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Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Blogger in the Family

My better half Tracey has taken up blogging at Resilianz.

Some politics, some music, philosophical debate, humor, musing and vital questions of the day.

Check her out, but don't say I sent you.

She's smarter than me and not so one track minded.

Uruguay Surf's the "Red Tide"

Uruguay's recent election keeps the Latin American "Red Tide" rollin' on.

From Al Jazeera

Luis Lacalle, a former president of Uruguay, has conceded defeat in the country's presidential run-off after exit polls showed a former rebel securing the majority of the vote.

Polls following Sunday's election showed Lacalle's rival, Jose Mujica, a blunt-talking former senator and one time leftist guerrilla fighter, leading with more than 51 per cent of the vote.

The run-off was called after neither candidate won an absolute majority in the first-round of voting in October.

Lacalle, a 68-year-year-old lawyer who was president from 1990 to 1995, campaigned on pledges to shrink the size of government and reduce crime.

His rival Mujica, 74, vowed to continue the policies of Tabare Vazquez, the popular outgoing president, and work to unify Latin Americans after taking office beginning March 1.

Thanks Juan.

Rodney Flays Emissions Trading Scheme

ACT leader Hide at his best.

Rodney flays the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme.

Unlike the socialist tapes below this is totally NOT tedious.

Good on 'yer Rodney.

Tedious-But This is How the Socialists Steal Your Country

This is tedious to watch-but its how socialists work.

While you're out playing golf, shopping, working or linedancing, Quentin Young and his Democratic Socialists of America and Communist Party USA colleagues are plotting a government takeover of US healthcare.

Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy for the California Nurses Association and former national Director of Democratic socialists of America, leads a discussion on "How the National Reform Fails to Solve the Health Crisis" at the recent Healthcare-NOW! strategy confence in St Louis Missouri.

A huge Hat Tip to Blogger Bob McCarty for sitting through this stuff, so we could learn what these people are planning.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quentin Young Pushing "Single Payer"

One of President Obama's many socialist mentors, Dr. Quentin Young, tells a few untruths and makes some revealing admissions at the Mad as Hell Doctors rally, September 26, 2009, Chicago.

"Single Payer" or bust!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Obama File 91 Barack Obama and the Socialist Healthcare Scamsters

Obama File 90 here

Despite little public clamor for government controlled health care, the US Senate is looking increasingly likely to pass some kind of Healthcare Bill in the near future.

How did this happen? Where did the pressure for change come from?

The blunt truth is this. The push to socialize US Heathcare came, not from from the "people", but from small clique of Marxists, led by a man with close persional ties to president Barack Obama.

This group's goal is fully socialized, government run "single payer" healthcare-as long promoted through Congressman John Conyers' National Health Insurance Act, or HR 676.

The leader of this Marxist clique is Quentin Young-a retired Chicago physician, a life long Marxist activist and long time friend and political ally of Barack Obama.

Physicians for a National Health Program National Coordinator Dr. Quentin Young with Sen. Barack Obama at Dr. Young’s 80th birthday celebration in 2003.

Young has known and worked with Obama for years, in Chicago and has reportedly directly influenced Obama's views on socialized medicine.

According to radical journalist John Nichols writing in The Progressive;

Obama...learned about single-payer health care from his old friend and neighbor Dr. Quentin Young, the longtime coordinator of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Quentin Young told Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, that while an Illinois State senator, Obama was a strong supporter of "single payer"

Barack Obama, in those early days—influenced, I hope, by me and others—categorically said single payer was the best way, and he would inaugurate it if he could get the support, meaning majorities in both houses, which he’s got, and the presidency, which he’s got. And he said that on more than one occasion.... ''

Physicians for a National Health Program

Who is Quentin Young and what is Physicians for a National Health Program? What influence do they actually have?

PNHP claims to be a national organization of 14,000 doctors advocating single-payer national health insurance.

In reality it was long a phonebox size operation run by Quentin Young and a handful of Marxist comrades.

Quentin Young is one of America's most committed socialists, beginning with his time in the Young Communist League in late 1930s Chicago.

After WW2, into the mid 1970s, Young was closely associated with the Communist Party and was accused of belonging to the Bethune Club (a communist doctor's club) by a US Congressional Committee investigating the riots at the 1968 Democratic Party convention in Chicago.

In the late 1970s Young was associated with the pro Marx/Gramsci, New American Movement and in 1982 helped found the also Marxist, Democratic Socialists of America-to which he still belongs.

In 1972, in the dying days of the Vietnam War Young led a small radical delegation to Communist North Vietnam.

In 1995 Young attended the famous meeting at the Hyde Park home of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn where Barack Obama was introduced as chosen successor to Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer.

Young was a founder and National Chairman of the Medical Committee for Human Rights, which originally provided provide medical care for civil rights workers in the South, but later morphed into a "single payer" advocacy organization.

In 1987 Young and Peter Orris founded the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), the US's oldest existing "single payer" advocacy organization and is currently the organization's National Co-ordinator.

Peter Orris is the son of Communist Party member and physician Leo Orris. His sister is Maxine Orris, a New York physician who received her medical training in Cuba.

Peter Orris was a leader of Students for a Democratic Society at Harvard, before going on to join the Communist Party. He was still a Party member in 1987 when he helped Quentin Young form PNHP.

In 1992 Peter Orris both joined the Communist Party splinter group Committees of Correspondence, in which he remains a leading activist.

Peter Orris is also a strong advocate of "single payer", through PNHP and also through his associations with the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, UNITE-HERE, the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, SEIU, the American Public Health Association, the Public Health Committee of the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society and the American College of Physicians.

On June 25 2009, Peter Orris was one of several doctors from the the Doctors Council of SEIU who traveled to Washington, D.C. for a massive day of action for real health care reform.

The healthcare providers met with their Members of Congress and participated in a rally on Capitol Hill.

Today Peter Orris serves on the National Physicians Advisory Board of the National Physicians Alliance alongside Quentin Young

Joanne Landy is another key PHNP activist and like Young is a prominent member of Democratic Socialists of America.

n 2005 Landy wrotea pamphlet for PNHP, “Why Labor Needs Improved and Expanded Medicare for All”. The pamphlet was focused on mobilizinglabor union support for U.S. Representative John Conyer’s National Health Insurance Act (HR 676).

In 2008, Joanne Landy and PHNP President Oliver Fein wrote, "We Can Do It! The Case for Single Payer National Health Insurance" a chapter in a book entitled "Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Insurance".

The time has come for single payer National Health Insurance in the United States. We have excellent hospitals, skilled practitioners, the technological infrastructure -- and we're already spending enough money to insure everyone and to improve access to care for many who are covered today by inadequate plans. All we need is the political will.

