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WAR in Iraq
Obama also said there would be ‘no boots on the ground,’ though it’s hard to call the 475 new troops being sent over for administrative purposes and to train Iragi forces NOT books on the ground. All told, with the new additions there should be roughly or exactly 1100 American
helping out the war effort in Iraq.
Without giving a number, The President said there would be a ‘broad coalition’ working with the US in Iraq. Upon further checking we learned of only nine countries agreeing to work with the U.S.
in the new depolyment. President Bush II entered Irag during his presidency with a full 37 countries on the U.S. coalition.
With any significant help from abroad, that leaves the weak Iraq army helping us, or us helping them. Look what happened last time we were in Iraq and , then, with a stronger Iraq army. Doesn’t look good…
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It’s How You Say It’
Sometimes it’s as much or more important the way one phrases something than than the actual actions. Obama , in his speech, was sure to tell republican congress members
words , in effect, with regard to bomping the Isis:
‘I can do it myself but it would be good to get the support of Congress. Why not just tell his cronies that he would appreciat their support, rather than couch it with the opening back-handed compliment that he could ‘do it himself’?
‘Core Principles’- A rather strange mention by Obama was one of his ‘core principles’ having to do with countries or groups that attacked the United States would be attacked back, perhaps a core principle Obama just made up for the day… Look for a new book…
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New book from author living in Israel
NOTES ON OBAMA SPEECH – OBAMA DECLARES WAR IN IRAQ (without calling it war)
New report out – take it for what it is but probably at least some truth in it:
Top 5 SNOBBIEST CITIES:
1) San Francisco
Can’t argue with these except I would have expected to see a Beverly Hills or Los Angeles
being up there, too.
Not to get too political here, but note that these are all liberal cities
where people can often be intransigent in their views, where political correctness
reigns despite that liberals profess to be open-minded and transparent.
It goes along with seeing, in our opinion, for example, the San Francisco Giants baseball team continue
to get away with things that teams in other cities couldn’t, including their ‘manipulation’ to win at all costs -including pushing out their former CEO and several others including former announcer Hank Greenwald, trainer Stan Conte (who left after tiring of Bonds getting away with his own agenda over the teams’ and even the beloved Brian Wilson’s departure, to ‘sell out’
every game for the past two three years (even if they’re not truly sellouts), not to mention have the team appears players off and on ‘the juice’ as they have been doing now over 20 years, in our researched
opinion, published elsewhere. They may have , purportedly among the top announcers,
but, ‘homers’ constantly questioning umpire calls that go against the Giants as well
making fun of other teams ‘inferior play,’meanwhile always looking the other way
over the years of known and un-published player use of performance enhancing drugs
(the Giants are, by far, the ‘Steroid Kings’ having had over 23 INDICTED players since Bonds
and continue to acquire previously KNOWN PED users (such as Michael Morse just this year)
despite the team owner’s half-hearted pledge to stay away from such due to the team’s known
reputation. If it were New York, Boston or other cities, we wouldn’t see this
yet, with a liberal, ‘accepting’ local media nobody questions the repeated ‘September
Surges’ we have outlined elsewhere . We could go on but this is just one example of
San Francisco’s ‘snob’ bias, or whatever you want to call it…
A beautiful message on ‘Mornings 9′ reputedly from Zelda Williams, about her Dad, Robin:
“My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that. To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too… Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”#RIPRobinWilliams #Mornings9Remember, Tributize ROBIN WILLIAMS with Wall Posters:
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DAVID LETTERMAN tells touching story about ROBIN WILLIAMS greatness and humility and his 50 appearances on the show and 38 years of friendship
Robin Williams’ death is shocking and heartbreaking and touches us in a way usually reserved for close friends. Maybe that’s because we’re of a generation that grew up on Robin Williams. He’s been making us laugh and cheering us up since we were kids; like a big-screen father figure. That he died suffering from severe depression, makes the news all the more tragic. As director Garry Marshall, who first cast Williams in ‘Happy Days’ and later ‘Mork and Mindy,’ said today, “He could make everybody happy but himself.”
He made everyone happy and in that spirit, we’d like to celebrate his work, and we asked a few of our writers to look back at their favorite moments of his career because maybe looking at the best Robin Williams moments will cheer us up.
