The Cowards Of Congress

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“If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win.”–Joey LaMotta, from the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie “Raging Bull”

Last Wednesday, the Republican Party caved to the government shutdown and the policies of President Barack Obama. It was not because the Republicans realized that holding out against Obamacare might endanger the Nation. It was not because an imminent default was hours away that would do irreparable harm to America. It was because of their poll numbers. It was because they wanted to save their sorry political careers, during which most Republicans have stood for nothing other than themselves.

You might think that the focus of mainstream Republicans would be Obama, who has yet to pass a budget. Instead, their outrage was against Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. As far as old-school Republicans are concerned, those two precipitated the crises with their demands that the Affordable Care Act be defunded.

“He’s the one who got us into this. He had no strategy. And it caused us to waste 16 days and get ourselves killed in the polls,” Representative Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said of Cruz. “All for a guy who was fraudulent from the start.”

Fraudulent? You might think that King would consider that Obama is the fraud. It was Obama who promised to control spending and then sent American debt spinning out of control. It was Obama who promised a better America but after his 2008 election was hell-bent on installing his socialist ideals, of which Obamacare is his crown jewel.

Sarcastically, Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) stated Republicans’ poll “numbers have gone down, Obamacare’s somehow mysteriously have gone up. And other than that, this has been great.”

Oh, no! Not the poll numbers, Senator Graham! If this keeps up, you might have to find another job. Wouldn’t that be tragic? As for Cruz, a man born in Calgary, Canada, just as I was, he is no hero either. He put on a 21-hour marathon in the Senate. Yet in the end, he crumbled. There is no courage in what Cruz did. When you prepare and are finally called to go to the mat, you don’t back down — not if you have a modicum of courage. Instead, Cruz’s actions are just one more example of Republicans who in the end believe that their political career is more important than standing up for principals, more important than putting oneself on the line for something bigger than oneself. That is courage.

Going To The Mat

Courage is so easily bandied about these days. But really what is courage? I know of only a few fleeting times in my life when I have had courage. So many of my bad decisions in life were influenced by my cowardice, taking the easy way out. But from these many cowardly acts manifested a legitimate moment of courage.

I was a fat child with asthma growing up. Unlike my best friend, I didn’t have a big brother to take care of me. I took many beatings at a tough school before I outgrew my physical limitations. When our first child, a boy, was born, I was determined he would not be a victim as I had been.

One of the toughest sections in Spokane, Wash., is along Sprague Street, where the Lilac City Boxing Club was. Against my wife’s protestations, I signed up my son. At 9 years old, he was the youngest and least experienced boy there.

I was at every practice with him. Afterward, I would critique what he had done, mostly regarding the full contact sparring he had to do against older boys. One evening, as I was giving him my opinions, he said: “If you think it is so easy, why don’t you try it?”

So for the next three years, in my mid-30s, I toiled along with him and his younger brother at a real boxing gym with real coaches, real training and real sparring, including the rounds against U.S. National Champion and world-ranked cruiserweight Frank Vassar.

When I was 36 years old, the team’s head coach, Dan Vassar, told me I was getting hit too much and that I had one last chance to have a fight on my boxing card. I traveled with the team to Yakima, Wash., for the annual Golden Gloves competition. By then, my eldest boy had already qualified as a 13-year-old to compete in the U.S. Jr. Nationals in Kansas City, Mo., where I knew he would face inner-city kids from big cities around the country. I had something I wanted to prove to him and to myself.

I ended up fighting a 52-year-old. No problem, right? So I thought before the weigh-in. Then I saw him. I was scared to death. This “old guy” was a monster, standing 6 feet 7 inches and weighing 270 pounds (against my 5 feet 11 inches and 205 pounds). I was sweating like I was in a rainforest before the fight started. I said to my coach, “Who is this guy!?”

“Oh, don’t worry, he’s nobody.”

I can tell you, Mr. Nobody punched like a mule kicks. After the first round, my head had been slammed back so many times I felt like Gumby. Between rounds, I said to my coach: “Seriously, who is this guy?” Only then was I told that the guy I was fighting was the 1972 U.S. Combined Armed Forces Super Heavyweight Champion. I slowly calculated that this guy was once a champion of a 3 million-man army.

In the second round, things got worse. At the end of it, I came back to my corner beaten and bloody. My eyes were already swelling shut, but I could still see my coach was reaching to the back of his sweatpants to where he tucked his infamous “white towel.” Any boxer will tell you he dreads the white towel.

I told my coach: “Don’t you dare! I’m going to finish this fight.”

In the third round, I took standing eight-count from the referee but finished the fight on my feet. I was beaten and bruised, but very happy. I had overcome my fears, and I had set a good example for my son. I had won something even though I had lost.

The Gutless Generation

I believe I was a better father because I did get my nose bloody. I didn’t just sit back in the stands and criticize.

But sitting back is exactly what our political leaders do these days. They talk a good game but won’t do anything if it will cost them politically.

It has not always been this way. Seventy years ago, when America was great, we were led by “the greatest generation.” My hero from that era is Teddy Roosevelt — not President Theodore Roosevelt but his eldest son, Brig. Gen. Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt III. He was the most senior officer to hit the beaches on D-Day in Normandy. He was rich, powerful and fought like hell just for the right to lead men into combat.

In his book The Guns at Last Light, Rick Atkinson provided a description of Roosevelt on June 6, 1944, who hit Utah Beach at age 56 and having to walk with a cane. Crossing the English Channel, an exasperated aid complained that he had given the general three lifejackets and that he had lost them all.

“I’ve got my pistol, one clip of ammunition, and my walking cane,” he announced in his foghorn bass.  “That’s all I expect to need.”

Years earlier, he was “sacked toward the end of the Sicilian campaign.” In an attempt to get another leadership assignment, he wrote:

“As long as I can fight in the front lines I’ve still got manhood.”  After pestering Eisenhower’s chief of staff, Beetle Smith, he asked to petition George Marshall, reasoning that it was “all right to pull strings… if what you wanted was a more dangerous job than the one you had.”

Roosevelt’s persistence paid off, and he went on to lead the Utah assault.

Compare his actions to those of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who used every available means to dodge combat during the Vietnam War.

The German general who opposed Roosevelt that day was Erich Marcks. When warned by his general staff not to approach the Normandy Beach because it was too dangerous, he said: “You people are always worried about your little piece of life.”

In a few weeks, both Roosevelt and Marcks had perished. They, like so many men of their generation, were men of courage. Those are two qualities lost in the halls of Congress and the White House.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Writer’s note: In no way am I comparing my boxing to the courage of the young men and women that enlist and proudly serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Personal Liberty

John Myers

is editor of Myers’ Energy and Gold Report. The son of C.V. Myers, the original publisher of Oilweek Magazine, John has worked with two of the world’s largest investment publishers, Phillips and Agora. He was the original editor for Outstanding Investments and has more than 20 years experience as an investment writer. John is a graduate of the University of Calgary. He has worked for Prudential Securities in Spokane, Wash., as a registered investment advisor. His office location in Calgary, Alberta, is just minutes away from the headquarters of some of the biggest players in today’s energy markets. This gives him personal access to everyone from oil CEOs to roughnecks, where he learns secrets from oil insiders he passes on to his subscribers. Plus, during his years in Spokane he cultivated a network of relationships with mining insiders in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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  • http://www.rt.com Alondra

    The “Fraudulent” Guy got an eight-minute STANDING OVATION

    While the Washington, D.C. elite and John Myers continue to disparage him and his ideals, Sen. Ted Cruz proved his appeal among those who elected him has not waned.

    In his first home court speech in two months, the Texas Republican told a San Antonio crowd “it’s great to be back in America.” Those in attendance greeted him with an EIGHT-MINUTE STANDING OVATION in support of his principled stance on a number of issues — especially the de-funding of ObamaCare.
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/texas-crowd-gives-cruz-eight-minute-ovation/

    • Tina Anthony

      It is too bad there are not many like him ! We need to vote out any one that does not stand for the constitution and the AMERICAN people and not let them give amnesty to illegals, that is the next fight ! too many people like the cowards that ran from Vietnam got in to politics, they would not put them selves in harms way for this country or stand up and do their duty but they think that they are better than those that do and that they should be able to tell every one what to do ! I don’t know how they got the idea that they are our leaders when they are not our leaders they are our employees and over paid ones at that !

      • Motov

        Most Democrats are lawyers,…we all know about lawyers,…

        • NC

          motov, you got it backwards! Most lawyers are Democrats! Let me tell you why! They must STUDY the Constitution, both as to content and history, to become lawyers and they know which party more closely follows the language and intent of the Constitution! That would be the Democrats!

          • Motov

            Study and apply (or practice) are 2 different things.

            Gobbelty gook is their major

    • FreedomFighter

      Most current GOP reps are spineless quisling’s.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

    • Jana

      And last night he got a 12 minute STANDING OVATION in Arlington. Texas.

      • NC

        Jana, and this morning Ted got his butt kicked in the national polls again! There is a world outside of Texas! There is a world outside PLD! A modern world! A 21st century world! Just because every one here marches to the same drum beat does not mean a majority of the people elsewhere are hearing that beat! It’s like when Hannity says “What Americans want is…..” and come election time we find that what Americans really want something totally different!! Wayne Allyn “landslide” Root was listening to the same thing when the REAL LANDSLIDE hit him and One Term Obama went back to the Oval Office! Be careful where you get your news!!

        • Jana

          Yes, I used to say God allowed Obama to be put in as President, but in actuality He did not!.

          We the people did. Some of us being disgusted with the stupid choices we had, dumb and dumber just didn’t vote so, dumber got voted in.

          The THUGS won. Aren’t you proud?

          Change: Scandal after scandal— Higher taxes—Higher Insurance—Racism caused by you and your President—War on Women caused by the Democrats!
          You got what you wanted. Socialism and Communism running the Whitehouse,.

          • NC

            Jana, what a sad confused hate filled person you are!
            Actually, I got what “I didn’t want” I didn’t want anymore Republicans in the White House after the miserable job that bush and cheney did for 8 years! Apparently 69 million other Americans had grown tired of it too! Obama just happened to be there! A green man with one eye in the middle could have beaten McCain and the Republicans in 2008! bush beat McCain! Obama didn’t!
            BTW, congratulations on the fine show you Libertarians put on to win the Presidency in the same election! Landslide Root and who ever else was on the ticket got a whopping 0.40% of 1 % of the vote! Just barely missed! YEAH, RIGHT! GET A LIFE AND A PARTY!

          • Jana

            Don2 I was replying to nc. Are you telling me that you are nc?

          • Don 2

            Please, do not confuse me with the nut case. The DISQUS is screwing up again.

          • Jana

            Gotcha, they fixed it. Hooray. I thought I was talking to nutcase all along and he was using your name. Guess it was a gliche like Obamacare is having.

          • Don 2

            This has happened to me before also. In fact, I recall getting on your case once before because the program screwed up. Now if I think there is a problem, I re-boot my computer to see if it clears. I know now from where a lot of the regulars are coming from, and if it sounds like something they would say.
            I also am not signed up in the sense that I am notified in my e-mail of a response, and many times I do not go back to older articles.

          • Jana

            A. I am not a Libertarian,I am an Independent.

            B. You don’t come off so sweet yourself buster! Hate filled? Me? Not at all. I am not the one yelling and screaming on this site. You are.

