Saturday, December 19, 2009

Read it Now: A Different Christmas Poem

December 19, 2009
Colorado USA

Let's take a short break from politics and remember what is really important.

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear, "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts.. To the window that danced with a warm fire's light Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam', And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American flag. I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall.." " So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

Source: received via email Video source: You Tube A Different Christmas Poem Attributed to:
LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reality check

November 19, 2009
Colorado, USA

The following was received in an email just this morning. It could be a speech any one of us who live and work in the real America could be sitting through any day now. Some of us have already been served these inconvenient truths and amazingly, some of us are still unaware of the reality of what our government is holding up on a silver platter with an eat-it-or-choke-on-it attitude. It's a reality check written in honest language.


I would like to start by thanking you for attending this meeting, though it's not like you had much of a choice. After all, attendance was mandatory. I'm also glad many of you accepted my invitation to your family members to be here as well. I have a few remarks to make to all of you, and then we'll retire to the ballroom for a great lunch and some employee awards.

I felt that this meeting was important enough to close all 12 of our tire and automotive shops today so that you could be here. To reassure you, everybody is being paid for the day --- except me. Since our stores are closed we're making no money. That economic loss is mine to sustain. Carrington Automotive has 157 full time employees and around 30 additional part-timers. All of you are here. I thank you for that.

When you walked into this auditorium you were handed a rather thick 78-page document. Many of you have already taken a peek. You were probably surprised to see that it's my personal tax return for 2008. Those of you who are adept at reading these tax returns will see that last year my taxable income was $534,000.00. Now I'm sure this seems rather high to many of you. So ... let's talk about this tax return.

Carrington Automotive Enterprises is what we call a Sub-S - a Subchapter S corporation. The name comes from a particular part of our tax code. Sub-S status means that the income from all 12 of our stores is reported on my personal tax return. Businesses that report their income on the owner's personal tax return are referred to as "small businesses." So, you see now that this $534,000 is really the total taxable income - the total combined profit from all 12 of our stores. That works out to an average of a bit over $44,000 per store.

Why did I feel it important for you to see my actual 2008 tax return? Well, there's a lot of rhetoric being thrown around today about taxes, small businesses and rich people. To the people in charge in Washington right now I'm a wealthy American making over a half-million dollars a year. Most Americans would agree: I'm just another rich guy; after all ... I had over a half-million in income last year, right? In this room we know that the reality is that I'm a small business owner who runs 12 retail establishments and employs 187 people. Now here's something that shouldn't surprise you, but it will: Just under 100 percent ... make that 99.7 percent of all employers in this country are small businesses, just like ours.

Every one of these businesses reports their income on a personal income tax return. You need to understand that small businesses like ours are responsible for about 80 percent of all private sector jobs in this country, and about 70 percent of all jobs that have been created over the past year. You also need to know that when you hear some politician talking about rich people who earn over $200,000 or $500,000 a year, they're talking about the people who create the jobs.

The people who are now running the show in Washington have been talking for months about raising taxes on wealthy Americans. I already know that in two years my federal income taxes are going to go up by about 4.5 percent. That happens when Obama and the Democrats allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. When my taxes climb by 4.5 percent the Democrats will be on television saying that this really isn't a tax increase. They'll explain that the Bush tax cuts have expired .. nothing more. Here at Carrington we'll know that almost 5% has been taken right off of our bottom line. And that means it will be coming off your bottom line.

Numbers are boring, I know ... but let's talk a bit more about that $534,000. That's the money that was left last year from company revenues after I paid all of the salaries and expenses of running this business. Now I could have kept every penny of that for myself, but that would have left us with nothing to grow our business, to attract new customers and to hire new employees. You're aware that we've been talking about opening new stores in Virginia Beach and Newport News . To do that I will have to buy or lease property, construct a building and purchase inventory. I also have to hire additional people to work in those stores. These people wouldn't immediately be earning their pay. So, where do you think the money for all of this comes from? Right out of our profits .. right out of that $534,000. I need to advertise to bring customers in, especially in these tough times. Where do you think that money comes from? Oh sure, I can count it as an expense when I file my next income tax return .. but for right now that comes from either current revenues or last year's profits. Revenues right now aren't all that hot ... so do the math. A good effective advertising campaign might cost us more than $300,000.

Is this all starting to come together for you now?

Right now the Democrats are pushing a nationalized health care plan that, depending on who's doing the talking, will add anywhere from another two percent to an additional 4.6 percent to my taxes. If I add a few more stores, which I would like to do, and if the economy improves, my taxable income ... our business income ... could go over one million dollars! If that happens the Democrats have yet another tax waiting, another five percent plus! I've really lost track of all of the new government programs the Democrats and President Obama are proposing that they claim they will be able to finance with new taxes on what they call "wealthy Americans."

And while we're talking about health care, let me explain something else to you. I understand that possibly your biggest complaint with our company is that we don't provide you with health insurance. That is because as your employer I believe that it is my responsibility to provide you with a safe workplace and a fair wage and to do all that I can to preserve and grow this company that provides us all with income. I no more have a responsibility to provide you with health insurance than I do with life, auto or homeowner's insurance. As you know, I have periodically invited agents for health insurance companies here to provide you with information on private health insurance plans.

The Democrats are proposing to levy yet another tax against Carrington in the amount of 8 percent of my payroll as a penalty for not providing you with health insurance. You should know that if they do this I will be reducing every person's salary or hourly wage by that same 8 percent. This will not be done to put any more money in my pocket. It will be done to make sure that I don't suffer financially from the Democrat's efforts to place our healthcare under the control of the federal government. It is your health, not mine. It is your healthcare, not mine. These are your expenses, not mine. If you think I'm wrong about all this, I would sure love to hear your reasoning.

Try to understand what I'm telling you here. Those people that Obama and the Democrats call "wealthy Americans" are, in very large part, America 's small business owners. I'm one of them. You have the evidence, and surely you don't think that the owner of a bunch of tire stores is anything special. That $534,000 figure on my income tax return puts me squarely in Democrat crosshairs when it comes to tax increases.

Let's be clear about this ... crystal clear. Any federal tax increase on me is going to cost you money, not me. Any new taxes on Carrington Automotive will be new taxes that you, or the people I don't hire to staff the new stores I won't be building, will be paying. Do you understand what I'm telling you? You've heard about things rolling downhill, right? Fine ... then you need to know that taxes, like that other stuff, roll downhill. Now you and I may understand that you are not among those that the Democrats call "wealthy Americans," but when this "tax the rich" thing comes down you are going to be standing at the bottom of the mud slide, if you get my drift. That's life in the big city, my friends ... where elections have consequences.

You know our economy is very weak right now. I've pledged to get us through this without layoffs or cuts in your wages and benefits. It's too bad the politicians can't get us through this without attacking our profits. To insure our survival I have to take a substantial portion of that $534,000 and set it aside for unexpected expenses and a worsening economy. Trouble is, the government is eyeing that money too ... and they have the guns. If they want it, they can take it.

I don't want to make this too long. There's a great lunch waiting for us all. But you need to understand what's happening here. I've worked hard for 23 years to create this business. There were many years where I couldn't take a penny in income because every dollar was being dedicated to expanding the business. There were tough times when it took every dollar of revenues to replenish our inventory and cover your paychecks. During those times I earned nothing. If you want to see those tax returns, just let me know.