Mark Almberg is PNHP communications director has been a prominent member of the Illinois Communist Party, since the 1970s.

PNHP President Oliver Fein and Secretary Steffi Woolhandler, have both advocated "single payer" at the annual Democratic Socialists of America run Socialist Scholars Conferences in New York City.

Fein, representing PNHP, addressed the 1992 Socialist Conference, attended by members of Democratic Socialists of America , the Communist Party and Committees of Correspondence, on "The movement for a national healthcare program"

At the 2000 Socialist Conference Steffi Woolhandler, co-founder of PNHP and Harvard Medical School professor cited "single-payer" health care as probably the only issue in politics where the Left and the American people are in agreement.

Healthcare Now!

In 2004 PNHP joined several other socialist, labor, church and community organizations to form a wider coalition, Healthcare-NOW!

Healthcare Now! holds annual national strategy meetings with volunteer organizers and health care activists around the country, including John Conyers.

In 2007, Healthcare-NOW launched traveling Road Shows promoting "single payer" reform and also co-sponsored an Annual Health Care Justice Vigil held each September in Washington D.C.

Healthcare-NOW! worked with the California Nurses Association, to initiate the National Day of Protest Against Health Insurance Companies.

Quentin Young is an Healthcare Now! co-chair, as is Leo Gerard, President of United Steelworkers of America and Rose Ann DeMauro, Executive Director of the California Nurses Association.

Incidentally, Quentin Young was honored by the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America at their annual award dinner in 1992. Leo Gerard was honored in 2007 and Rose Ann DeMauro, was to have been keynote speaker at the 2008 dinner, until an inter-union dispute caused her appearance to be cancelled.

The Healthcare Now! Board of Directors includes representatives from the Muslim Women's Institute for Research and Development, League of Young Voters, Ruckus Society, Labor Party, International Brotherwood of Electrical Workers, Progressive Christians Uniting, National Health Care for the Homeless Council, National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, United Mineworkers of America,Industrial Unions Council, Women's Economic Agenda Project, Latinos for National Health Insurance, National Black Women's Health Project and four leaders of PNHP-Oliver Fein, Ida Hellander, David Himmelstein and Quentin Young.

Other key board members include;

Medea Benjamin, right, with Hugo Chavez

Medea Benjamin of "peace" group Code Pink. In 1992 Benjamin endorsed the foundation conference of Committees of Correspondence with Peter Orris-mentioned above, and in 2002 spoke at a 2002 Committees of Correspondence conference national conference with John Nichols-also mentioned above.

Michael Lighty is Director of Public Policy, California Nurses Association. Lighty is a long time member of Democratic Socialists of America and a former National Director of that organization.

Flavio Casoy is a San Francisco based doctor and representative of the Medical Students Association.
Casoy is also a prominent member of the Communist Party USA.

Flavio Casoy, revolutionary medicine T shirt

In March 2009 the National Education Commission of the Communist Party USA, circulated a podcast by Flavoy to Party Clubs, as a Club Educational/Group Discussion Guide on healthcare reform.

Your club/group should invite guests to participate with you in a discussion of the fight for national health care reform. The podcast and reading links provided below should be distributed well in advance of the meeting. The Political Affairs podcast features an interview with Flavio Casoy on the present struggle for national health care reform...

Rev. Lucius Walker is a representative of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization.

Walker is a long time supporter of radical and Communist Party USA causes.

He has been an organizer of several Pastors for Peace Caravans to Cuba and enjoys a cozy relationship with Cuban leadership.

Applications from US citizens to undergo medical training in Cuba are administered through Walker's New York City-based Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization.

The British Experience

Obama's Healthcare Bill is the cornerstone of his Presidency.

Should the Bill pass, in almost any form, it will pave the way for more and more legislative changes, which will change American health and political culture beyond recognition.

The Marxist left looks to the British example. They believe that "single payer" will lock the stubbornly conservative US worker, into near permanent support for the Democratic Party-just as it did for the British Labour Party after WW2.

Leading Communist Party member Norman Markowitz wrote in the Party journal Political Affairs;

A “single payer” national health system – known as “socialized medicine” in the rest of the developed world – should be an essential part of the change that the core constituencies which elected Obama desperately need. Britain serves as an important political lesson for strategists. After the Labor Party established the National Health Service after World War II, supposedly conservative workers and low-income people under religious and other influences who tended to support the Conservatives were much more likely to vote for the Labor Party when health care, social welfare, education and pro-working class policies were enacted by labor-supported governments.

Radical journalist John Nichols writes that Obama told an Atlanta town hall audience in 2008;

I am somebody who is no doubt progressive. I believe in a tax code that we need to make more fair. I believe in universal health care.

Nichols also went on to discuss prospects for "single payer" under an Obama Administration;

Perhaps most impressive are the moves made by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Physicians for a National Health Program, and Progressive Democrats of America to ensure that the option of single-payer is not forgotten as Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi establish their domestic policy priorities.

To that end, sixty activists from these and allied groups met one week after Election Day at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington with Michigan Congressman John Conyers, an early Obama backer and the chief House proponent of real reform, to forge a Single-Payer Healthcare Alliance and plot specific strategies for influencing the new Administration and Congress.

John Conyers, is not only an Obama ally and "single payer" zealot. The Congressman from Michigan has a long record of supporting Communist Party fronts and was an honored guest at the founding of Democratic Socialists of America in Detroit in 1982 and at DSA's 2003 National Convention in the same city.

He is also a leading member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus-an alliance of more than 70 Democratic Congressmen, many of who are linked to Democratic Socialists of America, the Communist Party, or both.

Should Obama succeed in passing any form of Healthcare Bill, that will not be the end of the matter.

John Conyers, Quentin Young , his Marxist comrades and the alliance they have forged will not rest until the US has a fully socialized "single payer" health system.

There is evidence that that is what Obama secretly wants as well.

Unless stopped, Obama , willing or not, will preside over the "Englandization" of the US health sector and the "Europeanization" of American political life.

If successful Quentin Young and PNHP will have pulled off the greatest socialist "scam" ever perpetrated on the American people.

Obama File 92 here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

600,000 Hits

The site-meter ticked over 600,000 hits today-adding about 100,000 in the last three months.

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ACT Opposes Provocation Repeal Bill

Because the heinous Clayton Weatherston tried use the "provocation" defence in his trial for murdering Sophie Elliott, the National Government was "provoked" into trying to repeal the "provocation" defence.

So nobody who now commits a crime of passion, will have any right to put any part of the responsibility on the victim, no matter how vicious, extreme, or how prolonged the provocation.

That is completely unjust.

The jury must have the right to determine if the victim played some role in his or her own victimhood.

