Monday, May 30, 2011

"Brothers" By Free0352

This is re-posted from Free's Blog. For those that haven't already read it, it is a heart-wrenching account of a recent, devastating loss suffered by Free and his 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry brothers. Always poignant, but even more so on this day...

"On Friday the 13th, May 2011 my friend Scott, veteran of two tours in Iraq and an Army Sniper, got into his full dress uniform. It was late morning when, having walked out to his drive way he put a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger.

This set things into motion.

No one is sure who started the chain reaction. But the word went out among the veterans of 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry who served in Iraq in 2008 to 2009. Old Army friends saw Facebook messages sent to a friend who could no longer read them; expressing sadness at his death. Old friends then called each other and sent more Facebook messages. At first the news traveled slow, but as more found out the news of tragedy picked up steam. Then it became a tidal wave.


The wave reached me Saturday afternoon, in the form of a voice mail on my phone from Doc Nunn, my old platoon medic. Instead of bothering to listen to yet another drunk call message from an old war buddy, I simply returned the call. “Scott killed himself yesterday,” Nunn told me, “Funeral is on Tuesday. If you want, when I drive up from Texas I’ll pick you up.” It wasn’t so much an invitation; it was assumed I would attend. Of course I would.

Instead of packing I got into my car and drove around, having first informed my chain of command that I would be needing some leave. I drove fast, and I drove in silence. The highway extended before me into the endless Kansas horizon coming faster and faster, and my mind was blank. No thoughts, no questions. Blank.

At three A.M. Monday morning Nunn and another buddy arrived at my house. They were tired, and crashed on my couches, and I went back to bed. My mind usually turns constantly, I’m always thinking. Sometimes the noise inside my head keeps me awake for days. But now my mind was quiet. The Soldier in me knew we needed to sleep, at least for a few hours - just like before a mission. My friends and I instinctively knew we needed as much rest as possible to prepare for the coming days of mourning that awaited us. Those days like our days in combat would hold sleepless nights behind them.

I awoke before my companions, and having already picked up my leave papers from base we set out into the endless Kansas horizon. We first headed east, and then turned north toward Scott’s home near Chicago. Elsewhere many other Soldiers who had served with Scott began their journey to Naperville: The place we would leave him forever. We had few details of what had happened. Only the contents of a few phone calls and sporadic Facebook messages to guide us. We talked to pass the time, but when the subject turned to Scott’s death a tension filled the air. We quickly changed subjects.

When we had left my house we had no idea where we would stay. Speculation ran from crashing in a friend’s hotel room to sleeping in the car. Text messages sent by friends coming in from the east told us of where we to go. One online revue of the motel described it as “The best place to find hookers, drugs and get murdered in Naperville.” It was perfect. For a bunch of guys who shared the Al’Zahari school building’s filth in Sadr City, Iraq it’s less than impressive revue didn’t intimidate us and it was just what we needed. A motel that wouldn’t ask questions and wouldn’t mind Soldiers drinking and screaming till the wee hours of the morning; hurting at the loss of our friend.

It was about 30 miles outside of Naperville that we got the call from our buddy CJ- his was the first group to arrive in the Chicago area, “We’re at Scott’s parents. His dad wants to see all of us. Go there.”

We did, and stayed till late in the evening drinking many beers. It was a cathartic experience. The Zaur family welcomed us like long lost sons, and we were glad to be with them.

We left the Zaur home late and moved our drunken mourning to Scott’s favorite bar, where shots were on the house. At 2 A.M. my friends filed out, and I thought we were leaving as a group since the bar was clearly closing. Once outside Scott’s former squad leader Staff Sergeant Koski, unceremoniously pressed play on his cell phone without so much as a word; playing the voice mail Scott had left him shortly before committing suicide. I’m not sure if any of us had any idea that was coming.

Scott was speaking to his squad leader, but it seemed to me he was talking to each of us from beyond the grave. What followed was agonizing to hear. His intentions in the message were quite clear in hindsight, but he'd been to a thousand suicide prevention classes in the Army and knew how to mask his intent - knew what not to say to alert his friends. It only became obvious after he took his own life.

Scott clearly knew what he was about to do and was planing for it, and I think he felt he needed to explain and say good bye. Scott’s former team leader Trout, then played a voice message Scott had sent shortly before his death. Upon hearing it the Army Sergeant and Sniper broke down. “It was three in the morning and I didn’t answer the phone,” he said “Why didn’t I just answer the phone?” he cried. We closed around him in a phalanx and held our brother up, our bodies blocking out the pain of the world, shielding him from guilt he shouldn’t feel. The greatest fear of infantrymen, real infantrymen, is to let the brothers down. Not bombs, not bullets, not death, the fear is failing the guys. Zaur's team leader clearly felt this. “It’s not your fault,” we told him. “Never again, this can’t ever happen again to any of us,” Trout said back. "From now on, we answer the god damn phone." I’ll remember the look on his face forever.

We drove back to the hotel, and drank till the sunlight peeked over the horizon, numbing our pain.

