Poems from Book of Matthew

(Mt. 2:1-2)

The Magi

Where is the One

Born King of Jews?

We’ll worship Him;

This is good news.

 

(Mt. 2:13-14)

Angels Sang

The angels sang

On Christmas morn−

To mankind was

A Savior born.

 

(Mt. 4:3-4)

Bread from Stones

The tempter said,

“Make bread from stones;”

“But man can’t live

On bread alone.”

 

(Mt. 4:3-4)

Jesus Responds to Satan

“Man cannot live

On bread alone,”

And He would not

Make bread from stones.

 

(Mt. 4:7)

Don’t Test the Lord

Don’t test the Lord;

Serve him alone;

Let God’s Word pierce

Your heart of stone.

 

(Mt. 5:13-15)

Salt of Earth

You’re salt of earth,

Light on a hill;

The Spirit rules

When flesh is killed.

 

(Mt. 5:25, 28, 7:6)

Admonitions

Settle your case,

Don’t throw pigs pearls,

Men, do not look

With lust at girls.

 

(Mt. 5:33-37, 6:24, Luke 16:13)

Oaths, God and Money

It is not wise

To swear an oath;

You can’t serve God

And Money both.

 

(Mt. 5:37)

No and Yes

Let “No” be “No;”

Let “Yes” by “Yes;”

Let people know—

Don’t make them guess.

 

(Mt. 5:38)

Be Perfect

Be perfect, as

Your Father is;

You are his sheep;

All sheep are his.

 

(Mt. 5:45)

The Lord is Fair

The Lord is fair;

He sends the rain

On millionaires

And homeless waifs.

 

(Mt. 6:26)

The Birds Don’t Plant

The birds don’t plant

Or reap or store

In barns, yet they’re

Fed by the Lord.

 

 

 

 

(Mt. 6:46-49)

Sand and Rock

With sand, you’ll be

A laughingstock;

Go build your house

On solid rock.

 

(Mt. 7:1-2)

Don’t Judge

Don’t judge, or you

Will be judged too:

What you mete out

Returns to you.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

The Narrow Gate

Let grudges fly,

Let go of hate:

You enter by

The narrow gate.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

The Narrow Gate

The narrow gate

Will get you in—

Do right by men,

Take care, shun sin.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

Relinquish

Relinquish sin,

Relinquish hate,

The Christian way

Is narrow, straight.

 

(Mt. 7:16)

By the Fruits

By its own fruit

You’ll know a tree;

You’ll know good men

By their good deeds.

 

 

 

(Mt. 7:22-23,

2 Peter 2:6-7)

Lawlessness

Men like to make

Their own rules up,

Defying God

Like vicious pups.

 

(Mt. 8:23-27)

The Wind and Waves

The wind and waves

Obeyed his words;

Of such a man

They had not heard.

 

(Mt. 9:37, Luke 10:2)

The Harvest

The harvest, great,

The workers, few,

Ask God to send

The workers through.

 

(Mt. 10:7, 16)

Be Shrewd

Be shrewd as snakes

And innocent

As doves, and preach

The Word where sent.

 

(Mt. 10:26-33)

What is Concealed

What is concealed

Will be revealed;

Pursue the Lord

With faith and zeal.

 

(Mt. 11:4-6)

The Blind Can See

The blind can see,

The dead are raised,

The lame can walk,

And God is praised.

 

 

 

(Mt. 11:30)

Though I Be Sad

Though I be sad,

Wear mourning cloak,

Jesus gives me

An easy yoke.

 

(Mt. 12:36, Romans 14:12,

2 Cor. 5:10)

I Count My Days

I count my days,

My days so short;

To God I’ll give

My full report.

 

(Mt. 13:46)

Pearl

He found a stone,

Best in the world,

Sold all he owned

To have the pearl.

 

(Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44,

Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15)

Feeding Five Thousand

They had two fish

And five bread loaves–

With that, Christ fed

Five thousand folks.

 

(Mt. 14:22-33)

He Water-Walked

He water-walked

And healed the lame,

And for my sins

He took the blame.

 

(Mt. 19:20, 21)

Lack

“What do I lack?”

The rich man asked;

“Sell what you own—

That is your task.”

 

 

 

(Mt. 20:29-34)

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
“We want our sight,”

Said two blind men;

He touched their eyes,

They saw again.

 

(Mt. 21:22)

If You Believe

As you may pray,

If you believe,

What you ask for,

You will receive.

 

(Mt. 22:11-14)

No Wedding Clothes

How is it, man,

No wedding clothes?

Guards, tie him up

And out he goes.

 

(Mt. 24:42)

The End Will Come

The end will come,

So stay awake

And you’ll be strong

When mountains quake.

 

(Mt. 25:1-13)

Five Virgins

Five virgins kept

Their lamps’ oil high

But five did not—

The Groom passed by.

 

(Mt. 25:21)

How Do You Know?
How do you know

When you have won?

When Jesus says,

“Well done, my son.”

 

(Mt. 26:75, Luke 22:62)

Peter Wept

While Romans, Greeks

And Arabs slept,

A rooster crowed

And Peter wept.

 

 

 

(Mt. 27:1-5)

Judas

For silver I’ve

Betrayed the Lord;

A sin like this

I can’t afford.

 

(Mt. 27:34, Mark 15:39)

The Soldier Saw

The soldier saw

Him crucified

And knew that Love

In flesh had died.

 

(Mt. 27:35, Malachi 3:8-12)

They Threw Dice

Then, they drew dice

For Jesus’ robe;

Now, men rob God

Around the globe.

 

(Mt. 27:38, Mark 15:27,

Luke 23:39)

Side by Side with Jesus

A rebel and

A common thief:

One mocked and scoffed;

One gained belief.

 

(Mt. 27:51)

The Torn Veil

When Jesus died,

The veil was torn;

To know Him, you

Must be reborn.

 

(Mt. 27:54, Mark 15:39)

The Soldier’s Revelation

The soldier said,

“He is divine,”

As Jesus bled

Incarnadine.

