Monday, October 24, 2011

Perry Proposes 20 Percent Flat Tax

From the National Journal:
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry unveiled a sweeping economic agenda Monday highlighted by a plan to level a voluntary 20 percent “flat tax” on all taxpayers who will accept it in place of what they’re paying now.

The plan, outlined in a Wall Street Journal op-ed column a day before the Texas governor was set to unveil it in South Carolina, also calls for capping federal spending at 18 percent of the country’s GDP while allowing younger earners to privatize their Social Security accounts. Taxpayers who don’t want to pay a 20 percent flat income tax, he said, can keep their current rate.

Perry offers several proposals that appear designed to sweeten the offer – and to counter criticism that the flat tax is regressive, taking a proportionally bigger bite from smaller incomes. His plan would preserve popular deductions for mortgage interest and donations to charity for households earning less than $500,000 a year. It would increase the standard deduction to $12,500.

Calling his agenda “Cut, Balance and Grow” -- a clear nod to congressional Republicans, who have proposed a “Cut, Cap and Balance” budget bill -- Perry says his proposal is the best way to cure the nation’s ailing economy.
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Reason #14,965 to Home School

It seems that New York City has decided it needs to do something about the levels of sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies.  While the horse has long left that barn, in their infinite wisdom, they have decided to require sex ed to all public school students.  Students will get one semester in six or seventh grade and again at nine or tenth grade.  While I feel that it is important to talk to your children about sex and the dangers of pregnancy and STD's, it is the graphic nature of these discussions that are very objectionable.

* Kids ages 11 and 12 sort “risk cards” to rate the safety of various activities, including “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant,’’ mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex and anal sex
We are going to be teaching 11 year olds about anal sex?  That is considered a good idea?  While I fully understand kids are by nature curious, this is not something that a stranger should be talking to our children about.  

But, it gets better.  The high schoolers will be involved in pseudo field trips that include:
* High-school students go to stores and jot down condom brands, prices and features such as lubrication.
* Teens research a route from school to a clinic that provides birth control and STD tests, and write down its confidentiality policy.
Just what I want, my teen being ordered to shop for condoms and a good route to a clinic that will give my child birth control pills without my consent.  But I would have to say the topper is:
* Teens are referred to resources such as Columbia University’s Web site Go Ask Alice, which explores topics like “doggie-style” and other positions, “sadomasochistic sex play,” phone sex, oral sex with braces, fetishes, porn stars, vibrators and bestiality
.Today on Go Ask Alice, the topics include oral sex and non latex condoms and easing orgasms for women.  Just the things I would want my teenager daughter to learn from someone who doesn't love her or know her as well as her mom does.  The department of Ed says that they are stressing that abstinence is the only way to avoid STD's pregnancy.  That seems pretty obvious to me from the workbooks!!  A Child psychologist is concerned about the teaching methods that are going to be used:

“Kids are being told to either abstain or use condoms -- that both are responsible, healthy choices,” said child and adolescent psychiatrist Miriam Grossman, author of “You’re Teaching My Child What?”
The DOE “relies on latex,” she said.
But Grossman argues that the books minimize the dangers that pregnancy can still occur with condom use, and that viruses such as herpes and HPV live on body parts not covered by a condom.
Parents will be allowed to opt their child out on the prevention part of the course, but the part that they learn what "doggie style" is, is mandatory.  Well yee ha, ride 'em cowboy.  

H/T to The Other McCain

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OWS Members Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old AT OWS Campsite

Another accusation of rape at an Occupy Wall Street rally has surfaced. The first occurred at Occupy Cleveland. This time the victim is a fourteen-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped at an OWS "campsite" in Dallas.

According to police, after being taken into custody, the minor stated that she had sexual intercourse with several men at Occupy Wall Street. When asked for comment, members of OWS stated that the girl looked older and that she claimed she was nineteen.
A member of Occupy Dallas
Rich Coffman, a protester in Dallas, stated, "We’ll find out what the truth is and if that’s her story, that she was having sex with older men in the park, I guess we really need to watch the age group that’s coming in here and get control of that."

After the news of the rape emerged, Occupy Wall Street in Dallas stated that it would now have a 10pm curfew and would check people's IDs. The girl remains in custody.

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Former Soviet Citizen Destroys Morons from OWS

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Architect of Iraq Surge: Obama Strategy in Iraq an "Absolute Disaster"

Unfortunately, it's not like Mr. Obama will listen to experts:
President Obama’s decision to pull all U.S. forces out of Iraq by Dec. 31 is an “absolute disaster” that puts the burgeoning Arab democracy at risk of an Iranian “strangling,” said an architect of the 2007 troop surge that turned around a losing war.

Retired ArmyGen. John M. Keane was at the forefront of persuading President George W. Bush to scuttle a static counterinsurgency strategy and replace it with 30,000 reinforcements and a more activist, street-by-street counterterrorism tactic.

Today, even with that strategy producing a huge drop in daily attacks, Gen. Keane bluntly told The Washington Times that the United States again is losing.

“I think it’s an absolute disaster,” said Gen. Keane, who advised Gen. David H. Petraeus when he was top Iraq commander. “We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace.”

U.S. troops will be vacating Iraq at a time when neither Baghdad’s counterterrorism skills nor its abilities to protect against invasion are at levels needed to fully protect the country, say analysts long involved in the nearly nine-year war.
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Man Faces Losing Home, Has Pay Cut Over 35% for Opposing Gay Marriage

In England, there is a high price to pay for opposing same-sex marriage.

Adrian Smith, a 54-year-old father of two, posted on his private Facebook account that he disapproves of gay marriage because of his Christian beliefs. He wrote that allowing homosexuals to wed would be "an equality too far." It is important to point out that the comment could only be viewed by Mr. Smith's confirmed friends on Facebook, and was not public.

Instead of being allowed to voice his right to free speech, he was brought in front of his employers, the Trafford Housing Trust in Greater Manchester. They declared that he was guilty of "gross misconduct."

