Sunday, August 30, 2009

Does This Sound Familiar?

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I enjoy westerns! In fact, I enjoy them so much that I have taken to listening to audiobooks of various western writers. Max Brand, Zane Grey, and a host of others have become my best companions during work hours. What amazes me at times is that some of the writing reflected contemporary views of the political scene at the time. Such is the case of the following below.

The writer is Zane Grey and he is obviously making comment on what he viewed as a problem around the early part of the 20th century. It is very close to what we hear today from those of us that are concerned with the protection of our borders.

Now if one were to view this in relation to the Mexican drug cartels and change a few words around; such as cavalry to border patrol, well… I’ll leave the reader to his own conclusions.

Herein below is the transcript of Mr. Grey’s writing on the subject.

“That’s bad” said Gayle, “it’s news to me. Why, doesn’t the government take action, do something?”

“Afraid of international complications. Don’t want to be criticized by the Maderos or by jealous foreign nations. It’s a delicate situation Dick. The Washington officials know the gravity of it, you can bet. But the United States in general is in the dark. And the army, well you ought to hear the inside talk back in San Antonio. We’re patrolling the boundary line; we’re making a grand bluff. I can tell you of a dozen instances where cavalry should have pursued raiders on the other side of the line. But we won’t do it. The officers are a grouchy lot these days. You see of course what significance would attach were United States Cavalry go into Mexican territory. There would simply be hell. My own Colonel is the sorest man on the job. We’re all sore. It’s like sitting on a powder magazine. We can’t keep the raiders and rebels from crossing the line. Yet we don’t fight.” said Thorn.

Now it’s not that I don’t think we don’t fight, because if fired upon we will fire back but the idea of not being able to chase after them does indeed bother me a great deal.

I understand that the POTUS cannot order national guard troops to the borders. However he could be agreeable to such a move should the local authorities, (TX, AZ) governors could order their National Guard units to help out.

If it were my call they’d be there in full force and firepower using all weapons that would be available to them in order to keep these dirt-bags off of American soil. But that’s just me.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - Preparing to Mark 60 Years of Communist Rule, China Worries About Terrorism - Preparing to Mark 60 Years of Communist Rule, China Worries About Terrorism

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Mad as Hell Open Letter to USDOJ and AG Eric Holder

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Dear Reader please find below a letter I have written to AG Holder at the USDOJ. Their Email address is;

Dear Attorney General Holder:

Sir it has recently become known that the American Civil Liberties Union had been photographing CIA agents and passing these photos on to some of the detainees at GITMO.

Considering it is the intention of your department to investigate many of these same agents for possible wrongdoings in the gathering of intelligence garnered from the aforementioned detainees, I would think that your office might find it a bit more expedient to go after those that are responsible for such an outrage at the ACLU!

If you recall a few years ago there was a leak that outted Valerie Plame, (who by that time no longer had covert status) and the cries for treason and action were very vocal and very loud. Eventually it was one Scooter Libby who became the scapegoat.

Herein, however is an actual act of TREASON perpetuated by a non-profit organization upon the citizens of the United States.

So how about it sir, will your office seek indictments or just let this go by wayside?

Respectfully Yours,

R.P. Woitowitz Sr.
Concerned Citizen

Just a Few Thoughts

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Nary a Peep by the MSM

Last week, while at work I had listened to a podcast of an IBD op-ed piece. It was about how the ACLU had been spying upon and photographing CIA interrogators and showing them to some of the detainees at GITMO.

Today in Michelle Malkin’s column, we see the same report.

I find myself wondering, where is the OUTRAGE by the MSM? AG Holder and his master PREZBO are hell-bent on destroying the CIA period. Holder will be investigating them for improper techniques and alleged torture, while the ACLU blows the cover of the CIA agents involved.

A couple of years ago the MSM were collectively outraged of an outing of a then no longer covert CIA agent named Valerie Plame. Where is that outrage now MSNBC, CNN, etc? All I can hear the crickets chriping now!

It is also known that such leaking of information is a TREASONABLE offense. However, I think it hardly likely that AG Holder and his lackey’s will go after the ACLU in any way, shape or form. In fact, it would not surprise me to find them actually utilizing the above-mentioned photos.

It is my extreme hope that the CIA will not go down without swinging back. There is still this matter of an Obama birth certificate kicking around. Leon Panetta, take note!

