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>Now It’s Out: John McCain Is One Of The Evil Ones, Too

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Don

John McCain never saw an illegal war he didn’t like – or a crooked banker

(He was one of the “Keating Five” who aided one of the biggest scams of the Savings and Loan
crisis
 days.)

Just wind him up, pay him and he’ll say anything. Thus his proclamation that the
media-created Libyan “rebels” provided him one of the most inspiring days of
his life.

The problem with McCain is he doesn’t keep his stories straight as this video
that was passed around over 2 million times by BrasscheckTV viewers during
the 2008 election shows.

Video:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/325.html

– Brasscheck

>Why Won’t The Government Tell Us the Truth?

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From: Damian Cambell
Date: Thursday, 4/14/2011
Dear Fellow Patriot,
My name is Damian Cambell… and I’ve got some disturbing news for you.
To warn you it’s got me so angry I can’t see straight…

Our government is blowing the horn about the rest of the world, but turning
a blind eye to the problems on our own soil!
Really, I’m sorry for the crap going on in the rest of the world too, but our
highest priority has got to be America. After all, we live in the middle of
dangerous times…
Just look around the world:
  • Al Qaeda is coming out of the woodwork in Yemen…
  • All out civil war is tearing Libya apart (how do you think the 
  • civilians are doing)…
  • The nuclear reactor that exploded in Japan is having a 
  • MAJOR negative impact (notice how the press has 
  • been trying to keep it quiet?)…
  • And our government is so far in debt it almost shutdown!
Obviously things are going very wrong – And if you think
we’re going to be left out…
I hope you’re right.
But maybe you’re not facing the facts…
The cold-hard truth is we’re going to feel more than just
skyrocketing oil prices…

Bloodthirsty Riots, Nuclear 

Fumes, or Jihadist
Insurgents Could Strike Your 

Family At Any
Time! (Even On US Soil)

It sounds dramatic, but our lives, freedom and families aren’t
safe anymore.
Think about it. What are you going to do if:
  • Hyperinflation causes mass rioting (look at our economy, l
  • ook at where it’s going and look at what’s happened in places 
  • like Brazil or Japan when their economy crashed)?
  • A pissed off mob tries to break into your house when just 
  • your wife and kids are home (you really want to be sure 
  • they’re safe when you’re not around)…
  • A nuclear power plant in the US blows sky high forcing your 
  • family to live off just the food in your fridge (Japan’s safety regs 
  • were just as strict, if not more so, than ours) …
I’ll tell you what you’ll do if, God forbid, anything like that happens…
Guys like you and me aren’t just going to sit on the sidelines and let
our family live unprotected. We’re going to stand-up and fight.
But, the sad part is, most people are completely oblivious…
Sounds crazy doesn’t it? With all the crap obviously happening in
the world people are still pretending like “change” will fix everything…
Time for a reality check.
Every American watches the news and sees all the “terrible things
going on in the rest of the world.”We think, “oh it’s not gonna
happen to me.”
My question is: are you going to bet your life on it?
And more importantly, are you going to bet your family’s life 
on it?
The massacres, fanatical insurgents and starving rioters are
happening right now, and with the direction our government is
going – it’s not “if it hits the US”… it’s “when it hits the US.”
So the question is…

Do You Want To Learn 

The Raw Survival
Techniques To 

Protect Your Family
Special Ops Style?

