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The government is open!

Woo hoo.

Happy days are here again as the massive machine that is our federal government gets back in gear.

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President Obama and the other members of the progressive ruling class are free again to pretend they support our soldiers and veterans.  They can continue to impugn the character and motives of conservative lawmakers, as they borrow even more money in the name of our grandchildren and spend us into ruin and collapse.

They can lay claim to being the winners.  The losers of course, are the taxpayers – the average folks just trying to get by.  They’ll get no relief and will just end up on the hook for more and more as the debt grows larger and larger.

John McCain and the other Republicans who attacked Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul are the cowards.  They claim to be conservatives but were too afraid to go up against that giant government machine in the name of the people who elected them.

The fools?  They are mostly the mainstream media – the water boys and cheerleaders for Team Obama, who don’t yet realize they are the useful idiots.  And they are those who still believe the media is telling them the truth, who believe that government can solve all their problems and are grateful this morning that members of Congress have stopped fighting.  They believe the absence of conflict signals everything is just fine.

The conservatives, the dreaded tea party members of Congress, claim they have no intention of standing down, that they plan to continue the fight.  That’s admirable, but how do they win?  They are a minority, surrounded by life-long political animals who are living the dream and have demonstrated that they are ready to go to any length to squash anyone who tries to ruin it for them.

So celebrate!  Eat, drink and be merry!  Like it or not, the government is back in business!

Oh, and next week?  Amnesty of course!  There’s no such thing as illegal in Washington anymore, no one is held to account for their actions, and it appears there’s not a thing to be done to change that.

The giant machine of government, that rolls along devouring its host, is unstoppable.

-Kathy

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Hundreds of veterans and their friends went to Washington this weekend.  Unlike the illegal aliens who were welcomed to the National Mall last week with open arms, the veterans were greeted by police in riot gear, armored vehicles and even helicopters to keep an eye on them.

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Complaining that they didn’t want to be used by politicians as political chess pieces, the veterans removed the barriers around our memorials, specifically the WWII Memorial.

They carried the barricades up 17th Street and deposited them in front of the White House.

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FOX News is reporting that the barricades are back up again this morning, re-erected by Park Service personnel that we’re told we cannot afford.

These people still need to be kept out of our nation’s capital.

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I want to know who gave this order to put the barricades back up.

I want to know why the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, doesn’t order a stop to this.

Don’t you?

-Kathy

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Godwin’s Law no longer applies, not in Obama’s America, not when average Americans are talking about the “Gestapo tactics” of federal police.

More stories of the vengeance being served up for Americans surface every day.  Yesterday we learned of a group of seniors on a bus tour to Yellowstone being held as prisoners in their hotel.  Armed Park Police forbid they go outside.  They stood guard at the doors.  They barricaded Old Faithful.  They forbid the seniors from taking pictures, saying they could not do that as it was “recreating” and that is not permitted on public land during a government shutdown.

Some of the foreign tourists on the trip thought they were under arrest.  Imagine that!  Visitors from other countries coming to The Land of The Free thought they were under arrest by our federal government.

The tour guide described the behavior of the Park Police as “Gestapo tactics.”

If you haven’t yet seen the full story, read it here.

But perhaps the worst story yet in all this is the news that the United States of America will not pay death benefits to the families of five soldiers killed during our phony government shutdown.  Congress is blaming the Defense Dept. and they, of course, are blaming Congress.

I blame the Commander-In-Chief.

We’ve all watched as President Obama re-writes laws on regular basis with the stroke of his pen.  It would take one phone call from him and the families of our dead soldiers would be taken care of.

But he hasn’t picked up the phone.

It costs money to erect barricades all over Washington and all around the country.  It costs money to have armed agents of the federal government guard these newly off-limit areas.  Money we’re told we don’t have.  Which is it?

And while our veterans and average American citizens are not welcome in our nation’s capital, Nancy Pelosi specifically thanked Obama for opening up the Mall for a rally for illegal aliens yesterday.

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He picked up the phone for that.

