Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 2011

November 11, 2011

Sounds like a Veteran to me... Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others… they send forth a ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. -- Robert F. Kennedy

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Scary thought...

August 4, 2011
Colorado USA

In this day and age when certain people (our president, entertainers, sports figures and so on...) are so much like a drug to the masses, that the enamored ones are blind to any faults they may have -- the following does not seem like such an impossiblity. Our government is such that, we the people are already vulnerable to the point of extinction - why then, would we look at the imperfectly powerful ones among us as anything but destructive elitists? And, I might add - hazardous to the health and well-being of this country, its people and freedom.

There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, & producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will enjoy it, because they will be distracted from a desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. This seems to be the final revolution. - Aldous Huxley

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day USA

June 19, 2011
Colorado, USA

Happy Father's Day

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flag Day

June 14, 2011

I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself. -- Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior (1914)

I pledge allegianceThe “Stars and Stripes”, the official National symbol of the United States of America was authorized by congress on that Saturday of June 14, 1777 in the fifth item of the days agenda.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A pervert is a pervert is a pervert - oh wait a minute - that was in the good ol' days...

June 6, 2011
Colorado, USA

TAR AND FEATHERS... OR RUN OUT OF TOWN ON A RAIL... OR MOUNTED ON A MULE ASSBACKWARDS AND BANISHED ACROSS THE DESERT FROM SOCIETY... There was something relevant about old-fashioned moral indignation that resolved Weineresque-type issues in a straight-up, no frills kind of old west justice...

Weiner the Wascally Whiner finally says "I haven't told the truth."
Translation: "I lied."

I gotta ask - is an internet pervert any less of a pervert because of his choice of outlet for that perversion? Is a digital photo somehow less damning? Does virtual proximity somehow excuse sordid behavior? Is a liar any less of a liar because of his political position? Does a mostly pathetic sorry-bout-dat in front of gawking, gobbling, gotta-run-a-sicko-story media make it OK? Why is behavior we would find objectionable and punishable in a 12 year old suddenly pardonable in an adult?

The integrity of Weiner the Whiner IS severely compromised and along with it the integrity of his office and social standing - do I really have to ask -- is this the sort of person we want representing our country?

The man should step down immediately. The man obviously has "issues" that need to be addressed. It is time this country demand the people holding seats of power in our government answer for aberrant behavior, off-color (oh me - is that racist?) remarks, ill-timed comments, foolish posts on social media websites and good grief (I can't believe I'm saying this about a sitting representative of our country) their titillating tweets. Not to mention the lies and deceit! And slander! No, I am thinking an apology (no matter how sincere in intent) is not going to cut it. There's more at stake here than a man's personal reputation...

It is necessary to the health and integrity of this nation that we hold our leaders to a higher standard of conduct or at least to the same standard of conduct under which most of us operate. C'mon! When was the last time you emailed a photo of yourself in your underwear or less to anyone?

I cannot hear the word politician (sitting or aspiring) without immediately associating the word -- SHAME -- or worse -- CONTEMPT --.

UPDATE 06/07/2011: The only thing more asinine than a congressman guilty (by his own admission) of lewd and dishonorable behavior is House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi calling for an ethics investigation. WTF!!!! Pelosi should have called for a resignation. The man has admitted he is a creep, he lied, he slandered, he exhibited immoral behavior - MORE THAN ONCE. He wasted tax payer's time and tested our patience beyond all reason. Now he intends to waste more tax payer time and tax payer money while some lame-brain committee confirms he is a creep - are we thinking a study of this aberrant behavior will reveal something other than creepiness? Bloomberg says forget-about-it - let the man do his job. I repeat WTF!!! Seriously! Christine Quinn says she feels badly for the man. I do not. It is not the tax payer's responsibility to grant forgiveness - that's between the man and his maker. The man made bad choices which reflect badly upon himself, has caused grievous hurt to his family and friends and brought dishonor to his office. Any other employer would have given him the boot immediately. Trump has it right - the man is a psycho - unfit for office. And he is not the only one. If Pelosi or Reid or any other person has any doubts about the man's ability to effectively serve the people of this country - they are guilty of the same ethics deficit as Weiner. And that has to be the biggest understatement I've made in a while.