As a consequence, they cut his pay by over £10,000, from £35,000 a year to £21,396. That is a pay cut of 39% for posting on a private Facebook account.
With such a severe decrease in salary, Mr. Smith now faces the prospect of losing his house. According to Mike Judge of the Christian Institute, Mr. Smith will soon fall behind on his mortgage payments should the ruling be upheld.

"However, as [Mr. Smith's salary] goes down, in two or three months he is going to have trouble paying his mortgage," Mr. Judge stated. "His only hope is that his employers see sense and reverse their decision."

Mr. Smith's company found out about the comment when a college complained to the company's "Equality and Diversity" head.

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Memo to Romney: Ending Perry

Since the entrance of Texas Governor Rick Perry in the 2012 Republican primary battle, we have witnessed the scorched earth conflict between himself and former Governor Mitt Romney draw blood again, again, and again. However, the one death blow that could eliminate Perry has still yet to be used.

Governor Romney has used his combined record of impressive private and public sector service as a way to differentiate himself from Herman Cain's lack of government experience, and Perry's two decade career in it, but he needs to go one step further when challenging Perry's record, because there is blood to be spilled and a campaign to kill.

During the next economic themed debate, which will probably be held soon, when the discussion turns again to job creation and Perry touts the success of Texas, Romney should once again tout his decades of work in our capitalistic system, but this time make one more big point: whenever he has sought public office, and lost, he always returned to business, while turning to Perry and asking him what he will do when his career ends, if it ever does.

The Texas Governor would be so disjointed by the bold question that his few hopes of regaining his thunder will implode explosively.

With Herman Cain hurting his own campaign by just doing interviews, Romney needs to focus on his still top opponent, at least financially, and hope the combined destruction of his latest competitors finally lifts his name to the top of every one's list, even if it be begrudgingly.

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Shootings Up 28% in NYC Since Beginning of OWS

Unintended consequences?:
The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago -- to 56 from 22 over the same week last year -- and spiked 28 percent in the last month.

Last week tallied another increase in victims -- 22 people had been hit through Friday, including the three victims gunned down outside a Brooklyn school Friday.

Last year, only 17 shooting victims were logged for the entire week.

The recent gunplay has now pushed the number of shooting victims this year slightly above last year’s tragic tally -- to 1,484 from 1,451 -- through Oct. 16.

Four high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying their rallies pull special crime-fighting units away from the hot zones where they’re needed.

Since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, the NYPD has relied heavily on its borough task forces, the department’s go-to teams for rowdy crowds.
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The Vision Statement Reads

I was looking something up and came across this:
Dr. King championed a movement that draws fully from the deep well of America's potential for freedom, opportunity, and justice. His vision of America is captured in his message of hope and possibility for a future anchored in dignity, sensitivity, and mutual respect; a message that challenges each of us to recognize that America's true strength lies in its diversity of talents. The vision of a memorial in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. is one that captures the essence of his message, a message in which he so eloquently affirms the commanding tenants of the American Dream – Freedom, Democracy and Opportunity for All; a noble quest that gained him the Nobel Peace Prize and one that continues to influence people and societies throughout the world. Upon reflection, we are reminded that Dr. King's lifelong dedication to the idea of achieving human dignity through global relationships of well being has served to instill a broader and deeper sense of duty within each of us— a duty to be both responsible citizens and conscientious stewards of freedom and democracy
This is the Vision Statement for the Dr. King Memorial that recently was dedicated in Washington, DC.
You read this and then listen to the statements by "black" leaders talking about Herman Cain and you just have to shake your head.  Jesse Jackson watched Dr. King die.  Al Sharpton seems to liken himself to being the next generation that is keeping Dr. King's legacy alive.

What a shame that they have totally missed his entire message.  They are too steeped in victimhood to see that Justice Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain achieved exactly what Dr. King wanted them to achieve.  They found dignity in their belief systems and have the courage to stand by them, even when the race baitors of the world try to tear them down.  

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The Infighting at Occupy Wall Street

The New Yorker has an interesting article on the poopalooza known as Occupy Wall Street.  It seems all is not well in liberal LA LA land.  Of course none of this comes as any surprise to anyone that is a rational human being.  

One of the many problems they seem to be having is taking directions on keeping order.  
“Someone has to be told what to do, someone needs to give orders. There’s no sense of order in this fucking place.”
The drums also seem to be a problem.  
 “And we’ve had issues with the drummers too. They drum incessantly all day, and really loud.”
 Gee, ya think that would get annoying after a while?  But the drummers don't seem to think so:
“They’re imposing a structure on the natural flow of music," said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. “The GA decided to do it ... they suppressed people’s opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn’t.
But it seems the biggest issue is really about money. The head drummer feels that main group taking the tips that the drummers are making is not quite "fair"
“Now they have over $500,000 from all sorts of places, we’re like, what’s going on here? They’re like the banks we’re protesting."
You also can't forget the "free" stuff they are getting either.  
Another argument broke out next to the pile of appropriated belongings, growing taller by the minute. A man named Sage Roberts desperately rifled through the pile, looking for a sleeping bag. “They’ve taken my stuff,” he muttered. Lauren Digion, the sanitation group leader, broke in: “This isn’t your stuff. You got all this stuff from comfort [the working group]. It belongs to comfort.”
It seems that they are getting a taste of what it like when something is given to you for free.  They can take it away just as easily as they gave it to you.  

Maybe, just maybe, some of these "protesters" will learn the lesson nothing in this life is ever really free and there are laws for a reason.  Collectivism means that nothing truly belongs to you.  You are no more than just a cog in a wheel that can easily be replaced.  
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video- Man Admits Shooting Gaddafi

Be wary of going to this video on YouTube; the comments are imbecilic to say the least.

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Quote of the Day - Artur Davis Edition

“The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.
Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights -- that's suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don't; I've heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I've been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.”
Artur Davis, former black congressman, on why supports voter ID laws in Alabama.   
Read the entire OP-ED here.   

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FrackSolv(TM): Now What Shall We Argue About?

For years now I have heard the arguments that hydraulic fracturing for natural gas must be banned due to the "risk" of fresh water contamination by toxic tracking fluid. Never mind that such a contamination has never been demonstrated. Never mind that geologists say the possibility of such a contamination is infinitely small. It only matters that the possibility exists and it is the responsibility of every good progressive liberal to save us from ourselves. As is often the case though, technology and industrial ingenuity, has a way of making fools of the chicken littles in our midst.

FracSolv(TM) to the rescue:

FracSolv(TM) is a Surfactant based, Anionic Polyacrylamide (PAM) that acts as a stable colloidal particle dispersion solution. The micro-particles in FracSolv(TM) utilize the mechanism of disjoining pressure once the micro-particles encounter a discontinuous phase. FracSolv(TM) acts to separate oil and natural gas from the formation's surface, thereby accelerating the recovery of oil and natural gas reservoirs. The FracSolv(TM) solution has no systemic toxicity to any aquatic organisms or microorganisms and remains 100% biodegradable and environmentally safe throughout its useful product lifespan.

"FracSolv(TM) solves several problems in hydraulic fracturing water handling and disposal, while lessoning long term environmental liabilities for natural gas companies. FracSolv(TM) is a cost effective and environmentally sound component of an integrated frac water management system. The FracSolv(TM) process assists in separating oil and natural gas from the wastewater and reducing the total dissolved solids below current EPA and State drinking water standards of 500 parts per million," stated Bruce Fischer, Chairman of Westmont.

The FRAC Act (2011), would require energy companies to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, and most importantly, close a loophole that exempts drilling operators from drinking water regulations. FracSolv(TM) meets these standards today. "As we recognize the need for energy independence through oil and natural gas exploration, it is imperative to ensure the process for extracting natural gas be done safely and responsibly. Our company is guided by solid scientific principles innovatively applied to benefit industry and society," stated Glenn McQuiston, President of Westmont.

This is not the first such innovation and it won't be the last, but such an announcement does a great deal of damage to the arguments against natural gas production.

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NY Daily News: Herman Cain a Form of "Minstrelsy"

The word "irony" is oft over-used in today's political landscape.  However, there is nothing more ironic than someone lecturing a black man about being "black."  That is exactly what happened in today's New York Daily News.

In an article entitled Herman Cain's use of racial language is rhetoric we must refuse, writer Ulli Ryder denounces Mr. Cain and, most specifically, his way of speaking.

With such an article, one would assume that Mr. Cain had to have said something extremely racially charged or bigoted. Instead, Ryder attacks the GOP candidate for using two words: "shucky-ducky" and "cornbread."

Ryder states:
So why the "cornbread" and "shuck-ducky" talk?

Here's one reason: Black people have been the victims of stereotyping for the vast majority of our nation's history...

I see the very real and troubling possibility that Cain's use of vernacular, and his casual assertion of a desire to be called "Cornbread," may be ploys to put potential donors — many of them wealthy conservative whites with few, if any, ties to any black community — at ease. The fact is that Cain has been relying on the support of his conservative, wealthy allies, many of whom have political goals that are diametrically opposed to those of most black Americans, who tend to be troubled by economic inequality and favor more income distribution.
There are several inherently wrong statements in this previous paragraph.  First, conservatives do not have "political goals that are diametrically opposed to those of most black Americans." This nonsense is merely a talking point based in no facts what-so-ever (as you can probably see, as the author cites none).

Second, I do not believe that I have ever heard Mr. Cain use the phrase "cornbread," even though I have been following his campaign for half a year.  Clearly he is not demanding that everyone call him cornbread, and even if he decides to use the phrase, I do not think anyone would think twice.  Except for Ryder, of course.
Herman "Awesome" Cain
But the author's attack on Mr. Cain does not stop at attacking random words he used.  Instead, Ryder uses her own, extremely charged, racist language, writing (emphasis mine):
So when I hear Herman Cain playing up the stereotypes of my grandparents' black speech for white audiences, I get offended. We whose families fought hard, over generations, to get a decent education for our children and their children shouldn't make light of the kind of language (tied to discrimination) we have worked to move past.

I stand by my claim that Cain's speech is like a form of minstrelsy. This is very different from President Obama, who some say speaks "black" when in front of all-black audiences. In Obama's case, the use of folksy speech tells his audience: "I am like you and I understand you." For Cain, the effect is the opposite: "I do not look like you and I am not a threat to you."
I am sorry, but if someone told me that one person said the word "cornbread" and another person called a black man a "minstrel," I know who I would call a racist.  And it is not Herman Cain.

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Poll: OWS Disproportionately Young, White, Liberal, and Educated

I'm shocked, just shocked!  Not really:
OWS ran a survey on their website earlier this month. Over 1,600 people responded and OWS asked Hector R. Cordero-Guzman of CUNY to analyze the data. He prepared this paper which turns the data into tables. He concludes his analysis by saying “our data suggest that the 99% movement comes from and looks like the 99%.” However a brief look at the data shows that’s not really true.

Nevertheless, Cordero-Guzman’s claim was trumpeted by the OWS website (along with the fact that 70% of respondents self-identified as independents). However a closer look at the tables shows that OWS isn’t really all that representative. For starters, 81.3% are white and just 1.3% are black. By comparison whites make up just 66% of the US population and blacks make up 12.4%.
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Jindal's Political Future

With over 65% of all votes cast, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal coasted to victory yesterday against nine declared candidates - his closest competitor received just 18%. This comes just four years after he defeated three major candidates with only 53% of the vote to win the governorship after failing to in 2003.

So what does this mean for Governor Jindal's national political future?

1. Under his administration the Louisiana Republican Party has completely dispatched their Democratic foes, while effectively governing, and moving the state to the right. With the party pushing back against Democrats, especially in the Senate, Jindal is an ideal spokesmen for our candidates.

2. He's no longer the appealing former U.S. Congressman and one-term Governor; he is now the guy who is so successful as a Governor that his state re-elected him with two-thirds of the vote. That will perk the ear of every voter in every state during a national election.

Whether he is nominated for President or selected for Vice-President, Jindal is sure to be involved in national politics at some point, and considering the smashing victory he had yesterday - that could come sooner then later.