OK ... I know I'm repeating myself here. I don't hire stupid people, and you are probably getting it now. So let me just ramble for a few more minutes.Most Americans don't realize that when the Democrats talk about raising taxes on people making more than $250 thousand a year, they're talking about raising taxes on small businesses. The U.S. Treasury Department says that six out of every ten individuals in this country with incomes of more than $280,000 are actually small business owners. About one-half of the income in this country that would be subject to these increased taxes is from small businesses like ours. Depending on how many of these wonderful new taxes the Democrats manage to pass, this company could see its tax burden increase by as much as $60,000. Perhaps more.

I know a lot of you voted for President Obama. A lot of you voted for Democrats across the board. Whether you voted out of support for some specific policies, or because you liked his slogans, you need to learn one very valuable lesson from this election. Elections have consequences. You might have thought it would be cool to have a president who looks like you; or a president who is young, has a buff body, and speaks eloquently when there's a teleprompter in the neighborhood. Maybe you liked his promises to tax the rich. Maybe you believed his promise not to raise taxes on people earning less than a certain amount. Maybe you actually bought into his promise to cut taxes on millions of Americans who actually don't pay income taxes in the first place. Whatever the reason .. your vote had consequences; and here they are.

Bottom line? I'm not taking this hit alone. As soon as the Democrats manage to get their tax increases on the books, I'm going to take steps to make sure that my family isn't affected. When you own the business, that is what you're allowed to do. I built this business over a period of 23 years, and I'm not going to see my family suffer because we have a president and a congress who think that wealth is distributed rather than earned. Any additional taxes, of whatever description, that President Obama and the Democrats inflict on this business will come straight out of any funds I have set aside for expansion or pay and benefit increases. Any plans I might have had to hire additional employees for new stores will be put aside. Any plans for raises for the people I now have working for me will be shelved. Year-end bonuses might well be eliminated. That may sound rough, but that's the reality.

You're going to continue to hear a lot of anti-wealth rhetoric out there from the media and from the left. You can chose to believe what you wish .. .but when it comes to Carrington Automotive you will know the truth. The books are open to any of you at any time. I have nothing to hide. I would hope that other small business owners out there would hold meetings like this one, but I know it won't happen that often. One of the lessons to be learned here is that taxes ... all taxes ... and all regulatory costs that are placed on businesses anywhere in this country, will eventually be passed right on down to individuals; individuals such as yourself. This hasn't been about admonishing anyone and it hasn't been about issuing threats. This is part of the education you should have received in the government schools, but didn't. Class is now dismissed. Let's eat.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Letter to Obama - We will fight you all the way...

November 18, 2009
Colorado USA

I was all set to write a scathing rant about holding TERRORISTS in the USA and trying TERRORISTS in US courts but the following letter speaks more eloquently to WHY WE SHOULD NOT DO IT - PRESIDENT OBAMA needs to LISTEN to the people of this country and be warned - YOU will be JUDGED by your incomprehensible and insensitive actions - not Eric Holder (although he's next on the list) not Congress (yes, they are third), not the courts or the attorneys, etc. YOU will be held accountable for this completely UN-AMERICAN decision that makes no sense except that it furthers your agenda on the World Stage. YOU will be held solely responsible for this travesty inflicted upon our halls of justice by REAL AMERICANS.
'Nuff said... -- DD -- read on...

November 9, 2009

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear President Obama:

On September 11, 2001, the entire world watched as 19 men hijacked four commercial airliners, attacking passengers and killing crew members, and then turned the fully-fueled planes into missiles, flying them into the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 3,000 of our fellow human beings died in two hours. The nation’s commercial aviation system ground to a halt. Lower Manhattan was turned into a war zone, shutting down the New York Stock Exchange for days and causing tens of thousands of residents and workers to be displaced. In nine months, an estimated 50,000 rescue and recovery workers willingly exposed themselves to toxic conditions to dig out the ravaged remains of their fellow citizens buried in 1.8 million tons of twisted steel and concrete.

The American people were rightly outraged by this act of war. Whether the cause was retribution or simple recognition of our common humanity, the words “Never Forget” were invoked in tearful or angry rectitude, defiantly written in the dust of Ground Zero or humbly penned on makeshift memorials erected all across the land. The country was united in its determination that these acts should not go unmarked and unpunished.

Eight long years have passed since that dark and terrible day. Sadly, some have forgotten the promises we made to those whose lives were taken in such a cruel and vicious manner.

We have not forgotten. We are the husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and other family members of the victims of these depraved and barbaric attacks, and we feel a profound obligation to ensure that justice is done on their behalf. It is incomprehensible to us that members of the United States Congress would propose that the same men who today refer to the murder of our loved ones as a “blessed day” and who targeted the United States Capitol for the same kind of destruction that was wrought in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, should be the beneficiaries of a social compact of which they are not a part, do not recognize, and which they seek to destroy: the United States Constitution.

We adamantly oppose prosecuting the 9/11 conspirators in Article III courts, which would provide them with the very rights that may make it possible for them to escape the justice which they so richly deserve. We believe that military commissions, which have a long and honorable history in this country dating back to the Revolutionary War, are the appropriate legal forum for the individuals who declared war on America. With utter disdain for all norms of decency and humanity, and in defiance of the laws of warfare accepted by all civilized nations, these individuals targeted tens of thousands of civilian non-combatants, brutally killing 3,000 men, women and children, injuring thousands more, and terrorizing millions.

It is morally offensive to offer Constitutional protections to individuals charged with murdering 3,000 individuals, in essence, to jeopardize justice for war crimes victims, in order to make an appeal to the Muslim world. The use of Article III courts after the 1993 World Trade Center attack didn’t stop any of the subsequent terrorist plots, including the attack on Khobar Towers, 19 Americans killed, the 1998 East African Embassy bombing, 212 killed, the USS Cole bombing, 17 sailors killed. The attacks of 9/11 were a resounding rebuke to the view that federal courts were an appropriate counterterrorism strategy. Afterward, we didn’t send law enforcement personnel to apprehend the perpetrators, we sent the United States military, who captured them and held them pursuant to the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

The American people do not support the use of our cherished federal courts as a stage by the “mastermind of 9/11″ and his co-conspirators to condemn this nation and rally their fellow terrorists the world over. As one New York City police detective, who lost 60 fellow officers on 9/11, told members of the Department of Justice’s Detainee Policy Task Force at a meeting last June, “You people are out of touch. You need to hear the locker room conversations of the people who patrol your streets and fight your wars.”

On May 21, you stated that military commissions, promulgated by congressional legislation and recently reformed with even greater protections for defendants, are a legal and appropriate forum to try individuals captured pursuant the 2001 AUMF, passed by Congress in response to the attack on America. Nevertheless, you announced a new policy requiring that Al-Qaeda terrorists should be tried in Article III courts “whenever feasible.”

We strongly object to the creation of a two-tier system of justice for terrorists in which those responsible for the death of thousands on 9/11 will be treated as common criminals and afforded the kind of platinum due process accorded American citizens, yet members of Al Qaeda who aspire to kill Americans but who do not yet have blood on their hands, will be treated as war criminals. To date, you have offered no explanation or justification for this contradiction, even as you readily acknowledge that the 9/11 conspirators, now designated “unprivileged enemy belligerents,” are appropriately accused of war crimes. We believe that this two-tier system, in which war criminals receive more due process protections than would-be war criminals, will be mocked and rejected in the court of world opinion as an ill-conceived contrivance aimed, not at justice, but at the appearance moral authority.

