Teach Your Children Well

Here were are close to hearing a Grand Jury decision about whether or not Officer Warren will be charged in the death of Michael Brown, and in the same sitting I am reading that President Obama met with Ferguson protestors who are preplanning a protest against the ruling.

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

My thinking is, that instead of talking about protests, the President and members of the black community could take the opportunity to talk about how to prevent this type of incident in the future.

Here are 10 things that I think might have helped to avoid the whole messy situation in Ferguson, including the death of Michael Brown.

  1. Michael Brown could have paid for the cigars rather than stealing them.
  2. Michael Brown could have apologized to the store owner for stealing cigars rather than assaulting him.
  3. Michael Brown could have walked on the sidewalk rather than in the street
  4. Michael Brown could have moved to the sidewalk when asked to do so by Officer Warren instead of continuing to walk in the street.
  5. When speaking to Officer Warren, Michael Brown could have apologized for walking in the street rather than telling the officer he was going to continue in the street.
  6. Michael Brown could have made a better choice in friends.  Someone who might have said something like “come on man, let’s just get up on the sidewalk” or “what the heck are you doing, it’s not right to steal, put those cigars back.”
  7. Michael Brown could have chosen not to assault Officer Warren in his car.
  8. Michael Brown could have not raised the situation to a life threatening situation by attempted to take Officer Warren’s gun.
  9. Michael Brown’s family could have apologized for his behavior and actions.
  10. Michael Brown’s cultural leaders, the same people planning protests with the President, could have said enough to this racial divide crap.  They could have advised their community to mourn their loss, and then get on with raising their children to be law biding (and might I add God fearing) citizens so that this never happens again.
  11. BONUS – Don’t do drugs!

But none of these things happened, did they?  No, and that is in part why Michael Brown is dead and Ferguson, MO is staring down the barrel of another riot/protest.

Now is the time for a truly post racial President to emerge.



2012 Election Reflection

I never thought of this election as the game changer that it is so often referred to as on the radio.  With a constitution, two houses in congress, a judicial system etc, any single presidential election won’t really rise to the level of game changing.  Rather, our elections display super tanker like agility where if you want to change direction you should have thought about that well in advance.  I see yesterday’s election that way.  Decades ago we set our course towards socialism and as we approach it, many Americans are realizing that socialism is not really a place they want to end up.  So we’ve started to turn the tanker, but it will take some time and definitely a sustained effort to make it happen.

Yesterday’s election was a testament to the sustained effort that has been going on lately.  We may still have a socialist President for the next 4 years, but our course is changing.  In 2008 President Obama was elected with a 53 to 46 percent margin, while yesterday he apparently won with just a 51 to 49 percent margin.  He has had 4 years to further his socialist causes, but is losing his edge to those of us who are turning the tanker.  It might not be too long before we reach the tipping point in the electoral college and finally elect a president that will help steer us away from socialism.

I am certainly not disappointed at all with the 2012 election.  And look at those red/blue maps, especially look at our our state red/blue map.

washington pres results

The whole East side of our state is red, and look at Clallam, Wahkiakum and Lewis counties on the West side.  Lewis County went 60 to 37 in favor of Mitt Romney which is one of the better showings in the whole state, certainly on the west side.  The Lewis County GOP should be holding seminars.  Our own Whatcom County went towards reelecting President Obama, but with solid Republican representative in our state government, we could be the next Lewis County.

And the Washington governors race, while still very close, is positive news in itself just by being close.  We have had a long reign of liberal Democrats in Olympia and yet recent elections have been so close that they indicate that we could be really close to that tipping point.  Perhaps we’ve even reached that point now as barely half the votes have been counted.  That’s nothing but good news.

Other good outcomes in this election were in favor of limiting tax increases to needing a 2/3 majority and favoring charter schools which should help our future generations from again steering a course towards socialism.

An couple of unsettling outcomes were in R-74 and I-502 that both seem to have us passing laws that rewrite reality.    R-74 not being rejected would have us believe that the state government can redefine marriage to be between two people regardless of them being both men or both women, but the reality of this world is that the natural unity is between men and women.  No piece of paper is going to change what marriage is, because marriage is and has been what it is for as long as we’ve been around.  What this law against reality will bring us is not a new definition of marriage, but rather it will bring us,  and especially our children,  much confusion.   A recent example of this type of confusion is all over the news right now.

Officials at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, said that state law renders them powerless to prevent a “transgender” man from using the women’s locker room at the school because he supposedly identifies as a woman. The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, reportedly exposed himself on several occasions to young girls who were using the locker room as part of swimming clubs. But instead of having the man arrested, school officials have insisted that a state non-discrimination law protects the “transgendered” man from prosecution.