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Jindal Destroys Competition, Wins Re-election

One-sided to say the least:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or deep-pocketed opposition.

The 40-year-old Republican overwhelmed nine competitors in the open primary, where a candidate wins the race outright if he or she receives more than 50 percent of the vote. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Jindal had received about 66 percent of the total vote.

His closest competitor, Tara Hollis, a Democrat from north Louisiana, garnered nearly 18 percent of the total vote. All of the other candidates were in single digits.

"I will use every day, every hour of these next four years to make Louisiana the very best that we can be. I don't believe in resting on our past accomplishments. I don't believe in taking time off," Jindal told a packed hotel ballroom of supporters in Baton Rouge.

Jindal piled up $15 million in campaign cash from around the nation and attracted no Democratic challengers with statewide name recognition or fundraising heft. He's had consistently high approval ratings since taking office in 2008.

His win comes amid the virtual collapse of the Democratic Party's clout in the state.
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Powerful Earthquake Rips through Turkey; Estimates from 6.6 to 7.3 on Richter Scale

From Israel National News:
“Many people” were killed in a powerful earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Sunday morning, according to a local mayor

"There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed; there is too much destruction," Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television, the Associated Press reported.

"We need urgent aid, we need medics," he added

The mid-day earthquake was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale, according to a Greek news agency, and 6.6 by the Associated Press.

The center of the quake was 12 miles northeast of the city of Van, the capital of the province with the same name, and struck 4.5 miles deep.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli Seismology Center said tremors were felt in distant cities.

The epicenter was near the border with Iran.
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Cain Vs. Obama- The Facts

A new video from Pundit Press.  This time we try to convince you to vote for Herman Cain, with a touch of humor:

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

What the... Steve Jobs 'Received a Late Night Phone Call from Bill Clinton Asking how to Handle Monica Lewinsky'

Okay then:
The no-holds barred biography of Steve Jobs has revealed that former president Bill Clinton consulted the Apple boss on what to do about his affair with Monica Lewinsky during a late night tete-a-tete.
Jobs reportedly replied: 'I don't know if you did it, but if so, you've got to tell the country.'

According to his biographer Walter Isaacson, after Jobs delivered his advice: 'There was silence on the other end of the line.'

Shortly after Jobs' death, Clinton spoke about his friendship with the Apple co-founder during an interview with Time's Managing Editor Richard Stengel.

Clinton said: 'When my daughter was at Stanford he got in touch with me, and said, ''It's hard to travel to see your child when you're President. I've got a place out in the country.

''You and Hillary can stay there and bring Chelsea and her friends there anytime you want to.'''
'He gave me a priceless gift: the opportunity to see my child while I was still a very public figure, so I'm highly biased in his favor. Plus, even I can work an iPad.'

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In case you didn't get the "Memo"...

In case you missed it: Count yourself "blessed".
Yesterday was October the 21st, 2011. A date, which the now thoroughly discredited Mr. Harold Camping had once again set as being the "End of the World" in an apocalyptic nightmare.

Yeah, we know... He said all this before; several times in fact; so who on earth could be taking him seriously?

Well, as the great showman P.T. Barnum used to say, "There's a sucker born every minute", and so there's never a short supply of those Johnny-come-lately "suckers" who Mr. Camping can spell-bind into his following. 

You must remember - His so-called "Family Radio" is still a very powerful medium, which he continues to use rather effectively. He's rather reminiscent of Adolph Hitler actually... continuing to issue orders to phantom armies, and lying propaganda messages to the German people from his Reich-stag bunker... even after all hope for his evil empire was crumbling around him. Like Hitler, Mr. Camping refuses to repent, let alone acknowledge his wrongs. No, he will not go until literally rooted out of his bunker. Needless to say: Such a man is most DANGEROUS.

Signs of Mr. Camping's megalomania and apostasy began to emerge long ago. Did you know he was once a "Teaching Elder" with a mainline Christian denomination? Yep, it's true! And I can tell you this: It's not easy to become a "Teaching Elder" with any mainline reformed Church. They're sticklers about such things as, oh... "sound doctrine", avoiding "vain speculations", and "prophetic prognostications". Yes, the Christian (Dutch) Reformed Churches... (at least used to be) very careful about such things.


So what happened? Well, Mr. Camping never attended a Seminary, neither was he trained in theology. No, he was/is an "engineer". And, well you know how "engineers" love to play with numbers! So it seems Mr. Camping could not stand what he perceived to be such disorder and lack of predictability in Biblical prophesy. Remember, engineers simply hate not being able to crunch-out all of the numbers and make it all fit to their satisfaction! 

What is it with these "engineers" now-a-days, anyway?! Harold Camping is certainly not the first to try their slide-rules at "rapture-ratios"; you have guys like Chuck Missler, and "88 Reasons Why the End will come in 1988" - Edgar Whisenant, just to name the more prominent ones. They ALL have brought discredit upon Christ, Christianity, and real Biblical teaching with their repeatedly failed prognostications!

Don't they understand that God is also talking to them when He states....
" thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  (Isa 55:8-9)

You just can't figure God out with a slide rule and/or super-computer folks!

I think the seriousness of what these men & women have done, and continue to do cannot be better underscored than by the fact that under Old Testament law, they were to be immediately taken out and stoned to death for even ONE failed "prophecy"; and yet these folks have continued to perpetrate many...and that, for a sizable profit! (cha-ching)!
Thankfully, we live in the age of grace, where instead of stoning, we excommunicate such persons from the life of the Church, and so declare to the world they are in fact "false prophets".

Howbeit, the world hardly listens anymore... and few Churches have the ecclesiastical "manhood" to kick-out such "Pop Culture Prophets".

Men like Mr. Camping are not satisfied with being told - "The SECRET things belong to the Lord..." (Deut. 29:29) And where it concerns the time & date of Christ's return; that is definitely "secret". Jesus himself made that abundantly clear when he said: "But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." (Mat 24:36 ESV)

It is to the eternal credit of the Alameda Christian Reformed Church that they carried out Matthew 18:15-20 with Mr. Camping. And though he refused to heed scriptural Church discipline as laid down by Christ himself; no-one can say that they did not earnestly try to correct this man of his errors and restore him to fellowship.

