Monthly Archives: August 2014

Freedom FROM Information Act

There is a comedian out of the New York/New Jersey area, Bobby Collins.  One of his routines has him talking about something we ALL do.  Someone says or does something utterly asinine and you read them the riot act…..”ON THE INSIDE……” what comes out of your mouth is completely different.

I was reading about the FOIA requests for Vice President Biden’s taxpayer sponsored travel and that the nebulous “SOMEbody” denied the requests.  The Freedom of Information Act is a vital part of our oversight into Government.

FOIA

Okay, I could not—-CHOSE not to resist…

Excerpted from the Freedom Of Information Act website:

“It is the Executive Branch, led by the President, that is responsible for the administration of the FOIA across the government. The Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA.”

“President Obama and Attorney General Holder have directed agencies to apply a presumption of openness in responding to FOIA requests. The Attorney General specifically called on agencies not to withhold information just because it technically falls within an exemption and he also encouraged agencies to make discretionary releases of records. The Attorney General emphasized that the President has called on agencies to work in a spirit of cooperation with FOIA requesters. The Office of Information Policy at the Department of Justice oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA. President Obama has pledged to make this the most transparent Administration in history.”

Looks like President Obama and Attorney General Holder are the primary arbitors of what is and what is NOT public domain, even though Mr. Obama promised transparency.  What we are getting is his outward “ON THE INSIDE”

A valid request to know where OUR money is being spent…

The “SOMEbody” was VP Biden’s THEN deputy counsel Jessica Hertz.  She intercepted the 95-page document the Air Force compiled and determined that the records would need individual scrutiny.  An Air Force officer did not want the politics to tarnish the reputation of the Service and released the records.

The records show nearly $1 million dollars between 2009 and 2013 spent JUST on the airplane, not ancillary expenses, and in many instances so he could play golf with the President.  According to the records, there are also flights to Arizona for faux public events—and then the golf course.  We KNOW he is not going out to see Gov. Brewer or Senator McCain.

To think that we have to SUE for public information is apalling!

FOIA lawsuit

Judicial Watch

A tad more condensed

I am scrimping and saving, cashing in vacation time and cleaning out the attic to sell on eBay so I can take my wife on a vacation before she explodes.  Except for the births and birthdays of grandchildren, we have had NO time away  from work for ourselves for the last several years.  Sure, I have a “donate” button on my site but that is a voluntary decision for the reader, not an IRS enforced strongarm wallet biopsy performed against our will by the government.  Our taxes are for the good of the nation, not our national figures.

I Mapquested Mr. Biden’s FREQUENT flight from D.C. to Delaware.  The trip  is about 2 hours, in traffic, on a Friday—MIDDAY! The DRIVE would afford Mr. Biden time to actually get some work done…I dunno, maybe actually read some of the legislation the administration is trying to ram up our arses? I tell ya, I am going to get stock in personal lubricants.

 

Mapquest of DRIVING from Washington, DC to Wilmington, De
Mapquest of DRIVING from Washington, DC to Wilmington, De

Why the President will not go

We have all heard of the destruction, the devastation, the loss of life involved.  We have also heard that the Chief Executive, the President of the United States, appears too aloof and detatched to make an appearance and personally take charge.  The President says that he does not need to be there.  There are trusted others tasked with bringing order to the situation.  For him to go would cause a distraction and just slow the process.

The President has been critisized: Rome burns while Nero fiddles….. IF he would come….IF he would speak….IF he would reassure us that there is light at the end of this tunnel.

Mr. Obama and Ferguson? No, I am talking about the ballyhoo over President Bush and Hurrican Katrina or 9/11!  The media was ALL OVER Mr. Bush. Nevermind that he learned about 9/11 while reading to elementary school children and did not want to panic them, disregard that his presence would have caused more of a media circus than anything else (FURTHER delaying the response) in New Orleans, have no worries that after Mr. Obama made his statement on Ferguson he was back on the golf course ~7 minutes later! For pete’s sake, Mr. Obama’s motorcade delayed a pregnant woman from getting across the street to the Hospital!

Motorcade paralysis

The article rightly states that a Presidential motorcade paralyses an area….which is precisely why Mr. Bush avoided The Big Easy but try to explain that to anyone.

 

Mr. Bush learns about 9/11 while reading to children
Mr. Bush learns about 9/11 while reading to children

I was talking to my wife last evening about the murder of James Foley as we heard of a failed rescue attempt.  The US does not do rescues as well as others simply because our “LEADERSHIP” has no stomach for a real fight.  Must not appear “Hawkish” to the electorate! The TROOPS will perform any task asked of them.  They are “in it to win it” but the higher up the “food chain” you go the more political life becomes.  You go from America’s Finest (police, military, teacher…[HAD to get that DIG in]) to Administrator and now have oversight by those who have never served in the capacity they oversee.

Declining rate of Congressional Military service

I have two children on Active Duty (Navy) and made sure I told them something I learned many moons ago…”You can’t lead where you don’t go, You can’t teach what you don’t know”.  I do not recall the source but I credit someone for giving it to me.  We are more often than not being “lead” by the inept.  We are constantly being told what is in OUR best interest by those who have no clue other than what some overpaid, overfed, mollycoddled pencil pusher suggests they should tell us. Moreover, we are lied to at every turn by those with their own agendas and axes to grind.

Ms. McKaskill’s comments on Black deaths due to Mr. Bush’s Katrina NON involvement

Re: Ferguson,

“I, like so many other Missourians, will not be satisfied until we have a complete and transparent understanding of all the facts and circumstances that led to this young man’s death” Sen. McKaskill (emphasis added).

 Sen McKaskill on Ferguson

There is nothing in the Washington Times piece to indicate any displeasure at President Obama.  As a point of fact, the Senator spoke to Attorney General Holder.  As a Senator FROM Missouri, she is taking a lead on being an active participant, not an aloof, detatched observer as some have become.  Not that I admire her politics, but she is at least PRESENT when needed.

And as for the hash slinging from Mr. Obama at Mr. Bush?

We don’ need no stinking photo-op!

Why he will not go

 

Oh, and this one REALLY piqued my interest:

The President becomes a resource

According to “TheHill”, the White House is yet to decide whether or not to “send” the President to Ferguson.  You read right! The WHITE HOUSE has the power to direct the President’s actions and movement. But—the President IS the White House, yes? When I read this and heard the video narrative two things came to mind….First: the commentary was identical to Pres. Bush and Katrina.  Second: in the same vein as Mr. Obama’s protestations that every issue he struggled against was an “inherited” problem, his inaction or inability to achieve desired or stated goals is a direct result of SOMEONE ELSE retraining him.  He WANTED to go to the border but the White House said no.  He WANTED to tackle immigration but the WH said no.  He WANTED to go to Ferguson but the WH said NO, you send Mr. Holder! Whoever is making these decisions for him should take over the duties and responsibilities as President. I grow tired of figureheads and mouthpieces.

 

 

 

 

The President’s Oath

The Oath of Office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

This is the Oath of Office that all Presidents take and it marks the transition from one administration to the next.  35 words, that is all.  Implicit in that is that above all else, the Constitution of the United States is the sacrosanct governing document to which all actions must meet its standard.

Back in May Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was released by the Taliban after about 5 years in exchange for 5 Taliban detainees.  The next link tells about the whole affair.

The Bowe Bergdahl situation

Mr. Obama’s administration has come under scrutiny for the manner in which the situation was handled.  Not the concern of this article.  What IS my concern is that after all his protestations that we do not leave anyone behind, this is exactly what the administration is doing to Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.  In short (and the links are below) he took a wrong turn at the San Diego/Mexico border, was arrested on weapons charges and has been languishing in a Mexican prison since March 31st.  The President has made numerous fund raising trips, has played pool, golf, been on air numerous times to pontificate about national responsibilities but has not lived up to the most basic rule regarding Americans in uniform. 

Leave no one behind…

In the beginning

Absolutely appalling

According to 22  U.S. Code Chapter Section 23 Subsection 1732 it is the President’s DUTY upon being notified that there is an American being held in foreign detention to effect their release by any means short of an “Act of War”.  Sgt Tamooressi’s mother has garnered the required signatures on a petition which mandates Presidential action yet there has been nothing but inaction on the part of the President.  Under other circumstances we would expect him to reference knowing nothing about it til he heard it on the news with the rest of us.  Sad to say, this has been news since day one and I feel he has lost that line of cover.

Release of Citizens imprisoned by Foreign Governments

Mr. Obama lauds the strength of his pen and phone but cannot take a few moments to support an American in uniform unjustly held.  There is nothing for him to gain politically.  There is no republican scapegoat to throw to the wolves, there is no photo-op to enhance his or his party’s image….just a person doing the RIGHT THING to effect justice for a fellow American.

With all the recent talk about rendering Humanitarian aid to multi-generational border crossers, civilian casualties of war in Iraq, Secretary of State Kerry “spanning the globe…” to Ralph Bunche Israel vs Hamas you would think Mr. Obama could take a moment and help a fella out…..REAL simple phone call to President Enrique Peña Nieto: “President Nieto, President Obama….there is an urgent situation that now requires you and me to act as reasonable people would.  There is an American Marine being held in a prison in your border city of Tecate.  Pardon my bluntness, sir, but I want him out and turned over to American authorities at the border crossing, well nourished and unharmed in the time it takes you to make a phone call.  You have one hour.  In one hour and one minute I will direct that all aid to Mexico be cut off.  I will close the border in San Ysidro and Tecate.  I will freeze all Mexican assets in the US and this is only the beginning.  For every day Sgt Tamoorhessi is in custody I will escalate our actions against your government.  So that there is no misunderstanding, know that I will not allow any “rogue” members of your country to illegally hold another american hostage to your petty acts of injustice.  I will “ask” that the American tourist industry boycott your nation.  Just for shits and grins I will ask his mother to give me some suggestions on what the United States could do to get your attention.  Do you recall how pissed YOUR mother could get when you failed to live up to her expectations?  Imagine the things THIS woman can imagine we do and I am only happy to oblige.  Well, I got to go.  Nice talking to you, Mr. President and I used up 2 of your 60 minutes, sir.  Para servirle, senor President”

Then help his mom plan the coming home party, government picks up the tab.  Why not, we pick up the tab for everything else.

 

True Love

We all have a “softer” side and this story had me tearing up.

True Love

Grace and Bing, “True Love” from High Society

True Love  (Cole Porter)

“Suntanned, windblown
Honeymooners at last alone
Feeling far above par
Oh, how lucky we are

While I give to you and you give to me
True love, true love
So on and on it will always be
True love, true love

For you and I have a guardian angel
On high, with nothing to do
But to give to you and to give to me
Love forever, true

For you and I have a guardian angel
On high, with nothing to do
But to give to you and to give to me
Love forever, true

Love forever, …true”

(Performed by Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly in the movie High Society)

(The pic is of another dance pair.  I thought it representative of how I see Maxine and Don Simpson)

BRAVO to the granddaughter who had the compassion to move them into her home so they could spend their final moments together instead of in a “facility”.  For all of a Hospice’s or Skilled Nursing Facility’s staff and amenities, they are still lacking in the filial comforts of “home” or the heart-felt attention that family can provide.

 

Together in style and grace
Together in style and grace