UPDATE 03/16/2011 via USA Today.com Rep Anthony Weiner Resigns

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - Freedom is Not Free

May 30, 2011
Colorado, USA

A soldier does not sacrifice alone, for when soldiers deploy overseas, the hearts of their families travel with them... -- Brig. Gen. James Doty

THIS IS WHY.

Americans Still Missing:

World War I = 4452
World War II = 74,384
Korea = 8186
Vietnam = 1763
Desert Shield = 12
Desert Storm = 2
Iraq/Afghanistan = 2

Freedom is not free


Freedom is Not Free
By: Kelly Strong

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free

© Copyright 1981 by CDR Kelly Strong, USCG (Ret)

May their legacy be honored for generations to come

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day: A Time to Remember Our HeroesMaj. Gen. Paul Vallely, US Army (Ret)

We pause this day in America to remember our fallen heroes, the men and women who answered the call of freedom and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Let us remember and thank them for the nights they slept freezing in a tent or sweating in the desert, for the lonely days they spent fighting boredom and missing loved ones, for the hours they spent sick in pain from battle and without someone holding their hand other than their fellow soldiers, for the moments of sheer fright in the heat of battle, for the wounds suffered fighting evil, for the endless days in hospitals undergoing painful surgeries, for the precious occasions missed at home with family and friends.

For all of these sacrifices, we need to thank them on behalf of millions of Americans who are so grateful. We truly appreciate their dedication to duty. A special thank you to all families and friends, to the parents who raised them, stood by them and made them honorable men and woman. We thank the wives, husbands, and loved ones who stood by them and supported them with their love.

May their legacy be honored for generations to come, may the tears shed over their coffins fertilize the fields of patriotism in our nation. The new generations to come must be built on strength, duty, honor and country, willing and able to follow in their Warrior footsteps when duty calls to defend America. May their blood not have been shed in vain. May we prove worthy of their sacrifice.

You who have served and are serving as our brave ones, our heroes, are our national treasures. You are the pride of our nation, our strength and our foundation. Thanks to you, millions have been freed around the world. Those who criticize our country, burn our precious flag, and speak ill of you, are able to do so because their freedom is built upon your blood and your sacrifice.

Our son speaks from his resting place below our feet. He speaks to me each day from his hallowed space with beautiful skies and mountains majestic white with snow. God bless his soul and the others buried here and I thank him for his wonderful contribution to our life. He lives forever in our hearts. I fear no evil when I walk with Warriors. We walk in the valley of death but we fear no evil. We are the Masters of our Destiny and the Captain of our souls. You are the wind beneath my wings. I fly with you forever in eternity.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day began as a tradition of decorating the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers with flags and flowers to show the respect of a grateful nation for their service and sacrifice. This tradition continues today, and our nation now sets aside the last Monday in May to celebrate the courage of the men and women who have worn America's colors in war and in peace.

I remember as a young man remembering Memorial that in the morning there was a parade down Main Street, led by a color guard, the high school band, and ranks of veterans from World War I, World War II, and the war of the moment, Korea. The Veterans of Foreign Wars sold red poppies to raise funds for the disabled. Politicians made speeches and citizens prayed in public. It was a solemn annual event that taught us reverence for those who served and sacrificed for our country. It’s no longer so in many places in America, especially in our large urban areas.

Begun as a local observance in the aftermath of the Civil War, the first national commemoration took place on May 30, 1868, at the direction of General John A. Logan, Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Though his “General Order No. 11” specified “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion” – meaning only Union soldiers – those who tended the burial sites at Arlington, VA, Gettysburg, PA and Vicksburg, MS, decided on their own to decorate the graves of both Union and Confederate war dead.

For five decades the holiday remained essentially unchanged. But in 1919, as the bodies of young Americans were being returned to the U.S. from the battlefields of World War I, May 30th became a truly national event. It persisted as such until 1971, during Vietnam – the war America wanted to forget – when the Uniform Holiday Act passed by Congress went into effect, and turned Memorial Day into a “three-day weekend.” Since then, it’s become an occasion for appliance, mattress and auto sales, picnics, barbecues and auto races. Thankfully, there are some places besides Arlington National Cemetery like Bigfork, Montana where Memorial Day is still observed as a time to honor America’s war dead.

This Memorial Day we remember those who have served our nation in the past and those who currently serve America today. Although Memorial Day comes only once a year, we must make sure that our service members know how grateful we are every day. It recognizes the sacrifices made by our courageous men and women who have fallen in defense of our nation's liberty. I went to Walter Reed Army Hospital last week and visited four of our recently Wounded Warriors, their family members and the Medical Staff. It was heart-wrenching and emotional to say the least.

This Memorial Day, please take a moment to remember and honor America’s fallen and current day warriors who are advancing freedom’s cause today. WE salute you one and all. WE bow before you in respect and humility. May God bless you and God bless America, land of the free and home of the brave. Thank you for being here today.


FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Paul E. Vallely, Major General (USA/Ret.) is an author, military strategist and Chairman of Stand Up America and Save Our Democracy Projects.

You can find this online at: http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.9627/pub_detail.asp

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thank You Armed Forces!

May 21, 2011
Colorado USA

It is Armed Forces Day! Thank you for your Service!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Greetings and Respect Military Moms

May 8, 2011
Colorado USA

We salute you -- Mothers of Soldiers and Soldier Moms.

May you have a Blessed Day and know in your brave hearts that America loves you. America supports you. America appreciates you.


Friday, April 22, 2011

WBC gets a pass... Church of the Flaming Koran does not...

April 22, 2011
Colorado USA

One has to wonder if this was Church of the Flaming Bible or Church of the Flaming Torah or even Church of the Flaming Constitution... would Dearborn still disallow the protest... read on.

Unacceptable Discourse
by John Hayward

As you may know, the Westboro Baptist Church is a little band of twisted lunatics that stages demonstrations at, among other events, the funerals of American soldiers. Here they declare that America is doomed because a vengeful God hates various people that the Westboro Baptist Church also happens to hate, and the soldiers are therefore knaves for dying in the defense of a doomed nation. If you didn’t know that, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you about them.

Last month, the Supreme Court declared that Westboro demonstrations are protected as free speech under the First Amendment, and cannot be outlawed just because they offend everyone capable of sentient thought. A bipartisan group of senators is proposing a law called the “SERVE Act” to make things tougher on the Westboro goons. The name stands for “The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans,” and it would double the prohibition against disruptive noise around military funerals from 60 minutes to 120 minutes, along with doubling the private “buffer” area around the service and its access routes to 300 and 500 feet, respectively. The idea is to push the protesters further into the background, and reduce the chance anyone paying respects to the fallen veteran will be disturbed by their antics.

Among the sponsors is Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who said, “This common sense legislation will ensure our heroes are buried with the honor and dignity they deserve.” Another sponsor, Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, added, “Families of military servicemen and women should have the right, the ability to lay their loved ones to rest with dignity and peace… I can’t imagine anyone being against it, at least no one in their right mind.”

Margie Phelps of the Westboro church, who is not in her right mind, is most certainly against it. “These pandering perverts have no respect for the laws of man or God,” she sneered to Fox News. “Maybe next they can pass a law abolishing Hell.” Now that’s just ridiculous. The Senate wouldn’t abolish Hell. There’s a lot of taxable activity going on down there.

Meanwhile, another eccentric pastor, Terry Jones of the First Church of the Flaming Koran, rolled into Dearborn, Michigan and announced he would protest Islam outside the Islamic Center of America. The protest was not scheduled to include any Koran-burning, but Jones also made it clear he had not come to debate the finer points of Islamic doctrine over cups of mint tea with the imams.

Dearborn chose to deny Jones a permit for his protest, citing reasons of “public safety.” Instead, Jones was told he could demonstrate inside a “free speech zone” near City Hall. According to an article in The Detroit News, prosecutors summoned him to the 19th District Court in Dearborn to answer “claims that his demonstration could cause a riot and demands he post a ‘peace bond’ to cover police costs.”

Jones insisted his protest would be “peaceful,” declared his intention to proceed whether he was issued a permit or not, and announced he would be bringing a firearm to protect himself, since the police seemed reluctant to handle his security. He did indeed bring a gun to Michigan, and proceeded to accidentally discharge it into the floor of his car, after doing a TV interview with the local Fox affiliate.

It is simple enough to declare an absolute commitment to free speech, but much more difficult to follow that commitment into the penumbra of the First Amendment, a shadowy realm of fighting words and public indecency.

