Blagojevich prosecutor Reid Schar leads CHA team investigating bid rigging, Demolish Chicago’s high rise low income housing projects, Minority bidder loses contract employees fired

Blagojevich prosecutor Reid Schar leads CHA team investigating bid rigging, Demolish Chicago’s high rise low income housing projects, Minority bidder loses contract employees fired

“The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartments subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex an 11 on a 100-point scale – a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.”

“As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.

But a Globe review found that thousands of apartments across Chicago that had been built with local, state, and federal subsidies – including several hundred in Obama’s former district – deteriorated so completely that they were no longer habitable.”

“Among those tied to Obama politically, personally, or professionally are:

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign and a member of his finance committee. Jarrett is the chief executive of Habitat Co., which managed Grove Parc Plaza from 2001 until this winter and co-managed an even larger subsidized complex in Chicago that was seized by the federal government in 2006, after city inspectors found widespread problems.”

“Antoin “Tony” Rezko, perhaps the most important fund-raiser for Obama’s early political campaigns and a friend who helped the Obamas buy a home in 2005. Rezko’s company used subsidies to rehabilitate more than 1,000 apartments, mostly in and around Obama’s district, then refused to manage the units, leaving the buildings to decay to the point where many no longer were habitable.

Campaign finance records show that six prominent developers – including Jarrett, Davis, and Rezko – collectively contributed more than $175,000 to Obama’s campaigns over the last decade and raised hundreds of thousands more from other donors. Rezko alone raised at least $200,000, by Obama’s own accounting.”…Boston Globe June 27, 2008

From the Chicago SunTimes July 8, 2013.
“CHA brings in Blagojevich prosecutor for probe of $3.9 million deal”
“The former federal prosecutor who sent Gov. Rod Blagojevich to prison is leading a Chicago Housing Authority investigation to determine whether the competitive bidding process for a $3.9 million contract to oversee the construction and rehabilitation of hundreds of taxpayer-subsidized CHA apartments was rigged, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Reid Schar heads a team of 11 attorneys from the law firm Jenner & Block who have been examining contract bids the CHA received earlier this year from a group of companies led by McKissack & McKissack that oversaw the work for the past 10 years, and three other bidders, the sources say.

Soon after Schar, who was the lead prosecutor in the Blagojevich corruption case, began investigating, the CHA fired two longtime employees of the public housing agency who had overseen the McKissack contract for several years, working with McKissack employees out of the CHA’s Loop offices.

McKissack — a minority-owned company from Washington, D.C., that also has offices in Chicago — ended up offering the lowest price in its effort to hold onto the CHA contract, the sources say.

But the housing authority instead gave the job to Gilbane Inc., awarding it a $3.9 million contract at a special board meeting June 28. Gilbane is set to begin work Monday.”
“McKissack was founded in 1990 by Deryl McKissack, an African-American woman whose family has been in the architectural and engineering business for more than 100 years. It has overseen projects across the United States, including expansions of McCormick Place and O’Hare Airport and construction of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. McKissack began overseeing the CHA work in 2003. Three years later, she formed a joint venture with two other businesses — the Rise Group and URS Corp. Operating under the name the Partnership for Transformation, the McKissack group won a $16.4 million CHA contract under which it continued to oversee the work. In 2010, the joint venture won a new $9 million contract, extending the deal. That contract expired June 30.

The McKissack group wasn’t initially the low bidder with its proposal to continue overseeing the work beyond that date, according to sources.

They say CHA officials — including the two employees who later were fired — began interviewing representatives from McKissack and the three other bidders. The CHA officials asked the bidders to submit their “best-and-final” offers — a process the CHA repeated twice, ending with McKissack having the lowest bid, according to several sources.”

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  3. John in Illinois

    You will never see this video shown by ANY mainstream media here in the USA. Wouldn’t the truth be nice .

  4. John in Illinois

    Did anyone hear Rush today? He compared what Morsi has done in Egypt to similarities here with Obama.

  5. John in Illinois, yes I heard him. He was reading a piece written by an Egyptian trying to explain to America what’s really happening in Egypt. The writer was using America, instead of Egypt, as an example to explain things more clearly to us who may not understand it all.

