Saturday, September 13, 2014

Maura Healy Attempting To Join Exclusive Men's Club

The following from National Review On-line
How the Nazis Used Gun Control
The Weimar Republic’s well-intentioned gun registry became a tool for evil.
By Stephen P. Halbrook

Dead Letter File

I started reading Bill's letter back in 2008 when he began his letter of that day with:
Christmas is within sight and, while this is commonly a depressing time in jails and prisons across the land (it reminds you of what you don't have and perhaps never will), I'm focusing on the many things I'm thankful for, from a sound mind and healthy body to all those who love and care for me. It may sound syrupy but I can truly say that, even on death row, I am blessed. All I have to do is consider the many around me who are so much worse off (many here have nothing and nobody), not to mention those in even more wretched places (how about an Iranian prison?!) It's easy (and human) to feel blue and despondent, but since we all have the power to choose how we feel, I choose to feel good! ...continued at The Night Before Christmas
Whether it was empathy for him or just another human interst story I was drawn to his outlook on life with he knowing that his days were numbered.  So today I was editing my reading list for things that no longer mattered and thought just maybe someone else might want to read the diary of a man scheduled to die.  Not many of us can put death on a 'To-D0' list.  The letter your about to read is about seventeen months old.  Its the last of multiple essays  that started out in a Virginia prison and somehow ended in Florida.  This letter matters to those who have empathy for their fellow human beings; I took Bill off my reading list because Bill is gone now and to say that he no longer matters would be an injustice to his legacy that matters to no one other than those that care...(Does that last line make sense?) ~ Norman E. Hooben

Dear Sis~
I have 21 days left to live. The fickleness, the arbitrariness, the fleeting nature of life itself is on display daily throughout our world but as good an example as any occurred here on Monday morning when, as I was being dressed out here on Q-Wing for a visit, a sudden radio call brought the wing officers rushing upstairs where they found a prisoner (non-death row) hanging in his cell. After 20+ years in prison this guy (Earl) had finally given in to the utter hopelessness that can seize the heart and spirit of any man mired forever in an American maximum security prison. The irony wasn't lost on me that while 3 of us on death watch are fighting to live, this poor soul, living just 10 feet above us, stripped of all hope, had voluntarily surrendered his life rather than continue his dismal existence. When nothing but a lifetime of suffering lays ahead - with no hope, no promise, no opportunity to change your fate - the idea of utter annihilation can come to look appealing in contrast. When everything has been taken from you, the one thing you have left, that nobody can take away, is the decision to live or die. In that context choosing death can look like freedom. I've been there myself, I understand the depth of despair and regret that can constrict your heart until all hope is wrung out and life itself is a bitter gall caught in your throat. Death, like despair, permeates this wing like a suffocating shroud, this forlorn cellblock with its long and well-traveled history of violent murders, despondent suicides and extended litany of executions.
Today my neighbor, Elmer, went on Phase II of death watch, which begins 7 days prior to execution. They remove all your property from your cell while an officer sits in front of your cell 24/7 recording everything you do. Staff also performs a "dry run" or "mock execution", basically duplicating the procedures that will occur 7 days later. This is when you know you're making the final turn off the back stretch, you know your death is imminent, easily within reach, you can count it by hours instead of by days. Right now I'm on deck; when Elmer goes I'll be up to bat (that's enough sports metaphors for now).
I just learned today that the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, has denied our motion for a stay of execution and the attorneys' motions to withdraw, and has ordered these 3 different attorneys to represent me - over their vigorous objections that they are unqualified and unfamiliar with my case - on the eve of my execution. It's a circus and a farce; nothing like this has happened in Florida and it's setting a bad precedent. The media are running with the story (Florida is looking really bad in this matter, the butt of jokes in the legal community) but the Supreme Court, or at least 4 of the 7 Justices, are doggedly determined to kill me on June 12, lawyers or no lawyers, and nobody can tell them otherwise. They've decided to "pretend" I have legal representation (not competent, or qualified representation, just representation in name only) and let it go at that.
I'm being overwhelmed with letters of support from around the world and across the country, often from people I don't know, who thank me for positively impacting their lives (or lives of a loved one) through my writings, either my books, or short stories, or the blog posts. I will not be able to reply to all these letters in the short time I have left here on Schoolhouse Earth, but I am moved and humbled by these messages. I am not unusual in wanting to believe, at the end of my line, that my life counted for something good, that I had some positive influence on someone, that my life made a difference, that I was able to at least partially atone for the many mistakes I made earlier in life. There's not much you can do in that direction from the confines of a cell; writing is about the only available vehicle that can transcend the prison bars. That was the only tool I had, and I tried to use it in a positive, productive manner. These letters tell me I succeeded and that counts for a lot in my heart.
That's it for now, Sis. Give yourself a big hug for me, and a tummy rub for the doggies!
Love & Peace,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sorry folks, but this is what's coming down the pike...

