Military Appreciation

We had another nail biter this week with our TBF poll, and Ilario Pantano finished in first place. About fifteen minutes before the poll closed, Pantano and and Sean Bielat were tied! Coincidentally, both of the top two TBF candidates were endorsed by Michelle Malkin this week, as was Renee Ellmers (last week’s TBF winner).
Why should we care about races from North Carolina to Massachusetts to Oregon? Because every Congressman in every corner of the country has an impact on your life. So please support strong conservative candidates wherever they’re from. Don’t forget the fact that the National GOP establishment is primarily interested in perpetuating the National GOP establishment. And deep-pocketed industrial entities like Big Pharma and Walmart are often more invested in statism and crony capitalism than liberty and free-enterprise.
Economic and personal freedom will be available in the future only if we are prepared to make the necessary financial investments in leaders who will stand for our Constitutional rights and freedoms. If good candidates can’t get the money they need to run their campaigns from us (the grassroots), they’ll be forced to rely on special interest groups for their support. And then we’ll only have ourselves to blame for a country increasingly overrun by corruptocrats.
The bottom line is this. We can’t save our country with clicks and tweets. We have to give up our money. This week, please send some cash to our TBF winner, Ilario Pantano (or to some other conservative who understands the value of freedom).
Want to know why Ilario Pantano deserves your support? Michelle Malkin provides a good thumbnail sketch:

Longtime readers of this blog and Hot Air know the extraordinary story of Ilario Pantano’s heroism. He’s the Marine sniper-turned-Wall Street trader who rejoined the military after 9/11, faced the death penalty for killing two Iraqi insurgents in the heat of battle in a terrorist-infested town near Baghdad, fought fiercely and successfully to clear his name, wrote the book Warlord chronicling his experiences, and defended other defenders who volunteer to put themselves in harm’s way for their countrymen.

Pantano is continuing his journey of public service in the political square. He’s running against Democrat incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in North Carolina’s 7th district. UNC Wilmington prof andTownhall columnist Mike Adams has a nice profile of Pantano here.

Pantano’s website is here: He’s on a mission to protect the homeland, preserve conservative values, and increase fiscal accountability. Please lend your support to a warrior who put his life on the line for America.

*Here’s Ilario Pantano’s donation page.

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Carol has it at No Sheeples Here.

Livestreaming The Restoring Honor Rally

The streaming started at 10:00 e.s.t. and runs 3 hrs.

UPDATE: Carol’s got a few thoughts on the rally and a link to the replay.

From The Northern Echo UK:

On line fight for British ex para’s release escalates as he is sent back to Afghan prison cell after failed court hearing

THOUSANDS of members of an on line support group are intensifying their fight to have a Teesside serviceman released from an Afghan jail after he was refused his freedom by the Afghan authorities at a court hearing. Anthony Malone 37, an ex paratrooper from Billingham is being held in Pul-i-Charkhi prison in Afghanistan for allegedly owing thousands of dollars.

These barbarians want nothing more than ransom money. Let’s let this soldier and his family know that we are aware of and support Anthony Malone’s cause.

To his credit, Malone is steadily demanding that no money be paid for his release.

“Anthony is a man of principle and insists on his innocence. He wants to leave Pul-i-Charkhi as a freeman with his name cleared.”

Read the rest of the article.

Sign the petition and join the Facebook page!

Our president may not be much in the way of treating our British allies with the dignity and respect they deserve, but we can at least show that the American people won’t abandon them.

HT Flying War Pigs

A day to remember

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Master Sgt. Timothy Deramus clinches the U.S. flag during a Veterans Day ceremony at Camp Sather here Nov. 11. Sergeant Deramus is an information manager deployed from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the camp’s honor guard detail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael O’Connor)


Image and description via http://www.af.mil/weekinphotos/041112-10.html

The flag is more than a symbol. It’s a piece of home and a reminder to the brave soldiers of what they fight for and should remind us all of those who defend us.

From Rory Cooper at the Heritage Foundation comes word that among the new statues unveiled today in Virginia at a memorial commemorating the occasion will be the bust of a dictator.

…when over 160,000 troops from the United States, Britain, France and Canada bravely stormed the beaches of Normandy, marking a turning point in World War II. In Bedford, Virginia, a memorial to the invasion will be unveiled with statues of western Allied leaders, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Harry Truman. The memorial will also include a bust of dictator Joseph Stalin.

