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Barbara Levy Boxer (born 11 November 1940) is the current junior U.S. Senator from the State of California. Boxer was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, becoming one of the first of two female Jewish senators, along with Dianne Feinstein. Throughout her career, Boxer has been a vocal advocate for environmental issues, abortion rights, gun control, and medical research. She is generally classified as a progressive or liberal and is often in conflict with conservative groups. Her electoral margins have increased each time she has been re-elected.
In 1962, she married Stewart Boxer, and took his surname, and graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s in Economics. She was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, in the Phi chapter.
Boxer’s husband, Stewart, is a prominent attorney in Oakland, where he has always practiced. He mainly handles worker’s compensation cases (on the side of injured workers) and is known for keeping a very low profile, when it comes to politics. Many cases are referred to him by labor unions, including the Teamsters.
Early in Boxer’s political career in 1996 she came under scrutiny of the FBI for her strong support of China’s most favored nation trading status. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer were targeted to receive payments according to the NSA/FBI intercepted communications of Chinese operatives. The intelligence ultimately would not show that the Chinese government intended to organize payments directly to U.S. campaigns. They suspect the money would have come from businesses with operations in China, including subsidiaries in Taiwan or Hong Kong.
One of the most liberal senators she has voted against anything that would strengthen America. She voted against the Iraq War. She supports socialized medicine via the “you get the same insurance coverage as I do” scam Obama is pimping. In education she will drain the country dry supporting any and all after, before and during school indoctrination programs for children. Spend the money and ignore the overwhelming fact that there is no correlation between education spending and per pupil and results. It’s all about special interest and brainwashing the masses.
She believes the federal government can increase jobs and supports Invest in the USA Act. Somehow she thinks taxing companies $24 billion, taking a bureaucratic cut, and then spending the remainder on American Jobs Creation Act will help the economy. Barbra the masses may be that stupid but your stupidity insults my intelligence. You want jobs to return to America? Cut corporate taxes to 15% and shut up. It’s all about power and screwing America for this lady.
The liberal opposes drilling for oil, spending money protecting the oceans, supports Global Warming theories and wants to take away the masses energy supplies from conventional sources, and supports subsidies to farmers who are green. Take away energy from the masses and tax them more is her basic philosophy. Then some brainwashing until they can’t tell what is happening.
She supports killing babies by any means available. Supports spouse abuse programs that get women out of marriage instead of marriage counseling. Anything to break up families right Barbara?
She opposes FISA intelligence gathering laws, supports gun control laws. I could go on but the pattern is pretty clear. She is strongly opposed to helping the masses and private businesses and strongly in support of Big Brother. She supports all this taxation and chaos for the masses but in her own life she is a traditional family person. One husband, two kids, no drama. This seems to be a patter with these liberals. One set of values for her family and one set of values for the gentile unwashed masses of pork eaters. No empathy whatsoever for the working men and women. What goes around comes around Mrs. Boxer. We got your drift, you getting ours?
It seems as time goes on those intent on corrupting our voting system get more bold. We have all heard of ACORN and others but today the most outstanding is Al Franken and his bid as senator of Minnesota.
It escapes me how out of thin air come enough ballots that were stashed elsewhere are allowed to be counted. The logical thing to do at this point is have all citizens vote again. This time showing they are legally registered voters. Probably Franken would LOSE in a landslide and we would be done with the whole mess.
What is most disturbing is the hypocrisy of the democrats who sit idle and refuse to leap up and scream about this situation. Clearly if the shoe were on the other foot we would see a rabid frenzy to right the situation pretty darn quick.
Apparently those who have lost their ethical way in lieu of the ME, ME, attitude so pervasive in politics today do not realize the tide is fickle and when it turns against them (and it will) they themselves will be screwed.
I have to wonder where are the good citizens who should also be pitching a major bitch over such antics? Do we simply sit silent and allow the ‘pond scum’ of the world take over and rule us all?
The latest from Republican National Lawyers Association:
Al Franken’s backers in Minnesota are so fearful of what we at the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) are doing to demand a fair Senate election in Minnesota that they have even taken legal action against us at the Federal Election Commission to stop us.
But we won’t stop. We won’t be intimidated by Franken and his gang.
Make no mistake about it: Franken, Harry Reid, and the Democratic Party of Minnesota will stop at nothing to seat Franken in the Senate.
