The American Gestapo, aka the IRS

Gestapo

I am so disgusted with everything going on in Washington right now. I’m disgusted with the Obama administration and its continuing assault on our liberties. I’m disgusted with all things relating to Congress, both the House and Senate. What the hell are they doing there? They sure as hell aren’t representing “We, the People”!

Not only do we have to continue to watch the unfolding scandal of Benghazi, we have to beg the Speaker of the House to begin a special, select committee to investigate all there is to be found. Speaker Boehner sits in his office on Capital Hill and does absolutely nothing! Nothing! Not only is the guy a complete failure as a Speaker, he has no balls! He wields immense Constitutional power to reign in the Executive branch and he does nothing!

Now comes the latest scandal with the IRS. Excuse me, the American Gestapo. They are acting like partisan hacks for Obama! I know what’s going on. Over the last 20-30 years, we’ve allowed government jobs to become tenured at all levels. The liberal radicals have slowly infiltrated all levels of government. They just needed a Marxist crony in the White House, which they now have.

Unbridled radicalism and a Marxist fervor has unleashed them!

We know that sleeper cells of radical Islamists will lie in wait for years before blowing something up. Why do you think the same thing couldn’t happen with our “civil servants” in Washington?

The sad truth is that it already has. We’re just now starting to see the results!

Cultivating ‘The Look’

Make no mistake about it. Ahmadinejad is as concerned about his appearance as any other human being who has access to a mirror. Why would he always look the same, if not deliberately?

What is it with the scruffy beard and short, unkempt hair? Who is he trying to appeal to?

Is the beard his attempt to appeal to Islamic fundamentalists and the short hair an attempt to appeal to the West?

I’m curious to know your take, because this guy does not exude “class” (or “classy”) in anyway I’ve come to know it, despite his expensive suits.

Is It Just Me?

Is it just me, or did I miss something along the line? Islamists storm our embassy in Cairo and then murder our envoy in Libya. I’m stunned and left wondering why!

Why did we not protect our sovereignty and fire on anyone and everyone trying to breech the walls of the Cairo embassy?

Why did we not have a platoon of Marines in Libya to protect our interests there? After all, Libya is hardly a stable country.

Why was our envoy to Libya tasked with trying to rescue the consulate in Benghazi, at great risk to his own life? Do we not have paramilitary personnel to do that?

This whole thing is absurd! Some independent film maker decides to produce a parody of the life of Mohammed and his relationship with Allah. Big deal! This kind of stuff happens all the time in this country. It’s what we call free speech.

No, I would not attend the movie if it ever made it to fruition. Yes, I watched about half the trailer and quit watching because it was so amateurish and, well, bad!

But because of this people riot in the Middle East and kill one of our diplomats?

I call bullshit!

This was another manufactured outrage over something that means nothing. Some film maker mocks Islam? Does this really qualify as something that anyone needs to even talk about?

Our talking about it elevated it to a level that it did not deserve. Apologizing for it elevated the United States to the realm of pussies and that fact was not lost on every Islamist in the Middle East.

Romney was right on this one. The administration’s response was outrageous!

Good Lord, November 6th can’t come soon enough!

Military’s media message more important than soldiers’ lives?

Michael Yon reports that he has obtained a military communication that proves that the military purposely disarmed medical evacuation vehicles and ambulances to further its public relations message in the media.

Although this communication is dated 2008, the military has continued to maintain the position of disarming medical teams despite an urgent need from the field. This is disgraceful!

Remembering 9/11

What follows is my monologue from today’s edition of The Roderic Deane Show:

I remember that day distinctly. I had just dropped my son off at his elementary school. He was in 3rd grade at the time and his mother was out of state visiting relatives. As I pulled away from the school, I heard an odd news flash on the morning news. I played that broadcast at the start of today’s program. Hal Jay, the host of the morning show on WBAP New/Talks 820 on the AM dial, announced that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center. Details were sketchy. It was right before 8am, 9am on the East Coast, when this news came. At first, my assumption was that it must have been a small plane.

As I drove the relatively short distance to my office, WBAP had another announcement. A 2nd plane had hit the other tower of the World Trade Center. Honest to God, my very first thought at that moment was Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network. News was still quite sketchy as I parked my car at work and walked into the office.

