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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Never Forgive A Traitor - Hanoi Jane Fonda

Never Forgive A Traitor
For those of you too young to remember Hanoi Jane is a bad person and did some terrible things during the Vietnam war.  Things that can not be forgiven!!!!
For those who served and/or died. . .

And now OBAMA wants to honor her......!!!!  

In Memory of LT. C.Thomsen Wieland  who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton

She really is a traitor

This is for all the kids born in the 70's and after who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear..

Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the '100 Women of the Century.'


Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam .

The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat.

In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the ' Hanoi Hilton.'

Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away.  During the subsequent beating, he fell forward
on to the camp Commandant 's feet, which sent that officer berserk.

In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton',,, the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive.  His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit.

They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it , in the palm of his hand.

When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper.

She took them all without missing a beat.. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper..

Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day.

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years.

I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot , South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs)

We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals...'

When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her..

I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.'

Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weights placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget....' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can.. It will eventually end up on her computer and
she needs to know that we will never forget. RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343 


Daily Grind: Pay Freeze Locks in Historically High Gov't Wages

November 30th, 2010

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The "freeze" is a token, meaningless move that will do nothing to cut spending.

Political veterans Bill Wilson and Don Todd take a look at this week in Washington.

There is something wrong when one decides to dictate that there are only certain "local" businesses that deserve our business.

"The federal government still seems a long way from the [fiscal] disaster [Erskine] Bowles envisions. But some state governments aren't."

Pay Freeze Locks in Historically High Gov't Wages

On the surface, Barack Obama's announced two-year freeze of federal civilian pay may sound like a reasonable overture to congressional Republicans and the American people who want unsustainable government spending to be reined in.  But, just below the surface is the reality that the "freeze" is a token, meaningless move that will do nothing to cut spending.

Take the supposed cost savings of the proposal.  According to the AP, "The freeze is expected to save more than $5 billion in savings over two years, $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years, White House officials said." One might read that and come to the conclusion that this much money was actually being cut out of the budget.  It will not.  These are projected increases in spending that would merely be delayed.

As noted by U.S. News & World Report Editor-in-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman, "In 2008, the average wage for 1.9 million federal civilian workers was more than $79,000". That amounts to over $150 billion every year in the budget, just for wages.  Public sector pay has never been higher.

Zuckerman notes the tremendous disparity between public sector pay and the 108 million private sector workers, who only make $50,000 on average. So, all a "freeze" of public sector pay would do is lock in this historically high disparity between public and private workers. 

But that part of the story is apparently not registering with Obama.  Obama is portraying his proposal as a cut.  "The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government," Obama said in his announcement of the federal pay freeze. 

Sacrifice.  That means somebody is giving something up.  But in this case, that somebody — public sector workers — would only be giving up pay increases, and only temporarily at that.  Is that really a sacrifice?

There are obvious alternatives to Obama's approach if he is sincere about slashing the $1.3 trillion deficit, to say nothing of reducing the $13.7 trillion national debt.  How about cutting public sector pay and slashing the overall workforce? What about paring back onerous health and pension benefit plans? By announcing a pay "freeze," Obama is staking out very particular territory, one that precludes any possibility for cuts in these areas.

In several respects this is a preemptive move on Obama's part, attempting to run to the political right on fiscal issues as a more conservative Congress prepares to take power in January.  To pull it off, however, Obama needs public sector unions to decry the move.   And ever dutiful, that's exactly what the unions are doing, even if their objections are sincere.

"This proposal to freeze federal pay is a superficial, panicked reaction to the deficit commission report," said AFGE National President John Gage, as reported by the Huffington Post. "This pay freeze amounts to nothing more than political public relations. This is no time for scapegoating." AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka accused Obama of "undermining" the jobs of public sector workers.

The unions obviously fear that by ceding pay increases for the public sector that actual cuts become more likely.  They are right.  Reports the Huffington Post, "the question [unions and liberal economists are] asking in private is, what exactly did the White House get in return for the chip it gave away?"

