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Updated 10/31/04

 

As always there is a massive amount of great stuff here, so read on please! Thanks Kahuna!  DebV

 

Kahuna’s Update

 

There are those of you who feel that my thoughts concerning "SMOKE AND MIRRORS" Kerry and his Socialist Communistic rhetoric, have a number of you looking at me quizzically. What you ask? An American presidential candidate having socialist Communist views? Yes, I say he indulges in such subterfuge that masks the foundation of his policies with claims of helping the lower classes at the expense of the richest. What do you call that? I find it quite easy to spot wealth redistribution! Thank you, we must continue to inform the uninformed.

 

 

What a man!!!!  Below is the text of an important speech given earlier today by the President in New Jersey -- yes, New Jersey (keep an eye on that state). It ranks among the most powerful speeches the President has given this year. It outlines the President's four commitments to winning the war on terrorism: protecting the homeland; staying on the offense against the enemy overseas; working with allies and leading the world with clarity; and advancing the cause of freedom and democracy. It also demonstrates, in vivid detail, why John Forbes Kerry is not up to the task of facing the challenge of our time. The President bases his judgment on Senator Kerry's 20-year Senate record and his liberal cast of mind - both of which are indisputable. The contrast between the President's record and the record of Senator Kerry is striking.

It's also worth noting that in the last two weeks of this election, the President continues to make substantively important and carefully argued speeches. But see for yourself.

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN BURLINGTON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY
Evesham Recreation Center
Marlton, New Jersey
October 18, 2004

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. Thanks for coming. Thanks for the warm welcome. It is great to be back in the state of New Jersey.  Oh, I know it might surprise some to see a Republican presidential candidate in New Jersey in late October. The reason why I'm here, with your help we'll carry the state of New Jersey in November. 

We are now 15 days away from a critical election. Many important domestic issues are at stake. I have a positive, hopeful agenda for job creation, broader health coverage and better public education.  Yet all the progress we hope to make depends on the security of our nation. America is in the middle of a global war on terror, a struggle unlike any we have ever known before. We face an enemy that is determined to kill the innocent and make our country into a battlefield. In the war on terror, there is no place for confusion and no substitute for victory. For the sake of our future and our freedom, we will fight this war with every asset of our national power, and we will prevail.

During the decade of the 1990s, our times often seemed peaceful on the surface. Yet, beneath that surface were currents of danger.  Terrorists were training and planning in distant camps. In 1993, terrorists made their first attack on the World Trade Center. In 1998, terrorists bombed American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. And then came the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, which cost the lives of 17 American sailors. In this period, America's response to terrorism was generally piecemeal and symbolic. The terrorists concluded this was a sign of weakness, and their plans became more ambitious, and their attacks became more deadly.

Most Americans still felt that terrorism was something distant, and something that would not strike on a large scale in America. That is the time that my opponent wants to go back to. A time when danger was real and growing, but we didn't know it. A time when some thought terrorism was only a "nuisance." But that very attitude is what blinded America to the war being waged against us. And by not seeing the war, our government had no comprehensive strategy to fight it.

September the 11th, 2001 changed all that. We realized that the apparent security of the 1990s was an illusion. The people of New Jersey were among the first to understand how the world changed. On September the 11th, from places like Hoboken and Jersey City, you could look across the Hudson River and see the Twin Towers burning. We will never forget that day, and we will never forget our duty to defend America.

Out of the horror of that day we also saw good emerge. America has seen a new generation of heroes -- police, firefighters, members of the military. Americans have felt a new sense of community in neighborhoods and across our country. We've been reminded that all of us are a part of a great American story that is larger than our
individual lives. And we have been reminded of our solemn responsibility to defend freedom.

September the 11th also changed the way we should look at national security. But not everyone realizes it. The choice we face in this election, the first presidential election since September the 11th, is how our nation will defeat this threat. Will we stay on the offensive against those who want to attack us --or will we take action only after we are attacked? Will we make decisions in the light of September the 11th, or continue to live in the mirage of safety that was actually a time of gathering threats? And in this time of choosing, I want all Americans to know you can count on me to fight our enemies and defend our freedom.

Winning the war on terror requires more than tough-sounding words repeated in the election season. America needs clear, moral purpose and leaders who will not waver, especially in the tough times. And winning the war on terror requires a strategy for victory. Unlike my opponent, I understand the struggle America faces and I have a strategy to win.

Our first duty in the war on terror is to protect the homeland. This morning at the White House, I signed a strong law that will make our nation more secure. With the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, we are providing essential funding for Coast Guard patrols and port security, for the Federal Air Marshal program, and for technology that will defend aircraft against missiles. We're adding new resources to patrol our borders and to verify the identity of foreign visitors to America. We need to know who's coming in and out of our country. The new law includes vital money for first responders, and for better security of chemical facilities and nuclear plants and water treatment plants and bridges and subways and tunnels. All these measures show the unwavering commitment of our government. We will do everything in our power to protect the American people.

The law I signed today is part of a broad effort to defend America against new dangers. After September the 11th we created the Department of Homeland Security to make sure our government agencies are working together. We're transforming the FBI into an agency whose primary focus is stopping terrorism. Through Project BioShield, we are developing new vaccines and treatments against biological attacks. We've trained more than a half million first responders across America.

To protect America, we passed the Patriot Act, giving law enforcement many of the same tools to fight terrorists that they already had to fight drug cartels and organized crime. Since September the 11th, law enforcement professionals have stopped terrorist activities in Columbus, Ohio; San Diego, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Buffalo, New York and other places, including New Jersey, where we apprehended an arms dealer who was allegedly trying to sell shoulder-fired missiles to terrorists. My opponent voted for the Patriot Act, but now he wants to weaken it. There are plenty of
safeguards in this law, making sure that civil liberties are protected and searches are authorized by court order. By seeking to dilute the Patriot Act, my opponent is taking the eye off the ball. The danger to America is not the Patriot Act, or the good people who use it; the danger to America is the terrorists. And we will not let up in this fight.

To protect America, our country needs the best possible intelligence.  Chairman Tom Kean and other members of the September the 11th Commission made thoughtful and valuable recommendations on intelligence reform. We are already implementing the vast majority of those recommendations that can be enacted without a vote of Congress. We're expanding and strengthening the capabilities of the CIA. We've established the Terrorist Threat Integration Center so we can bring together all the available intelligence on terrorist threats to one place. But other changes require new laws. Congress needs to create the position of the National Intelligence Director and take other measure to make our intelligence community more effective. These reforms are necessary to stay ahead of the threats. I urge Congress to act quickly, so I can sign them into law.

My opponent has taken a different approach, and it shows in his record. Just one year after the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, Senator Kerry proposed a $6 billion cut in the nation's intelligence budget. But the majority of his colleagues ignored his irresponsible proposal. In 1995, he tried to cut intelligence funding again -- and this time he could not get a single member of the United States Senate to support his bill. And that's an important difference between us. Senator Kerry has a record of trying to weaken American intelligence. I am working every day to strengthen American intelligence.

In a free and open society, it is impossible to protect against every threat. So, second, we must pursue a comprehensive strategy against terror. The best way to prevent attacks is to stay on the offense against the enemy overseas. We are waging a global campaign from the mountains of Central Asia to the deserts of the Middle East, and from the Horn of Africa to the Philippines. These efforts are paying off. Since September the 11th, 2001, more than three-quarters of al Qaeda's key members and associates have been brought to justice. The rest of them know we're coming after them.

After September the 11th, we set a new direction for American policy and enforced a doctrine that is clear to all: If you support or harbor terrorists, you're equally guilty of terrorist murder. We've destroyed the terror camps that train thousands of killers in
Afghanistan. We removed the Taliban from power. We have persuaded governments in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to recognize the enemy and join the fight. We ended the regime of Saddam Hussein, which sponsored terror. Iraq's new government under Prime Minister Allawi is hunting down terrorists in Iraq. We sent a message to Libya, which has now given up weapons of mass destruction programs and handed nuclear materials and equipment over to the United States. We have acted, through diplomacy and force, to shrink the area where the terrorists can operate freely, and that strategy has the terrorists on the run.

My opponent has a fundamental misunderstanding on the war on terror. A reporter recently asked Senator Kerry how September the 11th changed him. He replied, "It didn't change me much at all." His unchanged world view is obvious from the policies he still advocates. He has said this war is primarily an intelligence and law enforcement operation. He has declared, we should not respond to threats until they are -- quote -- "imminent." He has complained that my administration -- quote -- "relies unwisely on the threat of military preemption against terrorist organizations." Let me repeat that. He says that preemptive action is "unwise," not only against regimes, but even against terrorist organizations. Senator Kerry's approach would permit a response only after America is hit.

This kind of September the 10th attitude is no way to protect our country. The war on terror is a real war, with deadly enemies, not simply a police operation. In an era of weapons of mass destruction, waiting for threats to arrive at our doorsteps is to invite disaster. Tyrants and terrorists will not give us polite notice before they attack our country. As long as I'm the Commander-in-Chief, I will confront dangers abroad so we do not have to face them here at home.

The case of one terrorist shows what is at stake. The terrorist leader we face in Iraq today, the one responsible for beheading American hostages, the one responsible for many of the car bombings and attacks against Iraq is a man named Zarqawi. Before September the 11th, Zarqawi ran a camp in Afghanistan that trained terrorists in the use of explosives and poisons, until coalition forces destroyed that camp. He fled to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, where he received medical care and set up operations with some 2,000 terrorist associates. He operated in Baghdad and worked with associates in northern Iraq. He ran camps to train terrorists, and conducted chemical and biological experiments, until coalition forces arrived and ended those operations. With nowhere to operate openly, Zarqawi has gone underground and is making a stand in Iraq.

Here, the difference between my opponent and me is very clear. Senator Kerry believes that fighting Zarqawi and other terrorists in Iraq is a "diversion" from the war on terror. I believe that fighting and defeating these killers in Iraq is a central commitment in the war on terror. If Zarqawi and his associates were not busy fighting American forces in Iraq, does Senator Kerry think they would be leading productive and peaceful lives? Clearly, these killers would be plotting and acting to murder innocent civilians in free nations, including our own. By facing these terrorists far away, our military is making the United States of America more secure.

Third, to win the war on terror, America must work with allies and lead the world with clarity. And that is exactly what we are doing. The flags of 64 nations fly at U.S. Central Command Headquarters in Tampa, Florida, representing coalition countries that are working openly with us in the war on terror. Dozens more are helping quietly in important ways. Today, all 26 NATO nations have personnel either in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both. America's allies are standing with us in the war on terror, and we are grateful.

My opponent promises that he would do better with our allies. Yet, he's decided that the way to build alliances is to insult our friends. As a candidate for President, Senator Kerry has managed to offend or alienate almost every one of America's fighting allies in the war on terror.

He has called the countries serving alongside us in Iraq -- quote -- "a trumped-up coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought, and the extorted." He has dismissed the sacrifice of 14 nations that have lost forces in Iraq, calling those nations "window dressing." In our debate a few weeks ago, he declared, "when we went into Iraq, there were three countries -- Great Britain, Australia, and the United States."  He left out Poland, one of the first countries to see combat on the first days of hostilities in Iraq. He never shows respect for some of the 30 nations that are serving courageously in Iraq today.

Senator Kerry even has disregarded the contributions of Iraqis who are fighting for their freedom. When he speaks of coalition casualties in Iraq, he doesn't count the hundreds of Iraqis who have given their lives fighting the terrorists and the insurgents. When Iraq's Prime Minister came to Washington to address Congress last month, Senator Kerry did not show up. Instead, he called a press conference and questioned the Prime Minister's credibility. The Prime Minister of Iraq is a brave man, who survived the assassins of Saddam. The Prime Minister of Iraq deserves the respect of the world, not the scorn of a
politician.

As part of his foreign policy, Senator Kerry has talked about applying a "global test." As far as I can tell, it comes down to this: Before we act to defend ourselves, he thinks we need permission from foreign capitals. Yet, even the Gulf War coalition in 1991 did not pass Senator Kerry's global test. Even with the United Nations' approval, he voted against removing Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. If that vast, U.N.-supported operation did not pass his test, nothing ever could.  Senator Kerry's global test is nothing more than an excuse to constrain the actions of our own country in a dangerous world.

I believe in strong alliances. I believe in respecting other countries and working with them and seeking their advice. But I will never submit our national security decisions to a veto of a foreign government.

Fourth, we will win the war on terror and make America safer by advancing the cause of freedom and democracy. Free societies are hopeful societies, which do not nurture bitterness, or the ideologies of terror and murder. Free governments in the broader Middle East will fight the terrorists, instead of harboring them. And this is why a free Iraq and a free Afghanistan are vital to peace in that region, and vital to the security interests of our country.

After decades of tyranny in the broader Middle East, progress toward freedom will not come easily. Yet, that progress is coming faster than many would have said possible. Across a troubled region, we are seeing a movement toward elections, greater rights for women, and open discussion of peaceful reform. The election in Afghanistan less than two weeks ago was a landmark event in the history of liberty. That election was a tremendous defeat for the terrorists. My opponent has complained that we are trying to -- quote -- "impose" democracy on people in that region. Is that what he sees in Afghanistan, unwilling people have democracy forced upon them? We removed the Taliban by force, but democracy is rising in that country because the Afghan people, like everywhere, want to live in freedom. No one forced them to register by the millions, or stand in long lines at polling places. On the day of that historic election, an Afghan widow brought all four of her daughters to vote alongside her. She said this -- she said, "When you see women here lined up to vote, this is something profound. I never dreamed this day would come." But that woman's dream finally arrived, as it will one day across the greater Middle East.

The dream of freedom is moving forward in Iraq. The terrorists know it, and they hate it, and they fight it. And we can expect more violence as Iraq moves toward free elections. Yet, every day in Iraq, our coalition is defeating the enemy's strategic objectives.

The enemy seeks to disrupt the march toward democracy. But an Iraqi independent electoral commission is up and running, political parties are planning campaigns, voter registration will begin next month – and free and fair Iraqi elections will be held on schedule this coming January.

The enemy seeks to establish sanctuaries in Iraq from which to commit acts of terror. But Iraqi and coalition forces are on the offensive in Fallujah and North Babil, and have restored government control in Samarra, Tall Afar, and Najaf.

The enemy wants to make Iraqis afraid to join security forces. But every week, more and more Iraqis answer the call to arms. More than 100,000 soldiers, police and border guards are already trained, equipped and bravely serving their country. And well over 200,000 will be in place by the end of 2005.

The enemy seeks to break the will of the Iraqi people. But as Prime Minister Allawi told the Congress, Iraqis are hopeful, optimistic and determined to prevail in their struggle for liberty. 

After the enemy has failed in so many goals, what can these killers do now? They can fill up our TV screens with horrible images of suicide bombings and beheadings. These scenes are chaotic and horrific, but they're not a complete picture of what's happening in Iraq. A recent poll found that more than 75 percent of Iraqis want to vote, and they have confidence in the electoral progress. And more than 75 percent are hopeful about the future of their country. The violent acts of a few will not divert Iraqis and our coalition from the mission we have accepted. Iraq will be free, Iraqis will be secure and the terrorists will fail.

My opponent has a different outlook. While America does the hard work of fighting terror and spreading freedom, he has chosen the easy path of protest and defeatism. He refuses to acknowledge progress, or praise the growing democratic spirit in Iraq. He has not made democracy a priority of his foreign policy. But what is his strategy, his vision, his answer? Is he content to watch and wait, as anger and resentment grow for more decades in the Middle East, feeding more terrorism until radicals without conscience gain the weapons to kill without limit? Giving up the fight might seem easier in the short run, but we learned on September the 11th that if violence and fanaticism are not opposed at their source, they will find us where we live. America is safer today because Afghanistan and Iraq are fighting terrorists instead of harboring them. And I believe future generations of Americans will be spared violence and fear as democracy and hope and governments that oppose terror multiply across the Middle East.

Victory in the war on terror requires victory in Iraq. If a terror regime were allowed to re-emerge in Iraq, the terrorists would find a home, a source of funding and vital support. They would correctly conclude that free nations do not have the will to defend themselves. When Iraq becomes a free society at the heart of the Middle East, an ally in the war on terror, and a model for hopeful reform in a region that needs hopeful reform, the terrorists will suffer a crushing defeat and every free nation will be more secure.

Unfortunately, Senator Kerry does not share our commitment to victory in Iraq. For three years -- depending on the headlines, the poll numbers and political calculation -- he has taken almost every conceivable position on Iraq. First, he said Saddam Hussein was a threat, and he voted for the war. Then he voted against funds for bullets and body armor for the troops he had voted to send into battle. He declared himself an anti-war candidate. Months later he said that knowing everything we know now, he would have still voted for the war. Then he said the war was a "mistake," an "error," or "diversion."

Having gone back and forth so many times, the Senator from Massachusetts has now flip-flopped his way to a dangerous position. My opponent -- my opponent finally has settled on a strategy, a strategy of retreat. He has talked about artificial timetables to pull our troops out of Iraq. He has sent the signal that America's overriding goal in Iraq would be to leave, even if the job is not done. And that approach would lead to a major defeat in the war on terror. So long as I'm the Commander-in-Chief, America will never retreat in the face of the terrorists. We will keep our word to the Iraqi people. We'll make sure Iraqi forces can defend their country. And then American troops will return home, with the honor they have earned.

On each of the four commitments needed to prevail in the war on terror, there is a clear choice before the American people. My opponent wants to weaken the Patriot Act, and has a history of trying to undermine our intelligence services. I will take every necessary measure to protect the homeland. The Senator wants to wage the war on terror on the defensive. I will take the fight to the enemy. The Senator insults our friends in the world and wants to please a few critics. I'm working with our friends for the sake of freedom and security. The Senator is skeptical and pessimistic about democracy in Iraq, and
critical of our efforts in the broader Middle East. I know that the advance of freedom is the path to security and peace.

In all these areas, my opponent's views would make America less secure and the world more dangerous. And none of these positions should come as a surprise. Over a 20-year career in the United States Senate, Senator Kerry has been consistently wrong on the major national security issues facing our country.

The Senator who voted against the $87 billion for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq is the same Senator who has voted against vital weapons systems during his entire career. He tried to cancel the Patriot missile, which shot down scud missiles in Operation Desert Storm. He opposed the B-1 bomber, which was critical to victory in the Afghan campaign. He opposed the B-2 stealth bomber, which delivered devastating air strikes on Taliban positions. He opposed the modernized F-14D, which we used against terrorists in Tora Bora.  He opposed the Apache helicopter, which destroyed enemy tanks and anti-aircraft missile launchers in Iraq.

The Senator who is skeptical of democracy in Iraq also spoke with sympathy for a communist dictator in Nicaragua in the 1980s, and criticized the democracy movement as "terrorism." His misguided policies would have impeded the spread of freedom in Central America.

The Senator who claims the world is more dangerous since America started fighting the war on terror is the same Senator who said that Ronald Reagan's policies of peace through strength actually made America less safe -- the same Senator who said the Reagan presidency was eight years of "moral darkness." In this campaign, Senator Kerry can run from his record, but he cannot hide.

The Senator's long record shows a clear pattern on national security. He has consistently opposed a stronger military. He has consistently looked for excuses to constrain American power. He has consistently shown poor judgment on the great issues of war and peace. When one senator among a hundred holds a policy of weakness, it doesn't make a lot of difference. But the presidency is an office of great responsibility and consequence.

I have a record in office, as well. And all Americans have seen that record. September the 14th, 2001, I stood in the ruins of the Twin Towers. It's a day I will never forget. Bernie might remember the workers in hard hats that were yelling at me and yelling at us, "Whatever it takes." A man grabbed me by the arm, just coming out of the rubble and he said, "Do not let me down." I have a responsibility that goes on. I wake up every morning thinking about how to make our country more secure. I acted again and again to protect the American people. I will never relent in defending our country, whatever it takes.

In a new term as your President, we will finish the work we have started. We will stand up to terror -- we will stand up for freedom. And on November the 2nd, my fellow Americans, I ask that you stand with me.

God bless. Thank you all.

 

 

If the benighted in the American electorate were to bring about the election of  Mr. "Medals" Kerry to the presidency. That action would without doubt send a clear signal to the nations of the world, of the weakness and moral ambiguity that has taken over our country. At this time in history, as international terrorist organizations compete for the next September 11, the United States must have a president, willing to use its full military arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend our nation. Though among many of the liberal Democrats this is a foreign concept, along with protecting our borders! It may be a bit dated but does anyone "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR" ? Big Kahuna

 

 

The   pro-Kerry liberal Media Fund, is resorting to hip ghetto slang to attack Republicans. They say that those wealthy white guys, (as if this doesn't describe Kerry and John Edwards), are causing every imaginable ill and misfortune in black America. Hell, we whites are even causing black crime? These ads are essentially the voice of political demagogues acting like a field boss trying to scare black folks from believing there is a better life off the plantation. Blacks need to listen and think about these ads carefully. What is Kerry for? No one will ever find out listening to this ad campaign. There is not a single idea, or a single proposal or single thought about what might be ailing blacks other than the fact that a Republican is in the White House. The Democrats are running a campaign of lies and fear with their fallacious message. This to a community crying out in desperate need for real ideas! Kerry has attacked Bush foreign policy by calling it "more of the same." In reality this is all that Kerry offers black voters, more snake oil that pins the blame for all of the ills and shortcomings of the Black community, on everyone in our society but the Blacks! It's time for black children to stop hearing that they can't make it, and this is exactly what they are hearing from Democrats because this creates a mind set that keeps Blacks dependent on the supposed largess of the Democratic party. It's time for blacks to take a hard look around at those of their race who have made it big and try to emulate them rather then their constant whining about how bad the white man is. They should more concerned with improving their own lot in life rather than having a
Democrat in the White House." who once again will end up only paying them lip service. "Laus Deo"

 

 

My God, folks. What has to happen here? Do you have to be hit over the head by an anvil? Do you have to be slapped across the face with a shovel?

Have you heard the latest from The Poodle? John Kerry has a 20-year record in the United States Senate, along with two decades of public statements to go with it, but so far the press has given him a complete pass on his comments regarding the use of American armed forces outside our borders. The media continues to toe the Democratic company line that The Poodle went to Vietnam, got a few medals, and that means that he's fully qualified to be the Commander in Chief. That liberal record in the Senate and his history of public statements are just small footnotes.

The Washington Post ran a story yesterday about John Kerry's approach to foreign policy. Here's one paragraph from that article:
"Kerry's belief in working with allies runs so deep that he has maintained that the loss of American life can be better justified if it occurs in the course of a mission with international support. In 1994, discussing the possibility of U.S. troops being killed in Bosnia, he said, 'If you mean dying in the course of the United Nations effort, yes, it is worth that. If you mean dying American troops unilaterally going in with some false presumption that we can affect the outcome, the answer is unequivocally no.' "

Read it again, folks. Then read it again after that. This isn't some ancient yammering from Kerry back in the 1970's. This is contemporary Kerry. This is Kerry after having served a decade in the Senate. This is Kerry saying that it's OK for Americans to die fighting for a cause ratified by the United Nations, but not OK for American soldiers to
sacrifice their lives just fighting for the United States ... fighting for their country. America is not worth dying for. Dying for the United Nations is.

This is a virtual repeat of Kerry's statement in the 1970's that it was his belief that U.S. troops should only be deployed outside of the United States with the permission of the United Nations. Oh, to be sure ... he's tried to back off from that statement during this presidential campaign, but I have this nasty tendency to believe what people tell me
when they're not running for office, rather then when they're fishing for my vote. Now we see that Kerry reiterated his feelings just ten years ago!

Put these statements together with some other favorites . . . the famous "global test" line for instance. Can it be any more clear? Kerry is, as I have been warning for six months, soft on sovereignty. Kerry, as president, would feel compelled to play a grandiose game of international "Mommy May I?" before he takes steps to protect this country and its citizens. Oh ... and don't forget that Kerry feels that terrorism was just a mere nuisance prior to September 11th. Tell that to the families of the Marines who died in the Khobar towers, the families of sailors killed on the USS Cole, and the families of those who died in the first attack on the World Trade Towers.

And did you hear Kerry yesterday? He was addressing the question of whether or not he would have removed Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. He says he would have, but only if he had been able to develop the appropriate international coalition. That means France and Germany. Well, there was no way in hell France and Germany were going to
participate in dethroning their Sugar Daddy ... so that means that if it had been Kerry's call, Saddam Hussein would still be running the show in Iraq today. But wait! There's more! Please remember that Kerry also voted against removing Saddam from Kuwait! The reality is that if the great and wonderful John Kerry had been making the decisions Saddam would today be ruling over both Iraq and Kuwait .. and God only knows what else.

What does it take to make you Democrats understand? What does it take to make those of you with those Kerry / Edwards bumper stickers and yard signs understand the danger that this man presents to our country? Do you really believe that the American Commander in Chief should seek some sort of global permission, or the blessings of the United Nations before he can act in the defense of our homeland and our neighbors? Do you really believe that it OK for Americans to die in battle, just so long as they're fighting under the flag of the United Nations?

You hate Bush? You hate his swagger? You despise his smirk! You think he stole the election? Fine! Is that hatred strong enough for you to jeopardize the safety of our country just to wipe that silly grin off his face? Is that burning hatred so strong that you can sit back and say "well at least Bush isn't the president" after the next terrorist attack
on our homeland?

Look at this man! I used to think that he was just an empty political vessel. Not so. John Kerry is a dangerous politician bent on granting to the majority of Europeans that which they desire so strongly, a weakened United States. He denigrated our servicemen and women when he returned from Vietnam, and he dishonors them and all that they stand for now by saying that while it is OK for them to die for the United Nations, their lives should not be put on the line for their own country. This is a man who truly believes that the United States is little more than a member "state" of the great and exalted UN. This country's salvation may lie in you having one quick pang of consciousness when you walk into that voting booth on November 2nd. When you stand there ready to cast your vote you'll have the spirit of international Islamic terrorism on one shoulder trying to guide your hand toward a vote for John Kerry. On the other shoulder will be the ghosts of the Khobar Towers, the USS Cole and of 9/11 urging you to set your petty hatreds aside and vote for the only man who you truly know will take the fight to the Islamic terrorists ... regardless of whether or not Kofi Annan approves.

Generations of Americans are depending on you to do the right thing.

 

 

 

Updated 10/22/04

 

He throws away someone else's medals.
He drives someone else's SUV.
He marries someone else's wife.
And he inherits someone else's money.
I think we should all vote for him to be president of someone else's country.

 

 

Kerry's lying supporter, Alston, Never Served Under Kerry in Viet Nam!  For those of you who have not been fully following the Swift Vet's story, one of Kerry's traveling campaign entourage (David Alston) claimed he was under Kerry's command on a PCF and found Kerry to be a great leader. He even gave a speech to that effect at the Democratic National Convention, where he said the following: "I know him from a
small boat in Vietnam, where we fought and bled together, serving our country. There were six of us aboard PCF-94, a 50 foot, twin engine craft known as a 'Swift Boat.' We all came from different walks of life, but all of us - including our skipper, John Kerry – volunteered for combat duty. And combat is what we got."

However, one intrepid blogger now has proven that to be a lie! Alston never served under Kerry because Alston was wounded and out of action before Kerry took command of Alston's boat. Here is the final bit of proof (published early this morning), I suggest you go to Captain's Quarters to find all the previous analysis leading up to this astonishing coup de gras (pass the word):
Alston Never Served Under Kerry!
Thanks to reader Lori in Texas, I think we've just about pieced the record together on David Alston and his supposed service under John Kerry's command. Lori points out a sympathetic article on Dale Sandusky, one of the few Swift boat veterans supporting Kerry and one that served on his boat, specifically gives the timing on Kerry's command of PCF-94:
In January 1969, Sandusky's boat, PCF-94, came under attack during one such ambush. Lt. Ted Peck, the officer in charge, and another crewman were seriously wounded. Sandusky had to take command. The boat was sinking and on fire, but Sandusky steered it back to safety. They counted 155 bullet holes in the boat and found a live enemy rocket in the main cabin. It had come to rest in a sack of potatoes. For his actions, Sandusky would receive the Bronze Star. With their officer headed home, the crew of PCF-94 needed a leader. And Lt. j.g. John Kerry, whose crew on PCF-44 had rotated back home, needed men to lead.
"I was sure glad he came along," Sandusky said, "because to be honest, I didn't want to take command." From Jan 30 to March 13, 1969, Kerry and the crew of the PCF-94 would conduct 18 missions in the Mekong Delta river system. In that time, Kerry would earn a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and add two Purple Hearts to the one he received earlier.
Bingo! Yachtzee! Alston received his serious wounds in that same exact battle that took Peck out of service. On January 29th, Alston was medivaced out to a hospital with head wounds and no records indicate that he ever returned to the unit. Kerry took command of PCF-94 the next day.

Alston never served a day under Kerry's command.

In fact, Kerry received a replacement, Fred Short, on 28 February as a
replacement for Alston. Now what does that tell us about Kerry and his Viet Nam narrative?
1. He and Alston conspired to deceive people about Alston's service under Kerry. That conspiracy was intended to give John Kerry cover against exactly the kind of campaign he faces from the other Swiftvets.
2. The "end of January" language on Kerry's website was intentionally vague in order to fuzzy up the timeline and keep Alston's true status a secret. Obviously, Sandusky remembers the dates well enough, and Kerry could easily have gotten them from him if he wanted to be as specific as his other dates on the timeline.
3. The DNC either were saps - or actively participated in the conspiracy - in order to assist Kerry in his Viet Nam mythology. Otherwise, why would they have allowed David Alston to speak at the convention about his experiences serving with John Kerry on the boat?
4. Kerry's band of brothers have some complicity in this cover-up as well. Those who served on PCF-94 surely remember that Alston never served under Kerry; Sandusky specifically recalls Peck being wounded and removed from command, but he wouldn't remember that Alston left at the same time?
5. One could argue that they served on the same boat, of course, and I look forward to that Clintonian parsing used in Kerry's defense.  After holding Alston up as an expert on his leadership, he'll be hard pressed to explain how that expertise came to Alston from a hospital bed miles away from Kerry and his old PCF.

If this gets out to the mainstream media, this story kills Kerry's campaign. This isn't just a guy embellishing his war record -- this is a deliberate and longstanding attempt to mislead and defraud people by creating his own witnesses after the fact. That he could have done such a clumsy job should disqualify him for higher office on that basis
alone.

Kerry is really a piece of work. What a nightmare he would be as President! God forbid! bk

 

 

When you realize how benighted, so many of the electorate are, then consider the unwillingness so many of the young who have an aversion to defend this country, is it any wonder that the utterances of that paragon of prevarication "Medals" Kerry and his sycophantic followers saying that the draft is coming. This has the young and spoiled, worried, that they may have to step up to the plate and perform as their fathers did. They enjoy freedom and privilege. Just aren't ready to defend those blessings!

 

 

America’s main enemy is right in our midst and will bring about the downfall all that most of us hold holy. Who is this enemy you ask? It's the liberal mainstream press! BK

 

 

Have you seen the John Kerry commercial in which George Bush pledges to help Seniors on Medicare and "the very next day imposes a 17% premium increase; the biggest in history? That ad is a stroke of genius on Kerry's part and will surely gain him many votes among the uninformed, as do many of his misstatements (LIES).  It was found to be so amazing that someone did some homework on the issue. As it turns out the 17% increase was not imposed by President Bush but was mandated by the "balanced budget agreement" signed by President Clinton, voted into law by Senator John Kerry, and was
scheduled to come into effect during the Bush administration. President Bush had no authority to reverse what had been voted into law by Senator Kerry during the Clinton administration.
Once again Kerry is counting on the ignorance (WHY NOT) of the American people.
Don't be duped by his misstatement of facts! This is another bit of Veritas that liberals will find hard to accept. Assuming they ever know of it! I hope you all will give this wide dissemination. PLEASE!

 

 

There should be no question in our collective minds, that we have God, Honor and hope aside from plain decency and everything that is virtuous and right on our side? I also hold a firm belief that a majority of the Iraqi people feel that we are there to free them not
occupy! With these thoughts in mind I feel that our President Mr. Bush and we Americans MUST not waver. We Americans are no strangers to noble causes and this ranks with the most noble we have ever waged in our entire history!  This is a nasty war that has to be won, not only for Iraqi freedom but OUR survival. It most be won, second best won't count!
We MUST have the will to fight the suicide bombers, kidnappers and decapitators, in the same no holds barred way they are coming at us!  There is no question that our military can do the job if the self serving politicians stay out of the way! We must not ever succumb to the thinking of the bleeding heart, kissy face liberals who think this enemy
is too tough for us and we should pull out run away. To hell with national honor and what we have accomplished!    NO WAY AMERICA  "SI VIS PACEM" "PARA BELLUM "

 

 

Today Chuck Canterbury, the President of the nation's largest police labor organization, called on John Kerry to stop making misleading statements regarding his support from the law enforcement community.  Both on the campaign trail and in Wednesday night's debate in Tempe, AZ, Senator Kerry has alluded that he has the support of the majority of
these brave men and women.

"As the elected leader of the largest organization representing America's Federal, State and local law enforcement officers, I believe it's important to point out yet again that we do not support his candidacy for President," Canterbury said. "And to be perfectly frank, the groups which do support him actually share the same membership rolls and, taken together, probably comprise less than one-quarter of our nation's police officers."

Canterbury further noted that unlike the organizations which Senator Kerry touts, F.O.P. members as a whole decided that the Fraternal Order of Police would endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush.  They based their decision, he said, on the record of the Bush Administration in supporting America's first responders ­including
helping to secure passage earlier this year of H.R. 218, the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, the organization's top legislative priority. Bush also successfully fought to greatly enhance the benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

"While Kerry was flying around the country campaigning and leaving the actual work of the nation to his colleagues in the Senate, the President was out there working on our behalf," Canterbury said. "Senators Kerry and Edwards have missed so many crucial votes this Congress that I was beginning to believe t herewereonly98membersoftheU.S. Senate."

Canterbury also said it was the height of irony that Kerry would use his position on the reauthorization of the assault weapons ban as a reflection of his support from police. "First, if a police officer is killed by an AK-47, Kerry would oppose the death penalty for the killer," Canterbury said. "In addition, where was he when this issue was being discussed in the 108th Congress? Where was he when we were working to pass H.R. 218? When it came time to help push for final passage of legislation important to law enforcement, Senator Kerry was regrettably A.W.O.L."

"Given the facts, I would greatly appreciate it if Senator Kerry would refrain from making similar whimsical assertions regarding his support from the law enforcement community," Canterbury said. "The real majority of my fellow officers are standing behind President Bush, because he has been there for us."

The Fraternal Order of Police is the nation's largest law enforcement labor organization, with more than 318,000 members.

 

 

You or we, must not delude ourselves, that diversity has been achieved, when you have a room full of people who all look different but think and share the same thoughts. There are none more successful at bringing this charade together than the Democrats. The results have fooled so many into accepting these groups as a consensus of public opinion. However, in reality, they represent nothing more than a thinly disguised Democratic
mantra! The faces may be different but their idea is monolithic. Do as we say not as we do! The country can go to hell in a basket as long as they retain their power base. If this gives cause to wonder, I suggest that listening VERY closely to Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Edwards and the Clintons, Hillary and Bill, as they expound on their vision of America. It's their power base first and America second. Just a thought.

 

 

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --Thomas Jefferson

AMEN!!!! bk

 

 

The moment when John Kerry invoked the name of Ronald Reagan to explain how he would unite and lead the Western alliance. Try to remember the massive -- and decisive -- rebuilding of American defenses during the Reagan Years, John Kerry was against it, proposing to slash the Reagan defense budget by $200 billion over four years. Even Senator Kerry now admits that his opposition to a long list of weapons systems was "ill-advised" and "stupid." I for one am willing to take his word on that fact!! ßk

 

 

Nobody in our present day America seems to notice that the traditional meaning of greed has gone by the wayside. In my youth the word meant wanting more and usually it was something that belonged to somebody else! Willie Hutton was a greedy man and robbing banks was his solution. In my day if you cheated someone a person out of his money or property this was greedy. However now in this the Age of Socialism, greed came to mean my or our, wanting to keep our own property, especially our money. From the socialist standpoint, prevalent in the minds of so many of our politicians today, everything sort of
belongs to everyone, and the government should be the one to decide who gets what! It worked beautifully in some countries (many that no longer exist) where the proletariat seemed to live happily in their ignorance.  Russia could serve as a great example. However, we Americans aren't enchanted by all-out socialism, even in it's disguised form, presented by the likes of 'Medals" Kerry, Ted (world class tippler) Kennedy and
that sycophantic cabal of liberal followers! Their piecemeal approach to liberalism and socialism by showing us, how unfair it is that some people own property and have more of the worlds goods than others.  However, don't ever forget that this does not apply to them! This also explains why the have nots form such a large base for the Democratic
party. IMHO!  BK

 

 

I for one will NEVER forget that moment    when Larry King asked Kerry recently about being briefed by the Bush administration on the possibility of new al Qaeda attacks. "Medals" Kerry said:  "They have offered to brief me; I just haven't had time."

We must understand that to protect us from harm isn't half a important as his quest for the White House, and that pretty much says it all. Folks, the entire election could turn on that one sentence. Even the cretins in our country can understand that. I hope that those with their hands in the inverted position can fathom the fact, if there is no country, their
hands will never be filled! Spread it far and wide...ßk

 

 

If the multitude of benighted in the American electorate were to bring about the election of Mr. "Medals" Kerry to the presidency, that action would with out doubt send a clear signal to the nations of the world, of the weakness and moral ambiguity, that has taken over our country. At this time in history, as international terrorist organizations compete
for the next September 11 and dream of killing all infidels, the United States must have a president, willing to use its full military arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend our nation. He must never but never apologize for our strength. Though among many of the liberal Democrats this is a foreign concept, along with protecting our borders! They seem
to prefer turning the other cheek!                            Bk

 

 

As a Christian, I do not indulge in hating Muslims, when I ask and even suggest that they remove the hate from their religion. In the schools beginning with kindergarten the young are taught to hate Christians an all those in the west. They along with the adult population are told how great their rewards will be if they kill Christians and ignore the principles of human rights that are accepted everywhere else in the world. But will Omar Ahmad and CAIR admit this? I doubt it. Ahmad, of course, was reported as saying in 1998 that {"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant"}. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth." He has since claimed that his remarks were misrepresented, but there are too many who remember his statement though not his exact words. These are the people that Kerry and his ilk wish us to try and better understand. What in the name of all that is holy is so difficult to fathom about them wanting us DEAD! bk

 

 

Sen. Kerry has walked the walk and talked the talk of another past military commander, Benedict Arnold. Now, as an anti/pro-war candidate for president, John Kerry has publicly acknowledged that before carrying out an imminent strike against an adversary, he would first seek world opinion (the United Nations).   On the other hand, our president will not bow to any America-hating, back-stabbing, foreign-aid-hustling, Third World countries. Unlike John Kerry, President George Bush will never compromise the sovereignty or integrity of this nation for the sake of world opinion. President Bush
will continue to stand tall and resolved, as the father of our nation once did as he crossed the Potomac with his troops. "LAUS DEO"
bk

 

 

Greetings to all!
This from Capt (ret) Larry Bailey, president of Vietnam Veterans for Truth. Please pass on to your friends. I too feel we are at a very dangerous crossroad in history and a wrong turn here could lead to great suffering, the likes of which has not been seen since the our own Civil War. Iraq is only one theater in the war on terror and while there will be more theaters of war--we do not want a New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver or any other local battleground for killing terrorists. Defeating John Kerry will give Viet Nam Vets the Parade and thanks they never had!
Please go to www.operationstreetcorner.com and pick up your weapon in the fight for truth.
H

"America! Not to put too fine a point on it, we are less than a month from the election that may very well determine the future of Western Civilization. Those of us in Vietnam Vets for the Truth have done all we know how to do to ensure that John Kerry does not preside over the destruction of the American republic. All, that is, except to go in massive numbers into the streets and parking lots and convention halls of this country and confront those who are not aware of the danger John Kerry poses to the USA. A few hundred patriots are already involved in this project, and the results they have realized are phenomenal! You see, most Americans don't really know anything about John Kerry, and
it's our job to educate them about at least one aspect of the man-the lies he told about Vietnam veterans in 1971--lies he still has not retracted or apologized for. The volunteers of "Operation Street Corner" (OSC) are reporting that most of the people they engage in conversation are not aware of those lies, and that once they are confronted with them, they often state that there's no way they can vote for John Kerry.  Our job is to mobilize hundreds of OSC volunteers to saturate this nation with the message that John Kerry is a liar. We all know many other examples of his lies, but we are at our most effective when we stick to his "baby-killer," "throat-slitter," "rapist," and other horrendous statements. This is all documented on www.wintersoldier.com.

If you've not gotten involved in this year's campaign, now's the time. Please go to www.operationstreetcorner.com and learn how we are doing this. YOU can change people's votes; YOU can cause the minute vote shifts that can determine the result in your state; and YOU can save this nation from the presidency of a man who has PROVED that he cares far more about his own ego than the welfare of the rest of us." I have checked out OSC, and I can promise you that it works. Give it a shot. As I said, cut and paste the above into your own e-mail and get it rolling! And check out the OSC website yourself-we have photos, testimonials, and how-to-do-it information galore! We are going full-bore from now to November 2nd, the day which, for Vietnam vets, will be this year's
Veterans Day. All best, Larry Bailey President, VVT

Sometimes the truth is hard to take but our survival isn't. BK

 

 

It's Sunday – the day to communicate with our God and thank him for all the blessings he
has bestowed on us, as a people and a nation, along with a man of strength and character at the helm. It's also a good day to come to grips, with a most horrible reality. The gruesome scene taking place in Russia, will bring about some good if only the Americans, who subscribe to the Kerry liberal point of view will pay attention. By being nice and reasoning with terrorist we can make real strides toward peace?