 

(Mt. 28:19-20)

To Nations Preach

To nations preach,

Proclaim the Word

To places where

No one has heard.

 

(Mt. 28:20)

I’m with You

And surely I’m

With you each day

Down to the end

Of the whole age.

The Mystery of Barack Obama (Barry Soetoro) Continues

The Obama campaign makes an issue out of Romney’s tax returns. Big deal. Romney is worth $250M, and Obama is worth $10M. They’re both in the 1%. So what?

But while Obama tries to divert attention to Romney’s great wealth, the mystery of Barack Obama continues. Obama needs to be “open and transparent,” as he promised to be 4 years ago. The non-Fox media needs to wake up, get off their hind ends, and do a job of investigative reporting.

The Mystery Of Barack Obama Continues

By Steve Baldwin for the Western Center for Journalism

obama 1 dreams of my father The Mystery of Barack Obama ContinuesMost Americans don’t realize we have elected a president whom we know very little about.


Researchers have discovered that Obama’s autobiographical books are little more than PR stunts, as they have little to do with the actual events of his life. The fact is we know less about President Obama than perhaps any other president in American history and much of this is due to actual efforts to hide his record. This should concern all Americans.

A nation-wide network of researchers has sprung up to attempt to fill in the blanks, but at every opportunity Obama’s high-priced lawyers have built walls around various records or simply made them disappear. It is estimated that Obama’s legal team has now spent well over $1.4 million dollars blocking access to documents every American should have access to. The question is why would he spend so much money to do this?

The president who campaigned for a more “open government” and “full disclosure” will not unseal his medical records, his school records, his birth records or his passport records. He will not release his Harvard records, his Columbia College records, or his Occidental College records—he will not even release his Columbia College thesis. All his legislative records from the Illinois State Senate are missing and he claims his scheduling records during those State Senate years are lost as well. In addition, no one can find his school records for the elite K-12 college prep school, Punahou School, he attended in Hawaii.

What is he hiding? Well, for starters, some of these records will shed light on his citizenship and birth.

For example, Obama’s application to Punahou School – now mysteriously missing – would likely contain a birth certificate. And, obama 2 scott and barry 3rd grade 1969 punahou school in hawaii The Mystery of Barack Obama Continuesaccording to attorney Gary Kreep, “his Occidental College records are important as they may show he attended there as a foreign exchange student.” Indeed, Obama used his Indonesian name “Barry Soetoro” while attending Occidental. Kreep has filed lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president and as part of his lawsuit he requested Obama’s records from Occidental. However, Obama’s lawyers quickly moved to stop Occidental from honoring this request.

Furthermore, now that at least three document authentication experts have declared the scanned “Certificate of Live Birth” Obama’s campaign team gave to a pro-Obama website to be an obvious phony; we know that he is hiding something here as well.

Over 49 separate law suits have been filed on the eligibility/birth certificate issue alone, with several of the suits making it all the way the United States Supreme Court, only to be denied a full hearing.

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Pictured: Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talah

What’s more, there are questions about how he paid for his Harvard Law School education since, despite a claim by Michele Obama, no one has produced any evidence that he received student loans. The Obamas will not release any student loan details despite repeated requests from the Chicago Tribune. However, it appears that his Harvard education may have been paid for by a foreign source. Khalid Al-Mansour, an advisor to Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talah, told Manhattan Borough president, Percy Sutton, that he was raising money for Obama’s Harvard tuition. Incidentally, Prince Tala is the largest donor to CAIR, a Muslim group declared by the U.S. Government in 2007 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist financing trial. At least three of CAIR’s leaders have been indicted for terrorist activities. Al-Mansour’s admission opens up speculation as to whether Muslim interests have assisted Obama’s career in the hope he would eventually be in a position someday to promote their interests.

More recently, it was discovered that Obama’s Selective Service card may have been doctored. Federal law requires all American males to register for the Selective Service (the draft) in case a major war broke out. Blogger Debbie Schlussel has discovered solid evidence that Obama’s Selective Service registration form was submitted not when he was younger as required, but rather in 2008 and then altered to look older. Indeed, the forgers forgot to alter the “Document Location Number” which shows that it is clearly a 2008 form. This is fraud and it’s a felony and Schlussel’s allegations are backed up by Stephen Coffman, a former high-ranking Federal agent. Moreover, the document shows a September 4th, 1980 date and the location of the transaction as Hawaii, but at that time Obama was thousands of miles away attending Occidental College in Los Angeles.

The real reason why Obama probably did not submit this form as a teenager is that he assumed his Kenyan or Indonesian citizenship exempted him from this requirement. But clearly, as he grew older and entered politics, he saw that any documents revealing a foreign birth – Selective Service registration, birth certificate, school applications, etc – would be problematic if he ran for the presidency. Thus, it is not a coincidence that every document which contains information about his birth or citizenship is either missing, sealed, or has been altered.

Indeed, everywhere one looks into Obama’s background, we find sealed records, scrubbed websites, altered documents, deception and unanswered questions. Can anyone imagine for a second if John McCain or George Bush had blocked access to his school, medical, and birth records? It would have been headlines in their case,  but as with everything else concerning Obama, the media has given him a pass on this.

Of all these marvels, the latest mystery and probably most perplexing is that of Obama’s social security number. It appears that Obama has multiple identities in term of possessing numerous social security numbers. Orly Taitz, an attorney who has filed numerous suits against Obama regarding his eligibility to serve as president, appears to have been the first to discover this. In her suit, representing a number of military officers who are refusing to serve under an ineligible commander in chief, she hired private investigator Neil Sankey to conduct research on Obama’s prior addresses and Social Society numbers. Using Intelius, Lexis Nexis, Choice Point and other public records, Sankey found around 25 Social Security numbers connected with Obama’s name.

However, it may not be as many as 25, since Sankey also searched using closely related names such as: “Barak Obama,” “Batock Obama,” “Barok Obama,” and “Barrack Obama.” There may very well be some Kenyans living in America with the same last name and a similar first name. In any case, I will exclude these records for the purpose of this research and focus only on names spelled exactly like his name. Moreover, we can verify many of the Social Security numbers as valid since they’re connected to addresses at which we know Obama resided. Needless to say, there are also a slew of address and social security numbers connected to addresses in states that Obama has no known connection to.

In Obama’s home state, Illinois, Sankey tracked down 16 different addresses for a Barack Obama or a Barack H. Obama, of which all are addresses he was known to have lived at. Two Social Security numbers appear for these addresses, one beginning with 042 and one starting 364.

In California, where Obama attended Occidental College, there are six addresses listed for him, all within easy driving distance of the college. However, there are three Social Security numbers connected to these addresses, 537 and two others, each beginning with 999.

There are no addresses listed in New York where he attended Columbia University, but there is one listed for him in nearby Jackson, NJ, with a Social Security number beginning with 485.

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713 Hart Senate Office Building

In Massachusetts – where Obama attended Harvard Law School – we find three addresses, all using the 042 Social Security number. After Obama was elected to the United States Senate in 2005, he moved into an apartment at 300 Massachusetts Ave NW; the Social Security number attached to that address is the 042 one. Yet, three years later, Obama used a different Social Security number for an address listed as: 713 Hart Senate Office Building. This was the address of his United States Senate office. This Social Security number began with 282 and was verified by the government in 2008.

This mystery grows even stranger as other addresses and Social Security numbers for Barack Obama appear in a dozen other states not known to be connected to him. Again, I am excluding those records names not spelled exactly like his name.

  • Tennessee, one address with a Social Security number beginning with 427
  • Colorado, one address, with a Social Security number beginning with 456.
  • Utah, two addresses, with two Social Security numbers beginning with 901 and 799.
  • Missouri has one address and one Social Security number beginning with 999.
  • Florida has two addresses listed for his him, three if you count one listed as “Barry Obama.” One is connected to a Social Security number beginning with 762.
  • In Georgia there are three addresses listed for him, all with different Social Security numbers: 579, 420, and 423.
  • In Texas there are four different addresses listed for him, one is connected to Social Security number 675.
  • There are two addresses listed for Barack Obama in Oregon and one address listed for him in  the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

All told, there are 49 addresses and 16 different Social Security numbers listed for a person whose name is spelled “Barack Obama.” In some cases, the middle initial “H” is listed. If you were to expand the search to include closely related names such as: “Barac,” “Barak,” and “Barrack” Obama, you would find more than a dozen additional addresses and Social Security numbers.

Finally, the one Social Security number Obama most frequently used, the one beginning with 042, is a number issued in Connecticut sometime during 1976-1977, yet there is no record of Obama ever living or working in Connecticut. Indeed, during this time period Obama would have been 15-16 years old and living in Hawaii at the time.

obama 5 ann stanley and madelyn dunham The Mystery of Barack Obama Continues

Ann, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham

Nevertheless, all this mystery surrounding Obama appears to be a generational thing. Researchers have discovered nearly a dozen aliases, at least two different Social Security numbers, and upwards of over 99 separate addresses for Ann Dunham, his mother. We do know she worked for the ultra liberal Ford Foundation but we also know she may have earned some income from pornographic poses, as evidenced by photos recently discovered by some researchers—how embarrassing. The only thing researchers are able to find out about Obama’s mother is the fact she made porn. I’m sure that’s a first for presidential mothers.

But we also know that Obama’s mother and grandparents associated with Communist Party leaders such as Frank Marshall Davis, a man who, according to Obama’s book, Dreams from my Father, was his main mentor during much of his Hawaiian boyhood (although Obama tried to disguise his identity in his book). During the Cold War, Davis was named by congressional investigators as a key member of a secretive pro-Soviet networked that existed in Hawaii at that time.

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Communist Party leader, Frank Marshall Davis

The lack of documents regarding Obama also extends to his mother and to his grandparents. Indeed, researchers have been unable to find marriage licenses for his mother’s two marriages, assuming she was ever legally married. Ditto goes for the marriage license for Ann’s parents. They cannot find birth certificates for her, her parents, or for even for her grandparents. Even more so, despite Obama’s boast of his grandfather’s military service, there’s no record of that either. For reasons no one knows, much of Obama’s life, his mother’s life and his grandparent’s life has been erased from the records as if they never existed.

But why would someone obtain so many Social Security numbers? According to investigators, those who create additional Social Society numbers are typically engaged in criminal activities such as Social Security fraud, tax fraud, real estate fraud, campaign

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Barrack Obama and his Grandmother, Madelyn Dunham.

“Madeline Dunham was a volunteer at the Oahu Circuit Court probate department and had access to the Social Security numbers of deceased people.

contributions fraud, voter fraud and so on. While the private investigator who compiled this list says multiple social security numbers does not automatically prove there’s criminal activity involved, he states that “having said that, I have personally experienced many, many cases where such information has led to subsequent exposure of fraud, deception, money laundering and other crimes.“What is interesting to note is that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, was a volunteer at the Oahu Circuit Court probate department and had access to the Social Security numbers of deceased people.

It is clear that more research needs to be done on this issue. The Western Center for Journalism

( http://www.westernjournalism.com) is inviting readers to join the search for the truth. If you have any information about any of the addresses listed, they would love to hear from you. To find a complete list of all the addresses and Social Security numbers listed in the public record for Obama and family, please go to the Western Center for Journalism.

Mitt Romney’s Speech to VFW

Mitt Romney at VFW attacks Obama on security leak, Israel, defense spending
3:11 PM, Jul 24, 2012 | Comments

 

The following are presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s prepared remarks to the VFW National Convention:

Thank you. Commander Richard DeNoyer, I appreciate the introduction, and I’m proud to see a combat veteran from Massachusetts serving as National Commander of the VFW.

