Saturday, October 31, 2009


Stephen Lumpkin, a JAG HUNTER reader from Phoenix, Arizona shared a sentiment I paraphrase below being spoken in open conversations around the nation by Armed Citizens of American that is this:

Our Constitution is not negotiable!
Not one single part, not ever!
We will never back down!
We will never surrender!

The Second American Revolution is commenced.

To prevail in what will become an ever escalating conflict Soetoro-Obama will have to unconstitutionally order U.S. military forces to act against U.S. Citizens on American soil.

When that happens there is unassailable reason to believe U.S. troops will be targeting Americans in the Homeland operating jointly with foreign forces.

U.S. troops have already deployed to American cities acting in the role of civilian police.

Signed agreements with foreign military forces are in place.

Joint forces training is long underway.

The question for me then is this:

Who is going to obey Soetoro-Obama's unlawful orders?

Mr. Soetoro-Obama presently holds only so much power as is vested in him by the American military.

American servicemen owe their allegiances and their duty to the protection of Our Constitution and Our Freedoms.

Because of the deafening silence we cannot afford to evade any longer, it's come time for us to proactively find out where each individual serviceman stands.

With their neighbors? With Our Constitution? With Our Freedoms?

Or against?

One of my skippers once told me that for any given task there are two parts; (1) A talkin' part and, (2) A doin' part.

I need to know right now by your actions, from each and every U.S. Serviceman:


The American People need to know!

And speaking for myself: I'm tired of all the talk!

So here's something every American Warrior must DO!

And I must insist.

Your silence, your failure to act will be acknowledged as perjury to your oath to the defense of Our Constitution, and to the defense of Our Freedom.

Write this one sentence letter to Obama, or Soetoro:

"Mr. Soetoro-Obama:

"Prove to me your orders to me are lawful; prove to me you are constitutionally eligible to be my commander in chief!"

Then sign you name. Give a return address. Make two copies at least.

TWO COPIES! One for for me.

Then go to Post Office and send the letter certified mail. Use this address:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Keep the certified mail receipt. Laminate the receipt if you like, carry the certified receipt with your military identification card.

Ensure you keep the certified mail number!

Then send one copy of the letter to me with the a copy of the certified mail receipt:

Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III
P.O. Box 375
Sweetwater, Tennessee 37874-0375

On receipt I'll confirm the certified mail number and post your name on this website with the certified mail number.


Write and file a criminal complaint naming Soetoro-Obama in commission of Treason.

or craft your own language. Try to keep your criminal complaint to one page, but not more than two (should you decide to have the complaint notarized, or you use a letterhead).

Send the complaint for Treason certified mail using the same instructions as above.

Send the criminal complaint for Treason to your nearest U.S. Attorney's office, or to your nearest Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office, or both!

And again, send me a copy with the certified mailing number and I'll post it up!

I'll get help if I need it. Let's pray the call for reinforcements is sounded!

Then, for every American Citizen your job is ask--in a few weeks--

"Did you send your letter?"

If the answer is YES, ask for the certified mail number.

Should they answer, "NO," ask them, "Why not?"

Our military stands as the forcing function that elicits a public and credible answer from Soetoro-Obama regarding his constitutional lawfulness (or outlawry) in the issuance of any military order.

Our Citizenry stands as the forcing function to insist our servicemen in each of their local communities do their duty in protecting your Freedom. Simply ask each military man or woman:

"Did you send your letter?"

The Veterans must ask each other. Veterans of every description. Pay close attention to answers you receive.

Exchange receipt numbers as you exchange coins.

'Cause here's the deal: It is the duty of each and every American serviceman to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

It is THEIR DUTY to refuse an unlawful order!

It is THEIR DUTY to each and every U.S. Citizen to send the letter (one...or the other).

And for every person claiming to be an "OATH KEEPER," there's a talkin' part, and there's a doin' part.


To repeat: Your silence, your failure to act becomes public perjury. It marks you as a person who is ready, willing, and able to deny your neighbor the protections against government tyranny and oppression.

Writing and sending the first letter is nothing more than carrying out a duty required in the normal performance of your duty.

Writing the second letter assigning Treason is a test of your Character. There attaches no shame for not writing the Treason letter.

I lay down this challenge because I know there are U.S. military men and women who will refuse to write either letter.

Let me describe this Troop or Sailor or Marine to you.

They are prepared to attack American Citizens on the Homeland.

They are prepared to attack American Citizens on the Homeland shoulder to shoulder with foreign soldiers!

They are self-possessed by an avarice for rank. They are more protective of their retirement than they are of your Freedom or the Freedom of your children.

It's just been reported that recruiting and reenlistment numbers are at their highest levels since 1973 (36-years ago).

It's the economy.

There are some service members in this environment more interested in keeping a steady, good-paying job than they are motivated to obey the Constitution.

These kinds of folks are more than willing to sacrifice your Freedoms for their security.

Upton Sinclair put it this way: " It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on his not understanding it."

It's the same philosophy and way of life embraced by union members, street thugs and unctuous lobbyists.

Embedded in today's U.S. military are gang members focused upon taking over parts of America--some believe they are retaking their own lands back. The Constitution means nothing to them...NOTHING!

There are those who have not read the Constitution, or do not understand what the Constitution commands, or those who do not care.

The U.S. military is not protecting American borders.

There are those troops misplaced in their beliefs that substituting civilian police with military police is constitutionally acceptable. They fully accept the "necessity" of "preventative detention," and attainder in all forms.

Then there are the cowards.

I can assure you our American military admits by their enduring silence that a clear and present danger lurks among us.

So to those who have ever worn or wear the uniform...those military men and women who've ever sworn their oath to the Constitution...send your letters.

Prove to your neighbors you are with them, not against them!

For every other U.S. Citizen, insist your military community members send their letters.

Then hold them accountable!



Your mission is this: Next time the White House propaganda wonks attempt to film this video, you won't be able to see the man for the mail!

Feel free to report your progress using The JAG HUNTER "comments" facility (found at the bottom of each posting), or by email:, or by snail mail.

Let me know if you want to help.

Our Constitution is not negotiable!
Not one single part, not ever!
We will never back down!
We will never surrender!








