Wednesday’s Hero: Specialist Brandon K. Steffy

Specialist Brandon K. Steffy
23 years old from Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, III Corps
October 29, 2009

He came into to this world a rather large baby, so big the doctor thought that he’d just walk home with his mother. Brandon was well mannered, polite, and tough with a contagious laugh that lit up those around him. In 2005 he graduated from Brimley High School and in 2006 enlisted in the United States Army, following a tradition of family military service.

He served in Iraq as a gunner from May 2007 until July 2008 and was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009 where he was a canine tracker handler for Forward operating Base Fenty Kennel in the Laghman Province. He and his K-9 dog Maci were inseparable, working on tracking terrorists; Maci specialized in tracking the scents of IED making materials.

Spc. Brandon Steffy was killed when the vehicle he was riding in was attacked. His decorations and awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal-Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Spc. Steffy is survived by his wife, daughter, parents and his sister.

Brandon made people laugh and he made them cry. There was not one dry eye at his funeral, from every day townsfolk, to big construction workers to police officers; they all recalled Brandon, this “Gentle Giant.” They want everyone to know that if you never knew Brandon, then you really missed out.

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These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Why Does Obama Have A Known *Pervert Gay Activist (I changed my mind again)PERVERT For His “Safe Schools” Czar?

I’m not derelict on this story, myself,  having mentioned it in a post, a whole week ago. I just was hoping that this disgusting story, which to me, is even more egregious than the Van Jones story, would have taken on a life of its own, this ridiculous oxymoronic czar would have gone down in flames by now, and I wouldn’t have to spend any more time on it. But no.  Kevin Jennings still seems to be employed by the White House – and is still in charge of keeping schools safe.

So let’s recap.

Jennings failed to report a case of statutory rape of a *15 year old who confided in him that he had had sex with a much older man at a train station. Jennings’ did express concern that the boy use a condom.

Jennings wrote the forward to a book called “Queering Elementary Education”.  Bonus: Another familiar face wrote one of the endorsements on the book jacket—Bill Ayers. Ayers, of course, is the former Weather Underground bomber, an Obama pal, and ghostwriter, who worked with him on school related boards in Chicago during the nineties.

Jennings’ organization, GLSEN sponsored (at least one) conference where homosexual activists instructed children age 14 and up on how to perform homosexual acts. How bad was it? When a recording from one of these conferences became public, the firestorm that ensued became known as “fistgate”.

Audio tape from the conference, here.

*According to Mass Resistance:

GLSEN is part of the tax-supported Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth. (In fact, GLSEN’s membership in that commission is mandated by law!)

*Also according to Mass Resistance:

GLSEN (and Kevin Jennings) did not dispute that the recordings were genuine or that the events did not take place as we described them. Instead, they tried to get a court to ban the tape and sue us. In fact, Jennings defended the event.

Even Bertha Lewis, the Executive Director of ACORN had the sense to condemn the enabling  of underage prostitution after the ACORN prostitution controversy erupted.

Jennings in 1997 reportedly praised Harry Hay, noted supporter of of the North American Association for Man-Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), which promotes the legalization of sexual abuse of young boys by older men. You can read the transcript of Jennings asserting that “one of the people that’s always inspired me is Harry Hay”, here.

*(Update):A good biography, The Real Harry Hay, was written at The Boston Phoenix upon his death in 2002:

Notable: That group he formed, the Mattachine Society, which Jennings referred to in the  speech, appears to have kicked Hays out in 1954 because he was too radical for them.

He was also a lifelong Communist who was booted out of the party in the early ’50s.

The  article also mentions his support for NAMBLA:

He was, at times, a serious political embarrassment, as when he consistently advocated the inclusion of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) in gay-pride parades.