Ladies Auxiliary President Gwen Rankin, incoming National Commander John Hamilton, incoming Ladies Auxiliary President Leanne Lemley, Adjutant General Allen “Gunner” Kent, Executive Director Bob Wallace, distinguished guests and members of the VFW: Thank you for your generous welcome.

I want to start today with a few words about the unimaginable tragedy in Colorado last week. We’ve since learned that among the victims were four people who had served – or were serving – our country in uniform. Today, our hearts go out to the families of John Larimer of the U.S. Navy; Rebecca Wingo, an Air Force veteran; Jesse Childress, an Army veteran and member of the Air Force reserve; and Jonathan Blunk, a Navy veteran who died shielding his girlfriend from the spray of bullets. The loss of four Americans who served our country only adds to the profound tragedy of that day. All Americans are grateful for their service and deeply saddened by their deaths. We mourn them and we will remember them.

The VFW is now over two million strong. It has a special place in America’s heart. Some of you fought recently, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Others are old enough to have marched, flown, or sailed by orders of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Whatever your age, whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, whenever you served – there’s one thing you have in common: You answered the call of your country in a time of war. From December 7th, 1941 to September 11, 2001, whenever America has been tested, you stepped forward. You come from our farms, our great cities, our small towns and quiet neighborhoods. Many of you have known violence so that your neighbors could only know peace. You have done more than protect America; your courage and service defines America. You are America at our best and it is an honor to address you.

Our veterans are part of a proud tradition that stretches back to the battlefields at Lexington and Concord – and now to places like Fallujah and Kandahar. Year after year, our men and women in uniform have added proud achievements to their record of service. And President Obama pointed to some of them yesterday in his speech.

Any time our military accomplishes a vital mission it is a proud moment for our nation. But we owe our veterans and our military more than just an accounting of our successes. They deserve a fair and frank assessment of the whole picture – of where we are and where we want to be. And when it comes to national security and foreign policy, as with our economy, the last few years have been a time of declining influence and missed opportunity.

Just consider some of the challenges I discussed at your last national convention:

Since then, has the American economy recovered?

Has our ability to shape world events been enhanced, or diminished?

Have we gained greater confidence among our allies, and greater respect from our adversaries?

And, perhaps most importantly, has the most severe security threat facing America and our friends, a nuclear-armed Iran, become more or less likely?

These clear measures are the ultimate tests of American leadership. And, by these standards, we haven’t seen much in the President’s first term that inspires confidence in a second.

The President’s policies have made it harder to recover from the deepest recession in seventy years … exposed the military to cuts that no one can justify … compromised our national-security secrets … and in dealings with other nations, given trust where it is not earned, insult where it is not deserved, and apology where it is not due.

From Berlin to Cairo to the United Nations, President Obama has shared his view of America and its place among nations. I have come here today to share mine.

I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country. I am not ashamed of American power. I take pride that throughout history our power has brought justice where there was tyranny, peace where there was conflict, and hope where there was affliction and despair. I do not view America as just one more point on the strategic map, one more power to be balanced. I believe our country is the greatest force for good the world has ever known, and that our influence is needed as much now as ever. And I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century.

In 1941, Henry Luce called on his countrymen – just then realizing their strength – “to create the first great American century.” And they succeeded: together with their allies, they won World War II, they rescued Europe, they defeated Communism, and America took its place as leader of the free world. Across the globe, they fought, they bled, they led. They showed the world the extraordinary courage of the American heart and the generosity of the American spirit.

That courage and generosity remains unchanged today. But sadly, this president has diminished American leadership, and we are reaping the consequences. The world is dangerous, destructive, chaotic. And the two men running to be your commander-in-chief must offer their answers to the challenges we face.

Like a watchman in the night, we must remain at our post – and keep guard of the freedom that defines and ennobles us, and our friends. In an American Century, we have the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, we secure peace through our strength. And if by absolute necessity we must employ it, we must wield our strength with resolve. In an American Century, we lead the free world and the free world leads the entire world.

If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place, pulling history in a very different direction. A just and peaceful world depends on a strong and confident America. I pledge to you that if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.

American leadership depends, as it always has, on our economic strength, on our military strength, and on our moral strength. If any of these falter, no skill of diplomacy or presidential oratory can compensate. Today, the strength of our economy is in jeopardy.

A healthy American economy is what underwrites American power. When growth is missing, government revenue falls, social spending rises, and many in Washington look to cut defense spending as an easy out. That includes our current President.

Today, we are just months away from an arbitrary, across-the-board budget reduction that would saddle the military with a trillion dollars in cuts, severely shrink our force structure, and impair our ability to meet and deter threats. Don’t bother trying to find a serious military rationale behind any of this, unless that rationale is wishful thinking. Strategy is not driving President Obama’s massive defense cuts. In fact, his own Secretary of Defense warned that these reductions would be “devastating.” And he is right.

That devastation starts at home. These cuts would only weaken an already stretched VA system and impair our solemn commitment that every veteran receives care second to none. I will not allow that to happen.

This is not the time for the President’s radical cuts in the military. Look around the globe. Other major powers are rapidly adding to their military capabilities, some with intentions very different from ours. The regime in Tehran is drawing closer to developing a nuclear weapon. The threat of radical Islamic terrorism persists. The threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation is ever-present. And we are still at war and still have uniformed men and women in conflict.

All this and more is ongoing in the world. And yet the President has chosen this moment for wholesale reductions in the nation’s military capacity. When the biggest announcement in his last State of the Union address on improving our military was that the Pentagon will start using more clean energy – then you know it’s time for a change.

We’re not the first people to observe this. It is reported that Bob Gates, the President’s first secretary of defense, bluntly addressed another security problem within this administration. After secret operational details of the bin Laden raid were given to reporters, Secretary Gates walked into the West Wing and told the Obama team to “shut up.” He added a colorful word for emphasis.

Lives of American servicemen and women are at stake. But astonishingly, the administration failed to change its ways. More top-secret operations were leaked, even some involving covert action in Iran.

This isn’t a partisan issue; it’s a national security crisis. And yesterday, Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said, quote, “I think the White House has to understand that some of this is coming from their ranks.”

