Everyone in the United States of America should breathe a collective sigh of relief. Our third world neighbor to the south has given permission, in principle, to Obama’s plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to help with border security. Mexico’s President Calderon did impose one condition to Obama. The troops may not arrest Mexicans trying to illegally enter the United States.
What gives the leader of failing country like Mexico the cajones to tell Barry what he can do about border security. Maybe he was emboldened by the invertebrates that work in Washington. I think if you added up all of the spinal material in Congress and the White House you’d barely have enough to make one complete backbone.
The author has a simple subtitle to this book, “A Thriller.” I love the Mitch Rapp series and this book lives up to the subtitle as a thriller. Act Of Treason is different as Rapp is almost part of the sub-plot. The real story is about Washington power and those who would do most anything to achieve that power.
Author Vince Flynn uses the usual cast of characters in this exciting novel. Act of Treason doesn’t have as much of the covert operations-type danger as past Rapp novels which is a nice change. I could kind of figure out what was going to happen in many places and I liked that.
In a show of inordinate CLASS President Barack Hussein Obama mocked those of us who opposed his health care bill:
“You have to love some of the pundits in Washington. Every day since I signed reform into law, there’s another poll or headline that says ‘Nation still divided on health reform. No great surge in public support.’ Well, yeah. It’s only been a week!”
So what happened the first week when United States corporations were required by Securities and Exchange Commission Rules to restate earnings based on the new “pro-business” Democrat Care program.
This morning I got an early start (around 7:30 am) for a road trip and got home around 8:00 pm. As you may have guessed it wasn’t really a pleasure trip even though it was a bright and sunny day. Round trip was around 500 miles traveling 4.5 hours each way for a 2 hour meeting. Sigh. My trip started in Pennsylvania took me into West Virginia to Ohio then back to West Virginia and then to Ohio and back to West Virginia, Ohio, West Virginia and finally home to Pennsylvania. This poor soul got nailed in PA.
A few observations:
If you have worked anywhere you have probably run into that guy (or girl) sometime in your career. Terry was the name (name changed to protect the innocent) of “that guy” at one of my recent jobs. I would describe him as young, well dressed, very good looking, very personable, great to talk to, funny, a good listener, and someone everybody likes. Terry started in our sales department.
“It should not have come as a surprise to him that in a town like Washington and in a place like the White House, politics played such an important role but, in an irritating and undermining way, it did. Add to all of that a convoluted, misguided, and rabid political correctness that permeated nearly every meeting, and you were left with an environment in which the inconsequential was debated and dissected, and the issues of real importance we obfuscated and put off for someone else to deal with at a later date. It was not a place where a man of action felt at ease” [emphasis added]
It started as a relatively modest groundswell as average citizen awoke to the path politicians were forcing us down. The groundswell was followed by a trickle as more folks got engaged and even the main stream media started to actually report rather than cheer on the Obama White House.
The groundswell and trickle has lead to a flow!
The first example is the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Jon is a liberal stalwart who generally leans severely left while occasionally getting it “right.” While the rest of the lame stream media ignored the Climategate scandal, Stewart made this broadcast. This must have been a shock to Stewarts audience. Ordinarily I would embed the video here, but it is no longer available on YouTube. This link will take you to the clip.
Brief 1: The Associated Press reported that a man stripped off his clothes and began to jog near the White House. He was quickly apprehended and taken to a hospital for mental health observation. The nude jogger posed no threat to the President, who was home at the time. It was unclear, however, whether CNBC’s Chris Matthews would be available for his Hardball telecast or would be committed to a mental health facility for further observation. An angry Keith Olberman was overheard saying, “That damn Matthews. I wish that I had thought of that. That would make Obama love me more.”
The Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb is quoting a Senate aid that White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, has threatened Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to force his support for the Obamacare Bill. Emanuel is known as a vicious political operative and the story from Goldfarb is that the White House threatened to place the Offut Air Force Base on the official closure list unless Nelson votes for the Democrat heath care takeover.
I just cannot get enough of Vince Flynn to satisfy my thirst for “edge of my seat,” thrilling action. Flynn combines Washington backstabbing (AKA politics) with a world-wide crisis in which most of the world is unaware to keep us up far into the early morning reading. In my case I was awake until after 2:00 AM reading Separation of Powerstarring CIA operative Mitch Rapp.
There is a strong connection between this book and Flynn’s previous novel, The Third Option as Rapp works to find out who tried to have him killed. The intrigue reaches the top of American and foreign governments while the President wrestles with the confirmation of a new CIA director and the fact that Saddam Hussein is close to having three nuclear weapons.