It’s interesting to note the contrast between the two cases. The senators behind the SERVE Act are not trying to shut down the odious speech of Westboro, or even bar them from demonstrating at military funerals. Instead, they are trying to move them further away and extend the buffer of silence around the service, to prevent the fee speech of the demonstrators from interfering with the funeral. There are already some restrictions in place, which the Act proposes to extend.

The principle behind the SERVE Act seems sound, even without considering the reaction of the audience to the content of the speech. It doesn’t silence the demonstrators. It inconveniences them, and reinforces the right of a captive private audience - which must be quiet during the ceremony by definition - to avoid hearing the offensive expression.

What if the Westboro crowd was a band of fervently pro-military super-patriots, who staged noisy and colorful demonstrations in support of the soldiers during their funerals? That would still be disruptive, and while family members of the fallen veterans might appreciate the sentiment, they might also find themselves wishing their solemn and private ceremony were not interrupted by a circus act.

Is a funeral service itself an act of free speech, which requires a certain atmosphere of privacy for its short duration… its meaning impossible to express properly in close proximity to a snarling idiot waving a “God Hates Fags” sign?

Keeping in mind that a city refusing to issue a permit is legally different from the Senate passing a national law, the response in Dearborn is still disturbingly different, because the express reason for telling Terry Jones he can’t demonstrate anywhere near the mosque is the anticipated violent reaction of the audience.

Jones wasn’t going to do anything that would actually disrupt services inside the Islamic Center – a formidable structure whose walls are perfectly capable of blocking the noise from strident critics of Islam. The faithful would have to see and hear him when arriving at the mosque to worship – just as those attending a military funeral will still have to sample the Westboro Baptist Experience on their way in, even if the SERVE Act is passed. In both cases, passerby would still see the provocative speech in the desired context.

That’s apparently unacceptable for someone protesting Islamic law in front of a mosque… and the city of Dearborn isn’t making the slightest effort to hide the reason why. The Westboro demonstrators aren’t afraid of being beaten or killed by the angry families of fallen veterans. No one claims they’re a threat to “public safety” that must be relocated to a distant “free speech” quarantine zone, lest they cause a riot.

The outer limit of free speech is often described as “shouting fire in a crowded theater.” The nature of the audience is irrelevant to understanding why that should be impermissible. Whether the theater is filled with Christians, Jews, Muslims, or anyone else, shouting to disrupt the movie by starting a false panic is objectively wrong. When the limit of free speech becomes subjective – and subject to the threat of violence – the spirit of the First Amendment has been utterly lost.

In this case, Terry Jones’ right of free expression has been subjected to the implied threat of violence. As far as I know, nobody from the mosque is actually threatening him. The worshippers of the Islamic Center of America should be granted the respect and dignity of assuming that they are good Americans, as well as good Muslims, and can handle the free expression of others like reasonable adults. If someone can’t handle it… well, that is why we have a government to defend our inalienable rights.

Meanwhile, let good Americans pay their respects to our fallen military heroes in peace. The Westboro Baptist Church can still miserably fail to defile their memories from 300 feet away.

Source: Human Events.com, Unacceptable Discourse Copyright © 2011HUMAN EVENTS. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

To true Americans - this article is a call to action...

March 28, 2011
Colorado, USA


A nation whose founders gave it an ability to correct its failings and which finally did so in the 1960's by guaranteeing equality to all its citizens now finds itself bogged down in a quagmire of "political correctness", intimidation and animosity among its citizens. The culture, which once emphasized honor, integrity, self-reliance and restraint, is now beset with greed, corruption, despair and degeneracy.

Replacing the President by electing politicians who will make some cuts in spending or modifying entitlement programs may delay but will not save America from eventually entering the annals of the rise and fall of great nations. The only factor that can truly alter the future is a change in the hearts and minds of the people and their leaders.


Can We Save America?
By Steve McCann
March 27, 2011

Sixty years ago in February I came to the United States. I was classified as a "displaced person" from World War II with no identity or knowledge of when, where or to whom I was born, an orphan who had miraculously survived on the streets of a war ravaged city somewhere in central Europe. On that bitterly cold overcast morning as I stood, alone at the railing of a ship, staring at the iconic image of the Statue of Liberty, I found myself arriving in a strange country itself coming face to face with a new and unwelcome role as the foremost nation on earth about to embark on being the most dominate economic and military power in modern history.

