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I tell you and you forget, I teach you and you remember, I involve you and you understand.

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Oh my here it goes.  A marine is about to be discharged from the service for giving his opinion of Obama.  What’s that you say, “Oops be sure you don’t say anything about Obama.”  I guess we will have to arrest comedians, many thousands of people on the internet.  Every President that has been in office has suffered those same ridicules, even to the point of cartoons about them, but the buck stops here I guess.

This to me is extremely disturbing.  This report comes from the US News on  (“Last month, a three-member military panel recommended that he (Stein) be booted from the Marine Corps. On Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo accepted their recommendation that Stein be dismissed for violating military law.

Stein said he repeatedly told Marine Corps officials he would shut down the Facebook page and not speak with the press if they allowed him to complete his contract, which ends in three months, but they refused.

“I think they’re trying to use me as an example,” Stein said. “Senior officers don’t want to hear, ‘You were the person who let this Gary Stein situation get out of hand. I think there might have been peer pressure among the senior enlisted.”

Maj. Michael Armistead, a Marine Corps spokesman at Camp Pendleton, could not confirm whether this negotiation took place.

Stein, an Arizona native, has been a Marine for nine years and was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006. Although he regrets his post, he still believes his online activity should be protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Still, he said he would caution other service members to think before posting their opinions.”)

I agree he should be protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution, which states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The following statements are from the Cornell Law University.

(Despite popular misunderstanding the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment is not very different from the right to freedom of speech. It allows an individual to express themselves through publication and dissemination. It is part of the constitutional protection of freedom of expression. It does not afford members of the media any special rights or privileges not afforded to citizens in general.

The right to assemble allows people to gather for peaceful and lawful purposes. Implicit within this right is the right to association and belief. The Supreme Court has expressly recognized that a right to freedom of association and belief is implicit in the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. This implicit right is limited to the right to associate for First Amendment purposes. It does not include a right of social association. The government may prohibit people from knowingly associating in groups that engage and promote illegal activities. The right to associate also prohibits the government from requiring a group to register or disclose its members or from denying government benefits on the basis of an individual’s current or past membership in a particular group. There are exceptions to this rule where the Court finds that governmental interests in disclosure/registration outweigh interference with first amendment rights. The government may also, generally, not compel individuals to express themselves, hold certain beliefs, or belong to particular associations or groups.

The right to petition the government for a redress of grievances guarantees people the right to ask the government to provide relief for a wrong through the courts (litigation) or other governmental action. It works with the right of assembly by allowing people to join together and seek change from the government.)

For the sake of time and space I chose this portion above of an article written by the Cornell Law University, to give a clearer definition of the “Freedom of Speech” which is the First Amendment of the Constitution, which is also part of the Bill of Rights.  The First Amendment also protects us from writing what we believe by the “Freedom of the Press”.

Now on to another matter, you can sue a person for defamation of character, but the key is if the statement is true or false, which brings me to the point, “What if the solder was right in his statement?”  Here is his statement; “Obama is the economic enemy,” he wrote in the post. “He is the religious enemy … He is the ‘fundamentally change’ America enemy … He IS the Domestic Enemy.” This is what needs to be proven.  In order to prove whether his statement is true or false this could take a long time in court, so by that time the marine would be able to serve out the remainder of his term.  Below is the definition of (defamation of character)

Any intentional false communication, either written or spoken, that harms a person’s reputation; decreases the respect, regard, or confidence in which a person is held; or induces disparaging, hostile, or disagreeable opinions or feelings against a person”.

Let us not forget that this marine served  a year in 2005-2006 in Iraq to give you the freedom to say what you want, and to give us the freedoms we hold so dear

To sum up my story, “Whatever you write on Facebook or any other media, you must be sure you can back it up as truth! Or you could be slapped by the Muslim Brotherhood.  Please don’t let this become Obama-Nation!”


Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary  The amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of expression (including speech, press, assembly, association, and belief), and freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment (Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute)

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.

August 19, 2010, 5:27 pm


By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2012



I tell you and you forget, I teach you and you remember, I involve you and you understand.

The Author






Were you aware that the World Bank has existed since 1945, and that the United States was one of the first to become a member.  Since then there are 187 countries that make up this World Bank.   These countries determine all of our lives.  This is scary in my opinion.  We have delegates that go and run this, vote on how money should be spent etc.

How much input do the people really have?   I never voted nor do I think any of my relatives voted to have a World Bank, yet we do.  Is this alright with you?  Why is it that most Americans and people in other countries do not know anything about it?  By the way: in the 3rd paragraph the word allotted is misspelled.  These are the folks that wrote all this up and they didn’t even have someone check the spelling.  They are running the worlds money.  Am I the only one bothered by this?

Their slogan is they are in existence to “Help Reduce Poverty.”  They have been around since 1945 it is now 2012 and have they done it?

(The World Bank and the IMF have adopted a weighted system of voting. According to IBRD Articles of Agreement, membership in the Bank is open to all members of the IMF. A country applying for membership in the Fund is required to supply data on its economy, which are compared with data from other member countries whose economies are similar in size. A quota is then assigned, equivalent to the country’s subscription to the Fund, and this determines its voting power in the Fund.

Each new member country of the Bank is allotted 250 votes plus one additional vote for each share it holds in the Bank’s capital stock. The quota assigned by the Fund is used to determine the number of shares alloted to each new member country of the Bank.

The World Bank is like a cooperative, made up of 187 member countries. These member countries, or shareholders, are represented by a Board of Governors, who are the ultimate policymakers at the World Bank. Generally, the governors are member countries’ ministers of finance or ministers of development. They meet once a year at the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

The governors delegate specific duties to 25 Executive Directors, who work on-site at the Bank. The five largest shareholders, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States appoint an executive director, while other member countries are represented by 20 elected executive directors.

  • World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick chairs meetings of the Boards of Directors and is responsible for overall management of the Bank. The President is selected by the Board of Executive Directors for a five-year, renewable term.
  • The Executive Directors make up the Boards of Directors of the World Bank. They normally meet at least twice a week to oversee the Bank’s business,
  • including approval of loans and guarantees, new policies, the administrative budget, country assistance strategies and borrowing and financial decisions.

The World Bank operates day-to-day under the leadership and direction of the president, management and senior staff, and the vice presidents in charge of regions, sectors, networks and functions.)  All the information in the parentheses is from the links below.


You can go to these sites and check them out yourself.  This is just a portion of what it is all about you can look in depth on your own.  Let me know your feelings on this World Bank.

By Terry Board

© Burnett Publishing 2012




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