The public has a right to know that prosecuting the 9/11 conspirators in federal courts will result in a plethora of legal and procedural problems that will severely limit or even jeopardize the successful prosecution of their cases. Ordinary criminal trials do not allow for the exigencies associated with combatants captured in war, in which evidence is not collected with CSI-type chain-of-custody standards. None of the 9/11 conspirators were given the Miranda warnings mandated in Article III courts. Prosecutors contend that the lengthy, self-incriminating tutorials Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others gave to CIA interrogators about 9/11 and other terrorist operations–called “pivotal for the war against Al-Qaeda” in a recently released, declassified 2005 CIA report–may be excluded in federal trials. Further, unlike military commissions, all of the 9/11 cases will be vulnerable in federal court to defense motions that their prosecutions violate the Speedy Trial Act. Indeed, the judge presiding in the case of Ahmed Ghailani, accused of participating in the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in Kenya, killing 212 people, has asked for that issue to be briefed by the defense. Ghailani was indicted in 1998, captured in Pakistan in 2004, and held at Guantanamo Bay until 2009.

Additionally, federal rules risk that classified evidence protected in military commissions would be exposed in criminal trials, revealing intelligence sources and methods and compromising foreign partners, who will be unwilling to join with the United States in future secret or covert operations if doing so will risk exposure in the dangerous and hostile communities where they operate. This poses a clear and present danger to the public. The safety and security of the American people is the President’s highest duty.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “the challenges of terrorism trials are overwhelming.” Mr. Mukasey, formerly a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, presided over the multi-defendant terrorism prosecution of Sheikh Omar Abel Rahman, the cell that attacked the World Trade Center in 1993 and conspired to attack other New York landmarks. In addition to the evidentiary problems cited above, he expressed concern about courthouse and jail facility security, the need for anonymous jurors to be escorted under armed guard, the enormous costs associated with the use of U.S. marshals necessarily deployed from other jurisdictions, and the danger to the community which, he says, will become a target for homegrown terrorist sympathizers–like the recent Fort Hood shooter–or embedded Al Qaeda cells.

Finally, there is the sickening prospect of men like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed being brought to the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, or the courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, just a few blocks away from the scene of carnage eight years ago, being given a Constitutionally mandated platform upon which he can mock his victims, exult in the suffering of their families, condemn the judge and his own lawyers, and rally his followers to continue jihad against the men and women of the U.S. military, fighting and dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan on behalf of us all.

There is no guarantee that Mr. Mohammed and his co-conspirators will plead guilty, as in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, whose prosecution nevertheless took four years, and who is currently attempting to recant that plea. Their attorneys will be given wide latitude to mount a defense that turns the trial into a shameful circus aimed at vilifying agents of the CIA for alleged acts of “torture,” casting the American government and our valiant military as a force of evil instead of a force for good in places of the Muslim world where Al Qaeda and the Taliban are waging a brutal war against them and the local populations. For the families of those who died on September 11, the most obscene aspect of giving Constitutional protections to those who planned the attacks with the intent of inflicting maximum terror on their victims in the last moments of their lives will be the opportunities this affords defense lawyers to cast their clients as victims.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators are asking to plead guilty, now, before a duly-constituted military commission. Mr. President, the families of their victims have a right to know, why don’t you let them?

Respectfully submitted,

Signed by:
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, the firefighters of and Keep America Safe in Washington, D.C.

Source: Keep America Safe Call to Action

Sign the letter here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nancy didn't get the memo - we are not exchanging gifts this year

November 12, 2009
Colorado, USA

This is probably the best and most horrifying example to date of the glaringly elitist, out-of-touch, blathering stupidity running rampant in the halls of the White House and Congress. And yet another misuse of a word (in this instance, the word PRESENT implying GIFT) that has to have Webster erupting out of his grave. I know it had me on my feet swearing and stomping around in front of the TV. Apparently Nancy doesn't have a clue what the word - present - really means or how Christmas works in the rest of the world. Nancy is dumber than the Queen of Dumb Obama-Money woman in Detroit if she thinks we are buying into that sleigh full of BS!

Here's what Nancy (aka House Scrooge -uh - Speaker Nancy Pelosi) says about the big ol' lump of coal labeled the Health Care Bill: I'm hopeful that we will have a bill as a Christmas present for the American people.

Are you freekin' kidding me? How loudly does this speak to what the administration really thinks of our [we the people] mentality? Do they really think because they wrap the word bill as a present that we will be so pleased with the gesture we won't notice it is a bill? Seriously?

Most of us have handed our kids cash or a credit card to buy presents for the spouse or Grandma and Grandpa or maybe their siblings and even ourselves for Christmas. Wink-Wink. Most of us know by doing so that the bill that comes due in January is a bill we will pay for our own present on behalf of our children.

HELLO NANCY! Picture me knock-knock-knocking on the hollow chamber of her pointy little head... A present is not really a present if you have to pay for it yourself! Get it? But! If you really want to exchange presents, Nancy - please check your stocking for the statement of the pay-off on our Harley-Davidson. That's at the top of our Christmas list. Please pay in full - asap - no return receipt required. Golly Gee - thanks eversomuch - wink-wink.

First Obama-Money and now the Gift of a Health Care Bill worth trillions of dollars. With all due respect, Nancy Dear - while your thoughtfulness and generosity is appreciated I cannot accept this extravagant gift.

I guess Nancy didn't get the memo - word has gone out in our family, we are not exchanging gifts among adults this year and kids will have to make do with less than they usually do. Why? Unlike this administration, we know we simply cannot afford it. And, also unlike this administration - we know when we have run out of money - even other people's money.

Source: Neil Cavuto, Fox news Some "Christmas Present"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Read it now: Worthy of their sacrifice

November 11, 2009
Colorado USA

Where Do We Get These Men and Women?
by Newt Gingrich, 11/11/2009

This Veterans Day, I am reminded once again of the wonderful line at the end of the movie adaptation of James Michener’s The Bridges at Toko Ri.

A Navy Admiral is reflecting on the sacrifice of airmen given the mission of destroying a group of heavily defended bridges during the Korean War. The men were successful, but at the cost of their lives, leading the Admiral to famously ask:

“Where do we get these men?”

Today, the question is “Where do we get these men and women?” and last week, the answer was Killeen, Texas.

Answer: Killeen, Texas

Killeen is the home of heroes this Veterans Day; men and women who prove that our servicemen and women don’t leave their bravery and selflessness behind on the battlefield.

Killeen was also the site of terrorism last week; proof that we are not immune from Islamic extremism inside our borders, even on our military bases.

Killeen is the home of Sgt. Kimberly Munley, a Department of Defense civilian police officer and an Army veteran.

Sgt. Munley was nearby getting her car tuned-up when the 911 call came in. Without waiting for backup, she was the first law enforcement official to arrive on the scene at Fort Hood.

“She Fired Until He Dropped. The Killing Ended.”

Much has been written about Sgt. Munley’s heroism, but few have described her behavior in the heat of a confrontation with the Fort Hood shooter better than the editorial writers at the Las Vegas Review-Sun

“Could Sgt. Munley, hit in the wrist and both thighs, really be blamed if she'd ducked for cover? She didn't. From all reports, she stood her ground under fire, calmly reacquiring her sight picture, putting four rounds right where she wanted, in the advancing murderer's center of mass. She fired until he dropped. The killing ended.”

