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Obama’s Tyrannical Executive Orders

By Alan Caruba

A September 24 a Wall Street Journal editorial warned that President Obama is moving to control the Internet by executive order. “Any day now, the White House will issue an executive order on cyber security, according to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano who said last week that the measure ‘is close to completion.’”

It noted that “the White House intends to go ahead with its order in the face of vociferous opposition on Capitol Hill.”

“According to leaked versions of the draft, the executive order would impose security standards for 16 critical industries” and that “private companies have innovated and invested heavily to protect themselves without regulatory prodding. What they need from the government is an information-sharing program and liability protection.”

This is just one more executive order that would, along with others, impose a totalitarian control over every aspect of life in America on the pretext of a national emergency. We had a national emergency on 9/11 and no laws were abrogated, no Constitutional freedoms denied.

A Homeland Security Department study, “Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States 1970-2008”, listed Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic”, “suspicious of centralized federal authority” and “reverent of individual liberty” as potential terrorists.

Jeffery T. Kuhmer, writing in The Washington Times in March, noted that “On March 15, the White House released an executive order, ‘National Defense Resources Preparedness.’ The document is stunning in its audacity and a flagrant violation of the Constitution.”

To understand how extensive this is, the Western Center for Journalism published a list of “Obama’s Worst Executive Orders” asserting that some 900 Obama executive orders had been initiated when in fact Obama has signed 139. However, added to active EOs from previous administrations, the Center is correct in its fears that he is “creating a martial law ‘Disney Land’ of control covering everything imaginable.”

Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.

Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health education and welfare functions.

Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.

Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.

Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issues over a fifteen-year period.

Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute Industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

These executive orders are a blueprint for the takeover by the government by White House fiat, by-passing Congress.

By declaring that “international tensions and economic or financial crisis” or a “national emergency” exists, it puts all powers of governance in the hands of one man, Barack Hussein Obama.

Do you want to live in such a nation?

(c) Alan Caruba, 2012

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UN Seeks “World Tax” To Fund Global Socialism
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published in February of 2012. But it just as easily could have been written yesterday.

There is an article at Fox News.com we’d like to recommend. It is entitled: “EXCLUSIVE: As the UN opens its General Assembly session, it is already thinking up new global taxes.” You will find it here:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/09/27/as-un-opens-its-general-assembly-session-it-is-already-thinking-up-new-global/#ixzz27rsaMGvU

Now that you have read the article at Fox News, please read on for our take on the United Nations and socialism — and unfortunately, America’s role in it.

Thank you. JDL
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“No one should live below a certain income level,” stated Milos Koterec, President of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. “Everyone should be able to access at least basic health services, primary education, housing, water, sanitation and other essential services.” (SOURCE) We recommend that you click on the “source” and read the entire article by Paul Joseph Watson.

Why is the US still a member of the United Nations? The UN is, in my opinion, the single greatest threat to American freedom and liberty on the planet today … and that’s saying a lot!

The UN has been finagling for decades to construct a global government (a one-world government) and rule over all the peoples of the earth. National sovereignty be damned.

For the people of the United States it would mean the abrogation of the US Constitution. Our loyalty would be to the UN — not to the US Constitution. UN law would prevail in America, not US law.

The UN has delusions of grandeur. I mean REAL delusions. Unfortunately, except for the late US Senator Jesse Helms, of North Carolina, nobody has been willing to stand up and call them on it.

Any attempt to rule the world is destined to end in utter and abject failure. The people of this planet are far too diverse — and just plain ornery — to agree to live under one government. Any attempt to force a one-world government on earth will lead to wars all over the planet. The earth would be in a constant state of world war. Any FOOL can see that.

And yet they continue to mold a receptive mindset in the less educated, less sophisticated, and the less fortunate peoples of the earth in order to create a creature so banal, ignorant, weak, and vulnerable as to be completely reliant on them for their very existence. It is akin to the modus operandi of the Democratic Party in the United States.

And now the UN wants us to pay for it, too!

Once again they are seeking a “World Tax” to fund their global socialism. It is pure socialism/communism. Of course, they want to tax the wealthier countries more than the less wealthy countries. It other words – it is redistribution of the wealth or, as we have come to know it … socialism.

“ A 2010 UN blueprint for putting the organization back at the forefront of global governance alarmingly revealed the agenda to re-brand global warming as “overpopulation” as a means of dismantling the middle classes while using “global redistribution of wealth” and increased immigration to reinvigorate the pursuit of a one world government.” (SOURCE)

The UN has even put forth “a plan under which the west would be mandated to respect “the rights of Mother Earth” by paying a “climate debt” which would act as a slush fund for bankrolling an all-powerful world government.” (SOURCE)

Oh, the utopians will love this idea … until they grow up. By then, of course, it will be too late — because the world will already be enslaved.

If the US is the subject of an act of God, and conservatives manage to grasp control of the Congress and the Presidency, then Americans should insist that one of the first acts of the new government should be to pull the United States of America out of the United Nations.

As an American, I am embarrassed that my country is a member in such a corrupt organization. For good measure, Americans ought to insist that the United Nations move its headquarters to a country more accepting of the UN’s corrupt socialist agenda.

The UN is a festering carbuncle on the posterior of the world. Its stench reaches unto heaven.

By the way: that “world tax” the UN wants to levy would be … “a minimal financial transaction tax (of .005 percent). This will create $40 billion in revenue.” (SOURCE)

In a recent report by Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, “Mr. De Schutter blames the free market system for threatening the livelihoods of “peasants, fishers, pastoralists, and indigenous peoples.” He emphasizes “the importance of land redistribution for the realization of the right to food.” (SOURCE)

De Schutter goes on to say: “Rather than focusing on strengthening the rights of landowners, States should encourage communal ownership systems, strengthen customary land tenure systems and reinforce tenancy laws to improve the protection of land-users…” (SOURCE)

What he is advocating, dear reader, is doing away with private ownership of land and replacing it with collective farms, or socialist communes. YOU will not be able to own land. The STATE will own all the land.

The United Nations is a socialist organization and the United States of America has no business even associating with it let alone being a dues paying member.

J. D. Longstreet

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When did Communism become an American Dream?

By JB Williams

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Sadly, too many Americans don’t know what communism is, or they foolishly think that it died with the fall of the Soviet Union. Nothing could be further from the truth. Communism is alive and well, but it isn’t just in Russia or China anymore.

The 2012 election is not a referendum on Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. It is a referendum on American society. It is a contest between two opposite American Dreams and the outcome will tell us nothing about Romney and Obama, but everything about the American people.

It is a test of ALL Americans, those who vote and those who don’t bother, and those who think they can afford to play 3rd party games on the sidelines, even in the most important election in U.S. history.

Unfortunately, before we can answer the subject question, I will have to teach the definition of communism first. Baby-boomers were never taught not to destroy their own country by overloading productive members of society with the high cost of free-stuff for folks like the common Obama supporter. But they won’t be able to claim ignorance after reading this column.

“A theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state; A system of social organization in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state – dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party.” – That’s the definition of communism according to Dictionary.com

Let’s break that down a moment…

a system of social organization – as-in, social engineering via community organizing for benefit of social justice.

based on the holding of all property in common – as-in, you didn’t build that business, farm that land, earn that paycheck or save that money, etc. – nationalizing all primary productive industries.

actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state – as-in, our new 60% stake in General Motors, AGI, numerous banks, gas, oil, medical and insurance companies via so-called federal bailouts.

in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state – as-in, Obama and his many unelected and unaccountable Czars currently dictating business practices, profit margins and pay scales.

dominated by a single and self-perpetuating political party – as-in, today’s Democrat Party, operating a dictatorship, bypassing the other two branches of “equal government” through the longest list of “executive orders” in U.S. history, self-perpetuated by the flow of massive funds from Democrat Party to labor unions to government employees, entertainers, sports figures, journalists and welfare recipients – back to labor unions who in turn fund the Democrat Party, or support is directly in the election booth. Government employees topping the list of Obama campaign donors, is as self-perpetuating as it can get.

So, now that I have covered the definition of communism for baby-boomers who thought Senator McCarthy was crazy, and tied communism directly to Democrat and Obama & Co., America’s first Communist Administration, let’s answer my original question.

When did communism replace freedom and liberty as the new American Dream?

The answer is – it was a slow incremental process — that some today call progress and it started a very long time ago, while nobody was paying any attention.

Lawyers and judges started trying to dismantle the U.S. Constitution before the ink was dry. So, freedom and liberty have been under assault from the very beginning in America, as a subtle corps of sappers and miners constantly worked underground to undermine our Constitution from a co-ordinate of a general and special government to a general supreme one alone. – Not my words, Thomas Jefferson’s.

Politically, everything really started heading to hell in a hand basket under Taft and Wilson. 1913 was a really bad year… a hundred years ago by the next presidential inauguration, via unconstitutional amendments initiated by Republicans under Taft and ratified by Democrats under Wilson.

If you understand the modern face and democratic strategies of communism, then you can begin to fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

· State representation ended in 1913 with the 17th Amendment, effectively ending states’ rights

· Decentralized power ended in 1913 with the 16th Amendment, directly funding central power

· Claims that the States lost their 10th Amendment rights in the Civil War began

· Revision of history was underway in academia, the media and the entertainment industry

· Intellectuals began rewriting new definitions of ancient terminology

· The promotion of free-stuff eclipsed the promotion of freedom

· One Nation Under God was replaced with celebrating secularism and diversity

· Real justice was replaced with social justice, defined and measured by men

· Unalienable rights from our Creator were replaced with limited man-made rights

You get the point…

What we see happening today didn’t begin with the election of America’s first fraudulent Muslim Marxist in 2008. The truth is, global leftists didn’t believe they could leap to this final stage until 2016 and neither did anyone else. However, the American press and courts made it possible for them to push up their closing strategy by two full election cycles, using the race card to trick Americans into electing someone they knew absolutely nothing about and still know very little about four years later.

Senator McCarthy was right. There was a very strong communist movement operating out of California via the Communist Party USA, now headquartered in New York. There is a like-minded competitor organization, the Socialist Party USA (aka Democratic Socialists of America) also operating out of New York. The two share a common dream for America and that dream is entirely un-American.

These organizations knew that they had to change strategies to advance communism in the U.S.A. – so they changed strategies. Communist Party USA member and Michigan congressman John Conyers formed the Congressional Black Caucus, used to exploit the black population via racial divisions, for the sole purpose of advancing the Communist Party agenda.

The Socialist Party USA (DSAUSA) formed the Congressional Progressive Caucus via Socialist Party USA member Bernie Sanders, congressman from Vermont. Their strategy was to work like parasites from inside the American two-party system, rather than in direct competition with it. The goal was to seize control of one or both parties from inside. They now control the DNC and have moles inside the RNC as well.

For years, both parties tried to advance political candidates under their own banners, failing miserably in every effort. Until recent years, Americans wouldn’t knowingly vote for communists or socialists and third parties have never been able to compete with the two primary parties on the national stage.

Still, these organizations tried yet again under The New Party banner in the 90s, associated with the now infamous ACORN. The New Party is the banner under which Barack Hussein Obama first sought political office in Illinois.

Minutes of a meeting on January 11, 1996, of the New Party’s Chicago chapter read as follows: “Barack Obama, candidate for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, gave a statement to the membership and answered questions. He signed the New Party “Candidate Contract” and requested an endorsement from the New Party. He also joined the New Party.” – Another part of Obama communist history that Obama and his media minions want to keep quiet.

Failing on the 1996 New Party ticket in Illinois, Barack Hussein Obama later switched to the Democratic Party for his second Illinois Senate campaign in 2004 and he was elected to the Illinois Senate with the endorsement of his New Party (aka communist) friends.

He was immediately rushed to the top of the Democrat Party messiah list and introduced to the nation and the world as the new future of the Democrat Party during the John Kerry DNC Convention in 2004, stealing the stage from Kerry and becoming the man who would defeat Hillary Clinton and the famous Clinton War Machine, for the 2008 DNC Presidential nod.

Nobody knew anything about Obama then. Millions of Americans bought into his promises of “hope and change” without ever stopping to ask who this person was, where he came from, how he arose from total obscurity to international fame overnight with absolutely zero accomplishments on his résumé. Nobody even bothered to ask what kinds of “change” he had in store for America. It was the most amazing political scam I had ever witnessed, and I have witnessed many political scams, here and abroad.

The American people were dead asleep at the switch. All they had to know was what the leftist press told them — that if they didn’t vote for this person, Barack Hussein Obama, a chance to “make history,” they were “racists.” So, history was indeed made. The first communist president was elected to the people’s White House, by massive hook and crook.

Ask any American if they want to join you for a movie and they will immediately ask which movie? Ask them if they want to join you for dinner and they will ask where you plan to eat? Ask them if they are a sports fan and they will tell you that it depends upon which sport you are referring to… Ask them for a loan and they will ask how much, and when you can pay it back. Americans are not stupid, but they are often deaf, dumb and blind. They see, hear and think, only what they want to…

But when the American people heard “change” from a person they knew nothing about, and had no reason at all to place their “hope” in, they didn’t ask any questions at all. How strange… the biggest question in their lives, with all the marbles on the table and their very existence hanging in the balance, no questions.

In 2012, we have a very different scenario, however.

After four years under a communist Obama dictatorship crippling our economy, igniting unrest all over the globe, destroying our Constitutional Republic, stampeding our freedoms and liberties into the ground along with our fundamental social fabric, Americans can now see who and what Barack Hussein Obama is… Beyond wearing a Soviet Uniform or Muslim towel to his future press conferences, there is little more he can do to prove who and what he really is.

Can Americans discern what they see and do they have the backbone to unselfishly do what must be done, all personal agendas aside?

Will Americans vote for Communism again? Will Americans fall for the same set of lies they fell for in 2008? Will Americans ignore the treachery of the last four years and place their hopes in someone they now know, isn’t who he says he is?

I’d like to believe not, but only time will tell.

People say they are not “excited about Mitt Romney.” Who cares? You are not supposed to get “excited” about politicians — Only Chris Matthews gets a “tingle up his leg” when comrades speak. Americans aren’t supposed to like or trust any politician. Americans are not supposed to revere or fear their government – “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Surely, my fellow Americans understand that they have only ONE chance to remove a communist cabal from power peacefully. That chance is November 6, 2012… Who can afford to focus on anything else?

No true Patriot will be sitting out the election at home this time. No decent American will sit on the sidelines in some futile 3rd party fantasy or protest. There is simply too much at stake.

We currently have a known enemy of our nation residing in the people’s White House. The people didn’t have the good sense to stop it in 2008. The courts didn’t have the courage to stop it or rectify the disaster after the 2008 election. Congress hasn’t had the backbone to correct the fraud and hold all accountable, even after the 2010 cycle that swept so-called Tea Party candidates into political power. Not even state governments have the honor and courage to block a known fraud from appearing on the ballot again in 2012.

That means that righting the greatest wrong ever perpetrated in American politics is left to the American people alone. They will get ONE CHANCE to end this charade, peacefully, on November 6th. If they fail to end it peacefully, they will be left with only a Second Amendment solution. There is no other solution at that point.

My opinion is that, people who lack the decency and courage to right this wrong peacefully in the election booth, also lack the decency and courage to right this wrong via any other means, especially a Second Amendment method. If they sit out the election, they will sit out the battle in the streets too.

People, who lack the decency and courage to stand up, show up and fight in the election booth, won’t have anything it takes to stand up and fight in the streets either. Trust me on this! — Once a self-centered coward, always a self-centered coward.

When did communism become an American Dream for some? A long time ago… When the American people allowed it.

When did the communist dream become acceptable to the rest of America? Only YOU can answer this one, on November 6th, 2012.

No American can afford to sit this one out or play childish games with fantasy candidates. — Removing this criminal communist cabal from power is the ONLY relevant issue of the 2012 election. Only a traitor, a coward or a fool would tell you any different!

JB Williams
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Celebrities and Politics

By Alan Caruba

America seems to produce more celebrities than anywhere other than Great Britain with its royal family and its musical and theatrical performers. Here, movies and televisions produce celebrities by the bushel and it comes as no surprise that some fancy themselves political pundits as well.

The most egregious among them of late is Madonna, possibly the world’s worst role model. At a recent concert in Washington, D.C. she endorsed Obama as a “black Muslim” amidst an expletive-filled burst of inane thoughts regarding the President.

The transcript reads: “Y’all better vote for f–king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that’s some amazing s–t,” she said. “It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.”

I fully expect the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to announce she will be receiving one any day now.

Lady Gaga—Madonna 2.0—has not been given to political pronouncements but remains a permanent embarrassment to all except adolescents.

Roseanne Barr was on with Sean Hannity recently as the candidate for president of the Peace and Freedom Party, a thin stand-in for the Socialist pretenders. She managed to embarrass herself by being unable to answer his question when they required more than five brain cells working in tandem. Like most of her ilk, she thinks that taking all the money away from billionaires will solve the nation’s fiscal woes even if it would only cover a few days of what the government spends to function.

Far be it for me to say celebrities don’t have a right to express themselves on political issues or, as Hollywood does, give gobs of money to Obama and other liberal causes. It is, I’m told, still a free country. Well, at least until Obama’s executive orders kick in and he declares himself president-for-life.

The Huffington Post has a slew of celebrities whose liberal views are published on the site. Alec Baldwin—who has been known to have anger management problems—is a regular contributor as is Marlo Thomas who holds forth on feminist issues. Russell Simmons writes about racial issues.

Political personalities and events have been the life blood of Saturday Night Live for decades, providing oodles of entertainment. I am still convinced that Chevy Chase was personally responsible for the defeat of former President Gerald Ford because of his portrayals of him falling down all the time. In his place we got Jimmy Carter who gives thanks nightly that someone worse than him is in the White House. These days Chevy occasionally erupts with a burst of liberal gibberish that is swiftly forgotten.

We can thank a former SNL comedian, Al Franken, for the passage of Obamacare. Franken, now a U.S. Senator, won by 243 votes out of nearly three million cast and those last votes were found at the bottom of a well or in a decaying tree stump somewhere in Minnesota. His was a critical vote. One of his books was devoted to slandering Rush Limbaugh.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the likes of the late Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, along with Jay Leno and even Jon Stewart for their lampooning of political figures and events. David Letterman is so in love with Obama that he is a general embarrassment and HBO’s Bill Maher should be broadcasting from the dark side of the Moon.

The current batch of Hollywood and television celebrities offering their political advice and endorsements of Obama is cringe-worthy. Oprah’s career nose-dived after endorsing him. Arnold Schwarzenegger was once a GOP-star until he served as California’s Governor and turned out to be an environmental nutcase. Jane Fonda is a pariah among veterans. And among Sean Penn’s heroes is Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez.

Clint Eastwood, by contrast, created an indelible image of Obama by talking to an empty chair at the Republican national convention.

That the entertainment industry is predominantly liberal is no secret and, if you don’t believe it, the fall season of television shows has its share of homosexual couples with one show called The New Normal. No, it’s not normal and it’s not new. If you are heavily addicted to sexual innuendo and bathroom humor then just tune in CBS, NBC, and ABC.

The recent Emmy award show opened with a comedy sketch that included a naked actress (naughty parts blurred out) on the potty. The awards were so politically correct millions of viewers were constipated the following morning.

We can expect to hear from more celebrities opining why we should vote for Obama over the next few weeks. Remember, these are people who get paid to pretend to be someone else or musicians who just might be enabled by dubious medications or booze.

The attention they get and the obscene amounts of money they’re paid tends to warp whatever common sense their parents tried to impart.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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School Lunches: The Food Fight Heard ‘Round The World!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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It would be laughable — if our school kids weren’t hungry!

By now, most everyone who pays attention, is aware of how our government, Big Nanny, has screwed-up school lunches so badly that our kids either won’t eat the stuff or, they DO eat it and — remain hungry.

This is just more evidence of what happens when the government takes an active hand in “helping” Americans.

Once again, I repeat my plea to the UIS government: “For God’s sake — stop helping us!”

ABC News reports the following: “School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved calorie limits on school lunches went into effect in August. The new regulations, which were championed by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign to fight childhood obesity, have inspired protests and even a video parody from students who claim the reduced lunches are making them go hungry.” SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5vhttp://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5v

When you actually consider what the government is insisting be served our growing kids, even a simple-minded idiot can see why the kids are hungry.

Consider this — also for the same report at ABC News: “Under the new regulations, cafeterias are required to serve twice as many fruits and vegetables while limiting proteins and carbohydrates. For an average high school student, that means two baked fish nuggets, a cup of vegetables, half a cup of mashed potatoes, one whole grain roll and 8 ounces of fat free milk is the fuel that served to get them through their last four hours of classes.” SOURCE: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/hungry-kids-grumble-healthy-school-lunches/story?id=17324285#.UGRYI66jg5v

Much, if not most, of what our school kids are being served in the school cafeterias is going straight from the food line to the garbage cans. They are not eating it. It is estimated that waste from school cafeterias has doubled since the new school lunch guidelines have taken effect.

So — we wind up with hungry kids. Kids who DO eat it are hungry. Kids who DO NOT eat it are hungry. That 750 to 850 calories is simply not enough calories for growing kids. At best, it is a subsistence diet… just enough to keep one alive and functioning. School athletes are finding that “functioning” on the athletic field on that subsistence diet is near impossible.

This is a typical SNAFU of the US government — and it was totally predictable. (These new guidelines were endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama and the democrat Congress back in 2010)

“Our kids are obese,” they cry! Not so cussed fast here! Have YOU taken a look at the government standards concerning who is obese and who is not? You ought to do that before deciding you or your children are obese. You MAY just learn that what the government defines as obese, may not jive, at all, with what YOU define as obese. Again, we are allowing the government into our lives — this time to decide who is fat and who is not fat.

Yeah, some of our kids ARE fat. But allow me to inquire of the parents of those “fat” kids — are they sitting on their butts playing video games, or, are they outside hooping and hollering and running around like the little hellions they are supposed to be?

Heck, Mom, had to nearly send out search parties to find my brother and me when it was time to come inside at dusk. After dark, in the summer months, we’d be outside, with mason jars in hand, chasing lightening bugs. We were well-fed, and believe me, we were not obese.

Growing kids need fuel — even “fat” growing kids. If I had children in school these days, they would be packing those brown paper bags to school with the food I want them to eat. (Hey, maybe it’s time to bring back the old tin lunch boxes with Roy Rogers and Trigger on them, huh?)

What we have here, dear reader, is just more evidence of the over reaching of the federal government. Soon, government agents will be entering our homes, unbidden, to check our pantry shelves for government approved foods and our medicine cabinets for government approved drugs — and to be absolutely certain that birth control pills and the morning after pills are stocked in each and every family’s medicine cabinet. (Oh, they ALREADY have the authority to do that — under the terms of Obamacare. Now that the Democrats passed the bill, you can read it!)

But don’t worry. Things are going to get worse — a LOT worse.

The food fight in our nation’s school cafeteria is just an opening skirmish. Wait ’til the really “BIG STUFF” hits the fan. In the not too distant future we are going to see irate Americans in the streets raising hell over the government’s take-over of their lives. But, I’m afraid it will be entirely too late.

Look. Those of us out here in the conservative hinterlands have been shouting this was coming for years, even decades. We were mocked and told to sit down and shut-up. But don’t worry, soon we will be FORCED to sit down and shut-up — by the government.

The devolution of America into a third world communist dictatorship could have been avoided. But I am awfully afraid it is too late to stop it now. Even taking to the streets will be countered by government authorities. (What do you think the government purchase of all that ammunition was about, anyway? The government is prepared for angry Americans rioting in the streets.)

THIS food fight is going to get a whole lot bigger in the months and years ahead. If I lived in an American city today, I’d be, at the very least, planning a way to move my family out and as far into the country as possible. Even folks living in the country are preparing, even now, to defend their property. A close friend revealed to me recently that he is stocking up on ammunition every chance he gets, insuring that he has a personal inventory, at all times, of no less than 5,000 rounds.

The food face-off in our school cafeterias is a small thing, to be sure. But a number of small things will inevitably lead to big things. If you doubt me, just wait ’til after noon on January 20th, 2013. That date, that hour, will, I believe, mark the end of the American Republic. At which point, all bets are off.

J. D. Longstreet

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From Haile Selassie to Bibi Netanyahu

By Alan Caruba


On June 20, 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia addressed the League of Nations following the annexation of his nation by Italy the previous year, after Mussolini’s army had invaded. Both nations were members of the League. It condemned the invasion and had imposed economic sanctions that were weak and ignored by its members.

In the wake of having been driven from Ethiopia, Selassie warned the League’s assembled diplomats “It is us today. It will be you tomorrow.”

World War II would begin three years later when Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.

There are lessons to be drawn from history if one is inclined to learn history. On Thursday, September 27, just as he has for the last few years, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Natanyahu again addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations and again warned that time was running out for a confrontation with an Iran intent on producing its own nuclear weapons to fulfill its repeated threats to destroy Israel.

The fact that Netanyahu was back again in front of the General Assembly, essentially giving the same warning tells you how weak the United Nations is, much like its predecessor, the League of Nations. Stalin once asked how many divisions does the Pope of Rome have, mocking his moral authority, and Iran is doing the same, but it is mocking the entire world.

Netanyahu said, “If the Western nations had set red lines in the 1930s, I believe World War II would have been avoided.” He said that a clearly stated “red line” forbidding the enrichment of uranium to weapons grade levels would induce Iran to stop. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say, he hopes for that outcome.

“Today a great battle is being waged between modernity and the medieval,” said Netanyahu in the opening minutes of his address, warning that what was at stake was “not just the future of my country, but the future of the world.”

He asked of a nuclear Iran, “who would be safe in the Middle East, in Europe, in America, anywhere?” Just as Selassie had told the League of Nations, Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly a blunt truth, but it has not stirred many, including the U.S., to action except to park warships in the Persian Gulf, a familiar warning.

Netanyahu produced a simple chart in the familiar shape of an old-fashioned bomb and discussed the role and outcome of enriched uranium, noting that seven years of diplomacy has not deterred Iran from its continued, relentless program. “Sanctions have not stopped Iran ever.”

And then he said something that I suspect many in the Assembly and those watching on television probably missed. He talked of the plants in which the enrichment process is taking place and said, “These plants are visible and vulnerable.”

“The relevant question,” said Netanyahu, “is not at what point Iran will get the bomb, but when they can be stopped from getting it.”

This observer thinks Israel is on its own and knows it. There may be cooperation from other nations who take the Iranian threat seriously, but whatever steps Israel must take to stop Iran from having a nuclear weapon, it will largely have to do while the diplomats and leaders of Western and other nations cower in their embassies, chancelleries, consulates, and seats of government in storied capitol cities.

Israel will be tasked to save the West because the West, once again, cannot find the courage to save itself, just like in 1936.

© Alan Caruba, 2012
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Surprise! Surprise! They HATE US!
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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As I watched a cable news show recently, the screen was split into six portions and each portion was showing live coverage of Islamic anti-American demonstrations in six different Islamic countries.

No. I was NOT surprised. Those people hate us. Heck, I’ve known that for most of my seven-plus decades of life.

I’ll tell you something else, too. All the “kissing-up” by the Obama administration is only making matters worse.

Two observations:

One: Democracy is NOT for everybody.

Two: There is a place in this world for “strongman” dictators. (That split screen presentation of the riots proved it for me.)

Democracy and Islam do not mix. Freedom cannot exist where Islam also exists. It is akin to mixing matter and anti-matter. You will get a godawful explosion.

So far as the rioting of the Muslims, I could not care less. The fact that they hate us doesn’t concern me — at all. I believe most Americans, at least in the region of the country where I reside, feel the same way. We view them as religious nuts and fruitcakes who, for whatever reason, have chosen to bow their necks to a political system that disguises itself as a religion.

In my view — they have chosen that way of life and we (the US) ought to butt-out and leave them to their misery. It, apparently, is what they want.

I have to tell you, this kow-towing by our President and Secretary of State is unbecoming and, frankly, it is embarrassing to Americans — well, to conservative Americans, anyway.

The American left seems unable to grasp the truth that apologizing, for whatever reason, is seen as a sign of weakness by the Islamic masses in the Middle East. Our president continues to look flaccid, impotent, less than a leader in their eyes and they have interpreted it — and continue to interpret his attitude toward their childish behavior — as WEAKNESS! To be honest — so do I!

If it were possible to wall the Muslim nations off from the remainder of the world, I’d vote for doing so. We isolate insane people from the remainder of society all the time. Why not isolate insane regions of the world the same way?

You know what DOES frighten me about the Islamic tantrums? The fact that the Islamic community in America is growing. Pretty soon we are going to experience a movement on the part of Islamists in America to have Sharia law accepted by the American judicial system. It won’t be accepted because we have, at least for now, the constitution. How long then, one must ask, before the bombings, the beheadings, the riots, the totally insane behavior of the Muslims begins in the US?

Let’s be clear here: The American people are watching all the Muslim insanity on their TV’s and they know we have had a great influx of Islamic followers into our country over the past decades and, yes, we ARE wondering how long before we face that same sort of anarchistic behavior in our own country?

So far, Americans have been nice. But when another defecates in OUR house, we tend to take it personally and, you can be sure, we WILL react.

Isn’t it just a tad ignorant NOT to expect this kind of concern from Americans — a people whom Muslims have attacked many times, and, even now, vow to destroy?

I must tell you — when someone tells me they intend to kill me and my family, I sit up and I take notice, and I do everything in my power to keep that from happening and… I sure as heck will not lend them a hand in my own murder, or the murder of my family, or my extended family, the people of America.

Eleven years ago this month Islamic fanatics brought us 9/11 — the World Trade Center. I can’t forget that. I don’t want to forget that!

I was but a wee child when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. That still burns within me to this day. 9/11 will burn right alongside it ’til my dying day.

Influenced as I am by past acts of terror against my country by Islamic fanatics, I bristle at the demands they make of my country. I feel the same urge a little boy feels — just before he kicks over an ant hill. Just level it and walk away.

America needs, in my opinion, to simply accept that the Islamic nations hate us, viscerally, and always will. We need to accept that the Islamic people are America’s enemies and will be for eternity. We need, as a nation, to accept that and treat them as an enemy at every opportunity.

We also need to recognize that we have a huge problem, here in America, with Islam. I understand the First Amendment protection of the practice of religion in America, but what do we do when that religion is also a political philosophy/system and is a threat to the national security of America?

Look. At some point, most likely sooner than later, America is going to run headlong into this problem. We are going to be forced to deal with it. The painful truth is that we will have to decide if we want an Islamic America or an America where one is free to practice his choice of religions — so long as the practice of that religion poses no threat to national security.

As I watch the Islamic tantrums on TV, the choice, to me, is clear. America MUST find a legal way to ban the practice of Islam in America. If it requires a constitutional amendment then we had better do it — and soon.

I understand the import of what I have said above. But the choice is a stark one. Either we protect ourselves while we can or the US will become an Islamic nation under Sharia law.

Take another look at those Muslim riots on TV. See what they are doing in their own countries and to each other — then tell me again why I am wrong.

J. D. Longstreet

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NFL Now as Crooked as Washington D.C.

By JB Williams

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I never thought that an NFL game would bring American society into focus, but it happened in the recent Monday Night game, in which the Green Bay Packers were screwed out of a hard-earned victory by the worst officiating in NFL history. Is it the fault of replacement refs or the labor unions?

While most are focused on ending the referee union strike, as if union referees don’t make bad calls too, what troubles me most is how the game was decided not on the basis of what everyone knew, but rather on how most players and fans felt. Reality was eclipsed by emotion and the team who actually won the game, was overruled by a team willing to cheat and referees willing to go along. Remind you of something else we see every day?

As we all watched a clear interception – ruled a touchdown reception by Ref #26, who must be the worst referee in football history, we also watched Seahawk receiver Golden Tate act like he made a catch he didn’t make, after committing blatant offensive pass interference that only honest football fans bothered to notice. Tate knows he cheated Green Bay… no doubt about it. He doesn’t care…

Seattle Coach Pete Carroll also knows his team cheated Green Bay, but was perfectly happy to win on a string of bogus referee calls benefiting a player that knows he cheated. Seattle fans couldn’t have cared less that their team was being given a win they didn’t earn, via the worst officiating in football history, so blatant on the final play that nobody watching could believe it. The Seahawks didn’t care…

Tate knows that he did not catch that pass, but he doesn’t care. Tate knows he pushed off illegally to even have a shot at that catch. Pete Carroll knows that his team did not win that game, but he does not care. Seattle fans know that their team cheated to win, along with help from referee #26, who had numerous ridiculous calls throughout the game, putting Seattle in a position to win by hook and crook.

What does all of this have to do with the true State of our Union, the American society? Everything….

We live in a country where it is no longer how you play the game, but whether you win or lose. The end justifies the means. The focus is on bowing to union demands to solve the problem, but the problem is really much bigger than that and the unions are largely to blame.

The NFL is now played just like American politics, where labor unions can use collective bargaining power to destroy another industry – the players have no aversion to lying and cheating in order to win – coaches pay players to injure opposing players – players can’t stay out of jail long enough to make the game – and amateur referees only make matters worse, trying to play in an arena they are ill-prepared for… Sound familiar?

Labor unions have destroyed every industry they have touched. The only remaining BOOM industry for labor unions in America is government employment, which is bankrupting the nation and every state in the country. Now they are holding the NFL hostage, resulting in the destruction of yet another American industry and all people can talk about is succumbing to union bargaining demands in order to stop the bad officiating, as if union officials aren’t just as bad, sometimes worse.

Remember how Reagan solved the Control Tower Operators union strike in the 80s? He fired them all and hired new operators. The unions said that planes would fall from the skies all over the country, but they didn’t. They said those new operators would cause traffic problems on the tarmac, but they didn’t.

Do you know that NFL referees currently make approximately $9400 per game, plus full union benefits and pensions? In total, NFL referees can make nearly $250,000 per year if they are refereeing every week during season, placing NFL referees in the top 5% of income earners, along with doctors, lawyers, entertainers and business moguls. They are game referees for heaven’s sake! It’s a GAME!

Just like our runaway government, the NFL has forgotten who pays these paychecks… It isn’t the players or the team owners — it’s the fans in the stands. As of the 2011 season, the nationwide average price of an NFL game ticket was $113.17…. if you don’t mind the nose-bleed section.

It will cost a family of four more than $500 to go see an NFL game today, if you eat and drink before the game and wait until you leave the stadium to eat and drink again. That’s more than the average weekly take-home pay for the average American.

Do you know why this beloved American pastime cost so much? Because of labor unions, who are not happy that referees only make $9400 each, for a game it cost you, your wife and two kids $500 to go see.

Americans have clearly lost sight of their values. They make decisions based upon what they think or feel, instead of what they know – and that’s why our country is in HUGE trouble today.

Of course those fans want their team to win no matter what they have to do to win…. They paid $500 to sit in those seats on game day. Seattle fans love the bad calls that went their way Monday night. But what about when bad calls don’t go their way next time?

We are talking about referees here folks, the same job dads all across America volunteer to do for their kids from peewee football through high school. If we are talking about the players, that’s a whole new level of insanity. Players making millions of dollars to play a sport do not need both an agent and a labor union to hold fans hostage at negotiation time. Yet they have both…

And, last but not least, the comparison between NFL team owners and American citizens, both of which refuse to stand united against the insanity, as each tries to advance their own individual agenda ahead of the best interest of the NFL, eventually succumbing to the collective weight of the labor unions and talent agents until no average American can afford to go see a live game anymore.

In the end, it paints a dismal picture of American society. Like the current fight with the NFL referees union, Americans are being held hostage by public sector labor unions. ALL labor unions draw cash from their members and funnel that cash directly into the Democrat Party. The Democrat party then uses those funds to maintain political power, redistributing private earnings from those who earn to those who vote Democrat in every election.

It costs a family over $500 to see a game because some of that money goes to the labor unions that fund the Democrat Party. It’s time to boycott everything with a union label attached to it… Professional sports, Hollywood movies, and most of all, government workers who are the DNCs biggest donors today.

The Democrat concept of “job creation” is creating government jobs from thin air on the backs of taxpayers. Do you know who Obama’s biggest campaign donors are? Government employees… the only jobs Democrats know how to create.

And the NFL? — Well, they are now stuck in the same rut as our government, caught in a downward spiral forced by leftist labor unions and in the end, American taxpayers and ticket buyers cannot afford either one of them.

Well done! Who knew that a Monday Night football game could expose so much about American society? It’s every man for himself and winning is the only rule of the game. Sadly, in the end, everyone loses…

Whatever it takes to win…. That’s what thugs do and white-hat good guys are no match!

JB Williams

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Who Could Possibly Be “Undecided?”
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
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I don’t get it. How could any sentient American, after nearly four years of the reign of Obama, be “undecided” just 5 weeks before the election? How is that even possible?

I don’t buy it. I think they have already decided and just want the attention.

Maybe not.

It smacks more of the MsM’s drive to depress GOP voters and convince republicans to stay home on election day than it does of the truth.

But then — what is truth?

In a country as plugged-in and wired as America, it just seems impossible for anyone to have as much information heaped upon them as the residents of this country and manage to remain undecided this late in the presidential campaign. I think the bumper sticker imprinted with “If you are still undecided, then you aren’t paying attention” has more than a little merit.

The so-called undecided voters scare the heck out of me! They are said to be the “swing” voters this election cycle and that ought to worry everyone. They are said to be less partisan and less engaged. Neither condition creates any confidence in me, anyway, that these people will wind up being informed voters. That is even more frightening.

It is worrisome for me that the election could hinge on how these less engaged voters mark their ballots. I can visualize them standing in the voting booth, pencil in hand, saying: eenie, meenie, minee, moe … ! Like I said — it scares the heck out of me!

Another name for these undecideds is “low information” voters. Huh? How is that even possible in America today. We have a President who only stopped campaigning long enough for his swearing-in at the inaugural at noon on January 20th, 2009, and a challenger who has run for President at least twice and run for other public offices twice more.

Every hour of every minute of the broadcast medium in the US is saturated with political announcements either endorsing or condemning both the candidates. Our phones ring off the hooks as political pollsters call and campaign workers call, and the Lord only knows who else.

Look. It is almost impossible NOT to have more than enough information on both the candidates, at this point in the election cycle , to make an educated choice between them.

I think we are experiencing something my father used to call “willful ignorance.” Defined, “willful ignorance” is the result of a concentrated effort on the behalf of the individual to avoid information that might, when once received, (just might) endow the receiver with something approaching responsibility to make a choice, to take a stand, to act responsibly as a member of a constitutional republic. As long as that information can be avoided, as long as the individual can remain ignorant of it, then he/she can justify their shirking of responsibility — at least in their own minds.

I know people like that, and I suspect that you do, as well. They are a part of every group. They stand back, wait, watch, as the other members of the group make the decisions that affect the entire group, then more often than not, they offer criticism when the group’s decision turns out to be less than favorable to the group’s effort. With apologies to our church-going readers, one finds this sort of scenario quite often within various church groups and even in congregations.

Doesn’t it strike you as dangerous that these are the people who will choose the next leader of the free world, the man who will occupy the most powerful office on the planet? As I said above: It scares the heck out of me!

Democracy and ignorance do not mix. Just take a look at the nations of the Middle East and North Africa today. If additional evidence is required, look at the results of the 2008 Presidential election in the US.

Democracy is a wonderful thing. But it is quite dangerous in the hands of the ignorant and/or the uninformed.

The experts tell us that as much as seven percent of the US electorate is undecided today.

The fact that these undecideds are party partisans reinforces my own opinion that their lack of information is willful.

OK. Before I am lynched, let me state that yes, I know the population of that seven percent is not static. Voters move into and out of the undecided category all the time. But — I’d bet there is a core that remains stuck within that category ad infinitum.

Then there are some, I’d venture to say, who are like a child in an ice cream parlor completely overwhelmed with all the flavors available to him and totally unable to choose which flavor he wants. (TWO candidates are overwhelming?! Well — YEAH!)

So. Here we are on the eve of the eve of the most important event in the US since the ratification of the US Constitution, an event that will decide if America remains free or chooses the slavery of communism — and we are at the mercy of a tiny group of voters who can’t decide which way to vote, or even if they are going to vote. Many, I’d warrant, would like to shun the responsibility to vote altogether — and may.

The score is tied. The winning run is on third base. There are two outs. The batter already has two strikes and three balls to his credit. Not swinging at all, the batter is allowing every pitch to scream past the plate. That’s when I notice it is the bat boy timidly standing at the plate with a white knuckle grip on that ash stick, pallid of face, and sweating profusely. The pitcher winds up, launches a smoking fast ball toward the plate, — and — I wake up.

Yeah, it IS a nightmare — for BOTH democrats and republicans.

The fate of a nation hangs in the balance — and — please, Lord, let me wake up!

J. D. Longstreet

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The Voter ID Thing … Alan Caruba

Posted: September 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Voter ID Thing

By Alan Caruba

On September 25th, according to Congressional Black Caucus Chairman, Emmanuel Cleaver, “we cannot even find an instance of voter fraud” but the NAACP would disagree as it strives to keep Voter ID laws from being passed.

The NAACP is so concerned about voter rights that it has taken its case to the United Nations, claiming that “Millions of United States citizens are denied the right to vote because they have been previously convicted to a felony offense.

At a NAACP-sponsored panel, a member of its board of directors, Lorraine Miller, called upon the UN Special Rappateour “to investigate racially discriminatory elections laws” given that many felons are black and many states deny voting rights to convicted felons. The NAACP is on a tear to defeat Voter ID laws, claiming they are racially based.

At this point, between thirty-one and thirty-three States have enacted laws that require all voters to show an ID at the polls in November, depending on whether the laws are declared strict or not.

Rep. Cleaver is, shall we say, misinformed. According to a Justice Department fact sheet dated July 2, 2008, more than 140 individuals have been charged with election fraud offenses and more than a hundred have been convicted since the Attorney General’s Ballot Access and Voting initiative was launched in 2002. This is, in actuality, a fairly pathetic enforcement record.

On September 19, one day after being sued over a controversial ballot box citizenship question, Michigan Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, said there were an estimated 4,000 non-citizens on its voter rolls of the estimated 305,000 non-citizens that live there. This is why Ms. Johnson is insisting that Michigan’s 7.34 million registered voters be asked to confirm they are citizens on Election Day in November.

The election outcome in 2000 had to be decided by the Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore and this initiated efforts to avoid a repeat by tightening voter laws to avoid all manner of fraud.

In their book, “Who’s Counting: How Fraudsters and Bureaucrats Put Your Vote at Risk”, authors John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky, say that “Election fraud, whether it’s phony voter registrations, illegal absentee ballots, vote-buying, shady recounts, or old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing, can be found in every part of the United States, although it is probably spreading because of the ever-so-close tight red state/blue state divisions that have polarized the country and created so many close elections of late.”

“In 2012, the voter rolls in many American cities include more names than the U.S. Census listed as the total number of residents over age 18. Philadelphia’s voter rolls, for instance, have increased dramatically as the city’s population has declined.”

In 2008, following the election of Barack Obama, ACORN which engaged in widespread voter fraud had its operatives indicted in fifteen States. “At least 54 individuals who worked for ACORN have been convicted of voter fraud or related activities,” noted Fund and Von Spakovsky. It did not go unnoticed that ACORN had earlier hired Obama as a “community organizer.”

But Benjamin Jealous, the president of the NAACP asserts that blacks are the victims of “the greatest assault on voting rights…since the days of Jim Crow.” As noted, the NAACP has gone to the United Nations claiming Voter ID laws are a violation of human rights.” This is absurd. The former civil rights organization has devolved into little more than a stooge for the Democratic Party.

As Fund and Vop Spakovsky point out, “The evidence from academic studies and actual turnout in elections is overwhelming that—contrary to the shrill claims of opponents—voter ID does not suppress turnout, including among the ranks of minority, poor, and elderly voters.”

It has broad implications for the passage of laws such as Obamacare that was imposed by the slimmest majority in the Senate in 2009. In August 2009, Bill Frezza, writing in Forbes, noted that “The latest revelations that illegal votes may have given Al Franken (D-Minn) his 312-vote margin of victory in his 2008 Senate race—out of the nearly 3 million votes cast—gives one pause.” Franken’s vote was critical to its passage.

“Despite this,” noted Frezza, “Eric Holder’s Justice Department is pulling out all the stops to defeat the passage of voter ID laws, arguing that they place an undue burden that could result in some eligible voters being disenfranchised.”

How absurd is this? Valid ID’s are required by the DMV, airports, hospitals, pharmacies, when donating blood, by banks, gun shops, adoption agencies, the Social Security Office, pawn shops, courts, union elections and, yes, when voting in local, state, and national elections.

Voter fraud is not a racial issue. It is the central issue of the republic to ensure the accuracy and credibility of the election process and is crucial to the outcome of the forthcoming elections that will determine which party controls Congress and who will be President in the coming four years.

© Alan Caruba, 2012

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