            C. Confused? I am not all over the board like you are. Hot one minute cold the next so no one knows where you stand.
            In fact the way you answer for nc we don’t even know who you are, nc or Don2.

          • http://www.rt.com Alondra

            There was a nation in the land of America, whose name was United States of America; and that nation was hard working God loving, God fearing and shunned evil.

            This nation’s People would worship to the God Almighty and always helped to needy.

            Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

            So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

            Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered this God fearing nation, that there is none like it on the earth, with its upright men, who fears God and shuns evil?”

            So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does this nation fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around them, around this nation household, and around all that they have on every side? You have blessed the work of their hands, and their stronghold has increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that they have, and they will surely curse You to Your face!”

            And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that they have is in your power.”

            So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

            Then the Lord said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

            Now prepare yourselves like the men; I will question you, and YOU SHALL ANSWER Me.
            “Would you indeed annul My judgment?
            Would you condemn Me that you may be justified?
            Have you an arm like God?
            Or can you thunder with a voice like His?
            Then adorn yourself with majesty and splendor,
            And array yourself with glory and beauty.
            Disperse the rage of your wrath;
            Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him.
            Look on everyone who is proud, and bring him low;
            Tread down the wicked in their place.
            Hide them in the dust together,
            Bind their faces in hidden darkness.
            Then I will also confess to you
            That your own right hand can save you.

            You have heard of Me by the hearing of the ear,
            therefore abhor yourselves, and repent in dust and ashes.

            Jana, I hope you recognize what Biblical passage is rephrased. It suits our nation’s condition.

          • Jana

            Oh yes, I recognize it, Job.

          • Jana

            By the way Alondra, I think this is a great analogy. I copied it and am sending this on to some of my friends on email. You are a smart cookie to think of this.
            The only difference is since Jesus died on the cross, Christians who are called by His name now have power over Satan.
            What we don’t have power over is other people’s will. When those who don’t want to serve or love the Lord our God get in control they are the ones who take God out of our society, and force God to lift His mighty hand off of our great country.
            How sad. These people are biting the hand that protects them.

  • peter

    Well, we all know now what w got when we voted in a ‘ foreigner ” last time. How about a real American next?

    • Barbara Johnson

      How about someone who will really honor their sworn in oath, the constitution, and will listen to “we, the people”? Just because they may be a “real American” doesn’t mean that they will do what we the people need or want done. “We the people need to stop voting for someone just because they say they are of a certain party. Look at John McCain. He was a democrat who switched over to the GOP label, just to run in the election before. Now he is still carrying a GOP label, but he is still a democrat!

      • nc

        Barbara, what obligation do the “real people” have to govern like what you call “we, the people” think they should????? They have “needs” and “wants’ just like you plus they have one other thing you don’t have!!!MORE VOTES!!! Libertarians are a rather small minority! There are many many more “Real Americans” with problems of their own to deal with before they stand aside to let the “few” govern!!
        We live in a big country in a complex world and this is not a good time to run back to the 18th century for answers!

        • Jana

          Yet you choose to insert yourself into the world of PLD. Your sarcasm and bullying ways do not scare us nor do they dissuade us, they just make us more determined. You want to change us to a Communist country? NO!!!
          So keep it up bully. WE WILL FIGHT BACK!!!!!

          • nc

            JANA, I didn’t sneak in here on a forged visa! The door was open and the right to answer and comment basically unrestricted! I read some comments of posters here I felt were unfair and others I knew to be down right lies and I responded! You are totally wrong! I do not want to change us into a communist country! I am every bit as dedicated as any here to the preservation of our Constitution and this country. I have voluntarily served in our military and taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution on four occasions and spent 35 years doing it!
            I am pretty sure that he have different interpretations of some parts of the Constitution and different opinions of the part that government should play in our lives! Our opinions are equally protected under the Constitution!
            I read your description of Obama above and fear for you! You hatred for a family man who expresses his faith by asking God’s blessing on our country is unreal!!!! He seems as sincere as any of the prior playboys and actors who have served in that office! Do you have some PROOF that he is not sincere?? Or is that just an opinion based on hate! There is plenty hate here! As well as anger and fear! An unusual amount for civilized (?) people!! Must be the fluoride! (joke)

          • Jana

            I think you are looking in the mirror talking to yourself. The one that keeps talking about hate is you and you seem to be doing all of the hatred yourself. At least you quit yelling. Finally!

    • Motov

      Voted? by dogs, cats, dead people, illegals, etc.

      • Mike

        “by dogs, cats, dead people, illegals, etc.” It does not matter when the votes are counted in secret by “rigged” computers.

  • Barbara Johnson

    It seems that the old GOP has become democrats, and now are a one party using two different names. We need a new 2nd party with people like Ted Cruz who will stand up for “we the people” and question the Elite Establishment that holds themselves to be better than the rest of us people.

    • Motov

      You certainly are right about that, On camera or in public they hate each other ,… in private they conspire against us all. Have you noticed they altered their logo? the stars on the elephant are now “upside down” also known as “Satan’s pentagram”

    • Mike

      “It seems that the old GOP has become democrats,…” Exactly, plus the old Democrat conservatives have retired or been bought by the corps. that now own “The Party”…notice that is not a plural statement, but it is all encompassing. We need a no party system, or better yet a no government system. History has now proven that ALL governments become tyrannical killers.

      • Jana

        Look at Mitch McConnell. When he was prospering his deal he actually looked demonic. I was so ashamed of him, then I found out that he had thrown in Pork for his state at the last minute.

        McCain needs to be told to join the Democrat party. He is thinking of running for office again. MOAN!

    • rosaduberstein

      You said it Barbara, Ted Cruz has the guts to stand up against these Rinos, that is why he being castrated. We need more Ted Cruz on our side in order to take our country back, to where we can be proud to be an “American” again.

      • Jana

        He had a 12 min standing ovation last night here in Texas. Yippee!

    • NC

      Barbara, the Republicans have left you and you were never a Democrat so why don’t you Tea Party Right Wingers form you own party before 2016 and run a candidate in every state? That way you get to vote for YOUR OWN PARTY!! I’m a Democrat and I get to vote for mine and believe me it is a great feeling!
      A bit of a warning however! Even the right wing poll Rassmussen won’t give you more than 20% of the vote in 2016, your old party will be reduced to 25% by your bail out and my Democrats will get the remaining 55%(a big majority) AND WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH! HILLARY WON’T EVEN HAVE TO CHANGE THE DEMOCRAT DONKEY WALLPAPER IN THE OVAL OFFICE!
      YOURS IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD!!

      • Nadzieja Batki

        It appears that you like the new Republicans and they get along with you Democrats very nicely. So it means that they were always Democrats dressed up as Republicans to win elections. Wolves in sheep’s clothing comes to mind.

        • nc

          Batki, I like to think of us as winners in American politics! See Oval Office!! How are you libertarians doing? Up to 2% yet???

          • Jana

            Obama is losing. He has lost control of his administration. He is lazy.
            Nothing has ever been his fault and it’s not his or his people’s fault
            either, so he won’t fire Sebelius or Holder as that would make him look
            like he has bad judgement and he can’t have that.
            Truth? He does have bad judgement! This is another scandal to add to the list.
            Obama
            is EVIL! Everything he does that is evil and is wrong is shown and
            brought out in the open. Only the blind and his dumb followers won’t see
            it. They will continue to party on down the path to destruction. It is
            history repeating itself.

          • Vis Fac

            You might have won the white house but the nation LOST it’s identity and prestige, and soon its freedom Hope you’ll be happy with the results.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • NC

            Force, where do you get that we have lost our prestige? People from abroad are clogging our ports of entry! They are climbing our fences on the borders!
            You made that stupid post the other day that your “associates” in Germany had told you the Germans were making fun of Obama and calling him an idiot! I did a little research and found an article from this summer saying that the most recent polls in GERMANY HAD OBAMA’S APPROVAL THERE AT 82% AND HEADED HIGHER!
            DO YOU JUST MAKE UP S**T AND CALL IT FACTS?? DO YOU THINK THAT ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTS ARE 100% TRUE?? IS YOUR EGO THAT BIG???? YOU DO REALIZE THAT INTELLIGENT ADULT INDEPENDENTS READ THE POSTS HERE AND JUDGE YOU ACCORDINGLY”???????? YOU DO KNOW THAT???? NO?? NOT EVERYONE HERE IS YOUR SHEEP!! SOME ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE REAL WORLD!

          • Jana

            Wow Don2 I think you just had an old fashioned FIT.
            People around the world are laughing at Obama. I guess you realize then they are laughing at you too since you voted for him. Poor baby.

          • Don 2

            Again, not me Jana. I have noticed that on a number of previous occasions, someone else’s posting appears to you, to be mine. DISQUS? Trust me, if you come across anything pro-Obama, or pro-Democrat/Communist party, it did not come from me. I am a Constitutional-Conservative.

          • Jana

            They seem to be correcting it this morning. I was beginning to think there were two of you, one being an imposter. Actually I thought nc was posing as you.
            Glad to have the good old Don2 back.

          • Vis Fac

            Unlike you I don’t need to make things up as I am often overseas I know what others feel about the US. When was the last time you went abroad?

            You like to use biased and often incorrect polls I prefer the human contact approach. Which do you think is more accurate.

            There may be intelligent people on here who read these posts but you are not one of them!!

            So I stand proudly on my record I have no ego but apparently yours is gigantic as you like to use caps when commenting Are you making up for other inferior traits as well? The reason people are clambering to get to the US is the same reason you are liberal GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS

            You truly ARE a nut case perhaps you should seek therapy for you are lost in your make believe world of ODUMBO

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

      • Barbara Johnson

        In way’s what you said is true. I would love to be able to vote for someone whom I think would really do thing’s for “we, the people”. The GOP is killing itself by acting like the Domocrats, only for the special interest groups and the Elites.

      • Don 2

        nc, it is absolutely mind boggling how many people like yourself enjoy being screwed by the Democrat party while pretending that they’re not. How is it that you get off on losing freedoms that you will never get back and creating debt that can never be re-paid, or are you just a typical selfish case study of “I got mine, the hell with future generations?”

  • WTS/JAY

    Jon Stewart Delivers Blistering Takedown of Obamacare Rollout: Dems Can’t ‘Spin This Turd’

    • Deerinwater

      The thing is Jay, ~ they really don’t have too.

  • vietnamvet1971

    There is no Honor among Thieves & Crooks they will sell each other out for a Dollar. The Big, Bad, Behemoth, Bloated, Bankrupt Gimme-mint Monster the “Career Politicians” have created needs to be Slain and those in DC need to be thrown out.

  • Louis Lemieux

    Bexar, Texas County Criminal Court Judge Carlo Key has had enough of the fire-breathing homophobia and racism of the Republican party. He will run for re-election as a Democrat:

    “I can no longer be a member of the Republican Party. For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself. Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassinations. Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry. Make no mistake: I have not left the Republican Party. It left me. I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status. I will not be a member of a Party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office rather than disqualifying them. I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.”

    • Don 2

      So, this guy Key goes from bad to worse, and you think that’s good?. You’re pretty funny Louie Left, pretty funny indeed!

      • Louis Lemieux

        I believe this guy Key goes from bad to better and that’s good!

