Obama must go! Stevens et al were left to die!

Criticism: Pat Smith, whose diplomat son Sean,died in the raid, slammed the President's remarks on Comedy Central regarding her son's death.

Criticism: Pat Smith, whose diplomat son Sean,died in the raid, slammed the President’s remarks on Comedy Central regarding her son’s death.

BettyJean Downing

Excerpts:

Across 166 pages of internal State Department documents — released Friday on the Benghazi terrorist attack — slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and the security officers assigned to protect him repeatedly sounded alarms to their superiors in Washington about the intensifying lawlessness and violence in Eastern Libya, where Stevens ultimately died.

On Sept. 11 — the day Stevens and three other Americans were killed — the ambassador signed a three-page cable, labeled “sensitive,” in which he noted “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration” on the part of local residents with Libyan police and security forces. These forces the ambassador characterized as “too weak to keep the country secure.”

Roughly a month earlier, Stevens had signed a two-page cable, also labeled “sensitive,” that he entitled “The Guns of August: Security in Eastern Libya.”

Writing on Aug. 8, the ambassador noted that in just a few months’ time, “Benghazi has moved from trepidation to euphoria and back as a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape.” He added, “The individual incidents have been organized,” a function of “the security vacuum that a diverse group of independent actors are exploiting for their own purposes.”

“Islamist extremists are able to attack the Red Cross with relative impunity,” Stevens cabled. “What we have seen are not random crimes of opportunity, but rather targeted and discriminate attacks.” His final comment on the two-page document was: “Attackers are unlikely to be deterred until authorities are at least as capable.”

By Sept. 4, Stevens’ aides were reporting back to Washington on the “strong Revolutionary and Islamist sentiment” in the city.

In the days leading up to Sept. 11, warnings came even from people outside the State Department. A Libyan women’s rights activist, Wafa Bugaighis, confided to the Americans in Benghazi in mid-August: “For the first time since the revolution, I am scared.”

The documents were released by two lawmakers who have been active in probing the Benghazi case, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. In a letter to President Obama, dated Oct. 19 and accompanied by the documents, the lawmakers faulted the administration both for providing inadequate security before Sept. 11, and for allegedly obfuscating the nature of the events on Sept. 11.

“Multiple warnings about security threats were contained in Ambassador Stevens’ own words in multiple cables sent to Washington, D.C., and were manifested by two prior bombings of the Benghazi compound and an assassination attempt on the British ambassador,” the congressmen wrote. “For this administration to assume that terrorists were not involved in the 9/11 anniversary attack would have required a willing suspension of disbelief.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/19/documents-show-stevens-worried-about-libya-security-threats-al-qaeda-before/#ixzz29mbdAfHc

Benghazi-Gate: Obama’s failure to protect those who serve and the resulting cover-up

BettyJean

On Libya, the left is not discussing the important part of the discussion- why? This terrorist attack had nothing to do with a video that has been out since June- it was all about 911 and this administration is selling the nation a spin that is intolerable.

The consulate was under manned. The Ambassador was unprotected or under protected. – CNN has found a journal that proves Ambassador Stevens was concerned for his safety.

It ends up that on 911- the Ambassador, two Navy Seal and an assistant – all four were raped- tortured and dragged through the streets for 7 hours then tossed into a burning building where they were found then retrieved by YES Libyans. Unfortunately, It was too too late Christopher Stevens died of smoke inhalation at or on the way to the hospital.

Change we can believe in?My dear citizens– not only did our commander and chief go to Las Vegas within hours, but followed the perfunctory remarks up with the line – “there is an election going on”!

The administration including my beloved Hillary spun the line that it was a “spontaneous protest” for days on end, in my opinion, because Obama did not and would not cease to campaign. For days, those who apparently blindly support him have conveniently decided to give him a pass and talk about the positive side of this horrendous attack on our property, the destroying of our flag and the murder of our citizens. On 9/11

Ironically, other protests occurring all over the Muslim world resulting in flag burning and large crowds burning effigy’s of Obama also appear to be connected to 911 but  did not result in death because  weapons were not present. This 13 minute trailor has conveniently been blamed for all the protests although Bengazi was obviously a planned terrorist attack as none of the others came with weapons and a murder plan for 2 unprotected buildings.  Moreover, not word has been uttered from the free speech advocates about the perp walk the brute movie maker was taken on to appease the radical Muslims and help seal the spin regarding the true purpose of this murderous attack.

