Requiem for a Twinkie (Open Thread)

© Miri WTPOTUS November 16, 2012

Thanks to greedy union members, 18,500 employees of Hostess will now be out of work.   We the People might have to say goodbye to those delicious treats that so many of us have learned to love.

Gone will be Twinkies. Gone will be Hostess cupcakes.

No more Ding Dongs.  No more Ho Hos.

Gone, too, will be Wonder Bread, the bread that most of us grew up eating.

How’s that Obamanation working out for you, people?  This is merely one sign of things yet to come.

Surely there will be joy in places like New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg despises sugar.  Also in Washington DC, where the First Lady is engaged in her own war on sweets.

More dependent unemployed Americans?  What’s not to like?

Read it and weep for the passing of the Twinkie [emphasis added]:

The Irving, Texas, company said a nationwide worker strike crippled its ability to make and deliver its products. Its brands also include Ding Dongs, Ho Ho’s and Dolly Madison.

Hostess had warned employees that it would file a motion in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to unwind its business and sell assets if plant operations didn’t return to normal levels by Thursday evening. The privately held company filed for Chapter 11 protection in January, its second trip through bankruptcy court in less than a decade.

“Many people have worked incredibly long and hard to keep this from happening, but now Hostess Brands has no other alternative than to begin the process of winding down and preparing for the sale of our iconic brands,” CEO Gregory F. Rayburn said in a letter to employees posted on the company website.

He added that all employees will eventually lose their jobs, “some sooner than others.”

Thousands of members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union went on strike last week after rejecting in September a contract offer that cut wages and benefits. Hostess had already reached a contract agreement with its largest union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Even though many of these union workers probably voted for Obama, they don’t seem to believe very much in collectivism.  Otherwise, they’d have given some consideration to their fellow employees who now are out of work.  They chose instead to “get theirs” (to try to get blood out of a stone).  Their gamble has cost thousands of their fellow employees their jobs, and now their families will suffer, as will the families of those who work in supporting industries, such as trucking or retail.  It’s a cascading tragedy.

As Europe explodes in protest because of similar necessary austerity measures (their experiment in socialism has been a massive failure), union members here still seem to believe that there’s a never-ending spigot of money, if only they can force those evil overseers to share their wealth.

It’s really simple: No capitalism? No profit? Then:  NO JOBS.

No wealth TO share.

Listen! Do you hear it?

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153 responses to “Requiem for a Twinkie (Open Thread)

  1. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/cia-case-fbi-detoured-usual-path
    “The way the FBI responded to Jill Kelley’s complaint about receiving harassing emails, which ultimately unraveled or scarred the careers of ex-CIA Director David Petraeus and Marine Gen. John Allen, is the exception, not the rule.

    The FBI commonly declines to pursue cyberstalking cases without compelling evidence of serious or imminent harm to an individual, victims of online harassment, advocacy groups and computer crime experts told The Associated Press. … The bureau probably would have ignored Kelley’s complaint had it not been for information in the emails that indicated the sender was aware of the travel schedules of Petraeus and Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Instead, the FBI considered this from the earliest stages to be an exceptional case, and one so sensitive that FBI Director Robert Mueller and Attorney General Eric Holder were kept notified of its progress.”

    Sounds like a load of hooey. Maybe something good will come of this:
    Civil liberties groups have criticized the FBI for pursuing the investigation of the emails to Kelley because there is no indication the messages contained any threatening language or classified information. The episode underscores the need to strengthen the legal protections for electronic communications, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

    Federal agencies can obtain a substantial amount of information about the online activities of an individual without getting a warrant from a judge. A subpoena approved by a federal prosecutor is usually sufficient to get access to stored emails and login data.

    These are invasive powers that need to have a check against overuse and abuse,” said Chris Soghoian, a senior policy analyst at the ACLU. “And that check should be a judge.”

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is meeting later this month to consider legislation that would do just that. The bill would require a warrant for all Internet communications. Law enforcement officials have resisted the change. But all the attention from the Petraeus case could give proponents of the legislation the momentum they need to push the bill through.

    “If we learn nothing else from the Petraeus scandal, it should be that our private digital lives can become all too public when over-eager federal agents aren’t held to rigorous legal standards,” staff attorneys for the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote in a blog post.”

    Finally found something to agree with the ACLU and the EFF on!

  2. http://cnsnews.com/blog/tony-perkins/general-nuisance

    “Of all the ridiculous opinions I’ve heard on General David Petraeus’ scandal, Doris Kearns-Goodwin’s takes the cake. On a recent “Meet the Press,” the Harvard graduate actually suggested that Americans should excuse the marital betrayal of leaders like General Petraeus because it limits the number of “good people” in public life.

    “I wish we could go back to the time when private lives of our public figures were relevant only if they directly affected their public responsibilities…” she said. “What would we have done if FDR had not been our leader because he had an affair with Lucy Mercer? Think of the productive years that Clinton could have had if Monica Lewinsky hadn’t derailed them. We’ve got to figure out a way that we give a private sphere for our public leaders. We’re not gonna get the best people in public life if we don’t do that.”

    Think about it. The man running our nation’s top clandestine organization couldn’t keep his own affair secret.

    And he’s one of the best people we have in public service?”

    Think about all the damage that would have been AVOIDED had they drummed FDR and Clinton out of office! Notice the woman cites the infamous flawed DemoncRATS. Oh, they’re the “good people,” though! This is what they said about Clinton: It’s only about sex. NOPE. It’s about being able to take an oath and honorably keep it. It’s about CHARACTER.

  3. This is Lame Cherry
    I have not agreed with all of his posts,
    but I think he is accurate here:

    “I was fascinated by Junior Reagan or the New Repbublican Insider in how they know absolutely nothing of value. If this child hiding under Ronald Reagan’s corpse cares to show they real, then them tell us what is it that is inserted up John Boehner’s rectum in what it is that Barack Hussein Obama is blackmailing most of the powerful folk in America to keep them from stating that election theft is what overthrew America and it started with the Bush41 years in how Clinton stole it via Lawrence Walsh from that old rascal.