This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation by a special counsel, with explanation and consequence. Obama appointees, who are accountable to President Obama’s Attorney General, should not be responsible for investigating the leaks coming from the Obama White House.

Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.

It is not enough to say the matter is being looked into, and leave it at that. When the issue is the political use of highly sensitive national security information, it is unacceptable to say, “We’ll report our findings after Election Day.”

Exactly who in the White House betrayed these secrets? Did a superior authorize it? These are things that Americans are entitled to know – and they are entitled to know right now. If the President believes – as he said last week – that the buck stops with him, then he owes all Americans a full and prompt accounting of the facts.

And let me make this very clear: These events make the decision we face in November all the more important. What kind of White House would reveal classified material for political gain? I’ll tell you right now: Mine won’t.

The harm done when national security secrets are betrayed extends, of course, to the trust that allies place in the United States.

The operating principle of American foreign policy has been to work with our allies so that we can deter aggression before it breaks out into open conflict. That policy depends on nurturing our alliances and standing up for our common values.

Yet the President has moved in the opposite direction.

It began with the sudden abandonment of friends in Poland and the Czech Republic. They had courageously agreed to provide sites for our anti-missile systems, only to be told, at the last hour, that the agreement was off. As part of the so-called reset in policy, missile defenses were sacrificed as a unilateral concession to the Russian government.

If that gesture was designed to inspire good will from Russia, it clearly missed the mark. The Russian government defended the dictator in Damascus, arming him as he slaughtered the Syrian people.

We can only guess what Vladimir Putin makes of the Obama administration. He regained the Russian presidency in a corrupt election, and for that, he got a congratulatory call from the Oval Office. And then there was that exchange picked up by a microphone that President Obama didn’t know was on. We heard him asking Dmitry Medvedev to tell Mr. Putin to give him “space.” “This is my last election,” President Obama said, and “After my election I’ll have more flexibility.”

Why is flexibility with Russian leaders more important than transparency to the American people?

President Obama had a moment of candor, however, just the other day. He said that the actions of the Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez have not had a serious national security impact on us. In my view, inviting Hezbollah into our hemisphere is severe, serious, and a threat.

But at least he was consistent. After all, this is the president who faltered when the Iranian people were looking for support in their struggle against the ayatollahs. That uprising was treated as an inconvenient problem for the President’s policy of engagement, instead of as a moral and strategic opportunity. That terrible misjudgment should never be repeated. When unarmed women and men in Tehran find the courage to confront their oppressors, at risk of torture and death, they should hear the unequivocal voice of an American president affirming their right to be free.

I will leave Reno this evening on a trip abroad that will take me to England, Poland, and Israel. And since I wouldn’t venture into another country to question American foreign policy, I will tell you right here – before I leave – what I think of this administration’s shabby treatment of one of our finest friends.

President Obama is fond of lecturing Israel’s leaders. He was even caught by a microphone deriding them. He has undermined their position, which was tough enough as it was. And even at the United Nations, to the enthusiastic applause of Israel’s enemies, he spoke as if our closest ally in the Middle East was the problem.

The people of Israel deserve better than what they have received from the leader of the free world. And the chorus of accusations, threats, and insults at the United Nations should never again include the voice of the President of the United States.

There are values, causes, and nations that depend on American strength, on the clarity of our purpose, and on the reliability of our commitments. There is work in this world that only America and our allies can do, hostile powers that only we can deter, and challenges that only we can overcome.

For the past decade, among those challenges has been the war in Afghanistan. As commander-in-chief, I will have a solemn duty to our men and women in uniform. A president owes our troops, their families, and the American people a clear explanation of our mission, and a commitment not to play politics with the decisions of war.

I have been critical of the President’s decision to withdraw the surge troops during the fighting season, against the advice of the commanders on the ground. President Obama would have you believe that anyone who disagrees with his decisions is arguing for endless war. But the route to more war – and to potential attacks here at home – is a politically timed retreat.

As president, my goal in Afghanistan will be to complete a successful transition to Afghan security forces by the end of 2014. I will evaluate conditions on the ground and solicit the best advice of our military commanders. And I will affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects, but to the security of the nation.

We face another continuing challenge in a rising China. China is attentive to the interests of its government – but it too often disregards the rights of its people. It is selective in the freedoms it allows; and, as with its one-child policy, it can be ruthless in crushing the freedoms it denies. In conducting trade with America, it permits flagrant patent and copyright violations … forestalls American businesses from competing in its market … and manipulates its currency to obtain unfair advantage. It is in our mutual interest for China to be a partner for a stable and secure world, and we welcome its participation in trade. But the cheating must finally be brought to a stop. President Obama hasn’t done it and won’t do it. I will.

We’ll need that same clarity of purpose and resolve in the Middle East. America cannot be neutral in the outcome there. We must clearly stand for the values of representative government, economic opportunity, and human rights. And we must stand against the extension of Iranian or jihadist influence.

Egypt is at the center of this historical drama. In many ways, it has the power to tip the balance in the Arab world toward freedom and modernity. As president, I will not only direct the billions in assistance we give to Egypt toward that goal, but I will also work with partner nations to place conditions on their assistance as well. Unifying our collective influence behind a common purpose will foster the development of a government that represents all Egyptians, maintains peace with Israel, and promotes peace throughout the region. The United States is willing to help Egypt support peace and prosperity, but we will not be complicit in oppression and instability.

There is no greater danger in the world today than the prospect of the ayatollahs in Tehran possessing nuclear weapons capability. Yet for all the talks and conferences, all of the extensions and assurances, can anyone say we are farther from this danger now than four years ago?

The same ayatollahs who each year mark a holiday by leading chants of “Death to America” are not going to be talked out of their pursuit of nuclear weapons. What’s needed is all the firmness, clarity, and moral courage that we and our allies can gather. Sanctions must be enforced without exception, cutting off the regime’s sources of wealth. Negotiations must secure full and unhindered access for inspections. As it is, the Iranian regime claims the right to enrich nuclear material for supposedly peaceful purposes. This claim is discredited by years of deception. A clear line must be drawn: There must be a full suspension of any enrichment, period.