In 1992, as Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Dre’s “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” were single-handedly reinventing the music scene and what we think is “cool,” it was probably not very “cool” for an 8th grader to be listening to the soundtrack to a Disney musical. But, there I was wearing out the cassette tape on the ‘Aladdin’ soundtrack. Disney had a tradition of casting classically trained singers for its animated features, not superstars, and it’s Robin Williams’ performance in ‘Aladdin’ that made the film, and its soundtrack so alive. While they never reached the top of the charts like “A Whole New World,” let’s be honest: it was Williams’ work that made the movie and soundtrack memorable. Williams brought all the personality and life and humor that we come to associate with Robin Williams to his role as the animated Genie. He was one of the first A-list stars to voice an animated film in the modern era and changed the way animated movies would be developed. His voiceover work was so transcendent the Golden Globes made up an award just to recognize his work on the film. ‘Aladdin’ may never be as cool as Nirvana or ‘The Chronic’ but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t as influential, and that’s all Robin Williams. – Mike Sampson
When people remember ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ they recall Robin Williams doing what he did best: a larger than life, chameleonic presence who was able to seamlessly switch between imitations and characters. In the film, Williams played a voice actor and father whose wife absconds with his children; in a desperate bid to spend more time with his kids, he poses as an old British nanny. It wasn’t the silliness of his falsetto and seeing him in drag as Mrs. Doubtfire that struck me, but how much Williams reminded me of my own father, who wouldn’t let anything stand in his way of providing for me and being the best father he possibly could. Like Williams’ Daniel Hillard, my dad was also flawed, but that didn’t keep him from striving to be a great dad. Throughout the course of the film, we watch as the Mrs. Doubtfire disguise enables Williams to learn how to be a better father and to realize how much and how deeply his family is hurting — and like Dustin Hoffman in ‘Tootsie’ or Mel Gibson in ‘What Women Want,’ it takes living life as a woman to teach him how to be a better man. I watched ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ with my dad countless times, wearing out our VHS copy as we chuckled and cried along with Williams, a man who was able to elicit immense empathy while making you laugh until your stomach ached. – Britt Hayes
Every kid dreams about escaping into their playthings — it might be the most enduring childhood fantasy we have — but no one really gets to do it. Robin Williams got to do it in Joe Johnston’s ‘Jumanji,’ a film that sounds like, well, like all fun and games until the thing really gets rolling. ‘Jumanji’ works on a big number of levels, but Williams is the lynchpin that holds it all together. He was always able to tap into a wide-eyed, child-like spirit before zinging into far more adult and dramatic shades, but Williams’ role as Alan Parrish is probably the best combination of those talents (it’s probably even better than ‘Jack,’ a film designed to portray such duality in the most obvious way possible). He’s an actual man-child, a full-grown adult trapped in the mind of a terrified kid. The film is funny and silly (and packed with insane animals and still weirder villains), but it’s also wrenchingly sad, a tough combination to pull off while still being actually entertaining. Because Williams could do both things and be both things, ‘Jumanji’ worked. It’s easy to toss around words like “gravitas,” but that’s exactly what is on display in ‘Jumanji’: Williams’ gravitas and skill and presence. It’s not just a kid’s fantasy, it’s a classic, and Williams’ performance is what elevates it to that status. – Kate Erbland
‘Good Will Hunting’
Robin Williams won his first and only Oscar for a supporting role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ opposite the dynamic duo, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In the film, Damon plays a 20-year-old working-class Bostonian and a genius when it comes to mathematics. The problem is that he’s got a bit of an attitude problem. After assaulting a policeman, the young man gets some leniency if he goes to see a psychiatrist, played by Williams. In one of their most memorable interactions, Williams’ Sean Maguire attempts to connect with Will Hunting by telling him a tale of how he skipped “the greatest game in Red Sox history” to go meet his future wife. If you’re not bawling your eyes out by the end of the scene, a shame on your house! This role helped re-establish the actor as a dramatic force to be reckoned with — years earlier, he wowed audiences with turns in such works as ‘The Fisher King’ and ‘Dead Poets Society,’ but ‘Flubber,’ ‘Jumanji,’ ‘Aladdin,’ ‘The Birdcage’ and even a turn on ‘Friends’ flexed his comedic chops. ‘Good Will Hunting’ was a welcome reminder of Williams’ versatile breadth. – Nick Romano