    Perhaps the Lame Cherry should educate Junior Reagan on a few points as to how reality is in his Rick Perry “conservative” world from someone who was there when Ronald Reagan was born.
    The way to win this is only one way, and that is to cut off and kill the apparatus which the GOP Insider is either too ignorant to realize in being a juvenile blowhard or is part of the spin machine which has all the Limbaugh talking heads deliberately deflecting from election theft, ANALGATE and the reality of what is really taking place.”

    Read the rest here: http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2012/11/resistance.html

  4. Unfortunately, the most corrupt AG in history, Eric Holder, will stay on for another year. Obama didn’t want a mass exodus when the administration is under scrutiny because of Benghazi.

    • Plus, to put somebody else in “power” now could flub up their deceit processes and give the game away by an “innocent” contradiction. They probably need a year to train the new appointee in the arts of diversion and wordplay.

      • Maybe that tells us who the DemoncRATS will present for potus in 2016: Barky II. Meet the new boss; almost the same as the old boss.

  5. Anyone know what a homeboy is? Our illustrious VP, Biden, called Obama a homeboy. Leave off the home and it would be perfect.

    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homie
      “Homie or homey (from “homeboy”) is a slang term in urban culture whose origins etymologists generally trace to African-American language from the late 19th century, with the word “homeboy” meaning a male friend from back home. The words have also had similar use in Latino and chicano communities in the United States, starting in the late 1960s/early 1970s and continuing up to the present. As slang terms, the words have come to have variations in meaning, depending on local subcultures in a region, without the stability provided for dictionary-defined words. The term has also been traced to military slang. … Some etymologists have questioned whether the term “home boy” may have had its origins in the Spanish word “hombre” which means “man”.

      Other sources state that “homeboy” originated during the Viet Nam War era in the military, and referenced two soldiers being from the same hometown. Once it was discovered that two soldiers were from the same hometown, they would refer to each other as Homeboy, which was later shortened to Homie or Home. … In some parts of Europe, especially in the Netherlands, “homeboy” is also used as a pejorative term, as well as to refer to individuals with diverging sexual preferences.”

      Last seems to fit.

  6. New Hope for HoHos?… Judge Orders Hostess to Mediate With Union
    November 19, 2012

    A bankruptcy judge today ordered Hostess Brands Inc. to mediate with unions before he would allow the company to liquidate and sell off assets.Hostess shut down last week after a union strike crippled the company.

    FOX2 Now reported: Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union will go into mediation to try and resolve their differences, meaning the Irving, Texas-based company won’t go out of business just yet. The news came Monday after Hostess moved to liquidate and sell off its assets in bankruptcy court citing a crippling strike last week.

    The bankruptcy judge hearing the case says that the parties haven’t gone through the critical step of mediation and asked the lawyer for the bakery’s union to ask his client, who wasn’t present, if he would agree to participate.
    The case is being heard by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y.

    Earlier today it was reported that Private equity firm Sun Capital Partners wants to buy the bankrupt bakeries.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/new-hope-for-hohos-judge-orders-hostess-to-mediate-with-unions/

    Headquarters Boca Raton, Florida, United States
    Key people Rodger Krouse and Marc J. Leder (Co-CEOs)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Capital_Partners

    • You know, when I wrote the post I thought about emphasizing that a judge would be involved and that we shouldn’t put it past any court in the Obamanation from once again interfering in the way bankruptcy law is supposed to work. So now the unions get a second chance? This will be interesting. I don’t pretend to understand how all this works. Are they REQUIRED to go through mediation? I read that the judge said it was the union that skipped a response somewhere along the line and just went to a strike.

      Does anybody understand what’s going on with this Wal-Mart situation where the company is appealing to the government to stop the “strike” or Black Friday walkouts? Of course, the paper said that Obama’s administration is expediting the decision so my guess is that they want to hurry up and DENY the company’s claim so that the Black Friday “strike” can have the full OWS/community-organized effect. The leftists have ALWAYS hated Wal-Mart because they resist unionization. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-16/wal-mart-workers-black-friday-strike That’s a labor sympathetic story. Here’s one that explains the company’s pov: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/18/news/walmart-strike-black-friday/index.html

      “As Wal-Mart workers prepare to stage a walkout on Black Friday, the world’s largest store is fighting back.

      Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500) has filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing one of the largest labor unions in the country of unlawfully organizing picket lines, in-store “flash mobs” and other demonstrations in the past six months.

      In its complaint Thursday, Wal-Mart said the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart is trying to force the store into collective bargaining even though it is not the official union for Wal-Mart’s employees. The UFCW represents over a million meat packers and food industry workers.

      The complaint comes just days before Wal-Mart workers’ plan to stage nationwide walkouts on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for any U.S. store. Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, along with a watchdog group Corporate Action Network are calling on the country’s largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

      The planned walkouts build on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions.

      Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar pointed out in a statement that the number of workers participating in the walkout is a “very small minority” of its 1.3 million workforce. Tovar said that Black Friday is like the “Superbowl” for retailers and that Wal-Mart is ready.

      “If [the store employees] are scheduled to work, we expect them to show up and do their job. If they don’t, depending on the circumstances, there could be consequences,” said Tovar.

      In a letter to UFCW’s general council sent on Friday, Wal-Mart said the workers’ ongoing actions violate the National Labor Relations Act, which prohibits picketing for any period over 30 days without filing a representation petition. The retailer said the actions have disrupted business.”

      This is simply more of the Obama administration’s war on business. If his NLRB rules in favor of the company, I will be amazed. Depending how it goes, I will be prepared to SHOP AT WAL-MART MORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

      btw, I recently read a consumer study that proved the Wal-Mart has far better prices on all the items found at Walgreens and CVS, so smart shoppers should shop at Wal-Mart. Can anybody explain why the leftists target Wal-Mart and ignore other large retailers that aren’t union organized?