WTF? On American soil?

Some would argue the point that Stalin in fact had a major influence as an ally in the conflict. But others, such as Dr. Lee Edwards, chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, disagree with the inclusion.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, statues of Joseph Stalin have been torn down all over Europe and even in the former Soviet Union itself. The world is closer than ever before to a consensus on the evils of communism and Stalin’s primary role in the worst crimes of the last century. And yet a statue of Stalin is included in the National D-Day Memorial…

Torn down in Europe only to be reconstructed in America. They probably could have saved a few bucks from the artists commission if they would have just boxed up the ones they were tearing down in Russia and shipped them over here. I bet the freaks in Austin, which happens to be Texas’ liberal mecca, would love to have one on display on 6th Street right next to Chairman Mao and Obummer himself.

This is sickening. On D-Day?

I wonder how long that statue will last.

The Battle of Normandy in 1944, codenamed Operation Overlord

Normandy Landing

Image from France.com which has an historical accounting of D-Day and the associated battles.

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.

Ten-Hut!

ArmedForces01.5/18/02.BK Photo by Branimir Kvartuc Representatives of the Armed Forces carry the World Trade Center flag down Torrance Blvd. during the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.

Thank you to all who serve and have served.

Good Writing

Found a couple of cool sites today that are going into the blogroll.

The first I found through The Classic Liberal’s blog, who btw, has another followup piece to the Conservative/Libertarian question.

The new site I spotted is Eternity Road and while I was following that link they pointed me to an excellent short essay over at Primordial Slack that I will call the must read of the month. Great story telling that one.

Arizona

Next, why is a latino woman schooling her city council on Arizona’s illegal immigrant law? Go here for the video and commentary. More from Tammy Bruce an the issue here.

And this from Human Events:

Ever wondered what the U.S. border with Mexico really looks like?

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Congress is Rum Dumb

Puerto Rican Rum that is.

From Michelle Malkin:

For our consideration, Puerto Rico’s unemployment rate is about 15.9% and 45% of its citizens live below the poverty level – so statehood for Puerto Rico would basically be like adopting another Michigan. If we?re hell bent to adopt another country, how about Singapore or New Zealand?

For some, statehood for Puerto Rico simply boils down to ~ you guessed it ? “benefits::

“First of all, we are demanding full benefits of our citizenship,” said Thomas Rivera Schatz, the president of the Senate (R-Puerto Rico). “Already, we haven?t those full benefits and we fight the U.S. wars. We are part of a U.S. government and we don?t have the full benefits of our citizens. We can?t vote for the president. We don?t have representation in the House or the Senate. So, those are some of the benefits we are demanding.”

Do we really need more dependents? Why on earth, at this time, when we are providing so many people with so many entitlements do Nancy Pelosi and the Dems want to make Puerto Rico a state? I wonder how many of them would vote Democrat? This is the wrong thing to do. We do not need more dependents. We need jobs and less taxation.

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What The…?

Next, on the military side of things, these two gems from Defense Tech:

The first headline read “Russia Losing Valuable Arms Buyer as Chinese Defense Industry Ramps Up”

I have to ask: Ramps up for what?

Read more here.

War on Terror

Then there was this article, speaking on Afghanistan “Taliban Believe They’re Winning…”

“The insurgents perceive 2009 as their most successful year,” the report says. Higher levels of violence, poor turnout during the Afghan presidential elections and reports of Afghan government fraud contribute to a sense of success among the Taliban. While ISAF has seen some success in certain parts of Helmand, putting in place the Afghan government and security forces, the “hold and build” part of the COIN strategy, has been slow. The Taliban have re-infiltrated areas cleared by the Marines and are again intimidating the population.”

I thought we were supposed be out of Afghanistan by now?

Look, if we are going to be there, let’s kick some ass already and get it over with. No, this is not a different message from 2 years ago. I said the same thing when Bush was in office. I just didn’t have  a blog then, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

The difference with this regime is they don’t see any political capitol to be gained by getting out or winning right now. I’m not sure they would know what the true purpose of the war is if it was a scud missile flown up their arses. The fact is, that any advances in the war are to be attributed to the soldiers themselves. Any lapses go on the asshats in the White House due to their politicization of the war and apology tour!

Now I’ve gone off on a rant, but that is what you came for, isn’t it?

Go read the report here.

Things that make you go boom.

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