Progressive Republicans Attack Ted Cruz

Texas senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of being a liar, saying Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress haven’t changed things “one iota” because both parties serve the “Washington cartel.” Cruz made his speech after McConnell added the re-authorization of the Export-Import Bank to the highway-funding bill, then prevented senators from adding more amendments.

The Export-Import Bank’s charter expired June 30 when Congress refused to renew it. Opponents say it’s a major corporate welfare snow-job, with nearly 90 percent of the bank’s funding going to Boeing, General Electric and Caterpillar.

Cruz said that his vote for trade promotion authority, also known as fast track, was cast on the basis that McConnell assured him there was not a deal made with the Democrats to support the controversial Export-Import bank. Cruz said he asked McConnell the question during a private Senate Republican lunch.

“I stood up and I asked the majority leader very directly, what was the deal that was just cut on TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) and was there a deal for the Export-Import Bank? It was a direct question. I asked the majority leader in front of all the Republican senators. The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask such a question, and the majority leader looked at me and said, ‘There is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal,’” Cruz said. “Like St. Peter he repeated it three times.”

Besides pointing out McConnell’s lie, Cruz accused McConnell of operating as a “team” with Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid who also blocked debate: “Now the Republican leader is behaving like the senior senator from Nevada.”

He added that since Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress, they have passed the Obama-supported “cromnibus” bill, funded Obamacare, funded his executive immigration actions and approved Loretta Lynch as attorney general.

Senator Orrin Hatch defended McConnell, claiming Cruz’s speech was out of line: “Squabbling and sanctimony may be tolerated in other venues and perhaps on the campaign trail, but they have no place among colleagues in the United States Senate.”

Hatch’s reading of Senate Rule 19:2 — “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator,” — was a warning to Cruz.

Cruz fought back against charges saying, “It is entirely consistent with decorum and with the nature of this body traditionally as the world’s greatest deliberative body to speak the truth.”

In the end. all Hatch did is prove Cruz’s point about the “Washington cartel.”

U.S. Citizenship is Now Negotiable

In yet another step towards “fundamental transformation,” President Obama’s given an exemption to any newly naturalized citizen, who takes the oath of allegiance, to omit the lines requiring them to bear arms, or do non-combat duties, on behalf of the U.S. when required by law, based on religious belief or conscientious objection. Furthermore, objectors don’t have to be a member of any church or organization or provide any proof or attestation of these beliefs qualify for exemption.

In April, the Task Force on New Americans submitted a plan to Obama that identified ways to weave naturalized Americans into their communities, such as encouraging new Americans to take part in volunteer work.

The principles embodied in the Oath are in Section 337(a) in the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provides that all applicants shall take an oath that incorporates the substance of the following:

Support the Constitution; Renounce all allegiance to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which the applicant was before a subject or citizen; Support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Furthermore it requires the person taking the oath bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; or do non-combatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; or do work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law.

Unfortunately, starting July 21, 2015, new guidance (PA-2015-001) in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Policy Manual clarifies the eligibility requirements for changes to the Oath of Allegiance: “Candidates for citizenship normally declare that they will “bear arms on behalf of the United States” and “perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States” when required by the law.”

“A candidate may be eligible to exclude these two clauses based on religious training and belief or a conscientious objection,” it continues. “The new guidance clarifies that a candidate: May be eligible for modifications based on religious training and belief, or conscientious objection arising from a deeply held moral or ethical code.”

“Is not required to belong to a specific church or religion, follow a particular theology or belief, or to have had religious training in order to qualify,” the new guidance policy declares, adding, “May submit, but is not required to provide, an attestation from a religious or other type of organization, as well as other evidence to establish eligibility.”

Newly naturalized citizen are still required to affirm, “so help me God,” – at least for now.

Addressing Reno’s U.S. Flag Problem

After writing a fairly scathing commentary on the fact that the City of Reno had a the Gay Pride flag flying over city hall instead of the American Flag, I reached out to Mayor Hillary Schieve with the hope of finding some answers about why this would have happened in the first place. What following is our brief Facebook ‘conversation:’

Dear Ms. Schieve:
If you didn’t authorize the American flag’s removal and replacement of the Gay Pride flag, and if the city council had nothing to do with it, who did and are they going to be disciplined?
Respectfully,
Tom Darby

Hi Tom.
The buck stops with me and I am taking full responsibility since I represent the city. All too often politicians do not apologize and point fingers. I can assure you this will never happen again and sincerely feel horrible about any disrespect. This should have never happened and it is truly offensive.
Again I apologize and have addressed it with city staff on the matter. I just can’t say sorry enough.
Thank you again for being incredibly respectful in a situation where I would understand if you were not!! Hope you have a much better day than I am having!!
Happiness & good health to you and yours!!
Hillary

Thank you very much for addressing this matter to me. I know you didn’t have to, so I appreciate your taking time to let me know what is happening. Stay well.

I am enforcing very strict flag policies at the city and they will take effect immediately. Just can’t tolerate something like this ever again. Take care and thank you Tom!

At this point I’m satisfied that the problem has been taken care of, but I’d still like to know who did it and what sort of disciplinary action is going to be taken to prevent such a thing as this from happening ever again. I will give it sometime before I ask again.

Former P.O.W. Makes Headlines Again

The U.S. Army soldier released in a prisoner swap in Afghanistan for five Taliban detainees, ended up in the middle of a pot raid last week. Bowe Bergdahl’s currently awaiting a possible court-martial on charges of desertion for abandoning his post in Afghanistan and for misbehavior before the enemy that endangered his unit.

According to the Anderson Valley Advertiser, Bergdahl was an “unexpected visitor” at a Mendocino County farm. Captain Greg Van Patten with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said they detained  Bergdahl, but he was “determined not to be connected to the operation, at least there was no evidence to suggest he was involved.”

When they met Bergdahl, Van Patten said he identified himself while the sheriff’s office reached out to the Department of Defense. The agency confirmed Bergdahl was on leave, and asked for their help in getting him back.

Sheriff’s deputies later drove Bergdahl “to a halfway point,” near Santa Rosa, California, and returned to his duty station by military personnel.

“U.S. Army North was contacted by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office on July 21 regarding an incident within their jurisdiction in which Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was present,” Lt. Colonel Jason Shropshire told the Army Times.

An Article 32 investigation into his case’s scheduled to start September 17. The investigation is to decide if there’s enough evidence to merit a court-martial and is often compared to a civilian grand jury inquiry.

The desertion charge falls under Article 85 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, carrying a maximum punishment of five years confinement, reduction to the rank of E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge. The misbehavior charge falls under Article 99 of the UCMJ and carries a maximum punishment of confinement for life, reduction in rank to E-1, forfeiture of pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.

Bergdahl’s assigned to a desk job at Fort Sam Houston, when he should be locked up in the brig.

Reno City Hall’s New Flag

This is how far-left Nevada’s City of Reno has moved.  Instead of the American flag flying over city hall, somebody hoisted the Gay Pride flag in its stead.

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Both the mayor, Hillary Schieve, an ardent supporter of homosexual marriage — having lead an activist march through Reno and later attended a Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco — along with the city council have denied responsibility, apologized for the action and have since made certain the American flag’s returned to its rightful place.

“I was alerted tonight that the US flag was not flying over City Hall. I can most certainly see why people would be offended or upset. I did not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that the flag be put back immediately! It was certainly not the city’s intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened. I will take full responsibility since I represent this city. I have family members who have served and I know the importance of the ultimate sacrifice they have made for our country. I am very proud to be an American and we should always support our troops and veterans no matter what. I too am offended and there is no excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect for their service. My sincerest apologies!!!” Schieve wrote on Facebook.

Taking a personal position as an advocate for one thing or another is fine, but to disrespect the 98% of Renoite’s who don’t give a damn one way or the other about ‘who loves who’ is stepping way out-of-bounds since city hall’s funded by a majority of citizen who also value what the American flag represents — not only to Reno, but our nation.  Somebody needs to be fired.

This shit has to come to a stop!

Inspiration Well

Perhaps it’s because I spend six to eight hours, Monday through Friday, writing news commentary, that I’m having a hard time coming up with non-political material to write about for the weekends. After all, not everyone eats, sleeps and craps politics like I do and  you need something different to read from time to time.

For the past several weeks my ‘inspiration well’ has been dry. Oh, I know that there is something deep down at the bottom – my bucket jus’ doesn’t seem to reach it at the moment.

Worse yet is my so-called obsessive-compulsive disorder. I nearly freak out as bad at the thought of a day going by without a post to my blog as I do when I sit for an hour or more and find the page before me completely blank.

It’s not like getting up and checking  five, 10, 20 or 40 times every evening to see if the doors are really locked, nor is it the same as washing ones’ hands over and over all day, until they’re raw and chaffed. But it’s pretty damned close.

And so far they’ve yet to develop a medicine to cure this writer, who’s so uptight at times that seeing the abbreviation O-C-D, drives him nuts. I think it’s some sort of sick joke shrinks love to play on their patients.

They know good-and-well the effing letters are alphabetically out-of-order!

Fallen

It came as a hollow crash from someplace in the far-end of the house. I had been half-asleep and thought perhaps someone had pushed in our locked front door.

As I got up, I grabbed my flash light and unsheathed my K-BAR knife. But by the time I got to the hallway, my wife Mary had turned on the overhead light and loudly questioned, “What the hell was that?”

As I started down the hall towards the noise, our housemate popped her head out of her room and said in a loud whisper, “It sounded like it came from the front door.”

As quick as possible, I scanned the living room area for intruders, settling my flashlight’s beam on the front door. I found nothing, so I turned on the living room lights.

That’s when I discovered the source of the noise – out American flag, which leans in the corner behind the front door had fallen on the floor. It struck me odd that it would have fallen across the doorway instead of sliding down the wall before falling over.

After picking it up, tightly wrapping the flag around the pole, I propped it back into position against and slightly behind our Nevada state flag. By this time both Mary and Ka had returned to bed and headed down the hallway, turning all the lights off behind me.

As I slipped back between the sheets, I couldn’t help but wonder why it fell over like it did. It was mechanically incorrect and yet it had happened.

I was suddenly jarred fully wake as this thought slipped into my mind, “Did we jus’ get a sign about America’s future?”

The thought remained tangled in my dreams throughout the night and morning. I woke up feeling very tired and decided to go look at the flag and pole in the early morning sunshine.

This closer inspection brought about a new discovery: the screw holding the top corner rivet to the pole had broken. The head snapped off cleanly from the screw, allowing the flag’s eyelet to stay snagged on it.

I knew then that it was a sign to be taken seriously – not only is America about to fall, it’s going to do so because like “a fish that rots from the head down,” so is the Obama administration, from the top down.

McCain’s ‘War Hero’ Status

Recently, Donald Trump’s been accused of ‘attacking’ McCain, by claiming, “He’s not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Trumps comment came after McCain claimed in a New Yorker article that Trump, “…fired up the crazies,” during a rally the GOP presidential candidate attended in McCain’s home state of Arizona. Conveniently though, many have forgotten how John McCain’s ‘war hero’ status has been misused over the years by those seeking to further their Progressive careers.

In his 2004 book, “Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them,” current Senator Al Franken describes a 1999 speech he gave to the White House News Photographers Association where he claims to have said the same thing as Trump.

“Hey, I like John McCain. And I really think he’s courageous. I mean, his stance on campaign finance reform and tobacco. Wow. That takes guts. But this whole ‘war hero’ thing — I don’t get it. I mean, as far as I’m concerned, he sat out the war. I mean, anyone can get captured! Am I wrong, but isn’t the idea to capture the other guy?”

Jump forward to an August 3, 2008 post in the’ DailyKos:’ “It’s time to take a good look at John McCain’s time in the Navy. My case is that McCain is not a hero at all, but an accidental bumbler with bad luck.”

Then there’s an April 10, 2008 post from the website ‘Jim Marrs:’ “I have never in my long life seen propaganda as blatant and untrue as the ceaseless barrage of lies proclaiming John McCain as a hero. Nothing could be farther from the truth.”

