Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Al Capone And The Kid From Chicago

I just finished watching an old movie about Al Capone. It reminded me of a conversation I had with an old soldier from World War II who had once been a kid in Chicago.

George was in his eighties, and he was a volunteer at the detective bureau of my police department.  When we had cases that were unsolvable (no suspects, no witnesses, or no physical evidence), George would make the call to the victim and explain that we were being forced to close the case and that we were sorry we couldn’t help them.

Because George had been an infantryman in World War II and I had been an infantryman in Vietnam, we could relate to each other in ways the average person could never understand. George had participated in the invasion of Anzio and, along with his buddies, he fought his way through Italy and Europe. He was almost killed by the Nazis, and he killed some of them. He was the kind of quiet warrior that most combat veterans become.

But George also grew up in Chicago. As a young man he was a truck driver. He told me a couple of interesting stories, the first of which had to do with him running into Al Capone in a delicatessen. George was having a sandwich made when Capone and one of his henchmen walked into the deli. Capone looked at George and said, “Don’t worry about it, kid; I’ll pay for your sandwich.”

George responded with, “That’s okay, Mr. Capone, I can pay for it,” thinking he was doing the polite thing.

But Capone responded, “No, you don’t understand; I’M paying for it….”

George didn’t want to piss off the most powerful gangster in town, so he simply said, “Thank you, Mr. Capone….”

At one point during the Prohibition years, George was on the road in one of his truck jobs when he was stopped by a police officer. The officer asked what he was transporting, so George handed him the bill of lading and said “I’m carrying auto parts, officer.”

The cop looked at the paperwork, looked at the back of the truck, then told George he could go, but added “You may want to stop up ahead; your auto parts are leaking….”

A short distance away, George stopped and discovered that – unknown to him - his truck wasn’t loaded with auto parts; he was carrying a load of gin – probably for the Capone gang. The cop realized it, but let him go anyway.

This goes to show all you young people that a lot of old men probably have a couple of really interesting stories to tell….

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

God's Message To America On September 11

On September 11, two American citizens observed the above cloud formation in the sky above central Virginia.

God truly does bless America....

Charles M. Grist

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Prophetic Words About Iraq From George W. Bush In 2007

That last paragraph should hold some meaning for Barack Obama. Had he worked a little harder to get a status of forces agreement to keep a contingent of American troops in Iraq to continue training the Iraqis, then ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State terrorists likely would not have been able to murder, butcher, behead or terrorize the citizens of Iraq as they have done.

Posted by Charles M. Grist

Remember September 11, 2001 - The Day The World Changed Forever

If you are a terrorist thinking about attacking America, remember what happened to Osama Bin Laden.

The lesson for you is that if you hurt Americans, we will go to the ends of the earth to hunt you down and kill you - no matter how long it takes...

Any questions?

Posted by Charles M. Grist

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Chinese Are Buying Up American Land - If We Aren't Just Giving It To Them

In the case of dictatorships, it is wise to remember that the problem stems from the form of government, not from the people. As someone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in foreign countries, I have learned that – if left to themselves – people throughout the world can get along just fine. It is the governments that screw it up.

The Chinese people have proven time and again that they are generous, intelligent, friendly, and that they just want what all people want. They want a decent home, a good job, and the ability to raise their children in a happy, healthy way.

Unfortunately for the Chinese people, their government is a Marxist dictatorship. If you are not a member of the communist party, you are simply a pawn in a very big chess game. It is well to remember that Mao Tse Tung (or Mao Zedong today), the founder and lifelong dictator of China, was responsible for the murder of tens of millions of his own people.

In China today, the average tourist will see what the Chinese want them to see. They won’t see the prisons, where anyone who speaks about freedom or liberty will find themselves lost for years. They won’t see the horrific labor situation, where people work excruciating long shifts making your fancy telephone, your clothes, or your furniture, yet they live in a drab, miserable slum next to the factory.

Recently, Chinese generals have said that they should prepare for war.  They are expanding their navy and are seeking to dominate the seas around Asia. A China/Japan war (over a small chain of islands) is a distinct possibility.

Now we learn that the Chinese are on a buying spree as they swallow up large sections of America. Local and state governments say it is just Chinese companies who are building businesses that will employ Americans. They seem to forget that everything in China is controlled by the communist government; and this includes the businesses. If American companies asked to buy property in China, you know what the answer would be.

We just won’t learn, will we?