In his own determined, often irritating, manner, Harry Hay resisted becoming a model homosexual hero. Nowhere was this more evident than in Hay’s persistent support of NAMBLA’s right to march in gay-pride parades. In 1994, he refused to march with the official parade commemorating the Stonewall riots in New York because it refused NAMBLA a place in the event. Instead, he joined a competing march, dubbed The Spirit of Stonewall, which included NAMBLA as well as many of the original Gay Liberation Front members. Even many of Hay’s more dedicated supporters could not side with him on this.

Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar” said he was inspired by him.


Zombie uncovers evidence that Harry Hay was indeed “very deeply” involved with NAMBLA.

Not someone to be inspired by.

Jennings has a history of ridiculing and demeaning Christians: Reportedly said of Christians—“ F___ ‘em” while speaking at Marble Collegiate Church in March of 2000.

Goodness gracious me. Doesn’t Obama vet these Czars he has working for him, at all?  Or….is it possible he has exactly the sort of people he wants in these positions?

I was reminded of a minor Obama controversy during the election campaign. Remember Obama’s outrage and indignation over the McCain campaign’s attack ad over Obama’s vote in the Il Senate for a sex education bill? The ad charged that the bill included sex education to kindergartners. Obama said it only would have taught “good touch, bad touch” to children that young. Not true.

For your edification: Obama supported Sex Ed For Kindergarteners, The Video:


People didn’t want to believe this about Barack Obama at the time. Can they believe it now?

Ann Coulter had some suggestions for Obama on the Sean Hannity  show, tonight:


POWIP covers CNN reporter’s attempt to whitewash the story. Get ready for the homophobe smears. Who are the whistleblowers, here? Pro life, pro-family groups? I hope they’re girding their loins.


Lefty apologists like Media Matters are apparently focusing on the age of the boy, Brewster, whom Jennings has stated was 15 years old  when the alleged public bathroom sex with the older man took place, making it statutory rape. They claim he was 16, past the age of consent.

Warren Throckmorton asks:

Does Brewster’s age matter?

I ask, what about “Fistgate”? What about the alleged admiration for a renowned pedophile …etc?


The strong language used in the title of this post was in no way meant to imply that Mr. Jennings is a pedophile, himself.  It was meant to imply that he appears to be comfortable with his group promoting what most Americans would consider sexually perverted behavior to school children. He is the founder and executive director of GLSEN,  an organization that sponsored conferences where children as young as 14 were exposed to explanations of depraved practices, and in one instance, it was caught on tape.  I think it’s fair to wonder about all of the conferences and workshops sponsored by GLSEN that have not been caught on tape. As for Jennings’ purported admiration (based on transcript linked to above) for NAMBLA supporter, Harry Hays, I think that  speaks for itself.

At any rate, I chose to reword the title of my post to eliminate any confusion. No, I don’t think he himself, is a pedophile.  I do consider him to be a pervert.

UPDATE (12/6/09):

I changed my title to reflect that he (yes indeed!) is unambiguously a pervert, especially in light of recent revelations. The man has no business having a position with influence over kids, and Obama had no business appointing him to such a position.


Here’s a video from a June press conference about the Jennings appointment, conducted by Americans For Truth:


A website has been set up to advocate the firing of Jennings as Obama’s Safe Schools Czar:

Click Here to Tell Obama and Congress that Kevin Jennings Has No Place in the Department of Education.

Mr. Jennings has been appointed by the President as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Department of Education’s Office of Safe & Drug Free Schools. His supporters claim that he will only establish programs to combat bullying.  If that were true, it would be a worthy cause. Bullying for any reason is is wrong, and schools should never tolerate it.  But time and again, Mr. Jennings has used the cover of “bullying prevention” to enforce his radical positions on sex education.   The idea that we need the “queering” of elementary education in order to teach children that bullying is wrong is as absurd as it is offensive.


From the American Thinker On Obama’s pick for the Safe School Czar:

The Long March of Kevin Jennings



What in the heck are we dealing with, here?

Read: Sympathy for the Devil

How concerned should we be about Obama?  Is he a potential dictator with a weird cult following who could destroy this country?

To put it more bluntly, does Obama have the potential for inflicting evil on us?  Or, if he’s a puppet, are the ones holding the strings malevolent?

Read the entire essay.

Is Obama Creating A Shadow Government?

czarsVia: Redstate

Mark Rudd is a former SDS/Weather Underground member who’s friendly with many of Obama’s radical friends from Chicago. He currently serves on the board of the Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS), the parent body of Progressives For Obama, a leading far left umbrella group that supported Obama’s presidential campaign, and continues to support his Presidency.

Last December,  Trevor Loudon, (the NZ blogger who nailed Van jones) noticed a compelling entry from Rudd’s blog:

Our job now is to organize both inside and outside the Demo party. There’s already a big battle in the Demo party at every level. Here in the New Mexico State Legislature, the progressives are challenging the conservative Dems for leadership; the same is true in Congress. If you can’t stand to work in the party, work on putting mass pressure on issues such as healthcare and jobs and the war from outside.

Here’s my mantra: “Let’s put this country on our shoulders and get to work.”


…Leave the military alone because they’re way too powerful. For now, until enough momentum is raised…you have to be able to look like you’re doing one thing but do another. That’s why all these conservative appointments are important: the strategy is feint to the right, move left…Look to the second level appointments. There’s a whole govt. in waiting that Podesta has at the Center for American Progress. They’re mostly progressives…”

Andrew McCarthy had predicted the same thing back in November about Obama’s 2nd level appointments:

I expect the Obama appointment strategy to be two-fold . . . and clever. Step One: Establish the precedent for easy confirmations with ostensibly moderate, center-left nominees who are popular enough in the senate that the RINO bloc will quickly get on board. This would establish a working coalition for Obama in the upper chamber (not just on nominations but on legislation) and discourage the remaining GOP ranks from using the filibuster or other procedural stalls.

Step Two: Obama will move the country leftward with the appointments that really matter in government: the hundreds of second- and third-tier (and below) executive agency appointments — the deputy-secretaries, under-secretaries, and associate-this or -that for policy, etc., who work where the rubber of big government meets the road. They are the ones who implement policy, who have a huge hidden role in making policy, and who control the hiring of the thousands of federal employees who do not require confirmation.

Who could have predicted that Obama’s lurch to the left would go far beyond filling low level cabinet positions with far lefties. Obama has gone over the heads of his Cabinet, and created dozens of new positions, known as czars, creating positions that already have counterparts in the Cabinet…positions that some are saying make up a “shadow government”.

He’s created anywhere from 29 (according to the Politico) to 32 (Glenn Beck) to 44 (American daughter) Czar positions.

One reason for the discrepancy is because of the unclear definition of “Czar”.   Ed Morrissey, argues that a Czar does not have to go through a Senate confirmation, so someone like Cass Sunstein who is currently going through the confirmation process is considered a special adviser to the President, not a Czar. On the other hand, Michelle Malkin has called him a “Czar nominee (who is subject to confirmation hearings)”.

At any rate, there has been an unprecedentedly large number of folks appointed to positions in the executive branch, who do not have any Congressional oversight whatsoever, in Obama’s first nine months as President. So what the heck is going on here?

Anthony Martin of the Examiner believes this “bodes ill for citizens who value liberty and the Constitution”:

I postulated a theory yesterday that maintains Obama is forming a ‘shadow government’ that could, at any moment, replace the Cabinet, Congress, and the Supreme Court.  The sheer number of these shadow government officials strongly suggests that their presence in the White House is more than just a casual, friendly ‘advisory’ relationship with the President.  Rather, the scenario that is developing indicates the attempt by an American President to pull an ‘end-run’ around the legislative and judicial branches of government.

Glenn Beck has hinted at something similarly nefarious on his show.

Michelle Malkin calls them “Czars of Obama’s underworld”,

The Obama administration has created a two-tiered government—fronted by Cabinet secretaries able to withstand public scrutiny (some of them, just barely) and then managed behind the scenes by shadow secretaries with broad powers beyond congressional reach. Bureaucratic chaos serves as a useful smokescreen to obscure the true source of policy decision-making.

She reports today, that a Democrat Rep opposes the Czar system, and has in fact called for their dismissals:

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Congress should use the power of the purse to push the Obama administration to remove so-called czars that do not go through a confirmation process.

Responding to questions during a telephonic town hall, the Oklahoma Democrat said he was glad Van Jones, who resigned over the weekend as controversy continued to build over past statements, has left his post.

Senator Byrd came out early against the Czars, writing a letter to Obama, back in February:

In a letter to Obama on Wednesday, Byrd, a Democrat, said that the czar system “can threaten the Constitutional system of checks and balances,” Politico reported. Byrd added that oversight of federal agencies is the responsibility of officials approved by the Senate.

“As presidential assistants and advisers, these White House staffers are not accountable for their actions to the Congress, to cabinet officials, or to virtually anyone but the president,” Byrd wrote. “They rarely testify before congressional committees, and often shield the information and decision-making process behind the assertion of executive privilege. In too many instances, White House staff have been allowed to inhibit openness and transparency, and reduce accountability.”

A couple of Republicans jumped on board the anti-Green Czar bandwagon at the last minute to call for Van Jones’ resignation. Maybe some Republican leaders (hello Michael Steele?) could be so bold as to ask for all of their resignations?

Of course, there’s always plan B, as posited by Clarice Feldman at The American Thinker:

Since it appears Congress is yet unwilling to insist on the preservation of its Constitutional prerogatives and the White House unlikely to change course on its own, I take it it’s up to what we call the alternative media to keep plodding ahead and picking off  one by one those Czars who are manifestly unsuitable for these posts. < blockquote>


Perhaps it’s wrong to say that Obama is forming a shadow government. As Jackstraw suggests, perhaps the person responsible is a puppetmaster with deep pockets, shaping the agenda from behind the scenes.

Most Americans Want Obama To Move On


Via Michelle Malkin, here are results from the latest Rasmussen poll:

Fifty-eight percent (58%) believe the Obama administration’s recent release of CIA memos about the harsh interrogation methods used on terrorism suspects endangers the national security of the United States.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of voters now believe the U.S. legal system worries too much about protecting individual rights when national security is at stake. But 21% say the legal system is too concerned about protecting national security. Thirty-three percent (33%) say the balance between the two is about right.

This reflects a significant shift over the past couple of years. In several surveys conducted during 2008, Americans were fairly evenly divided as to whether our legal system worried too much about individual rights or too much about protecting national security…

…Forty-six percent (46%) of voters disagree with Obama’s decision to close the prison camp for terrorism suspects at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, while 36% agree with the president’s action. Support for the decision has fallen since the president announced it in January.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 28% believe the release of the memos helps America’s image abroad.

Perhaps it’s the whiff of a third world  show trial that has so many Americans turned off.


Hmmmmm….President Pantywaste?


And now..the UN gets in on the act. What the hell…why not?

Essay of the Day:

Telling the Truth
Let the hearings begin!
by Noemie Emery

Some Democrats, from the White House on down, are pushing the idea of a “truth commission,” à la South Africa, to deal with the “harsh measures” used by the Bush administration in interrogating al Qaeda detainees. Good. Let’s have lots of truthtelling. Please bring it on.

Let’s tell the truth about Bush’s conduct of the war on terror, which is that it’s been a success. His ultimate legacy hasn’t been written–Iraq is improved, but not out of danger–but the one thing that can be said without reservation is that the country was kept safe. He delivered on the main charge of his office in time of emergency, in a crisis without guidelines or precedent. Attacks took place in Spain, and in London, in Indonesia and India, but not on American soil, which was the obvious target of choice. Bush couldn’t say this before he left office, for obvious reasons, and after he left, attention switched to the new president. This little fact dropped down the memory hole, but with all this discussion, it will rise to the surface. Let the hearings begin!

Keep reading.

Thanks to Beth for the awesome photoshop.