What indeed.  Obama thinks he has a guard on his sword with which to parry the American people's demands to cut spending.  It gives him something to talk about whenever the issue of the budget comes up.  But that is probably not good enough.  The Obama proposal will do nothing to actually cut spending.

Which is exactly what congressional Republicans ought to be saying.  Except House Republicans support the pay freeze.  To be fair, they have also called for a hiring freeze.  But to be effective, they need to go much, much further and put proposals on the table that actually slash a government spending in a meaningful way.

Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government.

The Week Ahead, Featuring Big Government Bozo of the Week

Part I and Part II of Video By Frank McCaffrey
The Misguided Economics of Small Business Saturday

On November 27th, 2010, American Express amongst other non-profits, encouraged people to participate in a national Small Business Saturday, similar to shopping holidays like "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" where Americans would change their normal shopping patterns and intentionally devote their resources towards small businesses identified by American Express. While there is nothing wrong with shopping at a small business, to suggest that all Americans should on one day purchase items from a small business is absurd, to say the least.

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. Most businesses in the U.S. are "small businesses." But there is a terrible epidemic of misinformation being spread about what a "small business" actually is.

First, the notion of supporting small business just because they are "local" is absurd. Consider the following. One would assume that you would boycott McDonald's on a "small business" day. However, a boycott of McDonald's would in most cases result in a small business owner being penalized. Most McDonald's locations are franchised, meaning they are owned and operated locally. It's not a big "fat cat" businessman that you are boycotting, rather, it's your neighbor.

You might be surprised to see just how many "big businesses" are actually locally owned and operated. Check out the International Franchising Association for a surprisingly large list of companies that would qualify as a "small business" in most cases.

Second, people shop at specific stores for various reasons. People should not be purchasing products from a company simply because of its size or where it is located. Rather, products should be purchased because both the consumer and the seller are benefited from the transaction. Keep in mind, the local non-chain grocery store doesn't sell a wide array of different products that are not found at the bigger chain stores. They are selling products that people know and like such as Pepperidge Farm or Campbell's. Further, the employees at both the chain and non-chain stores are all locals who live in the area. Wal-Mart is not importing their employees from other states or nations to staff their stores, they rely on local folks to work in much-valued jobs.

And third, this was a simple ploy from American Express to pressure businesses to accept their cards. American Express charges a higher rate for purchases processed on their cards, thus, many small businesses refuse to accept American Express purchases. But imagine a day when American Express customers go expressly to stores that American Express pushes their customers towards only to discover that their cards were no good. The small business would realize that they lost a considerable amount of business and thus, the result would be that they would be willing to now accept the purchases.

Too often I see poor logic employed to convince me to purchase local, small business items. But everywhere I turn, I cannot see how I'm not supporting local small businesses with my day to day purchases throughout my community. For quite a while now, I have been spotting the "Buy Local" bumper stickers on cars. But I have often noticed, like Jim Swift, that these stickers are on vehicles that are foreign and completely dismiss the entire notion that the sticker purports.

As the Small Business Saturday website that was launched by American Express reads, "Small Business Saturday recognizes the importance of small businesses to the overall economy and local communities. It's a day to support the small, independently owned businesses we can't live without." They fail to recognize that all businesses support their local communities, regardless of their size. If they were not fulfilling a need in the community, they would have shut their doors and moved on finding another market for their goods.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with small businesses. But there is something wrong when one decides to dictate that there are only certain "local" businesses that deserve our business. I'm having a very tough time trying to think of a single business in my community that solely imports its workers from outside localities, only to send the money made off to foreign and distant lands.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of

ALG Editor's Note: In the following featured column from the Washington Examiner, Michael Barone outlines the increased costs of government borrowing as the nation confronts its own sovereign debt crisis:

For Tottering States, Bankruptcy Could Be the Answer

By Michael Barone

We won't be able to say we weren't warned. Continued huge federal budget deficits will eventually mean huge increases in government borrowing costs, Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of Barack Obama's deficit reduction commission, predicted this month. "The markets will come. They will be swift, and they will be severe, and this country will never be the same."