The Heroes Who Brought Down the Berlin Wall

This Veterans Day week also marks the celebration of another set of American heroes: The men and women who put their shoulders to the Berlin Wall and pushed -- until it finally fell 20 years ago this Monday.

Where did we get these men and women? From all across America and everywhere freedom and human dignity are valued.

For although the revolution in Eastern Europe occurred without a shot being fired, countless Americans -- not to mention Britons, Germans, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks and Hungarians -- sacrificed for that day.

Before there was a wall in Berlin, there was the Berlin blockade in 1948, when the Communist regime in Moscow tried to literally starve West Berlin to death. President Harry S. Truman ordered an airlift to feed West Berliners and resist Soviet aggression. Seventy-one American and British servicemen lost their lives.

And before there was a victory for freedom, 20 years ago this week, there were unflinching advocates for freedom in Eastern Europe like Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II.

These are the heroes we honor today.

Washington Seems More at Home with International Dictators Than America and Its Heroes

“Hero” is not a word we use a lot these days. We have a media dedicated to destroying, not showcasing, greatness. We have popular culture determined to celebrate victimhood rather than heroism. And we have a regime in Washington that seems more at home with international autocrats and dictators than America and its heroes.

But the inescapable fact of America is this: Ours is a country founded and defended, not by conciliation and sophisticated diplomatic gestures, but by honor, bravery and sacrifice.

Our heroes are not incidental to our nationhood but an essential part of it. Why? Because America is not, contrary to what our President believes, merely a nation among nations. We are, on our best days, closer to what Ronald Reagan believed: A shining city on a hill.

Take the Time Today to Thank a Veteran For His Service

The heroes of our city on a hill stretch back from Killeen, Texas, through a bloody 20th Century and a great Civil War, all the way to our founding.

They are the men who left a trail of blood in the snow of Northern Pennsylvania on Christmas night, 1776.

They are the men and women who serve today in Iraq and Afghanistan.

So make sure you take the time today to thank a veteran for his or her service. Take the time to remember and honor a hero.

Because in doing so you are answering the Navy Admiral’s question at Toko Ri.

Where do we get these men and women? From a nation that remains worthy of their sacrifice.

Source: Where Do We Get These Men and Women?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Teabag Anti-Pelosi-Bama Government Extremist and proud of it

November 9, 2009
Colorado, USA

Teabag Anti-Pelosi-Bama Government Extremist and proud of it.

You gotta love the lack-luster creativity of knee-jerk, adolescent, government inspired labels. I do. Wanna know why? I support the First Amendment of the Constitution and every single, solitary word written in our founding documents by REAL MEN who had our new country's best interests at heart and not some secret, personal, delusional and tyrannical agenda for ego-maniacal control the likes of which I have never witnessed. Until now.

It is a deadly disease infecting Capitol Hills throughout this land - call it the H1N1-T epidemic of Washington. The only political souls in DC and seats of government elsewhere who are immune - are a few American Patriots - the few who have dared to make a stand for the will of the people, the few who are willing to stick their necks out to champion the integrity of this country first, the few who have voted their conscience and support the will of the people.

H1N1-T is lethal to liberty and freedom. The only effective innoculation - Dissent! T stands for Traitor.

Traitors, Barack and Nancy (I refuse to address them with MR or MS or the respect those titles imply if they insist on disrespecting me) and the other DC hooligans make to scold and call me extremist. That arrogantly officious scolding tone employed by this administration with a sneer when addressing their opposition just does not work for me. Wanna go a round or two with playground politics? I am up for it. You may be king of the hill for now Barack and Nancy may think she's queen of the swings - but you will not last... If history teaches us anything, vainglorious tyrants never last for long... Why? Because sooner or later they outlive their usefulness to those who put them in their more-or-less transient seat of power or someone beats them at musical chairs.

Let's see, the way this school kid word game works is you call me something and I call you something that is opposite and allegedly worse.

Call me extremist - I call you what - a conservative? A moderate? I am laughing. Really! Look it up. I'll just stick with deluded.
Call me radical - I call you superficial.
Call me angry - I call you dull.
See how it works?
Call me angry anti-government extremist - I can trump that in a single word. Traitor.

Yes, I said traitor. Barack and Nancy and the rest of the brain-washed-DC-bobble-heads swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States that begins with the concept WE THE PEOPLE which unless it has been redefined means ALL THE PEOPLE of the United States of America -- not just the part of the herd blindly following them over the cliff.

No where does the Constitution say WE THE GOVERNMENT. Traitorous members of this administration are destroying our beloved country minute-by-minute with a complete and utter disregard for principles this country was founded upon and contemptuous disrespect for citizens of the United States. There is nothing wrong with our Constitution or our Country or its People that a few pink slips and some Common Sense will not cure. Pink slips are coming - you can bet your Obama-Money on it.

You call me angry, disconnected, astro-turf, and yeah even an extremist but I'd advise caution calling me - anti-government thinly veiling the implication that I am anti-American. The only anti-Americans I see on a daily basis are the people populating Capitol Hill masquerading as we-know-what's-good-for-you-better-than-you-know elitist government officials. So, yeah I am anti-government.

I am anti-your government.

I am anti-Pelosi-Bama government.

One has to wonder why are you whining about a few, insignificant extremists --if we are merely a few angry, disconnected, disenfranchised, maladjusted, ineffective individuals seeking to undermine the country instead of a well-established, knowledgeable, informed, patriotic, motivated, political base. One has to wonder if you are so confidant that your plans are greater and better, if your way is the only right way -- why you fear what a few Tea Party Patriots may expose?

Or, is it possible you sing-song of sticks and stones and breaking bones, but voting booths - oh my! Nobody promised you [politicians] a rose garden - leading this country is a job, doing it well is what commands respect. I (oh let's call me one of that rascally, we the people, tea party crowd) am not pleased with your performance. I have the right to state my dissent as loudly and as often as I please. Do you really believe you can dismiss me or deter me from my course with mere snide remarks made to in-your-pocket-mainstream-media-roadies?

I exist.
I am talking.
I am writing.
I am making notes and I will share them.
I am telling on you nanananananaaaaaaaaaaa and sticking out my tongue.
So much the worse for you - I vote.
So there!

First Amendment

Listen up, Washington. I, for one, demand you start doing a better job - your real job. I know you don't have a clue what that is so, here's a suggestion. Let's start with doing something to aide our troops in their mission. Now. I know you don't have a clue what that mission is either. So, let me explain it in remedial terms, their mission is to protect your pompous, inconsequential, indolent butts so you can do your job - badly. Then, maybe you might want to listen to a few dissenters so you can really get an idea of what the people you represent think of you and the job you are doing in Washington - badly. If I had the word incumbent following my political persuasion on a ballot in 2010 - I'd be worried.

Respect is something you earn - not something you buy, not something you dictate or legislate. Just because some spineless people have lots of special interest money and teleprompters and a bunch of media-slaves does not mean their message will resonate across the land any better or ring any truer.

Please be advised: I will remain an anti-Pelosi-Bama government extremist until you show me something I can respect.

Attention: All non-representing representatives - whether you feel the pull of Nancy's silken leash or not - you gotta come home sometime.

Come on down from your high-brow podium, meet me in the school yard, look me in the eye and say it [call me anti-American, anti-government extremist) again. Say it to my face - you cowards. C'mon - I double-dog dare ya!

