Sunday, October 31, 2010

This'n'That; November Second [Election Day!! Heartland Inst; obama's "Car"]

Today is: THE BIG DAY!!
Today is November Second!!
Today is the day of one of the most important elections OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY!!
Today is the day (IF you and I are of like mind) to turn out ANY incumbents in the 'Ruling Class!!'  Let them enjoy the experience, the thrill and the benefits of UNEMPLOYMENT!!

EVERYONE Should Order These....
    Early last week I received a package of pamphlets I'd ordered from the Heartland Institute.  I didn't know what to expect when I ordered them; you know how authors and others with 'an axe to grind' will embellish their offerings!  Over the weekend, I carved out a period in which to review these several pamplets.  I had received a total of twelve volumes and one DVD:
  • "The Patriot's ToolboxEighty principles for restoring our freedom and prosperity
  • "Blowing Smoke?"  An investigative report from The Christian Science Monitor, covering such topics as: Carbon Offsets; Native and Green Energy; Carbon Offset SCAMS.
  •  "Is the U.S. Surface Temperature Record Reliable?"  An investigative report on the facts and fallacies concerning the title topic; by Anthony Watts ( ).
  •  "Global Warming Facts versus FaithA report authored by Apollo 7 Astronaut-Walter Cunningham.
  •  "The OBAMACARE Disaster-An Appraisal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"  (Heartland Policy Study #128) Peter Ferrara appraises various aspects of obamaCare.
 (The) Legislative Principles Series:  [A series of brief guides to the most important public policy issues of the day, written especially for elected officials and other opinion leaders.  Some legislative uses:  (A) Answering constituents' questions; (B) Formulating position papers and talking points; (C) Preparing speeches and testimony; (D) Writing op-eds, letters-to-the-editor, and commentaries; (E) A tool for further research.]
  1. Ten Principles of School Choice
  2.  Ten Principles of State Fiscal Policy
  3.  Ten Principles of Health Care Policy
  4.  Ten Principles of Energy Policy
  5.  Ten Principles of Telecom Policy
  6.  Ten Principles of Property and Casualty Insurance Regulation
  7.  Ten Principles of Privatization
  8.  Ten Principles for Improved Business Climates
.....and a DVD
Unstoppable Solar Cycles-The Real Story of Greenland

Whether an actual benefit exists or not, depends on the readers' political stances.  I intend to briefly review each volume as time permits; in a priority I think is important.

How obama's 'Car' Actually Got In 'The Ditch!'
    "Clown Prince" obama loves his car-in-the-ditch analysis of our crashed economy. He repeats it constantly, and has added this: “We’re huffing and puffing trying to get the car out of the ditch, and the republicans are standing around watching sipping on a slurppy.”  That slurppy bit is supposed to connect him to middle America. Well, maybe, but doubtful.
    But the real problem isn’t the slurppy gag: the problem is the road to the ditch. The financial collapse which led to our present enervating recession was the housing collapse and bank failures.  Toxic mortgages, foreclosure crisis, Mr. Fix-It bailouts–the entire sorry tale is obamacRAT from way down the road to the crash siteIt starts with Jimmy Carter and his Community Re-Investment Act, by which the heavy hand of government “encouraged” banks to loan to marginal borrowersThat push was ramped up under Bill Clinton.
    Clinton’s HUD Secretary, Andrew Cuomo (yes, the same one) created regulations which forced the government sponsored mortgage entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to step up loans to minorities under the logic of the affordable housing movement–every American should be a homeowner. It turns out affordable housing didn’t mean inexpensive homes poor people could afford, but instead, easy credit to buy homes they could not afford.
    Clinton’s Treasury Secretary was obamacRAT Robert Rubin, aided by obamacRAT Lawrence Summers, now on the obama economic team. Rubin and Summers honcho’d the effort to repeal the Depression era Glass Steigal Ac, allowing investment banks to use federally insured depositor cash to back millions of mortgages, while easing underwriting standards at the same time. No money down? No problem.  In addition, Rubin pushed through the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which allowed the creation of mortgage back securities, liar loans packaged as investments and sold to pension funds.
We all know what happened to those “improvements” in the financial system. When the economy fell apart, the trail of tears led right back to these financial shenanigans. obamacRATs created a mortgage casino which led to chaos. But because the housing bubble stirred up so much action at the banks, obamacRAT Rubin took home $100 million from his post-Treasury job at Citi Bank (which was eventually saved by a bailout.)
Later, when Fannie and Freddie–the places where the buck actually stopped– started to give off a strong odor of stinking loans and the threat of large losses the taxpayer would have to cover, obamacRATs blocked reform. In 2003 when republicRATs ran DC, they pushed for HR2575–The Secondary Mortgage Market Interprises Regulatory Improvement Act, which would have strengthened an independent regulator for the government backed mortgage giants, Fannie and Feddie.
  • obamacRAT Barney Frank said, “I don’t think we face a crisis, I don’t think that we have an impending disaster… Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac do very good work and they are not endangering the fiscal health of this country.”
  • obamacRAT Maxine Waters said “These GSE’s have more than adequate capital for the business they are in: providing affordable housing…We should not be making radical or fundamental change. If there is anything to fix or improve, it is the (regulators).”
    Bush administration regulators got a tongue lashing from obamacRATs for even issuing warnings that disaster was possible. Rep. Gregory Meeks, obamacRAT of New York, huffed “I am just pissed off at (the regulators) because if it wasn’t for you I don’t think that we would be here in the first place.” obamacRAT Meeks thought the hearings by Bush regulators were a waste of time. “I think there has been nothing that was indicated is wrong, you know, with Fannie Mae…the question that then presents is the competence of your agency has with reference to deciding and regulating these GSE’s.” Fannie and Freddie are Government Sponsored Entities, or GSE’s.

    Rep. David Scott, obamacRAT of Georgia, told the regulators that home ownership for African Americans trailed the rate of whites by thirty points, and “Clearly, the mission of Freddie Mac and especially Fannie Mae, is to close that gap.”  At these hearings Fannie Mae’s Chairman and CEO Franklin Raines, a obamacRAT, and former Clinton official, told oversight committee members that the mortgages Fannie was buying were solid gold.
For this type of brilliant forecasting Raines was compensated $90 million during his tenure. When Jamie Gorelick, obamacRAT, took over and continued Raines’ nothing-can-go-wrong-here policies, she earned $26 million. She was followed by obamacRAT Jim Johnson, who was at or near the wheel when the car went into the ditch in 2007. He took home a paltry $21 million. After all Fannie needed to be bailed out with $X billion on his watch.
obamacRATs in the New York State Insurance regulators allowed AIG to insure mortgage backed securities with an invention known as the Credit Default Swap.

