As some of you know, I taught TV-production and writing for many years. Frankly, I do not trust any of our major drive-by media to give a truthful assessment of any political incident. This e-mail came to me the other day. Read your own bias into it whether it is from a Republican or Democratic point of view. You are what you eat, and you are what you read and see. Have fun.
Having spoken to some SEAL pals here in Virginia Beach yesterday and asking why this thing dragged out for 4 days, I got the following:
Read the following accurate account.
Philips’ first leap into the warm, dark water of the Indian Ocean hadn’t worked out as well. With the Bainbridge in range and a rescue by his country’s Navy possible, Philips threw himself off of his lifeboat prison, enabling Navy shooters onboard the destroyer a clear shot at his captors —=2 0and none was taken.
The guidance from National Command Authority — the president of the United States, Barack Obama — had been clear: a peaceful solution was the only acceptable outcome to this standoff unless the hostage’s life was in clear, extreme danger.
The next day, a small Navy boat approaching the floating raft was fired on by the Somali pirates — and again no fire was returned and no pirates killed. This was again due to the cautious stance assumed by Navy personnel thanks to the combination of a lack of clear guidance from Washington and a mandate from the commander in chief’s staff not to act until Obama, a man with no background of dealing with such issues and no track record of decisiveness, decided that any outcome other than a “peaceful solution” would be acceptable.
After taking fire from the Somali kidnappers again Saturday night, the onscenecommander decided he’d had enough.
Keeping his authority to act in the case of a clear and present danger to the hostage’s life and having heard nothing from Washington since yet another request to mount a rescue operation had been denied the day before, the Navy officer — unnamed in all media reports to date — decided the AK47 one captor had leveled at Philips’ back was a threat to the hostage’s life and ordered the NSWC team to take their shots.
Three rounds downrange later, all three brigands became enemy KIA and Philips was safe.
There is upside, downside, and spinside to the series of events over the last week that culminated in yesterday’s dramatic rescue of an American hostage.
Almost immediately following word of the rescue, the Obama administration and its supporters claimed victory against pirates in the Indian Ocean and  declared that the dramatic end to the standoff put paid to questions of the inexperienced president’s toughness and decisiveness.
Despite the Obama administration’s (and its sycophants’) attempt to spin yesterday’s success as a result of bold, decisive leadership by the inexperienced president, the reality is nothing of the sort. What should have been a standoff lasting only hours — as long as it took the USS Bainbridge and its team of NSWC operators to steam to the location — became an embarrassing four day and counting standoff between a ragtag handful of criminals with rifles and a U.S. Navy warship.
I'm no religious nut, but I have had it with the political correctness coming out of Washington DC.
REFUSE NEW COINS
This simple action will make a strong statement.
Please help do this.. Refuse to accept these when they are handed to you.
I received one from the Post Office as change and I asked for a dollar bill instead.
The lady just smiled and said 'way to go' , so she had read this e -mail.
Please help out..our world is in enough trouble without this too!!!!!
U..S.Government to Release New Dollar Coins
You guessed it
'IN GOD WE TRUST' IS GONE!!!
If ever there was a reason to boycott something, THIS IS IT!!!!
DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS AS CHANGE
Together we can force them out of circulation.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Democratic and Republican Congressman, who are running for cover in the AIG bonus scandal, started to ask some of the same questions about bonus money (political contributions) of themselves?
Democratic Senator Chris Dodd has changed his story twice about the bailout. He first said that he put a provision in the bailout that would not allow bonus’ or golden parachutes, but the very next day he changed his story and said, when the law came back from the Senate House Committee, his bailout provisions had been stricken from his original documents. He then said that there had been a meeting with the Treasury office and they must have removed them. Senator Dodd would not use the name of Treasury Secretary Timothy (I forgot to pay my taxes) Geithner. All he would say is that “someone” took out his prohibition against bailout bonuses.
However, it has now turned out that the White House Presidential Assistant Ron Emanuel, Democratic Congressman Harry Reid, and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a few unnamed republican members of the joint committee had a private late night meeting and popped back in the bonus provisions that they are all now complaining about.
I wouldn’t be surprised even if President Obama knew about this meeting, but maybe not, as he’s been very busy lately spending taxpayers money and learning how to use his teleprompters properly.
Most of my life I have known and voted for our Democratic Congressional representative - John Dingell.
John Dingell is one of the most honorable and honest man I have ever known. He is the longest serving representative in the House of Representatives in DC.
Recently, the Democratic leadership stripped him of his position as chairman of the Energy and Commerce committee.
One of the villains in this despicable act was Henry Waxman of California who represents rich liberal Democrats of Malibu. He went after John Dingell because John at one time voted against one of Waxman's Pet Environmental groups. The other villain is speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco another Bastian of liberal democratic voters.
In fact Nancy Pelosi campaigned for Lynn Rivers from Ann Arbor Michigan when River's challenged John Dingell for his seat in congress few years ago.
So when these two came to power under president Obama they made sure to strip John of his chairmanship. However, because of their revengeful act they tried to make amends by making John “Emeritus” chairman on Energy and Commerce. Liberal translation "Nice Title, No Power"
Shame on the Democratic Party and powerful labor unions for letting this happen. Let me say this again, John Dingell is one of the most honest and honorable representatives in the US house of Representatives.
In my lifetime, I have voted for both Democrats and Republicans.
Now, I have nothing against millionaires, but did you know that 40% of the House of Representatives and 60% of the members of the Senate are millionaires? Think about it! Know that only 1% of the American population are millionaires.
This letter was sent to the Wall Street
Journal on August 8, 2008 by Alisa Wilson, Ph.D. Of Beverly Hills , CA .
On July 31, 2008 the Wall Street Journal had
an article titled "Where's The Outrage?"
Really. I can tell you where the outrage is.
The outrage is here, in this middle-aged, well-educated, upper-middle class
woman. The outrage is here, but I have no representation, no voice. The
outrage is here, but no one is listening for who am I?
I am not a billionaire like George Soros
that can fund an entire political movement.
I am not a celebrity like Barbra Streisand
that can garner the attention of the press to promote political candi dates.
I am not a film maker like Michael Moore or
Al Gore that can deliver misleading movies to the public.
The outrage is here, but unlike those with
money or power, I don't know how to reach those who feel similarly in order
to effect change.
Why am I outraged? I am outraged that my
country, the United States of America , is in a state of moral and ethical
decline. There is no right or wrong anymore, just what's fair.
Is it fair that millions of Americans who
overreached and borrowed more than they could afford are now being bailed
out by the government and lending institutions to stave off foreclosure? Why
shouldn't these people be made to pay the consequences for their poor
When my husband and I purchased our home, we
were careful to purchase only what we could afford. Believe me, there are
much larger, much nicer homes that I would have loved to have purchased.
But, taking responsibility for my behavior and my life, I went with the
house that we could afford, not the house that we could not afford. The
notion of personal responsibility has all but died in our country.
I am outraged, that the country that
welcomed my mother as an immigrant from Hitler's Nazi Germany and required
that she and her family learn English now allows itself to be overrun with
illegal immigrants and worse, caters to those illegal immigrants.
I am outraged that my hard-earned taxes help
support those here illegally. That the Los Angeles Public School District is
in such disarray that I felt itincumbent to send my child to private school,
that every time I go to the ATM, I see "do you want to continue in English
or Spanish?", that every time I call the bank, the phone company , or
similar business, I hear "press 1 for English or press 2 for S panish". WHY?
This is America , our common language is English and attempts to promote a
bi- or multi-lingual society are sure to fail and to marginalize those who
cannot communicate in English.
I am outraged at our country's weakness in
the face of new threats on American traditions from Muslims. Just this week,
Tyson's Food negotiated with its union to permit Muslims to have Eid-al-Fitr
as a holiday instead of Labor Day. What am I missing? Yes, there is a large
Somali Muslim population working at the Tyson's plant in Tennessee.
Tennessee , last I checked, is still part of the United States If Muslims
want to live and work here they should be required to live and work by our
American Laws and not impose their will on our long history.
In the same week, Random House announced
that they had indefinitely delayed the publication of The Jewel of Medina,
by Sherry Jones, a book about the life of Mohammed's wife, Aisha due to fear
of retribution and violence by Muslims. When did we become a nation ruled by
fear of what other immigrant groups want? It makes me so sad to see large
corp orations cave rather than stand proudly on the principles that built
I am outraged because appeasement has never
worked as a political policy, yet appeasing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is exactly
what we are trying to do. An excellent article, also published recently in
the Wall Street Journal, went through over 20 years of history and why
talking with Iran has been and wi ll continue to be ineffective. Yet talk,
with a madman no less, we continue to do. Have we so lost our moral compass
and its ability to detect evil that we will not go in and destroy Iran 's
nuclear program? Would we rather wait for another Holocaust for the Jews -
one which they would be unlikely to survive? When does it end?
As if the battle for good and evil isn't
enough, now come the Environmentalists who a re so afraid of global warming
that they want to put a Bag tax on grocery bags in California; to eliminate
Mylar balloons; to establish something as insidious as the recycle police in
San Francisco. I do my share for the environment: I recycle, I use water
wisely, I installed an energy efficient air conditioning unit.
But when and where does the lunacy
stop?Ahmadinejad wants to wipe Israel off the map, the California economy is
being overrun by illegal immigrants, and the United States of America no
longer knows right from wrong, good from evil. So what does California do?
Tax grocery bags..
So, America , although I can tell you where
the outrage is, this one middle-aged, well-educated, upper middle class
woman is powerless to do anything about it. I don't even feel like my vote
counts because I am so outnumbered by those who disagree with me.
Alisa Wilson, Ph.D.
Beverly Hills , California