Corruption

How the government does business has become an expression of the government itself. The government is now in the business of perpetuating the government. Funding itself, supporting the interests of the lobbyists, making its agenda indispensable to the average American, collecting campaign funds for a particular election. The government is no longer in the business of doing the business of and for the people. Government “as usual” is now Corruption “as usual“.

Senator Mary L. Landrieu, a Democrat from Louisiana, got a $100 to $300 Million Dollar provision in Harry Reid’s, Democrat from Nevada, Healthcare Bill, for supporting the vote to proceed. Shame on you. Looks like, as long as your constituents get a special deal you will support the legislation. Alan Levine, we the people are watching you, too.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, also supports the Healthcare Bill. He told his constituents he would provide a $38 Billion Dollar shield for their Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Didn’t say how he would do it or how to fund his proposal. How’s that working out for you, Senator? Corruption “as usual“, getting a sweetheart deal for your people?

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota, she supports the Healthcare Bill, as long as the medical manufactures in her district don’t have to pay taxes on their medical products and manufactured supplies. It’s a great Bill for all of America, her constituents too, as long as someone else pays for it. Socialism at its finest. Have you talked to Harry Reid?

Here’s one for Senator John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts. He got a Earmark from the Labor Department spending bill for $5 Million Dollars to plan and design a student study center in honor of the late Ted Kennedy. Then got one for $20 million from the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense budget to build the proposed educational facility. This is a tribute from one career politician to another, at the expense of the American people. Another clear cut example of the behind the scenes, closed doors, under the table dealings of the Washington elite. I bet you are so proud, stealing $25 Million Dollars of the people’s money and getting away with it. Good job John!!!

Here’s a little collective democratic Socialism, proving once again corruption reigns supreme at the highest levels. Democratic Senators voted to block a bill which would have made it mandatory for US census takers to ask if the person being interviewed was a US citizen. That’s right, the census will be taken and no one will know how many of the people counted are US citizens(eligible to vote). What’s up with that?

Our government is now deciding which Americans can be successful. The Office of Budget and Management has issued a directive stating government contracts for government building worth more than $25 Million will be let to Union Contractors. Effectively blocking work from 8 out of every 10 construction workers in the United States. Open Shop Owners are taking the Department to court.

The Obama administration promised the people Wall Street Reform. What we got was a $140 Billion Dollar bonus package for the top 23 Wall Street Investment Banks. That’s right, the American taxpayer bailed out a bunch of failed businesses one year and the next year the bankers figured out a way to extract $140 Billion Dollars for their personal salaries. Business “as usual” or CORRUPTION on a massive scale?

The Obama administration employs over 30 Czars. These are highly paid government officials plus their assistants and clerical staff in an office with access to transportation and other government benefits. These are appointed presidential officials who do not answer to the American people, nor have they been through the process of Congressional Confirmation. Michelle Obama employs over 20 assistants to support her professional obligations at cost of $1.35 Million a year. Its your money.

Van Jones, the Green Job Czar, was recently removed from his appointed position due to the public pressure arising from his radical views, his public diatribes on capitalism and social justice, his support for redistributive wealth, and his ties to radical organizations. Now he’s at the “Center for American Progress” working for John Podesta, an official from President Obama’s transition team.

The Obama administration pledged, no new taxes and tax cuts for 95% of Americans. On the other hand, the Nancy Pelosi lead Congress has suspended the “inflation index” for payroll taxes, guaranteeing a rise in taxes regardless of the buying power of the dollar. Government “as usual” or a new wave of corruption unprecedented in American politics.

What’s the difference Pork, Earmarks, Pork Barrels, Back Room Deals, Bribes, Power Brokers, Lobbyists, Pay for Play Partners, Cronies, Czars and Senators who will not answer emails or respond to phone calls unless you are from their districts….nothing…NOTHING AT ALL…..ITS ALL CORRUPTION.

Corruption which needs no explanation:

ACORN

Stimulus

ClimateGate

SEIU

Political Correctness

AIG

Cap & Trade

Public Option

Gitmo

Beltway Elite

Civics for the Representatives

A Republic is a state or government headed by a president, in which power is exercised by officials elected by the voters….the voters; that would be the people.

A Democracy is a government by the people, directly or through representatives. The principals of a Democracy are equality of rights, opportunity and treatment. ARE YOU WITH ME SO FAR?

Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit.