Finally, there’s the July 2008 ‘Democratic Underground’ post: “Of all the b——t in which McCain’s candidacy is grounded, none’s more offensive to me than the “war hero” crap. Actually, offensive doesn’t begin to capture it. Insane is more the word.”

Not only did future Senators and bloggers question McCain’s ‘hero’ status, so did then-presidential candidate and retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, who said, “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”

Clark also tossed his hat into the 2004 presidential race, where his rival, then-Senator John Kerry’s top national security adviser Rand Beers claimed that because McCain was in “isolation” during much of the Vietnam war, his national security experience is “sadly limited.”

Beers added that McCain’s limitations are reflected in “some of the ways he thinks about the ways in which US forces might be committed to conflicts around the world.”

Progressives only defend McCain when they can use him to further their agenda.

Secret Deals and a Bad Comparison

There are two secretive side-deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that the Obama administration won’t be sharing with the U.S. people, our Congress or other nations.

One of them concerns inspection of Parchin Military Base, where Iran’s conducted several testing related to nuclear-warhead development. The other concerns how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran will resolve issues on the regimes possible military use of nuclear materiels.

Neither of he the deal will be overseen by any organization other than Iran and the IAEA. It also means the two deals won’t be disclosed to Congress despite the requirements of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, requiring the Obama administration to provide Congress with all documents, including all “annexes, appendices, codicils, side agreements, implementing materials, documents, and guidance, technical, or other understandings and any related agreements, whether entered into or implemented prior to the agreement or to be entered into or implemented in the future.”

It also means neither the Obama administration nor Congress will have a way of knowing whether Iran is complying with these ‘hidden’ agreements.

In July, Obama told the New York Time’s “You know, I have a lot of differences with Ronald Reagan, but where I completely admire him was his recognition that if you were able to verify an agreements that you would negotiate with the evil empire that was hellbent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be.”

Obama’s nuclear treaty with Iran doesn’t even come close to being verifiable and worse, he didn’t even try to win the release of four Americans being held prisoner in Iran. However he did release a top Iranian scientist, arrested in California while attempting to acquire equipment for Iran’s military-nuclear programs, as part of the same flawed deal.

History confirms that Obama is no Ronald Reagan as trumpeted by the headline of the New York Times on January 21, 1981, “Reagan Takes Oath As 40th President; Promises an ‘Era of Renewal,’ followed by “Minutes Later, 52 Hostages in Iran Fly to Freedom after 444 Day Ordeal.”

Second Planned Parenthood Video Released

The Center for Medical Progress has released a second undercover video of a top doctor for Planned Parenthood haggling over the sale price of body parts from aborted babies. It comes a week after the release of a video showing Dr. Deborah Nucatola, the Senior Director, Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, negotiating the price of selling baby body parts.

Shot in February at a restaurant in Pasadena, California, the video shows Dr. Mary Gatter, President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council discussing the price of ‘intact tissue.’

“Well, you know in negotiations the person who throws out the figure first is at a loss, right? So…” she said before finally giving a price of $75. When the actors portraying interested buyers say the price seems low she responds by saying “I was going to say $50.”

Eventually the “buyers” offer $100 which Gatter quickly accepts. However, by the lunch’s end, Gatter suggests $100 is not enough and concludes, “Let me just figure out what others are getting, and if this is in the ballpark, then it’s fine, if it’s still low, then we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Willie Parker, a Mississippi abortionist and former medical director for Planned Parenthood, is attacking the first “sting video” showing a Planned Parenthood Senior Director talking about trafficking aborted baby parts. Using what he claims is a “Christian perspective,” Parker compared Nucatola to Jesus.

“I’m thinking about a strong parallel between what’s happening to my colleague and the trial week of Jesus before he was crucified,” Parker began. “As he was marched from place to place, asked to answer allegations about, ‘You say you’re the King of the Jews. What do you say?’”

He added, “Many narratives said that Jesus simply did not respond.”

“As hard as it must be for my very spirited colleague who is very bright and who is very ethical and who is very noble to have to say nothing and have to defer to the organization that she works for to speak on her behalf,” he defended, “even if she could speak, I think the best thing for her to do is say nothing.”

For all of his so-called ‘Christian perspective,’ Parker never once mentioned the babies.