DesertExile: March 2007

31 March 2007

Hypocrisy and ignoring reality

Mar 30, 2007 6:16 PM
Two charged in ambush attack on immigrants in Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. (Map, News) - Gunmen apparently trying to seize a smugglers' truckload of drugs attacked a pickup hauling 23 suspected illegal immigrants early Friday, killing two people and wounding another, authorities said.
Within hours, Border Patrol agents tracking footprints found two men along with three high-powered weapons near a campsite about a half-mile south of where the shooting occurred, said Richard Kastigar, Pima County sheriff's criminal investigations chief.
After questioning Friday afternoon, both men admitted to having fired high-powered weapons into the truck and were charged with two counts each of homicide and 21 counts each of attempted homicide, Kastigar said.
Witnesses inside the pickup and its camper shell substantiated the events, even though none of the survivors interviewed was able to identify the gunmen, according to Kastigar.
Rosario Humberto Araujo-Monarrez, 21, and Martin Esrain Flores-Gaxiola, 18, from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, were being processed before being booked into the Pima County Jail and other charges could be pending, Kastigar said.
The first man who admitted taking part in the shooting told detectives four men shot at the truck, according to Kastigar.
This is in the United States, in southern Arizona. This is not in Iraq.
It is reported in the local paper.
The headline implies that the "Victims" are simply migrants.
They don't tell you that a booming industry is smuggling humans.
This incident was one businessman trying to eliminate some competition--Mexican style.
Without being implied, it is presumed that Federal authorities --remember, Immigration and smuggling are Federal crimes; Local Police Administrators throw off any responsibility with that statement.--
should be there to stop this.
This isn't Iraq, where the news uses attacks to show that Bush is incompetent.
This is the US where they - the news--don't want to offend wealthy employers of "Cheap Labor" , and for the most part, this attack, and the four within the past three months--go ignored.
A Thruth I formed while I was a law enforcer: Statistics don't mean jack--until you are one.
Average John Q Citizen doesn't know about these attacks, could not care about these attacks UNTIL ..Some Hispanic Gang member comes at HIM. Then, he will wonder where the Feds are/were, and wHY DIDN"T THEY DO SOMETHING.

The Omniscient

House Speaker Pelosi to visit Syria over White House objections
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Syria, a country President Bush has shunned as a sponsor of terrorism, despite being asked by the administration not to go."In our view, it is not the right time to have these sort of high-profile visitors to Syria," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Friday.
Pelosi arrived in Israel on Friday in what is her second fact-finding trip to the Middle East since taking over leadership of the House in January.
Her repeat trip, an indication she plans to play a role in foreign policy, is also an act of defiance to the administration, which says such diplomatic overtures by lawmakers can do more harm than good. Pelosi will not be the first member of Congress in recent months to travel to Syria, but as House speaker she is the most senior.White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the speaker "should take a step back and think about the message that it sends.""This is a country that is a state sponsor of terror, one that is trying to disrupt the Saniora government in Lebanon and one that is allowing foreign fighters to flow into Iraq from its borders," Perino said. Fuad Saniora is prime minister of Lebanon.Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "probably really wants people to come, and have a photo opportunity, and have tea with him, and have discussions about where they're coming from. But we just think it's a really bad idea," Perino said.
So--Besides being a General, Pelosi is now an ambassador. Boy, she is everything rolled into one: Congresswoman, mother, dictator, war strategist, and now she has set up her own diplomatic unit.
Hell, what do we need the State Dept. for?
Knowing the Liberal approach, here is what she will agree to:
Syria's dictator can keep on killing Israelis and Lebanese christians using Hez'B Allah.
Syria and Iran can continue imposing "Sharia" law on their own citizens. Typical Liberal hypocrisy--women in the US are to be considered equal, but its OK if they are traded for goats or stoned to death for looking at a man not their relative in the IslamoFascist Empire.
Syria and Iran will agree to a non-agression statement, saying they will never attack US or its interests.
[ Trouble is A Muslim is, first and foremost, an Ummehist—a citizen of international Islam. So, when a Muslim takes the Pledge of Allegiance, he is either ignorant of the implication of his pledge or is lying willfully. Ignorance is never a valid reason in the court of law, and lying in the process of becoming citizen is a ground for denying the application and even deporting the violator. Sadly enough, tagyyeh—lying, or dissimulation—is not only condoned, it is recommended to the Muslims in their scripture. Hence, a Muslim can and would lie without any compunctions, whenever it is expedient.-----
Amil Imani]
The IslaoFascists will not, and have never told the truth or have followed an the rules of anything they agreed to.
Conclusion: Pelosi is embarking on a Nexville Chamberlain expedition

30 March 2007



SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.

Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro's expose of her ethics (which was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute). Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?
The MILCON subcommittee is not only in charge of supervising military construction, it also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. Perhaps Feinstein is trying to disassociate herself from MILCON's incredible failure to provide decent medical care for wounded soldiers.
Two years ago, before the Washington Post became belatedly involved, the online magazine exposed the horrors of deficient medical care for Iraq war veterans. While leading MILCON, Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care meltdown. But she was not proactive on veteran's affairs.
Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife's watch.
As of December 2006, according to SEC filings and, three corporations in which Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Boston Scientific Corporation: $17.8 million for medical equipment and supplies; 85 percent of contracts awarded without benefit of competition.
Kinetic Concepts Inc.: $12 million, medical equipment and supplies; 28 percent noncompetitively awarded.
CB Richard Ellis: The Blum-controlled international real estate firm holds congressionally funded contracts to lease office space to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also is involved in redeveloping military bases turned over to the private sector.
You would think that, considering all the money Feinstein's family has pocketed by waging global warfare while ignoring the plight of wounded American soldiers, she would show a smidgeon of shame and resign from the entire Senate, not just a subcommittee. Conversely, you'd think she might stick around MILCON to try and fix the medical-care disaster she helped to engineer for the vets who were suckered into fighting her and Bush's panoply of unjust wars.

SAN DIEGO ---- Randy "Duke" Cunningham's five-year saga of greed and corruption came to a tear-filled ending Friday when the former 50th Congressional District lawmaker was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.84 million in back taxes.

"Your honor, I have ripped my life to shreds," the 64-year-old Cunningham told U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns during a tearful 10-minute address to a packed courtroom. "I made a very wrong turn. I will spend every day for the rest of my life seeking to atone."
After hearing arguments from defense attorney K. Lee Blalack and the three assistant U.S. attorneys who prosecuted the case, Burns sentenced Cunningham to eight years and four months. Prosecutors said it was the longest sentence ever given to a U.S. congressman.
The judge rejected Cunningham's request for time to visit his 91-year-old mother before reporting to prison, saying that Friday was "judgment day" and ordering the tarnished war hero to be taken into immediate custody by U.S. marshals.Cunningham pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges Nov. 28, admitting he took more than $2.4 million in bribes from defense contractors.During his address to the court, a subdued and repentant Cunningham said he has placed his life in the hands of God, and at times in recent months wondered if he would take his own life."Some days, I didn't know if I could cope with the pain."None of Cunningham's three adult children were in the courtroom, nor was his estranged wife, Nancy.Cunningham told the court his wife, who has not been charged with any crimes, had no knowledge of his misdeeds as they were taking place.At one point, he turned toward prosecutors and pleaded with them to leave Nancy Cunningham alone.Federal prosecutors had sought a maximum 10-year sentence for the former congressman."He is the first-ever member of Congress to be convicted of demanding and receiving more than $2.4 million in bribes," Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Forge said after the hearing. "Here was a man who had just about everything yet he demanded more."Defense attorney Blalack argued for a six-year sentence during the three-hour hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown San Diego.Blalack argued Cunningham had acknowledged his guilt and cooperated with authorities. He said the former congressman's Vietnam War record and charitable act merited a six-year sentence."This man has been humbled beyond belief," Blalack said. "

It seems that DiFi has ripped off the taxpayers far worse than Randy Cunningham has.