Bowles is talking about what the business press calls bond market vigilantes. People with capital are currently willing to loan money to the federal government, by buying U.S. bonds at low interest rates. That's because interest rates are generally low and because Treasury bonds are regarded as the safest investment in the world.

But what if they aren't? What if investors suddenly perceive a higher risk and demand a higher return? That's what Bowles is talking about, and there are signs it may be starting to happen. The Federal Reserve's second round of quantitative easing -- QE2 -- was intended to lower the interest rate on long-term bonds. Instead, the rate has been going up.

The federal government still seems a long way from the disaster Bowles envisions. But some state governments aren't.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Washington earlier this year to get $7 billion for his state government, which resorted to paying off vendors with scrip and delaying state income tax refunds. Illinois seems to be in even worse shape. A recent credit rating showed it weaker than Iceland and only slightly stronger than Iraq.

It's no mystery why these state governments -- and those of New York and New Jersey, as well -- are in such bad fiscal shape. These are the parts of America where the public employee unions have been calling the shots, insisting on expanded payrolls, ever higher pay, hugely generous fringe benefits and utterly unsustainable pension promises.

The prospect is that the bond market will quit financing California and Illinois long before the federal government. It may already be happening. Earlier this month, California could sell only $6 billion of $10 billion revenue anticipation notes it put on the market.

Individual investors have been selling off state and local municipal bonds this month. Meredith Whitney, the financial expert who first spotted Citigroup's overexposure to mortgage-backed securities, is now predicting a sell-off in the municipal bond market.

So it's entirely possible that some state government -- California and Illinois, facing $25 billion and $15 billion deficits, are likely suspects -- will be coming to Washington some time in the next two years in search of a bailout. The Obama administration may be sympathetic. It's channeled stimulus money to states and TARP money to General Motors and Chrysler in large part to bail out its labor union allies.

But the Republican House is not likely to share that view, and it's hard to see how tapped-out state governments can get 60 votes in a 53-47 Democratic Senate.

How to avoid this scenario? University of Pennsylvania law professor David Skeel, writing in The Weekly Standard, suggests that Congress pass a law allowing states to go bankrupt.

Skeel, a bankruptcy expert, notes that a Depression-era statute allows local governments to go into bankruptcy. Some have done so: Orange County, Calif., in 1994, Vallejo, Calif., in 2008. Others -- perhaps a dozen small municipalities in Michigan -- are headed that way.

A state bankruptcy law would not let creditors thrust a state into bankruptcy -- that would violate state sovereignty. But it would allow a state government going into bankruptcy to force a "cram down," imposing a haircut on bondholders, and to rewrite its union contracts.

The threat of bankruptcy would put a powerful weapon in the hands of governors and legislatures: They can tell their unions that they have to accept cuts now or face a much more dire fate in bankruptcy court.

It's not clear that governors like California's Jerry Brown, who first authorized public employee unions in the 1970s, or Illinois's Pat Quinn will be eager to use such a threat against unions, which have been the Democratic Party's longtime allies and financiers.

But the bond market could force their hand and seems already to be pushing in that direction. And, as Bowles notes, when the markets come, they will be swift and severe.

The policy arguments for a bailout of California or Illinois public employee union members are incredibly weak. If Congress allows state bankruptcies, it might prevent a crisis that is plainly looming.

Michael Barone, senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner (, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and a co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.


CyberAlert for Tuesday November 30 2010

MRC CyberAlert
A daily compilation edited by Brent H. Baker, CyberAlert items are drawn from daily BiasAlert posts and distributed by the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division, the leader since 1987 in documenting, exposing and neutralizing liberal media bias.