In 1951 the United States in addition to being the long established beacon of individual freedom for the oppressed around the planet and still trying to shake the memory and adversity of the Great Depression and World War II, had, by default, assumed the mantle of leader of the free world. The forty-two year military and geo-political stalemate with America's one-time ally in the War, the Soviet Union, was in its fourth year. The beginning stage of the greatest economic expansion in the annals of man was underway. There were still vestiges of the nations troubled past as 15% of the population still suffered from institutional discrimination based solely on skin color. Yet optimism regarding the future was palpable.

Not having had the opportunity to experience a childhood and unable to escape the events of the past, I came to this country already old beyond my years and as a consequence I was never able to be fully absorbed into the mainstream of the culture. I, as did other survivors of the War or those who lived through the deprivations of the Soviet Union or the re-education camps of Red China and immigrated to the United States, became not only the most loyal of citizens but in essence outside observers and part-time participants in the passing American scene.

These past sixty years have been a watershed in the history of America. In that extraordinarily short era in the life of a nation, the United States, which during this period became the most powerful country in the history of mankind, is now facing national insolvency and a rapid descent into mediocrity. The people of the country, once brimming with confidence, are now fearful of the future for their progeny.

A nation whose founders gave it an ability to correct its failings and which finally did so in the 1960's by guaranteeing equality to all its citizens now finds itself bogged down in a quagmire of "political correctness", intimidation and animosity among its citizens. The culture, which once emphasized honor, integrity, self-reliance and restraint, is now beset with greed, corruption, despair and degeneracy.

The United States and its people, unlike so many other nations throughout the world, have been blessed by not experiencing any overwhelming national adversity in over 150 years. While the Great Depression was an economic disaster, it pales in comparison to the wars, repressions and genocide over the past century. Events which not only destroyed countries and entire continents but claimed the lives of over 170 million and another 200+ million wounded or displaced.

Since 1951, the Gross Domestic Product of the United States has (adjusted for inflation) grown by a factor of 6x or average of 9.6% per year. The personal incomes of Americans increased (adjusted for inflation) by a factor of 7x or an average of 11.8% per year. Never in history has any nation experienced such phenomenal wealth creation in any sixty year period.

As America has experienced the best of times the immutable and fundamental nature of the human race became the catalyst for the dilemmas and anxieties the country is now experiencing.

The most dominant trait mankind has, as do all living creatures, is an innate desire to survive and prosper. While some may willingly choose to pursue subsistence on their own terms, to the majority of the human race, the path of least resistance is the most desired. Thus mankind is susceptible to crime and resentment or violence towards those who may have more. Religions and societies over the centuries have sought to control this predisposition by setting forth absolute tenets of behavior.

As a corollary to this trait, many people, particularly in a wealthy society, are very open to and expect a central authority to provide them with the means of livelihood with no thought as to the how.

A secondary characteristic of the human race, and the most dangerous, is the need by some to maintain total control and power over their fellow man, as they are predeterminedly superior to the unwashed masses that make up the bulk of any society. The only restraint on this human characteristic is age-old established ethical and behavioral guidelines which can be easily and often are ignored.

The confluence of these human traits combined with seemingly never-ending economic growth and a lack of any national adversity has placed the United States in its present predicament.

The current Ruling Class is predominantly made up of those active in various political movements in the 1960's through the early 1980's and is the most self-centered and egotistical generation in the history of the country. Having been raised in unfathomable prosperity and told how unique they were, many sought out political and social philosophies which aided and abetted their determination to justify a hedonistic lifestyle, eliminate any ethical or behavioral absolutes and solidify their need for power and notoriety.

Concurrent with that approach and needing the acquiescence of the populace to keep themselves in power it was necessary to first delineate people by group and pit them against each other in order to keep the electorate divided. Secondly, no limit was placed on the largess and promises emanating from Washington D.C. and the various state capitals which were willingly accepted by the recipients. Lastly the public, thus content, was inundated with images and propaganda through the media and entertainment outlets promoting an erosion of the culture and ethical standards.

Those of us who immigrated to the United States and experienced first-hand the devastation and suffering in various countries and societies know that this destruction came about not by the symptom of economic setbacks but by the disease of corruption and unbridled lust for power.