Have you heard of any " Investigation" , "reparartions", or "Corruption"?


28 March 2007

California White Flight

Assisted suicide bill clears hurdle
Proponents plead for death with dignity; opponents warn of economic pressure to end lives prematurely
. AB 374 cleared the committee 7-3.
Hold placed on bills that might swell prisons
Saying they don't want to make a bad situation worse, Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday imposed a nine-month moratorium on all bills that they said would aggravate California's overcrowded prison population.
Sen. Gloria Romero, who chairs the Senate Public Safety Committee, has placed a hold on any legislation that imposes new crimes or lengthens criminal sentences while the state grapples with a prison population about twice the designed capacity.
Agency execs get pay hikes
Governor gives raises of up to 27 percent to 49 administrators.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Tuesday he will increase six-figure salaries for top state executives by as much as 27 percent, a move that could precipitate similar raises for his own chief of staff and other top aides in the future.
The pay hikes for 49 executives come after the Republican governor signed legislation last year enabling his administration to raise top salaries to as much as $258,125. At the time, Schwarzenegger's office said it had no plans to give raises
except to the heads of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Highway Patrol.
These are all headlines in the "Politics" section of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.
So to sum it up, the legislature wants to give you permission to kill yourself, Senator Romero says we can't put anyone else in prison because the prisons are overcrowded, and Arnold has proven himself to be a Liberal.
Everyone in California knows there is a financial crisis. When the RECALL election that saw Gray Davis gone was in progress, we learned that Gov. Davis had "Cooked the books" and the State was in deep pucky as far as money was concerned.
The legislature--overwhelmingly Liberal-- gave Illegal Immigrants many benefits--at taxpayer expense.
From my own experience, I know that Welfare Workers in Los Angeles REFUSED to take action when it was shown that some of their claimants were committing fraud.. Their response was " We are here to give out benefits--not verify eligibility".
Gov. Arnold shows the two hallmarks of Liberals: Hypocrisy and Fantasy. He says the State can't afford higher salaries-but gives them to Execs. He says that California can afford these raises. (They can if your gasoline stays over $3.00 a gallon :
44.7 cents per gallon PLUSOther taxes include a 6% state sales tax and 1.25% county, plus additional local sales taxes and 1.2 cpg state UST fee.
SO-you buy a gallon of gas[$3.00/Gallon]: $.45 + $.18+$.04+$.01 = $.64 TAX)
So, you add this up and you see that the State will tax you more, not put criminals in jail, and all they are willing to"give" you is the ability to commit suicide.

27 March 2007

HEADLINES-what they don't tell you.

There is a website named This was the news this morning:

Colorado Officer Killed while RespondingAn Aurora police officer died early Monday morning after suffering serious head and chest injuries from a single-car crash.
Police say Officer Doug Byrne was responding with lights and sirens to an emergency call when he lost control of his patrol car and crashed. He had swerved to avoid a driver who stopped in front of him and his vehicle spun 180 degrees, went over the median and rolled at least once near Sixth Avenue and Norfolk Street, police said. » Read More
Two South Carolina Officers Killed in ShootoutA police officer shot in the head during a weekend shootout died Monday, a day after another officer and the suspect were killed, authorities said.
Officer Marcus Stiles, 26, and another officer, Lonnie Wells, responded to the suspect's home on Sunday after a witness reported seeing a couple arguing outside a coin-operated laundry.» Read More
Arkansas Officer Shot to DeathThe brother of a woman's ex-boyfriend killed a police officer and wounded the woman when they went to pick up her child, then he drove away and killed himself in Oklahoma, police said Saturday.
Officer Daniel C. Martinez, 33, was shot in the head Friday evening, police said in a statement.» Read More
Dallas Officer Shot, Killed After StandoffA man fatally shot a Dallas police officer Friday, sparking a standoff that ended with the suspect's capture, NBC 5 reported.
Police officials identified the officer as Sr. Corporal Mark Timothy Nix.
The shooting happened in the 4100 block of Bernal Drive near Loop 12 in Dallas. » Read More
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Did you see anything in your morning paper about these deaths? Anything on your TV News? HELL NO!
While Senator Barack Obama called the loss of 3,100 Americans in the war on terror "wasted lives," the senator, all of his Democrat colleagues, RINOs, and President Bush choose to ignore a far more outrageous statistic.
As documented in a report by Joseph Farah dated November 28, 2006 and titled "Illegal Aliens Murder 12 Americans Daily," illegal aliens murder an average of 4,380 Americans each year.
And that does not include the 4,750 Americans killed by drunken illegal aliens every year! That, by the way, equals 23,725 "wasted lives," since 9/11. (And about 2,000 more than the "surge" that President Bush has ordered)
Go here:
Really concerned about "wasted lives," Obama? Then work to secure our borders, enforce existing laws, and deport all criminal illegal aliens now residing in America!
Did you read anything in the headlines about THIS? The only item I've seen was written by some flaming Radical Latino saying that "This is a lie-(We didn't kill that many)"
BAGHDAD — Two truck bombs simultaneously struck markets in Tal Afar on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens in the second attack on the city in four days, city and police officials said, although they could not provide a breakdown of the casualty toll.
Also Tuesday, a suicide car bomber killed at least 10 in a market near Ramadi and a mortar attack on a Shiite district area in southern Baghdad killed at least four people, officials said.
The U.S. military said a Marine was killed Saturday during combat in Anbar province west of Baghdad but gave no details.
The Main-Stream-Media doesn't give a rat's-ass about U.S Citizens.
They care more about Illegal Aliens, after all they REFUSE to comment on any person's legal status--even ones who kill police officers.
They could care less about police officers, or the dangers they face daily. In fact, they are advocates for criminals. How many MSM outlets promote freedom for MUMIA ABU JAMAL

Convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner
Former member of the Black Panthers and NPR commentator
Leftist icon
Frequent guest speaker at college commencement ceremonies through tapes recorded in his prison cell
Mumia Abu Jamal was catapulted into the public limelight by an event that occurred shortly after 3:55 a.m. on December 9, 1981, when Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner made a traffic stop on Locust Street; he pulled behind William Cook's car, radioed for police backup, approached Cook's vehicle and ordered the driver to get out of his car. While Faulkner handcuffed Cook, the driver of a taxi parked across the street suddenly ran across Locust toward Faulkner and shot him in the back. As the policeman fell, he drew his own gun and managed to shoot the cabdriver in the chest, wounding but not killing him. The gun-wielding cabdriver then fired repeatedly at Faulkner, finally dispatching him from close range with a bullet in the brain. (TRANSLATION=HE stood over the police officer and EXECUTED HIM)The cabbie was a young, dreadlocked Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was born Wesley Cook and was the brother of the owner of the car William Cook. Mumia's presence near the scene of the roadside stop at that particular moment has led to serious speculation that Cook had intentionally led a white Philadelphia police officer into an ambush - one that had all the earmarks of other Black Panther provocations in places like Newark and Oakland.
So, why does the MSM tout deaths of soldiers?
GOAL: Embarass the President, imply that he is incompetent (Started a war we cant win), and that he does not care when soldiers are killed.
Does the MSM care about soldiers? HELL NO!
How many of you saw this--?
March 21, 2007
Lauren Maggi Guilty in "Spit On Soldier" Case
(Syracuse, New York) Last November, 35-year-old Lauren Maggi was charged with harassment for spitting in a soldier's face at Hancock Airport. Reportedly, out of the clear blue, Maggi walked up to 21-year-old Jason Jones, a Ft. Drum soldier, and spit at him without provocation.
Yesterday, Maggi pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment and explained her actions.
Lauren Maggi had been verbally abused on the phone by a male acquaintance who is in the military at Fort Drum, and she "displaced her anger" when she encountered the victim as she walked through the airport, defense lawyer Louis Mannara said.
"I was crushed that people saw this as an anti-uniform, anti-war gesture," Maggi said. Maggi said she is a registered Republican who twice voted for President George W. Bush and supports the administration's war effort and the soldiers who are carrying out that mission.Her punishment for the offense wasn't reported.
In Washington, counterprotesters also converged on the mall in smaller numbers, but the antiwar demonstration was largely peaceful.
There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration's policies in Iraq.
Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.Capitol police made the antiwar protestors walk farther away from the counterprotesters.
"These are not Americans as far as I'm concerned," Mr. Sparling said.
(This was why Gathering of Eagles was formed--)
Was there any condemnation from the TIMES? HELL NO!

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24 March 2007

The usual penalty for action

Why Is CENTCOM Kicking Michael Yon Out Of Iraq? Ed Morrissey
Michael Yon has provided some of the best reporting on the ground in Iraq. He embeds with the troops, reporting honestly on the ups and downs of our efforts there. He has proven himself courageous under fire and keeps returning to give Americans a clear view of the status of our mission. Now, however, Yon may find himself booted out of Iraq:
A general emailed in the past 24 hours threatening to kick me out. The first time the Army threatened to kick me out was in late 2005, just after I published a dispatch called “Gates of Fire.” Some of the senior level public affairs people who’d been upset by “Proximity Delays” were looking ever since for a reason to kick me out and they wanted to use “Gates of Fire” as a catapult. In the events described in that dispatch, I broke some rules by, for instance, firing a weapon during combat when some of our soldiers were fighting fairly close quarters and one was wounded and still under enemy fire. That’s right. I’m not sure what message the senior level public affairs people thought that would convey had they succeeded, (which they didn’t) but it was clear to me what they valued most. They want the press on a short leash, even at the expense of the life of a soldier. ...
Does the Army want to build honest support for the mission here at home? Or would they rather play bureaucratic games with one of the few journalists willing to go wherever our soldiers go? Someone needs a reality check at CENTCOM. ...
The Silencer Confederate Yankee
This is U.S. Army General Vincent K. Brooks. (PHOTO-Top LEFT)
He might look familiar as the man once known as the "the face of the U.S. military" for his role as spokesman for U.S. Central Command during the beginning of the Iraq War, He was the former chief PAO (Public Affairs Officer) of the US Army. He is currently the deputy commanding general - support for Multinational Division-Baghdad.
Vincent Brooks is also the general that has just threatened to kick Michael Yon out of Iraq.
Brooks was chief PAO when the miltary wanted to kick Yon out of Iraq in 2005 over his the "Proximity Delays" and "Gates of Fire" dispatches, and apparently Brooks still harbors a grudge. Now that Yon finds himself in Brooks' territory again, it appears he has taken special interest in trying to kep Yon from doing his job. ...


Michael Yon threatened with expulsion by a generalAustin Bay (Hat tip: Jules C)
This is stupid. Michael Yon and Bill Roggio are the best out there. Telling Michael Yon to exit the theater is the WWII equivalent of telling Ernie Pyle to quit filing dispatches.
Everyone knows the PAO system has never been much more than mediocre — I’ve met some very smart public affairs officers and non-coms, but the system is inadequate, at times inept. Now Yon says someone wants to kick him out of Iraq. Tut. At a Pentagon lunch last fall General Pace mentioned to me the importance of milblogs. I then told him the word circulating the blogosphere was that the Army wanted to limit milblogs. Yes, there is an OPSEC argument, but read the milblogs. The soldiers posting know about OPSEC. Pace told me he would look into the rumor. No, I never heard back. I suggest that General Pace look into this report from Yon.


Courtesy of Confederate Yankee:
I’m writing to you today to ask you to help support Michael Yon, the former Green Beret turned independent combat journalist, currently in Iraq. As noted by Instapundit Glenn Reynolds and Austin Bay last night, Yon has been threatened with expulsion from Iraq by an Army General:


The General who wanted to silence Yon in 2005 was Brigadier General Vincent K. Brooks, then the lead Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for the United States Army. The stories that got Yon in trouble with Brooks: Proximity Delays and Gates of Fire. Proximity Delays got Yon in trouble, and in Gates of Fire, Yon picked up a rifle and joined combat to help LTC Erik Kurilla, who had been shot three times by an insurgent while CSM Robert Prosser was engaged in hand-to-hand combat with another insurgent. For inserting himself into battle (which violated embed rules) to help fallen American soldiers, and then having the gall to write about it, Brooks tried to kick Yon our of Iraq.

Brooks is back in Iraq, this time as deputy commanding general - support for Multinational Division-Baghdad, and he still obviously carries his grudge against Yon. I confirmed last night with Michael Yon that it is this same General Vincent K. Brooks that sent Yon the email threatening to kick him out of Iraq.

I don’t think I need to tell you how important Yon’s reporting is. He has been favorably compared to WWII’s premier combat correspondent Ernie Pyle, in part because Yon, like Pyle, is brutally honest in his reporting. When he sees problems he reports them, and when he sees progress, he reports that as well. Yon has, if I am correct, spent more time embedded in U.S. combat units in Iraq than any journalist for any news organization. Period. He plans to spend the next year on the ground with our soldiers in Iraq. He braves bullets and IEDs with our troops out on patrol, and was once targeted to be kidnapped and killed by insurgents because of his reporting. Through it all, Yon has pushed on, and now a General on our side appears to be trying to silence him. ...


General Vincent K Brooks is a West Point, Ring-knocking, ass-kissing, Climber.

What's a climber?

In the Military and Law Enforcement, they are the ones who:
A. Enforce policy rigorously.

B. Never question policy or try to change it. Either one is challenging superiors--which will get you a bad review, and STOP your climb up the ladder.

C. Penalize even slight violations because if you let them pass, someone somewhere down the road MIGHT make an issue out of it, you will be embarrassed, and your climb up the ladder will be stopped.

Here we have a military-trained man, who knows weapons and tactics--who is now a "reporter", and who--with the unit he is accompanying--comes under fire. SO- he does what a soldier would do--picks up a weapon and defends himself and the unit.


What would General Vincent K Brooks have him do? Stand there and get killed?