Williams was an incredibly versatile actor, and his performance as Armand Goldman in ‘The Birdcage’ is, like many of his best roles, both hilarious and deeply touching. Goldman is a gay cabaret owner who, along with his drag queen partner (Nathan Lane, also giving one of his best performances), play it straight when Goldman’s son comes home to visit with his fiancee and her exceedingly conservative parents. Looking back on Williams’ roles, the ones that move me the most are inextricably linked to my nostalgia, and here again he plays a father who will go to any length — no matter how exhausting, humiliating, or absurd — for the love of his child. What could be a performance couched in stereotype is instead exuberant and full of warmth, and a bit more restrained than the roles he was often known for playing. What makes him so special is his commitment to understanding his characters and finding their humanity. His manic tendencies allowed him to play in a very broad range, and within that range were so many shades of emotion — he made it seem effortless when he honed in on any one particular feeling, and as Armand Goldman, he gave us more than just a character, as he so often did — he gave us a real person. – Britt Hayes
‘Dead Poets Society’
While Williams’ only Oscar win was for ‘Good Will Hunting’, he was certainly nominated for others, one of which was for ‘Dead Poets Society,’ the film that produced such memorable quotes as “Oh Captain, my Captain” and “Carpe Diem.” Yes, those are the words made famous by Walt Whitman and John Keating, respectively, but Williams gave them new life while teaching his onscreen students to love poetry. What’s great about this moment, is that he’s teaching the audience watching the film just as much as he is the characters. Come the tearjerking moment of the final sequence, you want to stand atop your coach, shouting “Oh Captain, my Captain” along with the newly awakened kids. Even now, fans reciting these lines as a memorial sendoff and poetic declaration for how Williams touched our lives. And, of course, this film wouldn’t be a Robin Williams performance without a few impersonations thrown into the mix (our favorites: his Shakespeare (“Oh Titus, bring your friend hither”) and Marlon Brando). – Nick Romano
‘Mork and Mindy’
Let’s be honest: there’s no way ‘Mork and Mindy’ should’ve worked. A spinoff from an episode of ‘Happy Days’ where an alien named Mork comes to Earth looking for a human specimen and attempts to abduct Richie Cunningham (only to have his plan foiled – natch – by The Fonz), the sitcom should’ve been a bad joke. One of those high concept 70s sitcoms that we wonder how they ever got greenlit. With any other actor, there would’ve been no ‘Mork and Mindy.’ But, Robin Williams came in and just did what he does: made people laugh no matter what material he was given. It didn’t matter how silly the premise was, you couldn’t not watch Robin Williams. After just one season on air, Williams was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. ‘Mork and Mindy’ was his first ever on-screen role, but it was obvious to anyone watching it was just the beginning. – Mike Sampson
‘Good Morning, Vietnam’
No kid sits in History class thinking they’re going to enjoy a movie their teacher shows them. They were, at best, the chance to stack up your books like a makeshift pillow and take a nap in the darkened room. But, I’ll never forget my middle school teacher who one day, likely without permission from the administration, wheeled in the TV cart and played for us ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’ during a lesson on the war. It was shocking, not just because, as a rated-R movie, it was wildly inappropriate for a classroom of kids in junior high. But, shocking also, because – gasp – we loved it. We probably didn’t get half the jokes, but it was impossible not to be mesmerized by Robin Williams’ performance as motor-mouthed radio DJ Adrian Cronauer (a role for which he would be nominated for his first Oscar). Williams hooked us in with the jokes, and, wouldn’t you know it, when things turned serious, we actually learned something. Our History teacher probably got himself in trouble, but he (and Robin Williams) did the job better than any stale old filmstrip could have. – Mike Sampson
‘The Fisher King’
No one will ever say that Williams’ role in ‘The Fisher King’ was a big stretch for the actor. While his other two Oscar nominations were for more against-type characters (in both ‘Good Will Hunting’ and ‘Dead Poets Society’), his work in ‘The Fisher King’ is filled with all the manic zings and quirks for which we know him best. But, his work is buoyed by equally strong performances from Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar) and Amanda Plummer. Other directors sometimes struggled to rein in this version of Williams (see: ‘Patch Adams’), but Terry Gilliam was deftly able to balance his performance with the darker moments in the script. – Mike Sampson
Robin Williams was like a blazing comet, who passed through our lives adding greatness only to burn out sooner than we’d like. If the good trulydie young, Williams personifies that ten fold.
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Genius Missed Already
Perhaps once in a generation we’re lucky enough to have a special person sent down from above to give us his or her gifts, whether it be comedy, acting,humanitarianism, etc. Like Charlie Chaplin before, Robin Williams is that one person who graced us with such talents and more. Now he’s gone in a time when we could really use him
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So goes a piece of all of us with the man who gave us so much. Rarely is there such an outpouring as there has been for Williams.
Perhaps we didn’t deserve him. He deserved to go out in a better way.