The civilians at the funeral said we gave them chills. We did a combat funeral. Soldiers lined up in front of the body, and one by one we approached the casket at attention, and slowly saluted our friend. 23 vets saluted the body of Scott Zaur. When it was over, CJ broke down, and again we formed the Phalanx of brotherhood around him, holding him up. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

We drove to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, and there we buried our friend. The tidal wave that Scott set in motion crashed, and the tide broke upon the shore of his short life. When the guns of the salute fired, we saluted. The flag that draped Scott's casket was given to his mother, and we wept. When it was over, the civilians watched as we fell out of our ranks, and picked up the spent cartridges from the ground around Scott’s casket making sure to account for all 21. The civilians watched this simple act in wonder and quietly observed us honor our friend. It’s an old tradition most civilians never know about. The Soldiers of the honor guard presented three casings to the Zaur family, one each for his father, mother and sister. We divided the rest amongst our selves.

I now have one of Scott’s spent casings, and it will add to the many I have collected from the ground of other fallen. It now sits next to my Grandfather’s, in a special box. There are now 27 casings in the box arranged in order of how I collected them... yes I know each one by sight. Unlike my Grandfather’s, most of them belong to young men like Scott.

The rest of the day for me was a bit of a blur. We ended up back at the Zaur home, and again we found some catharsis. Mr. Zaur told us over and over again how much it meant to him we had all come from so far. I’m truly glad this helped him in such tragic times but in truth we could have done no different. It’s tradition, and it’s our way.

The old ways are dying, and I think we can all feel them fading. The funeral of Scott Zaur to me at least, felt like reading Tennyson's "The Charge Of The Light Brigade." There will be a new military soon, one unrecognizable to we who buried Scott Zaur. Less a brotherhood the military is becoming a vast, bureaucratic agency. War... by accountants and lawyers. Every day the old ways and traditions fade to be replaced by a cold sort of professionalism. That may be all well and good, and maybe the Army doesn’t need Warriors anymore - but I feel the loss of the Warrior culture that I have been a part of, and it makes me sad. I had some sense that what I was seeing last week was not only the end of my friend’s life, but the end of a period in my life. As the war in Iraq passes into history it's veterans are beginning to take stock of what we've done. We're a special group, and I'd be a lier if I said I don't sometimes miss it. I didn’t just help bury Scott Zaur last week, I said good bye to the old way and on Friday when I returned to work at Ft. Riley I said hello again to the new one. I don’t like the new one. It doesn't feel like home. It feels alien and these new soldiers are strangers. With the loss of Scott Zaur, there is one less man who shared the experience of Iraq and the extraordinary things we saw there... and it makes me at least, feel a little more empty and hollow for the loss.

As for the question that was on the minds of everyone who buried Scott, “Why?” the answer is this: There was no why. There was no logic to his actions, only illogic. Nothing in his life justified his actions, but he was our brother and we buried him in our way. As our brother, we forgive him and will love him forever. Our loyalty to him goes on and on forever... just like the Kansas horizon.

Here is what you do, friends. Forget country. Forget king. Forget wife and children and freedom. Forget every concept, however noble, that you imagine you fight for here today. Act for this alone: for the man who stands at your shoulder. He is everything, and everything is contained within him. That's all I know. That's all I can tell you. You ask "what is the opposite of fear?" I tell you it's love. This is what drives men to valor.

-Dienekes the Spartan, 320 B.C.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Un-Friggin-Believable



Twitter is abuzz with the Obama is so smart, he sounds dumb story.

If you haven't read it, here's the meat of the OpEd:

"Consider this: It's not that Obama can't speak clearly. It's that he employs the intellectual stammer. Not to be confused with a stutter, which the president decidedly does not have, the intellectual stammer signals a brain that is moving so fast that the mouth can't keep up. The stammer is commonly found among university professors, characters in Woody Allen movies and public thinkers of the sort that might appear on C-SPAN but not CNN. If you're a member or a fan of that subset, chances are the president's stammer doesn't bother you; in fact, you might even love him for it (he sounds just like your grad school roommate, especially when he drank too much Scotch and attempted to expound on the Hegelian dialectic!).

If you're not, chances are you find yourself yelling "get to the point already!" at the television screen every time Obama's search for the right word seems to last longer than the search for Osama bin Laden. And thanks to its echoes of the college lecture hall, you may think it comes across as ever so slightly (or more than slightly) left wing." (source)

The "intellectual stammer...?" So, why is it that George Bush wasn't credited with that specific speech impediment? Oh, that's right, because it's "slightly (or more than slightly) left wing."

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sick and Tired

...of all the bullshit. Really.

In this primary, as candidates announce and you start to decide who you want, don't go with the tide. Don't choose strategically. Primaries are the time to have your say, to exercise your protest vote and to let the powers that be in DC know what We The People want. It seems everyone I know (both in real life and here) wants nothing to do with Romney, yet the MSM reports he's polling #1 among Republicans?! What Republicans are those?

Let's know that the Left and its media will demonize any good intention (Paul Ryan) and vilify people that truly want the best for this country (Palin)-- so let's try to ignore them. Let's focus on OUR VISION for the next four years and who we think can accomplish that vision.

I really don't know if I can make it through this 2012 cycle. Is it age? Is it the growing sense of entitlement? Is it the fact that I am truly starting to believe that 'Liberalism is a Mental Disorder' is more than just a catchy bumper sticker?

