Hey, It’s early. I’m sure they might come up with something better.
~ Steve ~
http://washington.cbslocal.com June 10, 2013 9:44 AM
The memo, reported by CBS News’ John Miller, cited eight specific examples, including allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” with foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”
Former State Department internal investigator Aurelia Fedenisn told CBS News, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”
Often times, other DSS agents were simply told to back off of investigations of high-ranking State Department members. Fedenisn told CBS that “hostile intelligence services” allow criminal behavior to continue.
In one such cover-up, investigators were told to stop probing the case of a U.S. ambassador who was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park. The memo states that the ambassador was permitted to return to his post despite having, “routinely ditched…his protective security detail” in order to “solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.”
A draft of the Inspector General’s report on the performance of the Diplomatic Security Service, obtained by CBS News, states, “Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue.”
Fedenisn was part of the team that drafted the whistleblower report, and CBS News reports that two hours after the charges were reported, investigators from the State Department’s Inspector General showed up at her door.
A statement to CBS News states, “It goes without saying that the Department does not condone interference with investigation by any of its employees.”
~Steve~ H/T Drudgereport.com
Toast.net has an Independence Day Quiz to test how well Americans know our country.
Every day thousands leave their homelands to settle here in the land of the free. Before they become citizens they are required to take a citizenship test and score 80%. Could you pass this test if you took it today?
The quiz is made up of 20 questions which were once used on the actual test taken by immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship. Toast.net added a few curveballs: the last ten questions may be a bit harder, but a score of around 24 out of 30 is considered a passing grade.
To take the quiz, click here!
H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska
By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. In Washington’s home state of Virginia, however, the holiday is still legally known as “George Washington Day.”
By changing Washington’s Day into a generic Presidents’ Day, America has diluted and forgotten this day’s significance. Today, Presidents’ Day is better known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales.
This post is a reminder of what Presidents’ Day originally was about and of the kind of man America’s first president was.
In a letter to Dr. Walter Jones in 1814, Thomas Jefferson, America’s third President (1801-1809), wrote this about the first President of the newly independent United States of America:
“[H]is was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quite and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example.”
George Washington was the commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. He never used his command for his own advantage. Washington even rebuked his men when they suggested that he be king or that the army assert its control over the civilian authorities. As Commander in Chief, Washington demonstrated his respect for the rule of law by his consistent deference to the elected Continental Congress.
When he ended his service at the end of the war, he resigned his commission in 1783 and retired to private life at his plantation in Mount Vernon, thereby proving King George III wrong. George III had asked what Washington would do after the war and was told of rumors that he would return to his farm, prompting the King to state, “if he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.”
Washington presided over the Philadelphia Convention that drafted the United States Constitution in 1787. Washington was elected the first president, unanimously by the Electoral College, something that has never been repeated in American history.
Washington belonged to no political party and served as America’s first President from April 30, 1789 to March 4, 1797. After two terms Washington thought it was important that he step aside. He believed that a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected president was necessary before his death. He feared that if he died in office and the vice-president ascended to the presidency, it would appear too much like an heir ascending to the throne after the death of a king.
Washington’s farewell address was a primer on republican virtue and a stern warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars. When Washington stepped aside at the end of his second term, George III said that Washington’s retirement from the presidency along with his earlier resignation of Commander in Chief, “placed him in a light the most distinguished of any man living,” and that his relinquishing power made him “the greatest character of the age.”
Washington died in 1799. Henry Lee, delivering the funeral oration, declared Washington “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen”. Historical scholars consistently rank him as one of America’s greatest presidents. [Sources here and here.]
Tears streamed down my face as I wrote this post.
We the People are political orphans. Where have all the good presidents gone?
In their place is a man who picks his nose on live T.V. and a First Lady who lets snot dribble from her nose while delivering a speech to America’s governors.
I will not sully this remembrance of George Washington with those images. Click here to see who we now have in the White House.
This is a speech that Dennis Prager ( Radio Talk show Host) gave. He did not deliver to a school audience, just as a monologue on his show one night.
By Dennis Prager,
To the students and faculty of our high school:
I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
There is no greater calling than to teach young people. I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas
that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.
First, this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity. I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.
This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America , one of its three central values –
epluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America’s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.
Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.
Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.
Third, because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor , everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.
Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t speak. By obscene language, I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.
Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem
will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided
otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is
that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.
Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue… There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.
Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of
our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.
Furthermore the speech has been checked out at truth or fiction below.
~Steve ~ H/T My Pal Jean
Here are two latest developments on the Obama ineligibility problem:
We’ve had our hopes dashed many times before, so I’m not holding my breath that either of these two latest developments will amount to anything. But this issue will continue to haunt the POS for the next four years — and after.
U.S. presidential elections are not actually determined by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College.
There is a plan on the blogosphere, asking conservative and GOP voters in the “red states” to contact their Electoral College electors to ask that they refrain from casting their ballots next month for America’s president and vice president. The idea is that, according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, this would mean the presidency vote would then devolve to the U.S. House of Representatives where Republicans have a majority of 241 v. the Democrats’ 193. Presumably, those 241 Republican House members would NOT vote for Obama.
Indeed, Article II does specify that if no person has a majority of votes by the Electoral College, then the House of Representatives would vote for the President:
Art. II: “the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.“
Alas, upon a closer reading of Article II, we must woefully admit that this plan won’t work. Here’s the reason:
If the House of Representatives were to replace the Electoral College in selecting who would be President (and Vice President), Article II specifies in that voting, the House of Representatives would do so as reps of their states, with each state having only one vote:
Art. II: “But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.
Further, Art. II also specifies that “a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”
All of which means that if the House of Representatives were to elect the President, there would be 50 votes (“the representative from each state having one vote”), instead of the present 435 voting members who comprise the House.
Of America’s 50 states, 24 are “red states” which presumably (a big “if”) would not vote for Obama. Assuming that the 26 “blue states” will vote for Obama, that means the House of Rep. votes will at best be 24 v 26.
26 is “a majority” — which means that the plan to convince the Electoral College electors from the red states not to cast their ballots so that the vote will go to the House of Reps, won’t work.
We still have the option of writing our state’s attorney general to ask him or her to look into the compelling and ever-mounting evidence that massive vote fraud was committed in the 2012 presidential election. (See “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election“.)
I did all the footwork for you, gathering the names and contact info of the attorneys general of the 50 states and territories. To find out who your state’s attorney general is, go to my post or click here:
Download (print) “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election” and attach it to your letter to your attorney general.