Tuesday, July 28, 2009
“Shots Fired by Police”
Dear Fellow 016th District Residents,
On 27 July 2009, there was a police involved shooting incident in the 016th District in the area of Devon & Milwaukee. A brief summary of the incident is as follows.
At about 1030 hours, police were assigned to a 911 call of a “Domestic – Man with a Gun.” The first unit to arrive observed a man holding a gun and struggling with a woman on the street. The officer exited his vehicle and ordered the offender to drop the gun. The offender refused. As he attempted to enter his home, the offender raised his gun and pointed it at the officer. In self-defense, the officer fired a single shot. The offender was not hit and entered his home. The officer pursued him into the residence and subsequently made the arrest. The offender was transported to the hospital for minor injuries he sustained during the incident. No police officers were injured. The actions of the officer were confirmed on his vehicle’s in-car camera system.
We should all be proud of the officer’s heroic response and take comfort in knowing that the men and women working in this District are prepared to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our families.
Anthony J. Riccio
I think that it is starting to hit too close to home. Perhaps, we should consider taking our Tact teams out of Indian country and bring them back home.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Daniel Libit, Lisa Lerer Daniel Libit, Lisa Lerer – Mon Jul 27, 6:34 am ET
When lawmakers return home for recess in August, they can expect to hear tough questions from constituents on the economy, health care and government spending.
But Republicans are preparing for something else: the birthers.
As GOP Rep. Mike Castle learned the hard way back home in Delaware this month, there’s no easy way to deal with the small but vocal crowd of right-wing activists who refuse to believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States.
At a town hall meeting in Georgetown, a woman demanded to know why Castle and his colleagues were “ignoring” questions about Obama’s birth certificate — questions that have been put to rest repeatedly by state officials in Hawaii, where the birth certificate and all other credible evidence show that Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961.
When Castle countered that Obama is, in fact, “a citizen of the United States,” the crowd erupted in boos, the woman seized control of the gathering and led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The video went viral; by Sunday, it had been viewed on YouTube more than half a million times.
And birthers say members should expect more of the same in the coming weeks.
“Absolutely,” says California resident Orly Taitz, the Russian-born attorney/dentist who has become a kind of ringleader for the movement. “It is a very important issue, one that politicians should have taken up a long time ago.”
Moments after speaking with POLITICO Saturday, Taitz posted a call to arms on her blog:
“I believe it is a serious concern and I hope that each and every decent American comes to town hall meetings with a video camera and demands action,” she wrote.
Having seen his colleague Castle come under attack, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) is taking no chances.
“Before I got back to Michigan before the break, we’ll go through it, so that we’re versed in it,” Hoekstra said recently. “Just like anything else, if you see a hot issue ... it’s sort of like, ‘Let me go take a look at this and see what the status is.’”
Hoekstra believes there’s no “compelling case” questioning Obama’s origins. But after talking to Castle about his town hall, he knows that he’d better be ready with an answer.
The trick: What do you say?
Of the various approaches a put-on-the-spot pol can take, each carries its own risk of alienating constituents. Pick up a pitchfork in the cause of this conspiracy theory, and you risk damaging your reputation in the mainstream while aligning yourself with a movement some regard as having racist undertones.
Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), co-sponsor of legislation that would force candidates to show their birth certificates, was widely mocked after he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that Obama is a U.S. citizen — “as far as I know.”
However, members who decide to challenge the conspiracy theory, as Castle did mildly, risk ticking off a shrill minority who can upend their events and then post the video on the Web.
And those who try to split the difference may find themselves getting doubly burned.
At a Wyoming town hall in April, birthers jumped on freshman Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
“I’m not questioning your concern,” Lummis told the crowd, according to the Wyoming Eagle Tribune. “I am questioning whether there is credible evidence.”
The congresswoman ended up asking for anyone who had “evidence” to send it to her.
At a walk-in meeting in Sen. Tom Coburn’s Washington office, birthers gave the Oklahoma Republican’s chief of staff nine pages of documentation in support of their claims. The group later billed the meeting a success on one of Taitz’s blogs.
But when asked about the meeting, Coburn spokesman Don Tatro said that the office was simply trying to be “polite” and that “it is possible to mistake politeness for agreement.”
According to his office, Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has received 33 inquiries about Obama’s origins, with 10 coming in over the past week.
So far, Hoekstra hasn’t faced any such questions.
“When you’re in a state with 15.2 percent unemployment,” he said, “most people have other things on their mind than this.”
But as if to illustrate the touchiness of the subject, Hoekstra quickly added: “Not that this isn’t important.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) has also tried to find the elusive middle ground.
"They have a point," he said of the birthers last week. "I don't discourage it. ... But I'm going to pursue defeating [Obama] on things that I think are very destructive to America."
Inhofe put out a statement Monday clarifying his comment:
"The point that they make is the Constitutional mandate that the U.S. president be a natural born citizen, and the White House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns of these citizens," he said. "My focus is on issues where I can make a difference to stop the liberal agenda being pushed by President Obama."
Out-party politicians have long had to deal with conspiracy theorists on their side — the people who think that the Clintons killed Vince Foster or that the Bush administration helped orchestrate the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents a conservative Republican district in Minnesota. “That’s why I don’t do town meetings.”
But the birther phenomenon may present a bigger challenge — a potent blend of race and politics, fueled by conservative TV and radio pundits, and played out in a day when all that stands between a town hall meeting and Web omnipresence is a $100 flip cam.
Republican pollster Whit Ayers says that a member confronted with birther questions should immediately pivot the conversation back to big issues.
“You simply indicate that in a country where our fiscal policy is driving us toward bankruptcy, where we are wrestling with major issues of health care reform and fighting two wars for our safety, you don’t have time to deal with wild conspiracy theories,” he says.
That’s the approach House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana takes.
“On that issue, I’m pretty distinctive that the president is from Hawaii,” he said. “I just don’t know where he’s coming from on health care.”
Such a response might satisfy many, or even most, but Taitz says that until Obama is removed from office, America’s other problems cannot be addressed. The fact that a few members of Congress have taken up her cause, with 10 Republicans signing onto Floria Republican Rep. Bill Posey’s legislation to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, has only encouraged her to buckle down in the fight.
As Taitz sees it, Campbell, who represents her congressional district in Southern California, was moved to co-sponsor the “Birthers’ bill” for fear of people like her.
Campbell spokesperson Muffy Lewis flatly denied that being the case, saying the issue of Obama’s birth certificate is a low priority in the congressman’s district. Plus, Campbell has stressed that the bill would apply only to future candidates — and is really just about avoiding these kinds of controversies in the future.
“It really wasn’t as much about constituents as it was his own principles,” said Lewis. “He thought it was a common-sense bill. Castle had a major issue [in his district], but it hasn’t been much of an issue in ours.”
But Taitz said that lawmakers everywhere should be prepared to “resign or be removed” if they “do not have the guts to stand for the Constitution and this country.”
Asked whether Republican lawmakers should be “afraid” of the birthers, Taitz said: “I wouldn’t say the word ‘afraid.’ I think they should be willing to resign or be removed. That is what they should do. ... Resign if you do not have the guts to stand for the Constitution of this country.”
Taitz has made nine trips around the country to rally support for her cause. In March, she traveled to Washington to personally hand out packets of documents to senators in the Hart Senate Office Building. Additionally, she says she has sent documents by certified mail to each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, arguing that Obama is “totally illegitimate to be president.”
While the movement could be “politically threatening for particular Republicans,” Taitz says that the GOP as a whole has a chance to gain from it if it takes the right course of action.
Perhaps sir, because it's your job. We send you, as our representative to the government to make the laws that we feel are necessary. Perhaps when you're not too busy ruining Michigan, you can find the time to actually do what you were hired to do. What is the purpose of you being there? Obama has taken away so much of your Constitutional power by appointing all these czars. The left wing politicians are in such a hurry to ram these laws down the American throats that they don't even know themselves what is in them. I suggest that since there is no dire emergency that perhaps you can take more time to read these bills, a week, a month, hell, take a year. You just have to look at what a mess that stimulus bill thing of yours was and what was that cap & trade thing?
You and your colleagues passed those without reading them. What are you being paid to do?
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Obama says that the Police's actions were stupid and goes into the usual Liberal tirade of how the Police are racist institutions.
After this remark and the outrage in the country, the White House Propaganda Secretary Robert Gibbs begins the leftward spin:
Luckily, the ABC News apologists are also on hand to once again defend the President. You will recall their defense of Obama's bowing to the Saudi king and the Brazilian booty incident.
The story of Sgt James Crowley
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Manny Zelaya has been gaining support from most of the Leftists countries and wants to return to continue to further the damage that he has already done to Honduras. Both sides are yet to come to any agreeable solution to their differences.
I offer to you, dear reader, that our leader, President Obama, as a Marxist himself and his administration have decided not to support the legal actions of the people of Honduras, but that of the junior dictator in Manny Zelaya. I have heard many times that Obama is not a Socialist but a community organizer who will wants to do for the country what he helped do to Chicago. Beware!!! I live in Chicago and I can tell you that paying the nation's highest taxes is not really the direction that we want to take this country. The people of Honduras do not want what is already happening to this country, they do not want to be Socialists.
Luckily, there are a few in the Senate oppose the egregious policy of President Obama.
Monday, July 20, 2009
God Bless you all and stay safe.
UPDATE: July 21, 2009 This is another of Obama's failures. GITMO.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Strike of the Sword
This July, there are about four thousand Marines that have started the largest combat deployment since the Viet Nam War, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. They are striking at the Talibans major money making scheme, their Poppy fields. It is estimated to provide about 80% of the worlds opium and the money has been fueling their operations. The operation is called 'Strike of the Sword' and is designed to be a large fast moving direct combat initiative.
This is an article by Michelle Malkin:
Marines Insertion and Battle preparations.
Photo video of operation by Marines
Our Marines keep fighting in Afghanistan, it is intensifying. We wish them all a safe return. Please keep them in your prayers.
Friday, July 17, 2009
This article is written by Pat Buchanan about what is happening to a people who wanted self determination to their descendants who have become a population of apathetic sheeple who want to be governed. This once great nation is soon to join the bone yard of failed empires. We have gone from the 'Land of the Free' to 'it's all about me'.
God help us all.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In giving birth to not only a new Infantry Division, but one that would travel and conduct operations in an unfamiliar manner, Airborne. On August 19, 1942, Major General William C. Lee read the following orders.
General Order Number Five.
'The 101st Airborne Division, activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny. Like the early American pioneers whose invincible courage was the foundation stone of this nation, we have broken with the past and its traditions in order to establish our claim to the future.
Due to the nature of our armament, and the tactics in which we shall perfect ourselves, we shall be called upon to carry out operations of far-reaching military importance and we shall habitually go into action when the need is immediate and extreme.
Let me call your attention to the fact that our badge is the great American eagle. This is a fitting emblem for a division that will crush its enemies by falling upon them like a thunderbolt from the skies.
The history we shall make, the record of high achievement we hope to write in the annals of the American Army and the American people, depends wholly and completely on the men of this division. Each individual, each officer and each enlisted man, must therefore regard himself as a necessary part of a complex and powerful instrument for the overcoming of the enemies of the nation. Each, in his own job, must realize that he is not only a means, but an indispensable means for obtaining the goal of victory. It is, therefore, not too much to say that the future itself, in whose molding we expect to have our share, is in the hands of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.'
Today, a thousand of these heroes from World War II pass away every day, they gave their all for the country that we love. God Bless the 'greatest generation' for our freedom.
UPDATE: July 21, 2009 RNC Chairman Michael Steele calls ObamaCare, Socialism.
It appears that the Obama government is looking for court Jesters. If you are looking for a job, the government is looking for a few hilarious people. Grumpy American Conservatives need not apply.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Fortunately, we were able to later find that he was actually ok. You can read what TOTUS had to say on his Blog.
I look at things like this and think that maybe my day isn't that bad after all. Keep these brave men and women in your prayers.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Why Barack Obama represents American Catholics better than the pope does. Newsweek article written by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Combined Joint Task Force-82 has released video of an air weapons team engaging and killing insurgents when responding to the insurgents' complex attack on a small patrol base in Paktia province May 27. The video shows 14 insurgents carrying automatic rifles, rocket propelled grenades and a mortar round fleeing the scene after they attacked the outpost with indirect fire, rocket propelled grenades and smalls arms fire.The pilot of an Apache AH64 helicopter is heard verbally checking to make sure the militants are far enough away from any qalats, or Afghan homes, so that shooting the militants will not endanger any civilians. The attack helicopter checks six times to ensure there will be no collateral damage before receiving permission to engage the insurgents. After the helicopter engages the insurgents from the air, U.S. troops continue fighting the insurgents on the ground. The entire fire fight lasted more than five hours. Afghan National Army and ISAF service members conducted an assessment of the area, finding at least 15 militant forces killed, numerous small arms and a mortar system. No ANA or International Security Assistance Forces were injured during the attack. The incident resulted in no civilian casualties.
Death from Above!!!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
I see the government as firemen, trying to put out a large fire with buckets of gasoline, when it comes to our economy.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Why is our government supporting Zelaya and his thugs? Why does President Obama want Zelaya to be able to rewrite the Honduran Constitution so that he can stay in power for life? Is Obama trying to set a precedent on changing the Constitution without having an amendment policy?
After seeing how the Democrats passed a 'stimulus bill that has yet to create a job' in such a rushed manner and how they are now pushing the Cap & Trade bill now. I am concerned that the Constitution is quickly becoming irrelevant and might soon be classified as a worthless document. What happened to the campaign promise that Obama said about posting bills on the internet for a week so that we could read them and give them our feedback?