Government secret in Lorance trial: Witnesses had immunity

Pt. 3

1LT Clint Lorance
1LT Clint Lorance photo from official website: www.freeclintlorance.com/

If you were accused of a crime and a witness who testified against you had received immunity for any act he took related to that alleged crime, wouldn’t you want a jury to know about it?

That didn’t happen in the court martial of 1LT Clint Lorance. There were a number of legal missteps in Lorance’s trial, and the nondisclosure about those witnesses is one of the most troubling.  Continue reading

Political prisoner Clint Lorance wrongly convicted

Soldiers in Zhari 2012
Featured Photo: Soldiers, single file on patrol in Zhari, July 25, 2012. Weeks earlier Lorance had patrolled in Zhari with his men. [Snip from video at http://www.military.com/video/operations-and-strategy/afghanistan-conflict/1st-platoon-helmet-cam-afghanistan-2/1754135608001/]
Pt. 2

In the past, we would not think of the United States as a country where a person can be put in prison for political reasons. The term ‘political prisoner’ seems more applicable to communist countries like Cuba or China.

However, having researched the case of former 1LT Clint Lorance (US Army), I have come to the disheartening conclusion this soldier is confined at Leavenworth, convicted of murder and other charges, for no other reason than politics.

Lorance is the US Government’s political prisoner.

How did I come to that conclusion?  Continue reading

Ga. man loses hat while voting in county that supported Obama twice

Laurie Fulton Douglas County Elections Supervisor
Douglas County (Ga.) Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton (Douglas County website photo)

After Bundy Cobb was told to remove his hat while he voted in midterm elections in Douglasville, Georgia, he shared his story with media. Cobb is certified as an instructor by the National Rifle Association, and he owns a business called True Aim Defense.

Cobb’s hat didn’t have a political slogan. It didn’t bear an image of a donkey or an elephant. It had the letters ‘NRA’ on it. That was apparently enough to tick off officials who were either being anally politically correct or just plain oppressive.

The elections supervisor [photo top of column], Laurie Fulton, attempted to justify the action taken towards Cobb:

“The courts have found that anything that suggests [sic] associated with the NRA in many people’s perceptions is associated with the Republican party…So in an overabundance of caution Mr. Cobb was asked to remove the hat so that no one could interpret that we were playing any favoritism over one party versus the other.”

Fulton claimed a complaint had been made by a voter about an NRA hat.

Fulton told The Daily Caller the man’s hat “fell under the same sort of grey area” as a t-shirt (Don’t Tread on Me) often worn by tea party supporters.

Not much is available about Fulton’s bio other than the fact she was a 1992 graduate of the Regional Leadership Institute that’s part of the Atlanta Regional Commission. Such organizations, usually funded mostly by government grants, provide a means for politicos and wannabe bureaucrats to come together to find solutions that create problems for the rest of us. Expanding the monetizing of the government industrial complex has not worked out well for we, the people.

Regardless of Fulton’s political affiliation or her reasons for supporting the removal of the man’s hat, Americans should be seriously concerned about the ongoing war on free expression in our country.

We should ask whether Fulton would’ve demanded someone remove a hat that aimed to save Planet Earth. Or Planned Parenthood. That might be interesting.

Douglas County voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. It appears that county has bought into Democrats’ long standing war on speech.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 28, 2014)

Tell-All set for Election Day release, will blow lid on Obama ‘clampdown’

Sharyl Attkisson book 'Stonewalled'
Sharyl Attkisson’s book ‘Stonewalled’ is set for release on Election Day, November 4. (Snip: YouTube video)

One nationally known reporter believes she has been attacked by a government controlling media like no other administration in recent times.

Imagine you’re that reporter sitting at your computer, working on a story about a Washington coverup, and suddenly your computer goes haywire—“data…wiping at hyper speed.” Imagine that not being the only time you’d been stymied in your attempts to get at the truth of a story that could have a direct impact on an upcoming presidential election.

The reporter’s experience sounds more like something you’d experience in communist ChinaContinue reading

Hillary praises husband’s economics, omits major disasters

Hillary Clinton Benghazi testimony
Hillary Clinton testifies before Congress about Benghazi. (Moxnews.com; Joe Bunting)

Hillary Clinton’s remarks about her husband’s economic policy left something big out. Mrs. Clinton was stumping at a political rally in Massachusetts on Friday.

She touted one thing her husband did but she stayed mum about the full consequences. But she also was silent about a major economic move he pushed through.  Continue reading

Red tape empire: Dems on FEC target unpaid political speech

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Photo: Gag on First Amendment by Day on the Day.

The Federal Elections Commission, spurred by vice chair Ann M. Ravel, a Democrat, is targeting the Internet in hopes of expanding regulations on political speech.

Ravel’s penchant for regulation shouldn’t surprise us. She’s a lifelong government worker, and progressives love regulations like weeds love an untended garden plot. What brought this on?  Continue reading

Does bid request mean Dems will import workers despite glut?