And at every turn, Iran must know that the United States and our allies stand as one in these critical objectives. Only in this way can we successfully counter the catastrophic threat that Iran presents. I pledge to you and to all Americans that if I become commander-in-chief, I will use every means necessary to protect ourselves and the region, and to prevent the worst from happening while there is still time.

It is a mistake – and sometimes a tragic one – to think that firmness in American foreign policy can bring only tension or conflict. The surest path to danger is always weakness and indecision. In the end, it is resolve that moves events in our direction, and strength that keeps the peace.

I will not surrender America’s leadership in the world. We must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose, and resolve in our might.

This is very simple: if you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I am not your President. You have that President today.

The 21st century can and must be an American Century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity.

Fewer members of the Greatest Generation are with us today – and they can’t hold the torch as high as they have in the past. We must now seize the torch they carried so gallantly and at such sacrifice. It is an eternal torch of decency, freedom and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty – and honor – to hold it high enough so that all the world can see its light.

Believe in America.

Thank you and God Bless the United States of America.

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1:05 P.M. UPDATE: Kelly Main, a self-described conservative, said Romney would bring the U.S. back to “living within means.”

“He also believes in the Constitution, which includes citizens arming themselves against crazies or other people,” Main said.

Main is a teacher in Washoe County School District, and she stood outside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center with other local Republicans to show support for Romney. Though many supporters left when they realized they wouldn’t get to see him, Main stuck around with a few others.

Her husband, Allan, stood at the intersection of Kietzke and Peckham lanes, holding a sign that read “I Don’t Believe the Liberal Media.”

“Romney is also pro-life,” Main added. “We will see many more abortions under Obama. We absolutely need to defeat him. The country is doomed if we don’t.”

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EARLIER UPDATE: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attacked President Obama on many fronts Tuesday during his speech at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Reno.

In stark contrast to Obama’s speech before the VFW on Monday, Romney mentioned his political opponent early and often in his 26 minute speech to a crowd of about 4,000 at the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority.

Romney focused his criticism of Obama on a national security leak, disrespect toward Israel and cuts in defense spending.

“Strategy is not driving President Obama’s massive defense cuts,” Romney said. “In fact, his own Secretary of Defense warned that these reductions would be ‘devastating.’ And he is right.”

“That devastation starts at home,” Romney said. “These cuts would only weaken an already stretched VA system and impair our solemn commitment that every veteran receives care second to none. I will not allow that to happen.”

Romney also warned that the United States would lose power and prestige throughout the world if Obama remains president.

“If we do not have the strength or vision to lead, then other powers will take our place, pulling history in a very different direction,” Romney said. “A just and peaceful world depends on a strong and confident America. I pledge to you that if I become commander-in-chief, the United States of America will fulfill its duty, and its destiny.”

Obama’s Kenyan Birth Records Discovered in British National Archives

This story cannot be true. We know that a President (esp. Barack “Messiah” Obama) would never lie to the American people about anything important such as his eligibility for the office. DW

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Obama’s Kenyan Birth Records Discovered In British National Archives
Evidence discovered shows British Protectorate of East Africa recorded Obama’s birth records before 1963 and sent returns of those events to Britain’s Public Records Office and the Kew branch of British National Archives.


By Dan Crosby of The Daily Pen

(Editor’s note: The records alluded to in this story were discovered through a May, 2012 search through BMD Registers, a BNA partner site, using the search term “Obama”. Corroborating evidence through public sources only implicates the identity of those involved but does not explicitly prove their identity in the absence of the availability of original documents.)

KEW, SURREY, Great Britain – The last place anyone would think to look for a birth record of someone claiming to be a “natural born” U.S. citizen is Great Britain. The very inclusion of the Article II eligibility mandate in the U.S. Constitution was explicitly intended by the founding fathers of America to prevent a then British-born enemy usurper from attaining the office of the U.S. presidency and thereby undermining the sovereignty of the newly formed nation.

In the absence of honor, courage and justice on the part of those serving in the U.S. Congress and Federal Judiciary, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case investigative group has concluded the only law enforcement analysis of the image of Obama’s alleged “Certificate of Live Birth” posted to a government website in April, 2011 and found it to be the product of criminal fraud and document forgery.

The seeming endless evidence against Obama has now taken investigators to the foreign archives of Great Britain wherein it has been discovered that vital events occurring under the jurisdiction of the British Colony in the Protectorate of East Africa prior to 1965 were recorded and held in the main office of the British Registrar in England until 1995 before being archived in the BNA.

It now appears the worst fears of the U.S. Constitution’s framers were well founded as investigators working on behalf of the ongoing investigation into the Constitutional eligibility of Barack Obama have found yet another lead in a growing mountain of evidence within the public records section of the British National Archives indicating the occurrence of at least four vital events registered to the name of Barack Obama, taking place in the British Protectorate of East Africa (Kenya) between 1953 and 1963, including the birth of two sons before 1963.

Recall, investigative journalists working for Breitbart.com have already discovered biographical information published by Barack Obama’s literary agent in which he claimed he was born in Kenya. Prior to Obama’s ensconcement to the White House, many international stories also stated that Obama was Kenyan-born as did members of Kenya’s legislative assembly. Since then information on Obama’s ties has been curtailed by government officials as the Obama administration has coincidently paid nearly $4 billion for capital projects in Kenya.

Also, the presence of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, cannot be accounted for from February, 1961, the alleged month of her marriage to Obama, until three weeks after the birth of Obama II in August, 1961 when she allegedly applied for college courses at the University of Washington. Theories about her whereabouts have included that she participated in the Air Lift America project as an exchange student and traveled to Nairobi as one of many recent highschool graduates (see AASF Report 1959-1961).The record of birth of a second son prior to Kenyan independence is significant because biographical information about Obama’s family indicates Obama Sr. fathered only one other son prior to Obama II’s birth.