So the criminally accused will no longer be able to get a reduced sentence for vicious or pro-longed provocation, but the National Government may allow itself to be "provoked" into abolishing a centuries old defence, as a knee-jerk reaction to one terrible case.

Thank God for sane and responsible lawyer/politicians such as ACT's David Garrett.

From the ACT Party website;

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman David Garrett today reiterated ACT's opposition to the Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill until such time as alternative defences – such as diminished responsibility – are put into law.

"This would ensure that mitigating circumstances are taken into account when individuals are on trial, as advocated by the New Zealand Law Society and senior prosecutors," Mr Garrett said.

"If successful, the partial defence of provocation reduces 'charged with murder' to 'guilty of manslaughter'. This defence is open to both men and women and – contrary to recent claims – victim's sexual orientation is irrelevant. It is not – and never has been – a 'gay panic' defence.

"This defence was recently highlighted when Clayton Weatherston attempted to use provocation as a defence, but failed. This failure shows that the defence is working, and still has a place in the 21st century.

"Had provocation as a defence been repealed, however, Weatherston could have raised it at sentencing - causing exactly the same distress to Sophie Elliot's family as he did in the trial itself. Arguably it would have been worse, as the Elliot family would have had to undergo two separate ordeals at Weatherston's hands.

"Arguments for a repeal of the defence are weak, at best. It should be a jury of one's peers – not a judge – that decides whether the defence is justified," Mr Garrett said.

Well said, David.

Telling It Like It Is

A letter to President Obama from a 95 year old Hawaii US Navy veteran.

Dear President Obama,

My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year. People meeting me for the first time don't believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert. I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos'n Mate. Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor, allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.

One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.

So here goes.

I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.

I can't figure out what country you are the president of.

You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We're no longer a Christian nation"
" America is arrogant" - (Your wife even announced to the world,"America is mean-spirited.
" Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)

I'd say shame on the both of you, but I don't think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you. To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.

After 9/11 you said," America hasn't lived up to her ideals."Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British? Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War? I hope you didn't mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.

I don't think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination. You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.

Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man. Shape up and start acting like an American. If you don't, I'll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue. You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.

And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don't want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts, who was putting up a fight? You don't mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don't want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing. I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you're the Commander-in-Chief now, son. Do your job. When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him. But if you're not in this fight to win, then get out. The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you're thinking of.

You're not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy. That's not our greatest threat. Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now.And I sure as hell don't want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.


Harold B. Estes

Well said Mr Estes.

Thanks to JP.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Glenn Beck- I Stand With You

Glenn Beck's long awaited plan.

Forty five minutes of Beck at his best. Glenn lays it on line about America's problems. He pulls no punches but offers a message of redemption for America and Americans-and Kiwis I might add.

Glenn Beck talks principles-the universal principles of liberty and the people rightly love him for it.

If America-and Western Civilization, is to be saved, the principles that Glenn Beck and people like him espouse will be a huge part of that salvation.

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What Obama REALLY Wants in Healthcare?

While Obama does not now openly advocate "single payer", or fully socialized healthcare, that hasn't always been his position.

From Democracy Now!

AMY GOODMAN: I want to play what President Obama himself said about single payer... This is what he said back in June of 2003, before he was elected even to the US Senate.

STATE SEN. BARACK OBAMA: I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. I see no reason why the United States of America, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, spending 14 percent—14 percent—of its gross national product on healthcare, cannot provide basic health insurance to everybody. And that’s what Jim’s talking about when he says everybody in, nobody out: a single-payer healthcare plan, universal healthcare plan.

If Obama gets his Healthcare Bill through the Senate, how long will it be before fully socialized healthcare, will all its shortages, rationing, spiralling costs and lowered standards becomes a reality?

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Communist Party USA statement on Healthcare Bill

President Obama's friends in the Commmunist Party USA are pulling out all stops to ensure that the president's Healthcare Bill becomes law-with coverage of illegal immigrants and state funding of abortion.

The Communist Party is rallying all its allies in the "people's movement" and both Houses of Congress to get this Bill passed.

The Party understands that this Bill will be a giant and near irreversible step towards socialized medicine and wedding the American middle class onto the state teat forever.

From the CPUSA website;

CPUSA: Keep Up the Momentum for Strong Health Care Reform Now

by CPUSA National Committee, 11/18/2009

Resolution of the National Committee, CPUSA, adopted November 15, 2009

As the historic fight for health care reform passes to the Senate next week, and then to conference committee before final vote, a continued and expanded push is needed to prevent blockage of this key legislation, to insure a strong public option with no taxation of health benefits, inclusion of immigrants, and to eliminate measures that restrict coverage for women's reproductive rights. Messages to the Senate are needed in favor of health care reform that is affordable, accessible, portable and universal.

The outcome of the monumental battle for health care reform will affect every other issue on the labor and people's agenda. As the extreme right-wing teamed up with the medical industrial complex to stop passage at all costs, they drew a line in the sand, threatening to bring down the Obama Administration on the issue of health care.

To date, a huge mobilization has taken hold with labor at the center, involving African American, Latino, women, senior and youth organizations, small business, the faith community and many others, complimenting the role of the Progressive, Black, Hispanic and Asian Pacific Congressional Caucuses working together. The key to passage of positive health reform is phone calls, letters, rallies and public expressions of support to every member of the US Senate. Several members of the House who were undecided stated publicly that they voted in favor because of the huge volume of calls and messages from constituents.

The union workplace sticker and call-in day, giant rallies in California, sit-ins and vigils in Connecticut, and protests at insurance companies in Chicago are great examples of the creativity that this movement has sparked. The pressure cannot be let up if health care with a public option is to become law. Passage will give millions of people coverage they do not have, and will save countless lives. But passage will not be an end. It will create forward motion toward the single-payer national health service our country needs. It will provide new experience in organizing and mobilizing at the grass roots. It will open the door to the fight for the right to form a union and many other key battles that lie ahead coming into the 2010 elections.

National Committee
Communist Party USA

The Party understands that this Bill is not socialized medicine per se, but it will create forward motion toward the single-payer national health service our country needs.

The Party sees the Healthcare battle not as a stand alone issue, but as a key component in the struggle for a socialist America.

American's ability to restore their great Republic will hugely reduced should this Bill in any form, be passed through the Senate.

For a sound Republic and a healthy populace, Americans need to take the stand of their lives against the Communist Party and Obama's plans for socialized healthcare.

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Obama in China

Some "too true" humor from Saturday Night Live.

Thanks to Geri

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Polar Bears Are Doing OK Too, Thanks

From the Washington Times

The lead bureaucrat for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is calling scientists at the India Ministry of Environment and Forests "arrogant" for producing a 60-page study of Himalayan glaciers concluding there is insufficient evidence to say global warming is causing a retreat of Himalayan glaciers...

