A North Carolina first grader was asked to write a poem for her school’s Veteran’s Day program. About her grandfather, she wrote: “He prayed to God for peace, he prayed to God for strength.” A parent objected to the use of the word “God,” so administrators banned the girl from reading her poem in the program.
Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Lenic understands the Constitution, and his stand on its behalf has made him an overnight Internet sensation. Lenic got it right and deserves all the accolades he receives for his actions.
Technically speaking, the 4th Amendment died on Oct. 26, 2001. That’s when the misnamed USA Patriot Act was signed into law by George W. Bush (since renewed, including by Barack Obama last year). Since then, it’s been on life support: essentially brain dead, but still there in words though not application.
Americans hold about $17.9 trillion in retirement assets in the form of 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts and pension funds. That money is not your own. If it were, you would be able to access it without penalty. Now, some are eyeing those funds as a big piggy bank to rob in order to pay off the “national debt.”
Is something deep and dark afoot in the upper regions of military command? Since the Sept. 11 Benghazi, Libya, massacre, President Barack Obama has sacked his CIA director and two of his top military commanders, demoted one and found another caught up in the scandal involving the CIA director.
People say the Pledge of Allegiance with patriotic fervor, with their hands placed dutifully on their hearts. They don’t realize its value as a propaganda tool. The Nation was not conceived as “indivisible,” though the War of Northern Aggression made it so.
The lights weren’t even turned off at the Barack Obama re-election celebration before the United Nations began plotting its gun grab again — with U.S. blessings. The U.N. General Assembly’s disarmament committee approved a resolution calling for a new round of talks in March.
The storm named Sandy swept away more than houses and property. It swept President Barack Obama’s scandals off the front pages as well. The attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and Operation Fast and Furious have slipped off the radar.
Watergate was a two-bit burglary by operatives for the Richard Nixon Administration. The Libya scandal is much worse, as Senator John McCain (Neocon-Ariz.) pointed out on Sunday. People actually died; four of them to be precise. One of them was the U.S. ambassador.
U.S. and Israeli troops held “their largest-ever joint military drill” Wednesday in preparation for the coming assault on Iran. “Make no mistake. The U.S. is 100 percent committed to the security of Israel. That commitment drives this exercise,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin.