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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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Almost 11 months after the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, we still don’t know what happened there.  After the original cover-up that accused a You Tube video maker (who remains in jail and is the only person who has paid any price) the Obama administration has stonewalled at every turn to prevent the American public from learning the truth.

Some members of Congress continue to try to get at that truth, but it seems that no effort is spared by the administration to stand in their way.  Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has continued to investigate, in spite of all the roadblocks.  He appeared with Greta Van Susteren last night.  This is a portion of what he had to say.

We know that Gowdy and other members of Congress conducting the investigation have been prevented from interviewing the many survivors of the attack that night.  Their names have been withheld by the administration.  We have learned that those survivors have been threatened should they come forward.

Now Gowdy says they are being reassigned all over and their names are being changed.

Think about that.  Our government is going to such a length to prevent us from hearing the truth.  What are they hiding?

And what of our media?  Where are they?  Why are they not screaming from the rooftops for answers?

I guess they believe that all this is phony.

Or maybe they just think “what difference does it make?”

-Kathy

Update:  And a bit of an apology.  CNN has done some good reporting here and it should be recognized.

From Jake Tapper

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Francois Murad is a Catholic priest who was murdered in Syria last week.  With his hands tied behind his back, he was beheaded with what’s beingFrancoisMurad described as a kitchen knife.  A mob of men and boys chanted “Allahua Akbar” as Father Murad and two other men were brutally decapitated.

Many in the crowd had smartphones and used this modern technology to record the archaic,barbaric acts.  The pictures and videos are easily found online.  I won’t post any of it here.  That’ll be your own choice to view or not.

The murderers, the barbarians, are part of the group that Western news agencies and the Obama administration are referring to as “Syrian rebels.”  These are the people we are planning to support with cash, weapons and military training.

The Obama administration is also considering bringing Syrian refugees here to America.  Taking into account the current state of our immigration policy, and our government’s inability to determine friend from foe, that sends a chill down my spine.  Jihad – coming soon to a town near you!

Here’s what it looks like in Egypt right now.

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The Obama administration, with plenty of support from the old, establishment republicans, was firmly behind the Arab Spring.  Their cheerleading and support helped oust a dictator in Egypt and install a Jihadist in his place.  And the people of Egypt are out in the streets again, in bigger numbers than ever.  And Egypt is just the latest and loudest of the unrest spreading across the entire region.

Does any of this deter our leaders from continuing their meddling into the affairs of other nations that they clearly do not fully understand?

Many of the “Syrian rebels” are Al Qaida members who fought against American soldiers in Iraq.  And while we’re arming them, supporting them as they decapitate Catholic priests in the name of Allah, the Russians are arming the Syrian government.

My God, what are we doing?

-Kathy

Full story on Father Murad at The Blaze

Update 7/4/13:  It is now being reported that Father Murad is NOT one of the men decapitated last week.  We are now being told that Murad was shot (eight times) and that news reports from the chaotic region became confused.

Updated story at CNS

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Jon Hammar is 27 years old, and is a retired Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is currently being held in a Mexican prison.JonHamar

Hammar and his friend were headed for Costa Rica on vacation, driving a camper.  They were carrying a small rifle that Jon’s grandfather had given him.  The gun is an antique.  It’s a .410 shotgun which is used to shoot small game like squirrels and rabbits.  The gun was disassembled for travel.

As they crossed into Mexico, U.S. Customs gave Hammar a form to fill out regarding the transport of the rifle and told him to declare it on the Mexican side of the border, which he did.

He was promptly arrested.

News stories have conflicting information, but according to his mom, Olivia Hammar, Jon has been held since August 15.  She received a ransom request early on.  It seems one of the drug cartels has some control over this prison.  She has had sporadic contact with him when guards can be bribed to allow him to use their cell phone.  He says he has been chained to his bed.

He faces a sentence of up to 12 years if the bogus charge stands.  The Hammars live in South Florida and Jon’s Congresswoman, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson have been trying to do what they can.