Mr. Camping of course had been allowed to go on for far too long, and only balked at their attempts to reconcile him to the truth. And it was at this point that he was "defrocked", and removed from his teaching position with them. 

He of course left, in a huff, and by no "coincidence" first began announcing the "End of the Church age" that very day...May 21st, 1988.

Sound familiar? Oh yeah, the Church of Christ is "apostate" now because HE, and his aberrant doctrines are no longer welcome there! Ah yes...shades of Joseph Smith (Mormonism), and Charles Taze Russell (Jehovah's Witnesses), rise up again... False prophets just HATE "accountability", don't ya know. ;)

There's really much more to tell in this story... for those of you "engineers" out there who simply must have all of the dirty details... look here... The Gordian Knot

For me to say more on the particulars than what Pastor Gordon (who knows the intimate details better than I) has to say, would be redundant at this point.


Suffice it to say, yet another false prophet and his false prognostications has come & gone; and the world will hopefully be a better, wiser place for it.

And for those of you who may have gotten "caught-up"... Oh garsk! There I go with those painful puns! I'm sorry, forgive me.. it's not the "end of the world" for me to pun is it? Ooops! I did it again! :-o

Well anyway, for those of you who did indeed get suckered-in by Mr. Camping's scripture twisting prognostications; I do feel sorry for you. But I really must ask the painful question: "Didn't you get the 'memo' on this guy?"

No? Well let me see... Ah yes, here its is!

"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will NOT come, unless the rebellion (apostasy) comes first, and The Man of Lawlessness (sin) is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." (2Th 2:1-4)

As this quote from the Apostle Paul reveals, wanna-be "prophets" and prognosticators of the return of Christ and the End times have been with us since early Church times. They are nothing new, though admittedly expected to become more prevalent as the true time of Christ's return nears. All the more reason we should take earnest heed to warnings such as Paul issued us above. That Day CANNOT come until AFTER the great apostasy occurs, and The Man of Sin aka "Anti-Christ" is revealed fully for all to see! And when THAT happens, that's when you can begin to look-up with expectancy for His return will be happening at any time.

The happy conclusion of this is: Christ will assuredly come, but NOT until after the "Man of Sin" is fully revealed, at which point Christ will return, and utterly destroy him, and his followers.
It's a promise Christ made, through his true Apostles and not the Harold Campings of the world...

"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming..." (2Th 2:8)

Until that blessed day comes, I pray you will hold fast to that form of sound doctrine Christ and his Apostles taught (in the New testament), and not be soon shaken in your understanding and faith by false prophets such as Mr. Harold Camping. (Rom. 6:17; Rev. 3:3)

And if you should need help with understanding any of this, please feel free to contact me. Any and all genuine inquiries will be welcomed.

God bless you one & all.

The Paladin

Analyst: New US Debt Downgrade Is Coming In Just A Few Weeks

We expect a moderate slowdown in the beginning of next year, as two small policy shocks—another debt downgrade and fiscal tightening—hit the economy. The “not-so-super” Deficit Commission is very unlikely to come up with a credible deficit-reduction plan. The committee is more divided than the overall Congress. Since the fall-back plan is sharp cuts in discretionary spending, the whole point of the Committee is to put taxes and entitlements on the table. However, all the Republican members have signed the Norquist “no taxes” pledge and with taxes off the table it is hard to imagine the liberal Democrats on the Committee agreeing to significant entitlement cuts. The credit rating agencies have strongly suggested that further rating cuts are likely if Congress does not come up with a credible long-run plan. Hence, we expect at least one credit downgrade in late November or early December when the super Committee crashes.
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Video of Gaddafi's Very Last Moments of Life

Warning, graphic:

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Rubio Birther Conspiracy Debunked

After their hysterical claims against Barack Obama were debunked earlier this year, birthers have started to focus their guns on Senator Marco Rubio (R), who they claim is ineligible to serve as President, because of the "natural born citizen" clause of the Constitution.

Apparently, according to the birthers, centuries of legal understanding have cemented the legal doctrine that "natural born" means you were born to two citizens on U.S. soil, and that anything else falls short of muster.

I'm not exactly sure where to begin, but they are absolutely incorrect, again, in their convoluted birth theory.

We need look no further then the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1 to the Constitution: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States". The 14th amendment was passed after the Civil War to guarantee citizenship for former slaves, but it also defines who qualifies as natural born.

Considering Senator Marco Rubio was born in the United States in 1971 to two legal immigrants, who had lived in the United States for more than fifteen years and were undergoing the process of naturalization, thus revoking any and all Cuban jurisdiction, I think it's safe to say the latest target of birther aggression is off the hook.

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Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Dead

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, according to a United States official. The Crown Prince was thought to be in his 80s.
CNN continues:
Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died, a State Department official told CNN on Friday.

There were no more immediate details about his death.

Crown Prince Sultan, thought to be in his 80s, was the minister of defense, and was one of the top figures in the Saudi kingdom. He's had various medical issues in recent years.

In 2009, he was in New York for surgery for an undisclosed illness. At the time, there was speculation that he had been suffering from a serious illness.

He has also flown to Morocco for more medical treatments.
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Russia: Gaddafi Death Illegal

From the Independent:
As politicians in Western capitals were taking quiet pleasure in the capture and killing of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday, opinions elsewhere were divided.

In Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Geneva Conventions had been breached with the killing of Colonel Gaddafi.

"We have to lean on facts and international laws," Mr Lavrov said. "They say that a captured participant of an armed conflict should be treated in a certain way. And in any case, a prisoner of war should not be killed."

Russia has been critical of Nato military action in Libya, saying that it has gone well beyond the stated mission of saving civilian life. The main concern for Moscow now is whether the new Libyan authorities will honour contracts signed by the Gaddafi regime. As well as the oil and arms trade, Russian Railways had secured a £2bn contract to construct a railway line between Sirte and Benghazi. Moscow recognised the National Transitional Council as the official government of Libya last month and said it expected all existing contracts to be honoured.