The report, "Himalayan Glaciers, A State-of-Art Review of Glacial Studies, Glacial Retreat, and Climate Change," analyzes 150 years of glacier data throughout the Himalayan Mountains. It is authored by the deputy director general of the Geological Survey of India, a doctoral scientist who has been studying Himalayan glaciers for decades.

The U.N.'s Climate Change Panel (IPCC), by comparison, is a group of scientists and nonscientists chosen by the U.N. political arms. Among its lead authors are staffers from Environmental Defense and Greenpeace. Though IPCC claims humans are probably causing a significant rise in global temperature, even within IPCC there is substantial disagreement that gets swept under the rug.

Loudon on Palmer on Breitbart

Yours truly on Breitbart discussing Alice Palmer and Barack Obama.

Done via Skype-sound is a little rough and I look a little stiff-that's the latest round of Botox kicking in.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I've very seldom mentioned Obama's Muslim ties-socialism is more my area of interest.

However this video is definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to Mark.

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Kincaid Interviews Loudon

I did a video interview in the US with Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media and America's Survival.

It covers my views on Obama, Frank Marshall Davis, Van Jones, communist infiltration of the US government and many other subjects.

Check it out here

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Wouldn't Want to Offend the Chinese Fascists, Would We Mr Key?

John Key's father fought fascists in the Spanish Civil war.

Why won't john key stand up to their contemporary cousins?

From Stuff

Prime Minister John Key says he will not meet the Dalai Lama when he visits New Zealand next month.

The decision goes against Mr Key's previous statements that he would meet the Tibetan spiritual leader if his diary permitted, but he denied it had been made after pressure from China.

"The reason simply is I've decided that I wouldn't get a lot out of that particular meeting. I don't see every religious leader that comes to town. I've seen him in the past, I may see him in the future."

He said the issue was not raised by Chinese president Hu Jintao during the Apec summit in Singapore at the weekend, and no other Chinese government agency had asked for a meeting not to proceed.

Mr Key did not expect any government ministers to meet the Dalai Lama, but said some National Party representatives might.

The Dalai Lama is due to visit New Zealand on December 5 and 6.

Meeting the Dalai Lama usually draws vehement protests from China, which is sensitive to claims of human rights abuses in Tibet.

When he was last in New Zealand in 2007, then-prime minister Helen Clark declined to meet him on the grounds she had spoken to him for 10 minutes during a chance encounter at Brisbane airport.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Obama File 90 Alice Palmer Re-examined-Was Obama's First Political Boss a Soviet "Agent of Influence"?

Obama file 89 here

Alice Palmer is a Chicago based academic, activist and former friend, employer and political ally of Barack Obama.

In the mid 1990s Alice Palmer, then an Illinois State Senator, employed Obama has her chief of staff, when she attempted an ill-fated run for the US Congress.

Obama was part of Friends of Alice Palmer, alongside controversial property developer Tony Rezko and Democratic Socialists of America members Danny Davis, Betty Wilhoitte and Timuel Black-also a member of Committees of Correspondence).

Later Palmer introduced Obama as designated successor to her Illinois State Senate seat, in the living room of former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, while DSA member, former communist and long time Obama friend Quentin Young looked on.

The Palmer/Obama relationship soured after Obama refused to step down when Palmer decided she wanted her State Senate seat back, after her Congressional bid failed.

Obama went on to win the seat unopposed, after he knocked Palmer and his other rivals off the ballot, by challenging the legitimacy of their nominating signatures.

Alice Palmer was the first rung of Obama's ladder to power.

It has long been known that Alice Palmer was a communist front activist, as were many in Obama's orbit.

More seriously however-new evidence shows that Alice Palmer had high level connections behind the "Iron Curtain" and may have been a Soviet "agent of influence"-that is, a conduit of Soviet progaganda and policy, to the US and the "third world".

What is the evidence?

Alice Palmer and her husband Edward "Buzz" Palmer had radical connections in Chicago and abroad going back at least into the 1970s.

In 1980, Buzz Palmer and Alice Palmer were invited by the Maurice Bishop led government of the Caribbean island of Grenada, to attend celebrations marking the first anniversary of the country's Cuban/Soviet backed "revolution". A revolution overturned by US troops three years later.

It is unclear whether or not they attended, but Alice Palmer was to work closely, a few years later with Bishop's US educated press secretary, Don Rojas.

Alice and Buzz Palmer established the Black Press Institute {BPI) in Chicago around 1982. In a December 24 1986, interview with the Communist Party USA paper, People's Daily Word, Alice Palmer explained BPI's role in influencing decision makers such as the Congressional Black Caucus.

After the 1960s some of us looked around and observed there was no national Black newspaper...So we started the Black Press Review. We received the Black newspapers from around the country, reprinted articles and editorials that gave a sense of the dynamics and the lives of Black people, and sent them out to the Congressional Black caucus and other opinion leaders, saying "Look, here is what Black America is thinking and doing".

BPI's journal New Deliberations, carried articles such as "Socialism is the Only Way Forward" and "Is Black Bourgeoise Ideology Enough?"

In 1983 Alice Palmer travelled to Czechoslovakia to the Soviet front, World Peace Council's Prague Assembly-the firstof several known trips to East Bloc countries.

From 1983 to 1985, Alice Palmer was a an Executive Board member of the Communist Party USA front group, the US Peace Council-an affiliate of the World Peace Council.

Of the 48 US Peace Council officers in 1983-1985, at least ten- Sara Staggs, Rob Prince, Michael Myerson, Frank Chapman, Otis Cunningham, James Jackson, Atiba Mbiwan, Pauline Rosen, Jose Soler and Denise Young were known Communist Party USA members or supporters.

A further eight, were involved in the 1990s, in a Communist Party splinter group Committees of Correspondence. They were Gus Newport, Mark Solomon, Linda Coronado, Barbara Lee, Kevin Lynch, Anne Mitchell, Arlene Prigoff and Alice Palmer herself.

In 1985 Alice Palmer was part of a delegation of 16 Afro-American journalists to the Soviet Union, East Germany and Czechoslovakia.

The trip was organized by Maurice Bishop's former pressman, now International Organization of Journalists executive, Don Rojas. Palmer's BPI and the National Alliance of Black Journalists also helped out.

Alice Palmer told the People's Daily World of December 24 1986;

The trip was extraordinary because we were able to sit down with our counterparts and with the seats of power in three major capitals-Prague, Berlin and Moscow. We visited with foreign ministers, we talked with the editors of the major newspapers in these three cities...