Nov 11, Veteran’s day we will protest, demanding from Bill O’Reilly to give us an opportunity to respond to his defamatory statements about Obama’s illegitimacy for presidency law suits.

When liberals attack us, people know that they are in Obama’s little back pocket. when people like O’Reilly, who is masquerading as a conservative, pretending to be fair and balanced, are attacking us- it causes damage.

We will be demanding equal time and fair and balanced coverage, not Obama spin.

I need people to help me make signs for the protest.

We also need help with frequent flyer miles.I will fly to NY and right after the protest I will head to St Charles, where I will be a delegate at the Continental Congress Nov11-22

On Monday the 2nd, 7pm I am scheduled to provide eligibility lecture at the bible study group in Laguna Niguel, CA

On Nov 25, 6:30 I will be a key note speaker at the Coalition for Immigration Reform, Garden Grove, CA

On Th the 29th I did pastor Butch show, you can find it in archives

On Nov 8 Danny Marrow Show in Az

Currently 3 cases are on appeal, more to come, I will keep you posted re date, jurisdiction, causes of action and plaintiffs.

What doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. I don’t believe any amount of money can buy the whole country. The fact that Obama sealed all of his vital records, never showed his hospital BC and sits in the White House with 39 different social security numbers, including ss of the deceased and our corrupt elite is aididng and abetting him, is an insult to human intelligence, is a slap in the face of each and every one of you, particularly the veterans, who fought for this country. If you can attend the protest in NY on November 11 or you can help in any way, call me 949-683-5411


Thursday, Nov. 5 12 Noon,
Join Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann as she leads the protest against Obamcare on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. If you live within 200 miles of Washington D.C. and you care about taking back our country from the Communists who have taken control of the government you should be there! This issue is not about health is about control over your lives. It is about the government telling you what you can and cannot do with your own body!

What's more OBAMACARE will limit your choices, be more expensive, quality of care will be compromised and it will cost you more! Lot's more!


Remember the Usurper Hates America and most of its citizens...he is plotting complete control of us with our own military...

Ever wonder why Obama doesn't want to send 40,000 to 60,00 troops to Afghanistan? Perhaps he wants them at his disposal to control the American people. Wake-up America! Wake-up!

Remember that we now have the most deceitful, dishonest, arrogant, anti-American, anti-Christian, racist, appeaser of the enemy now in control of the executive branch of the government of the United States of America. And he has an evil, socialist leaning Congress aiding him in every way! Not to mention all the anti-American, anti-Christian values, anti-life pervert czars that he has appointed to regulate our lives!

And of course there is that little issue that the media wants to ignore...the FACT that Obama is ABSOLUTELY a usurper and not constitutionally qualified to be POTUS! Talk about a crime of the highest order against America! TREASON my friends! TREASON!

Let's face it...Obama hates our people, he hates our values, he hates our culture, he hates our flag, he hates our Constitution and he is absolutely hell-bent on, as he said during the campaign, "fundamentally changing" America...all for the worse! He tricked you didn't he? You believed that Hope & Change crap?

Obama wants to destroy us and take away our freedoms. And he is doing breakneck speed. He is selling our country out! Right now! His ideology is sick and his policies and his administration are evil.

What are you going to do about this Communist, Marxist take-over? ...just sit there, surfing the internet every day? What are you doing to make a difference? Do you want to help? Do you want to make a difference for your children and grandchildren?

Wake-up and get busy!


The Usurper Continues Bush Administration Policy Regarding Posse Comitatus

If this is not a wake up call I don’t know what is. For you that don’t know it the North American Union has been signed. It comes into effect at the begining of January.

Lynn Dartez

Written by Joe Wolverton, II

Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00

It has been just over one year since the U.S. Army announced that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team was being placed under the direct control of the US Army Northern Command (NORTHCOM), and was being indefinitely reassigned as an “on-call federal response force” for emergencies of all sorts, natural and man-made, including terrorist attacks, within NORTHCOM’s area of responsibility — the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Although the assignation went mostly unheralded at the time, it marked the first time in the history of the United States that an active unit of the regular Army was placed under the immediate and exclusive command of NORTHCOM.

The number of uniformed soldiers assigned to this duty continues to increase annually and the force is estimated to reach a strength of 20,000 by the year 2011. This massive force will all be trained and equipped to “subdue unruly or dangerous individuals” and “help with civil unrest and crowd control.” As usual, these directives are vague and could be applied to any number of scenarios. Furthermore, the critical question to be asked in light of such an arrangement is who will decide who is unruly or dangerous? Whoever is appointed the arbiter of such things will of necessity be feared as he will have 20,000 troops on alert and ready to quell these civil disturbances.

This unconstitutional use of American military forces within the United States is back in the news as reports have recently been released reviewing the progress the team has made in training with other federal, state, and local peace officers and agencies. Constitutionalists will find these maneuvers worrisome as they are gross violations of the black letter and the spirit of the Posse Comitatus Act.

Posse Comitatus (18 USC § 1385) was a law passed in 1878 in response to the abuse of citizens by federal troops occupying the states of the former Confederacy during the period known as Reconstruction. In exchange for their votes in favor of the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, Southern Senators received the support of Republican Senators for the Posse Comitatus Act requiring federal troops to withdraw from southern garrisons, thus ending Reconstruction.

President Barack Obama marches on headlong, bent on disregarding this act and the applicable provisions of the Constitution in order to continue training the United States military to participate in purposefully undefined “emergency” situations within the borders of the United States. Recently he and Congress received an analysis of how well this unlawful cooperation between state and national government is progressing. By all accounts, NORTHCOM is withholding some critical information regarding the activities of this force. When it does release the required information, it does so slowly and clumsily.

In its defense, NORTHCOM commanders claim that the inconsistencies, mistakes, and delays are due to the difficulty they face in coordinating these exercises with the various states. In typical governmental “give them an inch and they’ll take a mile” fashion, NORTHCOM is complaining that unless they are given greater and tighter control over the state agencies and the armed forces with whom they are tasked with training that they will be unable to guarantee operational success, and it may in fact detrimentally impact the team’s ability to provide the services they have been ordered to provide. Unfortunately, NORTHCOM is training with numerous state and local forces. To date, more than 19 federal agencies and 17 states have participated in one or more of the seven “homeland security” exercises that NORTHCOM has conducted since 2005.