I think I'll vote for the person that proposes an aptitude test to vote.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Christie 2012

So, with the malaise surrounding the current crop of GOP candidates and the general sense that Conservatives are no longer going to settle for whatever tired, old face the GOP deems worthy of the nomination...

The question is...



Is it selfish for Chris Christi NOT to run?

If the country really is in peril.
If Conservatives opt to sit out a second Presidential election because of RINO candidates.
If there's even a chance Obama could win again.

If he's so ballsy...shouldn't he at least explore the possibility? Throw his hat in the ring? Is it wrong to stubbornly sit on the sidelines while you are being called to action?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tea Party Favorite?

Wait! I'm so confused... How can the MSM be calling Herman Cain the "Tea Party favorite" when just a few weeks ago the "TeaBaggers were racists?!"

"Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain placed a surprising second in a Zogby poll of likely Republican primary voters released Tuesday.

The poll measured support for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who says he will not run, at 17 percent. Cain was preferred by 14 percent and Texas Rep. Ron Paul by 10 percent.

The results place Cain well ahead of many leading candidates, and come on the heels of a strong performance in Fox News’ May 5 primary debate in South Carolina. Cain was one of five participants.

Candidates widely considered frontrunners all received less than ten percent support.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was supported by 9 percent of respondents and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich by 7 percent.

Businessman Donald Trump, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels were all supported by four percent.

Zogby also asked respondents to select the candidates that they would never vote for.

Trump led the “never” field with 50 percent, followed by Gingrich at 36 percent, Palin at 36 percent, Huckabee at 34 percent, Paul at 32 percent, and Romney at 27 percent."

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The World MUST Have Ended...


...for I find myself in agreement with some folks in San Fransisco. Well, not really. I don't really want the government to ban circumcision...truthfully, I just wish people didn't even consider it unless a religious belief they hold mandates it.

"Lloyd Schofield has come one step closer to achieving his mission to ban circumcision in the City by the Bay.

San Francisco city officials said Wednesday that Schofield had collected enough signatures -- more than 12,000 -- to put the measure on the city ballot in November 2011.

The ban would make it illegal to "circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years." (READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE)

It's always been odd to me that women go to such lengths to protect their unborn babies...they don't smoke, drink, take meds, they contemplate water births and painful natural births...and then hand over their precious newborn to some intern to do cosmetic surgery with no anesthesia. Especially when they're atheists -since this is a religious practice, or non-believing Jews or Protestants or Catholics for that matter. Basically anyone other than die-hard Jews and Muslims.

"...the rate of circumcision among baby boys in the United States seems to be declining. The government agency found that the incidence of circumcision dropped from 56 percent in 2006 to 32.5 percent in 2009."

Maybe it's finally catching on that the Puritans that brought this to the US where wrong in thinking it would stop boys from enjoying themselves...what a great reason to start snipping...

And what's REALLY crazy is in the 9 years I worked at a vet, the men that came in FREAKED OUT when they had to neuter their dogs under full sedation?! I'll never understand people...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

2012 Meet & Greet: Tim Pawlenty & Herman Cain

"A very large proportion of recent university graduates have soured on President Barack Obama, and many will vote GOP or stay at home in the 2012 election, according to two new surveys of younger voters.

“These rock-solid Obama constituents are free-agents,” said Kellyanne Conway, president of The Polling Company, based in Washington, D.C. She recently completed a large survey of college grads, and “they’re shopping around, considering their options, [and] a fair number will say at home and sit it out,” she said." (source)



Tim Pawlenty was called BIG GOVERNMENT by the Cato Institute when he was being considered as a running mate for McCain. Here is a list they compiled to support their accusation.

Governor of the state of Minnesota, State Representative for

Abortion:
Appointed a pro-life Chief Justice of MN Supreme Court. And was quoted as expressing "No liberty greater than the right to life."

Business:
Reduced his state's business tax from 3rd highest corporate tax rate.

Crime:
More prisons; tougher penalties for sex offenders.

Education:
Require Pledge of Allegiance in public schools. And institute both student standards & teacher standards.

Oil:
Drill, ANWAR, stop harmful EPA regulations (these views on books since 2007, not just for this election)

Free Trade:
2005 trade mission led to Minnesota-China Partnership.

In a 2007 speech he also argued for:
Increased government subsidies for alternative energy;
More health insurance coverage;
For using government to cater to the needs of down-scale voters. (source)

Of course Palwenty would be worlds better than Obama, but is he really the best the GOP has to offer up?



Well, Herman Cain is certainly tempting. And with Allen West as a Veep there could be no race card pulling. What would the Left do with the race card revoked? What would they call a Black duo in the White House? Would they still evoke Hitler? The KKK?

Since Herman Cain is a business man and not a politician, we don't have the luxury of examining his votes. So here is American Thinker's Top 10 Reasons we should be glad Herman Cain has entered the fray:

"10. The "race card": A Cain candidacy not only takes the race card off the table -- it might in fact put it in the Republicans' camp. Frankly, Cain is "blacker" than Obama in every way imaginable. He does not have a white parent. He has a slight black dialect and does not "turn it off" to impress Harry Reid or Joe Biden, nor does he "amp it up" to impress Jeremiah Wright.

