Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Border Crisis is Obama's "checkmate" in "fundamentally transforming" America

Documenting the crisis at the border -- at least, trying to...

The fact that each day seems to bring more pressing "border crisis" news speaks for itself, which is one reason for this blog post and the Facebook Notes below. Sharing scores of newsworthy links on this topic means some get lost in the fog... the fog of Info Overload. Barack Obama and Valerie Jarrett know EXACTLY what they're doing. Call it their Shock and Awe.

● AUDIO from 2003: How to Destroy America [Quoting] This is the original audio file of Dick Lamm's now rather famous and very short "My Plan to Destroy America" remarks from October 18, 2003. This audio has never been published or released anywhere. [End quote]

● TEXT AND VIDEO from 2010: Eliseo Medina is an immigration activist who has ties to SEIU, the Communist Party USA, and the Democratic Socialist Party:

Eliseo Medina Speaks on Immigrants for Votes
[Quoting] So I think there’s two things that matter for the progressive community. Number one, if we are to expand this electorate to win, the progressive community needs to solidly be on the side of immigrants, that we’ll expand and solidify the progressive coalition for the future… When you are in the middle of a fight for your life you will remember who was there with you. And immigrants count on progressives to be able to do that. Number two. “We reform the immigration laws, it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters”. Can you imagine if we have, even the same ratio, two out of three? If we have eight million new voters who care about …… and will be voting. We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle… [End quote]
h/t Socialism Through Immigration: Leading Marxist Immigration Activist Admits it’s All About the Votes!

● 2013: Excerpt from 'Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform'
Obama: [Quoting] First, we strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000. (Applause.) Second, we focused our enforcement efforts on criminals who are here illegally and who endanger our communities. And today, deportations of criminals is at its highest level ever.  (Applause.) [End quote]
● 2014: 'Contract Shows Obama Planned Border Invasion'
A federal employment ad posted in January showing that 65,000 unaccompanied minors will enter the U.S. illegally shows that the administration expected this cross-border child abuse and encouraged it.
Concrete evidence has shown up proving our earlier assertion: The breach of our border by waves of unaccompanied alien children was orchestrated by the administration based on a strategy straight out of the playbook President Obama studied as a community organizer. His goal is to get his way on immigration reform by overwhelming the U.S. Border Patrol and collapsing an already weakened system.
The evidence comes in the form a government contract solicited in January by the Department of Homeland Security.* The listing asked for "Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children" in expectation of the arrival of 65,000 minors on our southern border without their parents or guardians.
RTWT here:

*Fed Solicitation: "Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children"

A June 12, 2014 post from Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) executive director Mark Krikorian: I received the following e-mail from a Texas state official who recently toured the border area where the mass crossings are taking place. This is an excerpt from his note (he asked that his name be withheld):
What we saw and heard was maddening, frightening, and pathetic. The pictures shown in the media of the conditions at the BP [Border Patrol] facilities is accurate. We saw several hundred youths crammed into holding cells, with the spillover out in the loading dock area. While we did see some infants and small children. the vast majority were teenage males. Although the [redacted] facility was terribly overcrowded, sanitation seemed adequate at the time, but BP officers were concerned about the spread of disease.
BP officials and line officers were clearly demoralized by what is going on. BP folks were very candid in saying there was nothing they could do about the kids pouring across the border unless there was a change in policy in DC. BP officials almost begged us (us being state officials and staff) to help get the policy changed. They readily admitted that none of these kids were ever going to be sent back and that our border is wide open for unaccompanied minors. BP also said that the drug cartels are certainly taking advantage of the situation. The BP personnel, including senior officials, we talked to were very demoralized. In contrast, the Texas Department of Public Safety is doing a great job of trying to pick up the slack ... in fact I was told by one BP official that if it wasn't for DPS there wouldn't be any security on the Texas border. That is sad and pathetic.
● 'More on the Unaccompanied Alien Child health crisis'
John Hayward: "This isn't just a border crisis any more, because part of the Cloward-Piven strategy for assaulting American systems with this tidal wave of illegal aliens involves dispersing them across the United States as quickly as possible. They're everywhere, and they're bringing some significant health issues with them."
RTWT here:

● A juxtaposition of two quotes, almost 50 years apart...
LBJ at signing of the 1965 Immigration Bill: "This bill we sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not restructure the shape of our daily lives."
Ann Coulter in 2013: "Not only do our post-1965 immigration policies create an unemployment problem, not only have they massively increased the crime rate, but now all Americans are being asked to give up their civil liberties to fulfill Teddy Kennedy's dream of bringing the entire Third World to live right here in America. (And vote Democrat!)"

● Some links (June 29-July 5) on the border crisis
● Some links (June 22-28) on the border crisis
● Some links (June 15-21) on the border crisis
● Make that weekly: Some links (June 8-14) on the border crisis
● The situation at the border Obama called "safe" has been deteriorating monthly...

Also: Obama and the Cloward-Piven Strategy of Orchestrated Crisis

Feel free to post related links in the Facebook Note comment section. Thank you in advance.

Friday, June 13, 2014

"I was a Sailor once..."

'Reflections of a Blackshoe' by Vice Admiral Harold Koenig, USN (Ret)

I like the Navy. I like standing on the bridge wing at sunrise with salt spray in my face and clean ocean winds whipping in from the four quarters of the globe - the ship beneath me feeling like a living thing as her engines drive her through the sea.

I like the sounds of the Navy - the piercing trill of the boatswains pipe, the syncopated clangor of the ship's bell on the quarterdeck, the harsh squawk of the 1MC, and the strong language and laughter of sailors at work.

I like Navy vessels - nervous darting destroyers, plodding fleet Auxiliaries, sleek submarines and steady solid carriers. I like the proud names of Navy ships: Midway, Lexington, Saratoga, Coral Sea - memorials of great battles won. I like the lean angular names of Navy 'tin-cans': Barney, Dahlgren, Mullinix, McCloy - mementos of heroes who went before us.

I like the tempo of a Navy band blaring through the topside speakers as we pull away from the oiler after refueling at sea. I like liberty call and the spicy scent of a foreign port. I even like all hands working parties as my ship fills herself with the multitude of supplies both mundane and exotic which she needs to cut her ties to the land and carry out her mission anywhere on the globe where there is water to float her.

I like sailors, men from all parts of the land, farms of the Midwest, small towns of New England, from the cities, the mountains and the prairies, from all walks of life. I trust and depend on them as they trust and depend on me - for professional competence, for comradeship, for courage.  In a word, they are "shipmates."

I like the surge of adventure in my heart, when the word is passed: "Now station the special sea and anchor detail - all hands to quarters for leaving port", and I like the infectious thrill of sighting home again, with the waving hands of welcome from family and friends waiting pier side. The work is hard and dangerous; the going rough at times; the parting from loved ones painful, but the companionship of robust Navy laughter, the 'all for one and one for all' philosophy of the sea is ever present.

I like the serenity of the sea after a day of hard ship's work, as flying fish flit across the wave tops and sunset gives way to night. I like the feel of the Navy in darkness - the masthead lights, the red and green navigation lights and stern light, the pulsating phosphorescence of radar repeaters - they cut through the dusk and join with the mirror of stars overhead. And I like drifting off to sleep lulled by the myriad noises large and small that tell me that my ship is alive and well, and that my shipmates on watch will keep me safe.

I like quiet midwatches with the aroma of strong coffee - the lifeblood of the Navy - permeating everywhere. And I like hectic watches when the exacting minuet of haze-gray shapes racing at flank speed keeps all hands on a razor edge of alertness. I like the sudden electricity of "General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations", followed by the hurried clamor of running feet on ladders and the resounding thump of watertight doors as the ship transforms herself in a few brief seconds from a peaceful workplace to a weapon of war - ready for anything. And I like the sight of space-age equipment manned by youngsters clad in dungarees and sound-powered phones that their grandfathers would still recognize.

I like the traditions of the Navy and the men and women who made them. I like the proud names of Navy heroes: Halsey, Nimitz, Perry, Farragut, John Paul Jones. A sailor can find much in the Navy:  comrades-in-arms, pride in self and country, mastery of the seaman's trade. An adolescent can find adulthood.

In years to come, when sailors are home from the sea, they will still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods - the impossible shimmering mirror calm and the storm-tossed green water surging over the bow. And then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm, a refrain of hearty laughter in the wardroom and chief's quarters and messdecks.  Gone ashore for good they will grow wistful about their Navy days, when the seas belonged to them and a new port of call was ever over the horizon.

Remembering this, they will stand taller and say, "I WAS A SAILOR ONCE.  I WAS PART OF THE NAVY, AND THE NAVY WILL ALWAYS BE PART OF ME."

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Some links on the Democratic Party's history of racism, bigotry, segregation, and yes, the KKK

Democrats: The Missing Years -- "The party that championed slavery and segregation erases its race record from history."

The DNC's Bold Lies -- "The lies are big, bold and prominent. ... literally akin to writing a history of Germany that ends in 1933 and resumes in 1946, neatly skipping those historic trivialities of Adolf Hitler, the Nazis, and the mass murder of six million Jews (not to mention that small skirmish called World War II) — why is there any surprise, any surprise at all, at the recent repeated surfacing of the culture of racism — judging others by skin color — by Obama media allies and politicians? This cultural rot has been the backbone of American liberalism and its political party the Democrats — for 212 years. No wonder the DNC feels it has to lie." ~Jeffrey Lord

Diane Alden: Republicans and Civil Rights

Mychal Massie: The lie that keeps on living

The Astonishing History of Democrat Racism

Larry Elder: The True History of the Democratic Racist Party

Some Of The Lost History In The Civil Rights Movement
(Warning: This article has some extremely offensive quotes made by Democrat President Lyndon B. Johnson.)

Clayton E. Cramer: The Racist Roots of Gun Control

In closing, news recently surfaced that Barack Obama was the very first follower of the hatefully-named Twitter account 'IHateNi**ers'. This was documented (complete with screen grabs) in the article titled, 'Amazingly Enough, the Official Obama Twitter Account Actually Followed This Absurd Racist'.

More disturbing would be the likelihood that Barack Obama and/or his Democratic cronies created this Twitter account to keep their hate alive. Lest we forget what Booker T. Washington said over a hundred years ago:

"There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs -- partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

The comment section of this Facebook Note contains related links.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nothing says Obama sucks quite like this...

A response to Obama saying, "No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray.":

Obama's handlers knew he had to come out and say something after the horrible incident that happened, especially during Holy Week, so they crafted a line that sounds great but is disingenuous when factoring in his silence over the slaughter of thousands of Christians by Muslim groups he supports. Recall his soaring proclamation a few weeks ago, that "Every child should have every chance in life," this coming from the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history.

See a pattern here? Obama's words are empty... he is without shame. Why just last year he turned Easter Sunday into Cesar Chavez Day. He wasn't finished. This holy day became a Democratic fundraiser (this from the party that booed God). Then he went to church to hear partisan hate. That has to be a record, a triple parlay in his twisted mind. He re-branded Easter Sunday, then used it to raise money and was divisive -- nothing says your president sucks quite like that! 

Update: In light of what happened to Dr. Ben Carson last year, perhaps Obama should've added, "No one should fear for their safety (or apologize!) when they go to a prayer breakfast and criticize me."

2009: Obama "jokes" about using the IRS to audit political enemies

Another post from 2009 that, because of the ongoing IRS Scandal, is maybe more relevant now (and not just because today is Tax Day):
Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit): Tax Audits Are No Laughing Matter -- "A president shouldn't even joke about abusing IRS power."

Related: Obama preaches about our Declaration of Independence?!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Waters of March (Águas de Março) Elis Regina & Tom Jobim

'Waters of March' or 'Águas de Março' (its original title) is a Brazilian song composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim wrote both the English and Portuguese lyrics.

The lyrics do not tell a story, but rather present a series of images that form a collage; nearly every line starts with "É..." ("[It] is..."). In both the Portuguese and English versions of the lyrics, "it" is a stick, a stone, a sliver of glass, a scratch, a cliff, a knot in the wood, a fish, a pin, the end of the road," and many other things, although some specific references to Brazilian culture (festa da cumeeira, garrafa de cana), flora (peroba do campo) and folklore (Matita Pereira) were intentionally omitted from the English version, perhaps with the goal of providing a more universal perspective.

All these details swirling around the central metaphor of "the waters of March" can give the impression of the passing of daily life and its continual, inevitable progression towards death, just as the rains of March mark the end of a Brazilian summer. Both sets of lyrics speak of the water being "the promise of life," perhaps allowing for other, more life-affirming interpretations, and the English contains the additional phrases "the joy in your heart" and the "promise of spring," a seasonal reference that would be more relevant to most of the English-speaking world.

The inspiration for "Águas de Março" comes from Rio de Janeiro's rainiest month. March is typically marked by sudden storms with heavy rains and strong winds that cause flooding in many places around the city. The lyrics and the music have a constant downward progression much like the water torrent from those rains flowing in the gutters, which typically would carry sticks, stones, bits of glass, and almost everything and anything. The orchestration creates the illusion of the constant descending of notes much like Shepard tones.

For lyrics and more, see 'Águas de Março  The Real Story Behind Jobim's 'Waters Of March' - A feature story'.
Maria Wolfson: "No one else but Antonio Carlos Jobim could write a simple song about the complexities of life. But there's more to the story than a stick and a stone..." [continue reading]

Friday, February 28, 2014

Obama's tyranny brings to mind Jake Sully's epic call to arms in Avatar...

The tyranny of Obama brings to mind Jake Sully's epic call to arms in Avatar. Though it comes from a different time on a fictional planet, it rings true for us here today. To paraphrase:
"The Obama people have sent us a message, that they can take whatever they want, that no one can stop them. Well, we will send them a message. You ride out as fast as the wind can carry you. You tell the other clans to come. Tell them Toruk Macto calls to them! You fly now, with me! My brothers! Sisters! And we will show the Obama people that they cannot take whatever they want! And that this... this is our land!"