Hilton book-signing a memorable event

I just returned from a book-signing for Col. Richard Hilton’s memoir, There Are No Sundays, held at the lovely home of Karen Palmer, a longtime friend of the Hilton’s in California.

It was a warm gathering of Colonel Hilton’s former Hughes Aircraft Company colleagues and family friends, and my wife, Janet, and I had the privilege of attending the event.

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I had the privilege of joining Col. Richard Hilton (Ret.) at a book signing held in California over the weekend.

In my Feb.10, 2015 post, A patriot pilot, I wrote about meeting Colonel Hilton and the opportunity he gave me to edit his memoir.

Retired now, Colonel Hilton is contributing the proceeds of the sale of his book to wounded warriors and their families in San Antonio, TX.

The 400-page book covers Richard’s life from childhood through a 20-year flying career in the Air Force and his post-retirement years in the aerospace industry, complete with hundreds of pictures.

If you haven’t already ordered a book, autographed by Colonel Hilton, I highly recommend that you send him a check for $20 for each copy to Colonel Richard Hilton (Ret.), P. O. Box 746, Universal City, TX 78148

Did you hear the one about no scandals in the Obama White House?

   “I’m proud of the fact that basically you’ve had an administration that’s been in place for six years in which there hasn’t been a major scandal … and I think that says a lot about the ethical strictures of this administration.” – David Axelrod, former advisor to President Obama

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Former Obama advisor David Axelrod told an audience at the University of Chicago that there haven’t been any major scandals in the Obama administration. (thefinancialist.com)

Those were the words of Axelrod during a session at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.  Click here if you want to hear it for yourself.  It’s at the end of his misrepresentation of Obama’s no lobbyist policy.  More shocking than his statements was the applause he received with his response. But the young lady who asked about lobbyists obviously knows the truth.

It makes you wonder how a scandal becomes one ranked as “major” in the Obama White House.  We do remember the president’s reference to “not a ‘smidgen’ of corruption” in his 2014 Super Bowl interview with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.

Let’s see … there was the Fast & Furious gun running scheme that got Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry killed.  Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents about this program … there was the spying on the Associated Press and the files of Fox’s James Rosen, again involving Holder … there was the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the mysterious lost files of Lois Lerner and her close associates … there were lies about shovel ready jobs and the wasteful “investments” in energy projects like Solyndra … there were the lies about ObamaCare regarding our ability to keep our doctor and our plans …  there were the lies about the Benghazi attack in which our ambassador, a foreign service benghazi (pumabydesign001.com)representative and two CIA operatives were killed … there was the Veterans Administration’s fake waiting lists; surely a scandal … there was the ill-advised exchange of five Guantanamo terrorists for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl  and finally, his flagrant abuse of power, ignoring Congress and the Constitution regarding amnesty for illegals in the United States

Is it any wonder that President Obama refers to them as “phony scandals?”  The people around him assure him they aren’t scandals … they’re merely fabrications of those crazy right wing extremists.

 

 

You got us into this mess, Mr. President, with your 2008 grand plan to fundamentally transform the United States of America.

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Now, if you are as smart as your people say you are, you’ll drop the “I’ve got a veto pen arrogance” and allow Republicans to help you salvage your last two years. Then just maybe you won’t wind up lower than President Carter.

It can all be traced back to President Obama

You may be shocked by the current revelations of security screw ups by the Secret Service, but you shouldn’t be surprised, because it can easily be traced back to the culture in the White House.

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Evidence of a culture of “whatever” in the Obama White House continues to mount. (abcnews.go.com)

We have a president who regularly flouts the rule-of-law. He has made changes and waivers to existing law; he was found guilty by the Supreme Court for making illegal recess appointments; he traded five Guantanamo prisoners for Sergeant Bergdahl without Congressional approval; and he’s set to implement a broad amnesty on his own following the mid-terms.

On the morally unethical side, President Obama flew to a fundraiser in Las Vegas after our ambassador and three other Americans were killed in the Benghazi attack and, he was on the golf course just minutes after “grieving” with the parents of James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS.

What kind of respect can government employees in our various departments and agencies have for a president who laughs off inefficiencies and in some cases criminal activities, as “phony scandals.” Continue reading

An unusual request for help at the UN

  “In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided.”

Unbelievably, those were the words of President Obama as he brought to a close his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday intended to seek support for the war against – my words – Islamic extremists.

“So yes, we have our own racial tensions,” he went on to say, “And like every country, we have our racial and ethnic tensions.”

Can you believe it? Comparing the Ferguson shooting to the beheading and mass killings by ISIL, al Qaeda and other Islamist extremist spin-offs?

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(Poster courtesy elektroka)

Nine paragraphs into his speech, he finally gets to the point. “There is much to be done to meet the tests of this moment. But today I’d like to focus on two defining questions at the root of many our challenges – whether the nations here today will be able to renew the purpose of the UN’s founding (he’s dreaming); and whether we will come together to reject the cancer of extremism (not likely).”  He left them with this less than memorable quote, “For America, the choice is clear.  We choose hope over fear.”  “Hope,” where have we heard that before?

We are facing the most barbaric, evil terrorists we could have imagined, and our president is talking “hope?”

I was also taken aback by an earlier statement in his speech. “I have made it clear that America will not base our entire foreign policy on reacting to terrorism. Rather, we have waged a focused campaign against al Qaeda and its associated forces – taking out their leaders, and denying them the safe havens they rely upon.”  Then he said, “At the same time, we have reaffirmed that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.  Islam teaches peace.  Muslims the world over aspire to live with dignity and a sense of justice.  And when it comes to America and Islam, there is no us and them – there is only us, because millions of Muslim Americans are part of the fabric of our country.”  Really, Mr. President?  How do you think Americans would respond to a poll on that? Continue reading

Obama has full confidence in lying CIA director

When the shoe is on their foot, Democrats want you to look the other way and pretend it didn’t happen.

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CIA Director John Brennan flatly denies his agency spied on the Senate before the Council on Foreign Relations. (VOAnews.com)

Take the case of CIA spying on the Senate.  “As far as the allegations of CIA hacking into Senate computers, nothing could be further from the truth,” said CIA Director John Brennan, appearing before the Council on Foreign Relations on March 11, 2014. “I mean, that’s just beyond the scope of reason in terms of what we would do.”

Just two months earlier, at a Senate hearing, Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) said, “We are all aware of Executive Order 12333.  That order prohibits CIA from engaging in domestic spying and searches of US citizens within our borders.  Can you assure the Committee (Director Brennan) that the CIA does not conduct such domestic spying and searches?”

“ I can assure the Committee that the CIA follows the letter and spirit of the law in terms of what CIA’s authorities are, in terms of responsibilities to collect intelligence that will keep this country safe,” Brennan responded weakly.

CIA Seal“By law, the CIA is specifically prohibited from collecting intelligence concerning the domestic activities of U.S. citizens,” according to the CIA website, “With procedures approved by the attorney general (that’s comforting), the CIA is restricted in the collection of intelligence directed at U.S. citizens.”

I assume that includes members of the Senate.

On Thursday, Brennan issued what is termed an extraordinary apology to the Senate for spying on its committee.  It’s his resignation that he should have issued.

“I have full confidence in John Brennan,” said President Obama during a Friday press conference Q&A.  He also had confidence in HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius, IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman and VA administrator Eric Shinseki and has confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder.  Where’s the leadership?

 

“Phony scandals, Mr. President? Really?

Over the years since Barrack Obama was elected president and the press almost totally signed on to his agenda, I have been writing about news that isn’t getting reported by the so-called mainstream media.

If it wasn’t for Fox News, conservative publications, blogs and radio talk shows, most of us wouldn’t know about the culture of corruption in the Obama administration.

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President Obama tells liberal supporters in Minneapolis’ Minihaha Park that dealing with those “phony scandals” is frustrating. (dailycaller.com)

In the liberal haven of Minneapolis this week, the president continued to refer to stories about Benghazi, the IRS and VA as “phony scandals,” but a few reporters are beginning to recall the old saying “fish smell from the head down.”  ABC’s Jonathan Karl recently tangled with former White House press secretary Jay Carney over White House transparency.

Years ago, Sean Hannity signaled the end of true journalism in this country, and a number of people have asked where Woodward and Bernstein are these days.

Sharyl Attkisson, an award-winning investigative reporter at CBS, resigned in March after citing her inability to get her stories on line.  She’s currently writing a book due out later this year, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.  The title says it all.

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Sharyl Attkisson, who resigned as an award-winning investigative reporter at CBS, is writing a book about dealing with the stonewalling Obama administration. (Breitbrt.com)

Appearing on C-SPAN Q&A last week, Attkisson said the Obama administration has created “the worst atmosphere” journalists have ever faced and called the Freedom of Information Act “a joke.”  She’s been waiting since 2012 for a response to her FOIA on Benghazi.

The recent announcement that Diane Sawyer will be leaving ABC came just days after her testy interview with Hillary Clinton.  It surfaced rumors that network management was unhappy with her questioning.  (See my June 27, 2014 post, So she wants to be president, Part 2.)

Now that the terrorist tied to the Benghazi attack has arrived in the U.S., you can look for the administration spinmeisters to tell us “case closed.” Meanwhile, the misdeeds at the VA and the drip, drip, drip of corruption at the IRS continues.

So, Mr. President, you can continue to talk about “phony scandals,” but we remember the old Mark Twain saying, “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.”

Will GOP learn from Brat win?

First, let’s get it straight.  It wasn’t Tea Party financial support that enabled Dave Brat to beat GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary last night as the media has been saying.

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Dave Brat surprised everyone with his primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last night in Virginia. (NationalReview.com photo)

Putting it simply, Brat did campaign on principles Tea Partiers and true Republicans stand for – primarily adherence to the Constitution –   not moves to be Democrat-lite, to appear more moderate.

Cantor and some other Republicans still seem to think they can win the Latino vote by supporting comprehensive immigration reform.  It’s not going to happen.  We need to support and adhere to the immigration laws now on the books.

Conservatives are also tired of the lack of leadership in the House that has not used its powers to stop the president from subverting the rule of law and going weak-kneed on the repeal of ObamaCare.  They’re also frustrated by the foot-dragging on the Fast and Furious, IRS, Benghazi and VA scandals.  And, just because the Democrats control the Senate, it doesn’t mean Republican members can’t be more vocal on the issues, ala Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

Brat spent less than $200,000 on his campaign versus Cantor’s $6 billion.  He had the support of conservative talk radio, where I heard Mark Levin muse Monday night (I paraphrase)  wouldn’t it be interesting if the Republicans took back the Senate in the mid-terms while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell went down in defeat.

Even though Brat is merely a Republican who wants his party to stand for its principles and ideas to turn the country around, watch for the Democrats to label Brat as an “extreme right-winger” with ties to the Tea Party.

If ever there was a wake-up call for Republicans who talk of reaching across the aisle, the Brat victory last night was it.

The House would be wise to replace Cantor as majority leader with someone outside the current leadership line.  Instead of Rep. Kevin McCarthy or Rep. Jeb Hensarling, why not Rep. Jason Chaffetz or Rep. Devin Nunes, two excellent spokesmen on Republican principles.

Obama, staff simply inept

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”The Rose Garden production sticks in my craw – Obama leaving with his arms around Bergdahl’s mother and father.  So touching.  So warm.  So utterly repellent!”  – Richard Cohen, Washington Post columnist

For the past five years I have been writing about a president – Barack Obama, of course – who is in over his head on domestic issues and the economy; national security, foreign policy and on defense.

We have seen his incompetence, lack of judgment, open flouting of the rule of law and the constitution and a disregard for the culture of corruption evidenced within his administration.

The latest Gallop Poll reveals that 74 per cent of Americans express dissatisfaction with the way things are going in the United States at this time, and Real Clear Politics, with its average of all major polls, reflects a 52.5 per cent disapproval of President Obama’s job performance.

Over the past few weeks we have again witnessed his ineptness and that of those around him. With the media showing clips of him promising process improvements for vets dating back to 2008, the president couldn’t pass this off as another phony scandal. Continue reading