Trust that "trust" is a thing of the past...

If it has the U. S. government stamp of approval on it. Three perfect examples below. Are they for real? You must decide for yourself.  

Consider becoming part of the solution.  Short of that – water, food, medications and stay the hell out of the way!

From - PumaBydesign001CDC admits, then retracts statistics reporting that 98 million Americans were injected with vaccines containing cancer virus
“More than 98 million Americans received one or more doses of polio vaccine from 1955 to 1963 when a proportion of vaccine was contaminated with SV40; it has been estimated that 10-30 million Americans could have received an SV40 contaminated dose of vaccine.”  Read HERE!
Reuters – March 19, 2013 – Test of anthrax vaccine in children gets tentative OK
A presidential ethics panel has opened the door to testing an anthrax vaccine on children as young as infants, bringing an angry response from critics who say the children would be guinea pigs in a study that would never help them and might harm them. The report, however, released on Tuesday by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, said researchers would have to overcome numerous hurdles before launching an anthrax-vaccine trial in children. It now goes to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who will decide whether to take the steps the commission recommended.  Read HERE.

And a video dated 6/15/2011 – Leaked Pentagon Video – Flu Vaccine Use to Modify Human Behavior. The “leaked” video begins at 1:20.


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More Textbook Controversy

Gary Fouse



                                                        Hat tip Townhall and Patriot Update                                                                                                                                                    

We have reported before here on various school textbooks that our children are reading that give a misleading portrait of Islam. Now there is another textbook controversy brewing in Florida over Prentice's World History. Todd Starnes in Townhall has the report.


In this book, which I perused online, no mention is made of any Islamic war or fighting  until after the death of the Prophet Mohammad. That is misleading if not completely inaccurate.  Schoolchildren in the Islamic world are not misled about those things. Why should children here be misled? As I have said before, if schools cannot teach true history to pupils when these sensitive subjects come up, it is better to stay away from religion altogether. False history has no place in our schools.

Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88


MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a POW in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain's cellmate, has died at the age of 88, his widow said Sunday.

Day, one of the nation's most highly decorated servicemen since Gen. Douglas MacArthur and later a tireless advocate for veterans' rights, died Saturday surrounded by family at his home in Shalimar, after a long illness, Doris Day said.

"He would have died in my arms if I could have picked him up," she said.

Day received the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam. In all, he earned more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

He was an enlisted Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II and an Air Force pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

In Vietnam, he was McCain's cellmate at one camp known as the Plantation and later in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, where he was often the highest-ranking captive. During his imprisonment, the once-muscular, 5-foot-9 Day was hung by his arms for days, tearing them from their sockets. He was freed in 1973 — a skeletal figure of the once dashing fighter pilot. His hands and arms never functioned properly again.

"As awful as it sounds, no one could say we did not do well. (Being a POW) was a major issue in my life and one that I am extremely proud of. I was just living day to day," he said in a 2008 interview with The Associated Press. "One really bad cold and I would have been dead."

In a statement Sunday, McCain called Day a great patriot and said he owed his life to the man. "He was the bravest man I ever knew, and his fierce resistance and resolute leadership set the example for us in prison of how to return home with honor," McCain said.

Born Feb. 24, 1925, in Sioux City, Iowa, where the airport is named for him, Day joined the Marines in 1942 while still in high school. He returned home, graduated law school and passed the bar exam in 1949. He entered the Iowa National Guard in 1950 and attended flight school. He was called to active duty in the Air Force the next year and did two tours as a bomber pilot in the Korean war.

In Vietnam, Day was shot down over North Vietnam on Aug. 26, 1967. He bailed out, but the landing broke his knee and his right arm and left him temporarily blinded in one eye.

In the spring of 1968, Day's North Vietnamese captors opened his cell door and brought in McCain, who was wearing a full body cast and was nearly dead. McCain had been in isolation for seven weeks and could not wash or feed himself, Day wrote in "Return With Honor," his 1989 autobiography.

"We were the first Americans he had talked to. ... We were delighted to have him, and he was more than elated to see us," Day wrote. They helped nurse McCain.

After the war and his release, Day retired to the Florida Panhandle in 1977 and practiced law, becoming a crusader for veterans' health care benefits. He took his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 lawsuit that alleged the government reneged on its promise to provide free lifetime health care to hundreds of thousands of Korean and World War II veterans.

The high court declined to hear an appeal of the case brought on behalf of two Panhandle retirees, but the legal action was credited with prompting Congress to pass legislation in 2000 expanding the military's TRICARE health insurance program to include veterans over age 65 who had served at least 20 years or were medically retired.

In his later years, Day also took on Iraq war cases. For example, he represented Army Maj. John Nelson, a medical officer who was wounded when a bomb exploded at a mess hall in Mosul in 2004. Nelson suffered short-term memory loss and spoke with permanent stutter. The Army initially said his injuries merited a 40 percent disability rating. Day, however, persuaded an evaluation board to award full benefits.

"People would stop us in the airports and all over, and we had no idea who they were, and they would say, 'Thank you, you saved my husband's life,' or, 'You saved my wife's life,'" Doris Day said. The couple celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in May.

Day was active in McCain's failed 2000 and 2008 Republican presidential bids and in 2004 campaigned against fellow Vietnam veteran John Kerry. Day called Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, a turncoat who lied to Congress in 1971 about alleged war atrocities.

"I draw a direct comparison to General Benedict Arnold of the Revolutionary War to Lt. John Kerry," Day said in 2004. "Both went off to war, fought, and then turned against their country."

Day's political activism again caused controversy in 2010 when he supported Gov. Charlie Crist in his failed Senate bid. Day called Crist's primary opponent Marco Rubio "a Hispanic who can run his mouth." He referred to President Barack Obama as "the black one."

Day retired from the Air Force at the rank of colonel, never attaining his general's star. He said he believed he wasn't promoted further because he "told it like it was."

"When I returned from prison, there was a huge amount of the Air Force leadership that were not combat-oriented. They were quasi-political managers," he said.

It said it was his tendency for tough talk that kept him out of politics.

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The 46 traitors who want to give away our gun rights to the United Nations

I stole this from a friend on Facebook. I have highlighted the two traitors from my state in RED. 
Please share this with as many as you can and I say these traitors are no better than the master they serve in the regime, Obama. PatriotUSA
Thanks to Eva
Traitors (46 of them) Over the weekend, we came four votes away from the United States Senate giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. In a 53-46 vote, the senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms, and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo. Astonishingly, 46 of our United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power. Here are the 46 senators that voted to give your rights to the U.N.

  Baldwin (D-WI)
  Baucus (D-MT)
  Bennet (D-CO)
  Blumenthal (D-CT)
  Boxer (D-CA)
  Brown (D-OH)
  Cantwell (D-WA)
  Cardin (D-MD)
  Carper (D-DE)
  Casey (D-PA)
  Coons (D-DE)
  Cowan (D-MA)
  Durbin (D-IL)
  Feinstein (D-CA)
  Franken (D-MN)
  Gillibrand (D-NY)
  Harkin (D-IA)
  Hirono (D-HI)
  Johnson (D-SD)
  Kaine (D-VA)
  King (I-ME)
  Klobuchar (D-MN)
  Landrieu (D-LA)
  Leahy (D-VT)
  Levin (D-MI)
  McCaskill (D-MO)
  Menendez (D-NJ)
  Merkley (D-OR)
  Mikulski (D-MD)
  Murphy (D-CT)
  Murray (D-WA)
  Nelson (D-FL)
  Reed (D-RI)
  Reid (D-NV)
  Rockefeller (D-WV)
  Sanders (I-VT)
  Schatz (D-HI)
  Schumer (D-NY)
  Shaheen (D-NH)
  Stabenow (D-MI)
  Udall (D-CO)
  Udall (D-NM)
  Warner (D-VA)
  Warren (D-MA)
  Whitehouse (D-RI)
  Wyden (D-OR

This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take our guns. They need to lose the next election. We have been betrayed. 46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.

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NBC Pimping for Hillary

Gary Fouse

What used to be a great news network is now little more than a PR arm of the Democratic Party. Now we learn that NBC is planning a mini-series on Hillary Clinton in time for the 2016 elections starring some actress named Diane Lane as The Great Woman Herself.


And who is Diane Lane and why was she chosen?

"What difference, at this point, does it make?"

Ah yes. The resemblance is remarkable. Those legs will look great in a pantsuit.

I can just envision how it will go. Imagine a scene in the White House with a bunch of nervous advisers-white men all- trying to tell Bill how to respond to the embassy bombings in Africa. Suddenly, Hillary walks into the room and calmly gives Bill the winning advice, and everything turns up roses (except for that aspirin factory in Sudan).

Imagine dramatic courtroom scenes, where Hillary, the greatest woman lawyer in the country, wins a case for the Rose Law Firm against corporate polluters who poisoned the air that was breathed by a five-year-old girl who died from cancer as a result.

Imagine Hillary dealing with the unspeakable pain of her husband's infidelities, but determined ultimately to keep the family together for the sake of the country.

Imagine endless scenes of Hillary jetting off to one world capital after another, speaking to world leaders, seeking peace here and there and everywhere. Why not use a little old Hollywood dramatic license and actually portray an actual peace deal brokered by Hillary, such as Israel and the Palestinians, perhaps?

Imagine Hillary as the secretary of state at three in the morning during the Benghazi attack communicating directly with Ambassador Stevens right up to the moment the line goes dead and she knows she has lost one of her best friends, giving orders and telling the army to send in the troops, only to be thwarted by nervous generals in the Pentagon. Imagine Hillary fearlessly spearheading the drive to catch and imprison the man responsible for the attack in Benghazi and other places-that film maker in LA.

How will Diane Lane ever do Hillary justice?

"Those messages from Libya never reached my desk."

And I can only wonder where the suits at NBC came up with the idea for this mini-series. Could it have been from your humble blogger-little ol' me? After all, I am the one who started the first Hillary mini-series, am I not? I have already produced one great story with three great sequels.

Note to NBC: Don't steal any of my scripts. You'll be hearing from my lawyer.

To The Negroes – Black Men In The 60′s Were Respected – Not Now!

Respect has to EARNED, period. So well stated. Respect does not know any limitations by skin color, by whether you are a male or female but it does disappear when anyone, regardless of their skin color acts like these cry babies screaming boycotts and exclusionary stupidity like these black, white 'celebrities and oh so politically correct losers and morons.' I may not like a particular individual but that person can still earn my respect, keep my respect by how you live, your actions, your words, your morals, your ethics and convictions. I do not give a damn if you are famous, an unknown, rich or dirt poor, black or white and you carry on like these people have.

Respect has to be EARNED. Respect must be learned by us first, in ourselves. It then has to be planted, tended to, watered and nurtured. Only then can we earn the respect of others and they in turn, earn our respect back. PatriotUSA

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And the winner of who shall lead the way on gun confiscation is...

From The Western School For Journalism - Obama Assigns Job Of Gun Confiscation To…

“Ideally, handguns, which account for more than half of all homicides in the United States, should be banned completely, but we recognize that this is not currently politically feasible,” wrote Dr. Karl P. Adler in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  

For years, the confiscationist left have fought a losing battle in their attempt to repeal the rights of 100 million American gun owners. Even with the benefit of what dedicated gun grabbers undoubtedly considered a God-send–the brutal murder of 20 children in Newtown, Conn.–the right to keep and bear arms has been so jealously guarded, and the intentions of gun control advocates so mistrusted that no significant legislation could be passed.

For this reason, Barack Obama has decided to remove 2nd Amendment rights from the realm of politics and constitutional guarantee by transforming the question of gun violence into an issue of public health.

On January 26th, Obama issued Exec Order # 14, a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.”  Why does the president believe a public health approach will undermine the right to keep and bear arms?  “Anything that unnecessarily contributes to human disease, injury, or death is a proper concern of public health, including firearm deaths,” writes Nicholas Johnson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “Public health’s role is to reduce these firearm injuries and deaths.”  Continue HERE.

And then there is CaliPornia - not afraid of anything, certainly not the people, certainly nothing as silly as the Second Amendment, and with a professor at U.C. Davis to show the way - well, you get this -  

  H/T  Battlefield USA - Just Shut UP!

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Persecution Update 28 July 2013

AFRICA: Modern-Day Victims of Forcible Slavery Tortured
PAKISTAN: Christian Women Publicly Beaten and Humiliated
CHINA: Christian Bookstore Raid Leads to Arrests and Imprisonment
IRAN: Imprisoned Pastor Now Receiving Medical Care

Persecution Update keeps you informed of what is going on in our world concerning persecuted Christians. (Info from Voice of the Martyrs Canada.) Download entire Quicktime movies for showing to your group or church from swordandspirit.com, the Human Rights page.

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Support Brigitte Gabriel in Minnesota

Gary Fouse

Hat tip Act for America and The Truth for America

ACT for America Founder Brigitte Gabriel is scheduled to speak at a Tea Party event in Minnesota on July 29. No surprisingly, the local CAIR chapter in Minnesota is trying to shut down the speech. Here are the details from Act for America and how you can support her right of free speech by writing to the school where she is scheduled to appear. At the below link, you can learn the details and send your own e-mail to the school in support of Gabriel. (I already have.)


This is doubly important because we need to get the Tea Party involved in this issue nation-wide, so Gabriel's appearance is an important step. This is not about hating Muslims as people. We are countering the hate. We are the ones fighting for human rights.

Please sign the form and send it on to your friends.

CAIR in California on Attack Again

Gary Fouse

Two "moderates": Yusuf al Qaradawi (l) and Hussam Ayloush (r)

"The Republican Party can no longer remain silent in the face of the anti-Muslim bigotry spewed by a minority of hate-mongers within its ranks. Republican leaders and elected officials must repudiate this latest smear of Islam and reassure Muslims in California that Steel's Islamophobic views do not reflect those of the party. Such incidents can only serve to divide our nation along religious lines, increase discrimination against ordinary Muslims and harm America's image worldwide," -Ayloush

The bully boys at the Council on American Islamic Relations are on the attack again, this time against a GOP official in California who said some things that CAIR didn't like. Common Dreams-a progressive web site has their version of the problem.


I note that once again, front and center is CAIR's chief bully boy for Southern California, Hussam Ayloush. He is one of those figures who has sold himself to the gullible establishment as a moderate voice. He writes op-eds for fish wraps like the LA Times and Orange County Register that are full of prose about mutual understanding. But is he really a moderate?

As the above photo suggests, Ayloush associates with people like the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual mentor Yusuf al Qaradawi. This man (Qaradawi) has called the Holocaust (on tape), "God's punishment for the Jews", and has said (on tape) that his desire is to die falling in battle against the infidels. Just in the past few days, he has called on his followers to kill the enemies of deposed Egyptian ruler Mohammed Morsi. Now there is a hate-monger.

Then there is this article, which I have posted previously:


An excerpt from Discover the Networks:

"On August 27, 1999, MSA UCLA collaborated with such groups as the  Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council to sponsor a "Protest Against the Use of Secret Evidence" in federal terrorism investigations. Among the speakers at this Los Angeles event were Hussam Ayloush of CAIR-Southern California, and Abdul-Alim Musa, who wishes to see Islam "dominate" all other faiths." (emphasis mine)

Abdul Alim Musa. Now there is a hate-monger. He also hates his own country. Don't take my word for it; just ask him.

And this:

"On October 22, 2000 at the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, MSA UCLA members Arif Shaikh and Ahmed Shama (who at that time was president of the organization) headed a demonstration protesting “Israeli aggression” against the Palestinians. Asserting that only "justice by Islamic means" could counteract "Israeli apartheid," Shama condemned "racist Zionists" and led the crowd in shouts of: “Victory to Islam!"; "Death to the Jews!”; and "Death to Israel!" Shama also burned an Israeli flag while the crowd chanted, “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming for you” -- a historical reference to the 7th-century Battle of Khaybar in which the Prophet Mohammed and his Muslim army routed the Jewish population.

Another featured speaker at the October 22 rally, MSA West president Sohail Shakry, quoted the following words of Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah: “If we look at the situation the past 52 years, the biggest impediment to peace has been the existence of the Zionist State of Israel. Since the existence of this state, we have had wars, conflicts, killings, massacres. If we really want true peace then we must see that it goes with the elimination of the Zionist entity in the middle of the Muslim world.”

A third speaker was CAIR-Southern California member Hussam Ayloush (emphasis mine), who complained about Israel's “racist” practices and the many American “tax dollars [that were being] used to kill the innocents of Palestine.” Urging those in attendance to do whatever they could to help Palestinian “victims and orphans,” Ayloush implored his listeners to support the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) -- a pseudo-charity which in December 2001 would be shut down by the U.S. government because of its financial ties to Hamas."

We don't need any lectures about hate-mongering from you, Mr Ayloush. Your associations with hate-mongers Yusuf al Qaradawi, Alim Abdul Musa  and reported presence at events where chants of "Death to Jews" are heard disqualifies you to call anybody a hate-monger.

An update and thank you!

An update for all who tread here.

A few of you may have  noticed that I have been very scarce of late from posting here. The usual problems of severe pain and my limitations are part of this, and my back is not getting much better, yet. I have no choice but to move ahead and am too stubborn to just say, the hell with it all.

Another main reason for this is that my fan business is actually generating some sales. I have been selling again on Ebay and I am now starting to direct my attention to the website that a very good friend was kind enough to build for me. Through the website offers me being able to sell my fans and have less of a loss financially as I do not have to accept Paypal as my only payment option(for the most part like on Ebay). The fees that Ebay and Paypal charge add up very fast. Most of my spare time is now directed to 'shop time'. Pretty much I am working on fans to get ready to sell. I have sold four fans this week, just to give you an idea. It is not like this all the time but I sure hope this continues to build and grow. So, this is where PatriotUSA has been and will continue to be. I have to be very careful with the time I spend in the shop due to pain and it is a balancing act, a tough one to say the least. I can burn many hours away in the shop and then look up and it is 11:00 PM already. Last night I stopped at 1:30 AM.

I have four fans to pack and ship. Each one takes me an hour. A lot more goes into this than just tossing the fan into an empty box.

I will be posting as I can and will have a special Ramadan post for our Muslim readers (snark).

So, that is all for now as far as PatriotUSA is concerned. I just want to also give a huge THANK YOU to the other contributors here. This site would be nothing with each and every one of you. PatriotUSA

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The Godmother Part 4

Gary Fouse

The Godmother

Starring Anthony Weiner as Fredo


"Rolling Stone raves, "Anthony Weiner nails Fredo!"

February 2011

The Godmother's limousine pulls into the driveway of her Hempstead, NY home. Weary from a long trip in which she narrowly escaped a revolution against a friendly dictator, she steps from the car and, escorted by her bodyguards, trudges up the icy driveway to the front door.

Slumping onto the living room sofa, the Godmother asks for a cold hand towel.

"Pretty close call over there in Cairo, eh?" asks one of her men.

"Yeah. A lotta deals went down the can with that one. Where's Bill?"

""He's off on some speaking gig. He sends his love." (hat tip John Speedie)

The Godmother lights a cigarette and stares at her men. She senses something is wrong.

"What is it?" she asks.

The men in the room look downward.

""C'mon. Let's have it."

Finally, one of the men responds:

"It's your brother. He's in trouble again."

"You mean Huey?"

"No. Fredo. We got a call from Huma yesterday. Seems there's more pictures going around."

At that the Godmother picks up a lamp next to the soda and flings it across the room. The men remain silent.

"Where is Huma now?" she asks.

"She's at home-working."

"Which job?"

"I don't know," answers one of the men.

"What do you mean you don't know?" screams the Godmother. "Why is it every time I ask a question I can never get a straight answer out of you #*^#!s?"

The Godmother gets up and starts pacing back and forth.

"I told Fredo the first time that he broke my heart. Now it happens again."

"Maybe we could send him out to one of our casinos in Vegas just to get him away from here," suggests one of the men.

"Yeah, right," shoots back the Godmother. "What makes you think Fredo could run a casino. Besides, he'd be sending those pictures to cocktail waitresses two or three at a time."

"Youse want we take him on a little fishing trip out on da lake?' asks one of the men.

The Godmother sits back down and lights another cigarette. She takes a long drag and thinks.

"Not now. Not yet. I don't anything to happen to Fredo while Michael is still mayor of New York."

She slumps further into the sofa.

"You know, I'm starting to think it's time for me to get out of this racket for a while-at least until 2016. I'm thinking of turning over the operations to GianKarlo while I get ready for the big enchilada."

"GianKarlo?" ask the men in unison. But Godmother, GianKarlo isn't ready for this job. He's still a boy. He'll screw everything up big time."

"What the Hell difference does it make anyway? Our foreign investments are all screwed up as it is. It's about time he grows up. Go find him. Where is he?"

"He's out on da lake, Godmother."

"Go get him. I'm going to bed. Oh, and tell Fredo all is forgiven. He can come home now."

"I think I see him pulling into the driveway now."

What is Lean?

Gary Fouse

There is a street drug cocktail going around, and it is popular in the inner city and hip hop circles. It is called Lean. Another variant is called Purple Drank. It consists of promethazine and codeine cough syrup mixed with hard candy and certain soft drinks, one of the more popular being Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. One of the popular candies used is Skittles.


You don't hear about this in the main stream media, but there is a lot of speculation about this mixture and Travyon Martin. On the night he died, he was coming back from a 7-11 with an Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail drink and a bag of Skittles, something the prosecution drummed on in an effort to portray Martin as a child, a word used over and over by prosecutors in the trial. The prosecutors referred to the drink as Arizona Ice Tea, not exactly accurate.

In and of itself, this might not be enough to draw conclusions, but the autopsy on Martin reportedly showed findings of liver damage consistent with the effect of taking this insidious mixture. In addition, it is reported that text messaging on his cell phone showed references to this drink (see below video).

Of course, one thing Martin was not bringing back from the store was the codeine-based cough syrup, which would have required a prescription.

Bill Whittle is a conservative writer, commentator and blogger who has produced this 10-minute video, which examines this question.


It seems pretty clear by now that young Trayvon was not the angelic child that has been portrayed in the media. He had gotten into a number of scrapes-especially at school. Even the photos we saw were those taken when he was younger and before he started to head down the wrong path. In short, the public was misled, just as the state of Florida and the prosecution tried to mislead the jurors in the case with a false portrait of Trayvon the Child.

Having said that, it is still a tragedy that a 17-year-old teenager lost his life in a situation that could have been so easily avoided. As I said before, Trayvon had his whole life ahead of him in which to turn it around.

However, it also points to the false narrative we have been fed about George Zimmerman. Just days ago, he stopped on the highway to pull four people out of a burning car crash. Nevertheless, many of his detractors are already calling it "staged". His life is still in danger, and will be for a long time.

What the public is owed in this tragedy is the truth, which has been twisted out of all proportions. If Trayvon Martin was, indeed, abusing this cocktail, and violent and paranoid behavior was the result, might it not serve as a warning to other youth? Putting images of Martin Luther King in a hoodie is downright wrong and insulting. Trayvon Martin was no Martin Luther King, nor was he an Emmitt Till. He was Trayvon Martin, and whatever his legacy will be, it should be an accurate one-not to condemn him because he was, after all, only 17, but to serve truthful history and serve as a cautionary lesson for our youth, particularly that segment where this drink is currently popular. If this drink was part of the story, the public deserves to know.

Who Could Have Been George Zimmerman 35 years Ago?

Gary Fouse

Yesterday, President Obama walked into the White House press room and made his remarks about the Trayvon Martin matter. One thing he said that has raised some eyebrows is that he could have been Trayvon Martin some 35 years ago. Perhaps, he has made a good point, but there are two sides to that point. I would like to relate two anecdotal incidents that illustrate my point.

It was approximately 35 years ago that I was a DEA agent stationed in Los Angeles. I happened to be at my mother's apartment in West LA for dinner one night. Suddenly, we heard the sound of a car horn blaring and a woman screaming for help. I looked out the window and saw that there was some sort of assault taking place in  a car below the balcony. Grabbing my badge and shoving my service revolver down my waistband, I ran down to investigate. When I got to the car, I saw that a young man was inside the car beating on a young woman. Yes they were both black. I may have told this story on these pages before and have told it to an occasional friend without indicating their race, but here and now it becomes relevant to the discussion.

The man was in a fury as he was hitting his girlfriend. I reached into the car and dragged him out putting my badge in his face as I tried to calm him down. I identified myself only as "police" (technically true). Unfortunately, the man was in no mood to be calmed down, and at one point, leaped back into the car and began pummeling his girlfriend again, at which point, I again pulled him off of her and out of the car.

At some point, a neighbor stuck her head out of her apartment to see what the commotion was about. I flashed my badge and asked her to call for the police. Whether she did or not, I don't know because it seemed like an eternity was passing, no police were arriving, and the guy was not calming down. I figured he might haul off and slug me at any time. (I had not drawn my gun, but I was thinking about when I might have to do so.) Another neighbor looked outside and I asked her to call 9-11 and say, "officer needs assistance". That did the trick because within two minutes, I got about 5 squad cars and a helicopter. At that point, the LAPD took over and resolved the situation (without arrest). Before leaving, the young lady came over and thanked me.

I look back on that night and think: What might have happened if that young man in a rage had attacked me, knocked me to the ground, got on top and begun slamming my head into the concrete? What if he had gone after my gun? What if I had shot and killed him in defense? Could I have been George Zimmerman and had to go through what he has gone through?

There was another incident involving one of my DEA colleagues about 35 years ago. Bill was a DEA agent stationed in LA who was in Las Vegas on vacation. One night, he was driving down the strip and was stopped at a light. In front of him were two outlaw bikers and  a taxi between Bill and the bikers. The light turned  green, but the bikers were distracted and sat there. The taxi driver honked his horn at them, at which point, they dismounted, walked back to the cab, dragged the driver out of the cab and over to the sidewalk where they began beating him severely. At one point, one of the bikers pulled some kind of signpost out of the ground and began striking the fallen taxi driver with it. Meanwhile, Bill got out of his car, went to the trunk and got his weapon. He identified himself and ordered them to stop. At this point, I should mention that the bikers were white and Bill was black. One of the bikers turned to Bill, called him the n-word and came at him with the signpost threatening him. When the guy got too close, Bill shot him between the legs. The incident was over and the two bikers went to jail. Bill was a hero in Las Vegas. He had probably saved the cabbie's life.

Are there any parallels here to the Martin/Zimmerman case? There are some similarities, and there are some differences. No need to examine them here, since the  Martin/Zimmerman matter has already been scrutinized fully. My only point here is to point out that a lot of people could have been Trayvon Martin, and a lot of people could have been George Zimmerman 35 years ago, 10 years ago, last year, or next week.

Maybe President Obama didn't consider that yesterday.