The books containing hand written line records of vital events attributed to Obama are contained in Series RG36 of the Family Records section in the Kew branch of the BNA. The hand written line records first discovered in 2009, indicate several events were registered to the name Barack Obama (appears to be handwritten and spelled “Burack” and “Biraq”) beginning in 1953 and include two births recorded in 1958 and 1960, a marriage license registration in 1954 and a birth in 1961. Barack Obama is said to have died in 1982 and had married at least once more in Kenya and had at least one more child in 1968, but no record of these were found in the BNA because, according to the Archives’ desk reference, the events occurred after Kenya achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1963.

To date, Barack Obama II is the only known alleged son of Obama Sr. born after 1960 and before the independence of Kenya became official in 1963.

A request for information from the BNA on the specification of birth information contained in the series of thousands of logs indicates that only vital events registered in Kenya’s Ministry of Health offices were recorded in the registration returns and were placed in the National Archives care before they reached 30 years old (the law was amended to 20 years after creation in 2010).

The line records do not specify the identity or names of the children–only gender. However, the line records are associated with index numbers of actual microfilm copies of certificates, licenses and registration applications filed in the archives.

According to researchers, Obama’s line records were discovered in Series RG36, reference books. Not surprisingly, when researchers specifically requested access to the relevant microfilm for the Obama birth registrations, they were told that the records were currently held under an outdated “privileged access” status, meaning researchers were denied access under Chapter 52, Sections 3 and 5 of the British Public Records Act of 1958. However, evidence shows these records were available for public access before August of 2009, the approximate date of arrival of Hillary Clinton in Great Britain during her trip to Africa that year.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/information-management/access-to-public-records.pdf

Several sources show that Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made a sudden visit to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British agency which oversees Public Records Archives from colonial protectorates, to speak with the Chief Executive of the Archives in early August of 2009. African news agency expressed surprise at Clintons arrival since she did not announce her intentions of stopping in Great Britain before embarking on her two week trip to Africa.

OBAMA’S FATHER FAILED TO INCLUDE BIRTH OF “SON” ON INS APPLICATION

CONTINUED HERE (Hat tip Capt-Dax): http://thedailypen.blogspot.com/2012/07/obamas-kenyan-birth-records-discovered.html

WATCH SHERIFF JOE’S 2ND OBAMA INVESTIGATION PRESS CONFERENCE HERE:http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/07/arpaio-obama-birth-record-definitely.html

WATCH SHERIFF JOE’S 1ST PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT OBAMA’S FORGED IDENTITY DOCUMENTS HERE:http://www.art2superpac.com/joe.html

SHERIFF JOE TEA-PARTY PRESENTATION VIDEO HERE: http://www.art2superpac.com/arizonavideo.html

-ARTICLE II ELIGIBILITY FACTS HERE: http://www.art2superpac.com/issues.html
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Penn State slammed with NCAA Sanctions over handling of Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

Surprisingly, for once the people in power are appropriately punished for dead-wrong behavior.
July 23, 2012 9:20 AM

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Penn State slammed with NCAA sanctions over handling of Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

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(CBS/AP) The NCAA imposed a harsh set of sanctions on Penn State Monday, less than two weeks after an independent investigation found that football coach Joe Paterno and other senior school leaders failed to stop former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing children on campus.

 

NCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the association was banning the football team from all post-season play and bowl games for four years, reducing the program’s number of scholarships from 25 to 15 per year for four years, and fining the program $60 million. The association also vacated all of the program’s wins between 1998 and 2011.

 

“Football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people,” Emmert said.

[A wonderful statement.]

 

The program will also be on probation for five years. Current Penn State players will immediately be allowed to transfer without sitting out a year, Emmert said. One coach told CBSSports.com last week that Penn State recruits were already calling him trying to gauge interest in their talents.

 

When asked about Paterno’s role in the scandal, Emmert said the NCAA decided to withhold judgment on individuals.

 

 

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Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts last month at a trial that included gut-wrenching testimony from eight young men who said he abused them as boys during the course of a decade.

 

“No matter what we do here today, there is no action that we can take that will remove their pain and anguish,” Emmert said.

 

Emmert fast-tracked penalties rather than go through the usual circuitous series of investigations and hearings. The NCAA said the $60 million is equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program. The money must be paid into an endowment for external programs preventing child sexual abuse or assisting victims and may not be used to fund such programs at Penn State.

 

After an eight-month inquiry, a firm led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh produced a 267-page report finding that Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president Gary Schultz, who oversaw the campus police department, and university president Graham Spanier “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”

Mark Chapter Four (from New Testament in Blank Verse by Day Williams)

MARK CHAPTER FOUR
Jesus began to teach beside the lake
Again. The crowd that circled round him was
So large that he got in a boat and sat

In it out on the lake, while all the people
Gathered along the shore. He taught them by
His parables, and in his teaching said:

“Listen! A farmer went to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell
Along the path, where birds came down and ate

It up. Some fell on rocky places, where
The ground was hard. It sprang up quickly, for
The soil was shallow, but it wilted soon

Beneath the sun, which scorched the plants
And made them wither, for they had no root.
Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew

And choked the plants, so that they bore no grain.
Still other seeds fell on good soil and yielded
Crops, multiplying thirty, sixty–even

A hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “He who
Has ears to hear should listen.” When he was
Alone, the Twelve and others with him asked

About the parables. He said to them,
“The secret of God‘s kingdom has been given
To you. But all is said in parables

To the outsiders so that, “`They may see
But not perceive; that they may hear but not
Understand; otherwise they might convert

And be forgiven!’” Jesus asked them, “Don’t
You understand this parable? Then how’ll
You understand the other parables

That I will tell? The farmer sows the word.
Some people‘s hearts are like the seed along
The pathway where the word is sown. Once they

Hear the word, Satan comes and steals it, so
That they forget it. Others, like seed sown
On rocky places, hear the word, receiving

It joyfully, but since they have no root,
They only last a short while. Afterward,
When trouble or a persecution comes

Due to the word, they quickly fall away.
Still others are like seed sown in the thorns:
They hear the word; but the cares of this life,

Riches’ deceitfulness, and the desires
For other things come in and choke the word,
And it becomes unfruitful. Others, like

Seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept
It, and produce a crop that’s thirty, sixty,
Even a hundred times more.” He asked, “Do

You bring a lamp inside a lamp to slip it under
A bowl or bed? No, don’t you place it on
Its stand? For there is nothing hidden which

Won’t be revealed, and nothing is concealed
Which will not come to light. If anyone
Has ears to hear, let him use them.” Take heed

To what you hear,” he said. “With the same measure
You use, it will be measured back to you−
And even more. Whoever has will be

Given more; and the one who does not have,
Even his nothing will be taken from
Him.” He continued, “This is what God‘s kingdom

Is like. A farmer scatters seed upon
The ground, then goes to bed at night, gets up
Each morning, while the seed sprouts and grows up,

Though he does not know how. All by itself
The soil produces grain−at first the stalk,
And then the head, then the full kernel in

The head; and as soon as the grain is ripe,
He puts the sickle to it instantly,
Because the harvest‘s come.” Again he said,

“To what shall we compare God‘s kingdom? Or
What parable shall we describe it with?
It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest seed

That you can plant in soil. Yet when it’s planted,
It grows, becoming greater than all herbs,
With such big branches that the birds can perch

Within its shade.” With many similar
Parables Jesus spoke the word to them,
As much as they could understand. He did

Not say a thing to them unless he used
A parable. But when he was alone
With his disciples, he explained it all.

That day when evening came, he said to his
Disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side.”
They sent the crowd home and took him along,

As he was, in the boat. Some other boats
Were with him too. Then came an angry squall
Of wind which drove the waves aboard the boat

So it was almost swamped; and He was in
The stern, asleep upon a pillow. His
Disciples woke him up and said to him,

“Teacher, don’t your care that we’re drowning?” He
Told his disciples, “Why are you so scared?
Do you still have no faith?” They were afraid

And questioned one another, “Who is this?
Even the wind and waves submit to him!”

He’s got the whole world in His hands

 

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the sun and the rain in His hands,
He’s got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He’s got the wind and the clouds in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He’s got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He’s got you and he’s got me in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

He’s got everybody here in His hands,
He’s got everybody there in His hands,
He’s got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

~Traditional American Spiritual

Colorado theater shooting victim, graduate of Hug High in Reno, shielded girlfriend from gunman

A local hero.

Colorado theater shooting victim was graduate of Hug High in Reno, shielded girlfriend from gunman

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People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012.

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. / Karl Gehring/Denver Post

Jonathan T. Blunk, a Hug High School graduate, Navy veteran and father of two, was one of the victims of the deadly Aurora, Colo., theater shooting — and also one of its heroes.

His girlfriend Jansen Young told the Today Show she survived the shooting after Blunk, 26, shielded her from the bullets by lying on top of her.

“Jon just took a bullet for me,” she said.

Blunk always wanted to be a hero, his estranged wife, Chantel Blunk of Reno, told NBC News.

“He always talked about if he were going to die, he wanted to die a hero,” Chantel Blunk said.

The couple had met at Reno’s Procter Hug High School in 2004 before he enlisted in the Navy, serving out of San Diego aboard the USS Nimitz. They were married in 2007.

He left the service in 2009 and after separating from his wife moved to Colorado, where he worked at a hardware store.

Close friend James Gill of Brighton, Colo., said Blunk served three tours of duty in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea between 2004 and 2009. He said Blunk planned to re-enlist to become a Navy SEAL and the circumstances surrounding his friend’s death didn’t surprise him.

“Jonathan Blunk is a hero,” Young told the Reno Gazette-Journal via telephone from Aurora, Colo., Saturday afternoon. She could not speak further at the time.

Before and After Massacre, Puzzles Line a Suspect’s Path

What a sick man! You have to wonder why nobody he knew got him help.

This attack is no reason for pushes for gun control. The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens.

Before and After Massacre, Puzzles Line a Suspect’s Path

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Mourners at a vigil for the victims. Many said they had come because it could have been them, or their brothers or sisters or aunts or mothers, who died. More Photos »

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Published: July 21, 2012

AURORA, Colo. — Killing a dozen people and wounding more than 50 others was apparently not enough for James Eagan Holmes, according to the police. Inside his otherwise ordinary apartment, lay an intricate series of explosive booby traps, seemingly designed to kill anyone who entered while pursuing his trail.

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Mr. Holmes, 24, who the police say brought terror to a midnight movie screening in this Colorado community, also left behind a litany of questions, many of them focused on how and why a once-promising student could now stand accused of being the lone gunman behind the deadliest mass shootings in Colorado since the 1999 Columbine High School attacks.

Mr. Holmes had been a shy, awkward boy who once seemed quietly bound for big things. He was a science student from Southern California who won scholarships and internships, graduated “at the top of the top” from the University of California, Riverside, and moved to Colorado last year to take the next step: a doctoral program in neuroscience.

But Mr. Holmes struggled through his first academic year at the University of Colorado, Denver, and had dropped out by this spring. Neighbors from his gang-ridden neighborhood in Aurora described him as a solitary figure, recognizable as one of the few white residents of a largely Hispanic neighborhood, and always alone. Alone as he bought beer and liquor at neighborhood shops, as he ate burritos at La California restaurant or got his car fixed at the Grease Monkey auto shop. Alone as he rode his bicycle through the streets.

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism

Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Reynolds School of Journalism (RSJ) is a professional school of the University of Nevada, Reno. Established in 1984, it counts six Pulitzer Prize recipients among its alumni.

In 2006, the RSJ launched an innovative professional master’s degree program with a focus on interactive journalism and the environment. The essence of the program is an intensive 10-month immersion in thinking about, experimenting with and creating new forms of journalism, including Web 2.0 journalism.