Obama speaks to racialist activists
President Obama makes a pitch for votes while speaking to a racialist activist group in October. Snipped from video/Youtube: http://youtu.be/V9FP0LNNth0

At present progressives pound home the notion that wages must be raised, partly because the cost of everything is going up. There’s a contradiction in that call, however, because Democrats apparently plan to continue to increase the worker supply in the US which will increase the supply of cheap labor in all sectors, even in those where a ready labor supply exists.

A bid solicitation posted by the federal government raises the question of whether Dems will continue to import more workers despite a glut of workers.

If you look at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at first glance, things look pretty good. But if you read the whole report, things don’t look so good as of September despite the customary spin bureaucrats place on such reports.  Continue reading

Crist would give drivers’ licenses to all foreign nationals

Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) delivered verbal punches during a gubernatorial debate hosted by CNN in Jacksonville on Monday. Scott touted his success in recruiting employers to Florida, resulting in large increases in jobs. Crist projected himself as a man of the people, following the Democrats’ ruse that flies in the face of the current state of the middle class under 8 years of that party’s rule in Washington.

The matchup featured a governor who doesn’t believe Washington is a god and a wannabe governor who mentioned President Barack Obama more than most Democrats running for office at a time when the leftist party’s policies are drawing high levels of criticism.

There were moments in the debate that likely won’t be marked by media—after all, the moderators missed them. But they should be.

CRIST ATTACKS SCOTT’S WEALTH, IGNORES HIS WIFE’S

Crist repeatedly slammed Scott for his wealth. Scott, to his credit, didn’t return the favor. Crist also employed another Democrat talking point in a bizarre way. When Scott defended the fact he placed his money in a blind trust just as both Democrats and Republicans who wanted to be governor had done in the past, Crist doubled down.

The fact Crist would assail anyone for wealth is insane, especially since we have no idea of his own shared wealth. Crist’s wife refused to release her tax returns. His reason for that—it’s “a woman’s right to choose.” So Crist basically compared releasing a tax return to the philosophical debate over whether abortion is taking a human life. Crist also said his wife wasn’t “running for anything.”

But Crist opened the door on his wife by injecting her business into a discussion about the minimum wage, praising her practices as an employer and small business owner. He seemed to overlook the fact that should he win, his wife’s position as Florida’s First Lady would direct a number of benefits to her, among them living in the governor’s mansion.

While Crist attacked Scott for his wealth, Scott refrained from returning the favor, although he could have. That is because Crist’s wife has a history of wealth—big wealth. The Tampa Bay Times noted Crist’s wife’s vast wealth in an article introducing her as his fiancee in 2008 when he was governor. The paper described her life with her first husband:

“Her life outside was lavish. She and Todd Rome owned homes all over New York City. They built a townhouse on Manhattan’s exclusive Upper East Side. They had a 10,000-square-foot vacation home in Southampton.”

The interview took place on a private island the majority of us could not afford to live on. The paper said Crist and his wife would live there part of the time. You have to get there by boat or air—you don’t drive onto the island. And the place isn’t shabby—“its 1,400 residents had the highest per capita income in the United States.” As for the governor’s wife, she had “a 3,690-square-foot, $4.1-million condo.”

So it’s okay for Crist’s wife to enjoy lots of wealth but not Gov. Scott? Double standards are  a progressive’s best friend.

THE GLOBALWARMING MOTIF

The subject of climate change, a label Democrats substituted for global warming when a carbon tax bill couldn’t pass the US House, arose. Unfortunately moderator Jake Tapper made a statement that is highly misleading. Tapper asked Scott: “Why are you so reluctant to believe the overwhelming majority of scientists who say that man contributes to climate change?”

Tapper should have used the truer term—global warming. The term ‘climate change’ is a political smokescreen.

Furthermore, the people involved in the global warming industrial complex are not all “scientists.” They include statisticians with questionable computer models, bloggers, wonks at the United Nations, and many others who simply put, don’t conduct experiments or research. The left is pretty much enraptured with what they describe as clean energy. No energy is truly clean at present. The cleanest in terms of emissions is nuclear power but few on the left will endorse it.

A number of experts disagree with the status quo on global warming.

Crist, if elected, would likely go whole hog aboard the leftwing carbon tax train and it is indisputable that doing so would send us regular folks scrambling to find the dollars to pay the “skyrocketing” utility bills Obama promised.

CRIST’S PARTY SWITCHES AND RACE BAITING

The most obscene moment in the debate arose when Crist wove what amounted to a fantasy about his switching political parties. Bear in mind Crist was a Republican who became a No Party Affiliate and then, in 2012, declared himself a Democrat. He made the statement on Twitter. Crist, said The NY Times, signed the papers at the White House during a party. Crist and Obama did a fist bump.

Tapper brought up the party switch by quoting Crist:

“I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs and stay with the party that was so unfriendly for the African-American president. I’ll just go there. I saw a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing. It was intolerable to me.”