  6. I might add that your description is spot on. The similarities between Morsi and Obama are striking.

  7. July 8, 2013

    “MIKE ZULLO IS IN WASHINGTON DC TODAY – High level multiple meetings on Capitol Hill!”

    “PPSIMMONS News and Ministry can now reveal that Mike Zullo is in Washington D.C. today, Monday July 8, to meet with several high-ranking VIPS on Capitol Hill about the Sheriff Arpaio Obama Fraud case.

    These latest meetings were asked for and arranged by the VIPS. Zullo will be answering all their questions and presenting the entire criminal case for their review. …

    Mike Zullo, in an exclusive PPSIMMONS News interview said, “Sheriff Arpaio is now pulling out all the stops. We are contacting and meeting with as many people as possible who can make a congressional investigation happen. We possess hard, irrefutable evidence of serious crimes being committed in, by, and around the White House in regards to the identity of Barack Obama. It is time for this evidence to be seen and heard in the proper venues where real results can come to fruition.”

    4. We have also said that if in the final analysis, nothing is officially done by Congress – that we will eventually release EVERYTHING we have and know about this case. It will be released to the world in several big ways. Once the world sees what we know and then realize the very important people knew about it as well and then refused to act – it may blow the thing wide open – by the demand of We The People. We would much prefer that it be handled in an appropriate congressional manner – but if not, then we will do what we have to do. This is not going away – no matter how much the opposition wishes for it to go away.”

  8. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    Simply replace ANY Country in the video RMinNC posted, and it would fit.

    Can someone here name ONE place where our Foriegn Policy was a success?? Anywhere?

    I would submit that NO the United States has done NO favors to those who we have tried to “help” over the decades and centuries.

    Why is it that we are so arrogant that we believe that we know better what is best for ANY other Country?

    We can’t even solve our own problems, let alone those half way around the globe.

    How about we fix what’s wrong here BEFORE sticking our nose where it doesn’t need to be??

  9. THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIANS Rage Against US and CNN at Cairo Rally (Video)
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Monday, July 8, 2013, 1:29 PM

    THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIANS marched today through the streets of Cairo to express their support for the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi following mass protests.

    The protesters carried anti-US and anti-CNN signs at their rally.
    Pro-Morsi US Ambassador Ann Patterson was a frequent target at the rally.

    From the video: Many of those taking part said that they were angry at the United States for labelling Mursi’s ouster a ‘coup’ and for perceived support of the Muslim Brotherhood.

  10. Interested Bystander

    As far as Zullo goes, he sounds alot like Larry Sinclair.

    Lots of talk and very little evidence to back it up.

    I thought Zullo said that in “two weeks” before my anniversary in early June, he was going to have something “big”.

    He’s had 4 weeks, and he hasn’t produced ANYTHING new that I know of.

    Attention hound comes to mind.

    Don’t take my comment out of context, I WANT to be proved wrong, I just doubt I will be.

  11. Interested Bystander

    The United States has military personnel in over 130 Countries world wide.

    Why? When our border is being breached every day of the year, WHY are our personnel protecting other’s borders?

  12. June 15, 2013

    Two comment at ORYR:

    JockPatriot: “What happened to the June 3rd announcement? Our PC broke and was at the shop… I’ve been looking around and can’t find the June 3rd notice. …”
    astratt7: “They did….it was the revelation that they have certified document expert, who has written his findings of the birth PDF on the white house web site, and has been used in many court cases for document fraud. The real kicker…he is a Democrat and has testified for the very attorneys on other cases that have defended Obama!! To cool….Now they have a professional who has confirmed and will testify in a court or in hearings that the birth certificate is 100%….A FRAUD!!!!
    That was the news.”

  13. June 2, 2013

    “Team Arpaio: Certified Document Fraud Examiner Confirms Obama BC Entirely Fabricated”
    “Sheriff Joe Obama ID Fraud Presentation – 6/1/2013”

    Go to 27:38 – Reed Hayes info:

  14. Interested Bystander


    You post some GREAT information, but IF this is the big revelation that Zullo was talking about, then I have a one word response:


  15. Interested Bystander


    Obama’s father’s race was listed as “African” on the COLB.

    If that isn’t enough evidence that the COLB AND the LFBC are both frauds, then I have a bridge that I’d like to sell you.

    It goes from California to Hawaii.

    It’s two lanes now, but as I understand, it is being expanded to four lanes.

    Blacks were listed as NEGROID, no matter where they were from back in the day.

    Don’t be fooled by such arguments as

    They put whatever you wanted or the such.

  16. July 8, 2013

    “Sheriff Joe Obama ID Fraud Investigator Updates Case From Washington DC”

  17. I personally wish Sheriff Joe and his buddies would get off the crapper and expose Obama for the fraud that he really is. I am getting sick of them dangling the carrot in front of out noses and baiting us with big news in one more week….big news in two weeks…big news in the next few months. Before you know it the illegal resident in the White House’s term will be none and nothing has been done….

  18. porterville,

    I feel your pain. I trust Arpaio and Zullo, and I realize that the new information has to be released in such a way that will make the most impact. And I understand that those that are given this info (so-called VIPS) must be fully trusted, (if there is such a person). I too, am getting weary………….very weary.

  19. 4:44 pm —

    “Team Arpaio: Certified Document Fraud Examiner Confirms Obama BC Entirely Fabricated”


    July 8, 2013

    Grace Vuoto:

    “Forensic findings on Obama’s long-form birth certificate: Forgery!”

    “”We have obtained an affidavit from a certified document analyzer, Reed Hayes, that states the document is a 100 percent forgery, no doubt about it,” said Cold Case Posse Lead Investigator Lt. Mike Zullo in an exclusive interview with WorldTribune.

    This is a key development, asserts Lt. Zullo, because Mr. Hayes is a certified handwriting analyst and forensic document examiner who worked repeatedly for Perkins Coie, a reputable law firm, and was deemed a dependable professional in their legal cases. Moreover, Perkins Coie has defended Mr. Obama in his legal jousts on the birth certificate matter over the past five years.

    “Mr. Obama’s operatives cannot discredit him,” said Lt. Zullo. “Mr. Hayes has been used as the firm’s reliable expert. The very firm the president is using to defend him on the birth certificate case has used Mr. Hayes in their cases.” In addition, Mr. Hayes is a Democrat whose business is based in Hawaii. He cannot easily be accused of having a political axe to grind in this matter, explains Lt. Zullo.

    The report by Mr. Hayes is now an affidavit that belongs to the Cold Case Posse and cannot be retracted, regardless of any political or social pressure he encounters, explains Lt. Zullo.

    As a precaution against others misusing or manipulating Mr. Hayes’s report, Lt. Zullo has copyrighted it.”

  20. 3 US Presidents Visit Africa And Conduct Secret Meetings In The Same Week

    While they distracted the world with news of Mr. Snowden spy scandal and hijacking of presidential (Bolivia’s) aircrafts by European Union countries, the two last presidents of United States meet up secretly in Africa with the current president Obama, under cover of some innocuous story.

    Obama supposedly went to promote goodwill and trade…. Bush went to do some messianic work of healing Africans from “their pestilence”,… whereas Clinton came in under cover of promoting civil society.

    Then they all had a meeting. With whom, for what? Why in Alkebulan, Ethiopian Land of the Moors? So far so good, they have all refused to confess what they were up to.

    Does seem rather odd doesn’t it? Africa is an inauspicious place to hold such a secret meeting. Nobody would suspect, of course apparently they do. What could they have been talking about? Bush hasn’t been doing anything public for years… up until recently. Ever notice how supposedly bitter rivals can always kiss and make up (Oama and Bush for instance) Thoughts, comments questions?
    It’s bad enough when you put two of these sleezy bast*rds together, put all three of them in the same room and there will be trouble for someone somewhere…….and very soon !

    This gathering of the clan in Africa was PLANNED and PLANNED for a reason….I hope we find out that reason soon……something tells me there’s an ill wind blowing somewhere in Africa tonight……..

    Why haven’t we heard something from the main stream media about the activities of these three Amigos being in Africa together?…their excuses for being there are very lame, to say the least !

  21. Gordo,

    You’re a trooper. Whenever I’m about to give up, you give me hope. I can’t tell you how many times.

    OK…..I’ll hang on. TRUTH WILL PREVAIL!



    Subject: Obama’s open mic.

    Friday, July 5, 2013
    Obama’s “hot mike” comments
    (WASHINGTON) — A “hot mic” has apparently picked up some very unflattering words from President Obama this Fourth of July, and may plunge him deeper into some very hot water.

    “Hot” or “open mics” frequently catch public figures unknowingly expressing their true feelings, usually with colorful language (prime example: in 2000, then presidential candidate George W. Bush was caught complaining to vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney that a reporter covering their campaign was a “major league asshole”). However Obama’s “slip” while exiting the balcony of the White House after his fifth Independence Day address may well exceed the average “hot mic faux pas.”

    The smaller of Obama’s two microphones, which was clipped inches below Obama’s shirt collar, was supposed to have been turned off immediately after his closing remarks to guests and reporters on the White House lawn. But the microphone remained “hot,” catching the President muttering:


    Obama’s candid comments are sure to further drag down his approval ratings, as recent scandals involving the IRS, the Benghazi terrorist attacks, and massive spying on average citizens by the NSA have sunk Obama’s approval numbers below that of former president George W. Bush. It took Obama thirty seconds before he completely exited the White House balcony and removed his microphone, during which it picked up more utterances by the Commander-in-Chief, none of which pundits view will help his ratings any time soon.


    Although Obama’s presumably inaudible words were not heard nearly as loudly as his official Independence Day speech, a few reporters and attendees close to the speakers beneath the White House balcony heard him distinctly. Obama tacked on a couple more self-pitying quips before removing his clip-on mic,

    This assho*e doesn’t even deserve to clean the public toilets at Arlington National Cemetery let alone be the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces and president of this land…..these were some disgusting words he had for America’s 237th birthday……

    This shows each and every American what contempt he has for our country…and telegraphs exactly why he intends to destroy it……..

    Does he have to draw us a map people?…I think not.

  23. CW…PLEASE TAKE MY LAST POST out of moderation….these were not my words…but obama’s words…and the words of bush before him !



  24. My post that is in moderation shows EXACTLY how the president and commander-in-chief feels about this country….

    The post is in moderation because of some language that Bush and Obama used…not me.

    When CW releases this post from moderation, each of you will know what this spoiled little brat thinks about the country that gave him everything he has… and in return he spits in our eye every day of the year !

    There is no doubt in my mind that he hopes and works for the total destruction of America.

  25. The comments I am asking CW to release from moderation concern the Address Obama made from the balcony of the White House on the 4th of July 2013.

    After he finished his ‘canned speech”, he thought the “open mics” were turned off as he exited the balcony…..they weren’t……

    His true feeling about America came through like a beam of light from above….his “hot mic” comments are deserving to be heard by every real American.

    I am now trying to get the actual “hot mic” comments…if I am successful, I will post them…

  26. RMinNC,
    The “hot mic” comments allegedly made by Obama came from another one of those sites that specializes in satire, or similar. I learned this from another site but presently do not have a link. I will search it out. However, one thing that WAS video-documented was O and Mooche sitting together a couple of years ago at a patriotic ceremony where they were observed mouthing derogatory remarks.

  27. “The Rumor Mill News Reading Room”:

    “Think this article about Obama, hot mic and golf (July 4th) was a spoof…sarcasm.”

    “Analysis: This never happened. The article is a spoof. The source of the article, a fake news site called, openly compares itself to The Onion and features the following disclaimer at the bottom of every page:

    DISCLAIMER: Duh Progressive is a political satire site. While some of the individual quotes, people and events mentioned on Duh Progressive may be real, most of the content is fictional and should not be taken seriously. Thank you.”;read=281747
    Miri at wtpotus:

    “… the link isn’t working. Perhaps they realized it’s satire and pulled it? …”
    “… It’s frustrating, though, that these people persist in playing their games. No need to apologize. It’s THEIR BAD. I’m sure the reason people believe these stories is that they simply tell you what PROBABLY IS going through Barry’s mind. After all, his wife actually HAS voiced on tape such things. “For the first time in my adult lifetime …”


    I’m not so sure that Obama didn’t say that “hot mic” thing just yet………after watching this video where Muchelle said,’ALL THIS FOR A DAMN FLAG”….those two are capable of anything…time will tell oif the hot mic story is true…

  29. Yes, RMinNC – that is the video.
    Gordo already found the support for the “hot mic” spoof (while my computer was acting up big-time), but here is something of the same:

    Hat tip to Budgy60 from Heyoka Patriots:
    ….found this on your post. “DuhProgressive” is a satire site and appears to be a fabrication.
    I think it’s fairly safe to conclude that Obama’s hot mic comments are the fabrication of a creative mind. In fact, their website posts this disclaimer below the article so you can draw your own conclusions.

    DISCLAIMER: Duh Progressive is a political satire site. While some of the individual quotes, people and events mentioned on Duh Progressive may be real, most of the content is fictional and should not be taken seriously. Thank you. –

  30. thanks cabbyaz….sorry to hear you have been having a hard time about your water problem…….I hope you get things back to normal soon….hang in there…things will get better….

  31. oldsailor 81

    More on flight 214……………
    NTSB has learned that the pilot had NEVER landed a 777. He had almost ZERO hours of flight experience in the 777. It is shaping up to become a real hit against ASIANA airlines, who allowed an untrained pilot to fly the 777. I think that he might have become ANOTHER victim of FLY BY WIRE. A number oif our fighter pilots also met their waterloo when they tried to fly aircraft equipped with the new system without prior training. I am willing to bet that this fact by itself is the primary reason why the pilot made the mistake of reducing his power to only 50% With fllaps down and leading edge slats extended it requires substantial power to keep the aircraft in the air,because the aircraft is flying slower. For this reason the pilot must adjust his RATE OF DESCENT to equal the correct glide slope. This also involves a slight nose up attitude ….VERY SLIGHT! This helps to stabilise the aircraft during the letdown process,and if any rough air is encountered en route.

  32. oldsailor 81

    ……… is probable that when the pilot reduced his power to 50% the glide slope became something about 40 or more degrees below the touchdown spot on the runway,and as a result his tail section struck the sea wall. There was a cockpit alarm telling the pilot that his airspeed was to slow about 7.5 seconds before the crash. There was another alarm where he was informed to ABORT the landing 1.3 seconds before the crash. The pilot did NOT respond to either call.

  33. oldsailor 81

    …… summary it would seem that what actually occurred was a reduced power STALL of the aircraft. Witnesses stated that the nose of the aircraft was very high,much greater than any of the prior arriving aircraft. This fits the stall reasoning of the aircraft. High angle of attack and not enough airspeed. Well known phenonema. Every aircraft that I ever was in had an “artificial horizon”. You can be sure that it is there for a reason.It will tell the pilot that the nose of his aircraft is either too high or tooo low. There is also a turn and bank indicator, an altimeter,engine RPM,and airspeed indicator. If a pilot ignores these indicators he is asking for trouble.

  34. bob strauss

    The usurper is getting scared, and desperate.
    Mystery Break-in To Whistle-blower Law Firm Office

    Multiple break-ins, valuables left untouched, computers related to case against Government taken.

  35. bob strauss

    How many deaths will be connected to DOJ program?

    Another Fast And Furious Killing

  36. oldsailor 81

    Just one more thought which the press did not elaborate upon. SanFrancisco International airport uses pairs of runways. In the case of runway 28 it becomes runway 28L or 28 R. In normal flight operations 28R would have been the runway upon which flight 214 would have landed upon, his heading would have been approximately 100 degrees.(excluding crosswind yaw).

  37. oldsailor 81

    Bob Strauss…………
    Perhaps they are getting a little MORE than desparate. Most law firms have everything on their computer systems BACKED UP. Particularly if the contained data is criminal in nature. So the only benefit that any thief would get would be a little data existing which is against a certain person. Aside from that they really shovel manure against the tide in stealing a computer. Then it becomes a case of being able to penetrate protected files. Icon protection is the most difficult to enter.

  38. oldsailor 81

    Bob Strauss………
    I personally like the Western Journalism site. I spend some time there too. Unfortunately some of their information is a skosh out of date. They don’t do it often,but they do sometimes post stuff that is a little out of date. I tend to think that they might do this with the idea of bringing the reader up to speed on a given article. Helps with the chronology.

  39. oldsailor 81

    BYE BYE all. ……….God Bless.

  40. bob strauss

    1984 revisited.
    Why Nashville?

    Nashville: Public Facial Recognition Gov’t Cameras

  41. bob strauss

    COVER-UP: Secret Move Keeps Osama Bin Laden Records Hidden from DoD and Public View …Obama Didn’t Kill bin Laden


    ” And at the same time the consciousness of being at war, and therefore in danger, makes the handing-over of all power to a small caste seem the natural, unavoidable condition of survival… It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist… The war, therefore, if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are set at such an angle that they are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word ‘war’, therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. ” – George Orwell
    Look at the WAR’s we are now fighting….it does not matter that we cannot win these wars…..they are wars that have been dreamed up by the governments of earth….wars to keep humanity in line…..wars to play on the minds of all who live on this mud ball planet…what are some of these UN-WINABLE make believe wars of mankind?.

    1) The WAR on TERROR….
    who is our enemy? What country does he represent? what flag does he carry? who is his leaders? What are his weaknesses-his strengths? What is his objectives? who are his allies-his enemies? Who is supplying the terrorist with their funding and materials to fight the war?

    We have no answers to these questions. Those proclaiming to be our friends one day are our enemy the next day. The only firm thing we can hang our hat on is that 95% of all “terror acts” in the world is caused by a small percentage of radical Islamic people hell-bent on imposing their way of life on the rest of the world. We can and have identified these people, but we refuse to act against them because it will end the WAR ON TERROR……The objective of the war on terror is to NEVER end the war on terror, but to have an unseen, unknown, a shadow, and an enemy that CANNOT be identified, tracked or defeated.

    It appears we have found that enemy in the WAR on TERROR.

    2) the WAR on DRUGS….
    We have been fighting the war on drugs for over 30 years and our position has not improved in the slightest. In fact, more drugs are pouring into America and the rest of the world than ever before in the history of the war on drugs. Why? The answer is simple. Drug money is used to finance other clandestine operations of a nation, be they America, England, Russia, or any other nation of the world. Nations, including America have been actively involved in the movement of drugs into their countries with agencies of their own governments just for the profit motive. The war on drugs will never be won, it has not been designed by the nations of the world to be won…only a make believe fight on a continous never ending basis…

    3) the WAR on POVERTY…
    Today three fourths of the world exist on less than one dollar a day…four fifths of the world exist on less than two dollars a day…..the people of entire nations are starving each day, and charitable organizations try to meet their needs… only to find that it is like putting your finger in a glass of water…the impression your finger leave measures the depth of your ability to help the WAR on POVERTY. But looking at it from a point of reality…worldwide poverty is solvable. There is no shortage of food in the world…..there is a huge problem of DISTRIBUTION….this could be solved if the nations of the world desired it too be solved…..but again, as it stands, POVERTY is an ongoing war that is un-winable and is being played by the established rules on the UN.

    4) the WAR on IGNORANCE…
    In the early 1950’s America had an educational system that was second to none. The American educational system ranked at the very top in math, science, and all other fields…today, we will be lucky to rank in the top twenty in any fiend of education. Why? It appears there has been a deliberate effort to “dumb down” education in America. By this effort, it has also effected our ability to meet the economic standards demanded by the skilled positions in industry. When we lost the ability to meet the industrial standards required of a position, those positions went to a foreign country….Thus was created NAFTA, and all the other trade organizations that stripped our nation of jobs…..the war on IGNORANCE is winable, but I seriously doubt our national leaders care to tackle the enormous job that will be required to do so.That leaves our nation with another un-winable war….the WAR on IGNORANCE.

    Put all of these UN-WINABLE WARS together and you have the perfect receipt (the perfect storm) for the destruction of any nation.

    America will be no exception. If we do not soon recognize these wars for exactly what they are and take the proper steps to eradicate them…then we are doomed to the ash heap of history in the same manner that all other great nations took with their un-wiinable wars.

    This is just the ramblings of an old man and I’m sticking to it.

  43. RMinNC – 11/22 am
    You just keep right on “rambling”, as you call it! RM, your essay on wars ought to be published in addition to here at CW, say, at Western Center for Journalism, which has a wide e-mail circulation. They are looking for articles to publish, and yours is certainly worthy to be spread far and wide. It is a well-thought out piece and very true. Go over there, “old man”, 🙂 and click on a button that refers to those who want to submit articles. Check it out. They are nice folks, too. They have recently imposed a word limit, I believe.

  44. thanks cabbyaz…I will do that…
    if the world would only see what “suckers” we are being played for…perhaps there would be a world wide revolution for truth and justice…fighting wars that are un-winable is the only way corrupt governments have to keep the people in line….America has become a ‘master” at that.

    General of the Army Douglas MacAuthur said one time: “there is no substitute for victory”…..he should have added, “don’t ever get involved in a war that you can’t win”…..

  45. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    Since oldsailor81 mentioned Flight 214 of Asiana Airlines, I have been finding startling statistics of the number 7 and flight 214.

    And here are some more – The 2 girls killed were 16 (1+6 =7) and were going to a Christian Summer camp for 3 weeks(777) with 35 fellow students(77777). Senior pilot had only 43(4+3 = 7) hours of experience on 777. The wind speed at airport was seven knots at runway threshold. And exactly 7 seconds before crash airspeed was 106 knots.
    If anyone can find more please add to list.

  46. Mr. Bill(ms. helga)

    PS – Andy Murray won Wimbledon on 7/7, breaking 77 year-curse.

  47. cabbyaz…

    I cleaned my article up a little and posted it at Western Center for Journalism…under the pen name of Ray MacKenzie……I’m not sure it will be good enough for them…but it was good enough for me…lol

    i they like it, I may write more articles for them….

  48. should have been “if” they like it……….

  49. RMinNC.
    Good for you!! I’ve written a couple of articles that they published. It may take a few days, however, to see any results. Another thing that I found:
    Other sites often pick them up, too, so the message is even more widely spread. You pick good topics and know how to express yourself passionately and understandably!

  50. Interested Bystander

    Hey All,

    I am convinced that no matter what evidence is presented to whomever, whether it be the public, Congress or the media, NOTHING is going to happen to Obama while he is in office.

    I am also convinced that the next President will pardon him from any further prosecution, IF public opinion changes and the people actually start caring, which I am also convinced will NOT happen.

    The view of the people will be “Oh well, what’s done is done.”


    Is it legal for a President to pardon someone for this offense?

    I can’t see how it would be.

  51. Interested Bystander


    Your “wars” comment is spot on.

    I hope the other site publishes it.

    Let us know please

  52. Interested Bystander


    You have been in my thoughts.

    Water can cause REAL damage.

    I know from experience.

  53. IB,
    Thanks for your thoughts! Right now I’m waiting for snail mail to deliver the checks which were supposed to have been mailed over a week ago. More patience – LOL!

  54. thanks cabbyaz and IB…for the kind words……
    I try to write so the common man can understand what I say…..I have seen many writers use words that are far beyond the understanding of most people…..

    I know that those who come to CW are well educated, but I’m sure too that on ocassion there are those who come here that do not understand those “fifty cent” words…so I write using the K I S S formula…if I can understand it…then anyone should be able to understand it.

    That formula is and I keep telling myself, “KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID”…..

    I have just completed a book about my military service, but it is not for publication. I wrote if primarily so my family, long after I am gone, will know, understand, and appreciate what war is about.The only person(s) who have read it are my very, very close friends who were in the military at the same time, and my wife.

    The comments from these people have been very good…..but they may have just been nice to me with their comments, I hope that is not the case. I ask for honest evaluations. I think I got them………writing the book was an experience I truely enjoyed and after finishing the last chapter to the book, I felt a sense of relief.

    I felt as if a great big rock had been lifted from my shoulders….recalling things that happened almost 47 years ago came amazingly easy..I wrote of things that were pinned up inside me and no one had been privy to them for almost a half century. They were kept in the deepest recesses of my mind….I just closed my eyes and I was back in the jungles doing the things that came naturally to a young infantry officer and the words just rolled out…maybe one day, I will let others read it, but not just now….If and when I do decide to let others read of my unusual experiences, you will be the first on the list, (that is, if you would like to read it)

    I love to write, but my biggest problem is that too often I do not proof read my words and my mind works much faster than my fingers can type….I must learn to slow down….or get a good secretary…lol…I don’t know how the wife take that move though

    Anyway…thanks for the compliment…coming from each of you it means something to me.

  55. Cabby,

    Our water heater leaked for a long, long time before we noticed. And what caused us to notice was when ceramic tiles started popping in the kitchen. Thank God the damage wasn’t that extensive, as we were poor as church mice then. The Lord provided, as He always does.

    I hope this period of reconstruction goes quickly! And I pray that you will be thouroughly pleased with the results. And I pray that you will find matching clothes 🙂 🙂 🙂

  56. RM,
    The book you have written sounds wonderful, and if the time should come that you would share it with the public, it would be a privilege to read it.

    I totally agree about writing style. Having been in a position to give written explanations re. certain tax matters for many years, I have always aimed to adequately communicate with clients in such a way that they could fully understand how tax law applied to their situations. The key for me has always been one word – COMMUNICATION. Write with clarity so that “the cookies could be put on the lower shelves” for them to understand.

  57. Hi, SueQ….
    Thanks for the good wishes! My, you’ve had your share of water experiences, too. Such leaks can be so insidious – doing their dirty work while no one notices. LOL

  58. oldsailor 81

    I am really glad to see that remediation is beginning for you. You can once again EXHALE!

  59. oldsailor 81

    Mr Bill…………
    There was a NTSB announcement late this afternoon regarding the crashed Asiana flight 214,from which there is an indication that if the landing procedure is NOT correctly set up by the flight crew the automatic throttle advance becomes INOPERATIVE. This bears out my feeling that something happened early into the final approach. The throttle advance should have automatically happened if the airspeed fell below 160 knots, but NOTHING happened.. If this is accurate then once again we have a confirmation that there was GROSS INCOMPETENCE relating to the operation of the Boeing 777.

  60. oldsailor 81

    ……and in spite of the fact that there was THREE rated officers aboard ,all were in the flight deck,yet NONE of them reacted soon enough to avoid the crash. This translates to GROSS INCOMPETENCE,and displays an utter disregard for the safe operation of the aircraft. All of these alleged Captains should have their licensure revoked PERMANENTLY,and should NEVER again be allowed to fly anything not even a Piper Cub.

  61. oldsailor 81

    …………I am wondering if all three had been drinking either during the flight,or prior to takeoff from Asia. It might be that they were still in various stages of inebreation. They might even have continued the party long into the flight. Of late there has been an alarming number of pilots who have been found to be drunk at the controls of airliners. So far ALL who have been discovered were de certified as pilots and will never again fly any aircraft ….legally.

  62. oldsailor 81

    ……I reiterate…….those who have BEEN DISCOVERED. How many pilots are STILL FLYING with alcohol abuse problems?

  63. oldsailor 81

    You ask if it is legal for a POTUS to pardon TREASON? I would venture to say that anybody who pardons a TREASONOUS act of another should feel the COMPLETE WEIGHT of Constitutional law upon their ignorant heads, including IMPRISONMENT. I seriously doubt that any outgoing potus would have the audacity to pardon an act of TREASON. He would have to be a REAL MENTAL CASE to carry out such an act.

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