The Chinese Are Acquiring Large Chunks Of Land In Communities All Over America
The American Dream
March 31, 2014

Has the United States ever experienced a time when a foreign nation has attempted to buy up so much of our land all at once?  As you will read about in this article, the Chinese are on a real estate buying spree all over America.  In fact, in some cases large chunks of land are actually being given to them.  Yes, you read that correctly.  China is on the way to becoming the dominant land owner in the entire country, and that is starting to alarm a lot of people.  Do we really want a foreign superpower to physically own so much of our territory?

There are some that are playing down this threat by making a distinction between the Chinese government and Chinese corporations, but things work differently over in China than they do here.  In China, the government is involved in everything.  In fact, 43 percent of all corporate profits in China are produced by companies that the Chinese government controls.  And all of the rest of the companies are very careful to follow the lead and direction of the Chinese government.

Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Obama's Foreign Policy Incompetence - Makes Gaffes About Kosovo and Georgia

After five years as president of the United States, it is unbelievable that Barack Obama could make the kind of foreign policy blunders that he has just made in the Netherlands.

Then again, after Syria, Libya, Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservatives, NSA spying on average Americans, the "reset" with Russia, etc. etc. ad nauseum, I guess we shouldn't be surprised at his incompetence:

March 27, 2014

Breitbart London has learned that President Obama has undermined Georgia’s NATO membership application, in the second foreign policy gaffe of his European trip this week.

Speaking at the press conference after the EU-US summit yesterday the US President wrongly suggested that Georgia “is not currently on a path to NATO membership”. In fact the country has been on the path to membership since 2008.

At the North Atlantic Council in Bucharest that year the attending Heads of State and Government agreed the following statement: "NATO welcomes Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations for membership in NATO.  We agreed today that they will become members of NATO.”

Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Monday, March 24, 2014

Russian Inferiority Complex Stokes Putin’s Aggression

Once upon a time, a power-hungry man named Adolph Hitler rose to power because Germans had been crushed in World War I. The German people had a severe inferiority complex so Hitler appealed to their nationalistic pride. They loved him, supported him, and helped him create the brutal and murderous Third Reich.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian people have had a similar inferiority complex. With the rise of their new strongman Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent and a leader who has called the collapse of the Soviet Union "the greatest geo-political catastrophe of the century”, the Russians are beginning to re-discover their own nationalistic pride.

In fact, anti-American and anti-Western sentiment is on the rise in Russia, as are the fears that Russia is about to invade eastern Ukraine:

Putin stokes, taps Russians' resentment of America and the West
Fox News
March 22, 2014

Members of an American documentary film crew, visiting the southeastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol last week and stumbling upon a pro-Russian rally downtown, narrowly escaped with their lives as the crowd cursed and chased the Americans and violently attacked their minivan. The vehicle barely got away.

Such views are surely not held uniformly across Ukraine, but among ethnic Russians, and in the heart of the former Soviet Union, a palpable anti-American sentiment is discernible -- and it is, to some extent, the product of determined efforts by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin apparatus he controls.

Intelligence from field has White House 'very concerned' about Russia invading more of Ukraine – possibly soon
March 21, 2014

Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine's eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Officials assess that Russia – as early as coming days – could use any number of pretexts to justify further military incursions into Ukraine.

Moscow could express a need to protect Russian-speaking Ukrainians, or to protect transportation lines from Russia to Crimea, or the energy supply to Crimea from the rest of Ukraine.

Russian troops could accomplish this quickly, officials say, and theoretically before any other nation could even raise objections.

Team Obama's Scorn For The Constitution

"Team Obama" continues to act in ways that would make the dictator of a banana republic proud. Although he promised to abide by the Constitution (which he has sworn an oath to do), he and his cronies continue to work outside the law. From the countless executive orders to explicit violations of our founding documents, Barack Obama simply does it his way. He shows disdain for the Bill of Rights and for the provisions of the Constitution that outline the limits of his authority.

But this is the path of someone who wants a socialist - if not Marxist - America...

Team Obama's staggering, scary assault on our Constitution
Fox News
March 13, 2104

The Obama administration’s contempt for the Constitution and the rule of law has gotten out of hand. 

Things have gotten so bad that two different bills are pending that would try to force the Obama administration to simply obey the law.

Even if they make it through the Democratically-controlled Senate, the administration has already threatened to veto the legislation as a violation of the separation of powers.

This is especially ironic given the legislation was introduced precisely because President Obama has eviscerated the separation of powers, ignoring Congress’s prerogatives in favor of unilateral executive action.

