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Note to readers:  Sorry I have been away so long.  I may share about that with you all at some point, but tonight I just have something to say.

 

I admit that I’ve been a little nervous about the rise of ISIS lately, specifically their threats against America.  But I’ve had a change of heart these past few days, mostly since hearing from the animal who decapitated James Foley.  I penned a letter to him.:

This is an open letter to Abdoola  Baboola al Babalouie, or whatever your name is.  I don’t have any interest in looking it up.  You’re not worth it.  It’s not your real name anyway. The one I made up has as much merit as the one you did.  Besides, I don’t want to make any contribution to your notoriety.

There’s a piece going around the internet, another open letter to you and your friends.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can click right here to read it.  I suggest you do.  It’s attributed to a retired Marine, who has had enough of you and your threats to attack America.  He points out that there are over 21 million veterans in America, and every one of them will be waiting for you.

Well I would like to see that Marine’s 21 million vets and raise it a couple hundred more million citizens.  That includes all us chubby, middle-aged grandmas.   We’re armed.  And we’re pretty ticked off right now.  Are you game?

I don’t think so.  You hide your face.  You change your name.  You talk big but you butcher babies.  You’re nothing but a sick punk kid.  Heck, I have shoes older than you!  Someone should have spanked you and sent you to bed without supper ten years ago.  Maybe you wouldn’t be in this position now.

You’re just a coward.  You saw off the head of a man with his hands bound behind his back?  That makes you a subhuman barbarian, not a warrior, and not brave by any standard.  You fight like a girl.  No!  I take that back.  Even little girls have more backbone and certainly more humanity.

Were you too afraid to take on Foley mano a mano?  Couldn’t win a fair fight?

Probably not.

So, no, I’m not afraid of you anymore.  Because I see now who you are – a  coward, too afraid to use his real name, show his face or even fight like a man.  You’re only a tough guy when your opponent is too young, weak or restrained to fight back.  Without that advantage, you’ll most likely wet yourself and surrender in under ten minutes.

Americans won’t cower in fear of savages with some warped ideas about their god, and a sick lust for blood.  We simply won’t stand for it.  You can try it, but consider yourself warned.  We grandmas will be right here.  Come for our grandbabies and see how far you get.

Your choice.

-Kathy

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The morning of September 11, 2001 is still very clear in my mind.  I remember the IM from my husband.

“Turn on TV, plane crashed into World Trade Center.”

I remember talking to my Mom on the phone right after that.  She and the rest of my family still live on Long Island.  Moments after we both watched the second plane hit I asked (somewhat childishly) “Mom, what’s going on?”  This was all happening way too close to her.  I was afraid of what else might be coming.

I recall the chaos at my daughter’s school, as frantic parents searched for their kids, wanting to take them home and keep them safe.

I remember that fear, then the anger and then that pit in my stomach.  It was nausea that lasted for days and still returns quickly with the memories.

Sometime in the following days, we collectively vowed to Never Forget.  Like me, I’ll bet you haven’t.  The images of fellow Americans making the choice to leap to avoid burning to death are inerasable.  When you’ve seen something so unfathomable, it’s with you forever.

But what of those in charge?  What about our leaders?  Have they forgotten?  Sometimes it seems so.

We all know Nadal Hassan is a terrorist.  He yelled “Allah Akbar” as he murdered American soldiers.  But it’s been officially named as “workplace violence” as though he just got out of sorts because a co-worker insulted him.

It’s a year today since our Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered in an awful, violent attack by terrorists.  First our leaders lied to us and when they could no longer get away with the lie, our Secretary of State at the time, who still wants to be our president, demanded to know what difference did it make?  And although the ringleader of the guilty group has been interviewed by numerous media organizations, our FBI seems unable to find him even today.

Too often it seems our leaders put their devotion to political correctness first and our security much farther down their list of priorities.  Those who wish to kill us face an “overseas contingency” operation, while the full force of an overbearing government comes down on us. Yeah, sometimes it seems our leaders do remember it, but use it as an excuse to do things they would otherwise not get away with.

We are subjected to sexual assault at our airports by unqualified agents of the federal government, a practice which is now spreading to other public areas.  Our privacy is invaded as our government looks at any and everything it pleases – our phone records, our financial information, medical records, emails…  Unelected bureaucrats at government agencies like the IRS are charged with judging which speech is free and which needs to be restricted.  People who write opinions such as the ones I often do are matters of concern.

I’m dangerous.

All the while we’re being governed by faux pas as we find ourselves in an awkward international position over Syria’s chemical weapons.  An off-the-cuff remark by our president landed us here and an off-the-cuff remark by our new Secretary of State is what passes for brilliant diplomacy.  The Arab world is in flux, our enemies there continue to plot against us with the support of our much larger, more dangerous, traditional enemies and our leaders are scrambling to appear credible.

But you and I remember.  We haven’t forgotten.  Too many of us know someone who died that day.  It still makes me angry.  It still makes me sick to my stomach.

And as long as we don’t forget, the vile and twisted evil of that day can never win.

-Kathy

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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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Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled against the voters of Arizona, who supported a requirement that people provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.  They said that state law is trumped by federal law which simply requires an applicant to swear they are a citizen, but doesn’t require any proof.

There’s a lot of legal mumbo jumbo flying around about the decision, but it really boils down to the integrity of one of our most basic rights – free and fair elections.  In the current climate of government distrust, this is simply pouring fuel on the fire.

Consider all the things you do that require you to prove who you are – cash a check, get on a plane, see a doctor, borrow a library book, apply for a loan…  Yet, to register to vote, all you have to do is say you are a citizen.  No evidence is required.

But who is checking up?  Prior to the last election, my governor, Rick Scott, tried to clean up our voter rolls and he was challenged from all sides.  He’s a racist, was the claim, and simply wanted to prevent poor minorities from exercising their right to vote.

All this while the Obama administration and Congress are working diligently to provide amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, pulling their “rights” out of thin air and using that tired charge of racism against any of us who object.

Gee, if only they had the same level of interest in actual citizens who are currently on the receiving end of real abuse from the IRS, the NSA, the FBi….

Other recent news:

An eight-grader in West Virginia is in trouble for wearing an NRA  t-shirt to school.  The incident got a bit out of hand and now the young teen has been charged with obstruction and faces a year in jail.

CBS correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported on the presidential election in Iran.  Speaking of the candidates she said they were all very conservative and “in U.S. terms it was as if all the candidates for the presidency came from the tea party.”

Hmmm, so the tea party is like radical Muslims who want to wipe Israel off the map and kill Americans?

Speaking of the tea party, they have planned a big rally for tomorrow at the Capital.  Did you know that?  It hasn’t gotten much notice in the press.  They are calling their event “Audit the IRS.”  Sounds like a great idea to me.

President Obama is planning to send arms to the rebels in Syria.  The problem with this is that the rebels are now largely controlled by Al Qaeda.  Oh, and the Russians are backing the Syrian government.  Does this mean we’re in a de facto war with the Russians?

Here’s a shocker – Project Veritas has caught phone company employees handing out Obamaphones to people who said they would be selling them to pay for designer handbags and illegal drugs.

I guess that’s enough.  I don’t know about you, but that’s about as much catching up as I can stand for now.

-Kathy

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On April 15th just after 2:30, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others.  There was much speculation about who might have set off the bombs and finally on the evening of April 18th the FBI released photos and videos of two men they believed were responsible.

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The men were referred to as simply Suspect 1 and Suspect 2.  I recall this because each time it was repeated on the news, it made me think of Dr. Seuss.

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The FBI asked for our help.  They said someone out there knows who these men are.  Please come forward and help us find them.

After the men were identified and one was killed and the other captured, more information dripped out to the public.  I was saddened to learn that one of the men, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was no stranger to our intelligence community.

We learned that Russian intelligence had alerted us to Tsarnaev and that the FBI had investigated him as recently as the summer of 2011.  They said they found nothing and stopped watching him.  Then we learned he had gone on a six month “vacation” to Chechnya early in 2012.  They said that would have raised eyebrows, but that the intelligence community had missed his return to the United States because his name was misspelled on his paperwork.

