Happy Memorial Day
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician, Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag,
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
President Ronald Reagan spoke those prophetic words during his presidency, and this Memorial Day we must stop, reflect and give gratitude to the families of the men and woman who died protecting our liberty. The American people have always stopped to reflect on the great sacrifices that those in uniform have made and will continue to make. Memorial Day is a day to honor all those who have paid the ultimate price. We must never take for granted the sacrifice that our fellow Americans have made in defense of our Nation.
Even though we have set apart this special day for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, our troops deserve our admiration and support throughout the year, not just on a select few days.
I encourage everyone to visit a war memorial, a cemetery in their neighborhood or one of many observances across the district. The men and woman who have given their lives for us come from various backgrounds, various economic and social circumstance and various geographical parts of our nation, but they all share one thing in common. They all believed in America and were willing to stand up for their beliefs. Today and every day we stand united in our gratitude for these individuals.
Memorial Day has been a long standing tradition in the United States, According to the Veterans Affairs the first form of Memorial Day was actually called Decoration Day and was held in 1868. The day was meant as a day for decorating the graves of the dead veterans with flowers. Officially, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared that Waterloo, NY was the “birthplace” of Memorial Day in 1966. You can learn more about the origins of Memorial Day by clicking here.
Memorial Day is a time for our entire nation to come together and unite behind those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The federal holiday, sales at the department store and backyard barbeques are far from the meaning of what Memorial Day truly represents. Memorial Day should always be a day to honor, remember and thank those who have fought for our liberties and lost their lives in doing so. Their selfless demeanor means that our nation lives on to fight another day. The success of the United States depends on individuals who are willing to die for what this great nation stands for. A nation with such heroes will endure the test of time and adapt to future challenges.
Memorial Day is also a day of reflection as we remember those who died on foreign battlefields around the world, thus enabling us to enjoy our way of life, our values and our freedoms. The Library of Congress has a greatVeterans History Project where you can learn about the sacrifices and realities of war.
Congressman Randy Forbes, 2012
The Daily Caller’s “Leader’s” author Ginni Thomas writes: “Diana West is a meticulous researcher who writes compellingly. She is also a new friend. Her new book, “American Betrayal,” reads like a historical thriller as she weaves remarkable details from a variety of sources, including intelligence archives from the collapsed Soviet Union. In this week’s interview, West explains the thesis of her book that she admits even shocked her: “Americans have been betrayed … by our leaders going back to FDR’s administration in the 1930s because we were penetrated by Soviet agents to such an extent that our policies and, indeed I argue, our character as a nation was subverted.” You may not agree, but give this one a read if you are ready to have your brain stretched!
This interview includes her observations about what is not being discussed in the Benghazi turmoil, why ideology matters, the inevitable erosion of trust in our government and President Obama’s record on relating to allies and enemies.
Go here to read about, then listen to the interview…
Race Remains a Factor
Erik Rush, a black man himself, writes: “Where blacks are concerned, Americans at large (and black Americans themselves) have been conditioned by politicos, activists and the media to overlook and even expect such things as high rates of poverty and crime, misfeasance in high places, nefarious tendencies, illegitimacy, and elements of general social instability and poor character. These expectations have been so thoroughly ingrained into our worldview that most Americans are not even cognizant of the fact that they have been so conditioned.”
He goes on to excoriate the political left’s lack of accountability imposed and expected with regard to black Americans from the lowest to the highest stations. Rush says, “This is a device of the political left; in its inherent racism, it was only natural that liberals impart a lack of expectations for this “culturally inferior” segment of society. It also made blacks easier to manipulate as a group.”
He then goes on to show how this lack of accountability has allowed Obama to “enjoy more latitude than his predecessors with regard to his actions.”
Rush goes on, “So, in pursuing his diabolical Marxist agenda, Obama knew that he would be able to gain far more ground than a white individual with the same plan. He may not have known precisely how dedicated and effective the press would be, or how long Americans would remain asleep, but he and his Cabinet had a pretty good idea of how far they could go. Or so one would think.”
Read the rest of the article here…
Obama urges end to war on terrorism
Neil Munroe, White House Correspondent, writes: “On Thursday, President Barack Obama urged an end to the war against terrorism, which legally began once Congress reacted to the jihadi attack on the Twin Towers.
“Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue” through the use of courts and police, he announced in a speech at the National Defense University.
“This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands,” he said. Obama also acknowledged that the war was started by the jihadi ideology, which he called a “lie.”
Well, I have news for this President, & in the words of John Bolton, former UN Ambassador, “the president can’t end the war on terrorism by himself.” The war “is being waged against us” by jihadis, Bolton told Fox News after the speech. “Obama thinks of terrorism like a souped-up version of robbing a local Starbucks,” he said. Bolton argues that jihadis are motivated by a coherent, established idea of holy war for Islam, which urges near-perpetual war against non-Muslim governments.
Read the entire article here…
Covering Up Tracks…Tying Up Loose Ends?
Two FBI Agents Involved in Arrested Tsarnaev, Fell From Helicopter in VA…really??
Lois Alcorn, Executive Director of “Conservative 2 Conservative” has just posted that “two FBI agents died in a “fall” from a helicopter in Virginia this week. Days later it has emerged that these agents were involved in the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.”
Not only that, she reports that “there have been a series of suspicious deaths surrounding people who were close to the investigation and the arrests. Just yesterday we reported that a former MMA fighter was killed by the FBI when they payed him a visit for “questioning.” Shepard Ambellas reported, “In what continues to be the most bizarre series of ongoing events, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Ibragim Todashev, was shot and killed in his apartment by the FBI just before midnight last night. Authorities believed the man to be a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the alleged Boston bombing suspects.” And further, “And if that’s not enough. It was also reported by Infowars.com on April 29, 2013 that the original bombing suspect, Sunil Tripathi, was found dead in Providence River.”
When a friend pointed this article out to me, I couldn’t help but post it…what is going on here? Are these coincidences? Keep your eyes open & watch what is happening around us.
To read the entire article, go here…
Islamists on the march? Move along; nothing to see here…?
Erik Rush says it’s time to close in on the Islamic threat to our freedoms and security. He writes, “The gruesome killing of a British soldier in London this week by Islamists and the attendant reactions by the press and politicians make clear two things: One, that Islam cannot be treated as a legitimate faith in the American tradition and in the context ofthe First Amendment, and two, Americans must wrest control of our country from liberal-progressives with all due speed, and by any means necessary.”
An outspoken critic of the Islamic threat to our world, Rush says, “With Islamists on the march however, and the emerging scandals revealing more evidence of this administration’s criminality on a daily basis, resistance is beginning to mount in areas that have been heretofore either passive or outright enabling; these would be Republican leaders and the press. Whether the administration has crossed an imperceptible line of acceptability, or these agencies are just beginning to see the malevolence of the Obama agenda (in which case I’ve given them far more credit for intelligence than they deserve), the administration is now clearly off-balance.”
Read the entire article here...
Strassel: Conservatives Became Targets in 2008
What many of us believed is now being documented, that the Obama campaign played a big role in a liberal onslaught that far pre-dated Citizens United. Kimberly Strassel wrote in teh Wall Street Journal today explaining the context in which the IRS scandal emerged–not just during the Obama administration’s attempt to quash the Tea Party, but in Obama’s efforts to shut down all opposition, both Republican and Democratic, in the 2008 campaign.
Strassel notes that Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign (and later White House) general counsel, wrote letters to the Department of Justice in August 2008 attacking a conservative 501(c)4 called the American Issues Project for running an ad that highlighted Obama’s connection to former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers. Bauer did not stop there; he also contacted the Federal Election Commission. That same month, a left-wing activist created a 501(c)4 called Accountable America that was designed to intimidate GOP donors. Earlier that year, Strassel notes, during the Democratic Party primary, Bauer had used the same tactics against a left-wing 501(c)4 that supported Hillary Clinton, and another against one supporting John Edwards.
Even Ben Smith, then of Politico and a noted defender of the Obama campaign, said, “It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time Bauer has called for criminal investigations and prosecutions into the donors to independent groups critical of Obama, including one supporting John Edwards and another supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton. His words did have the effect of scaring their donors and consultants, but haven’t yet appeared to result in any prosecution.”
Joel Pollak refers to this WSJ article in the “Conservative 2 Conservative” blog that: “There are many other examples that one can add to Strassel’s analysis. One that I remember with particular bitterness is from September 2008, when the Democratic National Committee and several Obama-aligned organizations pressured the Jewish community to un-invite Sarah Palin from a rally against Iran at the UN.” You can find his article here..
Read the entire WSJ article by Strassel here…
The Secret Sandy Hook Secrecy Bill
Mark Horne writes: “Been wondering what has happened with the Sandy Hook case? Want many of the weird questions settled? The legislature of Connecticut has been bypassing normal open procedures to craft a bill behind closed doors that would, if passed, keep basic evidence of the crime forever behind closed doors.”
You have to wonder “Why?” Horne goes on, “This entire investigation has been shrouded in secrecy, as evidenced by repeated protests by local editorials (here and here). All this secrecy has been kept simply by the raw will of the police and whoever is overseeing them. What will happen if this becomes enshrined in law? Will it only be the bodies that are kept from view, or will we never get to see any more pictures of the bullet-ridden cars in the parking lot? Or will we be forbidden from seeing photographs of Adam Lanza’s Honda Civic with all four doors open and black sweatshirts strewn on the pavement around it? What about spent shells and the bullet holes in the interior walls? The official story makes Adam Lanza a lone gunman who managed to shoot 155 bullets in under five minutes and hit multiple targets multiple times.”
I agree. It just seems sinister for this information to be hidden away. What are they trying to hide, for goodness sakes?
Read the article here, as well as note the links to other information…
Obama EPA Scandal Intensifies
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. Seems that the more we learn, the more comes crawling out from under the garbage already out there. Now here come more scandals. Tim Brown writes in “The DC Clothesline”: “Currently on the front burner of scandals in the Obama administration are Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative groups, and the AP scandal. Of course, Fast and Furious is also still very much alive. However, over the past week, two more scandals are coming to light and may be just as big as the others. One of those involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Congressional Republicans are accusing the agency of giving unfair preference to environmental groups when it comes to information requests. They are comparing the behavior to that of the IRS in giving additional scrutiny to Tea Party organizations.”
Read on here for more information…
You’re Out Of Order!
Doug Hagmann compares a popular scene from the movie, “And Justice for All,” with what happened April 30, 2013, in New Jersey. At a meeting of that state’s “Law & Public Safety Committee,” chairman Senator Donald Norcross “shouted to one constituent, identified as New Jersey resident James Kaleda “You’re out of order!” Almost as if he was following the script written for Al Pacino, James Kaleda retorted “this meeting is out of order!” It was, perhaps, the most fitting assertion during an otherwise uneventful four-hour long session where it appeared that the passage of seven-(7) new restrictive state gun control measures was decided long before the hearings began.”
Hagmnann goes on to write about the silencing of public voices by government, and says that Americans are getting angry. From the crowd, you can hear one man yelling… “you woke a sleeping giant!” We are getting angry at the cesspool of arrogance that exists among the elected elite, and we’re reaching a point where it will no longer be tolerated.
Read the rest of the article here…
Memorial Day Thoughts (??)...Solon’s Memorial Day Message to America: You Are Not So Special!
Really…so Fred Dardick reviews Patrick Smith’s “Memorial Day Homage to America,” posted on Salon’s website. With not a little irony, Dardick writes of Smith’s “Homage”: “Thankfully Mr. Smith (a Yale man!) has corrected my many misunderstandings of America and allowed me to reexamine our blighted history in a much more enlightened manner. Just in case the title and subtitle weren’t subtle enough, American exceptionalism is a dangerous myth: Move beyond Tea Party lies and phony patriotism. This Memorial Day, let’s remember our history honestly, Smith went on to clarify in painful detail why there is little to celebrate on this American holiday.”
He then goes on to show six “Memorial Day Lessons” Smith tries to leave with the American audience (who may be stupid enough to follow him with any kind of intelligence!). The list includes:
1. History doesn’t matter
2. Osama bin Laden has his good points
3. Some gobbledygook about power, or something
4. America is the source of all evil
5. The modern era would have been better served if ruled by Nazis and Communists
6. Representational democracy is for the birds.
I agree with Dardick’s conclusion: This Memorial Day message is one every Soviet citizen can be proud of…but certainly not me! This kind of verbiage certainly tells me a lot about Salon, which allowed it to be published!
Read the rest, if you have the stomach for it, here…
Why Aren’t Americans Getting the Truth About the Riots in Sweden?
Dean Garrison writes: “If you have ever seen more blatant evidence of a liberal-leftist-agenda in the mainstream media please let me know. We have all by now heard of the riots in Swedish “immigrant” suburbs that are now a week old. We have heard that these riots were caused by the slaying of a 69 year old man and continue because of general unrest with unemployment rates in the area.”
Dean goes on to say that in all the reporting we are seeing, there is one word missing from the mainstream liberal media: “Muslim!” Surprised?? I don’t think so. In this article, which documents that these Swedish riots are in the predominantly Muslim neighborhoods, he also links to write-ups in the Swedish News Reports so you can see and read what is missing in our liberal press.
Read more of this here… (NOTE: at the time of publishing this blog, this website was having trouble on my PC computer. Hopefully the problem will be taken care of by the time you go there to read this article! BR).