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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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I don’t often put stock in conspiracy theories.  But I do have a very healthy skepticism about any politician whose lips are moving.  And whenever unusual things happen in Washington, I can’t help but wonder what we don’t see going on behind the scenes.  Politicians are naturally deceptive creatures.  They will hold up a shiny object in one hand and demand we all look at it.  All the while, with their other hand, they are picking our pockets or signing away our liberty.

Today we are still watching as President Obama battles Congress and public opinion to use military force in Syria.  Come on, how weird is that?  Obama castigated President Bush for military actions in the Middle East.  He was the guy who was going to end it all and bring peace.  He could use his words to end the discord.  He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize before he ever did a thing but get elected.

But now he finds himself seemingly on the wrong side of this argument.  How the heck does this happen?

Nothing of this magnitude just happens in Washington.  Those in charge use constant polling of public opinion and know who they can and can’t count on in Congress.  I reject the idea that any of this is a surprise to our president and members of his administration.  It’s just impossible for that to happen.

And if that’s the case, why is all this going on?  Why are we having such a public discussion?  Why is the president on the side we didn’t expect him to be on?

Could it be the shiny object?  Congress returns today.  Prior to problems with Syria, the two big items waiting for members of Congress were the immigration bill and funding the government.  These are both hot button issues, but we have not been talking about them, have we?  While our representatives were home and holding their town hall meetings, we were not demanding they oppose amnesty or withhold funding for Obamacare.  We were too busy demanding they not get us into a no-win situation in the Middle East.

Could it be that the Obama administration did not want the news filled with videos from town hall meetings showing constituents demanding their representatives vote against amnesty and against Obamacare?  Did they want to steer the conversation in another direction, thereby providing cover for members of Congress?  Both these issues are vitally important to this administration.  How far would they be willing to go?

President Obama didn’t have to do this.  There is enough gray area about who exactly used those chemical weapons.  We are not the only country on the planet opposed to these weapons.  And as for the military “strategy” proposed?  It’s quite laughable.  Should it even be believed?  Do Barack Obama and John Kerry have an ounce of credibility promoting war?

I could be all wrong about this.  Who knows?  But it nags at me.  After all, how much of a price will Obama pay for this down the road?  The accepted talking point is that if he loses this battle with Congress that he will be ineffective for the remainder of his presidency.  Really?  Do you honestly believe our fawning, compliant media would turn on him?  I don’t.

And if he wins the amnesty vote, installing tens of thousands of new lifetime democrat voters, and he wins the last chance against stopping Obamacare, setting the nation irreversibly on the road to socialism, what else is there?  What else does he need to accomplish?

His level of effectiveness won’t matter then, with or without the media’s blessing.  He will have already achieved his objectives.

-Kathy

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Well, it looks like we’re going to war in Syria now.  According to official leaks, tomorrow is the big day.

Has anyone heard yet what side we’re going to be on – Hezbollah or Al Qaeda?

-Kathy

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For nearly 3 decades Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt.  He wasn’t always our favorite guy, but he kept his country relatively peaceful and probably more importantly, he kept the peace with Israel.  America rewarded him with friendly relations and cash.

Then came the Arab Spring.  While many of us had grave concerns about the uprising, America’s leaders embraced the movement and the revolutions.  President Obama supported Mubarak’s ousting and called for a “free and fair” election.

Well, that free and fair election put Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, in power.  In spite of his known ties to terrorism, our leaders said they would work with him.

That is, until the people of Egypt decided he had to go too.  Egypt’s military moved in and took over the government in a military coup.

Except our leaders don’t call it a coup.  They can’t.  We have a law that says we don’t give aid to countries that have been taken over in a military coup and they don’t want to stop the aid.  So President Obama says the situation is “complex” and it was “the military’s intervention.”  Our Secretary of State, John Kerry, said Egypt’s military was “restoring democracy.”

So I guess our official position is that we support that thing that was kind of like a coup, but not really.

Now the streets are on fire in Cairo.  The military has moved in on protesting Morsi supporters.  It’s being reported that over 600 are dead and thousands are wounded.  Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is holding a “Day of Rage” so don’t look for conditions to improve there.

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Man wounded in Cairo clash

Burnt out St. Moussa Church in Cairo

Burnt out St. Moussa Church in Cairo

I don’t know that it matters, but as an American citizen I’m confused about who my country supports in all this.  We like the leaders who keep the outside appearance of peace even if they trample what we consider to be civil rights in order to do so.

Then we say we support democratic rule and elections by the people.  But when they make what we believe to be the wrong choice, we play along only until we don’t have to.

Then we’re free to support a military take-over as long as we don’t call it what it is.  That is, until there is bloodshed and people are dying in the streets.

Now what?

I think we ought to get out of the way and let these people work out their own problems.  We would like to transfer American values and an American point of view on others who simply don’t share either of these with us.  Our meddling too often leads to more problems.  Especially when we can’t make up our minds.

Until we figure out just whose side we’re on, and are willing to make it official, perhaps we would be best to keep our opinions to ourselves.  As long as we continue to play the part of fair-weather friend, America’s relevance and influence in the region will continue to diminish.

-Kathy

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cri-sis – noun:  a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.

We certainly have our share of crises going on in America.  Real unemployment remains in double digits as Americans continue to lose their homes and their savings.  We have an alphabet soup of scandals coming from Washington as members of the Obama administration dodge and weave questions, offer the “least untruthful” answers, plead the Fifth or simply hide behind executive privilege.

The wheels are coming off the Middle East and we are up to our eyeballs there – seemingly with all the wrong players.  China continues to steal our technology and our military secrets.

We are just months away from implementing the major portion of Obamacare, the largest government program in our history, and the process for that implementation is still not in place.  Polls show that the majority of Americans don’t trust their government.

But have no fear!  The United States Senate is on the job!  They know that all these things are not what keep you up at night.  The big crisis, the one you are most concerned about, is that of our undocumented workers.  Your senator feels your pain.  He or she knows that you worry.  These people who have broken our laws, who sneaked into America uninvited are “living in the shadows.”

How do they do it?  How do they get through the day?  How can we make life better for them?

What a farce!

This “crisis” began 27 years ago, when our last amnesty kicked off the current wave of illegals crossing our border.  Suddenly it’s number one on our hit parade?

It’s a crisis because our elected leaders want it to be one.  And that’s just their first lie.  They are promising that this bill with finally give us border security.

Really?

If they are so interested in securing our border, why haven’t they done it already?  They have the power.  The primary function of the federal government is the security of the nation.  It’s their job.  They simply have to demand we enforce current law and fulfill their obligation to safeguard our sovereignty.  There is no need for a new law to do this.

They promise none of these illegals will receive government benefits.  Well, many of them are already receiving benefits.  Are we going to cut them off?  Imagine the media coverage of a poor mother with five young children who have been thrown out of their Section 8 housing and had their EBT card taken away.  Her children have been denied enrollment in public school and cannot seek medical treatment because they cannot pay.  With tears in her eyes, she pleads in her native language to the TV camera for help.

How long do you think it would take for politicians to revoke that promise?

Supporters also promise all these people will pay fines and become taxpayers.  Again, really?  These are low-skill workers, earning low wages.  Our system already has 47% who pay no income  taxes.  This will simply add more who not only don’t contribute, but take money out of the system in the form of child credits.

And once they are added to the gravy train, they will vote for more of the same (yes, they will be fast-tracked to voter registration) putting more strain on our lopsided system and drive us closer to bankruptcy.

All the while, no one will ask that they assimilate and more of our cities will become like Miami, where American citizens don’t speak the language and feel like they’ve stepped into a foreign country.

There is no crisis here.  It’s a fabrication of self-indulgent politicians who are either cultivating new voters or who are out to prove they’re not bigots.  The price for their self-indulgence will be paid by American citizens in the form of tax dollars, national sovereignty and our very culture.

-Kathy

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No there there?

Then why did you lie about it?

Why did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lie about it?

You say you called the Benghazi attack terrorism right out of the gate.  But for weeks following the attack you went around blaming the video, even at the United Nations.

So did Hillary Clinton.

You bought airtime in Pakistan to blame that video.

No there there?

How about there?

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And there?

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TyWoodsAnd there?

ChrisStevensCrowdNo Mr. President, this is no “circus sideshow” and there is a there there.  Chastising the families of these men and the rest of us who demand to know who is trying to wash the blood from their hands won’t work this time.  Intimidation and ridicule of those who dare to question you won’t stand.  Contrary to your claim, there are far too many still unanswered questions.

There’s a big, whopping there there.

And we want the answers.

-Kathy

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There are about 15,000 murders in the United States each year and most go unnoticed and unreported.  A tiny handful captures the attention of the public asJodiArias did the trial of Jodi Arias.  Why is that?

Humans are drawn to a freak show and this woman clearly fits that bill.  But is that all?  I don’t think so.  I think the media picks and chooses this sort of thing.  After all, they are subject to ratings like anything else on TV and this case had all the elements of a primetime drama.  Essentially, the media chooses for us and directs our attention to what they think we ought to care about.

Yesterday, as the whistleblowers were testifying before Congress about the Benghazi cover-up, the news came out that the jury had reached their verdict in Arias’ murder trial.  I am certain that there was a collective sigh of relief in newsrooms across the country, and fist-bumps all around.  Here was a bright, shiny object for the media to hold up and say, “Look!  Over here!  Never mind that congressional investigation.  The verdict is in on the crazy woman. This is what you need to know.  This is what you ought to be paying attention to.”

And so the news across the nation is set.  Jodi Arias’ fate takes the headlines.  The story of the Benghazi cover-up is relegated to the politics section and presented as partisan bickering about an incident that “happened a long time ago.”   As Whitehouse spokesman, Jay Carney, continues to lie even yesterday about the talking points, the media is telling us to move along.  There’s nothing to see here.

For those of us who have been watching this since the beginning, who have been waiting for the truth to be exposed, this is all bittersweet.  The media is setting the template and how this all ends has already been written.

It’s crystal clear now that President Obama, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Susan Rice and their support staffs have been lying to us since 9/11/12.  The narrative that, under President Obama, terrorism had been defeated had to be protected to ensure his reelection just weeks later.

And four Americans, in service of the nation, died horrible, violent deaths because of it.

Those who step forward to tell the truth will pay a heavy price.  Years of service to their country will be wiped away as they are threatened and demoted to paper-pushers.  Make no mistake that this is a warning to anyone else thinking about speaking up.

Jodi Arias will pay for her crime with her life, whether she’s executed or spends the rest of her days in prison.

But who will pay for the deaths of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods?

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Some observers are saying that this is President Obama’s Watergate.  But the key element in President Nixon’s fall was a relentless press that kept his missteps in the news day after day, week after week.  The press wanted to take Nixon out.

This is not the case with the media today and their relationship with President Obama.  Actually, that relationship is the exact opposite of the one with Nixon.  The members of our media today are firm supporters of this president and have already demonstrated that they will protect him at any cost.  They will promote any lie, ignore any shortcoming and attack any adversary.  They may allow some flunky, some low-level staffer to take heat for stepping outside the lines, but the president and members of his administration are safely in their embrace.

This is how it works now.  Too many Americans have abdicated their duty to keep themselves informed and rely on a corrupt media to tell them what to think.  The media is free to call the shots when the public simply follows that bright, shiny object.

And so, while the public is distracted and wondering who will win American Idol and what fate awaits Jodi Arias, our government has a free rein to do as they please, secure that they will never be held to account.  If you’re looking for any kind of justice and hoping that your elected leaders will have to answer for what they’ve done, you are going to be disappointed.

The ending has already been written in the newsrooms of America.

-Kathy

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