Still later, Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, contradicted that, and said Tsarnaev’s return  did “ping” the system.

Tsarnaev was killed in the early hours of April 19th in a shootout with police and later that night his brother Dzhokhar was arrested.

I am looking at all this through the filter of what we now know the NSA and FBI are up to concerning our private correspondence.  Those who support the surveillance and data mining say it’s necessary for our safety and in theory, their arguments have some merit.  But what about the practical application of all of it?

The FBI knew about Tsarnaev and had been warned by a credible source that he was dangerous.  They say they found nothing and dropped him off the radar.  Yet Napolitano admits he “pinged” the system when he returned from Chechnya.

Who interviewed and investigated Tsarnaev in 2011?  Didn’t any of them recognize him?  I’m sure the FBI passed around his picture internally before releasing it to the public.  Don’t they utilize facial recognition software?  Was he not in the system?

Had someone in the intelligence community recognized him, they most likely would have been able to apprehend him in a much safer fashion and Officer Sean Collier, who was shot by the Tsarnaev brothers hours after their pictures were released, might be alive today.

Backing up even farther, what about that “ping” when Tsarnaev returned from Chechnya?  Why didn’t anyone follow up?  Perhaps the entire incident could have been thwarted.

And what of younger brother Dzhokhar?  Why wasn’t he treated as a terrorist?  Why did a federal judge show up at his hospital bedside to read him his Miranda rights while the FBI was still questioning him?  This defies everything our government is telling us about the need to obtain information.

Look, we are in a serious battle with terrorists who wish us harm.  Our response should be serious.  We’re being asked to accept a huge invasion of our privacy and violations of our Constitutional rights.  Our government claims they must do this in order to keep us safe.

Yet look at the series of screw-ups here.  It seems to me that while our government is spending billions of our tax dollars rifling through my phone calls and emails, they are missing the real dangers that are right under their collective noses.

And just to rub a little salt in the wound, we also learned that these guys were on the public dole.  While honest American citizens were struggling to send their own kids to community college, these guys were collecting welfare to live in one of our most expensive cities and attend our best schools.

You might want to keep that in mind as you listen to lofty speeches from politicians selling the amnesty bill, promising you that none of these people will be on public assistance and it will be a decade before they can even apply for citizenship.

-Kathy

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) spoke to Spanish language Univision network this weekend about the immigration bill he has been pushing.  The interview was in RubioConventionSpanish but this is some of the English translation:

“Let’s be clear.  Nobody is talking about preventing the legalization. The legalization is going to happen. That means the following will happen: First comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border. And then comes the process of permanent residence.”

And this:

“As for the legalization, the enormous majority of my colleagues have accepted that it has to happen and that it has to begin at the same time we begin the measures for [the border.]  It is not conditional. The legalization is not conditional.”

And there you have it.  The legalization is NOT conditional.

We have been told all about the “triggers” that will be put in place to ensure that our borders are being secured – criteria that will have to be met in order for the provisions of the bill concerning the future of illegal aliens to continue to be implemented.

But once these folks have legal status will anyone in Washington care about those triggers?  Based on their track record of border “security” do we have any reason to believe that this time it will be different?  There’s a lot to talk about here.  For today, I’m looking at this in the context of recent events – the steady stream of scandals coming out of the Obama administration.

Illegal aliens are always presented to us as “undocumented workers.”  They are poor, hard-working Mexicans simply doing what they have to in order to feed their families.  Rarely do we talk about all the criminal gang members or the OTMs – Other Than Mexicans – people from all around the world entering the US by way of our southern border.

Depending on who’s talking, we hear that we have 11 million to 20 million illegals in the country.  My personal opinion is that there are far more, but the truth is that no one knows for certain because we simply don’t know who is here or where they came from.

Our federal government has a long history of not only ignoring security at our southern border, but actively preventing it.  The Obama administration continues the tradition by limiting the authority of our border patrol agents and stepping in to stop Border States from enforcing the law to stop the flow of illegals.