It has been difficult and heart-rending to watch over the years what has happened to a nation we have all come to love. In order to awaken at least a part of the populace it has taken an imminent financial and societal disaster and the election of President Obama, who personifies the excesses of the past sixty years. He is someone steeped in radical re-distributionist ideology; he is dishonest, as he is a believer in the end justifies any means; and he is dominated by an overweening narcissism. Mr. Obama is the epitome of someone with a lack of character, as manifested in his indecisiveness and willingness to destroy America's future in order to permanently seize control over the citizenry.

Replacing the President by electing politicians who will make some cuts in spending or modifying entitlement programs may delay but will not save America from eventually entering the annals of the rise and fall of great nations. The only factor that can truly alter the future is a change in the hearts and minds of the people and their leaders. The foibles of human nature are hard to overcome without a massive national catastrophe as a catalyst.

The founders of the United States were aware of the failings of mankind and as a result tried to establish a government structure which mitigated those traits. That structure is still in place, but are there national leaders willing to risk their ambitions in order to tell their constituents the awful truth? That the future of the United States is dependent not only upon immediate changes in fiscal policy, but more importantly the people and their leaders must re-constitute American society wherein honor, integrity, self-reliance, restraint, and respect for one's neighbor are paramount. These attributes will also ultimately solve the nation's long-term financial woes and insure the future. Unless the country does so, it will inevitably join the likes of Rome and other nations on the ash heap of history.

The image of the Statue of Liberty on that cold dark morning sixty years ago is forever in the forefront of my memory, together with the most important day of my life; when I became a citizen and at last had a name and a country I could call my own. I speak for many others like me who were welcomed with open arms into the United States, please do not allow the noblest experiment in the history of mankind to fail; if so there will never be another fountainhead of freedom and liberty to take its place.

Source: American Thinker.com, Can We Save America?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Best Test of Truth is the Power of Thought

March 8, 2011
Colorado, USA

VoltairePersecution for the expression of opinions seems to me perfectly logical. If you have no doubt of your premises or your power and want a certain result with all your heart you naturally express your wishes in law and sweep away all opposition... But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas... that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out. That at any rate is the theory of our Constitution.
-- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr (1919)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Tread carefully, the first amendment is not a toy...

March 6, 2011
Colorado, USA



Freedom of Speech...

No matter what is said...
No matter how it is said...
No matter who is saying it...

It is for me...
It is for you...

It is for us...
It is for them...

It is the law...

True, there are those who practice free speech with malice in their heart. As heinous as that may be, malicious thoughts and words are not illegal. It is not against the law to be stupid or vile or hateful in speech or expression in this country. Some people find the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other documents of U.S. law offensive. Some people find the words of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance offensive. Some people call the flag, a soldier's uniform, the statue of liberty and other emblems of this nation an eyesore. Some people do not appreciate certain words in a novel, or the colors on a biker's back, or the prayer on a Christian's lips. Some people say women must hide their faces and other parts of their body, because their personal idea of God demands it. Still others demand we make unlawful the horrendous speech practiced by members of the Westboro Baptist Church Cult. Shall we allow those who fear freedom of expression to censor or abolish that which they find distasteful for so arbitrary a reason as that? Shall we allow those who seize upon the opportunity to exploit our disagreements to further their own agenda the power to do that in order to validate our own self interests?

First Amendment
So -- who gets to say what is socially acceptable speech and what is not? Who gets to decide who must follow the law of the land and who will not?

Not you.
Not me.
Not them.

I do not tolerate anyone dictating what I choose to see and hear, or read and write. I could not in good conscience practice that type of oppression on another. There are enough tyrants in the world.

The ideology behind Freedom, Liberty, and Justice for all is an open-ended concept, all inclusive, if you will. The law has the final say.

If the sad day ever arrives when this is not so in America, then we have lost one of the most precious freedoms known to man - the right to speak our minds - the right to be heard without fear of punishment - the right to agree with the masses or the right of a lone individual to dissent. In this country if you do not like the speech of another person or group of people - you have the right to stand up and shout disagreement. You may shout them down, you may drown them out, you may tune them out, you may expose their speech as loathsome or false, fanatical or idiotic, but you do not have the right to silence that person's speech simply because you do not like what they have to say. Thank goodness for that, or there would be a nation-wide shortage of duct tape and half the politicians I know would be trying to match their ties to a certain shade of silver.

I, for one, prefer to know the mindset of a person who disagrees with me. I can deal with exposed stupidity or mindless hate on my own terms. I'd rather it not come at me from out the shadows of discontent.