      • Earlier I read that Soros was behind Black Friday protests, but now I don’t know where I read it. Found it.

        Soros Behind Black Friday Strike – George Soros
        Soros’ MoveOn.org trying to rally Wal-Mart workers for Black Friday strike
        By Matthew Boyle | 1:52 AM 11/20/2012 | The Daily Caller

        Left-wing billionaire George Soros’ MoveOn.org has jumped into the fight for a unionized Wal-Mart workforce. MoveOn.org has sent emails to subscribers nationwide, urging them to descend on Wal-Mart stores on Black Friday. The organization is encouraging people to strike against management even if they aren’t Wal-Mart employees.

        “Instead of listening to and learning from its workers, Wal-Mart has sought to silence us and retaliate against those who dare to speak up,” MoveOn.org said in its email to supporters. “Warehouse workers who work for Wal-Mart contractors have also experienced retaliation for speaking out. Now, Wal-Mart workers have had enough.”

        http://nation.foxnews.com/george-soros/2012/11/20/soros-behind-black-friday-strike

        • TY. Figures. SHOP WAL-MART.

          • “In recent weeks, unions have stepped up their efforts to gain influence among Wal-Mart’s workforce, which is one of the largest in the country — totaling about 1.4 million people nationwide, by MoveOn.org’s estimates. Such a large workforce would potentially bring in billions in union dues for whichever labor group gets to the workers first.”

            BILLIONS IN FORCED DUES THAT WILL FUND DEMONCRAT ELECTIONS.

  7. 100 Republicans Sign Letter to Obama: Do Not Nominate Susan Rice as Secretary of State
    November 19, 2012

    Today Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) sent this letter to President Obama discouraging him from nominating Ambassador Susan Rice as Secretary of State. Duncan and 97 Republicans signed the letter to Obama.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/100-republicans-sign-letter-to-obama-do-not-nominate-susan-rice-as-secretary-of-state/

    Congressman Jeff Duncan writes President Obama on possible nomination of Ambassador Susan Rice for Secretary of State
    Nov 19, 2012

    Duncan’s letter, which was signed by 97 Members of Congress, states that Ambassador Rice either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter.” The letter goes on to say that Ambassador Rice has lost the trust of the American people and would greatly undermine US credibility abroad.

    http://jeffduncan.house.gov/press-release/congressman-jeff-duncan-writes-president-obama-possible-nomination-ambassador-susan

  8. Has his mole moved again? That is the only reason for putting this video here. I don’t know the correct pronunciation of her name so I can’t tell if he said it incorrectly, but a boring minute of listening to him was worse than having a tooth pulled. Now he’s into kissing rather than bowing. Yuk.

    Obama Obliterates Civil Rights Icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s Name Several Times During Brief Speech (Video)
    November 19, 2012, 8:56 AM

    In Burma today, Barack Obama repeatedly butchered democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s name during his remarks to the press as she was standing right next to him. Of course, the Obama-media will give him a complete pass on this.
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/obama-obliterates-civil-rights-icon-aung-san-suu-kyis-name-several-times-in-one-minute-speech-video/

    • “Barack Obama blunders again on the world stage”
      By Nile Gardiner @ The Telegraph

      “It is only two weeks since his re-election, and his second term remains two months away, but Barack Obama is already blundering again on the world stage, with the kind of gaffes that would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times if they had been committed by George W. Bush when he was in the White House. Obama’s first term was littered with foreign policy gaffes, and there is every chance the second term will be more of the same.

      On his trip to Asia this week, President Obama struggled to pronounce the name of Aung San Suu Kyi, the most prominent human rights activist in the world. As The Associated Press reports (hat tip: Drudge Report):

      As Obama stood next to the world’s most recognized democracy icon, he mispronounced her name repeatedly. Ever gracious, Suu Kyi did not correct her American guest for calling her Aung YAN Suu Kyi multiple times during his statement to reporters after their meeting.
      Proper pronunciation for the Nobel laureate’s name is Ahng Sahn Soo Chee.

      Obama also “botched” his greeting of Burma’s new president, according to the AP:”

      CONTINUED HERE: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100190254/barack-obama-blunders-again-on-the-world-stage
      ———-
      http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/11/obama-blunders-again-on-world-stage.html

      • He screwed up the names of two leaders in two different countries? I guess there isn’t anybody in the White House assigned to the task of making sure that foreign dignitaries names are phonetically written for him, so he can practice saying them before meeting them. He humiliates all of us by his repeated lack of protocol and respect for others.

        • “US President Barack Obama suffers embarrassing royal toast mishap at Queen’s banquet”

          At YouTube:

          “Barack Obama suffered an awkward moment during a banquet at Buckingham Palace when he broke royal protocol by speaking over the national anthem.

          The US President had just begun proposing a toast to the Queen when the orchestra accidentally struck up God Save The Queen.

          However, rather than pause and continue the speech after the music had stopped, Mr Obama pressed on only to be rebuffed when he raised his glass to the monarch.”

          Uploaded by telegraphtv on May 25, 2011

        • I am convinced this is barky and, therein, lies the lies. and I highly doubt the older child is the mystery man Mark who lives in China.

          http://wtpotus.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/mark-david-photo-ali-2.jpg

          the child we see with Ann Dunham is not barky and he bears no resemblance to the bogus potus as a baby, child or pre-teen.

          I betcha these “brothers” are actually “orphans” and were in the care, custody and control of Ruth and Mama Sarah.

          not that it matters what i think, just saying.

          • If the older child is not Mark, then perhaps THAT’S David and the younger is Barky. I do think the younger is Barky. The older resembles Mark, but he would if he was his brother. Or maybe the older kid is Richard Ndesandjo, that mystery guy who Ruth named her kindergarten for: Ma (Mark) Da (David) Ri (Richard). No Joey. No Richard publicly acknowledged anywhere. Is Barky really Ricky?

        • He can’t even take 3 minutes before meeting them to practice saying their names until he’s got it right? Or are his toadies so afraid of him that they don’t bother to prep him?

      • Really. How long does it take for a brilliant intellectual and constitutional scholar, writer, genius like Barry to learn the correct pronunciation of that woman’s name? How long does it take the typical brainless, brain dead lamestream media talking head? Is the pronunciation of her name that far from the pronunciation of words in Indonesian, as opposed to the language of Burma? He wasn’t so popular in Cambodia. Nobody turned out to see him.

    • sure does look like it. maybe when he puckers up it moves to his nostril,

      Maybe he can go on that show Stupid Bogus Potus Tricks.

    • That, my Dears, is not Obama. How can it be? Looks like the ears were not matched to the neck and face mask; different skin tone. WTF is going on?

    • It’s rather demeaning and sexist, isn’t it? Why does he disrespect female leaders this way? It resembles sexual harassment. Imagine being in a work environment and having your boss or a male co-worker behave like this? Smooching you. It demeans and sexualizes strong women. Is that his goal? btw, I read in the WSJ that Barry is taking a “victory lap” in Burma that belongs rightfully to GWB. Bush’s policies (including a visit by Mrs. Bush) that led to the success of democratization in Burma. Barry’s always ready, willing, and able to take credit that belongs to others and blame others for his own failings.

  9. Why are the unions flexing their muscles now? Are they out of money having bought Obama’s presidency?

    Port of Portland Labor Strike Threatens to Cripple Shipping
    Monday, November 19, 2012

    In the latest round of union aggressiveness that has marked the short post-Obama re-election era, officials at the Port of Portland are prepping for a strike by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union beginning November 25. Thanks to the strike, shippers will begin bypassing Portland altogether. Meanwhile, unions are also threatening to strike at grain terminals in Portland, Vancouver, and Puget Sound, driving up the price of grain across the country. [Cereal prices will rise again along with flour.]
    ~
    This is merely the latest in a line of strikes that has plagued the nation ever since President Obama’s re-election. Obama is widely – and correctly – considered to be in Big Labor’s pocket. Their level of comfort with major strikes has escalated dramatically since his re-election.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/19/Port-of-Portland-Labor-Strike

    • I’m sure it’s all been community organized. This is part of what Barry meant when he said he’s coming to the conclusion that change isn’t possible from within DC. The unions are on the run. They’re losing money when they lose their thuggish power to intimidate people into joining and force them into paying “dues”. It’s like the Mafia. (Watch the Godfather series this Thursday, if you don’t know what I mean.) Trumpka is promising to ram through “card check” this time, before Barry leaves office. Even the Hostess thing has an intimidation factor in that the vote to end the strike was NOT a secret vote. The chaos we see in Europe is something that Barry and his peeps long for. This is the beginning.

  10. State Dept Ready to End Diplomatic Isolation of Hamas
    19 Nov 2012

    On Friday, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland announced that it was suddenly fine for foreign dignitaries to visit the terrorist Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. Why? Because now that Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets on Israel, those dignitaries could visit to try to push “de-escalation.”
    ~
    For the State Department to suddenly end diplomatic isolation of Hamas thanks to aggressive attacks on Israeli civilians is disgusting. The whole purpose of diplomatic isolation is to discourage such attacks and connections – especially with Egypt, which has been funneling ordinance into the Gaza Strip for months.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/19/State-Department-Fine-With-Egypt-Visiting-Hamas

    • Ah yes, the inevitable by Obama’s administration …more talks or negotiations by our government with terrorists! They don’t get it – terrorists don’t want to talk, they want to kill – that is their agenda. Obama’s foreign policy of apology and appeasement and arming the terrorists has worked so well thus far. Who do we have in the State Department that isn’t supportive of Hamas and Palestine? Here’s an idea, send in a flotilla of dignitaries and Code Pinkers – that should work. The terrorists see a weak kneed incompetent leader in the US and are thrilled that he was selected again.

    • Please. Seriously. PLEASE. Not one there I’d even consider except perhaps Rand Paul. Rubio? INELIGIBLE. Jindal? INELIGIBLE. Christie? TOAST.

  11. Excerpted from WND: We have one last, final chance to save America. We have one last, final chance to stop Barack Obama. One final chance.

    What is this final chance? Will the Republicans step up to the plate and do what is necessary?

    Barack Obama has not yet been re-elected president.

    Yes, the election is over – but remember, a presidential election in America is not by popular vote. We vote for the candidate, but what we are really doing is voting for the electors who will meet on the Monday after the second Wednesday in December.

    That is when the actual re-election of the president occurs.

    Is there a way to stop this?

    Yes, there is.

    And the best part – this is totally constitutional.

    The 12th Amendment of the Constitution as well as Article II of the Constitution govern the Electoral College.

    According to the 12th Amendment, for the Electoral College to be able to select the president, it must have a quorum of two-thirds of the states voting. If enough states refuse to participate, the Electoral College will not have a quorum. If the Electoral College does not have a quorum or otherwise cannot vote or decide, then the responsibility for selecting the president and vice president devolves to the Congress.

    The House of Representatives selects the president and the Senate selects the vice president.

    Since the Republicans hold a majority in the House, presumably they would vote for Mitt Romney, and the Democrats in the Senate would vote for Joe Biden for vice president.

    Can this work?

    Sure it can.

    Democrats have actually set this precedent of refusing to participate to deny Republicans a quorum. They did this in Wisconsin and in Texas. Why can’t we do this with the Electoral College?

    Mitt Romney was a terrible candidate, and he will not be a great president. But he will be infinitely better than Barack Obama.

    So how do we do this?

    SNIP

    If none of that works, read how Mahatma Ghandi freed India from British rule:
    Massive non-participation,
    nothing illegal
    Can 49% of the country carry the country if the other 51% refuse to work?
    Think not!
    If you can leave the country, leave,
    you are not a traitor, you are a hero
    Good luck everybody, because you are so going to need it!

  12. Obama in Burma, Appeasing Another Dictatorship
    November 19, 2012 Snips

    Burma is a society under tyranny. The military government has a record of human rights violations such as genocide, systematic rape, slavery, sex trafficking and child labor.The government is so reprehensible, in fact, that many civilized countries refuse to acknowledge the name Myanmar, which is the official name of the country since the military junta changed it in 1989.
    ~
    It wasn’t exactly an apology tour this time, but he pointedly referred to the country as Myanmar, throwing a bone to the country’s dictatorship, when U.S. policy for years has been to call it Burma.

    During his speech, Obama assured his audience that “the United States of America is with you.” He also threw in some of his usual socialist happy talk about how important it is for people to be allowed to own the land they live on, unless they become too wealthy, in which case their wealth needs to be redistributed.
    ~
    But the most tooth-gnashing part of the speech was hearing the supposed leader of the free world tell an audience under dictatorship, “Now, on other hand, as president, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could.”
    ~
    Once again, America’s principles are undercut by the man in the Oval Office.

    http://godfatherpolitics.com/8160/obama-in-burma-appeasing-another-dictatorship/

  13. Oh, what a surprise! I’m hearing on Dana Loesch’s program this breaking news: Jesse Jackson Jr., who just WON REELECTION from the mental ward, is resigning! Part of the plea bargain deal? Run and win and then resign so the current governor gets that “golden thing”, meaning he gets to appoint the successor? Oh, who will it be? Any ideas?

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/report-jesse-jackson-jr-resign-184754119–election.html

    “Jesse Jackson Jr. will resign his seat in Congress Wednesday, the Illinois Democrat’s brother told the Chicago Tribune.

    Jonathan Jackson said his brother will make the announcement “momentarily” in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

    News outlets reported Wednesday morning that Jackson had canceled a morning conference call with staff for fear of media eavesdropping.

    This summer, Jackson abruptly dropped out of the public eye. His staff first reported the congressman, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, had been on a leave of absence for exhaustion, then indicated his condition was more serious. After pressure from colleagues and others it was revealed Jackson was being treated at the Mayo Clinic for bipolar disorder and other gastrointestinal issues.

    Jackson left the clinic in September, but returned the following month. He was reportedly at the clinic Nov. 6 when he easily won re-election in his Democratic Chicago-area district.

    The House Ethics Committee has been investigating Jackson for his alleged connections to the potentially improper process of filling the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.”

    So will there now be a domino effect with the “improper process of filling the House seat?”

    • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/21/report-jesse-jackson-jr-resigning-from-congress/

      “The decision came following two weeks of mounting calls for him to come clean with voters, following our revelations that former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was involved in plea bargaining with authorities who’d been investigating Jackson’s alleged misuse of campaign funds.

      Jackson easily won re-election earlier this month, despite not appearing in public since he took a medical leave of absence in June.

      Though for several weeks now, it has no longer been a matter of if he would resign, but when. …

      Any plea agreement, negotiated by Webb and other Washington lawyers, is expected to include resignation and repayment of campaign funds spent for personal use.

      At least some jail time would appear likely.

      There’s no word yet on whether that might either include or be replaced by hospitalization for a condition known to cause the kind of behavior that triggered the scrutiny of both his official duties and personal life, including improper, irrational spending and risky sexual misconduct.”

      I’ll bet it includes keeping his big trap shut.

    • Did he get his disability payments that he wanted? I believe I read he was holding out resigning waiting for a determination. Will the ethics committee now drop the charges against him?

  14. Happy Thanksgiving: Unions Shut Down Traffic to LAX
    Nov. 22

    Ready to fly out of Los Angeles today to get to your family before Thanksgiving? Not so fast. Los Angeles’ labor unions have decided to protest on Thanksgiving Eve – one of the busiest travel days of the year – to snarl traffic around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). President Obama’s favorite union, the Service Employees International Union, is spearheading the obnoxious effort; it’s supposed to last from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., virtually the entire day. The LAPD says that travellers should arrive 90 minutes earlier than usual. LAX already advises people to arrive two hours in advance.

    What exactly is SEIU protesting for? They say that an airport contract is breaking the city law on living wages – which, of course, is nonsense, since that would be prosecutable. They also say that the contractor has eliminated “affordable healthcare” for over 400 workers. Which is, again, bull. After all, can’t the SEIU just rely on Obamacare?

    Leave it to the unions to ruin Thanksgiving. They’ve ruined every other day of the year.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/20/Thanksgiving-LAX-shutdown-union

    • They’re also trying to ruin people’s Black Friday at Wal-Mart. They want to clog the stores with protesters. That will endear them to everyone. When will they learn? OWS was a resounding failure. Do they really think that their big database of obots is going to serve them well in getting Barry’s policies and goals enacted? It was an American Idol-like event–the election. These people are NOT committed to doing more than saying they’re for That One because it’s cool. It was enough for them to actually get out there and vote for him. Do they truly think hordes of these spoiled, indulged youngsters are going to spend their Thanksgiving holiday protesting at Wal-Mart? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  15. Jobless Claims Over 400k For Second Week
    21 Nov 2012

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic, for the second week in a row, over 400,000 new jobless claims were filed across the country. Last week the number was 451k, this week it’s 410k, and as we saw last week, most of the blame is falling on Hurricane Sandy.

    Last week the Hurricane Sandy excuse made little sense as most of the new jobless claims came from Ohio and Pennsylvania due to layoffs in the manufacturing, construction, and auto industries. Had these layoffs been due to the hurricane, why weren’t there more layoffs in those same states and industries this week? Furthermore, these states weren’t hit anywhere near as hard as the two states that saw the biggest increase in jobless claims this week: New Jersey and New York.