It was a very unusual trip because we were given access...Every effort was made to give us as much as we asked for...We came back feeling that we could speak very well about the interest of the socialist countries in promoting peace.

In March 1986 Alice Palmer covered the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Congress in Moscow, for the Black Press Institute.

On June 20 1986 the People's Daily World published a BPI article by Alice Palmer on the CPSU conference entitled "An Afro-American journalist in the USSR".

The article praised Soviet "central planning" and included such statements as:

“We Americans can be misled by the major media. We’re being told the Soviets are striving to achieve a comparatively low standard of living compared with ours, but actually they have reached a basic stability in meeting their needs and are now planning to double their production.”

Palmer claimed that America’s white-owned press;

“has tended to ignore or distort the gains that have been made [by the Soviets] since [the Russian Revolution of 1917]. But in fact the Soviets are carrying out a policy to resolve the inequalities between nationalities, inequalities that they say were inherited from capitalist and czarist rule. They have a comprehensive affirmative action program, which they have stuck to religiously -- if I can use that word -- since 1917.”

Alice Palmer, as editor of the Black Press Review, was elected International Organization of Journalists vice president for North America, at the organization's 10th Congress, October 20-23 1986, in Prague Czechoslovakia. Palmer's IOJ duties were to include co-ordinating the activities of chapters in the US, Canada,
Mexico and the Caribbean.

The International Organization of Journalists was a well documented Soviet front operation, based in Prague, until its expulsion by the new anti-communist Czech government in 1995.

Like other Soviet fronts of the era , IOJ was staffed mainly by East Bloc personnel and was directed by the International Department of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union-which in turn was directly answerable to the Soviet Politburo.

The International Department, often with the assistance of the KGB, used fronts such as IOJ and World Peace Council, for "active measures"-programs to covertly influence the policies of other nations, to better advance Soviet interests. These might range from spreading propaganda and disinformation to embarassing publicity stunts or hoaxes to destroying the career of an enemy of the Soviet Union , or advancing the career of a friend.

A summary of a paper by Bob Nowell entitled "The Role of the International Organization of Journalists in the Debate about the "New International Information Order," 1958-1978" states;

This paper examines the International Organization of Journalists (IOJ), which it identifies as a Soviet-dominated organization. The paper suggests that the IOJ has capitalized on "Third World" countries' discontent with Western news media by offering itself as the ideological leader and trainer of anti-Western journalists.

It then examines the function and methods of the IOJ in the context of post-World War II communist international front organizations; reviews the IOJ's structure, publications, and training centers; and explores its role in shaping "Third World" arguments in the debate about the New Information Order. The paper argues that the IOJ's efforts generally have served Soviet foreign policy on international communications.

The Sub-Committee on Oversight of the US House of Representatives asserted in February 1980 that, at that time the IOJ was in receipt of a Soviet subsidy estimated at US$515,000.

Alice Palmer also traveled to the Soviet Union and Bulgaria during the IOJ conference trip, as presumably did the other five US delegates;

Jan Carew of BPI, a radical socialist journalist from Guyana.

Simon Gerson, US IOJ, a senior member of the Communist Party USA and perhaps significantly, the Party's foremost expert on influencing election outcomes.

Jose Soler US IOJ, then a member of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party and the US Peace Council, now involved with the Communist Party USA.

Gwen McKinney and Leila McDowell, National Alliance of Third World Journalists.

McKinney and former Black Panther member McDowell, went on to work in public relations, including for 10 years as a business partnership. Their clients, collectively or seperately, have included the SEIU, ACLU, NAACP, AFL-CIO, TransAfrica, Red Diaper baby Lani Guinier, Haiti's deposed Marxist president Jean Bernard Aristide, the socialist governments of Angola and Mozambique, Chavez's Venezuela and Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Change.

In the early 1990s, the McKinney/McDowell team influenced US government policy on Haiti, when they organized and publicized a hunger strike by prominent radical activist Randall Robinson.

After 27 publicity filled days, the Clinton White House US caved in to Robinson and demanded of the Haitian military, that exiled Marxist president Aristide be re-instated.

TransAfrica's Randall Robinson conducted a dangerous but successful hunger strike that changed the Clinton Administration's policy on Haiti. PR for the fasting activist was handled by the DC firm of McKinney & McDowell, whose other clients include President Aristide and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In December 24 1986 People's Weekly World interview with Chicago Communist Party USA member Mike Giocondo, Alice Palmer explained the IOJ's use of the concept "media fairness".

Giocondo What is the IOJ's approach to the question of fairness in the media? How does it relate to the concept of "objective journalism" which is stressed here in the US?

Palmer The IOJ believes that there must be fairness in media, which is called for in a proposal for a New Information Order, which the IOJ supports. Fairness is not an abstraction, because journalists are not abstractions; we live in a world, we live in our particular societies, and therefore are caught up in whatever the dynamics of the situation are. This concept of "Objective journalism" that is taught in journalism not possible...What we are striving for is fairness and balance of information.

To give you a concrete example, the Black Press Institute recently held a media dialogue in Southern Africa in Washington DC on how to make the information more balanced as it comes out of South Africa. The IOJ and the BPI believe there should be balance, that there should be fairness in recognizing the complexities, and that a voice must be given to those who are struggling against oppression".

Perhaps this is a clue as to the origins of the "Fairness Doctrine" that was long used to stifle conservative media in the US?

During her time as IOJ vice president, Alice Palmer worked with highest levels of the Soviet propaganda machine-with the Soviet journal Izvestia, with Romesh Chandra and the World Peace Council and the IOJ leadership.

Alice Palmer told the December 24 1986 People's Daily World;

The IOJ has adopted positions on nuclear weapons, trying to do away with the nuclear threat in the world...

I will be heading a taskforce on peace and disarmament. And at the conference I was co-moderator, with the editor of Izvestia (a Soviet government publication) :, of a panel on peace and the news media. We came up with some very good suggestions. A number of the people complimented the Soviet Union for its efforts towards peace in these past few years-the moratorium and other things..

The IOJ has worked with the World Peace Council, and Kaarle Nordenstreng, Jiri Kubka and other IOJ leaders have worked closely with Romesh Chandra, the president of the World Peace Council.

IOJ delegations visit other countries to report on the peace proposals of the Soviet Union, so that people can hear about it. This by the way is an example of promoting fairness in the media.

The IOJ is the largest journalist organization in the world. its publications are published in 10 or 15 languages, and it reaches many people all over the world. So you can see that being fair in the media is very important, particularly in the Third World.

Alice Palmer saw journalists and the US "peace movement" as playing a very important role in the struggle for peace;

At the center of this is that the peace movement must stop the Soviet bashing. That is just not productive, it is not a good thing at all. I see over and over again that it is a barrier to our ability to work together in the United States and with the people of the Soviet Union for peace.