College Lets “Transgendered” Man Expose Self to Girls in Locker Room

When a law says something is reality even though it is obviously not reality, what we get is trouble and confusion.  The reality is that men are men, women are women and legislating otherwise doesn’t change that reality.  We apparently have a law that says a man can be a woman if he feels like it, resulting in having a “woman” with a penis exposing “herself” to children in a public place. No matter how the law defines a woman, the penis is a dead giveaway and reality wins out.  It’s just a waste of taxpayer time and money to deal with things like this and R-74 that are against reality.

I-502 is also a little contrary to reality, or maybe it was just a great shuck and jive by people who want to freely smoke pot.  Before the election I-502 was touted as a new approach to marijuana use that would generate new state and local tax revenue for education, health care, substance abuse and would allow law enforcement to be focused on violent crimes, yet the day after it passed the Bellingham Herald ran an article titled Washington voters legalize recreational pot use.  So what is the reality?  Is it lofty ambitions or recreational pot use?  Oh and another reality surrounding this new State law is that it is that marijuana is still against Federal law, so careful what kind of cop is standing next to you when you light up.   Oh and then there is always the reality of these anticipated tax revenues from state regulated marijuana farms and stores; check this, marijuana grows like weed ya know and if it’s legalish to possess marijuana, then who will be paying good money, let alone high taxes on something that they can grow at home?

All in all this was a good election that the real message of the election is that we just need to keep on movin’

Ok, sorry for the music, but this was really about the costumes and dance moves. ;)

Mitt Romney rejects the “Balanced Approach”

Remember that section of the presidential debate where President Obama talked about a balanced approach to taxes and spending? And remember how he tried to chastise Mitt Romney for refusing President Obama’s balanced approach?

BelieveinAmericaIn Mitt Romney’s book he explains why he soundly rejected President Obama’s so called balanced approach.

“Our untenable spending habits were at the root of this past summer’s crisis over the debt ceiling. President Obama’s insistence on a “balanced approach”—by which he meant a combination of spending cuts and tax increases—would have put a seal of congressional approval on a baseline level of spending significantly higher than when he took office. That is precisely why the President’s approach had to be soundly rejected. He wanted to move the country in the wrong direction of more taxes and more spending at a time when both are smothering the economy.”
Believe in America: Mitt Romney’s Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth, Kindle Edition.”

Overspending is a national problem and I’m so looking forward to having Mitt Romney in the White House so we can put his mind and talents to work solving, rather than perpetuating this problem.

President Obama Unfit for Office

As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, so I won’t second guess what happened leading up to the death of our US Ambassador and 3 other Americans in a Sept 11th attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

I won’t second guess, first guess,or third guess because nobody has to guess at the events leading up to this attack and murder.  All of those events were readily available to anyone reading the news or their daily security briefings.  All it would have taken to avoid this tragedy was for someone in a position of power to show a little foresight and leadership.

Yes, someone in the White House could have and should have shown leadership and stopped this dangerous situation from turning tragic.   What kind of leader wouldn’t recognize the danger, or if they did recognize the danger, what kind of leader doesn’t act on that danger?   What kind of leader wouldn’t recognize a 9/11 anniversary as a potentially dangerous situation for Americans living in Muslim nations and especially Muslim nations that recently went through a violent revolution.

My answer is the kind of leader we have in President Obama, who refers to this tragic event, with diminished concern, as a “bump in the road.” President Obama is the kind of leader who apparently either doesn’t recognize the true danger, doesn’t want to recognize the true danger, or is simply incapable of leading Americans safely through these dangers.

As you read through this tidbit list of events leading up to the 9/11/12 attack on our Benghazi Embassy, ask yourself at what point would you increase US security beyond the two men assigned to protect two embassy personnel?  When would you decide that this is a dangerous situation warranting additional security?


February 2011 – beginning of Libyan revolution against Qaddafi regime.

On February 16, 2011 Libyan protesters clashed with police in an anti-government demonstration inspired by the uprisings that brought down the rulers of Libya’s neighbors, Egypt and Tunisia. Opposition activists, organizing through social media, rallied against the country’s long-time leader, Moammar Gadhafi, in the country’s second-biggest city, Benghazi.

Global Security

Mid-March 2011 – UN resolution supporting Libyan Rebels

Shortly before midnight, the streets of Libya’s de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, were quiet, nearly deserted.

A few minutes after midnight, tracer bullets and celebratory machine-gun fire were racing into the air from every direction and residents piled into their cars for a massive street party.

