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From Phil S:
The Dead-Horse Theory of Bureaucracy
The tribal wisdom of the Plains Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount."
However, in government more advanced strategies are often employed, such as:
1. Buying a stronger whip.
2. Changing riders.
3. Appointing a committee to study the horse.
4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses.
5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included.
6. Reclassifying the dead horse as living-impaired.
7. Hiring outside contractors to ride the dead horse.
8. Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed.
9. Providing additional funding and/or training to increase the dead horse's performance.
10. Doing a productivity study to see if lighter riders would improve the dead horse's performance.
11. Declaring that as the dead horse does not have to be fed, it is less costly, carries lower overhead and therefore contributes substantially more to the bottom line of the economy than do some other horses.
12. Rewriting the expected performance requirements for all horses.
And, of course...
13. Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position.
By Keith Davies
Now that the presidential election of last year is in the distant past, it appears that Obama may have abandoned his domestic agenda and is now squarely focused on the Middle East, or to be more accurate, the “Muslim Agenda”. What is this agenda? The answer is simple – the Caliphate. Obama is setting up the Caliphate as quickly as possible for his Sunni Muslim Brotherhood brethren and it appears to be a top priority as he only has just over three years before his second term ends. Most “moderate” political thinkers will scoff at our repeated advocacy that Obama is Muslim but there is so much evidence that would suggest this is the case.
Let us make the case logically for those who do have open minds and are willing to listen to reason:
Prior to Obama’s election in 2008, he interviewed with George Stephanopoulos and confessed to being a Muslim:
How many Christians do you know that would have made that mistake?
Ed Klein wrote a book about Obama called “The Amateur” and for the book, Klein interviewed Obama’s former Reverend, Jeremiah Wright (which was also recorded by Ed Klein). Wright stated that he guided Obama to accept Christianity without affecting his faith on Islam.
Here is the pertinent part of the interview with Klein and Sean Hannity, which discusses this:
Obama recited the call to prayer in classical Arabic perfectly and stated “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset,” as quoted by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Prior to a scheduled speech he made at Georgetown University and shortly after Obama was inaugurated as President in 2009, he told his people to hide the crucifix that would be behind him while he was speaking.
If one cares to Google Obama and his critique of the Bible you will find a tremendous amount. Here is just one example of speech by Obama on the Bible:
Now ask yourselves a simple question: Is this someone who confesses the faith of Christianity? Not only will you will find no criticism of the Koran by Obama but he also praises the Koran and calls it holy. I do not recall him ever saying publicly that the Bible is Holy.
Now for his actions and policies.
The first major speech Obama made after his first inauguration was the speech in Cairo, which was the first indication of his fundamentalist Islamic faith. He insisted that members of the Muslim Brotherhood be invited, which ticked off Mubarak who did not attend the speech. Why invite the Muslim Brotherhood? Democratic principals? Really?
When the secular public in Iran rose up in rebellion against the Mullahs, Obama was silent and would provide no help either publicly or materially.
When the “Arab Spring” started, Obama supported and engaged the Muslim Brotherhood. In Egypt, he engaged with the Muslim Brotherhood and when they were overthrown with a huge outcry from the Egyptian public and the army intervened to stop the introduction of Sharia, he remained supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood threatening to remove US aid.
When the Arab Spring started, Obama immediately used the opportunity to overthrow Qaddafi in Libya without Congressional authority, which was propagandized in the USA by our government and the media. What most Americans were not told is the vast majority of Libyans supported Qaddafi, probably as much as ninety percent. The reason for this support – despite Qaddafi’s craziness and his past – is that he fought against the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda terrorists, including providing valuable intelligence to the U.S. Qaddafi also was very beneficial to his people. For example, when one got married in Libya, under Qaddafi, he provided subsidized mortgages. No matter what the purchase price of any house for a Libyan, the married couple was only required to pay 10% of their salary for ten years and then the house was there own. In America, if you get a free phone the people who will receive the free stuff will all vote for Democrats. I think getting a heavily subsidized mortgage will buy many peoples’ allegiances, do you not think? The Libyan war was a pure and classic deception by Obama to empower his Muslim Brotherhood brethren.
Your politicians in both parties lied to you big time.
Egypt has fallen back to the power of the secularist military, possibly only temporarily. The Muslim Brotherhood will lick their wounds and regroup; Obama has now turned his head to Syria. His political objective is not about weapons of mass destruction but to again empower his Sunni Muslim Brotherhood brethren in Syria and overthrow Assad. Political commentators in the U.S. believe that Obama is reluctant to take military action on Syria but based on his attack on Libya, this thinking is flawed. While it is not certain that an attack on Syria will happen, we believe the odds that Obama will eventually use military force against Syria are greater than fifty percent, especially if it will guarantee the Muslim Brotherhood’s objective.
Obama now does not care about his poll numbers or even his own party anymore; the Muslim agenda is now his only priority.
We know from the highly credible defense analyst Yossef Bodansky that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and our own U.S. intelligence services have been working together on Syria with troubling allegations that the Chemical attack may have been a setup.
Keith Ellison, the Muslim Hamas-supporting Congressman on the far left fringe of the Democrat Party from Minnesota who was against the Iraq war, is now one hundred percent in favor of going to war with Syria. It does not take a rocket scientist to work this out, does it? Just like Obama, he is a Sunni Muslim who also wishes to reestablish the Caliphate. It is just that simple!
The Emperor’s new clothes are still too hard for the average American to see.
Thanks for posting this Don, the elephant in the room is now a camel with his nose under the tent.
Interesting how all of Obama's foreign interventions, political, financial and military, nearly always benefit radical Muslim factions. How stoooopid can the American public be and how cynical and corrupt the politicians-- of BOTH parties, who enable this? Do NOT reward that behavior. PUNISH it.
Well It is settled. Here is the 2016 dream team:
that is the best roster I have seen in my life, great one Don!
Unfortunately, top of the ticket is ineligible to run, but that didn't stop AKA "Obama."
Let's use it against them, turn about is fair play...
The founders feared that foreign princes might be asked to assume the Presidency by way of naturalization or other means so the requirement "natural born citizen" was added to qualifications.
Ergo any citizen who is not a citizen by naturalization is qualified to hold the office.
LOL- no, sorry, it's not that simple. Using that logic, even anchor babies could run.
Actually, being born in Canada, Ted does have to naturalize.
Next, BIG differences among natural born, native born and naturalized Citizens. There's a clue right in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5. See if you can figure it out.
Read this to get yourself up to speed, then we'll talk again: http://art2superpac.com/issues.html
Priests threatened with arrest if they minister to military during shutdown
In a stunning development, some military priests are facing arrest if they celebrate mass or practice their faith on military bases during the federal government shutdown.
“With the government shutdown, many [government service] and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer,” wrote John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services USA, in an op-ed this week. “During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.”
According to its website, the Archdiocese for the Military Services “provides the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.”
In his piece, Schlageter worries about this restriction as Sunday nears. “If the government shutdown continues through the weekend, there will be no Catholic priest to celebrate Mass this Sunday in the chapels at some U.S. military installations where non-active-duty priests serve as government contractors,” he wrote.
Because of the lack of active-duty Catholic chaplains, the military relies on hiring civilian priests to serve as government service and contract ministers. Those civilian priests are not allowed on the bases during a shutdown, Schlageter wrote.
One Republican lawmaker on the House Intelligence Committee told The Daily Caller on Friday that this “crosses a constitutional line.”
“The constitutional rights of those who put their lives on the line for this nation do not end with a government slowdown,” Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran, said in a Friday statement. ”It is completely irresponsible for the president to turn his back on every American’s First Amendment rights by furloughing military contract clergy.”
Added Pompeo: “The President’s strategy during the slowdown, just as during the sequestration, is to create as much pain as possible. However, this action crosses a constitutional line of obstructing every U.S. service member’s ability to practice his or her religion.”
UPDATE: A number of politicians have weighed in on the matter after this story was published:
The House will vote tomorrow morning to affirm the right of all military chaplains to conduct services during the shutdown.
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) October 5, 2013
These priests have 1st Amendment right to practice faith. Hope POTUS takes possible criminal penalties off the table http://t.co/aMqy2zhZgn
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 4, 2013
DiGenova told WMAL that he predicts that in the affirmative action case with the University of Michigan, SCOTUS will slap down the DOJ in a ‘big way’ and may even quote that letter in their opinions. DiGenova went on to say this is an example of the arrogance of this administration, that they would even put such a letter on the public record instead of just whispering to universities to ignore it.
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