If you are an ass-kissing climber like GENERAL VINCENT K BROOKS--The answer is YES.

OH-If you wonder,"Who is Michael Yon?" he took the photo at TOP RIGHT

23 March 2007

Comparisons of Completion

If you have had the misfortune of going through a construction area, you know the frustration of being halted and squeezed down to one or two lanes. You find that you are being held up by some guy who looks like has has an IQ of room temperature.
That lower mental capacity person who basically stands there and turns his sign from "SLOW" to "STOP" is making $40 an hour.

You see, any Government Road Project has been subordinated to--UNIONS.

You have to use higher-priced UNION labor since Democrats: A. Have Union thugs as supporters, and B. put into law the requirement that firms using Union labor be contracted.

You will notice that these projects seem to take forever. One simple transition ramp in California--some grading, some paving, and some guard rail--took TWO YEARS.

A few comparisons:
Recently, I rode a scenic rail tour. The tour is 34 miles long. There is a 500 foot tunnel. The rail line is rock, cut into the side of the Verde River Canyon. The entire project took--ONE YEAR--in 1911!

The Pentagon was built--completed--in 18 months--in 1943!

Now, the kicker.

The same Democrats--who would have you follow EVERY design requirement, and stretch out the work in order to keep Union members employed DEMAND that the effort in Iraq be abandoned. This to me is like building the World Trade Center again, and having the bystanders, kibbitzers, and arm chair architects demand that it be stopped at the 75th story.

20 March 2007

Another Damned if you do--Damned if you don't
By Janice Shaw Crouse
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Pity poor Peter Pace. When asked point blank by the Chicago Tribune if he thought that homosexual behavior was immoral, he had the temerity, the audacity, the impertinence, the gall and the bad judgment to respond — get this — in the affirmative. Predictably, he set off shock waves among the politically correct. Can you imagine someone of his level of experience –– you don’t get to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff overnight or by making off-the-cuff remarks –– painting himself into such a corner? What was he thinking, poor fellow? Surely he knows better than to give his personal opinions when asked for his personal beliefs on a matter.
I see this controversy as several things:

1. It is not about Gays. It is about making Gays a "Proteced Minority", you have to let them enlist, then you are not able to take any action against them when they have one of their affairs and it destroys morale and Unit cohesion.
2. The Liberal PC police and the media have you in a loose-lose position.
a. IF you truthfully answer, you are a bigot, and like this case, they will demand that you be fired for holding and speaking an authority.
b. If you avoid the question, like politicians and diplomats do, you are "Hiding something". The Liberals have no problem with invading your privacy and your life tofind your REAL opinion.
3. If General Pace had said anything else, his Marines would have known it was an inconsistency and distrusted him in the future. A real question would be " Is he going to back us up?"
4. As I have said over and over, Liberals have two hallmarks: Fantasy and Hypocrisy. In their Anti-War March in DC on Saturday, included were Palestinian and Islamic Terror factions on the Anti-War side. Libs love Islamics.
BUT--Libs haven't done much research.
The most ardent, fascist Islamic nation in operation is Iran.
The penaly for homosexuals in Iran and other IslamoFascist countries is DEATH BY HANGING.
The UK gay rights group, OutRage!, has just issued a sweeping report of the gay exterminations going on in Iran. (They are one of the Axis of Evil, remember?)
Iran’s state murder of gays….Victims framed for kidnap and rape….”Deportation would be a death sentence”….Asylum urged for gay Iranian refugees
London – 20 April 2006
The Iranian government is executing gay and bisexual men under the cover of rape and kidnapping charges, according to a major new investigation by Simon Forbes of the UK-based gay and lesbian human rights group OutRage!
Mr Forbes’s nine-month investigation, published today by OutRage!, is based on information gathered from sources inside Iran. His research reveals:
- Lynchings by Iran’s security forces, and ‘honour killings’ by families in the south western province of Khuzestan
-Secret hangings in prison
- The method of hanging is designed to cause slow, agonising strangulation
- Internet entrapment of gay Iranians using foreign-based online gay dating agencies
- A pattern of framing gay people on charges of kidnap, rape and paedophilia, as the following five sample cases suggest:- The Gorgan case where two men were publicly hanged for Lavaat (sodomy) in November 2005
- Details of the Kermanshah case where three men were hanged in prison in November 2005 for sodomy that was alleged to have taken the form of the kidnap and rape of a younger male
- The Arak case of two men sentenced to death for sodomy in August 2005, which also involved the alleged kidnap and rape of a younger male, the son of an officer
- Two cases of public execution for sodomy in Mashhad in December 2004 and July 2005 that involved suspiciously similar charges
- Claims of rape are sometimes made to save the family’s honour or to save the passive partner from execution, and are part of an Iranian government propaganda offensive to scapegoat and demonise gay people
- Comparisons with Saudi Arabia, where it is also suggested that bogus rape charges are levelled against gay men
- Hypocrisy of the mullah’s attitudes towards the abuse of young girls, the rape of both males and females in custody, and widespread sodomy in religious colleges

18 March 2007

Conclusions after "DC Protests"

If you read a previous post " A Rally in Phoenix", you see that Fox News showed up, interviewed one man and hauled ass before Deborah Johns arrived.

To them, this was a Non-event.

The Washington Times has a short blurb--no photos--and mainly talks about how the Anti-War fanatics declared that the Gathering of Eagles was not necessary, they would NEVER deface a war memorial.
This was billed as the event that would convince the American People--theTipping Point--that we should just quit and haul ass out of Iraq--and let the Nuke -coveting Iran take over. ANSWER would have half a million people there to convince us.

THIRTY THOUSAND people paid their own hard-earned money to go to DC. They showed up at 0700 hours, in 29 degree weather, and stayed there until the Anti-War Kooks "Marched" to the Pentagon at 1300 hours, when it was still 29 degrees.

Who reported on this? Go ahead, GOOGLE it it. Put DC PROTEST in the space, then once "results" come up, click on "News".

There are hundreds of articles that talk about the "protestors" with their "Convictions" that the War must end, and how the bravely spoke up and protested.

You will find only a passing mention that there were a few "PRO-WAR" counter-protestors there.

There were NO live feeds of the activity on the Mall. Aphabet networks were not there. Major newspapers--not there. CSPAN had refused to cover the Gathering of Eagles, and replied that they would cover " The Demonstrators". FOX NEWS had some infobabe out there who showed you half-second glimpses of the crowd, and who declared there were an equal amount of Protestors and Memorial Protectors. DRUDGE had nothing.

Most of us followed the Blogger

The ONLY recognizable name to show up for the Gathering of Eagles was Michelle Malkin.

She reported after

SO, let's see now: The News ignored this. The big "Conservative "names" did not appear--Hannity, Beck, Ingraham. The political hopefuls were nowhere in sight, and Bush left town.


What that means to me is they --News, Big Talk Show Hosts, Political Hopefuls---thought this was not important, a nothing.
Big Names, Big Politics and Big News is out of touch with what Americans want.

The only reliable source of information is fellow bloggers.

17 March 2007

How dumb--Are They-Do they think we are?