    Coming in third was California, which saw an increase of nearly 25k new claims due to layoffs in the service industry due to Hurricane Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown.

    Overall, forty states saw an increase in claims.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/21/Jobless-claims-ver-400k-for-second-week

    • Funny how those job statistics changed so much right after the election – and things were going so well prior to Obama’s selection too…or so they cooked the books to say they were. Stupid people that believed it. Blame Bush…that will work – 4 years later.

    • Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California: How’s that Obamanation working out for ya?

  16. More NEW reports about that economy that is starting to turn around…now they tell the people the truth?

    Happy Thanksgiving: Food Pantries Overwhelmed Thanks to Obama Economy
    20 Nov 2012

    President Obama’s most solid strongholds are suffering from economic disaster under his presidency, according to NEW reports.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/20/Food-Pantries-Overwhelmed-As-Obama-Economy

    • Yup. And who does their best to restock those pantries? The Boy Scouts of America, who the leftists love to hate. Boycott UPS this holiday season.

  17. The illegals get education, welfare, food stamps, medical care…why not a driver’s license too? They have all the benefits of being a citizen without any allegiance to the the US. Plus they are ILLEGAL – which means nothing in the age of Obama.

    Illegals may get driver’s licenses in Illinois
    Nov. 21

    Illinois’ top leaders said Tuesday that they will push to issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants — testing federal strictures and becoming the latest sign that the pendulum has swung away from Arizona-style crackdowns and toward those pursuing a softer line on immigration.[When did it swing?]
    ~
    The move represents the first major backtrack by a state since the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nearly a decade ago, when the hijackers used licenses, often obtained by fraud, to board the airplanes they used to target the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and, potentially, the U.S. Capitol or White House.
    ~
    Even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who during his time in Congress and as chief of staff in Mr. Obama’s White House was seen as a major roadblock to Democrats’ immigration legislation, backed the call for licenses.

    “I strongly support state legislation that will allow every Chicagoan, regardless of legal status, to enjoy the rights and responsibilities that come with a driver’s license,” he said. “I will be a strong advocate for this bill as we work to make Chicago the most immigrant-friendly city in the country.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/20/illinois-moves-grant-licenses-illegal-immigrants/

    • Oh, I’m sure the state of Illinois will denote the person’s foreign (illegal, criminal) status on the driver’s license, too, so that they don’t try to vote with that as a photo ID.

    • Oh, see. The states are worried that Barry will “smack their hands” if they don’t behave towards illegal immigrants as Barry wants them to, even if it goes against FEDERAL LAW (REAL ID Act).

  18. Feds Will Soon Be Able To Read Your Email
    November 21

    HR 2471, like a snake, is slithering up to the “moderate” Democrat Patrick Leahy’s Judicial Senate Committee, to be voted on November 29th. Patrick Leahy has rewritten this electronic “privacy” bill to instead allow the Feds, local law enforcement, and literally any local or federal entity to read any electronic communication—email, private Facebook Posts, Twitter direct messages, Google Docs, etc.—without a warrant.

    Isn’t there something called the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution? Something about privacy?

    Who needs the Constitution when Barack Hussein Obama can take care of everyone’s needs?

    Will America fight back against this unconstitutional power grab?

    Time will tell.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/feds-will-soon-be-able-to-read-your-email/

  19. Experts: New Health Rules Show Obamacare Will Raise Costs
    21 Nov 2012 Snips

    The federal government has issued a series of sweeping NEW rules and regulations surrounding Obamacare — benefits that health-industry experts fear could end up costing Americans more. The proposed regulations, revealed Tuesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services, will begin in 2014. They mandate:

    Health insurance companies will be prohibited from discriminating against individuals because of a pre-existing or chronic condition;
    Insurers will only be allowed to vary their premiums within limits, with rates being based on age, tobacco use, family size, and geography;
    They will also prohibited from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on an enrollee’s current or past health problems, their sex, their job or the industry they work in;
    People for whom coverage is unaffordable, and young adults, will have access to a catastrophic coverage plan;
    Policies and standards spelling out essential health coverage benefits are being set to give states more flexibility to implement Obamacare. They will allow consumers to be able to compare health plans. Standards for Medicaid benefits are also being established;
    The implementation and expansion of employment-based wellness programs to promote good health and help control healthcare spending. This ensures that individuals are protected from unfair underwriting practices that could reduce benefits.

    Betsy McCaughey, a former New York lieutenant governor under George Pataki and author of “Decoding the Obamacare Law,” told Newsmax the new rules and regulations will cost consumers more.
    cont.
    http://www.newsmax.com/newswidget/Obamacare-costs-higher-McCaughey/2012/11/21/id/465058?promo_code=F1D5-1&utm_source=westernJournalism&utm_medium=nmwidget&utm_campaign=widgetphase1

  20. Stopping an Illegal “President”
    GeorgeM at 21 November Snips

    We’ve fought hard for years to prevent, then eliminate, an illegal, criminal Marxist usurper in the White House. Officialdom, media and political parties have successfully fought us every step of the way.
    ~
    What’s needed are specific plans.

    A few possible approaches (multiple ones should be pursued):

    1. Challenge of all the 90-100%+ turnout precincts, voting machine anomalies, in key swing states. So far, it hasn’t been done.

    2. Boycott Electoral College. Unless a quorum of at least 2/3 of states participate, election is then decided by House of Representatives, per Constitution, Article II, Section 1. If just 17 of the states boycotted, election choice would default to House of Reps. Warnings: The wording might be interpreted to say that even one Electoral College member from a state would meet the quorum, however. Also, it is not clear how the vote for each state would be determined.
    3. Challenge Electoral College results. That didn’t work out in 2008. Will it be different now?

    4. Governors of 4 key states- Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida- refuse to certify election results. Would the Governors have the courage and integrity to make such a tough decision?