Not surprisingly, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has examined NORTHCOM’s reports and agrees with the command’s assessment of the provenance of the difficulties they are encountering in the present arrangement, and they have accordingly suggested that states relinquish administration of their forces and agencies and cede management and command to NORTHCOM. There is fear among those zealous of the Constitution’s prohibition of commingling of federal and state forces that Democratic governors and legislators may tamely acquiesce to President Obama’s desires and thereby further debilitate the strength and sanctity of state sovereignty, the foundational principle of federalism, and the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution that protects it.

Reassuringly, there are those raising the warning voice regarding the training and quartering of federal troops on American soil for the purpose of law enforcement and controlling potential civil unrest, especially given the wide berth extant in such vague terms in the legislation that ostensibly restricts the sphere of the army’s power. Some opponents of the Obama administration’s ongoing and little-publicized violation of the Posse Comitatus Act see the entire set up as a behind-the-scenes deal between President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who curiously retained his post after his previous employer left office. “While Obama and his team are making it sound as if they will use the military in a non-combative roll, part of the training being conducted is in urban warfare,” warned Mike Baker, a political strategist. He continued, “Obama appears oblivious to Posse Comitatus and to the US Constitution when it comes to using the military against civilians within US Borders.”

Heroically, there are local police officers who feel threatened by being placed on a short leash placed by the President in the hand of the U.S. Army. Former NYPD detective and U.S. Marine intelligence officer, Sid Frances has called upon the state houses and Governors to assert their constitutionally guaranteed sovereignty and outright refuse to place their state forces under the command of federal officers. “I cannot understand why the federal government is so intent on using such military force within our borders. It reminds me of the Branch Dividian massacre in Waco, Texas, when the feds used that deadly physical force based on false information.” Admonitions and fears such as these from legitimate sources with personal experience should be a clarion call to all Americans wary of their constitutional protections from government encroachment and weary of the daily usurpation of power by one presidential administration after another (of both parties, mind you). In this case the conglomeration of power is being reinforced with the magnificent might of the United States Armed Forces.



Obama to Lift HIV/AIDS Travel Ban

WASHINGTON (Oct. 31) -- President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. will overturn a 20-year-old U.S. travel ban against people with HIV early next year.
The order will be finalized Monday, Obama said, completing a process begun during the Bush administration.

The U.S. has been one of about a dozen countries that bar entry to travelers based on their HIV status. Obama said the ban will be lifted just after the new year, after a waiting period of about 60 days.

"If we want to be a global leader in combating HIV/AIDS, we need to act like it," Obama said at the White House before signing a bill to extend the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program. Begun in 1990, the program provides medical care, medication and support services to about half a million people, most of them low-income.

(So. With our world renown superior medical services system we can NOW become the care-givers of the world's "low income people" who can soon come to America and check in at the Emergency Rooms of the Nation's hospitals which are mandated to service all comers regardless of ability to pay. Somewhere buried deep in the 2,000 plus pages of the Obamacare bill we'll surely see a mandate for this. I wonder if the already discovered to be false cost estimates considered the cost of treating another half-million aids cases? I'd like to see an amendment that would stipulate that these half-million immigrants be given housing in Las Vegas and San Francisco a reward to those who elected Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to office. John)

The bill is named for an Indiana teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion at age 13. White went on to fight AIDS-related discrimination against him and others like him and help educate the country about the disease. He died in April 1990 at the age of 18.

His mother, Jeanne White-Ginder, attended the signing ceremony, as did several members of Congress and HIV/AIDS activists.

In 1987, at a time of widespread fear and ignorance about HIV, the Department of Health and Human Services added the disease to the list of communicable diseases that disqualified a person from entering the U.S.

The department tried in 1991 to reverse its decision but was opposed by Congress, which in 1993 went the other way and made HIV infection the only medical condition explicitly listed under immigration law as grounds for inadmissibility to the U.S.

SCOZZAFAVA DROPS OUT---No Trick, A Treat !!!!

What great news!!! RINO Scozzafava was even receiving funding from none other than George Soros.

Michelle Bachmann announced this on her website today!



For Immediate Release
Saturday, October 31, 2009

Contact: Michelle Marston

It's All Up to Hoffman Now

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann released the following statement today following press reports that Dede Scozzafava has dropped out off the special election in NY-23:

"First I want to thank Dede Scozzafava for her hard-fought campaign in this special election. And, I'd especially like to thank her for dropping out of this race for the good of the Party. I'm certain that it was not an easy decision for her to make, but it was the right one.

"I'd also like to urge anyone who can help Doug Hoffman, the Conservative Party candidate in that race, to mobilize all their energy and resources to ensure Hoffman's victory next Tuesday.

"The polls all show that Hoffman's message of fiscal responsibility and conservatism are resonating strongly with the voters in that district. I am very hopeful that they will send him across the finish line in first place Tuesday night."

For more information about Hoffman's campaign, check out his website:

From a patriot...MUST READ...

Here is an interesting review of murder figures for the Stalin regime.

An estimated 11 million died of famine during these years, listed separately. It is difficult to imagine how one can justify and downplay such mass murder and terror inflicted over decades upon the regime's own population.

Mao Zedong's regime in China murdered an estimated 40 million of their own people. Recently, high level spokespersons in the U.S. government have begun praising Dear Leader Chairman Mao, and George "MoveOn" Soros has just announced that China should take over world leadership as the USA undergoes its final deconstruction.

It is important to realize that both Stalin's Russia and Mao's China murdered more of their own people than the total international death toll attributed to Nazi Germany.

