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New McCain Supporter is Obama Writer Who Also Assisted Edwards, Hillary

October 29, 2008

As the nation slouches toward disaster, the level of political discourse is unworthy of this moment in history. We have Republicans raising Ayers and Democrats fostering ageism with “erratic” and jokes about Depends. Sexism. Racism. Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008.

By Wendy Button

Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional.”

When I entered this campaign, it was at the 2006 Edwards staff Christmas party. My nametag read “Millie Worker.” When former Senator John Edwards read it, he laughed and said, “That makes you like my parent.” He went on to say, “Would you please come down to Chapel Hill so we can talk about what’s coming up.” I sat in John and Elizabeth’s living room for two and half hours. I left North Carolina, energized about politics for the first time in months.

Read the rest:
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-28/so-long-obama/1/

War By Every Possible Means

August 10, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 10, 2007

America is losing the world-wide war against America. That’s right, the world-wide war against America.

This is not just our war against terrorists or terrorism. This is also about three or four-fifths of the rest of the world opposing the “Only Superpower.”

Just as when ancient Rome became decadent and soft and hired more and more mercenaries to fight its wars; we Americans are discussing gay marriage at political “debates” while China and Russia make deals to oppose the U.S. plan to throttle Iran’s nuclear program.

While John Edwards is getting his $400.00 haircut, about one million Chinese “hackers” are launching a cyber attack against U.S. computers.

Why does Newt Gingrich, a student of history and a well schooled Washington insider, add to his speeches, “We are in trouble, and somebody had better start talking about it in a blunt way.”

You think that is just a cute tag line or does he believe it?

The war we are already engaged in is a world-wide war against the U.S. and that’s us.

We at Peace and Freedom view “war” as a struggle for dominance in many areas: geo-political influence, resources, science and technology and everything else. The U.S. has already proven, with the assistance of terrorists and insurgents from around the globe, that the best military doesn’t always “win.” The lessons of the war in Vietnam are locked in which Pentagon safe?

What we are talking about is a war by every possible means that is being launched against the U.S. and to which the U.S. should respond. It is a war to assemble political, manufacturing, military, technological and mineral wealth.

And we are losing.

Consider China. You have read any news lately in any credible “world view” publication or web site that DIDN’T have some jaw dropping news about China?

Here are just a few topics and headlines recently from China (and a few other places):

China could use pile of cash to invest in USA

China Threat: “Nuclear Option” Against U.S. Economy

China’s Golden Cyber-Shield

Vietnam: New Gold Rush

In Iraq, China Arming Both Sides: U.S.

Report: Risk of nuclear warfare rising

Missiles Everywhere

A $1.5 trillion mistake: Pakistan, North Korea, Iran and the Nuclear Nexus

Well, you get the idea.

During the last year, China opened the world’s largest seaport: in Pakistan. China deflected international pressure on the genocide in Darfur so it could continue to hustle Sudan’s leadership to gain a monopoly over that county’s oil. China destroyed a satellite with an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test. A Chinese submarine maneuvered undetected into a position that allowed it to surface within sight of a U.S. aircraft carrier. North Korea tested at least one nuclear device. Iran threatened to go nuclear and tested missiles of increasing range: perhaps they can already reach into Europe. And while the U.N. and U.S. wring their hands about pollution and global warming, China continues to hide behind the legalese that it is a “developing nation” and exempt from restrictions like those in the Kyoto pact. That air pollution over Beijing is from manufacturing, my friend. A manufacturing juggernaut.

During the last year Vladimir Putin in Russia has opposed the U.S. on all fronts, invoking old Cold War rhetoric. Russia has been reinvigorated by oil wealth.

Chihuahuas like Hugo Chavez upped their ugly rhetoric and initiated more anti-U.S. positions and actions.

Cindy Sheehan when to Venezuela to visit. Nancy Pelosi went to Syria to visit. And during a Democratic debate, Barak Obama said he’s go anywhere to visit.

While Meredith Viera of NBCs TODAY Show tasted Chinese cuisine in Beijing to the delight of some grinning Chinese stooge Olympic handler, China was sucking as much iron and tin out of Africa as it could find.

While Americans sat transfixed to Paris Hilton and other meaningless and fleeting news, some ground-shaking world events have occurred. What we need to know is: has this been due to geological shifts or nuclear testing?

I don’t want to be painted an alarmist and dismissed to a corner of the room. What we are urging is a reawakening of our view of the world situation and a change to the sleepwalking politicians at the debates so far. Get Dennis Kucinich off the stage for God’s sake and let’s hear what Mr. Gingrich has to say.

My friend Les Lothringer, who lives and works in China and has spent his lifetime understanding international business says, “The U.S. has made a mistake allowing so much manufacturing and R&D to come here [to China], or anywhere for that matter. It should be brought back to the U.S. The Chinese economy will slow. Americans will learn some financial discipline and American domestic technical know-how, which made the US pre-eminent, will assert itself.”

To ignore Les’ advice is folly, we believe. Viewed as a monopoly board, all the hotels and properties are headed out of the U.S.

And we are not even discussing this mass migration.

Related:

 Excellent Gingrich Speech, National Press Club, Aug. 7, 2007

Americans Swallowing Communist Precept: Ideology Over Competence

Beijing is rushing to make its air clean for the 2008 Olympics, but experts say it will be impossible for the site to be totally safe for athletes at the global sporting event.
Beijing on a “clear” day…..

Related:
Russia, China and allies play war game
and
Prioritizing Trouble

What are we Americans really made of?

August 7, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 7, 2007

 A bridge collapses into the Mississippi River, bringing death to the households of average Americans including a Native American and a Mexican immigrant.

A hurricane ravages a major American city, killing many and leaving scores homeless and without jobs.

Islamic extremists attack symbols of the United States’ economic and military power: the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon.

And how have we Americans responded to these crises?

Here is how noted American Psychologist Elizabeth Carll, Ph.D., reflected upon 9-11.

Dr. Carll is a clinical and consulting psychologist in private practice in Long Island, New York and the author of “Violence in Our Lives: Impact on Workplace, Home, and Community.”

“It was a few minutes before 9 AM on September 11, 2001, and like many typical days I was in my office returning calls and completing paperwork prior to the arrival of my 10 AM patient, when I received a call from my husband informing me that a airplane had crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center (WTC). While he was describing the incident to me, he saw on TV the live newscast of the second airliner crashing into the other tower. At this point we both realized the horrible implications of this disaster. Within minutes all television networks were reporting the shocking breaking news. When I conceived and established the New York State Psychological Association Disaster/Crisis Response Network in 1990, I had no idea that we would be responding to such a terrible tragedy on our own home grounds, but felt gratified that we had a database of over 250 trained psychologists in NY State alone to respond to this tragedy…..”

“Therapy sessions were punctuated by calls from other therapists for advice, consulting, and support.”

Just a note of shocking news to Americans. This is not for everybody but to those who leap toward therapy, drugs and the help of others when a crisis strikes: not everyone in the world responds this way. Not everyone has that luxury.

When the City of Saigon was invaded by communists in 1975, and the entire nation of the Republic of South Vietnam disappeared from the map in favor of a communist suppressor from the North; there were no therapists for the people.

After Saigon fell to the Communists and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City, after the Communist war lord in 1975, several human rights abuses quickly became apparent. In Communist Vietnam, the rules changed to the will of the Communist party leaders and the abuses included and today include:

–Systematic abuse and imprisonment of any and all people who assisted in the war effort against the Communists or who helped the Americans in any way. The most infamous aspect of these “Trai Cai Tao” or remote jungle or highland “re-education centers” were periods of detention normally from seven to almost twenty years. My Bac or Uncle Chi was in this system for 8 years. But I do know of cases where intelligence officers or others with special skills were in prison for 17 years.

–Leaving Vietnam became a crime. Many of the “Boat People” who escaped did so after being caught trying to escape and suffering through prison terms for their “crimes” several times. I have one friend who went through this system at least 9 times. My wife went through three or four times.

–Life as a refugee was no picnic. Many of those that successfully survived their time at sea (and many starved to death, drown, or were raped and tortured by pirates) reached places like Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines. They were refugees with hopes of reaching western lands like Canada, Norway, Australia, the United States and other nations. In Hong Kong women of child bearing age we sterilized so they would not add to the crush of largely unwanted refugees. My wife spent 8 years “detained” in Palawan, the Philippines. She lived in a hut with about 40 other men, women and children. Her cousin was in the Philippines for 16 years awaiting permission to legally enter the U.S. They were awaiting permission to emigrate to America. And there we no “illegal aliens” in this group: you cannot walk from Asia to the United States.

–Loss of all privacy. In Vietnam, neighbors were encouraged to all the police if they noticed anything “unusual” about you or your household.

–Denial of religious freedom. In fact, Catholics were forced to renounce their faith in writing in communist Vietnam.

–Denial of freedom of speech and expression. All media was taken over by the communist machine.–Systematic repression and in some cases genocide against the ethnic minorities that had assisted the Americans. These included the tribal peoples of the Khmer Krom, Montagnards, Hmong Lao, and the Khmer Rouge.

–Unlawful imprisonment. Anyone, at any time, whoever angers the leadership of the Vietnamese Communists becomes subject to unlawful imprisonment. This continues today. An American citizen, Mrs. Cuc Foshee, is such an example. In the autumn of 2006 she was released from prison after 14 months held without charges by the communist government of Vietnam.

I would submit humbly that this experience of an entire nation, an entire people, was a traumatic crisis.Certainly American clinicians would mandate extensive therapy, groups sessions, perhaps a drug regime and other forms of care.

None of that was forthcoming to the people of the former South Vietnam.

What did the former “South Vietnamese” do?

Those that chose to leave rather than live under the communist regime, decided they had to endure any sacrifice or pain in order to achieve the goal of freedom.

“We endured. We lived. We became refugees. We continued to seek our goal: freedom in the United States. And when we got here we got jobs, we applied for citizenship,” said one of my wife’s uncles to me when I asked. He had been an Ambassador to two nations: Germany and Australia. When he got to America he got a job in the construction trades and hauled sheet rock.

I have a friend that was a high ranking and esteemed Naval Officer who commanded six ships in the service of South Vietnam. When he came to America he became a school teacher.

No complaints. I have never heard a single complaint from any of the Vietnamese I know.

“We had no time to worry, complain or seek therapy because we went to work rebuilding our lives,” a Vietnamese friend told me.

That quote is from a Vietnamese “survivor” I know. But I heard almost the same quote from a man near New Orleans who went through Hurricane Camille (1969) as a young man and Hurricane Katrina just recently. He said, “My Dad, my brothers and I rebuilt. What else can you do? We had no time for therapy because we were rebuilding and you know what?  We all turned out fine!”

So I asked my Vietnamese friend, “And why are the bookshelves and movie theaters not full of your stories of endurance, self sacrifice and survival.” I am so naïve.

The answer surprised me: “Because we all have the same story. There are millions of stories. And ask any refugee.  Ask the Iraqi refugees. Nobody interested in their stories. Americans want a spy movie or a car chase. Nothing sexy about the experience of refugee.”

My wife still calls her Vietnamese contemporaries “Survivors.” Those at church, the shopping mall, and other places are called not “Other Vietnamese” or “Vietnamese Americans.” She often, if not always, says “Survivor.”

So this is an observation of two cultures and not meant as a criticism of anyone.  And I do believe in therapy and the proper treatement of PTSD (which I wrote a six part series on).  I just think many Americans have lost their way: partly because they have so much money, time, so many blessings, and so few bedevilments that cause them to sacrifice.

If you never sacrifice, a long line at the supermarket is burdonsome.  Nothing seems to bother my Vietnamese frieds.  They are just happy to be “Survivors.”

Many Americans believe other people can cure you. Not God and not your own inner strength and fortitude. Many believe and seek “rehab” before adjustment, adaptation and a peaceful mind. Many praise at the altars of the wrong gods: “sex, drugs and rock and roll.” We watch glued to TV screens watching Paris Hilton make a train wreck of her life and a mockery of the court.

The Vietnamese I know don’t watch. “She seeking wrong happy. She never be happy that way,” one told me.

So when I heard on TV a woman in Minneapolis say, “When you give up hope, you give up life,” my Vietnamese friends and relatives sprang into my mind.

We Americans are engaged in a great world-wide geopolitical struggle. Yet many of us have become a pampered people of shoppers and spenders.

The NBC TODAY show had one of those invaluable “news” reports I relish, on August 6, 2007.

The topic was SPAs.

Here is the intro to the piece on the NBC TODAY Show web page complete with their own misuse of the word “their”:

“Imagine a week of facials, massages, gourmet meals, hikes, and Pilates classes. Sounds like a great way to spend the last days of summer, right? That’s the sound of a SPA getaway.”

“‘Vacation’ usually means hustling to catch planes, hassling with rental cars, and then squeezing in friends, family, and of course all the major sites. That’s why destination spas make so much sense. According to SPA Finder Inc., there [sic] database counts more than 15,000 spas in the United States.”

15,000 SPAs? That sounds like an extravagance to me.

Until you consider we have over 10,000 high end coffee houses in the U.S. And they are already springing up in places like China.

Many Americans will spend thousands of dollars on themselves in SPAs, hair salons and nail shops. Then on the way home they’ll buy a cappuccino for something going toward $5.00.

I am proud to say I don’t go to a “hair stylist.” Instead I make a small donation to Pete the immigrant barber and he does the job for less than $10.00.  No $400.00 “Style job” (or whatever it is called) for me.

John Edwards: eat your heart out.

The bottom line is this: many Americans will pay whatever it takes to achieve their own few minutes of mental bliss.  Because they have so much money spending it on self centered wasteful things seems OK to them.  God Bless ‘em too!

But ask some of us to really make a real sacrifice; and you may get that “deer in the headlights” stare.

I saw an Army G.I. interviewed on TV a few days ago. He reminded watchers that only about 1% of the U.S. population was involved in the war on terror, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said many Americans slapped an “I support the troops” bumper sticker on their car and they were finished with the problem.

The question is, “Can the people of so many spas, so much pampering and so much luxury prevail in a real terrorized world? Will Americans retreat into themselves?”

The terrorists think the answer is an unqualified “yes.”  Your average Muslim extremists thinks your average American is too pampered and too spoiled and ready for a fall.

So I wonder sometimes: will the people of the United States ever again be able to achieve the likes of the landings on D-Day? Can present day America defeat a tyrant like Hitler? Do we have engineering successes in our future to rival man walking on the moon?

I am usually an optimist.

But the two most recent examples of “The Right Stuff” included a half-crazed astronaut wearing a diaper on her way to kill what she thought was her man’s girlfriend with a BB gun. The other was a report of drunken astronauts in space and in aircraft.

Are these folks too spoiled?  Lost their way?  The terrorists are heartened by stories and people such as these.

When I heard a pundit say what a hard and long “struggle” it would be to replace the Interstate 35W bridge which collapsed, I nearly gagged. We should be able to rebuild that bridge better and stronger in no time. Now I’ve learned that is what the people of Minnesota intend. Bravo!

And I heard a news reader bemoaning “the decaying infrastructure in America.” I thought: we better get on with it and do it right.

We, as a nation, had better take on some of the tough issues facing us like illegal immigration, the war against terror and the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We better not allow our pampered opulence and small tolerance of sacrifice to allow our nation to decay. If we do our grandchildren need to start learning Chinese at an early age.

And if we lose hope we give up on life.  And our way of life.
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Notes:

Several factors came together to cause me to think about and write this essay.

First among them was Senator Harry Reid, saying, while America has troops engaged in the field at war, that the U.S. had already “lost” the war.  This I find this a very dangerous pronouncement that emboldens the enemy and increases the danger to our troops.

Newt Gingrich also impacted my thought.  He made these comments to the news media:

“So my first advice to the president was, ‘Don’t say anything anymore. Keep quiet.’ Let General [David] Petraeus and [Iraq] Ambassador [Ryan] Crocker speak for the country.’

“And then the Democrats in Congress have to decide are General Clinton and General Reid and General Pelosi really more knowledgeable than General Petraeus.

“It’s very hard to go to the country and say I’m going to abandon the Americans in Iraq. It’s very easy to go to the country and say George W. Bush is wrong.”

“None of you should believe we are winning this war. There is no evidence that we are winning this war,” the ex-Georgian told a group of about 300 students attending a conference for collegiate conservatives on August 2, 2007.

Mr. Gingrich said the proper thing to do is to share the burden of Iraq with Democrats.

Mr. Gingrich’s statements, in my view, are right on target.

Then there are some comments made by the Editorial Page Editor of the Washington Times, Mr. Tony Blankley.

Mr. Blankley said the real possibility of a chemical, biological and even nuclear device being detonated in a major American city is further maximized by the unwillingness of many Bush administration critics to appreciate the dangers associated with the rise of radical Islam. He made the statement during the 29th Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference.

Finally: an essay entitled “The Can’t-Do Nation” and written by John McQuaid appeared in The Washington Post on Sunday, August 5, 2007.  John was wondering some of the same thought I have been having. He writes as part of his essay: “The United States seems to have become the superpower that can’t tie its own shoelaces.”

Read it all:
The Can’t-Do Nation

I was also moved by Mr. William Murchison who wrote a column I renamed.  He complains that he cannot stay awake watching the likes of Hillary, Barak, McCain and the others.  I think maybe 90% of Americans agree with him.  I think we are on the wrong track…..and I don’t see any smart train engineers in the field!

Read it all at:

Presidential Politics: Are You Still Awake?

Two great essays:
Today’s Complaint: I hate Complainers

Our series on PTSD:

War Wounds of The Mind Part I: Historical Perspective on PTSD

War Wounds Of The Mind Part II: Discussions With PTSD Sufferers

War Wounds of the Mind Part III: The Commanders

War Wounds of The Mind Part IV: A Warning About Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

 In God’s Hands Now: The Passing of a Stateless Soldier and a Good Man

War: Changing Lives in an Instant: Bob Woodruff and Mike Who Has PTSD

War Wounds of the Mind Part VI: Half of Soldiers, Marines Returning With PTSD — Red Alert

We’ll Pay What it Costs: Ice Cream, Coffee, Achieving The Insurmountable and Other Thoughts on Life

August 6, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 6, 2007

Ice Cream

My bride was recently gravely ill and I pulled out the stops to do everything I could for her. I brought her Mother’s homemade Vietnamese soup and my bride didn’t touch a drop.

I tried cookies and candy.

Nothing made her hungry or happy.

Finally I tried a certain high end ice cream brand. The exact product was “Cherry Garcia.”

She loved the expensive ice cream and couldn’t stop praising me, raving about the ice cream, and sneaking little scoops of the stuff.

Then she started to wonder, as she got better, why I had never introduced her to the “good stuff” ice cream until she became ill.

I told her if I lost her, God would have asked her questions. It might go something like this:

God:  “Did your husband love and care for you to his full ability?”

My wife would certainly answer in the affirmative.

Then God might say, “Did he buy for you Cherry Garcia ice cream?”

My wife would say no. She had never heard of it until she was ill.

Then God would inform her; “You got screwed Honey. He wasn’t as good a husband as he could have been.”

Now she isn’t sure about me and I fear she is addicted to this ice cream.

I was told by a friend she has to go to Vermont to a place called “Ben & Jerry’s” for rehab.  Does that sound right?

Spas, Coffee and Human Sacrifice

The NBC TODAY show had one of those invaluable “news” reports I relish, just this morning.

The topic was SPAs.

Here is the intro to the piece on the NBC TODAY Show web page complete with their own misuse of the word “their”:

“Imagine a week of facials, massages, gourmet meals, hikes, and Pilates classes. Sounds like a great way to spend the last days of summer, right? That’s the sound of a SPA getaway.

‘Vacation’ usually means hustling to catch planes, hassling with rental cars, and then squeezing in friends, family, and of course all the major sites. That’s why destination spas make so much sense. According to SPA Finder Inc., there [sic] database counts more than 15,000 spas in the United States.”

15,000 SPAs? That sounds like an extravagance to me.

Until you consider we have over 10,000 high end coffee houses in the U.S. And they are already springing up in places like China.

Many Americans will spend thousands of dollars on themselves in SPAs, hair salons and nail shops. Then on the way home they’ll buy a cappuccino for something going toward $5.00.

I am proud to say I don’t go to a “hair stylist.”  Instead I make a small donation to Pete the immigrant barber and he does the job for less than $10.00.

John Edwards: eat your heart out.

The bottom line is this: many Americans will pay whatever it takes to achieve their own few minutes of mental bliss.  God Bless ’em too!

But ask some of us to really make a sacrifice; and you may get that “deer in the headlights” stare.

I saw an Army G.I. interviewed on TV a few days ago. He reminded watchers that only about 1% of the U.S. population was involved in the war on terror, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He said many Americans slapped a “I support the troops” bumper sticker on their car and they were finished with the problem.

Achieving The Insurmountable

So I wonder sometimes: will the people of the United States ever again be able to achieve the likes of the landings on D-Day? Can present day America defeat a tyrant like Hitler? Do we have engineering successes in our future to rival man walking on the moon?

I am usually an optimist.

But the two most recent examples of “The Right Stuff” included a half-crazed astrounat wearing a diaper on her way to kill what she thought was her man’s girlfriend. The other was a report of drunken astronauts in space and in aircraft.

When I heard a pundit say what a hard and long “struggle” it would be to replace the Interstate 35W bridge which collapsed, I nearly gagged. We should be able to rebuild that bridge better and stronger in no time.

And as the news reader bemoaned “the decaying infrastructure in America,” I thought: we better get on with it and do it right.

And we, as a nation, had better take on some of the tough issues facing us like illegal immigration, the war against terror and the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Related:

The Can’t-Do Nation
“The United States seems to have become the superpower that can’t tie its own shoelaces.”

What Americans spend on their pets:
“Pet Prowess” in America; Michael Vick to Coach at University of Beijing

Dog Rights in America versus Human Rights in Vietnam

Bloggers applaud rebuff of lobbyists

August 5, 2007

By Christina Bellantoni
August 5, 2007

CHICAGO — A presidential forum hosted by liberal bloggers drew sharp exchanges yesterday when John Edwards challenged his rivals to stop taking donations from lobbyists.

“We need a transparent government,” said the former senator from North Carolina, a favorite among those attending the Yearly Kos convention. “Why don’t we start today reforming the Democratic Party by all of us committing: no more, from this day forward, not a dime from the Washington lobbyists.”

The 1,400 people in the ballroom leapt to their feet for a sustained ovation. Later, Mr. Edwards said voters “know who has the power in Washington, D.C., and they know it’s not them.”

Read the rest:
http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070805/NATION/108050022/1001