Face it America we are in a fight for survival! These animals have no scruples about killing anyone. Even helpless children! They understand only one thing strength. They wish to eliminate us, all who aren't of their persuasion and our kind of freedoms! Thank God Mr. Bush understands this, and is taking the fight to them. It may even occur, to
the most ardent Bush hater, that we haven't had any sort of attack on our homeland since Mr. Bush sent our military to kick the animals in their "ASS!!" They have a healthy respect for those who will fight back and send their "virgin lovers" to their rewards. We must take what has happened in Russia, as a great object lesson. I for one would not wish
to be in the position of just giving pay back after our children have been murdered! Dead children cannot be brought back with words or wishful thinking ! From what he has said on the stump, this is the sort of position that Mr. Kerry advocates. A weak poser isn't what is needed at the helm of the ship of state, at this moment in time. If there is any more to be said, then let me leave you all with this thought.  Picture that school here in any one of our cities. Not pretty is it? It is never easy to face reality! Our President is doing what is necessary!  God Bless Him!!
bk

 

 

Zell Miller is a firmly dedicated white conservative from the south with a strong southern twang in his speech. Therefore he must be bigot and racist. At least that's what the strongly biased liberal media would have the country believe. They devoted no time refuting the content of Miller's speech, instead attacked with such fervor his character (as
liberals are wont to do to all their critics).   If you have doubts just ask the Swiftees. Of course to impress the blacks they brought up the notion that Zell once opposed civil rights. Therefore, he could be pigeon holed as a stupid angry white southerner, that in their blindly partisan minds, could simply be discounted as an angry, white redneck
with an ax to grind. This same media, correct me if I'm wrong, but they have never ever brought up Robert Byrd's former KKK membership, when discussing his many recent manic raving and ranting  against President Bush? Not that it will register it was you Democrats who were blocking the civil rights bill, and it was the GOP that got it passed. A fact of history that from the Democrat point of view is best forgotten!

 

 

Our shining city on the hill, where most if not all of the Great Society's programs have failed because the reality is that the gap between the have and have nots has become a chasm. This of course has led to the realization that the PC kissy face crowd has been wrong! Their humanist philosophy penalizes achievement and success and rewards laziness and its big brother failure. This being done by the socialist approach of redistribute wealth, rather than the tried and true American way - "get off your derriere and create it". This has led to a demagogue heaven, where PC rhetoric, rather than intelligent debate, has led to destructive PC multiculturalism, rather than patriotism. I am
sorry to say it’s taking our great country into oblivion faster, than we like to speak about. The youth of our country deserve a better legacy. If we get back to the values (old fashioned perhaps) of the founding fathers, they can have it.

 

 

To all of those benighted souls who still believe in something for nothing. May I unequivocally state that "Medals" the poser Kerry is simply a meal ticket for those, too stupid to know when they are being pandered to, or don't care, in order to get their federally subsidized hand out. He is really the tooth fairy of the hands in the inverted
position crowd! It is the likes of him, along with the Teddy, Hillary and the rest of the cabal supporting him, who are pushing this country toward pure socialism and to the realm of oblivion. There we will join (God forbid) the Romans, Greeks and others that destroyed their time in the sun - after allowing the rabble and non-producers to dictate policy to those who pay the freight! This will be the legacy of the liberal, PC crowd!

 

 

I am led to believe that yesterday when former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland rode his wheelchair to the front gate of President Bush's Texas ranch to protest attacks on his mentor, Democratic candidate John Kerry's Vietnam War record. (It's because Cleland, (NOT IN COMBAT), lost two legs and an arm in Vietnam, this is why the wheelchair!  However I will not pretend he is other than what he became after losing his Senate re-election race two years ago: He is the quintessence of a bitterly resentful, highly partisan and an effective wall around Kerry whenever his Nam record is questioned!  There is some irony in this, since severely wounded Cleland, earned no Purple Hearts for his grievous injuries, (they were NOT suffered in combat), Cleland is regularly  called on to defend Kerry - who received three Purple Hearts, but who it appears, seems not to have a scar on his  body to show for it.
Some veterans, including an impressively large number, who served with Kerry in Vietnam, are of the opinion that all of the senator's medals weren't earned! It would appear that all those who doubt the validity of Kerry’s medals can't all be liars. This along with Cleland’s trip to the Bush ranch lends merit to their doubts!  And, for better or for worse, since Kerry has made Vietnam service the focal point of his campaign, he must endure the close scrutiny that he and that cabal around him will be subjected to! "Medals" Kerry is not the man to lead this country in this time of severe crisis. This
campaign has only just begun. 

 

 

This reply is from Col. Cook a highly decorated friend who had this to say about my views

 

Big K:

That is about a good description I have ever encountered regarding Max Cleland. I believe he has always felt that he was "deprived" because he could not qualify for the PH. Guess he should have located Kerry and his "awarders" they would have written him up.

I had a similar case in 1967--the son of a serving admiral was injured at my camp--he was a Special Forces LT...we had captured some enemy munitions which included hand grenades and he came to me to ask if he could throw the grenades to be familiar with them.  I told him very strongly that he should not as some of the grenades were made for booby traps and did not contain a fuse but detonated as soon as the spoon was released. I told him that at one time I could tell the difference by the markings (color coded) but that those things changed with time and I would not trust them to be what I remembered and that we would destroy them by placing a US grenade inside of a box of them with C-4 wrapped around the package.,  I went back to my hootch and shortly afterwards heard a grenade detonate with screaming.  Sure enough the knucklehead decided he wanted to "experience " throwing a VC grenade and it detonated in his hand.  A short time later I received a request from my C.O for a PH.  I sent him a full explanation and stressed that there was no enemy fire involved.  He agreed with me and the PH was denied.  But several months later we learned that he was awarded the PH in a Navy hospital and that the award was authorized by his father's personnel officer.  Sometimes!

I wrote him a letter that I had hand delivered to him and told him that he should not have accepted the PH--he never replied.
I suppose that today he may be one of John Fonda Kerry's supporters.

 

 

Why do I have no problem understanding this? The difference between liberal and conservative couldn't be clearer. Liberals believe that tax dollars are the property of [BIG BROTHER] the federal government, who will spend more wisely than ordinary folks! (even though we were smart enough to earn it) who are uniformed, stupid, or irresponsible. Conservatives, on the other hand, believing in economic liberty, think that tax dollars are the people's money. (For the politicians this is a novel thought) The people also believe that Government works for them; they don't work for the government.

 

 

The current mantra being sung, by the liberal candle burning hand wringing crowd is, think about the children. Well let's do that. If I may be so bold, lets ask about the children. These days who is actually taking care of the children? Or to be more precise, is anyone taking care of them? From where I sit, they are being farmed out to all sort of programs run by strangers, to keep them busy, freeing(?) parents, who seem to be but spectators! We must look back to the sixties when parents began sowing the wild wind and if it felt good DO IT! They were our first adult delinquents in my view. Then we had those paragons of erudition (?) the liberal judges who in their wisdom (?) gave us Roe v. Wade. Speak about a pact with the devil that opened the door to the hell we are experiencing today! It made the unborn so much trash by making abortion legal and allowing mothers to kill their babies with impunity.  Some, (mainly women so misguided), thought this was their emancipation and they were really free! Latest studies seem to prove this wrong. In this PC society that has become addicted to euphemisms, abortion really is about the murder of a baby by its mother! God only knows how many of these babies, who were flushed down the drain, would have been major contributors to our society?  I may be wrong, but in my view. those who take a different tack are denying the obvious! God gave we Homo-sapiens the ability to reproduce, and if we choose to destroy rather than create, then there is living with what you as a person have done! This leads us to the fact our country is reaping the whirlwind! We live in a culture of death, where the total disregard of values and respect for life, children, family, marriage, is the norm!   Even faith in God is being put to the test by being made unfashionable.  Our society is now so secular that what was once held in high regard and esteem has disappeared or has been greatly diminished. Have you become aware of how few people bother to say, "you have my word of honor", when dealing with one another. Unless we as a people change course and elect men or women that still have regard for those old values, we will go the way of Rome and so many long gone civilizations! I have a strong visceral feeling that even thought we have gone off track, it would be a terrible waste, to never get re-railed! This great country must not fade into the fog of history!

Deo Vindice 

 

 

Based on the best intelligence available from many sources at the time, our country, rather than wait for one or two of our cities to be blown to hell, went into  Iraq for the best of reasons; to end the threat of Saddam's WMD, which he had demonstrated no qualms about using on his own people, and to end his support of terrorist groups. Those who say Saddam wasn't hip-deep in terrorist activity are just plain wrong. The saddest FACT about the Iraq campaign is that we DELAYED, it for about six months while the UN fiddled and diddled about enforcing its disarmament resolutions. By doing that, we gave up the advantage of surprise and let Saddam have time TO MOVE his WMD and money and plan his own survival. We know that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head al-Qaeda operative in Iraq, was there no later than September 2002. We made another serious blunder by giving Zarqawi six months to organize the insurgency that is now killing Americans. Iraq proved one thing: the UN is truly a paper tiger and the antithesis of our policy of preempting terrorist operations. We have to choose between being the screwer or the screwee - or the diplomatic quagmire or preemption. Preemption is the
only sensible choice - if one desires to stay alive in a world of people who wish us dead!
"DEO VINDICE" "LAUS DEO"

 

 

"What is socialism? We miss the boat if we say it's the agenda of left-wingers and Democrats. According to Marxist doctrine, socialism is a stage of society between capitalism and communism where private ownership and control over property are eliminated. The essence of socialism is the attenuation and ultimate abolition of private property rights. Attacks on private property include, but are not limited to, confiscating the rightful property of one person and giving it to another to whom it doesn't belong. When this is done privately, we call it theft. When it's done collectively, we use euphemisms: income transfers or redistribution. It's not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well. Republicans and right-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to farmers, banks, airlines and other failing businesses. Democrats and left-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to poor people, cities and artists. Both agree on taking one American's earnings to give to another; they simply differ on the recipients. This kind of congressional activity constitutes at least two-thirds of the federal budget. Regardless of the purpose, such behavior is immoral. It's a reduced form of slavery. After all, what is the essence of slavery? It's the forceful use of one person to serve the purposes of another person. When Congress, through the tax code, takes the earnings of one person and turns around to give it to another person in the forms of prescription drugs, Social Security, food stamps, farm subsidies or airline bailouts, it is forcibly using one person to serve the purposes of another. The moral question stands out in starker relief when we acknowledge that those spending programs coming out of Congress do not represent lawmakers reaching into their own pockets and sending out the money. Moreover, there's no tooth fairy or Santa Claus giving them the money. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces us to acknowledge that the only way government can give one American a dollar is to first -- through intimidation, threats and coercion -- take that dollar from some other American." --Walter Williams

 

(BK Sometimes we have to be hit in the backside to see and appreciate VERITAS!)

 

 

We, as a people, must realize how difficult it is to defeat those who hold this view. "We will win because you love life and we love death". I don't think that the Kerrys of this world can fathom that, or handle it!
ßk

 

 

The Democrats do have a PROBLEM ACCEPTING THIS. However as Friday use to
say" Just the facts mam!

Population of counties won by:
Gore=127 million
Bush=143 million

Square miles of land won by:
Gore=580,000
Bush=2,2427,000

States won by:
Gore=19
Bush=29

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Gore=13.2
Bush=2.1

"In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won, was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare..."
That's the hands in the inverted position folks!"

 

 

Well those cretin paragons of liberalism in the black caucus have succeeded in getting felons to vote, illegals vote, now they want all the nations of the world (most of whom hate us, except when we give them money) to oversee our election. Those congressmen voting for this should be ignored after a serious reproof! Voted out of office if there is that much good judgment among their constituents. How far can their loss of the last election and hatred of Mr. Bush take them? This newest travesty from their warped viewpoint, also shows a real disregard, for the country that gives all jackasses a chance to come out of the stable and be heard! However only if they have something sensible to say.  BK

 

 

 

Just heard two black men at lunch air these thoughts. "When are the whites politicians going to do something about the Sudan and all the killing in Africa?" Boy! Does this prompt me to ask a not so PC question. Where is Representative Charles Rangel, the Korean War veteran who appears regularly on FOX News to bash and criticize President Bush and whites in general? Where are those outspoken paragons of fairness, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Jesse Jackson and Reverend Al Sharpton?  Why haven't they called for an army of African-American volunteers to go to Africa to protect the peace? Is it because Mr. Rangel, Mr. Sharpton and Mr. Jackson fear that their lives would be in danger?
What about Kweisi Mfume, with his West African name? He who could be an interpreter; or, even Julian Bond, since they both are Executive Officers holding leadership positions in the NAACP?  It is because there is no money in it for them because the African continent has been robbed and raped from within and without by so many of their outstanding leaders. So, as they have so often in the past, they choose to go where the money and the guilt are. Go to the whites and whine and demand. Send American troops; send American money!

Why is it that Al Sharpton, who has been so quick to point out that while the rest of us Caucasian homo-sapiens were living in caves, the black Africans were busy establishing great societies, creating new sciences, discovering newer philosophies, etc.; but when a black problem crops up it becomes the white man's obligation to throw money and lives
into the fray to solve it for them? When a predominantly or historically black university is on the verge of going belly-up because (of what I have read) of incompetence, graft, corruption, and just plain theft, as in the case of Central State University in Ohio we
white taxpayers were told it was our fault and it was our responsibility to bail them out. The same situation exists in so many African countries now, and these black American "leaders" demand that white America send in our white troops to solve their problem for them.  Yes, that's right, our WHITE troops to solve it. Because contrary to the hokum and "BS" misrepresentations made by these black "leaders", it has always been white and black middle America, boys from small towns that have served in the front lines, been killed and sent back in body bags to be buried. THEY HAVING DIED PULLING BLACK AFRICAN CHESTNUTS OUT OF THE FIRE! Now many of those paragons of black leadership want us to again send our predominantly white troops into Africa to secure the peace. My question though not PC is this, where are Messrs. Rangel, Jackson, Sharpton, Bond and Mfume? The troops and the Africans will need their leadership and counsel.  C'mon guys, it's time to step up to the plate. Show the rest of us "whitey", "red neck", "racist", taxpayers and voters how you can rise to the occasion by raising a volunteer army of 2,000 black Americans to go to Africa and keep the peace. The vast number of healthy, unemployed, black youths and adult males in the black sections of every American city should be an army recruiter's dream. They would be this generation's African-American saviors of Africa. Show the African people how you have made a success of your lives in America. After all, these people are your ancestors and cousins from the America of yesteryear! A fine example would be the first Liberians, who at least
had the fortitude to get on a ship and go back to their African homeland continent and attempt to establish their own country. As for our current African-American "leaders" who are so outspoken when it comes to bum rapping whites, are they too cowardly and afraid to put themselves in harm's way, for peace, liberty and freedom? Hey guys don't you think your poor, unfortunate ancestors and cousins in the dark continent are worth your going to help?  If not, then there is no reason why we should! Contemporary White America has done plenty!

 

 

Apropos

 

A doctor, while mending a rancher's palm cut open by a confrontation with barbed wire, asks the old rancher what he thinks about the Democrats nominating John Kerry for president. The rancher says, "Well, poor John Kerry reminds me of a pole turtle." The doctor asks, "What's a pole turtle?" The rancher replies, "Well, when you drive those old dusty roads tending fences and cattle, you're bound to come across a pond or two. And usually some young kids, with mischief on their minds, will get a poor pond turtle and place it on a fence post. We call it a pole turtle." "And why is John Kerry like a pole turtle?" asks the doctor. The rancher says: "You know he didn't get there by himself; he doesn't belong there in the first place; he can't get anything done while he's up there; and, you just want to help the poor dumb cuss get down." Bk

 

 

In the new land of OZ, which is the John Edwards America. The opportunity to get ahead, which has always been America’s strength is being replaced!  There is a new siren song that of a guarantee. John Edwards promises that by saying, "That Help is on the way"! His altruism in wanting to raise the minimum wage is to be commended. However I for one find it difficult to fathom, how he can be deluded into believing, that even the most unskilled of workers flipping hamburgers at the local Wendys, can provide a family with a home, car, health insurance and cable with at least one premium channel. I do feel and many agree with me, that skilled  political panderers like Kerry or Edwards have
little concern, or that it matters,  that the unskilled workers in not trying to better themselves contribute little! Demagogue that he is, has this premise, that these workers (future constituency) need the higher wages and so businesses must foot the bill. It's the old rob Peter to pay Paul system, because it will surely get you Paul’s vote!! Of course
if in the interim, business then can't make a profit and goes under, then the owner and all its employees are out of a job! Oh, well. He has forgotten that America offers opportunity for hard work. He wants to offer guarantees without regard to talent, hard work and perseverance. I firmly believe that unskilled workers remain unskilled by choice.
Democratic politics prefer to negate initiative and use government dependency (taxpayers footing the bill) as the standard for compensation, not the contribution to the economy made by the workers!  He and "Medals" Kerry seem to be enamored by the politics of liberalism and socialism, which always assumes that "someone" will be there to foot
the bill. To hell with the producers who are the engine driving the economy. I for one have no quarrel with these two demagogues wanting to pay higher wages they are free to do so - with their own money.

 

 

There are so many self conscious, even guilt ridden, Americans unable to come to grips with U.S. dominance on the world stage. They seem to be so delighted to chastise President Bush for "going alone," an exaggerated judgment.  But what these people, including "MEDALS" Kerry, fail to consider is that the current administration is responsible for eliminating two of the most violent and tyrannical regimes on the globe, with but one desire, that we cease to exist!   Does anyone think this would have happened if the U.S. relied on diplomacy and our so-called allies (we really have none) except the Brits., in Europe?  Does any serious thinker believe this would be a safer world if the U.S. acted only with the complicity and approval of our so-called European allies? George Washington spoke disapprovingly of entangling alliances two centuries ago.  Notwithstanding Kerry's instincts, in particular where his French buds are concerned, this is still good advice today.  If America has to overcome any thinking deficiency, it is the naïve belief this nation cannot act alone, even when it is in our interest to do so.  I doubt Kerry appreciates that matter. As president his position would be to turn the problem over to that august body the UN. You may rest assured that anything they come up with would leave us holding the short end of the stick and to hell with U.S. interests!

My God - "President Kerry?" I hope not!

 

 

In the leftist world in which we carry on doing our daily chores, something we have done for half a century, It’s not easy!  Nor is it easy to swallow, that left leaning liberalism reigns, in media (print and electronic) , in academia, in the schools and the news magazines, (and lest we forget to a great degree in our government.)  It is with a great deal of pride and a measure of relief to see there are actually a number of little potatoes like us, trying hard to buck this plethora of do good kissie face liberalism, a tide that is most difficult to buck! However, we can and will keep trying. With God’s help, (NOT PC). Because, I am a conservative and a part of that right wing cabal that the liberals so
deeply disdain. I support the party that best represents conservative views, the Republican Party. Sometimes I get so damn mad at it; and very often there are moments of bitter disappointment. Having said that and acknowledging it has imperfections, it is still head and shoulders above anything else that is being put forth by the demagogues on the political socialist left! However more than anytime in my seven decades plus six years, I have this unquenchable urge to jump in with both feet, to help the GOP do what is in our best interest and that of our great country.

Since the terrorists declared war on us on 9/11 and the world as we were accustomed to it, began to rapidly disappear and peace became as frail as a butterfly's wing indeed, from that moment I have thanked God that we have Mr. Bush at the helm and I have fallen in behind our President and his more than capable first mate, Vice President Cheney! As I have watched the Dems. become the party of defeatism and self serving platitudes, I have become a true believer with one mindset. What this country doesn't need is a vacillating poser at the helm! We will only be successful in winning this war, by overpowering those who would destroy us and this grand old Republic. This outcome will only come about, if
the Republican Party, lead by our President Mr. Bush, wins the coming election.

"DEO VIDICE"

 

 

AMERICAN voters will soon be faced with a choice between two kinds of big government: Republican - protect our country militarism, plus vast social spending, and extreme Democrat - domestic socialism, complete with abortion funding and same-sex unions and more elimination of God in our lives. Isn't it wonderful to be able to choose? However there is a Kerry bonus! He will have the UN help us make some of the decisions.

 

 

 

Poem by Don Fichthorn, Major, USMC (Retired)

 

Eleven thousand soldiers
 lay beneath the dirt and stone,
 all buried on a distant land
 so far away from home.
 
 For just a strip of dismal beach
 they paid a hero's price,
 to save a foreign nation
 they all made the sacrifice.
 
 And now the shores of Normandy
 are lined with blocks of white:
 Americans who didn't turn
 from someone else's plight.
 
 Eleven thousand reasons
 for the French to take our side,
 but in the moment of our need,
 they chose to run and hide.
 
 Chirac said every war means loss,
 perhaps for France that's true,
 for they've lost every battle
 since the days of Waterloo.
 
 Without a soldier worth a damn
 to be found within the region,
 the French became the only land
 to need a Foreign Legion.
 
 You French all say we're arrogant.
 Well hell, we've earned the right--
 We saved your sorry nation
 when you lacked the guts to fight.
 
 But now you've made a big mistake,
 and one that you'll regret;
 you took sides with our enemies,
 and that we won't forget.
 
 It wasn't just our citizens
 you spit on when you turned,
 but every one of yours
 who fell the day the towers burned.
 
 You spit upon our soldiers,
 on our pilots and Marines,
 and now you'll get a little sense
 of just what payback means.
 
 So keep your Paris fashions
 and your wine and your champagne,
 and find some other market
 that will buy your aeroplanes.
 
 And try to find somebody else
 to wear your French cologne,
 for you're about to find out
 what it means to stand alone.
 
 You see, you need us far more
 than we ever needed you.
 America has better friends
 who know how to be true.
 
 I'd rather stand with warriors
 who have the will and might,
 than huddle in the dark
 with those whose only flag is white.
 
 I'll take the Brits, the Aussies,
 the Israelis and the rest,
 for when it comes to valor
 we have seen that they're the best.
 
 We'll count on one another
 as we face a moment dire,
 while you sit on the sideline
 with a sign, "friendship for hire."
 
 We'll win this war without you
 and we'll total up the cost,
 and take it from your foreign aid,
 and then you'll feel the loss.
 
 And when your nation starts to fall,
 well Frenchie, you can spare us,
 just call the Germans for a hand,
 they know the way to Paris.

 

"DEO VINDICE"
"LAUS DEO"

 

 

When it came to the terrorist I arrived at this conclusion and stand by it. Congress with all its collective imagination and oversight will never protect us from terrorist attack. There are too many targets and too much access (borders that aren't secure) airports that are sadly lacking in security and least we forget our ports with protection that leaves much to be desired. The surest way to protect ourselves first is we must stop trying to be loved by everyone in the world, then have our military root out the terrorists, wherever they may be, and annihilate them! This we must do, with the same enthusiasm they use in trying to
eliminate us! Preferably in their own countries.  The 911 committee did not envisage this concept, but at the helm of our country's ship of state, we have the man, who does. Our President George W. Bush

 

 

That recent "Hate Mr. Bush" bash was no concert. When will we no longer hear how George W. Bush stole the last election from Al Gore? Even the most devout liberal cretin should be made to fathom and understand our electoral system. However, I am inclined to think, most people who vote do understand our electoral system. It is merely a safeguard that without, any number of large cities could put a person in the White House. How about New York City, Chicago, Boston or God forbid Detroit for all intent and purposes having control! States' rights are talked about all the time; so why not talk about the 31 states won by President Bush vs.19 states won by Al Gore. Far be it that I would suggest liberals refer to the election map " dominated by the color red".  Now even to the most benighted that's a majority. Have you really looked at that so called "celebrity" concert composed of so many fading stars that have lost their luster. They were there only to vent their spleen in a "Hate President Bush so called concert" 

 

Let's take a closer look: a second-rate singer, a so-called comedian named Chase who has never been funny. Then they had their leading minority representative " Whoopi commode mouth Goldberg"! All being led and encouraged by that champion of equivocation "Medals" Kerry! None of these so called stars seem to realize that with a weaker man at the helm in this time of crisis, they and all of us, might be extremely busy cleaning up debris from our streets, instead of the streets in Iraq! One last thought regarding the coming election. This isn't the time to replace a proven leader with a
poseur!.................... ßk

 

 

Along with all the European leaders that "Medals" Kerry claims want him to win the oncoming election, Comrade "Medals" Kerry recently received the much-coveted support and endorsement of the CPUSA. For those who don't waste their time staying informed, I take the liberty of pointing out that this is the Communist Party USA. "The CPUSA supports the John Kerry campaign with donations and volunteer effort. The CPUSA also feels that defeating George Bush is the single most important issue, facing we the people this November...", so said a CPUSA spokesman! Most thinking people have long been well aware of "Medals" Kerry and his sycophant followers having a real propensity for quoting a well known Communist poet, who said, "Let America be America again." Also be aware that this very same Communist poet Hughes has said,  "Goodbye, Christ Jesus, Lord, God, Jehovah, Beat it on away from here now. Make way for a new guy with no religion at all -- A guy name of Marx, Lenin, Stalin.

 

So, now that Kerry/Edwards have the full support of the Communists -- could it be that the wrong states, on that famous election map from the 2000 election are shown in red? Showing the Republican states colored red is most misleading in my view!  America it's
time to wake up and smell the roses.

 

 

"Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords." --Samuel Adams

 

 

"Young black America, goaded on by their whining elders, are today still complaining about their chances in our society. Even though new government programs for blacks seem to appear daily. They still whine about schools, despite the massive investments in education. They aren't to choked up over harsh policing  (though they commit close to eighty percent of the crime in this country). The record shows they are succeeding amazingly well. All this taking place though the liberals continued mantra suggesting "individuals are not responsible for their success or failure". They are simply unwilling pawns moved around by a cruel and uncaring society and an uncaring government. The reality is that they are so taken for granted by the Democrat liberals, whose only claim to fame on their behalf is lip service. They should take the time to observe the progress of the Allen Keys, Walter Williams, J.C. Watts and so many others who found the shortest route to success is to distance themselves from the two Johns. Demagogues Democratic party.

 

When I wrote that I thought it covered my thoughts pretty well. However after much thought I want this addendum to further amplify those thoughts of that day. ßk

 

After three decades of affirmative action and back bending, along with changing so many of our societies rules and customs. Please try and explain why blacks still aren't making the grade in significant numbers. This really presents such a enigma to the social do gooders and bleeding hearts. However do those so called bleeding heart liberals really want to know? Could this be lip service and pandering for support at the polls? The liberals talk a good game. However they persist in schooling black kids with methods, that obviously don't work for them, holding out the vain hope of success for the next generation of ghetto-dwellers, and the generation after that. What if it never happens? I shudder to think of the animosities that will seethe as the technological elite leave the under-educated (and mal-educated) minorities further and further behind. However Blacks cannot be completely excused for their plight as they persist in following the siren song of the liberal demagogues on the way to the voting booth. They are believers who never seem to be fulfilled! Maybe for them the Republican party might not be so bad?

 

 

I hope I'm not alone in saying, that I find it most difficult to fathom why is it we never hear from those erudite members of the main stream press, the fact that we telegraphed our intentions so badly that any idiot, even a wide eyed delusional middle eastern dictator, would have the good sense to hide them. This would be done long before the tanks rolled through town. Those cretins in lotus land on the Potomac, made quite a point of telling good ole Saddam so many times that we were coming. "Don't cross this line! Okay, don't cross THIS line! 48 hours until we strike. Everything but the names of the troops that were to be involved! My God! This months after the UN had authorized the war! Of course he's going to hide the stuff, and lie to those that he already knew were so gullible. Now those same people (out of hatred) are trying to hang that monkey around the neck of Mr. Bush our President. Never in my lifetime has there been war plans so telegraphed. Can anyone in their wildest dreams visualize "D" day being so successful if we had handled it the same way? Frankly I think the good Lord has worked overtime to allow us to prevail, with a minimal loss of life among our brave and courageous fighting men and women.

 

 

The best way to control a people is to disarm them! Try and dispute this and you aren't keeping up with history. Bk

 

 

To maintain their political power, the party of the gimmee crowd, (Democrats) need as many of the have nots and those with their hands in the inverted position to listen to their class warfare mantra and look to Big Brother to fill their bowl! When if ever? will these Democratic voters come to realize, that government is not the answer to their problems. It is at this point, when these folks will begin to seek real answers and discover the wonderful opportunities available in this country, for those who are willing to get off their derriers and begin a journey to success. It will be at this point that these folks will leave the Democratic Party in their dust. No longer selling their souls and votes to be on the government dole! BK

 

 

We have a great President! Having said that, what can he do now?  The state dept. is full of Clinton appointees and the Senate is loaded with RHINO's. Therefore we the citizens will continue to take the hits in our pocketbooks. The only way for we the people to beat this is to die! Oh! I forgot, then they tax what we leave to our kids. The strategy is to keep
us all dependent on OUR money that BIG BROTHER doles back to us. BK

 

 

Hillary and her machinations, are one of the biggest threats to the America we know and today's political scene. Decent politicians (forgive the oxymoron) don't swim in the undertow of Machiavellian ideas surrounding her! She does have a way of attracting posers! IMHO. Bk

 

 

Political facts AND......(now a word of caution because I'm not positive these numbers are precise) but if I read it correctly, there were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January. In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's in one American city folks, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.
Worst president in history?
The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor. Please forward to all on your list as this will put things in proper perspective:
Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history. Let's clear up one point: We didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11. Let's look at the "worst" president and
"mismanagement" claims.
FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us (TRUE) ; Japan did.
From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.
Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.
John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us.
Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.
Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama HAS attacked us on multiple occasions.
In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers, an average of 30 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not
allowing another terrorist attack at home.
Worst president in history? Come on!
The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but...
It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation.
We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.
It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!
Our military is GREAT! Our cause is JUST. Our President is so moral and straight the liberals can't stand it. They have to keep shouting and beating the air or the comparison with their leadership will overwhelm them.
Pray for President Bush.
PASS IT ON.

 

 

We either have sovereign borders or we don't. There are too many in our government that are confused as to who they are working for. Maybe they should apply for Mexican citizenship. We all keep looking forward to your being a better man than to allow our laws to be laffed at.

 

 

At the age of 76 I often wonder, if the American people have the wisdom to keep our result oriented Pres., where he is? Who needs the sort of normalcy we would most surely get with "Medals" Kerry. He would with the help of those two advocates of socialism Hillary and Teddy immediately begin to redistribute what wealth we have and enact a plethora of social programs, to pay off the hands in the inverted position crowd. As to our
enemies and there are many! They would begin to find our weakness and lack of fortitude with a President that would rather shriek, but carry no stick. Lord help us then, because our enemies won't hesitate to come after a paper Tiger such as he. We the people will then feel the enormous mistake it was to give a man like "Medals" the helm of our ship
of state. Me thinks he is one of those who can only handle the helm when the sea is calm! Don't take your vote lightly!

 

 

I for one am convinced that without a proper intellectual diet and regular mental exercise your brain gets flabby. Your memory starts to go. Your analytical skills lose their edge. Your ability to reason declines. Simply put, you can end up with hard muscles and a soft head.  This could lead to being taken in by the likes of the Clintons, Kennedys and that paragon of problem solving "Medals" Kerry!  The solution? Make a supreme effort to stay informed. It's not tough to do.

 

 

It would be extremely difficult to find those who harbor any genuine respect or regard for post WW2 Europe. Americans in particular are a people who see Europe and many of it's leaders as nothing but pretenders. The Europeans are very aware of this and hold much animosity and hatred toward us because of this. Though they will not admit it, the little tin soldier and welfare politicians, whose only claim to fame seems to be, that America has had to pull their chestnuts out of the fire, more than once! Now those posturing little demagogues and miserable little welfare politicians, like the Pres. of France, will be
forgotten before they are buried. They have done nothing anybody cares about. Old Europe makes me sick, like most inadequate entities, with feelings of inferiority, the Europeans cloak theirs in a guise of feeling superior. I devoutly hope the French in particular will stop thinking the world is fooled by this pretense any longer. These are
little people doing little things who are being consumed by envy at America, a giant, for being a giant. However if their chestnuts ever again need to be extricated from a world on fire the American fire dept. will be the first to hear from them! I hope we turn a deaf ear when it happens. And it will!

 

 

Kahuna’s Previous Update

 

Nobody in our present day America seems to notice that the traditional meaning of greed has gone by the wayside. In my youth the word meant wanting more and usually it was something that belonged to somebody else! Willie Hutton was a greedy man and robbing banks was his solution. In my day if you cheated someone out of their money or property this was greedy. However, now in this the Age of Socialism, greed came to mean my or our, wanting to keep our own property, especially our money. From the socialist standpoint, prevalent in the minds of so many of our politicians today, everything sort of belongs to everyone, and the government should be the one to decide who gets what! It worked beautifully in some countries (many that no longer exist) where the proletariat seemed to live happily in their ignorance. Russia could serve as a great example. However we Americans aren't enchanted by all-out socialism, even in it's disguised form, presented by the likes of 'Medals" Kerry, Ted (world class tippler) Kennedy and that sycophantic cabal of liberal followers! Their piecemeal approach to liberalism and socialism by showing us how unfair it is that some people own propertyand have more of the world’s goods than others. However, don't ever forget that this does not apply to them! This also explains why the have nots form such a large base for the Democratic Party. IMHO! BK

 

 

 

Ronald Reagan restored our nation to greatness. The passing of Ronald Reagan marks the passage of one of our greatest presidents. Biblical history shows that God has always sent a deliverer to his people in their time of need. Ronald Reagan was that deliverer in the 1980s and he restored this nation to greatness fighting the liberals every foot of the way.
Once again in the 21st century God has sent another deliverer in the person of George W. Bush to save this nation from itself and, as in the past, he must fight the liberals every step of the way. God has never been defeated and He has never deserted His people - His people have always deserted Him. We are once again at that point where we must make
the decision: Do I follow God or do I follow man? Don't make the wrong decision.
"COGITO ERGO SUM" "LAUS DEO"

 

 

Constitution 101

To those who think of the First Amendment as reason to exclude God from more and more of our institutions:  Try and remember the First Amendment of the Constitution was not written to protect the people of this country from religious values; it was written to protect religious values from government interference! Author Unknown

 

 

UNESCO?  Contact your reps!

 

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan boldly withdrew the United States from the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the "glee of conservatives and despair of liberals," as long-time Reagan advisor Lyn Nofziger recalls in his 1992 book. Mr. Nofziger continues, "UNESCO is one of those international organizations that always had one hand dipped in Uncle Sam's pocket while the other was
shaking a fist in his face. America's withdrawal was one of those little victories conservatives won during the Reagan years...."

Unfortunately, in 2003, Congress approved more than $60 million to undo President Reagan's work and began paying "dues" to rejoin UNESCO. The U.S. will continue to pay $60 million annually -- which is a whopping 25% of UNESCO's entire yearly budget -- and leave the other 190 "member states" to divide up the remainder.  UNESCO seeks to levy an unconstitutional "global tax" for Internet use on U.S. citizens.  UNESCO has already laid claim to 47 "United Nations biosphere preserves" in the U.S. (more than 70 million acres) and bypasses congressional authority to tell us how we must manage our own land.

UNESCO further undermines U.S. sovereignty by forcing the U.S. to adhere to U.N. global policies and may even force unconstitutional restraints on U.S. freedom of the press.

UNESCO supports the "hate-America" global "cultural diversity" convention and interferes in the education policies of its member countries to control school curriculum and create "global citizens."  Even though Congress eventually approved the $60 million in annual dues to UNESCO, 145 members of the U.S. House voted on July 22, 2003 to withhold those funds. So there is still a sizeable block of opposition to UNESCO in the U.S. House.  To build on that opposition, Congressmen Ron Paul, Donald Manzullo, Steve King and Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, on June 3, 2004, introduced H. Con. Res. 443 declaring that the U.S. should withdraw from UNESCO.  Immediately, Representatives Roscoe Bartlett, Sam Johnson, Jeff Flake and John Culberson signed on as cosponsors. But we must have more. NOW!

 

 

 

I have had this thought for the day. For all the liberals that think this war is wrong and we are the aggressor. If "Medals" Kerry wins in November, they better start getting their school supplies together, because they will have to study Arabic. BK

 

 

Once again I may be wrong in asking, who seeks "justice" for tortured Americans? Does any American believe that we should wash our dirty laundry in front of the whole world? Should our fighting men be dragged through world courts, for the heinous crime of taking photos of Iraqi backsides - oh lest we forget underwear on one or two heads? Now if it was a case of murder, YES! No other nation in the world has a record of being as tolerant and kind and helpful to its enemies? Does anyone remember Europe and the marshal plan post WW2? The current liberal talk in Washington and some of the media is of "justice" and "compensation" (WHAT A JOKE!) for those killers (keep in mind it is we Americans they devoutly wish to kill) in the Iraqi jail photographed in the buff. Will there be a system to compensate the families of our citizens and military personnel? Or have we forgotten those who were slaughtered and dragged through the streets in Iraq and other places by those animals and trained killers? Why isn't the voice of the Moslems living here, along with our government, raised in anger at these horrible deeds against their own people? I can think of only one reason why the liberal politicians (Kennedy, Clinton, Boxer, Kerry et. al), are loving the chance to shout their opinions of our fighting men. May I give you a clue? It is to damage Mr. Bush! Though it may not be PC at this time how about the Bible saying, "He who is without sin, cast the first stone." It also says, "love your enemies", however that does not mean to get into bed with them and apologize for the actions of a few personnel, who humiliated? These killers! The track record of our military that has gone to war in nations all over this world, suffering death, torture and unspeakable horror at the hands of tyrants. How many of our men have had any nation apologize to them or compensate them for torture in those hellholes in Japan, Germany or Vietnam? Must we as nation continue berating ourselves in front of the whole world? Would it be out of place for the military to handle this problem, and for those liberal politicians desiring to humiliate Mr. Bush work for this nation, not against it.

 

 

 

Over the last week-and-a-half or so, liberal Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (though he's been rated less liberal than his junior Massachusetts colleague Sen. John Kerry) has been even louder, more outlandish, more political and more bombastic than ever. Here is just a sampling of some of his most recent comments regarding the prisoner abuses in Iraq and how it's all George Bush's fault. ---------- KENNEDY: We pray that mission accomplished has not become mission impossible. America's respect and reputation in the world have never been lower in the entire history of our Nation. Where do we go to get our respect and reputation back? Where do we go to bring a respectable end to the nightmare for America that Iraq has become? --Congressional Record, S4963, May 6, 2004 ---------- KENNEDY: You and your senior leadership have shown, I believe, a disregard for the protection of the Geneva Conventions in detainee operations. ou have known about the graphic photographs, evidence of abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison since mid- January. You told President Bush about these reports of abuse shortly thereafter. And yet, rather than work with Congress to deal with the problem together, you and other top Defense Department officials have apparently spent the last three weeks in preparing the public relations plan. --To Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before the Senate Armed Services Committee, May 7, 2004 ---------- KENNEDY: On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: "Who would prefer that Saddam's torture chambers still be open?" Shamefully, we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management--U.S. management. President Bush has presided over America's steepest and deepest fall from grace in the history of our country. The tragedy unfolding in Iraq is the direct result of a colossal failure of leadership. --Congressional Record, S5058, May 10, 2004 ---------- MATT LAUER: Let me ask you about a story on the front page of The New York Times this morning. It talks about some of the methods being used by the CIA in interrogating top al-Qaeda operatives.... It says, "In the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, a high-level detainee who's believed to have helped plan the attacks of September 11th, CIA interrogators used graduated levels of force, including a technique known as 'water boarding' in which a prisoner is strapped down, forcibly pushed under water and made to believe he might drown." ... Do you feel that we risk blurring the line between ourselves and the people we're supposed to be protecting US citizens from? KENNEDY: Well, that the great danger. We don't abuse our values in order to accept the values of those that we are opposing. But the interesting point is much of that has to be personally approved by the secretary of defense. We don't know how many times he's approved it, what have been the conditions that he has approved it, what has General Sanchez approved in terms of those prisons over there. LAUER: These are apparently secret rules approved by the CIA in the wake of 9/11. KENNEDY: And they clearly are approved, ultimately, by the secretary of defense. That came out in the course of our Armed Services hearing. And we don't know. He hasn't been asked. He hasn't revealed. There--the fact is there is a great deal more that we ought to know about who was in charge. It isn't just the--the prisoners. We have to know the climate, the atmosphere, who gave the green light for the violations of the Geneva Conventions that have been taking place. --NBC's "Today Show," May 13, 2004 ---------- KENNEDY: And what we are continuing to see is blunder after blunder in Iraq. And what is happening is that we've lost our position as leader of the free world in terms of human rights. We've lost our -- now, we are the most hated nation in the world. KENNEDY: n the issue of this kind of heavy-handedness by the administration in terms of the torture of these prisoners, the reason we have Geneva accords is, number one, even those these prisoners in so many incidents are bad and have done bad things that we don't want to have the same morality as those individuals. SOLEDAD O'BRIEN: Here's what you said on May 11.... "Shamefully now we learn that Saddam's torture chambers have reopened under new management, United States management." ... How do you respond to that? KENNEDY: That is part of the Republican attack machine, and I reject it. --CNN's "American Morning," May 13, 2004 ---------- KENNEDY: I've been on this committee for 24 years, I've been in the Senate 42 years, and I have never been denied the opportunity to question any person that's come before a committee on what I wanted to ask for it. And I resent it and reject it on a matter of national importance. --when initially denied opportunity to ask Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz about prison abuses during a budget meeting, Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on contingency reserve fund, May 13, 2004 ##### 2. Headlines and Highlights from HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE: "WHERE ARE MEDIA WHEN JIHADISTS TORTURE AND MURDER AMERICANS?" Americans are so good at self-flagellation that even a heinous act by others may be insufficient to remind us that we're not so bad after all. For nearly three weeks now, the media has bludgeoned the Bush Administration, the Secretary of Defense and the U.S. military for the mistreatment of detainees in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. Now we have the horrific, videotaped murder of Nick Berg. As shocking as this video is, it is nothing new. Radical Islamic jihadists have been perpetrating this kind of horror against Americans for more than 20 years. And, as if to substantiate the jihadist's claims that it's not their fault, the "blame America first" crowd in the U.S. media looks for ways to point out how we really deserve what we're getting.

 

This should give all pause about "Medals" Kerry cause these brilliant utterances are from his mentor! BK

 

 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE join me in opposing this treaty that gives away more of our sovereignty than we have already. Write your senators and Congressmen. BK

 

I strongly urge you to actively oppose the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST.)

  1. LOST would hand over to international bureaucrats the power to regulate 70% of the world's resources.
  2. LOST would give international bureaucrats the power to assess taxes on the United States.
  3. LOST would provide for a multi-national court system to enforce its provisions.

 

There is growing opposition to LOST and it is continuing to build throughout the country.  If LOST comes before the Senate for a vote, please see to it that the vote is a roll call vote, not a voice vote, and then vote against it! Don't subjugate the United States to any country, international body or organization. PLEASE DO NOT give away any more of our sovereignty than we have already. Our country's interest should come first.

 

 

The current mantra being sung by the hand wringing crowd is, think about the children. Well let's do that. If I might ask what about the children, these days who is actually taking care of the children? Or to be more precise, is anyone taking care of them? We must take a trip down memory lane to the 60's when parents began sowing the wild wind! They were our first adult delinquents in my view. Then with the judges who in their wisdom (?) gave us Roe v. Wade in ‘73 took a real step forward into perdition and the hell we are going through today! It made abortion legal and allowed mothers to kill their babies with impunity.  Some women thought they were really free then, but the latest test don't lie. In this PC society that has become addicted to euphemisms, abortion really is about the murder of a baby by its mother.  Those who take a different view are denying the obvious!

 

Now our country is reaping the whirlwind. Our children, who weren't taught the basics, are now parents, delinquent ones perhaps, but parents. They are now raising more children who have no regard for the rules and are perpetuating a valueless society. We live in a culture of death, where the total disregard of values and respect for life, children, family, marriage, is the norm!  Even faith in God is being put to the test by being made unfashionable.  Our society is now so secular that what was once held in high regard and esteem has been greatly diminished. Unless we as a people change course we will go the way of many of those long gone civilizations!    BK

 

 

If you don't read anything else for the rest of the month, read this.  It is the best explanation that I have read of what is really at stake in the war with al Qaeda, how it all got started, and why this Presidential election is as important as any ever held.

DON’T DISCARD!!! READ!

THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS AND THE GREAT CALIPHATE
by Larry Abraham, January 29, 2004

I urge all of my readers to make copies of this report and send them to your friends and relatives. The information is too critical to be overlooked in the madness of this election year.  Watching and listening to the Democrat Party candidates is tantamount to enduring the Chinese water torture. The blah, blah, blah goes on and on and nothing of value comes out except the pain of listening to the same nothingness over and over again.

 

I won't take the time or space to repeat what you have heard so many mind numbing times but what you have not heard is crucial. President Bush and his administration spokesmen are not telling the American people what they really need to know about this "war."  If they don't do that between now and November it may cost them the election. The war against terror did not begin on September 11, 2001, nor will it end with the peaceful transition to civilian authority in Iraq, whenever that may be. In fact, Iraq is but a footnote in the bigger context of this encounter, but an important one none-the-less.

 

This war is what the Jihadists themselves are calling the "Third Great Jihad." They are operating within the framework of a time line, which reaches back to the very creation of Islam in the seventh century, and are presently attempting to recreate the dynamics which gave rise to the religion in the first two hundred years of its existence. No religion in history grew as fast, in its infancy, and the reasons for the initial growth of Islam are not hard to explain when you understand what the world was like at the time of Muhammad's death in 632 AD. Remember that the Western Roman Empire was in ruins and the Eastern Empire, based in Constantinople, was trying desperately to keep the power of its early grandeur while transitioning to Christianity as a de facto state religion. The costs to the average person were large as he was being required to meet the constantly rising taxes levied by the state along with the tithes coerced by the Church. What Islam offered was the "carrot or the sword". If you became a convert, your taxes were immediately eliminated, as was your tithe. If you didn't, you faced death. The choice was not hard for most to make, unless you were a very devoted martyr in the making. At the beginning, even the theology was not too hard for most to swallow, considering that both Jewry and Christianity were given their due by the Prophet. There is but one God-Allah, and Muhammad is His Prophet, as was Jesus, and the pre-Christian Jewish prophets of the Torah (Old Testament). Both were called "children of the book"--the book being the Koran, which replaced both the Old and New Testaments for former Christians and Jews.

 

With this practical approach to spreading the "word" Islam grew like wild-fire, reaching out from the Saudi Arabian Peninsula in all directions. This early growth is what the Muslims call the "First" great Jihad and it met with little resistance until Charles Martel of France, the father of Charlemagne, stopped them in the battle of Tours in France, after they had firmly established Islam on the Iberian Peninsula. This first onslaught against the West continued in various forms and at various times until Islam was finally driven out of Spain in 1492 at the battle of Granada.

 

The "Second great jihad" came with the Ottoman Turks. This empire succeeded in bringing about the downfall of Constantinople as a Christian stronghold and an end to Roman hegemony in all of its forms. The Ottoman Empire was Islam's most successful expansion of territory even though the religion itself had fractured into warring sects and bitter rivalries with each claiming the ultimate truths in "the ways of the Prophet". By 1683 the Ottomans had suffered a series of defeats on both land and sea and the final, unsuccessful attempt to capture Vienna set the stage for the collapse of any further territorial ambitions and Islam shrunk into various sheikhdoms, emir dominated principalities, and roving tribes of nomads. However, by this time a growing anti-western sentiment, blaming its internal failures on anyone but themselves, was taking hold and setting the stage for a new revival known as Wahhabism, a sect which came into full bloom under the House of Saud on the Arabian Peninsula shortly before the onset of WWI.

 

It is this Wahhabi version of Islam which has infected the religion itself, now finding adherents in almost all branches and sects, especially the Shiites. Wahhabiism calls for the complete and total rejection or destruction of anything and everything which is not based in the original teachings of The Prophet and finds its most glaring practice in the policies of the Afghani Taliban or the Shiite practices of the late Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran. Its Ali Pasha (Field Marshall) is now known as Osama bin Laden, the leader of the "Third Jihad", who is Wahhabi, as were his 9/11 attack teams, 18 of which were also Saudi. The strategy for this "holy war" did not begin with the planning of the destruction of the World Trade Center. It began with the toppling of the Shah of Iran back in the late 1970's. With his plans and programs to "westernize" his country, along with his close ties to the U. S. and subdued acceptance of the State of Israel, the Shah was the soft target. Remember "America Held Hostage"? Thanks, in large part to the hypocritical and disastrous policies of the Jimmy Carter State Department, the revolution was set into motion, the Shah was deposed, his armed forces scattered or murdered and stage one was complete.

 

The Third Jihad now had a base of operations and the oil wealth to support its grand design or what they call the "Great Caliphate". What this design calls for is the replacement of all secular leadership in any country with Muslim majorities. This would include, Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia, all the Emirates, Sudan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia and finally what they call the "occupied territory" Israel. As a part of this strategy, forces of the jihad will infiltrate governments and the military as a prelude to taking control, once the secular leadership is ousted or assassinated. Such was the case in Lebanon leading to the Syrian occupation and in Egypt with the murder of Anwar Sadat, along with the multiple attempts on the lives of Hussein in Jordan, Mubarak of Egypt and Musharraf in Pakistan. Pakistan is a particular prize because of its nuclear weapons. Please note al Qaeda's call for the Islamic-militant overthrow of Musharraf in Pakistan on March 25th of this year.

 

The long-range strategy of the Third Jihad counts on three strategic goals. First, the U. S. withdrawing from the region just as it did in Southeast Asia, following Vietnam. Second, taking control of the oil wealth in the Muslim countries, which would be upwards to 75% of known reserves; third, using nuclear weapons or other WMDs to annihilate Israel. A further outcome of successfully achieving these objectives would be to place the United Nations as the sole arbiter in East/West negotiations and paralyze Western resistance, leading to total withdrawal from all Islamic dominated countries.

 

Evidence of the Bush Administration awareness of this plan is found in the events immediately following the 9/11 attack. The administration's first move was to shore up Pakistan and Egypt, believing that these two would be the next targets for al Qaeda, while Americans focused on the disaster in New York. The administration also knew that the most important objective was to send a loud and clear message that the U. S. was in the region to stay, not only to shore up our allies but to send a message to the Jihadists. The attack on Afghanistan was necessary to break-up a secure al Qaeda base of operations and put their leadership on the run or in prison. The war in Iraq also met a very strategic necessity in that no one knew how much collaboration existed between Saddam Hussein and the master planners of the Third Jihad or Hussein's willingness to hand off WMDs to terrorist groups including the PLO in Israel. What was known were serious indications of on-going collaboration as Saddam funneled money to families of suicide bombers attacking the Israelis and others in Kuwait.

 

What the U. S. needed to establish was a significant base of operations smack dab in the middle of the Islamic world, in a location which effectively cut it in half. Iraq was the ideal target for this and a host of other strategic reasons. Leadership of various anti-American groups both here and abroad understood the vital nature of the Bush initiative and thus launched their demonstrations, world-wide, to "Stop The War". Failing this, they also laid plans to build a political campaign inside the country, with the War in Iraq as a plebiscite, using a little known politician as the thrust point-Howard Dean. This helps to explain how quickly the Radical Left moved into the Dean campaign with both people and money, creating what the clueless media called the "Dean Phenomenon". By building on the left-wing base in the Democrat party and the "Hate Bush" crowd, the campaign has already resulted in a consensus among the aspirants, minus Joe Lieberman, to withdraw the U. S. from Iraq and turn the operation over to the U. N. And, if past is prologue, i. e., Vietnam, once the U. S. leaves it will not go back under any circumstances, possibly even the destruction of Israel.

 

Should George W. Bush be defeated in November we could expect to see the dominoes start to fall in the secular Islamic countries and The Clash of Civilizations, predicted several years ago by Samuel Huntington, would then become a life changing event in all of our lives. What surprised the Jihadists following the 9/11 attack was how American sentiment mobilized around the president and a profound sense of patriotism spread across the country. They were not expecting this reaction, based on what had happened in the past, nor were they expecting the determined resolve of the President himself. I also believe this is one of the reasons we have not had any further attacks within our borders. They are content to wait, just as one of their tactical mentors; V. I. Lenin admonished... "two steps forward, one step back".

 

A couple of additional events serve as valuable footnotes to the current circumstances we face: the destruction of the human assets factor of the CIA during the Carter presidency, presided over by the late Senator Frank Church. This fact has plagued our intelligence agencies right up to this very day with consequences which are now obvious. And, Jimmy Carter himself, the one man who must bear the bulk of the responsibility for setting the stage of the Third Jihad. Americans should find little comfort in how the Democrat contenders constantly seek his "advice and counsel". We should not expect to see any meaningful cooperation from Western Europe, especially the French. Since failing to protect their own interests in Algeria (by turning the country over to the first of the Arab terrorists, Ammad Ben Bella), the country itself is now occupied by Islamic immigrants totaling twenty percent of the population. We are in the battle of our lives, a battle which will go on for many years; possibly even generations. If we fail to understand what we are facing or falter in the challenge of "knowing our enemy" the results will be catastrophic. Imagine a world where al Qaeda regimes control 75% of the world's oil, have at their disposal nuclear weapons, legions of willing suicide soldiers, and our national survival is dependent on the good graces of Kofi Annan and the United Nations.

 

There is one final footnote which may be the scariest of all. Either none of the Democrats currently leading the drive to their party's nomination are aware of the facts of the Great Caliphate and Third Jihad or they do know and they don't care so long as their power lust is satisfied. But, I can guarantee you one thing for sure: some of their most ardent supporters are aware of this and will do anything they can to bring it about.

 

[Note.... this was written before John Kerry had the nomination sewed up... but recent events clearly demonstrate that Kerry is going to fulfill Abraham's prediction of the Democrats calling for the UN and the French/Germans/Spain coalition to force the US out of Iraq. Also understand that the current 9/11 hearings are a political show and Clarke's book was timed for these hearings and the campaign. And this is why Condoleezza Rice is seeking a private meeting with this commission to tell it like it is. The national security issues involved around 9/11 cannot be an open book to the public, and I believe we have to understand that.]

 

This is scary stuff. President Bush and the Republicans are obviously extremely cautious in bringing this issue to the campaign because the left-leaning media and the Kerry Democratic left would call this racism against Islam, and a distraction for the alleged lies of WMD and our reasons for going into Iraq. Bush correctly referred to the axis of evil (Iran, Libya, Iraq and North Korea) as a pointed strategy to blunt the WMD-terrorist movement and he has been very successful in thwarting al Qaeda, despite what everyone on the left says. We are far better off without the threat from Iraq and Libya, all within the last 12 months. We are threatened in Pakistan and if Musharraf is assassinated (it's been tried several times in the past year), we can see how the militants will gain control of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, which have already spread to Iran (by a militant Islamic scientist) and if Musharraf is taken out we have both Iran and Pakistan as militant Islamic power bases armed with nuclear weapons. And let's not overlook Abraham's issue about the potential for militant Islamic states who would control 75% of the world's oil. This is probably why Dick Cheney, Rice, Powell, and Wolfowitz are so committed to the belief that we are in this struggle for the free world as we have known it and focused on defeating the militant Islamic-al Maida's global strategy. They skirt the core issues raised by Abraham in this article because of the political-correctness implications, but after reading this, you understand what is at stake here. Kerry and the liberal Democrats want control of Washington at any price. Abraham clearly spells out what price that is: Victory for al Qaeda and the Islamic militancy.

 

WOW! ßk (There is too much here that I agree with and find most scary! bk)  Abraham's article brought all of these issues together and why it is important for us to gain this perspective and educate our friends and associates. And to my Democratic friends, I still love you, but at least consider this point of view by Abraham. I have never been so deeply impressed with such a cogent and intelligent overview of the militant-Islamic movement as I was with Abraham's column. If you disagree there is feedback. BK

 

 

The Kerry campaign has released data on Teresa Heinz Kerry's taxes and promises to release her 2003 return once she's filed it (she filed for an extension), CNN reports:
Mrs. Kerry--whose wealth derives from the Heinz food fortune-earned about $5 million in 2003 and paid approximately $750,000 in taxes, according to the information. That would mean she paid roughly 15% of her income in taxes. One wonders if she has looked at her hubby's Web site, which informs us that "John Kerry has the courage to roll back Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so we can invest in education and healthcare."
Maybe we just don't understand Kerry's way of dong things. BK

 

 

Last week as I watched the NBC report, on California, where they now say that you can't smoke on their beaches. I had the weirdest thought, one not easy to fathom. I actually thought to myself, if you smoke a cigarette on a beach in modern America, you are harming the innocent.  However if a pregnant woman has a baby scraped from her womb, you are protecting your freedom.  More confusion, at least to me: If we sell a pack of cigarettes to a young boy, you run the risk of being incarcerated post haste with the rest of societies miscreants.  However, in our modern self-serving society, if you sell a pack of condoms to a 12 year old boy you are socially responsible citizen. Hell we even have
those, who are teaching that oral sex, is the way around teenage pregnancy.

 

 

Why do I sense that I'm not alone in feeling this? America’s greatest threat to our security and sovereignty isn't al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups. NO! It's treasonous partisans and left leaning liberals in our government and out, whose trumped-up charges and vicious criticism is strengthening our enemies, killing our troops and weakening our national resolve. Liberalism, as history has pointed out, has hastened the demise of many countries.  We the people must not let it occur here.

 

 

The number of folks who are totally unaware - that with the 2004 elections just around the corner - is beginning to be mind boggling! Among we Christians there is so much in custom and traditional values that is being eroded now, and if the left were to succeed, would completely disappear. Among Christians, participation is crucial. Our country, God help us, is in the midst of the most intense culture war in modern history.  Our freedoms are at risk... our children are at risk, cherished beliefs and our very existence is at risk. We are being bombarded with liberal left leaning myths, lies, and half-truths as the panacea for muddled thinking, or no thinking at all. Wake up America – the country of our youth is fast vanishing!

 

 

A Harvard undergrad returns home on break. The conversation at the welcome home dinner inevitably turns to her schooling.
"I've become an enlightened liberal," the English lit student declares proudly. The conversation then turns to her study habits, free time and the like.
Daughter: "Free time? What free time? I barely have time to eat. I'm working like a dog --- but I'm making dean's list!"
Father: "And how is your best friend Michelle doing?"
Daughter: "She works, but has different parties, I, uh mean, priorities. Her GPA is hitting rock bottom. She's pretty smart, but she was warned that if she doesn't clean up her act, then she'll be booted."
Father: "Now, you wouldn't want that. Why don't you go to the dean's office and offer to transfer some of your GPA to Michelle so you both can be equal?"
Daughter: "Why in the world would I do that!? I work hard. I push myself. I do what I must without any excuses. Michelle is capable. If she wanted to succeed like me, she would work harder as I do!”  

Father: " Welcome to the GOP! You've managed to succinctly articulate the differences between conservatives and liberals."

 

 

 

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

 

 

The sooner we in the west realize that what is happening is a fight for our survival, not just our customs and Euro centric values, but our very claim to exist! The Muslim world is at war with Western civilization and will settle for nothing less than our extinction. Why are our people so dimwitted that they can't grasp this indisputable fact. The terrorist are dedicated to removing us in the west from this planet. I think we would be hard pressed to find anything person that doubts we have the military might to thwart them. The question is: Do we have the intelligence to recognize that this is a war we are engaged in and the testicular fortitude and will to defend ourselves from annihilation? The sooner we recognize the West is in no position to emulate our Lord, with the turning the other cheek a war the more likely we'll be able to escape the fate that befell the Roman Empire. When will we wake up and go all out to defeat these animals? It had better be sooner than later, because finishing second in this is unacceptable! There will be no Marshal plan for the loser this time. May the good lord continue to give our President the strength and fortitude to persevere!

 

 

We make mistakes many, however correct me if I'm wrong, we are still the only country that openly admits them and people die to get into!

 

 

For those who are yet unaware that we are in a struggle for our very way of life, allow me to point out a few salient points.  Our most devout enemies, the Al Qaeda and the Ba'ath Party, want to defeat President Bush to have revenge against his tough stance against them after the 9/11 attacks.

 

We must also never lose sight of the fact that there are many die hard liberals within our government and out that have the same desire. Their reasons are difficult to fathom, because surely they know that John Kerry would usher back the Clinton days of timid U.S. reaction! This would likely lead to the Democrat's certain repeal of vital sections of the Patriot Act. This would throw open the door for the terrorists to once again strike us here at home in America.  These animals, I feel safe in referring to them like this, because any group that would saw off an innocent mans head, qualifies for that description! These animals live for and are willing to die to bring about the defeat of Mr. Bush! The increase in murder and mayhem on our troops and American civilians is their way to kick up the cost of the Iraq War and bring about Mr. Bush's defeat! That is why (for those Americans too blind to see) they will target any American they can whenever they can.

 

Our President must have our troops continue their current role in Iraq. Not to do so would give the wrong impression that we, the American people, do not have the courage to continue this fight! Our President Mr. Bush is sticking to his policies, though it might be at the risk of committing political suicide. We the people must have in this hour, the same sort of togetherness that brought us victory in WW2 and though it may not be PC, faith in the God of our forefathers!

 

 

It would be wise if the likes of Kennedy, Boxer, Watters, Polosi and Jackson Lee of Texas, to name a few, were subjected to these words!

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged."
-President Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Lee Hamilton, blasted the mainstream press yesterday for distorting the Commission's findings on links between Iraq and al Qaida, saying those findings actually support Bush administration contentions.

"The sharp differences that the press has drawn [between the White House and the Commission] are not that apparent to me," Hamilton told the Associated Press, a day after insisting that his probe uncovered "all kinds" of connections between Osama bin Laden's terror network and Iraq. Hamilton's comments followed a deluge of mainstream reports falsely claiming that the 9/11 Commission had discredited the Bush administration's claim of longstanding links between Baghdad and bin Laden. But the Indiana (DEMOCRAT) said the press accounts were flat-out wrong!


"There are all kinds of ties," he told PBS's "The News Hour" late Wednesday, in comments that establishment journalists have refused to report.
"There are all kinds of connections. And it may very well have been that Osama bin Laden or some of his lieutenants met at some time with Saddam Hussein's lieutenants."
Hamilton said that while his probe had failed to uncover any direct operational link between Baghdad and Osama bin Laden's terror network in attacks on the U.S., there's no question that "they had contacts." ...

Isn't the truth beautiful?" BK

 

 

"From a May 28 report in The Washington Post, we learned that Tiffany Charles got a 'B' in history last year but is not sure what year World War II ended. She can't name a single general, or one battle. Neither is she able to name the president of the United States at the time. ...
What DOES young Tiffany know? ...Tiffany can tell you about Japanese-Americans who were sent to internment camps. 'We talked a lot about those concentration camps,' she was quoted as saying.

Concentration camps? Those were used by the Nazis and Soviets. The Post interviewed national education experts, teachers and more than 100 public school students and concluded that Tiffany's limited knowledge of World War II is 'typical of today's youths.'

 

Is this what we're getting for record education spending: kids who know more about the few wrongs America has committed than they do the many rights? This girl and apparently many others like her in the monopolistic government schools aren't learning the truth'" --Cal Thomas

SOOOOO SAD BUT TRUE!! Bk

 

 

Do you find it strange that Kerry's wife is never with him? Do you find it strange that you never hear any thing about her? This may be why. As time goes on, we're just getting to know the possible future First Lady of the United States of America, and it is quite interesting. You'll be hearing even more about Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic front-runner.  She has quite a track record, especially when it comes to the causes she
donates to.

One of her favorite charities is the Tides Foundation. What is that, you ask? This foundation sends hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that protested the invasion of Iraq; that demands open U.S. borders; and provides legal defense for suspected terrorists.

Among other groups supported by Kerry's wife: Ramsey Clark's international Action Center. This is the same Ramsey Clark that offered to defend Saddam Hussein. Another group seeks to ease restrictions on immigration from terrorist nations. Another group has links to the terrorist group Hamas.  And on and on.

American jobs are OUTSOURCED by John F. Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz-Kerry!
We need to ask: Why not manufacture in America and ship finished products overseas? How many American workers are in these Heinz overseas factories?

HEINZ WATTIE'S AUSTRALASIA - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
HEINZ SINGAPORE PTE. LTD. - Republic of Singapore
HEINZ WATTIE'S LIMITED - Auckland, New Zealand

 

 

We all know Dick Lamm as the former Governor of Colorado. In that context his thoughts are particularly poignant.  Last week there was an immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, filled to capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor named Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal - was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.

Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States. He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time.  Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'"

"Here is how they do it," Lamm said: "Turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi-cultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malyasia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion.  France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans."

Lamm went on: "Invent 'multi-culturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds. We could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multi-cultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'"

Lamm said, "I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural sub-groups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities."

"Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school."

"My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of  'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."

"My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity.  I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other."

"A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell. "E. Pluribus Unum"-From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo."

"Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt
discussion and debate."

"Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multiculturalism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America , it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant sympatric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them."

 In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow.  Profound silence followed. Finally he said, "Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book, Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book."

There was no applause. A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Every discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.'

American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states ­to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book "1984." In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building: "War is peace", “Freedom is slavery", and "Ignorance is strength".

 Governor Lamm, walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.

AMEN which isn't enough we must reall start to raise hell with the POLS. - even if they don't listen. - BK

 

 

There's times when life just gets us down

And we truly feel God is not around.

The devil whispers in our ears

And fills our heads, with doubts and fears.

No matter what we try to do

He tells us we are failures too.

As vicious as a lions bite

He drains us of our will to fight.

To beat depression, to smile again

We need to turn to God again.

We feel defeated and so sad too

It seems "Impossible" for us to do,

Yet have you noticed when you are down

Then other "Christian's" come around?

It isn't just by chance, you know,

God sends them to us, when we're low.

He picks us up, through Christian cheer

And reassures us He Is Near.

No matter what our problems be

He's always close to you and me.

So though our woes be small or large

Our Heavenly Father is still in charge.

If you should ask me how I know,

I went through this, just hours ago.

I felt so hopeless and so down,

Yet now I stand on Solid Ground.

It wasn't God, who turned from me,

Yet by His Grace He's set me free.

I pray, if nothing else I learn

When I am down To Him, I'll turn.

My trust, in Him, is up to me

For He controls My Destiny.

Whatever God may lead me to,

He's promised He will walk me through

And should I slip and fall again,

I'll quickly grab His Nail-Scarred-Hand.

I know I've learned and now I see

I'll always know God Walks With Me.

 

 

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Facing strong opposition, the United States announced Wednesday it was dropping a resolution seeking a new exemption for American peacekeepers (that's our troops for the benighted among us, being tried in international courts!) from international prosecution for war crimes.

Why our nation continues to abide the hatred and envy displayed toward us is totally beyond my comprehension! We pull the chestnuts out of the fire around the world, we taxpayers pay through the nose with our largess in the form of foreign aid and we are constantly defecated on by that bunch of envious cretins from third world countries - some no bigger then Rhode Island! When will one or more of our politicians discover the gonads to stand and fight for our country’s well-being? We should have pulled out of
that den of thieves long ago. We need the United Nations (forgive me) like we need a social disease.  BK

 

 

 

What a pleasure to be for and continue to work for the reelection of President George W. Bush regardless of fake liberal poll numbers.  Remember that we are in a war for the survival of our society as we know it. This vicious enemy would prefer "Medals " Kerry as an alternative to President George W. Bush. "Medals" Kerry is a man who would turn to and depend upon anti American  despots who run the United Nations to protect our country. HA HA! Four years of John Kerry as president, would set back our nation and the war on terror by 20 years and move the nation even faster toward world government. With a complete turn toward socialism, where we would all be poor together!  I wouldn't even put it past Kerry to nominate Kennedy that world class tippler for Secty. Of  State. Pay attention and make your vote count!!

 

 

This young man was on our local TV he is from our area. I don't think he was one of the folks "Medals" Kerry has such disdain for. However who knows?

 

 

 

IF the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them." --Candidus bk" one damn smart Roman"

 

 

Comment: How does one equate the sawing off of a mans head( surely not to a clean one stroke beheading, you can bet) with parading POW's around naked or on a leash. This whole thing is to get at Mr. Bush. Has America ever received or expect an apology from those fleas for all the Americans they have butchered in the last fifteen years. I be damned, if I can turn the other cheek. It's time to take off the gloves! These animals only respect power, lets give them a large dose. The rest of the world won't hate us any more than they do. Except, when they are on the receiving end of our largess!...........

 

 

John"Medals"Kerry has stated many times that we are in this unilaterally. Well I wish to ask Kerry what do we say to the brave men from the following countries? They are: Albania, Britain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine................................... I wonder if when this war is over if any of them will be throwing their medals over  fences?

 

 

Why not consider an American Foreign Legion? Why not? America finds herself in a most unique position. We are the world's richest, and militarily mightiest, nation. We are also the most generous, envied and hated. There are many in this world who, even while
sucking up on Uncle Sam's largess, consider us a loose cannon and a threat. We are the only state that has the power to right an oppressive wrong by ourselves.

Since American mothers have such an aversion to their sons being killed in the many peacekeeping efforts around the world, here is a thought:
Why not an "American Foreign Legion"? (A different name could be chosen so as not to sound too French.)
Languishing in our prisons (for good cause) we have hundreds if not thousands of the dregs of our society. Many are young men who are quite fit (thanks to workout rooms and programs for their betterment) who might enjoy, even die for the chance to redeem themselves. This also could reduce the cost to the taxpayer represented by our prison system! This could be a group separate from our regular forces, with the driving force being amnesty for honorable and faithful performance. "Recruiting" from the prison system isn't a new idea. Lucky Luciano was given a pardon (although he was deported) for his help in solving problems on the docks of this country in World War II. Many areas of our country use "boot camps" for the rehabilitation of young delinquents or felons. Why not try it with adults? This force, led and trained by military officers, would offer the volunteers, including illegal immigrants, a chance to serve the country whose laws they broke. It wouldn't be an easy life, but the reward of rejoining society with a clean slate could be most enticing. For the illegals, it could offer a chance at legitimate citizenship.
It makes a great deal of sense to me. It would give us more boots on the ground to supplement, in time of conflict, our regular forces.

 

 

The following appeared in a local paper This will put things in perspective: You might wish to forward depending on your regard for truth!bk Some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One person recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history. Let's clear up one point: We didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember. It was started by terrorists on 9/11. Let's look at the "worst" president and mismanagement claims. FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions. In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers, an average of 300 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home. Worst president in history? Come on! The Honorable Vinicio E. Madrigal, MD. Board of Regents Uniformed Services University Phone: 504-885-3272 Fax: 504-456-8224 EastBank Primary Care Associates and Avanti Aestethics.

 

 

"We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
Ronald Reagan

 

 

Veterans Should Politically Banish Kerry for Disgracing The Marine Corps Memorial
By Rick Erickson
January 26, 2004

On the cover of "The New Soldier" by John Kerry and Vietnam Veterans Against The War, hippies clad in a mismatch of military uniforms are pictured mocking the legendary image of Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi in the 1945 battle for Iwo Jima. Today, the Iwo Jima image is a memorial statue that sits above Arlington National Cemetery and honors all Marines killed in action since 1775. It is one of the most recognized and visited sites in our Capitol City.

 

 

"The New Soldier" never made it on the reading list at our military academies. In the cover photo that ridicules the Marine Corps Memorial, one of Kerry's cronies is tugging on our flag, which is hung upside down as the ultimate symbol of sedition and treachery to all veterans who rallied behind our flag in battle. On the day of that shameful photograph and with its mass circulation on the cover of "The New Soldier", at least 6,821 Marines who died at Iwo Jima turned over in their graves.

Of all the reasons why John F. Kerry will not become President of the United States, the biggest reason has to be that, once he returned home from Vietnam, he betrayed his fellow servicemen who remained at war. Kerry not only allied with the likes of Hanoi Jane Fonda, but, before the United States Senate in 1971, Kerry went as far as to belittle the bravery of embattled troops by generalizing their every action in Vietnam as an atrocity.

No one questioned General George S. Patton, III, when he accused Kerry of treason in giving aid and comfort to the enemy, especially when it was revealed that North Vietnam incorporated Kerry's exploits into its communist propaganda machine. However, because of the prevalence of treason at the time and the monumental task of prosecuting Kerry and his proclaimed "revolutionaries," Kerry's actions went unpunished and the associated advances of communism went unhindered.

Fortunately, today's veterans and Americans who overwhelmingly support our armed forces tend to disparage those who dishonor military service and then pretend to be capable of our country's highest office. This political reality afflicted Bill Clinton, whose anti-military past kept him from winning any more than forty-nine percent of the popular vote. No wonder Kerry's presidential campaign is doing its best to subvert his estrangement from veterans and service people in general.

The tact of Kerry for President looks a lot like Clinton-Gore's approach to deceiving voters that such an obvious liability is really the opposite. When Kerry marched in the Veteran's Day parade in Phoenix last year, in tow behind him were a few people carrying "Veterans for Kerry" placards. Some placard carriers looked like the ragtag types on the cover of The New Solider in that they were unshaven, wearing circa 1971 clothes and appeared disoriented.

The ongoing insult is that "Veterans for Kerry" is supposed to represent the veteran community's support of Kerry, when the reality is that very few veterans support him. Most veterans cannot forgive Kerry for Vietnam Veterans Against The War and its promotion of communism when we were fighting communists. As far as U.S. Marines are concerned, we ought to ensure that Kerry is forever banished from the White House for dishonoring our Memorial on the cover of "The New Soldier".

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Major Rick Erickson writes as Director of Americans for Military Readiness, a Washington, D.C. non-profit devoted to ensuring troop morale and combat preparedness. Rick is a veteran of infantry operations in Mogadishu, Somalia and serves regularly as a reservist Deputy Judge Advocate at NORAD/USNORTHCOM. An Arizona attorney, Rick also serves on Military Academy Review Boards for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and U.S. Congressmen John Shadegg and Trent Franks. Send comments to media@readymilitary.com.

 

 

For me to even try and see Kerry as commander in chief is as difficult a task as I could ever undertake! Just the thought of him empathizing and pandering with Al-Qaeda, or any of our country’s enemies drives me up a wall. Hell! He might even show them (our enemies) how to marry rich widows (great source of funds) something he excels at! He might even revert once again to His concocting stories of American atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan( once done in speech in Senate) to feed to most gullible. This, some say handsome, Irishman John F. Kerry/Kohn.  Actually, he is part Jewish. (His paternal grandparents were Kohn, before they Christianized their name.) Kerry is a man who could be president of any number of left wing, don't really approve of America and her position in the world organizations. This man, a world class demagogue, whose time is long past, but yes he could become President? - however IMHO only if the people of our country have lost their collective minds. God help us to always remember what his type really are!!

 

 

Never lose sight of the fact that what the government gives, it must first take away. Guess from whom!

 

 

In pursuit of higher education at today’s universities?

 

1. Home Economics 304: Being Just Another Baby-Maker !
2. English 202: A Painstaking Review of Every Mediocre Essay Published
by The Bitter, Self-Obsessed Professor
3. Human Sexuality 303: Oedipus or Lolita: Men Can't Win
4. Astronomy 207: Advanced Analysis of 1000s of Photos of Nearly
Identical Rocks from Remote Celestial Bodies
5. Psychology 1303:CreativeNeurosurgery 6. Geology 101: A Rock is a Rock
is a Rock: The Quarterback's GPA-Booster
7. Theatre 120: Adjusting Your Sissy-Pants Beret and Cape
8. Sociology 227: Field Research: Mating Patterns in the Coastal Saloon
Ecosystem 9. Business 105: Big Pimpin' - The Relative Non-Ease Thereof
10. Education 104: Clueless, Beleaguered TA's and Absentee Star
Professors on Book Tours in the Modern Educational System
11. Chemistry 102: From Rohypnol to GBH: Party Planning for Frat Boys
12. Law 160: Opening Wounds, Closing Cases: Inflicting Severe Emotional
Trauma During Cross-Examination
13. American Studies 219: Tab 'n' Shasta: Deconstructing the Dream of
the American Cola
14. Technological Programming 302: Making a Really Cool Virtual Reality
Penis Glove
15. Classics 230: An Orgy of Ancient Sodomite Intellectualism
<?blackface>       " BK and we wonder why todays youth are sooooooooo
mixed up"       

 

 

The caucus rhetoric that we the people are being fed by those bottom feeders, who have but one desire, that of insuring themselves a choice spot at the public trough. I assure you they will accomplish this goal, until we the people get up off of our collective derrieres and go out and vote to demand that those we vote for change things! If we fail to do this, IN MY OPINION, we are doomed to repeat history. Our great caring America will go the way of the dinosaurs. History is the greatest guide that man has therefore it's in our best interest as a people to act think and remember Rome, Greece Russia and the many others that have gone to the dust bin of history. There are so many among us that would like us to to be part of the one world crowd, controlled by the United Nations, manipulated and told how to act, live and think. My only hope is that I am long gone from this earth by that time. I also believe there are many more who share these thoughts out there in cyber land and across this great nation. This is a cherished wish. Maybe by using our collective voices in taking action, we just might bring about the changes that would result in saving what our forefathers fought suffered and died for. What they built MUST not disappear in the sands of time! We must not let it all have been in vain, NO Democrat is the answer!................................................... God Bless America, our President and God Bless our Troops Still in Harm’s Way.

 

 

In the Kahuna’s view, we are GREAT because of the accomplishments of WE the people! NOT because of anything the government has done. More often as not the government has led to the screwing things up parade! ßk
PS. need I mention Medicare?

 

 

Just in case you ever got the two mixed up. This should make things a bit more clear. IN PRISON...you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell. AT WORK...you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle. IN PRISON...you get three meals a day.  AT WORK...you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it. IN PRISON...you get time off for good behavior. AT WORK...you get more work for good behavior. IN PRISON....the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you. AT WORK...you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for yourself.  IN PRISON...you can watch TV and play games. AT WORK...you get fired for watching TV and playing games. IN PRISON...you get your own toilet.  AT WORK...you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat. IN PRISON...they allow your family and friends to visit. AT WORK...you can't even speak to your family. IN PRISON...all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required. AT WORK...you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners. IN PRISON...you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out. AT WORK...you spend most of
your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.  IN PRISON...you must deal with sadistic wardens. AT WORK...they are called managers.
Now, get back to work!

 

 

Updated 12/19/03

 

Judge Rules Kids to Become Muslim in Public School: By Jen Shroder
At Excelsior Middle School in Byron County, a handout called "Islam: A Simulation" was used to help children "become Muslim." This handout can be seen at
http://www.blessed-cause.org/Indoctrination/ByronCountyShocker.htm  The handout states:
"From the beginning, you and your classmates will become Muslims." Children choose Muslim names, "play Jihad," memorize the Quran, pray to Allah and fast for Ramadan. Islam is transformed to a fanciful fun religion and an unrealistic view of Islam is planted in their minds, even as Christians and Jews are killed at every border of predominantly Muslim nations.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled these class activities are acceptable, opening doors for all schools to incorporate such practices. This is not a choice for parents. Bill Clinton's "Religious Expression in Public School" state:
"Students generally do not have a Federal right to be excused from lessons that may be inconsistent with their religious beliefs or practices."

Pay attention. There went religious freedom. A brave few parents have been objecting to the Christian persecution and Muslim indoctrination happening in public school today. Darla Dowell bravely objected to the censorship of Christmas in public school while Hannukah and Islam's Crescent Moon are allowed. She stood alone. Valerie Moore objected to a large banner in front of her school proclaiming, "There is one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet." Valerie, too, stood alone.  Elizabeth Lemmings objected to children pretending they are Muslims, taking Muslim names, wearing Muslim clothes, memorizing the Quran and playing Jihad. A teacher and alone, the social pressure was intense to the point that Jonas and Tiffany Eklund actually picked up the baton and filed the lawsuit against Byron Union School District on behalf of their children. Last week the case was dismissed. It takes courage to stand up for what is right, to fight for religious freedom. How disappointing that a federal judge completely disregarded the double standard and dismissed the case, leaving children mandated to memorize the Quran, learn Muslim beliefs as fact and embrace Islam while Christmas is outlawed.

Our children's Social Studies textbooks teach that Rome fell 1) because of Christians (somehow unexplained...) 2) because of the lethargy of the people. History is repeating itself. Instead of getting involved, we went shopping. We cared more about the content of the latest burger at BurgerKing than we did the content of our children's textbooks. We turn off Bill O'Reilly because reality is too outrageous and we'd rather be entertained at the movies. We applaud Bilbo and Aragorn in "Lord of the Rings," we cheer as they forge ahead against impossible odds overwhelmed by the enemy, we live and breathe their victories, but we bury our heads
at what is happening in our own world. Mel Gibson played a courageous godly man in "The Patriot." At first he refused to get involved with the Revolution, remembering the cruelty of war in the past. But after his son lay murdered in his arms, after evil and oppression overtook his world, he attacked the soldiers who intended to unjustly hang his second son. We cheered as he fought a bloody battle and freed his family. Afterwards, in moments of reflection, his sister-in-law said, "You've done nothing for which you should be ashamed."

The Patriot replied, " I've done nothing, and for that I am ashamed."

Beloved Americans, we should be ashamed. Too many of us have done nothing. Our children have been sustaining attacks on faith alone in public school and floundering. We are losing our families, our heritage, our freedom. Islam is resolved, either by persuasion or force, to overtake America. Clear evidence that Clinton surrendered our children to Islam behind closed doors can be found at http://www.blessed-ause.org/proof/Clinton%20Embracing%20Islam%20selling%20out%20children.htm

The courts are following Clinton's lead and President Bush...if President Bush has taken any action to clean up our schools from Muslim indoctrination, it is behind the scenes and I pray it is so...but with every day that passes, with every unanswered judgment by a treasonous court, hope for revival led by a godly president fades. So as we close our eyes to the state of our country and buy tickets to see Bilbo and Aragorn fight for the freedom of Middle Earth, as we cheer for the
courage of the Patriot, as we think we identify with heroism, know that we left the real heroes out in the cold. The Darla Dowells, the Valerie Moores, the Jonas and Tiffany Eklunds, who sacrificed their worlds, subjected their children to taunts and persecution, braved public opinion and stood against public school tyranny. But they stood alone, and today, with the stroke of a federal judge, they lost the war they battled to protect OUR children.

Will we now rally together, pick up the AMERICAN flag and fight for our freedom? Or will we find the remote, flip the channel and remind our children to go study their Quran. Perhaps we can last another ten years before we notice the CONTENTS of the Quran...and what the judges rule...how far the sun will set before we notice the last vestige of our freedom is gone.

Rev. Austin Miles is still standing, fighting alone. He has filed a petition to disbar Michael Newdow, the petitioner against the Pledge phrase, "under God." Miles submitted evidence that Newdow has filed frivolous and malicious lawsuits, violated the rules of professional conduct and lying to the courts under oath. At age 70, Miles is recovering from double strokes. He alleges that because of the deliberate, malicious actions of Newdow, he has caused Miles additional health problems, and liability is being established. Indeed Miles is concerned for his life, but the State Bar of California has simply closed the file, apparently closing the file on Miles' life as well.  Beloved Americans, protest. Protest now. Because if we don't vigilantly guard our freedom, if we don't stand together as one nation under God, we are set to become one world under Allah, instructed to kill all who disbelieve. Yes, there are peaceful Muslims, yes, we should love Muslims, but their holy book, the Quran, is the foundation of Taliban regimes. Look at every predominantly Islamic government. And in that event, just show me the line of the martyrs. You can have that world.

There is no room for me in Islamamerica. When Americans truly hate Christians and freedom so much they prefer Islamamerica, we will give it to you, but I pray America goes out with more than a whimper. Our forefathers fought for better than that, they paid with blood what we're giving away.  Our founding fathers served the Lord. As for me and my house, we will follow. May God have mercy on America.