        • FreedomFighter

          Louis Lemieux
          Laus DeoSemper FI

          • Louis Lemieux

            Stop fighting freedom, FreedomFighter!

        • Don 2

          Louie Left, here’s an example of what your so-called “better” Democrat party is doing for American women –

          154,000 Fewer Women Hold Jobs in September; Female Participation in Labor Force Matches 24-Year Low

          http://cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/154000-fewer-women-held-jobs-september-female-participation-labor

          • Louis Lemieux

            In fact, even though 154,000 fewer women worked in August than September, the unemployment RATE for women dropped from 6.8 percent to 6.7 percent.
            American women participated in the nation’s labor force in September at a RATE that matched the lowest level in 24 years.

          • Don 2

            The government uses phony figures to make the 12% unemployment rate look good. Try using the labor dept. U-6 numbers. I’m sure that you are aware of them, but you instead choose to deceive people.

        • Jana

          Key is bad and he is just getting worse!

    • CJM2

      Given his statements, Judge Carlo Key isn’t worth his salt–hope he gets defeated. He is parroting the dem/lib/prog arguments and therefore supports socialism and an islamic theocracy.

      • Louis Lemieux

        Islamic theocracy? How do you get to that conclusion?

        • Nadzieja Batki

          Did your comment write itself on this site, independent of what passes for your brain or your handlers brains? You know exactly what was written with the conclusion you wanted. So your coy questions don’t need an answer.

        • CJM2

          He applies the very notions of the dem/lib/prog arguments to the Republican Party, when in fact those arguments are accurate descriptions of what the socialistic, islamic theocrats (ie: dem/lib/prog) promote. One judge, who is lower than a moron, has already declared that “islam is the religion of the US.” Judge Key is not interested in our Constitution or our freedoms; perhaps he will follow the path of his colleague.

    • Warrior

      I’m still trying to figure out WHY judges have to run for “office” under a red or blue banner? Are “LAWS” red or blue? Are the “Scales” of justice now red or blue? Obviously you think they are.

      • Louis Lemieux

        What I wrote has nothing to do with the appointment or the election of judges but I do favor the appointment of judges over their election.

      • Vis Fac

        Unfortunately the criteria for being a judge is first being a trial attorney. Most trial attorneys are liberal ergo most judges are liberal if that weren’t the case there would be far fewer plea bargaining to a lesser charge and more serving their entire sentences and in capital cases executions would be carried out.

        Bleeding heart liberals have fouled up the justice system as they have the government and the nation.

        You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • red neck

      Hey idiot…. As I recall it was and is the democratic party that started and continues to support the KKK.
      So take your F-ing race bating somewhere else you pathetic fool.

    • red neck

      Louis…. After reading your post on this site numerous times I’m finding you to be nothing but a race baiter…. Ever post you ever make is an attempt to deflect the conversation and stir up poop….

      • Louis Lemieux

        John Myers’ article has to do with the “supposed” cowards of Congress, those Republicans in Congress who gave up on continuing the government shutdown. I’m pointing out how some Republicans who are closer to the center think and resemble the Democrats.

        • TML

          It should be interesting to note that Texas has historically had Democrat Governors up until Ann Richards decided to support gun control. Does this mean the principles of Texans have changed? Or does it mean that the Parties have changed? Or does it mean, political party doesn’t mean squat to real Texans? Most Democrats in Texas are more Republican than many other States in the Union. It would seem that the left/right paradigm ceases to exist in Texas. What matters is principle, steadfast in the Constitution, and independence of her people, rather than the excesses of federal government. Judging from Judge Key’s last quoted sentence, in his support for national healthcare (which is nowhere authorized by the US Constitution – much like Education) or concerning himself with the temporary layoff of non-essential federal employees, it would seem he does not hold the principles of most Texan’s that make up this “red” state. Judge Key’s take against racism and bigotry is the stance any decent human being should take regardless of party affiliation. But his stance on ‘big government’ that you seem to think makes him resemble a Democrat can be better seen as a departure of Constitutional principle.

          • Jana

            Wrong. He is not standing against racism. Don’t add something to it. He is for homosexuality so he is joining the Democratic party that stands for homos. He is just coming out.

          • TML

            Ha… you’re going out in left field with that logic, sweetie.

            I didn’t think it was a stand against racism either, as much as it is trying to use perceived notions of racism – trying to attach racism with a political party – in the same breath as supporting the healthcare monstrosity (which is contrary to the powers delegated to the Federal Government by the Constitution) in hopes of getting away with a fallacy of association (i.e. if you are against the healthcare law, you are racist).

          • Jana

            He didn’t say it was racism he stated it was because of homosexuality.

          • TML

            He said both… “I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status.”… but with all that, he ends only with, “I cannot place my name on the ballot for a political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over
            the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care to millions of people throughout our country.”

          • Jana

            And you got racism out of that???? That is a stretch, I will give you that!

          • TML

            In the quote initially posted by Louis, and the first sentence I quoted above, he (Judge Keys) mentions the color of skin (racism) … so, that’s how I got racism. Not that much of a stretch.

          • Jana

            http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/21/texas-judge-slams-republicans-in-video-announcing-hes-now-a-democrat/
            This is where I got the story. So maybe he has perceived racism, which in Texas for a Hispanic is a shame. I grew up playing with Hispanics. Most of my girlfriends were Hispanics only they called themselves Mexicans and were proud of it. We didn’t inter-date because our parents didn’t want us to. My girlfriends mothers wanted their sons to marry within their own race and religion, and so did my parents. Since you marry whom you date that was a given, but we were all friends.
            I was raised in the Rio Grande Valley. So was my husband.

          • Louis Lemieux

            Many words or terms like Congressional Districts, Electoral College, Freedom of Expression, etc, may not be “in” the original Constitution, but it is in the original Constitution — the word may not have been there, but the concept was.

          • TML

            http://famguardian.org/Subjects/Politics/ThomasJefferson/jeff1020.htm

            If I read between the lines of the Constitution, I see nothing but white space

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      The whole statement from the judge is argument to ridicule and should only be taken with a grain of salt. Ergo, not be believed. Here are 2 articles about Obama bin Laden and Obamacare, the thing we do not need (as it is unconstitutional).

      http://www.propublica.org/article/how-the-new-yorkers-ryan-lizza-became-a-mistaken-poster-boy-for-obamacare

      http://www.blog.heritage.org/2013/10/22/obamacare-obama-defends-health-care-law-high-quality-health-insurance/

      FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot. This leaves you out.

      “The problem with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

      Ronald Reagan
      40th President of the United States

      • Louis Lemieux

        Not to many Americans care about the Japanese feudal military aristocracy, but apparently you do.

    • TML

      Left/Right paradigm blindness. Racism and bigotry is not limited to any political party.

      • Louis Lemieux

        Racism and bigotry is not limited to any political party but it can be more predominant in one political party.

        • TML

          It’s perception only. I would personally say that Obama is every bit as racist as those in the Republican party accused of the same.

          The racism test: When someone votes for a man simply because the color of his skin, is that racist?

          • Louis Lemieux

            Racism is to consider someone inferior to you because he is of a different race and/or cultural background.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          You mean the Dems/Progs/Leftists because they make a covert practice of it and when they get caught they cry that they didn’t mean it and everyone it picking on them.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Actually it is and it is the Democrats who are most proficient at this behavior.

    • Jana

      Actually he was a Democrat all along just moved to the right party for him. We call him a RINO!

    • Miyako

      As A Christian.. Homosexuality Is A Sin. Illegal Aliens With Brown Skin,Yellow Skin, Etc Are Here Illegally. That’s Not Racist. You Are Reading Or Listening To The BOLSHEVIK Press In America. Economic Status……Liberals Do This With Demeaning Your Education Or Standing. Not The Republicans I Know Or Knew’? To Tell The Truth Without MALICE, Is Not Racist. (Crime Stats,Welfare Numbers,Free Hospital Visits,Translation Services,Mentioning Births Out Of Wedlock,Who’s Who On Food Stamps, People On The Doll Who Are Just Lazy Asse’s, Federal Workers Who Are Hired Just To Secure a Vote For The Socialist Democrats, Etc Etc) Your Insight To How America Works Is Sorely Lacking. Perhaps…….? You Are Educated In a Public Educated School Or Taught By Socialist Professors”’? Just Thinking”’?

      • TML

        Indeed, taking a stance against illegal aliens is not racism. However, the belief that homosexuality is a sin is no argument for making it illegal in a Republic. Making it illegal for homosexuals to marry is a violation of Article 1 Section 6 of the Texas Constitution “…no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious society…”, and of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, “Congress shall make no law respecting a religion”.

        • Jana

          TML
          Since when has homosexuality been a religion? Just asking.

          • TML

            It isn’t. I’m saying the sections of the Constitutions that I cited mean that laws can not be created which respect, or give preference to, religious belief or society concerning acts that do not harm anyone physically or financially. The belief that homosexuality is a sin, is a religious belief.

            This is not to say that society must accept it; it means the state must. The government can’t force a church to perform such marriages, nor does it mean that we can’t voice our opinions that it is morally wrong (lest it be a violation of the second clause; freedom of religion) – it simply means the state should be compelled to recognize said marriages/contracts entered into by consenting adults.

            This principle is the essential guard against theocratic systems of government.

          • Vis Fac

            I just exercised my first amendment rights above!

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Jana

            Actually a marriage license wasn’t even around until the 1920’s. Just another way of governmental control.

          • Vis Fac

            And a revenue source!! Marriage is between a man and a woman solely in God’s eyes.

            Man’s idea of marriage is merely what is convenient at the moment no commitment just convenient.

            I married my best friend we’ve been one for 45+ years. How many of you are that committed?

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Nadzieja Batki

            More of a protectorate of marriage, but like anything the government does it becomes a disaster. This week a man and a woman are “so much in love” then their passion dies down and they leave wreckages behind them for someone else to clean up.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            TML, you claimed homosexuality is a religion. Backpeddling now?

        • Vis Fac

          Being queer is an abomination!!! God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve. Man and woman were created to procreate queers only copulate.

          Progressive idiot-ology dictates we “tolerate” their lifestyle and allows them to flaunt and parade around like a pack of loonies. Yet when public refuses to allow queer marriage they are the least “tolerant” they are to good to follow what is law they SUE to reverse any law contrary to their agenda. Lame stream media eats this crap up and televises these queers kissing in public I find this activity totally disgusting and having this lifestyle forced upon our children in school is not only irresponsible it is MADNESS This is nothing but progressive BS. A do as I say not as I do mentality.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Jana

            AMEN!!!

        • Miyako

          I Have No Problem With Deviant Behavior. As Long As It Stays In The Closet. When It Tries To Teach My Grandchild That Homosexuality Is A Normal Life Style I Draw a Line. To Many Homo’s Have Tried Across America To Teach Little Kids, Its Ok To Be Homo. This is an Affront To Civility And Mores Of A Decent And Normal Society. If You want To Fist Or Tea Bag Or Bend Over…? Stay In Your Own Bedroom And Not Poison My Kids With Your ‘sic’ deviant Life Style’! Ok…! Caligua (Last Roman Emperor) Does Not Live In America a Christian Country.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          So according to you homosexuality is now a religion. If that is the case then pastors of Christian churches and rabbis of Judaism can preach against it since they normally preach against SIN

          • TML

            Dismissing your first sentence which seems to be said in error of understanding what’s being said. I agree, they can (or should) be able to preach against homosexuality. There’s nothing wrong with that, as long they aren’t preaching hate or condoning violence of course.