The Democrat-Liberals never cease to amaze me.
They continue to demean, castigate and demonize Conservatives and Republicans other than RINOs. They call Bush a "War Criminal" a "Hitler", and "A Murderer"
One of the first things you learn in either the military or law enforcement is that you do not disrespect your elected leaders.
Well, the Dem-Libs have thrown that rule away.
Here is why I say that. They constantly attack. No one outside of there sphere can do anything right, and anyone in their sphere can do nothing wrong.
Now--what happens when they get elected? There is no respect lefdt for elected officials. Why? They threw it away.
A psychological fact: Those who do not measure up attack those who do..without restraint or fact-checking.
Another reason to think we are stupid: Walter Reed.
George Bush has gone there several times--
President Bush Meets with Wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed Remarks by the President to Medical Personnel Walter Reed Army Medical CenterWashington, D.C.
December 18, 2003
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Thanks for the warm welcome. Laura and I are thrilled to be here at the Army Medical Center. We're thrilled because this is a place of love and healing and great compassion. This center has a great history, and an important mission, and that is you are serving those who serve our country.
In this time of war -- and we are at war with an enemy that hates what America stands for -- the good people of Walter Reed are giving the best of care to the men and women who have been wounded in action. During a difficult time in their lives, they count on you. You give them the kind, professional care and decency and hope they deserve. And on behalf of America, I thank you for your service. (Applause.)
Laura and I have had, we've had a great visit here. I know I'm not supposed to get out of my lane and give medical reports -- (laughter) -- but I can report that Colin Powell received great health care here and he is doing very well. (Applause.)
I want to thank General Kiley and Babs for your hospitality again. I appreciate Colonel Jaffin. I appreciate Colonel B.J. Mielcarek. She is -- she's been kind of looking after my body on occasion, too. (Laughter.) Fortunately, she's got a lot to work with. (Laughter.) But she's in charge of the physical therapy services. We've just come from her department where we saw some incredible work being done, and some brave soldiers who are working hard to get to a hundred percent.
He had the Media with him. You mean...He didn't notice all the horrible conditions...and neither did the Press?!


14 March 2007


AMBER DRYSDALE A California Highway Patrol officer for 20 years with over 750 drunk driving arrests, Ms. Drysdale is a certified accident reconstruction expert and served as liaison officer between the CHP and the District Attorney's office. She is the firm's second full-time investigator and DUI police procedure expert.
Robin Collier A former Santa Ana police officer assigned to the DUI Task Force, Mr. Collier has made over 1000 drunk driving arrests and as a SWAT team member was decorated for valor by the United States Senate. Mr. Collier serves as the firm's Operations Officer, investigator and expert witness on DUI law enforcement procedures
Dewayne C. Beckner As former Supervisor of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab Forensic Alcohol Division, Mr. Beckner was responsible for all breath testing machines used in L.A. County. He has testified over 2500 times as a blood/breath alcohol expert, and is on permanent retainer as as the firm's expert witness at trial and DMV hearings.
As an Officer, I attended all of the accident reconstruction courses the California Highway Patrol had to offer.
The main instructor was the man who had started the CHP's Major Accident Investigation Team --MAIT--Sgt. Bill Shelton.
The courses were each two weeks long, and no one was guaranteed to pass.
In fact, out of 50, at least five were expected to fail.
In side conversations, Sgt. Shelton told jokes--that you could not tell now due to race and sex sensitivity. He also warned the class about talking to those "Who had gone over to the dark side".
What is that?
Anyone who:
Subordinates themselves to some trial attorney to "Tweak" :
accident photos ( This had been done, and Sgt. Shelton had examples),
computations as to directions and speeds of vehicles at collisions (Also, he had examples--which ignored math and physics) ,
and mechanical examinations. (One "Expert" had testified that an attorney's brakes seized--because they were anti-lock brakes, and the attorney got a not guilty verdict as he was being tried for manslaughter--killed his wife when he hit a tree, with his blood alcohol at around .15 [.08 is the legal limit])
Willingly tries to pry information from Officers on the job to either get a lawyer's client found not guily, or to extract a larger settlement in a civil case.
As to Ms. Drysdale's qualifications: I suspect most of her career was in a CHP Office. 750 DUI arrests? In 1979, I --working 9 months on the 2200-0630 shift, and 3 months on the 1400-2230 shift--arrested 320 DUI drivers. In my 30 years, the number was over 5,000.
These "Experts" on " The Dark Side" earn an unenviable title:
"Liar For Hire".
Modern technology has kind of cramped their style as any attorney with access to a computer can compare their current testimony to that of previous cases

A risky routine for officers: Traffic stops

Narrow escape by a pair of Sacramento County deputies is a chilling reminder of danger.
By Kim Minugh - Bee Staff Writer

Stopped on the shoulder of Highway 50 in the early morning darkness, Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputies Aaron Marino and Zachary Hatch were sitting ducks for the drunken driver careening their way.
Marino, walking along the shoulder, saw the van approaching and yelled at his partner to get out of his parked patrol car. And then he watched helplessly as the pair of headlights -- swerving erratically and rapidly -- crashed into the car where Hatch had just been sitting.
As the van sped off, Marino looked back at the cruiser. Hatch was nowhere to be seen. His friend's heart sank.
"I thought he was dead," remembers Marino. When he saw Hatch's body several yards away -- moving -- "I was just thanking God for it."
Hatch, who remembers exiting his cruiser right before the collision, survived the February 2006 accident with a broken leg. Marino dragged him from the middle of the highway, where his body had been thrown into the path of oncoming traffic.
Their story is an uplifting one of sacrifice and survival -- but also one of danger and reality. It provides a chilling reminder of one risk law enforcement officers face on a daily basis.
Traffic stops are a routine part of police work. But they are rarely predictable and almost always risky.
"You have to have eyes in the back of your head," said Officer Steve Merchant of the California Highway Patrol. "In this job, you're routinely told over and over and over again: 'Watch out for traffic. It'll kill you.' "
During the last 10 years, 146 law enforcement officers nationwide have died after being struck by a vehicle while outside their own vehicle, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Those cases made up 9 percent of all officer fatalities in that period.
Look at the picture above. You see guys with "Safety Vests". Those are guys from the towing company.
You see Firemen. Where are they? Not exposed to traffic!
If you are an Officer, and this is YOUR crash, you have to get out there for:
To see what visual obstructions or distractions there are.
It always got me that most drivers have the attitude: "Slow DOWN. They couldn't MEAN ME!"
NOW--add in these factors:
Drivers on Cell phones, Drunk Drivers, drivers looking at navigation systems.
You have a real recipe for an officer death.
In 2002, I was walking bak to my car at a gas station. I was coming from the cahier's booth, and looking to my right--the way cars came. I was backed over by a woman that had decided to back next to a pump --from my left--while engaged in conversation with three other women passengers.
I was able to get up, but could not hardly walk ( I later had surgery on my left -Good-knee).
I hardly said anything, but when I did, it was evident that I was not pleased.
One passenger said," You don't have to be hard on her--why are you so mad anyway?"
My response: " I'm tired of people driving around with their head up their ass."

Hanging together

RUSH: On the Rudy Giuliani thing, let me get this out of the way before we go to the break. It's in the New York Sun today.

I told you people last week when we were discussing the Scooter Libby verdict and the controversy of whether or not there should be a pardon, and if so, when? Should it be immediate? Should it be after the November '08 elections? I hope somebody asks Rudy about this because these US attorneys are a fraternity; they hang together. And, of course, the reason this is important, the reason this is interesting to me is that the Libby verdict and the accompanying scenario of destruction that was brought about by the Drive-By Media on Libby has galvanized the Republican base. The Republican base is fit to be tied over this.