This is a cautionary tale. Freedom of speech is not a toy. The spirit of free and open debate and exchange of ideas (even stupid ones) is something I support with all I am. Lose this one freedom, even a tiny smidgen of it and all other freedoms will soon follow.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Supreme Court 8-1 protects free speech of hate-mongerers...

March 2, 2011
Colorado USA

Supreme Court: 'hurtful speech' of Westboro Baptist Church is protected



“Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and – as it did here – inflict great pain,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “On the facts before us, we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker,” he said.

The lone dissenter, Justice Samuel Alito said the nation’s commitment to free and open debate “is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.”

I am going on record here as agreeing with Justice Roberts.

Source: Christian Science Monitor.com, Supreme Court: 'hurtful speech' of Westboro Baptist Church is protected
Opinion: Snyder vs Phelps, October 2010, March 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Seize is just another word for............

February 10, 2011
Colorado, USA

THEFT We do not need another lame-brain slogan... we do not need the VP living out some sort of warped childhood conductor dream... we do not need Mrs Obama packing a lunch for us... (although, if we build Obama-Trains, we're all going to have to pack a lunch because no one will have lunch money)...we do not need words... words... and more words... you can stuff Obama's new word for government theft (seize) in your pockets along with Obama's hope and see if any change comes out in the wash... sigh. What we need are boots because the BS is so deep in Washington... well you get my drift...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Just for the record... it is "o'er the ramparts we watched"...

February 7, 2011
Colorado, USA

Another stellar RB (roseanne barr) Super Bowl moment. What's bad is it was not the worst performance of the night... the halftime show was just downright painful! I don't usually get into the right and left fight but I'm thinking some good ol, well grounded conservative country and western music (I'm not a big C&W fan) would have served our country better last night. At least, they might have got the lyrics right. Good grief!

The Star Spangled Banner
In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the poem, Defense of Fort McHenry. The poem was later put to the tune of (John Stafford Smith's song) The Anacreontic Song, modified somewhat, and retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Say it ain't so... NAACP a special interest group?

January 17, 2011
Colorado, USA

Gov. Paul LePage, Maine (R) when pressed about making room in his schedule for MLK celebrations -- said about the NAACP:

"They are a special interest...

...End of story. And I'm not going to he held hostage by any special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black. So they can do whatever they'd like about it."

LePage's son, Devon Raymond, was adopted from Jamaica.

...when pressed by the reporter for a response to claims by the NAACP that he has a history of being racially insensitive, the governor shrugged and answered, "Tell 'em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to dinner and my son will talk to them."

Apparently, the governor finally freed up some time to attend an MLK event, but is being accused of all sorts of nefarious behavior - among them his "civility" is being called into question. Seriously - in light of recent behavior (dare I say questionable civility) of media, pundits and assorted bureaucrats, after the Arizona shooting tragedy, I think some people are not in a position to demand anything of the sort.

And, his comments did not miss the mark. We have too many organizations that have outlived their usefulness and too many organizations parading under a double standard. Last time I checked CIVILITY is not a "right" when one engages in public discourse nor is the lack of CIVILITY against the law. Myself, I applaud the man's honesty.


Source: My apologies -- ABC News.com, Maine Governor - NAACP
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/maine-gov-naacp-kiss-butt/story?id=12633462

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Palin's response to leftist slurs

January 12, 2011
Colorado, USA

Sarah Palin: America's Enduring Strength (video)


Text Version Follows:
Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.

- Sarah Palin


Source: The Blaze.com, Palin releases facebook video in response to shooting

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fonda: When will she ever get it -- her noodle-head opinion does not matter in the real world

January 10, 2011
Colorado, USA

UPDATE: See Beck's written response to the tragedy below:

Dissident Daughter Jane Fonda - the seventies... now... she did not matter then..., she does not matter now. When will America learn? Hollywood Celebrities (can we even call Fonda the Fossil that anymore?) engage in pseudo-politics for one reason and one reason only... publicity. I put Fonda right up there with Pelosi when I ponder the 1001 uses for duct tape... but I digress...

Michelle Malkin posted the following screen shots of recent Jane Fonda tweets. Jane Fonda exhibiting her usual insensitivity and anti-American -- oh, let's call them traitorous sentiments -- blames Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and the Tea Party for the acts of a murderous madman in Arizona. Anyone who would use this senseless tragedy to promote their own personal, political, liberal, progressive agenda should point the finger of blame at themselves because it sounds very much like they are siding with the person who pulled the trigger. Hypocrite B!!!! For Shame!