Tracking Liberal Media Bias Since 1996
Tuesday November 30, 2010 @ 08:46 AM EST
1. NY Times Preens Over Publishing Stolen Cables, But Was Snooty Over Swiped Climate-Gate Email
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller on why the Times published confidential diplomatic cables obtained illegally by WikiLeaks: "For The Times to ignore this material would be to deny its own readers the careful reporting and thoughtful analysis they expect when this kind of information becomes public." But that's not how the paper treated the leaked emails that led to the Climate-gate controversy: "The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here. But a quick sift of skeptics’ Web sites will point anyone to plenty of sources."
2. George Stephanopoulos Spins WikiLeaks Release of Documents as 'Important Information for the Public to Have'
Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Monday offered a sympathetic take on the decision of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to release potentially damaging U.S. security documents. The ABC host wondered if it was "important information for the public to have." Talking to Congressman Peter Hoekstra, Stephanopoulos read a quote to the Republican, repeating the words of Assange: "If citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what's going on behind the scenes." Stephanopoulos then emphasized, "He says he's performing a public service."
3. NBC's Lauer: WikiLeaks is Merely a 'Messenger' for Classified Material
On Monday's Today show, NBC's Matt Lauer downplayed the criminal factor in the release of hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic communiques by WikiLeaks, twice labeling the website as only a "messenger" for the documents. Both Lauer and NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell insisted the State Department "crossed a line" by ordering diplomats to spy on foreign diplomats at the United Nations. The NBC anchor interviewed Republican Congressman Peter King and raised the espionage issue: "Were you surprised to hear that Secretary of State Clinton and her predecessor, Secretary of State Rice, asked their diplomats to, in effect, spy on diplomats at the United Nations, asking for things like credit card numbers, computer passwords, DNA, fingerprints? This does cross a line, doesn't it?"
4. CBS's Pelley Promotes Claim Supreme Court 'Stole' 2000 Election for Bush in John Paul Stevens Interview
In a softball interview with retired liberal Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Sunday's 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley touted Stevens's opposition to the court ruling on the 2000 presidential election: "He thinks [Bush v. Gore] is one of the Court's greatest blunders....There were many people in this country who felt that the Supreme Court stole that election for President Bush." Pelley introduced the segment by proclaiming that Stevens "has shaped more American history than any Supreme Court justice alive" and made "decisions that have changed our times."


Recent articles by Kevin Dayhoff in Explore Carroll

Recent articles by Kevin Dayhoff in Explore Carroll

    Photojournalist Phil Grout shows decades of work at Birdie's Cafe in Westminster
    Published November 7, 2010 by Carroll Eagle, Eldersburg Eagle, Westminster Eagle
    Phil Grout, an award-winning photojournalist, fine art photographer appeared for the opening of a retrospective show of his work at Birdie's Cafe Gallery in Westminster, this evening.The show titled “44/40,” spans over four decades of Grout's work, from ... ...
    A-Maizing Quest in Westminster
    Published September 25, 2010 by Carroll Eagle, Eldersburg Eagle, Westminster Eagle
    It's a official: The crop circles found outside of Westminster are the work of Carroll County Ag Center volunteers -- and not the work of space aliens.Now open and continuing through the end of October, the Ag Center is featuring more than 2 miles of ... ...
    History and humor prevail at annual Corbit's Charge weekend
    Published June 29, 2010 by Carroll Eagle, Westminster Eagle
    The smells of campfires, gun smoke and southern fried chicken joined forces with the sounds of children and minstrel musicians playing last Saturday at the Corbit's Charge encampment at 224 N. Center St. in Westminster.All were smothered with the sticky ... ...

Squeals on Wheels Published January 31, 2010 by Carroll Eagle, Eldersburg Eagle, Westminster Eagle

The Chesapeake Roller Derby team Mutiny defended the ship well, but it was the South Jersey Derby Girls who rolled to a 56-29 victory Jan. 23 in the first-ever roller derby event at the Danele Shipley Memorial Arena at the Carroll County Ag Center, in ... ...

Dayhoff Media Explore Carroll, Westminster File Belle Grove Sq, 

Kevin Dayhoff Art: ( New Bedford Herald: