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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A History Lesson: The Battle of Athens, 1946

I just read a remarkable story in American history I had never heard before, and it is very inspirational.  You should read it in full at Maggie's Notebook.  It illustrates the reason for the 2nd amendment.



 

Tags: Maggie's Notebook, Battle of Athens, 2nd Amendment, American history.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

BETRAYED

I am incensed at the passage today of the "Gang of 8" senate immigration bill from committee.  I am especially incensed at Jeff Flake, who posed as a conservative and now has sold out, as McCain has.

As far as I am concerned, they both have joined Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva in the Traitor category.

I tried to call Flake, but not-so-surprisingly, his voice message machine was full!  I didn't even bother with McCain.  It is not useless to call or email them, however, and if you're as angry as I am, here's where you can vent:

Sen. Jeff Flake
(202) 224-4521
Contact: www.flake.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Sen. John McCain
(202) 224-2235
Contact: http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Tags: Immigration, Gang of 8, Jeff Flake, John McCain, Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Janet Napolitano's Border Patrol Priorities

Submitted by Velcro, crossposted at Blogs For Borders.

Those of you who have been here before know that I tend to champion Border Patrol agents, who are frequently stuck between political divisions, the law, the cartels, Eric Holder, and their (lack of ) high level leadership. 
 
Asked about morale and Great Moments in her career as Secretary of the DHS, Napolitano's answers aligns with her boss, the President.  The characterization of President Obama and his cabinet members as lying cheats who are out to destroy the Constitution, line their pockets, and hose the American people remains.  

The Border Patrol, Local 2544, Tucson Sector, reports on a video conference call where the Boss met with the troops.  Here it is, presented in it's entirety, with no additional emphasis on my part. 
  

Priorities

Real leadership you cannot depend on.Real leadership you cannot depend on.
"It is great to have a “leader” with her priorities in the right place. During a video-conference session yesterday with agents and managers, Secretary Napolitano once again showed how out of touch she is with the rank-and-file employees who make DHS run.
 
"In response to a question about the low morale problem in CBP, she answered with a laugh “My morale is high.” Her dismissive comment is simply stunning, but unfortunately, it is typical of the way she has run things.
 
"Asked about her most memorable moment as DHS Secretary, she said something even more stunning. She said her most memorable moment as DHS Secretary was the time she threw out a first pitch at a Yankees game. This pretty much says it all. She revels in her “celebrity” while leading the largest law-enforcement agency in the history of this nation and the most memorable thing she has done is throwing a pitch at a baseball game. Not attending a funeral of a murdered agent, not meeting with the families of murdered agents, not anything to do with her job (outside her “celebrity” status), but throwing a pitch at a baseball game.
 
"And please don’t think these were just spontaneous comments. All questions had to be submitted days beforehand so she could select the questions she wanted to answer. This was a scripted publicity stunt designed to show she is “connecting” with agents.
 
"We have begged for real leadership in this Agency for years, and it’s become painfully apparent that nobody cares. It is more important to lie to the American people about how secure the borders are and to push for another amnesty program than it is to be a real leader of a law-enforcement agency.
NBPC representatives have attended musters and meetings with thousands of agents. We engage in the tough questions. We don’t hide behind some sort of imagined “celebrity” status. We don’t believe rank-and-file agents give one hoot about Napolitano throwing out some ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game. We care about border security, being allowed to do our jobs, being able to take care of our families, getting the equipment and support we need. And we continue to dream about having a real leader who we can respect and trust."
 
How much longer will the American people allow Obama and his band of thugs and mobsters to rape, pillage, and party at our expense?
   

Tags: Janet Napolitano, DHS, Border Patrol, Local 2544, Obama, Cabinet, NPBC.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Conservatives: Paranoid Chicken Littles, huh?

My goodness!  I quit writing for a week or so and all hell breaks loose on the Obama Administration.  In just ONE WEEK nearly EVERYTHING conservatives have been saying about Obama for 4½ years has been proven right.  Why couldn't you Democrat voters have LISTENED??? 

This apparent action-reaction is enough to make me think about stopping blogging altogether.  And although the vast majority of folks who stumble across this place would likely support this type of attack on liberals, I'd have to figure out something else to deal with my blood pressure.  Until they invent a pill for that however, I'll just have to keep writing to bring it back down.

Benghazi.  Now that testimony has finally begun, it appears that the MSM (or LSM) can no longer avoid the fact that something BAD happened there on and before 9/11/12, which was followed in the months after in Washington by something downright COWARDLY and EGREGIOUS.  More words are warranted, but those that come to mind fail.  But all of this also means that the Obama Administration can't avoid dealing with Benghazi and the coverup any longer either.  Gee, Hillary, maybe your responsibility for the lives of your subordinates does matter after all.  From what I've gleaned, you should face charges, and your boss, the Liar-in-Chief should face impeachment.

IRS.  It's not paranoia when they're really after you.  Like most conservatives, I've been called paranoid plenty of times by liberals; it's one of their favorite belittlement words.  But lo and behold, in a move trying to head off the flood of criticism surely to follow, the IRS confirmed in a press conference last Friday the intentional bias the agency carried out against conservative groups who use the terms "patriot" and "tea party".  The very next day, we find out that part of Friday's announcement (and pseudo-apology) was a big lie!  The bias wasn't simply the overly-spirited work of low level employees in the Midwest, it was known - and condoned - at the highest levels in Washington. 

AP.  DOJ breaks into the phone records of reporters working for the Associated Press.  I find this turn of events somewhat amusing actually.  Its ok for the press to publish names, addresses and phone numbers of legal gun owners, and it's ok for the press to act as Obama's Ministry of Propaganda, but let the DOJ get AP phone records and they're (the ACLU anyway) SCREAMING about how IMPORTANT a free press is to democracy.  Yes, the DOJ's actions confirm the Nazi-like character of the Obama Administration, but I confess to laughing at the two-faced hypocrisy of the press.

Obamacare.  A quick scan of the recent news showed that Democrats as well as Republicans are trying to find a way out of this nightmare now that it's REALLY going to take place, and things are REALLY going to get bad.  (Some saying involving rats and a sinking ship comes to mind).  Now it appears that HHS Secretary Sebelius is in hot water for trying to "encourage" healthcare corporations to donate to get the next phase of Obamacare rolling.  Really appalling!

Hey Liberal!  All of this crap is exactly what Conservatives have been saying all along.  Take your fingers out of your ears and STFU about how tolerant you think you are. 

Engage Your Brain.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Velcro is a Dull Boy - and a Sad One

UPDATE:  We were saddened to learn about the passing of our friend Bunni, about whom you can read here.  Until we meet again, Bunni.


You know, as in, "All work and no play..." 

Typical workday for Velcro

I haven't been as available to write as much recently as I would like.  For those of you who are gracious enough to risk insanity by visiting here often I say thank you, and I hope to get back on track soon.

There is a lot of stuff happening at work.  Not so much bad or good, just a lot of it.  [cue sad violin music] Twice this week I've been working until about 2:30am (no, I didn't go in at 11pm!).  Being a salaried employee, there's no overtime.  Work until the work's done.  Work before play (except that the work's never done.)

But, the truth is that it isn't all work.  There is a big chunk of what's going on that's swirling around the fact that my Mom is moving into a new townhouse.  She is approaching 83 years of age, and I count it a miracle of sorts that she's not moving into assisted living or worse.  She still drives halfway decently, travels, and enjoys being well enough off to help her kids out once in a while.

But growing up in the depression era continues to keep her skeptical of anyone involved in any big decision around money, especially something like buying a new home (She has lived in our old home for 50 years in June).  She keeps muttering about her certainty of being taken to the cleaners, and turns on that motherly charm in supplication of her son accompanying her to the bank, the title company, to see houses, buy boxes, help pack, etc. 

There are a few other minor things taking my attention, like my home's air conditioning going out the first week of 100 degree temperatures, a daughter frantically scrambling to finish semester-ending reports that hold the demise of civilization hanging in the balance, alternating with requests for advice about what to do with her clueless boyfriend.

And then, of course, back to work.

[sad music crescendo]

But I do have things in the pipeline. 
Stay tuned... I'll be back soon.

   

Tags: Whining, work, nursery rhymes, sad violin music, Daniel Polsby, Congressional Research Service, Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, Raul "Boycott Arizona" Grijalva, Janet Napolitano, Border Patrol.  Please mention / link to the Conservative Observer AZ. Thanks!