After her stint with IOJ had ended Alice Palmer continued to work closely with US communists.

Ishmael Flory, a veteran leader of the Illinois Communist Party USA, was honored at a September 21, 1991 function at Chicago's Malcolm X College, for his "outstanding contributions to the cause of peace, equality and justice".

According to the Peoples's Weekly World October 12 1991;

"Ishmael Flory is truly a man for all seasons" said State Senator Palmer, noting Flory's unflagging zeal for promoting a progressive, people's agenda for economic security, an end to racism and for world peace. "He never gives up".

As late as 1994, when Palmer was known to be working with Barack Obama, she was also working closely with members of the Communist Party splinter, Committees of Correspondence.

It is now clear that Barack Obama has worked for years with Marxists with backgrounds in the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America and Committees of Correspondence.

That these groups have promoted Obama's career, both in Chicago and nationally, is undeniable.

However the Alice Palmer case illustrates something even more concerning.

That is, a key Obama ally had, only a few years before meeting the future President, strong relationships with senior East Bloc officials.

Alice Palmer played an active role in promoting Soviet Bloc policy at the height of the Reagan era-when the Soviets and their proxies were threatening US interests in every corner of the globe.

A few years later Alice Palmer was actively promoting the career of a young activist lawyer. That man is now willing and able to negotiate arms control treaties with Alice Palmer's old friends in Moscow.

A man who seems intent on promoting the interests of the former Eastern Bloc and the "third world", over those of the USA.

Is this merely ironic, or is it potentially catastrophic?

Obama File 91 here

Muriel Flays Maori Party

Muriel Newman of the New Zealand Center for Political Research flays the racist Maori Party.

Good job!

Exposing the Real Agenda

It is not easy to rile New Zealanders, but Hone Harawira’s abusive email clearly did. By claiming that he was entitled to rip off taxpayers with his jaunt to Paris because Whities had been ripping off Maori for centuries, Hone Harawira exposed the racist thinking that underpins the Maori Party. As Labour’s former Tai Tokerau MP Dover Samuels said, Mr Harawira is “advocating what he really believes in. A lot of people sitting with him in Parliament believe the same thing”.

In fact, it could be said that Mr Harawira has done the country a favour with his outburst by reminding the public about the Maori Party’s agenda. Although the Maori Party sounds like it represents Maori it doesn’t. At the 2008 general election, the Maori Party gained only 56,000 votes, or 2.4 percent of the party vote. The vast majority of Maori voters chose to support mainstream parties rather than this radical party with its Maori sovereignty agenda.

The Maori Party wants Maori to win back control of New Zealand. In a world where the abolition of privilege is a central tenet of modern democratic reform, the Maori Party wants to create a world where the colour of one’s skin determines social and economic advantage. On its own, the creation of racial privilege for anyone calling themselves Maori is a preposterous notion. But with the acquiescence of John Key’s National Party, it is exceedingly dangerous.

The leadership of the Maori Party say they are mortified at the public backlash over their colleague’s behaviour. But what they are not saying is that they are desperate that this controversy does not spoil their plan to get their hands on the jewel in New Zealand’s crown – our foreshore and seabed – not to mention the $1 billion of “whanau ora” funding which National is planning to devolve direct to Maori communities for social services delivery.

Over the years, the Maori Party leadership has been at great pains to portray itself as mainstream and reasonable. Co-leaders Tariana Turia and Peter Sharples have it down to a fine art. Yet they rely on the public having a short memory, because it wasn’t too long ago that Ms Turia was being censored by Prime Minister Helen Clark for her radical views.

In a speech to the New Zealand Psychological Society Conference in August 2000, Ms Turia, as Labour’s Associate Minister of Maori Affairs, spoke extensively about the effects of colonisation on Maori.[1] She called New Zealand’s first British settlers ‘invaders’ and ‘predators’ explaining that they committed atrocities similar to ‘home invasions’ on their Maori ‘victims’: “I can see the connections between 'home invasions' which concern many of us, to the invasion of the 'home lands' of indigenous people by a people from another land. What I have difficulty in reconciling is how 'home invasions' emits such outpourings of concern for the victims and an intense despising of the invaders while the invasion of the 'home lands' of Maori does not engender the same level of emotion and concern for the Maori victims.”

Tariana Turia drew comparisons between the European colonisation of New Zealand and the Nazi holocaust: “Do you consider for example the effects of the trauma of colonisation? I understand that much of the research done in this area has focused on the trauma suffered by the Jewish survivors of the holocaust of World War Two. What seems to not have received similar attention is the holocaust suffered by indigenous people including Maori as a result of colonial contact and behaviour.”

And in her speech she reflected on the healing power of money, wondering how much “compensation” would be needed to alleviate the “intergenerational damage” done to Maori people.

This final point puts the Maori grievance philosophy into perspective - the perceived wrongs to ancestors who are long since dead will not be forgotten by their largely non-Maori relatives (thanks to rapid intermarriage) until each generation of taxpayers are forced to pay through the nose. A report prepared for Labour Prime Minister David Lange in 1989 by Richard Hill of the Justice Department documents the on-going pressure by claimants to settle claims, detailing how some of them had been settled numerous times.[2] It brings into question the honesty of today’s claimants who conveniently forget that their grievances have already been fully settled years ago.

Read the whole article here

Go Muriel!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

On Obama and Key

I get a lot of emails from American readers about life in New Zealand. Here is the latest.

My husband & I spent a month in NZ Aug/Sep to see if we could live there if things get Really Dicey here. Question; Is John Key just naive about Obama, stupid or complicit??

I feel like he's naive but would love to know what you think. When he put the pics of him with Obama at the UN up on his Twitter account I became concerned.

Here's my reply;

I hope you enjoyed your stay here. I could open an immigration consultancy with the number of enquiries I get from concerned Americans.

Re John Key.

A very likeable guy, with many good personal qualities, but in my opinion a
little left leaning and very naïve on security matters.

John Key seems to think he is a Kiwi Obama-fresh faced underdog taking on the
establishment. He likes to compare himself to "The One" and would probably
have his babies if he could.

To be fair, that type of naivety is still very prevalent in a New Zealand, media trained to think all Republican presidents are in league with Satan.

John Key's father fought in the Spanish Civil war and spoke Russian-so its likely he was on the communist side. John's mother was an Austrian Jewess-a refugee from the Nazis-possibly also a leftist. Young John was raised by his widowed mother in State Housing, in one of the poorer suburbs of Christchurch.