Why the Tsars?

If I am not mistaken there are now some 20+ Tsars being steadily employed by the Obama administration. Many pundits and conservatives have wondered as why this is so. I think I have quite a simple answer.

As we know, PREZBO is incapable of running a lemonade stand let alone a major playing nation on the world scene. We likewise know that he is a product of Chicago thug politics. A mob mentality as you will.

What do both of these have in common?

Simple, a mob boss cannot run all his enterprises by himself. He needs loyal lieutenants that will oversee the day-to-day operations and report directly to him. PREZBO is no different in this aspect of his administration.

Secondly the use of the said lieutenants allows the mob boss to distance himself from any actions that will have, shall we say, a bad effect on the overall image of himself. In other words, they are expected to fall on their own swords, allowing the boss to have, “no knowledge” of his employees’ actions.

These two reasons, in my mind explain why he is surrounding himself with these people. If it goes right, super for him! If it goes bad…. Well to quote the famous Sgt. Shultz of Hogan’s Hero’s fame;
“I see notzing, I know notzing!”

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - The Media Research Center - The Media Research Center

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Why am I Not Surprised?

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I recieved the below in an E-Mail. I cannot say that everyone of the following are in truth accurate, but it would not shock me either.

A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of 'why' our country is in trouble!

1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a Kansas Congressman's (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ''I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts .'' Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained, ''Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa ''his response -- click.
3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.He replied, ''Don't lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin state!'' (OMG)
4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife (Landra Reid) who asked, ''Is it possible to see England from Canada?''I said, ''No.''She said, ''But they look so close on the map.'' (OMG, again!)
5. An aide for a cabinet member (Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ''I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.'' (Aghhhh)
6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought that.
7. A New York lawmaker, (Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ''Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?'' I said, 'No, why do you ask?'He replied, ''Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I'm overweight. I think that's very rude!''After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, Ca. is (FAT - Fresno Air Terminal), and the airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, ''Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?''
9. I just got off the phone with a freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright (D) from Ala. who asked, ''How do I know which plane to get on?''I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ''I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have numbers on them.''
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) called and said, ''I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?''I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola, FL on a commuter plane.She said, ''Yeah, whatever, smarty!''
11. Mary Landrieu (D), La. Senator called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China. After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that she needed a visa. 'Oh, no I don't. I've been to China many times and never had to have one of those.'' I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ''Look, I've been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!''
12. A New Jersey Congressman, John Adler, called to make reservations, ''I want to go fromChicago to Rhino, New York .''I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said, ''Are you sure that's the name of the town?'''Yes, what flights do you have?'' replied the man.After some searching, I came back with, ''I'm sorry, sir, I've looked up every airport code in the country and can't find a rhino anywhere."''The man retorted, ''Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!''So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ''You don't mean Buffalo, do you?''The reply? ''Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.''

And we wonder why they can't even be bothered to read a bill passing through congress?

Monday, August 24, 2009 - Even Lowest Income Americans Don’t Believe Obama’s Promise Not to Raise Their Taxes, Says Gallup Poll - Even Lowest Income Americans Don’t Believe Obama’s Promise Not to Raise Their Taxes, Says Gallup Poll

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Definitly we're seeing more and more buyer's remorse!

When I'm Sixtyfour, (under Obamacare)

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Ok, just a little diddy-song parady sung to the Beatles tune, "When I'm Sixtyfour";

Ahem,,,,me me me me

"When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
I can see me sitting in emergency
for 15 hours patiently
My arms and legs broken, in several spots
Pain is more than I can bear
People are crying
People are dying
From Obama Care!"

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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The USPS vs. Private Sector and the Misconception Made of Postal Workers

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This is an aside thought to an article at American Thinker. I did not wish to go off topic at AT so I have posted here at my Blogsites

First let me repeat and say as I did at American Thinker, that the analogy is well made and the point well taken. President Obama’s presentation of a US Federal takeover of the healthcare industry by comparing it to the USPS is not accurate in any way, especially when one reads the actual part of the bill dealing with private insurers.

Secondly many of you would be surprised to find out that a great number of us, while perhaps not fully conservative, lean right of center. A lot are traditional conservative Democrats, in the old Zoe Miller mold. (I myself and a full-fledged conservative, but that is unimportant).
That being said I am going to present a view that puts Postal employees in a positive light.
As an employee of the USPS, I can understand the resentment many people have of us due to long lines, waiting times, damaged packages, late delivery of mail, etc. That is only one view consistently presented by people from all walks of life and political leanings.

Good amounts of us are hard working individuals that are just trying to put bread on our tables and provide for our families just the same as everyone else does each day. Do you recall those days during which you yourself would not set foot outside because it is too hot, too cold, raining, snowing, unless you absolutely had to get somewhere? Yet you see your letter carrier out there delivering mail and doing his or her job. How many of you have had to deal with the public on a day to day basis, face to face, one on one, and try to explain why they can or cannot mail a letter this way or that way. Have any of you had to deal with customers whose command of the English language is far from stellar? Admittedly some of our own employees are likewise deficient in that area, but not very many in the total picture.

Yes, the lines are long, but that is likewise due to cutbacks that are similar in the private sector and in fact are caused by the private sector in so far as lesser volume, that you do not hear about. I would agree that a cutback in customer services is the area that should not be allowed, but even as I write this, we are seeing the closing of smaller finance stations and the cutting back of window personnel. There is talk of going to a 5-day delivery week.

Recently some employees in NJ have been sent letters stating that they are being reassigned and have 60 days in which to chose an office to be forcibly transferred to in order to maintain employment. Some of those offices are located 500 miles away.
(Personally I think that for many folks this could be a blessing in disguise, NJ has an extremely higher cost of living)

I am quite certain that the general public thinks we are vastly overpaid. That the letter carriers, are no more than beasts of burden and the window clerks are just glorified cashiers similar to those employed at fast food chains. (BTW, this is NOT a knock on those that do that, they work just as hard as we do if not harder for a lot less).

I will not argue that I am paid well; In fact I am thankful that it is so. Nevertheless, I did live in NY and the cost of living there was so high as to virtually nullify my paycheck. However, I digress from my digression. I just ask those of you in the general public, even considering the rough economic times we’re in, would you consider getting up to go out and work on a frigid day to deliver mail in Chicago, or Detroit, or on a day with a heat index well into the lower hundreds in Galveston, or Miami, for minimum wage? BTW, our counter parts in UPS and FedEx are equally well paid. Therefore, I do not think that there is a comparison that can be made in that area.

I do not believe the public is aware of our government-protected monopoly on the delivery of first class mail. Indeed, we are protected in that way, but I would welcome UPS and/or FedEx to present a viable delivery plan of their own. I have yet to see such plans ever put forward. I would likewise be interested to see any plan put forward that would allow for the privaterization of the USPS. Again, neither of the other two major players has come forward. We are talking about the delivering of mail to millions of households on a daily basis, six days (so far) a week.
Additionally this would entail the sorting and distribution of BILLIONS of letters, both first class and bulk-rate each day as well, the majority of which is processed at night. Both companies IF such a move were to be made would have to increase the size of their workforces. A good thing yes indeed, but do not think for one moment that it would not drive up the cost of mailing. Basic economics 101, would ensure that those costs would be passed off to the customer.

There were other companies that were once in the mailing business; DHL and Airborne come to mind. They are now gone as far as I know, or were absorbed by either UPS or FedEx. Therefore, it is not the USPS that put them under. Far from it. In fact the USPS had had contracts with both those companies at one time. We currently have contracts with FedEx and UPS as well although to be honest I am not knowledgeable in the details of those aforementioned contracts. Although I do know that they drop ship their packages at our offices from time to time and we then deliver them to their customers. Of what we get in return I am not certain.

Again I am not stating that the analogy by Corey Genelin is a poor one, in fact quite the opposite is true. I am however tired of the impression presented to the general public (put forth by both political sides), that the USPS employs malcontented, uneducated, useless drones or dolts.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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An Amazing Prediction

Recently I have taken to listening to pod casts of old radio programs. In particular, I like the old westerns. Now to preface the next few lines most of these podcasts include the commercials that were broadcast at the time. In one of the shows, there came along a commercial that literally caught me off guard; it was for creating an IRA account! Now bear in mind that these broadcasts were aired mostly during the “Golden Age “Radio which ran from the 1930’s up until the late 1950’s. This particular broadcast I believe was aired in 1958.

The reader should now consider that the Social Security Act was first conceived by FDR’s economic committee and was headed by Edwin White and was later passed and enacted by in Congress in 1935.

So what does this tell us? Well perhaps if we read the transcript of the actual commercial we would be amazed to find that it was amazingly prophetic and extremely accurate. Again, bear in mind that this commercial aired 23 years after the Social Security Act. Herein then below is the above mentioned transcript;

“You too can have the advantages of a tax sheltered retirement plan. Corporations have long been able to set aside funds to provide retirement incomes for their employees and defer payment of taxes. Self-employed individuals have been able to save in a KEO (sp ?) plan. Now congress has developed IRA for individuals not covered by other plans. Social Security is NOT ADEQUATE to provide for you when you retire. But when coupled with IRA many people can make their later years worry free. Any wage earner who is not a participant in any other plan may set up an IRA. The sooner you start the better you retirement can be! Get your plan started at….”

Fast forward now some 50 plus years and we find that not only is Social Security insolvent, but so is Medicaid, and Medicare. All of which are run by the Federal Government. Moreover, we, the American public are being told that the feds want to run all of healthcare?
If a bank or an accounting firm, back in the middle of the 20th century could accurately foresee the disaster that was to become social security, then how much prediction will it take to say the same for the coming O-Care?

A Small Argument Opposed to Historical Revisionism

Again I must refer to a podcast of an old time radio show. This particular one was broadcasted via Armed Services Radio.

Basically it is a dramatical rendition of the exploration of the Missouri River and the area of the Louisianna Pruchase of the early 19th century by Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

Now I will freely admit that there exists in this broadcast a bit of embellishment. But again one should view this in the context of making it of interest primarily for the listener and secondly, for the fact that it is indeed a dramatized rendition of the historical facts. However, the fact that it is was presented for entertainment as well as education of our history should not diminish the fact that it was based on the personal journals of the aforementioned Captains Lewis and Clark.

Now the reader may wonder as to how I would know this little tidbit of information.

Well, about a year ago I happened upon an audio book about the exploration of the Missourii River. The audio book was based upon the writings of both Lewis and Clarks’ journals. This broadcast collaborated the both the book and journals.

Yes, yes, I can hear the historical revisionists braying and bemoaning the fact that it was written by dead white men. But they should take note that they ( Lewis and Clark ), were recording their perceptions and exactly what they saw at the particular time in history. It was NOT a recollection or memoir some 10 - 30 years later. No, it was on the spot, at that point in time, a daily written account of the day’s events.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Read One Psalm a Day - Psalm 144

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Since my other site ( He Speaks to Me ) has been down all day I am posting my devotional study here today.

Psalm 144

A Psalm of David.

1 Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth
mine hands to fight, and my fingers to battle. (a)
2 He is my goodness and my fortress, my tower
and my deliverer, my shield and in him I trust,
2which subdueth my people under me.
3 Lord, what is man that thou regardest him!
or the son of man that thou thinkest upon him?
4 Man is like to vanity; his days are like a shadow
that vanisheth.
5 Bow thine heavens, O Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6 Cast forth the lightning and scatter them;
shoot out thine arrows and consume them.
7 Send thine hand from above: deliver me, and
take me out of the great waters, and from the hand
of strangers,
8 Whose mouth talketh vanity, and their right
hand is a right hand of falsehood.
9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God, and
sing unto thee upon a viol, and an instrument of
ten strings.
10 It is he that giveth deliverance unto kings, and
rescueth David his servant from the hurtful sword.
11 Rescue me, and deliver me from the hand of
strangers, whose mouth talketh vanity, and their
right hand is a right hand of falsehood:
12 That our sons may be as the plants growing
up in their youth, and our daughters as the corner
stones, graven after the similitude of a palace:
13 That our corners may be full and abounding
with divers sorts, and that our sheep may bring forth
thousands and ten thousand in our streets.
14 That our oxen may be strong to labor; that
there be none invasion, nor going out, nor no crying
in our streets.
15 Blessed are the people, that be so, yea blessed
are the people whose God is the Lord.

(a) Verse 1
1 Corinthians 14:8
Ephesians 6:12

Friday, August 7, 2009

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Mission Statement

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The Purpose of this site is to promote God's Word and Conservative thought on all matters that relate to this nation. I have two other sites that likewise do this, however they were two different sites. So in order to put all my eggs in one basket, so to speak I created this site.

Moreover, it is my hope that those of you that find me here will come away with an appreciation of Our creator and our nation.

R.P.W. Sr.