All this is wearing on America.  People who work hard and play by the rules don’t like what’s going on.  And their displeasure with Washington politicians goes back far past this current shutdown.  A couple of years ago all that anger manifested in the Tea Party rallies.  These were peaceful gatherings.

On Friday, we’re expecting thousands of truckers to descend on Washington for the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution.”  The drivers say they will clog the beltway, tying up traffic there for three days.  While this certainly isn’t violent, it’s far more active and disruptive than standing around holding a sign for a few hours.

What then?  Do the protests continue to escalate?  What comes next?

More importantly, is this the objective of our president and his advisors?  Does he want Americans to be so angry at their government?

It certainly appears that way, doesn’t it?

If not, why all the poking?  Why all the shoving?  Why push Americans around and treat them so badly that “Gestapo tactics” gets tossed out by a tour bus driver and a bunch of senior citizens?  Why the ongoing effort to so publicly disrespect our soldiers and veterans?

We are in some uncharted territory here, folks.  Tread lightly.  Watch your back.  Watch out for each other.  I think we’re in for a very bumpy ride.  And it will be easy to abandon our principles and simply fall into line.  But the cost of that easy out will be paid with our liberty.

Remember that when the truth is on your side, you hold the real power.  Stay focused on that truth and when it’s all over, we win.  And win we must.  The stakes are just too high.

-Kathy

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We have all been quite disgusted by the disrespect for our veterans going on in Washington.  The Obama administration has gone out of its way and spent additional tax dollars to block access to our memorial sites.

Our complaints have been swatted away by President Obama.  It’s just all part of the government shutdown.

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VetsBarricade2And now, continuing to up the ante, he rubs more salt in the gaping wounds of Americans.

Today the National Mall will be open for illegal aliens.

The Park Service has given the go ahead for an amnesty rally.  Camino Americano will have their event today with the blessing of our president and his administration.

There’s such a disconnect in all this.  American citizens and war veterans have been barricaded out of our monuments in our nation’s capitol and all across the country because of an argument over Obamacare.  President Obama and the Democrats in Washington say that they won’t negotiate with Republican lawmakers because Obamacare is “the law of the land.”

But we have millions of illegals aliens in America because the same politicians have ignored our immigration laws which are also “the law of the land.”

And now those illegals demand their “rights.”  We’re told they are relegated to “living in the shadows” yet they boldly march in our capitol, demanding we give them citizenship.  And walking right beside them will be Nancy Pelosi and dozens of other Democrat lawmakers.

But our veterans?

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When a crazed person starts driving erratically and in a threatening manner in the general vicinity of our politicians, this is what happens.

ProtectPols2Law enforcement from multiple agencies turn out in numbers so great it’s impossible to count them all.

And that’s a good thing.  We want our leaders protected, don’t we?

But what happens when thirty or so crazed people start driving erratically and in a specifically threatening manner, singling out a man and his family on the road?

CricketI’m sure you’ve seen at least parts of the video.

IMG_3796.jpgI watched the whole thing.  It was more than six agonizing minutes.  I’m certain those folks were on the phone with 911.  Yet no officer ever appeared to help them.  Thank God that man, his wife and his two-year-old daughter are still alive.

It’s easy for a lot of these people

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GunsAssortThey are surrounded by people who have them and are ready to protect them.

But the rest of us?  We’re on our own.  We don’t enjoy the same luxury of being surrounded by armed personnel charged with keeping us safe all day, every day.

Oh, and when some crazy-eyed politician limits the amount of ammo you are permitted to have, yelling, “No one needs ten bullets to kill a deer!” or some other irrelevant nonsense, ask him what you should do when you are outnumbered 30-1.

Don’t expect a reasonable answer.  He doesn’t need to carry any of his own ammo.  He’s got this.

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-Kathy

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My daughter and son-in-law have been going to the airport to greet returning Honor Flights.  Hundreds of Americans show up for these events.