Crist invoked the pop culture meme that the GOP didn’t like the “first African-American president.” Crist also said last night the GOP had experienced a “Tea Party kidnapping.” Crist, like so many of his fellow Democrats, appears to despise hard-working Americans who want government reform. The so-called tea party movement began as a response to a Republican president. Crist left that part out.

However, his playing the race card was a call-out moment that should have drawn additional questions from the moderators.

Anyone who was breathing and awake in 2010 knows exactly why Crist left the GOP. The governor chose not to run for reelection because he had his eye on the US Senate. Crist had party power brokers behind him—it looked like an anointment.

And then came Marco Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants, opposing Crist for the GOP nomination. Rubio had the odds against him, but a truly grassroots movement came forth and pushed him ahead in the polls.

Crist made a promise during that campaign he did not keep. He told Chris Wallace on Fox News he would support the GOP nominee. By the time Election Day rolled around, Crist had left the GOP to run as a No Party Affiliate. He had begun to court Democrats but he did not change his party. As a result, Crist helped split the Democrats’ vote. Rubio won the race by a whopping 19.2 margin, and it’s likely he would’ve won even if the race had been between Rubio and the Democrat who, in that race, happened to be a black man.

However, most observers know Crist left the GOP because it was the only way he could stay in the Senate race despite losing the GOP primary race.

To resort to race-baiting is inexcusable. No candidate who does that deserves your vote. It is an insult to all Americans and it is a perfect example of the divisiveness progressives sow purely for political gain.

DRIVERS’ LICENSES FOR ALL FOREIGN NATIONALS

There was another declaration by Crist that should have drawn media attention, but I don’t think most realized what Crist was saying. The topic media improperly refer to as ‘immigration’ came up:

“KENT JUSTICE, MODERATOR: We want to take a question from Facebook, regarding immigration and specifically driver’s licenses.

Governor Crist, I’m going to start with you. Karla De Anda from North Miami Beach Florida asked, “Do you support giving driver’s licenses regardless of legal status, not just the DREAMers?” Governor Crist?

CRIST: I think we need to have it for all of them.”

What Crist is saying is that any foreign national in Florida should be able to get a driver’s license. Apparently the Democrat forgot the role of fraudulent documents for hijackers before the 9/11 attacks. That is a startling statement he made, considering numerous concerns agencies like the FBI have expressed about document fraud and security loopholes because of our porous border.

SCOTT’S RECORD IS SOUND

Scott has been an able governor. There is no dispute about his bringing many jobs to Florida, addressing the state’s debt, and restoring Florida to a far sounder fiscal basis than we were on before Scott became governor. Scott addressed numerous matters, including environmental issues and a deficit, successfully. He inherited a number of problems from Crist.

Furthermore, Scott was not a party insider like Crist was when he was in the GOP. Thus far, Scott has led the state through the post-meltdown years and although media doesn’t fawn on him as they do Democrats, his record is hard to beat. That is why Crist had to go very negative early on and continues in that vein today.

You can read the whole transcript at The Miami Herald.

Disclosure: I support Gov. Rick Scott’s reelection. I get no benefits whatsoever for supporting him, and I don’t get a dime from any political party or group.

(Analysis by Kay B. Day/Oct. 22, 2014)

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Democrats wage war on clean coal in US as Europe, Asia benefit

Conversion of furnace from oil to coal
This photo dating to 1942 and the caption suggests the importance of coal in helping Americans survive and in building the US economy. The caption reads: “Fuel conservation. Conversion of furnace to coal from oil. In face of the drastic fuel oil shortage in the East and rationing of the supplies which are available, homeowners are urged, where possible, to convert oil burning furnaces to coal. Third step is replacing the coal grates in the furnace. After inspection and checking, the furnace is then ready for use and the lucky homeowner’s fuel oil problem has been removed.” (LOC: Howard Liberman, Office of War Information, Sept., 1942)

President Barack Obama and Democrats in general don’t like clean coal. Policies inflicted by the controversial Environmental Protection Agency make it clear that consumers in areas like Northeast Florida will see those “skyrocketing” utility bills Obama promised, in part because the president chooses to cut the resources US utility companies can draw upon. What Democrats have established is a politically correct energy policy.

As Democrats conduct a war on clean coal at home, there’s a whole other policy in play when it comes to other countries.  Continue reading

Loopholes in the Ebola narrative; CDC self-contradicts

CDC How Ebola Spreads
This banner at the CDC says Ebola “only spreads when people are sick.” The text accompanying the banner contradicts that statement. (Image: CDC)

With the appointment of Ron Klain as Ebola czar, most observers knew President Barack Obama’s decision pointed to a tamping down of the narrative. I think we can expect less transparency because Klain is, as most know, not a medical expert. He’s a politics expert.

Despite all the attention, however, there are still some loopholes in the US approach to Ebola, and there’s even a self-contradictory element on the Centers for Disease Control guidelines page.  Continue reading

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