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Friday, February 29, 2008

My Random Thoughts

I have been thinking about what I wanted to say in my next post. There is so much going on that it is hard to pick just one thing to write about. So, I have decided to let you all know a little bit about why I am so frustrated with the way things are going right now. But, at the same time, I know that there are a lot of things going on right now that are fulfillments of the prophecy of the Bible, so, at the same time it scares me, it also makes me feel as though all of the people who have turned their backs on God will get their just deserts soon enough. Don't get me wrong, it pains my heart that that has to happen, but, ultimately, it is their choice and God is a loving God of justice and justice will be serve.

Now, as far as what is happening in this country. I do not understand people who feel that the government is in place to provide for everyone's wants and needs. What ever happened to wanting to provide you own way in this world and provide for your family yourself? What ever happend to self reliance? If we let the government run programs provide for us, then we take away our right to choose and let the government tell us what we have to do instead of us telling them what we want. Besides, the government has run Social Security into the ground. What makes anyone think that they can run another program as complex as health care?

I am tired of the government telling us what we can and can't do and where. I understand that we have to have laws to keep us from going into chaos, but, I have not spent the better part of my adult life defending this country to have our government tell us what kinds of cars we can drive, or anything else as far as that goes. The fact that there are people in this country who are afraid to get out and do things for themselves makes me wonder about the state of this union. Worse yet, is the fact that there are so many people in this country who feel like the government is the correct answer to everything that is wrong (in their minds). All we really NEED the gevernment to do is protect the citizens and provide a means to decide matters of conflict between it's citizens. They need to stay out of our lives and respect the rights we have as citizens of this country. Instead, they want to keep on regulating the way we live our lives. And we keep electing these people!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Think About This

I found this on "The Cook Shack". I found it interesting and scary.

Obama’s Communist Mentor

AIM Column By Cliff Kincaid February 18, 2008

Is “coalition politics” at work in Obama’s rise to power?

In his biography of Barack Obama, David Mendell writes about Obama's life as a "secret smoker" and how he "went to great lengths to conceal the habit." But what about Obama's secret political life? It turns out that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, was a communist.

In his books, Obama admits attending "socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature. But he ridicules the charge of being a "hard-core academic Marxist," which was made by his colorful and outspoken 2004 U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes.

However, through Frank Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son, with Davis, listening to his "poetry" and getting advice on his career path. But Obama, in his book, Dreams From My Father, refers to him repeatedly as just "Frank."

The reason is apparent: Davis was a known communist who belonged to a party subservient to the Soviet Union. In fact, the 1951 report of the Commission on Subversive Activities to the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii identified him as a CPUSA member. What's more, anti-communist congressional committees, including the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), accused Davis of involvement in several communist-front organizations.

Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand-based libertarian activist, researcher and blogger, noted evidence that "Frank" was Frank Marshall Davis in a posting in March of 2007.

Obama's communist connection adds to mounting public concern about a candidate who has come out of virtually nowhere, with a brief U.S. Senate legislative record, to become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the U.S. presidency. In the latest Real Clear Politics poll average, Obama beats Republican John McCain by almost four percentage points.

AIM recently disclosed that Obama has well-documented socialist connections, which help explain why he sponsored a "Global Poverty Act" designed to send hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. foreign aid to the rest of the world, in order to meet U.N. demands. The bill has passed the House and a Senate committee, and awaits full Senate action.

But the Communist Party connection through Davis is even more ominous. Decades ago, the CPUSA had tens of thousands of members, some of them covert agents who had penetrated the U.S. Government. It received secret subsidies from the old Soviet Union.

You won't find any of this discussed in the David Mendell book, Obama: From Promise to Power. It is typical of the superficial biographies of Obama now on the market. Secret smoking seems to be Obama's most controversial activity. At best, Mendell and the liberal media describe Obama as "left-leaning."

But you will find it briefly discussed, sort of, in Obama's own book, Dreams From My Father. He writes about "a poet named Frank," who visited them in Hawaii, read poetry, and was full of "hard-earned knowledge" and advice. Who was Frank? Obama only says that he had "some modest notoriety once," was "a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes during his years in Chicago..." but was now "pushing eighty." He writes about "Frank and his old Black Power dashiki self" giving him advice before he left for Occidental College in 1979 at the age of 18.

This "Frank" is none other than Frank Marshall Davis, the black communist writer now considered by some to be in the same category of prominence as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker. In the summer/fall 2003 issue of African American Review, James A. Miller of George Washington University reviews a book by John Edgar Tidwell, a professor at the University of Kansas, about Davis's career, and notes, "In Davis's case, his political commitments led him to join the American Communist Party during the middle of World War II-even though he never publicly admitted his Party membership." Tidwell is an expert on the life and writings of Davis.

Is it possible that Obama did not know who Davis was when he wrote his book, Dreams From My Father, first published in 1995? That's not plausible since Obama refers to him as a contemporary of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes and says he saw a book of his black poetry.

The communists knew who "Frank" was, and they know who Obama is. In fact, one academic who travels in communist circles understands the significance of the Davis-Obama relationship.

Professor Gerald Horne, a contributing editor of the Communist Party journal Political Affairs, talked about it during a speech last March at the reception of the Communist Party USA archives at the Tamiment Library at New York University. The remarks are posted online under the headline, "Rethinking the History and Future of the Communist Party."

Horne, a history professor at the University of Houston, noted that Davis, who moved to Honolulu from Kansas in 1948 "at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson," came into contact with Barack Obama and his family and became the young man's mentor, influencing Obama's sense of identity and career moves. Robeson, of course, was the well-known black actor and singer who served as a member of the CPUSA and apologist for the old Soviet Union. Davis had known Robeson from his time in Chicago.

As Horne describes it, Davis "befriended" a "Euro-American family" that had "migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago."

It was in Chicago that Obama became a "community organizer" and came into contact with more far-left political forces, including the Democratic Socialists of America, which maintains close ties to European socialist groups and parties through the Socialist International (SI), and two former members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), William Ayers and Carl Davidson.

The SDS laid siege to college campuses across America in the 1960s, mostly in order to protest the Vietnam War, and spawned the terrorist Weather Underground organization. Ayers was a member of the terrorist group and turned himself in to authorities in 1981. He is now a college professor and served with Obama on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago. Davidson is now a figure in the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, an offshoot of the old Moscow-controlled CPUSA, and helped organize the 2002 rally where Obama came out against the Iraq War.

Both communism and socialism trace their roots to Karl Marx, co-author of the Communist Manifesto, who endorsed the first meeting of the Socialist International, then called the "First International." According to Pierre Mauroy, president of the SI from 1992-1996, "It was he [Marx] who formally launched it, gave the inaugural address and devised its structure..."

Apparently unaware that Davis had been publicly named as a CPUSA member, Horne said only that Davis "was certainly in the orbit of the CP [Communist Party]-if not a member..."

In addition to Tidwell's book, Black Moods: Collected Poems of Frank Marshall Davis, confirming Davis's Communist Party membership, another book, The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946, names Davis as one of several black poets who continued to publish in CPUSA-supported publications after the 1939 Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact. The author, James Edward Smethurst, associate professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, says that Davis, however, would later claim that he was "deeply troubled" by the pact.

While blacks such as Richard Wright left the CPUSA, it is not clear if or when Davis ever left the party.

However, Obama writes in Dreams From My Father that he saw "Frank" only a few days before he left Hawaii for college, and that Davis seemed just as radical as ever. Davis called college "An advanced degree in compromise" and warned Obama not to forget his "people" and not to "start believing what they tell you about equal opportunity and the American way and all that shit." Davis also complained about foot problems, the result of "trying to force African feet into European shoes," Obama wrote.

For his part, Horne says that Obama's giving of credit to Davis will be important in history. "At some point in the future, a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack's memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis' equally affecting memoir, Living the Blues and when that day comes, I'm sure a future student will not only examine critically the Frankenstein monsters that US imperialism created in order to subdue Communist parties but will also be moved to come to this historic and wonderful archive in order to gain insight on what has befallen this complex and intriguing planet on which we reside," he said.

Dr. Kathryn Takara, a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who also confirms that Davis is the "Frank" in Obama's book, did her dissertation on Davis and spent much time with him between 1972 until he passed away in 1987.

In an analysis posted online, she notes that Davis, who was a columnist for the Honolulu Record, brought "an acute sense of race relations and class struggle throughout America and the world" and that he openly discussed subjects such as American imperialism, colonialism and exploitation. She described him as a "socialist realist" who attacked the work of the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Davis, in his own writings, had said that Robeson and Harry Bridges, the head of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and a secret member of the CPUSA, had suggested that he take a job as a columnist with the Honolulu Record "and see if I could do something for them." The ILWU was organizing workers there and Robeson's contacts were "passed on" to Davis, Takara writes.

Takara says that Davis "espoused freedom, radicalism, solidarity, labor unions, due process, peace, affirmative action, civil rights, Negro History week, and true Democracy to fight imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy. He urged coalition politics."

Is "coalition politics" at work in Obama's rise to power?

Trevor Loudon, the New Zealand-based blogger who has been analyzing the political forces behind Obama and specializes in studying the impact of Marxist and leftist political organizations, notes that Frank Chapman, a CPUSA supporter, has written a letter to the party newspaper hailing the Illinois senator's victory in the Iowa caucuses.

"Obama's victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle," Chapman wrote. "Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary ‘mole,' not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through."

Let's challenge the liberal media to report on this. Will they have the honesty and integrity to do so? "

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Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at cliff.kincaid@aim.org

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Now, I don't know about you, but this alone scares me. Throw into the mix the fact that the preacher, at the church he declares as his "Christian" church, is one of the most out spoken people in regards to how black people have been mistreated and how they need to rise up and overpower the "white world" (I will post more on this later), and this gets to be one really scary S.O.B.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Politics

Well, we keep coming closer to that inevitable date in which we, as Americans, have to choose who will lead this great country through the next four years.

This worries me a lot.

In my opinion, we are going to have to choose the lesser of two evils (in other words, McCain will be the best candidate that remains). Since McCain only needs a little over 200 more delegates to secure the GOP nomination, it does appear that he will be the one I will be supporting in the general election. I have nothing against the man himself. Anyone who can live through what he had to during Vietnam, while serving our country, with the honor and courage he did deserves our utmost respect. I have been paying a little more attention to his record in the Senate over the past few years, however, and it does appear that he has been leaning a little too much to the left than I would like. But, that seems to be what his strong point has been in getting the nomination. He is popular with the moderates and independents that tend to keep a foot on both sides.

Now for the other side. I have actually met Mrs. Clinton, and I will tell you that she seems to be nice on the surface. I do not agree one bit, however, with her politics. She wants to institure socialized medicine (even though that is not what she wants to call it). She wants to punish the rich people for making themselves rich. She wants to take their money and put it into programs that would try and enhance the lives of those people who, either by circumstance or by their own choosing, are not economically prosporous. This is called SOCIALISM!!! It has been tried before (The Soviet Union was that way for a long time and they finally had to give up). This country was founded and made great because of Capitalism. It is what drives our economy. The Housing Market, that she wants to pour BILLIONS of dollars into to try and save, got into the situation it is because banks went against the very things that made them successful, and people made some stupid decisions to try and save a few bucks in the short term. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM's) are stupid and honestly, I feel, should be outlawed. There are very few foreclosures that occured because someone lost a job (although that is sad when it happens). Most of them have occured because the borrower was offered a lower rate on an ARM and now the ADJUSTABLE part is kicking in and their payments have gone up because the interest rate increased. I do not have any sympathy for stupidity.

Now for the other person, Mr. Obama. I heard a comment he made yesterday that really made my blood boil. He said (I am paraphrasing) that the rich CEO's should not be making the millions of dollars they do while other people are struggling. If you look back you will see how I feel about Socialism. The CEO's got rich because they worked hard (most of them anyway) and did all the right things to get them into the position they are in, and these two yahoo's are saying that they should be penalized for it. It truly makes no sense to me. Now, I am not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but, if I were I surely wouldn't want anyone to try and tell me that it is wrong to have money. Especially, someone who is well off themselves. If they are so concerned about the poor, let them give up their wealth to help those less fortunate. Instead, you have a former First Lady, who is worth millions of dollars and doesn't even have to pay for her huge house on Long Island because of the rent that her and her husband are charging the government so that the Secret Service can stay on the property for their protection. That's right, WE are paying for her house. Mr. Obama talks about change. But, I truly don't like the change that he is talking about. Besides, if you really listen to what he is saying about issues, he says NOTHING!! This would seem to me that he truly has no stand except that things have to change. I agree. But, change to what, exactly? Mr. Obama, instead of just saying things need to change, let the American people know how you would change things and see what the truly think. You are a great speaker, but, I have not heard you truly say anything for a while. You are the most eloquent person at saying nothing I have heard in a long time. Say SOMETHING for once. PLEASE!

I apologize for this post being so long with my rantings, but, this has been building for quite some time.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

DAYTONA!!!!!

Alright, I have to tell everyone that I apologize because I stated that there would probably be two posts Friday, and, that didn't happen. And, I know I am going a little out of character by not posting anything political in a couple of posts, but, I have to tell you all about the weekend.

First of all, I truly didn't know if I was going to go to Daytona or not until Saturday evening. For those of you who don't know, this year was a big deal because it was the 50th running of the Daytona 500. I got a free ticket, so I was able to go. Now, let me get the griping out of the way. There was no seat associated with the ticket, so, I had to stand throughout the race. The friends that got me the ticket had to be there at 8am so, I was standing or walking the whole time until I got to the car at about 10pm (the race was over around 7:15pm). Which brings me to my next complaint. The people who organize this event seriously need to rethink the whole getting out of there thing. Yes, it took about three hours just to get back to the car. It was a mess.

Now that that is out of the way........

The race was a good one. Typical to the past couple of years, no one truly dominated the race. And if you got caught out of line without any drafting help, you got passed.......a lot. Where we were standing, we were on top of the garage so we had a good view of the cars coming out of turn 4 and through the tri-oval to the start/finish line. I saw all of the cars as they came by on their way to be inspected before the race. And there were several of the trucks that are used to haul the cars (this is also where the drivers change), right across from us, namely, Ryan Newman (who won the race), Kyle Petty, Marting Truex, Jr., and Kevin Harvick just to name a couple. As some of you know, I am a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fan. So, before the race, while I was wandering around, they let us go out onto pit road and the grass where the logos are painted. Truly an amazing experience. I got to go right up to Jr.'s pit box and see all the tires. As soon as I get some help with the whole blogging thing, I will post some pics, because I got some good ones.

I have to thank our neighbors/friends that were able to make it possible for me to go. They were awesome to think of and include me in this. Especially since they are not race fans themselves.

Overall, I do have to say that it was a tremendous experience. The only thing I truly would change, I would have a seat.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Well, I know it has been a little while since I last posted. There will probably be two today.

Right now, I just wanted to let you all know of one thing that just gave me laugh and also made me realize just how much our kids do listen to us when we least expect it (not when they are supposed to, of course).

Let me set a little background for all of you that don't know. I am not one who grew up watching, or even caring much about stock car races. As my wife likes to remind me, I am a Yankee. I thought NASCAR was for the southerners. Well, as an adult, I started watching a little bit, and liked what I was seeing. So I started paying more attention. I knew the big names like Petty, Earnhardt, Waltrip........I liked Dale, so started following him. This actually happened just about 15 yrs ago. Well, now, I do have to admit that I started following Jr. just because of his dad. And those of you who follow know about all the trouble he has had with his step-mom, especially last year. You also know that he hasn't won since May of 2006. And that last year, especially after he announced that he was leaving his dad's company and going to drive for the competition (HMS), it seemed that every time he was in a position to win his engine would blow.

Fast Forward now to last Saturday night. We were back at the Edge I and watching the end of the Budweis*r Shootout. Which Dale Jr. won. Then, out of no where our 9yo said:

"See, it was his step-mom last year!"

Well, he has now also won the Gator*de race he was in yesterday making it two in a row. I just hope that he can continue his good running into this Sunday.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Birthday Today

Alright, I know that there is a bunch of stuff I could be writing about right now. Super Tuesday, the Super Bowl......etc., etc. But, I have to take some time out to wish my lovely, youngest daughter a great big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!