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it"--George Santayana

“Liberals have this pathetic little habit of dealing with people as members of groups, rather than as individuals. Why, after all, do you think these people are called 'collectivists'? Our Constitution and our Bill of Rights grant no rights whatsoever to any groups. All rights are conferred on individuals. There is an individual, not a group, right to freedom of speech. Ditto for freedom of religion..”--Neal Boortz

“The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining supercapitalism and communism under the same tent, all under their control. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.”--Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976, killed in the Korean Airlines 747 that was shot down by the Soviet Union

"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'. It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini…This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains.”--Herbert Hoover

The message of Lenin, Mao, Stalin, or Hitler could easily be summed up as "Change you can believe in." If you look for it, you will find evidence that these 20th century tyrants were placed in power and funded by the same families that are now overseeing and funding the final death of the U.S. Constitution.

Reminder: Federal employees, judges, law enforcement, and military personnel swore an oath to support and defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.



Carter’s not yet given a final Judgement

October 30, 2009 by John Charlton

Legal analysis by John Charlton

(Oct. 30, 2009) — Dispite all his rancor and loony constitutional theories, Judge David O. Carter has failed to give final judgment in the case Barnett vs. Obama, leaving the door open to further filings and proceedings.

His ruling has not dismissed the case, but rather merely dismissed arguments presented so far. This is the interpretation had if you read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 54 and 58.

Rule 54(b) reads as follows:

(b) Judgment on Multiple Claims or Involving Multiple Parties.

When an action presents more than one claim for relief — whether as a claim, counterclaim, crossclaim, or third-party claim — or when multiple parties are involved, the court may direct entry of a final judgment as to one or more, but fewer than all, claims or parties only if the court expressly determines that there is no just reason for delay. Otherwise, any order or other decision, however designated, that adjudicates fewer than all the claims or the rights and liabilities of fewer than all the parties does not end the action as to any of the claims or parties and may be revised at any time before the entry of a judgment adjudicating all the claims and all the parties’ rights and liabilities.

Rule 58 (a & b) reads as follows:

(a) Separate Document.

Every judgment and amended judgment must be set out in a separate document, but a separate document is not required for an order disposing of a motion:

(1) for judgment under Rule 50(b);

(2) to amend or make additional findings under Rule 52(b);

(3) for attorney’s fees under Rule 54;

(4) for a new trial, or to alter or amend the judgment, under Rule 59; or

(5) for relief under Rule 60.
(b) Entering Judgment.

(1) Without the Court’s Direction.

Subject to Rule 54(b) and unless the court orders otherwise, the clerk must, without awaiting the court’s direction, promptly prepare, sign, and enter the judgment when:

(A) the jury returns a general verdict;

(B) the court awards only costs or a sum certain; or

(C) the court denies all relief.

From this it can be seen that since the clerk has not yet added a Judgment record to the Docket, that Carter is indicating, despite his heavy handedness to the Plaintiffs, that he might allow a second amended complaint, which includes a request for relief for the political candidates, whom he acknowledged had standing, so long as their request for relief was redressable: such as a monetary reward howsoever small.

Judge Carter has from 10 to 30 days after his ruling on the Motion to Dismiss to add such a judgment dismissing the case with prejudice to the docket, otherwise he is formally indicating that he expects Dr. Orly Taitz, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, and Attorney Gary Kreep, for his plaintiffs, to submit a request to file a second amended complaint. Indeed, without such ruling added to the docket, the Plaintiffs can initiate such a request action.

Posted in Law Cases | Tagged Captain Pamela Barnett vs Obama, Dr. Orly Taitz, Gary Kreep, Judge David O. Carter, Rule 54(b), Rule 58 a & b | 2 Comments

on October 31, 2009 at 5:19 AM Jack

Looks like Judge Carter HAS enabled checkmate against Team Obama after all:

Well done, Orly Taitz case moves forward solely for Plaintiff Keyes for redressable relief of monetary damages, thereby avoiding political question (leave that to Congress once Keyes recovers even nominal damages for pre-Presidential fraud against Candidate Obama) and Team Obama has nothing to appeal to delay the trial.

on October 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM Jack

CARTER DECISION FATAL FLAW: When all is said and done, ONE CLAIM MOST DEFINITELY SURVIVES, and that is Keyes’ claim for fraud committed by Candidate Obama before becoming President, which Judge Carter pretends away on the sole basis of Orly having filed same on 1/20/09 at an hour after Obama took the Oath. That’s a “red herring” because Obama took the valid Oath on 1/21/09, no Presidential immunity exists for tort fraud by Candidate Obama before becoming President, and “before-or-after” Oath filing by Orly is irrelevant for such case which does NOT seek Presidential removal, albeit Judge Carter pretends that IS the sole relief sought by Keyes.


It's hard to imagine any person would approve of this guy...are their really still so many dumb and ignorant in America?

Pelosi Plan Would Give Health Czar Super Powers

Friday, October 30, 2009 2:03 PM

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Among the fallacies in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s healthcare bill is the pretense that bureaucrats are smarter than the rest of us.

An unelected bureaucrat would be given czar-like control over our lives, our health, and our pocketbooks. Even super powers.

This new all-powerful “health choices commissioner” would be entrusted with more power than most superheroes. The laundry list of that special power is proof that it’s a government takeover of healthcare.

This presidential appointee will both control the new government-run insurance plan AND decide how private insurance companies are to operate, by creating the standards for their coverage and enforcing compliance. Likewise, employer-run health plans would answer to super-czar.

In other words, this health czar will control both the government plan and all of its competition. So much for claims about a level playing field!

Rather than having Medicare dictate payment amounts to doctors and hospitals (as Pelosi originally intended), her new 1,990-page bill says the czar will “negotiate” rates. That will take an an awful lot of staff. America has 788,000 active doctors and 5,708 hospitals.

But that’s not all. The new czar would also:

# Oversee the millions of Americans who would qualify for insurance subsidies

# Audit the country’s 1,300-plus health insurers

# Have power to collect whatever data the office deems necessary, which could involve review of medical records

# Assess fines

# Define our terms for us. This commissioner/czar would dictate all the definitions used in health insurance policies. After all, if you control the language, you control the debate.

# Appoint a national health ombudsman to examine consumer complaints, but only in “a linguistically appropriate manner”

As The Foundry pointed out about the earlier version of the House bill:

“The House healthcare reform bill would establish a new entity called the Health Choices Administration, headed by a presidential appointee to be called the Health Choices Commissioner. Sounds wonderful, right? A government official whose only job is to make sure you have health care choices, right?

“No. If you read the bill, . . . it turns out that the Health Choices Commissioner’s job is, essentially, to make your health choices for you.”

The new super-bureaucrats may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. But they can put a lot of tall barriers between each of us and our doctors.

Ernest Istook, a former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma, is a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Foundation. This article is cross posted from The Foundry.

© 2009 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 30, 2009



ObamaCare's New Taxes

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has reviewed H.R. 3962, the "Affordable Health Care for America Act" that has been introduced by Nancy Pelosi --all 1990 pages of it. ATR points out that this gargantuan beast contains thirteen new tax hikes. Here they all are, with description and page number:

Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).

Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324): Non-prescription medications would no longer be able to be purchased from health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), or health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). Insulin excepted.

Cap on FSAs (Page 325): FSAs would face an annual cap of $2500 (currently uncapped).

Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326): Non-qualified distributions from HSAs would face an additional tax of 20 percent (current law is 10 percent). This disadvantages HSAs relative to other tax-free accounts (e.g. IRAs, 401(k)s, 529 plans, etc.)

Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327): This would further erode private sector participation in delivery of Medicare services.

Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336): Imposes an income surtax of 5.4 percent on MAGI over $500,000 ($1 million married filing jointly). MAGI adds back in the itemized deduction for margin loan interest. This would raise the top marginal tax rate in 2011 from 39.6 percent under current law to 45 percent—a new effective top rate.

Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339): Imposes a new excise tax on medical device manufacturers equal to 2.5 percent of the wholesale price. It excludes retail sales and unspecified medical devices sold to the general public.

Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344): Requires that 1099-MISC forms be issued to corporations as well as persons for trade or business payments. Current law limits to just persons for small business compliance complexity reasons. Also expands reporting to exchanges of property.

Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345): Delays for nine years the worldwide allocation of interest, a corporate tax relief provision from the American Jobs Creation Act

Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346): Increases taxes on U.S. employers with overseas operations looking to avoid double taxation of earnings.

Codification of the "Economic Substance Doctrine" (Page 349): Empowers the IRS to disallow a perfectly legal tax deduction or other tax relief merely because the IRS deems that the motive of the taxpayer was not primarily business-related.

Application of "More Likely Than Not" Rule (Page 357): Publicly-traded partnerships and corporations with annual gross receipts in excess of $100 million have raised standards on penalties. If there is a tax underpayment by these taxpayers, they must be able to prove that the estimated tax paid would have more likely than not been sufficient to cover final tax liability.


Rep. Bachmann - Come to DC on Nov. 5th to tell Pelosi NO to health care takeover

Nov. 5th, 2009

12 noon at the steps of the US Capitol

Now you all know why the Marxists hate Congresswoman Michele Bachmann so much, because she is a PATRIOT





More than 40% of President Obama's top-level fundraisers have secured posts in his administration, from key executive branch jobs to diplomatic postings in countries such as France, Spain and the Bahamas, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

Twenty of the 47 fundraisers that Obama's campaign identified as collecting more than $500,000 have been named to government positions, the analysis found.

Overall, about 600 individuals and couples raised money from their friends, family members and business associates to help fund Obama's presidential campaign. USA TODAY's analysis found that 54 have been named to government positions, ranging from Cabinet and White House posts to advisory roles, such as serving on the economic recovery board charged with helping guide the country out of recession.

Nearly a year after he was elected on a pledge to change business-as-usual in Washington, Obama also has taken a cue from his predecessors and appointed fundraisers to coveted ambassadorships, drawing protests from groups representing career diplomats. A separate analysis by the American Foreign Service Association, the diplomats' union, found that more than half of the ambassadors named by Obama so far are political appointees, said Susan Johnson, president of the association. An appointment is considered political if it does not go to a career diplomat in the State Department.

That's a rate higher than any president in more than four decades,



Obama Doesn't Know Who He Is Defying

There is a verse in the Bible and Torah that says-

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2-3

Obama not only is messing around with America and Israel, but he is defying God Almighty. Who do you think will win this battle?

Obama's agenda for collapsing America is neck and neck with his veiled hatred for Israel. Obama is all for ceding lands back to the indefensible borders of 1967, where at points the Israelis were a mere 9 miles from being potentially pushed into the Mediterranean Sea.

White America and them damn Jews are seen by Obama as oppressors who have victimized people of color. We are the enemy.

The newspapers in Israel are not dumb, nor in the tank for Obama, as are American newpapers. Israel has not out and out tagged Obama for what he is, mainly because they themselves have a full plate of their own with the Arabs and Iran.

Diplomatically Israel must walk a tightrope, they can not afford to be outspoken because of their concern for their own national security and survival. Make no mistake though Israel is America's greatest friend and ally. Which other nation on Earth has the ear of the Almighty.


Silencing dissent in America

By CAROLINE GLICK Editor-In-Chief of The Jerusalem Post

Former ambassador to the UN Dore Gold should probably buy himself a flak jacket. Gold is scheduled to debate Richard Goldstone at Brandeis University next Thursday and the anti-Israel forces are organizing quite a reception for him.

Goldstone, who chaired the UN Human Rights Council's commission charged with accusing Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, has become a darling of the anti-Israel Left in the weeks since his report accusing Israel of committing both war crimes and crimes against humanity was published last month. And anti-Israeli leftists don't like the idea of someone challenging his libelous attacks against Israel in a public debate at a university.

In an e-mail to a campus list-serve, Brandeis student and anti-Israel activist Jonathan Sussman called on his fellow anti-Zionists to disrupt the event that will pit the "neutral" Goldstone against Gold with his "wildly pro-Zionist message." Sussman invited his list-serve members to join him at a meeting to "discuss a possible response."

As the young community organizer sees it, "Possibilities include inviting Palestinian speakers to come participate, seeding the audience with people who can disrupt the Zionist narrative, protest and direct action." He closed his missive with a plaintive call to arms: "F**k the occupation."

Apparently the aspiring political organizer never considered another possibility: listening to what Gold has to say.

