Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010
Colorado, USA

Thanksgiving rant

November 25, 2010
Colorado, USA

Thanksgiving... there is much for which to be thankful in the United States of America. We gather every last Thursday in November (since 1621) to celebrate our good fortune. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official holiday.

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this 3d day of October, A.D. 1863, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.


Well, that's how it started out anyway. Families and friends gathered across this nation to celebrate the bounty of life and liberty and the benevolence of an Almighty hand.

Nowadays... many of us still gather, some putting family first, but increasingly the day has evolved into a celebration of excess, football and shopping - not family, not friends and other than a few words, hastily uttered before a feast (good God - let's eat) certainly no one is paying more than a token homage to that Almighty hand.

At the risk of politicizing this statement (no apologies, this blog is about dissent)... we hear much in these troubled times about other peoples in this land - the hyphenated and often illegal parts of the population... we are advised to treat them as equals. OK - they are equal in that - they are human. They are not equal as regards their citizenship. If they can stand on our soil and demand the same rights as me - what does that say about my birthright? Does that diminish my birthright? I think it does. How about I mosey on up to Canada, or down to Mexico or over to Britain, or France or Germany and proclaim myself a citizen merely by right of my presence and while we're at it how about I demand more rights than the indigenous population - how do you think that will work out for me?

Whatever they are, let's call them illegal-aliens (these people are not Americans, not immigrants -- they have no country and no I don't feel sorry for them - they left the country of their birth and they are trying to hi-jack my country - not only that, they are aided and abetted by those we placed in a position of power and trust). Here's my thinking on the matter: When I see evidence of illegals and hyphenated Americans of all ethnic backgrounds (who demand my respect for their customs but do not respect mine) start marching in the streets carrying the American flag (and only the American flag) high and proud, when they know and understand and say with pride the Pledge of Allegiance, when they speak the language of the land, when they start giving of themselves and their wealth, when they donate food, clothing, toys, when they help build homes for the homeless, when they give up a percentage of their income to taxes, when they give up their personal liberty at the airport, when they take responsibility of their own persons and property, when they exhibit signs of tolerance for American custom, American beliefs, American law, instead of standing with their hands out or looking for political favor and exemptions, when they realize that it is the hard-working legal people of this nation who provide them with the fruit of their unreasonable demands (not some stuffed shirt in DC), when they lay down their life to defend what is right and just and true, when they realize there is more to American "rights" than simply standing on free soil and demanding it... when they realize what an American is and want to become a real American, first and foremost - well then, we'll talk.

Hyphenated-Americanism is a fiction. Sort of like the tooth-fairy. And actually the result is about the same... you get something for nothing or at least nothing of value. Not only that - I consider it an insult to apply your ethnicity before the word American - just like it is an insult to see your flag flying over Ol' Glory... or instead of Ol' Glory... I was born in Texas and you can bet your boots I am proud of it. However, you will not hear me call myself a Tex-American. I am an American who happens to also be a Texan. Get it? I am an American first.

Digression: Yeah, Native-American is another argument - their ancestors were here first -- but, America as we know it today was not that America. Right, wrong, fair, unfair - they were conquered. I am not saying it was right. I am simply stating a fact. The United States of America as we know it today was born later - and they stayed and they continue to stay. Myself, I am glad of it because the heritage and history they bring to the table is phenomenal - but, I still don't buy into hyphenated Americanism - nor selective law enforcement or taxation... not even for Native-Americans.

Here's some good advice for anyone crossing our borders and demanding American rights and justice. If you don't plan on staying in this country and you do not intend to apply for citizenship (meaning, you plan to return to your own country eventually) then plan on respecting real Americans, our country, our symbols and our laws. Here's a thought to ponder... A southern rule of hospitality is: leftovers and company should be thrown out after three days. The immigrants who crossed the oceans and eventually became Americans not some hyphenated blowback - embraced the ideal - they helped make it a reality.

Thanksgiving - after we get through appreciating our good fortune, and we shake the Almighty hand while saying how fortunate we are to have food, clothing, health, a roof over our heads, cars, boats, airplanes and yes - a Harley... after all that... what we really need to be grateful for is each other... in America - other Americans.

The rights in this country are earned and have been purchased at great cost... by the many have fought and died to preserve them... by those who worked to build this country... by those who crafted the language that guarantees freedom.

We, each and every one of us born in the USA should indeed thank Providence who showered us with good fortune the day we arrived, bare-ass and screaming in a land where an individual has rights and liberties. It is our duty to remind those who would usurp those rights and liberties where to get in line.