Before the “recount” was even done, Reid tried to seat Franken and declared: “Norm Coleman will never ever serve [again] in the Senate.“
How dare he? The official election is not over in Minnesota. In fact, as we speak, a new judicial panel is being empowered to review all of these funny ballots that went in Franken’s favor, giving him his alleged lead.
Don’t forget that, on election night in November, Republican Coleman was ahead by 725 votes.
Even Reid’s deputy, Sen. Dick Durbin, admitted that no senator has been seated without an election certificate since 1884.
Still, Reid claimed that Minnesota is a “different animal” and that he still would seat Franken.
But GOP pressure and the work of the RNLA, among others, prompted Reid to back down. For the moment.
Though he hasn’t seated Franken in the Senate, Reid has outrageously broken all tradition and sealed shut Sen. Coleman’s office, leaving Minnesotans without one of their senators.
One thing is clear: We — thanks to your help — have had a major effect thwarting Democratic efforts to seat Al Franken illegally in the Senate.
This is why we at the RNLA have been targeted by Franken and his friends in the Democratic Party. This is why they filed a false and frivolous FEC complaint to stop us.
Please help us continue our efforts to expose the truth about Al Franken’s attempt to hijack this Senate seat.
Please help us stop Harry Reid from breaking all the rules of the Senate.
This post is a result of an email sent my way today.
It is a good example of how society is consumed by the trivia of the day and is quick to bitch/complain over NOTHING.
I researched this email because I do not often simply take these pass around email posts as true … this one did happen to be true.
So why would I post an incident from 2005 now?
Because it is indicative of a worse scenario today. “We indeed have come a long way baby”. Unfortunately it is in the wrong direction.
My first inclination when I read the email (only part of the story) was the complainer deserved a quick rap on the jaw in order to jar him out of his self-absorbed ME ONLY attitude. Apparently that was the reaction of others as the story unfolded.
In the end was left a very embarrassed complainer who clearly wished he had put more thought to comments before he ever took keyboard and mouse in hand.
Instead of reprinting the email version I decided to add the full length since it shows the whole picture.
The moral of the story is maybe we all need to think before we shove our mind into 1st gear and take action.
The original research can be also viewed HERE:
Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were. A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back.
Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his day.
Resident writes to newspaper to complain about fly-by of jets from local Air Force base headed for a fallen serviceman’s memorial service.
This is one of those items for which any additional commentary would only serve as a distracting embellishment, so we’ll just present the details here and let the story tell itself.
A letter to the Editor;
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank for the morning air show?
Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!
Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns’ early-bird special?
Any response would be appreciated.
Tom MacRae, Peoria3
The correspondent received a response from Col. Robin Rand, commander of Luke AFB’s 56th Fighter Wing, in the pages of that same newspaper the following day:
Luke Air Force Base was asked to respond to a letter writer’s question about a “morning air show” he observed recently (“A wake-up call from Luke’s jets,” Letters, Thursday):
The “wake-up call” witnessed the morning of June 15 was a formation of F-16 jets from Luke Air Force Base lining up for a memorial service in Sun City at the gravesite for Air Force Capt. Jeremy Fresques, an officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations. Fresques gave his life in defense of our country while serving in Iraq.
It is unfortunate that at a time when our nation is at war someone would believe we have less than honorable and professional reasons for such a mission.
The commander of the fighter squadron was given the difficult duty of informing the family of Capt. Fresques on Memorial Day that the officer, a husband, son and Arizonan, had died in Iraq.
On behalf of the men and women at Luke Air Force Base, we continue to keep Jeremy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Col. Robin Rand
Luke Air Force Base4
Four days later, the newpaper also published a reponse from Lt. Col. Pleus himself:
Regarding “A wake-up call from Luke’s jets”:
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt Jeremy Fresques.
Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.
Based on the letter writer’s recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the president of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.
A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.
The letter writer asks, “Whom do we thank for the morning air show?”
The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.
Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base5
What was going on behind the scenes:
On 8 June 2005 the following item appeared in the Albuquerque Tribune:
Air Force Capt. Jeremy Fresques, a Farmington native and Farmington High School graduate, joined a growing list of New Mexicans who have died in the war on terrorism, when the surveillance plane in which he flew crashed last week 80 miles northeast of Baghdad. Three of his U.S. colleagues and an Iraqi airman also were killed. Fresques was awarded the Bronze Medal posthumously Friday.
Fresques was 26. He left behind a wife — also an Air Force captain — and his parents. His sacrifice — and theirs — in the name of our nation’s security and the cause of democracy was immense. Col. O.G. Mannon, commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing, rightly called Fresques and his comrades “heroes.” We regard Fresques and all men and women with New Mexico connections as family and hold them deeply in our hearts.1
Capt. Fresque was killed in the line of duty on Memorial Day 2005, a month before he was to return home, and news of his death was conveyed Fly-By that day to Lt. Col. Scott Pleus, commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, where Capt. Fresques had previously been stationed. Lt. Col. Pleus, along with a chaplain and a medical technician, drove that evening to Yuma, Arizona, to undertake the sad duty of notifying Capt. Fresque’s parents of their loss.
About a week later, Lt. Col. Pleus was notified that a memorial service would be held for Capt. Fresque in Sun City, Arizona, on 15 June and that a fly-by from Luke AFB had been requested as part of the service in Capt. Fresque’s honor. Lt. Col. Pleus quickly assented:
Of course we would do it. It’s a four-ship formation. They fly straight and level over the gravesite and then, directly over the service, the No. 3 plane pulls away while the others fly straight ahead. Symbolically he’s headed for heaven. It’s the highest form of respect we can pay to a fallen airman.
Everyone involved in such a service considers it an honor. The fliers. The honor guard. The bugler who plays taps. All of us.2
While preparing to head from Glendale to Sun City (a distance of about 6 miles) for the memorial service, four F-16 fighter jets from Luke AFB flew a holding pattern over Glendale’s Arrowhead Mall, prompting a local resident unaware of their purpose to send the above sarcastic letter of complaint to the editor of The Arizona Republic:
To his credit, the complainant, Mr. MacRae, tendered a written apology which was published in The Republic on 9 July:
Regarding “Flyby honoring fallen comrade” (Letters, June 28):
I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an Air Force flyby (“A wake-up call from Luke’s jets,” Letters, June 23).
I had no idea of the significance of the flyby, and would never have insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.
I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have served at Luke, and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized for any discomfort my letter has caused.
This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.
I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman and woman in this war in which we are engaged.
I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that I must address that. I served in the U.S. Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I love my country and respect the jobs that the service organizations are doing.
Please accept my heartfelt apologies.
Tom MacRae, Peoria6
Last updated: 9 July 2005
Here we go again another recount debacle.
The Minnesota senate recount could have been prevented with technology. Every kid on the street has an IPOD but Minnesota can not afford electronic voting machines which could have stopped the inane fights over pen marks on ballots. There has never been any proof, or even any credible allegations for that matter, of electronic voting machines resulting in voter fraud. So why after Florida does Minnesota find themselves with this senatorial race a comedy of errors?
This is a travesty.
When are the citizens going to stand up and insist their votes count. Pulling mysterious votes out of thin air by looser’s to rip off an election is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
By TRENT ENGLAND
Sorry Minnesota, but the sequel is never as good as the original.
For those who watched the Washington State governor’s race recounts in 2004, the ongoing recount drama in Minnesota is just another rehash of the same script — albeit for a U.S. Senate seat that might put Democrats one vote away from a filibuster-proof majority.
Four years ago in Washington, Democratic Party candidate Christine Gregoire lost the first count, lost the recount, and then won a second, highly dubious recount by 133 votes. In Minnesota, where Sen.
Norm Coleman is defending his seat against comedian-turned-candidate Al Franken, the first count showed Mr. Coleman up 725 votes. Today, thanks to another dubious recount, Mr. Franken is apparently in the lead.
Razor-thin margins like these put election systems to the test. As the old proverb goes, they are a crisis and an opportunity. Yet the crises keep coming and the opportunities continue to be squandered. It’s time to learn the lessons of the recount wars and address the systemic flaws in our election processes. Indeed, the price of a continued decline in voter confidence is too troubling for most Americans to comprehend.
In Washington’s 2004 gubernatorial election, at least 1,392 felons illegally voted, 252 provisional ballots were wrongly counted, and 19 votes were cast from beyond the grave, according to Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges’s opinion in a case brought by Dino Rossi, Ms. Gregoire’s Republican opponent.
Election workers in King County (where Seattle is located) “enhanced” 55,177 ballots to make it easier for tabulating machines to read them — even though the county had failed to establish written procedures as required by state law. In some cases, individual election workers modified voted ballots using black felt markers and white-out tape while observers were kept at a distance that prevented meaningful observation. Nine separate times, King County “discovered” and counted unsecured ballots.
