Saturday, December 7, 2013

72 years ago today

December 7, 2013

Remembering Pearl Harbor...
...the American people will through their righteous might win through to absolute victory... With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounded determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph... FDR

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Nod of Respect

November 11, 2013

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

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

'Nuff said...

October 16, 2013

Allen West

I’m watching the spectacle occurring on the Senate floor. They have passed the 60 vote threshold for ending cloture. I want the American people to understand that tonight the Constitutional Republic we know as America has suffered a horrible defeat. Obamacare is not the law of the land. It is an edict handed down by a tyrant, not a President. The US Senate has just voted to affirm a new precedent that the executive branch can amend law without Congressional approval, and Congress allows it. The waivers, exemptions, and delays implemented by President Obama have delineated a separation, not of powers, but between the political elite and their cronies - and you, my fellow Americans. This is reprehensible, and we can expect even more bad behavior from a President that continues to spit on our Constitution and in our eyes...and smile. The incessant government spending continues with no solution for economic growth. Anyone voting for this tonight owes some explaining to Americans….but maybe not. As Obama stated, “I won.”

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gold Star Mother's Day

September 29, 2013
Colorado, USA

Gold Star Mothers DayIn the words of Gold Star Mothers Monument sculptor, Andrew Chernak: The loss of a child in any circumstance is a grievous blow to a family, but, uniquely so to the mother who bore that child. One group of Mothers that especially stands apart from the norm are the Gold Star Mothers of America's fallen heroes. They are patriotic, loyal, and sympathetic. They understand our nation’s freedom is not to be taken for granted. The grief and loss these women have endured never leaves them, yet the Mothers rise above their pain in tribute to life going on. The Mothers have collectively served millions of hours in volunteer work, personal service in our nation's Veterans hospitals, and to the Veteran and his family in their community. In serving this way, the Mothers have turned their grief into a positive force. If you want to know quiet greatness, spend a little time in the presence of a Gold Star Mother.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Lest we forget...

September 20, 2013

Today is POW-MIA Recognition Day. It is always the third Friday in September.

This is not a "remembrance" day. This is a "light-in-the-window" until they all come home day. Never Forget.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

226 Years ago today

September 17, 2013

Today is Constitution Day - 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution -- the oldest written constitution in operation in the world.
Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men.
~~ Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Respectfully Remembering 911 USA

September 11, 2013
Colorado, USA

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

President George W Bush 2001

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rerun: Arbitrary Discrimination

September 3, 2013
Colorado USA

In response to the article referred to below I am reposting the opinion piece We live in a world that practices arbitrary discrimination - so what? originally published April 2013.

UPDATE 9/1/2013: Here's yet another example of politically correct gayness run amuck - it's disgraceful. Anatomically speaking - Why is no bride-no groom-no cake so offensive? I don't know. I think gays who push acceptance of their lifestyle on others need to get a grip and come to the realization - not all of us care about their sexual preference and a good many of us do not condone it and we cannot be compelled or coerced into acceptance - don't care, don't condone it and if that's pissing on your cupcake - I say again Boo Freekin' Hoo! They should be ashamed of themselves. If I were the baker and the florist in this instance - you'd get your flowers and your cake probably free of charge but I guarantee it would be the poorest effort I could make of it and your special day would be remembered for it no matter what it cost me. But hey! That's just how I roll.
Source: Breitbart.com - Oregon Bakery Threatened For Refusing Wedding Cake for Lesbians Closes Its Doors

April 22, 2013
Colorado USA

If no shoes - no shirt - no service is OK...
If no tie - no jacket - no table is OK...
If no kids allowed is OK...
If no more than 3 high school students allowed at one time is OK...
If no backpacks or coolers or large purses allowed is OK...
If no strollers or wagons allowed is OK...
If no sack lunches allowed is OK...
If no servicemen in uniform allowed is OK...
If no t-shirts with allegedly subversive messages allowed is OK...
If no dogs, cats, birds, turtles allowed is OK...
If no person over/under the age of ??? allowed is OK...
If no skate boards, skates or scooters allowed is OK...
If no camping in the park allowed is OK...
If no glass containers allowed is OK...
If no out of town checks allowed is OK...
If no urinating in public allowed is OK...
If no spitting tobacco on the sidewalk allowed is OK...
If no sunflower seed/peanut hulls allowed is OK...
If no loud pipes allowed is OK...
If no cell phones allowed is OK...
If no dancing in the fountain allowed is OK...
If no person under this ??? height is OK...
If no skinny dipping allowed is OK...
If no smoking allowed is OK...
If no drinking allowed is OK...
If no marijuana (yes Colorado - it is coming) allowed is OK...
If no cussin' allowed is OK...
If no protesting on this corner allowed is OK...
If no cameras allowed is OK...
If no baggy pants allowed (see Shreveport LA) is OK...
If no prescription drugs allowed is OK...
If no thongs allowed on the beach is OK...
If no knives allowed at the concert/on the plane is OK...
If no ID no entrance allowed is OK...
If no guns allowed is OK...
If no boys allowed in the girl's room is OK...
If no girls allowed in the boy's room is OK...

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo....

wait for it...

wait for it...

wait for it...

Why is no groom (anatomically gender defined man) - no bride (anatomically gender defined woman) - no flowers NOT OK?

Get my drift? I hate to be the bearer of what is apparently a rude reality check for some but we live in an indiscriminately discriminating world. Most rules/laws/restrictions are arbitrary. Most rules are unfair to somebody. Most discrimination is arbitrary. Most rules governing discrimination are arbitrary in and of themselves.

The list at the beginning is just a small sampling of no-other-way-to-see-it arbitrary business and/or social behavior restrictions. Society discriminates based on apparel or the lack of it or the quality of it. Society discriminates based on height, weight, age, religion, ethnicity, cultural activities and countless other characteristics in spite of laws that say otherwise. Society discriminates based on nuisance factors like noise, smells, language, and erratic behavior caused by chemical influences. There is hardly any rule out there that does not offend some religious body or non-religious body or special interest group or qualify as anti-something-or-other-based discrimination. Virtually all rules are anti-liberty or anti-freedom. Virtually all rules negate some right. The government is the biggest practitioner of discrimination - all while forcing small businesses to comply with mostly arbitrary non-discriminative practices/ordinances/laws - whatever. Talk about hypocrisy!

FYI: If you are crying discrimination these days - you are likely just a whiny-butt and need to get over yourself. In my world - no whiny-butts are allowed. The word NO is not necessarily indicative of discrimination - it is simply one of life's little disappointments most of us cowboy up and overcome starting at about the age of two.

So, if I go into Starbucks wearing an anti-gay/lesbian sentiment t-shirt after they have announced they do not want my pro-heterosexual business can I sue them if they do not sell me a cup of coffee? Because - I am thinking that might be a nice little paycheck for me. Hello... ACLU?

Is discrimination right? Is it fair? Is it proper? Is it socially acceptable? Who the heck cares! Is there some law that says we all get to live in a rose garden?

This is how I operate in polite and often far too politically correct society. 1) If I enter a restaurant or other business with a legally-owned and licensed to carry firearm on my hip or in my pocket and the management asks me to remove the firearm or leave... for some arbitrary you are scaring the sheeple reason... I will politely take my leave, check to make certain I did not miss the no firearms allowed sign on the door and likely will not patronize that business again. 2) If an establishment like Starbucks (yikth!) announces they do not want my business because I do not condone the gay agenda I am not going to patronize that business. 3) If a concert venue says no knives - well, I will not carry my little frog sticker that evening. 4) If the dress code of an establishment does not allow boots and jeans and Harley jackets I will choose another, more tolerant establishment where hopefully the atmosphere is more relaxed and bean sprouts are not on the menu. 5) If there is a little boy icon on the restroom door I am going to keep looking until I find the door with a little girl icon on it.