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They bring my granddaughter, and although she’s only 2 years old, and doesn’t really know what she’s participating in, I like that they are teaching her how to respect these veterans.  There’s a certain circle-of-life thing to it.

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Honor Flight is the group that arranges to get veterans, mostly from WWII, to Washington, DC, to see the war memorials.  Through donations, they fly the veterans from their home states to DC for the day.  Most of these heroes would otherwise never get to make the trip.  This is just one of those really good things that Americans do for each other.

It has been hard to watch what’s happened in the past couple of days, as these memorials have been fenced off, blocking access to the veterans, telling them they are not welcome.

HonorFlight7I’m sure you’ve already made up your mind about who is to blame for this national disgrace, but we need to be clear that The President of The United States has discretion in this matter.  Just last week, the White House “found” $100 million of “untapped” funds to bailout Detroit, whose liberal policies have run that city into the ground.  But somehow we can’t afford to permit aging veterans into our national memorials dedicated to them and their service to America and the world.

The WWII memorial, and others that have been blocked, are open areas.  They have no fences (until two days ago) or gates or walls or doors.  There is no fee charged to enter.  The Park Police monitor these places, but there is no big law enforcement presence.  The Lincoln Memorial was defaced a couple of months ago with no police officer anywhere around.  Sen. Rand Paul jokingly tweeted that the Obama administration sent more agents to defend the memorial from veterans in wheelchairs than they sent to protect our ambassador in Benghazi.

The truth is that it cost more to erect the barricades and patrol them than we ever spend on security.  There is absolutely no good reason that any of this is happening.

Again, President Obama has discretion here, and all fingers point to him.  (We’ll find out for sure at some point in the future – the FOIA requests have already been filed.)  Recalling that our school children are still banned from entering the White House, the People’s House, and now watching the despicable spectacle of 90-year-old veterans in wheelchairs being banned from their national monument, a pattern becomes visible.

For sure, this is not a random, unintended consequence.  It is purposeful.  And it has been done to make a point – a point I reject.  I suspect you and most other Americans reject it also.

I’m finding it difficult to come up with the right words to describe my thoughts and feelings about this.  Disrespectful, disgraceful, dishonest?  Petulant, vengeful, arrogant?  How about un-American?  How about narcissistic?

We live in a democratic republic, not a monarchy.  President Obama is an elected man, not a king.

He tells us he cares about ordinary Americans.

But all I hear is, “Let them eat cake.”

-Kathy

Update:  The cemetery and memorial in Normandy has now been shut down.  The Obama administration has seen the outrage of Americans over their actions in DC, but instead of making the proper adjustment, they raise the ante.

Update II:  The feds are now trying to shut down Mount Vernon, Washington’s home.  The problem is, they don’t own it. 

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that 90,473,00 Americans age 16 or older are not in the labor force.  This is the highest number of unemployed since they have been collecting this data.

Our unemployment rate hovers just above 7%, but this number fails to tell the whole story.  Last month we were told that the number of unemployed dropped by 115,000.  But that’s not because they all found jobs.  It’s because the number of the overall workforce dropped by almost three times that amount.

Friend of Liberty Trail, Max, linked to an article from Byron York yesterday in his comment, and we need to look closely at it.  York tells us that more than 100 large corporations doing business in America have sent a joint letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass the immigration bill being considered.  From the article:

A new immigration law, the corporate officers say, “would be a long overdue step toward aligning our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.” The officials cite a publication of their trade group, the HR Policy Association, which calls for immigration reform to “address the reality that there is a global war for talent.” The way for the United States to win that war for talent, they say, is more immigration.

But York goes on to tell us about all the layoffs happening in the very same companies who are signatories of this letter.

Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012. In August of this year, Cisco Systems, whose Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen Weslock signed the letter, announced plans to lay off 4,000 — in addition to 8,000 cut in the last two years. United Technologies, whose Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organization Elizabeth B. Amato signed the letter, announced layoffs of 3,000 this year. American Express, whose Chief Human Resources Officer L. Kevin Cox signed the letter, cut 5,400 jobs this year. Procter & Gamble, whose Chief Human Resources Officer Mark F. Biegger signed the letter, announced plans to cut 5,700 jobs in 2012.

Those are just a few of the layoffs at companies whose officials signed the letter. A few more: T-Mobile announced 2,250 layoffs in 2012. Archer-Daniels-Midland laid off 1,200. Texas Instruments, nearly 2,000. Cigna, 1,300. Verizon sought to cut 1,700 jobs by buyouts and layoffs. Marriott announced “hundreds” of layoffs this year. International Paper has closed plants and laid off dozens. And General Mills, in what the Minneapolis Star-Tribune called a “rare mass layoff,” laid off 850 people last year.

With a record number of Americans unemployed, big businesses are demanding that Congress import cheap labor for them.

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I fear Congress and the Obama administration are more than willing to accommodate these folks.  They preach to us about what a dangerous place the world is.  They must violate our privacy, make war in our name, and spend obscene amounts of our tax dollars to “protect” us.

All they while they still refuse to secure our borders from foreign invaders.  Our cities are overrun by violent gangs, many of whose members are here illegally.  Federal bureaucracy ties the hands of local law enforcement to do anything about it.  Our hospitals are crumbling under the cost of providing medical care for illegal aliens who cannot pay.  Many of our school districts face the same problem.  They push our welfare system to the brink.

There are the bigger dangers that come from terrorists who sneak in with the “poor farmers simply seeking a better life for their children.”  No one knows who they are, where they are or when they will strike.

And now they want our jobs too.  I’m a strong believer in capitalism, but this is not capitalism.  This is treasonous.  These big companies are ones whose donations fund the campaigns of the very politicians who will decide if cheaper payrolls trump the welfare of American citizens.

In the coming weeks as the debate on the immigration bill heats up, you’ll see and hear the usual pleas from those valedictorians and that nice kid who just wants to be a Marine.  Their stories will tug at your heart.  They are meant to.

But are you willing to trade your child’s dreams for theirs?

-Kathy

Byron York’s article.

Jerome Corsi on BLS report

Our kids or theirs?

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I’m overwhelmed by the news again this morning, trying to catch up after the weekend and decide what’s most important to present here.  How much can I fit in a 700 – 800 word essay?  Should it be the Hell on Earth in Syria or do I assume you’ve been following along?

Should I write about how people at the NSA are spying on their love interests and former spouses  under the cover of national security, and that it’s been going on for years and those in charge know about it?

Maybe you would find it more egregious that the NSA is spying on our “allies” at the UN.

Perhaps you would be shocked to know that your elected representatives don’t know what’s going on there.

Have you heard about the latest murder of an elderly citizen by another thug with no humanity?

What about the training manual from the Dept. of Defense that teaches our soldiers that those who endorse individual liberties and state’s rights are extremists and likely members of hate groups?

Did you know that the Obama Administration added more people to the list of illegals that Border Patrol is instructed not to arrest and deport?

Maybe you don’t care about any of this and would rather know what happened at the MTV Awards.  Well, it seems that whatever was left of civilized society and the innocence of our children circled the bowl with Miley Cyrus’ performance.  You can look for the video if you want to watch it.  I won’t post it here.  I clicked it off halfway through.  Instead here’s the picture circulating of Will Smith and his family watching that performance.

WillSmithAnd I’ve only hit the high points.

As I said, I’m overwhelmed by the news.  There’s just so much out there.

And I can’t find anything good.

-Kathy

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This is one of my favorite scenes from Duck Dynasty.

My husband and I laughed out loud watching that one.  Take away the beard, the boat and the swamp and Phil Robertson is everyman.  Well, at least he’s my husband who has also mastered the art of tuning out “chatter.”

That lack of political correctness, the honesty about something as simple as the fundamental differences between the sexes is refreshing and draws me to watch this show.