Nevertheless, Ms. Gregoire lost to Mr. Rossi by 261 votes.
An automatic recount reduced Mr. Rossi’s lead to just 42 votes. The Gregoire campaign demanded a state-wide hand recount, a time-consuming and expensive process that state law says the challenger must pay for (if the result changes, the challenger is reimbursed). Big labor unions joined with far-left groups like MoveOn.org to put up the money for Ms. Gregoire’s third-time’s-the-charm ballot shuffle.
During the recount process, five counties found new, uncounted, unsecured ballots and added them into their totals. King County officials admitted publicly that ballot reconciliation reports were falsified in an attempt to conceal variations between the number of votes counted and the number of voters who voted (two elections workers were disciplined as a result).
By the end, 3,539 votes more than the number of voters who voted were tabulated. Four other swing counties provided an additional 4,880 mystery ballots. Ms. Gregoire was the victor by a margin of 133 votes.
That margin — 133 votes — happens to be the same number of ballots that Minneapolis election officials are currently missing. The initial vote tally in one Democrat-leaning precinct counted 133 more ballots than officials have been able to find for the Senate recounts. The Minnesota canvassing board decided on Dec. 12 to allow Minneapolis simply to ignore the recount and go with the original number. This provided a 46-vote boost for Mr. Franken, about the same as his current projected lead. The board also “requested” that counties reconsider rejected absentee ballots, a new and novel part of the recount procedure that is also expected to favor Mr. Franken.
Something is wrong when a victorious candidate owes more thanks to vote counters than to voters. Such was the case in Washington in 2004, and Minnesota is poised to follow in its footsteps in 2008.
It need not be this way. After 2004, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation produced a 42-page report offering a dozen solutions. While a few were implemented, most were simply ignored by officials content to cross their fingers and hope the next close election is in someone else’s jurisdiction.
Some reforms are simply educational and cultural; others are fundamental and essential. Election officials need to understand current federal and state laws and regulations governing the entire election process, including recounts. Those responsible for elections must also inculcate a culture of compliance among election staff, including temporary staff hired at election time.
From the moment they are printed, ballots should be isolated and guarded and their chain of custody recorded. Officials with rule-making authority are responsible for establishing processes that clarify how ballots are to be handled, stored, counted, and, if necessary, recounted.
Most important to maintaining and increasing public faith in elections is improving openness, especially leveraging Internet technology to make anyone a potential election observer. The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s project to put all 6,700 contested ballots in the Senate race on the Web, so people can compare their own judgments to those of the canvassing board, is but one example. Election officials who have nothing to hide should be putting as much as possible online as quickly as possible.
Citizens and the media might also take a closer look at some of the individuals and organizations involved in monkeying with and even overturning elections. Both Mr. Franken and Ms. Gregoire were endorsed by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — Acorn — a group under investigation in several states for suspected voter registration chicanery.
The man overseeing the Senate recount, Minnesota Secretary of State
Mark Ritchie, was also endorsed by Acorn, and his election campaign in 2006 was funded in part by something called “The Secretary of State Project.” This latter group, founded by MoveOn.org’s former grass-roots director, exists solely to install far-left candidates as secretaries of state in swing states.
Close elections will always stir controversy. They will often require recounts to validate the results. Yet the Washington and Minnesota recounts offer cautionary tales. The democratic process is too important to be disregarded until a virtual tie forces us to pay attention. Regardless of which candidates win our elections, the voters — not the vote counters — should win every time.
Mr. England is director of the
Citizenship and Governance Center
at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation.
Once I really started paying attention to Barack Obama and what was or was not being said about him I found the lack of TRUE confirmed information astounding.
Barack Obama essentially has no history other than that he has made up for himself. Because he has sealed his records and refuses to provide even the bare essentials required by law to become President of the USA. “We the people” literally know nothing about him.
This is disturbing on a number of levels.
Why the secrecy?
I can think of no reason that is positive can you?
Here are a few clips addressing the issues.
As we move forward now to the inauguration of Barack Obama we still do not know much about him.
He refuses to produce even the key information which proves him eligible for this office. There is grave doubt that he is a “natural born citizen”. That is a basic requirement to even be considered for this high office in our USA. Why does he refuse to provide this information?
Those required to insist this information be made public fail to do so.
There is only one answer that at this point is logical.
He can not and is not.
“We the people” are left clueless as usual.