As Obama's presidency has shown, America did not need a black president. What America needs is to just get over the race thing, period. Cain is over it, and I bet he would flat-out tell Obama to get over it, too.

9. Been there, done that: Cain brings a lot of "been there, done that" to the office, and that is in stark contrast not only to Obama, but to almost anyone else running. Cain is not shy about making fun of politicians' lack of understanding of the reality of the free-enterprise system, and certainly no group embodies that ignorance more than Obama and his administration. Making a payroll; dealing with employees, the IRS, the INS, insurance companies; dealing with rents, lawsuits, unemployment commissions, etc. -- Cain has been there, done that. Obama has not.

8. Not forgettable: One Herman Cain soundbite is worth ten from Tim...um, what's his name? Oh, yeah, Pawlenty. Cain's boldness and confidence and accent and voice will cut through the noise out there, and this makes his candidacy dangerous even if he faces some financial handicaps versus other folks running. He is a talk radio host now by trade and knows how to hold folks' attention.

7. Will break every rule set for him by "strategists": This one might be my favorite. Cain has never counted on political strategists to get him where he is now, and this alone separates him from all other candidates. Lord help the first "strategist" from the RNC who advises Cain to "tone it down" or "soften his position."

6. Will really get under the skin of the Washingtonian class: A Cain candidacy would drive David Brooks to apoplexy. Charles Krauthammer -- doing his best to run off legions of his longtime fans -- would no doubt find some Palinesque reasons to object to Cain. And those are the conservative ruling-class folks. Imagine what the liberals will say about this non-Ivy league, non-elected Southern black guy running for president. I can't wait to hear it.

5. Will not get in way of the 2010 Congress' momentum: This might be the most important reason to support a Cain candidacy. He has gained momentum as part of the Tea Party movement that was the defining factor in the 2010 congressional elections. A Cain candidacy would be in lockstep with what the country told Congress it wanted in November 2010. It will be an extension of the 2010 campaign, and that's preferable to a presidential election that will distract from the 2010 results.

4. Never held office before: While Cain's opponents -- on both sides of the aisle -- are licking their chops over this one, they should rethink this. Mr. Cain already has a lethal (can we still say that?) response to this one: "Everyone in Washington has held public office before. How's that working out for you?" Case closed.

3. Ann Coulter's second-favorite pick: So Ann's first choice is Chris Christie, and Cain comes in second. With some 25 names floating around out there, being number 2 on anyone's list is pretty good at this point in the game. Besides, I predict that Cain will overtake Christie on Ann's list. Cain is more conservative and even less afraid to speak his mind. While I love Christie's boldness on the issues where he is conservative, he will wobble off to the Jersey left a bit on some issues. Cain will not.

2. Will not be cowed by the new speech police: The attempt by the left to silence conservatives in light of the Tucson shootings will not be the last. And you can bet that when they do, some on the right will recoil and fall prey, regardless of how mindless the attempts are. If you have followed Herman Cain, you know that this will not be an issue for him.

And the number one reason to support a Cain candidacy? It opens the door to a ticket of Cain and Haley Barbour in some order. OK, maybe this is not earthshaking, but imagine the "racist Republican Party" putting forth a national ticket including a drawlin' Mississippi good ol' boy and a black businessman who still speaks a smidgen of Ebonics.

This would be the hope and change America thought they were getting in 2008. This would be ticket not so much of "racial healing" as it would be the ticket of "just get over the race thing." Because liberalism is joined at the hip with the race pimp industry, a liberal African-American cannot by definition do for the country what a black conservative can. A black liberal winning reinforces counterproductive stereotypes. A conservative black winning crushes them. Period."

Gary Johnson is also officially in.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Osama Kill Call Gutsy or No Brainer?

"American voters are evenly divided over how tough a decision it was for President Barack Obama to order a Navy Seal raid on Usama bin Laden’s Pakistan compound this month.

In fact, while 48 percent of voters think signing off on the raid was a “gutsy move” by Obama, some 49 percent think it was a “no-brainer” decision any president would have made under the circumstances.

By two-to-one Democrats are more likely to think the decision to go after bin Laden was a gutsy move (65-33 percent). For Republicans it’s the reverse -- they are more than twice as likely to call it a no-brainer (69-28 percent).

Independent voters are more likely to say it wasn’t such a big deal than to see it as a gutsy call (52-43 percent)." (source)

Here's another poll that can't be answered without an addendum, much like the "is the country headed in the wrong direction" poll. A Conservative would say we are headed in the wrong direction because we're spiraling toward socialism. A Liberal would give the same answer but because Obama was caving on GITMO, drilling, etc. So if there's no consensus on what the correct direction is, what is the use of the polling information?

The call to kill Osama is a no brainer if you're Bush or McCain...or me. The call to kill Osama is gutsy if your an anti-war, left wing President that campaigned against all the methods of intelligence that led to the opportunity to make that call.

So, I stick with my original verdict: Obama was gutsy.

What Palestinians?



"President Barack Obama has made an unprecedented demand on Israel, Jewish leaders said today after the president called for Israel to redraw its borders to where they were in 1967 before the Six Day War. One rabbi said Obama was, in essence, asking for "ethnic cleansing" of thousands of Jewish families.