It's one of these things that, unknown to the Democrats, is going to keep festering in the minds of the base. Giuliani is a presidential contender, of course, and he's leading in all of the polls. So the New York Sun today says in a story by Russell Berman "Rudy" Giuliani is “cool to the idea of an immediate presidential pardon for I. Lewis Libby Jr., a position that puts him out of step with some conservatives who say President Bush should not wait to grant the convicted former White House aide a legal reprieve.

‘The pardon power is a very, very important power that the president has, and it has to be exercised very judiciously and very carefully,’ Mr. Giuliani told reporters in Washington yesterday. ‘You certainly shouldn't speculate about it while a criminal case is still ongoing.’ He added: ‘It seems to me you let it go through the process.’”

This is not on the conviction. He wasn't asked to comment on whether or not he thought the trial was okay and the prosecution was handled responsibly. This is simply on the pardon, but it shouldn't be any surprise. Fraternities are fraternities, and the US attorney club is not that large a club and they do hang together.

It always made me wonder how courtroom denizens--attorneys and judges--who put on a facade of adversity in the courtroom, then all went for cocktails afterwards with plenty of back-slapping, joking, and frivolity.

This phenomena is not confined to the legal community.

It was a mystery to me how superiors could screw over an officer (In my case, the Highway Patrol) by writing them up, maybe giving them a day off without pay, then having that same superior expect to keep on socializing with the officer he/she just crapped on?
If the officer did not play along, and have shallow social contacts with the superior, the officer got labels like: Immature, childish, resentful, incorrigible.

Back to the Legal Eagles: I have to agree with Rush. It is a fraternity where members cover for each other to outside interests.


Eli Whitney, and Slavery

On this day in …* 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America's cotton industry.

This note on the calendar started my thoughts rolling.

Where was cotton grown?

In the South.

What was the process?
Slaves would: Till the ground, plant the seeds, chop weeds out, and at maturity, pick the cotton, take it to collection points, where slaves pulled the cotton off the seeds, and pack the cotton into bales and sent it off to textile mills.

Who profited?
Slave and plantation owners.

Fast Forward to 2007.

Agriculture interests, now a BIG BUSINESS, not a family farm anymore, but as organized as GM, DuPont, or Texaco. THESE are the ones who benefit from "Cheap Labor".

What is "Cheap Labor"?

Illegal Aliens who are smuggled in by criminals.

Now, the biggest cry and whine comes from agriculture saying that enforcement of Immigration law would ruin them financially and cause depression in farming. Yet, the Agriculture interests pay their "Cheap Labor" about $10 per hour, where the average american worker needs anout $40 per hour just to pay costs of living for him/her and their family.

So, who makes up the $30 difference? YOU DO-YOU, the taxpayer.

YOU pay for Illegal Alien Health Care, Incarceration, Education for their children, and Welfare Benefits: ADC, Food Stamps, and other "Public Assistance".

WE need another Eli Whitney.

12 March 2007

Free Range vs. Domesticated

I have horses--two of them.
Last night, I began thinking about the difference from my horses, and those who run "Free Range", that is, they can go where they want, when they want.
My horses have a barn, a large corral, and a "pasture" about 50 yards wide and 100 yards long. You would call them "Domesticated" horses.
Some poor horses don't ever get to run or stretch their legs. They stand for days in 12X 12 stalls.
While the owner may love them, the owner usually is limited by funds on how much space the horse gets, and the quality of their feed.
Domesticated horses must depend on a human to feed them, clean their stalls, and turn them out for exercise.
Free Range horses must depend on themselves. They have to find forage and water. But they can run when they want to and go eat whenever.
My point is this: Humans have comparable arrangements.
There are those limited to "Rabbit-Hutch" apartments, and who have to endure the noise of other people's living. Often, they depend on some Government Assitance check twice a month.
Others live away from other humans in various sized dwellings. Usually it is too far to go to a cafe or restaraunt, and this person must prepare his/her own meals.
Personally, I want to b e "Free Range". I want to get my own foodand come and go what I want to.
IF the American people are STUPID ENOUGH to vote Hillary Clinton--or any other Socialist Pig in, staying alive will depend on the State. You WILL BE DOMESTICATED.
But then, there are a lot of people who live on Government Assistance. All you have to do is give up your freedom and your dignity.

11 March 2007

A Rally in Phoenix

Yesterday Morning, I got up at 0430, got my emails taken care of, out to the horses at 0630, got a 30 minute run in at 0730, and off to Phoenix at 0910.

Got to the Site ( a park beside the VA) at 1315. Scheduled time for Rally was 1500-1600. It was a nice day in Phoenix, about 88 warm, but tolerable.

At first, there were only two or three vehicles, with people coming to this. How did I know--a giant banner of a flag, with signatures on it.I signed it too.

We moved to a shaded shelter, as one person who came in said they had asked a Park Ranger, and was told that was where the rally was supposed to take place.

20-30 Harley riders appeared, all with Viet Vet vests.
These guys here--again, from Free Republic:

We waited --and waited.

And guys, don't think there were just old guys who had been to Vietnam, or had a son or daughter in Iraq. Some babes,with kids,who would have put Angelina Jolie in the shade, were there. My belief is they have spouses serving.

FOX NEWS was the ONLY News Agency that covered this.

NO ONE TRIED TO LEAVE, although the first sign of the caravan was at 1445. At that time, Deborah Johns is a gray Chev. Tahoe appeared, followed by two vans. One of the crusty old Viet Vets yelled" You are late". Johns looked at her watch and said--" No, I'm not. We are 15 minutes early". The Crusty one said, "It is a quarter to three --you were supposed to be here at two".
Johns looked stunned--then said" Oh, Ma God--I'm on California Time."

Johns had another mother with her who had lost a son, and two men that had lost sons.

Debbie Johns PISSES NAPLAM. She said she is a single mother, but I sure as hell can't see why: She is attractive, smart, and she has GUTS!

She spoke of the things that are in this letter :

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Posted By:Melanie Morgan Permalink
To the American People
The following message is from Marine Mom, Deborah Johns. Her son, SGT William Johns of the U.S. Marines, is currently serving his 3rd tour of duty in Iraq.

I am sick and tired. Sick and tired of how some in this country are turning their backs on our troops at a time when they need our support the most!

This is why I am taking action to speak up, and in particular, why I am helping to lead the “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN” national pro-troop/patriotic caravan being organized by Move America Forward.

This is my letter to you, the American people.
Semper Fidelis: These are not just mere words, they have a meaning greater than their literal definition in a dictionary. They mean “Always Faithful.”
Not only is this the motto of the United States Marines, but also of their families, and it has spilled over into the hearts and souls of all those who serve in every branch of our military and their families as well.
Always Faithful to God. Always Faithful to your brother (or sister) who serves along side you. Always Faithful to your Country… Always Faithful to your Family… Always Faithful to your Commander in Chief.
People ask me every day, “how do you get through the days with a son serving in Iraq?”
Well, the answer is an obvious one. Always Faithful to God, Always Faithful to the heroic men and women of the U.S. military who serve along side my son. Always Faithful to the Commander in Chief, Always Faithful to my Country.
However, it does not seem that our political leaders and media representatives have remained Always Faithful
I have traveled across this country and I have listened to the American people. I have heard the support that is expressed for our military and I know that the American people do support the war on terror. They just want communication. They just want to know what the goals and objectives are.
I understand that the American people wanted change in leadership in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. I understand the American people want things to go better in Iraq so our troops can come home. However, none of this can be accomplished because of the partisan politics that are taking place, which is ultimately hurting our military. You can’t imagine how much it sickens me to see our troops used as little more than pawns in a chess game where some politicians care more about putting our President in “checkmate” than they do in winning the war our sons and daughters are bravely fighting.

I am tired of those defeat & retreat politicians who say they are patriotic, and then insult the Commander in Chief at a time when we have boots on the ground in war zones.

I am tired of the politicians who want us to wave the white flag of surrender, but who then tell me how much they “support our troops.” As a military mom I can tell you that no soldier, Marine, sailor, airmen or Guardsmen wants to risk his or her life in a military mission, only to have political leaders denouncing the validity and morality of the missions that these troops are serving in. That is NOT supporting our troops.
Can you imagine being over in Iraq or Afghanistan, facing Islamic terrorists hell-bent on killing you, and returning to your base to hear that the best plan to win this war is with a “phased redeployment” (liberal-speak for retreat) out of the combat zone to someplace like Okinawa?

I am tired of the anti-war politicians whining for months on T.V., in the New York Times, and in the House and Senate that we need more troops to win the war in Iraq, and then when the President plans to do just that, they say that this is the wrong plan, it won’t work, and we need a “new direction.” Yet they don’t offer any new direction or a better plan.

I am tired of the decisions of Sergeants and Privates made in the heat of battle being scrutinized by lawyers and political commentators who were not there. Those who snub their nose at the military, and who look down at the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces, will never really know the state of mind of the young Marines or soldiers who were there and what is asked of them in order to survive.

I am tired of certain media outlets like CNN claiming that they are showing “news,” with anti-American propaganda videotapes sent to them by terrorists that show Marines and Soldiers being shot at by snipers—but then refusing to show what happens when our military builds a new school, paves a road, hands out food and water to children, opens a water treatment plant, provides much needed medical supplies to children in an orphanage.

I am tired of the politicians who act as Monday morning armchair generals, second-guessing the war effort and our military men and women. If you cannot stand behind our military and support them, go stand in front of them. Far better you stand in front of them than their parents, because they have to follow the Rules of Engagement and we don’t!

I am tired of the thousands of people in the rear who claim that they are working hard to support the troops and their way of supporting them is to bring them home. When was the last time any of you who made this statement went out to the airport to greet our troops during their redeployments back home? When was the last time any of you who say you “oppose the war, but support the troops” ever helped out a grieving widow or mother? When was the last time any of you provided help at the facilities for the wounded? When was the last time any of you sent Christmas Cards, or a care package to our troops?
I am tired of politicians who are running for office suddenly showing up at the opening of rehab facilities for our wounded for their photo opportunities as if they had really been supporting our troops all along.

I am tired of Code Pink, Daily Kos, Al-Jazzera, CNN, Reuters, the Associated Press, ABC, NBC, CBS, the ACLU, and CAIR thinking that they somehow get to have a vote in how our troops on the ground blast, shoot and kill these terrorist who have no regard for human life and who would seek to subdue and destroy us every chance they get.

I am sick and tired of people like Cindy Sheehan who not only go around the United States bashing our military, our President, but goes around the world and hugs thugs like Hugo Chavez, as if he has been her best friend her entire life. Cindy Sheehan: “You Don’t Speak for Me” and it’s time for you to zip your lip, go back home to your family and stop playing the role as this generation’s “Tokyo Rose.”

I am sick and tired of the politicians and their whining about this war, because it is this constant whining that is emboldening the terrorists to continue to kill and injure our troops and kill innocent civilians in Iraq. Can’t you give up even for a little while, your pathetic desire to get time in front of the TV cameras by doing the politically correct thing of denouncing the war effort? Could you please shelve your personal and political ambition, take your unhelpful bickering behind close doors and put your self-glorification aside for the good of our troops and this nation?

I am tired of people like Meredith Vieria from NBC asking oxygen thieves like Senator Chuck Hagel questions like “Senator, at this point, do you think we are fighting and dying for nothing?” Meredith might not get it, but Marines and soldiers do know the difference between fighting and dying for something and fighting and dying for nothing.

I am tired of journalists like William Arkin who say: “So, we pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?” Please tell me what a decent wage looks like for them Mr. Arkin? You need to meet Cindy Sheehan at the closest airport and fly back home with her and stop insulting the men and women of our military. I am tired of people whining about how costly this war is when they hear of a casualty. You have no idea what we as families go through when we hear 12 Marines killed; 8 Soldiers killed. You cannot even imagine the pain and difficulty we experience with the instantaneous news in our face on a daily basis. We grieve for the loss of a hero, we grieve for their families and we feel tremendous guilt when we feel relieved that it was not us who received that knock at the door.

But we stand in solidarity with our troops overseas. We become even more committed to rallying support for them and their missions. So, could you please stop trying to undo that by voicing opposition to what our troops are doing in Iraq and Afghanistan? If you are so upset with the news of U.S. casualties in these areas, then do what you can to help our troops achieve VICTORY and SUCCESS so they can come home as soon as their missions are completed.
I am tired of Rules of Engagement being made by JAG lawyers and not Combat Commanders; and politicians who have never served in the military second-guessing everything after the fact. Our military is not playing Hopscotch over there. There is no 2nd place trophy either. I think that if the enemy knew some rough treatment was at hand for them, instead of prayer rugs, special diets and free Korans; this might help send a message to the terrorists that this nation means business.

I am tired of hearing people say to me I am glad it is your son and not mine. Well you know what me too, because I would not want your coward of a son serving next to mine because it might be him and his lack of back bone that would cost my son his life. So you just let your kid go to an anti-war rally on a college campus, or attend the next organizational meeting and be a wimp, while mine defends this great nation with Honor, Courage, and Commitment.

I am tired of hearing that my son has to stand down when being shot at by terrorists from inside of a Mosque, or terrorists inside a home with women and children when they are used as human shields—like the first battle in Fallujah.

No, that’s not the key to victory… instead let us turn loose our troops to do what they must to defeat, kill and annihilate enemy combatants so that this war can be over and our military men and women can finally come home.

We are in Iraq and Afghanistan to kill our enemies. It is that simple. It is only possible to defeat an enemy who kills indiscriminately by utterly destroying him. He cannot be made to yield or surrender or sit down and talk nicely about the situation. This is not Barney “I Love You, You Love Me and we are one big happy family.” These terrorists will fight to the death by the thousands to kill the infidels who do not believe in their way of life and that means you and me and our Marines and Soldiers serving in Iraq.

As the President asked in his recent speech to the Nation: Please all of you put down your own selfish agendas. Take a good long look at what you are doing. Because I am telling you your actions, the mud slinging you all have going on against one another is hurting and hindering our military men and women and their families.

All of you politicians had access to the same intelligence the President had when you voted for this war. You all had a similar view of Saddam Hussein, and you all knew that Iraq was a state sponsor of Islamic terrorist groups. The fact is that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our troops need our support to get the job done so they can come home, and all of you politicians need to stop acting like a bunch of whining 2 year-olds who are not getting your way. I am telling you if you cut the funding to our military and do not provide them with the manpower and equipment they need to get this job done, you are no better than the terrorists who shot at them and try to kill them.

I know the American People want change in Iraq, our military wants change and so do their families. The change we want is for everyone to stop undermining the war effort and support our troops so that they may achieve a complete military victory in Iraq and Afghanistan alike.
Please, as a Mother of a Marine serving his third tour of duty, on his behalf, on the behalf of his brothers serving along side him, our troops, and their families, lay down your anger towards one another and do what is right and in the best interests of our Military.
God Bless them until they come home, God Bless those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, God Bless their families who are Always Faithful and God Bless this Country.

Please join us for the “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN” national caravan hosted by Move America Forward and the “Gathering of Eagles” event in Washington, D.C. on March 17th.
Semper Fidelis Deborah K. Johns Very Proud Marine Mom of SGT William Johns, USMC 3rd Tour of Duty in Iraq

P.S. You can learn more about our planned efforts by watching my appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto”:

09 March 2007

Another reason for suicide

Surviving the stress from within your police organization
Posted: February 22nd, 2007


Tactical Survival Contributor

Stress can beat you down. Prolonged stress can manifest itself in serious health issues including heart disease and cancer, and yet the trend in law enforcement is not to protect officers from stress, but indeed create more.
Listen to these comments from an officer, then new to police work,
"This is the only job where guys do things together, really try to do good things together. I really like that; it means something. People talk about this male bonding, but there is something to it. It makes me feel differently when I go to work that I know who I'm working with and we are out there to be the good guys."
And then, the same officer five years later,
"I used to have goals, and I achieved them and they were meaningless. It was all I thought it would be. Now I go fast, come back fast.. Now I just keep my nose clean, do as little as I can, don't get involved, clear, and wait for the end of watch. I need to get retired."--Joan Barker; Danger, Duty and Disillusion: The Worldview of Los Angeles Police Officers; Waveland Press; 1999)
Recently, several younger officers were talking about job stress. Not the stress of some call or dealing with violent suspects, but rather the stress of dealing with "the inside game."
What, you ask is the inside game?
It is the number one stressor in police work today...that stress which emanates from within your police organization and is endemic within law enforcement. The inside game, in my opinion, results in more anguish than pretty much all other stress. It is responsible for more high blood pressure problems, heart attacks, ulcers and various other maladies and illnesses, as well as good officers leaving agencies or police work altogether than any number of high risk calls.

Think I'm wrong? Ask any police officer what stresses him or her out more, the street, or the political machinations of the agency?
Why, and when did it change?

Most officers that I've spoken with feel things started changing around ten years ago.
Prior to that, the job always had its share of stress, but it seemed at least to be fun. Cops tended to look out for each other and supervisors looked out for them. Screw up and you expected a little or large bite out of your derriere, but if you worked hard and took care of business, you were usually left alone. But hardworking officers are intrinsically motivated today, meaning that they work hard because that is the kind of person they are and they refuse to compromise. Few extrinsic motivations exist in police work.
Hard work leads to the possibility of making a mistake, and when avoidance of mistakes is more important to supervisors looking for the next promotion rather than results, energetic officers can feel more than a little beaten up.

Discipline, or lack of discipline being equitably enforced, continues to add stress and reduce morale. For instance, the "shotgun effect" has been prevalent throughout my law enforcement career (all 24+ years) which basically states that all will suffer for the one or few. Seldom will a precise shot be directed at the culprit who was late to work; looks like a bag of rags in his uniform; didn't shine his shoes; ad infinitum. Sadly in law enforcement, as in all business today, we will all pay be made to pay with inspections, checklists, loss of privileges, etc. Furthermore, when the troops see that supervisors are not held to the same standards, resentment results and resentment leads to stress.

A number of years ago, the management of police agencies changed. In the past a chief rose up through the ranks and was promoted to the position. Then, most local and county governments wanted more control over the police, and chiefs began working on contracts under which they served at the whim of politicians. If a chief bucked the system, they soon found themselves out of work. It seemed that the result was the politicization of police management. As retired Deputy Chief Randy Murphy states, "The higher you go up in an organization, the more you are rewarded for loyalty versus competency."

A lot of supervisors in LE have forgotten that the number one rule of leadership is to take care of the troops.
More intent on taking care of themselves and ensuring their advancement through the ranks, they toe the party line and will not speak out for fear of reprisal and resultant deleterious effects on their chances for advancement.
Hear my words, "if a supervisor shows a cop that they don't care, all respect will be lost."
My favorite supervisors to work for were hard on me, expected a lot from me, but generally cared about and took care of me. Their commitment to me and other cops resulted in the feeling that we would produce and try our hardest to never betray their trust.
"You've got to have some kind of love for these guys. You can't lead them unless you have that."--NYPD Chief of Detective's Al Seedman, as quoted in Robert Daley's Target Blue (Delacorte Press; 1971)

Other factors, such as lack of communication within an organization;
public disdain for law enforcement,
society's moral decline,
prevalence of lawsuits,
all add to officer's stress as well.
The result is oftentimes an officer "hitting the wall," as Joan Barker comments in her book. This phase of a police officer's career can occur around the seven year mark. The problem with hitting the wall is that the wall doesn't fall, and you end up with a splitting headache, or worse. How then, when stressed by the inside game, can you get over or around the wall?

How to Go Over, Under or Around the Inside Game Wall
Survival authority Dave Smith refers to "the machine." You see, a police agency is not a living thing. According to Smith, you can love the department, but it is an inanimate thing and does not have the capacity to love you back. Police departments are not fuzzy doggies that will meet you at the front door as you arrive home, wagging their tails with unconditional love. They can be cold, heartless and unfeeling and can frequently leave younger officers feeling betrayed. In order to succeed, you must accept this truth and live a well balanced life without placing too much emphasis on police work. You can love people, but your love for the "machine" will not be returned.
The stress of the inside game can be dealt with just like all other types of stress, with hard work and diligence. Exercise, proper nutrition, engaging in activities outside of law enforcement and with people from outside of LE, and finding useful and healthy ways to "shake hands with it." Because, indeed getting around the stress has a lot to do with accepting it and working through it, or finding an alternate way of overcoming job stress. Talking to professionals, whether clergy (police chaplains are great for this, I value my friendship with mine, the Reverend Bob Denton) or counselors that specialize in law enforcement and have confidentiality, is important in a job like police work, where stress can be taken home and taken out on family or result in alcohol-related issues.
Alternate strategies like promotion to fix some of the perceived problems, or simply "powering through," as Barker says, remind you that life is not a sprint, but indeed a marathon, and as Friedrich Nietzche said, "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger."
I'll leave you with the thoughts of a veteran LAPD officer, as recounted in Barker's book,
"If you want success, then you have to work without any expectation of reward. You have to do it just because it needs doing. You do it the best way you can, with no negativity. It took a year or two to change my life around. I did it out of desperation. It's a totally different mental attitude."

I implore you, my brothers and sisters in blue, to not let the inside game beat you up or wear you down. We need you and law enforcement needs you, and with a proper plan to deal with the inside game, you can lead a rewarding career in the noblest of professions