It seems rather unfair to pick on a small fry like Sussman. A brief Web search indicates that Gold's would-be silencer divides his time fairly equally between publishing rambling, Communist verses to paramours and calling for the overthrow of the US government.

The problem is that Sussman's planned "direct action" against Gold is not an isolated incident. On college campuses throughout the US, Israelis and supporters of Israel are regularly denied the right to speak by leftist activists claiming to act on behalf of Israel's "victims," or in the cause of "peace." In the name of the Palestinians or peace these radicals seek to coerce their fellow students into following their lead by demonizing and brutally silencing all voices of dissent.

This, by the way is true regardless of where the speaker fits on the pro-Israel spectrum. Earlier this month former prime minister Ehud Olmert - who during his tenure in office offered the Palestinians more than any of his predecessors - could barely get a word in edgewise above the clamor of students at the University of Chicago cursing him as a war criminal.

While many commentators claim that the situation on college campuses is unique, the fact is that the attempts of leftist activists on campuses to silence non-leftist dissenters regarding Israel and a host of other issues is simply an extreme version of what is increasingly becoming standard operating procedure for leftist activists throughout the US. Rather than participating in a battle of ideas with their ideological opponents on the Right, increasingly, leftist activists, groups and policy-makers seek to silence their opponents through slander, intimidation and misrepresentation of their own agenda.

CASE IN point is J Street. The 18-month old, multi-million dollar American Jewish political action committee held its inaugural convention this week in Washington. J Street seeks to present itself as the representative of a silent majority of American Jews. However, its signature positions - while in line with the Obama administration's policies - are deeply discordant with mainstream American Jewish views.

J Street asserts that Israel must freeze all Jewish construction beyond the 1949 armistice lines; that Israel should withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines, including in Jerusalem and expel all Jews now living beyond the 1949 armistice lines; that the absence of peace is due to the absence of a Palestinian state; that Israel used excessive force in Operation Cast Lead and the Goldstone Report is legitimate. J Street also opposes both sanctions on Iran and military strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Just how profoundly out of synch these positions are with the American Jewish community was made clear with last month's publication of the American Jewish Committee's 2009 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion.

According to the survey, a majority of US Jews oppose the Obama administration's call for the prohibition of Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Similarly, the vast majority of US Jews rejects the call for Israel to surrender parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinians; believes the cause of the Palestinian conflict with Israel is the Arabs' desire to destroy Israel rather than the absence of a Palestinian state; and supports Israel's right to defend itself against Palestinian terror. A whopping 94 percent of American Jews believe the Palestinians should be required to accept Israel's right to exist as a precursor to any viable peace. Finally, a solid majority of American Jews supports either a US or an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear installations.

But no matter. Facts are no obstacle for J Street. Just as Sussman smears his opponents to discredit dissenting views, so J Street has not only misrepresented its own place on the American Jewish ideological spectrum. It has misrepresented the position of mainstream American Jewish groups on the ideological spectrum. Owing no doubt to the fact that most American Jews self-identify as liberals, J Street condemns organizations like AIPAC and the ADL as right-wing or conservative or hawkish to try to make American Jews feel uncomfortable supporting them.

At its conference this week J Street's radicalism was on full display. According to the JTA account, one panel discussion featured members of Congress debating the proposition that American Jewish money controls US foreign policy. Congressman Bob Filner (D-California) was reportedly the darling of the crowd for arguing that indeed, Jewish money exerts inordinate and destructive influence over US foreign policy.

Filner related how in 1994 he was one of the few members of Congress who refused to sign onto a resolution condemning an anti-Semitic speech given by Nation of Islam lieutenant Khalid Abdul Muhammad. Filner claimed that by refusing to condemn a public figure's calumny against the Jewish people he lost some $250,000 in electoral contributions in each subsequent election cycle. "That kind of money is an intimidating factor. I raised a lot less in succeeding years, but my conscious was cleared," he bragged.

Filner went on to condemn pro-Israel lobbyists in general. Indeed he insinuated that the act of lobbying on behalf of Israel is inherently treacherous. Filner argued that unlike labor lobbyists who provide some public benefit, pro-Israel lobbyists are dangerous because they convince legislators to take "positions that can lead to war."

Then there was the self-professed "pro-Israel, pro-peace" group's panel discussion on Iran's nuclear program. As James Kirchick reported in The New Republic, the panel included two of Iran's most outspoken apologists in Washington. Both former National Security Council staffer Hillary Mann Leverett and National Iranian-American Council head Trita Parsi asserted a moral and security equivalence between Iran, Israel and the US. Leverett accused opponents of Iran's nuclear program of racism. In her words, those calling for Iran to be denied nuclear weapons are "reinforcing stereotypes of Iranian duplicitousness," and their warnings are "fundamentally racist."

Here we see how just as Sussman seeks to demonize dissenting views, so J Street gives an open forum to radicals who castigate their opponents as illegitimate, racist and treacherous.

Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the far-left's behavior is its trenchant refusal to acknowledge that it is the far-left. Just as J Street fatuously claims to represent the American Jewish majority, so it claims to be the American Jewish equivalent of the Kadima Party. J Street's Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami told The Jerusalem Post, "The party and the viewpoint that we're closest to in Israeli politics is actually Kadima."

This of course is pure nonsense. Kadima - like every other Zionist political party in Israel - supports strong sanctions on Iran. Indeed, Kadima supports taking whatever steps are necessary to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Beyond that, Kadima waged two wars while it was in office. Both Operation Cast Lead and the Second Lebanon War were opposed by the far-left. J Street was outspoken in its criticism of Cast Lead. Moreover, Kadima's leaders have emphatically opposed the Goldstone Report.
So other than its support for the rapid establishment of a Palestinian state, Kadima shares none of J Street's positions.

THE FACT that J Street represents neither mainstream Israeli thinking nor mainstream American Jewish thinking is of little concern to its leadership. J Street represents the Obama administration. In his keynote address before the conference, National Security Adviser James Jones told his cheering audience that J Street has a friend in the Obama White House. As he put it, "You can be sure that this administration will be represented at all other future J Street conferences."

In recent weeks we have discovered that like its agent J Street, and indeed like Sussman at Brandeis, the Obama White House is also dedicated to silencing opposing voices by marginalizing and demonizing dissent. In fact, the White House's modus operandi is startlingly similar to theirs.

There are six national television networks in the US. Five of them support President Barack Obama. One - Fox News - does not. Rather than rejoice in what is an overwhelmingly favorable state of affairs for it, in recent weeks, the Obama White House has gone to war against Fox News. Obama's senior advisers have castigated the network as "the research arm of the Republican Party," and claim daily that it is "not a news organization."

Obama as well as top administration officials boycott Fox programs and are seeking to intimidate friendly news organizations into joining them in isolating Fox. In a spate of recent statements on the subject, Obama's top advisers have warned the other networks not to follow Fox's lead on any of the stories it reports, lest they discover they have allowed themselves to become the tool of the Republicans.

A straight line connects Sussman's rants, J Street's lies and the Obama administration's attempt to destroy a news organization. In each case, actions aimed at silencing debate are falsely characterized as the brave moves of an underdog seeking to confront the evil powers that be. Sussman writes of the need to overthrow the "oligarchs." J Street claims to be breaking the "right-wing stranglehold" on US Israel policy. And Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett claims that by attacking Fox News, the White House is "speaking truth to power."

Luckily, the falseness of all of these claims has not been lost on the American public. Despite the actions of the likes of Sussman, "wildly pro-Zionist" voices still resonate on college campuses just as they do throughout the US. J Street has been unable to convince American Jews that its anti-Israel positions are the true expression of American Jewish Zionism. And Obama's approval ratings now stand at a mere 51%.

But the fact that these views have not become dominant in America is no reason to be sanguine about the future. That opponents of free speech today occupy the top echelons of power in Washington and are represented at all levels of American society constitutes a critical challenge to the continued vibrancy of American democracy.


Old photos, new questions about Obama nativity
University friends of Barack Obama Sr. make no mention of Ann Dunham

Posted: October 29, 2009
10:55 pm Eastern

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

After WND's stunning disclosure yesterday that Michelle Obama publicly admitted her husband's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was "very young and very single" when giving birth to the future U.S. president, three photos of Barack Obama Sr. have now surfaced, raising further questions as to whether the two were actually married.

The photos of Barack Obama Sr. attending a University of Hawaii party in the early 1960s, which surfaced on the Internet, show him enjoying the company of fellow students without the presence of Ann Dunham. His demeanor evident in the three photographs suggests a familiarity with women that would give no indication he was engaged to be married or already wed to Ann Dunham.

Barack Obama Sr. at party with University of Hawaii students in the early 1960s

While the possibility remains the photographs were taken before Obama Sr. met Ann Dunham, the testimonies from Obama's fellow students at the University of Hawaii that accompany the photographs make no mention that Barack Obama Sr. was ever associated with Ann Dunham, at the time the photographs were taken, or later.

The photographs are identified as having been taken at the home of Arnie and Suzie Nachmanoff in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, "in the early 1960s."

One photo shows Barack Obama Sr., smoking a cigarette and talking with an attractive young woman identified on the website only as "Dorothy."

The other two photos show Barack Obama Sr. seated on the floor with other students at the party, again without Dunham.

Several testimonies "by some old friends of Barack Obama when we were in Honolulu, Hawaii," are posted on the website, reminiscencing about Barack Obama Sr.

Several of the testimonies note that Obama had the historical distinction of being Hawaii's first African university student; none of the testimonies make any reference to courtship with or marriage to Dunham.

The website, obviously supportive of President Obama, was created by Naranhkiri Tith, a student at the University of Hawaii's East West Center at the same time Barack Obama Sr. was enrolled. Tith went on to serve for 20 years on the senior staff of the International Monetary Fund.

Barack Obama Sr. at party with University of Hawaii students in the early 1960s

"Although [Barack Obama Sr.] was not an East-West Center grantee, he was always with us, especially at a Guest House owned and operated by the Asia foundation, situated on the top of a road leading to Manoa valley," Tith Naranhkiri recalled in an essay titled "Remembering my friend Barak (sic) Obama" that "Atherton House was a place where most East-West Center grantees gathered for a drink or a chat."

Naranhkiri said in the 1980s an IMF colleague on a mission to Kenya gave him Obama's telephone number in Nairobi.

"Needless to say that I was very happy to be able to be in contact again with Barak (sic), after more than ten years of silence," Naranhkiri continued. "We had a long conversation and we were able to talk to each other a few more times until one day, when I called him and his secretary told me over the phone that he had passed away of an accident."

Naranhkiri makes no reference to recalling Ann Dunham at the University of Hawaii or of discussing her with Barack Obama Sr. in their subsequent telephone conversations after the president's father had returned to Kenya.

Robert M. Ruenitz, another student at the East-West Center when Barack Obama Sr. was enrolled, had distinct recollections of the president's father living alone in Hawaii.

"For any of us to say we knew Obama well would be difficult," Robert M. Ruenitz wrote. "He was a private man with academic achievement his foremost goal. He lived somewhat like a hermit in a small room up in the valleys of Manoa. I visited him there on my Lambretta and wondered how he sustained himself outside of his focused attention to his academic pursuits."

WND has established that Barack Obama Sr. always maintained his bachelor apartment at 625 11th Avenue. The only family resident at 6085 Kalanianaole Highway – the birth address published in August 1961 in the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin – were Ann Dunham's parents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham.

"In my mind, I always picture him at a certain spot under a large tree, just outside the University library," Bob Craft, another East-West student recalled. "There a small group of us would frequently gather, standing around for a short while chatting.

"All these years – I still believe that I can remember his voice distinctly, which had middle and high tones sitting on top of a deep rumble. I also remember him always being dressed in a white shirt and dark trousers, in contrast to everyone else who usually wore flowered Hawaiian shirts and shorts," Craft continued, making no mention of Ann Dunham.

Barack Obama Sr. at party with University of Hawaii students in the early 1960s

Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D–Hawaii, told the Chicago Tribune that he was part of a group of graduate students at the University of Hawaii along with Barack Obama Sr. and Dunham who spent weekends listening to jazz, drinking beer and debating politics and world affairs. Another of Abercrombie's recollections, however – that Ann Dunham "disappeared from the University of Hawaii student gatherings" only after Barack Obama Sr. was accepted to attend Harvard University – conflicts with new evidence.

WND has obtained evidence that Dunham enrolled in extension classes at the University of Washington in Seattle on Aug. 19, 1961, only 15 days after Barack Obama Jr. was born, and that she lived in an apartment in Seattle's Capitol Hill area, never returning to Hawaii until after Barack Obama Sr. had left for Harvard.

The Chicago Tribune further reported that on a trip to Africa years later, Abercrombie caught up with Barack Obama Sr.

Barack Obama Sr. "was drinking too much; his frustration was apparent," Abercrombie told the newspaper.

"To Abercrombie's surprise, Obama never asked about his ex-wife or his son," Tribune national correspondent Tim Jones wrote.

WND has reported the only documentation for Dunham's marriage to Barack Obama Sr. comes from their divorce documents that list the marriage date as Feb. 2, 1961.

However, it isn't clear Obama's parents were married, since official records have never been produced showing a legal ceremony took place. No wedding certificate or photograph of a ceremony for Dunham and Obama Sr. has ever been found or published.

In his book "Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage," former Time magazine contributing editor Christopher Anderson elaborates: "There were certainly no witnesses (to the alleged civil marriage ceremony on Maui in 1961 between Obama's parents) – no family members were present, and none of their friends at the university had the slightest inkling that they were even engaged."

Anderson further quoted Abercrombie as saying that "nobody" was invited to the wedding ceremony.

Obama himself, on page 22 of his autobiography "Dreams from My Father," wrote of his parents' wedding: "In fact, how and when the marriage occurred remains a bit murky, a bill of particulars that I've never quite had the courage to explore. There's no record of a real wedding, a cake, a ring, a giving away of the bride. No families were in attendance; it's not even clear that people back in Kansas were fully informed. Just a small civil ceremony, a justice of the peace. The whole thing seems so fragile in retrospect, so haphazard."

President Obama's birth story is further complicated by the fact that when Barack Obama Sr. arrived in Hawaii as a 23-years-old in September 1959, he already had been married since age 18 to a Kenyan woman named Kezia Aoko.

Obama Sr. ultimately had four children with Aoko, and there is no evidence to suggest he was ever divorced from Aoko, either in Kenya before he left for Hawaii or in Hawaii prior to the alleged marriage with Dunham.

On page 126 of "Dreams from My Father," Barack Obama Jr. described his father's marriage with Kezia in a quotation in which Ann Dunham says, "An then there was a problem with your father's first wife … he had told me they were separated, but it was a village wedding, so there was no legal documentation that could show a divorce …" (Ellipsis in original text.)

Dunham apparently was suggesting bigamy was not involved in her alleged marriage since Barack Obama Sr.'s marriage to Aoko was a "village wedding" that possibly would not have been recognized as legitimate by Hawaii civil law. Barack Obama Sr. was reportedly a polygamist who had at least four wives, including Ruth Nidesand, who he met at Harvard and became his wife after she followed him back to Kenya.


Obama’s presence that evening was about perceptions and imagery

Obama: Saluting for the Cameras

By Alan Caruba Friday, October 30, 2009

imagePresidents engage in all kinds of ceremonial events. Every Thanksgiving, they “pardon” a turkey so it doesn’t end up on the White House menu. They make sure they are photographed with the winning teams of various sporting series. Every Easter they can be found at the White House Egg Roll accompanied, I have always suspected, by a Secret Service agent in a large bunny costume.

The other evening, shortly after midnight, President Obama made sure to be photographed standing in line with military personnel and some civilians in attendance as the dead, including three drug enforcement agents, from Afghanistan were returned home at Dover Air Force base. Our military casualties are received in a solemn ceremony few except those in attendance ever witness.

Presidents have never participated in this ceremony. The caskets are a too vivid reminder that part of their job is to send troops in harm’s way. President Bush preferred to meet with the families of fallen heroes.

When 241 U.S. military were murdered by a suicide bomber in Beirut on October 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan attended a ceremony at Camp Lejeune to speak of his grief and anger. Three months after the bombing, he pulled out U.S. troops.

The bombing, authorized by Iran and carried out by Hezbollah, foretold of the way our troops would be attacked by an enemy that would not meet them on the field of battle, would not wear a uniform, and preferred fanatical Islamic self-sacrifice as an instrument of war. The ultimate attack was al Qaeda’s 9/11 against civilians.

President Obama wasn’t there to honor those fallen soldiers or marines. He was there to be seen saluting.

Obama was there because, during the campaign he had used the war in Afghanistan as a way to criticize former President Bush’s decision to depose Iraq’s dictator only to find himself in unforeseen and ill-considered circumstances that required years and a change of strategy to redeem.

Afghanistan, said candidate Obama, was “a war of necessity” whereas Iraq was “a war of choice.” Only now, nine months into his first term, Obama is finding it very difficult to make a choice, to determine the “necessity” of conducting the war in Afghanistan or whether to withdraw from it.

What bothered me, as someone who served in the U.S. Army, was the way Obama was using those returning dead to “send a message” that he was very serious about the decision he was about to make.

The strategy concerning Afghanistan was handed to him by the existing Bush administration in a report prepared for his assumption of the office. His hand-picked general in the field says we will lose without increasing present troop strength.

Obama’s presence that evening was about perceptions and imagery. It was his way of trying to influence public opinion about his failure to act.

Increasingly, questions are being raised about his campaign statements and presumably his commitment to pursue the Taliban and al Qaeda in a vigorous fashion. The enemy knows it and it too is doing what it can to influence public opinion; they have stepped up the killing of American troops.

Frankly, knowing that he had never worn the uniform of his nation, it bothered me that he would stand there in the dark giving a salute. The closest he ever got to wearing a uniform and saluting in his past was when he was in the Boy Scouts—the Indonesian Boy Scouts.

There is something coldly calculating about using the returning battle dead to try to bolster an image of patriotism and commitment to military action, but that is what this President is all about, the image of things, statements about things in which he does not believe and intends to “transform.”