A LOOK BACK AND THE LIFE and TIMES and CAREER of ROBIN WILL Hollywood had to flook hard a genie bottle big enough for Robin Williams Robin Williams was, admittedly, a lonely man despite his very public persona. It’s easy to dismiss celebrity as caught up in it’s own excesses. Yet, Williams was different. He never played the Hollywood game, living hundreds of miles from its epicenter. He was always himself, never changed, treating everyone as he would want to be treated. Hearing people who grew up in Williams’ San Francisco Bay Area pay tribute, it seems everyone here has at least one personal Robin Williams story. Like the KTVU weatherman, Bill, who told about Robin coming into the camping store where he was working in 1974 and spending twenty minutes entertaining his new daughter in one of the tents; even though Williams hadn’t achieved major fame yet, Bill was impressed by Williams’ fatherly ways – and remembers it well to this day. We remember being at the Holy Ciy Zoo comedy club in San Francisco for one of Williams’many ”drop ins.’ You never knew back then whe Williams would surprise an audience by coming on stage to enhance one of his fellow comics’ shows. Who else would take time froman already busy life to do this? ROBIN WILLIAMS’ FIRST APPEARANCE ON JOHNNY CARSON Notice any nervousness in the seemingly unflappable Willams?Another local offered this tribute. Whenever he heard that Robin Williams was going to be on Johnny Carson or a similar late night show he would make a point to stay up to watch it. We did exactly the same thing. It was always a treat when Williams came on and you never knew where he was going to go with his sponteous, laugh-out-loud, over-the-top yet quality comedy. Perhaps only two others come to mind with such quick-witted talent – Don Rickles and the great Jonathan Winters, Williams’ no. 1 mentor who, himself , passed away recently but a ripe old age. Now we’re down to Rickles, who at 88 doesn’t quite have what Wiliams did at 63. And, that’s it today. Lots of great fellow comics and actors of the day in additon to Rickles – Dana Carvey, Bobby Slayton, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Rodriquez and a few others, but none coming close to matching Williams’ God-given and Julliard-honed skills. Frankly, I did often wonder how Williams could keep up his pace. Just this past year, age 63, Williams had recently cancelled TV Series (The Crazy Ones) (sp), made four movies (which we’ll be fortunate enough to see later this year) numerous TV /humanitarian appearances –all while trying to be a good father and husband (recently remarried to his third wife) living a non-Hollywood life in suburban San Francisco. Not so surprising that Williams was hospitalized for heart problems in 2009. Just happened to be discussing ‘what is genius’ yesterday with a friend, before getting the news of Williams’ passing. Couldn’t readily define genius or think of any living genius’ right off the bat… until we heard a tribute from James Lipton of the Actor’s Studio in Los Angeles. GENIUS: To do effortlessly what the rest of us can’t do Lipton could come up with only one example before going into Williams. ‘Willie Mays was a genius. You can’t acquire genius. He was able to do what no one else could do, ‘ stated Lipton, emphatically. During a TV interview last night on CNN, Lipton talked about Williams in glowing terms. Lipton said that he had come to know William very well over 20 years, while running the Actors Studio. Of the 250 guest actors to visit the Actors Studio, Williams was the FAVORITE guest of all, according to Lipton. That pretty much says it all. Some wonder how Williams so easily transitioned from comedy to acting so easily .
According to Lipton, ‘All great comedians are great actors. Williams gave us miralces. He was a miracle.’ Meanwhile, the tributes to Robin Williams began pouring in from the masses.Nice words, but perhaps falling short of an honest appraisal of Williams life and life work. Maybe Williams’ co-star Pam Dawber, Williams’ co-star in his first and break-through TV series, came closest in her choice of words, honoring the late Williams, ‘I am completely devasted. Nothing more can be said.’ (i.e. words cannot express) Depression is nothing new to comics and actors like Williams. It’s known that they often ‘hide’ behind their work. They try to work through their own demons and, when for those few moments or hours the audience is laughing or clapping, these comics and actors are at peace. Then they go back to their personal despair. Many think that actors and celebrities have it made, but quite the contrary. No price can overcome what has taken its early toll on so many. The demons may not always result in suicide; it could be marital, drug and/or other problems. In Williams case, it may have been all the above. Yet , on the outside, Williams kept up a cheery demeanor and maybe fooled us into thinking everything was o.k. Maybe next time we show envy of a celebrity we should think twice of what is really going on behind the scenes. Williams was raised in a upper-middle class home in the Detroit area. As such, he was able to go to the Julliard School of acting. Yet, he never forgot the little guy and always was big on humanitarian causes, whether it be his five tours to Iraq and Afghanistan or Comic Relief, for which he helped raise $50 million. Robin Williams was simply on a higher plain than the rest of us. He was an over-achiever who packed more into his 40 -year career than 100 of us could think about doing. But, Robin Williams was an over-achiever in humanity, too. When others were in trouble, Williams was right there as with John Belushi’s family following the passing of Belushi. Williams Tiburon neighbors in Tiburon said that Robin was a great , friendly neighbor – who DID NOT hide behind his celebrity; he was often seen riding his bicycle in the neighborhood . Nobody seemed to have a bad word about Williams – something you rarely hear about today’s celebrities. Williams often paid tribute to his mentors and those he admired, like Jonathan Winters and Sid Caesar. Yet, the ‘curse of success’ lived with Robin Williams. 728×90 Leaderboard
More tributes come in. ‘Condolences to the world,’ from Drew Carey.‘We will carry on but it won’t be fun anymore without you‘ – anonymous ‘Words fail,‘ says Terry McGovern. ‘I met Robin in 1974 when I he was working at Baskin Robbins. I came in for some ice cream and he regaled me stories from his native Scotland. Two nights later I happened to be at the Holy City Zoo comedy club and who was there but Robin Williams, putting on an amazing show!’ Robin Williams had to have REAL empathy in his own make-up to be able to portray the various characters in his many different roles, such as the psychiatrist in Good Will Hunting, for which he won an oscar. Williams was able to fulfill the DUAL roles of both feuding husband and wife in Mrs. Doubtfire. Williams was NEVER typecast, with a string of blockbuster movies , mostly in the 1990s , including Fisher King, World According to Garp, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Bi-Centennial Man and Jack. All the while through the years, Robin Williams could be seen returning ‘back home’ to San Francisco between making movies, surprising old friends with continued drop-ins’to comedy clubs. Fellow comedian Bob Sarlotte started with Williams at the Holy City Zoon in 1976. ‘Shocking. Robin seemed to have calmed down in recent years. But he still had that energy, not duplicated in anyone. James Lipton remembers one conversation he had with Williams, discussing the topic death. When asked by Lipton what he would like to see when he arrived at the Pearly Gates, he said, ‘I’d like to see Mozart, Elvis and have God offer me a couple good seats in the front row.’I think Williams is more than deserving of such. Lipton concluded his thoughts of Robin Williams, ‘We loved him. We felt our love. He was always just himself while filling those thousands of different character creations.’ Don’t ever blame Robin Williams if he did, in fact, take his own life As one person said, he was used up. Perhaps after having him with us for 30 years we began to take this talent for granted… the 20 plus films, TV shows, many standup appearances, humanitarian causes, spontaneous visits, Johnny Carson appearances. He gave and gave and gave like no other. That energy. No wonder he had some heart problems… despite in a man whose heart was bigger than most . They say that depression is easily cured in 95% of people. Why couldn’t Robin Williams be one of those. 63 years is much too young to go. Perhaps if more of us reached out to him and told him how much he brought to our lives it could have made a difference. Maybe not. The man who helped many of us cope via his many roles ,eg with depression by playing the comedic Wife – and Husband in Mrs Doubtfire to the sensitive counselor Good Will Hunting… I’m afraid we could never give back to Robin what he gave to us… Williams talks to Larry King about the ‘fluke’ how he got his first big break on Mork and Mindy Final notes… Williams was generally a-political but did go after primarily conservatives such as Sarah Palin, as has been de riguer today. Yet, Williams got along with the other side as he was an admirer and friend to fellow neighbors conservative-leaning Mort Sahl and Michael Savage. Perhaps there is more to the story than we’re being told. If 95% of depressives are generally able to cope why wasn’t Williams. He could afford the best of care – and recently was treated at a facility in Minnesota. Could it be that such care may not always be what it’s cracked up to be with, perhaps, certain drugs having deterious effects. We’ve heard past allegations against Prozak. Just food for thought. Williams was the greatest comedian, by far, of this generation. Many of us grew up with him. His movies actually helped many of us cope. That’s why this death is an especially difficult one to deal with us. Ironically, Robin Wiliams has followed his friend, John Bellushi, whose similar situation he had tried to help. May we learn from this tragic loss. Click here to subscribe to my mailing list
Healthcare is one of the top things a socialist leader first wants to employ because then, as leader, one ‘owns’ the country. One then has complete control over the lower income masses , in charge of what the masses most want, i.e. free or cheap healthcare. Obamcare was ALL politics. The truth was initially hidden in Obama lies such as ‘you can keep your doctor’ and ‘you can keep your insurance ‘ just to get the plan passed. Worry about the side effects later. Now, Obama becomes ‘hero’ to the low income masses and can get their votes and about anything else out of them as you are in complete control of their ever-important health …. until…
Once the ‘lowers’ finally realize their will be tax implications from the healthcare they may not be so happy, so you give them more benefits like more Food Stamps, disability, etc. – and THEN you bring in the Latin vote by opening the borders and beckoning the Latins from south of the border. The reason they didn’t do amnesty in the first term of Obama is because they didn’t want to take the blame for this more difficult tactic of opening the borders; try to blame it on the Republicans. But, The first term Obama controlled Congress and couldn’t blame the republicans – and he would have never gotten away with healthcare had he tried to do amnesty first term. It was most important to establish with Obamacare .
Everything Obama does is political. Obama could care less about healthcare or amnesty. People think Obama really wants to push through amnesty; yes, but ONLY IF he can blame the Amazingly, many Republicans are ‘swallowing the koolaid’ thinking that if they don’t go along with amnesty they won’t get the Latino vote in the next Presidential election. Fact is that most hard-working Hispanic voters are opposed to amnesty, though with more and more illegals crossing the border and voting illegally this could swell the pro-Obama voting for the Democrats not only in the Presidential election but in the coming mid-term election. Meanwhile, Congress is on vacation for five weeks while illegals continue to cross the borders into the United States.
Obama even runs against his own policies. After pushing amnesty he acts as though he DOESN’T want it. He tries to blame the Republicans. If Obama really wanted Amnesty that bad he would have done it FIRST TERM, but he knew he would GET THE BLAME while controlling the entire congress. Obama and his chief compatriot, Attorney General Eric Holder , were children of the Sixties, regardless of their ages. They follow closely to the Alinsky plan and what many Democrat followers THINK they want, including as outlined above. But wait until things get worse….
Meanwhile, the U.S. tries to portray an ‘even’ hand in the Mid-east situation, where there’s nothing ‘even’ about it. It’s a clear fact, as discovered yesterday in Hamas writings, that Hamas has no interest in peace and has broken every truce to date. Israel has no choice but to show aggression enough to , hopefully, get Hamas to stop sending rockets into Israel, yet U.S. Administration abdicates, trying to show an even hand. It’s a sad day now when it comes to an Arab country, Egypt, having to arrange the latest truce between Israel and Hamas. (Thank goodness for Egypt.)
The fact of the matter is, as the Israel Arab notes in the picture, above, ‘In the Whole of the Middle East only 1.6 million Arabs have Complete Control and Freedom and All of Them Live in One Jewish State.’ Amazingly, Israel remains intact today, despite the bombings and ever-growing nuclear threats – that may now erase Israel from the map with the push of a button – from Arab neighbors like Hamas, ISIS and Iran. Former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, said recently that Israel will no longer exist in 10 years. It’s now to the point that new nuclear technology and lack of REAL American support could eventuate that reality a lot sooner.
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Crises and Compassion: From Russia to the Golden Gate (Footprints Series)
Bay Area and Berkeley’s own John M. Letiche, now in his mid-90s, started life as Ianik Letichevsky, a citizen of the newly constituted Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The son of a brilliant but dictatorial father and a loving, cultivated mother, he went on to a remarkable career as an accomplished scholar, professor of economics, and adviser to governments.
Letiche, now in his nineties, provides an intriguing look at the changes that have occurred during his lifetime.
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Dr. Letiche provides adventure and thorough analysis of the time in which he lived. His early years in Russia and then in Canada are fascinating for a view of how people were coping with uncertainty and instability in the world. One is drawn into the thinking of a very sensitive child who shows wisdom beyond his years. Of course, the fact that he ended up teaching Economics at UC Berkeley during the sixties makes him seem one of us westerners. He brings a great sense of balance in his evaluation of many African heads of state during a grueling, sometimes dangerous working tour of the country. He showed insight and balance in his analysis of the behavior of the Chancellor of the University during the turbulence of the Free Speech Movement. Guns in Africa, tear gas in Berkeley; there is plenty of action.Dr. Letiche shows generosity of spirit in revealing his personal foibles and skillfully emphasizes the traits that form his own philosophy. What better way to get to know this extraordinary man, other than knocking on his door and having a good listen in conversation with him.
Then we’re shown how America and capitalism have always been challenged, be it with the Indians claiming their land was stolen to everyone else of lower means upset with those of higher means. The fact was the various Indian tribes mostly killed off each other and disease wiped out the remaining 80%.
Same goes for other problems. America has always lived by the constitution and freedom for all eventually has won out in every case, be it slavery, McCarthyism or other examples. The fact is that nothing was stolen from anyone. In fact, America has always prided itself on how immigrants and minorities have been able to come to America and thrive , whether opening their own tailor or butcher shop , or working on an assembly line in Detroit. (In one later scene, we see a now decaying, shuttered Detroit, devoid of many of those old auto assembly lines and other businesses that helped build America. D’Souza warns that this could happen in other cities, too.
But there have always been those who would gather together the lower income people – and pit them against the rest of society ala socialism / communism.
D’Souza shows how many , such as Saul Alinsky took advantage of the times of the late 60s when there was already disorder in the country and revolutionized impressionable young college kids who were trying to find themselves. One such person was Hillary Clinton, who became friends with Alinsky and, for a time, followed his teachings in his book, ‘Rules for Radicals.’
Alkinsky wrote about community organizing from the top on down, trying to show how people are or should be dependent on big government. His goal was to show them that they can’t do things on their own. We see Alinsky’s teachings brought forth today when President Obama – another student of Alinksky’s- says that entrepreneur’s ‘don’t build things’ themselves but are enabled through government, be it the roads they drive on to work or the trees that are turned into paper they use at work, etc…. a real stretch.
Hillary Clinton, according to one of many scholars and people of the Sixties interviewed by D’Souza, departed somewhat from the Alinsky plan to a goal of controlling people from within government rather than as an outsider, like Alinksy. We now see the initial bond that developed between Obama and Hillary through their similar beliefs in Alinsky. Interestingly, Hillary’s husband,Bill Clinton, doesn’t seem to share those exact same beliefs; he ran a more moderate,smaller government,even cutting back welfare during his reign as President .
D’Souza interviews people like Howard Zinn, another disciple of Alinksy, who fashioned his own revisionist American history in a book now required reading in many secondary schools today. Like most of the other ’60s radicals, Zinn writes that America ‘stole’ from the Indians and undermined the poor and minorities throughout history to this day, thereby pitting the lower echelon of society against capitalism. Other Sixties radicals are , surprisingly, available to D’Souza as interviewees including Noam Chomsky and Ward Churchill – real characters who add color to the movie and offer contrasting opinions to DeSouza’s .
No wonder we see Obama and others as anti-business, according to D’Souza. They are more interested in controlling the masses ala socialsm and communism with promises and handouts along the way. These folks, many no longer in the labor force -or ‘low-information voters’ as some call them today – become accustomed to the easy way out, not having to work ,etc. and readily follow those ‘enablers’ like Alinsky and Obama who have , in effect, brainwashed them. They no longer have the motivation or desire, like,say, a Star Parker, one who was strong enough to go against the grain as a young black woman on welfare to rise up and found her own organization.
These folks may not be wealthy but they become comfortable with their welfare, food stamps and creature comfort handouts- getting enough putblic assistance (via remaining middle class and upper class taxpayers) they no longer have to work. D’Souza shows how ‘Obamacare’ fits perfectly in the scheme of controlling the masses with big government while forcing ‘his’ insurance on those who may not want it.
D’Souza interviews Parker , who, along with himself , compare the ‘Alinsky’ process to modern day slavery, where people are no longer taught the ideals of capitalism and free enterprise the nation was founded upon – that there should be no limits to what a person can do or how much he or she can earn. Instead, one encouraged to live off the dole* and be comfortable with a modest, if comfortable but limited lifestyle instead of the ability to ‘reach for the stars ‘.
*The dole is money that people without jobs get from the government per fortnight. So if you’re living off the dole, you’re living off the money you get from the government.
We believe D’Souza well lays out his real message that the Obama government is trying to change the country from its captialistic roots of free enterprise to a socialistic one where government is a stronger force in America while less respected as the world leader it has always been.. However, D’Souza might have finished off the movie with this concept in a stronger warning just as he opened the movie, ‘What would the world be like without America?,‘ perhaps adding, ‘In these technological times devastating CHANGE for the worse could happen even more easily than in Washington’s, Lincoln’s or Hitler’s day. ‘
We strongly recommend the movie to everyone. It may not be perfect but we’ll give it 5 stars as an important warning and wake-up call for all those who are sitting back all too comfortably with their Obama entitlements – and for those who are working very hard to stop and pay attention and not take for granted an American lifestyle that could quickly and easily disappear; it may be already .
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Though he claims not to be a ‘birther’, Pat Boone came onto the Alan Coombs radio show and more than stood his ground while backing up his anti-Obama statements. Give the surprisingly geneal Coombs credit for having Boone on the air to announce his ‘secret’ which went against Coombs’ own beliefs and much of which he couldn’t refute. See for yourself!
Did you happen to hear Pat Boone on the Alan Coombs show Monday?
It was not only interesting as Coombs is a very left-leaning commentator
and Boone is a Christian, very right-leaning entertainer not afraid of
giving his views which go against the liberal-leaning entertainment industry.
Leading the way was the ‘birther issue’, just one of many points to which Boone alluded. He said that he has knows of strong evidence that points to a phony birth certificate that Obama paraded out for the media and he that ‘there will be proof’ of such ‘by November.’ Boone admitted it would probably not mean much as , by law, one is allowed to be born in a foreign country as long as the mother was born ini the U.s. But, he said it’s just another check on a long list of things that Obama has not shed light on. He noted that Obama hasn’t even
released any of his grades or school informantion , the only president not to do so, according to Boone, but which Coombs disputed.
Whatever your political persuasion – as in Pat’s great song, ‘Friendly Persuasion ‘ hear it all for yourself – a sharp 80-year old Pat Boone expound: Now for a little fun, let’s hear Pat with a rare, unlikely song he recorded in 1964 with the production of Beach Boy Bruce Johnson and Terry Melcher, ‘ Beach Girl’ as we welcome summer
Don’t be fooled like all or most of the media, democrat or conservative, who couldn’t see the full politics in the capture of the supposed ‘Mastermind’ of the Bengahzi attacks, 6-15.
1)Timing: Not only did politics play a part
in that the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah was made Sunday , yet it wasn’t announced until Tuesday. That alone is suspicious in that it wasn’t announced immediately , but when one discovers that,
2) That Tuesday was the day that Hillary Clinton would be doing her big interview on Fox TV with Van Sustern and Baer (promoting her new book) it becomes doubly obvious that the capture was about politics…so that Hillary would have a nice ace in the hole to help deflect questions on Benghazi
and other topics. No questions were asked of Clinton as to why Abu Khatallah was not captured sooner despite his openess to do media interviews and almost thumbing his nose at America.
3) Then, you add the fact, that the Abu Khatallah
was caught without a bullet fired, easily lured to
capture with the help of local Libyan intelligence
the Obama administration could have probably captured him most anytime they wanted. In fact, Abu Khatallah was known to have done a number of media interviews out in the open over the past two years since Benghazi
and was even interrogated by U.S. officials but not brought to bare.
4) There is some question whether Ahmed Abu Khatallah was even the ‘mastermind’, as claimed by the Obama administration, but, rather, simply a
pawn (as he has already purportedly claimed) who was there as one of the flame throwers. Perhaps the truth may or may not come out when and if he is interrogated.
5)The capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah was just another political chess move by Hillary and the Obama administration, in the tradition of Alinsky* Rules for Radicals, a militant doctrine subscribed to by by both Obama and Clinton.
Not only does the capture score points for Clinton and Obama with a sycophantic media and party base after their likely involvement in allowing the Benghazi attack by not providing ample (requested) security and the following probable cover-up, but it deflects attention away from the probably scandals that have
beset the administration , of which Clinton was a big part and continues to defend.
Timing has always been a big part of the Obama ‘game plan,’ whereby the administration has made sure to announce things that would affect it NEGATIVELY on a Friday afternoon or weekend (when they would largely be ignored by media and forgotten over the weekend, or, in the case of GOOD things (positive points for the administration) they would be announced during the week preferably on light news days like this past Tuesday , June 17, to garner plenty of positive media attention and have Wed- Fri to ride the wave.
Despite Clinton’s poor book reviews and sales, to date – she is said to have ‘lifted’ the book’s title, ‘HARD CHOICES,’ from another Secretary of State’s book a few decades earlier – Clinton managed to skate through the half hour Fox interview Tuesday largely by answering questions in generalities or non-answers (eg not siding with the 30% pro or 64% vs government in recent urvey) and prolonging them so as to cut down on the number of questions that could be asked, much like we have noted in President Obama press conferences.. . Even though Clinton may have to separate herself from the falling current adminstration, make no doubt that Hillary and Obama are two political lpeas in a pod, raised on the Alinsky doctrines of community organizing and Rules for Radicals.
HILLARY INTERVIEW, BOOK ‘A BOMB’
In an email this evening, a veteran publishing source calls the latest Hillary Clinton book, Hard Choices, a memoir of her State Department years, a “bomb.” The source is referring to the early but underwhelming sales figures. “Between us, they are nervous at S&S [Simon & Schuster],” says the source, who gave permission for his email to be published. “Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster.” According to this source, a Simon & Schuster insider, “They sold 60,000 hard covers first week and 24,000 ebooks.” The publishing house was “hoping and praying for 150,000 print first week.” “The 60k represents a less than 10% sell thru based on what they shipped,” says the source. It’s been reported that one million copies of Clinton’s book were shipped weeks before the June 10 publication date. “They will be lucky to sell 150,000 total lifetime,” the source writes in the email. Hillary reportedly received a near-$14 million advance, a sum the publishing house will unlikely make back. “It’s a bomb but it will be interesting to see how they spin it.” Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed reported earlier today that Barnes & Noble sold 24,000 of Clinton’s book. (WEEKLY STANDARD)
ALINSKY RULES FOR RADICALS
*Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing.He is often noted for his book Rules for Radicals.In the course of nearly four decades of political organizing, Alinsky received much criticism … In the 1950s, he began turning his attention to improving conditions in the African-Americanghettos, beginning with Chicago’s …Hillary Clinton‘s senior honors thesis on Saul Alinsky, written atWellesley College, noted that Alinsky’s personal efforts were a large part of his method. Both she and President Barack Obama were described in promotional material for a radio interview of an author of an Alinsky biography as having been indirectly influenced by Alinsky’s work. His ideas were adapted in the 1960s by some US college students and other young counterculture-era organizers, who used them as part of their strategies for organizing on campus and beyond.Time magazine once wrote that “American democracy is being altered by Alinsky’s ideas,” and conservative author William F. Buckley said he was “very close to being an organizational genius.”(Wikipaedia)
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