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Flag Day: Fly Your Flag!

The American flag embodies our past, our future, ultimate sacrifice and founding as a free Republic. Fly your flag proudly, there is nothing radical in being a patriot.



Netanyahu Schools Obama, Draws a Line in the Sand

The following is a transcript of Prime Minister's Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech at the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University last week. Here is a leader that has no compunction standing with his people and offers not one apology for it. It's clear the speech wasn't written by a twenty-something video-gamer for an empty suit that use words for affect as opposed to speaking from the heart and for the soul of a nation.

Honored guests, citizens of Israel.

Peace has always been our people's most ardent desire. Our prophets gave the world the vision of peace, we greet one another with wishes of peace, and our prayers conclude with the word peace.

Chris Edwards: The Spending Threat

catologoCATO | Chris Edwards | Rising unemployment, stagnant wages, falling housing prices ... The US economy has overcome such crises time and again in the past. But President Obama and his allies in Congress are gearing up to wallop families and businesses with an array of new taxes to fund a host of spending plans. These won't just hit hard at average families -- they threaten to derail any economic recovery.

Hoyer is 'Sure' the Obama Channel Will Allow Equal Time for GOP

If you aren't convinced that ABC is an Obama Media outlet you're as clueless as Steny Hoyer. It's amazing he can find his way into the office in the morning. What are Maryland voters thinking?

(CNSNews.com) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com Tuesday that he was not familiar with ABC's refusal to give Republicans an opportunity to voice their views when the network airs a special edition of "Primetime" from the White House on June 24 that will feature President Obama discussing his health-care reform plan.

White House on Shaky Ground With Walpin Firing

The firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin by the Obama for outing a close supporter is not being fairly reported by the Obama Networks. The Obama/Ahmadinejad/Chavez administration has stated Walpin is somewhat "confused" and can no longer do his job effectively, and he needed to be removed. They gave him one hour to resign or he would be fired. Obama as a Senator signed off on legislation requiring the office of the president to give the congress thirty days notice of any firings of any inspector generals. The rule apparently does not apply to the One. The evolving story, which changes day to day, is being spoon fed to obedient media outlets meant to disgrace an honest level headed public servant to protect a lap dog belonging to Obama. Walpin is not going quietly into the night. The Washington Examiner, one of the few media outlets which still adheres to journalistic ethics has the story.

Fired AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin strongly denies the White House's claim that he was "confused, disoriented [and] unable to answer questions" at a May 20, 2009 board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that oversees AmeriCorps. In a letter to several members of Congress Tuesday night, Norman Eisen, who is the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, wrote that at the May 20 meeting, "Mr. Walpin was confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve." Eisen wrote that Walpin lost the confidence of the Corporation Board, which led to the decision to fire him.


"I started out by chastising the board and telling them their duty was not just to accept what management says, but to make their independent analysis of those reports," Walpin continues. He says board members were "clearly angry at my temerity in telling them they should not be acting in the manner of many for-profit boards, which have been recently criticized." Walpin says there was "no confusion whatsoever about our two reports, and our clear findings, which were a major part of the meeting."

So where did the White House allegation of confusion come from? Walpin says that he was not feeling well that day, and that he was repeatedly interrupted as he gave a prepared presentation. "Then at one point, they broke in and said I had to leave the room while they handled something else," he recalls. "I left my papers there. When I came back, they were in disorder. I attempted to reorganize them and be certain that I was not repeating what I had already discussed. But I was quickly denied time to review my notes and told that I had to leave because the board was too busy."


The White House suggestion that Walpin, who is 77 years old, is somehow mentally not up to his job and cannot perform his duties has caused great skepticism among Republicans on Capitol Hill. GOP investigators have talked to Walpin and found him entirely sharp and focused. "He has been collected and coherent," says one investigator. "What the White House described is not the experience that we have had in dealing with him." (That is also my own experience, having talked with Walpin for a total of about two hours since the weekend.) In addition, Walpin has also performed well in recent high-profile media appearances.

There has been such a strong reaction by Senate Republicans demanding answers, Obama and his merry men are running around in circles looking for a new cover story to cover their lying butts. The Washington Examiner continues its reporting:

Norman Eisen, the White House Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, met with investigators on the staff of Republican Sen. Charles Grassley at Grassley's offices this morning. The investigators wanted to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin. According to Grassley, Eisen revealed very, very little, refusing to answer many questions of fact put to him. And now Grassley has written a letter to the White House counsel asking for answers.

The questions relate to a letter Eisen sent to some senators Tuesday night attributing Walpin's dismissal, in significant part, to Walpin's behavior at a May 20, 2009 board meeting of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that oversees AmeriCorps.  Eisen wrote that at the meeting, "Mr. Walpin was confused, disoriented, unable to answer questions and exhibited other behavior that led the board to question his capacity to serve." After the meeting, Eisen wrote, Walpin lost the confidence of the Corporation Board.  The White House conducted a review of the matter, and Walpin was fired.  (For a detailed account of Walpin's reaction to the White House charges, see here.)

At today's meeting, Sen. Grassley's staffers wanted to know more about the White House review. "Unfortunately," Grassley writes in a letter just sent to White House counsel Gregory Craig, "Mr. Eisen refused to answer several direct questions posed to him about the representations made in his letter." Grassley says that since Eisen refused to answer the questions in person, Grassley would submit a dozen of them in writing. Here they are:

1) Did the [Corporation for National and Community Service] Board communicate its concerns about Mr. Walpin to the White House in writing?

2) Specifically, which CNCS Board members came forward with concerns about Mr. Walpin's ability to serve as the Inspector General?

3) Was the communication about the Board's concerns on or about May 20, 2009 the first instance of any communications with White House personnel regarding the possibility of removing Mr. Walpin?

4) Which witnesses were interviewed in the course of Mr. Eisen's review?

5) How many witnesses were interviewed?

6) Were any employees of the Office of Inspector General, who may have had more frequent contact with Mr. Walpin than the Board members, interviewed?

7) Was Mr. Walpin asked directly during Mr. Eisen's review about the events of May 20, 2009?

8) Was Mr. Walpin asked for his response to the allegations submitted to the Integrity Committee by Acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence Brown?

9) What efforts were made during Mr. Eisen's review to obtain both sides of the story or to afford the Office of Inspector General an opportunity to be heard?

10) In addition to the claim that Mr. Walpin was "confused" and "disoriented," the letter also says he exhibited "other behavior" that led to questions about his capacity. What other behavior was Mr. Eisen referencing?

11) If the initial and primary concern had to do with Mr. Walpin's capacity to serve for potential health reasons, why was he only given one hour to decide whether to resign or be fired?

12) If Mr. Walpin's telecommuting arrangements since the beginning of this year were a major concern, then why was Mr. Walpin not simply asked to stop telecommuting?

A new America under an Obamaocracy. Cross him and your reputation will be impugned. Protect the tax cheats, the ACORN thugs, lying Speakers and the perpetrators of the election fraud, but bring down and marginalize those honest citizens for pointing out the incongruity. It's shameful. Mr. Obama, you are an embarrassment and a fear monger. Show us your birth certificate sir, if not, are we to assume you're a fraud, too? It's time to make a stand America, silence is no longer an option if we want to save our dignity and our constitutional right to speak freely.

George Bush Speaks Truth to Fact in Erie, Pa.

George W. Bush on Wednesday made a rare speech in front of a crowd numbering close to 1,600 at the Manufacturer & Business Association dinner in Erie, Pennsylvania. The AP reports floating around the blogosphere do not give the speech justice and only give a simple unflattering overview of the hour long speech. It is clear the AP did not want to offend the One with a glowing and honest portrayal of Obama's better. John Guerriero at GoErie.com/Erie Times-News provides a broader overview of the event, which is an honest and forthright read.

Kass: They Don't Believe in Fairies

John Kass: Obama's political play should shock no one.

It's amusing to watch the Washington political establishment feign shock, now that President Barack Obama's reform administration has used a clay foot to vigorously kick one inspector general and boot another out the door.

One inspector general foolishly investigated a friend of the president. Another inspector general audited those juicy bonuses given to AIG executives as part of $700 billion federal bailout of the financial industry. . . .

The use of political muscle may be prohibited in the mythic transcendental fairyland where much of the Obama spin originates, sprouting green and lush, like the never-ending fields of primo Hopium.

But our president is from Chicago. Obama's Media Merlin David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel come right from Chicago Democratic machine boss Mayor Richard Daley. They don't believe in fairies.

Daley can't wait to be rid of his own inspector general, David Hoffman, who had the audacity to question why Daley's nephew received $68 million in city pension funds to invest. The mayor insists he didn't know anything about it. Nobody with a functioning brain believes the mayor. ...

Do they think Obama learned his politics in Narnia, while cavorting with gentle forest creatures, some of which have hooves and serve tea and cakes to journalists and well-mannered English schoolgirls on snowy winter afternoons?

Well, yes, yes they do, in Obamaland. Although, much like the economy, their numbers are contracting at an accelerated pace.

H/T Glenn Reynolds

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