So though John Key is a self made multi-millionaire, I suspect there are some lingering leftist sympathies in his psyche. I very much doubt that John Key would ever take a hard stand against the Chinese or any other significant threat to NZ.

I hope I'm wrong about that, but i don't think I am.

I think John Key, is a pretty benevolent chap and thinks that people like
president Obama and those nice people in Beijing see the world the same way.

Though I initially liked John Key a lot, I went a bit sour on him recently-mainly over his refusal to act on a referendum which showed overwhelming public support for
the lifting on New Zealand's ban on smacking children. Perhaps I'm a little biased?

I think New Zealand has a lot of advantages and I wouldn't live anywhere else, but if Obama succeeds in wrecking the US economy and downsizing the US military to Costa Rican levels, this country will rapidly be "Finlandized" (at best) by the Chinese and similar nice people.

To sum up, I don't think New Zealand can offer any better than temporary refuge, under the current leadership.

I see the strong possibility of civil unrest in America's future. New Zealand
would be a safe haven from that type of threat, but not in the context of the
overall geopolitical picture.

If the US goes down, the West goes down. That's my view.

Hope this helps.

What do you think of my analysis?

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Obama Kowtows to Chinese Fascists

Truly sickening.

From China's People's Daily Online.

Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech on U.S. policy toward Asia at Suntory Hall in Tokyo,Nov. 14, 2009. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

U.S. President Barack Obama said in Tokyo Saturday that a strong and prosperous China can be a source of strength for all nations and the United States does not want to contain China.

"No one nation can meet the challenges of the 21st century on its own. We welcome China's appearance on the world stage," the president said while delivering his Asian policy speech in Tokyo.

"The U.S. does not seek to contain China... the rise of a strong and prosperous China can be a source of strength for the community of nations," said Obama.

The U.S. president did say his country will deal with China with its own interests in mind, but it is precisely for this reason that it is important to cooperate with China on issues of common concern, as "the United States and China will both be better off if we meet them (the challenges of 21st century) together."

In the speech, Obama praised China's engagement in world issues of Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Korean Peninsula and vowed to work to deepen strategic and economic dialogues with Beijing and improve communication between the militaries.

He also denied a deeper relation with China means weakening of bilateral relations with Japan.

Obama declared his nation will aim to sustain leadership in Asia while working in tandem with nations such as China.

"In an interconnected world, power does not need to be not a zero-sum game. Nations need not fear of the success of another. By cultivating spheres of cooperation, not competing in spheres of influence, will lead to progress in the Asia Pacific," he said.

"As America's first Pacific president, I promise you that this pacific nation will strengthen and sustain our leadership in this part of the world," said Obama, referring to the future role he hopes the United States will play in the region.

Obama's speech was met with rapturous applause from a large audience of Japanese and Americans who had come to hear the leader speak shortly before he headed off to Singapore for a summit of ASEAN nations to be held in Singapore.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Some of What I Did in America

Just spent nearly three weeks in the USA and have just summoned up the energy to write about it.

I was mainly in Washington DC and New York, doing research, meeting people, organizing a new project, doing a couple of talkback shows and speaking at the Accuracy in Media 40th Anniversary Conference.

One highlight was a guest spot on G Gordon Liddy's talk show. This guy is a living legend-pushing 80, but sharp as a tack. Ex FBI, so he really understands security issues. me.

Was also on the Swaggart Network, a conservative Christian show which broadcasts out of Texas, all over the US.

The Accuracy In Maedia conference in Washington was excellent. I spoke on my work on Obama, Van Jones etc and was well recieved.

Other speakers included Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman, Media Fairness Caucus, Tony Blankley, VP, Edelman PR & former Washington Times editor, Andrew C. McCarthy, senior fellow, National Review Institute, John Fund, "On the Trail" columnist, Wall Street Journal, Lord Christopher Monckton, former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Jonah Goldberg, editor-at-large, National Review Online, Cliff Kincaid, editor, Accuracy in Media Anita MonCrief, ACORN Project Vote whistleblower, Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage fellow & former FEC memmber, Marc Morano, Climate Depot, Robert Bluey, online strategy director, Heritage Foundation, J.P. Freire, commentary editor, The Washington Examiner, Ann McElhinney, director, Not Evil Just Wrong, and Danny Glover, online strategy consultant, Accuracy in Media, Don Irvine, chairman, Accuracy in Media.

CSpan covered the whole event.

Lord Monkton was superb.

Also great was Ann McElhinney-a very recent leftist, moved to expose the "climate change" scam, by listening to a few too many blithering socialists without a fact to their name.

Here she is a Heritage Fondation bloggers event.

It was also great to meet ACORN "whistleblower" Anita MonCrief-we have a lot of mutual friends and it was excellent to meet her at the conference.

I met heaps of US bloggers, Obama researchers, journalists and activists-including briefly the ACORN exposing "prostitute and pimp" team of Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe at the National press Club lauch of their latest video.

Also got to meet the great P J O'Rourke at a media awards dinner in New York.

The US is undergoing two revolutions-the top down Obama/Democrats socialist revolution and the grass roots patriotic pro-Constitution insurgency.

Whichever side wins will determine the fate of the planet.

New Zeal and the Obama files is pretty well known in the US and is widely drawn on by other writers and researchers.

The Van Jones resignation raised my profile a lot and I was generally very well received and made lots of great contacts.

American hospitality and generosity is first rate. Thanks to you know who.

Look out for some good info coming up.

Please think about contributing through the PayPal button on the right if you can to help get more research underway.

The more you dig around Obama and the Dems, the more dirt you find.

Please stay tuned.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How PCism Kills

The Fort Hood massacre is yet another example of the dangers of PCism.

The West is thoroughly infiltrated by people intent on destroying our civilization.

Racial profiling laws and PCism means that most Western nations bend over backwards to give our enemies the benefit of the doubt.

Our enemies don't respect our tolerance-they regard it as weakness.

There needs to be a concerted effort to root out radical Islamists and their leftist allies from all important Western institutions.

The enemy is not "over there". It is here.

We need to recognize that fact and take appropriate action.

Anything less is irresponsible cowardice.

Fort Hood

This is reportedly an eye witness account of part of the Fort Hood massacre.

Since I don't know when I'll sleep (it's 4 am now) I'll write what happened (the abbreviated version.....the long one is already part of the investigation with more to come). I'll not write about any part of the investigation that I've learned about since (as a witness I know more than I should since inevitably my JAG brothers and sisters are deeply involved in the investigation). Don't assume that most of the current media accounts are very accurate. They're not. They'll improve with time. Only those of us who were there really know what went down. But as they collate our statements they'll get it right.