Please Democrats – you have been hurling accusations at me since 9/12. I am trying hard to understand because my heart is broken over this and yours should be also. You who are always protesting against the murder of innocence and demanding justice. Where are you now?  You say you are saddened- I am sure you are but they were not your family- put yourself in their shoes. Do you have someone out there fighting for you and left unprotected while this guy is oblivious?

I lost 3 of my children- The one I have left had her brains blown out by a gunman four years ago, and her son has been helping me carry her from the wheelchair to the bed to change her diapers daily and feed her through a G-tube. He gave up college to do this while his friends graduated and became professional. Now he wants to join the Marines and of course I was behind him all the way- we are a very patriotic family – my dad a highly decorated WWll war hero.

I live in NJ within site of the towers and I know folks who died on 911/11. We suffer ever year on the anniversary- we look and wait for the next attack. Low planes scare us 365 days a year! We are vigilant!

Is there any doubt this is terrorism? Would any decent man be campaigning- or would he be viewing these films as I was instead? On 9/12/12- I was shocked to see we were attacked again. Within 24 hours I saw video’s of the Ambassador having been beaten and dragged through the streets, yet 3 days later – the administration was out still saying they had no idea what was happening. If I knew – they should have known. How inept can they be? Or are they just liars?

Once I saw POTUS on 9/12 and 9/13 campaigning away while these bodies was not yet cold- I told my grandson – He serves under this man over my dead body! A president that cannot stop campaigning over the brutal murders of 4 of our finest no matter what the reason does not deserve all I have left and for the first time in my adult life – ‘I AM NOT PROUD OF MY COUNTRY’.

This is not a partisan argument- this is not a racist issue- this is my patriotic duty!  I love Hillary yet thrice I have totally abhorred her actions, this is the third time and this one is unforgivable! I can no longer give her a pass. When our service people sign up – they trust that if they give their all and risk their lives – we will have their back. The administration did not have the back of these 4 and lied about it to boot!

Please do not obfuscate the issue with questions about Bush or any other administration- if one of these was your son or brother – what would that matter? It is this issue I am discussing right now and what needs to be done right now.  This administration needs fired and there is an election next month.  Voters need to know Obama nor his administration are fit to lead or accept responsibility for their mistakes and on top of it all – they are lying thru their teeth for political gain.

I will leave you to your conscience as to what to do – I suggest you deal with reality for one thing (like they knew the truth within 24 hours — as soon as I did or sooner– and yet they decided to spin it) and then consider the right thing to do. We are American first – these folks put their lives on the line for you and I – we owe them something. If you do not agree – I must question your allegiance.  No administration comes before my country and next comes those who risk their lives to keep us free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9iz4RIh3ws

Obama and Axelrod Tweet During the Transfer of Remains Ceremony

By Greg Pollowitz
September 14, 2012 3:46 P.M.

This is just unbelievable, especially in light of the Defcon 1 attack the MSM put on Romney for responding to a tweet from the US Embassy in Cairo without waiting some unspecified period of time. Will those same MSM bobble-head dolls criticize the president and his most trusted adviser for tweeting during a funeral?

Here’s the first one from the president’s account, not from him personally:


Look at the time-stamp. This is literally in the middle of the ceremony. Buy a sweatshirt! The Arab Spring is now the Arab Winter! Brrrrr!!!

But not to be undone, David Axelrod also couldn’t wait to speak up:


At least Axelrod waited for the ceremony to end — by about 4 minutes, according to when Mark Knoller’s tweeted the doors to the hearses closing:


Hat-tip to @cuffymeh for catching this.

 

The Cult of Obama

By Robin of Berkeley (Posted in American Thinker) September 7, 2011
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_cult_of_obama.html

We’re playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers,
Planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra, peace on earth

- John Lennon

It’s a chilling moment when the light goes out in someone’s eyes. A once-radiant child hardens from abuse. A woman’s heart shrinks after her husband’s abandonment.

The person looks the same, maybe acts the same. But something is gone, and what’s lost is irretrievable. It’s like when a person dies: in a heartbeat, the soul vanishes.

I see this phenomenon every day: a light dimming. The friendly shopkeeper snaps at me. My cheerful neighbor seems flattened.

And you hear it in the news: people acting strangely, going off the deep end. The most bizarre behavior becoming the new normal.

A thug bites off a finger. Sarah Palin’s church is torched. Black Panthers intimidate voters.

An esteemed Columbia University black architecture professor punches a white female coworker in the eye for not doing more about white privilege. He has no history of violence. Why now?

Meanwhile, liberal leaders, such as Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, incite attacks on political opponents by using incendiary language, such as “barbarians,” “Nazis,” “tea-baggers.” Perhaps not coincidentally, flash mobs of blacks attack innocent whites all over the country; black youths injure or even kill non-whites in “knock ‘em down” assaults.

In the past week or so, a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus tells the Tea Party to go to hell, and the head of one of America’s biggest unions incites union members to violence: “Let’s take these son of a bitches out.” When Barack Obama takes the stage to follow this incitement, he says he is “proud,” and the following day his press spokesman refuses comment.

Why now? This may be the most important question of our time. Why are some people reaching the boiling point? Why do many others look vacant, like in an Invasion of the Body Snatchers? The shootings at military bases, from Little Rock to Fort Hood — why now?

It’s Obama, of course.

Liberals will excoriate me for writing this. They’ll insist that bad behavior is not Obama’s fault. He’s a man of peace.

But study the phenomenon of cults, and the dynamics are always the same. The leader can incite violence without ever getting his hands dirty. Obama is controlling the marionette of the masses.

If Obamamania is a cult, then Obama is the cult leader. Cult leaders routinely pull the strings of their followers. The most extreme example is Charles Manson. He rots in prison for murders he never committed. He didn’t have to do the dirty work. His brainwashed charges did his bidding.

I’m not saying Obama is a Charles Manson. There are varying degrees of manipulation, from using sexy blondes to entice men to buy cars all the way to hypnotizing them to drink poisoned Kool Aid. But there’s a common denominator in all mind-control: manipulating people through mind games.

As soon as Obama came on the scene, the programming began. His face was plastered everywhere, like Mao’s. In his speeches, Obama lulled audiences with a melodious voice and feel-good phrases repeated over and over. And he began inciting people with his charming smile.

First, the vultures starting swooping down on Hillary. Obama chose not to call off the dogs.

Then thugs invaded caucuses. Again, silence.

Which led to vicious misogyny against Sarah Palin and threats on her life. From Obama: not a peep.

We even saw armed thugs at polling places. Ignored and not prosecuted by Obama’s attorney general.

The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals. At the Grant Park rally celebrating his victory, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and black nationalism. Obama’s first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.

Obama returned Britain’s gift of a Winston Churchill bust while embracing dictators. He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling the officer a racist.

Obama’s greatest magic trick? Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.

Opposing health care means you oppose Obama. Oppose Obama and you are the enemy.

Thus, more and more people are finding themselves on the receiving end of a fist, figuratively or literally. After the White House released a directive for his followers to strike back hard, a frail, diabetic black man at a Town Hall was beaten up.

Even women can get slugged in the face. Obama signaled during the primary that women were fair game.

Obama and the left are making sure that there is an increasing number of persuadable people. By displacing workers, panicking business owners with draconian laws, and whipping up rage and paranoia, they amass more lackeys. And people go along with the programming because they know that, as with all cults, they’ll be ostracized if they balk.

The American hard left knows how to create a cult because it is a cult, one with a violent history. The Black Panthers, Symbionese Liberation Army, Weathermen, Black Muslims — all nefarious cults.

And lesson number one of cults: group members must have their spirits broken. The young Weathermen, for instance, were required to participate in forced wickedness, such as animal abuse. Patty Hearst morphed into bank robber Tania after weeks of isolation, rape, and beatings by the SLA. Huey P. Newton sent his Black Panthers to the hospital or to the grave if they didn’t practice total obedience.

Isn’t the left doing the same thing to the masses today, albeit in a more clandestine manner? Aren’t people’s spirits being broken by the helplessness and horror of Obama’s acting as our king, with little regard for the Constitution — of beholding our economy in free-fall and the world exploding in flames?

So what’s the endgame here?

The first goal is power. The left has an insatiable need to control every aspect of our lives.

But there’s a deeper reason, one much more insidious.

The left wants to tear Americans down. Just as the Weatherman did to those naïve lost kids, they want to break our spirits. This goal of degradation is more crucial than their one-world government.

The progressives want to turn us into them, to make us feel as deprived and depraved and deadened. It’s the only way that they can silence the roar of shame and self-loathing.

What they don’t understand is this: it’s not going to happen. There are too many of us who won’t be hypnotized, who have a light in us that will not be extinguished.

We see right through them. We know who they are: the most piteous of human beings, and the most dangerous. Men without a country, orphans far from home. The forsaken and disowned.

They’re “hungry ghosts,” to use a Tibetan phrase: tormented beings who are starving to death from an inner void that they cannot fill, no matter how much they try.

Mother Teresa was once asked how she coped with serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She responded that what she saw in the cities of the United States was much more disturbing, because it was a “poverty of the spirit.”

Poverty of the spirit. No truer words can be spoken of the progressive left. And they want nothing more than impoverishing your spirit as well.

[Editor's note: this is a revised and updated version of "Obama's Mind Games," which appeared in November 2009.]

Please forward the following link to Robin’s piece to your patriot friends and leave comments at her blog -http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/09/the_cult_of_obama.html

Mission Accomplished: Now on to an All- Star Birthday Bash for POTUS and Recess for Congress!

BettyJean Downing

The House of Representatives passed a deal claiming the United States was close to defaulting on its debts. As the bill made its way over to the Senate, the media and Democrats are railing against the influence the Tea Party had on the outcome. During the debate, some Republican freshman members were urging leaders not to make any concessions, and some felt any increase in the debt ceiling was out of the question. How will these new Tea Party members react to Speaker Boehner’s compromise? How will Americans react to Speaker Boehner’s compromise?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) began selling his conference on the deal struck late Sunday during a call and slideshow presentation, assuring them

“there’s nothing in this framework that violates our principles.”

After the cave-in where both Republicans and Democrats put on the big show of — we will do it against our will to save the country– both stepped up with votes to spare to give the president enough money both  to get through the next election and for the cuts to be mostly back ended in 6 years after he is out of office.  I would say he got a great birthday gift from the two party system and we got screwed again.

Obama, before during and after the debt con job debacle continues to insists on tax hikes. Apparently, he and the Democrats believe tax revenues are in this package, regardless of the Republicans denial.  

“We can’t cut deficit with just spending cuts”.

Not even Shakespeare could come up with such a tragic plot complete with to foil the people into believing they were in danger and keeping us at the edge of our seats for weeks thinking we were at the precipice of destruction. Hell they even had the three credit agencies working this great scam against the people.

Echoed from Reid but also from every non-Tea Party politician from Congress and the White House :

 “This is our last, best chance to preserve the character and credit of this great nation.”  

I don’t believe we were ever in danger of default or of losing our credit rating – instead they were in danger of not getting another blank check and set about figuring out how to get us to give them more money without asking them to give up anything out of their pockets or bilking their special interests funds. They did it again — they took our money and turned us one against the other rather than against them and politics as usual. Our 87 newbies were not enough to get the job done – not this time – not yet!

Talking about our Tea Party Patriots – the people sent to Congress to get the job done- they tried and for their efforts they were demonized by both the media and the left. Vice President Biden’s team is denying he used the word “terrorist” to describe the Tea Party during a closed-door meeting with House Democrats angry about the debt ceiling deal.

“The word was used by several members of Congress,” said Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff. “The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, called a press conference at noon on Aug. 2nd. and clearly stated  his displeasure with the Tea Party stating their presence is “Disconcerting”. He went on to explain contrary to the fact these folks were duly elected by the people that the 87 were not doing the people’s business using comments like

“all too soon we would be back in the midst of partisan wrangling and with our economy once again held prisoner by extremist Tea Party Republicans.”

It “is not fair to the American people, to hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit,” he said. He called the radical Republican approach “unfair” and “bizarro.”

Reid said in the end the Congress did its job coming together to do the people’s work and coming to a compromise but adding “This is NOT PERFECT … The vast majority of Americans think this is unfair…

Oh Harry, this was perfect – a perfect scam and at the next election ‘We the People’ will not forget. Just as the Tea Party gave the House a headache they will give the Senate a headache and this time I hope we roll enough of the old guard out to prevent the bi-partisan  trick you both pulled off this time.

We the people are not fooled we watched and we learned the game- we just need more of us then there are of you, this is going to catch up to you crooks—just give us time!

You were right in when you said  “The vast majority of Americans think this is unfair” and you were right when you said in the end the two parties came together to get the job done but w2hat we got was a bi-partisan con job.

So go get the month vacation you think you deserve- sleep well thinking you got away with yet another fast one. You and the other con men will pay for this in the end! All I can hope for is when ‘We the People’ do take back our country – the first cut is to your pensions after we fire your crooked asses for extortion!

Do you still want your medical care in the hands of this Government? REALLY?

BettyJean Downing

If ObamaCare was in effect today, would surgery, dialysis and chemo also be held hostage to this debate?

Without taking sides, as an Independent- non partisan American Citizen alone, I shudder to think what the talking heads in Washington would be terrorizing us with if ObamaCare (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)  the federal statute that was signed into United States law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010) were already in effect. Playing politics with our veteran’s payments, social security and debt would pale in comparison to the scare tactics these shameless charlatans would be using to win points for their respective parties. These guys are the ones that put us here in the first place without asking us for permission to do so and by sweetening the deal to special interests and now they want to offer us more of the same old politics as usual. How long will they play the same game the same way and expect us to fall for it as if it were anything new?

When social Security was implemented we were told – it was for our own good and they would take our money and put it into a lockbox. That money, wisely invested would be there when we needed it. Did I mention this is a paid insurance policy paid into by “We the People” and now raided by our servants? Now the lockbox has been broken into, the money spent on God knows what to God know who, many who did not totally invest.

We are held hostage to our returns while being told it is an ENTITLEMENT as if that is a nasty word. You are damned right – some of us ARE entitled to a return on our investment. Moreover – some recipients are not. Frankly, I am sick of politicians dipping into my savings to be philanthropic to the not so entitled.

Entitlements as used in this context of claim or right to as in  (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans benefits) and Armed services salaries is the antithesis of entitled as used in the context of privileged which is the self yearly increased obscene paychecks and pensions our elected servants who  believe they and their families are ENTITLED to for life so long as they serve at least one term.

Remember the Weiner? http://www.smartmoney.com/retirement/planning/why-im-jealous-of-weiner-1308253690928/

Members of Congress are covered under the Federal Employee Retirement System, which features a pension-style plan at minimal cost to employees. They contribute less than 1% of pay, and contributions bear no relation to the benefits. Weiner, 46, has been a Congressman for 12 years and has a recent salary of $174,000 (standard for both the House and Senate). After leaving office he has a couple of choices. He can begin taking discounted pension payments of about $25,000 a year starting at age 56 or wait until age 62 and collect about $35,000 a year.

For the average retirement investor, that’s a benefit comparable to $1.2 million in the bank. With the 10-year Treasury yield at 2.9%, that’s how much it would take to produce a guaranteed income of $35,000 a year.

Sweet deal huh? WU just raped a contributor’s daughter- he is the one who dresses up as a tiger- wonder what he will rake in? But here is Obama, all over the bloody TV and on the radio and finally taking Prime Time TV to ask Americans to flood the telephone lines because if they – the people who had no say in ObamaCare- fail to bail his ass out …

President Obama on Tuesday said he cannot guarantee that retirees will receive their Social Security checks August 3 if Democrats and Republicans in Washington do not reach an agreement on reducing the deficit in the coming weeks.

“I cannot guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven’t resolved this issue. Because there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it,” Mr. Obama said in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, according to excerpts released by CBS News.

The Obama administration and many economists have warned of economic catastrophe if the United States does not raise the amount it is legally allowed to borrow by August 2. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20078789-503544.html

Our Veterans and servicemen who fought in wars they did not start but in which they never failed to risk their lives are also threatened. I have been saying for 20 some odd years now—or soldiers risk their lives for a pittance of what the thieves in Washington earn for fleecing us- THROW THE BUMS OUT!

“We cannot guarantee – if there were a default – that any specific bill would be paid,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said, seeking to leverage public pressure on negotiators from both sides who are headed back to the White House this afternoon. 

President Obama also raised the specter of short-changing recipients of federal benefits, telling CBS’s Scott Pelly in an interview that “there may simply not be the money in the coffers to do it.” 

More than 80 million Americans who receive benefits payments from the government each month could be at risk, the Treasury Department said.  Most of those checks cover Social Security recipients, veterans and civil service retirees. 

Gee, why doesn’t he threaten to cut off the paychecks of 535 servants that have not done the damned job? Why doesn’t he ask the Liberal bleeding heart millionaires and billionaires who agree with him like Bill Maher, and all those Hollywood  stars and the rest of his Chicago mob to donate the tax dollars they all insists he legislate into law as tax hikes. Last I heard – there is no law preventing them from paying more taxes? Why don’t he and Bill Clinton who keep telling us they don’t need the money along with Kerry the Yacht defector kick in at higher tax rates voluntarily?

Let’s see all these Millionaire and Billionaire liberals making over $250,000.00 volunteer to pay at the higher tax rate? Come on put your money where your mouth is – or shut the hell up!

Back to my point, along comes Obama and ObamaCare, again we were told – it was for our own good…. The majority of Americans did not want it or ask for it and yet a single party shoved it down our throats. IMAGINE having your surgery or your dialysis or your chemo held hostage to this debate between the left and the right if ObamaCare were in effect today?  I don’t give a damned what side you care to take – if all goes as planned, ObamaCare will soon be in effect, this debt is still increasing with no solution in sight- the debate and the war between the parties will continue forever. Do you still want your medical care in the hands of the government, our government, this Government? REALLY?

BettyJean Downing, is an original founder of the of the American Reform Party having served in the capacity of National Secretary, she is presently the National Vice Chairwoman Elect currently presiding over the State of New Jersey as Chairwoman.

Joplin Tornado: Citizen journalism, firsthand account.

Story by John
DateD: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 3:21 PM

Graphics and graphic commentary by BJ

Devestated Joplin- death toll in the hundreds

Devastated in Joplin Mo. - The death toll in the hundreds, Joplin in tatters. What will these folks eat and drink tonight as their mourn their losses and where will they lay their heads? Who will comfort them?

OK everybody; here we go… what a ride it has been.  I just woke up from crashing finally. I was at work at Freeman hospital when the tornado hit.  I was the ONLY maintenance man on the evening shift.  The alert sounded, said it was a warning for Carl Junction which is 10 miles north of where we were.  I started all the generators,   10 of them, just in case.

When the storm hit we did not realize what had happened only 1/4 north of us at St Johns, not until the caravans of people started coming in.   St Johns took a direct hit, blew out all the windows, and then had a gas leak and an explosion.   The tornado was about 8 blocks wide and went through Joplin West to East, never left the ground.  Residential… business… residential… main business. We had people coming in pickups with wounded, cars with all the windows blown out. People on boards, doors, tables.  We emptied 4 conference rooms of the rolling chairs, about 100 to use as wheel chairs.  We had 4 triage areas going full blast, one at each entrance.  People were lined up for 10 blocks or more just to get to our driveways.  We had just gone through an earthquake drill last week, so everyone knew their supplies were.  It was calm chaos. 

Hundreds of wounded, covered in blankets, sitting in chairs, lying on the floor in rows.  Blood everywhere… new chairs coming now for sure…. the nurses and doctors were great.  Our phones were out instantly… the cell towers were inundated couldn’t get out.  We couldn’t call for reinforcements… they just started showing up.  From everywhere… EMT’s, nurses, doctors, local and even from out of town.  The few in the kitchen started making sandwiches; we brought out all the blankets we had, brought up rolling supply carts of bandages, cases of bottled water.  We formed small groups of volunteers to manage traffic so the ambulances could get in and out.  School buses of injured started coming in, truckers were bringing in semi loads of injured.  No lights in Joplin, we have a six story tower and all you could see were blue and red lights everywhere.  I personally took the 1st six bodies and started a temporary morgue.  The stories people were telling were beyond belief… we had probably 10 or 12 dogs running somewhat loose in the hospital that people had brought in with them.  People were smoking in the hospital on a no smoking campus. Cries of pain, sorrow and yes even joy when people would find loved ones.

The situation in town is way WORSE than you see on TV.  I came home in the dark and did not know where I was because of the destruction, until I came to a roundabout in the road and realized I had gone a mile too far.  I couldn’t get through to Sandy on the phones and people started coming in from the area I lived in with horror stories of total destruction.  The home depot you see on TV is just blocks from us… finally another employee came in and said his mom was ok and she just lives two blocks from us.  The tornado just missed my son by two blocks as well.  My daughter in law is a therapist and has no office building to go to anymore, her father is a dentist who has no office building to go to anymore.

Joplin will take years to rebuild.  Kinda like the twin towers, you can actually see all the way

And by Monday as the bodies pile up the President plays on. By Tuesday he will dine with the Queen and Wed. he will still be partying overseas. God save the KING and screw the peasents!

by Monday as the bodies pile up the President plays on. By Tuesday he will dine with the Queen and Wed. he will still be partying overseas. God save the KING and screw the peasents!

through town, end to end.  The high school is gone.  A major business street, going east and west on the east of town is flat on both sides of the street for two miles.  Nothing left standing.  Thousands of people have lost their homes, and their possessions, AND their income because their places of employment have vanished off the map.

On the other hand, THANK THE LORD, I have my home, my possessions and my job.  I never had to serve in combat, but surely this has to be somewhat similar in relation of chaos.  I kinda know what the Japanese must feel like after the tsunami now.   Yes I know some of the dead in Joplin personally.

Freeman hospital still looks kinda like it did that night.  We still have STUFF everywhere.  The floor is still dirty because Joplin has virtually no water pressure. We barely have enough water to run our sterilizers for instruments.   Only two bathrooms work in the hospital… don’t know why they do… the water company has SO MANY broken pipes in houses that are gone, that they can’t get the pressure to come up.  A large area of the roof blew off and the rain collected and ran down in-between the layers of roofing and into the areas full of pipes and wires and is still dripping and of course the rain won’t stop so we can fix the roof.  We have buckets all over the halls and even have a couple of areas of rooms we can’t even use because the water keeps coming out of the ceiling area.  We have removed hundreds of ceiling tiles that have gotten wet and were coming down anyway.  The fire alarms keep going off all the time because the wiring system is getting wetter and wetter with all the leaks.  We have to check each alarm to make sure there is no fire and then silence it.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US.  A LOT OF PEOPLE’S LIVES ARE CHANGED FOREVER. MINE IS. AND I AM ALRIGHT.  THANKS FOR ALL THE CALLS; SORRY THE PHONES STILL DON’T WORK VERY WELL.  WE ARE ON CURFEW DUSK TO DAWN WITH NATIONAL GUARD AT HUNDREDS OF INTERSECTIONS.  A 15 MINUTE DRIVE TO HOME TOOK ME AN HOUR.  ONLY MY FREEMAN BADGE LET ME THROUGH.  MAYBE I WILL WRITE MORE LATER.  NOW I’M GOING BACK TO SLEEP.  JOHN

HE NEVER SAID IT WOULD BE EASY… HE JUST SAID FOLLOW ME

BLESSINGS TO YOU FROM JOHN AND SANDY

It will be lobster ravioli and aged Highlands beef tonight as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama repay Queen Elizabeth II after last night's state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The Obamas host the queen at Winfield House, the home of the U.S. ambassador to Britain -- and not just the queen. Among those on the guest list: actors Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, author J.K. Rowling and soccer star David Beckham. Also on the menu: crushed jersey royals, asparagus and minted broad beans. The dessert: pecan pie and brandy ice cream. After the meal, the guests will be entertained by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth

It will be lobster ravioli and aged Highlands beef tonight as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama repay Queen Elizabeth II after last night's state dinner at Buckingham Palace. The Obamas host the queen at Winfield House, the home of the U.S. ambassador to Britain -- and not just the queen. Among those on the guest list: actors Tom Hanks and Colin Firth, author J.K. Rowling and soccer star David Beckham. Also on the menu: crushed jersey royals, asparagus and minted broad beans. The dessert: pecan pie and brandy ice cream. After the meal, the guests will be entertained by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth

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