Obama to Putin: " If you don't pull out of Crimea.....I'll tell you to pull out of Crimea there....."

The above is not an exact quote, but probably close to what Barack Obama (in his mom jeans) told former KGB agent and current Russian leader Vladimir Putin (who was probably wrestling a lion while he talked to Obama).

Tit for Tat: Russia hits US officials with sanctions, as Obama expands penalties
Fox News
March 20, 2014

The Russian government slapped sanctions on top U.S. officials on Thursday, moments after President Obama imposed penalties on 20 Russians inside and outside the government -- as diplomatic efforts over Ukraine unraveled into a long-distance tit for tat.

The newest sanctions would bar nine American officials from entering Russia. The list includes House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Markets Are Laughing At Obama's Russia Sanctions  (3 days ago)

Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Power Grid At Risk - Government Fails To Protect Homeland's Electricity

North American Power Grid
Instead of violating the Fourth Amendment with its over-reaching NSA surveillance policies, trying to take our rights under the Second Amendment, or attempting to indoctrinate our children under Common Core, the government should be focusing on one of the few things it should be able to do well. There are fixes that could be applied to our national power grid that could prevent its destruction or damage by either man or nature. But instead of doing that, they want to exert government control over every aspect of the lives of Americans.

Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months
The Economic Collapse Blog
By Michael Snyder

What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year?  Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine.  These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly.  But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye?  According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day.  The reality of the matter is that our power grid is in desperate need of updating, and there is very little or no physical security at most of these substations.  If terrorists, or saboteurs, or special operations forces wanted to take down our power grid, it would not be very difficult.  And as you will read about later in this article, the Internet is extremely vulnerable as well.

The Slow Descent to War - Maybe World War III

Barack Obama is losing this very dangerous game of chess to Vladimir Putin....


How Sanctions Against Russia Could Signal the Beginning of ‘World War III’

Russia is preparing to fight World War III against the United States, not with conventional weapons but with the American dollar, a financial analyst told TheBlaze.

Kevin Freeman, a global financial analyst with expertise in financial warfare and terrorism, warned that Russia, along with allies like China, could cripple the U.S. financial system.

It’s not a theory but a “very real reality” that should not be ignored, he said.

“The real risk is if we go after them with economic weapons, they come back after us and this creates World War III,” said Freeman, who has consulted for the Pentagon, CIA and FBI. ”This is a very tough game of chicken that we’re playing, and Putin is serious.”


Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Russia's Annexation Of Crimea - There Is Nothing The West Can Do About It

Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine is a done deal. There is nothing that the United States can do about it, and there is nothing we should do about it.

The "insurgent" efforts by the United States and the European Union resulted in the Ukrainian coup that toppled the Russian-leaning leader. If the West had been wise enough to mind their own business, Ukraine would have been left to manage its own affairs, and Putin would not have felt it necessary to counter the NATO-managed coup with his own takeover of Crimea.

But our country has not been wise. The Obama administration has stuck its nose into the internal affairs of Syria, Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere - all with disastrous consequences.

The following analysis on the Russian/Ukrainian/Crimean situation is from, global intelligence analysts, who have had terrific success in understanding and explaining world affairs:

Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine

By George Friedman

The fall of the Ukrainian government and its replacement with one that appears to be oriented toward the West represents a major defeat for the Russian Federation. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia accepted the reality that the former Eastern European satellite states would be absorbed into the Western economic and political systems. Moscow claims to have been assured that former Soviet republics would be left as a neutral buffer zone and not absorbed. Washington and others have disputed that this was promised. In any case, it was rendered meaningless when the Baltic states were admitted to NATO and the European Union. The result was that NATO, which had been almost 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) from St. Petersburg, was now less than approximately 160 kilometers away. 

This left Belarus and Ukraine as buffers. Ukraine is about 480 kilometers from Moscow at its closest point. Were Belarus and Ukraine both admitted to NATO, the city of Smolensk, which had been deep inside the Soviet Union, would have become a border town. Russia has historically protected itself with its depth. It moved its borders as far west as possible, and that depth deterred adventurers -- or, as it did with Hitler and Napoleon, destroyed them. The loss of Ukraine as a buffer to the West leaves Russia without that depth and hostage to the intentions and capabilities of Europe and the United States.

(“Russia Examines Its Options for Responding to Ukraine is republished with permission of Stratfor.")

Posted by: Charles M. Grist

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gun Registration Leads To Confiscation – Here’s The Proof

The citizens who complied with New York City's laws on the registration of firearms are now learning the hard lesson that the National Rifle Association and others have warned about.

Using the lists of registered weapons, New York City is sending letters to owners advising them to turn in their weapons or face the consequences. (SWAT raid in the middle of the night?)

So when the federal government tries this un-Constitutional scheme, remember the lessons being learned by the citizens of "The People's Republic of New York City" about their tyrannical city government.

It’s kind of hard to feel sorry for them, however. They were dumb enough to elect a Marxist for their new mayor:

The Daily Caller
December 6, 2013

The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is sending out letters telling gun owners to turn over their rifles and shotguns — or else face the consequences.

New York City’s ban on rifles and shotguns that hold more than five rounds is now being enforced, according to a letter the NYPD is sending out to targeted city gun owners.

“It appears you are in possession of a rifle and/or Shotgun (listed below) that has an ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition. Rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than five (5) rounds of ammunition are unlawful to possess in New York City, as per NYC Administrative Code 10-306 (b).”

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Obama The Tyrant – Ignoring The Constitution & Existing Laws; Re-Writing Laws As He Sees Fit

The founding fathers set up a system of checks and balances via legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. But in Obama’s world, it is all about him, his way, and his agenda.

He is exercising powers that he DOES NOT HAVE under the Constitution. But you will never understand this by listening to or watching the “lamestream media” i.e. CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, etc. etc.

You Obama-lovers may not like the truth - but it is the truth. The man is an egomaniac...:

December 4, 2013

Yesterday the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to examine the constitutionality of Obama’s executive use of powers.

During the hearing, titled “The President’s Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws,” experts discussed the president’s role in our constitutional system.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that Obama has been altering and changing laws enacted by Congress, and overstepped his legal authority when he made changes to Obamacare.

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Black Friday Madness – America’s Greed & Materialism

We are a spoiled nation indeed. The politics of both parties have led many Americans into a zombie-like state where possessions are more important than reality. Some of us are still foolish enough to believe that our economy is just fine, even as the government prints more fake money, the stock market remains giddy over QE Infinity, and almost everything we buy is made by some over-worked Chinese citizen.

Here is a dose of reality – if you can put down your Chinese-made phone or computer long enough to read it:

November 29, 2013

It has been called "America's most disturbing holiday".  Black Friday is the day when millions of average Americans wait outside retail stores in the middle of the night in the freezing cold to spend more money that they do not have for more cheap Chinese-made products that they do not need.  It is a day when the rest of the world makes fun of Americans for behaving like "rabid animals" and "zombies" as we indulge in a tsunami of greed.  It truly is a shameful orgy of materialism for a morally bankrupt nation.  It is being projected that approximately 140 million Americans will participate in this disgusting national ritual this year.  Sadly, most of them have absolutely no idea that they are actively participating in the destruction of the economic infrastructure of the United States.  If you don't understand why this is true, please be sure to read this entire article all the way to the end.

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Iran Accuses White House Of Lying About Nuke Agreement

Our suspicions that the White House was “played” by the Iranians seem to be true.

The evil, terrorist-supporting dictatorship in Tehran says that the fact sheet displayed on the White House website about the "agreement" is inaccurate, stating that Iran gave up more than they actually did.

This is more proof that when it comes to international affairs and dealing with dictators, the Obama administration has no idea what it is doing.

What do you expect when you allow a hippie like John Kerry to negotiate on behalf of the American people? That's right - they give everything away just for the sake of getting a "deal". AND they get to remove the Obamacare fiasco from its place as the number one story in America - at least for a couple of days.

November 26, 2013

Iranian officials say that the White House is misleading the public about the details of an interim nuclear agreement reached over the weekend in Geneva.

Iran and Western nations including the United States came to an agreement on the framework for an interim deal late Saturday night in Geneva. The deal has yet to be implemented.

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Retired Generals Create Citizens Commission To Watch Obama

Paul E. Vallely is a retired US Army Major General
The Obama administration has become a lawless entity hell-bent on “transforming” America into a progressive socialist empire. Dedicated generals and admirals have been “purged” from the ranks because of their courageous stand in favor of liberty. We are then forced to watch as the incompetent civilian appointees in the regime are never punished for the scandals and failures they have perpetrated: Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, Obamacare, etc. etc.