BK -What kind of lawmakers do we have in Washington that this kind of garbage is allowed to get by. Some of the laws passed by them are bad enough! However this type of judicial fiat stinks to the high heavens!!!!" It has started in Calif.- the land of fruits and nuts, but you may rest assured it will come your way!! Don't just get angry use your voice and start raising HELL! The Kahuna will. Please give this wide dissemination. Big Kahuna

 

 

Maybe? I should accept the pure unvarnished truth. This is the time to begin soul searching and in doing so, resign myself to a most undeniable truth. To a man of statue, like our President Mr. Bush, our political system can be most inhospitable. Lets face it, if men like Washington, Madison, Jefferson and even Ronald Regan, were seeking our highest office today, the long knives would surely be out in force! Those self serving (NO thought of country) bottom feeders called liberal democrats, would rather destroy men of character, than see them accede to our highest office. For them it's hell to be out of power!

 

 

by Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans
Association..............................................
...............................................................
Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of  the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received the following reply from the local TARGET management:
"Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian causes, and education."

So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.  As a follow-up, I e-mailed the TARGET U.S. corporate headquarters and their response was the same. That's their national policy.  Then I looked into the company further. They will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys for Tots' at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment, they would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military service. Then as I dig further, TARGET is a(SURPRISE) French-owned corporation.  Now, I'm thinking again. If TARGET can not support American Veterans, ("bk I couldn't agree more) then why should I and my family support their stores by spending our hard earned American dollars and to have their profits sent to France?
Without the American Vets, where would France be today?
Feel free to pass this along to whomever you want.

Sincerely,
Dick Forrey
Veterans helping Veterans

 

 

I was thinking about how many people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older, then it dawned on me  they were cramming for their finals. As for many of us, we're just hoping God grades on the curve. :-o)  bk

 

 

An ageless story that needs to circulate at least annually.

 

The division of the human family into its two distinct branches, liberals and conservatives, occurred some 20,000 years ago. Until then all humans coexisted as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers. A thousand generations ago, in the pivotal event of societal evolution, beer was invented. This epochal innovation was both the foundation of modern civilization and the occasion of the great bifurcation of humanity into its two distinct subgroups. Once beer was discovered, our prehistoric forefathers decided it was time to settle down. Making beer required grain, and securing a steady supply of it ordained the invention of agriculture. After that was accomplished, ancient man quickly, and unfairly, consigned actual cultivation to women. Men couldn't just run off, willy-nilly, however. Neither the glass bottle nor the aluminum can had yet been invented, so it was necessary to stick pretty close to home, and the brewery.  This left our male ancestors with a lot of time on their hands, and led to the division of the species, which persists to this day. Some men tried to conserve remnants of the old way of life (hence the term "conservative") by spending their days in the open field in the dangerous pursuit of big game animals. At night they would roast their prey at a big barbecue, and afterwards sat around the fire drinking beer, passing wind and telling stories.  Other, more timid, souls stayed closer to home. They are responsible
for the domestication of cats and the invention of group therapy.  Mostly, they sat around worrying about how life wasn't fair and concocting elaborate schemes to "liberate" themselves from inequity (thus their designation as "liberals"). In the evening they gathered around their fire, nibbling on fruit and nuts, sharing their innermost feelings.

Today some liberals try to pretend they're really sort of conservative, and sometimes succeed in confusing people. The following are a few tips to use in distinguishing the two types.

By definition liberals believe in big government and high taxes. Life is unfair and the government is there to do something about it. Most people are too stupid to spend untaxed income wisely, they say, and high taxes allow liberals in government to do a better job of it.

Conservatives don't like government, and, aside from the military, wish it would just go away. They hate taxes, regulations, speed limits, and small cars. Typical conservatives are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh and, up there with the Big Man in the Sky, the incomparable John Wayne. Typical
liberals are Dustin Hoffman, Shirley McLaine, Pee Wee Herman, Martin Sheen, Sean Penn, Barbra Streisand, Ted Turner and his former wife, the traitor Jane Fonda.

All conservatives drink beer. American beer.  Some liberals like imported beer, but most prefer white wine or foreign water from a bottle.

Liberals like to drive Volvos and Saabs because they're made in socialist Sweden. They like to eat weird food because it's un-American.

Your basic conservative vehicle, especially in Alaska, is the Chevy Suburban. It's big, it's American, it's four wheel drive, and it sucks up the gas. Conservatives eat beef, which they (surprise!) like to barbecue. 

 

Big game hunters are conservative. Interior decorators are liberal.  Liberals invented the designated hitter rule in baseball because it wasn't "fair" to make the poor pitcher take his turn at bat. Conservatives, inspired by a remark of the legendary Pittsburgh Stealer linebacker Jack Lambert, believe quarterbacks should be required to wear skirts, so they can more easily be distinguished from real football players.

James Brown and Ray Charles are conservatives. Michael Jackson and Milli Vanilli are liberals.

Most social workers, personal injury lawyers, journalists, and group therapists are liberals. Most ranchers, loggers, professional soldiers, and steeplejacks are conservatives.

Liberal jurors distrust the prosecutors and police. Conservatives figure the defendant must be guilty or he wouldn't be on trial. Most conservatives not only believe in the death penalty, they would cheerfully implement it, personally, if called upon to do so. Liberals think capital punishment is a barbaric relic, and unfair to boot.

Liberals believe Europeans are, generally speaking, far more enlightened than Americans. Conservatives think Europeans are basically decadent, as evidenced by their complete absence in wars.

Typical conservative movies are "Raising Arizona, Patton," and "Conan the Barbarian."  Typical liberal movies are "Prince of Tides, Last Tango in Paris," and
"The Big Chill."

The quintessential liberal is the handicapper, the person who decides how much extra weight to saddle the faster horses with in order to make the race "fair."

The American cowboy, of course, is your basic, full bore conservative. A hundred years ago, an Englishman in South Dakota was trying to find the owner of a huge cattle ranch. He rode up to one of the ranch hands and asked, "Excuse me, but could you tell me where to find your Master?" To which the cowboy replied, "That sumbitch hasn't been born."

 

 

Please, don't lose sight of the fact that while the liberal news media and those devout Bush haters, keep reminding us, at the hands of supporters of Saddam Hussein, plus all kinds of al Queda riff-raff and Iranian die-hards, our military has been suffering (it is a WAR ZONE) loses every day in Iraq. We must not lose sight or forget, in Philadelphia the murder rate, by early August, was 198 killed! Across the nation in Oakland, California, they were moving right along with almost 80 murders! Then their is our nations capitol Washington, D. C., (lotus land on the Potomac), workplace of so many feel good, speak-ill of no man, as long as they vote for us, Democrat politicians, always eager to denounce the President, WOW! should heed this fact. In June the District had reclaimed its status as the murder capital of the United States. According to the FBI statistics, my fellow citizens, you have a better chance of being shot to death in Washington, D. C. than in Baghdad. So, the next time your local daily or nightly TV news plays up the number of our boys who are battle casualties in Iraq, you should give some thought to wearing a bulletproof vest on your next visit to D.C. to see the Lincoln memorial. Then there is our New Orleans, the city that "Care forgot" and our desire to always be number one! Lets continue to go at the current rate, we can and will surely surpass D.C.

 

 

You really don't have to be a rocket scientist to notice the moral slippage in our society today. This is being brought about by public apathy and indifference that has allowed our Christianity to be silenced in OUR schools and driven from the public arena. Abortion rights, gay and lesbian rights, feminist rights, and atheists' rights have virtually eclipsed any rights Christians used to enjoy. Try having your child bring up Jesus in school and see the result. Hells fire there is even a Post Office in Texas that won't allow a "In God We Trust" sign to be displayed. Am I Rip Van Winkle or is that still our national slogan?

This is a battle for our minds,will  decide whether our thoughts are shaped by the wisdom of men like Marx, Darwin, Freud, and Nietzsche, or by the wisdom God shared through Moses, the prophets, the apostles, and Jesus. We must stop turning the other cheek! Christian people are allowed to raise hell, if they will only use their voices!

 

 

Since I feel that turning the other cheek is no the solution. I have become so satiated with letters from the constant whiners and career Bush-bashers, and other various experts? I'd like to add my humble opinion. Our problems didn't start with Mr. Bush. For those of you too young to remember, it was in 1979, when Iranians took our embassy people hostage and we let them lead us around by the noses for 444 days. We even made it a point to let the world know how angry we were at this kind of treatment, however we did NOTHING! In an opinion held by many and most assuredly shared by me. We should have done is gone to the Iranians at 8 a.m. the next morning and told them to release our people by noon or Iran would become the world's most famous parking lot by 1 p.m. We allowed this to pass. Our people were gotten out alive, but at what price? We allowed them get away with what they did, since then the Arab world has been a thorn in our side, seeing this as a sign of weakness. Attacking us all over the world at will! The Arab world has seen that as a sign of weakness ever since. Look at how many thousands of innocent people have been killed since then. Our people are paying the price now. So we didn't find WMDs in Iraq? So what! The time long since passed for us to draw a line in the sand in the Arab world. We drew that line in Afghanistan and again in Iraq - and it was in "THEIR SAND", not ours. This enemy are morally corrupt savages who make Adolf Hitler look like a choirboy. These people are not going to stop until they start another world war. Believe me turning the other cheek is what brought us here in the first place.

 

 

California Wisdom

 

You have a cow and a bull.
The bull is depressed.
It has spent its life living a lie.
It goes away for two weeks.
It comes back after a taxpayer-paid sex-change operation. You now have two cows.
One makes milk; the other doesn`t.
You try to sell the transgender cow.
Its lawyer sues you for discrimination. You lose in court.
You sell the milk-generating cow to pay the damages. You now have one rich, transgender, non-milk- producing cow.

You change your business to beef. PETA pickets your farm. Jesse Jackson makes a speech in your driveway. Cruz Bustamante calls for higher farm taxes to help
"working cows". Hillary Clinton calls for the nationalization of 1/7 of your farm "for the children".
Gray Davis signs a law giving your farm to Mexico. The L.A. Times quotes five anonymous cows claiming you groped their teats.
You declare bankruptcy and shut down all operations. The cow starves to death.
The L.A. Times` analysis shows your business failure is Bush`s fault.

 

 

I readily admit to not being a scholar of the Constitution, however there is no problem for me to fathom the King's English when it is intelligently written and is grammatically correct. My perception in regard to The Constitution is that it clearly states in no ambiguous terms that Congress shall establish no religion. But for some unknown reason those paragons of knowledge in Congress have allowed the Supreme Court (a panel of nine U.S. citizens appointed for life by the president and approved by Congress) to render decisions on matters of speech, along with faith and morals. These decisions have now become the law of the land. In allowing this to happen, Congress has knowingly perhaps unwittingly established a state religion called "The Church of the Benighted Supreme Court."

 

 

"The U.S. military has had considerably more success in turning Iraq around than liberals have had in turning the ghettos around with their 40-year 'War on Poverty.' So far, fewer troops have been killed by hostile fire since the end of major combat in Iraq than civilians were murdered in Washington, DC, last year. How many years has it been since we declared the end of major U.S. combat operations against Marion Barry's regime? How long before we just give up and pull out of that
hellish quagmire known as Washington, D.C.?" --Ann Coulter

 

 

De Tocqueville said it best over 200 years ago: "America is great because America is good."  If America ceases to be good, the demise of our greatness is sure to follow.
Have you heard of the Roman Empire?

 

 

 

Congress is like the cockroach: If you don't turn on the lights and keep up the heat, you'll never know what the vermin are up to. Keep up the good work, keep turning up the heat and keep the lights on.

 

 

We as Americans, most of whom have worked hard and contributed to society for 50 years, paying taxes and more taxes for our government to give away to nations of the world who hate us, except when we hand out money. The Democrats and Republicans can't seem to come together except to create a comprehensive and workable health and (beyond belief) retirement plan, for themselves. Not at all like the one we the plebeians must live with. They are fair however! they allow us the plebeians to pay for it. We must also take credit for electing these lawmakers (OUR BETTERS ?) However these dedicated solipsist along with that paragon of fairness and veracity Bill Clinton, with help from both sides of the aisle saw fit to tax a good portion of our social security. However these same cretins have no qualms about giving away billions to Iraq, Israel, Haiti, Egypt and other countries, along with pandering to blocks of the whiners and complainers, whose love for America is always to be questioned. We have tried to save a world that can't stand us with money that belongs to the American people who paid their way, with hard work and sacrifice along with giving those politicians a well-filled public trough to slop themselves at! The Republicans and Democrats in Congress have great plans for themselves, and lip service for the American people. Do they really care? If you think they do, you most certainly believe in the tooth fairy. Election time is the only time they want us (need). With an electorate that is soooo apathetic they need not fear change? Soon we will have to beg the world to help us, however don't hold your breath! They will laugh at Uncle Sucker. A most aggravated! Big Kahuna ..

 

 

Are we the offspring of Rip Van Winkle? Have we all been asleep? The legal and most assuredly the illegal Immigrants are not assimilating to America; America is assimilating to the immigrants. Not only with respect to language but also with dress and other cultural customs, immigrants are retaining what they brought with them, not adopting what Americans do, or even care to. A story this week in the Washington Post, about Muslim women in the United States preferring to wear their traditional headscarves.

 

"It's gotten to the point where I felt this is my culture and my heritage," Lisa Hashem, a college graduate with a degree in engineering, told the Post. I have a clue for the lady - they are in real dire need for her type where she came from. Since she has already received from this country what she couldn't get where she comes from. Why doesn't she go back home where she can be of real help, plus enjoy her culture and her heritage all the time and let us have ours? A disgusted & MAH!!        BigKahuna

 

 

America and Americans don't need to be overly concerned about hurting the feelings of professional complaint groups, like the People for the American Way, NAACP, CORE, Jesse and his rainbow. However lets not forget, all the Hollywood leftists, who except for the good life they enjoy here, seem to have no great love for the country. If anything, we need to put more effort into investigating and arresting radical Islamic terrorists deporting them post haste when called for. As for the Hollywood so called elite, there is a easy way to get their attention, just don't patronize anything that they are offering. When you think about it other than their movies what do they offer that is of any value to the average man on the street? Just a thought! Big Kahuna

 

 

One of the many headaches that George W. Bush inherited from his predecessor, was the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. In the waning years of the Clinton administration, protesters demanded that the U. S. Navy abandon bombing and naval gun fire exercises that had taken place on the largely uninhabited island for nearly seventy years. It became a leftist cause.  Liberal icons bumped into one another to fly to Puerto Rico, boat over
to the island, trespass (but never on a day that there was an exercise scheduled) and get arrested for the benefit of the New York Times or Newsweek. They included the Reverend Al Sharpton, Mrs. Jesse Jackson, Joan Baez, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Edward Olomos, Michael Moore and Ramsey Clark, just to name a few. Hillary Clinton, then running for the U. S. Senate in New York, chastised the U. S. Navy for not bowing to the "will of the citizens of Puerto Rico", until her husband, a week before the election, issued an executive order to phase out the facility by 2003, despite pleas from his own Secretary of Defense and the Chief of Naval Operations.

In 2002, the bombing exercises were transferred to an Air Force bombing range in central Florida, not far from the Jacksonville and Pensacola Naval Air Stations. In January, many of the protesters were back in Puerto Rico, celebrating the final bombing exercise on Vieques and waved Puerto Rican flags and placards that read "U. S. Navy, get out of Puerto Rico."  On February 21, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced that the U. S. Navy will close the Roosevelt Roads Naval Air Station in Puerto Rico in 2004, eliminating 1200 civilian jobs as well as 700 military positions.  This naval facility is estimated to put nearly $300 million annually into the local economy. The next day a stunned Governor Sila Calderon, held a news conference in San Juan, protesting the base closure as a serious blow to Commonwealth's fragile economy.

 

The governor stated that "The people of Puerto Rico don't now or never did have an interest in closing the Vieques bombing range or the Roosevelt Roads naval base. We are interested in both staying in Puerto Rico."

 

When asked, the Commander-in Chief, Western Atlantic Command, said, "Without Vieques, I see no further need for the facility at Roosevelt Roads. None."

 

So, Yanqui go home? Fine. But we'll take our dollars with us. Hasta la vista . . . baby!

On February 21, the Secretary of Defense also announced that starting this year, the U. S. European Command would begin moving most if not all of its active combat and support units from bases in Germany to others being established in Poland, The Czech Republic, Hungary and Turkey to "better position them for rapid deployment to likely hot spots in those parts of the world". Immediately the business and government leaders in the German states of Hesse, Rhineland and Wurttemburg, protested the loss of nearly $6 million in revenue each year from the bases and manpower to be displaced. A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry speculated that the move may be "what the Americans call 'payback' for the actions of this government in opposing military action in Iraq."

 

Whatever. Does anyone know the German translation for "Hasta la vista . . . baby?"
Oh! ain't it nice to finally see our government with guts (and a good memory). I for one think it's greattttttttttt. 

 

 

The Democrats and the Republicans say they're beefing up our economy. How can this be when most don't know beef from pork!!!! Just thinking, Bk

 

 

Aside from the obvious which is to rein in our greedy politicians, who have no regard for we the people or our money. Then we Of course, no matter how unpleasant, start closing a few of the many unnecessary military bases. Stop the PORK! Since we are now certain that the French and Germans think so many of our policies are stupid let us start by closing overseas bases in France and Germany. Let them scream. Why should we subsidize with our troops, governments that as I stated have no regard for the way we operate! Next, we shouldn't even consider committing our young people, having them run the risk of getting killed in places like Liberia. Remember Somalia, where they dragged the body of an American airman through the city? How could you ever forget that terrible scene? We should make it policy that all loans (GIFTS) to our enemies will no longer be made, if for no other reason but that we are broke! It follows that lending :-o) or giving our money to countries that never back us is just plain stupid! Let them knock on the door of Japan Germany or even China to borrow. We have devoted much time and money, aside from the spilled blood of our young, pulling the chestnuts of these ungrateful folks from the fire, along with saving them from an unthinkable tyranny, to have those lobotomized residents of lotus land on the Potomac give away our country. Always be aware that for all that may be wrong in America we are still the best and only place in the world that I'm aware of where people die trying to get here!

 

 

What a constituency to be proud of! Except for most union members, the 13% with their hands out crowd, plus deviants and people who can't or won't speak our language!  Makes you glad to be a conservative Republician. Or it should. bk

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33820

 

 

It's a rainy afternoon and I am thinking of all those who oppose anything of faith being displayed in public and have to say, I think that I'm correct in making the statement that The Declaration of Independence recognizes "rights endowed by our Creator." The Constitution recognizes Jesus' birth and deity when it is dated "in the year of our Lord 1787."  One of the first congressional acts was to hire a clergy to lead prayer every day. Congress also purchased Bibles for schools. Prayer was allowed and encouraged from the founding until the 1960s, when all of a sudden it was declared unconstitutional. A pre-1950s Supreme Court even declared that the United States is a "Christian nation."  If one will research the documents from the Magna Carta, The Mayflower Compact, and on down through history, you will find that the Founding Fathers indeed recognized God and believed His commandments, all ten, and laws were a foundation that would let freedom work.

As for the phrase "In God We Trust" only starting in the '50s, I have some very old silver dollars dated 1882 and it has "In God We Trust," inscribed, so do Lincoln pennies and many other coins dated a long time before the 1950s.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed by President George Washington in 1789 as "a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to the good Lord, affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness." It was reaffirmed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Christmas (for you of little faith or NONE, that's the birth of Christ Jesus) and has been an official federal holiday since 1870.

You don't have to believe in God, but please don't use false information to argue your beliefs. I must add that in time of war you won't find any non believers in foxholes!!

Big Kahuna

 

 

Please join me in this most worthwhile effort. If we don't try we will never see it happen. However if you feel that our tax system is just then discard and ignore this plea. Thanks in any event. BK

 

Repeal the 16th Amendment and Abolish the Income Tax

(Please forward this invitation to friends, family members, and fellow American Patriots.  In order to force serious consideration of this issue within the White House and Congress, we must first collect as many petition signatures as possible.)

PatriotPetitions.US, the nation's leading public opinion advocate for Constitutional integrity, has embarked on a new campaign entreating the President and Congress to support meaningful tax reform legislation, including H.J. Resolution 15 to "Repeal the 16th Amendment and Abolish the Income Tax," in accordance with Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, and replace the current invasive income tax system with a national sales tax or flat tax.

We ask all American Patriots to join us in support of this critical bid "abolishing personal income, estate, and gift taxes and prohibiting the United States Government from engaging in business in competition with its citizens." Given the limited influence of constitutional constructionists and fiscal conservatives in both chambers of Congress, H.J. Resolution 15 stands little chance of passage, but it is critical that we all register our support for this important legislation as a matter of principle.  Tax reform is essential to America's economic future, and fundamental to our nation's historic commitment to personal liberty and equality.

Please join your fellow Patriots on the frontlines in defense of our liberty and national sovereignty.  Link to -- http://PatriotPetitions.US/noincometax
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Founder's Quote:  "I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...." --James Madison

 

 

Among those who know me well and have good memories, they will remember me espousing these sentiments, for many years. I not only still believe this, but am genuinely pleased to see someone with a national audience feels the same as I do! There will be those of you who disagree, just remember you were reminded here!!! ßk

 

 They're Coming to Take Me Away by Edgar J. Steele July 26, 2003

 

I recall getting strange looks, several years ago, from people whom I told it was time to buy their guns and ammunition at gun shows - for cash - off paper - no records.  Now, of course, it is all but impossible to buy a gun of any sort without getting into the Federal and state databases, thanks to the background checks.  Unless you're a criminal on the street, of course - business as usual there.  It's just America's law-abiding gun buyers of whom they're keeping track.  It will make it real easy to collect them when the time comes. I still get strange looks.  Today, however, it is because my advice in regard to guns has shifted to:  "It's time to bury your guns and ammunition."   Yes, they actually are confiscating certain types of weapons in certain parts of the country - especially California, of course - and Washington, DC, too - anyplace where there is skyrocketing crime is where they are taking the guns away from honest civilians.  Leaving guns only in the hands of street gangs and other assorted thugs - such as the local police forces. But, it isn't the escalating confiscation that causes me to say bury them now.  Time enough for that when we see them going door to door in the big cities, after all.  Rather, it is because the authorities are starting to use innocent gun ownership as a basis for labeling those of us who speak out as "domestic terrorists," to be thrown in jail. Yes, I know exactly how that sounds. No, I am not being excessively paranoid.  Yes, they now are investigating perfectly ordinary people.  People just like you.  Yes, they now are arresting law-abiding people who merely speak out against the current American regime.  People just like me.  Guess what class of people is due to be arrested next?  Consider me your canary-in-the-coal-shaft.  When you stop hearing from me, you know that you will be the next one to be picked up.  Of course, by then there will be nobody left to speak out on your behalf. Here's a link to a story written by a fellow, who just happens to be a journalist, who recently was investigated and interrogated by two FBI agents in Atlanta because somebody reported that he was reading a story entitled "Weapons of Mass Stupidity," while standing in a coffee shop line:  http://atlanta.creativeloafing.com/2003-07-17/rant.html .  Here's a link to the article that got this guy in trouble, merely because he was reading it in a public place:  http://charlotte.creativeloafing.com/newsstand/2003-06-04/news_cover.html .  Interrogated.  By the FBI.  For reading.  In Public.  Think about that for a moment.  Okay, now you're ready to move on to the next outrage. Meet Artie Wheeler.  Artie is in jail today.  Arrested by the Baltimore Police and labeled a domestic terrorist.  Because he owned guns and gunpowder.  All his guns and all his reloading supplies and equipment, including the gunpowder, are perfectly legal under existing city, state and federal laws.  He's being held on a charge of "reckless endangerment."   Speculation is that the charge against Artie arises from the gunpowder, both black and smokeless, being kept in plastic jugs.  Problem is, gunpowder routinely is resold to the public in plastic jugs.  It's the best and safest way to handle it.  Black powder is used for old-time guns, like flintlocks, and smokeless powder is used for modern bullets, which Artie reloaded himself in order to save money. I can hardly wait for them to come out here to Idaho and start arresting people for this sort of thing.  Almost everybody has guns and many reload their own ammunition in order to save money.  And there are lots of black powder aficionados who shoot privately and in competition.  America's South is full of them, busily reenacting the War of Northern Aggression (you may think of it as the Civil War) on weekends. Artie wasn't home when the Baltimore SWAT team broke down the door and then handcuffed his 72-year-old wife to the bedstead for seven hours, while they ransacked the couple's home.  Elizabeth is a proud grandmother, in fact, great-grandmother to three youngsters.  They took the couple's computer equipment, private papers and $8,000 in cash which the couple kept in their home for safety...for safety.  Now, with her husband in jail and out of work, Elizabeth has no money with which to buy groceries, let alone hire an attorney.  But the police have the couple's $8,000 savings, don't forget.  (Before I forget:  Elizabeth Wheeler, 512 South East Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21224-3913.  Be generous, if you've a mind to.) Remember, in this day of the Patriot Act and Homeland Defense, the police no longer require probable cause.  They need merely use the magic phrase, "domestic terrorist," and all remaining constitutional protections disappear. Artie is being held on a misdemeanor charge, under $2,000,000 bail.  Yes, $2 million.  You heard me right.  For contrast, another name in today's news, star basketball player Kobe Bryant, is out of jail on his rape, assault and battery charge (of a 19-year-old white girl), having posted just $15,000 bail.  And he's rich.   Artie Wheeler is broke since they took the couple's $8,000 savings, yet he is in jail under $2 million bail.  Of course, Artie is white.  No, you are the one being naive if you don't think that skin color and fame make a difference. So, you say, why Artie?  What makes him such a target?  Well, he and his 72-year-old wife have been passing out National Alliance literature.  The National Alliance has been targeted by the ADL, one of the truly evil terrorist organizations in the world today, as being "hateful" because it objects to the favoritism given to other races at the expense of whites.  Here is the National Alliance's web site:  http://www.natvan.com/ .  You can read an in-depth interview of great-grandmother Elizabeth there. Why didn't they arrest Elizabeth, too?  Because the trumped-up charge is based on the perfectly legal guns and gunpowder owned by her husband.  Also, the spectacle of locking up this great grandmother was probably too much for even these modern-day Gestapo jackbooted thugs in Baltimore. Another National Alliance member, Chester Doles, was arrested a couple of months ago.  His collection of twelve pistols and rifles, all legal, figured prominently in his being labeled a domestic terrorist.  In Idaho, that would be a merely average collection, believe me.   I used to ski pretty earnestly and still own about twenty pair of skis.  At any one time, if you are serious, you really need at least 8 pair of skis, each with a completely different set of characteristics:  slalom, giant slalom, ice, bumps, rocks, powder and slush.  Guns are kind of like that.   Of course, if you really are a domestic terrorist, bent upon killing people from a distance, then you really need only a single weapon.  Ironically, it's those with a great many guns who prove that they are the true sportsmen.  It's kind of like not needing to worry about the country with lots of nuclear missiles; rather, the real concern is the fellow with a single nuke. So, boys and girls, that is why I say it is time to bury those guns.  Before they use them as a pretext for arresting you because you were seen reading something critical of the President.  But, hold back one or two.  You'll need to give them something when they come to your door, collecting the guns, as they inevitably will, or they will be suspicious.  Bury the ones you bought off paper (no registration or background checks).  Or, someday you may need a couple of holdouts in order to fight your way to your main arsenal. Either way, it's time. Here's hoping you have a nice day!!

 

 

Sell it to us! In the Kahuna’s opinion this poll had to be taken in S.F., Calif.- the land of fruits and nuts!! You can bet your sweet derrière it wasn't done in middle America. You must take a poll where you know you will get the best results.

Am I wrong in this assumption? ßk

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/25/national/25GAYS.html?ei=5038&en=d8d0d5880f5cf634&ex=1059796800&partner=ASAHI&pagewanted=print&position=

 

 

Thanks to my friend Tony Sanchez for sending this to me. This is the sort of thing that
seems to fall in the cracks, because the media seems to dislike anything positive!! One of the truly uplifting things I have read since the war in Iraq started.

 

This came to me (Ralph) from a retired USMC Colonel (Lochner) friend of mine, who
received it from a USN Admiral (Ryan) friend of his. I now share the piece with you FYI.
Regards to all and SEMPER FI, Ralph

Got this from a retired Naval officer friend of mine. I think its fresh as of 7/18/03.

Dad,
The bottom line is this: Things are not as bad as they appear on the news. I can't believe how bad the press is, even Fox news which I don't think is that much better than the Communist News Network (CNN). Why do they only report on the one or two soldiers killed daily? They don't report on the millions of great things we do on a daily basis to make this country better. These people love us for the most part. It is only a very small amount of unorganized Ba'ath left-behinds who are giving us trouble. We have turned Al Hillah into one of the richest, safest cities in Iraq. The only people who probably know this are the Marines and the people of Al Hillah.

I get very frustrated with the media. I have little respect for them and I don't think I'll ever again be the voracious news consumer I was before. Their agenda is all too obvious to the men over here, who are actually living and working in Iraq. I have been here for months, in the same damn town. These journalists come in for a day or two, never get out of their SUVs, walk around, go into people's homes, or play with kids at schools. They hear that a soldier was killed by a sniper. Power went out. People took to the streets to protest a weapons turn in policy, a pay cut, or a new mayor. Then all of a sudden this place is "unstable" and "a quagmire."  How many American cities are "unstable" and stuck in a "quagmire"? By the media's definition, I'd say quite a few. What would today's American journalists have said about the months after the American Revolution, reconstruction in the south, even post-Nazi Germany? How have these so-called educated journalists become so short-sighted and pessimistic?

You can't change a country in a few months. You can't change a culture in years. The months after combat have had their ups and downs and struggles. We expected that. I remember the day our battalion drove into Saddam City, Baghdad. People jumping and crying in the streets, cheering and throwing cigarettes at us, offering us their daughters and babies. It was emotional for the Marines. It was one of the most intense emotional moments of my life. As intense as combat.

It is sad that the media is not reminding America of our glorious victory. The media has now turned to slinging mud at the president and our military planners. They are doubting our efforts. They say morale is at an "all time low." Well, maybe for the Army reservists. But not the Marines. We are motivated and dedicated to rebuilding Iraq and doing the job right. We are professionals and have already proven to the world that we are 100 times more effective at peace-keeping and nation-building than the Army.  Please relay my thoughts to your friends at work and parties. They need to be critical of the news. We laugh at the news. We sneer at reporters. We are the do-ers, not the passive watchers and critics. We have invested blood into this god-awful garden and we'll be damned if we just pull out and let some gang of punks ruin it for the people of Iraq.

I think I'll give some speeches or write opinion articles about all this when I go home. I will declare Jihad on the media.
All for now,

Nathan

Thank God for Nathan and all the men who are protecting our country! BK

 

 

Boy do I go along with this! Why can't we have such a realistic policy?

http://wnd.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33759

 

 

I pass this along because I think it is a greattttttttttttttttttttttt idea. Read on and see if you agree.ßk

You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices in Texas have been forced to take down small posters that say "IN GOD WE TRUST."  The law, they say, is being violated.. It is something silly about electioneering posters (is God running for office)?
Anyway, I heard proposed on a radio station show, that we all write "IN GOD WE 'TRUST" on the back of all our mail. After all, that is our national motto, and it's on all the money we use to buy those stamps. I think it is a wonderful idea.  We must take back our nation from all the people that think that anything that offends them should be removed.

If you like this idea, please pass it on, and DO IT. The idea of writing or stamping "IN GOD WE TRUST" on our envelopes sounds good to me.  It has been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God.  Therefore, I have a very hard time understanding why there is such a mess about having "In God We Trust" on our money and having God in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Could it be that we just need to take action and tell the 14% to sit down and shut up? (bk - right after we give them a swift kick in the ARSE!)

 

 

Musing on a rainy day!  

 

In our republic liberty, hopefully is (though not always) regulated by intelligence. However we also have the benighted gleefully dedicated to restlessness and total disregard for law.This is where the bayonet (only in a figurative sense) must come in, restraint by force. Not long can our Republic survive without the general understanding that perceives the need for those "JUST" laws. From this comes a happy obedience by the
people, making for the public good! However we who refer to ourselves as law abiding must Never never lose sight of this. In my humble opinion unrestrained freedom can be anarchy!

 

 

It's time to revisit where we were a century ago. This ought to boggle your mind; I know it did mine.                         

 

The year is 1903, one hundred years ago... what a difference a century makes. Here are the U.S. statistics for 1903.

The average life expectancy in the US was forty-seven.
Only 14 Percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars..
There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.
Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There were no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Coca Cola contained cocaine.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."
Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.
Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.
It boggles the mind...

 

 

The stuff you don't hear about on CNN?
Let's start with electrical power production in Iraq. The day after the war was declared over, there was nearly 0 power being generated in Iraq.  Just 45 days later, in a partnership between the Army, the Iraqi people and some private companies, there are now 3200 megawatts (Mw) of power being produced daily, 1/3 of the total national potential of 8000 Mw.  Downed power lines (big stuff, 400 Kilovolt (Kv) and 132 Kv) are being repaired and are about 70 percent complete. 

 

Then there is water purification. In central Iraq between Baghdad and Mosul, home of the 4th Infantry Division, water treatment was spotty at best. The facilities existed, but the controls were never implemented.  Simple chemicals like Chlorine for purification and Alum (Aluminum Sulfate) for sediment settling (the Tigris River is about as clear as the Mississippi River) were in very short supply or not used at all.  When chlorine was used, it was metered by the scientific method of guessing. So some people got pool water to drink and some people got water with lots of little things floating around in it. We are slowly but surely solving that. Contracts for repairs to facilities that are only 50 percent or less operational are being let, chemicals are being delivered, although we don't have the metering problem solved yet ( but again, it's only been 45 days).

How about oil and fuel? Well the war was all about oil wasn't it? You bet it was. It was all about oil for the Iraqi people! They have no other income, they produce nothing else. Oil is 95 percent of the Iraqi GNP. For this nation to survive, it must sell oil.  The Refinery at Bayji is [operating] at 75 percent of capacity producing gasoline. The crude pipeline between Kirkuk (Oil Central) and Bayji will be repaired by tomorrow (2 June). LPG, what all Iraqis use to cook and heat with, is at 103 percent of normal production and we, the U.S. Army, are ensuring it is being distributed fairly to all Iraqis.

You have to remember that only three months ago, all these things were used by the Saddam regime as weapons against the population to keep them in line. If your town misbehaved, gasoline shipments stopped, LPG pipelines and trucks stopped, water was turned off, power was turned off.  Now, until exports start, every drop of gasoline produced goes to the Iraqi people. Crude oil is being stored and the country is at 75 percent capacity right now. They need to export or stop pumping soon, so thank the U.N. for the delay.  All LPG goes to the Iraqi people everywhere. Water is being purified as best it can be, but at least its running all the time to everyone. 

Are we still getting shot at? Yep. Are American soldiers still dying? Yep, about one a day from my outfit, the 4th Infantry Division, most in accidents, but dead is dead. If we are doing all this for the Iraqis, why are they shooting at us? The general Iraqi population isn't shooting at us. There are still bad guys who won't let go of the old regime. They are Ba'ath party members (Read Nazi Party, but not as nice) who have known nothing but and supported nothing but the regime all of their lives. These are the thugs for the regime who caused many to disappear in the night. They have no other skills. At least the Nazis [in Germany] had jobs and a semblance of a national infrastructure that they could go back to after the war, as plumbers, managers, engineers, etc. These people have no skills but terror. They are simply applying their skills ... and we are applying ours.

There is no Christian way to say this, but they must be eliminated and we are doing so with all the efficiency we can muster. Our troops are shot at literally everyday by small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs). We respond. One hundred percent of the time, the Ba''ath party guys come out with the short end of the stick. The most amazing thing to me is that they don't realize that if they stopped shooting at us, we would focus on fixing things more quickly and then leave back to the land of the Big PX. The more they shoot at us, the longer we will have to stay.

Lastly, all of you please realize that 90 percent of the damage you see on TV was caused by Iraqis, not by us and not by the war. Sure, we took out a few bridges from military necessity, we took out a few power and phone lines to disrupt communications, sure we drilled a few palaces and government headquarters buildings with 2000 lb. laser guided bombs (I work 100 yards from where two hit the Tikrit Palace), [but] he had plenty to spare. But, any damage you see to schools, hospitals, power generation facilities, refineries, pipelines, was all caused either by the Iraqi Army in its death throes or from much of the Iraqi civilians looting the places.  Could we have prevented it? Nope. We can and do now, but 45 days ago, the average soldier was fighting for his own survival and trying to get to his objectives as fast as possible. He was lucky to know what town he was in much less be informed enough to know who owned what or have the power to stop 1,000 people from looting and burning a building by himself.

The United States and our allies, especially Great Britain, are doing a very noble thing here. We stuck our necks out on the world's chopping block to free an entire people from the grip of a horrible terror that was beyond belief. I've already talked the weapons of mass destruction thing to death - bottom line, who cares? This country was one big conventional weapons ammo dump anyway. We have probably destroyed more weapons and ammo in the last 30 days than the U.S. Army has ever fired in the last 30 years (remember, this is a country the size of Texas), so drop the WMD argument as the reason we came here. If we find it great if we don't, so what?

I'm living in a "guest palace" on a 500-acre palace compound with 20 palaces with like facilities built in half a dozen towns all over Iraq that were built for one man. Drive down the street and out into the countryside five miles away like I have and see all the families of 10 or more, all living in mud huts and herding the two dozen sheep on which their very existence depends ..then tell me why you think we are here. WMD is an important issue. We have to find them wherever they may be (in Syria?), but that is not our real motivator. Don't let it be yours either.

Respectfully,
ERIC RYDBOM MAJOR, ENGINEER Deputy Division Engineer 4th Infantry
Division
 

 

 

This letter from a combat veteran!

 

"This decoration authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 on February 4, 1944, is awarded a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after December 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed
enemy."
"The award recognizes acts of heroism performed in ground combat if they are of lesser degree than that required for the Silver Star. It also recognizes single acts of merit and meritorious service if the achievement or service is of a lesser degree than that deemed worthy of the Legion of Merit; but such service must have been accomplished with distinction."

Now can anyone logically explain to me how and WHY Jessica Lynch received this award? I am not trying to discredit her. She certainly went through a traumatic
experience with being injured, captured and sort of held prisoner. Is this one more thing to appease women? It has yet to be made clear, at least to me, how she distinguished herself by "heroic or meritorious achievement or service".  What about all the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who actually saw, participated and were wounded or died in actual combat? Continuous combat. Shouldn't those who were wounded or died receive the same recognition. Was this the result of pandering to the feminist? Help me understand.

 

 

Most of the European nations wish us nothing but success in our war with Iraq. Having said that, in my humble opinion they also wish, no matter
what they think of the war, that our occupation is successful. However you may rest assured that they have no intention of committing their people and resources in support of an occupation taking place that they have no responsibility for and even less influence over the direction it takes. We must never make the fatuous assumption that the overwhelming superiority of our military power would make it a simple thing to change the internal politics of any nation, when and why do we assume such (pardonable) arrogance? However it's a given that this effort should and must be made! Thank God we have a President that seems up to the job. If we as a nation and people have the fallacious opinion to think this can be done only through military power, that seems to scorn the views of allies and the rest of the world, we are wrong! Except by the grace of God, this could end in a tragedy, better than the Greeks could have written! God bless our troops, country and our President Mr. Bush.

Big Kahuna

 

 

Thanks to those liberal cretins in the State Dept. this is just what America needs more democratic voters for the next election. Don't worry
though they are being taught how to flush toilets and work light switches. They may even be required to speak English? I for one living
where I do(New Orleans) see no need to import more people for the welfare rolls. Why is it that other countries seem to be more selective
and look for educated people to bring to their countries. It must be in the DNA of those in Washington that we seem to prefer those we(the
taxpayers) must carry to those who can carry their own weight. I bet there are many of you who share this view? Big Kahuna

 

 

Chuck Schumer is the #1 anti-Second Amendment radical in the U.S. Senate. Were it up to him, your Second Amendment rights would be
stripped away year after year.
-- Chuck Schumer is one of the biggest spending liberals in the U.S. Senate. He has voted to waste BILLIONS of dollars on failed government
programs that perpetuate poverty. And he opposed President Bush's initiatives to reforming the failed welfare system.
-- Chuck Schumer led the charge against banning the barbaric practice of Partial-Birth Abortion, and is one of the favorite Senators of the Trial
Lawyers and Big Labor Union Bosses.
-- And unlike the majority of Americans who live in the real world, Chuck Schumer opposed President Bush's tax cut for working American's by
voting against it.
Another reason for we conservatives to dislike him Chuck Schumer is the leading Democratic Senator on the Judiciary Committee to oppose
President Bush's nominees to the Federal Bench.
And if that isn't enough he is closest to   Hillary (the mendacious one) in the Senate. Sure hopes he gets defeated in the next electon!!!!!b

 

 

In the House, Rep. Ron Paul's amendment to withdraw the U.S. from the UN was defeated this week by a vote of 350-74. You may recall that The
Federalist's public opinion service, PatriotPetitions.US, sponsored a petition in support of this amendment, entreating President George Bush,
Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist "...to terminate all participation by the United States in the
United Nations, terminate any and all U.S. taxpayer-funded support for the UN, and prohibit American Armed Forces from serving under the
command of the United Nations anywhere in the world." While we did not expect Rep. Paul's amendment to pass, the fact that 73 members of the
House joined Rep. Paul in support of this amendment and that some 40,000 of our readers registered their support for it, certainly serves to keep
the heat on UN oversight. (Footnote: Atop the UN's current wish list is a $1 billion interest-free loan from U.S. taxpayers for renovations on
the UN headquarters building in New York.)
Undeterred, Rep. Paul proposed H.J. Resolution 15, "an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to abolishing personal
income, estate, and gift taxes and prohibiting the United States Government from engaging in business in competition with its citizens."
We are on board with this one! BK says "And soooooooooooo is the Kahuna. The UN doesn't even give us one kiss when they do it to us!!!!!!”

 

 

The following sure gives credence to my thought sometime back that Mr. Bush should clean the state dept. house of all those Clinton
appointees.