      • Vis Fac

        Same thing public schools are run and administered by unionized socialists that instill propaganda that produced the functionally illiterate dependent on government and socialistic lame stream media. What else would you expect; non biased instruction and reporting?? In your dreams!!

        You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

    • independent thinker

      ” Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory switched his party affiliation from the Democrat to the Republican party,…”
      Seems that there are democrats who have seen the light and changed parties.

    • Vis Fac

      Maybe he should leave politics all together. Most if not all are hypocrites anyway!!

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • http://www.rt.com Alondra

      Oh, Louis, Hypocrite THY NAME is.

      I do not remember that you would advertise Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory and the former Rep. Arthur Davis (AL) changed their party affiliation from D to R.

      Here Elbert Guillory explains WHY he left the compassionate and People loving party http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_YQ8560E1w

      Here Arthur Davis, Former Democratic congressman explains WHY he left the compassionate and People loving party http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoWLpKfQ76k

      Louis, what are you saying?
      Oh, they are RACIST. Oh, and homophobes too. I see.

      And of cause, Louis, according your liberal logic they are opportunists
      as well.

      Louis, listen Elbert Guillory explanation. Maybe you’ll learn something.

      • Louis Lemieux

        Judge Carlo Key has left the Republican Party because of recent republican activity in Congress. This is the reason I mentioned it now because it is breaking news. What has that to do with me being hypocrite?

        • http://www.rt.com Alondra

          BS. He left R Party because he is Liberal opportunists.
          And you are a HYPOCRITE.

  • Mike

    “…during which most Republicans have stood for nothing other than themselves.” Therefore, they got exactly what they wanted, to make the faithful feel that something was being done, when, in fact, nothing but theater was taking place. We must now waste our time again so that our votes can again be counted in secret for one of two (s)elected, by TPTB, puppets.

  • CJM2

    In my State, one can only register as a democrat or republican–sure wish I could register as an independent. The Constitutional Party isn’t even fully off the ground, but if they want the votes, they will have to campaign in every single State and the Territories so people will know what they stand for and why–and how they plan to get America back on its feet. Ted Cruz, bless him, is not eligible for the Presidency, but he would certainly do more for our Country serving in an important position outside the Senate.

  • Warrior

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obamacare-website-problems-sebelius/2013/10/22/id/532529

    Well now, ms. sebelius says mr. “flexible” knew nothing about the “problems” with the oblamycare website but fear not, she’s going to get the “A” team crackin on it. What does this guy do all day when he’s not in front of his prompter, play spades?

    On another subject, how in the world did that lunatic grayson get himself back into congress? Fla has to be right behind Calif and NY in defective brain cell counts.

    • red neck

      king onumbnuts has a really bad case of Sergeant Schultz Syndrome.
      F&F, ( fast-n-furious ) IRS, NSA, Benghazi you name it the idiot that occupies the white house is nothing but a clueless moron… And that is how they want us to see it….. But in reality numb-nuts obama is hiding behind his Saul Alinsky strategy….

    • Jana

      Obama plays golf and then he plays golf and in his spare time he plays golf!

      • Vis Fac

        And all the kiss A$$es and Save A$$es let him win. If any indication of his affinity for numbers one merely needs recollection of ODUMBO’S belief that there are 57 states in the US. So those who play with him need calculators to fill out their score cards.

        You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • Warrior
    • Vis Fac

      You’ve got to admire the courage of the man. Standing up for and saying what’s on your mind in my mind a sign of strength. I could never respect a kiss A$$ or a save A$$ most in government are a combination of both.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • dan

    Yep…pistol , clip and cane just about does it out the door these days.
    My kind of guy.

    • Vis Fac

      I only have one weapon that uses a clip My M-1 Garand all the rest have magazines.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • dan

        roflmao…you got me ….shakes and hangs head sheepishly.
        Like redheads,I know better,but….
        well. a life without a few mistakes is way too safe to be enjoyed !

        • Vis Fac

          The only people who never make mistakes are those that do nothing. Nothing wrong with being a redhead I married a saucy little redhead Not that 5′ 10″ is little and the “little” woman is Still at her age she’s still a head turner stunning Auburn hair without a hint of gray.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • dan

            I’m old enough to know better but too young to resist !
            I remembered that you had a ‘fox’…I kept mine satisfied for twenty years,but I must have been in the catch and release program…finally over my broken heart after thirteen years
            and can say , NEXT ! At this point I wouldn’t even mind red hair gone white,like mine is gettin’,lol. Take good care of her
            and always treat her like a lady….well,you know what I mean !

          • Vis Fac

            I treat my foxy bride like I did the day we were wed. I can honestly say we never had a fight in 45 years we talk to each other and discuss what needs to be done.
            My wife gave up a career as a micro biologist to stay home and nurture our children and we both took turns schooling them and sadly we had to bury one.
            There is no boss and all the children had a say so in family matters and because of this we continue to be close.
            We are now preparing for what is to come as we own enough land to accommodate the entire clan and shortly our livestock and provisions will be sufficient for all.
            As I get older it will be a comfort to have help around the old barn I’m still fairly fit and able to do what need be done but age and pain are knocking at the door. We only get one turn at life I intended on making the best of my turn. I think I’ve done OK

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

  • Warrior

    This book will soon be #1 best seller. “Extortion” is suggested reading and will identify exactly how and why we now have a totally corrupted gubmint.

    A bombshell investigation reveals how Washington really works: politicians extort money from us, then use it to buy each other’s votes. Best-selling author Peter Schweizer reveals:

    *Obama’s “Protection Money”: How the Obama Administration targeted industries for criminal investigation but chose not to pursue key political donors.

    *John Boehner’s “Tollbooth”: How the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he will hold crucial votes on the House floor.

    *The “Slush Fund”: How politicians extract “campaign contributions” and then convert them to bankroll lavish lifestyles complete with limos, private jets, golf at five-star resorts, fine wines, and cash for family members.

    *Capitol Hill’s “Underground Economy”: How congressmen use a little-known loophole that allows them to secretly link their votes to cash.

    Extortion finally makes clear why Congress is so dysfunctional: it’s all about making money, not making law.

    • JeffH

      Hear! Hear!

  • Jeff Noncent

    where is the man and woman that will fight and stand for the constitution and the declaration of independence, it seem to me no one has a guts to do just the Republican, and the Democrats its everybody

    • Vis Fac

      They’re called the Tea Party.

      Being a Tea Party member, you must know that we are patriotic Americans. We peacefully assemble. We petition our government. We exercise our right to free speech and we don’t understand why
      our government tries to stop us. We aren’t here as serfs or vassals. We’re not begging our lords for mercy. We are born free American citizens and we’re telling our government that they’ve forgotten their place. It’s not their responsibility to look out for our well being and monitor our speech. It’s not their right to assert their agenda. The post that they occupy exists to preserve American liberty. They’ve
      sworn to perform that duty and have failed !!!

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Jana

        Yet Obama considers anyone who is truly patriotic and wants what is best for the United States, as his enemy. What is wrong with this picture? Answer: We have the wrong man pretending to be our President!

        • Vis Fac

          He’s not pretending to be the POTUS he’s pretending to have the country’s best interest at heart. Liberals love lies they feed off them as if they were ambrosia.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

        • JeffH

          Hoo Rah! We shared this yesterday!

      • Jeff Noncent

        I agree with you, and that is the reason why we need more people to stand for the constitution and the declaration of independence

  • carl_AF

    This article reinforces the need for limited time in congress by
    TERM LIMITS. Congress persons should serve for a set time without any pensions
    or health care benefits after serving. Most of these members of congress are
    here only to help themselves, not for the people that elected them. During
    their reelection campaigns they tell the voters how much they have done for
    them and the voters are so uninformed that they believe them. These voters are
    at fault for the lousy bills that are passed and made into law. In conclusion I
    say again, it is the voters fault for the bad laws out of Washington.

  • wandamurline

    Don’t jump on Cruz, Lee and Rand….they did their part…it was the establishment that caved, not them.

  • Ron

    It’s amazing how all the libterds post that they are winning or have won and all the conservatives are nothing but fools! This really is not about Dem’s against Repub’s or libs against conservs…this battle we choose to fight is about good against evil. But the libs don’t recognize that because they are evil!! This Gov’t is evil, no matter what side you are on…the gov’t is heads and tails…flip it in the air and call it..heads they win and tails we lose…WE ALL LOSE!!!!! Liberals don’t understand that at the end of this fight we are all losing, the results will be the same for everyone…we will all be on those nice entitlement programs you people love and the New World Order will be in total control of your life as well as ours. You obviously have no concept of Freedom… and not one of you would want to live in any other country in this world….why is that? It’s because we have been better off then any other country in the world and now you want to be just like all these other countries! Who really are the fools??? “EVIL” is winning for now and you choose that side…wowww are you guys smart….I really want more of you in control of my life because you know what’s best for me!!!
    DUH!!!!!

    • Jana

      The Insurance Companies are just now sending out the notices to inform the people of how it is going to hit them in their wallets. The sound isn’t going to be pretty. This is going to hit Liberals as well as Conservatives. You are right Ron, we are all losing.
      Even Obama is losing. He has lost control of his administration. He is lazy. Nothing has ever been his fault and it’s not his or his people’s fault either, so he won’t fire Sebelius or Holder as that would make him look like he has bad judgement and he can’t have that.
      Truth? He does have bad judgement! This is another scandal to add to the list.
      Obama is EVIL! Everything he does that is evil and is wrong is shown and brought out in the open. Only the blind and his dumb followers won’t see it. They will continue to party on down the path to destruction. It is history repeating itself.

      • Ron

        I believe he is the anti-Christ

        • Jana

          Knowing what I know about the Bible, I don’t believe he is the anti-Christ, but he is definitely a for-runner of the anti-Christ. He is certainly preparing us for him. Just like the cartoons that our children watch that are so evil. Many are made in China and wow they need to be banned from our children’s view.

          • Nadzieja Batki

            Humans have a very perverse nature that as soon as they perceive that something is going to be prohibited from them they must have it even if it destroys them. The Chinese or the Japanese can make the cartoons, just train your children to detest rubbishy things.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          If you mean that O is attempting to have the government take the place of God then you are correct. Calling O the Antichrist just makes Christians the target of jokes.

    • Vis Fac

      ABSOLUTELY Correct Good Post;

      Family values responsibility and common sense have been replaced by Political Correctness. Education has been Unionized by left wing radicals indoctrinating our children as a result people no longer have morals or ethics Government has turned society into a Me first society playing off the greed of others. Government (we now who sponsored this) has forsaken God and adopted an amoral posture unless it is for political gain we no longer hold life sacred or the sanctity of marriage. When it comes to personal choices we are FORCED to tolerate certain lifestyles abide by mob rule and have no say so whether we want health care insurance our government has taken this choice away from us We are lo longer the land of the free or home of the brave we have become subjects of the realm (some of us)

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Ron

        I had a brother killed in Viet Nam 1969..19yrs old…i pray one day when Jesus returns he will be at his side to fight again and i can join him in the fight against this evil…but for now i will keep my gun at my side waiting to be called on!!!