The area where my cubicle resided was empty. At the time, the feeling I had was one of displacement. Where was everybody? I’m not usually the first to arrive in the office so it was unnerving to think that I was the only one around. When I walked to the far end of the building and entered the cafeteria, I learned where everyone was. The cafeteria was packed with other employees, quietly watching the unfolding events on the single widescreen TV. After buying coffee and surveying the room, I found my workmates and sat down at their table. Nobody was saying a word, transfixed as they were on the news. Although there were conversations going on, it was not the normal morning bluster.

I sat down to muted greetings. After watching for a little while, gasps and exclamations erupted throughout the cafeteria. We all watched in stunned disbelief as the South Tower began to collapse. There was no commentary that I remember, only exclamations like “Oh My God” and “Holy Jesus!” Our collective experience was one of sheer horror at what we were watching on TV.

In what seemed like a short amount of time, we were suddenly viewing another image of a collapsing Tower. I remember asking a co-worker “Is this a re-run?” “No”, she said, “that’s the NORTH Tower!” We sat in stunned silence with hands covering our mouths as the tower collapsed in a billowing cloud of dust. It was the most gut-wrenching sight I had ever witnessed.

After gathering their composure, people began leaving the cafeteria to return to their work-stations, undoubtedly to check email and voice messages. I knew that the day was going to be very unproductive and I was right. No one could focus on work. Everyone was either on the phone, huddled around radios, or scouring the Internet.

It was unbelievably difficult not to keep thinking about the images I had just seen and to imagine all the people who may have just lost their lives. A few co-workers and I left our work area after checking email and voicemail and returned to the cafeteria. We all needed to know what was going on, even though there wasn’t anything new to learn.

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Here’s the timeline of that morning’s events (all times Eastern):

8:46am – American Airlines Flight 11 strikes the North Tower

9:03am – United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower

9:37am – American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon

9:59am – The South Tower collapses

10:06am – United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, PA

10:28am – The North Tower collapses

It’s very difficult to realize that from the time that first plane struck the North Tower and when it finally collapsed in the end, a mere 1 hour and 42 minutes had passed. It seemed like an eternity at the time.

The rest of the day is a blur to me, but my experiences are not what’s important. I only offer them as background for all our recollections while watching the tragic events of that day unfold. I also want to share with you some stories of those who were much closer to the events than you and I may have been, in remembrance of them.

You listen to the show HERE.

Update: I inadvertantly referred to Flight 175 as an American Airlines’ flight. It was actually a United Airlines’s flight and I have corrected the reference above.

Cynicism about the current terrorist threat

I’m normally not a cynical person. However, something about the current terrorism threat bothers me. We just can’t seem to get our arms around this plot. I have no doubt that our intelligence agencies found some concerning information to pursue, but why was it made public?

There doesn’t seem to be any imminent danger, although the thought of a “dirty-bomb” is quite disquieting. Obviously, New York and Washington, D.C. would be obvious targets on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and yet, my question is, why would a terrorist risk it?

If terrorists were intent on blowing something up to commemorate 9/11, why attempt to do it where security will be the highest? The Times Square bomber left a smoking vehicle behind that was quickly secured and dismantled. Although he seemed to be an educated person, his actions were those of a dill-weed and totally inept. Why should we assume anything different with this present threat? Why would they attempt an attack on our center when an attack on our rear would be just as effective?

Although I worry about acts of terrorism within the midsection of the country, that would be too obvious a target for terrorists. While the welcoming nature of the heartland might convince a terrorist that we are ripe for attack, I doubt if any Middle-Eastern male would be given a “Hey, how’s it going?” without further scrutiny. Such a warm greeting would undoubtedly be accompanied by an immediate reflexive action, as the strong hand is readied for a clean draw of a hidden pistol.

No, as I think about it, the terrorists are definitely better-served by focusing on the East or West coast. At the very least they should target a state with restrictive gun laws. Why attempt a terrorist attack where granny might pull a gun out of her purse and shoot you the second you say “Allahu Akbar”?

I don’t mean to make light of this present threat. I am on pins and needles as we commemorate 9/11 with the hope that all is okay at the end of the day. But I still have a nagging feeling about something.

There’s an old maxim in trailing criminals: follow the money. In this case, who has the most to gain by putting the public in panic-mode on the 10th anniversary of 9/11? Who has the most to gain by limiting the crowds at commemorative events for 9/11? Who has already stated that any 10th anniversary events regarding 9/11 should not be “just about us”?

I’m just askin….

Memorial Day Tribute

We can never take our freedom for granted. Too many of our best and brightest have paid the ultimate price so that we can continue to have those freedoms. This is a really great video tribute to Memorial Day. If this video doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart.