else about this Obama Presidency and administration, nothing is straight forward. It’s always a conjuration of smoke and mirrors. It’s just like Rush Limbaugh used to say about the Clinton administration, ''These people get out of bed in the morning saying to themselves, ‘HOW CAN WE FOOL THEM TODAY?’''

Fact is, it’s getting a lot harder to do. The leftists can no longer depend on calling up the same old reliable chimera time after time to bend issues and opinion to their will. Some of their favorite issues just aren’t playing like they used to and in a strange case of role reversal they just don’t seem to grasp what’s happened to them.

'Seasonally Adjusted' Unemployment Variance.

The unemployment figures are a good example. After shouting to the heavens that if we passed his 787 BILLION DOLLAR stimulus, unemployment rates would not go above 8%. Well, billions and billions of absolutely wasted dollars later we have 10.1% unemployment, which has magically gone down to 9.7% despite the government’s own ‘adjusted’ figures for last year, showing an increase of unemployment from about 7.5 million jobs lost during this recession to EIGHT POINT FOUR MILLION. Jobs lost in December were revised from 85,000 to ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND.

Umm, 9.7% ? Ok, if you say so. But then Obama is desperate and grasping for anything that will make his DISASTROUS Presidency just a little less catastrophic. He was forced to admit that his grandiose attempted RIP-OFF of ONE SIXTH of our total economy and the virtual enslavement of the people of this country is a failure. It was the pillar on which the rest of his Marxist dreams resided, ie: CAP and TAX, though we have to somehow prevent the EPA from passing it piecemeal through regulatory fiat. A Republican majority would do well to DEFUND AND DISMANTLE THE EPA!

Then there is that perennial Democrat dream of amnesty for about 20 MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS residing in this country, burdening our tax systems and our citizens to say nothing of our national security. It’s too bad for Obama that Americans are so stubborn and so wedded to our freedoms that his promised socialist nirvana had no appeal, except to the permanently disaffected ten or so percent that is present in virtually any society.

Add to that the change that was brought about by the information technology revolution of which this column is part and as they say, the rest is/will be history. The battle is not yet won… in point of fact it has barely begun. But there is a clear path we as Conservatives have to follow to ensure that our country never again comes this close to allowing a totalitarian regime to gain power here.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

Cortex Loses Its Courage.

One of the many sites on which this column is posted is/was Political Cortex. In the beginning we were on half a dozen or so sites and Political Cortex was one of them. It really sort of surprised me given the decidedly left-leaning bent of most of the articles and comments on their site. Wonderful I thought. A leftie site that is fair enough to accept other points of view and said as much to Dee, who at that time was my helper, as I’m absolutely thick when it comes to IT stuff. The IT staff at work see me coming and they run shrieking from the building.

Since then, Dee’s roll has expanded to encompass everything that makes this site successful. It’s a lot of hard work and she does it very well and with unfailing good cheer and humor. I used to bookmark the sites we are on until they filled the page and obscured the screen. I’m not sure even now exactly how many we are on because we’re being picked up by news outlets and blog sites around the globe.

I have YOU, the reader and lovers of freedom everywhere, to thank for that and am grateful and humbled by it every day. The United States has always represented a beacon of freedom for all peoples and I believe there is a yearning for freedom that exists in the heart of every human being no matter how severely repressed or oppressed they may be.

Today I got a note from Dee that our column for Wednesday 2/3/10 had disappeared from Political Cortex along with every single archived article of ours on the site going back to September 25, 2009. Inquiries to Political Cortex administration by Dee were met by silence… sort of like calling your Democrat member of Congress. A little tongue in cheek there, but I couldn’t resist.

Short Subject

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s their site and they can do with it as they choose. However, articles of mine have been picked up off of their site and FEATURED by news outlets and blogs around the world. It was obviously an asset to their circulation and helped us in getting the message out. Let’s face it, the loss of one site is not going to affect what we do one iota. We add new sites virtually on a daily basis.

What was behind Political Cortex’s action bears a little exploration. My editor has suggested three possibilities:
a.The editors or staff at Political Cortex took so much heat from other contributors that they felt they had to cancel us.
b.They took heat from outside sources (other left wing blogs or organizations) and felt like they had to respond.
c.Interference from the administration.

I’ve stated that I don’t have a lot of patience with conspiracy theory, so I think that administration interference is unlikely. I don’t think their reach is that long yet and they have their hands full with an Obama Presidency that’s falling apart around their ears and a Democrat Congress and agenda that is imploding.

POLITICAL CORTEX’S action is sadly so very typical of the left’s inability to tolerate any views but their own.
This column is, and remains, solidly Conservative in its views and opinions. Our mission continues to be to cast the light of truth and freedom in the defense of our Republic.
God love you all, and God bless America!

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Congressional Quail Break For Cover – Conservative Bird Hunt.

IT’S MAGIC! Congressional leftists are finding all sorts of mainstream centrist and even (gasp) right of center issues to take up… as they scatter in all directions trying to distance themselves from a President and a Democratic party leadership who they see as leading them down a rocky road to destruction.

