Friday, August 26, 2011

My America

My America
Al Ritter

I grew up in the 60’s. Some of my most vivid memories were the famous air raid drills, hiding under the desk of the duck and cover era. (Like that would have helped in a nuclear blast!). I went to a military school in western Baltimore County from 4th grade to 10th.

Although I was “rebel” against authority, some of the military influence couldn’t help but to “stick.” I graduated from a public high school not far from my home. I started working full time in the summer of my 16th year, and continued to do so through my junior and senior year. My life took a turn from here, I never went to college, although I took some college classes, but I settled down to marry my high school sweetheart just 3 years out of high school in 1976. I worked at different jobs in my twenties all auto related. I felt the sting of government from the Carter years. I upheld the end of the gas line to prevent additional people from getting in line. I heard the obscenities and felt the anger. I watched as the powerful cars from Detroit turned into whimpering shells of cars that once were.

I bought my first house at age 21, and luckily for me got a mortgage at 9%! Shortly after I bought my house mortgages went through the roof, some of my friends stuck with a 21% rate! I saw first- hand what an administration run by incompetent people was like. I wasn’t big into politics back then but I saw how it was affecting my life.

Five years after my marriage my son was born, and my outlook on life changed. I felt the need to somehow do something that left a legacy for my name sake. Fate played a bigger role in my life than a planned existence. By 1988 my body was breaking down do to my profession as an auto mechanic, and for that entire 12 month period I was incapacitated from two ruptured discs in my back. The wonderful man I worked for at the time paid me at full rate and gave me light duty until I could be operated on and recover to the best of my ability. I came back to work in the fall of that year but my ability to bend over fenders was now gone. I needed to work at something but what?

I knew how to weld and I had done odd jobs welding before but I needed to be better, so I practiced long and hard, and after a few months had become a pretty fair welder. I was gifted with an eye for engineering although I never had any formal training. In 1989 I built my first trailer from scratch. I never wanted to own my own business, it just came about from my need to do something to earn a buck and the ability to sit down and rest when my back told me it had enough. In the 5 years that followed I built 535 trailers! Like it or not I WAS a business owner! Thank goodness the stars must have aligned perfectly because I was now in Ronald Reagan’s era! My business prospered at a phenomenal rate. Backlog on orders was about 1month and when it exceeded that time I was able to raise my prices. Life was good!

By 1994 my back was once again acting up and an orthopedic doctor told me that if I didn’t stop building trailers I would be due for another operation and he wouldn’t guarantee the results. This was yet another crossroad for me and I decided to morph my company it yet another direction. I always sold hitches as supplemental add on to the trailer sales, so an idea struck to sell hitches online in the blooming internet sales world. My wife set up the webpage and off we went, never looking back.

Things were once again changing politically and the darkness I felt during the Carter years had returned, not to the degree of Carter but different. We were in the Clinton years, sales were waning, and the buying climate had changed too. It was harder to change with the times now, the products became cheaper built and the attitude of the customer became more demanding. We struggled through Clinton/Bush years. The attack on 9/11 changed our world as we knew it, our innocence was gone and the country took a decidedly darker turn. No longer as a people were “trusting.” We didn’t even trust our president anymore. Our liberties and freedom were being replaced by policies to “protect us.” My attitude towards the rapidly changing business world was growing bitter, and by the end of my fiscal year in 2005 I actively sought retirement, ironically it was also the end of my marriage.

Instead of morphing my business life I was now morphing my personal life into something new and different. I now have time for my son and his family, and I have that special time for me. I am so happy I was born at exactly the right time to enjoy the prosperity of the Reagan years, to enjoy the success of a business I started and ran from the ground up. I was blessed with getting out of the business in the right time, retiring early and now enjoying the fruits of my past labors.

I started writing in the summer of 2004, and wrote a book about the care of my parents in their later years. Shortly after that was published I became heavily involved in writing on politics. I have written over 1000 articles on just about any subject involving politics in one way shape or form. I am unhappy for today’s small business owner, unhappy about the taxes, unhappy about the regulation, unhappy for his ability to succeed. I often wonder if I had started my business in 2008 if it would still be going. Personally I doubt it! now you know the rest of the story!

Monday, August 22, 2011

What’s Next Obama? Holocaust Denial?

What’s Next Obama? Holocaust Denial?
Al Ritter

It is one thing to express your opinion, and everyone is entitled to do that in America. But it is an entirely different thing to rewrite history to either further your political career or to secure “political correctness.”

During his presidency George Bush instructed the State Department to compile a list of known terrorist attacks before 9/11 and who committed them. This list survived as a published account on the State Department’s website until recently. There is no doubt in my mind that President Obama personally demanded that the terrorist attacks list be removed from the site.

I ask you, is there any difference between President Obama’s and Ron Paul’s denial that we are at war with Islam and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial that there was a holocaust? Ahmadinejad’s denial of the holocaust has been made expressly to further his cause to wipe out the people of Israel, and Obama and Paul’s claim has been made to further the Islamization of the United States.

For those of you that never saw this partial list of attacks on America here is the compilation that disappeared on the State department website:

Ambassador to Afghanistan Assassinated, February 14, 1979: Four Afghans kidnapped U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul and demanded the release of various "religious figures." Dubs was killed, along with four alleged terrorists, when Afghan police stormed the hotel room where he was being held.

Iran Hostage Crisis, November 4, 1979: After President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US, Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. Thirteen hostages were soon released, but the remaining 53 were held until their release on January 20, 1981.

Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983: Sixty-three people, including the CIA’s Middle East director, were killed and 120 were injured in a 400-pound suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, October 23, 1983: Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon. A 12,000-pound bomb destroyed the U.S. compound, killing 242 Americans, while 58 French troops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

Kidnapping of Embassy Official, March 16, 1984: The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon. Other U.S. citizens not connected to the U.S. government were seized over a succeeding two-year period.

TWA Hijacking, June 14, 1985: A Trans-World Airlines flight was hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hezballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. The eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for seventeen days, during which one American hostage, a U.S. Navy sailor, was murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the aircraft was returned to Beirut after Israel released 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners.

Achille Lauro Hijacking, October 7, 1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized the Italian cruise liner in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, taking more than 700 hostages. One U.S. passenger was murdered before the Egyptian government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages’ freedom.

Kidnapping of William Higgins, February 17, 1988: U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins was kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group while serving with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization (UNTSO) in southern Lebanon.

Attempted Iraqi Attacks on U.S. Posts, January 18-19, 1991: Iraqi agents planted bombs at the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia’s home residence and at the USIS library in Manila.

World Trade Center Bombing, February 26, 1993: The World Trade Center in New York City was badly damaged when a car bomb planted by Islamic terrorists exploded in an underground garage. The bomb left 6 people dead and 1,000 injured. The men carrying out the attack were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric who preached in the New York City area.

Attempted Assassination of President Bush by Iraqi Agents, April 14, 1993: The Iraqi intelligence service attempted to assassinate former U.S. President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack 2 months later on the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

Attack on U.S. Diplomats in Pakistan, March 8, 1995: Two unidentified gunmen killed two U.S. diplomats and wounded a third in Karachi, Pakistan.

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Moscow, September 13, 1995: A rocket-propelled grenade was fired through the window of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, ostensibly in retaliation for U.S. strikes on Serb positions in Bosnia.

Saudi Military Installation Attack, November 13, 1995: The Islamic Movement of Change planted a bomb in a Riyadh military compound that killed one U.S. citizen, several foreign national employees of the U.S. government, and over 40 others.

Khobar Towers Bombing, June 25, 1996: A fuel truck carrying a bomb exploded outside the US military's Khobar Towers housing facility in Dhahran, killing 19 U.S. military personnel and wounding 515 persons, including 240 U.S. personnel. Several groups claimed responsibility for the attack.

Empire State Building Sniper Attack, February 23, 1997: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland, and France before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the "enemies of Palestine."

Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan, November 12, 1997: Two unidentified gunmen shot to death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum Corporation and their Pakistani driver after they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. The Islami Inqilabi Council, or Islamic Revolutionary Council, claimed responsibility in a call to the U.S. Consulate in Karachi. In a letter to Pakistani newspapers, the Aimal Khufia Action Committee also claimed responsibility.
Somali Hostage-takings, April 15, 1998: Somali militiamen abducted nine Red Cross and Red Crescent workers at an airstrip north of Mogadishu. The hostages included a U.S. citizen, a German, a Belgian, a French, a Norwegian, two Swiss, and one Somali. The gunmen were members of a sub-clan loyal to Ali Mahdi Mohammed, who controlled the northern section of the capital.

U.S. Embassy Bombings in East Africa, August 7, 1998: A bomb exploded at the rear entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 12 U.S. citizens, 32 Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs), and 247 Kenyan citizens. Approximately 5,000 Kenyans, 6 U.S. citizens, and 13 FSNs were injured. The U.S. Embassy building sustained extensive structural damage. Almost simultaneously, a bomb detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 7 FSNs and 3 Tanzanian citizens, and injuring 1 U.S. citizen and 76 Tanzanians. The explosion caused major structural damage to the U.S. Embassy facility. The U.S. Government held Usama Bin Laden responsible.

Kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan, August 12, 2000: In the Kara-Su Valley, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan took four U.S. citizens hostage. The Americans escaped on August 12.
Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000: In Aden, Yemen, a small dingy carrying explosives rammed the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Usama Bin Laden were suspected.

Manila Bombing, December 30, 2000: A bomb exploded in a plaza across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Manila, injuring nine persons. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front was likely responsible.

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Homeland, September 11, 2001: Two hijacked airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Soon thereafter, the Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane. A fourth hijacked plane, suspected to be bound for a high-profile target in Washington, crashed into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 3,025 U.S. citizens and other nationals. President Bush and Cabinet officials indicated that Usama Bin Laden was the prime suspect and that they considered the United States in a state of war with international terrorism. In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States formed the Global Coalition Against Terrorism.These were attacks BEFORE 9/11, and happened either on American property or involving American citizens. These accounts are only a partial list, twice the amount that was reported worldwide. All these attacks were perpetrated by “Islamic” or “Muslim” groups. No massive condemnation has come from the “peaceful faction of the Islamic faith.” There was also a list compiled about attacks after 9/11 which has also been removed from the State department website.

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts”…Patrick Moynihan

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Obama Threatens S&P over AA Rating

Obama Threatens S&P over AA Rating
Al Ritter

Strong arm tactics are being used once again by the Obama Administration. Chicago politics at it’s finest as the DOJ has launched an investigation against Standard and Poor’s after downgrading of the bond ratings. Similar to shooting the messenger, our President refuses to see the problem as a spending problem. He only sees the downgrade as something he doesn’t want, not that there are certain situations where spending is clearly out of control and needs to be fixed.

Standard and Poors managing director, John Chambers explained how several plans had been presented that would have averted the credit downgrade. Plans that included $4 trillion in cuts all made Chamber’s list even including a plan by Obama himself even though that plan never made it to paper. Other plans that would have averted a downgrade were Paul Ryan’s plan and the Cap and Balance plans.

The assumption of the Democrats that Tea Partiers were reason for the downgrade was not only a lie but extremely inflammatory. Now that the Democrats didn’t escape the downgrade their leader and cut loose his DOJ attack dogs to punish the offending party. When over 150 lawyers reside in the Whitehouse on a daily basis this is what happens! Lawsuits are the punishment, after all Obama never pays those bills, WE DO!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

More EPA Regulation from Our Government

More EPA Regulation from Our Government
Al Ritter

When was the last time you heard the word DEF, except maybe a carry over from the
80’s band Def Leppard? Intrusion into our lives by government is nothing new, but diesel truck owners are target of a new program by the EPA.

Years ago our government actually told us that diesel trucks didn’t create harmful emissions the black smoke we used to see when big rigs left a stop light were deemed as OK by the EPA. It seems that as time goes on our government doesn’t want us driving diesel vehicles after all. New low sulfur fuels have pretty much eliminated any monetary benefits associated with diesel engines, but this new mandatory system creates yet another regulation for diesel owners.

The majority of products are transported in our country by way of diesel engines, whether they are used by trucks or trains it is the main fuel to move product in the USA. Anytime a new mandate is forced on the public especially when it involves the most common form of fuel, it will end up costing the end user more money also.

Now I come from an automotive background, so when I saw this product on the counter at my favorite auto parts store I began to laugh. Conjuring up memories of “high performance muffler bearings,” I couldn’t help but to snicker when I read the label of a 1 gallon jug of “Diesel Exhaust Fluid.”

I was laughing when I asked the counter man …..”What the hell is Exhaust Fluid?”

He told me that in late 2011 diesel vehicles in the USA require a product known as DEF or Diesel Exhaust Fluid. Because DEF doesn’t mix with diesel fuel the fluid has to be injected into the exhaust system to reduce nitrogens of oxide emissions. The fluid is held in a special tank and is injected at a specific rate into the exhaust system. Now here is where our government’s demand gets ugly. When the fluid gets low, a sensor sees this level and reverts the computer into “limp mode.” This means the vehicle will only go between 20 to 30 MPH until you refill the auxiliary tank. Ignore the system past that point? The computer will shut down the engine entirely!

Now all new over the road tractor trailer drivers will be carrying an additional 1 gallon container to pacify the anal congress and EPA!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Communist Party Still Endorses Obama

Communist Party Still Endorses Obama
Al Ritter

Nothing new here folks, move along. Since Barack Obama’s run for the Illinois state senate the Communist Party USA has supported his upward movement. Every run he had since for any office has been supported by the CPUSA. This next election will be no exception the CPUSA has already endorsed Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in general.

Their announced infiltration of the ranks of the Democratic Party started in 1972 with the actions and words from Gus Hall, when he was quoted as saying, “We are going to work towards independence, but I think it is clear we are going to work with people who for some time will be 'riding two horses' in the field of political action.”

Not much will have changed in 40 years come the next Presidential election, Democrats are still riding two horses, one that appears main stream, and the other that supports the communist ideology. Charlene Mitchell, then Executive Director of the African-American Commission explained the direction of movement for African-Americans in the 1983, when she was quoted in an article for Political Affairs the journal for the CPUSA.

“We see building political independence based on the alliance of labor with the African-American community as the aim for changing the relationship of forces in elected office. The Party Program maintains the ultimate expression of this would be a mass anti-monopoly people's party...
From the standpoint of process, even if it is currently developing primarily through the Democratic Party, the fact that labor, the Rainbow Coalition, and the African-American community are the main generators of the new developments substantiates our policy and our historic approach of basing the building of political independence on the alliance of the trade union movement and the African-American people...
Should the party strive to play a leading role helping those forces gain and consolidate new positions of strength, even inside the Democratic Party or shouldn't it?, I think it should.
How is our party going to develop its all-sided electoral presence? This cannot and should not repose solely on Communist or Left-independent candidates. Not if there is any intention of emerging as an integral component of the overall progressive coalition. Especially in view of the fact that the Jackson-led progressive wing of the Democratic Party is that coalition's major organized component."

She singled out Rev Jesse Jackson’s group the Rainbow Coalition as being the main arm or connection to the Communist Party USA, to bring communism in as main stream to the African-American community. They have constantly expanded on the “haves and the “have nots” to expand on the increasing rift between economic classes.

In proper context to the 2012 election, Sam Webb has been quoted as saying, “Neither party is anti-capitalist, but they aren’t identical either. Differences exist at the levels of policy and social composition. And despite the many frustrations of the past two years, the election of Barack Obama was historic and gave space to struggle for a people’s agenda.

So there you have it, proof that Obama’s presidency is all about labor and the struggle of the “people”………all main stream communist/democratic ideas….like I said earlier…..nothing to see here move along!