But while our government looks the other way and allows anyone, including people from terrorist countries to slip in to the US, we citizens of America are having our rights taken away by that same government in the name of security.  The NSA is collecting our private correspondence, the IRS is monitoring our speech, the TSA subjects us to illegal searches and there is a massive effort to strip us of our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

And that’s just a small sampling of the current abuse directed at American citizens.

More than a decade has passed since the attacks of 9/11/01.  That’s more than enough time for our leaders to have locked down our border and assured us that no one gets in that we don’t know about.  Congress even passed a law in 2006 mandating a fence along that border.  That fence remains uncompleted today.

Remember Congressman Chaffetz’ visit to the border just a couple of months ago?

Again, our government allows a daily flow of foreigners across our border, but my private correspondence is subject to government scrutiny?  And it’s all done for my own good?

Senator Rubio, if you’re out there – you’re my senator.  I would be far better served if you would stand up for my rights, guaranteed to me under the Constitution that you swore to protect, instead of being so dedicated to the “rights” you believe we owe to people who have broken our law as their first act on our soil.  Your obligation is to American citizens and to the security and sovereignty of the nation, not to those who would abuse our generosity for their personal enrichment, or worse, to do us harm.

-Kathy

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Like you, I have a life beyond the BS that goes on in Washington.  I was living that life over the weekend, while keeping an eye on the news that was drippingEdwardSnowden out about the NSA spy program, PRISM.  By the time the whistleblower, Edward Snowden, came forward I was thinking to myself that this is a historic moment in time.

I tried to think of events in my lifetime that matched or exceeded this one.  The attacks on 9/11/01 came to mind of course.  I can’t come up with anything else.  It certainly dwarfs the Watergate scandal, which is considered a mile-marker in our history.

And I wondered of course, what the media and the politicians were going to do about all this.

This morning we started with the local news as always.  Gotta check the weather first!  The local station’s report on Snowden was about 30 seconds long.   OK, I thought, the networks are going to ignore this as best they can.  Low information voters won’t pay attention if we don’t make a big deal out of it.

Switching to the cable news and the blogosphere, there was much more and there seems to be a great divide on what people think about Snowden exposing what the NSA is doing.  One side, including a lot of the big government types, is calling Snowden a traitor.  Some in this group fell just short of offering him a blindfold and a last cigarette.

On the other side Snowden is being called a hero.  They say what the government is doing is wrong and they’re praising Snowden for exposing it all.  Power to the people, man.

So who’s right?  As regulars here might expect, I’m on the Bravo Mr. Snowden team this morning.  The idea that my government thinks it is entitled to snoop into my private life under the guise of providing my safety is repugnant to me.

But the other side says it’s a necessary evil and that what they do actually does keep us safe.  Do the facts support this?  I would point to two recent events to argue that point.  As I mentioned last week, the Russians called on an old fashioned telephone to warn us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Our intelligence agencies say they investigated him, found nothing serious and had no more reason to follow him.  Months later he killed three and maimed dozens at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

And there is Nadal Malik Hasan.  Those charged with evaluating his training in the US military repeatedly voiced concern about his Islamic views, yet repeatedly promoted him all the way to the rank of Major, until finally he killed 13 and wounded 29 at Fort Hood.

And even as witnesses confirm he yelled, “Allah Akbar” as he fired, our government has classified the attack as “workplace violence” – you know, he just went a little postal.

In both these cases, there was no need for super-secret surveillance.  The terrorists were in full view.  And yet, those charged with keeping us safe failed.

I think those claiming that PRISM and any similar efforts actually keep us safe have to provide some evidence to back up their claims.  And even then, will any of it rise to the level that we’re all going to be willing to forfeit our privacy as a tradeoff?

I’m willing to keep an open mind.  Guarded, but open.  Perhaps more information will become public that might sway opinions.

But we are still learning the extent of what the IRS is doing to American citizens, based on political beliefs.  With this fresh in my mind, and wondering what is next in the drip, drip, drip out of Washington, I am not willing to hand over another inch of my Constitutional rights in exchange for the promise of security from a government that struggles to simply say the word terrorist.

-Kathy

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