While the world is going to hell around us, our strength of character,
willpower and determination willbe tested.
Some of us will band together to protect our friends and family –
no matter what the cost (I think you’re with me here)…
But dying a hero won’t help your family, neighbors or country.
Think about that for a second – Are you serious about protecting
your family in any situation?
You’ve probably heard the old saying “if you fail to plan, you
plan to fail.”
That’s never truer than when you’ve got complete chaos around
you. A lot of you probably know that firsthand from time on the
battlefield, or have close family that has.
Everything goes back to your training.
That’s why you need to train on:
  • This Fail-safe way to protect your wife and kids 
  • even if you’re at work when a disaster hits. T
  • his 5 minute tip was worth its weight in gold!
  • How to use a classified Special Forces method to
  •  force your body to respond in a split-second with 
  • lightning-fast speed and accuracy while the rest of 
  • your family is paralyzed by fear!
  • Life-saving secrets the military uses in the middle of the 
  • battlefield that are proven to save soldiers’ lives. (When 
  • I think of my kids hurt, this is my only encouraging thought).
Now, if you’re one of those brawlers or someone who likes to
“show-off” your survival and preparedness skills these
techniques aren’t for you.
These methods are only to protect yourself or your family
if we’re hit by an Armageddon style disaster – not make
yourself look cool.
After all, real men don’t have to walk around acting macho –
they know that whatever happens, they can handle it.
Do you want to be sure you can handle any disaster?
Please do not procrastinate! Without this knowledge you
and your family are wide open to serious danger that 
you absolutely must prepare for.
Sincerely,

Damian Cambell

P.S. You and I both know things are going to get worse
before they get better. If you’re not prepared you might as
well give up now – because when some disaster hits
it’ll be too late.
Click here if you’re serious about protecting your family.

>Obama Says America Is Handing Off To NATO – And Our Role Should Be Limited In Libya…Unless He lies Again

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President Obama didn’t bother to talk to Congress 
or get anyone’s approval
 for this war with Libya, except the United Nations. 
You can decide for yourself 
if he should have gone to Congress or is this just a 
little “Police Action” that is 
within the purview of an American President? If 
Congress doesn’t stand up and 
object, we can expect more of these exciting, 
expensive show of force 
extravaganzas.
Good morning,
I’m writing today with an update on the situation in Libya,
including the actions we’ve taken with allies and partners to
protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar
Qaddafi. For further details, please take a moment to watch
this morning’s Weekly Address:
Watch the Video
Sending our brave men and women in uniform into harm’s way
is not a decision I make lightly. But when someone like Qaddafi
threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region,
it is in our national interest to act.  In fact, it’s our responsibility.
Our mission in Libya is clear and focused — and we are succeeding.
Along with our allies and partners, we are enforcing the
 mandate of theUnited Nations Security Council.  Working
with other countries, we have put in place a no-fly zone and
 other measures that will help prevent further violence and
brutality. Qaddafi’s air defenses have been taken out, and his
forces are no longer advancing across Libya.
As a consequence of our quick action, the lives of countless
 innocent civilians have been saved, and a humanitarian
catastrophe has been avoided.
The role of American forces in this mission is limited.
After providing unique capabilities at the beginning,
we are now handing over control of the no-fly zone to

our NATO allies and partners, including Arab partners
 like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The United States has also joined with the
international community to deliver urgent
humanitarian assistance.  We’re offering support
to the Libyan opposition and have frozen tens of
 billions of dollars of Qaddafi’s assets.
Our message to Qaddafi is clear: attacks against
innocent civilians must end, his forces must be
pulled back, humanitarian aid must reach Libyans
in need, and those responsible for the violence in
Libya must be held accountable.
The progress we’ve made over the past seven days
demonstrates how the international community
should work, with many nations, not just the United
 States, bearing the responsibility and cost of
upholding international law.
Every American can be proud of the service of
our men and women in uniform who have once again
 stood up for our interests and ideals.  And as we move
forward, I will continue to keep each of you fully
informed on our progress.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
President of the United States
P.S. On Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. EDT, I will deliver
an address at theNational Defense University in Washington,
 DC on the situation in Libya. You can watch the speech live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.

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we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your
rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with
the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans
living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White

>Is America An Irrelevant World Pussy Cat?

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NEW YORK – America Doesn't Matter AnymoreAs Europe takes the lead on the Libyan intervention, it’s a powerful signal of America’s weakening global influence. Peter Beinart on Obama’s Jeffersonian turn—and the end of an empire.
Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most agree that it’s profoundly unnatural that we were pushed into it by… France. Welcome to the post-American world. In the age we’re entering, most of the time, the choice will no longer be between humanitarian interventions controlled by the United States and humanitarian interventions where other nations take the lead. The choice will be between humanitarian interventions where other nations take the lead and no humanitarian interventions at all.
A comparison with the 1990s illustrates the point. In the early 1990s, when the former Yugoslavia began breaking up, and Slobodan Milosevic decided to try to put it back together via genocide, the governments of Western Europe insisted that they would handle things. But they couldn’t handle things, partly because of their disunity and military weakness, and partly because they refused—in a clash of civilizations sort of way—to make clear moral distinctions between the murderers and the murdered. In the summer of 1995, when the Clinton administration—after more than two years of deference—forced the Europeans into a humanitarian war against the Serbs, then-Lieutenant General Wesley Clark exulted “The big dog barked today.”
Back then, the big dog was not fighting any other wars. It was unchallenged in East Asia; its economy was beginning to boom and its fiscal problems were melting away. And even then, Americans only supported the Bosnia war, and its kid brother Kosovo, on the condition that no Americans died.
Today, by contrast, America’s fiscal condition is terrifying and the Pentagon is fighting wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, trying to stay out of one with Iran, and keeping one eye on a rising China. I don’t know what it took to convince an obviously reluctant Robert Gates to permit American involvement in the Libyan no-fly zone, but it’s a reasonable bet that had Barack Obama not been able to promise that it would be a mostly European affair, Gates would now be a military analyst on Fox News. It’s not the 1990s anymore. The American public’s appetite for humanitarian war has always been meager. And now the American government’s capacity for waging it is meager, too.
But in a strange twist, Europe’s appetite has grown. The continent’s military capacity is still tiny compared to America’s, and it still lacks unity, but the shame of European inaction in Bosnia lingers in British, French, Italian, and German minds. Overall, Western Europeans remain more dovish than Americans, but when it comes to genocide, the gap narrows. In the U.S., for instance, anti-terrorism is the only rationale that sustains public support for the Afghan War. In Europe, by contrast, the humanitarian argument sells best.
Libya is also a Mediterranean country. For France and Italy, it’s the equivalent of Mexico, or at least Guatemala. Economically, geopolitically, and culturally, Europe is also the dominant outside force. European countries, especially Southern European ones, have a lot more to gain, and lose, in Libya than we do, so it’s normal—indeed, healthy—that they’re trying to take the military lead.
Whether they’ll be able to—whether they have the capacity and stomach for what it would take to push Gaddafi from power—is another question. But it’s not surprising that Barack Obama is giving them a chance to try. Obama is what you might call a roundabout Jeffersonian. Jeffersonians, to borrow Walter Russell Mead’s phrase, believe that preserving America’s economic and political solvency requires reining in American empire. Presidents usually become Jeffersonian in times of economic crisis, public exhaustion, and unpopular war. The problem is that Jeffersonianism—which in different ways both Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter embraced as a result of Vietnam—is perilous politics. Retrenchment can look a lot like cynicism, if not defeatism.
The White House’s humanitarian hawks don’t want a Srebrenica on their watch, but they know they need other countries to bear more of the load. Enter Nicolas Sarkozy.
So Obama is trying to do it on the sly, to reduce the costs of American foreign policy without reining in our ambition. In Afghanistan, he’s moving inexorably toward greater reliance on drones—just as Nixon turned to air power in the latter stages of Vietnam—because it’s cheaper in blood and treasure. And he’s trying to burden-share, just as Nixon tried to get regional allies like South Vietnam and the shah’s Iran to do more of the work of containing the USSR. The Libya operation is a good example of this. The White House’shumanitarian hawks don’t want a Srebrenica on their watch, but they know they need other countries to bear more of the load. Enter Nicolas Sarkozy.
Will it work? Beats me. But it’s an illusion to believe we could have done this the old way. One of the crucial questions of our age is whether America’s liberal ideals can flourish despite the decline of American power. Libya will be one of the places we find out.
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>Al Jazeera Reports Action In Libya

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Benghazi family victims of Libya conflict

Civilians have been caught in battles between
pro-Gaddafi forces and opposition fighters.
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2011 03:41

The opposition stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya has
been the scene of intense fighting as forces loyal to
Muammar Gaddafi have battled to take back the city.
Many civilians have been caught in the violence.
Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley met a young boy who
suffered a bullet wound to the chest and lungs as
he and his parents tried to escape Gaddafi’s forces
when they entered Benghazi last Saturday.
His young brother was wounded in the leg and his
father died in hospital a day later. His mother
remains critically ill.

Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White

>Who authorized Obama To Declare War On Libya?

>Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White

>When More Americans Are Killed In Action – This Time In Libya – You Can Thank Women of Obama Cabinet

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I think readers have it right. I am publishing two comments that are out there concerning the inane decision Hilary Clinton, U.N. representative Rice and Samantha Powers, national security advisor, made this week.

They suddenly decided that Obama should commit resources and put at risk men’s lives to oust a dictator, Colonel Qaddafi, from a country we have little to do with. We don’t buy their oil and, frankly, we should care less whether the Arab League or others in the country want America to invest billions of dollars in a new war. The United Nation’s Security Council 6-2 decision makes no sense and just shows how incompetent that body is. Why should a world body be powerful enough to dictate what happens in far-off Libya. You know there are others with axes to grind in this – the al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood to list just two.
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Jessie Kitty of Evanston, Illinois had this to say:
Yes, Qaddafi is an awful, terrible man, a brutal dictator, a megalomaniac, and so on. Yes, the U.S. has a history of coming to the aid of countries in trouble. But also yes, the U.S. has no business getting involved in another conflict…which becomes war. The current wars have been fought for many more years than the government, the president, and the voting public should have allowed.

What happened to those promises of reducing and ending those wars, Mr. Obama? What about it, Congress? Where is your real ire and protest, Americans?

It seems that the lucrative business of war continues to win–lucrative, that is, for the industries which sell their murderous goods to wage war. That’s the only profit in these calamitous pursuits. The losses are more tragic, much deeper, more egregious: loss of life (soldiers on all sides, civilians in the regions of fighting), devastating injury (soldiers and civilians–let’s just call them people), mind-boggling waste of resources at the expense of the social programs, educational institutions, environmental protection projects, care for the young, the old, the poor, and the forgotten, health care for all, and thousands of other worthy programs and projects now being cut by a war-hungry Congress and an irresponsible national leadership (including you, Mr. Obama). Those billions upon billions of dollars being spent at the expense of just about everything else in this country are being pumped into unjustifiable military fighting, and directed away from the residents and environment of the U.S. –as well as from the many promised dollars to alleviating the suffering of the afflicted in Haiti, Japan, many other places around the world, and, indeed, in this country. (Where’s the money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina? being spent by the Pentagon.)

So now “we’re” marshaling human, industrial, and other resources again, ready to insert ourselves in another bloody conflict–a habit of our government, continuing a long series of fighting in other countries, and never resulting in a peaceful and sustainable “normal” Western-style society. Here we go again.

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March 19th, 2011
12:02 am
parik
ChevyChase
March 19th, 2011
12:02 am
parik
ChevyChase
March 19th, 2011
12:02 am
Here’s what Parik of Chevy Chase, MD had to say:

Critics of President Obama are upset that he didn’t 
commit Americans sooner to conduct warfare against 
Libya before getting other countries to ante up. I am 
not. Let other nations take a stake in the matters of 
seeing their sons and daughters risk death for a universal cause.
For these critics to call Obama dithering, or
indecisive by being careful not risking 
American lives, is reprehensible on its 
face and morally inconsiderate of the 
families of servicemen who risk their lives.
Americans should no more become 
singularly involved, or take the lead 
in military actions, which are not 
concerning our exclusive interest. 
Let the David Gergens, Newt Gingrichs, 
Limbaughs, Palins, and other too hot 
to trot arm chair pundit warriors, do 
their “chest-thumping” by donning combat 
gear and parachuting on to the field of battle.  

Thanks for coming. Please leave a comment. Your opinion is as valuable as mine or anyone’s. Let’s create an active dialog. Let’s stand up for what we want, what we think and believe America should be like. Fight for your rights – and I don’t mean take to the street with guns. Do your fighting with the pen and conversation – friendly persuasion. Remember, we’re Americans living in the greatest nation on earth. Act like it. Don White