I did my SRP last week (Soldier Readiness Processing) but you're supposed to come back a week later to have them look at the smallpox vaccination site (it's this big itchy growth on your shoulder). I am probably alive because I pulled a ---------- and entered the wrong building first (the main SRP building). The Medical SRP building is off to the side. Realizing my mistake I left the main building and walked down the sidewalk to the medical SRP building. As I'm walking up to it the gunshots start. Slow and methodical. But continuous. Two ambulatory wounded came out. Then two soldiers dragging a third who was covered in blood. Hearing the shots but not seeing the shooter, along with a couple other soldiers I stood in the street and yelled at everyone who came running that it was clear but to "RUN!". I kept motioning people fast.

About 6-10 minutes later (the shooting continuous), two cops ran up. one male, one female. we pointed in the direction of the shots. they headed that way (the medical SRP building was about 50 meters away). then a lot more gunfire. a couple minutes later a balding man in ACU's came around the building carrying a pistol and holding it tactically. He started shooting at us and we all dived back to the cars behind us. I don't think he hit the couple other guys who were there. I did see the bullet holes later in the cars. First I went behind a tire and then looked under the body of the car. I've been trained how to respond to gunfire...but with my own weapon. To have no weapon I don't know how to explain what that felt like. I hadn't run away and stayed because I had thought about the consequences or anything like that. I wasn't thinking anything through. Please understand, there was no intention. I was just staying there because I didn't think about running. It never occurred to me that he might shoot me. Until he started shooting in my direction and I realized I was unarmed.

Then the female cop comes around the corner. He shoots her. (according to the news accounts she got a round into him. I believe it, I just didn't see it. he didn't go down.) She goes down. He starts reloading. He's fiddling with his mags. Weirdly he hasn't dropped the one that was in his weapon. He's holding the fresh one and the old one (you do that on the range when time is not of the essence but in combat you would just let the old mag go). I see the male cop around the left corner of the building. (I'm about 15-20 meters from the shooter.) I yell at the cop, "He's reloading, he's reloading. Shoot him! Shoot him!) You have to understand, everything was quiet at this point. The cop appears to hear me and comes around the corner and shoots the shooter. He goes down. The cop kicks his weapon further away. I sprint up to the downed female cop.

Another captain (I think he was with me behind the cars) comes up as well. She's bleeding profusely out of her thigh. We take our belts off and tourniquet her just like we've been trained (I hope we did it right...we didn't have any CLS (combat lifesaver) bags with their awesome tourniquets on us, so we worked with what we had). Meanwhile, in the most bizarre moment of the day, a photographer was standing over us taking pictures. I suppose I'll be seeing those tomorrow. Then a soldier came up and identified himself as a medic. I then realized her weapon was lying there unsecured (and on "fire"). I stood over it and when I saw a cop yelled for him to come over and secure her weapon (I would have done so but I was worried someone would mistake me for a bad guy). I then went over to the shooter. He was unconscious. A Lt Colonel was there and had secured his primary weapon for the time being. He also had a revolver. I couldn't believe he was one of ours. I didn't want to believe it. Then I saw his name and rank and realized this wasn't just some specialist with mental issues.

At this point there was a guy there from CID and I asked him if he knew he was the shooter and had him secured. He said he did. I then went over the slaughter house. the medical SRP building. No human should ever have to see what that looked like. and I won't tell you. Just believe me. Please. there was nothing to be done there. Someone then said there was someone critically wounded around the corner. I ran around (while seeing this floor to ceiling window that someone had jumped through movie style) and saw a large African-American soldier lying on his back with two or three soldiers attending. I ran up and identified two entrance wounds on the right side of his stomach, one exit wound on the left side and one head wound. He was not bleeding externally from the stomach wounds (though almost certainly internally) but was bleeding from the head wound. A soldier was using a shirt to try and stop the head bleeding. He was conscious so I began talking to him to keep him so. He was 42, from North Carolina, he was named something Jr., his son was named something III and he had a daughter as well. His children lived with him. He was divorced. I told him the blubber on his stomach saved his life. He smiled. a young soldier in civvies showed up and identified himself as a combat medic. We debated whether to put him on the back of a pickup truck. A doctor (well, an audiologist) showed up and said you can't move him, he has a head wound. we finally sat tight.

I went back to the slaughterhouse. they weren't letting anyone in there. not even medics. finally, after about 45 minutes had elapsed some cops showed up in tactical vests. someone said the TBI building was unsecured. They headed into there. All of a sudden a couple more shots were fired. People shouted there was a second shooter. a half hour later the SWAT showed up. there was no second shooter. that had been an impetuous cop apparently. but that confused things for a while. meanwhile I went back to the shooter. the female cop had been taken away. a medic was pumping plasma into the shooter. I'm not proud of this but I went up to her and said "this is the shooter, is there anyone else who needs them first". she indicated everyone else living was attended to. I still hadn't seen any EMTs or ambulances. I had so much blood on me that people kept asking me if I was ok. but that was all other people's blood. eventually (an hour and a half to two hours after the shootings) they started landing choppers. they took out the big African American guy and the shooter. I guess the ambulatory wounded were all at the SRP building. Everyone else in my area was dead.

I suppose the emergency responders were told there were multiple shooters. I heard that was the delay with the choppers (they were all civilian helicopters). they needed a secure LZ. but other than the initial cops who did everything right, I didnt' see a lot of them for a while. I did see many a soldier rush out to help their fellows/sisters. there was one female soldier, I dont' know her name or rank but I would recognize her anywhere who was everywhere helping people. a couple people, mainly civilians, were hysterical, but only a couple. one civilian freaked out when I tried to comfort her when she saw my uniform. I guess she had seen the shooter up close. a lot of soldiers were rushing out to help even when we thought there was another gunman out there. this Army is not broken no matter what the pundits say. not the Army I saw.

and then they kept me for a long time to come. oh, and perhaps the most surreal thing, at 1500 (the end of the workday on Thursdays) when the bugle sounded we all came to attention and saluted the flag. in the middle of it all. this is what I saw. it can't have been real. but this is my small corner of what happened.

Thank you.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Obama's Former Pastor, Reverend Wright is a Marxist-What Does That Make the President?

I found this while in the US.

It was released through Accuracy in Media.

The original has been taken down, but it is now available on Youtube.

The tapes show Reverend Jeremiah Wright, speaking at the 60th anniversary of the Marxist journal US Guardian on September 17 2009.

Tedious and mean spirited, but very revealing.

Note that Wright talks about Marxism, socialism, "liberation theology" and his links to Cuba, El Salvador's Marxist FLMN rebels, Qadaffi's Libya and Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan.

Barack Obama sat in this man's church for 20 years and claims he didn't notice Wright's radical Marxism.

Either the 44th President of the United States is a fool or he is a liar.

Which is it?