This magic transformation has come about, as predicted by yours truly, by the turn of the new year and the sudden recognition by some REALLY arrogant Democratic Congress critters who have had a really rude awakening, something else I predicted was on the way. Before anyone gets the idea that I’m making claims towards prescience, I’m not and it wasn’t really all that hard. Following the mood of the American people through news research you can get a pretty good idea of how things may go. Once the Virginia and New Jersey races were improbably won by Republicans in predominantly Democratically dominated areas the change in the temper of the electorate started to make itself known loud and clear. Then came Massachusetts and the Democrats were rocked to their core.

Tea Partiers Make Themselves Heard.

The Democrat leadership began to lose their iron grip on the membership, with Senators and Representatives being incessantly hammered by their constituents and any number of the millions of patriots who have been making themselves heard in no uncertain terms. The Obama, Reid and Pelosi brand of hope and change is not what we want and as AMERICANS we really resent having something crammed down our throats or sneaked behind our backs. We pushed back. We stopped the Obama juggernaut in its tracks, super majority not withstanding. We stopped the illegal and unconstitutional theft of our health care, though that battle isn’t over yet. There are other battles yet to fight, but as Conservative challenges have sprung up all over the nation the momentum has begun to change.

Then there was the disclosure of President Obama’s massive budget and deficit figures. With Obama more determined than ever to try and force his agenda on the American people, Americans are more determined than ever to stop him. The 2010 elections may well prove disastrous to the socialist aims of Obama and the Democrats.

In the interim the Republicans have their work cut out for them. They will have to challenge the administration and the Democrats in Congress on every item, every word if that’s what it takes. It’s good to see Republicans learning how to fight again and doing it to good result. It’s amazing to see liberal arguments dissolve when challenged on fact and principle.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tax Spend Tax Spend Tax Spend Tax Spend Tax Spend Tax Tax.

I feel like I’m living in an alternate universe. The Obamaverse is a little like a comic book existence where everything is twisted and backwards. Like Superman’s BIZARRO world. In Obama’s land of bleak outlook, a little less bleak landscape is a HUGE success. Twisted, turned and distorted to make it appear a little less colorless, it is fed to the hounds of bleak expression to spread across the land to all who will listen, “see what great things I/ME I/ME am doing for you”.

In Obama’s perverted world, TAXING the most productive segment of our society, the area from which MOST job growth is born in this country, is somehow a noble act for which we should be grateful. Obama plans to TAX the middle class by ONE TRILLION PLUS DOLLARS in the next decade, starting with allowing the BUSH tax cuts to expire next year. Unemployment in the private sector continues to increase, while at the same time the government adds more and more TAXPAYER FUNDED EMPLOYEES to its payrolls.
Government produces nothing. Government takes from the private sector under the threat of the force of law… legal or not.

This government is unaccountable and out of control. We the denizens, the PEOPLE of Obama’s BIZARRO world, have a President who is literally running riot without the consent of the majority of the governed. We have a Congress which is a runaway freight train to nowhere, is not responsive to its controls (the Constitution) and is working directly in opposition to the people WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE MAJORITY OF THE GOVERNED.

Terri Cullen

The direct assault on the middle class in this country has a name. Lenin wrote about it. In a country where the free exchange of information and ideas is abridged by the power and influence of government, such as in the removal of TERRI CULLEN’S well researched and damning article on,”BACKDOOR TAXES TO HIT MIDDLE CLASS”, we call that tyranny.

SOMEBODY in the administration got to Reuters objecting that Obama’s magnificent budget message was being compromised by the naked truth. The journalistic giants and seekers of the truth at Reuters rolled over like a scolded puppy with its feet in the air and they pulled the article.
TOO LATE, I’ve got it (me grinning). Reprinting is not something normally within our format, but this should be required reading for every taxpayer in this country.

This is a clear abridgment of the public’s right to know and the First Amendment of our Constitution.
There’s that pesky First Amendment thing again… seems like a would-be tyrant just can’t get a break anymore.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Backdoor Taxes To Hit Middle Class
by Terri Cullen

Millions of middle-class households already may be facing higher taxes in 2010 because Congress has failed to extend tax breaks that expired on January 1, most notably a “patch” that limited the impact of the alternative minimum tax. The AMT, initially designed to prevent the very rich from avoiding income taxes, was never indexed for inflation. Now the tax is affecting millions of middle-income households, but lawmakers have been reluctant to repeal it because it has become a key source of revenue.

Without annual legislation to renew the patch this year, the AMT could affect an estimated 25 million taxpayers with incomes as low as $33,750 (or $45,000 for joint filers). Even if the patch is extended to last year’s levels, the tax will hit American families that can hardly be considered wealthy — the AMT exemption for 2009 was $46,700 for singles and $70,950 for married couples filing jointly.

Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:

* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;

* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;

* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;

* Individuals who don’t itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;

* The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.

Reuter’s issued this advisory:

“The Feb 1 story headlined “Backdoor taxes to hit middle class” is wrong and has been withdrawn. The story said lower-income families will pay more under tax provisions scheduled to expire Dec 31. The Obama administration’s budget calls for the extension of those tax provisions for households earning less than $250,000.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Obudget? Oh, Brother! Hold On To Your Wallets – Job Destroyer Inc.

I’m running out of superlatives again. It’s getting to be a barometer of NATIONAL LUNACY, as played out by the White House and the Congressional Clown College. While Obama is taxing the exact segment of the population where job growth is created, just about guaranteeing negative job growth in the private sector, the House Madam, Nancy Pelosi, is spending millions of taxpayer dollars in travel, food and booze for herself, her family and political cronies, while the country is scrambling to find work and scrabbling to survive. The corruption in this government is astounding and DISGUSTING.

Barack Obama announced the budget for 2010 today and it’s still burning holes through the floor…THREE POINT EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS!! This dude is DELUSIONAL. Or as is beginning to become more likely and more apparent, this man is purposely and purposefully driving this country to ruin so that he and his extremist party may profit from the resulting confusion and ruin. The deficit for 2009 was fully 1.413 TRILLION dollars, the highest since World War Two. But hold on to your wallets and purses ladies and gents, I’m not finished yet. The federal budget deficit for this year, with the highly accomplished organizer at the helm, is ONE POINT FIVE FIVE SIX TRILLION FRESHLY MINTED DOLLARS. But all is not lost, take heart because our intrepid budget-cutting leader has identified TWENTY BILLION dollars he will fearlessly slash.

Barack Obama speaks about his budget for fiscal year 2011.

Meanwhile, his plans for your economic misery for 2011 encompass a modest budget of THREE POINT EIGHT TRILLION DOLLARS.
Since the Obama administration ‘expects’ a 2011 budget shortfall of ONE POINT SIX TRILLION DOLLARS, expect that to be a lot closer to two trillion.
By the way, the President has had the White House inform Senator John Kerry that the 2011 budget ‘assumes’ income from the controversial climate policy approach (cap and trade) which would appear to be dead on arrival given the catastrophic failure of the attempted theft of 1/6 of our economy through the single payer heath care bill. It looks like we can expect them to try and SNEAK all or parts of the detestable cap and tax bill past us. But sneaking and lying are a strong part of the Kerry resume. We can take absolutely nothing for granted with this bunch… not for a moment… not for a split second.

While the Republicans are putting up their 10 point program we have to remember and remind them that this is not a Republican revolution… this is not a Tea Party revolution… it is a CONSERVATIVE Republican revolution. It’s a Conservative revolution. It’s an Independent revolution. It’s a revolution of loyal, patriotic Americans who are sick and tired of having our money stolen, our freedoms abridged and taken and our Constitution violated. WE ARE FIGHTING MAD! But we have to remember… we have this year to get it right. This year there can be no RINOs, there can be no accommodation with evil. We have to put up a strong united front. The old style Republican party insider stuff won’t play any more. It’s your party, take it back.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Iran’s Fools Gambit – An Empty Threat?

Ahmadinejad stuck his unkempt visage in front of the cameras to put a time and date to deliver a ‘telling blow’ to the “world powers” on February eleventh. Is this more of the Iranian President’s usual bloviating rhetoric, or could there be something more sinister here? Keep in mind that Ahmadinejad says nothing his puppet masters have not told him to say.


Newt Gingrich has said that “Iran is the most dangerous regime in the world AND THE SINGLE MOST URGENT THREAT to American national security”. The recent tests of missiles launched from merchant ships in the Caspian Sea, not targeted but detonated high in the air, have raised the urgency of a threat long speculated on by scientists, military and national security experts.

An NEP, or nuclear electromagnetic pulse, attack over a portion of this country would fry any electrical or electronic equipment not hardened against an EMP or electromagnetic pulse, throwing the affected area instantly back into a horse and buggy existence. With this threat in mind, Obama’s reducing funds to our missile defense systems and development programs may take on the proportions of intentional national suicide. Sound extreme? It wasn’t all that long ago that the world, including the US, ignoring the rising tide of aggression represented by the axis powers during the 1930’s led to World War Two and the deaths of millions of people world-wide.

Given Iran’s stated aim of the destruction of the free and independent state of Israel, the murder of its entire population and the additional promise to destroy “The Great Satan” – uhh… that would be US folks… some serious attention should be paid to our options, other than the tepid sanctions being enacted by the Obama administration. TOO LITTLE TOO LATE. That should be the Obama theme song. If there is a way to do something just exactly wrong, this goon gaggle seem to be able to find it every time.

The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) SM-3 Is Being Deployed In The Middle East.

I’ve been hoping that Israel might force our hand. Our military has begun reinforcing and increasing our missile defenses throughout the middle east. It’s beginning to look like there will be a real shooting war over there soon. Let’s hope that we treat it like a war and not one of Obama’s ‘I can’t make up my mind but I’m thinking about it’ issues.
The United States may not be able to afford his indecision. The world may not be able to either.
Israel has substantially increased its anti-missile anti-rocket capability with land and sea based assets possessing a very high level of capability. There is no doubt in Israel’s mind what is coming.
The clock is ticking.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010