In between, the United Nations Security Council voted by 10-0 to not only impose a no-fly zone over eastern Libya but to allow for “all necessary measures” short of an occupation to protect the country’s civilians from Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the dictator who’s ruled Libya for nearly 42 years.

Christian Science Monitor

Late March 2011 – President Obama offers special support for Libyan Rebels

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.


October 2011 – End of Qaddafi regime

Five days after he was sodomized, beaten, and shot in the head, former Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was finally laid to rest at a “secret location” in the Libyan desert, according to the NTC, the transitional government in Libya. And not a moment too soon. Qaddafi’s body has been on display in a meat cooler in Misrata since Thursday

NY Magazine

November 2011 – Transitional Government established in Libya.

TRIPOLI, Libya – Libya’s transitional leaders swore on a Quran to uphold the ideals of the revolution that toppled Muammar Qaddafi as they took their oaths of office Thursday, another key step in the country’s hoped-for march toward democracy.


January 2012 – President Obama appoints Christopher Stevens as US Ambassador to Libya

President Barack Obama on Monday night announced his intent to nominate career Senior Foreign Service member John Christopher Stevens as US ambassador to Libya.


March 2012 – Attitude check

(CBS News) Armed vandals attacked and smashed the headstones of Allied and Italian service members laid to rest in a World War II cemetery in Benghazi and then posted video of their desecration online.


May 2012 – Attack on International Red Cross in Benghazi

BENGHAZI (Reuters) – A rocket-propelled grenade hit the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi overnight, leaving a small hole in the side of the building but causing no casualties, an ICRC spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Benghazi has suffered a series of small attacks since the beginning of the year that have raised concerns over the ruling National Transitional Council’s (NTC) ability to impose its authority and ensure security after last year’s rebellion ended Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.


June 2012 – US embassy in Benghazi, Libya.  US officials ask Libyan government for increased security.

A bomb went off outside the US embassy offices in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi Tuesday night, causing minor damage to its main gate.

A US embassy official in Tripoli told BBC that no one was injured in the attack, by unknown assailants.

The US official deplored the attack and asked the Libyan government to increase security around US facilities.


Washington had confirmed a few hours before the attack that a U.S.-operated drone had killed Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan-born cleric and senior al Qaeda operative, in Pakistan.

The U.S. State Department said it had asked Libyan authorities to increase security around U.S. facilities.

“We deplore the attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told a news briefing.

Toner said a local guard reported that an attack was underway against one of the Benghazi compound’s perimeter walls and warned diplomatic staff to take cover.

The bombing will revive concerns about the lack of security in Libya, where last year Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in an uprising supported by NATO air power.

Chicago Tribune

July 2012 – Libyan elections

Despite violence that left at least several dead, numerous gun battles, allegations of voter fraud, dozens of polling places unable to operate, mass protests, militias running wild, and whole regions still in chaos, Western governments and the United Nations — largely responsible for the recent “regime change” that killed dictator Moammar Gadhafi and thousands of innocent civilians — celebrated political elections in Libya on Saturday, July 7 as a success. Meanwhile, multiple armed factions are still threatening to unleash full-blown civil war amid ongoing battles all across the chaos-stricken nation.

The New American

August 27th – State Dept. issues Travel Warning citing potential for political assassinations among the reasons.

Bureau of Consular Affairs

August 27, 2012

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all but essential travel to Libya. The incidence of violent crime, especially carjacking and robbery, has become a serious problem. In addition, political violence in the form of assassinations and vehicle bombs has increased in both Benghazi and Tripoli.


September 4th – Libyan news notes increased security fears over increase in Islamist groups.

Small-scale crimes, such as carjacking, robberies, and petty theft, and more serious acts of violence such as car bombings and political assassinations, are posing an increasing challenge to the Libyan authorities.  There are also increased security fears over apparent increase in Islamists groups and Qadhafi regime loyalists has increased security concerns across Libya, particularly in Tripoli and Benghazi.

Libya-Business News

September 5th – President Obama receives final daily briefing before 9/11 anniversary

According to the White House schedule President Obama receives last daily briefing Wednesday September 5th with no more daily briefings in the five more days leading up to 9/11 anniversary.

September 10th Early – Inadequate security at US Embassy

Benghazi, awash in guns, has recently witnessed a string of assassinations as well as attacks on international missions, including a bomb said to be planted by another Islamist group that exploded near the United States mission there as recently as June. But a Libyan politician who had breakfast with Mr. Stevens at the mission the morning before he was killed described security, mainly four video cameras and as few as four Libyan guards, as sorely inadequate for an American ambassador in such a tumultuous environment.

NY Times

September 10th Late – Video posted calling for attacks on Americans

In a video posted late Monday on militant websites, al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri described his late lieutenant Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “lion of jihad and knowledge.”