Almost 12 million of us tuned in to watch the season premiere of Duck Dynasty.  The show has become a phenomenon, and Americans just can’t get enough of the Robertson family.  When we’re not watching, we’re making them even richer by buying Duck Dynasty gear – mugs, t-shirts, videos, bobble heads, doormats, sunglasses…  You can even get an official Duck Commander Marshmallow Blaster.

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But what is it that makes this show, this family, so endearing?  They certainly don’t fit the modern standard for stardom.

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They don’t look the part.  They own guns.  They shoot animals.  And eat them!  They believe in God.

But I think that’s just it.  I think we are drawn to them because they are not like Hollywood, but more like us.  Or maybe how we would like to be.  The Robertsons may look like throwbacks to another time, but their values are timeless and purely American.

The men actually behave like men.  And they don’t apologize for it.  Their wives may not be thrilled with those wild beards, but they accept their husbands and don’t nag them about being men and doing what men do.  In return, those men respect their wives.  Maybe it’s a little thing like listening to a little chatter, but there is a mutual respect that seems lost in our current society that dictates too much of our behavior.

While politicians and activists promote more and more control of firearms, the Robertsons seem oblivious.  Their guns are a part of their way of life.  In the past, Phil used his shooting skills to provide food for his family.  They are wealthy enough now that Phil no longer has to hunt for food, but he still prefers to live his life as he always has.  Telling Phil Robertson that he is no longer permitted to use a gun would be like putting him in prison.

There’s a wildness to this family.  It’s normal to them, but those of us living as “yuppies” in cookie-cutter houses in the suburbs are drawn to it.  Our lives are more and more regulated, restricted, managed, controlled, surveilled and mandated.  But this family is free.  We might get away for an occasional week to enjoy the great outdoors, or to hunt or do a little fishing.  The Robertsons just go out to the backyard.

If they want to hunt, they hunt.  If they want to fish, they fish.  If they want to blow something up, they do.  And no, I don’t understand why men like to blow things up.  I just know that they do and who am I to judge?

At the end of each episode, at the end of their day, the Robertsons gather together for the evening meal.  (June Cleaver would be proud.)  Phil commands, “Ya all bow.”  And he prays, thanking Jesus for the bounty He has provided.  I read somewhere that this was a deal-breaker, that this family would not hide their Christian faith on the show.  That faith is integral to their lives and had to be included.  It’s another rarity on display each week.

This family isn’t perfect.  In the season premier, at their belated wedding Miss Kay told Phil that she loved him even “when you weren’t very nice.”  They’ve had their hard times, but stuck it out and made it work.  Their sons seem to be decent men who married well.  The grandchildren are loved and their upbringing is the family’s business.  Everyone participates.

And who wouldn’t want all that?  I guess there are some who watch just to see what crazy thing Uncle Si might say that week.  There’s probably a few who watch just to mock and exercise some mistaken sense of superiority.

But I think most of us watch because it is familiar.  We may not have the beards, wear the camo or skin our own dinner.  But we have the same values as the Robertsons – love of God and family, pride in America’s greatness, in self-reliance, defense of liberty, and little tolerance for political correctness.

In the past we could tune into Little House on The Prairie or The Waltons to find these and to offer our children quality entertainment and worthy role models.  That’s not so easy anymore.  I cringe at some of the people our youngsters idolize today.  Hollywood has traded in those values for gratuitous violence and hyper-sex and serves this to our youngsters as glamorous and hip.

Then along comes this unlikely family of rednecks.  They are imperfect, they don’t take themselves too seriously, yet we see in them all that we fear is slipping through our fingers.  But their success signals that we are not alone, that there are other Americans out there who also share the Robertson’s values – at least 12 million of them.

And that makes me happy, happy, happy.

-Kathy

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I really didn’t plan on doing this, but since it looks as though this is going to be a federal case, I guess we have to do the rodeo clown thing.  So here goes.

It’s a rodeo clown.

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R-O-D-E-O C-L-O-W-N.

A rodeo clown!

If you are truly bothered by this incident, you have no life and you have far too much free time.  For your sake and for the sanity of the rest of us, please seek professional help.

-Kathy

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