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Our Sputter and Nicked Up Moment - Commentary on the State of the Union

by: Trent Derr - Morning in America


I swore I heard that right.  Did the President say this is our “Sputter and Nicked Up” moment?  Was this the first time that he decided to finally come clean with the American people?   I thought to myself, well at least he was being honest in his State of the Union speech.  He’s finally…


Added by Trent Derr on February 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Everything is in Divine Order

People all over the world are fed up with their leadership.  A great change is in the wind.  But beware:  predators are licking their chops. The leadership of Islam’s Brotherhood preaches that it wants every Jew dead.  It’s crazy talk.  There is no link.  Political progressives, those leaders who have a vision of the way things ought to be, who try to force all the pieces to fit their wills, their end justifies the means—more crazy talk; there is no link.  The Brotherhood and Fabian…


Added by Joseph Whitworth Smith on February 22, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments








Added by Albert R Fromberger on February 21, 2011 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Hu JaDaddy? - Commentary on our National Debt and Relationship with China

by: Trent Derr - Morning in America


As I mentioned to some friends, due to the amount of money the President is borrowing from the Chinese, Obama is no longer able to refer to the Chinese leader as Hu Jintao. Now Obama is required to call him Hu JaDaddy.  To paraphrase Jay Leno, the bad news is the Chinese Leader came to the White House this week.  The good news is he said we could keep…


Added by Trent Derr on February 21, 2011 at 5:52pm — No Comments

The Debt Is Just Too Damn High!

The Debt Is Just Too Damn High!


Our new Speaker of the House John Boehner is too busy shrinking from Nancy Pelosi’s shadow to be of much use to anyone.  He is calling for and losing key votes that are an embarrassment to his party.  He is not paying attention to the mandate the American people gave him and the Republican Party last November, or to his own campaign promises.


To make matters worse it would seem that most of the new Republican leadership…


Added by tom whitmore on February 21, 2011 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Our Rights

Ah, yes, Joseph, you are right, only you left out 99 percent of the truth of the matter.  I note with puzzlement that deficiency in a number of the people—1 percent right and 99 percent wong.  I wonder how long you’ve been here, Joseph. What I witness in America today is utterly confounding.  When I was 19 years old, I was witness to the ruins of Nazi Germany. I wondered how the German people could have ever allowed the Nazis to take charge of their lives.  Now I know, and you’ve helped,…


Added by Joseph Whitworth Smith on February 21, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments

Budget cuts

I am sick and tired of the way the budget is cut.Don't misunderstand,the cuts are needed and we all know it.My problem is what gets cut when any government agency has their overall budget cut.When school budgets are cut,the first things to go are the things that most adversely effect the parents and students.We all know the biggest waste in most school budgets is overlapping administration,and transportation to other than public schools.When a commuter railroad's budget gets cut,fairs go up,and… Continue

Added by Joseph Finkle on February 21, 2011 at 8:19am — No Comments

Budget cutting opportunity: Columbia University

If you missed it a disable vet was recently heckled by fellow columbian students, when he spoke up at a public forum in favor of ROTC at Columbia.  Students booed, hissed and called him a racist.  The disabled vet is in a wheel chair after having been shot 11 times while serving in Norther Iraq in 2008.  The school administrations response was simply we have trans gender people who are part of the Columbia community.  Instead the administration should have stood up for civil intellectual… Continue

Added by Bentley Nettles on February 21, 2011 at 6:28am — No Comments

Ohio retirement investments bombed

I am not a public employee. Public employees are not the problem or the enemy. The retirement fund lost billions in Wall Street speculations that went awry. Ohio's govenor would…

Added by James M. Junge on February 21, 2011 at 6:12am — No Comments

Do 'Whatever It Takes' to balance our budget and reduce spending?

Are Republicans seeking to force a shutdown of the federal government?

Should we do 'Whatever It Takes' to balance our budget and reduce spending?