China, which like Russia abstained in the Security Council vote on whether to use force against Colonel Gaddafi's troops, was quicker yesterday to change its tune. Beijing initially refused to support the rebels and had been highly critical of the bombing campaign. But as realities on the ground altered, in recent weeks the Chinese government had started to engage with the rebel movement.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

Perry Releases Solid Attack Ad on Mitt Romney

Mr. K, if you didn't have dial up, you should see this:

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Irony: Occupy Wall Street Destroying Obama ‘Recovery’ Narrative

Crazed liberals hurting their liberal leader:
Until now, much of the analysis of the political impact of the Occupy Wall Street protests has focused on whether they can get Americans to blame Wall Street instead of the administration for the state of the economy, or whether the Democrats will marginalize themselves by wholeheartedly embracing a bunch of loons who poop on police cars and sneak into others’ tents to sniff their feet.

But maybe we’ve been missing another ripple effect from the protests, and more broadly, the “We Are the 99 Percent” argument showcasing tales of economic woe: In this environment, it makes it all but impossible for Obama or any other Democrat to argue that the economy is in recovery and that better times are just over the horizon. Obama’s election was heavily driven by the sudden onset of economic hard times; now he cannot really argue that we have recovered (at least not in a way most Americans can feel) and he can’t argue that a real recovery is just around the corner.

President Obama already knows he’s almost certainly going to be in a tough spot on the “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” question. But even worse for him, he now can’t argue that his policies just need a bit more time, and that 2013 will see the significant recovery Americans have been waiting for. The one indisputable message of the OWS/We Are the 99 Percent crowd is that economic opportunities are few and far between and that the basic goals of modern American life — getting a good education, finding a job, providing for one’s family, buying a house, being able to afford insurance and take care of one’s health — seem increasingly difficult or even impossible. Even Americans who have education, jobs, houses, and health insurance see the daily coverage of the protests and are reminded of their own economic anxieties.

That’s about as far from a “stay the course” message as you can imagine, and toxic for any cry of “four more years.”
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The Case Against Herman Cain

I remember listening to Herman Cain speak about 18 months ago.  After his speech, he walked off the stage only to return a few seconds later and mentioned that a "dark horse" just may be running for president.  I told everyone and anyone who would listen; Herman Cain was the man to be POTUS. 

When he officially announced his candidacy, I drove all night to get to Atlanta to watch it live.  Again, I told everyone and anyone; Herman is the man.  Well, time has passed and I realize just how wrong I was. 

The majority of his appearances on Fox News Sunday have been a disaster.  At the time I was willing to give him a pass on not knowing or understanding the Palestinian desire for the right of return to agree to a two state solution.  I was thinking, I didn't understand how he didn't know what it was, but OK, it was one gaffe.  You fix it, then you move on. 

We then can move onto another gaffe of his saying he wouldn't allow a Muslim in his cabinet.  I do understand what he meant, but he certainly didn't make it clear that he was specifically referring to people who believed that bringing forms of Sharia to the United States was a good thing.  His actual statement made him sound like a bigot.  Again, you fix it and you move on. 

Then he starts talking about the mosque in Tennessee that some are opposed to building.  He stated that communities can decide for themselves if they want to allow a mosque to be built.  He even went as far as to use a liberal talking point to make his case.  During this interview with Fox News Sunday he went to say this is how he would solve problems as president.  The problem is that he never spoke to those in the community that were not opposed to building of the center.  We already have a president who surrounds himself with people who agree with him and tell him what he already believes.  Do we really want another one? 

We now can move onto this latest statements on abortion.  I personally don't vote based on the abortion issue.  But, many in the conservative base do.  For some, it is a deal breaker.  Rick Santorum made his view on Herman's statement very clear.  He either believes that life begins at conception or he doesn't.  You don't get to say it is not life if it is conceived during rape or incest but life all the rest of the time.  Life is life.  There is no other way around it. 

We also have heard that he would entertain trading Gitmo prisoners for a captured soldier like Israel sometimes does.  Really?  How many soldier's lives would be put into danger if the U.S. started to dealing with terrorists in this fashion?  Is KSM one he would trade?  This statement is so incredibly stupid, I can't even come up with the words to describe my disappointment. 

I have met Mr. Cain on several occasions.  I think he is a good man who truly has the best interests of this country at heart.  He wants to see his children and grandchildren to have the same opportunities at the American dream that he was able to have.  He is a very smart man who possess very good business skills.  But, that does not make him capable of being President of the United States.  He isn't even really capable of getting the VP nod.  There are plenty of cabinet positions that he would be very well suited for. 

The conservatives can not and should not entertain the idea of putting a man on the ticket who doesn't have the proper qualifications to do the job, especially when one of the main arguments against Obama is that he isn't up to the job.  The American people deserve  better.  We deserve a president that is capable.  Herman Cain is not that man. 
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Death by Secret Order or Euthanasia by the Backdoor

Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders have been around for a while. Everyone admitted to my service is questioned regarding their wishes pertaining to DNR. That is would they want cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed on them in the event their heart were to stop or they were to stop breathing. Many are unsure having never considered such a scenario and this line of discussion opens up an area of consideration for patients to think about even after discharge. Some however, are clear that they would want no extraordinary life sustaining procedures regardless of potential outcome. It all gets down to the ethical principal of a patients autonomy. That is, informed consent. Patients have the right to make decisions regarding their medical care even if I don't like them.

With this in mind, it comes as quite a shock to learn that physicians in England were routinely writing DNR orders on patients without any discussion, whatsoever, with either the patient or their families.

This is beyond obscene!

The orders – which record an advance decision that a patient's life should not be saved if their heart stops – are routinely being applied without the knowledge of the patient or their relatives.

On one ward, one-third of DNR orders were issued without consultation with the patient or their family, according to the NHS's own records. At another hospital, junior doctors freely admitted that the forms were filled out by medical teams without the involvement of patients or relatives.

Under medical guidelines, the orders should only be issued after senior staff have discussed the matter with the patient's family. A form, signed by two doctors, is then placed in the patient's notes to record what decision was taken.

