No Longer Unbelievable; Stalin Commemorated On D-Day

No Longer Unbelievable; Stalin Commemorated On D-Day

The rewriting and sanitizing of history marches on.  In our upside-down, inside-out world of transformation, it is no longer unbelievable that Americans would commemorate Joseph Stalin, murderer of 40 million Soviet citizens with a bust on D-Day (of all days).  Where else in the free world is this supposed to be happening, if not here, where the MSM spins everything and unions run the rest?

From WSJ.

Stalin Storms Omaha Beach

The National D-Day Memorial has added a bust of Joseph Stalin.

This past Sunday marked the unveiling of a very curious bust at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. The memorial’s board chose the 66th anniversary of the Normandy invasion to add a bust of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to accompany the busts already in place of FDR, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill.

Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, minced no words about what he regards as an inexplicable addition: “Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin’s primary role in the worst crimes of the last century.”

Added Karl Altau, head of the Baltic American National Committee: “No matter what they do to explain [Stalin’s presence], it’s still going to put him on the same kind of level as the other leaders and their troops who were there at D-Day.”

A last-minute plaque was added noting Stalin’s crimes as well as his role as a WWII ally, but critics still wonder what can justify the presence of a tyrant whose troops didn’t even play a role in the D-Day landings. William McIntosh, president of the D-Day Memorial Foundation, hasn’t been returning calls from reporters, but previously said his group merely wanted to note Stalin’s role in winning the war. That answer is not likely to quiet the furor.

Stalin’s role in winning the war was accidental as he was attempting to do what Hitler was doing.

A Stalin memorial? In Virginia? No joke.

Stalin murdered 40 million Soviet Citizens. He imprisoned tens of millions more for such political offenses as “defeatist comments” during World War II, and for criticism of his own incompetent and cowardly conduct of the war’s early stages. Soviet soldiers were frequently surrounded by Germans early in the war, because Stalin had arrested and murdered all of his army’s competent generals before World War II began. And when the surrendered Soviet POWs were repatriated after the war, they were sent directly to Stalin’s prison camps.

A ten-year sentence in the Gulag was the typical punishment for “anti-Soviet agitation,” also known as criticism of the Soviet government. Neighbors were forced to snitch on neighbors, under pain of blackmail, extortion, and threat of arrest by their own government. Political prisoners were forced into slave labor on such massive, useless public works projects as the White Sea Canal (in whose construction some 100,000 died, by conservative estimates).

Bernanke: “No Fiscal Exit Strategy”

I have a rather important question, but let’s allow Ben Bernanke to do his little song and dance for Charles Djou about how the government has no fiscal exit strategy from the current monetary policy that was put in place to keep the economy from collapsing.

I almost passed by this video because it is so much of the same old schtick from past and present administrations.  It is more than obvious that the people at the helm appear to have no clue while they are busy taking the necessary steps to bring the United States’ economic situation more in line with the rest of the world’s economies.

Especially after you see a headline like this:

U.S debt to rise to $19.6 trillion by 2015

WASHINGTON
Tue Jun 8, 2010 6:19pm EDT

WASHINGTON June 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. debt will top $13.6 trillion this year and climb to an estimated $19.6 trillion by 2015, according to a Treasury Department report to Congress.

The report that was sent to lawmakers Friday night with no fanfare said the ratio of debt to the gross domestic product would rise to 102 percent by 2015 from 93 percent this year.

“The president’s economic experts say a 1 percent increase in GDP can create almost 1 million jobs, and that 1 percent is what experts think we are losing because of the debt’s massive drag on our economy,” said Republican Representative Dave Camp, who publicized the report.

He was referring to recent testimony by University of Maryland Professor Carmen Reinhart to the bipartisan fiscal commission, which was created by President Barack Obama to recommend ways to reduce the deficit, which said debt topping 90 percent of GDP could slow economic growth.

Here is the question. Is the American taxpayer relevant anymore? If we were all to stop working, producing, and paying our taxes, would the current WH, Congress and Fed Board of Governors even notice, or would they just keep printing money and using the fiscal credit card?    I wonder how many Americans would agree that we need to give the Palestinians $400 Million when Detroit looks like Mogadishu, and real unemployment numbers are hovering around 20%?

I think we need an answer to the first question, and soon…

(H/T BB)

DoJ Blocks Congressional Requests

DoJ Blocks Congressional Requests

Both sides of the aisle are getting frustrated with the White House and the DoJ?  Imagine my surprise!  Do you think Congress has come to the conclusion yet that they are irrelevant now that the Executive Branch has gone off the reservation with czars by the dozens, and federal agencies calling the shots?

I know y’all will be alot happier when we see perp walks with handcuffs coming out of the White House, but I’m not betting that will be happening anytime soon.

From The Hill

Exasperated members see obstruction at DoJ

Bipartisan criticism of the Justice Department is soaring on Capitol Hill as the executive branch has repeatedly balked at answering congressional requests for information, according to lawmakers and aides.

According to documents obtained by The Hill and more than a dozen interviews with Democratic and Republican members and staffers, the Department of Justice (DoJ) is rebuffing Congress and its investigative arm, the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

In a statement to The Hill, a spokeswoman for the DoJ said that the department makes every effort to respond to lawmakers in a timely and thorough manner.
We regularly provide briefings on topics upon request as well as send written replies to members of Congress based on individual inquiries.”

Congressional Democrats privately acknowledge that DoJ has not been as forthright as they would like, and letters signed by Capitol Hill Democrats to the department indicate their frustration.

However, House and Senate Democrats say they are close to receiving data they sought months ago on various topics, expressing hope that DoJ will work more cooperatively with them.

But Republican claims of DoJ’s “stonewalling” have them questioning whether Attorney General Eric Holder is living up to the pledge of responsiveness and transparency he made during his Senate confirmation hearing nearly 18 months ago.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has expressed concern that since 2009, the DoJ has refused to hand over information to the GAO on personnel vacancy trends within the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

At a standstill, the GAO, acting on a bipartisan request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Grassley, wrote to the DoJ three weeks ago in an attempt to resolve the issue.

In the letter, the GAO referred to the DoJ’s continuous denial of information as “a systemic problem.” The DoJ, citing legal statutes, refused to deliver the data.

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