Get This: House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said on Feb. 17 that he won’t accept a short-term extension of the government’s current…


Added by Steve - Ning Creator on February 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

What It's All About

How about our congress now spending their limited time on debating the Military sponsorship for NASCAR. Maybe they will implement the old way of advertising for the Army, remember? I remember! Sitting around the TV tube as ping pong balls associated with a birth date determining your future for at least one year of your life.That system was being utilized during a conflict, which looked to me a lot like a war, and I,m sure it was cheaper than actually trying to recruit volunteers to serve. How… Continue

Added by John L Hudson on February 20, 2011 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin, the inside story of how Wall Street and Washington  secretly fought to save themselves, is just part of the story. It includes all of the biggest corporations in America.  But to say capitalism is at fault is the same as saying guns kill people. Common sense tells us otherwise.  Common sense says that too much power in too few places kills people by the hundreds of millions.


Incidentally, I wonder who is running the stock market…


Added by Joseph Whitworth Smith on February 20, 2011 at 10:19am — No Comments

Signs of Our Time

Joseph Finkle is disappointed in us. We got a lot of Joseph Finkles.  I'm going to accommodate Joseph, talk about relevant things.


It is not enough that America’s government insists on protecting us at the cost of government perverts groping us and other government thieves robbing us at airports.  I read about a victim of government who turned on his CFL light and fire shot out like a blowtorch. When this light burns out, there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire,…


Added by Joseph Whitworth Smith on February 19, 2011 at 1:37pm — 1 Comment

Rajjpuut's Folly: Obama Joins Unions vs. Taxpayers in Wisconsin Debt Crisis


Obama, Lame Duck Semi-Conservatives

Sabotaged Nation



            America is now standing at the critical crossroads of fiscal- and…


Added by Bob VanDeHey on February 19, 2011 at 12:53am — No Comments

Wisconsin Capital Issues

The latest proposal that Scott Walker has come up with has divided the great state of Wisconsin. Everyone needs to do research before slamming public employees. It is very easy to say that it is only the public employees that caused this deficit the state is now facing.

Here are some facts provided from the census bureau of labor statistics. The average High School Graduate in Jefferson Country earns $626 dollars a week which works out to an annual salary of $35,552.… Continue

Added by Tom Mecikalski on February 18, 2011 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment


This is an extreme statement but the financial reform is deeper rooted than in party lines and budget cuts. Don't get me wrong there can be light at the end of the tunnel, but there needs to be checks and balances to fractional reserve lending, an audit of fort knox, and several major financial reforms and compromises. I propose the government to use equivalent to greenbacks like President Lincoln did with government infrastructure projects. Why pay debt to a foreign nation or central banker… Continue

Added by jason perkins on February 18, 2011 at 7:08am — No Comments

Whos the IDIOT?

      Ohio Govenor calls a police officer a "IDIOT" after being stopped for a traffic violation. Govenors through out the U.S. are turning this country  into a dictatorship. Legislative Republican puppets are leading the way. Now whos the Idiots?  Senate Bill 5 is pretty hard to swollow since no dialog seems to be allowed . Has the soup nazis's sat down with anyone to see if they would give concessions to help figure this "crises " out? The govenors attitude is to push and shove and call out… Continue

Added by James M. Junge on February 18, 2011 at 5:41am — 3 Comments

Education is Key

As a 65 year old woman, I have seen a lot during my years on this earth.  Back in the 1950's when I was in grade school, the McCarthy era was at hand, and I did think that was the best thing that ever happened.  We need a little McCarthyism today.  In the 1950's, my dad was a night school student at St.  Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.  There were communist teachers back then too.  Washington University in St. Louis, one of the most elitest Universities, had communists also teach on…


Added by Frances F Foland on February 18, 2011 at 12:52am — No Comments


With his new budget, Obama not only ducked our economic problems, he gave it his famous finger.  What was it that Tennessee Ernie Ford said -- "Another day older, and deeper in debt!  Saint Peter dontcha call me, 'cause I can't go.  I owe my soul to the company sto'e (that's the White House, my friends)" Debt, debt, debt.  Debt for you, for me, for our children, and for our grandchildren.  It's sinful, and the man in the White House has no conscience.…


Added by Cathy O'Brien on February 17, 2011 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Ohio Govenor v. collecting bargaining

     Most of the same old names we elected in Ohio are trying to put it too the people who educate our children and protect us from harm. Our new Ohio goverments " wall street " way of thinking is really distressing. What is wrong with public employees keeping their " collective bargaining rights "?

      Elected officials aren't under it so lets put it to the professionals who fight our fires, keep our streets safe, and teachers that build a foundation of…


Added by James M. Junge on February 17, 2011 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.


Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors. adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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