    5. Immediately begin impeachment proceedings on one or more of the following grounds:

    http://obamaballotchallenge.com/stopping-an-illegal-president

  21. 5. Immediately begin impeachment proceedings on one or more of the following grounds:
    Impeachable Offenses
    (partial listing!)

    - Illegal Libyan war

    - Possible illegal wars in Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere

    - Illegal firing of Inspector-General Walpole

    - Failure to Enforce immigration law

    - Failure to enforce DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

    - Ignoring two orders to resume Gulf oil drilling permits

    _ Unreasonably sequestering offshore and federal lands energy development

    - Unreasonably inhibiting coal industry and coal-fired power plants

    - Ignoring multiple orders to stay Obamacare implementation

    - Violating 1st Amendment freedom of religion in implementing Obamacare

    - Failing to enforce election laws

    - Multiple illegal EPA orders on CO2, enforcement of made-up regulations not backed by Congress

    - Illegally overturning Black Panther voter intimidation conviction via DOJ

    - Possibly bribery to buy Obamacare passage votes

    - Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal

    - Overturning centuries of commercial law during auto industry takeover

    - Ceding rights over control of our economy to IMF, via “Special Drawing rights”

    - Possible complicity in over $16 trillion in illegal commitments by Federal Reserve, involving U.S. obligations

    - Felony Document/Identity Fraud

    - Circumventing Congressional oversight via unprecedented scope of “Czars” and illegal recess appointments

    - Illegal arrest, torture, killing of American citizens, without warrants, charges, habeas corpus, trials and other due process

    - Illegally held a foreign office as UN Security Council acting head.

    - Multiple illegal “Executive Orders” and “signing statements”

    - BenghaziGate treason and cover-up

    - Interfering in Kenyan politics, in violation of the Logan Act.

    • Walpin. Illegally fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124511811033017539.html http://conservativespotlight.com/2012/09/16/33-firing-inspector-general-gerald-walpin-for-investigating-sexual-predator-and-obama-friend-sacramento-mayor-kevin-johnson/
      A refresher: “t didn’t take long for Obama to use the power of his office to benefit his crony friends. In June 2009 Inspector General Gerald Walpin was unceremoniously sacked by the White House because of his investigation of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a retired NBA star and staunch Obama supporter. Walpin caught Johnson misusing an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant intended for St. HOPE Academy. Instead of using the funds to improve educational opportunities for the students, as required by the terms of the grant, money was instead redirected towards non-official business including influencing a Sacramento Board of Education election, padding staff salaries, washing Johnson’s car and running personal errands for the Mayor.

      Walpin’s investigation also uncovered allegations of sexual abuse by Johnson of three St. HOPE females. One student, who had been fondled by Johnson during a tutoring session at her home, told investigators that Johnson attorney Kevin Hiestand offered her a $1,000 a month AmeriCorps grant in exchange for her silence.

      The Office of Inspector General report contained information regarding “two other female St. HOPE students reporting Johnson for inappropriate sexual conduct towards them.” Erik Jones, a teacher who had reported one of Johnson’s sexual assaults to police, wrote in his resignation letter “St. HOPE sought to intimidate the student through an illegal interrogation and even had the audacity to ask me to change my story.”

      This wasn’t the first time that Johnson had been found sexually abusing minors. In 1995 Johnson was questioned by Phoenix police in relation to the fondling a 16-year-old girl. In response to the incident Johnson was quoted as saying “what you’re saying happened, I’m not entirely agreeing happened”. While charges were not filed because of lack of evidence, Johnson agreed to pay the girl’s family $230,000.

      Rather than protecting children from a sexual predator and rewarding the IG who had exposed Johnson, Walpin was fired by the White House without providing Congress a 30-day notice as required by law. The official explanation for Walpin’s dismissal was based on unsubstantiated allegations of confusion and disorientation during an AmeriCorps board meeting. This explanation seemed farfetched as he appeared completely lucid during multiple television appearances following his firing.”

      And from the WSJ link: “There’s also the question of how Mr. Walpin was terminated. He says the phone call came from Norman Eisen, the Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, who said the President felt it was time for Mr. Walpin to “move on,” and that it was “pure coincidence” he was asked to leave during the St. HOPE controversy. Yet the Administration has already had to walk back that claim.

      That’s because last year Congress passed the Inspectors General Reform Act, which requires the President to give Congress 30 days notice, plus a reason, before firing an inspector general. A co-sponsor of that bill was none other than Senator Obama. Having failed to pressure Mr. Walpin into resigning (which in itself might violate the law), the Administration was forced to say he’d be terminated in 30 days, and to tell Congress its reasons.

      White House Counsel Gregory Craig cited a complaint that had been lodged against Mr. Walpin by Mr. Brown, the U.S. Attorney, accusing Mr. Walpin of misconduct, and of not really having the goods on Mr. Johnson. But this is curious given that Mr. Brown himself settled with St. HOPE, Mr. Johnson and his assistant, an agreement that required St. HOPE (with a financial assist from Mr. Johnson) to repay approximately half of the grant, and also required Mr. Johnson to take an online course about bookkeeping.

      Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, a co-sponsor of the IG Reform Act, is now demanding that the Corporation hand over its communications on this mess. He also wants to see any contact with the office of First Lady Michelle Obama, who has taken a particular interest in AmeriCorps, and whose former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, recently arrived at the Corporation as a “senior adviser.””

      Hmm. What makes me believe that Grassley never got what he was asking for?

    • imho, he shouldn’t be inaugurated again simply because of what’s in his heart: He goes overseas and admits that he wishes that he could IMPOSE HIS WILL on the duly elected representatives of the People. Of what use is the oath of office to a tyrant wannabe? Who can believe that in his heart he respects the Constitution and will faithfully execute the laws, when he’s already committed all the illegalities listed above?

  22. This is one of Soros’s Organizations. Why would they be doing this? What’s up?

    Left-wing ‘watchdog’ group turns on Obama admin, demands investigation into EPA chief Lisa Jackson’s secret emails
    Nov. 21 Snip

    Liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a self-described “watchdog” organization, has turned on President Barack Obama’s administration for its handling of EPA administrator Lisa Jackson’s alleged use of secret email accounts.

    On Tuesday, CREW demanded the EPA’s inspector general, Arthur Elkins, investigate Jackson and other EPA employees for using the accounts.CREW executive director Melanie Sloan said in a statement announcing the demand that Jackson’s “practice of using fictitious email accounts to conduct official EPA business, shielding the contents from public view, conflicts directly with her responsibility to follow federal records law.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/20/left-wing-watchdog-group-turns-on-obama-admin-demands-investigation-into-epa-chief-lisa-jacksons-secret-emails/

    • Whoa! As if she’s the only one. What about Barry himself? There are special laws addressing the Presidential records and he violates those at will, too. I suppose they accidentally hired someone who actually cares about the Constitution and the laws. Imagine that! As likely, they might be thinking down the road when there may actually be a Republican, Independent, a Libertarian, or perhaps even a Tea Party president who may then expect to follow precedent. On the other hand, since this is the EPA, then maybe these are environmental activists who actually suspect that Barry might be conspiring with oil companies, gas companies, or other businesses to NOT use the EPA to put them out of business, as most leftists prefer.

  23. http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/st-louis-election-results-show-romney-gained-zero-votes-in-8-precincts-1-vote-in-4-precincts/

    St. Louis joins other big cities where there were precincts that improbably registered not one vote for Romney.

  24. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-dept-labor-observes-transgender-day-remembrance

    We missed it! Yesterday was Transgender Day of REMEMBRANCE. Yes, seriously. To remember and honor those who died as a result of their transgenderedness.

    • Is this on new calendars? The new year of celebrating perversion?

      • It was proclaimed by the Dept. of Labor, with Barry standing there to share the accolades. It probably will be on new calendars. Maybe it’s to honor Turdi, Barry’s long-suffering transvestite nanny who’s as ignored in his/her sad economic situation as is poor brother George. Selective compassion. For some reason, that story reminded me of this one: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/18/san-francisco-eyes-public-nudity-ban/?intcmp=trending

        “San Francisco may be getting ready to shed its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing.

        City lawmakers [were] scheduled to vote [last] Tuesday on an ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places, a blanket ban that represents an escalation of a two-year tiff between a devoted group of men who strut their stuff through the city’s famously gay Castro District and the supervisor who represents the area.

        Supervisor Scott Wiener’s [Seriously? His name is Weiner?!] proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of 5 to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” or while using public transit.

        A first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a $100 fine, but prosecutors would have authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $500 fine and a year in jail. Exemptions would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and parades, such as the city’s annual gay pride event and the Folsom Street Fair, which celebrates sadomasochism and other sexual subcultures.”

        Parklet?!!! Consider that last sentence, especially this part: “the Folsom Street Fair, which CELEBRATES SADOMASOCHISM AND OTHER SEXUAL SUBCULTURES.”

        The city of San Francisco has a “fair” to CELEBRATE SADOMSOCHISM. Can you believe this?

        But here’s the reason that story stuck with me when I read it earlier this week: If that measure was passed (and I don’t know if it was), then it would be illegal for someone to “expose his or her genitals, perineum OR anal region.”

        Can someone please explain the purpose of mentioning “perineum”? It would seem redundant. How does one expose his or her perineum without also exposing EITHER the genitals or anal region?

  25. A Turkey acting as if he’s a priest giving absolution. Why do I find this offensive? Too sensitive?

  26. YES…. all the WORLD is BARRY’S STAGE …. That Turkey was just
    telling him off … it’s a TEA PARTY BIRD ! ….. BO hates to be
    up staged … it’s gotta BE all about ME …. JOKER … 100%
    ….WE ALL wish him the “BIG BIRD” 2012 … Tomorrow & always…

  27. MO joins in later today… BO he really praying 4 a birdie, since he’s
    itchin’ to hit the course shortly… R Love & all… Eisenhower~ Truman
    JKF~ & Regan….. the GOOD OLD BOYS….OH Pardon me!
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236430/Obama-chooses-Cobbler-Gobbler-National-Thanksgiving-Turkey-BOTH-spared-presidential-turkey-pardon.html

  28. ~ thankful for the time spent together ~ Happy Thanksgiving ALL …
    God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends….
    Celebrate & appreciate ~ gracious gifts & a pure still heart ~
    Peace, Love, & Harmony ~ Zen

  29. “The LA Times: “President Obama ‘Allegedly’ Born In U.S., So The Story Says””
    ———-
    “President Obama ‘allegedly’ born in U.S., so the story says”
    By James Rainey @ The LA Times

    “News that a small Montana newspaper inserted the word “allegedly” in the midst of an AP news story — so that it read “Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii” — caused a small furor Tuesday. But how should we read this latest commentary on the president’s birthright?”
    ———-
    http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/11/la-times-obama-allegedly-born-in-us.html

  30. Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial
    By RICHARD LARDNER | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago [about 8:52 pm CST]

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony. The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader’s death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.
    ~
    One email stamped secret and sent on May 2 by a senior Navy officer
    briefly describes how bin Laden’s body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet, and then placed in a weighted bag.

    According to another message from the Vinson’s public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship’s leadership was informed of the burial.“Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed,” the May 2 email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. “The deceased’s body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased’s body slid into the sea.”

    The email also included a cryptic reference to the intense secrecy surrounding the mission. “The paucity of documentary evidence in our possession is a reflection of the emphasis placed on operational security during the execution of this phase of the operation,” Gaouette’s message reads. Recipients of the email included Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. James Mattis, the top officer at U.S. Central Command. Mullen retired from the military in September 2011.

    http://news.yahoo.com/internal-emails-offer-details-bin-laden-burial-195713867–politics.html

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