“These assets are so riskless that their capital for holding them should be under two percent.” In other words, if banks had two dollars they should be able to loan one hundred dollars. The “assets” Fannie was purchasing from the banks were not that solid: they were junk.

    OK, the car crashed. But when you backtrack, what do you find? Democrats.  Next time Obama asks if you really want to go back to the policies of the people who drove us into the ditch, remind yourself “We already did that.”  Democrats crashed the car, and they are the last people to be driving the tow truck.

Read more:
Til Nex'Time....
(**)obamacRATs used republicRAT Phil Gramm to front their greedy back room plot, and nowadays tend to say it was all Graham. It’s true Graham was in the picture, but look closely: he’s surrounded by obamacRATs.

    (***)The “party of no” in those days was the obamacRATs, who used cloture rules to keep the act from moving to a vote in the republicRAT-controlled Senate. When the obamacRATs came back in control in 2006 it was like hiring obamacRAT chocoholics in the taxpayer candy store. Eighteen attempts by George W. Bush and John McCain to prod the obamacRAT-controlled Congress to exert control over Fannie and Freddie were rejected summarily by obamacRATs.



"Clown Prince" Weekly Blather; October 30th

A Patriotic Response To The "Clown Prince;" 10/30/2010

The White House

October 30, 2010

    Tuesday is Election Day, and here in Washington, the talk is all about who will win and who will lose – about parties and politics.  But around kitchen tables, I’m pretty sure you’re talking about other things: about your family finances, or maybe the state of the economy in your hometown; about your kids, and what their futures will bring. And your hope is that once this election is over, the folks you choose to represent you will put the politics aside for a while, and work together to solve problems.  That’s my hope, too. 
[What I'm not telling you:   There's far more being discussed in American homes than family and hometown issues.  Everyone is wrapped up in the national, state and local elections like never before!!  The national pamphleteers are not always truthful and inclusive in their dissemination of the information and facts most helpful to the American voter.  Take for instance, the senatorial election in the State of Delaware.  This hotly contested seat was formerly held by the current Vice-President, Joe "Hair-Plug" Biden.  (We're close friends so I just refer to him as "Plug;" he calls me "Barry, or Bare.")  If that political-insider; obamacRAT cabal member--Chris Coons truly had an eleven-point lead in the pools; why would "The Plug and Barry Show" need to return to the Delaware campaign, week-after-week?!?!  This and every other strongly contested race uses the highly-biased national pamphleteers to develop and promote either a false sense of security or a false sense of hopelessness among the republicRAT voters!!
    See, folks;  I don't believe most of this crap any more than the average American does.  All these weekly blathers are pre-approved by my, don't be silly.... NOT the American people!!  The final approvals come from the obama Handler Group-headed by George Soros-and others; very, very rich old white men; those who's 'old family money' bought parts of the original shares in The Fed.
    I feel it necessary from time-to-time, to circumvent the original approved weekly blather copy and explain my personal position on issues of the day.  Most important to me during the latter half of my regime-and on into 'retirement'-is:  How will I be perceived on the issues; on the failures.  In that vein, the last thing I want is to have a bi-partisan relationship with the upcoming 112th Congress!!  If bi-partisanship exists, who will I blame for the massive debt I've run up??  Who will I blame for the ineptness with which the extreme unemployment and nearly total destruction of the economy were handled??  Who will I blame for the upcoming loss in the nullification of obamaCare??  Who will I blame when future fascist legislation 'goes down in flames??'  While I'm well aware "the bloom is off the rose" since my 'selection for election,'  my immense ego demands that I be held in high regard amongst "my subjects!!"]    Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, we need to come together to help put people who are still looking for jobs back to work. And there are some practical steps we can take right away to promote growth and encourage businesses to hire and expand. These are steps we all should be able to agree on – not Democratic or Republican ideas, but proposals that have traditionally been supported by both parties.
We ought to provide continued tax relief for middle class families who have borne the brunt of the recession. We ought to allow businesses to defer taxes on the equipment they buy next year. And we ought to make the research and experimentation tax credit bigger and permanent – to spur innovation and foster new products and technologies.  Beyond these near-term steps, we should work together to tackle the broader challenges facing our country – so that we remain competitive and prosperous in a global economy. That means ensuring that our young people have the skills and education to fill the jobs of a new age. That means building new infrastructure – from high-speed trains to high-speed internet – so that our economy has room to grow. And that means fostering a climate of innovation and entrepreneurship that will allow American businesses and American workers to lead in growth industries like clean energy.
[What I'm not telling you:  I'm not so arrogant that I don't see the obamacRATs taking "a real thumping" at the polls!!  I'm not so arrogant that I don't see the obamacRATic candidates and incumbents not campaigning on the accomplishments; there are 'precious few!!'  I'm not so arrogant that I don't see the obamacRATic candidates and incumbents preferring that I not campaign for them!!
    On the 'jobs' front:  my regime has not only stifled the employment market with the vast increases in  federal debt and bailouts of those companies deemed "to big to fail;" we've also stifled Americans' "will to succeed;" we've also stifled that great American spirit: entrepreneurship!!  The huge debt levels each American is saddled with--'right out of the womb'--make it virtually impossible for any businessman of any size, to plan for the future; to plan for the expansion of factory capacity; to plan for even making the next payroll!!   The continued extending of unemployment benefits--while a near-term benefit--undermines the will to succeed.  When the unemployeds and the underemployeds combine cash benefits with what 'under-the-table' work they can find,; they seem to have enough to succeed--maybe even better themselves--all the while thumbing 'their noses' at the IRS, the federal government and ultimately--ME!!   Too many political careers--including mine, albeit lackluster, at best--depend upon 'big money; big corporations' that demand the continuation of NAFTA.  Nullification of NAFTA and the subsequent tariff assessments on imported goods formerly of American manufacture would have a short-term positive effect on the national budget; the national economy.  Upon nullification, steps could be put in place to repatriate these American companies.
      On the 'tax relief' front: Although inept so far as the economy is concerned, I'm not naive enough to believe that 'the rich' aren't an important part in the national economy. As much as the obamacRATs and I continue to enjoy vilifying 'the rich;'  we realize the rich continue to fund what little small-company expansion the country has enjoyed since my immaculation.  Actually, my refusal to continue the 'Bush Tax Cuts' for the rich will probably have little affect, if any.  These guys were smart enough to earn it during the 'republicRAT good times;'  they're smart enough to invest for capital preservation and appreciation in preparation for 'the obama Great Recession'.  Although "Geeze-Louise" McIntosh Rodham Slaughter (obamacRAT-NY28) needs a monument to herself, the regime would bode well to consider the value and useage of some of these innane 'infrastructure projects!'  I point toward her demand for high-speed rail investment in western New York State;  after "the fad wears off," who will actually use it?  Will the prospective ridership justify the billions in investment?  We have to remember that aside from the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, western New York is primarily rural in nature; 'fly-over country,' if you will.  I know.... You're thinking: "This from a guy who's real claim-to-fame is throwing bales and 'bails' of money at every problem to see how much sticks?!?!" The future of the country depends upon more 'attention to detail' and value justification for all this infrastructure crap!
    The economic growth area of 'clean energy' as yet to prove itself.  Sustainability, practicality and economic viability are a must in this age of 'The obama Great Recession!'  This is the exact area and reasoning that validate the continuation of 'The Bush Tax Cuts' AT ALL LEVELS!  Without vast government funding through grants and tax relief, none of the current 'clean energy' resources are economically viable.  The country nor the government at any level can continue to prop-up this area, just with the hope that someday they can be self-sufficient!!]
    On these issues – issues that will determine our success or failure in this new century – I believe it’s the fundamental responsibility of all who hold elective office to seek out common ground. It may not always be easy to find agreement; at times we’ll have legitimate philosophical differences. And it may not always be the best politics. But it is the right thing to do for our country.  That’s why I found the recent comments by the top two Republican in Congress so troubling. The Republican leader of the House actually said that “this is not the time for compromise.” And the Republican leader of the Senate said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one.  I know that we’re in the final days of a campaign. So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing this heated rhetoric. That’s politics. But when the ballots are cast and the voting is done, we need to put this kind of partisanship aside – win, lose, or draw.
[What I'm not telling you: That " out common ground...." thingie?!?!  The blather authors only ment ....common ground among 'the ruling class!!'  Obviously, they didn't mean common ground with 'the serf class!!'  Had they, we would have considered the opinions of the vast percentage of Americans who OPPOSED OBAMACARE!!!  That 'Republican Leader in the House' is on the right track!!  It's not in the country's best interests to compromise on policies that have thus far, been so destructive to the American economy; put the country in a hole that will be decades in recovering from.   (The First Law of Holes:  When you're in one [debt], stop digging [spending]!)    The 'Republican Leader in the Senate' is on the right track as well; gaining and keeping republicRAT majorities in both houses of Congress at least until the country recovers from 'the obama Great Recession' is essential to the very existance of the country!!]
    In the end, it comes down to a simple choice. We can spend the next two years arguing with one another, trapped in stale debates, mired in gridlock, unable to make progress in solving the serious problems facing our country. We can stand still while our competitors – like China and others around the world – try to pass us by, making the critical decisions that will allow them to gain an edge in new industries.
Or we can do what the American people are demanding that we do. We can move forward. We can promote new jobs and businesses by harnessing the talents and ingenuity of our people. We can take the necessary steps to help the next generation – instead of just worrying about the next election. We can live up to an allegiance far stronger than our membership in any political party. And that’s the allegiance we hold to our country.
[What I'm not telling you:   I too, realize that when stalemates occur--no matter the premise, the location--all actions grind to a halt.  This, so far as the federal government is concerned, is not necessarily a bad thing!   The 'work stoppage' will do much to slow the growth of government; the growth of the dependency class; spending on the aforementioned 'infrastructure crap.'  We WILL be surpassed by the likes of China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and most Central and South American countries so long as NAFTA remains 'the law of the land' in North America!!  NAFTA is not the only fault in the American decline; it is hand-in-hand with the unions and 'big money.'  The unions' and big money's stranglehold on the American way-of-life is draining the very life out of the economic engine!!  In any future legislation, policy changes, etc., the affect on this way-of-life must be considered above all. 
Where's the economic benefit of the PORKulus bill being used to take over any remaining choice in student loan origination?
Where's the economic benefit of PORKulus finds being forced upon some banks who neither wanted nor needed them?
Where's the economic benefit of the PORKulus bill being used to bailout insurance companies, who will--meer months later--convey billions of dollars in bonus payments to their employees?
Where's the economic benefit of the PORKulus bill bailing out the UAW retirement fund?  Where's the economic benefit of the billions in ANNUAL 'bailouts' of FREDDIE MAC and FANNIE MAE? 
As we ALL should have learned in Econ101, bailouts do nothing more than prop up declining business plans and reward poor management. 
Any and all federal programs--not self-sufficient--must be returned to the private sector.  All payments to the 'dependency class' must be scaled back severely.  Most of the American public is painfully aware that multiple generations of Americans have never held a money-paying job!!  No matter how painful, this "womb-to-tomb" abuse of the federal largess must come to an end!!]



Friday, October 29, 2010

This'n'That; October Twenty-Nineth-Yet Again [Apps; The Moocher; Thugs]

Do Your Part AGAINST Voter Fraud!
    Just in time for Election Day, American Majority Action has created the nation’s first mobile application to help identify, report and track suspected incidents of voter fraud and intimidation. This free, cutting edge system will enable voters to take action to help defend their right to vote. Whether you’re a campaign junkie, or just want a better America, Voter Fraud will help you report violations at the election booth and serve to uphold the democratic process.  Take a look at the full list of features below and be sure to download the app for your mobile phone. By the way, did we mention it was FREE?
  • Easy to Use Image Capture
  • Pre-Populated Report Types
  • iPhone, Blackberry (BB), Android Apps, Free to Citizens
  • Over 10 Issue Report Types (Intimidation, Campaigning to Close, etc.)
  • Issue Management Console for Election Officials
  • APIs for Service Integration
  • Notifications to Officials by Report Type
  • Notifications to Officials by Geography
  • Export Raw Data as XML, KML, CSV
  • Voter Fraud News Tab for Citizens
  • Auto Notify Citizens of Issues Resolved
  • Web Widgets with Map, Feed, and Photo Carousel Views
  • Online Voter Fraud Resources
  • Dedicated Landing Page at

Your Tax Dollars At Work!
Michelle "The Moocher" Obama will travel 'on the taxpayer's dime' campaign for Pennsylvania Senate hopeful Joe Sestak (Poll results: 47% Toomey-republicRAT; 42% Sestak-obamacRAT) on Monday evening.  "The Moocher" will speak at a 7 p.m. rally at the Perelman Quadrangle building of the University of Pennsylvania. Interested in attending?  Be prepared to be "knocked on your ass" if you get between Mooch' and the Haagen Dazs cart!!
Did "Clown Prince" obama Change His Mind?
    "Clown Prince" obama issued a statement Thursday on Sunday's upcoming elections in the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire in French). Here's the text of the statement:
"The United States supports the people of Cote d’Ivoire as they prepare to express their democratic voice and participate in presidential elections on October 31, 2010. The Ivoirian government, the candidates, their supporters, and all political actors have an obligation to ensure that the long-delayed presidential elections are held in a peaceful and transparent manner. The people of Cote d’Ivoire deserve a secure environment for elections, and for their choice to be accepted by all candidates. These elections are a critical step to rebuilding Cote d’Ivoire. The United States stands with the Ivoirian people as they prepare for long-awaited democratic elections, and move closer to lasting peace and prosperity in Cote d’Ivoire."
    Has the "Clown Prince" changed his stance on all elections or just those held outside the United States?  From his days as a community agitator in Chicago through his 'selection for election,' obama has both officially and unofficially held the position that New Black Panther and SEIU thugs have a presence at all elections; union, local, regional and national!!

Til Nex'Time....



This'n'That; October Twenty-Nineth[Nationwide Poll;Tea Party Poll]

Polls Very Telling!
    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey (of 1,000 Likely Voters, conducted on October 26-27, 2010) finds:
  1. 65% of Likely U.S. Voters say if they had the option next week, they would vote to get rid of the entire Congress and start all over again.
  2. Only 20% would opt to keep the entire Congress instead.
  3. 84% of serf class voters would opt to get rid of the entire Congress
  4. 64% of the ruling class would vote instead to keep them all.
  5. 82% of republicRATs and 78% of unaffiliateds say dump them all
  6. 44% of obamacRATs say it’s better to keep them all
  7. 38% of obamacRATs would prefer to dump them all
  8. 38% of all voters have a favorable opinion of obamacRATs after two years of controlling both the White House and Congress
  9. 53% of all voters view obamacRATs unfavorably
  10. 29% view republicRATs favorably
  11. 54% hold an unfavorable opinion of republicRATs
  12. 61% of republicRATs offer a favorable opinion of their party
  13. 76% of obamacRATs have a favorable opinion of their party
  14. 3% of all voters have a favorable opinion of both parties
  15. 18% of all voters view both unfavorably
  16. 79% of all voters offer mixed reviews
  17. 20% of voters nationwide now say they are members of the Tea Party
  18. 10% who say they aren’t members but have friends or family members who are. 61% say they have no ties to the grass roots movement
  19. 88% of Tea Party members would choose to dump the entire Congress
  20. 57% of non-members agree with them
  21. 91% of Tea Party members view obamacRATs unfavorably
  22. 56% hold a favorable opinion of republicRATs12% of all voters now think Congress is doing a good or excellent job
  23. 12% of all voters nationwide now think Congress is doing a good or excellent job
  24. 61% rate them as poor
A 'Personal Liberty' Poll:
A poll conducted on the 'Personal Liberty' website ( found the following results.  This poll was completely UNscientific, conducted with 24,367 who logged onto the site.  (

The results!

1)  Is the Tea Party good for America?
  • 88% voted: Strongly Agree
  • 07% voted: Agree
  • 01% voted: Disagree
  • 03% voted: Strongly Disagree
  • 01% voted: Don't Know (Maybe Better, we'll see...)

2)  Will the Tea Party influence how you vote?
  • 79% voted: Definitely
  • 13% voted: Probably
  • 04% voted: No
  • 04% voted: Absolutely Not

3)  Will the Tea Party make a difference in the elections?
  • 77% voted: Definitely
  • 21% voted: Probably
  • 02% voted: No
  • 01% voted: Absolutely Not

4)  Do you plan to vote for a tea party cadidate?
  • 85% voted: Yes
  • 07% voted: No
  • 08% voted: Undecided

 5)  Which political party do you most closely align with philosophically?
  • 3% voted: Democrat
  • 67% voted: Republican
  • 17% voted: Libertarian
  • 13% voted: Other

 6)  What is your gender?
  • 66% voted: Male
  • 32% voted: Female
  • 02% voted: Prefer Not to Disclose
Til Nex'Time....



This'n'That; October Twenty-Eighth[CampaignFunding]

Taxpayer Being "Stung" Once Again!!
(from The Christian Science Monitor; October 19, 2010)

Michelle obama has hit the campaign trail. She’s already made stops to rally the Democratic faithful in the Midwest (Wisconsin, Illinois), the West (Colorado, Washington, California), and a state that likes to think it is part of New England (Connecticut).
    My question is:  Who'ta Hell is paying for all these trips?!?!  Sure, they're 'piggy-backing' them onto quasi-official appearances like Mrs Schwarzenegger's conference on women or some-such.  Then, jis'cuz she's in the area, Mrs obama 'drops in' at obamacRAT fundraisers and speeches.

Military planes run on taxpayer dollars not water.  Look at all the diverted resouses aside from her Secret Service contingent:
  1. The aircraft, itself.
  2. The air crew and 'comfort' staff.
  3. The expense of her travelling maintenance staff, i.e., hairdressers, facepainters, etc.
  4. The expense of her travelling administrative staff.
  5. The expense of her travelling 'friends.'
  6. The expense of a cargo plane for her limousine and required personal effects.
  7. The expense of 'airport watchers' to cheer her arrival.
  8. The expense of gallon-upon-gallon of Haagen Dazs ice cream, both aboard the aircraft and in her palatial accommodations where ever she lands.
      I'm bettin' you, me and several million other taxpayers are picking up the tab for the obamacRATs to oppose our wishes--AGAIN--in their attempts at re-election to further advance 'ruling class' desires.
    Whomever picks up the bills for other politicians' campaign trips--Soros or some commie-lib foundation--should be billed for the value of travel and personnel, from the quasi-official appearance to the rally and back to the appearance.  The taxpayer must not continually 'be on the hook' for all this unnecessary blather!!
Til Nex'Time....



Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This'n'That (AGAIN); October Twenty-Seventh [obamaVoterFraud]

Looks 'KINGLY' To Me!!
'Tea Party' Movement "To-Do" List
    Even before any new senators and representatives take office, the 'Tea Party' movement will have lots of issues on it's plate.  As "Clown Prince" obama rallies Latinos to 'punish our enemies......;'  To wit:

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”
This from the self-proclaimed 'post-racial president!!' The "Clown Prince," while demostrating a lack of confidence in the upcoming elections, is practically DEMANDING that Latinos encourage AND COMMIT 'voter-fraud!'
    The 'Tea Party' movement must be vigilant in their commitment to the country's Constitution; to ensure fair, true and legal elections.  Ideally--in concert with obamacRATs and republicRATs--the movement will have 'poll-watchers' at EVERY POLLING PLACE in America.  "Irregularities" have already surfaced during early voting; reinforcing the necessity of 'watchers' of every stripe!!  With obama's active involvement in potential 'voter-fraud,'  the New Black Panther Party members won't be the only ones initiating fraud and intimidation.
   A new (at least to me!) organization has risen in Harris County, Texas (the Houston area); True The Vote (, to which the King Street Patriots ( are affiliated.   The King Street Patriots folks are up against two GEORGE SOROS funded (
organizations:  Texans Together Education Fund and Texans for Public Justice ( ).  From the 'True The Vote' website: 

King Street Patriots has also been attacked by a lawsuit from the Texas Democratic Party and an coordinated ethics complaint filed by Texans for Public Justice. Both Texans Together and Texans for Public Justice receive funding from Open Society Institute, of which liberal supporter George Soros is founder and chairman.

“As a matter of law, corporations cannot sue individuals for defamation; this attack is baseless,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute, which represents Catherine Engelbrecht and King Street Patriots. “All these attacks are clearly an attempt to bully and silence a group of volunteer citizens who are just trying to keep the election process honest. This is pure desperation by a Democratic Party everyone knows is not doing so well.”
Only a week into early voting, volunteer poll-watchers also are being verbally and physically harassed by people loitering at the polls with no intention to vote at the time, including a man identified as a reverend and Houston Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who was seen inside the polling location electioneering and threatening to turn a poll-watcher’s name to the Department of Justice for voter intimidation. Additionally, poll watchers have filed written descriptions of election judges and clerks attempting to influence citizens’ votes by asking them if they wanted to vote straight ticket, shadowing voters as they cast ballots, and by even voting for people who did not know for whom they wanted to vote.

Does ANYONE--let alone 'Tea Party' movement members--need more evidence of the necessity for "expanded vigilance" at every level, in every location?!?!"
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This'n'That; October Twenty-Seventh ['Not A King']

'Not A King;' Merely A "Clown Prince!"
    At 'first blush,' that would seem to be the truth; alas, it ain't!!  In his own mind, obama truely believes he's the King!!  Look how he and the rest of the 'ruling class' have "ruled from on high," obamaCare being the prime example.  Both he and the congress 'ruled' against the will of the people, much the same as King George III.  At each turn, when the "Clown Prince" didn't get his way, he figuratively 'stuck out his lower lip' and whined to all the national pamphleteers who hang on his every word!!  obama pressured the latinos with the 'race card' to get out there and 'punish your enemies!!'   The "Clown Prince" hasn't gotten his way on 'comprehensive immigration reform (read: Amnesty!),' so his whinning continues.  His quote:

“My cabinet has been working very hard on trying to get it done, but ultimately, I think somebody said the other day, I am president, I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen. I'm committed to making it happen, but I've gotta have some partners to do it,” obama said.
If you're old enough to have been taught American History in public school, you'll remember "The Boston Tea Party" and the resultant 'Intolerable Acts.'
"The Boston Tea Party" came to pass on December 16, 1773, when a group of colonists boarded three ships and destroyed taxed tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. This treasonist act forced retribution from the crown in the form of added regulations--the 'Intolerable (or Coercive) Acts':
'The Boston Port Act closed the port of Boston until the East India Company had been repaid for the destroyed tea and until the king was satisfied that order had been restored.

The Massachusetts Government Act,  almost all positions in the colonial government were to be appointed by the governor or the king; severely limited the activities of town meetings in Massachusetts.

The Administration of Justice Act, allowed the governor to move trials of accused royal officials to another colony or even to Great Britain if he believed the official could not get a fair trial in Massachusetts. George Washington called this the "Murder Act" because he believed that it allowed British officials to harass Americans and then escape justice.

The Quartering Act, applied to all of the colonies, and sought to create a more effective method of housing British troops in America.

The Quebec Act, a piece of legislation unrelated to the events in Boston; enlarged the boundaries of what was then the colony of "Canada" (roughly consisting of today's Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as the Great Lakes' American watershed); settlers objected to the transfer of western lands previously claimed by the colonies to a non-representative government.
    As one can well imagine, all these extra regulations really pissed the settlers off!!  The unfulfilled added regulation of today's 'ruling class' is sure to piss off today's 'settlers' as well!!  "Clown Prince" obama's 'Intolerable Acts' and added unconstitutional bullshit:

obama enacted a pay freeze for Senior White House Staff making more than $100,000 per year.

obama enacted stricter guidelines regarding lobbyists in an effort to raise the ethical standards of the White House.  He asked for a waiver to his own new rules, however, for the appointments of William Lynn to the position of Deputy Defense Secretary, Jocelyn Frye to the position of director of policy and projects in the Office of the First Lady, and Cecilia Muñoz to the position of director of intergovernmental affairs in the executive office of the president.

obama signed an executive order suspending all the ongoing proceedings of Guantanamo military commission and ordering the detention facility to be shut down within the year

obama signed an order requiring the Army Field Manual to be used as a guide for terror interrogations, banning torture and other coercive techniques, such as waterboarding.

obama also issued an executive order entitled "Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel", setting stricter limitations on incoming executive branch employees and placing tighter restrictions on lobbying in the White House.

obama signed two Presidential Memoranda concerning energy independence, ordering the Department of Transportation to establish higher fuel efficiency standards before 2011 models are released and allowing states to raise their emissions standards above the national standard.

obama ended the Mexico City Policy, which banned federal grants to international groups that provide abortion services or counseling.

Let us not forget that the "Clown Prince" signed Executive Orders #13489 through 13553, from 01/20/2009 through 09/28/2010. This regime 'rules' via executive order!!

Actual 'Intolerable Acts (most of 'em-"I been there" kinda crap)':

  • January 29, 2009: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • February 4: Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act
  • February 11: DTV Delay Act
  • February 17: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (PORKulus Bill)
  • March 30: Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 (the bill designates two million acres of wilderness in nine states  for protection through addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System.)
  • April 21: Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act (RENAMING AmeriCorps bill)
  • May 20: Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
  • May 20: Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009
  • May 22: Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009
  • June 22: Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
  • August 6: Cash For Clunkers Extension Act
  • October 22: Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act
  • October 28: Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  • October 30: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
  • November 6: Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009
  • January 27, 2010: Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Haiti Earthquake Act
  • March 4: Travel Promotion Act
  • March 18: Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act)
  • March 23: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • March 30: Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010
  • May 5: Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010
  • May 17: Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act (requires the State Department to expand its scrutiny of news media intimidation and freedom of the press restrictions during its annual report on human rights )
  • July 21: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd and Frank:  Two of the most crooked frauds in the 'Ruling Class!!')
  • July 22: Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010
  • July 22: Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010
  • August 10: SPEECH Act of 2010
  • September 27: Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010
   His 'heavy-handed rule' is one of the primary forces behind the 'Tea Party movement.' Much the way the colonists revolted against King George III of Great Britain, so are Americans revolting (at the ballot box) against "Clown Prince" obama!
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This'n'That; October Twenty-Sixth [Brandon Darby]

Six Months Old--STILL Current!!
[I found this after listening to "Quinn" on 'The War Room' with Quinn and Rose( M-F; 6-9AM, eastern).  He made several references to 'Brandon Darby' and many quotes from the article, itself.  Given the topic and substance of the article, I couldn't figure why the national phampleteers hadn't blathered about it....... then I realized (slap the forehead!!)..... it's the fascists that are the 'radicals' in the article!!! It's no wonder it was mostly ignored!!]

Radical Awakening: From America Hater to Hero
by Matthew Vadum

From the April 2010 issue of Townhall magazine: Brandon Darby learned something from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela. Once a hard-core radical who sided with progressive revolutionaries, Darby prevented a left-wing terrorist attack on the 2008 GOP convention. Now, this America-loving patriot is the target of the domestic extremists he once called “friends.”

Did you know that a courageous former radical helped to avert a planned left-wing terrorist attack at the 2008 Republican National Convention that might have killed who knows how many Americans?
Neither did I until recently.
That’s because if you disrupt a terrorist attack on Americans by Islamic fundamentalists as Northwest Flight 253 passenger Jasper Schuringa did on Christmas Day, you’re a hero; however, if you take the initiative to undermine a terrorist attack on Americans by supposedly well intentioned left-wing fundamentalists, you might as well be a terrorist yourself.
Brandon Darby, who in recent years also refused leftists’ invitations to get involved in Venezuelan communist subversion here in America and in anti-Israeli terrorism in Palestine, learned this unpalatable truth the hard way.

The Left-Wing Plot to Kill Republicans

    After years of in-your-face protests, confrontational tactics and working with America-haters, Darby eventually experienced a political epiphany. He rejected the radical Left and its culture of political violence. He came to realize that America, for all its faults, wasn’t such a bad place after all.
But Darby didn’t always love his country.
“I felt I had a duty to atone after badmouthing my country for so many years,” Darby told me in an interview. “I love my country.”
    Darby previously considered himself a revolutionary. His charisma and militant anti-Americanism made the intense Texan a larger-than-life figure among leftist activists in the South.  He openly called for the overthrow of the U.S. government, which he considered too corrupt and oppressive to be reformed. He expressed his hatred of police as guardians of the status quo. He consorted with eco-terrorist tree-spikers, radical feminists and black nationalists.
He was approached to rob an armored car and asked to commit arson to fight gentrification. He mouthed politically correct slogans and platitudes about the Bush administration. Government didn’t care about people, and in his eyes, the much-maligned response to Hurricane Katrina proved it.
    But around the same time, the former radical community organizer was turning away from radicalism, and at tremendous personal risk, he undermined a leftwing terrorist plot to attack the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. If he hadn’t taken action, Americans exercising their free speech rights and police officers might have been killed.  Without informing his fellow anarchists, Darby offered his assistance to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and, at the FBI’s request, infiltrated a leftwing group known as the Austin Affinity Group. The outfit had joined with a larger coalition of progressive organizations that facetiously called itself the RNC Welcoming Committee.” The committee hoped to lay siege to the GOP convention that nominated the presidential ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin.  The FBI sent Darby to meet with anarchists who were developing their plan at a bookstore in Austin.

“It was a group of people whose explicit purpose was to organize a group of ‘black bloc’ anarchists to shut the Republican convention down by any means necessary,” he explained. “They showed videos of people throwing Molotov cocktails, and they were giving people ideas.”
“They mixed gasoline with oil so it would stick to clothing and skin and burn longer,” Darby told me.

    During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis went out of his way to make a specific legal finding that McKay obstructed justice by falsely accusing Darby of inducing him to manufacture the incendiary devices.  Davis told McKay he crossed the line between peaceful dissent and violent protest. “You were leading the charge. You and Crowder were coming up here [to Minnesota] to do anarchy against the system.”

But now the story takes a strange turn.

    After Darby, who until the end of 2008 had been a confidential FBI informant, revealed that he had worked with authorities to pre-empt the violent conspiracy, he became the subject of a campaign of vilification by the Left.
Google Darby’s name and the words “snitch” and “rat” appear. Cyber-squatters appropriated his name and created a hateful Web site to defame him.

    ACORN founder Wade Rathke (shown at left in above photo), who worked as a professional agitator for the violent Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s, would have preferred that Republican delegates be incinerated.  He denounced Darby for working with the authorities to disrupt the domestic terrorists. “It seemed so, how should I say it, ’60s?”
It’s “one thing to disagree, but it’s a whole different thing to rat on folks,” Rathke wrote on his blog.  This response to ideological apostasy is not altogether surprising. Leftists who abandon their faith are demonized by their former co-religionists. Relentless attacks on Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore and former radical David Horowitz continue to the present day, decades after they moved rightward.

Right-Wing Violence Bad, Left-Wing Violence Good?

     Compare the treatment of Darby at the hands of the Left to the respectful— often groveling—treatment afforded ObamaCare architect Robert Creamer.  A contributor and husband of shrill socialist Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Creamer served prison time for kiting checks and failing to pay withholding taxes for his leftist nonprofit, Illinois Public Action Fund. Just like his liberal friends in Congress and the Obama administration, he refused to roll back spending and instead created a modified Ponzi scheme in order to continue drawing his full $100,000 salary.  This crusader for social justice and political consultant to Democratic Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and impeached Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich even whined at his 2006 sentencing that he received a five-month period of incarceration, well below the 30 to 37 months called for in federal sentencing guidelines. The media failed to call him on it.
    Convicted cop-killing activists Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal are legends on the Left. Black Panther Abu-Jamal in particular enjoys a cult following among radicals even though no serious person—including Abu-Jamal himself, who failed to claim to be innocent at his trial—contests that in 1981 he shot and killed Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in cold blood.  Creamer, Peltier and Abu-Jamal are all heroes to the Left no matter what they did, and to some precisely because of what they did.  This is because on the Left there is a presumption of good intentions even by fellow-traveling terrorists. As left-wing talk radio host Thom Hartmann told me last year: “My left-wing crazies are better than your right-wing crazies.”
Hartmann explained:
“Your right-wing crazies are incited to violence based on fear and hate of people because of whom they are, because they’re gay, because they’re Catholic, because they’re Jewish, because they’re black, because they’re Hispanic. And our left-wing crazies are incited to violence because they’re trying to create a better world. They’re trying to save the environment in the case of the eco-terrorists. They’re trying to end the Vietnam War in the case of the Weather Underground. They’re trying to bring about civil rights in the case of the Symbionese Liberation Army and some of the other black terrorist groups that were operating in the 1970s” (emphasis added).

    Internationally known Marxist author Naomi Klein has praised the riots that took place during the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle and openly called for violence at the 2004 Republican convention, urging protesters to bring the Iraq War to the streets of New York City. The Canadian writer wasn’t ostracized by the Left after her outrageous statement; if anything, her public stature has only grown since 2004.  If right-wing terrorists plotted to attack a Democratic National Convention, whoever foiled the conspiracy would be immortalized in film, literature and song as a savior of democracy.

"If you flip the equation around and it had been a group of conservatives threatening to use force to prevent those on the Left from meeting, everyone would expect the government to infiltrate them and they would also expect the FBI to stop them and charge them with crimes,” Darby said.
“But when it’s leftists that organize to prevent Republicans from being able to meet, then all of a sudden it’s considered government oppression. There’s something wrong with that, and no one points that out, and it’s really offensive and damaging to our system.”

The Journal Away From RadicalismBut no one is singing the praises of Darby, a genuine American hero.  Born in Pasadena, Texas, in 1976, Darby’s efforts in post-Katrina New Orleans were highlighted favorably in the media, most notably in a Jonathan Demme documentary that was shown on the “Tavis Smiley Show” on PBS.  When Darby learned people were suffering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, he moved there, defying police orders not to enter the stricken city. With $50, he co-founded Common Ground in the home of Malik Rahim, a veteran community organizer and former Black Panther who did prison time for armed robbery.

“When we started, everyone in the city was armed, everyone was scared, and there was a complete lack of law enforcement,” said Darby. “The few roving bands of law enforcement that were present didn’t like us very much because of the fact that we were involved with people like Malik Rahim, who to this day continues to advocate for those who have attacked law enforcement personnel.”
    Common Ground was no mere relief agency. It was a group of far-Left revolutionaries who viewed their work as an extension of their politics.  In a promotional video, Rahim thunders to volunteers: “You are showing this government that the people, that the people in this country do care for peace and justice and that we will stand for peace and justice and that we will do what it takes to restore peace and justice back to America.”  When Common Ground was threatened, the radical Left mobilized to defend it. Police were “freaked out because there were all these Black Panthers who’d had shootouts with the police years ago, and they’re in this house and they refused to leave, so it turned into this really stressful ordeal,” Darby explained.  Despite many obstacles, Common Ground quickly became a successful nonprofit group that helped alleviate the suffering of poor people in the devastated city, especially in the hard-hit 9th Ward.  Supported by donations that flowed in from across the country, in its first three years 22,000 volunteers worked for Common Ground. A magnet for outraged radicals ranging from garden variety collectivists to militant vegans to pagan lesbians, the group gutted flood damaged houses without bothering to obtain permits and provided free health care and meals.
    The group was profiled by ABC’s “Nightline,” and the media treated Darby as a savior. With its contributions to the city, the group began to wield political influence, Darby said. Even its initial detractors begrudgingly admitted Common Ground’s positive impact on the Crescent City.  Over time, a lot of the things Darby experienced with Common Ground led him to question his political beliefs, and these experiences offer a window into what happens when the radical Left takes over an area.
    In bed with real-estate developers, New Orleans wanted to use eminent domain to condemn many vacant flood damaged houses. According to Darby, many anarchists refused to join his fight to protect the property rights of homeowners, because they didn’t believe in private property.  “I just started putting the call out, and all these libertarians, Republicans and Democrats, started showing up. And what we would do was any time there were bulldozers we would just get in front of them and wouldn’t let them work,” he said.
“We had our lawyers file lawsuits, and so next thing you know, they backed away from it. And they started to work with us to identify where the residents were, and we’d ask the residents if they wanted their place demolished or not.”
“They tried to use the experience to ‘correct’ the culture and lifestyle of the working-class poor. They tried to use the black residents of New Orleans as lab rats and guinea pigs, and I didn’t like that at all—and the residents didn’t like it either.”

“It’s about helping these residents and making them feel comfortable. The radicals wanted to make residents sit through political orientations in order to get fed. I objected and that got me called a dictator.”
Darby said he’s still proud of his Common Ground experience on the whole. “I’m proud of helping people, but I’m ashamed of what I used to believe,” Darby admitted.    Common Ground, divided by radical factions with harebrained ideas constantly warring with each other, was a living example of left-wing radicalism in action.

Plots Abroad

After initially having rocky relations with the New Orleans Police and other local authority figures, Darby came to realize that, in the hurricane-ravaged city, relief volunteers and the authorities were on the same side—both sides wanted to help people.  Darby’s “eureka” moment came as he began to accept the idea that not everyone in government was a villain.Common Ground leaders continued to insist on indoctrinating young volunteers and on continuing with in-your-face protest tactics, which lost their usefulness after the group became well established and had connections with people in the city, Darby said.For example, some of the activists tried to organize the residents into “collectives,” and another group of gay activists took over part of a church that had donated its space to help relief efforts. “We were helping to rebuild the church, but then some radicals took over and started using over half the space and designated it as a ‘queer safe place,’” Darby said.  This infuriated the church leadership who were already uncomfortable with being associated with so many radical activists.  “It’s not about you coming here and creating your utopia,” Darby explained.Darby defied the politically correct “consensus” method of group decision making and riled feathers by daring to tell aimless volunteers what to do. After vegan volunteers took over the Common Ground kitchen and tried to inflict their dietary preferences on the poor, it occurred to Darby that the leftist-anarchist approach with its aversion to hierarchy would never work in the real world.  "Like most people driven by a strong dogma, the majority of the people who took over were from Berkeley, and they came in under the guise of helping,” he said.“We were young, we were caught up in the fervor of helping others and fighting injustice, and at that time, we couldn’t see why people like law enforcement didn’t like Malik,” Darby said.
    Social justice-oriented terrorism isn’t ugly and anti-American, according to the nation’s entertainment-media complex; it’s downright praiseworthy and hip. So it should come as no surprise that Crowder and McKay are in the process of being rehabilitated by the Left.  Early on, the duo became a cause célèbre for the Left, dubbed the Texas 2. Now documentary filmmakers are currently making a movie about them called—you guessed it—“Better This World.” The documentary, which is reportedly in the post-production phase, received an HBO Documentary Films Fellowship.  No doubt there will be more praise heaped on them as they ascend to the Left’s pantheon of social justice champions, joining Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and the Unabomber.
    To the Left, violent acts aimed at desirable ends are worthy of praise, especially if aimed at the other side.The floodgates of abuse burst open after Darby acknowledged in an open letter posted at an alternative news Web site that not only had he worked with the FBI, but he also “strongly” stood behind his decision to do so.  The irretrievably liberal New York Times ignored his heroism. A Jan. 5, 2009, article focused not on Darby’s lifesaving intervention but on the feelings of “betrayal” his former allies in left-wing anarchist circles were experiencing.  The paper showed how shocked and appalled Scott Crow, who with Darby co-founded the Common Ground Relief agency in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was after learning about Darby’s cooperation with the FBI.  “I put it all on the line to defend him when accusations first came out,” Crow said. “Brandon Darby is somebody I had entrusted with my life in New Orleans, and now I feel endangered by him.” Why someone who presumably hadn’t committed a crime would feel “endangered” by knowing an FBI informant is unclear.
    The two 20-something plotters on whom Darby informed, David Guy McKay and Bradley Neil Crowder, had made homemade riot shields and were ready to use them in St. Paul to help demonstrators block streets near the Xcel Energy Center in order to prevent GOP delegates from participating in the convention. The shields were discovered and confiscated.  But McKay and Crowder were undeterred by this setback. Together they manufactured instruments of death calculated to inflict maximum pain and bodily harm on people whose political views they disagreed with.  During a search of a residence, police found gas masks, slingshots, helmets, knee pads and eight Molotov cocktails consisting of bottles filled with gasoline with attached wicks made from tampons.
    Thanks to Darby’s cooperation with the FBI, the two anarchist would-be bomb throwers are now languishing in prison. McKay entered a “guilty” plea and was sentenced in May 2009 to 48 months in prison plus three years of supervised release for possession of an unregistered “firearm,” illegal manufacture of a firearm and possession of a firearm with no serial number. A week before, Crowder cut a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to 24 months in prison for possession of an unregistered firearm.  McKay received the stiffer sentence in part because he fabricated a tall tale about Darby’s involvement in the plot.

But Darby didn’t always love his country.

He credits Maj. John Bryson of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) with helping him to stop viewing everyone in government as the enemy.  Bryson (pictured above), who, in the wake of Katrina, was the NOPD’s 5th District commander, an area that encompassed the especially hard-hit Lower 9th Ward, observed Darby’s transformation over time.  When Bryson first met Darby, he was “so up in my face it was unbelievable,” Bryson told me. “Radical” was too weak a word to describe Darby, Bryson said.
When the two first met, Darby promised that his fellow activists would be videotaping police and that they wouldn’t hesitate to report anything they didn’t like to the media. Bryson helped to improve the relationship by giving Darby his cell phone number and told him to contact him directly if police officers misbehaved.  Bryson offered to help Darby but cautioned him that “if we find that you are not here to help our citizens, then we’re going to have a problem,” Bryson explained, “and that was our agreement.”  Over time, the two, who had been filled with mutual distrust and hostility, began to get along, even to like each other as friends.
    Bryson watched Common Ground—which, in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, he said, had more people on the ground than the federal government—begin to flourish. The group opened shelters for women, families and children, offering services to locals that governments at the time were unable to provide.
As relations with the police improved dramatically, Darby confessed to Bryson that he had never had this kind of positive relationship with any kind of law enforcement personnel. The feeling was mutual.  Bryson praised Darby for cooperating with the FBI:
“Everybody [on the Left] hates Brandon because he did the right thing for the right reasons. Anytime anyone in this country, in this state, in this city, or even in this world is going to do some horrible things to innocent people, if a good man does not stand up, or a good woman for that matter, then we’re in trouble. And Brandon stood up and did the right thing. He stole my heart as he said, ‘I thought about you and how well you worked with us, and I couldn’t see innocent people getting hurt.’”

    Although Darby’s positive experiences with New Orleans police had forced him to begin questioning his anarchist beliefs, a trip to Marxist Venezuela helped to kill off his remaining radical impulses.  The trip came as the U.S. government was taking a beating in the media for its post-Katrina relief efforts. At the time, Venezuela’s communist strongman, Hugo Chavez, began trying to embarrass the Bush administration by offering aid to the Katrina-hit Gulf Coast.

Chavez had already been running what political scientists call a “public diplomacy” campaign in the U.S. to help bolster American support for his regime. The propaganda effort consisted of funneling discounted home heating oil to former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy’s, D-Mass., nonprofit group, Citizens Energy Corp. The nonprofit then distributed the oil to poor people, and Kennedy (pictured above behind lectern) went on TV to berate the Bush administration, which he said “cut fuel assistance.” Kennedy boosted his benefactor, boasting in a commercial that “CITGO, owned by the Venezuelan people,” had helped poor Americans while their own government stood idly by.
    Darby traveled to Caracas in 2006 as part of a Common Ground delegation to the Chavez government to seek funding to keep Common Ground afloat.  “I had this idea of having ‘Chavez trailers’ for displaced residents to live in. This would embarrass FEMA into supplying trailers,” he said.  Darby said he didn’t realize when he came up with the concept that using money from abroad to influence the U.S. government might be illegal, but Chavez government officials he met with insisted it would violate U.S. law.  “They told me I would get in trouble, and they wanted to work out a way to make the project happen,” he said.
    In the month he was there, Venezuelan officials introduced him to executives of PDVSA, the government-owned oil company that owns CITGO, which operates a chain of gas stations in the U.S. They pressured Darby to journey to neighboring Colombia to meet with a group aligned with the narco-terror organization FARC and to visit another revolutionary group in Maracaibo, Venezuela.  According to Darby, Chavez wanted to create a terrorist network in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. This is the same Chavez who blamed the recent earthquake in Haiti on the United States and who called President George W. Bush “the Devil” during a United Nations speech, so some might find his efforts at subversive activities in the United States hard to take seriously. However, it’s important to remember that Chavez has close ties to Iran and Cuba and allows terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah to operate offices in Caracas.

(Long before he learned of the RNC plot, Darby reached out to the FBI to undermine terrorism. A longtime Texas friend, the late Riad Hamad [pictured above], had tried to hijack Darby’s plan to provide medical assistance in war-torn parts of the world. Darby wanted to create a group called Critical Response that would have sent medics into war zones to help civilians caught in the crossfire in places such as Lebanon and Darfur. Hamad, founder of the much-investigated Palestinian Children’s Welfare Fund, told him he wanted to send medics to Israel and put explosives on motorcycles and boobytrap ambulances in order to kill Jews. Hamad also hatched an elaborate plan to funnel money to Hamas and Hezbollah. Around the same time, Darby viewed a very graphic Israeli first responders’ training video. “At the time I was conflicted about what to do, but seeing the dead bodies of Israeli children in that tape made the so-called Palestinian activists’ chant ‘no justice, no peace,’ take on a whole new meaning. I decided the only ethical thing to do was to tell law enforcement what I knew.”)
    To Darby’s astonishment, during his stay in Caracas, senior officials in the Chavez government and in PDVSA told him they wanted him to create a revolutionary army of guerrillas in the swamps of Louisiana.  “At the very last meeting they ramped up the pressure,” Darby said. They taunted him, saying, “What? You’re not a revolutionary?”  Despite intense pressure from his Venezuelan hosts, he refused. This was the last straw for him.
“I realized I didn’t like Venezuela, the authoritarianism of it, and I started to realize how brilliant and miraculous the American system of checks and balances was,” Darby said. “There was still something brilliant about the fact that this nation had institutionalized a system of checks and balances that has been working since this nation was founded. I realized just how hard a task that is.

“When I would leave Common Ground for a few days I would be worried that a power vacuum could develop and factions could displace me while I was away, and that’s just the way things are in places like Venezuela,” he said. “It is actually absurd to want the United States government to go away, and that’s when it really hit me that my ideas were wrong.”

“Thankfully, I had the honor of serving my country by working undercover with the FBI and participating in efforts to protect the safety and civil rights of others."

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