Discrimination is the prejudicial and/or distinguishing treatment of an individual based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or category.

If discrimination is a crime - we are all guilty of it. Without a doubt, we are all victims of it. When one ventures out into the real world - we encounter discrimination at every turn and how we choose to deal with it determines how efficiently we move through the world. If we balk at every perceived offense, we will spend all our time battling triviality.

Hopefully, we all make discriminative choices daily - otherwise we would fill our lives with people with whom we have absolutely nothing in common. Life is about choices. If one did not discriminate between brands or prices then one would likely come home from the store with at least a dozen different brands of toilet paper. Sooner or later you have to discriminate based on quality or price or need - Charmin or economy brand. It's the same with people. When one chooses the young, pleasant checker at the discount store over the old, rather grumpy checker in the next lane - is one guilty of discrimination? When one chooses a seat in the theater and then moves because one does not like the look or ethnicity or age of the people who decide to sit beside one - is one guilty of discrimination? If one chooses to associate with people who only hang out at the country club and agree that only people of a certain caliber should be allowed entrance - is one guilty of discrimination? Likewise, if a guy in a suit enters the biker bar one frequents - and one begins thinking - well hell, there goes the neighborhood - does that make one guilty of discrimination? If one chooses to be a Unitarian over being a Catholic or a Baptist - is that discrimination? So if one chooses to associate with people who do not pose a conflict with their religious beliefs, morals or principles - is that somehow more discriminatory?

What's interesting in the discrimination debate is we rarely hear the road travels both ways - as does the road for prejudice or the less contentious and not as likely to grab notoriety as a headline - the road for tolerance.

Here's a good example of arbitrary discrimination in the semi-private/public world we live in. I have a sign on my front door for those who mistakenly believe my front porch is a port of public access and my privacy open to arbitrary intrusion. Can you believe I have actually had a discussion with a particularly pushy religious sort who believed my front porch was public property and my front door a depository for religious paraphernalia which I found personally offensive? But I digress. Basically, I got tired of climbing the stairs to accommodate a host of oddballs rudely and indiscriminately interrupting my day. The sign reads something like this - please respect our privacy - no soliciting, no surveys, no politicians, no proselytizing, no census takers - leave your litter on the door if you must and move on. When I lived a bit further south the sign included no salesman and no preachers - just for clarification. Is that sign discriminatory - you betcha it is and it evolves to include other groups with whom I would rather not have contact. That means if gays start ringing the bell - their name goes on the list. I have considered posting a sign that says if you are not selling chocolate get the heck off my porch but I didn't want to scare the neighborhood kids who stop by peddling everything from over-priced cans of nuts to assorted sports buttons to magazines I do not need for one fund-raiser or another.

The fact of the matter is: no matter what you do it is a certainty somebody out there is not going to like it and it is a certainty that somebody out there is doing something that you do not like. I deal with that every day because more often than not if I take the trouble to write about something and offer my opinion - there's somebody out there who feels duty bound to disagree with it. In fact, I am banking on that very thing most of the time.

So why should a florist (see story below) be forced to provide flowers for an event he/she does not condone or face a lawsuit from two fronts? Would a Muslim butcher be forced to provide bacon for a red neck wedding breakfast or face the wrath of the courts?

Here's the gist of the referenced story: A Washington state florist is being sued by the ACLU on behalf of a gay couple as well as the attorney general of the state of Washington (under consumer law) because she refused to service a gay wedding based on the conflict it poses with her religious beliefs. If I approached a florist and they refused to do flowers for a biker wedding - I would simply take my business to a more accommodating florist and likely do a little adverse advertising - but sue? Nah... it's not like any florist has a corner on the market.

When I had a small business which offered limited customization, I often had to tell a customer that an item was not available in blue or pink or purple - not because I could not do it but because I did not want to do it in those colors. I refused to paint peaches or plums or roses rather than daisies and sunflowers and strawberries. Again, this was not because I could not do it but because I did not subject my product to the whims of the consumer. I often had to tell a customer that an item was not available at any cost two days before Christmas because I would rather get my tree up for the grand kids. I often declined to reconstruct or custom produce items to convey or not convey a religious or cultural sentiment. I guess being uncooperative in that regard could have been misconstrued as religious or cultural discrimination but it was also my business. I repeat my business. Basically I looked at it from the perspective - if you don't pay the bills - you don't make the decisions.

I gotta tell ya I despise this contentious debate and consider it perversely unproductive. I am heartily tired of special interest groups demanding more equality and more recognition and more respect than their due.

Unfortunately, gays and lesbians in the states that have legalized civil unions believe because the government has recognized their union as legal for tax and insurance or whatever benefit purposes that everyone should condone the union including on moral grounds. That's like saying 1) if you ride a motorcycle, legal-licensed-insured - everyone has to condone the biker lifestyle, 2) if you legally carry a firearm - everyone has to condone it, 3) if you legally abort a pregnancy - everyone has to condone it, 4) if you legally spout a perverted message of hate and discontent from a pulpit - everyone has to condone it, 5) if you legally consume and distribute drugs - everyone has to condone it - not only that - they have to accommodate what they consider aberrant behavior. As far as I am concerned if you force a person or business to comply with your legal behavior when they are not mandated to condone said behavior (morality cannot be mandated) then you are treading on that person's rights - or practicing reverse discrimination. Reverse discrimination works exactly like reverse prejudice and reverse racism.

Weddings are allegedly all about love and compassion and great memories... I am assuming that gay marriage/civil unions are all about the same things. Why would you sully that special day by trying to arbitrarily bend a person or business to your will? What good comes from forced acknowledgement of anything unless you are basically tyrannical in nature? If that's the case - happiness and satisfaction will always be impossible to obtain. Tyranny in any degree is not the source of happiness - rather it is a base, subversive satisfaction of the lowest form.

If one requires tolerance - one should practice tolerance.

As far as I am concerned this petty action against a small business owner is nothing more than homosexual headline-grabbing, grand-standing. It is the practice of moral extortion - a bit too commonplace for my tastes these days - particularly in this debate - probably for no other reason than the happy couple needs to fund their Puerto Vallarta honeymoon/vacation. It is shameful.

Almost done. The world is an imperfect place. Unlike government entities, people have a right to choose what they will or will not tolerate. There is no rule that says if the government loves you the rest of the world has to give you warm fuzzies. I am not anti-gay. I am not pro-gay. I am mostly ignore-gay. That's not discrimination - it's disinterest.

With all the flower shops in the world why cry foul because one does not want to play house according to an arbitrary pinhead rule? Hmmm... I wonder if I approached a florist owned by a homosexual and asked for arrangements for a politically incorrect and necessarily insensitive anti-gay agenda rally - how cooperative that florist would be with my blatant disrespect of their lifestyle? Would they refuse to service my request and if so, how outraged would they be when notice arrives from the attorney general and the ACLU that I had filed a discrimination law suit.

Admittedly, that's a fairly far-fetched example because most people do not waste time and money and energy making a mountain out of a mole hill -- well, when I say most people - I mean people who are not politicians trying to make a name for themselves, people who are not has-been actors trying to grab the limelight and people who do not typically identify with contentious special interest groups.

You cry discrimination! I cry sticks and stones! I say Boo-Freekin'Hoo - whydoncha pull your big girl panties up and get on with your life!

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent
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Source: Reuters: Washington state florist sued again for refusing to service gay wedding

Friday, August 9, 2013

Boycotting Bad Ju-Ju- Jane... again

August 9, 2013
Colorado USA

Sharing again this article written earlier in the year... the movie discussed below opens on August 16, 2013. This one is an easy boycott-by-me. We will be at a Veteran's Rally on that date and the days following, riding in a POW-MIA Recognition Ride, visiting The WALL aka Vietnam Traveling Tribute, saluting the flag and other patriotic stuff. The only way ol' bad-ju-ju-jane enters the conversation at a vet rally is in a sentence of expletives or perhaps when one is explaining how to attach a patch with her name to the bottom of a biker boot. Ha! Read on...

April 12, 2013
Colorado USA

I do not hate Jane Fonda. I was taught not to hate indiscriminately. I do not know Jane Fonda or her work (yawn!) well enough to hate her. But, I do despise the woman with every fiber of my being and yes, this is based solely on her actions and words during the Vietnam era and her lack of sincere attrition since. Old remorseless Jane used to make me angry but I got over that a long time ago. Now I exorcise bad juju Jane with lethal sarcasm whenever an opportunity to do so presents itself.

It is hard to ignore old Jane when her face pops up all over the internet and social media. That's when I know she is up to her old pranks. Sigh! I fervently wish she would do or say something original rather than subject the world to the same old crass and contentious remarks which are either vulgar or disrespectful and when she's having a good day - both. Jane is a no talent has-been trading on aberrant behavior financed by the fame and fortune of other people for far too long. She has no class and capitalizes on that shameless characteristic whenever she has something to promote. Keep in mind old Jane is old enough to be my mother (no disrespect intended to my lovely, classy, talented, ageless Mom).

Needless to say, anytime Old Hanoi Jane pops up, there will be Veterans and friends of Veterans calling her out for her decades old crimes. In response to Larry Reyes, a Navy veteran and founder of the Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan Facebook page ol Jane said, Get a life.

Then... In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Fonda said of her casting: If it creates hoopla, it will cause more people to see the movie… I figured it would tweak the right. Who cares?

So - there ya go. Hoopla. That's it. Old Jane knows why she has been brought in.

The movie slated for release in the Fall of 2013 is titled, The Butler and described by imdb as: A look at the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. I found the story line itself intriguing but it would have been better served by casting unknowns. Just reading the names of the all-used-to-be-star-cast was a snooze fest. When was the last time you actively pursued seeing a movie with Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Oprah Winfrey, or Vanessa Redgrave? And then we have Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz? How the hell did Alan Rickman get cast as Reagan? This movie is not about the Reagans or the other presidents and I warrant that the people who do see it will be thankful that most of the has-beens have only bit parts or cameos.

Aside from dubious casting for this movie I think bringing in Hanoi Hoopla Jane to play First Lady Nancy Reagan is just bad juju. The makers of this film are of the mind that hoopla will actually generate ticket sales. What? Among what far-fetched demographic I ask?

Let's conduct a amateur analysis based on a reference point significant in the story - Reagan's term of office. Ronald Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989. Eugene Allen served as butler in the white house from 1952 to 1986.

I am going to use a loose stat that most movie goers are in the 18-24 age range. Now I am going to bump that age group to 25-32 simply because I suspect the first group are less likely to purchase a ticket to see a drama based on a character who served in the White House while they were still in diapers. A 24 year old today would have been born in 1989 - the last year Reagan served. The demographics of the second group does not make them seem any more likely to buy a ticket for this movie as they were still adolescent at the time-frame of the story. A 32 year old today would have been born the first year Reagan served - 1981. Neither one of these demographics work for me. I am fairly certain most in the 18-32 age range might recall Reagan as a president, the first lady not so much and Jane Fonda not at all.

Here's what I think a reasonable demographic might be: People my age (mid-50s) and older (mid 60s - stretch it a bit to the mid-70s) are likely the most reliable demographic for a movie of this type (based on the era and historical drama factor). I think it is also safe to say that people my age and older are not a sought after audience for film makers so why would they target such a market? Let's go one step further and base the analysis on the popularity of Reagan and Fonda among the third demographic. Reagan plays well in most conservative camps. Fonda does not. I think the movie might attract a moderate number of liberals based on the story line. Most people in the third demographic (conservative and liberal) remember Reagan well and more importantly Vietnam. A good many of this age group are Vietnam Veterans or family and friends of Vietnam Veterans. Again, Fonda does not play well with Vets (no pun intended - ok maybe it was).

So how does casting the iconic equivalent of Medusa for this demographic translate to ticket sales?

I might add that this third demographic is not as easily fooled by Hollywood hi-jinx. They are certainly not impressed or intimidated by the bloviating, egotistical self-importance emanating from Hollywood types these days. However, BOYCOTT does play well with this demographic set.

I am reminded of a line from a Jack Nicholson film, As Good as it Gets. Melvin Udall said - Go sell crazy someplace else; we're all stocked up here. Yep, that about sums it up. Banking on hoopla stirred up by bad juju Jane to equal get-rich ticket sales for what promises to be an all hype and no substance movie is simply insane. I say all hype and no substance for one glaring reason - hoopla is the marketing strategy. I, for one will pass.

Finally, and I know this is just a shameless parting shot - If I had to cast no talent Hanoi Hoopla Jane in a historical part - I would pic Marie Antoinette. Of course, Jane is too damn old to play Marie who was only 38 at the end of her days but I would plop down my money just to see the ending. Grin.

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent


Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan Facebook Page
Fox News Jane Fonda Tells Veterans Get a Life

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate like you were born on the 4th of July

July 4, 2013

Written a few years ago, reposting with minor edits...

freedom - some things never go out of style
Liberty will not descend to a people; a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed.
-- Charles Caleb Colton


Some say this country was born on the 4th of July... but it was born long before that, in the hearts and minds of visionary men who would be free or die...

Some say Independence Day is just another gaudy American holiday... but it is also a celebration of respectful remembrance for those engineers of freedom who created our Republic and still others who defended and purchased that freedom with their precious lives...

Some say the Spirit of Liberty is waning in the USA... but I see Ol' Glory waving proudly in the hands of patriots on street corners, flying from front porches and fence posts, business fronts, streaming from motorcycles and other vehicles, pinned to lapels and parading on the backs of real Americans...

Some say our children care nothing for our proud history... but I say they learn what they live and they will live what they know - if you teach them American values so they know with certainty what is real and true and honorable...

Some say our days of excellence and distinction in the USA are done and we need something new... even though that something new is something less... but do not believe it... vainglorious words and hollow promises that drip from the mouths of corrupt men and women temporarily in seats of power should fall on deaf ears... they will, in time be rendered irrelevant...

Some say it is time for a change... but it is the American way to reject those who seek to enslave the citizenry with sly rhetoric and pretentious policy in the name of a brand of politics that conflicts with the tried and true law of the land and does not represent the core values and morals of the American PEOPLE...

I was raised to believe in the power and strength of the USA. I learned the might that built this country came from sweat and strong backs, blood and determination, energy and innovation and finally, courage and conviction.

The United States of America was not born in a single day, or over the term of a single president.

The United States of America will not die in a single day, or over the term of a single president.

The land and the people are one. This country is THE PEOPLE. The people are THE COUNTRY. No politician or bureaucrat can undermine that which belongs inherently to the people - unless - the people allow it.

The Constitutional construct of One Nation - United - By the People - For the People - Liberty - Justice - Equality - Faith has seen us through many tough times in our nation's history. There is no reason to believe it will serve otherwise at this juncture. Our current challenges are no different than those of the past - tougher and grander in scale maybe - but not insurmountable.

I carry with me an ingrained sense of liberty and justice. In my head swim the words of our founding fathers ringing with integrity and honor. In my heart an unwavering pride beats for love of country. I have a deep and abiding reverence for veterans who served this country with honor earning little appreciation. My soul prays for the lives of young patriots who spill their blood and innocence so that we may live freely, speak freely, dissent freely, even die freely.

As flags flutter in the breeze and fireworks light the night skies... every citizen should examine why they call themselves a Proud American on Independence Day. Every citizen should share why they feel that way today with a young person, your child, your grandchildren, the neighbor kids and so on... Every proud-for-a-day American should ask themselves, why is this not so every day?