The killing of al-Libi, who was Libyan by birth, was the biggest setback to al-Qaida since the death of Osama bin Laden.

Al-Zawahri also urged Libyans — al-Libi was born in the north African country — to attack Americans to avenge the late militant’s death, saying his “blood is calling, urging and inciting you to fight and kill the Crusaders.”

Associated Press

September 11th – US Embassy in Benghazi still operating in “an interim facility” with a reduced level of security compared to formal embassies in permanent facilities.

A senior administration official Wednesday called the Benghazi consulate “an interim facility,” which the State Department began using “before the fall of Qadhafi.” It was staffed Tuesday by Libyan and State Department security officers. The consulate came under fire from heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades at about 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday. By the time the attack ended several hours later, four Americans were dead and three others had been injured.

The Benghazi consulate had “lock-and-key” security, not the same level of defenses as a formal embassy, an intelligence source told POLITICO. That means it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors or other features common to embassies. The intelligence source contrasted it with the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt – “a permanent facility, which is a lot easier to defend.” The Cairo embassy also was attacked Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81134.html#ixzz27sFnS41w

September 11th – US Embassy in Benghazi attacked killing four Americans

The US ambassador to Libya and three other American staffers died on Tuesday night in an attack on the US consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, US officials have said.

An armed mob attacked and set fire to the consulate building during a protest against an amateur film deemed offensive to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, after similar protests in Egypt’s capital.

The two incidents came on the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda attacks in the US.

The US government confirmed that Ambassador Chris Stevens and information technology officer Sean Smith, in addition to two unnamed personnel, died in the attack. Libyan security source told Al Jazeera that Stevens died from smoke inhalation.


September 12th – News of the rape and murder of Ambassador Stevens surfaces

Sources said that “the U.S. ambassador to Libya was raped sexually before killing by gunmen who stormed the embassy building in Benghazi last night to protest against the film is offensive to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),” The sources said that “Ambassador was killed and representation of his body in a manner similar to what happened with Gaddafi ahead kill him. ” has reported: kill the U.S. ambassador in Libya Christopher Stevens and three Americans in an attack on Tuesday evening 09/11/2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi

Google Translation of www.tayyar.org

September 13th – President Obama sends in the Marines…to Tripoli…because there are no Americans alive in Benghazi.

President Obama condemned the killings, promised to bring the assailants to justice and ordered tighter security at all American diplomatic installations. The administration also sent 50 Marines to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to help with security at the American Embassy there, ordered all nonemergency personnel to leave Libya and warned Americans not to travel there.

Obama administration officials and regional officials scrambled to sort out conflicting reports about the attack and the motivation of the attackers. A senior Obama administration officials told reporters during a conference call that “it was clearly a complex attack,” but offered no details.

NY Times

September 15th – US Embassy attack is attributed to al Qaeda

Benghazi, Libya – The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans and ten Libyans was the work of “experienced masterminds” that had been planned well in advance, the Libyan president says.

“I think this was al-Qaeda,” President Mohamed al-Magarief told Al Jazeera on Friday, in his first interview with foreign media since the violence three days earlier.

“If you take into account the weapons used like RPGs and other heavy weapons, it proves that it was pre-planned,” he said. “It’s a dirty act of revenge that has nothing to do with religion.”

His comments to Al Jazeera marked the first time his government has openly attributed acts of violence to religious extremists.


So at what point did you decide to increase US security?  Was it when we first located US Citizens in the Embassy?  Was it after the spring bombing at the embassy?  Was it in the weeks leading up to the 9/11 anniversary?  Was it Sept 10th after the release of a video calling for death to Americans?  Or did you wait to send in the Marines, like President Obama, until after our ambassador was raped and then killed with the the other three Americans?

When I heard about the attacks on our embassy in Libya I was dumfounded to hear that all four Americans at the embassy had died.  I was not dumfounded that they had died in the attack, I was dumfounded that the casualty list was just four Americans dead, rather than something like 20 Marines wounded and 4 Americans dead.  I wondered, especially on 9/11, why there was no US security for the four Americans?

It was heartbreaking to hear that they were dead, it was angering to hear the way they were killed and I was ashamed that our leaders didn’t see fit to protect them from such a clear an present danger.  How could President Obama apologize to the world for the amateur movie that didn’t cause this violence, yet not apologize to Ambassador Steven’s family for failing to protect a person he appointed to his dangerous position,  I don’t think President Obama is at fault causing the violence, but he is at fault for not providing the leadership necessary to protect these Americans.  One more reason President Obama is not fit for the office he holds.