OK, STILL WITH ME? We the People elect you the Representatives to govern, to legislate, regulate and protect us, we the People. When, why and to what end did you the Representatives decide to get into the business of providing goods and services to we the People? You the Representatives have interfered with the bankruptcy courts and disturbed the Bond Market. You have taken our money, remember us, we the people and given it to privately owned businesses of your choosing. You have printed the money you needed to support your political agenda, devaluating my dollars. You have recklessly spent my money and driven our, we the people, debt to historic levels. You are initiating, supporting and proposing more big government involvement with our lives. Your plan is to compete against our businesses. You have failed to identify and evaluate the real risks to our American way of life.

Listen to us. We want government to take care of the business of governing and let the people in the free market place take care of the business of doing business. The threat to our way of life, is not the separation of Church and State, it is the separation of Capital and State.

Town-Crier Letter to the Editor on IG

This appeared on 11/27/09 in the Wellington Town Crier.  The author, Jess Santamaria, is a Palm Beach County Commissioner.

Independent Inspector General A Must

During the past ten years, our quality of life in Palm Beach County has slowly but surely deteriorated from bad to worse while our taxes have increased way above inflation, all while crime, poverty, homelessness and unemployment have increased and there are fewer public services. The main reason for this has been the collusion between dishonest government officials and dishonest businessmen. This has been confirmed during the past three years when five elected officials (including three Palm Beach County commissioners) and three members of the business community have been found guilty of corruption and given jail sentences.

Early this year, our state attorney decided it was necessary to convene a grand jury to investigate the extent of corruption in Palm Beach County. This grand jury questioned numerous individuals with extensive knowledge on how business has been conducted in the recent past between county government and the business community. In conclusion, the 57-page report by the grand jury found many actual examples where government officials had been excessively generous to some businessmen and some property owners to the detriment of the general public and us taxpayers. The main recommendation of the grand jury to help solve this very serious problem is the establishment of a “truly independent” Office of Inspector General to oversee all county operations. The inspector general must be selected and appointed solely by an ethics commission, the majority of whom must be respected members of the judiciary (retired judges), together with the state attorney and public defender. The selection of the inspector general by this independent group must be final. No member of the Palm Beach County Commission should be involved in any shape or form in the “hiring, manner of operation, funding or dismissing” of the Inspector General.

Even if all current Palm Beach County commissioners are 100-percent honest, no one can guarantee that in four, five or ten years, another Tony Masilotti, Mary McCarty and/or Warren Newell-type candidate isn’t again elected as a Palm Beach County commissioner, or worse yet, another Bernie Madoff or Scott Rothstein-type person does business with Palm Beach County. This is why no commissioner should ever have anything to do with the Office of Inspector General, for the benefit of all our children and grandchildren who will make Palm Beach County their future home. This is the most important issue today in our efforts to reduce corruption and waste, improve government efficiency and eventually reduce our taxes.

If you agree with the above, you owe it to yourself, your children and all law-abiding residents of Palm Beach County to express yourself by attending the Palm Beach County Commission meeting where the inspector general issue will be discussed on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at the government center (301 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach). The commission chambers are on the sixth floor, and this topic will be discussed starting promptly at 10 a.m. Be there and tell all commissioners you want a 100-percent independent Office of Inspector General.

Jess Santamaria, County Commissioner

Jess Santamaria on an Independent IG

This article appeared in the Wellington Town-Crier on 11/27/09.  In it he asks concerned citizens to attend the County Commission Meeting at 10:00 am on Tuesday 12/1 in the Council Chambers on the 6th floor of the county building in West Palm Beach, and speak up for an Independent Inspector General.

Read the article in the Town-Crier here.

Santamaria: Support Independent Inspector

Ron Bukley — 11/27/2009

Waste and corruption in Palm Beach County proves the need for an independent inspector general, County Commissioner Jess Santamaria said at his monthly community forum on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The inspector general’s position will be discussed by the Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Santamaria urged people attending the forum to get involved.

At the forum, Santamaria recalled his first three years as a county official.

“This month, I will complete three years in office,” Santamaria said. “There’s a lot of things that I knew what to expect, but a lot of the things I expected, I had to multiply by 10.”

Two issues that have made significant impressions on him have been discovering how much money the county has wasted, and how effective public participation can be to hold officials accountable.

The recent decisions about a new waste-to-energy plant and landfill sites show examples of both, Santamaria said.

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the commissioners, acting as the Solid Waste Authority Governing Board, heard a presentation about a waste-to-energy plant that could dramatically reduce waste volume and extend the life of the county’s current landfill to the year 2045, he said.

One month earlier the commissioners were ready to purchase one of two landfill sites whose asking prices were millions over their appraised value. The SWA already owns a 1,600-acre site immediately west of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, which was later rejected as a future landfill site after environmentalists raised objections.

Six commissioners were at the SWA meeting Oct. 7, and they were very close to a vote in which Santamaria anticipated he would be the only negative vote against an overpriced land purchase. “I said we don’t have to pick either of them,” he recalled. “Throw them in the trash can. Start over, or get eminent domain and let the courts decide what is the true value.”

Commissioner Karen Marcus supported a motion to postpone the decision until the county can negotiate a possible land swap with the South Florida Water Management District. In such a deal, the SFWMD would take the rejected SWA-owned site in exchange for some of the land it plans to purchase from U.S. Sugar.

“That gave us six months to get word out about this crazy price,” Santamaria said. “We were able to generate an outcry. Three weeks after that, 30 or so residents finally screamed bloody murder. A lot of you showed up and spoke. We were able to talk commissioners into discarding the properties and waiting for South Florida Water Management District to proceed.”

The postponement also enabled the presentation about the waste-to-energy plant, he noted. “It is a more efficient way of getting rid of garbage, using special equipment that burns garbage so it reduces mass by 95 percent,” Santamaria said.

Santamaria said that if the county does adopt a mass burn program, it will alleviate the urgency to create a new landfill.

Santamaria wondered aloud where the county would be if he had remained quiet. “We would have another Mecca Farms,” he said, referring to the county’s ill-fated purchase of land north of The Acreage for the Scripps Research Institute, which was later relocated to Palm Beach Gardens after the Mecca property fell to a lawsuit by environmentalists.

So far the county has spent over $100 million on Mecca Farms, he noted.

“We knew about the lawsuit by environmentalists, and we started building the water lines for the infrastructure,” Santamaria said. “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. We have a lawsuit, and you’re going to spend tens of millions of dollars to start putting in the improvements. When you have a lawsuit, you stop everything.”

Santamaria said people complain to their elected officials about taxes, but if there is dishonesty in government, complaining will not matter. He said getting honesty in government calls for the adoption of the grand jury’s recent recommendation for an independent inspector general to monitor government entities and the vendors that do business with them.

The current economic crisis was brought about by a combination of corruption, greed and waste, he charged. “It was a combination of the bankers, the mortgage companies, the appraisers and the Realtors, the flippers and the builders who kept raising the prices until the roof collapsed,” Santamaria said. “Now, we’re all suffering.”

Santamaria cited several other examples of what he views as waste, including a county-owned golf course in Delray Beach, the renovation of the historic downtown courthouse and moving county offices to the Vista Center.

“Why are we competing with private golf courses?” he asked. “Why did we have to spend some $14 million of your taxpayers’ money on a golf course when we have golf courses going bankrupt?”

Spending $49 million to move employees to the Vista Center on Jog Road off Okeechobee in 2006 was wasteful when the workforce is now so much smaller, he said.

“We’ve laid off a third of the employees because there’s not much work for them,” Santamaria said. “Why are taxes so high? Because we have a debt of $1.3 billion. Why are taxes so high? Because we’re giving away lots of money.”

The grand jury recommendation to establish an independent inspector general is a necessary step to keep people honest, Santamaria said.

The county commission is in the process of formulating an ordinance to create such an office, and Santamaria stressed that the position must be independent. However, under the current proposal, the position would not be, he said. Ultimate control still lies with the commissioners — and with three commissioners being sent to jail since 2006, that type of arrangement is not appropriate, he said.

“They are going to hire, fire and fund the inspector general,” Santamaria said. “My question, of course, is that independent?”

Several groups have been gathering petitions, speaking out, sending e-mails and writing letters to the newspaper, saying that the inspector general’s position must be completely independent, Santamaria said. “I’m asking those of you here to do the same thing,” he said, adding that he has petition forms for people to pick up and have signed.

The petitions must be filled out by Dec. 1 when a public workshop will be held for the draft ordinance to be discussed and the public will be able to speak. Final approval is scheduled for Dec. 15.

“It’s most important to show up at the Dec. 1 meeting to say we have to have an independent inspector general,” Santamaria stressed. “I don’t think you’re going to have honesty in government until you put some pressure on some people and force them to be honest.”

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The Tipping Point

Rational and reasonable people don’t snap. They cope. They set limits, they evaluate they adapt, they survive. Rational and reasonable people establish tolerances, they set hold points near thresholds, they wait and watch, they continue the internal dialog and seek the consul of friends, family, people they can trust. Rational and reasonable people plan their moves, they are prepared for the unintended event, the unintentional results. Rational and reasonable people don’t snap, they tip.
In our life there are two important features which define us. One is the abstract concept of how our life will be structured so we can attain the goals we have set for ourselves. The other is the internal compass which holds us on course, guides us through our daily decisions, keeps the truck between the ditch lines or the ship off the rocks as we make our way.
Our lives become framed in our phases, described by our passages. We are invented by our own frames of references, by our remembrances, we become our personal commitments.

Our plans and goals whether fulfilled or not are always expanding and contracting. As we actualize a portion of the vision, as we see the dream coming together, we reach beyond our grasp, the next level of commitment is revealed, we realize the energy of striving is the energy which keeps the dream alive. In that intangible essence of the moment others will recognize, as we do, something special is happening here, not based on the obvious accomplishment, simply caught up in the energy of life‘s moment.

If wisdom is recognizing the correct path forward, then integrity is having the strength and conviction to take the path and stay on it. If this is true, then it is undeniable, just to know you were on that path for one second, there was righteousness and joy which made it all worthwhile and you know it could happen again. This is martyrdom. The corrupted, twisted , dark side of reality where the something special is something very wrong, which makes death better than life. The martyr didn’t snap, he simply tipped. In his well calculated structure, of all possibilities, he reached that magic moment, recognized the next level of commitment and took the previously prescribed passage. The order in his universe was fulfilled.

And now the experts will be called, the generals, the anchors, the panels and the pretentious, the man on the street will be surveyed, the politicians will postulate, the host will speculate, the blogs will illuminate, the books will rush to the bestsellers shelves and the Politically Correct will debate; what were his motives? We must know what was in his mind and in his heart. Without this knowledge we will never know if he was a devout Muslim, a jihadist, member of al Qaeda, an Islamist extremist or a radical Fundamentalist. Was this a hate crime, pre-meditated murder or an Act of Terrorism? Was he directed by an international terror organization or simply inspired by one? We must have our intellectually honest discussion, our academically insightful dialog, we must investigate the current conditions, today’s situation.

The truth will be known. Known by many, known by few. Army Psychiatrist, Major Nidal Hasan, was a man on a mission. A man following his internal compass. He recognized the moment had arrived, his personal commitment could not be denied, he chose death over life.

On October 30, 2009, Luqman Abdullah, a jailhouse converted Muslim, was shot to death by FBI agents in a warehouse in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. Luqman Abdullah had preached violent revolution to his fellow criminals. He had told them, ‘if you carry a gun, when the police come, don’t give up the gun, give them a bullet’. When the FBI raided his stash house, Luqman Abdullah recognized the moment had arrived, his personal commitment could not be denied, he chose death over life.

In 2007, the FBI exposed a plot by Muslims to commit mass murder at Fort Dix, in New Jersey. These men had structured their lives, set their compass and tired to create the moment of martyrdom. They also chose killing and death over tolerance, goodness and life.

In Kuwait, 2003, US Army Sergeant, Hasan Akbar threw a hand grenade into a tent killing a captain and a major. He then opened fire with his assault rifle wounded 14 as they fled the tent. His family said he had snapped under the pressure of the ridicule and harassment he received by his fellow soldiers for being a Muslim. He said, he was very concerned about killing other Muslims in Iraq. I say; he realized his time had come, he recognized the next level of commitment and followed his internal compass and tipped. He chose killing and death over life.

There was a time in my life, when I would have said, “I’m glad I’m not crazy like that”. At the time, I would have been very truthful with myself. I would have said it with conviction and a certain sarcasm. Now I say this. I know life is precious, so dear, that it shines with the radiance of the divine. I know liberty, freedom, independence and justice are essential elements in our Lord’s design, his gifts to us, our legacy as his children. I know; no man, no religion, no government can withstand these principals. I choose life.

 

 

 

 

Interactive Map of Unemployment

This post is courtesy of Lynne Sherrer

MAP SHOWING UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE U. S.

UNBELEVABLE !!

Evolving Unemployment Map
This is really vivid…  and its not slowing down folks.

Hit the “PLAY” button and watch how the map changes as it updates to the
present.

Interactive Map

Terrorism at Fort Hood

Every day, there arises, urgent matters which need to be addressed, in order to safe guard American liberties, America’s freedom, our rights as citizens and now, more than ever, our national security.