I think today - every citizen - every man, woman, child should celebrate the 4th of July like they were born on the 4th of July. I think every citizen should vow to be the best American they can be from this day forward... I think every citizen should take a moment to be grateful they stand on free soil... more importantly, one should acknowledge with high regard the people, the laws, the liberties -- all American principles that make possible the ability to do that very thing... stand on free soil. And remind the children why this is so.

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -- William Harvard

Someone did the work of liberty before us... some sacrificed more than their due for the freedoms we enjoy... Who will preserve these things for our children if we do not? Not the greedy government - No. Not the slimy politicians - No. Not the bumptious bureaucrats - No. Not holier-than-thou Hollywood - are you kidding me? - No. Not the mindlessly-maligned-media - No. Not over-the-hill sports figures - No. Not indoctrinated educators - No. Not the radically ridiculous rulers of other countries - NO! This burden is upon the people and the people should be proud to bear that burden. We the People. All of US. Not some of us.

Here's a plan for after the BBQ and the picnics and the fireworks:

We the people need to clean house. Those in power who fail to honor their oath of office or who stand in the way of individual freedom and fail to defend and preserve the Constitutional law of the land should promptly be removed from power - permanently - and good riddance. The only real reform needed in the United States of America is government reform and I say we start with perks and paychecks and positions. The only fundamental change needed in the United States of America should begin and end in DC and I say we start at the voting booth and send most of them packing, those that survive the cut should go home and get in touch with the reality of their constituency.

We the People need to roll up our sleeves and get back to work - the important work of preserving this country for ourselves and future generations. We do not need government assistance or legislation to do what is right by this country, ourselves and our children.

We the People need to teach our children that the United States of America was built by people just like them, not government, not politicians and blow-hard bureaucrats. Perhaps, by teaching them many of us will discover a renewed love and respect for this great nation. When you see a child, hand over heart recite the Pledge of Allegiance that is the picture of real hope.

Fair Warning: Those able citizens not willing to do an honest day of work to provide for themselves and their offspring should find another meal ticket. The free ride is over. If you want more out of your life - get busy and do something about it.

Fair Warning: Those persons of dubious legal character and nationality freeloading on our system of laws and entitlements should go home - wherever that is - the same way they got here. Take your kids, your Grandma and your flag with you. Last I heard - the borders are still open and despite the rumor in DC, the door swings both ways. Watch your disrespectful butt as you exit MY COUNTRY.

Sure we have unemployment. There's a reason we have unemployment. The same people responsible for causing the problem are the same people providing the discouraging figures and telling you they understand your plight while they write policies that kill jobs, while they flit around the world in grand style wasting America's dollars, while they suck the dollars right out of your pocket and give it to other countries and other peoples and lest we forget, themselves. Why do we trust them?

Americans have pulled themselves up by the boot straps during times of crisis before. The indomitable American spirit of individualism has conquered wayward government and righted this country's path before. We have fought wars on our homefront as well as abroad and we have survived. We can do it again. We must do it again. It won't be easy, (where's the fun in easy?), but it is necessary to our survival as a free people and the continuance of all that is worthy of our labor and allegiance.

I am talking about working for the United States of America and individual freedom - the give-me-liberty-or-give-me-death kind of work - at whatever cost... BLOOD... SWEAT... TEARS... SACRIFICE...

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE - IT IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR.
FREEDOM IS NOT FOR SALE - IT IS PRICELESS.
FREEDOM IS NOT A GIFT - IT IS A REWARD... FOR HARD WORK, DILIGENCE AND THE HARDCORE UNIQUELY AMERICAN BELIEF THAT IN THE END --- FREEDOM IS ALL THERE IS.


P.S. If you find the American flag offensive... If you find the words to the American National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance repugnant... If you refuse to learn and speak the American (that would be English) language... If out of ignorance or rebellion you disobey the laws of the land... If you disdain the soldiers and civil servants who bravely and willingly serve this country at their own peril... If you snarl with contempt at displays of American Patriotism... If you find yourself at odds with the founding principles of INDIVIDUAL freedom, liberty, equality, and justice for all in America... If you cannot reconcile your supercilious liberalism to coincide with what the United States stands for at home and abroad... If you are a slave to your ethnicity you are hereby advised Hyphenated-Americanism is a thing of the past - you either get all in or get all out... If you want to become an American, fine, come through the front door, get a job, learn the language and start paying taxes... and welcome... If you are not 100% American and proud of it -- Don't apologize... just leave... I don't care what your rank and status is... I don't care what your ethnicity and race is... this 100% American says... If you are not willing to integrate and become a part of the whole... If you are not willing to get your hands dirty preserving American freedom... If you cannot wrap your mind around the Constitution and the Bill of Rights... If you do not like the laws of the United States of America -- TOUGH - find some place else to live - you do not belong here.

Thomas Jefferson said, On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock. Patriotism is not seasonal... red, white and blue is always in fashion. Despite those chipping away at the foundation, this country is based on a system of principles that have withstood the test of time. Let us not abandon them now. I leave you with the reason we are a bunch of flag wavers today - it is called the Declaration of Independence and it begins with the following words.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Happy Independence Day Americans! Party On!
-- Dissident Daughter

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Combat Vet tells it like it is.

July 3, 2013


Yep, I will follow this veteran's statement with... we would not need to manage our anger if politicians could control their stupidity.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Archie Bunker I Am

June 28, 2013

Archie Bunker I Am – a personal perspective

I have been following the immensely popular national witch hunt known as race-baiting lately. I am amazed at the number of self-righteous individuals and no-balls-businesses rising to take the bait. I have marveled at all the new races popping up. If you are “for” something – it quantifies as a “race”. Even Democrats/Liberals and Republicans/Conservatives and oh my goodness Independents, Tea Partiers and Gun Owners have achieved near “race” status. Good grief!

I have watched the overwhelming and shameful crucifixion of Food Network star Paula Deen (the only reason I ever found to tune into that channel) since she admitted she used the N-word way back in the olden days of the late 20th century. Cries of racism are screeching across the land! The only thing accomplished by those who have abandoned and poisoned minds against Paula Deen is about half a dozen boycotts-by-me and a few more dollars in her coffers as I pursue her products. I am not alone.

Deen's alleged infraction occurred over 25 years ago. Racism, sexism, and just about every other sort of ism and a plethora of phobias came out of the closet in the 1970s and 1980s following the volatile 1960s. It was a different time. Lots of actions and words considered inappropriate and socially unacceptable today hardly raised an eyebrow back then. Of course, back then news was tangible not surreal. You cannot change history by punishing anyone who was a part of it just because you find it distasteful. Back then, I’d venture to say the most prolific use of the N-word originated with blacks themselves. Considering some modern black genre music lyrics, literature and commentary one could assume as much today.

Yes, I have used the N-word but not until I came to adulthood. As a child my maternal grandmother frowned upon the term just once when my brother uttered it and what my gentle southern grandmother did not approve of was officially taboo. We obeyed out of respect for the woman if not her reasoning which of course, we later realized was dead-on. It was not nice.

I am going out on a limb here and do a bit of race-baiting myself so get your finger ready to point and wag. The use of a racial slur like the bugaboo N-word is not necessarily indicative of racism. I am from the south, not the Deep South, although many of my ancestors, a few who had a hand in my raising were from the Deep South. No, I hail from that other south known as Texas. I have lived well north of my home state for over fifteen years and still, as soon as I speak the first question out of the mouth of a new acquaintance is an often impolite query what part of the south are you from? People who speak with a drawl and twang are somewhat of a novelty in some (let’s call them Yankee) circles but I don’t take offense or see it as something akin to racism – although judging by today’s standards - I reckon it is. Texan is a race you know (wink-wink).

Like I said, I am from racially diverse Texas. I started school during the civil rights era. I came of age during desegregation and women’s liberation. I witnessed the birth of civil rights and political correctness. I have friends of all ethnicities who are Caucasian – ok white, Mexican, Negro – ok black, Indian - American variety, Asian, British and of course that peculiar-to-Texas ethnic group – Rednecks. I am immediately suspicious of anyone using hyphenated Americanism. For those I count among my friends and extended family, distinction based on ethnicity (race- color -creed) simply does not figure in those relationships.

However, and this is where it gets interesting… for those whom I count as an enemy or a threat you can bet your boots race, creed, color, and whatever else I can think of to disparage their character most certainly does apply. Anyone who says they live their lives without voicing any sort of prejudice (consider what you are thinking about me right now) would have to put themselves on the level of my beloved grandmother and I have met exactly one other person in my entire fifty-some-odd year life who qualified.

I have probably been called every racial/sexist slur one could possibly apply to an opinionated southern white girl/woman. Most recently I earned what I consider a badge of honor during a social media exchange with the worst sort of poser (someone claiming to be a military Veteran who was not). Anyway, a person who decided to come to the poser’s rescue did what most people do who cannot legitimately argue a point. They got personal. I am now a B to the fifth power. Brow-Beating-Bigoted-Biker-Bitch. How about that?

So, fair warning: While I rarely employ such methods these days, if you cross my path in a negative manner – I guarantee if it is called for I will retaliate with a properly applied slur of some sort. What I am saying is: I have used the nefarious N-word about black people with whom I took issue. I have used wetback and other spurious terms to describe Mexicans. I have used a creative variety of racial and sexist slurs. I have used blankity-blank Redneck as well when it was called for. I have used the terms preacher and oh my goodness liberal in a derogatory manner. And here’s a biggy – I have used the term raghead and camel jockey to disparage any middle-eastern person who is what I consider an anti-American terrorist which in my world encompasses anyone who dances on the American flag, insults my country, breaks my country’s laws and has inflicted or intends to inflict harm upon Americans and most importantly American soldiers. Call me an insensitive American Infidel – I will own it. Here’s the kicker (that’s Texan for here’s the point): in my opinion, a racist is essentially a person who demeans all people of a given ethnicity. So use of a disparaging term about a particular individual or even a special interest group is not necessarily disparaging of the race as a whole.

This is why I love the First Amendment; there is no rule of law that prohibits a person from being racist in theory or in speech. There is no right that protects one from being insulted or offended by another. Prejudice and bigotry may not be socially acceptable but they are not illegal. If heinous speech and actions were a crime the members of the infamous Westboro Blaspheming Cult (posing as Westboro Baptist Church) would all be behind bars. If we held accountable those who engage in injurious speech all of our politicians would be up to their necks in self-imposed grief.

Those of us who refuse to live under petty-minded pretense, willingly and consciously refraining from the use of racial slurs or prejudicial language do so as a courtesy to the liberal-minded, hug-the-world, politically-correct individuals out there. Just because they think what I believe or say is not nice does not mean I give a hoot about that and I grow weary of curbing my tongue to pacify their over-rated sensibilities.

In the 1970s there was an American TV sitcom called All in the Family. The lead character in this show brilliantly played by the late Carroll O’Connor was named Archie Bunker. Old Archie was about as politically incorrect, socially unacceptable and bigoted as they come. He was not held up as a shining example of Americanism. I did not identify with him at the time. I did not have enough life experience. In fact, I found him extremely disagreeable most of the time and his illiterate abuse of the English language was amusing but irritating.

But a loud mouth, plain-spoken, unapologetic dissenter in the crowd is what I find refreshing these days. Paranoid political correctness, especially the sort which inhibits speech and the free and open exchange of ideas no matter how disagreeable is a disease. I resent willful destruction of the lives and fortunes of others over a WORD.

Sticks and stones people… the gloves are off. I am tired of being nice. Archie Bunker I am. Loud, proud and unapologetically outspoken.

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Cult of Eroding Values

June 21, 2013

The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles. --Charles de Montesquieu

The government of the United States is decaying under an elitist leadership that does not care about or understand the common American. The ubiquitous powers-that-be preach and lecture and disdain us into compliance with their will. Far worse than any hellfire and damnation preacher are the scare tactics they employ. The difference is a hellfire preacher is out to save souls from ruination not serve up Kool-Aid for the noncompliant.

THEY believe it is their prerogative to tell us how to behave, how and what to think, what to eat, what to believe, what to read, watch and listen to, how tolerant of others we should or should not be. They shake their heads from side-to-side and wag the no-no finger at us like we are a bunch of recalcitrant children. They take our words and redefine them. They take our history and revise it. They encourage children to disregard parents. They challenge our morals and sneer at what they call an archaic system of values. They decry our principles and disregard our ethics. Disagree and they label us racist, sexist, anarchist, homophobic, violent, dangerous, criminal and deluded. This is Cultism 101.

What is wrong with this country is not to be blamed on the government mandated systematic dismantling of every principle upon which this country was founded they say. Uncooperative people, who refuse to get in their prescribed niche, stay there and shut up is what is wrong with this country they say. Some of us are just too American, too Christian, too conservative, too patriotic, too involved, too curious, too discriminating, too independent, too critical, too educated, too demanding, too outraged, too outspoken, too ambitious, too rich, too stubborn and too heavily armed.

We are too smart for our own good. We are too free for our own good. They say.

The slightest perceived offense is decried as persecution these days. It is a rallying theme for every special interest group in existence. It is my opinion people who cry foul at every juncture are more likely stricken with a huge inferiority complex rather than a malady derived from external influences.

However, in the case of the American people vs. the American government I believe persecution is a good call.

Our form of government is supposed to be representative of the people – of, by and for the people – in which case, government should reflect the morals, values, principles and ethics of the people. Right?

Most of us do not tolerate spying, stalking, deceit, disrespect, abuse, theft, extortion, censorship or other aberrant behavior in our formerly (thanks to the powers that be) private lives. This is called a value system. Most of us inherited our values and painstakingly pass them on to our children.

So why is blatant malfeasance tolerated from representatives of government? I might add, to our own detriment!

Arrogance, extravagance and elitism run rampant throughout all levels of government from the lowliest city official to the highest official in the land. We do not have a functioning government laboring over the concerns of the people. We have a let-them-eat-cake aristocracy flitting around trying to outdo, out-dress, out-snob the rest of the world’s snobs.

Is this culture of snobbery representative of the American majority?

Recent case in point: The first lady and her children are allegedly staying in a $3300/night hotel while vacationing in Ireland/Germany. What! Some argue the expense is ok because it is the first lady after all, and she’s keeping up appearances and all that. Europe is so expensive. What a bunch of malarkey! Even if a foreign country is picking up part of the tab -- is it possible to overlook the fact that the first lady does not travel coach or without a rather large entourage, who are no doubt necessarily housed nearby, probably right next door? The White House is closed to America’s school children and tourists, yet the president’s children are touring Ireland/Germany in grand style.

Unapologetic extravagance at the expense of others is not representative of main stream America. Is it?

THEY constantly expound upon the rich, calling American capitalists evil and greedy. Wall Street moguls rob investors of hard-earned money. Corporate America wines and dines on the profits of the many. They glower and fume and shout - the rich are corrupt, preying mercilessly upon the common, hard-working American. They demand the affluent be held accountable for flagrant abuse of power.

I agree. Accountability is always the appropriate corrective action required by good ol’ American values. Consider this. Is there an argument that negates the fact that the biggest investor group in this country is the American Taxpayer who will not likely ever realize a return on their dollar? Hypocritically-speaking, are not fat-cat bureaucrats wining and dining on the profits of the many, and preying mercilessly on hard-working American taxpayers?

What is worrisome is a vast number of American citizens seem unaware of the assault on tried and true Americanism even though we were promised fundamental change by the current cultist-in-chief. Even more worrisome is the idea that perhaps, a vast number of citizens are taking the easy road and simply realigning or rather maligning their values to accommodate our elitist cult-minded leadership.

Value erosion, demoralization and brainwashing of the masses are fundamental techniques employed by leadership in most forms of cultism which is in practice a base form of tyranny. How sad will be the awakening when the indoctrinated finally realize (if the ever do) our leaders are not royalty, they did not accede to seats of power by Divine Right and lo-and-behold - the mother ship is not coming.

This country is in deep peril… without due reverence for the founding principles of truth, justice, equality, humility, forthrightness, frugality, propriety and without due prudence, the American way of life will become just another piece of revisionist history in the hands of those who would rule by might rather than govern by law.

Fair Warning: I hold out scant hope for a mass awakening and reckoning before The Cult of Eroding Values breaks out the refreshments and serves up a lethal dose of Blastin’ Berry Cherry.

Sad will be the day when the American people forget their traditions and their history, and no longer remember that the country they love, the institutions they cherish, and the freedom they hope to preserve, were born from the throes of armed resistance to tyranny and nursed in the rugged arms of fearless men. -- Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent

Source: Washington Times First Lady - Ritzy Digs

Friday, June 14, 2013

Vickie's Corner - 06/14/2013 DAD Appreciation

June 14, 2013

Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Dad Appreciation
By Charley Barnes

Father’s Day is this Sunday so don’t forget your Dad. Those of you who are lucky enough to still have your Dad with you, let him know and if your Dad is gone now, you can still pay respect to him on his day. (Photo included of my Dad’s grave and what I did on Father’s day 3 years ago.)


As we go about preparations to celebrate the Dads in our lives, let us remember that:

• Some Dads will not celebrate with sons and daughters this year.
• Some sons and daughters will not celebrate with Dads this year.

For a myriad of reasons some Dads will go it alone on Sunday not necessarily by choice as will some sons and daughters.

I am a military brat.

Always on my mind on greeting card holidays are veterans and active duty military personnel. Consider active duty military Dads serving abroad who will not be with their children on Dad’s Day. Consider active duty military sons and daughters serving abroad who will not be with their Dads on Dad’s Day.

My heart goes out to the sons and daughters and Dads of Veterans who are no longer with us. My heart especially goes out to Gold Star Dads, missing a beloved son or daughter. No man signs on to be a Gold Star Dad. No child understands the distinction of membership in a Gold Star family.

For every moment of peace we enjoy, for every day of grace and greatness we owe a person in the service of our country our heartfelt thanks and none are more deserving of that consideration than those who struggle to get through this day without the significant presence of the other half of the Dad’s Day equation.

I number among the fortunate because my Dad is still living large in my life. And for that, I am enormously appreciative not only of Dad himself but grateful to those who have paid the price so the majority of us can celebrate with our Dads any darn good way we please in the USA.

That’s it for today… Happy Dad’s Day to Dads everywhere!


Source: K99/Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – DAD Appreciation

Charley Barnes is a friend and fellow rabble-rousing patriot. He is a DJ at K99 Colorado's Best Country Station. He personally contributes and organizes several charity and fund-raising events in northern Colorado including the Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run. We met in 2011 when he and a couple of buddies rode their motorcycles across Kansas to Topeka (the home of the Westboro Baptist Blasphemer Church Cult) and gave the WBC a dose of their own medicine. That's how Journey 4 Justice began. J4J teams from across the nation travel to Topeka KS (most of them on motorcycles) and deliver a counter protest to the WBC's hateful message. The difference is: they do it with class. No nasty signs or subversive messages are needed - they simply show up and wave the flags of country, state and armed services. A few weeks ago Charley offered me an opportunity to sound off occasionally on current events in a spot called Vickie's Corner in his little neck of the woods at K99. Is that kool or what?

The Proper Beginning of Flag Day

June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Common Sense

June 13, 2013

What is objectionable is a system in which government has unlimited and privileged access to the details of our private affairs, and citizens are simply supposed to trust that there won't be any abuse of power. This is an absurd expectation. Americans should trust the National Security Agency as much as they do the IRS and Justice Department. -- Rand Paul

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Paul says Go Republitarian

June 7, 2013

Retrieving California is the key to the future

The GOP can’t be a national party without it

By: Senator Rand Paul

Last week, I spent some time traveling through a state that in recent years has become too much of a foreign territory for Republicans: California.

The last Republican presidential nominee to win California was George H.W. Bush in 1988, and statewide gubernatorial and Senate candidates haven’t done as well.

I think Republicans will not be a successful national party again until we can compete everywhere, every time, for every vote — coast to coast.

I began my trip to California by speaking to technology companies and executives in Silicon Valley. I met with Facebook, eBay, Google and smaller companies. What I heard was very encouraging. They are concerned with our fiscal mess and job-killing tax policies. They are worried their industry will soon be overregulated as most others are, and they think their customers’ right to privacy is in danger from an overreaching federal security state.

I was impressed to learn that both Facebook and Google are going a step above the letter of the law in protecting their customers. The trend in law enforcement in recent years has been to seek information from third parties and circumvent the Fourth Amendment rights of the consumers. I think that is wrong. I think your credit card bills, emails and other information that you share only with your provider should remain private and that your rights remain protected. I was pleased to learn that some of these tech companies quietly agree, and they now refuse to turn over email content without a warrant.

This is a big step by some of the tech industry’s biggest players, and I encourage others to follow suit in this important protection of constitutional rights.

Later in the week, I traveled down to Simi Valley to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where I gave a speech on the future of our party and our country. Central themes of the speech included some of the lessons that I learned and shared in Silicon Valley about respecting privacy and the entire Constitution. In addition, I discussed my continued observation that we need to be a party of inclusion — a party that looks more like America.

Being inclusive and tolerant does not mean giving up conservative principles, particularly on the fiscal front. But it does mean sounding the right tone and finding common ground. It also means becoming a party that incorporates more of the ideas of a libertarian-leaning conservatism.

What do I mean by that? National defense is the primary job of the federal government. We should do it and do it well. We should defend America and spend what we need to do so. But, we also should consider carefully our involvement in regions that do not affect our security. We should re-examine or apply cost-benefit analyses to aspects of our foreign policy that don’t make sense. We should also restore constitutional order to our foreign policy. We need more bridges built here in America and fewer built in Pakistan. It makes no sense to borrow money from China to send to Pakistan.

This brand of conservatism would also recognize the importance of local control and federalism. From education to drug policies, from health care to marriage, many issues now pushed to the federal level should be returned to the states, where they belong.

This brand of conservatism would include populist elements like opposing bailouts that move money from Main Street to Wall Street and would be deeply skeptical of the role of the Federal Reserve. The practice of big government colluding with big business to enact unnecessary regulations — the cost of which make many small businesses unable to compete — should not be tolerated by anyone who truly believes in free markets.

Republicans reaching out to new audiences doesn’t mean being less conservative, but applying libertarian and constitutional principles where they are sorely needed on multiple issues.

I learned a lot in California last week and will no doubt learn more in the coming months in my continuing efforts to broaden and sharpen Republicans’ message, everywhere across America and in every state — red, blue and Golden.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees.
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/7/retrieving-california-is-the-key-to-the-future/#ixzz2VdiC7Bjv

Friday, June 7, 2013

Vickie's Corner 06/07/2013 - Impeachable crime masquerading as scandal

June 7, 2013

Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Impeachable Crimes Masquerading As Scandals By Charley Barnes

Along comes another edition of “Vickie’s Corner” and this week she seems upset. I admire her honesty and fact driven blog...

Obama-Biden

Politicians lie. Rhetorical lie-fests are how this administration in particular controls the message. Deception is the base nature of the political beast. Innuendo is the game politicians play. Politicians employ various agent provocateurs (aka liars) to muddy the waters and rile dissidents and when that mission is accomplished, promote the best and most loyal liars to seats of power. When one topic gets too hot, politicians simply create a new distraction. More often than not, this tactic is successful in the USA because main-stream America has the attention span of a two year old. Happily complicit in delivering the hype is a goon-squad of scandal hungry propagandists – oops - I mean journalists.

Benghazi Have you noticed? The word scandal dominates recent headlines. According to old school journalists, we are in the midst of multiple Obama mini-scandals that hardly qualify as such if compared to past presidential scandals. Benghazi cannot possibly compare to Watergate, Iran-Contra or Abu Ghraib snorts Tom Brokaw. Is it possible Brokaw simply does not recall all those scandals resulted in serious consequences for the people involved? Nixon resigned because of Watergate. Several Reagan administration careers went up in flames as a result of Iran-Contra. Soldiers paid the price for Abu Ghraib. Exactly what penalty has any Obama-liar paid in recent scandals other than perhaps a little job-geography? Liar Susan Rice’s recent appointment to the NSA is hardly a demotion and Samantha (Israel Beware!) Power (aka Mrs. Cass “Spooky” Sunstein) has got to be the world’s worst choice for an ambassador.

What is scandal really but a warm fuzzy, if a bit naughty version of a Clintonesque getting-caught-with-your-pants-down lie? Scandal, in today’s terminology means something mildly akin to the drama-driven hanky-panky created on reality show TV.

In the real world scandal is disgraceful and socially unacceptable behavior. Scandal, in the case of the Clinton/Lewinsky episode had little to do with politics and more to do with inappropriately frisky and all-too-human sexual self-indulgence. Clinton’s scandal was a disgrace upon the oval office and a blotch on the face of the nation’s leadership. Scandal, in case after case related to the Obama administration has more to do with a perversion of politics, obstruction of justice, outright defiance of the law, and a complete and utter disregard for the truth – no sex-on-the-desk required – yet. Obama’s scandals and those related to Obama’s administration are blatant abuses of power and colossal negligence which have resulted in multiple deaths and continue to endanger the rights, liberties, security and well-being of countless Americans.

The wimpy word scandal, which held up fairly well under the weight of Lewinsky’s blue dress cannot possibly hold up under the weight of the Obama administration’s numerous infractions. The word that should be bandied about in reference to current White House debacles like Benghazi, IRS, AP, DOJ, and NSA (just to name a few) is not scandalous – the word is traitorous and in some instances treasonous. The all-encompassing word is CRIME.

We should demand the truth. We should reject the message of the rhetoric. We should require accountability. We should scorn deniability. We may be stuck with a contemptuous liar-in-chief but the man should have the gumption to own it. What is wrong with this scenario is instead of this administration finding productive solutions for real problems like jobs, the economy, education, the deficit, the security of our borders and the preservation of our founding principles – lawmakers and the people are battling the intentionally disruptive and obstructive influence of government intervention in every aspect of their lives.

Arrogant ObamaAnother word seeing a lot of usage since Obama took office is: impeach. Several incidents, happening under Obama’s watch are arguably impeachable offenses. Even though we have done so in the past for far less serious offenses, a call for Obama’s impeachment is absurdly naïve. A call for Obama’s resignation is more appropriate. Neither is likely to happen. Obama’s ego alone will never allow him to admit culpability in any offense no matter the risk to the country’s welfare. Plus, there are idolizers aplenty willing to take a fall for him. What the country is experiencing because of one huge distraction after another is a complete and rather frustrating government meltdown. In other words, the government is not functioning properly and likely never will again. Caliginous chaos reigns. Stalemate is the status quo until the power shifts one way or the other in 2014 and 2016. Nothing will relieve agenda-driven gridlock so stand by for more push and shove headlines and more government-initiated crimes masquerading as scandals.

Short of catastrophic happenstance there is no cure for a government this far out of control. Many journalists, bloggers and pundits expound upon the inept, naïve and dysfunctional aspects of Obama and this administration. Some claim in terms I would rather avoid that Obama’s disastrous presidency is due to a lack of intelligence and experience. This is a dangerously dismissive underestimation of a notorious power-mongering-control-freak. The problem with Obama can be more correctly attributed to a maligned deficit of intellect and power-perverted reason.

We have a president and most of his administrative chiefs guilty by association or by direct means of numerous crimes including perpetrating one giant fraud after another upon the American people. There is more than one case to be made for severe censure if not impeachment. I do not see the former as an effective corrective measure or the latter as a viable solution for what most fail to recognize as unacceptable.

Thumbs up BidenWhy not impeachment you ask?

Short Answer: Consider the unintended consequence of Obama’s impeachment – BIDEN at the helm. I guess that answers the “why him” question – huh?

Obama is smarter and far more devious than anyone cares to believe... unchecked and systematic deception-powered destruction by design is the real scandal.

‘Nuff said.

Source: K99/Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Impeachable Crimes Masquerading As Scandals

Charley Barnes is a friend and fellow rabble-rousing patriot. He is a DJ at K99 Colorado's Best Country Station. He personally contributes and organizes several charity and fund-raising events in northern Colorado including the Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run. We met in 2011 when he and a couple of buddies rode their motorcycles across Kansas to Topeka (the home of the Westboro Baptist Blasphemer Church Cult) and gave the WBC a dose of their own medicine. That's how Journey 4 Justice began. J4J teams from across the nation travel to Topeka KS (most of them on motorcycles) and deliver a counter protest to the WBC's hateful message. The difference is: they do it with class. No nasty signs or subversive messages are needed - they simply show up and wave the flags of country, state and armed services. A few weeks ago Charley offered me an opportunity to sound off occasionally on current events in a spot called Vickie's Corner in his little neck of the woods at K99. Is that kool or what?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sixty-Nine Years Ago Today

June 6, 2013


June 6, 1944 - The brave answered the call to preserve freedom for posterity - I dip my head in remembrance and respect and everlasting gratitude.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Guns are welcome

June 4, 2013

Guns are welcome on premises
A great way to say - we are gun friendly! Feel free to steal, print, post and share.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Vickie's Corner 05/25/2013 Gather around their sacred remains

May 25, 2013
Colorado USA

In the news are reports that claim Memorial Day celebrations will suffer because of Sequestration cuts, citing denial of requests for flyovers and military color guards that allegedly operate with government funding. There is no mention that government operates courtesy of tax payer funding but who are we the people to quibble over such trivialities?

Memorial Day is not about government so the solution is to turn a deaf ear to government entities who seek to pervert the purpose of the day with shameless self-promotion. Anyone who understands the significance of Memorial Day knows to limit support of patriotic celebrations is an ineloquent statement of complete and utter disrespect by the powers that be for anything that buoys the spirit of the American people.

Honoring our legacy of freedom by respecting the service and sacrifice of military veterans does not require government dollars. Sure, we will be thankful for troops, guardsmen, military bands, color guards and flyovers if we can get them but politicians do not own this day by rule or writ or rhetoric. Grieving hearts and respectful sentiment own this day. People of all ages and from all walks of life will gather across the land in common purpose and reverence – all without the bidding and benevolence of government.

Trust this. Flags will wave. Bands will play. Bells will toll. The Star Spangled Banner will ring out across the land. Heads will dip in remembrance and respect as the names of the fallen are called.

The Traveling Vietnam Veterans Wall arrived in Fort Collins earlier this week escorted by local law enforcement, motorcycle clubs and independent bikers, many of them veterans, all of them patriotic to the core. The procession was greeted with flags and applause and cheers. I spoke with a young man as we watched the escort roll by and sadly noted in my mind as I explained the significance of it that he had no idea what it was all about.

The Wall arriving in Fort Collins with Escort

The Wall did not get here by bureaucratic edict. Rather it is here compliments of local businesses and individuals who donated time and hard-earned money as well as labor and materials to make it happen. They are the best among us and deserve our patronage.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude, -- the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
-- General John A. Logan in his General Order No. 11 of May 5th, 1868, Decoration Day

As freeborn children we should spend this day in celebration and do so out of respect for the sacrifices made by generations of soldiers who have paid and continue to pay the ultimate price on our behalf. We should celebrate with a proud eye on the flag and lend an attentive ear to the families and friends of those who have fallen in the service of our country. We should stand in silent support beside a friend who once again grapples with the fact that they made it home alive while others did not. Lest we forget, we should pay our respects to veterans past and present in our own families.

We cannot let ourselves be blind or deaf to the sacrifice of increasingly unsung valor. We cannot become so immured to the reality and violence of war that we fail to respect the soldier's reality - those brave souls who defend and protect and serve. We cannot harden our sensibilities so that we do not see the pain of sacrifice in a mother’s eye or the bewilderment in the expressions of widows and orphans. Let our hearts not be so jaded that we cannot feel the loss of a single one of our brave.

Let us celebrate being American. Let us raise our flags high... let us raise our hands in salute... let us raise our voices in patriotic tribute... let us raise our heads in pride of country. Let us teach our children an appreciation for the veteran elders among us and guide them on the path that preserves freedom and liberty, justice and independence for all time. Let us do these things in celebration of diversified unity. United We Stand is not merely an old catch phrase - it is a call to duty. It is our duty, one we should impart with diligence to younger generations. It is a duty we should demand of anyone standing on our free and bloodied soil.

As we celebrate Memorial Day like we do so many holidays in the good ol' USA -- with picnics and beer, car races and concerts, flags and fireworks, motorcycle rides and mountain drives, let us pause in the revelry with grateful hearts and rejoice that we live in the land of the free. Let us renew our allegiance to the ideal that is the United States of America.

Finally - let us look our living veterans in the eye, acknowledge their service – tip a hat, shake a hand, hug a neck and keep in mind what Samuel Adams once said, If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin. Every day we wake in a free and civilized country is a reason to be grateful for those who have done the hard work and we can take comfort in the fact that they would all do it again.

Every day should be Memorial Day in the USA.

Source: K99/Charley Presents Friday’s Edition Of ‘Vickie’s Corner’ – Gather around their sacred remains

Charley Barnes is a friend and fellow rabble-rousing patriot. He is a DJ at K99 Colorado's Best Country Station. He personally contributes and organizes several charity and fund-raising events in northern Colorado including the Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run. We met in 2011 when he and a couple of buddies rode their motorcycles across Kansas to Topeka (the home of the Westboro Baptist Blasphemer Church Cult) and gave the WBC a dose of their own medicine. That's how Journey 4 Justice began. J4J teams from across the nation travel to Topeka KS (most of them on motorcycles) and deliver a counter protest to the WBC's hateful message. The difference is: they do it with class. No nasty signs or subversive messages are needed - they simply show up and wave the flags of country, state and armed services. A few weeks ago Charley offered me an opportunity to sound off occasionally on current events in a spot called Vickie's Corner in his little neck of the woods at K99. Is that kool or what?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mendacity USA - Hardly the Greatest Show on Earth

May 17, 2013

There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity… said Big Daddy in the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Mendacity is the back entry password to the sideshow of the week in the USA. Pants in flames, clowns in DC are up to their usual funny-business but they are playing to an increasingly humorless crowd. The White House is running the show like a big top circus where the spotlight favors the quickest draw in the shoot-from-the-hip blame game. What you get when you put the stink of mendacity and arbitrary blame together is a sucker punch to the people called Men-blam-city! Emphasis on blam!

Honest Leadership - Open GovernmentWell, shoot me from a canon folks if you still believe in honest leadership and open government. The sliver of light emanating from underneath closed doors in DC is the last glimmer of transparency we will see for the end run of the Obama dawg-n-donkey show. We get it compliments of email messages and blabber-mouths. One would think by now bureaucratic snake oil salesmen would have learned the value of delete keys and paper shredders, not to mention government-issue duct tape. Not to worry though, the masters of deception have refined document dissemination into an altered art form.

Politicians lie. Nobody is surprised or even annoyed by that. Sadly, most Americans expect dishonesty from the government.

Take the Benghazi tragedy: even hard-nosed pundits are finding it hard to keep up with who told what lie and when. No doubt about it - lies were the order of the day. Particularly despicable in this instance are lies coupled with blame making the American people culpable for the tragedy. Say what! Let us recall assorted heads of state blaming the Benghazi tragedy on an obscure anti-Islam video. That is how it played in the first hours. Americans engaged in the viewing of mind-numbing social media angered Islamic militants (apparently engaged in the same activity); to the degree that said militants felt compelled to log off and stage an attack on the US Consulate. Main stream media completely missed the absurdity of the spin. Instead, talking heads were quick to relate almost verbatim the typical White House rationale: if the video was the cause then video-watchers were to blame. Perhaps the message was too subliminal for the press.

The current administration is adept at subliminal messaging, making Americans unwitting accomplices in a plethora of vagaries. Think not? Please point out non-Americans in the following Obama blamed-and-maligned collection: Bush, Beck, Limbaugh, Fox News, the shameless rich, republicans, conservatives, Tea Party Patriots, Christians, right-to-lifers, law-abiding gun owners, Veterans, YouTubers, Facebookers, Tweeters, the CIA!!!, and most recently, creepy civil servants occupying the bowels of the IRS.

I did not do it. It is not my fault. I had no idea. That is what passes for accountability at the White House. Instead of anger and disgust most Americans treat bureaucratic mendacity with a liberal (pun intended) dose of indifference.

Consider the mendacious whopper of the hour. Recently, Axelrod the Inarticulate said [paraphrasing] – the president is not guilty of anything, it is impossible for the president to know everything about the vast amount of stuff for which a president is directly responsible. What?

Red flag warning! First, do we need to hear that the man allegedly at the helm of the country is clueless about stuff as important as terrorist threats or ignorant of blatant government entity (IRS/DOJ) abuses of power? Second, do we really buy the Sergeant Schultz-like I know nothing routine?

Here is an inconvenient truth: The president is a notorious control freak. The strategy is always to control the message, uniquely evidenced by the ubiquitous presence of a teleprompter. Please note: POTUS requires TOTUS just to speak to elementary school children. Control freaks make it their business to know everybody’s business. It is simply the nature of the beast. Clueless? I think not.

Unchecked mendacity is the stench wafting across the land. Big Daddy said, You can smell it. It smells like death. For any leader to call the investigation into the violent deaths of Americans a political sideshow is to reveal blatant contempt for the lives of all Americans. Benghazi is a defining moment of humiliation for this administration although they are still in denial about it. What should be the Greatest Show on Earth is a tawdry three ring circus playing out on the world-wide stage. I can hear the global audience clamoring send in more clowns! The shameful truth of the matter is; America has clowns aplenty waiting for a chance to shine in the big ring.

Hillary, the ever caustic and hyper-insensitive hypocrite wonders; what difference does it make?

Short answer: The difference, as far as We the People are concerned is the amount of trust we can place in the leadership of this country. TRUST is the difference. Blood on their hands is the wake-up call America! Mendacity is a disease, highly contagious and extremely destructive. It calls for immediate quarantine. The Mendacity Epidemic of DC 2013 should be contained and eradicated by whatever means necessary as soon as possible.

In the meantime, heed the words of Tennessee Williams, a sad commentary on the status quo:

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insidious form of consent

Source:
The Hill, Axelrod quote: “Part of being president is there’s so much underneath you because the government is so vast,” he added. “You go through these [controversies] all because of this stuff that is impossible to know if you’re the president or working in the White House, and yet you’re responsible for it and it’s a difficult situation.”
Washington Examiner, Why did Hillary tie video to Benghazi
Fox News Insider, Benghazi Sideshow