Being human comes with certain inalienable rights, being American is not an inalienable right - it is a privilege.

May we preserve its principles for posterity.

Be thankful you live in a free land.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sometimes you actually get what you ask for...

November 18, 2010
Colorado USA

4th AmendmentSometimes you actually get what you ask for... We live in a society who screams at the government every time some little something goes wrong in our lives. We have granted bureaucrats more power than they deserve or respect because we don't want to deal with our own problems. So... if you are one of those people who expects the government to do everything for you, including frisk your Grandma and Sister Teresa so you can sleep well on your next flight... and you expect that same government to respect Muslims more than your next door neighbor... then get in line, get groped or nuked and shut up. And while you're at it... you might as well chew on what's left of the Bill of Rights before that disappears along with your dignity.

If you are not one of those people... maybe you should have a talk with the whiny butts of your acquaintance who believe more government interference in our lives is better. Maybe you should give them a copy of the 4th Amendment. And, maybe you should argue against selective law enforcement... or the next time you walk into the football stadium... or a concert... or stroll the streets of New York or DC... get ready to suffer the loss of yet another liberty... or you could just start wearing a hijab or burqa.


Fourth Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin --

Monday, November 15, 2010

Flag boy gets motorcycle escort, apology and more!

November 15, 2010
Colorado, USA

A wrong righted...




Cody Alicea says it's exciting Monday morning to be joined by dozens waving American flags at Denair Middle School.

Dozens stood near the Denair Middle School flag Monday morning and recited the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

Cody Alicea was escorted on his usual ride to school by motorcyclists and patriotic supporters carrying American flags. Once the group reached the school they gathered with other students and parents, and reflected.

One week ago Officials at Denair told Cody he had to remove his American flag that flew on the back of his bike. Cody has a flag to recognize his Grandfather's military service. FOX40 reported his story later last week, and by Friday the story had been picked up by several national news outlets. The school's website crashed from the increase in traffic from people wondering about the story, and their phone lines were swamped with calls from people across the country who were upset that Cody was asked to remove an American Flag.

The school administration says they have a policy not allowing flags on school campus because of recent issues of violence and tension. They admit they went too far in asking Cody to remove his flag, and have apologized to him.


Source: Fox 40, Cody Joined by Dozens for Patriotic Ride to School

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hooray for a Young American!

November 13, 2010
Colorado, USA

Here's a story that made my blood boil:

School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike
Officials Later Backtrack; Allow Boy to Fly Flag on Bike
Elissa Harrington
FOX40 News
November 12, 2010

Cody - Proud american Boy - Flies Falg from Bike 13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike. He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert. He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was told to take it down.

A school official at Denair Middle School told Cody some students had been complaining about the flag and it was no longer allowed on school property.

"In this country we're supposed to be free," said Cody. "And I should be able to wave my flag wherever I want to. And they're telling me I can't." Cody had to take the flag off his bike and put it in his backpack, where he kept it all week.

Cody's grandfather says the school was concerned about racial tensions or uprisings because of the flag. He feels if there was really a problem it should have been brought up two months ago, not during Veterans week. And if it was an issue of safety, parents should have been contacted.

No action should be taken. We don't want any repercussion," said Roger Alicea. "We just want Cody to be proud of what he's doing." Roger says the family is not planning to take any legal action, but they do want to meet with school staff.

Cody says he wants to serve in the military some day, and is raising money for a trip to Washington, D.C. in the Spring.

After being contacted by FOX40 Friday morning, Denair's Superintendent says Cody will be allowed to keep the flag on his bike. He told FOX40 he and the school are patriotic, but their main priority is keeping students safe; the school will focus on the students who are causing uprisings. Riding a bike is still not allowed on school campus, but when Cody rides his bike to school he can now fly the flag.

Video Clip including statements from Jody and his Grandfather


There are far too many instances of anti-patriotism going on in the USA and when it happens, we need to put the nimrods who make arbitrary decisions like this one on notice - it will not be tolerated. What follows is commentary from a post at American Thinker - I couldn't have said it any better myself although I might have used fewer words. USA! Love it or leave it.

Congratulations to Cody and the community who was set to rally behind his cause!



The case of Cody Alicea: Ordered to remove American flag from his bike
Monte Kuligowski

Have you heard of 13-year-old Cody Alicea? He rides his bicycle to middle school in Denair, California. He flies the flag of the United States from the rear fender of his bike. He flies the flag to express patriotism and to honor his grandfather and other veterans.

Well, a few days before Veteran's Day he was told by officials at Denair Middle School that he had to remove the flag. The reason: the school superintendent, Edward Parraz, explained to a local news station that certain students were complaining. Parraz said the United States flag was causing "racial tensions" and school officials were concerned for Cody's safety. They didn't want Cody to "get jumped or hurt."

The American flag causes "racial tensions" in America? How far have we fallen as a country?

Inasmuch as the story is out of California, I could assume the race of the students causing the tension. But I had to look outside the news report to confirm that certain Hispanic students were offended by the United States flag.

If Cody's safety was the issue, it seems to me that school officials should have removed the bullies, not the flag. If the school would not remove the thugs, the security and police presence in the school could have been focused on protecting Cody and his right to ride with the flag.

If these non-assimilated thugs are "anchor babies" they are making a strong case for the deportation of all illegals and their kids. If they are not anchor babies they are revealing a serious problem with California's transmission of American civics and patriotism.

Source: American Thinker.com, The case of Cody Alicea: Ordered to remove American flag from his bike

Source: Fox40.com, School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike

Community Organizes March to School that Told Student to Remove Flag
and...
Denair Middle School - Denair, CA

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day 2010

November 11, 2010
Colorado, USA




It is Veterans Day - do you know where your President is?

President Obama marked Veterans Day on Thursday at a U.S. military base outside Seoul, North Korea.

Quote: Your country will be there for you, he said in a speech at Yongsan Garrison, the Washington Post reports. That is the commitment I make as your commander-in-chief. That is the sacred trust between the United States of America and all who defend its ideals.

Just a thought: The sentiment in the quote is a good one. BUT I cannot help believing it was mostly a vainglorious photo op and an unnecessary reminder that he is commander-in-chief. Sigh!

Veterans Day Salute

November 11, 2010
Colorado USA

Veterans Day Salute

Friday, November 5, 2010

Never Forget

November 5, 2010
Colorado, USA

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Fort Hood massacre.

Never Forget

1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.

2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.

3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.

4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.

5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.

6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.

7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.

8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.

9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah

10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.

11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.

12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.

13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]


Thirteen men and women, plus the unborn child of Pvt Francheska Velez died at the hands of jihadist soldier Nidal Hasan.

Never forget.



Fort Hood Attack Still Unresolved One Year Later
11/05/10

(FORT HOOD, TEXAS) – America should pause to remember those killed and wounded one year ago in the terror attack on Fort Hood, and recognize that sacrifice with a renewed commitment to assist and honor the casualties and their families, and to prevent similar future attacks, according to Congressman John Carter, who represents the Fort Hood area in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Carter, who is also Co-Chairman of the House Army Caucus and Secretary of the House Republican Conference, says the ongoing trial of Major Nidal Hasan for the Fort Hood shootings one year ago is just one of many issues still not resolved. The victims have still not received the treatment and status they deserve, the military has not acknowledged the nature and causes of the attack, and there is numerous security improvements still needed to prevent future attacks.

Carter says radical Islamic terrorism has still not been acknowledged as the cause of the Fort Hood shootings which left 14 Americans dead, and the Department of Defense must not allow political correctness to continue to skew its policies on force protection.

“It has been a year since the terror attack on Fort Hood, and DOD still refuses to even use the words ‘radical Islam’ in their report on the attack or recommendations on how to prevent future attacks,” says Carter. “That does not instill confidence in Congress that DOD is taking the necessary steps to protect our troops.”

Carter, a former Texas judge, has introduced legislation authorizing the same status for Fort Hood victims as that awarded casualties of the 9-11 attack on the Pentagon, and granting whistleblower protections to military and civilian personnel who report potential threats from radical Islamic sympathizers.

“The families of the 13 adults and one unborn child who died, along with the wounded, deserve the same treatment as we provided the Pentagon casualties,” says Carter. “Congress must not rest until these families receive what they deserve.”

Carter also introduced legislation providing “active shooter” training for all military and civilian law enforcement protecting military installations. Fort Hood officers credit the training with their success in stopping the Fort Hood shooter in an open gunfight.

Carter succeeded in passing a resolution in the House and Senate recognizing the good response of Fort Hood law enforcement and base command in responding to the attack. The rest of the Carter bills await passage as part of the pending National Defense Authorization Act.


Source: Congressman John Carter, Fort Hood Attack Unresolved One Year Later

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Good riddance

November 4, 2010
Colorado, USA

Ding Dong the Witch is Dead
I have to allow myself a tiny celebration - just can't help it...