On November 5, 2009, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan unleashed a vicious Islamic terrorist attack, when he climbed upon a table at Fort Hood, in the readiness assembly area; shouted “Allah Akbar”, and opened fire, killing 13 unarmed Army personnel.

After the shooting our president cautioned the American public not to jump to conclusions. Later he asked lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater”. As if it would be possible to ignore the political, social and security implications of this brutal Islamist terrorist attack.

In his book, “Audacity of Hope”, Barack Obama wrote, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”. Can this be the reason our president now categorizes this terrorist attack as a “tragic event” and pleads with the public not to politicize the motives of the Muslims living within our borders? Is President Obama unwilling and unable to face the American people, because he fears we will realize his allegiance to his Muslim heritage?

Our president hides behind a cloak of Political Correctness; which allows him to spin barbaric Islamic terrorist attacks into “man made event” or “tragic event”. The rhetoric of the day changes what had commonly been described for years as a suicide bomber, into a more palatable, homicide bomber. As if anyone beside a Muslim anywhere in this world would strap a bomb on himself and go kill for the sake of jihad. In this kinder, less offensive rhetoric the word “terrorist” isn’t mentioned. By denying the very essence, the root cause, the obvious reality, we as the innocent, become we the naïve and encourage, invite more death, more destruction.

I will let the record speak for itself. After you examine the facts, you tell me at what point, when and where the premeditated murderous, vile, perverted, cruelly sadistic ideology of jihad terrorism turned into a “man made event”.

4/14/1972; New York City, NY; Ten members of a local mosque phone in a false alarm and then ambush responding officers, injuring three and killing one.
1/19/1973; Brooklyn, NY; Muslim extremists rob a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down and killing one police officer who responded and injuring another.

7/18/1973; Washington, DC; Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. Later a defendant in the case is murder in prison on the orders of Elijah Muhammad.

10/19/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple, killing the man and raping and beating the women, leaving her for dead.

10/29/1973; Berkeley, CA; A woman dies after being repeatedly shot in the face by Nation of Islam terrorist.

11/25/1973; Oakland, CA; A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.

12/11/1973; Oakland, CA; A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorist while using a phone booth.

12/13/1973; Oakland, CA; A woman is shot to death on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.

12/20/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorists gun down and kills an 81 year old janitor.

12/22/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.

12/24/1973; Oakland, CA; A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.

1/24/1974; Oakland, CA; Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave four people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.

4/1/1974; Oakland, CA; A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.

4/16/1974; Ingleside, CA; A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while helping a friend move.

3/9/1977; Washington, DC; Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B’nai B’rith to hold 134 people hostage, two are shot, one died.

11/4/1979; Tehran, Iran; Iranian radicals seized the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages; 14 were later released. The remaining 52 were freed after 444 days.

7/22/1980; Bethesda, Maryland; A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by a Iranian, who was an American convert to Islam.

8/31/1980; Savou, Illinois; A Iranian student guns down and kills a husband and wife, his next door neighbors.

1982 to 1991; Lebanon; Thirty US and other Western hostages were kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2, 454 days (6 years and 9 months)

4/18/1983; Beirut, Lebanon; U.S. embassy is destroyed in a suicide car-bomb attack by The Islamic Jihad; 63 are killed including 17 Americans.

10/23/1983; Beirut, Lebanon; Shiite suicide bombers exploded a truck near the U.S. military barracks at the Beirut airport, 241 U.S. Marines are killed. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.

12/12/1983; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy killing 5 and injuring 80.

9/20/1984; East Beirut; Lebanon; A truck bomb explodes outside the U. S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.

12/3/1984; Beirut, Lebanon; A Kuwait Airways Flight #221, from Kuwait to Pakistan is hijacked and diverted to Tehran, 2 Americans were killed.

4/12/1985; Madrid, Spain; Bombing at restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, 18 Spaniards are killed and 82 injured.

6/14/1985; Beirut, Lebanon; TWA Flight #847 en route from Athens to Rome is hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days, one U.S. Navy diver is executed.

11/7/1985; Mediterranean Sea; Muslim gunmen attack Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro, 1 wheelchair bound, U.S. tourist is killed.

12/18/1985; Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria; Both city’s airports were bombed, killing 20, 5 were Americans.

4/2/1986; Athens, Greece, A bomb exploded aboard TWA Flight # 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.

4/5/1986; West Berlin, Germany; Muslims bomb a disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring hundreds.

12/21/1988; Lockerbie, Scotland; New York bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into the Scottish village, killing all 259 passengers and 11 on the ground. 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel are among the dead. Libya formally admitted responsibility.

1/31/1990; Tucson, Arizona; A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tucson mosque after declaring two verses of the Qur’an were invalid.

11/5/1990; New York City, New York; An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.

1/25/1993; Langley, Virginia; A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down and kills 2 CIA agents outside their headquarters.

2/26/1993; New York City, New York; Militant Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring 1040.

3/1/1994; Brooklyn, New York; A Muslim fires on a vanload of Jewish boys, killing 1.

4/19/1995; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Home grown American terrorist Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blow up a federal office building, killing 168 of which 19 were children and 1 other died in a rescue effort.

11/13/1995; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; A car bomb exploded at a U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. servicemen.

6/25/1996; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; A truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds, Islamic militants were indicted.

3/23/1997; New York City, New York; A Palestinian Muslim leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and goes to the top of the Empire State Building where he shoot 7 Americans.

4/3/1997; Lompoc, CA; A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.

8/7/1998; Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near two U.S. embassies, killing over 200 and injuring over 4,000. A federal grand jury indicted twenty two men in connection with the bombing including Osama bin Laden, still at large.

10/31/1999; Nantucket, Massachusetts; An Egyptian airline pilot runs a planeload of 217 passengers into the water after uttering a Qur’anic prayer.

3/17/2002; Atlanta, Georgia; A local Imam (Muslim spiritual leader) guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.

10/12/2000; Aden, Yemen; U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it.17 U.S. sailors were killed.

9/11/2001; United States of America; Radical Islamic Hijackers steer two planes in the World Trade Center Buildings and one into The Pentagon killing thousands and injuring hundreds, one plane intended for the Capitol Building crashes in Pennsylvania.

FOILED; December, 2001; Richard Reid a British citizen attempted to ignite a shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.

3/19/2002; Tucson, Arizona; A sixty year old man is gunned down and killed by a Muslim sniper on a golf course.

FOILED; May, 2002; An American citizen is accused of seeking radioactive laced “dirty-bomb” to use against America. Convicted of conspiracy in August, 2007

5/27/2002; Denton, Texas; A Muslim sniper kills a man as he works in his yard.

6/14/2002; Karachi, Pakistan; A bomb explodes outside the American Consulate, killing 12

7/4/2202; Los Angeles, CA. A Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.

9/5/2002; Clinton, Maryland; A fifty-five year old pizzeria owner is shot six times in the back by a Muslim at close range.

9/21/2002; Montgomery, Alabama; A Muslim sniper shoot two women, killing 1.

9/23/202; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; A Korean mother is shot in the back by a Muslim sniper.

FOILED; September 2002; The Lackawanna Six; American citizens of Yemeni origin convicted of supporting al Qaeda after attending jihadist camp in Pakistan. Five of six were from Lackawanna, NY.

10/2/2002; Wheaton, Maryland; A Muslim sniper gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.

10/3/2002; Montgomery County, Maryland; Muslims snipers kill 3 men and 2 women in separate attacks over a fifteen hour period.

10/9/2002 to 10/22/2002; Virginia Area; A two man Muslim sniper team goes on a shooting rampage; 1 man is killed two days after a thirteen year old boy is wounded by the same team. 1 man killed while pumping gas; 1 woman is killed in a Home Depot parking lot; and 1 man killed in Aspen Hill, Maryland.

5/12/2003; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans at housing compounds for Westerns.

FOILED; May, 2003; Iyman Faris, American citizen is charged with plotting to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge.

FOILED; June, 2003; Alexandria, Virginia; Eleven men in the Virginia Jihad Network are convicted of conspiracy and the Neutrality Act, for training to commit Jihad against American soldiers.

8/6/2003; Houston, Texas; After undergoing a religious revival, a Saudi college student kills a Jewish student by slashing his throat with a four inch butterfly knife, nearly decapitation the young man.

12/12/2003; Chicago, Illinois; A Muslim doctor deliberately allows a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.

4/13/2004; Raleigh, North Carolina; A Muslim man guns down five strangers with a car.

HONOR KILLING; 4/15/2004; Scottsville, New York; A Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.

5/29-31/2004; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving twenty-two dead, including 1 American.

6/11-19/2004; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr. an American. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman are killed in gun attacks.

FOILED; August 2004; Dhiren Barot; Indian-born leader of terror cell plotted bombings on financial centers.

FOILED; August 2004; New York City, New York; James Elshafay and Schahawar Matin Siraj; Sought to plant bombs at New York’s Penn Station during the Republican National Convention.

FOILED; August 2004; Yassin Aref ;and Mohammed Hossain; plotted to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat on American soil.

12/6/2004; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing five consulate employees.

FOILED; June, 2005; Father and son Umer Hayat and Hamid Hayat; Son convicted of attending terrorist training camp in Pakistan; father convicted of customs violation.

FOILED; August, 2005; Los Angeles, CA; Kevin James, Levar Haley Washington, Gregory Vemon Patterson and Hammad Riaz Samana; homegrown terrorists who plotted to attack National Guard, LAX, two synagogues and the Israeli consulate.

11/9/2005; Amman, Jordan; suicide bombers hit three American hotels, The Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing fifty seven; al Qaeda claimed responsibility.

FOILED; December 2005; Michael Reynolds, was sentenced to thirty years in prison for plotting to blow up natural gas refinery in Wyoming, The Transcontinental Pipeline and a refinery in New Jersey.

FOILED; February, 2006; Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Zand Wassim Mazloum; All accused of providing material support to terrorists, making bombs for use in Iraq.

FOILED; April, 2006; Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanui Islam Sadequee; Cased and videotaped the Capitol and World Bank for a terrorists organization.

FOILED; June, 2006; Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor,Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augstine; All accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower

6/16/2006; Baltimore, Maryland; A sixty-two year old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an unprovoked terror attack.

6/25/2006; Denver, Colorado; Saying that it was “Allah’s choice”, a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police man, killing 1.

7/28/2006; Seattle, Washington; An ‘angry’ Muslim-American uses a young girl as a hostage to enter a local Jewish Center, where he shoots six women, 1 dies.

FOILED; July, 2006; Assem Hammoud; Accused of plotting to bomb New York City train tunnels.

FOILED; August, 2006; A liquid explosives plot to explode ten airliners over the United States is uncovered.

FOILED; September, 2006; Damascus, Syria; an attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.

HONOR KILLING; 10/6/2006; Louisville, Kentucky; A Muslim man rapes and beats his estranged wife, leaving her for dead, then savagely murders their four children.

1/12/2007; Athens, Greece; The U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damages but no injuries.

2/13/2007; Salt Lake City, Utah; A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine’s Day cards at a gift shop, killing 5.

FOILED; March, 2007; Khaild Sheikh Mohammed; Mastermind of 9/11/2001 and author of numerous plots confessed in court to planning to destroy skyscrapers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Also plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton.

FOILED; May, 2007; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Six men are accused of plotting to attack Fort Dix Army base, the plan included attacking and killing soldiers using assault rifles and grenades.

FOILED; June, 2007; New York City, New York; JFK Plot; Four men are accused of plotting to blow up fuel arteries that run through residential neighborhoods at JFK Airport.

FOILED; September, 2007; German authorities disrupt a terrorist cell that was planning attacks on military installations and facilities used by Americans in Germany. The Germans arrested three suspected members of the Islamic Jihad Union.

12/11/2007; Algeria; More than sixty people are killed, including eleven United Nations staff members, when al Qaeda terrorist detonate two car bombs near Algeria’s Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.

HONOR KILLING; 1/1/2008; Irving, Texas; A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their “Western” lifestyle.

5/26/2008; Tarmiya, Iraq; A suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills 6 U. S. soldiers and wounds eighteen others.

6/12/2008; Farah Province, Afghanistan; 4 American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle.

6/24/2008; Karmah, Iraq; A suicide bomber kills at least twenty people, including 3 U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans.

HONOR KILLING; 7/6/2008; Jonesboro, Georgia; A devout Muslim strangles his twenty-five year old daughter in an Honor Killing.

7/13/2008;Kunar Province, Afghanistan; 9 U.S. soldiers and at least fifteen NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base. it’s the most deadly attack against U.S. troops in three years.

FOILED; 8/18/2208; Camp Salerno, Baniyan, Afghanistan; As many as fifteen suicide bombers backed by about thirty militants attack the U.S. base. Fighting rages all night, No U.S. troops are killed.

9/16/2008; Yemen; A car bomb and rocket strike hit the U.S. embassy in Yemen as the staff members arrive at work, sixteen killed including four civilians.

2/9/2009; Iraq; A suicide bomber kills 4 American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.

4/10/2009; Iraq; A suicide attack kills 5 American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.

FOILED; 9/20/2009; Denver, Colorado; Two Muslim men, father and son, Najibullan Zazi and Mohammed Wali Zazi, were arrested for making false statement to Federal agents in an ongoing investigation. Another man was arrested in New York City on the same charges and a handfull are under surveillance. Najibullan Zazi was also cited in New York Federal court for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States.