The findings emerged in spot checks of 100 hospitals undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), an official watchdog, earlier this year.

A charity for the elderly said the disclosures were evidence of "euthanasia by the backdoor," with potentially-lethal notices being placed on the files of patients simply because they were old and frail.
In one case DNR paperwork had been twice placed in a patients chart by physicians in spite of her explicit wishes to remain a "full code". It is irrelevant that there was a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer or that she was only 63.

Patients with acute myocardial infarctions aren't protected either,

In 2009, heart attack victim Peter Clarke was left to die at Derby Hospitals Trust after clerical staff inserted a DNR form into his notes.

Although the document was blank, nursing staff making handover notes misinterpreted it, and said the widower, who had been admitted suffering heart disease and flu-like symptoms, should not be resuscitated if his condition worsened.

When he suffered a heart attack, nurses did not call doctors to revive him. An hour too late they realised the DNR order was blank.

Last year an inquest into his death found staff had been "routinely" placing the forms in medical records before they had been signed and witnessed. The trust stopped the policy, and said it was not aware other patients had been affected.

The dossier of cases was gathered by Action on Elder Abuse because it believes that the NHS inspectorate is uncovering widespread failings, yet doing little to protect elderly patients in immediate danger – and nothing to highlight the misuse of DNR notices.

Gary Fitzgerald, the charity's chief executive said: "We believe that there is a real danger here that we are seeing euthanasia by default and by the back door.

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Watch Obama Iraq Speech Live Video

President Obama will be speaking soon:

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Bachmann Campaign Implodes in New Hampshire

Michele Bachmann's faltering 2012 campaign imploded earlier today in New Hampshire when her entire paid staff "quit en masse," according to the Politico. Apparently, her former staffers were frustrated with the way things have been going, because they were going to leave earlier, but decided against it.

I really don't have any comments on the story, because her campaign never had a chance in the centrist state and her presidential bid is becoming so far fetched that it's almost not worth it to even discuss her anymore. I might sound cruel, but so do the polls out of every firm showcasing her drop from the top tier to the island of misfits.

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Senate Rejects Ayotte Amendment Prohibiting Civilian Trials for Terrorists

The United States Senate voted late last night on whether to prohibit civilian trials of enemy combatants (the Ayotte Amendment) and the results followed typically along party lines, with few exceptions: it was rejected 52-47 with Democrats Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson siding with Ayotte and with Republicans Mark Kirk and Rand Paul siding against her.

The vote is disappointing, considering we have seen numerous civilian trials of terrorists quickly deteriorate, but what is more saddening from a political standpoint is the opposition of Rand Paul, who was supposed to be saner than his father on foreign affairs, oppose this commonsense amendment in a time of authorized war.

But don't worry - the Obama Administration cannot use this to hold civilian trials for Gitmo detainees, due to Congress prohibiting any funds being spent to house them on U.S. soil last year. It just means if there's a plot by al-Qaida terrorists on education visa's to bring down the Sears Tower and we stop them in time, we can't stop Eric Holder from treating them like common thieves.

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P.S. - What do you say to the Republicans trading Rand Paul for Joe Lieberman? I'm game.

OWS Support Crumbling from Inside; "Look Up Hypocrite in the Dictionary, F***wit!"

With "Occupy Wall Street" now over one month old with no coherent plan or demands, it is not surprising that the movement is now faltering.  However, the collapse is coming from a slightly unexpected source: inside the movement itself.

Already there are reports of rampant thievery and rape.  More telling, however, is the in-fighting all over the Occupy Wall Street forum and another, separate website called "The Multitude."

Most stark is the fact that Occupy Wall Street says that it stands for Democracy, yet those with dissenting opinions are castigated and ridiculed, while being told that they "don't count."  Take this comment, for example, on a thread entitled, Maybe OWS is not for me?:
Considering that these people supposed support the "99%," it is exceedingly hypocritical for them to only think a small gathering at the "head" of the group are the most important.

In a post entitled Profiting From Protesting, one person decried making money off of the protests, arguing that they should not both argue against capitalism yet make money off of it.  One enraged OWS member angrily responded (obscenities blurred):
In another section, one user complains that they helped OWS protest for an entire day, yet came away disillusioned at the incredible self-centeredness of the movement.  In agreement, many commenters added opinions like this:
And in yet another, moderators are deleting comments from OWS supporters that do not preceisely toe the line of their movement.  The person writes:
I just pointed out an uncomfortable truth about Occupy Wall Street's finances, and the message was immediately deleted. I would actually consider it censorship.
The movement has become so fragmented that there are actually people calling for an alliance with... the Tea Party and Conservatives:
It looks like the problems are multiplying for Occupy Wall Street, and they're the ones doing it.

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Video- Pulled Attack Ad Against Perry

Somebody recorded CNN when they ran the ad, so despite the fact that the Romney campaign took this video down, it has been re-uploaded to YouTube:

There are a couple of seconds missing from the ad, but it's almost all there.

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Over Ten Democrats Break Rank With Leaders, Vote for Republican Jobs Bill; Bill Still Fails

Oh, wait, I thought it was Republicans being obstructionist:
Similarly, senators blocked a Republican-backed proposal to repeal a 3% withholding requirement for all government contractors. Businesses have decried it as burdensome.

The measure was part of Obama's broad jobs package and has Democratic supporters. However, Democrats and Republicans disagreed over how to offset the costs of eliminating the withholding. Senate blocked the bill by a 57-43 vote.
After the bill nearly passed, with strong bi-partisan support, Obama whined:
"Every American deserves an explanation as to why Republicans refuse to step up to the plate and do what's necessary to create jobs and grow the economy right now."
Obviously no one bothered to tell him that Democrats blocked the bill and Mr. Obama wasn't bright enough to do the research himself.