        • Vis Fac

          I too know the pain the loss of a loved one brings.My youngest son was murdered by a career felon released on a “technicality” Our only comfort is that we will be once again united. My heart goes out to you as I also lost quite a few buddies in Vietnam most after Hanoi Jane visited North Vietnam If I see her she’d better hightail it the other way for I have a few choice words I want to impart to he.

          For now keep you powder dry you’re gonna need it.

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Ron

            God be with us all!!

  • http://www.rt.com Alondra

    Dear Parents and Grandparents! This is a MUST watch very attentively.

    Education expert speaking out about the looming NATIONWIDE SCHOOL STANDARDS for history, science, and sexuality Just listen what curriculums for ALL subjects will be. Total DISTORTION & PERVERSION!!!

    • Vis Fac

      This nothing new It is the same liberal one dimensional idiot-ological BS perpetrated by liberal indoctrination camps Same crap just a different name.

      Bring back Dick and Jane and keep government out of education.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • TML

    John says, “There is no courage in what Cruz did. When you prepare and are finally called to go to the mat, you don’t back down — not if you have a modicum of courage. Instead, Cruz’s actions are just one more example of Republicans who in the end believe that their political career is more important than standing up for principals, more important than putting oneself on the line for something bigger than oneself. That is courage.”

    Acting in effort to save your ‘political career’ and acting on behalf of your state and constituency (as it should be), is the same thing.

    It’s interesting that you use the analogy of fighting, courage, and cowardice.

    “I think it was unfortunate that you saw multiple members of the Senate Republicans going on television attacking House conservatives, attacking the effort to defund Obamacare, saying, ‘It cannot win, It’s a fools error and we will lose, this must fail,’” Cruz said. “That is a recipe for losing the fight, and it’s a shame.” “I tried to do everything I could to urge Senate Republicans to come together and stand with House Republicans.”

    I’m sure it takes a lot of courage to make such a principled stand, and resist the status quo, even against your own Political Party. “Standing up for principals” on behalf of his constituency is exactly what Cruz did… and that’s why he was welcomed back in Texas the way that he was. http://www.westernjournalism.com/texas-crowd-gives-cruz-eight-minute-ovation/

    Again I say, the man did his job.

    • Jana

      When Cruz got home he was given an 8 minute standing ovation. Last night in Arlington he was given a 12 minute standing ovation.

      YAHOO.

      TML, I agree with you 100%. You said it very well.

      I was disappointed in John’s analogy. I generally agree with him but I don’t in this case.

    • Vis Fac

      The RINOS have shown their true colors they are comfortable with the status quo and care little for principle or their constituents only for themselves. This defeatist attitude like tossing a stone in a pond
      sends ripples of uncertainty and doubt among other members of congress. No wonder we only have one party and are in the mess we’re in.

      Those who are brave enough to stand up for what is right are heroes those who abase and demean are COWARDS !!!

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • JeffH

      Hear hear!

  • gelliott

    Bob,

    I like a good fight also. I’m so tired of the way Obama has gotten away with his nonsense. He has lied to us many, many times and is seldom called to account for it by the main stream media. The Dems in Congress fall in line with their “leadership” regardless how radical the idea that comes out of the White House. Our culture is being driven left, socialistic, and radically away from our historic values by the propaganda machine that is “owned” by the radical left, and our children and general masses just don’t see it. The move has been much like a slow motion earthquake in that it’s not quick enough to shock us, but has been relentless for years. So here we are. Like most others on this board, I’m frustrated, and want a good fight with the left. However, in the end, fighting should not be our goal, it is a tactic that should be used if useful in moving us closer to our goal of reestablishing a more responsible and freer society with a smaller more efficient and less intrusive government.

    One of our key strategies has to be to win political elections. Without winning majorities in Congress and the Presidency, we don’t have anything more than a “fight” at the end of the day. In order to win these offices, we need to focus on the real opponent (radical left) and form alliances among the various conservative constituent groups bound by a common goal of reestablishing
    fiscal discipline in government that is primarily fair to a majority of citizens while secondarily practically least painful for the minority, and is long term sustainable and supporting of the USA as an economic world power. I think almost all conservatives can rally around this goal even if they also feel strongly about other issues, like abortion, religious freedoms, cultural decline, defense, foreign involvement, gay marriage, drug legalization, etc. Even though I don’t prefer it, I’d vote for a Rino any day, so long as I believe he/she is a bright and honest person who shares a majority of my goals/values, over another liberal or “moderate” Dem who will throw his/her vote behind anything Obama/Reid/Pelosi wants them to do. I can live with other conservatives, even though we may differ on some issues, better than I can live with leftists who are hell bent on “transforming” this country. So, I won’t criticize Repubs for doing what they think best, so long as they and I agree on the end goal and strategy of winning elections. They have a right to differ with me on tactics, but unless we also agree on the strategy of winning elections, we can’t achieve our conservative goals.

    Standing by your principles is hugely important, but being flexible to public opinion is also important. This is not easily understood when it’s your principles that are being flexed. Trying to put yourself in the opponent’s “shoes” sometimes helps. Let’s take Obama for example. He is a hard leftist politician who always stands by his principles. He never negotiates. Wouldn’t you prefer that he were flexible enough to actually negotiate with the opposition on his objectives? I believe the American people would, and would actually be more supportive of him if he were. I can’t imagine that I would like him under any circumstance, but I wouldn’t be as opposed to him if he were more flexible. That would actually be a political “win” for him and his party. If he had been willing to negotiate the ACA with the opposition, I don’t think the program would be the total mess it’s turning out to be and people would be more willing to give it a try.

    Much has been said about why Obama won the last Presidential election, but one thing I think conservatives should keep in mind is that if the 4 million conservatives that chose not to vote in the last election had actually voted, we’d probably be complaining about President Romney today instead of President Obama. I just can’t imagine that we would be suffering under the same level of tyranny from our government under Romney or the Republican Party, regardless how many Rinos there are, as we are under Obama and his far left allies. I say, let’s stay focused on the most important goal, accept differences among conservatives as differences in tactics, not difference in goals, and work together to defeat the radical left’s grip on our country. All the while trying to convince the country that conservatives have better ideas and solutions and moving politicians as far right as we can.

    • Vis Fac

      In a nutshell APATHY perpetrated by liberal one dimensional idiot-ological indoctrination camps masquerading as public schools Their product being the functionally illiterate dependent on government and lame stream media.

      “I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already. What you are, you will pass on. Your descendent’s, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'” – Adolf Hitler November 06, 1933 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

      “This new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give youth its own education and its own upbringing.” Adolf Hitler May 01, 1937 The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

      “The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at
      which these changes cannot be reversed.” – Adolf Hitler

      “By means of shrewd lies unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell – and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.” Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf

      “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels 10/29/1897 – 5/1/1945 Minister of Propaganda Nazi Germany

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • LtRuss,173rd Airborne, 66-67

    people, we need to wake-up and push for the best that will come forward to run for congress. We need to make sure what they stand for and let them know we are done with the bull-s***. also let them know, If they don’t perform the way they promised we will take them out and put someone else in

  • NickCzudy

    John Meyer.
    the Senators and Congressmen, were not elected to show their courage. They were elected to govern and represent Americans.
    You rail against the more conservative and level headed members of the GOP.
    They should be applauded for using their heads instead of their misguided philosophy.
    You always make the case of the deep desire to cut spending, yet your party pissed away 24 billion in two weeks for absolutely nothing.
    Your current cause of destroying Obamacare is a misguided cause. The GOP are only doing it because of the 100’s of millions that are going into the pockets and coffers of the Right Wing.

    Your holistic cause is nothing more than greed. That makes the GOP the most despicable of politicians and Americans. Don’t you dare use the word “Patriots” as that is not a word that applies to the Tea Party.
    Imagine what would happen to America with the tea Party in charge. It is indeed scary.

    warm regards
    Nick Czudy

    • Vis Fac

      (SIC) the Senators and Congressmen, were not elected to show their courage. They were elected to govern and represent Americans.

      To that end you got it half right sadly they do not represent the people. Being a liberal you constantly demean and malign the Tea Party the Party that is fighting for “your” rights as well as the nations.

      Being a Tea Party member you must know that we are patriotic Americans. We peacefully assemble. We petition our government. We exercise our right to free speech and we don’t understand why our government tries to stop us. We aren’t here as serfs or vassals. We’re not begging our lords for mercy. We are born free American citizens and we’re telling our government that they’ve forgotten their place. It’s not their responsibility to look out for our well being and monitor our speech. It’s not their right to assert their agenda. The post that they occupy exists to preserve American liberty. They’ve sworn to perform that duty and have failed !!!

      Nick: When you start to assign blame you lose your credibility and the argument. The proof in the pudding is the action (or inaction) of those currently in office. I see the current POTUS is not interested in fulfilling his promises, the first being in the oath of office “to protect and defend the Constitution of The United States”. We all know but few admit he has done everything he can do destroy it!!
      FYI Those who dwell in the past are not looking towards the future.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

    • Jana

      And just what has the almost 7 trillion been for? Answer: Destroying our economy!
      Obamacare is destroying itself.

    • JeffH

      Nick says “Don’t you dare use the word “Patriots” as that is not a word that applies to the Tea Party.”

      Loosely translated in liberal doublepeak Nick is saying “bahhhh, bahhhh, bahhhh”!

      Hmmmmm, I wonder if Nick thinks he and his think alike Marxist/commie/progressives are patriots?

      Maybe, just maybe, It is true… that “stupid is forever”!

    • JeffH

      Progressivism is the disease, the cancer in America – G. Beck

      Progressivism

      This is the disease
      This is the disease in America
      It’s not just spending
      It’s not just taxes
      It’s not just corruption
      It is progressivism

      And it is in both parties – It is in Republicans and it is in Democrats.

      Republicans are just “Progressive Light”.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      But it is the philosophical stance/mindset of the Senators and Congressmen which determines how they will govern and represent America.

    • Don 2

      So Nick, can we expect some kind of a refund from the Obama regime for the $85 billion per month that the feds “print” and throw into the coffers of the wealthy on Wall St., while constantly reducing the value of Joe Plumber’s hard-earned dollar? Let’s see, that would be $1,020/year of those billions you talk about. Does that make the Obama regime gangstas or patriots?

    • gelliott

      Nick,

      I’m trying to figure out if you are the “brain washer” or the “brain washee”. Where did you find out that the government shut down cost $24B? It should have reduced cost. Regardless, you can thank Obama and Reid for the shutdown. Republicans offered many alternatives to them prior to the shutdown, but they rejected all offers until they got what they wanted (screw the country) without negotiating anything.

      Obamacare is a flawed program. Republicans have just been trying to point that out. Regardless, time will deal a death blow to this program as it will fail under the weight of its own design and administrative flaws. The problems with the website are only the beginning. If Democrats had any sense they would jump on the offer to delay this program by a year. It might give them time to fix some of the problems that are all too obvious to most people today.

      I don’t know where you get the idea that Republicans are any more greedy than Democrats. That’s simply propaganda, not fact.

      Yeah, just imagine what might happen to this country if we had Tea Party patriots in charge. They might demand that the government become smaller, less intrusive, more efficient, less expensive. They might even expect the government to balance its budget without raising taxes sky high. The country might even exist without the threat of defaulting on its promises and debt obligations. The country’s credit rating might even improve back to AAA+ again. We might
      even reduce the amount of corruption that the government is sponsoring. We might even strengthen the economy where folks could finally find jobs, aren’t losing the value of their assets through
      inflation, and get a reasonable return on their savings. Yeah, you’re right, that would be radical and really “awful.” NOT.

      • JeffH

        Nick’s a dozen donuts short of a baker’s dozen.

      • Jana

        Some of the cost of the shut down was due to Obama sending out the police to shut down open air memorial that was privately funded by the way. before the shut down there were NO National Park Service personnel at the memorial during much of a 24 hour day.During the shut down taxpayers paid for 8 police to prevent World War 11 Veterans from entering their memorial.

        Add to that the cost of fencing that had to be purchased and installed plus the cost of labor to do so. This was not cheap, and remember when they charge the government for anything they double or triple the price!

        Obama spent more on the memorial during the shut down than was spent before the shut down.

        President Clinton didn’t do that to the Viet Nam Memorial. At least he respected veterans.

      • NickCzudy

        Hi gelliot. You had an interesting reply.
        The 24 billion figure was all over the news and internet. It is a figure that has been repeated hundreds of times. If you figure out that the tea Party induced shutdown, laid off about 900,000 government employees, then pass a bill to pay them. In essence giving them a paid holiday, Then the two weeks on decreased government incomes, and the 24 billion is probably understated.
        The Right Wing have been looking for a cause to rally around for the last 5 years. First it was jobs and income. I am not aware of a single job that has been created by the GOP policies and action in congress.
        It is so blatantly obvious that the only cause that the Right are rallying around is to obstruct anything that Obama suggests. That is not governing. That is a pouting child that refuses to eat her food, unless you cave in to her demands.
        I am really sick of it. I would like to see some ideas and progress towards creating jobs.
        The tea party have shown that ideology is more important to rational actions. For one thing, their ideology is not representative of the majority of Americans. The estimates are about 37% of the population is supportive of the GOP. Of that a portion would be Tea Partiers.

        Lowering the deficit and the debt are honorable desires. You just can’t do it cold turkey. It needs to be done gradually along with stimulus to balance increased revenues with lower spending.
        The main mantra of the GOP is to cut cold turkey and this would cause a slide in jobs and the economic progress that has been made.
        Obama is on the right track and has cut the deficit from over one trillion 5 years ago, to around 450 billion. In another couple of years he would be balanced and start to repay the debt. The economy is steadily moving ahead and progressing.
        Every so often the GOP want to be heard, so they come up with artificial man made crises to get attention. That is what kids do, not grown adults.
        I shudder at the thought of people like Paul Broun, Rep Loey Gomerts, Michelle Bachman and Paul Cruz, ever getting into a position of running the country.
        Obamacare is a step towards what the rest of the world has been doing. Their percentage of the cost of health care to the GOP is about 7 to 8 % In the USA it is about 17%. Where is the extra cost going? Well into the pockets of the GMO’s, CEO’, insurance companies and middle men. The hospitals have been free to charge what ever they please and there has been no competition. They have had death panels to decide to cut of really sick people or to always deny coverage, to increase their profits. It is pure greed. Of course it allows them to put more than 100 million into the pockets of the GOP politicians and their pacts. How about just lowering the cost of health care for everyone and getting them down to closer to the 8% of GDP that is the norm for the rest of the world.

        I know that they medical industry, think that they are so special that they can rape and pillage Americans for overpriced health care, but they would still be overpaid if they matched the rest of the world.
        I am mostly concerned with the economy getting back on target. As a business owner, I am pleased with the progress that Obama has made and I am dismayed when the GOP throw a tantrum and set us back. They are pissing me off.

        I do not see the Right as patriots, or honorable, or wise in economics.
        Obamacare will sort out the computer webpage issue. It will be able to provide more economical health insurance for most Americans and it is much better than the train wreck that has been raping Americans over the last few decades.
        I would like to write more, but I have a business trip to go on now. You were one of the more reasonable members of this site.

        Best regards

        Nick Czudy

    • http://www.rt.com Alondra

      WOW. Nikita, what a tirade.
      Who gave you these talking points?
      I thought you are smarter, Nikita.

      According the Pew Research Center (a left-of-center organization) 2010 survey, Republicans outperformed Democrats on 10 of 12 questions, with one tie and Democrats outperforming Republicans on JUST 1 of the 12. In the latest survey, 2012, however, Republicans OUTPERFORMED Democrats on EVERY SINGLE ONE of 19 questions.

      Nikita, please do not embarrass yourself anymore.

      Till next time.
      Alondra

    • http://www.rt.com Alondra

      WOW. Nikita, what a tirade.
      Who gave you these talking points?
      I thought you are smarter, Nikita.

      According the Pew Research Center (a left-of-center organization) 2010 survey, Republicans outperformed Democrats on 10 of 12 questions, with one tie and Democrats outperforming Republicans on JUST 1 of the 12. In the latest survey, 2012, however, Republicans OUTPERFORMED Democrats on EVERY SINGLE ONE of 19 questions.

      Nikita, please do not embarrass yourself anymore.

      Till next time.
      Alondra

  • red neck

    I’m beginning to believe that the GOP is full of nothing but hypocrites.
    They shake the tree in order to cause a commotion they then take a step back and see how many leaves fall on the ground. They then walk away with a big smile on their faces all of the while trumpeting their fruitless effort.
    Yes the GOP are spineless cowards!!!!!

    • Vis Fac

      The GOP is now the DUMBOCRITIC party only retaining the logo of Thomas Nast. This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Politics
      is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia and there is no difference between the major parties. It’s time to clean house !!!

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Chuckb

    John Myers, We’ve had a similar life experience, I too spent years associated with the boxing world. My good buddy “Jerry Leudee” was ranked number 9 in the world back in the 50’s, He also was all service middle weight champ in the Army, a great guy, check it out on Google, Also a great American conservative.

    Too bad our GOP doesn’t have some of this stamina and courage, however, it seems to be the society as a whole, too much as a watcher and very little as a doer..

    • Vis Fac

      Never was a fan of boxing. I have an aversion to pugilistics. I try and back away from a physical fight because we Marines are not taught boxing we’re taught fighting to win and survive. There are no points for second place.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • nc

        Force, one of most my enjoyable days in training in the Corps was on a Friday morning before we went on our first Liberty when one of our DIs taught us some bar room brawl tactics in case we ran into some sailors while off the base! I was not a fighter either! More of a lover! I thought!!

        • Vis Fac

          I never had any liberty in Boot Camp In fact I don’t remember any liberty until I completed the first faze of Recon School which consisted of what is now called MMA training We were warned that should we be caught in a fight we would be brought up on charges .

          I’ve seen a few run brawls involving sailors and Marines but nothing compared with the brawls amongst all services it was Marines and the Navy vs everyone else

          As I was taught by the other government agency I was attached to I stay in the shadows and observe

          You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Miyako

            Be Respectful………Air Force Vet.

          • Vis Fac

            Who says so? Are you another liberal trying to tell someone else how they should be?
            In oder to garner respect the other party must also be respectful I do not fire the first salvo however I retaliate in kind. Mr. Air Force Vet
            To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone
            will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • Miyako

            My point. No More wars. Everyone in The Military Has a Job To Do. My Job Was Air Defense In The Sixties From Russian Air Attack On America. I don’t ‘Holler’ About My Training Or Branch Of Service. I Just Did My Job. Period. I was Proud Of My Service In The Air Force. and I Did Many Air medevac Controlling For Planes From Nam To Japan. The Pilots Who Flew The Air Medevac Planes Were Very Thankful For Our Direction Around Bad Weather Over The east China Sea On The way To Japan With The Wounded. I Believe You Grunts Called US…..Air Dales”?

          • Vis Fac

            If you are at all familiar with history you would know there will always be war it’s human nature. Those who claim the prize of leadership are those predisposed to war as they like projecting their power.

            Everyone should be proud of what they did some of us had to stay in the shadows to do our jobs My job demanded that I had to operate in places where where we weren’t supposed to be (the kind of things movies are made of) for years I couldn’t talk about any of it to anyone so when I do it’s a bit cathartic.

            I know what Air Dales are spoke with many over com link. What you probably don’t know is that because of my training and a serendipitous incident led me to suggest forming a unit to go into Laos Cambodia and North Vietnam to rescue downed airmen who had been captured and on their way to Hanoi.

            We had a better than average chance at repatriation if they weren’t yet transfered to Hanoi. As I and some of my fellow Recon team members speak Russian we were tasked to pose as Russians including ID weapons and uniforms to first attain custody and if necessary eliminate their captors. This gave me the most satisfaction for what I did in the service. It was the biggest pucker factor as well.

            You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

  • mark

    For once I agree with you, Mr. Myers. Republicans and conservatives are totally gutless and useless: cowards to the core. You win. I cry “uncle!”

    • JeffH

      mark, mark, mark…you don’t even realize that you’re just a “useful idiot”…or do you? Alinsky would be proud.

      The real PTB, the “Shadow Government” behind the O-Team and his predecessors, and the Marxist/communist progressive movement in general, have had a lot of help from “useful idiots” like you and those in the mainstream media. They have been relying on various levels of useful idiots, blind defenders and apologists for O, to help manipulate public perception with the help of an incompetent news media. Ultimately the dirty-deeds must be handled by disposable useful idiots like yourself that are fed along, as long as they do as they are told and summarily dismissed when no longer useful.

      • Jana

        JeffH, I vote he realizes that he IS an idiot.

        • JeffH

          LMAO!

      • mark

        I’m just agreeing with an author on this blog for the first time in my life. Republicans and conservatives are cowards. Myers is right. Case closed. I would think you would be proud of me for finally seeing the light and agreeing with PLD on this issue.

        • JeffH

          No mark, mark, mark, only a fool would buy that…you’re not agreeing at all…you’re being a useful idiot and using the opportunity to cheap shot conservatives.

          The GOP/Republican Party is not a conservative party in any sense of the word.

          I see you for the gutless and cowardly progressive you really are mark, mark, mark…one who uses big government to force your progressive ideolgy on those of us that embrace personal freedom and believe in the Constitution.

          Oh, just so ya know, I don’t agree with Mr. Myers assesment either.

  • JeffH

    Peter Schweizer explains it all, with the facts, in his new book “Extortion”.
    http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/news/200/schweizerfcpa09182013/
    … “criminal behavior” was much more of a factor behind — and at the heart of — the financial crisis than people making risky choices”.

    And according to early publicity about the book that made it’s way onto the Internet, Schweizer believes extortion is now more of a problem than lobbying.

    The problem used to be that special interests clogged up the system by showering money on politicians, Schweizer says.

    Now the dynamic is reversed.

    Schweizer argues that money now rules Washington in a whole new way — by extortion.

    Our politicians refuse to schedule votes until corporations and individuals pay up.

    They play one industry off against another for months or years while milking both sides for funds.

    They pass complex bills so that when they leave public service they can hire themselves out as guides to that very complexity.

    With very few exceptions no one in our government and in Washington DC gives a hoot about you or our country.

    • Jana

      Especially when Obama threatened businesses and corporations that supported the TEA Party with long and hard investigations UNLESS they paid up, which is EXTORTION! Obama said he would punish his enemies, and punish he does. If you are not for Obama you are his enemy and he punishes you.

      • JeffH
        • Jana

          I’m going there. Thanks.

          • JeffH

            Jana, you would probably enjoy these comments by Palin too!

            Palin: Congress Has America Caught Up in ‘Endless Extortion Scheme’

            Palin: “The fact that these strong-arm tactics take place in Washington doesn’t surprise me at all. I’ve fought this type of corruption my entire political career. And those who disagreed with me politically used thug-like tactics to try to bankrupt my family with frivolous lawsuits in Alaska, and it hasn’t stopped to this day.”
            http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/21/Extortion

        • Miyako

          All The Blacks In America Know This””! Going Back To FDR. The Welfare King.

          • Ron r

            Yeah since there have always been more whites than blacks using entitlements , I assume they learned from white TV!!!

          • Miyako

            You Are Totally wrong. Percentage Wise…… Blacks Are The Number One People On The Doll. As The Violent Ones In Americas Society. 70% Of Black Children Born Out Of Wedlock. Who Pays’? The White Majority. State Prisons Have a Greater Percentage Of Blacks then White. Blacks Are Only 17.7% Of Americas Population.

          • Bob666

            Welfare Statistics

            Total number of Americans on welfare
            12,800,000

            Total number of Americans on food stamps
            46,700,000

            Total number of Americans on unemployment
            insurance
            5,600,000

            Percent of the US population on welfare
            4.1 %

            Total government spending on
            welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment)
            $131.9
            billion

            Welfare
            Demographics

            Percent of recipients
            who are white
            38.8 %

            Percent of recipients who are black
            39.8 %

            Percent of recipients who are Hispanic
            15.7 %

            Percent of recipients who are Asian
            2.4 %

            Percent of recipients who are Other
            3.3 %

            Welfare Statistics

            Total amount of money you can make monthly and still receive
            Welfare
            $1000

            Total Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than an $8 per hour
            job
            39

            Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than a $12 per hour job
            6

            Number of U.S. States where Welfare pays more than the average
            salary of a U.S. Teacher

            http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

            8

          • Miyako

            I see You Have Done Your Homework. Thanks. Again, I was Talking About Percentages. By The way Bob…..The Food Stamp group In America…Is More Then The Total Population Of Spain. Pretty Sorry Isn’t it. 666””’? Wow”! The Beast’! nice Choice Of An Id.

          • Bob666

            Miyako
            I remember teaching a class in Quantitative Analytics a few years ago in an undergrad business program because three weeks into the term, the professor who taught the course had a heart attack and I was the only adjunct who had a masters degree in math/science who was available.

            While it was struggle to teach and I am not sure it was my best efforts in teaching, it made me deal with some pretty complex statistics and you need data to predict it.

            Back in 2003 when I taught this course, I was surprised that at that time, rural white families (single parent) were the single largest recipients of public assistance.

          • Miyako

            No Surprise There. We In America Dolt Over Blacks,Jews,Hispanics And The Illegal Aliens. We Forget, That The Current Majority Of Taxpayers Are White. I Believe a few years ago…..I Read Something Like 115 Million Was Spent On The Illegal Population In New Jersey per Year.. I Wonder what The Figure For California Is?

          • Bob666

            Miyako,
            I live in Florida and really have not looked at the number for the nutcase state. I do remember looking at statistics back in 2004-2005 when tougher laws were being passed on social security number checks to discourage undocumented aliens.

            One small fact was; when they were using fake SS numbers to get employment, people never took into account these undocumented worker were paying into Social Security and would never receive benefits.

            Working in the construction industry, most of the unskilled and semi skilled labor has traditionally been done by these people and I would also say that most of them have a pretty good work ethic.

            there is a cost to have these people here-but there have also been economic benefits as well.

          • Miyako

            Benefit..Economic…..? What About The PEW Foundation Figures. The Average Mexican Family In America Has four siblings. There Have been Numerous Study’s.. That The illegal alien households Take Much More Out Of The Generous welfare And Other Benefits Then They Contribute. Study’s Have been done that Mexican household’s…Are Inclined To keep Mexican Culture,Language,Customs in America Long After The Legal and illegal Migration To America. This is Colonization. Although The first migration Of Mexicans To America Shows a Good Work Ethic.. The second And Third Generations Have a Large Welfare Mentality.

          • Miyako

            Benefit..Economic…..? What About The PEW Foundation Figures. The Average Mexican Family In America Has four siblings. There Have been Numerous Study’s.. That The illegal alien households Take Much More Out Of The Generous welfare And Other Benefits Then They Contribute. Study’s Have been done that Mexican household’s…Are Inclined To keep Mexican Culture,Language,Customs in America Long After The Legal and illegal Migration To America. This is Colonization. Although The first migration Of Mexicans To America Shows a Good Work Ethic.. The second And Third Generations Have a Large Welfare Mentality.

          • Bob666

            That is one way of looking at it, but there are others as well. They tend to work for lower wages and that drives down the cost of goods (like produce) and services like construction and other services.

            That increase purchasing power. there is also the Social Security revenue they paid in as well as federal income tax withholding.

            Is the net effect a cost to society, probably is. But my point is; there have been some tangible benefits that helped off-set those cost.

          • Miyako

            Education In America Is Costly. Free breakfast,Lunch, Hospital Visits,Translation Costs,Prison Costs,Drug Costs,Housing,Babys,Etc Etc. The Negative Offsets The monetary Gain You Mention. You Neglect To Mention..Culture…..customs….Holidays…..Etc. La Raza…..Maldef………Atzlan……etc. No assimilation there!

          • Ron r

            I think he was also like 1% difference in who receives Food Stamps. (Blacks & Whites)

          • Ron r

            Whites are 73% of the population yet receive 69% of overall government benefits. Simple math. They out number all other races, at least right now. Ask Fox “NEWS” and Newt Ginwitch

          • Miyako

            Ron..Were You Educated At Brown University”? The Truth is This…..Blacks In America Are Inferior And Require A Constant Handout From Government To Survive. If The Whites Stopped All The Taxes To Support The Black Ingrates In America…..They Would Revolve Back To Their Base Instincts……Steal And Rape. when You Twist Facts.. To suit Your Pride… You Leave Out The Truth. Welfare,Housing,Methadone,Teenage Baby Births,Affirmative Action,Cell Phones,Food Stamps,Etc etc. Blacks In America As a Percentage of Population are The Group Who Least Support The System And draw The Most From The Workers (Taxpayers). Does Detroit And Murder In Chicago Ring A Bell? Any Large Percentage Of Blacks Is Violent Crime For ANY City In America. FBI Stats. Sorry Charlie”’!!

          • Ron r

            where were you educated KKLK University?? You are a credit to your race. LMAO!!!

          • Miyako

            “I HAVE A DREAM”’ That One Day…………America Will Be Communist’! Spoken From a Fellow Traveler. MLK’! Or The Other Communist From South Afrika…. Nelson Mandela. Take Your Pick”? PS: What Is The Meaning Lmao……? Must Be Some New Ghetto speak”””’?

          • Ron r

            I think even then whites received more government benefits than blacks. In fact I know they did, so what’s your point??? BTW, you want to change something?? VOTE!!!!

  • Don 2

    Average Premiums For Young Women To Increase 193%

    http://freebeacon.com/study-average-premiums-for-young-women-to-increase-193/

  • Don 2

    Obamacare Website Often Lists Wrong Coverage Prices

    http://freebeacon.com/obamacare-website-often-lists-wrong-coverage-prices/

  • native blood

    Military leadership is defined as the “art” of directing and influencing persons in such a way as to gain their confidence, respect, loyalty and willing obedience in order to accomplish a given mission. Other than setting an example and placing the mission up front, the people are still your most precious assets.
    A congressman or senator is my employee and therefore the heroic actions and courageous measures should come in the form of placing their constituents first.
    If a decision is good for your people then it should be good for the country as a collective. Accepting bribes from a lobbyist is not my idea of exercising in any form and this activity tarnishes any impression they may have given us during the campaign. In a nutshell, a politician works for you and I and we should never believe that they are our leaders,ever, ever, Never!

  • Karma

    So basically you and Ted Cruz , two Canadians are hell bent on destroying America. Are you guys taking revenge for something America did to Canada? I saw this skit on SNL where one of the guys hailed Canada as the winner-seems he is right. Isn’t it ironic though that both of you was born in a country where Obamacare is the law of the land, and is in fine working condition and yet want to deprive poor Americans of that privilege. Of course you guys are not to be blamed. It comes back to the intelligence of the people- After all it is said that in “the country of the blind, a one eyed man is kink. Guess you guys are kings.”

    • Miyako

      Canucks In America Are Known As Cheap Bastards. They Don’t Tip And If They Do..Its a Penny. Yet These ‘A Holes’ In Canada Spend Their Winters Here In Florida Complaining About America And Its ‘SOME’ Educated People (Tea Party) The Crew Up North Are All Socialists And Love To Give all There Labor In Taxes To a Socialist Government. And Yet’/ I Thought They Hated The Socialist Queen of England”? Ha Ha lol Lol. Stay The Hell Up North In The Winter..You Cheap a Holes’!

    • Jana

      No Don2, you Liberal Socialists are destroying America all by yourselves!

      • JeffH

        You mean Karma?

      • Karma

        I have no part in this buddy, I live in the great white north (Beautiful Canada)

        • Miyako

          Where All The Cheap People Come From To Spend The Winter In Florida.

      • http://batman-news.com samurai

        Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. No quarter! Are you ready to fight for our freedoms next year? We will need all the patriots we can get for next years elections. Here is an article describing what I am saying.

        http://www.commonconstitutionalist.com/political-stuff/2014-the-tea-partys-battle-of-trenton/

        FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

        You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

        “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior.”

        John Quincy Adams
        6th President of the U. S.
        Devout Christian

      • Don 2

        Not me Jana

  • WTS/JAY

    Jon Stewart Totally DESTROYS Obama Administration Over IRS Scandal | A MUST WATCH…

    • Ron r

      John Stewart destroys the republican and tea party every night. Watch last nights show!!!

      • WTS/JAY

        Michelle Fields on Jon Stewart Blasting Obama Admin for Scandals –

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. No quarter! We all know that the msm has a strong libturd/progturd bias, but here is an article from CBS that launches a direct hit on Obama bin Laden.

      http://www.minutemannews.com/2013/10/cbs-obama-headed-toward-credibility-death-spiral-one-false-promise-another/

      looks like they are starting to break ranks a little bit. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

      “Respect your country always. Respect your government, when they earn it.”

      Samuel Clemons

  • Bob666

    47% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People

    Monday, October 14, 2013

    Belief that the Republican Party has a plan for the future has tumbled 20 points since last year, but nearly half of voters still believe neither major political party represents the American people.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the GOP has a plan for where it wants to take the nation. That’s down from 54% in June 2012 and back to levels seen in earlier surveys. Forty-seven percent (47%) think Republicans do not have a plan for the future, while 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 12-13, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/october_2013/47_think_neither_political_party_represents_the_american_people

    For those who can’t deal with reality, vote here.

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    • WTS/JAY

      Ignorant America: Just How Stupid Are We?
      Millions of Americans are embarrassingly ill-informed and they do not care that they are.

      “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson

      “About 1 in 4 Americans can name more than one of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition for redress of grievances.) But more than half of Americans can name at least two members of the fictional cartoon family [The Simpsons], according to a survey.

      “The study by the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum found that 22 percent of Americans could name all five Simpson family members, compared with just 1 in 1,000 people who could name all five First Amendment freedoms.”

      But what does it mean exactly to say that American voters are stupid? About this there is unfortunately no consensus.

      Like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, who confessed not knowing how to define pornography, we are apt simply to throw up our hands in frustration and say: We know it when we see it. But unless we attempt a definition of some sort, we risk incoherence, dooming our investigation of stupidity from the outset. Stupidity cannot mean, as Humpty Dumpty would have it, whatever we say it means.

      Five defining characteristics of stupidity, it seems to me, are readily apparent.

      First, is sheer ignorance: Ignorance of critical facts about important events in the news, and ignorance of how our government functions and who’s in charge.

      Second, is negligence: The disinclination to seek reliable sources of information about important news events.

      Third, is wooden-headedness, as the historian Barbara Tuchman defined it: The inclination to believe what we want to believe regardless of the facts.

      Fourth, is shortsightedness: The support of public policies that are mutually contradictory, or contrary to the country’s long-term interests.

      Fifth, and finally, is a broad category I call bone-headedness, for want of a better name: The susceptibility to meaningless phrases, stereotypes, irrational biases, and simplistic diagnoses and solutions that play on our hopes and fears.

      American Ignorance…

      Taking up the first of our definitions of stupidity, how ignorant are we? Ask the political scientists and you will be told that there is damning, hard evidence pointing incontrovertibly to the conclusion that millions are embarrassingly ill-informed and that they do not care that they are. There is enough evidence that one could almost conclude — though admittedly this is a stretch — that we are living in an Age of Ignorance.

      Surprised? My guess is most people would be.

      The general impression seems to be that we are living in an age in which people are particularly knowledgeable. Many students tell me that they are the most well-informed generation in history.

      Why are we so deluded? The error can be traced to our mistaking unprecedented access to information with the actual consumption of it. Our access is indeed phenomenal. George Washington had to wait two weeks to discover that he had been elected president of the United States. That’s how long it took for the news to travel from New York, where the Electoral College votes were counted, to reach him at home in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Americans living in the interior regions had to wait even longer, some up to two months.

      Now we can watch developments as they occur halfway around the world in real time. It is little wonder then that students boast of their knowledge. Unlike their parents, who were forced to rely mainly on newspapers and the network news shows to find out what was happening in the world, they can flip on CNN and Fox or consult the Internet.

      But in fact only a small percentage of people take advantage of the great new resources at hand.

      In 2005, the Pew Research Center surveyed the news habits of some 3,000 Americans age 18 and older. The researchers found that 59% on a regular basis get at least some news from local TV, 47% from national TV news shows, and just 23% from the Internet.
      Anecdotal evidence suggested for years that Americans were not particularly well-informed.

      As foreign visitors long ago observed, Americans are vastly inferior in their knowledge of world geography compared with Europeans. (The old joke is that “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”) But it was never clear until the postwar period how ignorant Americans are. For it was only then that social scientists began measuring in a systematic manner what Americans actually know. The results were devastating.

      The most comprehensive surveys, the National Election Studies (NES), were carried out by the University of Michigan beginning in the late 1940s. What these studies showed was that Americans fall into three categories with regard to their political knowledge.

      A tiny percentage know a lot about politics, up to 50%-60% know enough to answer very simple questions, and the rest know next to nothing.

      Contrary to expectations, by many measures the surveys showed the level of ignorance remaining constant over time.

      In the 1990s, political scientists Michael X. Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter concluded that there was statistically little difference between the knowledge of the parents of the Silent Generation of the 1950s, the parents of the Baby Boomers of the 1960s, and American parents today. (By some measures, Americans are dumber today than their parents of a generation ago.)

      Some of the numbers are hard to fathom in a country in which for at least a century all children have been required by law to attend grade school or be home-schooled. Even if people do not closely follow the news, one would expect them to be able to answer basic civics questions, but only a small minority can.

      In 1986, only 30% knew that Roe v. Wade was the Supreme Court decision that ruled abortion legal more than a decade earlier.

      In 1991, Americans were asked how long the term of a United States senator is. Just 25% correctly answered six years.

      How many senators are there? A poll a few years ago found that only 20% know that there are 100 senators, though the number has remained constant for the last half century (and is easy to remember).

      Encouragingly, today the number of Americans who can correctly identify and name the three branches of government is up to 40%.

      Polls over the past three decades measuring Americans’ knowledge of history show similarly dismal results.

      What happened in 1066? Just 10% know it is the date of the Norman Conquest.

      Who said the “world must be made safe for democracy”? Just 14% know it was Woodrow Wilson.

      Which country dropped the nuclear bomb? Only 49% know it was their own country.

      Who was America’s greatest president? According to a Gallup poll in 2005, a majority answer that it was a president from the last half century: 20% said Reagan, 15% Bill Clinton, 12% John Kennedy, 5% George W. Bush. Only 14% picked Lincoln and only 5%, Washington.

      And the worst president? For years Americans would include in the list Herbert Hoover. But no more. Most today do not know who Herbert Hoover was, according to the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey in 2004. Just 43% could correctly identify him.

      The only history questions a majority of Americans can answer correctly are the most basic ones.

      What happened at Pearl Harbor? A great majority know: 84%.

      What was the Holocaust? Nearly 70% know. (Thirty percent don’t?) But it comes as something of a shock that, in 1983, just 81% knew who Lee Harvey Oswald was and that, in 1985, only 81% could identify Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Who these poor souls were who didn’t know who Martin Luther King was we cannot be sure. Research suggests that they were probably impoverished (the poor tend to know less on the whole about politics and history than others) or simply unschooled, categories which usually overlap.

      But even Americans in the middle class who attend college exhibit profound ignorance. A report in 2007 published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute found that on average 14,000 randomly selected college students at 50 schools around the country scored under 55 (out of 100) on a test that measured their knowledge of basic American civics. Less than half knew that Yorktown was the last battle of the American Revolution.

      Surprisingly, seniors often tested lower than freshmen. (The explanation was apparently that many students by their senior year had forgotten what they learned in high school.)

      http://thirdworldtraveler.com/America/Ignorant_America.html

      For those who can’t deal with reality, vote here.

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      • Bob666

        How Groups Voted in 2012

        2012

        Group… Obama… Romney
        All Voters

        Pct. … 51% … 47%

        SEX
        Men …… 47 … 45 … . 52

        Women …….. 53 … 55 … 44

        RACE

        White …….. 72 … 39 … 59

        African-Amcn … 13 … 93 … 6

        Hispanic …. 10 …. 71 … 27

        Asian …. 3 … 73 … 26

        Other …. 2 … 58 … 38

        AGE

        18-29 …. 19 60 37

        30-44 …. 27 …. 52 … 45

        45-64 …. 38 … . 47 …. 51

        65 & over …. 16 … 44 …. 56

        INCOME

        <$50,000 …. 41 … 60 …. 38

        $50K-90K …. 31 ….. 46 …. 52

        $100K & over 28 …………. 44 .. 54

        EDUCATION

        Some HS …. 3 …… 64 . 35

        HS graduate …. 21 …… 51 .. 48

        Some college …. 29 ……. 49 . 48

        Graduate …. 29 ……. 47 .. 51

        Postgraduate …. 18 ……. 55 .. 42

        PARTY

        Democrat …. 38 … 92 7

        Republican …….. 32 …… 6 93

        Independent …. 29 ……. 45 50

        POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

        Liberal …….. 25 ……. 86 11

        Moderate ……… 41 …… 56 .. 41

        Conservative ……..35 ….. 17 .. 82

        MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES

        Economy ………. 59 …… 47 51

        Budget deficit …….15 …… 32 66

        Foreign policy ………. 5 …… 56 33

        Health care ……….. 18 ….. 75 24

        Sources:

        "Exit polls 2012: How the vote has shifted." The Washington Post
        November 6, 2012. January 10, 2013
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        • WTS/JAY

          Are Polls Useless?

          “Polling companies are now reporting that their telephone results are working out like this:

          38% could not be reached

          53% were contacted but actively refused to answer

          9% cooperated and answered the polling questions

          In round figures, that means out of 10 phone numbers tried,

          4 don’t answer at all,

          5 answer and hang up,

          and only about 1 out of 10 actually cooperates.

          Wow! Did you know that? The next time you see a poll, any poll, be sure to remember this post. Mr. Martin concludes by saying what An Excellent Spirit thinks:

          “Think about our BBs. We only needed 40 red BBs out of a thousand to “refuse to be counted” to reverse our little “poll” completely. And here, we’re seeing that by the time our pollsters have counted 1,000 BBs, 9,000 of them refuse to be counted.

          What effect does this have on the polls? It’s hard to say: the one thing we don’t know is what the uncounted people think.

          But the one thing we can be pretty certain of is that the polls, with these kinds of conditions, are nearly useless.”

          http://www.anexcellentspirit.com/2012/10/06/are-polls-useless/#.Umh0Cyies70

          • Bob666

            Jay,
            I would say polls only matter if they back up your opinion. The polls that I have posted have nothing to do with my opinion.

          • WTS/JAY

            Is your statement based on a recent poll, Bob, or is your statement your opinion?

          • Bob666

            No Jay,
            The polls are based on accepting reality. At this point, the GOP is pissing off the American people. Mainstream that is, the ones that elect the legislative and executive branches.

            At this pace, Hillary is insured to be elected in 2016. I know that you will not agree Jay, but I must also remind you that you are far from mainstream in your thinking.

  • Warrior

    Dear John, don’t stop with Congress. Here in ill-annoy and sheet-cago we have spineless politicians the are now cornered by their very own “patronage” scheme. Underfunded liabilities are absolutely going to ruin this country. NO doubt about it.

  • http://batman-news.com samurai

    HHHHHooooorrrrraaaaahhhhh! Its another great day. I smell the scent of libturds, progturds, and brimstome in the air. Yes, it is a great day to continue the battle for this country. Here is a disturbing report about the army under Obama bin Laden.

    http://www.news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/102213–676088-ray-odierno-army-combat-brigades-way-below-minimum-after-cuts.htm?p=full

    Just like Obama bin Laden to make us weaker in the military. With this report coming across my desk, I sometime think about going back in to train our troops. Obama bin Laden can kiss my backside if he thinks otherwise. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!

    You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

    “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”

    Benjamin Franklin
    Founding father
    Devout Christian

    • NickCzudy

      Samurai, You put a smile on my face as usual.
      Your comrades here are kissing your ass enough. I will pass.
      You are not battling for this country, you are trying to undermine it.
      Guns and military. That is your primary concern? How about jobs and feeding everyone. How about inexpensive health care.
      Not everyone has your priorities.
      regards
      NicK Czudy

  • patsch13

    Term limits–that would get the trolls out and bring in new faces, new attitudes, and an interest to actually solve the problems created by the establishment politicians on both sides. The movement to Socialism–which works only for the elitists, is a prescription for the death of our country’s freedom, liberty, and future. Our lives have been stolen away bit by bit for the last 40 years. It’s time to reverse the tide.