FOILED; 9/24/2009; North Carolina; Two Muslim men were charged for plotting an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, VA. Originally arrested in August along with five other Muslims for conspiring to provide material support to terrorist overseas.

FOILED; 9/26/2009; Dallas, Texas; Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, an al-Qaeda supporter parked a SUV outside a sixty story building, dialed the cell phone number to detonate, what he thought was, a bomb and was arrested by uncover FBI agents.

FOILED; 10/21/2009; Boston, MA; Tarek Mehanna was arrested on charges to provide support to terrorist and conspiracy. He and others had planned to kill two U.S. politicians, randomly shoot people at a local mall, one American Muslim charged escaped to Syria.

FOILED; 10/27/2009; Chicago, Illinois; Two Muslims are charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper that published cartoons depicting prophet Mohammed.

10/26/2009; Mumbai, India; In a series of attacks on several of Mumbai’s landmarks and commercial hubs which are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including two five star hotels, a hospital a train station and a cinema. Over three hundred people are wounded and about one hundred and ninety die including 5 Americans.

11/5/2009; Fort Hood; Killeen, Texas; Muslim terrorist gunman, kills 13 Americans and wounds 30 unarmed Army personnel.

How disingenuous can our President be when on the one hand he pleads for the public and the Congress not to turn the massacre at Fort Hood into a political spectacle and on the other gives the self admitted 9/11 terrorist a civil trial in New York City; a stage in the world arena; guaranteed to last for years and bounded for failure.

Mr. President, you have deceived the American people, you have violated our trust, and now you are trying to corrupt our moral character. Your actions are intolerable, can not and will not stand. We the people demand JUSTICE.

 

 

Palm Beach County Inspector General Petition

We are in CRUNCH MODE.  December 1st is the first hearing on the County’s enabling legislation that will start the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Commission on Ethics.  We MUST let the Commissioners know that the OIG must be free of any hiring or firing decisions by the Board or any of the Funding Entities.  The petition on this website is important, but we need to reach out to the communities and get signatures, thousands of signatures. If you want to help, call me.  I will get you petitions.

Here are the latest links to the  documents, PLEASE READ THEM

Inspector General Ordinance12 1 09

Commission on Ethics Ordinance12 1 09

Code of Ethics Ordinance12 1 09

My cell # is (561) 596-6357

We the People need to be heard,

Dennis Lipp, Loxahatchee Groves

Pictures from Glenn at The Villages

This photo sequence was provided by Boris Balaban


WELCOME…to “Rising Sun”: The 912 Patriots Tavern

Come on inside.

It’s time to talk.

When men in the 1700s with names such as George and Benjamin… James and Thomas… realized the need arose to turn their misgivings into time-urgent, honest dialogue about the FUTURE of the British colonies in America…

…they took to one another’s homes. They took up seats in their trusted local taverns.

Over the course of good food and reliable spirits, emerged spirited discussion. A brand new nation forged upon the noble principles of  “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was the fruit of such tavern talk.

Let’s bring it.

Get engaged.  Speak openly about your Judeo-Christian faith. Speak boldly about your concerns and hopes for Conservative values… for your home community… for the state of Florida… for the United States of America.

Smaller government.

Lower taxes.

Create or reinforce economic programs that encourage small business growth & prosperity… leading to jobs.

 

No more bailouts.

Reduce wasteful government spending.

Fight government corruption – from our home municipalities, right up to the Federal Government.

 

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Why “Rising Sun,” as the name for my blog? One moment in July 2009  particularly inspired me.  I fulfilled a longtime wish to visit the city of Philadelphia with my wife Shannon and our children. We explored the rooms of Independence Hall together… we listened for the echoes of our forefathers,  speaking long ago with impassioned zeal for the creation of a national Constitution to unite “WE THE PEOPLE” as a sovereign, moral nation under God…

Listening keenly to the National Park Service tour guide inside the imposing bowels of Independence Hall,  my family and I saw page 106 of Glenn Beck’s book “Common Sense” come to life. It reads:  

“After the signing of the Constitution in 1787, Benjamin Franklin spoke about a chair belonging to General (George) Washington. At the top of the chair were the golden rays of the sun. He told Washington that throughout all of the proceedings he had wondered if it was a rising, or a setting sun.

“When Washington asked him, ‘What have you decided, Mr. Franklin?’ he did not hesitate with his response.

“‘It is a RISING SUN.'”

 

 

 

 

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