Following last Tuesday’s election, the last thing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wanted to do was allow Members of Congress to go home and talk to their constituents about the $2.6 trillion health care bill she was marshaling through Congress. The centerpiece of Pelosi’s trap and pressure campaign was a Saturday address by President Barack Obama in the Cannon Office Building, where Obama warned Democrats: “Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit [Democratic voters] and it will encourage the extremists.”

Source: Who is the President Calling “Extremist?

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ft. Hood: The Largest 'Terror Act' Since 9/11? -

November 6, 2009
Colorado USA

The tragedy at Fort Hood is the result of an act of terrorism. Is there any other way to see it?

Ft. Hood: The Largest 'Terror Act' Since 9/11?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Because SILENCE is the most insidious form of consent

November 3, 2009
Colorado USA

FYI: Photos are now posted below... also posted are links to YouTube videos of the speeches...

Gone to a Tea Party

New Tea Party Slogan/Signs to Download and Print
Tea Party Slogans 21-25
Get BEHIND Our Troops or Get in FRONT of Them
Our Beloved COUNTRY Deserves Better
Listen Now or You Will Pay the Price for Change
Incumbents BEWARE 2010
Resign from the Herd THINK for Yourself

What a blast! Speakers and entertainers included: Deborah Johns, Mark Williams, Lloyd Marcus, Rivoli Revue, Diana Nagy, Amy Kremer, Kenneth Gladney, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher aka Joe the Plumber and more. Woo-Hoo!

Kay Rivoli and Me I met both Kay and Ron of the Rivoli Revue (Press One for English, Big Fat No, A Bailout Song, U.S.S. of A., Freedom's Not Free and Memorial Day). They autographed a photo and a DVD for me and I caught Kay just as she was boarding the bus and got a photo with her. Fun!

Here is a slide show of the Tea Party Express Rally. Most of the pics were taken facing the sun so they are not of the best quality, but who cares - I had a Patriotic Blast. Video clips coming soon...

Tea Party Express - the remaining schedule is posted here - it is headed south and east
Rivoli Revue
Rivoli Revue perform A Big Fat No
Rivoli Revue perform A Bailout Song
Rivoli Revue perform U.S.S.of A
Lloyd Marcus
Lloyd Marcus performs Tea Party Anthem on
Mark Williams
Mark Williams Speech
Deborah Johns (Blue Star Mom)
Deborah Johns Speech
Diana Nagy
Joe the Plumber Speech
Kenneth Gladney Speech

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ain't it da truth...

October 12, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

Oh Crap! A Democrat!

Friday, September 18, 2009


September 18, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

The Rivoli Revue has a great new song...

I love these guys...
Rivoli Revue

Friday, September 11, 2009

Patriotic Artwork by Teen

September 11, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

It is Patriot Day... and I wanted to share this with you...

There is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy.25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. Not too long ago, the rock received its latest paint job, by Ray 'Bubba' Sorensen and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. WOW!

We Will Never Forget

September 11, 2009
Colorado USA

We will never forget

Click and Print We Will Never Forget Window Poster

Friday, September 4, 2009

Pictures worth a thousand words or taxpayer $$$

September 4, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

Connecticut Lawmakers on the job... Apparently, baseball and solitaire were on this day's agenda - September 1, 2009.

Conn Lawmakers on the job

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


September 1, 2009
Colorado USA

Watch this video again... and again... and again... until it sinks in. We are a REPUBLIC, not a democracy, not an oligarchy, not a monarchy...

The American Form of Government

More info:
Forms of Government

Monday, July 27, 2009

U.S.S. of A

July 27, 2009
Colorado USA

Another political commentary in the form of a great song from Rivoli Revue... listen up...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Divorce - American Patriot Style

June 18, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

I received this item from the folks today via email - if only it were this easy...

A Modest Proposal - Dear American liberals, leftists...
John J. Wall - Law Student - American - 2008

Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists, Obama supporters, et al:

We have stuck together since the late 1950's, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has run its course. Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right, so let's just end it on friendly terms. We can smile, slate it up to irreconcilable differences, and go our own ways.

Here is a model dissolution agreement:

Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes. We don't like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU.

Since you hate guns and war, we'll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA, and the military. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore, and Rosie O'Donnell (you are however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move them).

We'll keep the capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart, and Wall Street. You can have your beloved homeless, homeboys, hippies, and illegal aliens. We'll keep the hot Alaskan Hockey Moms, greedy CEO's, and Rednecks. We'll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.

You can make nice with Iran, Palestine, and France, and we'll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protestors. When our allies or way of life are under assault, we'll provide them job security.

We'll keep our Judeo-Christian Values. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, and Shirley McClain. You can have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill. We'll keep the SUV's, pickup trucks, and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru Station Wagon you can find.

You can give everyone healthcare, if you can find any practicing Doctors (that is practicing, Howard Dean) who will follow to your turf (sic). We'll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right.

We'll keep The Battle Hymn of the Republic and The National Anthem. I'm sure you'll be happy to substitute Imagine, I'd Like to Teach The World To Sing, Kum Ba Ya, or We Are the World.

We'll practice trickle down economics, and you can give trickle up poverty its best shot.

Since it often so offends you we'll keep our History, our Name, and our Flag.

Would you agree to this?

In the spirit of friendly parting, I'll bet you ANWAR on who will need whose help in 15 years.


John J. Wall Law Student American

P.S. Please take Barbra Streisand and Jane Fonda with you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation...

June 10, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

I received this via email... and thought it worth sharing. I strongly believe in the separation of church and state... but not to the extent that we deface buildings and historical landmarks to remove the ten commandments... Personally, I think the Pledge of Allegiance sounds fine with or without the words Under God. I advocate tolerance more often than not. I celebrate diversity. I believe religion has its place in some people's lives (keeping in mind not all Americans are Christians or even religious) and that displays of religious nature should be inclusive rather than exclusive. I believe that religion should not dictate law no more than the government should dictate morality... It is a confounding argument, one that will never see resolution.

President Barack Obama said in Turkey: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

The President has a tendency to blatantly ignore what does not serve his purpose... facts are scarce in most of his well executed teleprompter rhetoric. However, when he speaks to the world about the core of our belief system - don't you think he should get it right?

Knowing and accepting that not all Americans are Christians, does not make a very good argument when our most important documents indicate otherwise... Of course, the President also seems to have an alarming disregard for the tenets of documents like our Constitution. Like I said, the separation of church and state is a very fine line... I think even those among us who are not Christian realize that America is predominantly a Christian nation and scoff at the President's attempt to minimize - worse - even trivialize - that fact.

Consider the following:

Do you know the Preamble for your state?