...unless of course you quit voting for Leftist Democrats
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

With Hillary Clinton...Is there a difference?

What Difference Does It Make
If you consider yourself a Democrat...
How can you live with yourself when you know that
the ultimate goal of your party is to destroy the
ps, The Republican Party is not much better at least they're
not for collectivism... or are they?
Here's something neither the Democrats or Republicans are doing anything to stop...
"Oh!" you say, "That's over in Belgium...not in America!"  "Oh!" I say, "You better wake the hell up!" 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Alarming Story ~ NY Times "Outs" Anti-Israel Negotiator

Forward by Norman E. Hooben
Note: If you are an average voter it may take two or three readings for you to interpret this...that's why you are an average voter.  If you are a Democrat voter you may never be able to interpret this...that's why you are a Democrat.  If you are a republican voter it may still take a couple of readings to interpret this but you will get it...that's why you are a Republican.  If you are a Conservative voter you will not only interpret this after one read, you'll understand all of its implications...that's why you are a Conservative.

Ask the average American, “Who is Martin Indyk?” and you’ll get a lot of, “Who?” right back.  Well I don’t really know the guy myself, but I do know this… Martin Indyk is an inside friend of those on the left who want nothing less than a one world government.  His friends, Bill and Hillary Clinton are top contenders in this never ending quest to destroy individualism but that’s another story.

When you read about the left’s history and their plans for their new world order you will come across the words, “like-minded individuals”.  Succinctly put by Professor D. L. Cuddy, Ph.D., in his Chronological History of the New World Order, “…it is a "networking" of like-minded individuals in high places to achieve a common goal.”  Martin Indyk is as like-minded as those in power who plucked him.  Using a quote from radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh you’ll get what I mean; “You see, if you amount to anything in Washington these days, it is because you have been plucked or handpicked from an Ivy League school -- Harvard, Yale, Kennedy School of Government -- you've shown an aptitude to be a good Ivy League type, and so you're plucked so-to-speak, and you are assigned success. You are assigned a certain role in government somewhere, and then your success is monitored and tracked, and you go where the pluckers and the handpickers can put you.”

Indyk did not attend any of the schools mentioned above although he has a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney (Australia, where he was raised).  And if you read what amounts to be a résumé in Wikiepedia you would think that he is pro Jewish; after all, he was born a Jew, why not…  But like all the like-minded friends of his he has the ability to hide any disdain for his ancestry’s homeland.  That is until he has a few drinks…then the truth comes out.

This was a headline this past May over at the Washington Free Beacon, “Indyk Caught Bashing Israel at Hotel Bar”; an excerpt from the article follows:

Middle East envoy Martin Indyk was overheard at an upscale Washington, D.C., bar bashing Israel and fully blaming it for the recent failure of peace talks with the Palestinians, according to an individual who overheard the conversation and described it as a surprising and “nasty” 30-minute-long tirade against the Jewish state.
Indyk—who has been identified by the Washington Free Beacon as the source of a recent series of anonymous quotes in the press condemning Israel—was caught openly lashing out at Israel over drinks with several members of his staff and wife, Gahl Burt.

Now how the like-minded crowd gets to know who to pluck is obviously a like-minded thing…it takes one to know one mentality.  Secretary of State John Kerry is one who knows one.  Kerry knew that when Indyk was an ambassador he lost his security clearance for improperly handling sensitive material. The first ambassador to ever lose a security clearance!  Kerry picked Indyk as a special peace envoy to negotiate peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  The idea that the Palestinians will negotiate peace with Israel is in itself a joke.  It will never happen.  Palestinians hate Jews from the moment of birth…and forever!  What makes matters worse in this peace process is that the United States has always taken the position that Israel is an ally while Kerry and Indyk betray that process and take sides with our enemy.
Read more about Indyk and Kerry here: (should set off some alarms)

Post Script: See if you can find another reference to 'like-minded' here.

Now for the story that got me to write the above:
From The Lid
NY Times "Outs" Anti-Israel U.S. Negotiator Martin Indyk As Being On Payroll of Qatar
Martin S. Indyk friend of Bill and Hillary, who was hired by John Kerry to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians (even though he does not like the Jewish state) was “outed” by the New York Times on Saturday. You see Indyk has a conflict of interest working on the Middle East conflict and being vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, which is getting large donations from Qatar a country known to be huge donor to terrorist groups including Hamas.

Indyk has been accused of being downright nasty toward Israel in public and even
worse in private.

Times reports that Qatar who provides funding to ISIS and Hamas (and gives sanctuary to Hamas leaders) agreed last year to make a $14.8 million, four-year donation to Brookings, which has helped fund a Brookings affiliate in Qatar and a project on United States relations with the Islamic world.

German Development Minister Gerd Muller said last month:
You have to ask who is arming, who is financing ISIS troops? The key word there is Qatar - and how do we deal with these people and states politically.
Qatar, a longtime U.S. ally, has for many years openly financed Hamas, a group that continues to undermine regional stability,” Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen told the Center for New American Security on "Confronting New Threats in Terrorist Financing" in March. “Press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also supporting extremist groups operating in Syria. To say the least, this threatens to aggravate an already volatile situation in a particularly dangerous and unwelcome manner."

This is who was paying part of Martin Indyk's salary.
In interviews, top executives at the think tanks strongly defended the arrangements, saying the money never compromised the integrity of their organizations’ research. Where their scholars’ views overlapped with those of donors, they said, was coincidence.

“Our business is to influence policy with scholarly, independent research, based on objective criteria, and to be policy-relevant, we need to engage policy makers,” said Martin S. Indyk.
Indyk's feeling's about Israel overlaps that of the Hamas supporting Qatar. Perhaps he always felt that way but I am sure the financial gains from Qatar reinforce that feeling. The fact that he has the relationship with Qatar is at the very least a conflict of interest.
Scholars at other Washington think tanks, who were granted anonymity to detail confidential internal discussions, described similar experiences that had a chilling effect on their research and ability to make public statements that might offend current or future foreign sponsors. At Brookings, for example, a donor with apparent ties to the Turkish government suspended its support after a scholar there made critical statements about the country, sending a message, one scholar there said.

“It is the self-censorship that really affects us over time,” the scholar said. “But the fund-raising environment is very difficult at the moment, and Brookings keeps growing and it has to support itself.”

The sensitivities are especially important when it comes to the Qatari government — the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings.

Brookings executives cited strict internal policies that they said ensure their scholars’ work is “not influenced by the views of our funders,” in Qatar or in Washington. They also pointed to several reports published at the Brookings Doha Center in recent years that, for example, questioned the Qatari government’s efforts to revamp its education system or criticized the role it has played in supporting militants in Syria.

But in 2012, when a revised agreement was signed between Brookings and the Qatari government, the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself praised the agreement on its website, announcing that “the center will assume its role in reflecting the bright image of Qatar in the international media, especially the American ones.” Brookings officials also acknowledged that they have regular meetings with Qatari government officials about the center’s activities and budget, and that the former Qatar prime minister sits on the center’s advisory board.
Mr. Ali, who served as one of the first visiting fellows at the Brookings Doha Center after it opened in 2009, said such a policy, though unwritten, was clear.
“There was a no-go zone when it came to criticizing the Qatari government,” said Mr. Ali, who is now a professor at the University of Queensland in Australia. “It was unsettling for the academics there. But it was the price we had to pay.”
Sounds like the country funding Hamas had a word or two to say to the guy who was supposed to be a neutral negotiator in the Israeli/PA talks.
There is no indication that the State Department was aware of this arraignment before selecting Indyk to work on the peace talks. However Kerry was a strong supporter of getting Qatar involved in the talks with Hamas, a stance that did not make Egypt, the P.A., or Israel happy.
On the other hand Indyk's anti-Israel stance is not that much different than other progressives including his good friend Hillary Clinton, so it's difficult to discern which came first, the hatred or the cash.
See also:
Will Hillary Clinton make a difference?
If you are an average voter it may take two or three viewings for you to interpret this...that's why you are an average voter.  If you are a Democrat voter you may never be able to interpret this...that's why you are a Democrat. If you are a republican voter it may still take a couple of viewings to interpret this but you will get it...that's why you are a Republican. If you are a Conservative voter you will not only interpret this after one viewing, you'll understand all of its implications...that's why you are a Conservative.