Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Globe Tribune.Info Press release

We don't give a rat's @$$.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

From The Oval Office (While America Sleeps)

Obama funds $20M tax payer dollars to immigrate Hamas Refugees to the USA

This is the news that didn't make the headlines...

By executive order, President Barack Obama has ordered the expenditure of $20.3 million in migration assistance to the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza . The "presidential determination" which allows hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with ties to Hamas to resettle in the United States was signed on January 27 and appeared in the Federal Register on February 4.

Few on Capitol Hill took note that the order provides a free ticket replete with housing and food allowances to individuals who have displayed their overwhelming support of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the parliamentary election of January 2006.

A review of Barack Obama's most recent actions since he was inaugurated a little more than two weeks ago:
His first call to any head of state as president was to Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah party in the Palestinian territory.
His first one-on-one interview with any news organization was with Al Arabia television.
He ordered Guantanamo Bay closed and all military trials of detainees halted..
He ordered all overseas CIA interrogation centers closed.
He withdrew all charges against the masterminds behind the USS Cole and 9/11..
Now we learn that he is allowing hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refuges to move to and live in the US at American taxpayer expense.
To verify for yourself:

[[Page 6115]]
Presidential Determination No. 2009-15 of January 27, 2009

Unexpected Urgent Refugee and Migration Needs Related To Gaza
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the ``Act''), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

(Presidential Sig.)
Washington, January 27, 2009
[FR Doc. E9-2488
Filed 2-3-09; 8:45 am]
Billing code 4710-10-P

Monday, March 16, 2009

The American Legion Strongly Opposed to President's Plan to Charge Wounded Heroes for Treatment


Contact: Craig Roberts of The American Legion, +1-202-263-2982 Office, +1-202-406-0887 Cell

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leader of the nation's largest veterans organization says he is "deeply disappointed and concerned" after a meeting with President Obama today to discuss a proposal to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who have suffered service-connected disabilities and injuries. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases.

"It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan," said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. "He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it."

The Commander, clearly angered as he emerged from the session said, "This reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate ' to care for him who shall have borne the battle' given that the United States government sent members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. I say again that The American Legion does not and will not support any plan that seeks to bill a veteran for treatment of a service connected disability at the very agency that was created to treat the unique need of America's veterans!"

Commander Rehbein was among a group of senior officials from veterans service organizations joining the President, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki and Steven Kosiak, the overseer of defense spending at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The group's early afternoon conversation at The White House was precipitated by a letter of protest presented to the President earlier this month. The letter, co-signed by Commander Rehbein and the heads of ten colleague organizations, read, in part, " There is simply no logical explanation for billing a veteran's personal insurance for care that the VA has a responsibility to provide. While we understand the fiscal difficulties this country faces right now, placing the burden of those fiscal problems on the men and women who have already sacrificed a great deal for this country is unconscionable."

Commander Rehbein reiterated points made last week in testimony to both House and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committees. It was stated then that The American Legion believes that the reimbursement plan would be inconsistent with the mandate that VA treat service-connected injuries and disabilities given that the United States government sends members of the armed forces into harm's way, and not private insurance companies. The proposed requirement for these companies to reimburse the VA would not only be unfair, says the Legion, but would have an adverse impact on service-connected disabled veterans and their families. The Legion argues that, depending on the severity of the medical conditions involved, maximum insurance coverage limits could be reached through treatment of the veteran's condition alone.

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This is a pretty poor way to say thank you to our wounded veterans. I hope it gets voted down.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Notes from Birobidzhan

BIROBIDZHAN, Russia – In the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region of Russia, a procession took place, involving a large group of youth – mainly students from the Yiddish language department at the local Social Sciences and Humanities Academy and those persons admiring the talent of the classic Jewish writer Sholom Aleichem. The occasion for this gathering is the celebration of the 150-year anniversary of the writer’s birthday.

The procession began beside Birobidzhan’s large monument to the writer, after which it passed through the city’s main street, which was named for the author in 1934. Eventually, participants found their way to the Regional Scientific Library, also named for Sholom Aleichem, where the parade finished.

here is the entire article

And for those of you who do not know the history or location of Birobidzhan, I include the following video and article which together give a sense of the history and background of the Jewish Autonomous Region.

2008 marks eighty years since the founding of The Jewish Autonomous Region of Birobidzhan in the Soviet far east near Mongolia. It was intended to provide the Jews of the USSR equality with all of the other Soviet nationalities by providing them with a homeland as well. Because of its distant location and the necessity of building it from scratch,it never caught on as a national homeland. Periodic purges of its population and its Yiddish library also curtailed the growth of Jewish culture in Birobidzhan. Today, although Yiddish is taught in its schools and enjoys official use, Jews amount to about 5% of its population of 220,000.
Two reasons are additionally cited as reasons for the failure of the Jewish Autonomous Region. The first obstacle was the J.A.R. founders' implacable opposition to Israel as a Jewish homeland. The second difficulty was the militant opposition to Torah of the J.A.R's founding fathers. Throughout Jewish history, groups which separated themselves from Torah as a source of Jewish identity faded from the world scene. Torah and the Land of Israel are a common wellspring of identity for Ashkenazic Sephardic and Mizrachi Jews.
Even within the U.S.S.R., the J.A.R only reached out to Ashkenazim, promoting Yiddish as a Jewish national language. The orthography and vocabulary of Soviet Yiddish were redesigned to minimise the Hebraic components of the officially approved language. The U.S.S.R. had within its borders Bukharian, Georgian, Crimean and other non Ashkenazic strains of Jews with distinctly differing religious customs and languages. A true Soviet Jewish homeland should have recognised these groups in designing a Jewish political entity. Instead, they were ignored in the J.A.R. In retrospect it was probably a blessing in disguise that the Jews of Soviet Asia were ignored in the founding of this ill fated attempt at a Jewish utopia. Had they taken part, they too would have fallen victim to Stalinist paranoia and the accompanying purges. Although Jews in the west should certainly remember the Jews still living in Birobidzhan, its value today is its lessons to this generation.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Short Takes From My In Box

Many compare Obama to the Messiah - but the major difference between Jesus and Obama is Jesus could build a cabinet( from

There is a series of videos on You Tube called "Did You Know" Here is one of them that I found interesting.

Announcement To Readers

For months, The Winter Riders has been an inactive blog, serving mainly the purpose of being an easy to spell gateway to Rudi and As of today, that is changing. Rudi Stettner and Magdeburger Joe have mostly consisted of my original posts, often commentary, sometimes promoting art and music that I consider worthy of note.

I frequently receive or come across articles that I think are worthwhile. From now on, will be the place where I repost such articles, with attribution and a linkover. Unlike my other two sites, my comments will be kept to a minimum. This way, I can promote the writing of others within the Winter Riders Group. Since I want to eventually write professionally, and will continue to serve as places to showcase my own writing. I look forward to this new arrangement, and welcome feedback from readers.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Obama Post Election Satire: A Look At Ourselves

"I can do whatever I want " Obama Spoof Whatever you like original video

This video is a take off on a popular hip hop song " You can have whatever you want". The original video shows a superstar stopping off in a fast food place and giving the girl behind the counter his phone number. The main focus of the video is the young girl's fantasies of fame and fortune.

The spoof version has Obama flush with satisfaction at making history. It shows a wild optimism and excitement. All obstacles seem destined to melt in front of the fictional Obama's smug self assurance.

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I imagine that the real Obama now realises that he has signed on for some daunting tasks. It is hard to imagine that he is as giddy and smug as he is portrayed in the video. Even with a majority in Congress, Obama faces a tough economy and a world that has become a rough neighbourhood.

The public who elected Obama is another story. Those who eagerly await a government gravy train are not only sitting in welfare offices but in corporate boardrooms as well. Union organisers should be giving unions a lease on life and credibility by cooperating with management in improving productivity. Instead they want to steamroll their way into shops across America by stripping union ballots of their secrecy.

Obama waged a tough and ruthless campaign. The voters have spoken. The confetti has been swept up. The champagne bottles have long been put in recycling bags. In past generations we had the benefit of sober counsel about "blood, sweat, toil and tears." Such voices are sadly lacking in this generation.

The voters had the facts available to them before Obama was elected. They made their choice. We can live with it. We have no choice. There are a lot of other choices we as citizens make between elections. Are we going to demand expensive "goodies"? Are we going to demand expensive tax rebates or golden parachutes? Are we goiung to quietly wink at more money being printed? Or are we going to consider the impact on the society and the economy of our expensive preferences.

We invest childish hopes in our leaders and deny the impact of our personal choices on society. Roe vs. Wade was passed by the Supreme court in 1973, legalising abortion in America. How many hundreds of thousands were aborted in that year? Had they lived, they would all turn thirty five this year. The majority would be working and paying into Social Security. If you add in every year since then in which individuals chose to abort, you have a major factor in America's economic equation. Our personal decisions have an impact on society. You can be an atheist and see the truth of this in entirely materialistic terms.

When I laugh at the Obama video with this posting, I am laughing at America's expectations of its leaders and its negation of personal responsibility. This attitude reaches from the shop floor to the board of directors, from the cradle to the nursing home.

Obama's slogan was "We are the people we've been waiting for." Where are we?