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Imperial Republics Fall

Historians spend their life looking backwards.  Futurists spend their life looking forward.  My goal has been to blend the two disciplines into one seamless endeavor.   
When I was studying to become a Historian I came to a point where I had to declare a field of special study. This is where my obsession with current events intersected with my love for History.  This is when I realized that current events are the forever unfolding always receding conveyor belt of reality.  This is when I first verbalized the perception that as the future slides into the present and the present slides into the past our lives are the history of the future.   Therefore in my writings I seek to frame the flow of today with knowledge of yesterday to create a window into tomorrow. 
History tells us that Imperial Republics fall.  We have the examples of AthensRomeVenice and the various republics of Renaissance Italy and of course the First Republic of France which was birthed in blood and died in fire.  The siren song of empire has seduced republics down through history to trade in their freedom for power which eventually cost them both their freedom and the power. the example always deferred to of a republic that allowed empire to stifle freedom.  The list however does not end there, we can look at and all the other grasping Greek republics that followed her.  We have  
Is it time to re-think America’s international military commitments?  Though settled by European kingdoms seeking empires the United States wasn’t founded to become an empire.  Individuals fought against the empire building tyrants until their determination and resolve won independence against all odds.  Then, although the world was filled with despotic kings, our Framers gave us a Republic.  However, it is worth remembering the exchange that took place between Ben Franklin, the elder statesman of the Constitutional Convention and an unknown woman.  As he left Independence Hall he was asked, “Well Doctor what we have got a republic or a monarchy?”   Appealing to his legendary wit Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”   We and our ancestors have been blessed by the Republic for hundreds of years.  We’ve benefited from the liberty to live our lives and pursue our happiness.  Now we’ve arrived at the “if you can keep it” phase of our journey. 
At the cost of hundreds of billions and thousands of lives we doubled-down in Afghanistan.  At the cost of over a trillion and thousands of lives we conquered Iraq and deposed Saddam.  We spearheaded the bombing campaign in Libya.  Our drones strike suspected enemies far and near.  Troops have been dispatched to central Africa.  And the perennial war drums still beat at the very mention of Iran. 
We have sent our fellow citizens to fight long hard slogs in countries whose names are the very synonym for Quagmire.  As our economy was being outsourced, our debt monetized, and our infrastructure crumbled we meekly followed our leaders deeper into thankless nation-building campaigns in nation after nation including one that’s resisted and foiled every empire from Alexander to Moscow.   
Instead of using our cruise missiles and stealth capabilities we fell into the trap announced and laid by Bin Laden.  Whose strategy was as Lawrence Wright told us in his seminal book Looming Towers to, “lure America into the same trap the Soviets had fallen into: Afghanistan.”  How did he plan to do it?  “To continually attack until the U.S. forces invaded; then the mujahedeen would swarm upon them and bleed them until the entire American empire fell from its wounds. It had happened to Great Britain and to the Soviet Union. He was certain it would happen to America.” 
There were twists and turns on our journey from republic to empire. 
George Washington warned us to avoid foreign entanglements.  Thomas Jefferson outlined the essential principles of our government which included this advice concerning foreign affairs, “peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations entangling alliances with none.”   
For more than one hundred years we concentrated on using our liberty to build a mighty nation.  Then the temptation of empire captured the American imagination in the 1890s, a time when Europe was rushing to gobble up the last places open for colonization or carving up those areas unsuited for colonies into spheres of influence.  Under President McKinley the United States entered the scramble for colonies in the Spanish-American War winning Puerto Pico and the Philippines 
Teddy Roosevelt followed McKinley walking softly while carrying a big stick in the form of the Great White Fleet and multiple intrusions into the sovereignty of Latin American countries.  After being re-elected on the promise to keep America neutral President Wilson proclaimed America must fight World War I to “Make the World Safe for Democracy.”  An adventure which cost over 300, 000 casualties and which actually expanded the empires of England, France, and Japan.  After the war, the Congress of the United States re-asserted control by rejecting the international entanglements of the League of Nations Treaty returning to the traditional American foreign policy of freedom of trade and freedom of action.   
Under FDR America fought an undeclared naval war against Germany in 1940 and 41 and imposed draconian embargoes against Japan prior to Pearl Harbor.  Once we were attacked we had to defend ourselves.  However, when World War II ended not with the defeat of totalitarianism but instead with the expansion of it in Eastern Europe the guiding light of American foreign policy seems to have been permanently extinguished.  As the British Empire sailed into the sunset we filled the void taking up the role of leader of the West in the Cold War.   For forty-six years we faced the Soviets until they collapsed.  Then instead of coming home we spread our wings even further embracing Eastern Europe promising to send young Americans to fight for Estonia and Slovakia among others, and so the sun never set upon the American Empire. 
Not only is it against the founding principles of America to establish and maintain an empire of far-flung outposts, we cannot afford to be the Policeman of the world.  We cannot afford to build nations for people who don’t want them. How did a peaceful nation of free citizens become the advocate of pre-emptive attack and endless occupation?  How much blood and treasure will we invest in Iraq, and what will be the result?  A Shi’a ally for Iran.  The war in Afghanistan was obviously defensive and retaliatory in nature given the Taliban’s support for Al Qaeda.  But ten years later what’s it all about?  Are we really dedicated to building a modern nation for tribal people who have no sense of nationhood?  Or have we walked into the same trap that brought the Soviets to their knees? 
Currently the United States has armed forces in over 130 countries.  We’re committed to defend most of these countries against aggression.  Where were all these allies on 9-11?  Where are they in Afghanistan?   Why do we have treaties binding us to go to war to defend those who refuse to support us when we’re attacked?  If these policies are counter-productive are there any alternatives? 
Close the foreign bases and bring our troops home.  Station them on the border to protect us from the on-going invasion of illegal immigrants who’re overloading our systems.  We can seal and secure the mountainous border between the Koreas and we can secure our own borders if we have the wisdom and the will.  If we need to project American power use the carrier battle-groups designed for that purpose.  Protect America and rebuild our infrastructure instead of everyone else’s.  When asked what to do with the American Military after World War I Will Rogers said, “Get 'em all home, add to their number, add to their training, then just sit tight with a great feeling of security and just read about foreign wars. That's the best thing in the world to do with them.”   
If we want to save the Republic we need to lose the empire or we can cling to the empire and lose both. 
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College.  He is the author of the History of the Future @ © 2011 Robert R. Owens  Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens