No honor among thieves,,,,,,,,,,, Hey, look on the bright side. You bring your mirror and you will always have plenty of company !

June 5, 2010
By Mike Wereschagin
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Congressmen Jason Altmire and Tim Murphy have previous engagements. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. and Rep. Mike Doyle are out of town on anniversary trips with their wives. Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato will be campaigning in Philadelphia.

When President Obama and Sen. Arlen Specter land at Pittsburgh International Airport today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl will receive them by himself.

The rest of the region’s top elected officials declined White House invitations to attend Obama’s speech at Carnegie Mellon University this afternoon, their offices said.

The White House billed Obama’s speech as a follow-up to his economic address at Georgetown University on April 14, 2009, less than two months after he signed the $787 billion stimulus bill. In it, he spoke of laying “a new foundation for growth and prosperity — a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow-and-spend to one where we save and invest.”

Obama’s last trip to Pittsburgh was Sept. 24 and 25, when the city hosted the Group of 20 economic summit. He was in town 10 days before that to deliver the keynote address at the AFL-CIO convention. During both of those trips, elected officials didn’t greet him at the airport — as Ravenstahl will — but met up with him later, snagging a slice of the ever-present media spotlight on the country’s chief executive.

“It’s peculiar, to say the least,” Gerald Shuster, professor of political communication at the University of Pittsburgh, said about elected officials declining such invitations.

Altmire, a McCandless Democrat, will be in Midland, about an hour from Carnegie Mellon’s Oakland campus, to talk about $500,000 he secured for charter schools, spokeswoman Tess Mullen said.

“More than 150 people are coming,” Mullen said. “It’s been advertised for weeks.”

Obama lost Altmire’s district to Arizona Sen. John McCain by 10 percentage points in 2008. Altmire voted against administration priorities such as climate change and health care legislation, citing the wishes of constituents.

Onorato’s Philadelphia event was scheduled “for quite some time” before the White House announced the president’s visit Friday, spokesman Brian Herman said.

Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, will be heading up a technology expo at a Canonsburg hotel. His office said that, too, had been in the works for a while.

Doyle’s excursion is necessary to secure the support of a narrow but essential constituency, he said.

“I planned this getaway with my wife months ago to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary,” Doyle said via e-mail from his undisclosed location. “If I’d canceled it, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be celebrating our 36th anniversary next year.”

Obama won Pennsylvania in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote. Shortly after, Casey, Doyle and Specter joined him at the White House to watch the Steelers win the Super Bowl.

Obama’s Georgetown speech laid out five “pillars” on which the country’s economy would grow: new Wall Street regulations, federal budget savings, and investments in education, renewable energy and health care. Major changes since the speech include Senate passage of a financial reform bill on May 20; handing out the first round of education grants in the $4.4 billion Race to the Top program, with the second round beginning this month; and passage of a health care law in March.

The unemployment rate was 8.9 percent when Obama gave the Georgetown speech, and 9.9 percent in April, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The country’s Gross Domestic Product shrank at a rate of 4.6 percent in the first quarter of 2009. In the first quarter of 2010, it increased 4.1 percent.

A Susquehanna Polling & Research survey in April found Obama’s job approval in Pennsylvania fell to 42 percent, with 49 percent disapproving.

In the 10-county Southwestern Pennsylvania area, 43 percent approved of his performance, compared to 45 percent who disapproved, said Jim Lee, the polling company’s president. The counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.

Officials in swing districts such as Altmire’s, with an electorate showing an anti-incumbent mood, are loathe to link themselves to Washington, Lee said.

“I think Altmire fears a Charlie Crist moment,” Lee said, referring to the Florida governor voters chased from the GOP Senate primary this year after his more-conservative opponent used photos of Crist and Obama embracing.

Ravenstahl will greet Obama and Specter as they step off Air Force One at Pittsburgh International, and the three will ride into the city together, said Ravenstahl’s spokeswoman, Joanna Doven.

The mayor plans to make the most of his face time, discussing some of the city’s transportation needs and highlighting economic strides Pittsburgh has made, Doven said.

Obama last visited Carnegie Mellon as a candidate in 2008.

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The Governor of Arizona should bus all “Illegal Immigrants” to California’s “Sanctuary City’s” as part of Arizona’s boycott and a show of good will to the sate!

June 4, 2010

From the L. A. Times

1. 40% of all workers in  L. A. County ( L. A. County   has 10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes.

    This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2.  95% of warrants for murder in  Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3.  75% of people on the most wanted list in  Los Angeles are illegal aliens.  
4. Over 2/3 of all births in  Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in  California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in  Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7… The FBI reports half of all gang members in  Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8 Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L.. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.. (There are 10.2 million people in  L.   A.   County .)
    
  (All 10 of the above facts were published in the Los Angeles Times) 
    
  Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the  United States ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of  California ,  Florida , and  New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.  
    
  We are fools for letting this continue


Memorial Day,,,,,,,,, It has a history !

May 28, 2010

So we begin,,,,,,,, To all who have served and to the families who have given loan of loved ones.  With out your sacrifice this would not be home of the brave and the land of the free.  “Semper Fidelis” and have a blessed holiday.

World War I……………..

http://www.gwpda.org/photos/ 

 

World War II……………………….Normandy…………. “D” Day

 

Frozen Chosin…………..and some history of the forgotten war.

Vietnam…………….. welcome home………….. Thank you !

Desert Storm………

let’s not forget our coastal friends………. all part of the team !

Letters from Iraq………………

 

On may 28th 2010, we have now had 1,000 members of our armed forces die in Afghanistan. Now, add between both Iraq and Afghanistan our Country’s wounded warriers.  They are and represent the highest form of our citizenry and ALL volunteers.  What are you willing to do for the gifts they give you ?  Have they fought for generations so you can give your country away ?   Use these days to honor our men and women.  Hold and show this country’s families.  We respect them and their sacrifice.

Sunset Parade………… Let us put away the colors for tonight but  know while you sleep,  you can sleep well.  Happy Memorial Day and remember you can sleep because they keep watch.

If I ever go to war…
If I ever go to war Mom, Please don’t be afraid.
There are some things I must do, To keep the promise that I made.
I’m sure there will be some heartache, And I know that you’ll cry tears,
But your son is a Soldier now, Mom, There is nothing you should fear.
If I ever go to war Dad, I know that you’ll be strong.
But you won’t have to worry, Cause you taught me right from wrong.
You kept me firmly on the ground, yet still taught me how to fly.
Your son is a Soldier now Dad, I love you Hooah, Even if I die.
If I ever go to war Bro, There are some things I want to say.
You’ve always had my back, and I know it’s my time to repay.
You’ll always be my daybreak, through all of life’s dark clouds,
Your brother is a Soldier now, Bro, I promise I’ll make you proud.
If I ever go to war Sis, don’t you worry bout me,
I always looked out for you, but I can’t do that anymore,
Cause I’m a big bro to all in America.
I love you so much and you know that, Your brothers a soldier now Sis,
So wipe your eyes, I’ll be fine even if I die.
If I ever go to war my Friends, We’ll never be apart,
Though we may not meet again, I’ll hold you in my heart.
Remember all the times we had, Don’t let your memories cease,
Your friend is a Soldier now, Dear Friend, And I’ll die to bring you peace.
And when I go to heaven, And see that pearly gate,
I’ll gladly decline entrance, Then stand my post and wait.
I’m sorry Sir I can’t come in, I’m sort of in a bind,
You see I’m still a Soldier Sir, So I can’t leave them behind.
 

By PFC Jonathan W. Guffey – Alpha Company
101st Airborne 2/506th Infantry Air Assault – Iraq 2006
10 July 2006

The Lords Prayer for all in closing

For more on the Memorial Day celebration go here:  The JAG Hunter


Hey,, a true “Patriot” and a “World Leader” Can’t find his way, his office is round and keeps walking in circles!

May 28, 2010

President’s Memorial Day Plans Irk Some Veterans

By Anne E. Kornblut and Ed O’Keefe

President Obama is skipping the traditional Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery, a move that has dismayed some veterans — and comes at a sensitive moment in the administration’s relationship with the military.

Instead of speaking at Arlington, as he did last year and as most presidents have done, Obama will appear at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery outside Chicago, the White House said. Vice President Biden will take his place at Arlington, the most prestigious military cemetery in the country and home to Section 60, a large burial ground for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul Rieckhoff, the founder and executive director of the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, expressed disappointment at the White House move. “Arlington is hallowed ground, and the center of our nation’s attention on Memorial Day,” Rieckhoff said. “Unfortunately, President Obama and his family will not be there with us.”

Critics — mainly conservatives — have argued that attendance is more important with two wars ongoing. “Obama may talk about the government in the first person, but the men and women lying at Arlington know differently,” commentator Eric Erickson wrote on the conservative site Redstate.com. “Of course, Obama really doesn’t like the military, does he.” Fox News blared the headlines: “Trampling on Tradition?” and “Offensive to Soldiers?”

But other veterans say they’re not disturbed by Obama’s decision. “We don’t really see the big deal, so long as he’s taking the time to honor our fallen war heroes throughout Memorial Day weekend,” said Ryan Gallucci, spokesman for AMVETS. ” . . . Arlington is certainly not the only place our fallen heroes are buried, so why not pay your respects to veterans around the country?”

Steve Muro, the Department of Veterans Affairs acting undersecretary responsible for 131 national cemeteries, said Obama’s decision to visit a cemetery named for Lincoln is appropriate, since the 16th president established the country’s first 14 national cemeteries.

“I think the president is trying to show that there is more than one national cemetery,” Muro said.

Obama is not the first president to miss the Arlington ceremony. Ronald Reagan spoke at West Point one year, and went to his California ranch another year. George H.W. Bush, a war veteran, did not go at all. Bill Clinton, who did not serve in Vietnam and had a rocky time with the military, went to Arlington all eight years, and George W. Bush, who also avoided combat service in Vietnam, attended from 2003 onward.

Obama, who opposed the Iraq invasion and has overseen a drawdown there but is adding 30,000 troops in Afghanistan, has had a mixed relationship with the military.

His current support for ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” is not universally supported by the rank and file, but comes with backing from some top brass.

His most senior firing to date was retired Adm. Dennis C. Blair, who was pushed out as director of national intelligence last week, one of a handful of military members who have struggled in the highest ranks.


How’s the future look ?

May 28, 2010

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http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/28/markets/markets_newyork/index.htm
Dow ends worst May in 70 years
By Alexandra Twin, senior writer
May 28, 2010

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Stocks cut losses but finished in the red Friday,
ending a dismal month that saw the Dow Jones industrials suffer their worst
May in 70 years, after a downgrade of Spain’s debt reminded investors that
Europe’s economic woes continue.

The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) lost 122 points, or 1.2%, after
having been down as much as 186 points earlier in the session. The S&P 500
index (SPX) fell 14 points, or 1.2%, and the Nasdaq composite (COMP) dropped
21 points, or 0.9%.

Stocks were already weak before the ratings agency cut Spain’s debt one
notch. While the cut still leaves the debt in investment grade territory, as
opposed to junk, it nonetheless managed to rattle investors in a
thinly-traded session.

“People were expecting a nice slow day and then the Spain news turned things
around,” said Joseph Saluzzi, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading.

“It may have been anticipated, but It’s still a big deal,” he said. “It
tells us we are not out of the woods yet.”

Friday marked the end of a rough month on Wall Street in which stocks
plunged on worries about the European debt crisis, the weak euro and bets
that the market advance had outpaced any economic recovery.

The Dow lost 7.9%, according to early tallies, seeing its worst month since
February 2009, when it fell 11.7%, and worst May since 1940, when it plunged
21.7%.

The Nasdaq lost 8.3%, its worst month since November 2008, when it dropped
10.8%, and its worst May since 2000, when it skidded 11.9%.

The S&P 500 declined 8.2%, its worst month since February 2009, when there
was an 11% loss, and its worst May since 1962, when the drop was 8.6%.

Stocks rallied Thursday after China said it will stay invested in European
debt. The Dow jumped 285 points, or almost 3%, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq
both gained more than 3%.

After such an advance, investors pled exhaustion Friday, with trading pretty
quiet as many market pros stepped out ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

Stock declines were broad, with 27 of 30 Dow components falling, led by
Caterpillar (CAT, Fortune 500), Chevron (CVX, Fortune 500), Exxon Mobil
(XOM, Fortune 500), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ, Fortune 500), IBM (IBM, Fortune
500), 3M (MMM, Fortune 500), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ, Fortune 500).

The CBOE Volatility (VIX) index, or the VIX, Wall Street’s fear factor,
rallied 9% in afternoon trading.

0:00 /2:25Europe crisis: Wake-up call

Economy: A morning report from the Commerce Department showed consumer
income picked up last month, but spending didn’t follow suit.

Personal income rose 0.4% in April, matching the gain in March. Economists
surveyed by Briefing.com expected the 0.4% gain.

Personal spending was flat after rising 0.6% in the previous month. Spending
was expected to grow by 0.3%.

The Core PCE, the report’s inflation component, rose 0.1%, in line with
estimates, after increasing 0.1% in March.

The May consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan rose to
73.6 from 73.3 last month. Economists expected it to ease to 73.2.

The Chicago PMI, a regional reading on manufacturing, fell to 59.7 in May
from 63.8 in April, versus forecasts for a drop to 60.
Don’t count on a Verizon iPhone

Euro: The European currency has seesawed since falling to a four-year low of
$1.2146 last week.

On Friday, the euro fell 0.5% versus the dollar but remained above that
four-year low. The dollar fell 0.3% against the yen.

World markets: Markets in Europe ended mixed. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.1%,
Germany’s DAX gained 0.1% and France’s CAC 40 lost 0.3%.

Asian markets ended higher. Japan’s Nikkei gained 1.3% and Hong Kong’s Hang
Seng rose 1.7%. China’s Shanghai Composite gained 1.1%.

Commodities: U.S. light crude oil for July delivery fell $1.08 to $73.37 a
barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

COMEX gold for August delivery fell $4.40 to $1,210 an ounce.

Bonds: Treasury prices gained modestly, lowering the yield on the 10-year
note to 3.31% from 3.34% late Thursday. Treasury prices and yields move in
opposite directions.

Trading volume: Market breadth was negative. On the New York Stock Exchange,
losers beat winners two to one on volume of 800 million shares. On the
Nasdaq, decliners topped advancers by almost three to one on volume of 1.41
billion shares.


The only thing getting stung is “America”

May 22, 2010

Unite and Fight…………. Citizens Tsunami 2010


Here ya’ go Bill……….

May 21, 2010

Unite and fight………. Citizen Tsunami 2010