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  • Vandalism During Elections 2015-09-20T16:04:00.000-07:00
    English: Gibsons Harbour, Sunshine Coast, Brit...
    English: Gibsons Harbour, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia Deutsch: Uferweg am Hafen in Gibsons, British Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Vandalism During Elections:  What are they trying to accomplish?

    Vandalism during elections is a problem that never seems to draw enough press.  What are the folks who knock apart and otherwise destroy campaign signs trying to accomplish?  What kind of message are they trying to send?

    Let me ask you:  If you saw a truck with an NDP sign stopping at every Green Party sign, the driver getting out, and trashing the sign, would you be inclined to vote for the NDP?  Not likely!  It applies no matter who is doing it.

    Election campaign signs, whether we love them or hate them, whether for our candidate or theirs, are legally erected for the duration of the campaign.  It is a criminal act of vandalism to destroy them.

    What many people may not realize is that people who put up these signs are volunteers who care about the community they live in.  Never mind what their politics are;  they do a lot of work during a campaign.  All those large signs that are so manly to destroy are put together by hand, built from lumber that has to be measured, cut, fastened together and driven into the ground by community minded volunteers who love their country.

    The other day I noticed as I went down "the Bypass," here on the Sunshine Coast, BC, and then back up again, that someone had destroyed every single one of the Conservative campaign signs on both sides of the highway.  One was repairable with the tools at hand, a pair of rocks, so I did.  The rest required a lot more than what I had with me, so I did not.

    Today, as I drove along the highway between Gibsons and Sechelt, I saw where someone had vandalized a Liberal campaign sign, cutting out the face of the candidate.  I suppose these criminals must think that if they destroy all except the signs promoting their candidate of choice, people will vote with them.  

    Wow.  Such mind boggling intelligence!  They must think the rest of us are very stupid...
  • My Latest Visit to Steveston 2013-05-07T12:42:00.001-07:00
    Any time your doctor prescribes coffee as an effective medicine and tells you more is better should be considered a good day!

    Yesterday, I went to Steveston (Richmond, BC, has absorbed this quaint and beautiful cannery town, now a museum of the dying BC fishing industry).  It was my monthly trek to see the only doctor in BC that I know of who is actively treating Lyme disease.

    My doctor is a Naturopathic Doctor, or ND, who has been university trained in more than one health discipline, and has passed the test that allows him to prescribe antibiotics, something that other provinces have talked about, but have not yet implemented.

    The problem is that Naturopathy has some built-in problems of its own that can make it a bit of a mine field for folks like myself who can't get treatment in the regular medical system, due to the heads up their posterior, willfully ignorant, arrogant, elitist Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons in virtually every region in Canada, the USA and Europe, with the possible exception of Germany, who completely and vehemently deny most modern science relating to Lyme disease.

    Many NDs claim to be able to treat Lyme disease, but when you visit them, a few quick questions will usually show that you've gone to the wrong doctor.  More and more NDs are licensed to prescribe antibiotics, but very few know anything about Lyme disease, and they will not provide the treatment needed.

    In my quest for a Lyme Literate ND (LLND), I ran a gauntlet of some pretty strange folks (in my opinion) who were all very nice, but knew practically nothing about Lyme disease, and who often were dipping pretty deeply into the pond of Metaphysics...

    Furthermore, many NDs visit Lyme disease seminars, which are very short and give an opportunity for them to meet with the speakers.  They are very quick to give their cards to these speakers and say they are licensed to treat with antibiotics, but the reality is that they are simply trolling for patients and have no intention of really learning anything about Lyme disease.  Many of them have already pretty much made their minds up about what works for everybody in a "one-size-fits-all" mentality that is almost as bad as the denial of the mainstream medical profession.

    Unfortunately, you and I have to do our own due diligence when we are referred, because these poor, overworked speakers at these seminars simply cannot.  They share the names of the NDs with those looking for treatment, but they know very little about the doctors.  You can't assume you will get proper treatment simply because a Lyme expert has given you a name.  You have to research every one separately and ask a lot of questions.

    Thanks very much to Dr. Murakami, who answered my call about the ND I am now seeing and gave me his approval of him, I now have a good ND.  And to top it off, he prescribes coffee as part of the treatment!  (Before you snort in derision, find out why!  Lyme sufferers, such as myself, have HUGE and DEBILITATING energy problems, and it's very difficult to overcome them.  Suffice to say, the coffee is only part of the regimen, and requires a number of other things to work.)

    But did I mention?  I have to drink lots of coffee!  Now THAT is a prescription I won't be ranting about!
  • New Lyme Culture Test Causes Major Denial 2013-02-01T14:46:00.002-08:00
    As usual, the standard denials and misinformation regarding the reality of there being far more treatable people infected with Lyme disease is being spread by the mainstream medical community.

    While they pretend to show empathy, stating that such tests must not be used until proven (by their standards) to be valid, because they may cause patients to miss out on having a correct diagnosis, many, many patients, like me, ARE SIMPLY GIVEN UP ON by mainstream medicine.

    I was ABSOLUTELY STUNNED when my doctor admitted to me that they were giving up and would not be doing any further diagnostic work.  The bottom line was, none of the doctors or specialists knew what was wrong with me, nor how to go about treating me other than pumping me full of pain medication, but rather than look seriously at any of what they claim is unproven and/or bogus diagnostic methods, they simply gave up.

    WOW!!  If you give up in ANY OTHER PROFESSION, YOU ARE FIRED!!  But not doctors.  Does this inspire trust?  Not from me, any longer...  The greatest danger to health is not people going for untested and unproven medical help;  the greatest danger is those, including the various Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, who are FORCING very sick people to look elsewhere for help.

    The following article regarding a new Lyme Culture Test, published today on PubMed, is typical of what is going on:

  • Getting Set Up on Technorati 2013-01-10T15:44:00.002-08:00
    Nothing is simple, any more.

    It used to be that I could just join something with a short name and password, and "click!"  Job's done.

    Well, that's not how it works, any more.

    It seems that since we have created this great big chunk of invisible playground we call Cyber Space or the Internet, we've also created a giant playground for cheaters...

    So... I have to create this post with a special little code included, so that Technorati can check to make sure it's my blog... PLUS... I have to make sure the feed is also working properly, because if this post doesn't ALSO hit my feed, BAM!  Time to start over...

    So, here it is, Technorati, the gobbleygook (that IS a word, right) you've been looking for:  JYG85BRQDRJG

    Sayonora till next time.
  • A Capital Ship for an Oily... er... Ocean Trip... 2013-01-08T21:33:00.000-08:00
    So, it is probably inevitable that a pipeline will be built from Alberta's oil sands to the BC coast to carry liquified bitumen from Alberta's frozen north to Asia's sunny shores...

    Let's just take a tour of this project on the last part of its route through BC, especially if the present players build the line...

    Place:  British Columbia, Canada, circa 2020...

    We begin somewhere west of Hazelton, BC, along the banks of the Skeena River.

    Note that the pesky odour of fish is no longer there to drive tourists away.  Instead, we now have the pleasant fragrance of diesel on warm summer's days, the gorgeous rainbow colours spread across the surface of this mighty river, the occasional dead eagle floating past....

    As you progress downriver toward Terrace, you notice the shiny black logs sitting on the shore, and what looks like a shiny black ribbon gently rising and falling along the shore as the river slides by.

    Should you continue past Terrace toward Prince Rupert, you will notice the increasingly strong diesel smell (the smell of money), and may notice more and more wildlife at the shore... decomposing... much easier to photograph...

    But, rather than going to Prince Rupert, take a left turn back at the Thornhill intersection and head toward Kitimat, where the pipeline empties into the facility that will load it onto ships bound for Asia.  Isn't this exciting??

    At the head of the Douglas Channel, seagulls no longer create so much noise... in fact, where are the seagulls?  Come to think of it, where are the seals, terns, sea lions, ducks, herons... look down into the water... where are the herring?  Come to think of it, how come you can't see down into the water?  Oh, well...

    Let's continue the tour aboard one of these fancy "new" supertankers up the channel toward the open Pacific Ocean.  Note the pristine shoreline and wide open waters of the channel... say... what's that up ahead?  What's that island doing there?  Enbridge's video says there aren't any islands, so it must be true, right?

    Whoa... then why is that island right there?  Their video shows a TANKER right there... imagine what would happen if a tanker WAS there...

    But really, what is one island in this wide open Douglas Channel... Say, the map on the Sierra Club's page couldn't really be more accurate, could it?  I mean... after all... those guys are extremists... right?

    But look over there... ANOTHER island... this is beginning to look like the charts published in this pesky rag might be the real charts, after all!!

    Ok, ok... so the video posted on Vimeo with the disclaimer, *This is not an Enbridge video, is a bit more accurate depiction of the route so far...  But hey... that's just an inconvenient truth, right Mr. Gore?  Once we get out of this rotten, narrow, island choked, vertical sloped (wow! just LOOK at the HEIGHT of those mountains!!) channel, we'll hit the open sea and...

    Oops.  Why are we turning so hard to port, suddenly?  Who put that mountain range, there?  Why, we're OUT of the Douglas Channel, aren't we?  What do you mean, Inside Passage.  Isn't that where BC Ferries lost a ship???

    But that was human error, right?  It couldn't happen with one of these modern supertankers, could it?  I mean, they use tugs...

    Singing... ...

  • Is it REAL or is it a SCAMMER? 2012-12-02T18:05:00.003-08:00

    I have been pretty much out of commission since I got sick in late 2007, and was quite busy before that, but since getting a bit more active as my health improves a bit, I see that things are still much the same in this online world.

    There are those who genuinely due their own due diligence,  and want to see the real scammers driven from the internet (and the planet!!)

    There are those who want someone else to do the digging for them, because they don't really know how to do it, or they are unsure of their own abilities and cannot afford to get scammed.  

    There are those who want someone else to do the digging for them, because they're too lazy to do it, themselves, and they want to use the time when they SHOULD be digging to hope to search for the next "get-rich-quick" scheme.

    There are those who have a mean, vicious and bitter spirit, who never made a success of themselves in business, who want to do whatever they can to destroy anyone who has been successful in business.  These ones I call the phony scambusters, who create a straw man (their victim's supposed scam program) and then burn it...

    There are those who wildly declare many genuine and legal businesses to be scams, piling up mountains of unfounded, improbable and useless "evidence" in their desire to be heroes.  These are the ones I call the "wannabe scambusters," because they are delusional and running on their own over inflated egos, rather than on facts.

    Finally, there are the real scammers, who need to be taken down to make the world a better and safer place both for businesses and consumers.  These require solid, careful, clear-headed fact checking be people who have their heads screwed on straight and are willing to plug away quietly until they can get the evidence to the appropriate authorities.

    Online forums ARE NOT a place to get FACTS when doing due diligence and/or chasing down a possible scam program.  Online forums can be helpful for finding leads, but in my experience, much of what is found on so-called scam busting forums is conjecture, vitriol and nonsense from disgruntled people who didn't "get rich quick," with no work.

    Another, recent (and very scary) development that appears to be happening is the appearance of scammers who are trying to pass themselves off as the good guys.  It looks like they are now posting on scam busting sites, even buying the sites, themselves. 

    One might ask how it is possible that scammers could get away with this.  The answer is, when people do not have to identify themselves, but can hide behind pseudonyms and avatars, rather than using their real names and real photographs, they can say pretty much anything they like, no matter how libelous, and get away with it.  

    Furthermore, when they troll for wannabe scambusters (see above) and get them on the site, they will not have a very difficult time sucking them into their web of deceit, turning them into unsuspecting allies as they work to destroy potential competition and build a database for their next big scam.

    Sadly, what many of the groups listed above do not realize, is that there IS no limit to the lengths the scammers will go to in order to achieve their ends (usually their pockets full of ill-gotten cash).

    The ONLY real answer I have seen over the years, which never has changed, is that people MUST learn how to do their own due diligence, and they must take the time to do it, or the scammers will just continue to create new scams.  
    Like the old British maxim:  "Stay calm and carry on."  Don't get sucked in, by hype or an easy way ahead, but suck it up and get to work, the good old fashioned way.

  • Let's Build a Pipeline!! 2012-11-22T20:08:00.000-08:00

    by Dave Cottrell

    Controversy has raged across North America for the last few years, throughout both Canada and the United States, over proposed pipelines that would move bitumen from the Alberta, Canada "Tar Sands" to oil refineries on the Gulf of Mexico and/or in Asia.

    After much loud protest, with an election on the horizon in the US, President Obama put at least a temporary halt to the line going to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Up went the heat on the government of Canada to grant approval for a pipeline from Alberta to Asia....

    Hmmmm.... Do I see a couple of minor problems with that idea?

    How about.... two mountain ranges?  Ah... no problem!  Dig her deep and forget about it.... yeah, ok....

    How about... lakes, streams, rivers, grasslands, forest lands and let's not forget to add in deep frost and earthquakes...  NO problem.  They figured out how to deal with that stuff a LOOOOOONG time ago... right?

    Um... this IS Enbridge we're talking about, right?

    Well, they'll clean up their act for this one.  Where's the trust?  Hey, where's the love?  Can't you just picture how cozy a nice pile of money is to cuddle up to?

    Uh... where were we...?  Oh, yeah.... streams, rivers... RIVERS!!  The Skeena River!  Run her right along the river for a couple of hundred miles... maybe even put it UNDER the river for a couple of hundred miles before we veer off for Kitimat...  hmmmm.....

    NOOOOO PROBLEM!  And if it ruptures under the Skeena, there's enough volume to clean her right out in a hurry, right out to sea.  The solution to pollution is dilution, right?

    So... Kitimat. Yes, land of the deep snow.  End of the Douglas Channel.  Just look at the Enbridge maps on the model.  Clear, straight, deep sailing, right out to Asia.  Right?

    Say, who put these pesky islands on this Google map of Douglas Channel?  What are all these other pesky islands out in front of Douglas Channel?  Is Google in cahoots with all those protesters trying to stop progress?  The very nerve!

    Say, let's get this pipeline built and start sailing the high seas from Kitimat to Asia!  (Money, money, money... it's rich man's world...)

    Nothing could possibly go wrong.  We have the technology.  Not even HUMAN ERROR can get in the way....

    ....and if you believe that, I have a nice,barely used ferry to sell you... uh... right at the bottom of Wright Sound in the inside passage... uh... same general area the tankers would travel...

    But a tanker would NEVER hit a rock or an island, would it?  I mean... that would be awful messy, wouldn't it?

    But, hey, it's only water, right?

    Hey, how about a little Abba?  It's a rich man's world:
  • The Ignorant Majority - guest article by Kathleen Cottrell 2012-11-20T17:21:00.001-08:00

    The Ignorant Majority -  Archaeological Discovery and Land Claims

         by Kathleen Cottrell
         The past is important in shaping the future. Claims for the land of Canada by a multitude of nations who occupied the land and lived here for thousands of years before Europeans arrived seeking to plunder its many resources and subsequently settle this so-called empty land for the taking are ongoing. The archaeological discovery made near Sechelt, BC, offers further evidence that Canada was populated by many nations who were highly civilized long before the arrival of Europeans.

         With respect to the Sechelt nation, a recent discovery by archaeologists of the burial site of an ancient Shishalh chief of great importance was reported in the Coast Reporter on August 3, 2012. The 4,000 year old burial site is reported to be one of the most important archaeological discoveries in British Columbia by Dr. Terence Clark of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The work by archaeologists, Dr. Terence Clark and Gary Coupland, professor at the University of Toronto, has been ongoing since 2010. The most significant discovery is that of an individual buried with over 350,000 hand crafted stone beads,
    which indicates chiefly status and importance.

    Sechelt Indian Band Chief Gary Feschuk indicates that the Sechelt Indian Band wants the historic site returned to them. The province of British Columbia has placed a map reserve on the area, which keeps the area safe from development for 10 years. Chief Feschuk says that the map reserve is a temporary fix for now, but what needs to be done is to have the land returned to them. He also says that the Sechelt Band should have final say on what happens on their land. The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation indicatesthat while reconciliation agreement negotiations are done, discussion is continuing on protection of the Salmon Inlet archaeological site along with other matters. The fact that the Sechelt even need to ask for control of the land that their ancestors are buried in is a great reminder of the fact that with colonialism they lost control of the lands they occupied for many thousands of years. The Sechelt have occupied this area for at least four thousand years, as evidenced by the remains found in the Salmon Inlet Burial Site. This site is part of the provincial Crown lands that the Sechelt want to add to their present land and resource base (McKee, 45-46).

         This article highlights the impact that colonialism has had on Indigenous peoples of Canada, specifically the Sechelt, with regards to the loss of elders to diseases like smallpox. The untimely death of elders has weakened the richness of their oral history, because the stories die with the people. The population of Indigenous people in BC in the 1700s was estimated to be 250,000 or more, but by 1929 the number had dropped to 23,000. (Muckle, 64) Without the people to pass down history, places like the Burial Site at Salmon Inlet, and the important ancestors buried there, are lost and forgotten. The efforts by Europeans to assimilate individuals through attendance at residential schools has brought about the loss of language for many individuals who are unable to pass down stories and consequently because of this loss, have lost the sense of belonging and pride of being part of a proud Indigenous nation.

         The Canadian Government issued an apology for the Indian Residential School System on June 11,2008. The apology acknowledges the many negative outcomes of the schools including the damage to Aboriginal culture, heritage and language. The government acknowledges that one of the goals of residential schools was to assimilate Aboriginal children into Canadian culture by removing them from their homes and keeping them from learning their culture and traditions. Residential schools are also recognized as having been a major contributor to the many social problems facing Aboriginal people today (Muckle, 163-164).

         In 1986, Bill C-93, the Sechelt Indian Band Act, isenacted by parliament. The act gives the Sechelt 'municipal-style' powers of self-government” (McKee, 145). The Sechelt also signed the Sechelt Agreement in Principle (AIP) on April 16, 1999. This was following five years of negotiations. “It is the first AIP achieved through the treaty process, and it is the first example of a future urban treaty in British Columbia. Final negotiations regarding the AIP are under way and will lead to the conclusion of a Final Agreement” (101).

         The Sechelt Indian Band is dealing with the Burial Site at Salmon Inlet in a different way from the Musqueam with the Marpole Midden site. The Musqueum have no desire for their ancestors to be dug up and studied; they just want their ancestors put to rest and to be given the same respect as non-native burial sites or cemeteries (Musqueam Nation). The Sechelt want the Salmon Inlet site studied to enable their history to be documented, specifically by the youth involved in the process, so they have a record of their origins, and to be able to share that with future generations.

         The Indigenous or First Nations youth of Canada, need to learn the history, culture and traditions of their band or nation. The high school history textbooks used in British Columbia public schools have been criticized for their lack of including Indigenous people in their role as being part of the shaping of Canada, in favour of the British and French accounts (Furniss, 14). “Native cultures are often presented as static, as lacking history prior to European contact” (15).

         The nation, or municipality, of Sechelt is striving to revitalize and at the same time create an identity that the youth can embrace and be proud of. This discovery at Salmon Inlet has invited and encouraged the participation of Sechelt youth. The sense of pride they have in being part of such an important discovery portraying a past civilization of wealth and status is shown when the students dubbed a flat rock pointing towards the place of burial of an elder, “pride rock”. Several students have expressed an interest in going on to study archaeology.

         The article is a news article, whose audience seems to be limited to the local residents of the Sunshine Coast. That this news of an incredible archaeological discovery was not picked up by a provincial or national newspaper is remarkable. It indicates the lack of interest that our nation as a whole has for hearing of evidence that the Indigenous peoples of Canada were organized civilizations before the arrival of Europeans. The evidence suggests chiefly status structures similar to royalty in other cultures. The fact that this article did not go further in publication is an indication of the lack of interest in land claims in general.

         The title of the article, “SIB will fight to protect 4,000-year-old burial site”, was perhaps a poorly chosen one. The word fight is not a word that conjures up peaceful negotiations. Nowhere in the article does the Sechelt Indian Band chief Gary Feschuk use the word fight to indicate the fact that he wants the land returned and protected. He does indicate that the Sechelt Indian Band should have final say over the land, just as the premier of BC has indicated that BC should have final say over what happens with regard to the proposed pipeline.

         The article also fails to mention the British Columbia Heritage Conservation Act and the Indian Act which protects the prehistoric past of British Columbia. It is illegal to disturb an archaeological site not on a reserve without a permit. It is illegal under the federal Indian Act to remove pictographs, petroglyphs and carved poles from reserves (Muckle, 17). It should be noted that the Musqueam Nation has not been able to have the Marpole Midden site protected by the Heritage Conservation Act. The developer of the property has been issued a permit to continue developing the site. The Musqueam people assert that they have never given up the land (Musqueam Nation).

         It will be interesting to see what other discoveries are made at this site as the archaeologists and the community of Sechelt continue to work together to document the past. The fact that the discovery contained more beads than any other discovery to date from Alaska to California is enough reason to look forward to future discoveries. The past is important in shaping the future and this is no less important for the Sechelt people as it is for all Indigenous people in Canada.
    Works Cited
    Furniss, Elizabeth. “Pioneers, Progress, and the Myth of the Frontier: The Landscape of Public History in Rural British Columbia.” BC Studies: Native Peoples and Colonialism. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1998. 7-44. Print.
    McKee, Christopher. Treaty Talks in British Columbia: Building a New Relationship. 3rd ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009. Print.
    Muckle, Robert J. The First Nationis of British Columbia: an anthropological survey. 2nd ed. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007. Print.
    Musqueam Nation. Protect Musqueam's heritage site. Vancouver, BC: Musqueam Nation, 2012. N. Pag. Print.
    Wood, Christine. “SIB will fight to protect 4,000-year-old burial site.” Coast Reporter [Sechelt, BC] 3 Aug. 2012: 1+. Print.

  • It's Time... 2012-11-09T20:28:00.002-08:00

    by Dave Cottrell

    It's time for Congress and the Senate to start working together.  If they continue to stand toe to toe and nose to nose like the the Zax of Dr. Suess fame (with apologies...):
    "The day after election day,One day, making tracks
    In the prairie of Political Prats,
    Came a North-Going Republican Congressman
    And a South-Going Democrat Senator
    And it happened that both of them came to a place
    Where they bumped. There they stood.
    Toe to toe. Face to face.
    Of course the rest of the world didn’t stand still. The world grew.
    In a couple of years, the Tea Party came through
    And they built right over those two stubborn Hacks
    And left them there, standing un-budgeted in their tracks."

    Yes, folks, the world is NOT going to stand still simply because the fools in the House and the Senate can't get along.  If the Senate won't budge and keeps saying it's Congress' fault and Congress won't budge and says it's the Senate's fault, they will both fall over that fiscal cliff whose edge they are standing on, and the world will go on.

    If BOTH parties don't set aside their differences and work together, it won't matter who is in the White House any more.  All those beautiful, promised social programs, including the new health care program, will be stopped in their track, and many existing ones will be cut, AUTOMATICALLY.

    Furthermore, they won't come back for a very long time... economists figure it will take about eight years to recover... but at least, the economy will be strong when it does recover, and these lunatics that are bickering with each other, right now, will be gone.

    What a crazy, messed up world!
  • Benghazigate 2012-11-05T12:40:00.002-08:00
  • by Dave Cottrell

    While all the arguing is going on over who is to blame for Benghazi, people back in the US are mourning the loss of loved ones, something that shouldn't be happening.

    Evidence is mounting, and indeed, it is becoming a mountain of evidence, that those in charge back in the United States, right up to the president, himself, knew exactly what was going on in Benghazi that led to the deaths of four Americans, and in fact, may have been watching much of it from a link to a drone that was overhead in Benghazi at the time of the attack.

    One thing that is quite certain:  This was no simple protest, no riot started by a bad video out of the US.
    This was a carefully orchestrated and planned attack, complete with military weapons and training.  Furthermore, the video would have been meaningless to most people in that area of the world, but it was translated into Arabic and aired on Arabic television (begging the question, "Why would a Muslim air such a movie that supposedly blasphemes his prophet?").  It is of note that the video and the attack on the Benghazi operation "just happened" to happen on 9/11, 11 years after the attack on the twin towers.

    It is interesting that the various levels of the US state department and the CIA all first claimed that this was a spontaneous attack, a grass-roots riot by and unorganized Islamic mob intent on killing the infidels, then later on they denied that they had ever said such a thing!  (See the Forbes article by Larry Bell from 11/01/2012)

    An article on  reports on the CIA statement of events for that night, but that DOES NOT explain, even IF the CIA was indeed doing THEIR best to rescue American personnel, why readily available and powerful backup sitting just off shore on an aircraft carrier was not deployed, nor does it explain the Stand Down orders and where they came from.

    One thing that is certain about this terrible night when four Americans were killed by admitted al-Quaida linked Islamic militant group, Ansar al-Sharia;  nothing is certain.

    Rarely, if ever in modern history, has an American administration been so vague, untruthful, incompetent and  self-serving in regards to this tragedy as this administration.  As Senator John McCain put it, “This tragedy, turned into a debacle and massive cover-up or massive incompetence in Libya, is having an impact on the voters because of their view of the commander-in-chief.  It is the worst cover-up or incompetence I have ever observed in my life. Somebody the other day said to me, ‘This is as bad as Watergate… nobody died in Watergate.” 

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