“It’s immoral in that basically the president of the United States is asking that 500,000 people who live, work, and raise families around Jerusalem – Jewish families – that they be uprooted, resettled, deported from their homes, have their families broken,” Rabbi Aryeh Spero, founder of Caucus for America, told CNSNews.com.

“The president of the United States is asking for ethnic cleansing,” said Rabbi Spero. “It’s ironic that the president, who speaks in humanitarian tones regarding the Palestinians, doesn’t have any humanitarian concerns toward 500,000 Jewish people and families that will be uprooted and deported from their homes.” (SOURCE)


Myths: False Premises

1) The "Palestinians" have had a continuous identity with the land.

2) That identity has been present for "thousands of years".

3) The alien Jews "returned after 200 years, in 1948, to displace the "Palestinian Arabs" in the "new" Jewish state.

4) The Arabs were there first; it was Arab land.

5) The Jews 'stole" the Arab land.

6) The Jewish "terrorists" forced the peaceable Arabs to flee from "Palestine".

7) Palestine is Israel; and all Israel constitutes Palestine. "In 1948 Palestine became Israel".

8) Only Jews immigrated into Palestine; whereas Arabs were natives for millennia.

9) There are no places for the homeless Palestinian "refugees" to go.

10) Jews and Arabs lived together in equality and peace in Arab lands, before Israel became a state.

11) Arab "Palestinians", like other Arabs, have "nothing against Jews... just against Zionists".

Facts: The Reality

A) Palestine is only the description given to a geographical area; which has not been a nation since Israel was conquered by Rome in 70 A.D.

B) The Turks had this area from 1517 to 1917, and made it a wasteland, causing the peasants to flee... wandering all over the Middle East seeking subsistence.

C) Even after the Roman defeat in 70 A.D. the Jews (with their Zionist dream) never vacated the Holy Land.

D) The area known as Palestine covered areas both East and West of the Jordan; and the Arabic-speaking people there thought of themselves as Syrians, Turks, or simply "Arabs"... but never as "Palestinians".

E) The Arabs did not begin to think in terms of "nationalism" until early in the 1900's. Even T.E. Lawrence was not able to inject them with "nationalism" as late as World War I.

F) Islamic religious prejudice often resulted in anti-Jewish violence, throughout the Middle East, even before Israel became a state in 1948.

G) The British later described these religious persecutions as being "Arab Nationalism", so as to justify limiting Jewish immigration from Europe.

H) The British illegally "gave" Mandate lands (specifically allocated for a Jewish national home) to the Arabs instead.

I) The Arab peasants had been rendered landless by their own Arab landlords, natural disasters, excessive taxes, and Arab money lenders.

J) In 1923 Britain illegally gave Abdulah 77 percent of Palestine (the whole "East Bank") to protect rights to Arab oil, and the Suez canal, etc. for purposes of the British Empire. This created Transjordan; which became Jordan in 1946.

K) Thus, Jordan is the "independent Palestinian state" in the area; and was carved out of what was to become Israel.

L) In 1947 the UN further carved up the 23 percent west of the Jordan, into Israel, another Palestinian state (which the Arabs rejected) and an internationalized Jerusalem.

M) The Jews accepted the UN proposal; the Arabs did not.

N) The UN has changed the definition of "Refugee" for the Arabs only; who therefore need only be in the land two years to qualify.

O) The homelands to which many Arabs fled in 1948 and 1967 include lands from which many of them had recently come.

P) It is their own Arab-Muslim leaders who are preventing Arab refugees in Israel from "returning home". They are sacrificing Arab refugees to put pressure on the UN and Israel for another "Palestinian state".

Q) Of all the adjacent Arab states, only Jordan would grant citizenship to Arabs fleeing Israel. All other Arab states refused to grant Arabs citizenship.

R) Since the state of Israel (even including the "West Bank" and "Gaza strip") would total only 23 percent of Palestine (as defined by the League of nations in granting the British Mandate) how can Arabs be said to have been excluded from a Palestinian homeland?

S) Some elements of Islam are terrorizing and intimidating the world into combined action against Israel; the real intention being to destroy both Israel and Lebanon, so Islam can consolidate the Middle East before launching out to "take the world for Allah". (SOURCE)

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

If the World Really Ends Saturday...

(At 6 pm) I am going to be REALLY pissed that I haven't had any carbs in four months! Gluten allergy be damned...Friday night I might just have a date with a soft pretzel!



"Harold Camping, the 89-year-old Christian evangelist from Oakland, Calif., whose Family Radio broadcasts are heard in 61 languages, doesn't just think that Judgment Day will come Saturday. He guarantees it.

"It is absolutely going to happen," said Camping, who has determined after five decades of studying Scripture that May 21 marks the beginning of the end. "We do not have a Plan B at all. There is no possibility that it will not happen, because all of our information comes from the Bible."

So if you haven't made amends with God, cancel your weekend plans, Camping says..." (source)

The Death of a Fighter


Not sure if many of you know that last Friday Derek Boogaard, 28 year old left winger for the New York Rangers, was found dead in his apartment. He had suffered a bad concussion in December and hadn't been well enough to play since then, but his cause of death has yet to be determined.

Though Boogaard was known for his on-ice fighting...what people might not have known was his fight for our troops behind the scenes. Derek was a staunch supporter of 'Defending the Blue Line'. (DTBL is a Minnesota nonprofit aimed at "helping children of armed service members stick with hockey programs.")

Their Mission Statement:
Defending the Blue Line is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nations military heroes.

"The Rangers said Tuesday that the family "would like to see Derek's legacy live on by supporting military kids and the game he loved."

Last season he started "Boogaard's Booguardians," where he hosted military members and their families at all Rangers home games.

Rest in Peace Boogeyman....we appreciate your fight on and off the ice.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Government Can't Raise Your Kids

In California, parents want a new law that 'would allow parents ultimate control over their kids' Facebook pages, including the right to demand the company erase certain content or even delete the whole page within 48 hours of the request.'

I have no problem with parent's doing any of those things...my problem is with parents asking for a LAW to do them. It is not the government's or Facebook's responsibility to parent your children...it's YOURS.

In order to use Facebook my son must have me as a friend and give me his password. He knows I have every right to go in and look at any time or can ask him to take something down that I don't deem appropriate.

This article has a different take --it says parents should just trust kids (ha!) and not worry about their Facebook at all. The premise is that the kid will create a fake identity and then you won't know he/she even has one. Ahh, the many splendorous benefit of being a computer-literate parent...

The cyber world is a whole new ballgame ---this isn't 1973 and I'm reading my kid's diary. There are savvy predators out there and serious consequences for hastily typed words...so I disagree with that author. Tweens and Teens use less than 10% of their reasoning skills. They need parents to help them navigate whether they realize it or not.

Parents NEED to be proactive...but the Government should have nothing to do with it.

Entitlement Embodied



"A lottery millionaire is still using food stamps. Leroy Fick won $2 million in the Michigan lottery nearly a year ago. He tells WNEM-TV that he still swipes his electronic food stamp debit card at grocery stores. He says the state Department of Human Services told him he could continue to use the tax-payer-funded card. And Fick says no one is going make him "feel bad" about it." (source)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bizarre Campaign Ad and Other Mind Boggling Happenings...



But it doesn't end at this disturbing ad. Glenn Beck found the ad and rightfully mocked it on his radio show --and from that mocking the candidate began saying he is endorsed by Glenn Beck:

Glenn Beck Endorses Democrat Dan Adler in California’s Special Election, Says Campaign

??!!?

(H/T: Pat Dollard)

Is this more/less bizarre than the new Arnold/Maria revelation? More/less bizarre than the fact that the French SOCIALIST Strauss-Kahn spends $3000/night on hotel rooms...I guess that's one way to redistribute his wealth...?

And am I alone in having no idea what/who I am voting for today? Is this a primary? is it only PA?

P.S. Dear 'Establishment Republicans:' I hate to repeat myself, but NO MITT ROMNEY. Thanks.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Trump NOT Running in 2012


As many suspected...Donald Trump just announced that he WILL NOT be running for President in 2012.

At least he showed potential candidates that you can push hard against Obama and still poll high with the American public. Mike Huckabee isn't running either.

Will You Marry Me...if You're a Republican That Is?


"The gulf between Democrats and Republicans isn't just between red states and blue states; a new study finds that people tend to marry within their own political party — potentially widening the gulf between liberals and conservatives.

In fact, spouses are more likely to be similar politically than they are likely to have matching personalities, according to the new research, which will be published in the Journal of Politics.

Surprisingly, personality "doesn't seem as important to us as our notions of how other people should behave and the way society should be structured," said study author John Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska.

Earlier work has shown that people tend to sort themselves into likeminded neighborhoods and workplaces, Hibbing told LiveScience. What was interesting about the new study, he said, was the finding that couples came into their relationships already matched on political beliefs. Folk wisdom often holds that mates become more and more similar as they go through life together, either because they share experiences or because they influence each other's beliefs. But in reality, people seem to be sorting themselves out by ideology, Hibbing said... (Read the Whole Article)

Speaking of marriage and politics, a friend of mine recently had a strange phenomenon happen to her twice. One of the nice things about being on a site like Match.com is that you can see someone's politics before you ever have to speak to them. So, a few weeks ago, she agreed to go out with one guy after they'd been emailing and talking on the phone for a bit. He had himself listed as Republican so politics hadn't really come up during their initial conversations. Then they meet. And he's a Bush hater that voted for Obama. She questions him and he says, "I am a Republican, I just hate Bush and didn't like McCain." That was a one and done.

Enter Second guy. Seems nice. She decided to go out with him even though he really wasn't her type. Father of three. Listed as Conservative (not just Republican) and BAM! At dinner and he drops the 'I voted for Obama' --not only did he vote for Obama, he didn't regret it. Then somehow my blog comes up and he gets volatile in the restaurant, 'Call your friend and we'll debate. Let's see if she can convince me that George Bush wasn't the biggest retard that ever lived." Then he gets irate with the waitress because she agrees with my friend that no matter how old men get, they're on Match looking for a 20 year old.

I begged her to quiz him on this lying-about-being-a-Conservative phenomenon on dating sites. If Mr. Cell Phone Co. Exec is reading this waiting for me to debate him on George Bush's intelligence, he can tell us why he perpetrated being sane when he was in fact an Obamatron. I would think people (especially in the Philly area) would lie the other way...

Thanks GWB




(H/T: Wyatt Earp & Captain America)

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Guest Post by Free0352

Dear Mr. President

Call me crazy, but I think this...



...would be a lot more effective than any boarder patrol agent.

Illegal aliens are likely to be much more afraid of hungry alligators, and hence their deterrence value is far greater than boarder guards or even military personnel. Further, while boarder guards simply deport illegal aliens, alligators would eat them... preventing further attempts to illegally cross. Also alligators are natural hunters and successful predators which means their training costs would be minimal, and we wouldn't have to pay them- making it quite cost effective. Florida has many thousands of alligators, the over population of which causes many problems for that state. I think relocating the Florida and perhaps the Louisiana alligator population to the Rio Grand River makes good use of our natural resources while boosting national security. All in all, I support the moat and alligator plan, which is a more valid plan than yours... which is um... what exactly?

(You can read Free daily at John Galt for President)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Liberal Secession...Good Riddance!

Do you remember the uproar on the left when Texas Governor Rick Perry mentioned that his state had the legal right to secede? He was branded a kook and a radical and someone that was pushing the discourse in this country into the gutter...

But, now...

"A long-simmering movement by liberal stalwarts in southern Arizona to break away from the rest of the largely conservative state is at a boiling point as secession backers press to bring their longshot ambition to the forefront of Arizona politics.

A group of lawyers from the Democratic stronghold of Tucson and surrounding Pima County have launched a petition drive seeking support for a November 2012 ballot question on whether the 48th state should be divided in two.

The ultimate goal of the newly formed political action committee Start our State is to split Pima County off into what would become the nation's 51st state, tentatively dubbed Baja Arizona." (source)

What? No articles decrying this over at HuffPo? No OpEds claiming 'these people' are what is wrong with the country?

Visibly Intoxicated and Wearing a Boston Bruins Jersey

Now, I'm not saying that all Boston Bruins' fans are intellectually-challenged, but...

"The passengers and crew of Delta Flight 1102 on its way to Boston were given a scare Tuesday night when an apparently drunken passenger pulled a handle on one of the emergency exits in mid-flight.

The flight, which originated in Orlando, was about halfway to Boston when a man, visibly intoxicated and wearing a Boston Bruins jersey, pulled the emergency exit handle he was seated next to, passengers said after landing at Logan International Airport. The man was identified late Tuesday night as Robert J. Hersey, 43, of Arlington." (source)

This comes after a week of lunatics doing odd things on planes:

"A passenger aboard an American Airlines flight bound from Chicago to San Francisco on Sunday night was restrained by passengers and crew while attempting to force his way through the cockpit doors shortly before the plane landed. Earlier Sunday, a passenger aboard a Continental flight bound for Chicago from Houston had to make an unscheduled stop in St. Louis because a passenger got out of his seat, rushed to the front of the airplane and attempted to open a flight door.

Also on Sunday, a Delta flight bound from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a flight attendant found a suspicious note in a lavatory." (source)

OBL dead and people think they can do whatever this wish mid-flight?

I must admit that I love the mention of the Bruins jersey each time this incident is reported...

Sharks V. Lightning for the Cup?


So, I'm sure it's no surprise that I was absolutely heartbroken over the Flyers untimely departure from the playoffs. In a bit of a temper tantrum I swore I wouldn't post again until the Red Wings were also wiped from Lord Stanley's race. I like that they too feel the sting of Ante Niemi's pads...Which makes me feel a little better. They better lose. I can't believe they didn't lose last night... But, even if they do come back after being down three games --we did it first. How's that for immature? I've never liked the Wings. To me they are the Yankees of hockey. And the fact that Free was the ONLY one that gave me crap after the Flyers' loss only solidified my ire for the geriatric bunch this post season.

I now switch my support to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Not out of bitterness toward Boston. It's no secret I like Tim Thomas and Tim Thomas won them the semi final. But I still have much love and loyalty to Simon Gagne. Then I will cheer for whoever is representing the Eastern Conference...I think. Unless it's Bruins v. Sharks...then I may have to go Sharks since they will have hopefully beat the Red Wings... but we'll cross that road when we get there...

Hey Jpck...I heard a rumor that the Quick is one of the three goalies the Flyers are talking to...(others Bryzgalov and Vokoun).

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Guest From the Left: J. Marquis

Maybe Iowa is the Problem



I wanted to stretch out a bit and formulate a decent reply to Free's assertion that Ron Paul and Donald Trump have a good shot to beat President Obama in 2012.

Let's start with Trump. I'm gonna predict right here and right now his campaign will end before it begins. I can tell just by looking at him lately that this whole presidential aspirations thing just isn't his idea of fun anymore. He can't pound the
birther issue now and since Bin Laden died he can't really call Obama a wimp. On the last episode of Celebrity Apprentice he'll probably tell us he's decided not to run for president and all the reasons why that proves he's the smartest guy in the world.

Plus he seems to be really thin-skinned. He can hardly get through an interview with even a mild-mannered reporter without steam starting to come out his ears. He'd probably try to head butt another candidate in a debate.

I actually kind of like Ron Paul. He's smart, well-spoken and thoughtful. And he's a consistent libertarian...which is why he'll never be the GOP presidential candidate.

People might deny it but the Republicans in Iowa and South Carolina are not going to vote for a candidate who wants to legalize drugs or bring the troops home right away from Afghanistan and Iraq.

And I'm sure there are a lot of power brokers in the Republican Party who will put all kinds of obstacles in Paul's way. He's a bit too much of a free thinker for their tastes.

Plus you have to consider image. There are a lot of folks out there who don't pay attention to this stuff until the last minute and I'm not sure they're going to support the one candidate out there who actually looks older than John McCain.

(You can read J. Marquis daily at Major Conflict)

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Friday, May 06, 2011

Kay called Savage?



This is amusing until it hits you that there are A LOT of liberals out there that actually think like this woman...

Her welfare check is not paid by taxpayers, but by Obama who uses money garnered from the helpful illegal aliens...omg.

(H/T: Rich)

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Listen

Head of Black Chamber of Commerce calls Obama a Marxist. Says he only voted for him because he was Black and he regrets that vote. Says Obama will push gas prices to $6/$7 gallon to help reduce the carbon foot print. Says Obama is anti-business and that 35% of Blacks will not vote for him next election. Worth listening to all -but much of the best content at around 5:00.



(h/t: Rich)

Who Does The Rock Know?

One of the more interesting stories coming out of the Bin Laden operation for me was this:



Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock tweeted the bottom message before announcement that Obama would address the nation. According to interviews on FNC yesterday Condi Rice didn't know anything until the news made the announcement that the President would speak 10:30 on a Sunday night, but...The Rock knew? I guess he has a buddy on that SEAL team...

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

If the Left is Happy About Bin Laden's Death...

...and the water boarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed DIRECTLY led to the intelligence that facilitated that death. Doesn't that mean the Left has to acknowledge the benefit of water boarding? Can you celebrate one while condemning the other?



"Officials say CIA interrogators in secret overseas prisons developed the first strands of information that ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Current and former U.S. officials say that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, provided the nom de guerre of one of bin Laden's most trusted aides. The CIA got similar information from Mohammed's successor, Abu Faraj al-Libi. Both were subjected to harsh interrogation tactics inside CIA prisons in Poland and Romania.

The news is sure to reignite debate over whether the now-closed interrogation and detention program was successful. Former president George W. Bush authorized the CIA to use the harshest interrogation tactics in U.S. history. President Barack Obama closed the prison system." (source)

This is not an attempt to be cutesy...I seriously want to know how one that was vehemently against 'harsh interrogation tactics' (ie "torture") can justify the use of the information gleaned from those 'sessions' and celebrate the outcome. I wish my coffee would kick in and I could think of a reverse analogy applicable to Conservatives...

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Let Us Count the Ways...

...that GWB would have been criticized by those that are singing Obama's praises for taking down Bin Laden in the manner we are being told it happened.

I really didn't want to get partisan in the light of this good news, but the more snarky the FB comments became the more I started thinking about how this news would be received if it were the Bush Administration delivering it.

So, I'll start:

1) How was this information gleaned? Was torture, rendition or waterboarding used to get this intelligence? You monster, he was only a figurehead!

2) You really expect us to believe you "buried him at sea" with nothing to prove it but your word yet you sent troops in instead of using a hellfire missile because you were afraid people wouldn't believe you? He has a right to a fair trial but you had a murderous navy SEAL take the law into his own hands!

3) Were these 40 SEALS and CIA operatives put in harm's way for a giant PR stunt to boost your reelection chances? Why wait until now?

4) You just created a recruiting tool for al Qaeda by not giving him a proper Islamic burial.

5) You created an enemy of Pakistan, a sovereign nation that is a nuclear power, by going in and carrying out this mission without their consent. What if a foreign country did that in America?

This is what I came up with so far... I'm sure they'd be a cavalcade of other accusations should it have been Bush that made this announcement.

Like I said, I really don't want to poke and bicker across the aisle...but all the dove's boasting hawks talons are beginning to unnerve me.

Osama Bin Laden: Deceased


All these college kids chanting in front of the White House and at Ground Zero... These kids that were 9, 10 and 11 at the time of the attacks? But I (who stood and watched black smoke snake down the horizon line) have no emotion like that? Why?

I don't feel glee, relief, excitement or joy. I feel nothing. Is something wrong with me? Am I just not processing? Has it just been too long in coming? Did I truly buy into the 'he's just a figure head' line we have been given for 10 years?

Don't get me wrong,

I am glad that the families of Armed Forces members that lost their lives in Afghanistan now have some sort of closure.

I am glad the President was ballsy enough to put aside his personal proclivities and act in the good of the country to sign an order allowing SEALs to enter a sovereign country and kill Bin Laden at close range if need be.

I am grateful for the CIA and Special Forces (SEAL Team 6) that risked their lives.

I am glad OBL is dead and that there will be no national fight over the location of a trial and no burial site for his followers to deify.

I just don't have any urge to chant USA or throw glow sticks in the air.

And I'm not sure why.