But Mrs. Hammar says she has had no contact with the State Department and if they are doing anything at all to help her son, she is unaware of it.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon liked to chastise President Bush and loves to cozy up to President Obama.  He applauds, even demands “just” treatment of Mexicans who come illegally to America.  We give these people jobs, homes and public assistance.  We provide free health care and twist our Constitution in order to give their children citizenship.

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But Marine veteran Jon Hammar is chained to his bed in a dangerous Mexican prison.

Where is our president?  Why hasn’t he picked up the phone, called Calderon and demanded Hammar be sent home immediately – by luxury private jet with cocktails, steak and a back rub?

Where is our U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the very vocal Susan Rice?  Why isn’t she on all the Sunday talk shows denouncing Mexico’s treatment of our brave Marine, demanding his “just” treatment and  immediate release?

Where is our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton?  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta?  Department of Veterans Affairs?

Where is everybody?

One thing is for sure – if Hammar had been accused of some misbehavior while on active duty, you can bet the farm that all these people and dozens of members of Congress would be rushing to the microphones to tell the world how they deplore bad behavior and hold our military personnel to a high standard.

Too bad they can’t reach that bar themselves when an honorable Marine needs the support of his country’s leaders.

They make me sick to my stomach.

-Kathy

Liberty Trail Update:  In my haste and anger, I forgot that Mexico has changed leaders.  As of last week, Obama will now have to call their new president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to demand Hammar be released.  Too bad he didn’t address this months ago.

 

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A TSA agent exposed the breasts of a 17-year-old girl at LAX during a security pat-down.  She happens to be the grandniece of a member of Congress, so maybe, just maybe, someone in Washington will try to get some control over this out-of-control bunch.

This is sexual assault on a minor.  There is no excuse and no apology can fix this.

How much more are you willing to tolerate?  Would you be good with all this if this happened to your wife?  Your daughter?  Your sister?  Your grandchild?

Twitchy is following the events.

Liberty Trail Update:

This assault happened two years ago in Georgia.  Apparently TSA has only released info now under Freedom Of Information Act.

The agent was given more “training” and apparently is still on the job.

From The Daily Mail

-Kathy

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For anyone who’s interested in some fact-checking from last night’s debate, here’s a clip from a moment of contention about the auto bailout.

OK, let’s look it up.  Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed for the NY Times on the auto bailout.  It ran on November 18, 2008.  He wrote:

“The American auto industry is vital to our national interest as an employer and as a hub for manufacturing. A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring the industry needs. It would permit the companies to shed excess labor, pension and real estate costs. The federal government should provide guarantees for post-bankruptcy financing and assure car buyers that their warranties are not at risk.

In a managed bankruptcy, the federal government would propel newly competitive and viable automakers, rather than seal their fate with a bailout check.”

Obama’s claim that Romney tried to “airbrush history” is simply not true and exactly the opposite of what Romney wrote.  One has to wonder how he got it so wrong.

Romney’s full op-ed here.

-Kathy

Liberty Trail Update:  Apparently President Obama hasn’t looked it up yet.  This morning at a campaign rally just north of Boca, he went after Romney again on the same subject.  “If you say you love American cars in the debate, but you wrote an article called ‘Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,’ you might have Romnesia,” he said.

Show of hands – who thinks Obama just hasn’t had a chance to check his info and who thinks he’s willfully lying to his audience?

-Kathy

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Something else has come up regarding the video the Daily Caller obtained of President Obama’s speech back in 2007.  Recall that he accused the federal government of withholding emergency funds from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina because, according to him, the government is racist.

“Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later, there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you’ve got to give a 10 percent match. The local government’s got to come up with 10 percent. Every 10 dollars the federal government comes up with, local government’s got to give a dollar.

“Now here’s the thing, when 9/11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you got to put in. Well, here’s 10 dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not going to wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’ … What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money? Makes no sense. Tells me the bullet hasn’t been taken out.  Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much.”

Well, here’s the thing.  Congress had already sent quite a substantial amount of money to New Orleans.  (Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005.)  But that’s not the worst of it.  This speech was given on June 5, 2007.  On May 24, 2007, less than two weeks earlier, Congress voted to waive the Stafford rule in order to send more money to New Orleans.  Only 14 senators voted against the bill.

One of those 14 was Senator Barack Obama (D-IL.)

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-Kathy

Liberty Trail Update:  While then Senator Obama voted against this bill, he voted in favor of a previous bill that contained the Stafford waiver.  His issue with H.R. 2206 was that it did not contain a timeline for removal of troops from Iraq as did the bill he supported.

However, certain facts remain unchallenged – The amount the federal government has spent to rebuild New Orleans is more than double what it spent on 9/11 and Andrew relief combined.  And Obama knew about the Stafford waiver when he made this speech.

The 5 Pinocchios rating stands.

-Kathy

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As I write this, there are several disturbing headlines at The Drudge Report:

“Jihadist posted threats on Facebook before Libya attack”

“Consulate bombed twice in run-up to 9/11 anniversary”

“Militant freed from prison during Arab Spring linked”

“U.S. pulls all staff out of Benghazi”

I have not written much about all this since the days following the murders of our Libyan ambassador and three other Americans.  Frankly, the story has been hard to follow and it’s been tough just to keep up – harder to determine the truth from the lies.

And we have been lied to.

The truth is coming out in bits and pieces, no thanks to the Obama administration.  We now know that the attack on our consulate in Libya was not a civilian protest that got out of hand as our government told us over and over and over, day after day after day.  It was a planned, organized terrorist attack.

And we had plenty of warning it was coming.

The Obama administration supported and praised the Arab Spring.  In some cases, the administration lent a helping hand.  Dictators and tyrants were deposed.

And the Muslim Brotherhood stepped in.

We were told the Muslim World would love us.  Yet, it’s ablaze with hatred against America.  Our embassies have been violently attacked, our flag replaced with that of the jihadists, our citizens murdered.  Americans are no longer safe to travel or work there.

And the question remains – why did our government lie to us?  Is it simply a matter of politics?  Of concern that President Obama be reelected?  Did they try to control the story to prevent him from appearing weak and incompetent?  Is it something more sinister?

We’ll probably never know for sure.  What we do know is that four Americans who served their country are dead and their murders were preventable.  We know the Obama Administration didn’t have their backs.  We know that Obama’s foreign policy is in shambles and the world is a far more dangerous place, and certainly not what he promised.  We know the administration is willing to lie to us on a very large scale.

Do you want to learn the truth about your governemnt through whistle-blowers and congressional investigations?  Do you believe that our leaders are obligated to be honest with us?  Do you think President Obama is capable of repairing all this?

Do you think lies will keep the nation safe?

-Kathy

Daily Beast Update

Liberty Trail Update:

“Earlier today, chairman of the committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chair of the subcommittee on national security, homeland defense, and foreign operations, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asserting that “multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the Committee that, prior to the September 11 (2012) attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these requests by officials in Washington.”

The two congressmen also listed thirteen incidents leading up to the attack – ranging from I.E.D. and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Chris Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.

“Was State Department headquarters in Washington aware of all the above incidents?” they asked Secretary Clinton, requesting written responses by October 8. “If not, why not?” ”

Full ABC News Report here.

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Last Sunday there was a parade in New York City celebrating United American Muslim Day.  According to a sign in the video below, the parade was sponsored by a group called Muslim Foundation of America, Inc.

The video is singing praises of a NY State Senator who walked off the stage.  He was offended by some outrageous remarks from speakers at the parade.  And bravo to Sen. Avella for his actions, but I really wanted you to hear what offended him, in particular the first speaker.

“The freedom of speak and freedom of rights our problem starts. So, I would like to demand United Nations to make an international law that would criminalize blasphemy. I again demand to the united nations and this platform please make an international law for the protection of honor of our beloved prophet.”

Really sir?  The sign behind you indicates you are an American.  But apparently you are not familiar with how our First Amendment works.  Nor do you seem to understand that we Americans make our own law.  We don’t bow to the UN here.

In recent decades my religion has come under fire.  I’ve heard insult after insult.  It makes me angry.  But I don’t demand the attackers be shut up.  And I certainly don’t go on the rampage over it.  I want to believe those Muslims who assure me that Islam is a religion of peace.  I really do.  But the loudest among you are constantly preaching and practicing violence and pure evil.  What are we to think?

Again sir, the video indicates you are an American.  Based on your lack of command of English, I assume you are new to America.  Based on your words,  it’s clear you still have much to learn.  We promote freedom of speech here – we don’t discourage or prohibit it.  There are plenty of Americans who say things that I vehemently disagree with, but I know that my right to speak my mind hinges on their freedom to do the same.  You need to learn that.

You also need to learn not to take advantage of our hospitality.  We welcome everyone here.  But if you want to be an American citizen, that means you embrace our culture and our laws.  You don’t get to come here and try to mold us into something you want America to be.  We’ve already figured it out.  If you like what we have built, we welcome you.  If you don’t like it, you are free to leave at any time.  It ticks  a lot of us off when you hand out programs at your parade with this picture:

We are quite happy with the American flag flying over the White House.  The black flag of violent Islamic jihad really has no place in American culture.

Eleven years ago, Muslim terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center buildings in the name of your prophet, killing 3,000 good and decent people.  You now get to stand just blocks away, demanding speech codes be imposed on Americans by an outside global power in the name of that same prophet.  We are outraged by your demands, but that sir, is America.  No matter how repulsive your words, you get to say them here.

Just don’t expect any of us to accommodate you.  You may have our current president and a bunch of people in our government snowed, even afraid of you.  But it’s clear you don’t know real Americans.  We simply won’t stand for it.  I have never felt the desire to insult your prophet, but should I wake up tomorrow and be so inclined, I will do so.  No politician, no UN thug and no religious bully will stop me.  This may be a tiny, little blog that almost no one reads, but it’s my tiny, little blog and I’ll write what I please.

You sir, can stuff your speech code.

-Kathy

Liberty Trail Update:  The demands of this Imam are not his alone.  He has plenty of company.  This article today from Breitbart is about a rally planned for tomorrow supporting suppression of free speech in America.

-Kathy

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If you are lucky enough to still have a job, when you got home Friday evening and turned on the news, this is what you probably saw.

Our president stood straight and tall as he welcomed home the bodies of Ambassador Chris Stevens and heroes Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith.

What you may not have heard was how the President of The United States spent the rest of that day.  There was an interview with fluff magazine People En Español and a photo shoot, “political meetings at Democrat party headquarters and the evening rounded out with a $40,000 per guest fundraiser in DC.

At the time our world grew more and more dangerous, while the White House was still spinning the story about the “offensive video” and assuring Americans that the murders and the violence in the Middle East was not connected to 9/11 and was not directed at the administration’s policies.

As you know, this week the president’s schedule has been filled with assorted fundraisers and hobnobbing with elites from the entertainment world.  I haven’t found any announcement that he has changed his mind about meeting with Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi.

Nor have I heard he has changed his mind and agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

He did find the time to meet with a pirate yesterday.

Did he expect that we would find some humor in this?

That arrogance is on display again.  I can’t speak for everyone, only myself, but I feel like the President of The United States is flipping me off.  He’s telling me that he’s the president, he can do as he pleases, he doesn’t have to account to the people and we ought to all shit down, be quiet and suck it up.

It’s crystal clear that his number one concern is being reelected.  The security of the nation is a distant second place.  “Honoring” those murdered Americans on Friday was simply a requirement of his office.  It was something he had to do and an inconvenience that got in the way of his schedule.  He sent out his minions to lie to us, but he feels no remorse.  He owns no honesty to us.  He seems to fancy himself more a king than a president.

I’ve never seen this kind of behavior in any of our presidents.  I have disagreed with many, but I’ve never seen one so self-involved, so unaccountable, so cold, so arrogant or so uninterested in the well-being of America and her citizens.

I’ve had enough.  I hope enough of my fellow Americans see what I see and correct this colossal mistake before it’s too late.  Election day cannot come soon enough for me.

-Kathy

Liberty Trail Update:

Reports from this morning about the photo of Obama and the pirate are now being changed.  Apparently the photo was taken in 2009.  It was attached to a presidential tweet yesterday so most people assumed it was current.  No word if the president met with any pirates yesterday or not.

-Kathy

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