Alabama 1901, Preamble
We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution..
Alaska 1956, Preamble
We, the people of Alaska , grateful to God and to those who founded our nation and pioneered this great land.
Arizona 1911, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Arizona, grateful to Almighty God for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution...
Arkansas 1874, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government...
California 1879, Preamble
We, the People of the State of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom...
Colorado 1876, Preamble
We, the people of Colorado, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of Universe...
Connecticut 1818, Preamble.
The People of Connecticut, acknowledging with gratitude the good Providence of God in permitting them to enjoy.
Delaware 1897, Preamble
Through Divine Goodness all men have, by nature, the rights of worshipping and serving their Creator according to the dictates of their consciences...
Florida 1885, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Florida, grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty, establish this Constitution...
Georgia 1777, Preamble
We, the people of Georgia, relying upon protection and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution...
Hawaii 1959, Preamble
We, the people of Hawaii, Grateful for Divine Guidance ... Establish this Constitution.
Idaho 1889, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings.
Illinois 1870, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Illinois, grateful to Almighty God for the civil , political and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors..
Indiana 1851, Preamble
We, the People of the State of Indiana, grateful to Almighty God for the free exercise of the right to choose our form of government.
Iowa 1857, Preamble
We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings, establish this Constitution.
Kansas 1859, Preamble
We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges establish this Constitution.
Kentucky 1891, Preamble
We, the people of the Commonwealth are grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties..
Louisiana 1921, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy.
Maine 1820, Preamble
We the People of Maine acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity .. And imploring His aid and direction.
Maryland 1776, Preamble
We, the people of the state of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty...
Massachusetts 1780, Preamble
We...the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe In the course of His Providence, an opportunity and devoutly imploring His direction
Michigan 1908, Preamble.
We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, establish this Constitution.
Minnesota, 1857, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings:
Mississippi 1890, Preamble
We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and invoking His blessing on our work.
Missouri 1845, Preamble
We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness . Establish this Constitution....
Montana 1889, Preamble.
We, the people of Montana, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty establish this Constitution ..
Nebraska 1875, Preamble
We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom . Establish this Constitution.
Nevada 1864, Preamble
We the people of the State of Nevada, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, establish this Constitution...
New Hampshire 1792, Part I. Art. I. Sec. V
Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.
New Jersey 1844, Preamble
We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing on our endeavors.
New Mexico 1911, Preamble
We, the People of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty..
New York 1846, Preamble
We, the people of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings.
North Carolina 1868, Preamble
We the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for our civil, political, and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those...
North Dakota 1889, Preamble
We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, do ordain...
Ohio 1852, Preamble
We the people of the state of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and to promote our common.
Oklahoma 1907, Preamble
Invoking the guidance of Almighty God, in order to secure and perpetuate the blessings of liberty, establish this
Oregon 1857, Bill of Rights, Article I Section 2.
All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their consciences
Pennsylvania 1776, Preamble
We, the people of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance....
Rhode Island 1842, Preamble
We the People of the State of Rhode Island grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing...
South Carolina, 1778, Preamble
We, the people of he State of South Carolina grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution.
South Dakota 1889, Preamble
We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties ...
Tennessee 1796, Art. XI..III.
That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their conscience...
Texas 1845, Preamble
We the People of the Republic of Texas, acknowledging, with gratitude, the grace and beneficence of God.
Utah 1896, Preamble
Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty, we establish this Constitution.
Vermont 1777, Preamble
Whereas all government ought to enable the individuals who compose it to enjoy their natural rights, and other blessings which the Author of Existence has bestowed on man ..
Virginia 1776, Bill of Rights, XVI
Religion, or the Duty which we owe our Creator can be directed only by Reason and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian Forbearance, Love and Charity towards each other
Washington 1889, Preamble
We the People of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties, do ordain this Constitution
West Virginia 1872, Preamble
Since through Divine Providence we enjoy the blessings of civil, political and religious liberty, we, the people of West Virginia reaffirm our faith in and constant reliance upon God...
Wisconsin 1848, Preamble
We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, domestic tranquility...
Wyoming 1890, Preamble
We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political, and religious liberties, establish this Constitution...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Air Force One Joy Ride Terrorizes New York

April 26, 2009
Colorado USA

Just how much fuel did Air Force One and the fighter jet use while buzzing the sky scrapers and the Statue of Liberty of New York yesterday? I don't know but the beauty shot allegedly cost in excess of $300,000. But, ya know - it's only money - taxpayer money.

Isn't it bad enough we have a President who abuses his own "green" advice flitting around for photo ops without his plane going solo to do the same? My heart goes out to New Yorkers who vacated buildings and ran in the streets fearing another - dare I use the forbidden term? - terrorist attack? How much did it cost the businesses of New York in a disrupted work day?

Of course, there's a fall-guy (Caldera). President Obama, Gibbs and others in power claim ignorance and reportedly are shocked and angered by the incident. Says Gibbs, "You might be surprised to know I don't know every movement of Air Force One or what happens to it."

Well, I am shocked and angered that the powers that be do not know what the hell is going on with their own damn airplane. !!)_*&()()^!!

An Air Force fighter jet and one of President Barack Obama’s official planes on Monday flew low over the Statue of Liberty in an approved photo opportunity that startled some New Yorkers who have memories of the September 11 attacks.

New York City officials notified some businesses but not all city agencies or the general public. People in New York remain sensitive to such incidents in lower Manhattan, site of the 2001 attacks involving hijacked airliners that destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Many people left their buildings, and stock prices extended losses at the time.

The U.S. Air Force, which operates the president’s plane, said the “aerial photo mission” involved an F-16 fighter jet escort and one of the Boeing 747s designated as Air Force One when the president is aboard. Obama was not on board.

Police said federal authorities told them not to disclose the information ahead of time but to direct inquiries to the Federal Aviation Administration.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Death of Common Sense

April 23, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

Glenn Beck gave a monologue recently based on an email he received called The Death of Common Sense. I have received this email myself many times over several years, always with slightly different text. A quick search turned up what is allegedly the original text and the author who wrote it in 1998. Well done Lori!

The Death of Common Sense
By Lori Borgman

Here Lies Common Sense

Three yards of black fabric enshroud my computer terminal. I am mourning the passing of an old friend by the name of Common Sense.

His obituary reads as follows:

Common Sense, aka C.S., lived a long life, but died from heart failure at the brink of the millennium. No one really knows how old he was, his birth records were long ago entangled in miles and miles of bureaucratic red tape.

Known affectionately to close friends as Horse Sense and Sound Thinking, he selflessly devoted himself to a life of service in homes, schools, hospitals and offices, helping folks get jobs done without a lot of fanfare, whooping and hollering. Rules and regulations and petty, frivolous lawsuits held no power over C.S.

A most reliable sage, he was credited with cultivating the ability to know when to come in out of the rain, the discovery that the early bird gets the worm and how to take the bitter with the sweet. C.S. also developed sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn), reliable parenting strategies (the adult is in charge, not the kid) and prudent dietary plans (offset eggs and bacon with a little fiber and orange juice).

A veteran of the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Technological Revolution and the Smoking Crusades, C.S. survived sundry cultural and educational trends including disco, the men's movement, body piercing, whole language and new math.

C.S.'s health began declining in the late 1960s when he became infected with the If-It-Feels-Good, Do-It virus. In the following decades his waning strength proved no match for the ravages of overbearing federal and state rules and regulations and an oppressive tax code. C.S. was sapped of strength and the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, criminals received better treatment than victims and judges stuck their noses in everything from Boy Scouts to professional baseball and golf. His deterioration accelerated as schools implemented zero-tolerance policies. Reports of 6-year-old boys charged with sexual harassment for kissing classmates, a teen suspended for taking a swig of Scope mouthwash after lunch, girls suspended for possessing Midol and an honor student expelled for having a table knife in her school lunch were more than his heart could endure.

As the end neared, doctors say C.S. drifted in and out of logic but was kept informed of developments regarding regulations on low-flow toilets and mandatory air bags. Finally, upon hearing about a government plan to ban inhalers from 14 million asthmatics due to a trace of a pollutant that may be harmful to the environment, C.S. breathed his last. Services will be at Whispering Pines Cemetery. C.S. was preceded in death by his wife, Discretion; one daughter, Responsibility; and one son, Reason. He is survived by two step-brothers, Half-Wit and Dim-Wit.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Institute for Rational Thought.

Farewell, Common Sense. May you rest in peace.
Note from Lori Borgman: This piece was first published March 15, 1998 in the Indianapolis Star. It has been "modified" and "edited" by others and circulated on the Internet, even sent to me several times. Imagine my surprise to see it attributed to some guy named Anonymous. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I take having my work circulated on the web as a compliment.
Last revised: May 2, 2007

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dissent worries some...

April 22, 2009
Colorado USA

When - exactly - did DISSENT become such a hot bed of worry for what appears to be (but really is not) mainstream America? Hollywood air-heads, media bubble-heads, and other brown-nosing bobble-heads seeking their 15 minutes of fame are all clamoring to label anyone who does not agree with this administration's sorry plans for our government, our country, the citizenry, our debt and so on... as racist, anti-American, nut-jobs.

First of all, whose bright idea was it to ask a second rate, has-been (this may be generous use of the following term) comedian/wannabe actress what they think about - well - anything? Oh. MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. Duh. I should have known.

Garofalo called tea party patriots a bunch of teabagging rednecks, adding this is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.

You know I was heartily sick of the - dare I say VAGUE and COLORLESS - message of hope and change coming from make-the-world-better-socialites during the campaigns but I didn't label them in derogatory terms. I didn't dismiss their opinions or concerns as irrelevant no matter how much I despise what they believe. Just because everyone knows your face does not make you an authority on anything other than how to exploit that face for your own benefit.

The tired racism card gets played every time someone criticizes President Obama or his nefarious associates. Of course, if he continues to adopt this hang-dog, yes-massah, submissively smiling attitude with known enemies and detractors of our state - then who can blame those who see him as the stereotype black? Yep, that may be a little harsh - but hey - if the slave shoes fit... you suck up and wear the chains that bind... the rest of us have not signed on to bend a knee to anyone. Nor will we ever.

Let me get this out: Stop apologizing for our country!

I saw a few anti-Obama signs at the Tea Party I attended on Tax Day but I read them as political commentary on issues that should concern all of us. I saw them as an excellent exercise in free speech. Far more prevalent were signs addressing economic and social concerns. Sure, I saw Obama, Pelosi and Reid on a (one) sign sporting little Hitler mustaches which I found humorous but the comment on the sign was about saying no to socialism... It implied nothing about their ethnicity and everything about their socialistic politics.

Racist - huh? The color of a man's skin here has nothing to do with my Tea party demonstration. I did not like the white President we had before poking the big nose of government where it does not belong anymore than I like the current black President doing the same. I said same. Although, in my opinion, the new P is extremist in his liberal socio-economic views. I both despise and fear his energetic strategies to dismantle the stalwart structure of our economy, not to mention his lack of regard for the Republic, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, the will of the People and everything else that makes this country strong. I think the former P was genuinely interested in solutions and less concerned about being a media darling than the current P who spends most of his time flitting around posing for the camera and making asinine BS of the Day announcements.

Here's a thought - sometimes you should just shut up and prove you're as good as you think you are.

Thankfully, there were no real celebrities at our Tea Party. As far as I can tell, there were no nut-jobs, no racists and definitely no anti-Americans. Judging from the vehicles lining the streets, and the dress of participants, I would venture to say 95% of our crowd were middle-income wage earners. In a crowd full of red, white and true blue patriots - claiming to be anything other than pro-USA would have been unhealthy. But! There was no violence, no heckling, nothing but respect for our flag, our country and each other. It was a gathering of MAINSTREAM AMERICANS giving voice to common concerns.

So! Do the likes of Janeane Garafalo speak for you? Because Hollywood nitwits like her think we care what they say. Do you consider actors and media anchors mainstream in your America? Because they think we think they are. Can they really relate to your issues? You think they are living from paycheck to paycheck? You think they are worried about losing a job or benefits? You think they shop (for milk and bread) where you shop? You think they know that the price of gas is up? You think they will sadly eliminate going out to eat and to the movies to save a buck or two? You think they care about your children's future? No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.

I am always amazed that people give credence to what Hollywood or Network media has to say about anything. Oprah does not choose the books I read, Dr Phil does not run my life, Network News no longer has my attention or my respect, advertisers get nuked more often than not and the idiotic likes of Garafalo, O'Donnell, Sarandon and Penn (just to name a few) do not share my economic concerns, standard of living, world view, morals or politics.

Suffice it to say, I do not care what THEY think because I know my own mind and I am willing and able to use it.

P.S. I think THEY are worried... don't you?

Monday, April 13, 2009

American Vet Exhibits Exemplary Patriotism

April 13, 2009
Colorado USA

October 2007, Reno, NV -- News Short

A true act of patriotism... watching this guy in action gave me chills -- I wish I could shake his hand and buy him coffee and pie!

What if we all took just one single action to set things right, like this true American hero...

Reno police, ACLU join flap over Mexican flag
5:38 p.m. October 3, 2007

RENO, Nev. – Responding to a controversy over a Mexican flag flying at a local bar, Reno police and the American Civil Liberties Union issued statements Wednesday emphasizing it is not illegal to fly another flag above the American flag.

A Reno television station broadcast a story on Monday of a U.S. veteran, Jim Broussard, cutting down the U.S. flag flying above the bar and taking it away in protest of what the station reported was an illegal display of the flag.

“I took this flag down in honor of my country with a knife from the U.S. Army,” Broussard told KRNV-TV.

“I'm not going to see this happen to my country,” he said. “I want to see someone fight me for this flag.”

The Reno Police Department said in a statement Wednesday that while the U.S. Code establishes protocol for the display of the American flag in relation to other flags, the protocol “is advisory and is not a criminal statute.

“There is no sanction for violation of the protocol and is not enforceable by local law enforcement,” the statement said.

Likewise, Nevada law contains provisions related to display of flags but “none of those provisions make it unlawful to violate the protocol established in the U.S. Code,” the department said.

Gary Peck, director of the ACLU of Nevada in Las Vegas, said several federal courts have held that the flag rules are not mandatory and cannot be enforced.

“Indeed, if the federal flag rules were mandatory, they would clearly violate the First Amendment, which protects every American's right to speak and express themselves, including their choice of flag to display,” the ACLU said in a statement.

“In 1989, the Supreme Court held that we even have the right to burn our own flag, which had been outlawed by 48 states. Our robust and meaningful democracy is built upon our First Amendment, which protects our right to express ourselves even when – indeed, particularly when – that expression is distasteful or unpopular.”


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Democracy - NOT the way to go

April 2, 2009
Colorado USA

This is likely the best video I have ever watched... if you are confused about the way our government is going and whether or not you want to go along... take a few minutes and figure it out...

The American form of government

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Dissident Daughter Signs On...

April 1, 2009

Just call me a Dissident Daughter, because in my way of thinking -- some of the things going on in this country are simply WRONG and I don't mind saying so. I am not a politicist. I am not an economist. I am not an analyst. I am not a terrorist. I am not an anarchist. I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am not a Conservative or a Liberal.

I am just a regular Gal who loves her country - the USA. I am a born and bred American who believes the Government of this country should answer to its citizenry, just as the Founding Fathers declared they should. I am a Patriot. I am Creatively Maladjusted. I am a Dissident Daughter. And, I am not afraid.

I will explore what Patriotism means to me... With that said, we will start here... Patriotism is not Seasonal. What does that mean? It means you do not need a reason or a day marked on the calendar to fly the flag or wear the colors. It means that while Memorial Day, Independence Day, Patriot Day and Veterans Day are days rightly set aside for special recognition - Every Day is a reason to celebrate being a citizen of this country. I am 100% American, 100% of the time, even when being a Patriotic American is not popular. It is said, Dissent is the most sincere form of Patriotism. To those who have a problem with such craziness - tough.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

We All Declare for Liberty

March 11, 2009
Colorado USA

We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word many mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name - liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names - liberty and tyranny.

Abraham Lincoln, 1864

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fonda - Old News Still Rankles

January 5, 2009
Fort Collins, CO

Following at the end of this post is one of many variations of e-mails that circulate about Jane Fonda in reference to her nefarious activities during the Vietnam War. I received this one before the holidays and it was suggested I debunk it or at least confirm its authenticity. Actually, I didn't have to look far to find that some of the claims made in this email are false while others are all too true. I have included links to these sources.

In 1999, Jane Fonda was indeed profiled on ABC in A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women hosted, I believe by Barbara Walters. The same program profiled Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey. (FYI: none of these women, including Walters would make my top 100 list). The fact that ten years later, the idea of Jane Fonda honored in such a manner still rankles speaks volumes.

In July 1972, Fonda visited Hanoi. She engaged in spreading anti-war propaganda, belittled the United States government, our president and blatantly accused our soldiers of being war mongers, killers and worse - liars. In North Vietnam, Fonda was photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery. She also participated in several radio broadcasts on behalf of the Communist regime, asking US aircrews to consider the consequences of their actions. During this visit she also visited American prisoners of war (POWs). When cases of torture began to emerge among POWs returning to the United States, Fonda called the returning POWs "hypocrites and liars." She added, "These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed." On the subject of torture in general, Fonda told The New York Times in 1973, "I'm quite sure that there were incidents of torture... but the pilots who were saying it was the policy of the Vietnamese and that it was systematic, I believe that's a lie."

Is FREE Speech in regard to Fonda's misadventures during the Vietnam War in play here? Most certainly, it is. That argument has been made time and again. I might add, not very convincingly. What some fail to realize, apparently Fonda among them, is that when exercising that LIBERTY for which so many have fought and died -- one must also be prepared to LIVE with the repercussions of our words as well as our actions.

It should go without saying, sorry doesn't mean much to those who were betrayed. Just to be clear on what some say qualifies as an apology -- Fonda did not really apologize -- and says she will not ever apologize. What she was sorry about was the fact that she posed for photos which depict her as being undeniably the traitor she is. A picture is worth a thousand words... or a thousand apologies... I guess... or so say they say...

From a 1989 interview: “I did not, have not, and will not say that going to North Vietnam was a mistake…I have apologized only for some of the things that I did there, but I am proud that I went.”

No matter how long she lives or how much she accomplishes in her lifetime, she will always be Hanoi Jane to most, and thus, lower than pond scum to most. By most, I mean, those intelligent, articulate, informed individuals who can read between the lines and hear the insincerity in Fonda's claims of miscreant youth and maligned idealism. By most, I mean those of us who sat on the edge of the sofa during the Vietnam War hoping the little bomb and battle icons on the nightly news maps were far from where we believed our loved ones were stationed. Since communication was far from being the instant gratification it is these days, if those bomb icons were too close for comfort, we would worry for days and sometimes weeks before we learned that loved one was safe. In July of 1972, I was 16 years old, with the responsibility of my own family, including a husband in the USAF. Needless to say, I have a bit of trouble with Fonda's claims of irresponsible youth at age 34.

No matter how close Fonda was to the action, her status as Fortunate Daughter did not place her in harm's way -- nor did she have to worry for her loved ones during that time. Does that rankle? You bet it does.

Sadly, Fonda and those of her ilk still out there making noise that no one is really listening to can only survive on what she was -- once-upon-a-mostly-forgettable-time. Fonda's claim to fame doesn't amount to more than a flea stuck on Barbarella's butt. Why give her more credence than her due?

To the best of my knowledge, at least part of the e-mail I received can be attributed to the following letter:

Shame on Jane
By Michael Benge
To whom it may concern:

I was a civilian economic development advisor in Viet Nam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Viet Nam in 1968, and held for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a cage in Cambodia, and one year in a "black box" in Hanoi.

My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border.

At one time, I was weighing approximately 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.). We were Jane Fonda’s "war criminals." When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with Jane Fonda. I said yes, for I would like to tell her about the real treatment we POWs were receiving, which was far different from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by Jane Fonda, as "humane and lenient."

Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees with outstretched arms with a piece of steel rebar placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane every time my arms dipped. Jane Fonda had the audacity to say that the POWs were lying about our torture and treatment.

Now ABC is allowing Barbara Walters to honor Jane Fonda in her Feature "100 Years of Great Women." Shame, shame on Jane Fonda! Shame, shame on Barbara Walters! Shame, shame on 20-20. Shame, shame on ABC. And, shame, shame on the Disney Company.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda for a couple of hours after I was released [in 1973]. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She did not answer me, her husband, Tom Hayden, answered for her. She was mind controlled by her husband.

This does not exemplify someone who should be honored as "100 Years of Great Women." After I was released, I was asked what I thought of Jane Fonda and the antiwar movement. I said that I held Joan Baez’s husband in very high regard, for he thought the war was wrong, burned his draft card and went to prison in protest.

If the other antiwar protesters took this same route, it would have brought our judicial system to a halt and ended the war much earlier, and there wouldn’t be as many on that somber black granite wall called the Vietnam Memorial. This is democracy. This is the American way.

Jane Fonda, on the other hand, chose to be a traitor, and went to Hanoi, wore their uniform, propagandized for the communists, and urged American soldiers to desert. As we were being tortured, and some of the POWs murdered, she called us liars.

After her heroes—the North Vietnamese communists—took over South Vietnam, they systematically murdered 80,000 South Vietnamese political prisoners. May their souls rest on her head forever. Shame! Shame!

Michael D. Benge

cc: Mr. Eisner, Walt Disney Co.

Mike Benge was a civilian POW from 28 Jan 68 - 5 Mar 73 has a rather lengthy article which pretty much covers the claims made below and is worth the read.

She's Still Hanoi Jane by By Robert J. Caldwell, April 10, 2005 is another good article:

Jane Fonda's "Apology": New Whine in Old Bottles by Henry Mark Holzer,, Thursday, April 07, 2005 lists, among other things Fonda's activities in VietNam.

This is the email I received:

Just a reminder of who she really is!!!!!
In Memory of my brother -in- law
LT. C.Thomsen Wieland
who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton


She really is a traitor…


This is for all the kids born in the 70's who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear.

Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the '100 Women of the Century.' BY BARBRA WALTERS.

Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.

The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot.

The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the 'Hanoi Hilton.' Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received.

He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk. In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of a wooden baton.

From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton', the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a peace delegation visit. They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper. Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day. I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam , and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years...

I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi. My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam, whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs...).

We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals.'

When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi , I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would
be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.' Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weights placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane. I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me.

These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget...' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots.

There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in
blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget.