Memorial Day

Carol from No Sheeples Here has a great post promoting Troopathon IV, a program where you can help our soldiers by sending them care packages to let them know you appreciate their sacrifice. Why don’t you head over to her place and read all about it. Then, get involved. We all know it’s the little things that matter.

On this Memorial Day, show some love by sending some personal comforts.

A snippet from Bob’s latest post, an essay written by his cousin-in-law for Memorial Day. A solemn reminder that every day is Memorial Day for some, and should be for us all.

I don’t speak for me, but for those Vietnam veterans who can’t or won’t place their thoughts in full view. I thought these few words would at least give the reader a sense of who we vets are, not to feel sorry for us, but to understand that what we did meant something, that it was worth doing, and that we have few or no regrets. And that most importantly, we don’t feel the country owes us anything. Instead, and in concert with our forefathers, we still owe our country our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Lincoln said it best at Gettysburg when he was delivering his most famous words over the fresh grave of one of my ancestors, David Hemphill: “…the brave men living and dead who struggled here have consecrated [this ground] far above our poor power to add or detract.”

Thanks for sharing Bob, and please, shake your cousin’s hand and thank him for me.

Please do read the Tribute To Veterans.

I like this song from Toby Keith. It fits the day.

I’m swiping another quote from Bride of Rove. (BTW Thanks for the blogroll add BoR. You are too kind.)

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
– General George S. Patton, Jr

Can’t argue with Patton.

Have a safe Memorial Day.

About this brouhaha over the President’s decision to forgo the Arlington Cemetery appearance to spend Memorial Day in Chicago. I was trying to get upset about it. I really was. Then it hit me, who cares? If he were an ordinary citizen, he probably wouldn’t attend any services at all. Judging from his actions so far, I conclude this man hates America and everything the founders intended when the country was established. So, who cares if Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t show at Arlington? No-one should. Not me. Not the soldiers serving overseas. Not the fallen soldiers we are honoring on the occasion.

What will be missed, unfortunately, is a President of the United States of America. One who understands that the office of President is not about one man, not an apologist-in-chief or a narcissist who takes the “all about me” approach to life. What will be missed is a solemn appreciation as to why that precious blood was spilled in the first place. That liberty, freedom, and our rights as people are not granted by the government, but by God and that any President swears an oath to protect those rights as enumerated in the Constitution.

No, this President doesn’t understand what his role should be, if his does, he’s sure doing the absolute opposite. Almost every action he has taken has served to divide, not unify, as he promised. All of his dealings thus far have been obscure and opaque, not transparent. All of his speeches have been misdirection and double-talk, deflection and projection, never taking blame when due and taking credit where none is deserved.

So, I’m not going to lose any sleep over his decision to attend the ceremony and speak at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery instead of Arlington. But I am watching and listening with eyes and ears wide open. Memorial Day did, after all, begin as Decoration Day after the Civil War and if he is true to form, he will use his remarks to pour more salt into the wound of America’s original sin of slavery. Never mind the fact that America is the only country in the world to ever abolish it. He could do a world of good by attending at the Lincoln cemetery, if he uses his remarks to help heal the wounds that slavery caused, but he won’t.

I predict he will do as he has done in the past, to see the world, our country and our sovereign rights as Americans as one more piece of clay in need of molding into his twisted socialist/communist ideal, not protecting the Constitution and the rights therein like the fragile piece of glass this country and those freedoms truly are. We shall see.

So, on this day, forget we have a President who hates his country, for even though  he hates it, we love it all the more in spite of him. We must voice our opposition to his agenda louder than ever before to honor those we remember this weekend. Hoist our flag and fly it proudly. Pray for the lost, pray for and say thank you to our veterans, and most importantly, pray for our troops in harms way. That is the true purpose of Memorial Day.

God bless America and the soldiers who protect her.

Red poppy flower, side view

Image by Martin LaBar via Flickr

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

~Moina Michael

UPDATE: Linked at The Daley Gator. Thanks Doug!

Happy Friday to you all. I hope this weekend turns out to be a joyous time with friends and family gathered around a smoking bar-b-que or some such festive event filled with smiling faces and not too much drama. Just don’t forget why we have the freedoms to celebrate this weekend. In doing so we honor our fallen servants to freedom and the protectors of our sovereignty and  liberty. Don’t forget to thank a soldier or a veteran.

The past couple of weeks saw a couple of blog anniversaries…

Obi’s Sister turned four. Is it polite to tell the age of a ladies blog?

Chris at Wyblog celebrated his third year blogging. Congratulations my friends.

I know there were others but I can’t remember who. If your brain cells are in better shape than my frazzled gray matter, please, hook a brother up.

Red has an update on the support of Spc. Joshua Tomlinson’s family at Corndog.

No Sheeples Here has begun a five part tribute to fallen soldiers. Bring a handkerchief.

Conservative Hideout did an expose’ on the DISCLOSE act that should scare the blog out of you.

Bob of the Belvedere at The Camp of the Saints had a very nice piece on the Marines.

A Conservative Shemale passed a milestone. Wait. That sounds painful. Hope you’re feeling better.

Chris Muir at Day by Day has a unique suggestion on stopping the leaking gulf oil well.

Doug Ross breaks down illegal immigration by the numbers

Villainous Company is a bit perplexed at Obummer’s choice of argumentation. Perhaps that is why he chose to forgo the Memorial Day observation.

The Troglopundit makes an interesting point concerning some hot Asian protesters.

The Other McCain has decided that there is a Rule 6! Who knew? And here I am still trying to get a handle on Rule 2 and Rule 5.

Pamella Geller of Atlas Shrugs is righteously fuming that the protest against the Mosque at ground zero had it’s permit canceled.

The Daley Gator posted a frog video, as did the entire blogosphere but me. Hey, I was busy.

The Classic Liberal has some thoughts on how we fund those beloved social programs.

Russ, over at That’s Right has a great picture of Marco Rubio and Congressional candidate Anna Little (with a prediction?) Go get ’em Jersey girl!

Teresamerica has a piece on Sarah Palin’s stalker, who’s email address is given out by Mark Levin!

Ruby Slippers wonders about the Sestak allegations.

Amusing Bunni has some rather good videos for you.

Pundit and Pundette have more on the sleestak issue.

Reaganite Republican points to the impotence from the regime regarding Iran.

MAinfo wonders why Obummer and Calderone are all wee-wee’d up.

Jamie Jeffords has the hots for a Physicist and Mechanical Engineer. Is that possible? Oh yes.

Washington Rebel celebrates Day o’ the Duke…

And lastly, American Power wrote the piece I wanted to on the oil leak in the gulf, asking the pertinent question, “Why are we drilling in 5000 feet of water in the first place?!” The answer is obvious to all but the ignorant.

LATE ADDITIONS: Oversights on the part of yours truly were unintentional I assure you.

Liberal Guy brings the lol funny – Nude Beach Yoga.

Motor City Times notes that Obummer has decided to stop ALL drilling, wonders “How exactly is this going to help?”

And someone let the Left Coast Rebel in the back door of Proof Positive to post one of Carol’s videos. ~ How’s that for Triple Points Play?

A Nation of Cowards has a video of the flood damage in Tennessee you didn’t see. It’s featured top, right on the page.

Gots ta go. Be back later. I promise.

Right up front, I must apologize. Using the term Baptist in the same sentence, or even the same article with a “man” like Fred Phelps is to disrespect Baptists everywhere. I was raised Baptist and the vile hatred these people spew is beyond contempt.

As an example, let me point you to the latest atrocious demonstration they are planning in Louisiana this Saturday at the funeral of a fallen American soldier. The motorcade and funeral of a hero and defender of freedom will be picketed as he is lain to rest by the very clueless people he died defending.

That’s some fine gratitude there Fred. I hope you choke on it.

I first heard of this from a certain corndog loving blogger and soon found that others such as Pat at So it Goes in Shreveport, and Bob at The Camp of the Saints had joined the cacophonous outrage that surrounds the stupidity.

But wait, there’s more! According to the appropriately named Lipton T. Bagg, at the newly bloggrolled website Viewed From The Right:

Beside protesting at the funerals of SPC Joshua Tomlinson in Minden, LA. (PGR is on this one, I understand) and Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles, Westboro will also be doing multiple protests at Arlington National Cemetery, Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery in KS., Boston and Lexington, MA. and in Portland, OR.

This is a travesty beyond comprehension.  To think they were educated within our own borders speaks volumes to the underlying problem these maroons represent. How can these people be Americans? They surely haven’t been properly educated as to what has made our country great. At least what it was before the progressives gained a foothold in government.

I understand moral and political outrage. Most times I think there should be more of it, and I don’t disagree with their right to protest, I just wish they would find another, more appropriate way to vent their anger. This soldier was the instrument of policy, not the maker of it. Take your protest to Washington, not the funerals of brave defenders of the very freedoms you enjoy. For that, you are awarded the title “douche-bag”.

Knowing the members of this hate-cult will never take the advice offered here, to the people who would stand by our soldiers, I will pass on a suggestion or two from the comments at Pat’s blog:

Janet said… At one of the other funerals where the WBC picketed, some students counter protested by holding up white sheets to shield the family from the picketers. What an awesome, peaceful way to take the wind out of their sails. It would be amazing to see that become a trend…

Also, stolen from Pat’s comment section, is this excellent counter measure from First Baptist Minden:

First Baptist Minden said… In response to the Westboro protest group, First Baptist Church Minden is providing a way for you to positively and to peacefully express your support. So for every minute that the protestors are on site, we are asking you to pledge a per minute monetary amount. ALL the proceeds will be given directly to the widow of a TRUE HERO, SPC. JOSHUA TOMLINSON. So the longer they choose to stay and protest, the more it will benefit SPC. JOSHUA TOMLINSON’S family.

If you would like to help, you can print and fill out this card and bring it by the church office, email it to fbcminden@firstminden.org or mail it to the church office at:

FBC Minden
ATTN: TOMLINSON FUND
301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Minden, LA 71055

Or you can call the Church Office at: 318-377-4434

http://www.facebook.com/thomasworsham#!/photo.php?pid=178886&id=299800060

I tried the FB page link. It appears to be down. The First Baptist Minden link should be working however.

Read more on this at My Bossier and an invitation  here, and at Andy’s Place, both also added to the blogroll.

God Bless America and the men and women who defend her.

UPDATE: Looks like the Westboro folks were a no-show. Good. Lipton T. Bagg has video of the patriots who lined the streets to honor this man and his service. Warms my heart to see Americans standing on principle.

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