Jane Fonda Tweets

Fonda Traitor 1972 Tweets Fonda: "Sarah Palin USA holds responsibility." And, "Glenn Beck, guilty too." and, "...violence-provoking rhetoric of the Tea Party."

This from a person whose largest claim to fame is a disgraceful 1972 (can anyone spell has-been?) photo op (aka the Hanoi Jane traitor-shot -- take 2) sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft cannon targeting US Air Force planes.

Fonda and those of the same traitorous ilk may call themselves Americans, may trade on their ancient claim to celebrity and call it freedom of speech, freedom of expression and much as I would rather do otherwise, I will support their right to do so ----- but, I come down on the side of America, American Veterans and American Active Duty Service Men and Women every time. I will sight that fonda-cized speech filled with venomous lies and liberal propaganda in the cross-hairs of my own free speech... and take her/their words down every chance I get with a few sure-shots of my own. Americans should simply "consider the source" -- in this case, a mostly irrelevant source and shout her down with the age old and best known rebuttal phrase exercised in free speech anytime, anywhere and say SHUT UP JANE.

I close this post with the following quote from John Green, the father of 9-year-old Tuscon massacre victim Christina Green: This shouldn't happen in this country or anywhere else, but in a free society, we’re going to be subject to people like this... So I prefer this to the alternative.

We should consider the source of this quote and exercise all the humility we can muster in the face of such dignity, grace and exceptional patriotism. -- DD

UPDATE: Beck's written response to the tragedy:
Glenn’s letter to the American people, politicians, and media
Monday, Jan 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM EST

While Americans are grappling to understand the Arizona tragedy, the absolute vacuum of leadership on both sides is staggering.

We live in a country that has been struck by John Hinckley Jr. and Sirhan Sirhan, Lee Harvey Oswald and Mark David Chapman. And one that’s been hit by terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, the DC Sniper John Allen Muhammad, the Fort Hood killer Nidal Hasan, and 19 highjackers all claiming to be freedom fighters. You’d think we’d understand the difference between madmen and terrorists.

All evidence points to the fact that the assailant from this weekend was severely mentally disturbed. His belief system was not rational by any modern political standard. He was an atheist, believed George W. Bush was responsible for 9/11, feared a global currency, cited the Communist Manifesto as one of his favorite books and thought the Mars rover landing was staged. These are not the opinions of a coherent individual.

Far too often, we have seen in our schools and in our post offices, acts of violence from misfits of society. While we can look for the warning signs, these horrific events will always be with every nation.

Though violence is a human problem, every American citizen can make a personal choice today. Do you believe that Americans, from any walk of life, can convince themselves they are freedom fighters and carry out acts of violence? My answer is yes. If you agree then you must take a clear stand.

Turning these horrific events into an opportunity for a political attack is a very childish response to a very grown-up problem. This is not about winning a political blame game. Atheists are not to blame. Those who hate George W. Bush are not to blame. Those who don’t believe in space travel are not to blame. Jared Lee Loughner is to blame. Period.

This tragedy should not be used as an opportunity to try and bend reality to retroactively place a madman on the other side of the aisle. It should be a time to pray for the victims and their families, a time that we can all come together and state that violence is off limits for all sides in a Republic. It’s a time for us to state with a unified passion that we won’t accept anyone who threatens or actually carries out violence.

Read the rest of it here: Glenn Beck.com, Glenn's Letter

Source: Michelle Malkin.com, Jane Fonda is NUTS

Friday, January 7, 2011

!!&*%*(%&*$^$@%@^%$#!!

January 7, 2011
Colorado, USA

Twain Censored!

No, this will not be the final word on it...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year USA!

January 1, 2011
Colorado, USA

Happy New YearMay this nation and all those who populate it realize the full potential and promise of the liberties we enjoy. May all those who serve this great country at home and abroad find peace in their hearts and resolve in their purpose. May freedom ring loudly throughout the land as we sign on for a New Year. May all Americans enjoy health, prosperity and happiness in the coming year. May all Americans realize the value of what we have and who we are and resolve to be the best Americans we can be. May Old Glory continue to be the banner of Freedom to the world.