The following story talks about the rise of real leaders in America – men who will not stand idly by while the America they fought for is destroyed:

Retired Army, Air Force leaders say 'government continues down path of destroying America'
November 26, 2013

After one of them called for the “forced resignations” of President Obama and congressional leaders in response to multiple grievances, including the alleged political purge of hundreds of senior military officers, two retired U.S. generals are creating a citizens’ commission to scrutinize Obama administration actions on national security and economic issues.

“America’s Provisional Leadership Council” will look at major concerns, as outlined by Army Gen. Paul E. Vallely and Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Jones, in an eight-point paper titled “The Americans Project.”

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Iran Nuclear Agreement And The Ghosts Of World War II

The agreement reached with Iran by John Kerry, Barack Obama, and the foreign ministers of other nations smells a lot like the “peace for our time” speech in 1938.

Back then, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from Germany waving the Munich Agreement in the air and claiming that he had negotiated peace with the Nazi regime. Unfortunately for Chamberlain – now considered one of history's greatest buffoons – Germany invaded Poland less than a year later, and Europe descended into the catastrophe that became World War II.

The lesson is – of course – that dictators cannot be trusted. In their effort to get some sort of deal with Iran, Kerry and Obama have come up with a mere six month agreement that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium to "only" 5% so they can build a “peaceful” nuclear program.

Yeah, right.

Many experts believe that Iran is less than a year away from building a nuclear weapon. The Iranian leadership will not give up the quest to become a nuclear power. They have sworn to destroy Israel and “the Great Satan” of America. The only thing Kerry and Obama have done is get “played” by Iran – much like Neville Chamberlain was used by the Nazis.

Iran will continue its march to the bomb - even if they have to hide their efforts from "inspectors." This “agreement” gives them enough time to finish the job.

And when the ayatollah (the real Iranian decision-maker) finally announces to the world that they have successfully developed a nuclear weapon, none of you Obama-lovers – or his media protectors – will hold him accountable. He will escape blame once again, just as he has for the countless scandals that have plagued his administration.

Fox News
November 23, 2013

Iran and six world powers reached a deal early Sunday that would halt parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for what was described by the Obama administration as “modest relief” from international sanctions.

Obama, speaking from the White House while Secretary of State John Kerry helped ink the agreement in Geneva, called it a “first step toward a comprehensive solution."

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist

Friday, November 15, 2013

Barack Obama – Dictator-In-Chief

With the stroke of a pen, he creates a “Dream Act” for illegal aliens, deciding on his own authority to ignore existing immigration laws.

He has ignored the employer mandate under Obamacare to help his union pals and business donors get exemptions.

He has made it so Congress and the Executive Branch are exempt from the catastrophic Obamacare that all the rest of us are stuck with.

His administration said they would not defend in court the “Defense of Marriage Act” which is an existing law.

His Secretary of Education gave exemptions to ten states, so that they did not have to abide by the strict requirements of the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act.

He granted "executive privilege" to Eric Holder to prevent certain information from reaching Congress in the Fast and Furious scandal.

Now he has unilaterally declared a “fix” to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Numerous legal scholars have said he DOES NOT have the authority under the Constitution to change existing law or decide which parts he wants to enforce and which he doesn’t.

The man is becoming a dictator, and even those of you who like the guy cannot dispute that your “Great Leader” HAS NO RIGHT to ignore the limits of his power in the Constitution.

He is continuing to prove that he is the most unqualified man to ever occupy the White House. He is a fa├žade, an actor, an illusion, a complete and utter fake. He is a perfect lightweight politician whose greatest skill is his ability to weave his lies with flowery words hidden by smoke and mirrors.

And, of course, he is such a poor "leader" (hate to use that word with Obama) that he knew nothing about the Fast and Furious scandal, the IRS scandal, the Benghazi scandal, etc. etc. ad nauseum...

The biggest question I have is why Congress is permitting him to get away with this. The Democratic liberal/Progressive/socialist machine I understand, but where is the Republican outrage?

November 15, 2013

In a desperate bid to save the rapidly collapsing Obamacare socialized medicine program, President Obama announced a "fix" yesterday that would "allow" health insurance companies to avoid cancelling whatever plans haven't already been cancelled due to Obamacare itself.

In doing so, Obama effectively declares himself absolute dictator over all laws across the country, assuming the power to enforce, ignore or alter laws at he pleases.

The problem with this is that such powers do not exist in the Office of the President. Like everything else surrounding Obamacare, Obama himself is simply inventing new powers as he goes along and hoping no one will question his assumed (illegal) authority.

Posted by:
Charles M. Grist