July 17, 2003
Many in the State Department may have opposed Ronald Reagan's fervent
anti-Communism in the 80's. But it was much worse back in the '30s, '40s
and '50s.
CBN.com - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The State Department is supposed to
represent America's best interests to the rest of the world, but critics
say it often fails to do that. In fact, they say it sometimes acts in
opposition to American interests.
Within days of America's flash war to topple Saddam Hussein, Newt
Gingrich was warning the State Department was busy pursuing policies
that would throw away the fruits of that military victory. His main
charge: in a violent world of terrorism and growing anti-Americanism,
the State Department is still sleepwalking in its normal way, passive
and accommodating to America's enemies, operating out of a liberal
worldview.
Critics say the State Department has a long history of doing this, and
in the process, sometimes subverting the President it is supposed to
serve. The Reagan years are a good example.
"Sometimes it's worthwhile destabilizing some country, like when Ronald
Reagan destabilized the Soviet Union and brought it down," said Herb
Romerstein.
Romerstein worked on Capitol Hill in those days, and Michael Horowitz
served in the White House. They were ideological opponents of the State
Department bureaucrats.
Romerstein said, "You don't know how shocked they were when Ronald
Reagan referred to the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire.'"
Horowitz said, "I thought that half the people in the State Department
would go into cardiac arrest that week. They were certain and terrified
that this was going to start World War III."
"The State Department bureaucracy did generally not approve of the
President's anti-communism. They were more of an accommodationist bent,"
said Faith Whittlesey who served on Reagan's staff and watched Foggy
Bottom try to undermine his initiatives.
"They felt very strongly that those policies were wrong-headed,"
Whittlesey said. "Their reactions varied from, I would say, inaction to
the point of out-right subversion."
Why is it like this with the State Department? There are a couple of
reasons. Certainly, one of them is philosophy.
Whittlesey said, "They could be described, I would say, 90 percent
liberal."
"They came out of an academic community that told them America is the
problem in the world, and that's what they hear at their cocktail
parties," said Romerstein.
Whittlesey said, "[Their views] could be described as conforming pretty
closely to the editorial page of the Washington Post."
"Any conservative administration cuts against the grain of where many of
these career people stand," said Horowitz.
Many in the State Department may have opposed Ronald Reagan's fervent
anti-Communism in the 80's. But it was much worse back in the '30s, '40s
and '50s. In those days the Soviet Union was directing Communist agents
who actually worked in the State Department and other high places in the
U.S. government.
"They were heavily infiltrated by Communists and most of the Communists
in the State Department were Soviet agents," said Romerstein. "They
would network and you could see them rising to high places."
He continued, "You had Harry Hopkins, the closest friend of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, who was a Soviet agent."
These positions and this networking let them manipulate America's
foreign policy. "They could keep things from the President," Romerstein
said.
In China, some of these agents helped fellow communist Mao Tse Tung's
cause. Romerstein said, "[They would] feed back to Washington similar
reports so that their comrades back at the State Department could say,
'Look, we're not only getting it from our own people, we're getting it
from the Treasury Department representative, from the OSS
representative.'"
Whittlesey said, "Which led eventually to the ascendancy of Mao Tse-Tung
and the deaths of millions and millions of people."
But Harry Truman in the late '40s planned to draw the line against the
Communists in Greece and Turkey, boldly announcing America would do
whatever it had to stop Soviet expansionism. How did the State
Department react to his tough stance?
"Here were the Communists about to take over Greece and Turkey,"
Horowitz said. "For the most part, the State Department reaction was one
of absolute horror."
Romerstein is an expert on Communist infiltration of the U.S.
government. He says Truman realized from secret investigations these
agents were on the inside working against him.
"But he was frightened the Republicans would use this as a political
weapon against him and against the New Deal, and so he did what he could
to cover up many of these Soviet spies," said Romerstein.
Congressmen like Senator Joe McCarthy eventually hounded most of these
agents out of government. McCarthy is vilified by America's media today
as a Red-baiter, but Romerstein said, "He was right in most of the
cases, because he had the files, State Department files, on their own
infiltrators."
The Communists may have been ousted, but that did not take the lean to
the left out of the State Department. In 1982, Whittlesey became U.S.
ambassador to Switzerland, but she was still speaking out forcefully for
Reagan's policies, like the Star Wars defense shield, and opposing the
spread of communism in Central America. She says Foggy Bottom applied
pressure to her staff not to support her views.
Whittlesey said, "There were people from the State Department
bureaucracy who came over to Berne to essentially warn the career
officers who were on my staff."
When John Kennedy was told Soviets had sneaked missiles into nearby
Cuba, the State Department refused to believe it, and even claimed it
was impossible.
Romerstein said their belief was that "the Soviet Union would never do
anything like that. They wouldn't offend us like that by sending
missiles 90 miles from our shores."
Romerstein says this bias led the bureaucrats to miss important
evolutions among America's enemies. They insisted the Soviets would only
support Communist terrorists, so they were blindsided by the KGB's
backing of Middle East terrorists and hijackers, its push to train
Iranian radicals who overthrew the Shah of Iran.
But these critics say this misguided thinking is not all a result of
leftist bias. It is also that the State Department is too easily seduced
by conventional wisdom and lazy thinking. They live in a sort of
bureaucratic bubble with the other diplomats of the world.
Horowitz explained, "Stability is the goal; change is the threat."
So it creates an inertia when crises hit, like Hutus slaughtering Tutsis
in Rwanda, Congo spiraling into bloody civil war, Iran and North Korea
racing to arm themselves with The Bomb. The State Department's answer?
"Negotiate with the guys, sign a piece of paper, give 'em money, declare
victory," said Horowitz.
Whittlesey describes an iron triangle made up of State Department
bureaucrats and their allies in the press and among the congressional
staffs. "And they form a kind of permanent government in this town," she
said. "They make it clear that if young officers do not adhere to a
certain policy agenda in everything they do, their careers will go
nowhere."
CBN News asked the State Department to react to this story. They would
not give us an interview, saying our charges are: "Nothing more than
politics as usual. There are always multiple viewpoints, multiple
opinions and multiple theories."
Even if most of the State Department disagrees with Bush, foreign policy
analyst Michael Ledeen insists that is not necessarily a big problem.
Ledeen said, "The worst thing that could happen to a President is to
have unanimity of advice. And I think if Powell and Rumsfeld and Tenet
and Rice came to him and always said the same thing, I think that'd be
terrible. I think any President should want to hear a wide-open debate.
Bush has said many times he wants to."
And Whittlesey, Romerstein and Horowitz are not completely negative
about the department. "There are some wonderful people I've met at the
State Department," Horowitz said.
"Patriotic Americans who were selflessly devoted to doing their duty,"
said Whittlesey.
But Horowitz points out that many do not like anyone from outside the
diplomatic corps meddling in what they consider their business. Take the
Sudan issue, for example.
"It's produced 25 percent of the refugees on this earth, more than two
million people killed," said Horowitz. "I've heard State Department
officials complain bitterly about Bush defining the priority that Sudan
gets. And then of course they say, 'Well, it's all those Christians who
are forcing him.'"
It turns out, some in the State Department often look down their noses
at believing Christians. Horowitz explained that many in the department
share a view that's something like this: "'My God, they watch CBN News
to get their news! They're not our people. They're threats.'"
And Horowitz said, to many of these bureaucrats, Bush is the epitome of
these people. At a Washington dinner before the war, a senior State
Department official stated to Horowitz: "'There are crazy people in this
administration, crazy military officers who are going to get us into a
crazy war.'" And Horowitz recalled, "I said, 'Do you think George Bush
is crazy?' At which point his response was, 'YES!'"
Romerstein said, "They'd prefer a President who worried about world
public opinion, which means the opinion of the leftists. And they don't
like Bush and they're hoping President Hillary could change the
situation for them." ßk" God forbid".

 

 

This liberal democrat is a world class panderer and in the language of the streets ASS KISSER! Is there anything they won't do to suck up to
their voting bloc? They treat that 13% like it's the majority, only for one reason they can be counted on to vote like lemmings!! Hell a law
degree isn't needed it's a Phd. in liberalism that's the root. Bk

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A prayer From St. Therese

 

May today there be peace within.
May you trust your highest power that you are exactly where you are
meant to be....
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you....
May you be content knowing you are a child of God....
Let this presence settle into our bones, and allow your soul the freedom
to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one
of you....
??????????????????????????????????
ßk

 

 

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
 
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
 
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
 
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?
 
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
 
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
 
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
 
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
 
Enjoy Your Freedom &God Bless Our Troops
AMEN!!!

 

 

The lamp of experience is mans best guide, then history is the oil! If this has merit then it sure makes it tough for the cretins among us!! Bk

 

 

Some problems that led to the fall of Rome. It can happen here if we continue on our present path! IMHO. ßk.

 #1 Lack of leadership,(USA- we only draw from a pool of super rich, not super erudite.)
lack of male dignity,(traced to women’s lib  and male assertiveness, sometimes referred to as a lack of gonads!)
lack of orderly imperial(presidential) succession,

lack of qualified workers,( or those who wish to work)
lack of rainfall, (Non sequitur for us!)
lack of seriousness, bk

 

Addendum to thoughts –

moral decline, moral idealism, moral materialism, and total dependency on Big Brother (Government)bk

 

 

When you have doubts about the inmates running the asylum in America! READ ON!!!! Then give some thought to what should be done with these
judges and there are many. I have a few suggestions and turning them into eunuchs ranks high on my list! BK

http://wnd.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33609

 

 

At the age of seventy five nothing much surprises me anymore. I have just read about those benighted folks who object to our flag flying
outside their school. They want their kids to be citizens of the world. Well I for one will make a contribution to their fare out of the country. I wonder how many countries would tolerate ths sort of garbage from one of it's people. America suffers fools too easily. The confusion
between liberty and license seems hard for some to fathom!!    

 

 

Why is it I feel no pain for these folks? Our yankee brothers turned a blind eye to us here in the south as our way of life disappeared. Of
course we southern racists deserved to have this happen. bk

http://www.lewrockwell.com/decoster/decoster86.html

 

 

This could almost be called a tome! However it is almost a have to read, if you care about your country and where it's (WE) are headed. I hope
that you will take the time and digest it all. You may not agree however it will exercise the brain. Big Kahuna.

Congressman Ron Paul addresses the U.S. House of Representatives
July 10, 2003

"Neo-conned"

The modern-day, limited-government movement has been co-opted. The
conservatives have failed in their effort to shrink the size of
government. There has not been, nor will there soon be, a
conservative revolution in Washington. Political party control of the
federal government has changed, but the inexorable growth in the size
and scope of government has continued unabated. The liberal arguments
for limited government in personal affairs and foreign military
adventurism were never seriously considered as part of this revolution.
Since the change of the political party in charge has not made a
difference, who's really in charge? If the particular party in power
makes little difference, whose policy is it that permits expanded
government programs, increased spending, huge deficits, nation building
and the pervasive invasion of our privacy, with fewer Fourth Amendment
protections than ever before?
Someone is responsible, and it's important that those of us who love
liberty, and resent big-brother government, identify the philosophic
supporters who have the most to say about the direction our country is
going. If they're wrong-and I believe they are-we need to show
it, alert the American people, and offer a more positive approach to
government. However, this depends on whether the American people
desire to live in a free society and reject the dangerous notion that we
need a strong central government to take care of us from the cradle to
the grave. Do the American people really believe it's the government's
responsibility to make us morally better and economically equal? Do
we have a responsibility to police the world, while imposing our vision
of good government on everyone else in the world with some form of
utopian nation building? If not, and the enemies of liberty are
exposed and rejected, then it behooves us to present an alternative
philosophy that is morally superior and economically sound and provides
a guide to world affairs to enhance peace and commerce.
One thing is certain: conservatives who worked and voted for less
government in the Reagan years and welcomed the takeover of the U.S.
Congress and the presidency in the 1990s and early 2000s were deceived.
Soon they will realize that the goal of limited government has been
dashed and that their views no longer matter.
The so-called conservative revolution of the past two decades has given
us massive growth in government size, spending and regulations.
Deficits are exploding and the national debt is now rising at greater
than a half-trillion dollars per year. Taxes do not go down-even if we
vote to lower them. They can't, as long as spending is increased,
since all spending must be paid for one way or another. Both
Presidents Reagan and the elder George Bush raised taxes directly.
With this administration, so far, direct taxes have been
reduced-and they certainly should have been-but it means little if
spending increases and deficits rise.
When taxes are not raised to accommodate higher spending, the bills must
be paid by either borrowing or "printing" new money. This is one
reason why we conveniently have a generous Federal Reserve chairman who
is willing to accommodate the Congress. With borrowing and inflating,
the "tax" is delayed and distributed in a way that makes it difficult
for those paying the tax to identify it. For instance, future
generations, or those on fixed incomes who suffer from rising prices,
and those who lose jobs - they certainly feel the consequences of
economic dislocations that this process causes. Government spending
is always a "tax" burden on the American people and is never equally or
fairly distributed. The poor and low-middle income workers always
suffer the most from the deceitful tax of inflation and borrowing.
Many present-day conservatives, who generally argue for less government
and supported the Reagan/Gingrich/Bush takeover of the federal
government, are now justifiably disillusioned. Although not a monolithic
group, they wanted to shrink the size of government.
Early in our history, the advocates of limited, constitutional
government recognized two important principles: the rule of law was
crucial, and a constitutional government must derive "just powers from
the consent of the governed." It was understood that an explicit
transfer of power to government could only occur with power rightfully
and naturally endowed to each individual as a God-given right.
Therefore, the powers that could be transferred would be limited to
the purpose of protecting liberty. Unfortunately, in the last 100
years, the defense of liberty has been fragmented and shared by various
groups, with some protecting civil liberties, others economic freedom,
and a small diverse group arguing for a foreign policy of
nonintervention.
The philosophy of freedom has had a tough go of it, and it was hoped
that the renewed interest in limited government of the past two decades
would revive an interest in reconstituting the freedom philosophy into
something more consistent. Those who worked for the goal of limited
government power believed the rhetoric of politicians who promised
smaller government. Sometimes it was just plain sloppy thinking on
their part, but at other times, they fell victim to a deliberate
distortion of a concise limited-government philosophy by politicians who
misled many into believing that we would see a rollback on government
intrusiveness.
Yes, there was always a remnant who longed for truly limited government
and maintained a belief in the rule of law, combined with a deep
conviction that free people and a government bound by a Constitution
were the most advantageous form of government. They recognized it as
the only practical way for prosperity to be spread to the maximum number
of people while promoting peace and security.
That remnant-imperfect as it may have been-was heard from in the
elections of 1980 and 1994 and then achieved major victories in 2000 and
2002 when professed limited-government proponents took over the
administration, the Senate and the House. However, the true believers
in limited government are now shunned and laughed at. At the very
least, they are ignored-except when they are used by the new leaders
of the right, the new conservatives now in charge of the U.S.
government.
The remnant's instincts were correct, and the politicians placated them
with talk of free markets, limited government, and a humble,
non-nation-building foreign policy. However, little concern for civil
liberties was expressed in this recent quest for less government.
Yet, for an ultimate victory of achieving freedom, this must change.
Interest in personal privacy and choices has generally remained
outside the concern of many conservatives-especially with the great
harm done by their support of the drug war. Even though some
confusion has emerged over our foreign policy since the breakdown of the
Soviet empire, it's been a net benefit in getting some conservatives
back on track with a less militaristic, interventionist foreign policy.
Unfortunately, after 9-ll, the cause of liberty suffered a setback.
As a result, millions of Americans voted for the less-than-perfect
conservative revolution because they believed in the promises of the
politicians.
Now there's mounting evidence to indicate exactly what happened to the
revolution. Government is bigger than ever, and future commitments are
overwhelming. Millions will soon become disenchanted with the new
status quo delivered to the American people by the advocates of limited
government and will find it to be just more of the old status quo.
Victories for limited government have turned out to be hollow indeed.
Since the national debt is increasing at a rate greater than a
half-trillion dollars per year, the debt limit was recently increased by
an astounding $984 billion dollars. Total U.S. government obligations
are $43 trillion, while total net worth of U.S. households is just over
$440 trillion. The country is broke, but no one in Washington seems
to notice or care. The philosophic and political commitment for both
guns and butter-and especially for expanding the American
empire-must be challenged. This is crucial for our survival.
In spite of the floundering economy, the Congress and the administration
continue to take on new commitments in foreign aid, education, farming,
medicine, multiple efforts at nation building, and preemptive wars
around the world. Already we're entrenched in Iraq and Afghanistan,
with plans to soon add new trophies to our conquest. War talk abounds
as to when Syria, Iran and North Korea will be attacked.
How did all this transpire? Why did the government do it? Why
haven't the people objected? How long will it go on before something
is done? Does anyone care?
Will the euphoria of grand military victories-against
non-enemies-ever be mellowed? Someday, we as a legislative body must
face the reality of the dire situation in which we have allowed
ourselves to become enmeshed. Hopefully, it will be soon!
We got here because ideas do have consequences. Bad ideas have bad
consequences, and even the best of intentions have unintended
consequences. We need to know exactly what the philosophic ideas were
that drove us to this point; then, hopefully, reject them and decide on
another set of intellectual parameters.
There is abundant evidence exposing those who drive our foreign policy
justifying preemptive war. Those who scheme are proud of the
achievements in usurping control over foreign policy. These are the
neoconservatives of recent fame. Granted, they are talented and achieved
a political victory that all policymakers must admire. But can
freedom and the Republic survive this takeover? That question should
concern us.
Neoconservatives are obviously in positions of influence and are
well-placed throughout our government and the media. An apathetic
Congress put up little resistance and abdicated its responsibilities
over foreign affairs. The electorate was easily influenced to join in
the patriotic fervor supporting the military adventurism advocated by
the neoconservatives.
The numbers of those who still hope for truly limited government
diminished and had their concerns ignored these past 22 months, during
the aftermath of 9-11. Members of Congress were easily influenced to
publicly support any domestic policy or foreign military adventure that
was supposed to help reduce the threat of a terrorist attack.
Believers in limited government were harder to find. Political
money, as usual, played a role in pressing Congress into supporting
almost any proposal suggested by the neocons. This process-where
campaign dollars and lobbying efforts affect policy-is hardly the
domain of any single political party, and unfortunately, is the way of
life in Washington.
There are many reasons why government continues to grow. It would be
naïve for anyone to expect otherwise. Since 9-11, protection of
privacy, whether medical, personal or financial, has vanished. Free
speech and the Fourth Amendment have been under constant attack.
Higher welfare expenditures are endorsed by the leadership of both
parties. Policing the world and nation-building issues are popular
campaign targets, yet they are now standard operating procedures.
There's no sign that these programs will be slowed or reversed until
either we are stopped by force overseas (which won't be soon) or we go
broke and can no longer afford these grandiose plans for a world empire
(which will probably come sooner than later.)
None of this happened by accident or coincidence. Precise philosophic
ideas prompted certain individuals to gain influence to implement these
plans. The neoconservatives-a name they gave
themselves-diligently worked their way into positions of power and
influence. They documented their goals, strategy and moral
justification for all they hoped to accomplish. Above all else, they
were not and are not conservatives dedicated to limited, constitutional
government.
Neo-conservatism has been around for decades and, strangely, has
connections to past generations as far back as Machiavelli.
Modern-day neo-conservatism was introduced to us in the 1960s. It
entails both a detailed strategy as well as a philosophy of government.
The ideas of Teddy Roosevelt, and certainly Woodrow Wilson, were
quite similar to many of the views of present-day neocons. Neocon
spokesman Max Boot brags that what he advocates is "hard Wilsonianism."
In many ways, there's nothing "neo" about their views, and certainly
nothing conservative. Yet they have been able to co-op the
conservative movement by advertising themselves as a new or modern form
of conservatism.
More recently, the modern-day neocons have come from the far left, a
group historically identified as former Trotskyists. Liberal Christopher
Hitchins, has recently officially joined the neocons, and it has been
reported that he has already been to the White House as an ad hoc
consultant. Many neocons now in positions of influence in Washington
can trace their status back to Professor Leo Strauss of the University
of Chicago. One of Strauss' books was Thoughts on Machiavelli.
This book was not a condemnation of Machiavelli's philosophy. Paul
Wolfowitz actually got his PhD under Strauss. Others closely
associated with these views are Richard Perle, Eliot Abrams, Robert
Kagan and William Kristol. All are key players in designing our new
strategy of preemptive war. Others include: Michael Ledeen of the
American Enterprise Institute; former CIA Director James Woolsy; Bill
Bennett of Book of Virtues fame; Frank Gaffney; Dick Cheney; and Donald
Rumsfeld. There are just too many to mention who are philosophically
or politically connected to the neocon philosophy in some varying
degree.
The godfather of modern-day neo-conservatism is considered to be Irving
Kristol, father of Bill Kristol, who set the stage in 1983 with his
publication Reflections of a Neoconservative. In this book, Kristol
also defends the traditional liberal position on welfare.
More important than the names of people affiliated with neo-conservatism
are the views they adhere to. Here is a brief summary of the general
understanding of what neocons believe:
1. They agree with Trotsky on permanent revolution,
violent as well as intellectual.
2. They are for redrawing the map of the Middle East and
are willing to use force to do so.
3. They believe in preemptive war to achieve desired
ends.
4. They accept the notion that the ends justify the
means-that hard-ball politics is a moral necessity.
5. They express no opposition to the welfare state.
6. They are not bashful about an American empire; instead
they strongly endorse it.
7. They believe lying is necessary for the state to
survive.
8. They believe a powerful federal government is a
benefit.
9. They believe pertinent facts about how a society
should be run should be held by the elite and
withheld from those who do not have the courage to deal
with it.
10. They believe neutrality in foreign affairs is ill-advised.
11. They hold Leo Strauss in high esteem.
12. They believe imperialism, if progressive in nature, is
appropriate.
13. Using American might to force American ideals on others is
acceptable. Force should
not be limited to the defense of our country.
14. 9-11 resulted from the lack of foreign entanglements, not from
too many.
15. They dislike and despise libertarians (therefore, the same
applies to all strict constitutionalists.)
16. They endorse attacks on civil liberties, such as those found in
the Patriot Act, as being necessary.
17. They unconditionally support Israel and have a close alliance
with the Likud Party.
Various organizations and publications over the last 30 years have
played a significant role in the rise to power of the neoconservatives.
It took plenty of money and commitment to produce the intellectual
arguments needed to convince the many participants in the movement of
its respectability.
It is no secret-especially after the rash of research and articles
written about the neocons since our invasion of Iraq-how they gained
influence and what organizations were used to promote their cause.
Although for decades, they agitated for their beliefs through
publications like The National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Public
Interest, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and the New York Post,
their views only gained momentum in the 1990s following the first
Persian Gulf War-which still has not ended even with removal of Saddam
Hussein. They became convinced that a much more militant approach to
resolving all the conflicts in the Middle East was an absolute
necessity, and they were determined to implement that policy.
In addition to publications, multiple think tanks and projects were
created to promote their agenda. A product of the Bradley Foundation,
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) led the neocon charge, but the real
push for war came from the Project for a New American Century (PNAC)
another organization helped by the Bradley Foundation. This occurred
in 1998 and was chaired by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol. Early
on, they urged war against Iraq, but were disappointed with the Clinton
administration, which never followed through with its periodic
bombings. Obviously, these bombings were motivated more by Clinton's
personal and political problems than a belief in the neocon agenda.
The election of 2000 changed all that. The Defense Policy Board,
chaired by Richard Perle played no small role in coordinating the
various projects and think tanks, all determined to take us into war
against Iraq. It wasn't too long before the dream of empire was
brought closer to reality by the election of 2000 with Paul Wolfowitz,
Richard Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld playing key roles in this
accomplishment. The plan to promote an "American greatness"
imperialistic foreign policy was now a distinct possibility. Iraq
offered a great opportunity to prove their long-held theories. This
opportunity was a consequence of the 9-11 disaster.
The money and views of Rupert Murdock also played a key role in
promoting the neocon views, as well as rallying support by the general
population, through his News Corporation, which owns Fox News Network,
the New York Post and Weekly Standard. This powerful and influential
media empire did more to galvanize public support for the Iraqi invasion
than one might imagine. This facilitated the Rumsfeld/Cheney policy
as their plans to attack Iraq came to fruition. It would have been
difficult for the neocons to usurp foreign policy from the restraints of
Colin Powell's State Department without the successful agitation of the
Rupert Murdock empire. Max Boot was satisfied, as he explained:
"Neoconservatives believe in using American might to promote American
ideals abroad." This attitude is a far cry from the advice of the
Founders, who advocated no entangling alliances and neutrality as the
proper goal of American foreign policy.
Let there be no doubt, those in the neocon camp had been anxious to go
to war against Iraq for a decade. They justified the use of force to
accomplish their goals, even if it required preemptive war. If anyone
doubts this assertion, they need only to read of their strategy in "A
Clean Break: a New Strategy for Securing the Realm." Although they
felt morally justified in changing the government in Iraq, they knew
that public support was important, and justification had to be given to
pursue the war. Of course, a threat to us had to exist before the
people and the Congress would go along with war. The majority of
Americans became convinced of this threat, which, in actuality, never
really existed. Now we have the ongoing debate over the location of
weapons of mass destruction. Where was the danger? Was all this
killing and spending necessary? How long will this nation-building and
dying go on? When will we become more concerned about the needs of
our own citizens than the problems we sought in Iraq and Afghanistan?
Who knows where we'll go next-Iran, Syria or North Korea?
At the end of the Cold War, the neoconservatives realized a
rearrangement of the world was occurring and that our superior economic
and military power offered them a perfect opportunity to control the
process of remaking the Middle East.
It was recognized that a new era was upon us, and the neocons welcomed
Frances Fukuyama's "end of history" declaration. To them, the debate
was over. The West won; the Soviets lost. Old-fashioned communism
was dead. Long live the new era of neoconservatism. The struggle may
not be over, but the West won the intellectual fight, they reasoned. The
only problem is that the neocons decided to define the philosophy of the
victors. They have been amazingly successful in their efforts to
control the debate over what Western values are and by what methods they
will be spread throughout the world.
Communism surely lost a lot with the breakup of the Soviet Empire, but
this can hardly be declared a victory for American liberty, as the
Founders understood it. Neoconservatism is not the philosophy of free
markets and a wise foreign policy. Instead, it represents big-government
welfare at home and a program of using our military might to spread
their version of American values throughout the world. Since
neoconservatives dominate the way the U.S. government now operates, it
behooves us all to understand their beliefs and goals. The breakup of
the Soviet system may well have been an epic event but to say that the
views of the neocons are the unchallenged victors and that all we need
do is wait for their implementation is a capitulation to controlling the
forces of history that many Americans are not yet ready to concede.
There is surely no need to do so.
There is now a recognized philosophic connection between modern-day
neoconservatives and Irving Kristol, Leo Strauss and Machiavelli.
This is important in understanding that today's policies and the
subsequent problems will be with us for years to come if these policies
are not reversed.
Not only did Leo Strauss write favorably of Machiavelli, Michael Ledeen,
a current leader of the neoconservative movement, did the same. In
1999, Ledeen titled his book, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership, and
subtitled: Why Machiaveli's iron rules are as timely and important today
as five centuries ago. Ledeen is indeed an influential neocon
theorist whose views get lots of attention today in Washington. His book
on Machiavelli, interestingly enough, was passed out to Members of
Congress attending a political strategy meeting shortly after its
publication and at just about the time A Clean Break was issued.
In Ledeen's most recent publication, The War Against the Terror Masters,
he reiterates his beliefs outlined in this 1999 Machaivelli book. He
specifically praises: "Creative destruction.both within our own
society and abroad.(foreigners) seeing America undo traditional
societies may fear us, for they do not wish to be undone." Amazingly,
Ledeen concludes: "They must attack us in order to survive, just as we
must destroy them to advance our historic mission."
If those words don't scare you, nothing will. If they are not a clear
warning, I don't know what could be. It sounds like both sides of
each disagreement in the world will be following the principle of
preemptive war. The world is certainly a less safe place for it.
In Machiavelli on Modern Leadership, Ledeen praises a business leader
for correctly understanding Machiavelli: "There are no absolute
solutions. It all depends. What is right and what is wrong depends
on what needs to be done and how." This is a clear endorsement of
situation ethics and is not coming from the traditional left. It
reminds me of: "It depends on what the definition of the word 'is' is."
Ledeen quotes Machiavelli approvingly on what makes a great leader. "A
prince must have no other objectives or other thoughts or take anything
for his craft, except war." To Ledeen, this meant: ".the virtue of
the warrior are those of great leaders of any successful organization."
Yet it's obvious that war is not coincidental to neocon philosophy,
but an integral part. The intellectuals justify it, and the
politicians carry it out. There's a precise reason to argue for war
over peace according to Ledeen, for ".peace increases our peril by
making discipline less urgent, encouraging some of our worst instincts,
in depriving us of some of our best leaders." Peace, he claims, is a
dream and not even a pleasant one, for it would cause indolence and
would undermine the power of the state. Although I concede the
history of the world is a history of frequent war, to capitulate and
give up even striving for peace-believing peace is not a benefit to
mankind-is a frightening thought that condemns the world to perpetual
war and justifies it as a benefit and necessity. These are dangerous
ideas, from which no good can come.
The conflict of the ages has been between the state and the individual:
central power versus liberty. The more restrained the state and the
more emphasis on individual liberty, the greater has been the
advancement of civilization and general prosperity. Just as man's
condition was not locked in place by the times and wars of old and
improved with liberty and free markets, there's no reason to believe a
new stage for man might not be achieved by believing and working for
conditions of peace. The inevitability and so-called need for
preemptive war should never be intellectually justified as being a
benefit. Such an attitude guarantees the backsliding of civilization.
Neocons, unfortunately, claim that war is in man's nature and that we
can't do much about it, so let's use it to our advantage by promoting
our goodness around the world through force of arms. That view is
anathema to the cause of liberty and the preservation of the
Constitution. If it is not loudly refuted, our future will be dire
indeed.
Ledeen believes man is basically evil and cannot be left to his own
desires. Therefore, he must have proper and strong leadership, just
as Machiavelli argued. Only then can man achieve good, as Ledeen
explains: "In order to achieve the most noble accomplishments, the
leader may have to 'enter into evil.' This is the chilling insight
that has made Machiavelli so feared, admired and challenging. We are
rotten," argues Ledeen. "It's true that we can achieve greatness if,
and only if, we are properly led." In other words, man is so depraved
that individuals are incapable of moral, ethical and spiritual
greatness, and achieving excellence and virtue can only come from a
powerful authoritarian leader. What depraved ideas are these to now
be influencing our leaders in Washington? The question Ledeen doesn't
answer is: "Why do the political leaders not suffer from the same
shortcomings and where do they obtain their monopoly on wisdom?"
Once this trust is placed in the hands of a powerful leader, this neocon
argues that certain tools are permissible to use. For instance:
"lying is central to the survival of nations and to the success of great
enterprises, because if our enemies can count on the reliability of
everything you say, your vulnerability is enormously increased." What
about the effects of lying on one's own people? Who cares if a leader
can fool the enemy? Does calling it "strategic deception" make lying
morally justifiable? Ledeen and Machiavelli argue that it does, as
long as the survivability of the state is at stake. Preserving the
state is their goal, even if the personal liberty of all individuals has
to be suspended or canceled.
Ledeen makes it clear that war is necessary to establish national
boundaries-because that's the way it's always been done. Who needs
progress of the human race! He explains: "Look at the map of the
world: national boundaries have not been drawn by peaceful men
leading lives of spiritual contemplation. National boundaries have
been established by war, and national character has been shaped by
struggle, most often bloody struggle."
Yes, but who is to lead the charge and decide which borders we are to
fight for? What about borders 6,000 miles away unrelated to our own
contiguous borders and our own national security? Stating a relative
truism regarding the frequency of war throughout history should hardly
be the moral justification for expanding the concept of war to settle
man's disputes. How can one call this progress?
Machiavelli, Ledeen and the neocons recognized a need to generate a
religious zeal for promoting the state. This, he claims, is
especially necessary when force is used to promote an agenda. It's
been true throughout history and remains true today, each side of major
conflicts invokes God's approval. Our side refers to a "crusade;"
theirs to a "holy Jihad." Too often wars boil down to their god
against our God. It seems this principle is more a cynical effort to
gain approval from the masses, especially those most likely to be killed
for the sake of the war promoters on both sides who have power, prestige
and wealth at stake.
Ledeen explains why God must always be on the side of advocates of war:
"Without fear of God, no state can last long, for the dread of eternal
damnation keeps men in line, causes them to honor their promises, and
inspires them to risk their lives for the common good." It seems
dying for the common good has gained a higher moral status than eternal
salvation of one's soul. Ledeen adds: "Without fear of punishment,
men will not obey laws that force them to act contrary to their
passions. Without fear of arms, the state cannot enforce the
laws.to this end, Machiavelli wants leaders to make the state
spectacular."
It's of interest to note that some large Christian denominations have
joined the neoconservatives in promoting preemptive war, while
completely ignoring the Christian doctrine of a Just War. The neocons
sought and openly welcomed their support.
I'd like someone to glean anything from what the Founders said or placed
in the Constitution that agrees with this now-professed doctrine of a
"spectacular" state promoted by those who now have so much influence on
our policies here at home and abroad. Ledeen argues that this
religious element, this fear of God, is needed for discipline of those
who may be hesitant to sacrifice their lives for the good of the
"spectacular state."
He explains in eerie terms: "Dying for one's country doesn't come
naturally. Modern armies, raised from the populace, must be inspired,
motivated, indoctrinated. Religion is central to the military
enterprise, for men are more likely to risk their lives if they believe
they will be rewarded forever after for serving their country." This
is an admonition that might just as well have been given by Osama bin
Laden, in rallying his troops to sacrifice their lives to kill the
invading infidels, as by our intellectuals at AEI, who greatly influence
our foreign policy.
Neocons-anxious for the U.S. to use force to realign the boundaries
and change regimes in the Middle East-clearly understand the benefit
of a galvanizing and emotional event to rally the people to their cause.
Without a special event, they realized the difficulty in selling
their policy of preemptive war where our own military personnel would be
killed. Whether it was the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, the Gulf of
Tonkin or the Maine, all served their purpose in promoting a war that
was sought by our leaders.
Ledeen writes of a fortuitous event (1999): ".of course, we can always
get lucky. Stunning events from outside can providentially awaken the
enterprise from its growing torpor, and demonstrate the need for
reversal, as the devastating Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 so
effectively aroused the U.S. from its soothing dreams of permanent
neutrality."
Amazingly, Ledeen calls Pearl Harbor a "lucky" event. The Project for
a New American Century, as recently as September 2000, likewise, foresaw
the need for "a Pearl Harbor event" that would galvanize the American
people to support their ambitious plans to ensure political and economic
domination of the world, while strangling any potential "rival."
Recognizing a "need" for a Pearl Harbor event, and referring to Pearl
Harbor as being "lucky" are not identical to support and knowledge of
such an event, but that this sympathy for a galvanizing event, as 9-11
turned out to be, was used to promote an agenda that strict
constitutionalists and devotees of the Founders of this nation find
appalling, is indeed disturbing. After 9-11, Rumsfield and others argued
for an immediate attack on Iraq, even though it was not implicated in
the attacks.
The fact that neo-conservatives ridicule those who firmly believe that
U.S. interests and world peace would best be served by a policy of
neutrality and avoiding foreign entanglements should not go
unchallenged. Not to do so is to condone their grandiose plans for an
American world hegemony.
The current attention given neocons usually comes in the context of
foreign policy. But there's more to what's going on today than just
the tremendous influence the neocons have on our new policy of
preemptive war with a goal of empire. Our government is now being
moved by several ideas that come together in what I call "neoconism."
The foreign policy is being openly debated, even if its implications
are not fully understood by many who support it. Washington is now
driven by old views brought together in a new package.
We know those who lead us-both in the administration and in
Congress-show no appetite to challenge the tax or monetary systems
that do so much damage to our economy. The IRS and the Federal
Reserve are off limits for criticism or reform. There's no resistance
to spending, either domestic or foreign. Debt is not seen as a
problem. The supply-siders won on this issue, and now many
conservatives readily endorse deficit spending.
There's no serious opposition to the expanding welfare state, with rapid
growth of the education, agriculture and medical-care bureaucracy.
Support for labor unions and protectionism are not uncommon. Civil
liberties are easily sacrificed in the post 9-11 atmosphere prevailing
in Washington. Privacy issues are of little concern, except for a few
members of Congress. Foreign aid and internationalism-in spite of
some healthy criticism of the UN and growing concerns for our national
sovereignty-are championed on both sides of the aisle. Lip service
is given to the free market and free trade, yet the entire economy is
run by special-interest legislation favoring big business, big labor
and, especially, big money.
Instead of the "end of history," we are now experiencing the end of a
vocal limited-government movement in our nation's capital. While most
conservatives no longer defend balanced budgets and reduced spending,
most liberals have grown lazy in defending civil liberties and now are
approving wars that we initiate. The so-called "third way" has
arrived and, sadly, it has taken the worst of what the conservatives and
liberals have to offer. The people are less well off for it, while
liberty languishes as a result.
Neocons enthusiastically embrace the Department of Education and
national testing. Both parties overwhelmingly support the huge
commitment to a new prescription drug program. Their devotion to the new
approach called "compassionate conservatism" has lured many
conservatives into supporting programs for expanding the federal role in
welfare and in church charities. The faith-based initiative is a
neocon project, yet it only repackages and expands the liberal notion of
welfare. The intellectuals who promoted these initiatives were
neocons, but there's nothing conservative about expanding the federal
government's role in welfare.
The supply-siders' policy of low-marginal tax rates has been
incorporated into neoconism, as well as their support for easy money and
generous monetary inflation. Neoconservatives are disinterested in the
gold standard and even ignore the supply-siders' argument for a phony
gold standard.
Is it any wonder that federal government spending is growing at a rate
faster than in any time in the past 35 years?
Power, politics and privilege prevail over the rule of law, liberty,
justice and peace. But it does not need to be that way. Neoconism has
brought together many old ideas about how government should rule the
people. It may have modernized its appeal and packaging, but
authoritarian rule is authoritarian rule, regardless of the humanitarian
overtones. A solution can only come after the current ideology
driving our government policies is replaced with a more positive one.
In a historical context, liberty is a modern idea and must once again
regain the high moral ground for civilization to advance. Restating
the old justifications for war, people control and a benevolent state
will not suffice. It cannot eliminate the shortcomings that always
occur when the state assumes authority over others and when the will of
one nation is forced on another-whether or not it is done with good
intentions.
I realize that all conservatives are not neoconservatives, and all
neocons don't necessarily agree on all points-which means that in
spite of their tremendous influence, most members of Congress and those
in the administration do not necessarily take their marching orders from
AEI or Richard Perle. But to use this as a reason to ignore what
neoconservative leaders believe, write about and agitate for-with
amazing success I might point out-would be at our own peril. This
country still allows open discourse-though less everyday-and we who
disagree should push the discussion and expose those who drive our
policies. It is getting more difficult to get fair and balanced
discussion on the issues, because it has become routine for the hegemons
to label those who object to preemptive war and domestic surveillance as
traitors, unpatriotic and un-American. The uniformity of support for
our current foreign policy by major and cable-news networks should
concern every American. We should all be thankful for C-SPAN and the
Internet.
Michael Ledeen and other neoconservatives are already lobbying for war
against Iran. Ledeen is pretty nasty to those who call for a calmer,
reasoned approach by calling those who are not ready for war "cowards
and appeasers of tyrants." Because some urge a less militaristic
approach to dealing with Iran, he claims they are betraying America's
best "traditions." I wonder where he learned early American history!
It's obvious that Ledeen doesn't consider the Founders and the
Constitution part of our best traditions. We were hardly encouraged
by the American revolutionaries to pursue an American empire. We
were, however, urged to keep the Republic they so painstakingly
designed.
If the neoconservatives retain control of the conservative,
limited-government movement in Washington, the ideas, once championed by
conservatives, of limiting the size and scope of government will be a
long-forgotten dream.
The believers in liberty ought not deceive themselves. Who should be
satisfied? Certainly not conservatives, for there is no conservative
movement left. How could liberals be satisfied? They are pleased
with the centralization of education and medical programs in Washington
and support many of the administration's proposals. But none should
be pleased with the steady attack on the civil liberties of all American
citizens and the now-accepted consensus that preemptive war-for almost
any reason-is an acceptable policy for dealing with all the conflicts
and problems of the world.
In spite of the deteriorating conditions in Washington-with loss of
personal liberty, a weak economy, exploding deficits, and perpetual war,
followed by nation building-there are still quite a number of us who
would relish the opportunity to improve things, in one way or another.
Certainly, a growing number of frustrated Americans, from both the
right and the left, are getting anxious to see this Congress do a better
job. But first, Congress must stop doing a bad job.
We're at the point where we need a call to arms, both here in Washington
and across the country. I'm not talking about firearms. Those of
us who care need to raise both arms and face our palms out and begin
waving and shouting: Stop! Enough is enough! It should include
liberals, conservatives and independents. We're all getting a bum rap
from politicians who are pushed by polls and controlled by
special-interest money.
One thing is certain, no matter how morally justified the programs and
policies seem, the ability to finance all the guns and butter being
promised is limited, and those limits are becoming more apparent every
day.
Spending, borrowing and printing money cannot be the road to prosperity.
It hasn't worked in Japan, and it isn't working here either. As a
matter of fact, it's never worked anytime throughout history. A point
is always reached where government planning, spending and inflation run
out of steam. Instead of these old tools reviving an economy, as they
do in the early stages of economic interventionism, they eventually
become the problem. Both sides of the political spectrum must one day
realize that limitless government intrusion in the economy, in our
personal lives and in the affairs of other nations cannot serve the best
interests of America. This is not a conservative problem, nor is it a
liberal problem-it's a government intrusion problem that comes from
both groups, albeit for different reasons. The problems emanate from
both camps who champion different programs for different reasons. The
solution will come when both groups realize that it's not merely a
single-party problem, or just a liberal or just a conservative problem.
Once enough of us decide we've had enough of all these so-called good
things that the government is always promising-or more likely, when
the country is broke and the government is unable to fulfill its
promises to the people-we can start a serious discussion on the proper
role for government in a free society. Unfortunately, it will be some
time before Congress gets the message that the people are demanding true
reform. This requires that those responsible for today's problems are
exposed and their philosophy of pervasive government intrusion is
rejected.
Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's
realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. A few have,
and others will continue to do so, but too many-both in and out of
government-close their eyes to the issue of personal liberty and
ignore the fact that endless borrowing to finance endless demands cannot
be sustained. True prosperity can only come from a healthy economy
and sound money. That can only be achieved in a free society.
                     ~~ VERITAS ~~

 

 

What ever happened to people fending for themselves? bk

http://www.lewrockwell.com/north/north185.html

 

 

President Bush's drug benefit for seniors - shades of Hillary Clinton's Medicare reform fiasco!
We 40 million seniors do depend on pharmaceuticals for our health and well-being, however, most of us are capable of paying for drugs and do
not need a new entitlement program. When will dependency on Uncle Sugar ever end?
Fewer than 20 percent of seniors need such a plan to help them with drug costs. In fact, many who do not have medical or pharmaceutical coverage
could afford to pay for a substantial plan but choose NOT to do so. The deserving citizens who meet the poverty test already have Medicaid, and
very few seniors do not have Medicare in its present form. The proposed plan to help seniors pay for pharmaceuticals will, in many instances, be a windfall that allows employers who now have a commitment to provide substantial portions of health insurance premiums for retirees off the hook. This would shift the burden to you, the taxpayer. Furthermore, this bill will be costly and provide limited benefits. We must not allow this bill to be enacted. As a life-long Republican, I am disappointed. Passage of this will be a serious mistake. And for sure another welfare program in disguise. Bk

 

 

I begin by stating unequivocally that my regard for Mr. Bush our esteem President is still as high as it can be.  Having said that, I'm having a
perception problem, that may be shared by many of you. Politics being what it is I see this Liberian visit a NOT so veiled attempt to curry
favor and pander to our nations blacks, with an election on the horizon. I may be one of a small minority that feels this way. However some of
those erudite advisors to Mr. Bush, must realize that (Blacks) after receiving the taxpayers largess from a Republican, will never vote for a
Republican.  No matter what benefits they derive from him! There is nothing for us to gain by becoming involved in the internal affairs of
Africa. It will only result in more American boys being killed by a people who have nothing but disdain for us, with the exception of the
money, we dump into that bottomless pit called Africa!! Lets get our own house in order before we take on another THANKLESS effort!! Bk

 

 

 

 

Benevolent uncle Sugar—or maybe Stupid Taxpayers

 

Pay off your credit card bills or cover basic expenses with...
over 4,000 government programs like:
$9,500.00 to pay any bills
$2,800.00 to pay your heating bills
$1,200.00 to pay your mortgage or rent
$15,000.00 to pay for child care
$3,000.00 to help buy a car
$4,000.00 to pay closing costs on a home $500.00 to pay your property
taxes
$700.00 to pay utility bills
$800.00 to pay your food bills
$4,800.00 to pay for family expenses
$3,000.00 to volunteer in your neighborhood $500.00 to pay your pet's
veterinarian bills Even $1,000.00 to pay your bills while you're waiting
for other government money!
Everyone Qualifies For Something...Even Millionaires Qualify
Over 30 Million Qualified Americans Don't Apply For This Money Because
They Don't Know Where To Go...
Make Sure Your Family Is Getting Yours
BK" The where to go will follow below! ..... Everyone qualifies!
Government money programs aren't only for the very needy. Even those who
make $35,000, $50,000, even $85,000 a year can qualify for many of these
programs. And others programs have no income requirements at all. You
can even be a millionaire and get free money from the government (like
Donald Trump, Sam Donaldson and even George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
did)!
You won't qualify for everything, but you WILL qualify for a lot of
these programs. Guaranteed.
They have to give it away ... it's the law!
Even with today's budget cutting, the government still will be giving
away over $30 billion every month. These programs have been enacted to
help people:
Get by during difficult times
Get ahead
Get the health care they need
Raise their kids
... and be able to pay for other things they need, from necessities like
a car and housing to luxuries such as travel.
One thing the government doesn't do ... advertise
That's where Matthew Lesko comes in. The government sets up these
programs, provides the funding for them, and then thinks qualified
recipients will find what they need all on their own.
There are two words for that: Completely impossible!
Working your way through the bureaucracy to find even one program that
fits your needs could take you, literally, months.
But now Matthew Lesko has done all the legwork for you by bringing
together, for the first time anywhere, the most complete working
directory of government programs that will pay your bills.
Complete details on over 4,000 programs (OVER FOUR THOUSAND!)
This massive 770-page book shows you how to get free government money to
pay your mortgage, rent or closing costs ... child expenses ... health
care bills ... education costs ... home and car repairs ... travel and
entertainment expenses ... and even your credit card bills.
You'll find close to 700 items for paying living expenses. Over 300 for
health care. Close to 800 for college and other training costs. And much
more, including over 4,000 items for your home needs! And it's all money
you never have to pay back.
Start getting your fair share of it right now!
BK" AINT America grand??" You do have to hurry the gravy train waits
only sooooo long!!!!!!!!        ßk

 

 

Please join me.bk

http://gfir.ws/14/petition.asp?PID=4118158

 

 

Attn: Tree huggers and Animal Rights advocates

 

When the Republicans in the Senate led by Mr. nice guy Frist learn to lead they will surely get the attention of the American people. The Kennedy, Clinton, Landreau, Schumer, Boxer group have become so brazen because my Republicans haven't learned to play hardball!  Dr.Frist must stop thinking he can get along with the Democrats. It seems to be most obvious that they only play for keeps and don't stop until it's their way. Dr. Frist must learn to take the gloves off and play the game as the do to, WIN!! Has anyone noticed how American values are going to hell in a basket? They are blocking Mr.Bush at every opportunity. Judicial nominees, unless they are avowed liberals aren't even given a chance. Abortion, gay rights and affirmative action quotas have been pushed down our throats. This is such a travesty and outrage.  How much more of  this political chicanery are Republicans willing to swallow? How long does it take for them to realize, that slim it may be, THEY are the majority.  Surprise us all! Act like it. BigKahuna

 

 

 

Well the land of fruits and nuts has done it again. No you haven't heard everything yet. This should get your attention. I for one feel they should even be masked like the woman in Fla. :-o)

http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33364

 

 

Even the thought of this should give all hives!!!!!!  ONE WORLD? bk

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/rbartley/?id=110003691

 

 

Legal and Illegal Aliens

 

Just thinking! There is a group of Americans. Though it's generally those of the liberal persuasion who use the following argument. They do
claim that the only reason employers prefer illegal aliens is that they are cheaper. Personally I believe that this claim is quite false. Here in the deep south my eyes tell me another story, as I drive by or visit parks and recreation areas where the white and other children, for the most part are being attended and watched over by latins. Boy! Have times changed! in domestic service, where blacks were often employed in the past, almost everyone is hiring immigrants from Latin America or Asia whether legal or not. The perception is that they have a better attitude and are more honest and reliable. Here is a question that will incur the wrath of the black community. If you needed to hire a nursemaid for your children, or help in your home, would you hire a black woman today? I would bet my bottom dollar that without much thought you would not. I would also hazard the thought it wouldn't have anything to do with salary. Even in my own area I see more and more latins ( I only know because they are all speaking their native language) as they go about their jobs of lawn and garden maintenance, along with watching the childen. They do good work and they have a pleasant attitude. You don't feel at risk to have them around your property. It has nothing to do with money. It does seem to have as a underlying reason we white Americans tend to like and trust Asians and Latinos. These days (the white community feels intimidated by blacks) so we prefer not to have them around. Whites have finally realized that most (not all) blacks have long harboured a innate disdain for the white man, and do not like us much. So the bottom line for the Jacksons and Sharptons, along with Maxine of California, has to be dislike us if you will, but have that include our money also! You can do all the whinning and civil unrest that you seem to thrive on. However most of us whites refuse to continue subsidizing these activities. Big Kahuna--------- Please give me hell if you disagree!!!! ßk 

 

 

Intellect matters that is the question that has always been paramount when hiring or selecting people to fill important roles.  Well for the
past 40 years or so we have been inundated with the clamor and cries of one civil rights movement and their leaders one after another, clamoring
about how we are all equals. Except when it comes to college enrollment - and then white people have to go to the back of the bus. 
Enrollment should be based on SAT scores. Either you have the intellect to get in or you don't. Can you imagine what would happen if a college
gave white applicants preferential treatment?  Where would "you know who" start the burning? If this is not discrimination, I don't know what is. Fairness often lies in the eye of the person who gets the edge!  Big Kahuna

 

 

 

"Dock Your Congressman Today"
Hey, looks like not all the trillions of laws on the books are there just to harass you and me. The National Taxpayers Union has discovered that there's at least one law that targets our congressmen. A federal statue that says congress critters who abscond from their congressional duties must forfeit pay unless they're out sick.
According to 2 U.S. Code 39, "The Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives, respectively,
shall deduct from the monthly payments (or other periodic payments authorized by law) of each Member or Delegate the amount of his salary
for each day that he has been absent. . . ."
How revolutionary it would be to follow this law! Congressmen would have to work for their pay too, just like the rest of us. Just as we are not
allowed to charge for the time we spend going on job interviews, so they would not be allowed to charge for the time they spend campaigning for
reelection.
Well, it's only fair. These guys are already using our tax monies to pay for franking privileges, for congressional office workers who double as
campaign workers, and for all the other taxpayer-funded incumbent advantages. So if we can save a little bit on their ever-increasing salaries, I think that's just great.
But wait just a minute . . . . Let's think this over. After all, considering all the damage these people tend to do when they are in attendance and voting on bills and passing bills . . . maybe what we should really be doing is paying them to stay away . . . .
This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.

 

 

Immigration Laws Aren’t being Enforced

 

Immigration laws are not being enforced!  However does anyone really give a damn? All the bleeding hearts just recently came out of the woodwork when the news of the recent tragic deaths of 19 illegal immigrants who suffocated in a  trailer while being smuggled into our country. Now would be a most opportune time to give serious thought to all the factors that contributed to this tragedy, brought on by those trying to break our laws. Please remember in most places they are refereed to as CRIMINALS!! I for one don't for a moment question that the smugglers are to blame in these deaths. They along with the illegals broke the law. The gross negligence shown in the care of their poor lawbreaking human cargo, is only another facet of this criminal act! There is no question that the illegal immigrants (LAWBREAKERS of OUR Laws!) were victims of untimely and horrible deaths.
Just the same, they were in that tractor trailer voluntarily to escape detection, as they willingly broke the law to enter the United States. This was all done by their own choice! This was a plan to come into our country illegally, to get American jobs for their own economic benefit, along with partaking of the liberal welfare and aid programs offered here. So they feel the hell with the laws of the United States. With an opinion that is shared by many, I think these illegals do not want to try to immigrate legally, because this would place them under the scrutiny of our immigration system,poor as it is. That system requires certain conditions to be met before an immigrant is accepted for admission, and the vast majority of the illegal immigrants do not meet those conditions,or have any desire to do so! Fellow taxpayers you might wish to give this some thought. There is no question Mexican government and the United States government are falling woefully short in any attempt to bring to a halt this illegal immigration situation.
Mr.Fox and the Mexican government ( they feel that the western part of the United States was stolen from them and this is just the beginning of
their plan to take it back). Be aware they are also encouraging illegal immigration by issuing the so-called matricula consular cards to the
illegals for use as identification in the United States. Believe it or not there are some   government agencies and an increasing number of
businesses in the United States honoring these cards as if they were legitimate ID. These cards are not visas, and do not constitute proof that a Mexican citizen is in our country legally. Our officials are not doing all they can to enforce these laws. So, the aspiring illegal immigrants get the idea(wouldn't you?) that Americans will do little to stop them (and we don't) from staying here once they are in, thus fuelling further illegal entry.
Additionally, some unscrupulous businesses entice illegal workers so that they can pay them less wages for work that could have gone to an
American citizen. These businesses are being inadequately punished for their misdeeds.
Our government needs to send a strong message (NOW) to the people of Mexico by outlawing the use of the matricula consular cards. There is
legislation being drafted right now. Lets see if the vote seeking liberal bleeding hearts will allow this to pass? Our homeland security
officials need the funds to round up illegal aliens and get them back to their own countries. Smugglers and employers of illegal aliens should be
punished effectively and harshly to discourage future offenses.  Big Kahuna

 

 

The Game Was Rained Out

 

The team was about to mail refunds when the Congressional Democrats
stopped them and suggested that they send out refund amounts based on
the Democratic National Committee's interpretation of fairness.

After all, if the refunds were made based on the price each Person paid
for the tickets, most of the money would go to the ticket holders of the
most expensive tickets. That would be unconscionable.

The DNC plan says:

People in the $10 seats will get back $15, because they have Less money
to spend. Call it an "Earned" Income Ticket Credit.

Persons "earn" it by demonstrating little ambition, few skills and
poor work habits, thus keeping them at entry-level wages.

People in the $25 seats will get back $25, because that's only fair.

People in the $50 seats will get back $1, because they already make a
lot of money and don't need a refund. If they can afford a $50 ticket,
then they must not be paying enough taxes.

People in the $75 luxury seats will have to pay another $50, because
they have way too much to spend.

The people driving by the stadium who couldn't afford to watch
the game will get $10 each, even though they didn't pay anything in,
because they need the most help.

Now do you understand? If not, contact Representative Richard
Gephardt or Senator Tom Daschle for assistance.

 

 

 

May the good Lord in his infinite wisdom never but never, allow this mendacious, perfidious, prevaricator and socialist of the first water to get to the White House!!! bk

http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110003646

 

 

Read on and formulate your own opinion.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/clevey/?id=110003641

 

 

I have a question that should concern us all. What is the solution to all these programs and ideas emanating from those cretins in Washington?  I refer to those new Medicare and drug subsidies. Ideas that are in essence socialistic rewards for advanced longevity. No one wants to give it much thought, least of all most seniors! However it is no more than taking from the younger generations to reward those of us who have managed to live longer. This must be brought to a halt. We old must face reality and start accepting and paying markets prices like everyone else. Those who haven't the wherewith or means to care for themselves and there are many of these heart rending stories. They then should fall into the province of the many private charities that abound and always seem to be begging for more money! I suspect this would cost much less than the government programs being proposed? Would it be wrong for drug companies to compete in an open market? Without federal (TAXPAYER) subsidies of any kind or description! We must all, not we seniors alone, stop treating the federal treasury as our own private trough! It is money from us all young and old. What ever happened to that old ethic of families taking care of their own? The many pandering promises and there is a plethora of those, is no more than a veiled attempt at creating a larger voting constituency which will further entrench those in power to their position at the public trough! There is one indisputable truth and it is "there is no free lunch"!

 

 

How To Tell You’re From New Orleans

 

Your sunglasses fog up when you step outside.
...no matter where else you go in the world, you are always disappointed in the food.
...your loved one dies and you book a jazz band before you call the coroner.
...your accent sounds nothing like Harry Connick, Jr's.
...you can sing these jingles by heart: "Rosenberg's, Rosenberg's, 1825 Tulane;" "At the beach, at the beach, the Pontchartrain Beach..."
....your baby's first words are "long beads."
...you ask, "How they running?" and "Are they fat?" but, you're inquiring about seafood quality and not the Crescent City Classic.
...when a hurricane is imminent, you have a lot more faith in Nash Roberts than some Super Doppler 6000.
...your town is low on the education chart, high on the obesity chart and you don't care because you're No. 1 on the party chart.
....nothing shocks you. Period. Ever.
...being in a jam at Tulane and Broad isn't the same as being stuck in traffic.
...your idea of health food is a baked potato instead of fries with your seafood platter.
...you believe Ronnie Virgits should be Archbishop.
...you have to take your coffee and favorite coffeemaker with you on a three-day trip.
...you exhibit the "doubloon reflex" by stomping runaway coins with your foot.
...you have sno-ball stains on your shoes.
...you call tomato sauce "red gravy."
...your middle name is your mother's maiden name, or your father's mother's maiden name, or your mother's mother's maiden name, or your grandmother's mother's maiden name, or your grandfather's mother's maiden name.
...you know you recycled too much newspaper when there isn't enough for the dinner (or crawfish) table.
...you're going through customs and the agent asks you where you're from and you answer, "Gentilly."
...on certain Spring days, Crawfish Monica is your breakfast.
...your house payment is less than your utility bill.
...you've done your laundry in a bar.
...you push little old ladies out of the way to catch Mardi Gras throws.
...you don't show your "pretties" during Mardi Gras.
...you write "crookedpolitician" as all one word.
...you know it's "ask" but you purposely say "ax."
...you understand it when someone describes their favorite color as K&B purple.
...you know how to mispronounce street names correctly. (Melpomene, Terpsichore, Chartres, etc.)
...you know that Tchoupitoulas is a street and not a disease.
...you "boo" the mayor on national television.
...beignets are the major cause of your gallstones.
...you wear sweaters in because it ought to be cold.
...someone asks you, "Where y'at?" and you tell them how you are.
...you think of potholes as naturally-occurring speed bumps.
...your grandparents are called "Maw-Maw" and "Paw-Paw."
...your Santa Claus rides an alligator and your favorite Saint is a football player.
...you suck heads, eat tail, sing the blues and you actually know where you got them shoes.
...you shake out your shoes before putting them on.
...you're afraid to move away because you won't be able to make groceries.

 

 

Another biggie from the land of fruits and nuts. We must be a truly great country to survive this sort of garbage????? bk

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=33072

 

 

Is there anyone of even medium intelligence being fooled by the debate over the 'refundable child tax credit'? This is most assuredly no debate about a tax issue; it's another form of welfare for the mainly democratic constituency! When someone is already exempt from taxes, and still gets a government (taxpayer) check, it's not a tax rebate - it's public assistance. (Welfare in disguise!) That money comes from those people who DO pay taxes." Done in the final analysis, not for the poor, but for those who have but one desire, to stay entrenched at the public trough.
Big Kahuna

 

 

Thought To Ponder

 

Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, most of us couldn't belong!!!

 

 

There are many of us, that after years of intense pressure from radical homosexual and atheist rights groups in our area and nationwide. I am totally aghast that there has now been a vote taken by the The Philadelphia Council Boy Scouts of America executive board, in the Cradle of American Liberty. That Boy Scout Council has voted to include 'sexual orientation' in its nondiscrimination code. (Def: allowing deviants and others that adhere to a lifestyle totally unacceptable to the Boy Scout code.) Rejecting the concept of 'moral straightness' is an OUTRAGEOUS move on their part. When it comes to a Scout troop, sexual orientation is an issue that goes beyond differences in skin color or economic status. It affects such matters as tenting arrangements and the development of pre-teenage masculinity in a close-knit group of boys and men. But the BSA's position against homosexuality is not just an issue of moral principle in an effort to affirm the Scout Oath and Law, it is a serious safety effort to prevent cases of sexual abuse and harassment.

The Boy Scouts are not an intolerant, homophobic, racist bunch. It's a well known fact, the Boy Scouts have always taught tolerance and have been at the forefront of celebrating diversity. Since 1911,the BSA has reached out to disabled youth, racial and ethnic minorities, Native Americans, and inner city children. And Scouting has also taught the difference between right and wrong, (a concept often passed over in today's society) between honor and indecency, between justice and perversity. Until now. The BSA's standards have been highly respected for over 90 years. As American citizens, we have an obligation to see to it that the Boy Scout Oath and Law are upheld for another 90 years. We seem to be unable to change the lifestyle of the deviants, however that and they shouldn't be allowed to infect the boys who are growing (by our society’s standards) up normal! What has taken place in Philadelphia should not be allowed to stand or spread and infect other councils!  There is no reason for the majority to bend or change, for a small minority.  I for one am totally satiated with the attempts to normalize deviancy!!!!
Big Kahuna

 

 

Could you have passed in the 8th grade in 1885? Take a look at the below exam. This is the eighth -grade final exam from 1885 from Salina, Kansas. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , Kansas and reprinted in the Salina Journal.
8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas-1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case, illustrate each case.
6. What is punctuation? Give rules for principal makes of punctuation.
7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time 1.25 hours)
1. Name and define the fundamental rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 ft. long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 pounds, what is it worth at .50 cents per bushel, deducting 1050 lbs for tare?
4.District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000.00. What is the necessary levy carry on a school for seven months at $50.00 per month, and have $104.00 for incidentals?
5. Find costs of 6,220 lbs of coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for eight months and 18 days at 17%.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide by and 16 ft. long at $20.00 per mf?
8. Find bank discount on $300.00 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15.oo per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a bank check, a promissory note and a receipt.

U. S. History (Time 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. history is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus .
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn and Howe?
8. Name events connected to the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

ORTHOGRAPHY (TIME. ONE HOUR)
1. What is the meaning of the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology and syllabication?
2. What are the elementary sounds and how are they classified?
3. What are the following and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters and linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for the caret 'u.'
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, inter, mono, super.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, Ball, Mercy, Sir, Odd, Cell, Rise, Blood, Fare, Last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: Cite, site, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, raze, raise, rays.

 

 

What It really Means

 

I thought it interesting to find out the names of the men who are pictured on that statue, and a little about them. Iwo Jima Six Boys -
Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI, where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall's trip was especially
memorable.
On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima Memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.
Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, "Where are you guys from?"

I told him that we were from Wisconsin.
"Hey, I'm a cheesehead, too! Come gather around, Cheeseheads, and I will tell you a story." (James Bradley just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who has since passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, D.C., but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.) When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)
"My name is James Bradley and I'm from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I just wrote a book called "Flags of Our Fathers" which is #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me. "Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called "War." But it didn't turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don't say that to gross you out, I say that because there are generals who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old.
(He pointed to the statue) "You see this next guy? That's Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph ... a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. Boys won the battle of Iwo Jima. Boys. Not old men.
"The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the "old man" because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would motivate his boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or 'Let's die for our country.' He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.' 
"The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes walked off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero.' He told reporters, 'How can feel I like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?'
So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes died dead drunk, face down at the age of 32 ... ten years after this picture was taken.
"The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn't get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a fun-lovin' hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother's farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. The neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.
"The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers, or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say, 'No, I'm sorry, sir, my dad's not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back.' My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press. "You see, my dad didn't see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a caregiver. In Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died in Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed in pain.
"When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, 'I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.' "So that's the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst
battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time."

Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless. We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice. Let us never forget from the revolutionary War to the Gulf War and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our freedom. Remember to pray praises for this great country of ours and also pray for those still in murderous unrest around the world. STOP and thank God for being alive at someone else's sacrifice.

God Bless. REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up and put your feet on the ground, it's going to be a great day. God love and protect our men in uniform!!!  Bk

 

 

Help make this stand forever!!!! BK

http://www.nogaymarriage.com/

 

 

Join me in signing this defense of Southern Hertage. Big Kahuna

http://www.petitiononline.com/ronholla/petition.html

 

 

Well well! For over two thousand years no one had a problem with the man and woman concept being what it took for a marriage. Now that the perverted ones are acquiring political clout (mainly because of money NOT numbers) and have lost all shame. Think about this - there will be no future generations if this were to become the norm) mainly due to the apathy and disdain of the American people. Try and convince me that liberalism and its acceptance of this sort of abnormal behavior isn't a disease! I for one am never going to be ready to bring wedding gifts to Jim and John's wedding!!!!!! 

Big Kahuna

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32996

 

 

 

I for one have this feeling and I think it's shared my many more people than the liberal press care to mention. It's a feeling of amusement at the liberals having such a difficult time giving President Bush any sort of credit for what he, we have accomplished in Iraq. These are the same people who argued that the craven, mendacious, prevaricator who preceded Mr. Bush (Bill Clinton) could do no wrong because his presidency happened to coincide with a rising stock market. Having said this, I find it even more amusing that only those Democratic liberals and their sycophantic followers would think arguing against a war we have won, is a winning political strategy. But then they think a book of dubious authorship is worth an eight million dollar advance. Such is the world we live in.

 

 

Lighting the candle! Very interesting read as how the truth can be manipulated to serve the causes like the gay rights group!!! bk

http://traditionalvalues.org/urban/six.php

 

 

Since neither Congress nor the administration seems to be capable of fiscal self-control, they should be given a lesson in how to survive on what we taxpayers contend with day after day. I think a great beginning would be to rescind that golden retirement plan they passed for themselves years ago and join us plebeians in our Social Security plan. They should also be brought to heel and made to stop spending and giving away taxpayer money like drunken sots!!  Think about the billions given each year to countries that in the final analysis have no love for us at all!   After all, contrary to their exalted opinions of themselves, they are not gods living on MT. Olympus. Big Kahuna

 

 

Since many of us have paid into FICA for years and are now receiving a Social Security check every month -- and then finding that we are getting taxed on 85% of the money we paid to the federal government to "put away," you may be interested in the following:

 

Q: Which party took Social Security from an independent fund and put it in the general fund so that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic-controlled House and Senate.
Q: Which party put a tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic party.
Q: Which party increased the tax on Social Security?
A: The Democratic Party with Al Gore casting the deciding vote.
Q: Which party decided to give money to immigrants?
A: That's right, immigrants moved into this country and at 65 got SSI Social Security. The Democratic Party gave that to them although they never paid a dime into it. Then, after doing all this, the Democrats turn around and tell you the Republicans want to take your Social Security. And the worst part about it is, people believe it! Pass it on please!
2004 Election Issue
This must be an issue in "04". Please! Keep it going. SOCIAL SECURITY:
(This is worth the read. It's short and to the point.) Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years. Our Senators and Congressmen &women do not pay into Social Security and, of course, they do not collect from it.
You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan. In more recent years, no congress person has felt the need to change it.  After all, it is a great plan.
For all practical purposes their plan works like this: When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die, except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments. For example, former Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that's Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand
Dollars), with their wives drawing $275,000.00 during the last years of their lives.
This is calculated on an average life span for each. Their cost for this excellent plan is $00.00. Nada. Zilch. This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come directly from the General Funds-our tax dollars at work! From our own Social Security Plan, which
you and I pay (or have paid) into-every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer) --we can expect to get an average $1,000 per month after retirement. Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000. monthly benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley's benefits!  Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made. That change would be to jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security plan with the rest of us ... then sit back and watch how fast they would fix it.
If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted and maybe good changes will evolve.
How many people can YOU send this to?

Sometimes it's hell to be made aware! Bk

 

 

Due to the popularity of the Survivor shows, Mississippi Educational Television is planning to do "Survivor - Mississippi Style."

The contestants will start in Biloxi, drive up to Hattiesburg and on to McComb and Jackson. Then they will head up to Yazoo City, Senatobia and Tupelo.

From there they will proceed down to West Point and Columbus. Then back down through Louisville, Quitman, Laurel, to Lucedale and back down to Biloxi.

Each will be driving a bright pink Volvo with California license plates and bumper stickers that read: "I'm GAY"; "I support PETA"; "No more timber cutting"; "The NORTH WAS RIGHT!"; "The PAC10 can Beat the SEC Any Day!"; "NASCAR
Sucks"; "Hillary/Sharpton in 2004"; "Deer Hunting is Murder"; and "I'm here to Confiscate your GUNS!"

The first one (if any) who makes it back to Biloxi Alive, Wins. Good luck to all Contestants!

 

 

Guess How I Voted

 

Do you plan on buying Hillary's Clinton's new book, 'Living History'? 
No, just the thought of Hillary sickens my soul 49.42% (2167)
No, why would I pay to read the musings of a reprobate criminal like her? 27.94% (1225)
No, I'm a member of the 'vast, right-wing conspiracy 17.17% (753)
No, as Democrats say, I'm entitled to get it for free1. 89% (83)
I might read it at some point, but I won't buy it1.76% (77)
Other1.14% (50)
Absolutely, she's the greatest woman alive today 0.34% (15)
Yes, I'd like to know all I can about our future president 0.18% (8)
Yes, as a central figure of past decade, she has a lot to say 0.11% (5)
Yes, I want to know the inside dirt on Clinton family 0.05% (2)
TOTAL VOTES: 4385
HINT! I am in the majority!!!!!!!!!!!! ßk

 

 

When will we stop using semantics when referring to lawbreakers?  We are a sovereign country my behind!!! Our borders are a joke!  Our laws are meant to be twisted and broken!  Where will the liberals go when they succeed in destroying our county? ßk

http://www.vdare.com/asp/printPage.asp?url=http://www.vdare.com/pb/santillan.htm

 

 

If we could harness the energy expended by the do nothing, expect everything, freeloaders, whiners and complainers in this country, there is a chance we could become energy independent!  Am I wrong? Big Kahuna

 

 

I may be wrong but this is (IMHO) only a clever subterfuge to cover up her criminal past.  In her opinion the law should only apply to we sheeple!  bk

http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/05/27/ctv.freeman/index.html

 

 

Remember that Bush was in the right seat of the S-3 Viking as copilot, so the radio calls were his responsibility!  The president can't be planning these errors that turn into a positive legend. Can he?

The Democrats who are making an issue out of the President's carrier landing seem to be jealous that they didn't think of it first, or have the guts to do it. The following came from one of my old Navy buddies who got it from an aviator friend of his aboard the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

 

The following briefly explains a procedure for a plane approaching a carrier for landing The pilot is asked by the air controller to "call the ball" when he has it sighted.  For those not familiar with Naval Aviation lingo, there is a visual aid on aircraft carriers to let pilots know if they are on the proper glide slope for landing on the deck. The item looks like a "meat ball" and moves up and down depending on how one is doing on the glide slope. This "meat ball" looking thing is called -- "the ball." The fact that a pilot has a visual on this approach aid dictates a radio call to the controller on the ship. The normal call from the pilot of the Navy S-3 aircraft carrying the President would have been "Lincoln, Navy One, 12,500 lb., Roger Ball" --meaning, I have the ball in sight and am on glide path (for a safe landing -- the weight is given for setting the correct braking tension of the arresting gear cables).

The President's recent final approach to the Lincoln resulted in the following radio call from President Bush: "Lincoln, Navy One, 12,500 lb., I have the balls," The President's call brought down the house and wild cheers erupted. No wonder the military appreciates and likes the man!
--- William Highsmith

 

 

"Voters of the World Unite"
Looks like the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter is aligned with Mars. The career politicians are on the make, seizing what they think is an opportune moment -- when we're all distracted by other stuff.  As if the stalled economy, terrorism, tornadoes and war aren't enough to contend with, career politicians in state after state are gearing up to
pull the rug out from under term limits.

Threat levels are high. In Utah this March, the politicians repealed term limits unilaterally, not even bothering to send the issue to the voters. They did it that way because they could. Term limits were passed by statute in Utah and voters are not allowed to vote on constitutional amendments in that state.

In states like California, Nebraska and South Dakota, trial balloons to extend term limits during recent legislative sessions have popped, at least for now. In Arkansas, Montana, Ohio, Maine, Louisiana, and Missouri, some efforts to kill term limits have died while others are going forward. Some of these states will see term limit extensions on the ballot in 2003 or 2004.

Make no mistake: the career politicians want to kill term limits outright and often say so. But they often judge, rightly, that the voters won't go along with that. So the gambit is to try to "soften" voters up by getting them to agree to a term limit extension. That would
give the politicians more time to come up with a new attack plan.

Let's not play along.

This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.

Boy this sure lets us the voters know where we stand if we aren't alert to their chicanery !!!!" BK

 

 

WorldNetDaily published an article this week about Rep. Sam Farr, D California. –

 

His having the UN flag on display outside his office, only points up to me at least, that this cretin from the land of fruits and nuts is in need of serious help.  He is the quintessential example of those living in lotus land on the Potomac!  Our big problem is how many more of his ilk are hiding in closets in the city on the hill?

 

 

What Freedom Is All About –

 

These views are shared 200% by the Kahuna.  ßk

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32760

 

 

This Is pure "BS" if she wants to wear the veil why didn't she stay where she came from!!!!  bk

http://www.local6.com/orlpn/news/stories/news-222975720030527-110519.html

 

 

It could have happened!

 

God went to the Germans and said, "I have Commandments for you that will make your lives better."

 

And the Germans asked, "What are Commandments?"

 

And the Lord said, "They are rules for living."

 

"Can you give us an example?"

 

"Thou shalt not kill."

 

"Not kill? We're not interested."

 

So He went to the Italians and said, "I have Commandments."

 

And the Italians wanted an example, and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not steal."

 

"Not steal? We're not interested."

 

He went to the French and said, "I have Commandments."

 

The French wanted an example and the Lord said, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife."

 

"Not covet my neighbor's wife? We're not interested."

 

He went to the Jews and said, "I have Commandments."

 

"Commandments?" they said, "how much are they?"

 

"They're free."     

 

"We'll take 10."

 

 

This was just sent to me by a friend.......... REPORTS THAT THE NEWS DON'T TELL .


At a recent Soldiers’ Breakfast held at Redstone Arsenal, AL, Sergeant Major of the Army Jack Tilley shared the following story. (The vignette was captured by James Henderson, Association of the U. S. Army Redstone Huntsville Chapter Chaplain. Please distribute far and wide...it is worth sharing!!)

He (SMA Jack Tilley) described one such recent visit to our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington that I (Chaplain Henderson) will never forget.
"The Special Forces soldier had lost his right hand and suffered severe wounds of his face and side of his body. As SMA Tilley described, how do you honor such a soldier, showing respect without offending? What can you say or do in such a situation that will encourage and uplift? How do you shake the right hand of a soldier who just lost his? Finally he told how he acted as though the man had a hand, taking his wrist as though it
were his hand and speaking encouragement to him. But he said there was another man in that group of visitors who had even brought his wife with him to visit the wounded who knew exactly what to do. This man reverently took this soldier's stump of a hand in both of his hands, bowed at the bedside and prayed for him. When he stood from praying he
bent over and kissed the man on the head and told him he loved him.

What a powerful _expression of love for one our wounded heroes! And what a beautiful Christ-like example! What kind of man would kneel in such humility and submission to the Living God of the Bible? It was George W. Bush, President of the United States and Commander in Chief of our Armed forces, a man who understands and follows his chain of command, a leader God has given us.
AMEN!

 

 

Regarding the redistribution of your income...
As the Senate prepares to consider funding for the UN-sponsored Global AIDS initiative to the tune of $1-billion, a few not-so-surprising facts have emerged. Among them, the UN Secretariat's office employs 63 staff at an average salary of >$174,603 (the average American brings in $36,000 annually), while the average income in the African nations
targeted by the Global Fund is $3,020). Readers will recall President Bush's promise to fund AIDS prevention in Africa in his most recent SOTU. The Federalist supports the administration's position for a variety of domestic security and economic reasons. The UN, however, does not enter into our equation for effective aid to Africa. All this to tell
a bunch of savages to keep their pants or is it loin cloths on!!!bk

 

 

Great Piece!

 

JOHN FUND'S POLITICAL DIARY
The Great Escape?
Texas Democrats can run, but they can't hide from their decline. Thursday, May 22, 2003 12:01 a.m. EDT
When more than 50 Democratic members of the Texas state House fled the state last week under cover of darkness in order to deprive Republicans of the quorum they needed to redraw the state's congressional districts, they were called the "Killer D's" or the "Chicken D's," depending on one's partisan leanings. Critics talked about printing up wanted posters or milk cartons with their pictures, while supporters cheered their success while fretting that the next time Republicans put their map to a vote, the public might be less tolerant of freezing all legislative business.


Looking at pictures of the "gang that wouldn't vote" made one thing clear: White Democrats are an endangered species in Texas politics, as indeed they are throughout the South. Yet while many of the legislators who fled to Oklahoma were nonwhite, other minority members stayed behind. They have a different perspective and might have gone along with the GOP gerrymander because it created more minority districts at the expense of white Democrats. The plan could not have passed the Texas Senate, where it needed two-thirds approval, without the votes of Democrats.


Blocking the drawing of new district lines may stave off Democratic decline for another few years, but it won't revive the party in the South. The only way Democrats can do that is if they reconnect with white voters on issues while keeping faith with their minority base.

White Democrats dominated Texas politics for decades, creating legendary leaders such as Sam Rayburn, John Connally and Lyndon Johnson. Only 20 years ago, white Democrats had 21 of the 31 state Senate seats and 85 of the 150 House seats. Today, only three of the 12 Senate Democrats and 19 of the 62 House Democrats are white. There are now no white female Democrats in either house of the Legislature for the first time since
1941.

Republicans have their own problems. While they now have overwhelming legislative control in President Bush's home state, their caucus isn't exactly an exemplar of diversity. Of the 107 Republicans in the Legislature, one is Hispanic, one Asian and none black. (Black Republicans have been elected to the Texas Supreme Court and Railroad Commission.)

Even so, Texas Republicans are now in charge and dragging white Democrats along in support of their issues. Rep. Chuck Hopson, a pharmacist from east Texas, admits he often votes for Republican candidates. "if you look at my district you'll know how I voted," he told the Austin American-Statesman. Since every GOP statewide candidate
carried his district, such pragmatism is probably necessary for him to survive. Mr. Hopson thinks that white Democrats in the Legislature are a vanishing species. "I think they will go away."

Texas isn't the only Southern state where Republican predators have depleted the herd of white Democrats. In several states, fewer than one in five whites now votes Democratic. Back in 1995, Rep. Billy Tauzin (D., La.) observed that "we are the most endangered species of the political planet, and we know it." A few months later he became a
Republican. Since Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, more than 350 state legislators have done the same thing.

The Democratic Party is too narrowly based--too identified with minorities and special interests such as trial lawyers--to form a majority coalition in the South. No non-Southern Democrat has carried a single Southern state in a presidential race since 1968, when Hubert Humphrey carried Texas. And although Al Gore is a Southerner, he lost the entire region in 2000.

Florida, of course, remains a two-party state--but not at the state legislative level. "African-Americans and Republicans have had something of an unholy alliance at the expense of white Democrats," says former GOP state chairman Tom Slade. Together the two groups have bunched black voters into districts that guarantee the election of minority candidates, leaving the neighboring districts more white and Republican--a process known as "bleaching." Mr. Slade told the Miami Herald that "the creation of every black Democratic district creates two Republican districts."

Democratic leaders privately fret that one of the unforeseen consequences of court interpretations of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is that the Democratic political bench in Florida is made up largely of state legislators from the party's most loyal voting blocs. Of the 14 Democrats in the Florida state Senate, all but two are either black or Jewish. Five of the seven Democrats who represent Florida in the U.S.House are either black or Jewish.

Michael Barone, the co-author of the Almanac of American Politics, says this lopsided picture has consequences for the Democratic Party's ability to take back Congress. If Sen. Bob Graham vacates his seat while he runs for president, Democrats "have almost no plausible statewide candidates," Mr. Barone says. In 2000, Democratic state chairman Charles Whitehead even warned that "If Sen. Graham decides to retire, the Democratic Party in the state of Florida is in a pitiful condition. I don't think we can get our act together in time to run for a statewide race if he doesn't stay."

But all is not lost. Democrats are still in a far better competitive position in the South than Republicans were a generation ago. In 1968, only 6% of voters in Mississippi said they were Republicans. Today, Democrats hold the governorship in four of the 11 states of the old Confederacy and control 12 of 22 legislative chambers. But things have not been going their way. Democrats must stand with minority voters, but they also must figure out a way to broaden their appeal. Otherwise, the next time Texas Democrats try to shut down the legislature the outcome may more resemble the John Wayne movie "The Alamo" more than it does "The Great Escape."   

 

 

A sorry group of people who don't have the strength of character to curb their own appetite for spending other people's money (Congress) is about to spend $15 billion of our tax dollars to try to adjust the sexual appetites of men in Africa (I'm not making this up). That's the reality behind the $15 billion in AIDS relief for Africa that the politicians
feel so good about and are now pushing through Congress.
"Scientia est polentia" so use it!!!

 

 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE USE YOUR VOICE! VOTE This is one bandwagon you don't want to miss jumping on.ßk

Urge Senate to blast blockade with drastic action!
 After losing control of the Senate last November, ruthless Democrats took the law into their own hands and absolutely refuse to yield. Fraudulent filibusters are being unjustly used to force an unconstitutional 60-vote "super majority" for confirmation of two of President Bush's judicial nominees.

This outrage must end! It is time for drastic action to blow apart this unholy, unjust and, yes, un-American blockade for the sake of our nation! You can play a crucial role at this pivotal point in America's history: Sign a petition asking senators to vote in favor of changing their rules so filibusters are easier to end.If you love America, believe in God and expect our senators to behave honorably according to their oath of office, act now! Here's where to support drastic action to break the blockade:
http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions.php?id=195

Tell Congress: NO lower tuition for illegal aliens
You, the American taxpayer, should NOT have to foot the bill for illegal immigrants to attend our nation's colleges and universities. Yet some members of the U.S. House are pushing to repeal a law and reward ILLEGAL aliens with tax-subsidized in-state tuition fees denied to LEGAL American citizens. Here's where to support Congressman Tom Tancredo in urging your U.S. Representative not to repeal the law:
http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions/php?id=197

 

When it comes to thinking fast, don’t write us older folks off!

An old man was sitting on a bench at the mall. A young man walked up to the bench and sat down. He had spiked hair in all different colors - green, red, orange, blue and yellow. The old man just stared. Every time the young man looked, the old man was staring. The young man finally said sarcastically, "What's the matter old timer, never done anything wild in your life?"
Without batting an eye, the old man replied, "Got drunk once and had sex with a parrot. I was just wondering if you were my son."  :-o) ßk

 

If we could shrink the earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look something like the following:
There would be:
57 Asians
21 Europeans
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
8 Africans
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world's wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder...
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness...you
are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the
loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of
starvation...you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death...you are more blessed than three billion
people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a
roof overhead and a place to sleep...
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change
in a dish someplace ... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still alive and still married ... you are very rare, even in the United States and Canada.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing
in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read at all.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
Sing like nobody's listening.
Live like it's Heaven on Earth.
HAVE A NICE DAY!! Bk

 have a thought.  Why is it that every country that I'm aware of, tries to entice the brightest and best to come and join their people, for a better life.  Our government seems bent on bringing in (legal or otherwise) crop pickers, gardeners, maids and now 11,800 ignorant blacks from Africa, that had to be told how to turn on a light switch and the working of a flush toilet. How lucky can the folks in Utah and Georgia be? I must also say that it hasn't escaped me that none of these new additions to our country are being resettled in the north eastern part of our country.  Liberals think that the rest of the country should do as
they say not as they do! ßk   Have a nice day! :-o)

There will be many of my cyber friends who will agree, sadly there will be some who scoff. History is the greatest guide man has.  DON'T REVISE IT!!!       bk

http://www.southerncaucus.org/288.htm

 

What is wrong with we Americans?  There is a real aversion to facing the truth, and that is we are not loved around the world. However our money and help aren't! Is there a problem with taking those barbarians at their word when every other word uttered by them amounts to lets kill the infidels. That's us! This is one thing most Americans hate to do and that is face unpleasant truths. Our enemies aren't bothered with that problem. They seem to feel if they destroy us their lives will be enhanced and beautiful. They must realize without American compassion and MONEY they will (OIL AND ALL THEIR CAMELS TO THE CONTRARY) end up picking excrement with the geese!

 

Even if you are a closet liberal or Bush hater you might see the need to join me in this effort. PLEASE!

May 19, 2003

The United Nations often claims the moral high ground for its very existence and for its "peacekeeping" and "humanitarian" efforts around the globe.  In the preamble of its charter, the United Nations promises to "practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours."

Well, so much for the moral high ground and the noble promise.  On May 4, 2003, the New York Post reported:  "A crazed mob of diplomats angry at being made to wait for lunch because of striking restaurant workers rioted in U.N. cafeterias Friday and looted them of thousands of dollars in food, booze and silverware."

To read the complete article, go to
http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/74873.htm

If you have yet to sign our petition to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay asking for a 15-minute vote on Congressman Ron Paul's H.R. 1146, The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, please do so today.  H.R. 1146 will withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations.

If you have already signed the petition, please ask family and friends to sign it.  The deadline is June 23, 2003.  The petition is at http://www.just15.org

Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee

To make a donation, please go to
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/donate.htm

 

The Democratic Party has been hijacked by the Hard-Left, and with the help of some Republicans, they are slowly but surely erasing our liberties and trying to make your Traditional American Values seem like a dirty joke. Start paying attention, WE are losing our country.  BK

If this once again doesn't leave you in doubt about our being a sovereign nation, then you are on something.( :-o) ) I feel sooooo bad for those American that are FORCED to put up with this.  Makes you wonder just how important is the Mexican vote to both the Dems and Republicians. America and it's citizens be damned!!!!!! bk  

http://www.sierratimes.com/03/05/19/article_md_border.htm

As a retired Naval Officer, with two Gulf carrier deployments under my
belt, I find your criticism of President Bush's visit to the Lincoln
offensive in the extreme! This is the first time that the Commander- in-Chief took time out of his busy wartime schedule to pay a visit to thank those who served in the line of fire, in a way that was both dramatic and meaningful to those on the carrier. Perhaps if LBJ got off his fat ass to do something similar, our troops' morale in Vietnam might not have been so low.

As a Naval officer, I am extremely sensitive to styles of leadership. That is, after all, our stock in trade. And it was not lost on me that the President spent about 30 seconds shaking hands with the Admiral, CO, and CAG (If you don't know these abbreviations just look them up in your Funk & Wagnalls!) He then spent the next 45 minutes putting himself at the disposal of the people who make that ship work, the yellow shirts, the green shirts, the purple shirts, the chiefs, the sailors. If you don't know the significance of those colored shirts, look it up in your Blue Jacket's Manual. Not dressed out in formal uniform (I understand
at Bush's request), but in their greasy, smelly, sweaty working uniforms.... working a flight deck is hot, hard work. And yet he, in his flight suit, put himself at their disposal. This was their moment, for 19 or 20 something year-old kids a few years out of high school, to get a picture of themselves with the President of the United States, his arm draped around their shoulder. That is a moment that those kids never dreamed would ever happen to them, maybe not even when they knew he was coming aboard. Surely, he would see the brass, not the troops. But it was the
troops to whom he gave his time ... and it was the most natural moment in the world. You might have thought it was a family reunion, and in a way, it was ... Bush is one of them, the common man, and while he is still the most powerful man on the planet right now, he hasn't lost his touch for them.
 
Was it a political moment? What moment of a president's life is NOT a political moment? Was it grand-standing, to come in to an OK pass to a 4 wire, a bit high in close, correcting, left of centerline? Well, hell, he didn't fly the approach anyway, though I understand from the pilots who flew him that he did a pretty good job at formation flying, tucked in close for a lead change. You can always tell a fighter pilot, you just can't tell him very much. And apparently after 30 years, it all comes back, with a little coaching, I am sure. Frankly, I would have liked to see him come aboard in an F/A-18, but the Secret Service vetoed that,
and Bush accepted their judgment ... again, a mark of a good leader.

If you had spent some time in the service, instead of the Klan, you might understand the significance of that moment to all the men and women aboard the Lincoln, and indeed to all the men and women in the service who shared that moment vicariously. But you chose the bedsheet instead of the uniform, and so you don't. I am half-tempted to move to West Virginia just so I could vote against you in your next election.
Lewis F. McIntyre
CDR, USN (Ret)
14095 Burnt Store Rd
Hughesville, MD 20637
301-274-0975                                           

 

With no intent to get in bad with my God, I must say this. What in hell are we doing bringing more blacks into this country and totally dependent ones at that. The taxpayers should be incensed at those whose fertile brains or lack thereof came up with this plan. This IMOP borders on complete idiocy. Talk about allowing your feelings to rule your better judgment. Assuming you have any? I wonder how long before they will be registered democratic voters?? Big Kahuna PS There must be a good reason that (the state dept. wants these kind of totally dependent people brought here) someone please enlighten me. bk

 

http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/local/5781911.htm

 

 

Keeping money that you yourself earned is called having benefits 'showered' on you, so say the damn tax and spend crowd. They lose sight of one very important fact, the water for the shower comes from the taxpayers well!!! I sometimes wonder if they ever heard of us? 

 

 

If views held are not in keeping with the whiners in our society then they can't be good.  This goes along with the thinking in our country today that there should not be any all white proms, however there will continue to be all black activities (black miss America etc.) Not that most whites have any desire to participate in those black functions.
Just a thought. When and how did this country become subservient to the 13% minority? Big Kahuna

http://www.lewrockwell.com/kirkwood/kirkwood10.html

 

 

Please sign this petition....PLEASE!.......... In the Executive Branch, returning his focus to domestic issues after riding high job-approval marks on the success of regime change in Iraq, President Bush dealt a heavy blow to the most loyal members of his political base this week.  In a stupefying example of bad judgment and timing, President Bush's pragmatic handlers reiterated his support for the 1994 Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act -- preventing law-abiding citizens from owning semi-automatic sporting rifles (so-called and decidedly misnamed "assault weapons") for lawful purposes -- scheduled to expire in September 2004. In so doing, the administration offended both the
overwhelming majority of the President's constituency and the constitutional foundation of our Republic.

The Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act narrowly passed the Démocrate-controlled House and Senate in 1994 and was signed into law by Bill Clinton. Though House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says, "The votes in the House are not there to reauthorize ... [the measure]," Feinstein and Schumer have introduced a new bill in the Senate to renew the restrictions, and they will press the House for a roll call vote in the upcoming election year.

Feinstein and Schumer praised President Bush (and when this duo is singing your praises, it's time to rethink your position!), saying: "We welcome your support and look forward to working with you to gain swift passage of this legislation. With your assistance, we will be able to pass legislation to continue the ban and help make America's streets
safer."

"Safer"? For whom? Such laws claim, ostensibly, to protect law-abiding citizens. Of course, only law-abiding citizens comply with these restrictions -- and at their own peril. Criminals don't care if the weapons they're using comport with the 23,000 federal, state and local gun restrictions already on the books.  For 30 years, the Left has employed a strategy of "incremental encroachment" on the Second Amendment to achieve its ultimate goal of gun confiscation, and the Feinstein-Schumer legislation is no exception.
To wit, Feinstein said of the 1994 legislation, "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate...for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it!"

As noted by Justice Joseph Story, appointed to the Supreme Court by the author of our Constitution, James Madison: "The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even
if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." Indeed!

The Bush administration has calculated that the renewal of the Feinstein-Schumer legislation will never get to the President's desk because it won't make it through Congress. This is a dangerous gambit, and there is no excuse for the advance notice that Mr. Bush would sign the renewal, which served only to encourage other Leftist gun
confiscators. That encouragement just made re-election of conservatives in Congress -- and the White House -- more difficult and more expensive. 

PatriotPetitions.US has launched a national campaign entreating our President, House of Representatives and Senate to reject legislation renewing the 1994 Clinton-Feinstein-Schumer Gun-Control Act. Please join fellow Patriots on the front lines in defense of our liberty and national sovereignty. Link to -- { http://patriotpetitions.us/nogunban }

HAVE YOU DONE IT???? Remember if you don't then this travesty might very well pass and then we will really be at the mercy of the thieves and scum.  Bk

 

 

You couldn't have found a more quintessential example of the nation’s most supercilious disgrace, than the ex.(THANK GOD) president. There is one, and he is a Mass. native son, he surely deserves a place next to the great prevaricator.  Your Sen. Kennedy! 

 

 

Boy it's time to get of our collective backsides and band together and stop this travesty.   This is no more than a liberal constituency building plan.

 

 

You, the American taxpayer, should NOT have to foot the bill for illegal immigrants to attend our nation's colleges and universities. Yet Congress is poised to make this outrage the law of the land. Please go to ConservativePetitions.com and read what is at stake. Here's the address:
http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions/php?id=197

Your help is needed! Some members of the U.S. House are pushing to repeal the law barring in-state tuition for illegal aliens. That's right, they want to reward ILLEGAL aliens with tax-subsidized in-state tuition fees that are denied to LEGAL American citizens. This outrage not only would be a misuse of taxpayer money, it encourages even more illegal immigrants to cross our borders.

The law doesn't prohibit illegal immigrants from attending college; it merely treats them the same as in-state American residents. Schools typically charge higher tuition rates for out-of-state students. With an estimated 11 million illegal aliens inside America today, repeal would have a devastating effect on state budgets, not to mention the effect on the wallets of American parents forced to pay higher, out-of-state tuition while taxpayers pick up the tab for illegal students.

That likely will happen -- unless you act now! Tell your Congressman to block any attempt to repeal the law governing tuition rates for illegal immigrants. Then, after signing the petition, email everyone you know to help generate the needed outcry. Here again is where to act:
http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions/php?id=197

Congressman Tom Tancredo

P.S. Now that you know what's at stake, it's worth a few minutes, isn't it, to make sure this potential blow to our wallets and our economy is NOT allowed to happen. Help get the word out! Here's where to direct everyone to act:
http://www.conservativepetitions.com/petitions/php?id=197
 
Paid for by Tancredo for Congress, Inc.

 

 

2/3 of Americans Approve Bush’s Overall Job – CBS News

 

Well now that they are convinced that the American electorate is sufficiently dumbed down.  This seems to be a good way to score a poll, use fractions and a large number of people won't know what you are saying or what it means!  I could be wrong. bk 

 

 

Now the United States Postal Service REMEMBERS & HONORS MUSLIMS with a
first class postage stamp.  YOU are strongly urged to REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp when purchasing your stamps at the post office. To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all AMERICANS who died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.  I also strongly urge you to pass this along to every Patriotic American you know, whether by e-mail or otherwise. What an easy way to show your
(OUR) contempt for those who hate us and all we stand for. Big Kahuna

 

 

Help the left understand –

 

The Leftist media's concern over our President Bush's carrier landing illustrates they never really understood that while former Vice President Al Gore was learning to operate a typewriter in Vietnam, and Bill Clinton was protesting Vietnam as a student in the UK, President Bush was flying supersonic jet fighters with the Texas Air National Guard.

 

 

Jackson, Sharpton, Mosely Braun, Schummer, Byrd, Kennedy, Lee of Texas, et al -

 

Thought for the day!  "A big mouth can work perfectly with a small mind".

 

 

Just read that Zambia another of those third world recipients of Uncle Sugars largess, is in the midst of another Aids epidemic. Soooooo now is the time for us to dig down deeper with more millions in aid (to hell with behavior modification). The fact that it's the same as throwing taxpayer money down a rat hole shouldn't occur to you. The fact that they always vote against anything emanating from the United States at that cabal in New York, called the UN, mustn't sway your desire to part with your hard earned money! We must never lose sight of the fact that if we don't help, we will incur more abuse from the likes of Jesse and his followers. It is most inadvisable that we do anything to further annoy that thirteen percent of our population, whose wrath always seems to be directed toward we Caucasians. Just a thought!!     Bk

 

 

My fellow Americans:
As you all know, the defeat of Iraq's regime has been completed.  The discovery and destruction of all weapons of mass destruction have been covered thoroughly in the press. A new Iraqi government has been established and appears to be stable.  Our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption. Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.  In the out years, together with Congress, I will work to re-direct this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home.

I am ordering the immediate withdrawal of all US forces from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and all other Middle Eastern nations. Leave us alone. Solve your own damn problems. Need help? Call Germany.  On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your relatives from the face of the earth.

 

Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize?  Try France, or maybe China.

Regarding the nation of Israel, I have this to say. It seems like everybody has forgotten what happened to European Jewry during the 1930s and World War II. Our nation will never permit the destruction of Israel. No way, Jose. Nevertheless, to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Yo, boys. Yank yer heads outta rectal defilade and work out a peace deal. Just note that Camp David is closed. Maybe all of you can go to Russia for negotiations. They have some great palaces there. Big tables, too.

I'm ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mi amis. 

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't give a damn about whatever treaty pertains to this. Pay your tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers, and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.

A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are going to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not peeing us off for a change. Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I'm gonna put 'em?  Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil. Oh, the
United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty---starting now.

It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens.  Some will accuse us of xenophobia. My response is simple and direct: if you can play that word in Scrabble, do it as soon as your turn comes round. Some will accuse us of isolationism.
I answer them be saying darn tootin'. Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet.  It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to eliminate World Cup soccer from America.  We will develop energy independence. We will restructure our nation for its isolationist destiny.

I will be sending legislation to Congress tomorrow proposing the first actions that that august body should take as we move in a new direction.  To the nations on List 2, a final thought. Drop dead.  To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you.

God bless America and continue to bless you and your family Mr.President. Sincerely BK

 

 

The United States gives out $13.3 billion tax dollars in direct Foreign Aid annually. The United States is above and beyond the single most generous benefactor of the United Nations, donating $2.4 billion dollars of YOUR money, to primarily third-world dictators.
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This amount is 25% of the United Nations budget. In addition, the United States also gives another $1.4 billion tax dollars to United Nations' programs and agencies. The American taxpayers(WE) fund more for the United Nations than ALL of the other 177
member nations COMBINED.
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What most Americans do not realize is that the vast majority of the recipients of the US Foreign Aid routinely vote against the wishes of the United States in the United Nations at an average rate of 74%. In other words, of the $13.3 billion  tax dollars invested in direct Foreign Aid, only about 26% or $3.5 billion went to support people who endorsed American initiatives or causes. A staggering $9.8 billion tax dollars went to causes and people who were and are in open and direct opposition to the United States' interests and objectives.
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Listed below are the actual voting records of various Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations' records:
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Kuwait votes against the United States 67% of the time.
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Qatar votes against the United States 67% of the time.
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Morocco votes against the United States 70% of the time.
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United Arab Emirates votes against the U. S. 70% of the time.
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Jordan votes against the United States 71% of the time.
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Tunisia votes against the United States 71% of the time.
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Saudi Arabia votes against the United States 73% of the time.
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Yemen votes against the United States 74% of the time.
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Algeria votes against the United States 74% of the time.
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Oman votes against the United States 74% of the time.
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Sudan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
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Pakistan votes against the United States 75% of the time.
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Libya votes against the United States 76% of the time.
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Egypt votes against the United States 79% of the time.
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Lebanon votes against the United States 80% of the time.
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India votes against the United States 81% of the time.
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Syria votes against the United States 84% of the time.
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Mauritania votes against the United States 87% of the time.
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US Foreign Aid to those that hate us:
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Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States, still receives $2 billion annually in US Foreign Aid.
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Jordan votes 71% against the United States and receives $192,814,000 annually in US
Foreign Aid.
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Pakistan votes 75% against the United States receives $6,721,000 annually in US Foreign
Aid.
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India votes 81% against the United States receives $143,699,000 annually in US Foreign
Aid.
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Perhaps it is time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings back to the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes.
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If you agree, send these facts to all your representatives and friends.

 

 

If the obstructionism continues, despite the bipartisan call for reform, will Republicans have the chutzpah and guts to retaliate? I think not! They would do well to weed out those rhino's and others who are not team players. However, based on their performance as of this day, they won't even insist that the Demo so called filibusterer be done the way
it should be (with actual speeches not via recesses). If the Democrats hold the White House again, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay have vowed revenge for the Democrat filibuster against fellow Texan Priscilla Owen. Why not get into gear NOW, when you enjoy control? No matter how small. However, judging from Republicans' track record and history of caving in to Democrat demands, don't count on it or hold your breath. Proud to be an admirer and supporter of you Mr. Bush, but not so much of the party.  BK

 

 

 

 

Wishing is good, but it's more productive to wish and work! Just as faith in the lord is mighty, however combine that faith with action and WOW! ßk

 

 

From the lobotomized left coast – another beaut!  Read on. . .

 

Last September, according to Senator Dick Mountjoy, Gray Davis, pandering to the pro-abortion and gay-rights lobbies, signed into law Senate Bill 1301, which removed the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions. According to Mountjoy, the bill....makes abortion more dangerous to still more women, and allows abortions right up to the point of normal birth! Nine month old, full-term babies can now be killed in the Golden State!  On the same day last September, Davis also signed Assembly bill 2194 requiring that... ALL obstetricians and gynecologists be trained to perform abortions -- with NO objections allowed for moral or religious grounds!

Davis, last September 22 & 23 also signed two bills legalizing the creating of babies for research purposes.  One bill Davis signed authorizes unlimited cloning "for research purposes." Creating a live human baby to be exploited and destroyed -- like a dissected frog -- is now legal in California!

Gray Davis -- IN THIS CURRENT LEGISLATIVE SESSION -- is expected to sign a bill that explicitly assigns children in the foster-care system to homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and "transgendered" foster parents, and specifically approves -- as parents -- those who are already infected with HIV/AIDS.  The bill also FORBIDS any foster parent from telling a child that homosexual sex is morally wrong!

Assembly Bill 2216, signed by Gray Davis, says unmarried homosexual partners will to inherit one another's possessions -- even WITHOUT a written will! So if the deceased had a homosexual partner, the rights or needs of blood relatives are now irrelevant!  Similar Pending bills include Assembly Bill 17, which requires every state agency to ONLY do business with companies that offer all the same benefits to homosexual "domestic partners" as they do to married couples.

Senator Mountjoy asks us to DOWNLOAD, SIGN, AND MAIL THE RECALL PETITION at http://www.recallgraydavisnow.com/downloadpetition.php

Think that it is safe to say that Calf. is truly the land of fruits and nuts!! Tell me I'm wrong. Big Kahuna

 

 

Just What Do We Stand For?

My Letter To The RNC

 

Why isn't Sen. Rick Santorum, (because our party NO longer has the Chutzpah to stand up to the liberal democrats and those Rhino's who are more interested in pandering to those on the left who seem dedicated to bringing down all that is held holy) a champion of family values, receiving public support from you and the Party whose platform supports the traditional understanding of sexuality and morality? A homosexual newspaper recently reported that you were "honored" to meet with HRC to express "our party's commitment to tolerance and inclusion."( INMHO this is pure excrement) Is this why you are unwilling to support Senator Santorum? Has tolerance and inclusion replaced the stated principles of the Party?

Mr. Racicot, either the GOP stands for marriage or it seeks to accommodate the HRC, Log Cabin Republicans and those who would destroy it by radical re-definition. Senator Santorum deserves your public support or (I assure you the fourteen family GOP voters will look to the beat of a different drummer) for his defense of traditional marriage, along with other values that are held sacred by the majority of we citizens. 

I urge you and others in the party to come to Senator Santorum's defense. A failure to do so will answer questions many of us are having as to why Republicans have not stood up for marriage. I await your response.  BK  

 

Afterthought P.S. If we were to continue allowing homosexual marriage the time would come when there would be no voters!!!!!!!! WHY NOT JOIN ME?

 

 

Don’t Be Ungrateful!

 

Dear friends, knowing how disenchanted we all are with the performance of our French friends? Please keep this in mind.  Forget the wine and cheese; they made another major contribution. It was the rear view mirror in our cars, that we take for granted every day. They have left their mark with the invention of this wonderful device!  It was first developed by the French military so their soldiers could see the war! Soooooooooo be a little more tolerant!

 

 

Think about this all you nice taxpaying folks. In 2001 the Internal Revenue Service spent $8,900,000,000 to administer the current system while American taxpayers spent an estimated $135,000,000,000 and 3,000,000,000 hours, more than a full day for each return, to comply; this does not include the sweat worrying if they will find something wrong and come after us. I for one would welcome a national sales tax with open arms. ITS TIME HAS COME!

 

 

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none." --Thomas Jefferson

PatriotPetitions.US, the nation's leading public-opinion advocate for U.S. national security and sovereignty, has released its newest campaign entreating President George Bush, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist "...to terminate all participation by the United States in the United Nations, terminate any and all U.S. taxpayer-funded support for the UN, and prohibit American Armed Forces from serving under the command of the United Nations anywhere in the world." The U.S. should remove itself from this "mother of all" -- "entangling alliances."
Please join fellow Patriots on the front lines in defense of our liberty and national sovereignty. Link to -- http://patriotpetitions.us/TerminateUN

If you don't have Web access, please send a blank e-mail to: sign-TerminateUN@PatriotPetitions.US
Each e-mail sent to this address will be counted as one signature for the petition.

"This is one thing I would like to see before I go to my reward." BK

 

 

A commissioner in infamous Palm Beach County says that if Florida let felons vote, Al Gore would be president because "80 to 85 percent" of crooks are Democrats.  This also seems to correlate with the number of blacks who are incarcerated.   Hence with so many of their constituency in jail it's imperative that they be allowed to vote. Isn't politics grand?  BK

 

 

My fellow taxpayers you need to be weaned, a little more from some of your hard earned money. That doesn't present a problem for those lobotomized residents of lotus land on the Potomac. They have come up with a new outrageous scheme to lighten your wallet.  Thanks to them your wallet will feel a bit lighter and soon. You see U.S. taxpayers will be paying $600,000.00 to renovate the kitchen at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. The residence is in New York's Waldorf- Astoria hotel. However according to an anonymous State Department official, "Yeah, it's a lot of money, but it's a lot of work and it's worth it."

 

We must all realize that all these goodies are for another bureaucrat with a real exaggerated sense of self-importance. He could damn sure entertain in the best restaurants for a long time for six hundred thousand. The really great part is that all the upgrading becomes part of the hotel, which I'm sure doesn't make the Waldorf angry?

Lets not forget that anonymous State Department, bottom feeder, at the public trough, with his apparent disregard for public (not his) money. In my humble opinion this is just another blatant use of money from the hard working American public. Then who really gives a tinker’s damn for them?  BK

 

 

Please join me in this effort. Thanks BK.

http://www.conservativealerts.com/042903.htm

 

 

 

It may be almost over over there, however this might be a good time to realize that -While we can never repay our debt to our fallen warriors, we can remember their service and honor their sacrifice. We all should save special places inside our hearts to honor all those who gave their lives so that we and our future generations might live in freedom.

 

We can remember our dead war heroes in some special way, whether by placing flowers on a veteran's grave, lighting a candle, observing a moment of silence, or saying a prayer of thanks. It's their supreme sacrifice that let's us be the way we are!!! ßk

 

 

It's possible if they listen to the majority of the American people they will - that getting us out of the UN is possibly one of the most pressing items for our leaders to move on. That body of narcissistic paragons of double speak, along with their clones in the Senate should take a long hard look at the thirty million (PLUS) in taxpayers dues we have
contributed. In fifty years of UN inefficiency and meddling and their desire to circumvent the US constitution we have received no perceivable benefits that most of us and Tom DeLay are aware of. Their idea and goal of one world government should not even be allowed a second thought. Dr. Frist should bring the Senate back to reality and bring about a immediate vote to extricate us out of that den of those who have nothing but contempt for us. There should NEVER be any doubt in their minds that it's the US Constitution that is the law of this land. NOT THE UN CHARTER! I sincerely hope that there are many out there that read this who concur with my thoughts.

 

 

I'm sure he could care less, but many thanks and applause to Newt Gingrich for his speech to the American Enterprise Institute and to The Washington Times for yesterday's complementary editorial "Transform the State Department." Finally a man and newspaper of stature have enough guts to declare the true reason a major overhaul of our State Department is needed, (aside from the fact that it's loaded with Clinton appointees).Then there is its biased policy toward Arabic interests.  The "road map" to peace in Israel and Palestine will never succeed if it remains in the hands of those myopic and biased State Department bureaucrats.

God knows we have a world class military shouldn't we be able to say the same of our dept. of state? Big Kahuna

 

 

"Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent."
Big Kahuna says, "don't believe me, check the school systems around the country".

 

 

My God! Could this mean that some common sense has finally invaded a court and a judge is the one putting it in motion? Plaudits and Kudos for the judge. BigKahuna

http://wnd.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32251

 

 

There are many bad Iraqis (imagine that) who take advantage of our policy to live to fight another day. They are one hell of a threat to our troops. However we Americans are such fair minded people that our troops are accompanied by lawyers (wonder if any of them got killed protecting Iraqi rights?) whose duty it is to make sure none of our targets violate the Geneva Convention. I wonder how many lawyers are with the Iraqi troops that have killed our captured men? I even wonder what sort of wisdom is being used when there are already 10,000 Iraqi targets that have been declared off-limits. No need to think about how so many ambushes take place and why there were many of us that thought it sheer idiocy to drop food to the enemy while bombing them. This happening while our Marines weren't getting all the supplies they needed. It could give pause to many to wonder how did we get to be such winners in WW2? Bk

 

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger helped muscle away the blues of some hospitalized soldiers. He showed up at the Bethesda Naval Base in Maryland to meet with those who had been wounded in combat in Iraq. It's great to know that the left coast hasn't corrupted Austria's gift to America. He is so far and wide more of an American than most all the sleezeballs out there. Hope the Streisands, Sheens, and their buds are paying attention. Arnold has shown that it's best to never bite the hand that feeds you. It's good to know that in the land of fruits and nuts there are some real Americans - as there were in WW2. bk

 

 

The front page of our liberal rag had a picture of what appeared to be thousands of ungrateful rag-headed sheep herders venting their spleen against America and her presence there. This mass of dung has more chutzpah than a busload of Jewish pilgrims on the way to a synagogue in the middle of Palestine. No less that two weeks ago they were cowering in total fear from the likes of their great leader. Now since the Americans
and British have removed that low life piece of camel excrement and his cabal of sycophantic followers they have acquired some courage. However, it's being spent against our military. Only the most benighted of this rabble doesn't know that there will be no retaliation from U.S. or British troops, who are only there to help them. Talk about
biting the hand that feeds them. With my grandson over there (along with fellow Marines, Army plus Air Force) doing their level best to rid these people of their oppressors. Now they perform like those other ingrates the French and Germans. The day must come and soon I hope, when our government and we citizens stop trying to emulate our Blessed Lord by turning the other cheek. We have spent more lives and treasure in the past helping so many in this world but after we have saved them they turn out to be "like the cur dog that bites the hand that feeds them".  Won't we ever learn?

 

 

 

HORRAY WE HAVE HEARD FROM GRANDSON IN IRAQ!!! HE IS FINE AS ARE MOST OF THE MARINES IN HIS GROUP!! As to this request - I hate to be alone PLEASE join me. Big Kahuna

 

 

 

This, though lengthy, is a letter from Germany. There are some dramatic examples of the wounded folks coming back from war and, as important, some examples of the sense of anti-Americanism there - much worse than in France. At the same time, Mercedes has just announced the opening next year of 16 new Mercedes dealerships.  Let's see here --- is something wrong with that picture?  I think it's time we pulled everyone home from continental Europe and S. Korea, where crowds rally against us weekly, and let those who think they know best in those parts of the world take care of their own regional
problems.   

Written by the wife of the Commanding General, United States Army Europe and 7th Army (General B.B. Bell) in Germany.

==========================================
Dear Family,
 
friends are so puzzled by their government's decision. The hoards of demonstrators we have had are, for the most part, young. The older folks know how we saved Europe some 60 years ago. My opinion is that the younger generations see us as having everything they want. I am convinced that their hatred stems from envy, on several layers.

 

There have been, lately, instances of Americans being heckled in towns.  These incidents have not been anything but words. Americans are cautioned to keep a low profile and we are warned to stay away from some areas, like Hamburg, but we mainly go about business as usual. If any of this changes B. B. may have to put certain places off limits. I believe that we will see some repositioning of our troops in Europe in the next year or two or three.  There may even come a time when families won't be allowed to accompany their soldiers over here and those soldiers will just come for a "short" tour, much like we do in Korea. All this is very sad but was actually in the planning before all these latest contingencies.

 

To answer your question, Anne, I feel safe. As I have told all of you, this house is a fenced (with barbed wire) compound behind B. B.'s office building. There are MPs on the gate all the time. And the gate can only be opened by them or by our remotes. So we are safe that way. B. B. never drives. He has a driver and a bodyguard that ride with him and there are what are called, "chase cars" in front of him and in back.  I have been pretty much free to come and go as I pleased until about a week ago. That is when I was assigned a bodyguard. She drives me everywhere I go now and though she is just darling and wonderful, it is a pain to have to plan instead of just going spontaneously. She is about 5' 1 tall, really adorable, maybe weighs 100 pounds and is, as B.B. says, "tough as woodpecker lips." When she runs with him her little legs are one solid muscle. She is a crack shot and attended and was the number one graduate of the elite British Counter Terrorism School. She grew up on a farm in Missouri, has hunted since she was a little girl and told me about helping butcher hogs. So I feel pretty safe with little, bitty Angel, which is her name. I don't know how long we will have this arrangement. I hope it is not for too long for both our sakes.

 

I want to tell you all about today. Today was a defining moment for me; it ranks with my wedding day and the day Buck was born as a day so meaningful that I am filled with too much emotion to handle. B. B. and I went to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, one of the three Army hospitals left in Germany. As you all know this hospital is where almost all injured soldiers are brought from operations in the Middle East. We arrived there around 1:30, were briefed by the hospital commander about the patients we would see
and then headed up to the second floor.

 

The first patient we saw had had his hand crushed. It was wrapped up in bandages as thick as a pillow but you could see the black fingers. They are trying to save it. He faces skin grafts and maybe worse if they can't save it. He was medivaced from Kuwait a week ago and two days ago his wife gave birth to their second child in Weiden, Germany. His was anxious to see her and the baby, to get well and to head back to the front. He did not complain at all about his pain and had such a positive attitude.

 

The next fellow we saw was a marine who had been run over by a tank in the desert. Only the softness of the sand saved his life. His entire pelvic area was crushed, creating many urology nightmares. He has had a colostomy and faces months of surgeries. The Docs believe he can fully recover, a miracle if you think about the tonnage that rolled over him. He was absolutely adorable. He was from Kansas and he and B. B. got into pheasant and deer hunting right away. His spirits are good and he kept trying to sit up tall in the bed even though it was apparent he was in pain. He kept asking about his unit, "where are they?", "How close to Baghdad?" B. B. asked me to leave the room a couple of times so that he could talk top-secret stuff with this soldier.

 

The next fellow we saw was from Alabama. A bullet entered his lower abdomen and traveled up and exited through his back. He was on oxygen but pulled the mask off and refused to put it back on. He wanted to tell B. B. that he had met him at Fort Knox when he was there for his initial training. He was 21 years old and had been married for one year. He was frantic to know about his buddies, where they were, how they were doing. He said he had such guilt about leaving them. He looked at me as if he were deciding whether he should say something or not. Then he somehow raised himself up on an elbow, took B. B.' s hand and said, "Sir, when I got hit I want you to know that I took a couple of the sons of bitches down." His commitment and his focus were still there and all he can think of is getting well and rejoining his unit.

 

The last two guys were in Intensive Care. Their rooms, by request were side by side. The first one had no legs. He had stepped out of his track onto a mine. He does not remember anything but the pain. He choked up when he told B. B., "Sir, what I did was stupid."  B.B. assured him that "stupid" was thinking that he did anything wrong in a war where there was so much to think about and sleep was a rare commodity. As he lay there in the desert, a medic ran up to him, stepped on a mine and lost a leg too. These were the guys who were side by side. The soldier who had lost both legs said, in response to B. B. asking him what he could do for him, "Sir, I am fine. I have everything I need. I have nothing to complain about."

 

Well, that was it for me. I just cried. I left the room but the soldier asked me to come back. "M'am, don't cry for me. Let's pray for all who are carrying on." Even now I have to cry. I wear a Hooah pin that Patty Shinseki gave me and I took it off and gave it to him.

 

Today, for the first time ever, I was in the presence of real heroes, indescribable bravery and I can't tell you how honored I am to have touched them. I held their hands and told them all how proud we and the nation are and that I love them. At the end of the visit I was totally wrung out and just wanted to get home and go in my room and be by myself and thank God for these young men and women who are giving so much. My blood boils with the protests of the Hollywood elite whose easy and privileged lives exist because of these soldiers lying in that hospital. They have no idea how they hurt these men and women and their families with their rhetoric. Their shallowness is sickening after being in the presence of true character and heroism.

 

One last thing I want to tell you. B. B. collected the names and numbers of all their parents and two wives and came back and called them all. I love that he did that. There is no one I know who loves soldiers more than he does and the soldiers are like dogs and children. You can't fool them. They know who really has them in their hearts.

 

Well, sorry for that soapbox soliloquy. It has been that kind of day. B. B. intends to visit weekly and I hope I am able to go with him every single time. They tell me that Katie Couric was there, setting up for broadcast from Ramstein, where Landstuhl Hospital is located. Glad I didn't run into her either!

 

Again, thank all of you for your concern. B. B. and I are fine. Continue to pray for our military forces. They are just now beginning to get into the scary part of this war. I love and miss you all.

 Katie

 "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to
visit violence on those who would harm us." George Orwell

 

 

From ADM. Moffett about his visit to the hospital ship USS Comfort

To all,

I decided to share with you a note I sent to my family after my visit to USNS Comfort yesterday... As you will read, it was quite a visit for me personally and professionally... I am thankful to have taken it and will endeavor to keep it in the forefront of my mind for years to come. I hope you do too.
R/ M
Subject: USNS Comfort Visit
To my family,
After reading the letter written by Mrs. Katie Bell, I felt a professional and morale obligation to personally visit with our Marines and Soldiers on the USNS Comfort and to get a sense for a part of my profession I have not had contact with before. As some of you know, in Naval Aviation, accidents normally have one of two outcomes, death or minor injury. I have never confronted that which lies between... And after having experienced the "in between" today, I join Mrs. Bell in knowing that America produces some wonderful human beings...in spite of what you might hear from the media...

The USNS Comfort is a 900' Military Sealift Command vessel manned with 1200 active duty Navy personnel, mostly Medical Corps and 60 civilian mariners. It has a "Master," which is the civilian equivalent of a US Navy Commanding Officer. Military Sealift Command is the civilian maritime component of the DoD. They actually have quite a few ships including most of our logistics force i.e. tankers, oilers, ammo, so on and so forth. They move most of the "heavy" equipment for the Army and Marines.

Ok, I arrived via helo for my two hour indoc visit. The Comfort is not your normal Navy ship... It is a converted merchant vessel. It is missing the characteristic watertight hatches, narrow passageways, steep narrow ladders, overhead cabling, visible plumbing, etc, etc that you find on a war fighting ship. It actually looks like the inside of any military hospital except the floors/decks are painted metal plate mostly vice marble or linoleum. Very roomy and not very nautical. While it didn't have the interior decor of a Princess Cruise ship, it did have the openness. 

 

Today was a slow day for the crew of the Comfort. Their triage / receiving area was empty except for staff. Several days ago they had received over 40 personnel with a variety of wounds. I was pleased to see they were not knee deep in casualties at this point. The triage area is big. This ship can handle upwards of 1000 casualties and this is the biggest "emergency" room I've ever seen. The hospitals you visit don't come close to what this place could handle if the situation required it. There is a great group of patriots working here. They are confronted with the battlefield's worst and make the initial decision on what action to take. By the way, these casualties come from all sources; battlefield, field hospital, way station, you name it, but always by helo.  From Triage casualties are segregated by injury and sent to different locations, surgery, x-ray, etc., depending upon need.

 

We moved to surgery and the operating rooms. There are twelve of them and they are also big, the biggest I've ever seen. These have all the necessary life saving equipment/machines the best trauma centers in the states have. And they have tie down pads... That's so when the ship is rolling the gurney doesn't drift around the room. They even have "attach" points for the surgeon's chair, so patient & surgeon remain as one with sea induced rolls.

From here we move to the ICU. This is big too. About 40 beds and many are occupied with the recent arrivals and post ops. Here I see Iraqis primarily. By the way, there are over 200 Iraqis on board... I can't tell the difference between the males, whether they are EPWs or civilians caught in the cross fire. I did see several women and was told they were civilians. Many tubes hanging from stands and tubes going in and out of those on the gurneys. Not much movement, these people are hurt and hurt bad.

Next we move to what I would call a lower level ICU.  Patients still in jeopardy, but stable enough to be removed from the primary ICU. This is where I came face to face with several of our great Soldiers and Marines. This is a slow day in this room - thankfully, there are only 3 Americans here. Two of the soldiers were not conscious, one having sustained a head injury and the other significant shrapnel and bullet wounds. The latter was referred to as the "miracle" patient. The expectation was death a couple of days ago, but this brave soul was starting to respond to treatment. The swelling had gone down enough to enable the surgeons to close his wound and he had had another surgery today to take care of several holes in his intestines. He was young, probably in his early twenties. The soldier with the head injury was the pilot of a helo that had had a hard landing. I would say so - it dropped from about 100 feet... He has been in a coma ever since, but they were pleased to see he was moving his legs and upper torso although still not conscious. Finally, I learned about a young Marine. He was conscious and I heard about his chest wound being closed recently after having the swelling go down enough to allow the surgeons to close it. He was in his early 20's, a bit older than my oldest, but then that might have been high since he had probably aged a bit as a result of his recent combat experience. He was from Texas and proud of it. I was choked up and could hardly get anything coherent out as I looked at him lying in his bed with all his bandages and tubing coming from and going into him. He said he was doing ok and that the staff was treating him well. I thanked him for all he had done and for "taking one" for the Marine Corps. I said I represented his aviation support from the Kitty Hawk and we had obviously not done our job in his case. He said that wasn't the case and it was ok. That did it for me; I couldn't speak anymore... He raised his hand to shake mine and we did so. I couldn't have been more proud of him and all those he represented lying there in that bed. 

 

We moved onto to another similar ward, but this one was filled with Iraqis. The make up of this ward included male and female.  Actually there were two married couples here. Each having sustained injuries at the same time. I heard one cryptic story of the Fidayeen grabbing one couple and using them as shields in a car. There were seven severe burn cases here too. And that's more burn victims than in our big burn centers in the states... This was a tough place for me to be.

Next we moved back up stairs to where more Iraqi civilians were recovering with less severe injuries. They were a mix of male and female ranging in age from 3 years to 60s. The 3 year old was there as a result of a women passing this child to a Marine in an evac helo. The Marine accepted the child who had been burnt pretty badly in the lower torso and not knowing anything about the child. The little girl was taken care of as were all the casualties that came to Comfort.  Unfortunately, she was a Jane Doe. No one knew a thing about her. So the staff took pictures and had passed them out to everyone that would take them ashore in an attempt to find her parents. Amazingly enough a 12 year old girl arrived two weeks later with an injury and identified the 3 year old as her little cousin. The 3 year old's parents had been killed and her aunt was the one that gave her to the Marines realizing she would die if left in Iraq. Both girls are recovering nicely. There was also a little, but very active 6/7 year old girl in the ward. She had no injuries, but her story is also amazing. It seems she was lying in a "field" in Kuwait when the operation began. The Soldiers picked her up and sent her to the Comfort. She "came to" enroute and started acting like any 6/7 year old. She was examined and found to be fit.
Unfortunately, no one knows who she is or where she came from other than that spot in the desert... She has become the ward's entertainment/mascot so to speak. She is full of life, having "high fived" all of us during our visit. She is pretty cute and several of the
Navy personnel are talking adoption if they can't find her family or home.

Back upstairs for a tour of the EPW ward. These guys are mostly Iraqi Army, the most basic and ill equipped of Saddam's ex army.  They range from late teens/early twenties to 60 plus. A variety of injuries and wounds, but all recovering. Interestingly there are only 4 interpreters onboard... One story I was told was about one of these guys waking up after surgery and asking if he was in heaven...The staff chuckled. And I was thinking the answer should have been "Well, yes and no"... Another EPW was headed into surgery and he thought he was going to be killed, having never seen an operating room full of masked people speaking English while trying to keep him alive...How ironic... This was a pretty sedate crowd today, but there were more than enough Force Protection personnel present to keep them under control if the need arose.

With that the tour came to an end. We had seen the best the US has to offer, our dedicated Marines and Soldiers and the Navy's finest medical capability afloat. It was truly an amazing and heart wrenching afternoon. I am so glad I was able to visit with our troops; we in Naval Aviation never get a chance to see this aspect of our profession and it gave me a much better appreciation for the sacrifices made by others. We are indeed a blessed country that we would have such fine young people willing to put themselves in harms way knowing full well they could end up on USNS Comfort or worse... It also indicated to me that we in Naval Aviation need to keep our nation's Soldiers and Marines in our foremost thoughts when we are supporting them. They need us to be at our best to ensure they can do their best.

And finally, may God bless all those serving on the USNS Comfort, they are performing a mission far more difficult than anything I have had to do in my 29 years of service...
Love Matt

 

 

This from a CITY that owes it's very existence to the military bases
there! The Alamo to the contrary and we think the French and Germans are
lousy!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20030419-83140736.htm

 

 

 

The Robbins, Sarandon, Sheen and their cabal of dimwits are so quick to knock our President. Their claim to fame is being able to read words written by others, as they perform in their make believe world. I wonder if they could or would contribute anything real to our world? Our brave troops have! Among other things they give their lives so that the Hollywood rabble can shoot their mouths off.

 

 

There are a lot of folks who can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in America.  Well, there's a very simple answer...... Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just didn't know we were getting low.

The reason for that is purely geographical. All our oil is in Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, California, and Oklahoma.  All of our dipsticks are in Washington, DC!
Thanks to Art Robertson! ßk

 

 

Letter To The Editors

 

Am I alone in wondering why you at the Picayune have an aversion for really looking at problems that seem to plague our fair city and the black community? Already the bleeding heart liberals and anti gun nuts are blaming the guns and not the miscreants that pulled the triggers! It would seem that the school shooting in New Orleans, despite penitentiary-like security measures and metal detectors at John McDonogh High School, a 15-year-old was killed and three others injured by another student who smuggled in an AK-47 assault rifle. All the typical Left media calls for gun control notwithstanding (as previously mentioned, none of those measures prevented this assault), isn't it interesting that this school was named for a wealthy merchant and financier, John McDonogh, who, at his death in 1850, split his $1.5-million estate between New Orleans and Baltimore for the promotion of education. New Orleans spent its share to launch its government school system, while Baltimore spent its share to create a disciplined military orphanage for the betterment of young men with a sharp contrast to the McDonogh School in New Orleans today. It's the endowed private McDonogh School in Baltimore that has no metal detectors at its doors and boys and girls graduating from its curriculum number among Maryland's most esteemed leaders in business, medicine, law and public service. New Orleans could it be the lack of personal responsibility and family support, that is the main culprit for the social climate and school deterioration? ... PS>With very little doubt that this effort will go into your waste paper basket where so many of my other letters
have found their way.  BK

 

 

PLEASE JOIN ME IN THIS EFFORT!!bk

http://www.conservativealerts.com/041603.htm

 

 

Liberal Definition Of Democracy - OUR WAY bk

 

 

The Gimme Crowd

 

I have had the opportunity to read many comments about the avarice of many in this country and in particular many of the 911 victims. This taken in contrast to the miniscule amount given to the families of our fallen heroes shouldn't this give us pause to apply the boot to those greedy self serving members of the Senate and Congress. These misers
(except when it come to rewarding themselves) have me so angry. They can be so uncaring toward those who have given their life blood to keep this nation free, and then give away the bank so to speak to the victims of 9-11, and countries all over the world, least of all to themselves. To cap it all, there is now a movement afoot to forgive all debt to Iraq to help those poor people. How about a world wide auction of the many priceless treasures found in those palaces? Then we should sell their oil to pay us for the treasure expended toward freeing people, whom I'm afraid are still envious and truly ungrateful toward the USA and what we have done to make their lives better!  So what's new in the helping people world? BK

 

 

Good News!

 

From the best information I can come up with the average combined federal, state and local tax burden per taxpayer this year is ONLY@#* 30.0%.Count your blessings they could want more! AND DO!! Bk

 

 

As I sit here wondering about so many things this thought occurred to me.  It's very difficult to find in the Constitution where it's stated that Congress has the right to give the money of the haves who labor, to the have nots who won't get off their most expressive derrieres and work!  Just thinking ßk

 

 

 Nelson Mandela once said:

"There is no country that has committed so many unspeakable atrocities in the world, as the United States of America. He went on to say  "They don't care for human beings. A country with a president who cannot think properly or exercise good judgment - he is  now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust.”

 Talk about gall. This tirade all about bum rapping (little street talk) a country that has done more (which is appreciated less) for blacks than any country I'm aware of. This former convict, who is in favor of taking by force the farms and holdings of the white South Africans and (stealing) giving it all to the blacks.  What a world we could have without such demagogues! Big Kahuna

 

 

Some time last year along with others    Chris Matthews predicted, while pointing out the flawed judgment and failed policies of President Bush. He said, or as close as I can remember, “this coming war will join the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, Desert Storm One, Beirut and Somalia in the history of military blunders." As I listened to him the other night playing crawfish, I just could not help but remember those sage? remarks!

Isn't it wonderful that we have such paragons of knowledge to rely on?  We must all hope and pray that our President chooses to remember these detractors when Johnny comes marching home. BK

 

 

Military History in a Nutshell, The Complete Military History of France
!
Gallic Wars - Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.
- Hundred Years War - Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic called Joan who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare;
"France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Sainted.
-Italian Wars - Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.
- Wars of Religion - France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots
- Thirty Years War - France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.
- War of Revolution - Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.
-The Dutch War – Tied
-War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War - Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.
-War of the Spanish Succession - Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved ever since.
- American Revolution - In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."
- French Revolution - Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.
- The Napoleonic Wars - Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.
- The Franco-Prussian War - Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.
- World War I - Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein."  Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.
-World War II - Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.
- War in Indochina - Lost. French forces plead sickness, take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu
- Algerian Rebellion - Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.
- War on Terrorism - France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's. 

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?", but rather "How long until France collapses?"

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage."

Or, better still, the quote from last week's Wall Street Journal: "They're there when they need you."

 

Congressman Paul Jacobs sure has a way of cutting to the chase! Great thoughts…

Whether we support or oppose a war in Iraq, we all want the best for the men and women in uniform. We want them to have the tools to fight any war and, please, to come home safe and sound. And should a soldier fall, we want to make doggone sure that his family is well taken care of. This is simply common sense and common decency. But for congressmen, such virtues are high-wire acts that they clearly haven't mastered.  Recently, we saw legislation to give military families a tax break should a soldier be killed in battle. The families currently receive a $6,000 special payment at the death of their loved one, half of it tax-free. The bill would make all of it tax-free. Now, Congress can get carried away doing nice things for folks with our tax dollars, but this idea didn't strike me as too lavish.  In fact, the bill -- one of those feel-good, jump- on-the-bandwagon, photo-op bills that everybody wants to co-sponsor -- was certain to speed through Congress. But precisely because every pork-barrelling politician in Congress knew the bill would pass, they began loading it down with special-interest tax breaks. The list of goodies had reached $300 million when the scam got exposed and the bill got scuttled.  Pandering to so many special interests at the same time didn't work. The congressmen were so busy with their self-dealing that they callously forgot about the very soldiers they have sent into harm's way. They looked like a bunch of corrupt hacks. Well if the shoe fits....... Paul Jacobs

What the Kahuna thinks............................ "My perception tells me they are the most self centered, self serving bunch, of greedy ego maniacs that I have ever seen in all my years and that's a bunch.  Their major philosophy is what's in it for me and if I get mine the hell with the taxpayers!"  Big Kahuna

 

 

While I support President Bush's effort to conduct the war in Iraq with as much of a civilized approach as possible, I feel it is now time to place our highest value on (1) the lives of our own military people, who are bravely facing terrorism and treachery, and (2) winning. Forget trying to win a political war. The Arab world already hates us, as do elements in our own country that should leave and shop for a "better" life elsewhere. We just need to remind them that acting on that irrational hatred, as was done on 9-11, will lead to inevitable destruction for them. Those Arabs who care to clean up, and take out the garbage of hatred from their regimes, should be rewarded. Those who continue to foment hatred and make war against us must be destroyed. The U.S. didn't start this conflict, but we must finish it. Give Saddam (best pronounced "Sodom") the massive, crushing, immediate defeat he so deserves. This will send a message to the Arab League that their fears are correct: If they will not eliminate the propagation of hatred and the exporting of terrorism from their countries, they too will be in line for a regime change. Duh! That's the point of all this. Massive, brute, victorious force is all these people understand. Let's pull out all the stops and free Baghdad. Let's give the savage element in Arab lands some real food for thought about their own behavior and attitudes, and where those things can lead for them. If they cannot control their own behavior, we will do it for them. Find fault with this if you will. The Kahuna never forgets, that his grandson the Marine, is one of those military people there to bring this about. May the good Lord watch over them while they accomplish this mission.  Big Kahuna

 

A squad of American soldiers was patrolling along the Iraqi border. To their surprise, they found the badly mangled dead body of an Iraqi soldier in a ditch along side the road.  A short distance up the road, they found a badly mangled American soldier in a ditch on the other side of the road, who was still barely alive. They ran to him, cradled his blood-covered head and asked him what had happened.

"Well," he whispered, "I was walking down this road, armed to the teeth. I came across this heavily armed Iraqi border guard. I looked him right in the eye and shouted, "Saddam Hussein is an unprincipled, lying piece of trash!"

He looked me right in the eye and shouted back, "Bill Clinton, Tom Daschle, Ted Kennedy and most of your Democrats are unprincipled, lying pieces of trash too!"

"We were standing there shaking hands when a truck hit us."  :-o)

 

 

Monday, April 7, 12:02 a.m. EDT
Hillary, Other Dems MIA at Rallies to Support the Troops

Sen. Hillary Clinton and other elected Democrats in the New York tri-state area have been conspicuously absent from recent rallies held to support U.S. armed forces fighting in Iraq, says a New York City talk show host who has attended and helped promote many of the events.

"We have promoted dozens and dozens of rallies," WABC Radio's Curtis Sliwa told his colleague Steve Malzberg Sunday morning. "How come we don't see any being sponsored by elected Democratic officials? ... How come we never see any elected Democrats at these support-the-troops rallies?"

Sliwa noted that for the second weekend in a row, two local Republicans, Rep. Vito Fossella and State Sen. Marty Golden, were hosting pro-troop rallies in their communities.  But, he complained, "How come we haven't seen Hillary Rodham Clinton or 'Chuckie Cheese' Schumer or Frank Lautenberg or [Jon] Corzine or [Joe] Lieberman or [Chris] Dodd there in Connecticut?"

While many elected Democrats claim to support the troops even as they second-guess their commander in chief, they've been mostly missing from public displays backing America's men and women in uniform as they march into harm's way.  Sliwa said he'll be monitoring pro-troops rallies in the tri-state area for the next three weeks and pledged that if none of the region's six Democrat senators show up, he'll stage a separate rally where they'll be the lone invited speakers.

I sure hope the American moms and DADS NEVER FORGET THIS SORT OF LOUSY
BEHAVIOR!! sure gives credence to that old political adage"IN POLITICS THE SCUM ALWAYS RISES TO THE TOP"

 

Please join me in this effort in getting rid of this idiot!!!!! AV

http://www.conservativealerts.com/040403.htm

 

Creole Commandments

 

1.God is number one... and das' All.
2. Don't pray to nuttin' or nobody... jus' God.
3. Don't cuss nobody.... 'specially da Good Lord.
4. When it be Sunday... pass yo'self by God's House.
5. Yo mama an' yo daddy dun did it all... lissen to dem.
6. Killin' duck an' fish, das' OK... people - No!
7. God done give you a wife... sleep wit' jus' her.
8. Don't take nobody's boat... or nuttin' else.
9. Don't go wantin' somebody's stuff.
10. Stop lyin'... yo tongue gonna fall out yo mouf!

 

 

Much to the dismay of the collection of unwashed the war is going well and whatever arguments there may once have been on the "antiwar" side, only a sadist or cretin would hope now for America to stop short of victory, which would subject the Iraqi people to more such brutality. Contrary to what is reported in The French press that one in three Frenchmen hope Saddam wins the war, so it's reported in the London Times. A poll from a French newspaper showed "that only a third of the French felt that they were on the same side as the Americans and British, and that another third desired outright Iraqi victory over 'les anglo-saxons.' "

Makes me wonder if it was worth the sacrifice we made to free the frogs in WW2 was really worth it. America is so tolerant of the many jackasses among us!! Big Kahuna

 

 

Below is a letter from a fraternity bother of mine, Colonel Robert E. Milstead, Jr., Commanding Officer, Marine Aircraft Group 29, USS Saipan.  Colonel Milstead, known by his friends as "Boomer", is right in the middle of the Iraqi war.  I thought you might find his letter enlightening, as well as the response from Randy DeLay, Congressman Tom DeLay's brother.

I am meeting with the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee of U.S. House of Representatives, Duncan Hunter, (who was a Marine and whose son is currently a Marine) this afternoon. I am going to deliver this message to him personally. God Bless
Randy DeLay

All's well, not nearly the bleak picture CNN would have you believe.  Concerned about anxiety back home, I penned the following note for our MAG-29 website.  It pretty much sums up how I feel.  Feel free to pass it on.  s// Boomer

March 25, 2003 Dear family and friends,

Do not worry needlessly, believe me, all is well. I know everyone depends on television to stay abreast of events, but you must take what they tell you with some reservation. Remember, they must create drama, for it is the drama that keeps you watching. Things are not nearly as bleak as they would lead you to believe. The outcome of our undertaking is not in doubt, nor has it ever been. Yes, we have taken some licks, but we are dishing it out much more than we are taking, and the ratio continues to widen. Do not be discouraged by the protests, we are not.. It is a cherished American freedom. They only validate what we are doing. The Iraqi people do not share this same freedom to openly disagree with their government - this will change. Do not be discouraged by what many interpret to be a cautious advance. Nobody works harder in battle to reduce the risks for unnecessary damage or the loss of innocent life than we do; the value we put on human life is the reason we are here. !
 Our success will not be measured by bloodshed, but by the manner we liberate the Iraqi people. We will always maintain the moral high ground. Their treatment of our POWs, their use of women and children as shields, and their false surrenders are all signs of frustration. This war was not started in Washington, but in Baghdad. Most will sit on the sidelines as history is written, few will actually participate. Your sons and daughters, husbands and wives, are all participating in a historical undertaking. It is a cause with honor, and one they will look back upon with pride. I will tell you again, I have never served with a finer group of men and women in my 28 years of service. Do not doubt us, do not doubt our determination, do not doubt our cause, and never doubt the outcome! God bless you.

Semper Fidelis,

Boomer Milstead

Colonel Robert E. Milstead, Jr.

Commanding Officer

Marine Aircraft Group 29

USS Saipan

 

 

If this is true then the Kahuna feels that the Target stores has torn their underwear as far as I am concerned. They no longer exist!
 
Vietnam Veterans Association   

By Dick Forrey

We asked our local Target store to be a sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received back a reply from Target management that "veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the areas of the arts, social actions, gay and lesbian causes, and education."

My thought: If the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general, do not meet their donation criteria, something is wrong at Target. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, but simply sponsorship of an endorsement for a memorial remembrance.

As follow-up, I E-mailed the corporate headquarters and their response was the same. Personally, I will NOT be purchasing anything at Target Stores again. If the Vietnam Veteran or Veterans in general do not meet their area of giving, then why should I, as a Vietnam veteran, spend my hard earned money in their stores?
Please pass this on to as many people as you know.
Sincerely,
Veterans Helping Veterans (TARGET IS FRENCH OWNED - WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT)
PS: Target will also not allow the Marines to collect for "Toys For
Tots" during the holidays.  :-o(

 

 

In response to the Columbia professor’s boss –

To say you are embarrassed by that paragon of profound stupidity Nicky De Genova, (speak of putting mouth in motion before brain is in gear), would be the understatement of the year. I am the PROUD grandfather of a young Marine serving in Iraq at this moment and to think he is willing to sacrifice his life for the likes of that. I am so grateful that as I look back on my college days we were never exposed to the likes of a Nicky. That was in the forties when we Americans didn't suffer fools and his ilk too lightly. In the opinion of many that I have spoken with, you would really enhance your position  at your institution of higher learning if you gave the boot (tenure or not ) to that dispenser of
verbal garbage who is most assuredly no credit to Columbia or you.....

 

 

Captain Kangaroo turned 75 last year, which is odd, because he's never looked a day under 75. (Birthday 6/27/27.) It reminded me of the following story.

Some people have been a bit offended that Lee Marvin is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery.  His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:

I always liked Lee Marvin, but did not know the extent of his Corps experiences. In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces, often in rear-echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima. There is only one higher Naval award ... the Medal Of Honor. If
that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.

Dialog from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson: His guest was Lee Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ... and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."

Lee Marvin replied -- "Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the behind and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi ... bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys gettin' shot hauling you down. But Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the Cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. He actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get off the beach. That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me lying on my belly on the litter and said, 'Where'd they get you Lee ?' I said "Well, Bob ... if you make it home before me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse !' And Johnny, I'm not lying... Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew..... Bob Keeshan... You and the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."

IT'S A SHAME THE HOLLYWOOD STARS WE KNOW TODAY DON'T SHINE TODAY LIKE THEY DID IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Who reads the Newspapers?

 

The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country.

USA Today is read by people who think they should run the country but don't really
understand the Washington Post. They do, however, like their statistics shown in pie charts.

The Los Angeles Times is read by people who wouldn't mind running the country, if they could spare the time, and if they didn't have to leave L.A. to do it.

The Boston Globe is read by people whose parents used to run the country and they did a far superior job of it, thank you very much.

The New York Daily News is read by people who aren't too sure who's running the country, and don't really care as long as they can get a seat on the train.

The New York Post is read by people who don't care who's running the country, as long as they do something really scandalous, preferably while intoxicated.

The San Francisco Chronicle is read by people who aren't sure there is a country or that anyone is running it; but whoever it is, they oppose all that they stand for. There are occasional exceptions if the leaders are handicapped minority feminist atheist dwarfs, who also happen to be illegal aliens from any country or galaxy as long as they are Democrats.

The Miami Herald is read by people who are running another country but need the
baseball scores.

The Times Picayune in New Orleans read by those who want the coupons in Thursday sedition, with a totally liberal leftist slant on everything.  BK

 

 

I am beginning to think that this opinion of mine is gathering more support all the time.  It is time for the United States to pull out of the United Nations and kick it out of New York City. Kofi Annan and that group of America haters at the U.N. has been against the U.S. from the beginning. They are not our allies and most assuredly not our friends! They are our enemies. With so-called allies like France, a country that IMHO has only one claim to fame and that is the worlds greatest parade army. We have no need for any other enemies, particularly since the U.N. has an abundance of them. America is the greatest and most generous country in the world. Because of that, they all harbor such envy and
jealously toward us and all we stand for. Especially Kofi Annan, that paragon of double speak.. Every time he opens his mouth it's only to find fault with us. I for one find it extremely difficult to fathom that he, or that cabal of hate the USA crowd, seems never to find fault or anything wrong with the actions of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein or his evil regime. Kofi had no problem finding fault with the few people who got hurt via one bombing mistake in Iraq. The bomb that was blamed on us, when all the time it was one of their mistakes? Saddam is the killer here - not our troops who are there to liberate the Iraqi people. I don't feel as if we (America) have any true friends, even those helping us now. In my view they do so with a question of expediency in mind and what will be in it for them down the road! Hells fire Uncle Sugar is always good for a few million, if the cards are played right. Can I be forgiven for being such a cynic? Never lose sight of the fact that America has rarely, if ever, asked for help from other countries that have benefited so often from our largess. Surely you have noticed the number who choose to decline to give that help. They don't even bother to pay us lip service. Just pay attention to the results at the UN. When this is all behind us, I sincerely hope and pray that we (our
government) will wise up! Those in Washington might even set a very nasty precedent and think of our country and it's taxpayers first. It could happen?

 

 

Why are liberals like Rangle allowed to make utterances like those he made the other day "we are bombing women and children" classic example of putting mouth in motion before brain is in gear! Does lead you to wonder when the half asleep citizens in this country are going to wake up, and recognize the liberal lies and fallacious information, we must contend with every day.  We are losing with an amazing rapidity all values that our country was founded on. However, could America be such a hedonistic society, that our people don't seem to value truth and honor any longer. Or is it they just don't give a damn, if we lose this great country and it's founding values?

 

Have a great and blessed Easter and pray for our troops  and our country. Try and remember our forefathers and what they succeeded in getting started and what it could really mean if we lost it! BK

 

 

He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.

 

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

 

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sports activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm Howitzers.

 

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

 

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

 

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

 

He is self-sufficient.

 

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other.

 

He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

 

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

 

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

 

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

 

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all.

 

He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

 

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them.

 

He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.  In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom.

 

Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years. He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."  "Multium Veritas"

 

 

I love this old lady!

 

To nobody's surprise there were protesters today in DC, they attempted to disrupt the metro system and block the Key Bridge, a leading artery into DC from Northern Virginia. I got hosed twice because I come in from N. VA on the metro and it is raining hard which makes traffic worse any way. My commute was long and arduous and only caused further resentment for protesters. 

Anyway, I'll get to the point.  I got off the train in Rosslyn because I had to use the bathroom and the train was moving quite slowly. When I was getting back on the
train, there were protesters on the train platform handing out pamphlets on the evils of America. I politely declined to take one. An elderly woman was behind me getting off the escalator and a young (20ish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined. The young protester put her hand on the old woman's shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice said, "Ma'am, don't you care about the children of Iraq?"

 

The old woman looked up at her and said, "Honey, my first husband died in France during World War II so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth your country. And if you touch me again, I'll stick this umbrella up your ass and open it."

I'm glad to report that loud applause broke out among the onlookers and the young protester was at a total loss for words.

 

 

Where would these anti America people go to live if this country ever falls? GOD FORBID!!!!  Big Kahuna

 

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/grichar11.html

 

I will not resort to profanity to say you are so obviously leftist and against our President. I have a grandson over there and don't appreciate the likes of you and your not so subtle, anti America leftist defeatist garbage, that is being spewed by the likes of you and others of your ilk. Never lose sight of the fact that if anything were to happen to America where would the likes of you go??

 

 

Join me PLEASE!!   I received this and just passing it on to you.
Please take just 10 seconds and visit the Department of Defense web page below and sign a brief message thanking the men and women of the U.S. military services for defending our freedom. The compiled list of names will be sent out to our soldiers at the end of the month. So far, only 8,933,918 people have signed to the time of my signature. What a shame. There should be hundreds of millions of thank yous.  Pass the word that we can honor and support the defenders of freedom. THESE are the people defending OUR freedom.

National Military Appreciation Month 
GO TO
http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html

takes 10 seconds... Please pass this on.

 

 

This is a prayer request for a man in urgent need of prayer. 
I'm asking you TODAY, please take a moment and pray for this man. 
He is in a situation that few people find themselves in. 
He is criticized by many people at every turn, and few people have taken the time to thank him for the things that he has done for them. 
A lot of people know this man, but few people know the extent of his situation. 
We're quick to criticize when we've never walked in their shoes, and we're slow to pray that God will show them which way to go. 
So I'm asking you to stop at some time TODAY, and pray for this man. 
He needs our urgent prayers that God can give him the guidance he needs to get through this situation. 
This man hasn't asked me to do this, but I feel led to do so and I'm sure that he appreciates all your prayers.
I have attached a photo of this man...look at it... 
some of you may recognize him... Please pray for him.
 
Feel free to forward this to anyone else that will pray for him. 
Trust me, if you were facing what he is facing, you'd want people praying for you!

 

 

 

 

Another fine example of why as a country we have the social climate that exists today. Only whites are villains! That way the blacks won't be forced to burn down anything!!! BS

http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31764

 

 

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Amen."

 

 

My dear President Bush,

 

It is with the utmost respect that I felt the need to send these thoughts to you....
Looking and listening to the news of our war with Iraq, I come away with many thoughts. The thought that is uppermost in my mind is "this is truly a time to test the souls of we Americans". Listening to our politicians speak about the rules of war and how they will be adhered to by our fighting men and women - this is a noble gesture indeed, however it would be more impressive if both sides engaged in his conflict, were to be following said rules. The news today says that the enemy (Iraq) is executing American and British prisoners. In the next breath we are told that we are doing everything in our power to get aid to the Iraqi people. Forgive me but shouldn't our first concern be the well being of our troops? Shouldn't the enemy be way down on our list of priorities? IMHO the statement made after we took the only major port that the enemy has, one of our great thinkers said " now we will be able to get the supplies in for the Iraqi people much faster" this when we
(ME) are told by someone at the front (no name can be used) that our people (troops) don't at the moment have everything they need. Is this evolving into another political war run by politicians who can't find their derrières with both hands. I shudder to think that my grandson and his buddies are at the mercy of a Ted Kennedy type (he couldn't even have the courage to jump in and save Mary Jo!) God forbid this turns out to be another Korea or NAM experience. The country and our fighting men deserve only one thing; a united, we are behind you, one hundred percent America. Not politicos paying lip service to those around the world, who in the final analysis would relish seeing the United States fall on our ass! When we choose to get into this (no matter what our reasons) we must be in this to win. Second place, unlike the game of hand grenades and horseshoes, close to winning doesn't count!!

 

With the deepest respect Mr. President, may the good Lord continue to bless you and your family and America.

 

 

HOORAY! One thing for certain our dear President Bush would only go up a hundred points in a citizens poll! Of course he wouldn't make points with "IPAC" or many of the nations with their hands in the inverted position, or in Americas pockets! Here is the speech - VERITAS.

 

To ALL the assembled representatives of the United Nations... Maybe, just maybe we, the United States have reacted too emotionally to terrorist attacks over the past 12 yrs. (Going back to the first bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut, the World Trade Center, our embassies, The U.S.S. Cole, the Pentagon, etc.) What we have now decided is to take the advice of all the opposing nations and stop interfering in other countries' affairs. So as not to be accused of imperialism, we will, effective immediately: 1) Withdraw ALL our military peacekeeping troops from around the globe, so that we may more effectively protect our own people and borders. To put this into effect ASAP, we must regretfully --- 2) Stop ALL financial foreign aid. You know-- heartless, capitalistic, self-serving things like sending nutritional and medical aid, supplies, personnel, and other forms of assistance whenever natural disasters strike (earthquakes, drought, famine, decease). No nation even comes close to the charity we bestow on others. Yes, I'm fully aware that the U.S. is guilty of waste & polluting, but no other nation shares their wealth and puts forth the amount of time, money, research, and effort in trying to resolve (and solve) these problems, worldwide.  3) We will use the money beforehand given as foreign aid to develop alternate energy sources, so at long last we can tell the Middle East where they can stick their oil.

 

Giving peace a chance... Hmmm... 12 years and 17 U.N. resolutions, I would call that giving peace a chance. Surely you understand history better than us. Far be it that we stubbornly try and share freedom & democracy with the rest of the world. You go your way. We'll go ours. If terrorists topple your buildings, murder your populace, force a religion on you, demean your women, and force your children into the military, just call for yet another peace summit. Or sanctions. That'll bring justice.  Oh, and by the way, we're taking our building back. You are hereby evicted immediately. We're giving it to the homeless. Y'all don't come back now...ya hear? Oh, and one last thing.... About your debts??...

 

Thank you, and God bless America

 

Not the Kahuna’s words, but my thinking but I sure would like to hear them uttered! ßk

 

 

A Bit Of Humor At the Right Time

 

A bright, young, fresh-out-of-school auditor just joined the IRS, excited to begin tracking down high-powered offenders-just as the Enron or WorldCom guys.
Anxious for his first high-powered audit, he was a bit dismayed when his assignment was to audit a Rabbi. Looking over the books and taxes were pretty straight forward, and the Rabbi clearly very frugal, so he thought he'd make his day interesting by having a little fun with the Rabbi.

"Rabbi," he said, "I noticed that you buy a lot of candles."

"Yes," answered the Rabbi.

"Well, Rabbi, what do you do with the candle drippings?" he asked.

"A good question," noted the Rabbi. "We actually save them up and when we have enough, we send them back to the candle maker. And every now and then, they send us a free box of candles."

"Oh," replied the auditor somewhat disappointed that his unusual question actually had a practical answer. So he thought he'd go on, in his obnoxious way..."Rabbi, what about all these matzo purchases? What do you do with the crumbs from the matzo?"

"Ah, yes," replied the Rabbi calmly, "we actually collect up all the crumbs from the matzo and when we have enough, we send them in a box back to the manufacturer and every now and then, they send a box of matzo balls."

"Oh," replied the auditor, thinking hard how to fluster the Rabbi. "Well, Rabbi," he went on, "what do you do with all the foreskins from the circumcisions?"

"Yes, here too, we do not waste," answered the Rabbi. "What we do is save up all the foreskins, and when we have enough we actually send them to the I.R.S."

"The I.R.S.?," questioned the auditor in disbelief.

"Ahh, yes," replied the Rabbi, " the I.R.S. " ...and about once a year, they send us a little prick like you."

 

 

Author Unknown

 

The Absence Of Family ~
From the inside looking out
Oh, what do we see?
Doubt, Fear
We hide our grown-up tears,
The absence within our family.
From the outside looking in
Oh, what do we see?
A ravaged land
Ruled by a dictator's hand.
The absence of it's families.
We send our brave,
our strong at heart.
To protect and serve
in a country torn apart.
We learn from those we send,
To hold our head up high.
From the given duty they will not bend,
American pride cannot be denied.
Only the absence from our family belies.
I pray for their courage and safety alike;
Brother, Sister, Son and Daughter, Dad, Mom, Husband and Wife.
I turn and hide my grown up tears,
I pray for the little ones, oh, so dear.
Someday, may they understand
the absence from our family.
BLESS OUR TROOPS AND FAMILIES IN ALL ENDEAVORS.

 

 

Since no one in our government up there in lotus land on the Potomac, seems to want to declare war on Iraq, I can't help but wonder what will we do next to protect our country from those who would destroy us. To me the Iraq liberation will proceed with all due speed and we will emerge victorious with some reluctant praise from the rest of the world, for a job well done. However when all is said and done the Democrats in our government will come out of this a most miserable group, because Mr. Bush our President will have enhanced his position being the one to get the credit, for handling this with great expertise. Having said that we
must never forget this job could not have been accomplished without Americas most brave and dedicated group of military men and women who have performed in such a magnificent fashion. With this victory there is another can of worms that will be opened up. That will be the crucial questions about what do we do next! Where will we, as I pray a united nation, turn our attention, because trust me there will still be hordes out there wishing our destruction. We must have the strength and fortitude to resist those idiots in the streets (and rest assured they will begin coming out of the woodwork) who will began bellowing for us to bring our people home and get back to the good life. They will give no thought to the other nations who are fast getting the means to  think in terms of our downfall! Need I mention North Korea or China? As long as America is the richest and most powerful country in the world and our people enjoy the best life, at least that I'm aware of, we must be vigilant of those have-nots in the world suffering from envy and greed, they who feel their only way to the better life is the downfall of as they say "the great Satan." With God’s help we will come away from this a much stronger nation and people. Big Kahuna

 

 

Now it's started we at home have one very important job! WHAT'S THAT?

We must pray for the safety of out troops and the success of the missions given to them.

God Bless our Troops. ßk

 

 

"...[I]t is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own." --Benjamin Franklin

 

 

For the bellowing benighted!
Who's Smarter?
by Cindy Osborne


The Hollywood group is at it again. Holding anti-war rallies, screaming about the Bush Administration, running ads in major newspapers, defaming the President and his Cabinet every chance they get, to anyone and everyone who will listen. They publicly defile them and call them names like "stupid" , "morons", and "idiots". Jessica Lange went so far as to tell a crowd in Spain that she hates President Bush and is embarrassed to be an American.

So, just how ignorant are these people who are running the country?

Let's look at the biographies of these "stupid", "ignorant", "moronic" leaders, and then at the celebrities who are castigating them:

President George W. Bush: Received a Bachelors Degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He served as an F-102 pilot for the Texas Air National Guard. He began his career in the oil and gas business in Midland in 1975 and worked in the energy industry until 1986. He was elected Governor on November 8, 1994, with 53.5 percent of the vote. In a historic re-election victory, he became the first Texas Governor to be elected to consecutive
four-year terms on November 3, 1998 winning 68.6 percent of the vote.

In 1998 Governor Bush won 49 percent of the Hispanic vote, 27 percent of the African-American vote, 27 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of women. He won more Texas counties, 240 of 254, than any modern Republican other than Richard Nixon in 1972 and is the first Republican gubernatorial candidate to win the heavily Hispanic and Democratic border counties of El Paso, Cameron and Hidalgo. (Someone began circulating a false story about his I.Q. being lower than any other President. If you believed it, you might want to go to URBANLEGENDS.COM and see the truth.)

Vice President Dick Cheney: Earned a B.A. in 1965 and a M.A. in 1966, both in political science. Two years later, he won an American Political Science Association congressional fellowship. One of Vice President Cheney's primary duties is to share with individuals, members of Congress and foreign leaders, President Bush's vision to strengthen our economy, secure our homeland and win the War on Terrorism. In his official role as President of the Senate, Vice
President Cheney regularly goes to Capital Hill to meet with Senators and members of the House of Representatives to work on the Administration's legislative goals. In his travels as Vice President, he has seen first hand the great demands the war on terrorism is placing on the men and women of our military, and he is
proud of the tremendous job they are doing for the United States of America.

Secretary of State Colin Powell: Educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958. His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration Degree from George Washington University. Secretary Powell is the recipient of
numerous U.S. and foreign military awards and decorations. Secretary Powell's civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President's Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. Several schools and other institutions have been named in his honor and he holds honorary degrees from universities and colleges across the country. (Note: He retired as Four Star General in the United States Army)

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: Attended Princeton University on Scholarship (AB, 1954) and served in the U.S. Navy (1954-57) as a Naval aviator; Congressional Assistant to Rep. Robert Griffin (R-MI), 1957-59; U.S. Representative, Illinois, 1962-69; Assistant to the President, Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of the Cost of Living Council, 1969-74; U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1973-74; head of Presidential Transition Team, 1974; Assistant to the President, Director of White House Office of Operations, White House Chief of Staff, 1974-77; Secretary of Defense, 1975-77. 

 

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge: Raised in a working class family in veterans' public housing in Erie. He earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning to Pennsylvania, he earned his Law Degree and was in private practice before becoming Assistant District Attorney in Erie County. He was elected to Congress in 1982. He was the first enlisted Vietnam combat veteran elected to the U.S. House, and was overwhelmingly re-elected six times.

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice: Earned her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Denver in 1974; her Master's from the University of Notre Dame in 1975; and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1981. (Note: Rice enrolled at the University of Denver at the age of 15, graduating at 19 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (Cum Laude).

She earned a Master's Degree at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies. Both of her advanced degrees are also in Political Science.) She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Morehouse College in 1991, the University of Alabama in 1994, and the University of Notre Dame in 1995. At Stanford, she has been a member of the
Center for International Security and Arms Control, a Senior Fellow of the Institute for International Studies, and a Fellow (by courtesy) of the Hoover Institution. Her books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (1995) with Philip Zelikow, The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin, and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984).

She also has written numerous articles on Soviet and East European foreign and defense policy, and has addressed audiences in settings ranging from the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Moscow to the Commonwealth Club to the 1992 and 2000 Republican National Conventions. From 1989 through March 1991, the period of German reunification and the final days of the Soviet Union, she served in the Bush Administration as Director, and then Senior Director, of Soviet and East European Affairs in the National Security Council, and a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

In 1986, while an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1997, she served on the Federal Advisory Committee on Gender -- Integrated Training in the Military. She was a member of the boards of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan and the San Francisco Symphony Board of Governors.

She was a Founding Board member of the Center for a New Generation, an educational support fund for schools in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California and was Vice President of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. In addition, her past board service has encompassed such organizations as Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, the Carnegie Corporation, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, the National Council for Soviet and East European Studies, the Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition and KQED, public broadcasting for San Francisco. Born November 14, 1954 in Birmingham, Alabama, she resides in Washington, D.C.

 

So who are these celebrities? What is their education? What is their experience in affairs of State or in National Security?

While I will defend to the death their right to express their opinions, I think that if they are going to call into question the intelligence of our leaders, we should also have all the facts on their educations and background:

Barbra Streisand : Completed high school Career: Singing and acting.
Cher: Dropped out of school in 9th grade. Career: Singing and acting
Martin Sheen: Flunked exam to enter University of Dayton. Career: Acting
Jessica Lange: Dropped out college mid-freshman year. Career: Acting
Alec Baldwin: Dropped out of George Washington U. after scandal. Career: Acting
Julia Roberts: Completed high school. Career: Acting
Sean Penn: Completed High school. Career: Acting
Susan Sarandon: Degree in Drama from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Career: Acting
Ed Asner; Completed High school. Career: Acting
George Clooney: Dropped out of University of Kentucky. Career: Acting
Michael Moore: Dropped out first year University of Michigan. Career: Movie Director
Sarah Jessica Parker: Completed High School. Career: Acting
Jennifer Anniston: Completed High School. Career: Acting
Mike Farrell: Completed High school. Career: Acting
Janeane Garofelo: Dropped out of College. Career: Stand up comedienne
Larry Hagman: Attended Bard College for one year. Career: Acting

While comparing the education and experience of these two groups, we should also remember that President Bush and his cabinet are briefed daily, even hourly, on the War on Terror and threats to our security.  They are privy to information gathered around the world concerning the Middle East, the threats to America, the intentions of terrorists and terrorist-supporting governments. They are in constant communication with the CIA, the FBI, Interpol, NATO, The United Nations, our own military, and that of our allies around the world. We cannot simply believe that we have full knowledge of the threats because we watch CNN!! We cannot believe that we are in any way as informed as our leaders.

These celebrities have no intelligence-gathering agents, no fact-finding groups, no insight into the minds of those who would destroy our country. They only have a deep-seated hatred for all things Republican. By nature, and no one knows quite why, the Hollywood elitists detest Conservative views and anything that supports or uplifts the United States of America. The silence was deafening from the Left when Bill Clinton bombed a pharmaceutical factory outside of Khartoum, or when he attacked the Bosnian Serbs in 1995 and 1999. He bombed Serbia itself to get Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo, and not a single peace rally was held. When our Rangers were ambushed in Somalia and 18 young American lives were lost, not a peep was heard from Hollywood. Yet now, after our nation has been attacked on its own soil, after 3,000 Americans were killed, by freedom-hating terrorists, while going about their routine lives, they want to hold rallies against the war.

Why the change? Because an honest, God-fearing Republican sits in the White House.

Another irony is that in 1987, when Ronald Reagan was in office, the Hollywood group aligned themselves with disarmament groups like SANE, FREEZE and PEACE ACTION, urging our own government to disarm and freeze the manufacturing of any further nuclear weapons, in order to promote world peace. It is curious that now, even after we have heard all the evidence that Saddam Hussein has chemical, biological and is very close to obtaining nuclear weapons, their is no cry from this group for HIM to disarm.

They believe we should leave him alone in his quest for these weapons of mass destruction, even though it is certain that these deadly weapons will eventually be used against us in our own cities.

So why the hype out of Hollywood? Could these celebrities believe that since they draw such astronomical salaries, they are entitled to also determine the course of our Nation? That they can make viable decisions concerning war and peace? Did Michael Moore have the backing of the Nation when he recently thanked France, on our behalf, for being a "good enough friend to tell us we were wrong"? I know for certain he was not speaking for me. Does Sean Penn fancy himself a Diplomat, in going to Iraq when we are just weeks away from war? Does he believe that his High School Diploma gives him the knowledge (and the right) to go to a country that is controlled by a maniacal dictator, and speak on behalf of the American people? Or is it the fact that he pulls in more money per year than the average American worker will see in a lifetime? Does his bank account give him clout?

The ultimate irony is that many of these celebrities have made a shambles of their own lives, with drug abuse, alcoholism, numerous marriages and divorces, scrapes with the law, publicized temper tantrums, etc. How dare they pretend to know what is best for an entire nation! What is even more bizarre is how many people in
this country will listen and accept their views, simply because they liked them in a certain movie, or have fond memories of an old television sitcom!

It is time for us, as citizens of the United States, to educate ourselves about the world around us. If future generations are going to enjoy the freedoms that our forefathers bequeathed us, if they are ever to know peace in their own country and their world, to live without fear of terrorism striking in their own cities, we must assure that this nation remains strong. We must make certain that those who would destroy us are made aware of the severe consequences that will befall them.

Yes, it is a wonderful dream to sit down with dictators and terrorists and join hands, singing Cumbaya and talking of world peace. But it is not real. We did not stop Adolf Hitler from taking over the entire continent of Europe by simply talking to him. We sent our best and brightest, with the strength and determination that this Country is known for, and defeated the Nazi regime. President John F. Kennedy did not stop the Soviet ships from unloading their nuclear missiles in Cuba in 1962 with mere words. He stopped them with action, and threat of immediate war if the ships did not turn around. We did not end the Cold War with conferences. It ended with the strong belief of President Ronald Reagan... PEACE through STRENGTH.

 

 

Facts on Who Benefits From Keeping Saddam Hussein In Power
by The Heritage Foundation
WebMemo #217
February 28, 2003

France
According to the CIA World Factbook, France controls over 22.5 percent of Iraq’s imports.[1] French total trade with Iraq under the oil-for-food program is the third largest, totaling $3.1 billion since 1996, according to the United Nations.[2] In 2001 France became Iraq’s largest European trading partner.
Roughly 60 French companies do an estimated $1.5 billion in trade with Baghdad annually under the U.N. oil-for-food program.[3] France’s largest oil company, Total Fina Elf, has negotiated a deal to develop the Majnoon field in western Iraq. The Majnoon field purportedly contains up to 30 billion barrels of oil.[4] Total Fina Elf also negotiated a deal for future oil exploration in Iraq’s Nahr Umar field. Both the Majnoon and Nahr Umar fields are estimated to contain as much as 25 percent of the country’s reserves.[5] France’s Alcatel company, a major telecom firm, is negotiating a $76 million contract to rehabilitate Iraq’s telephone system.[6] From 1981 to 2001, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), France was responsible for over 13 percent of Iraq’s arms imports.[7] Germany Direct trade between Germany and Iraq amounts to about $350 million annually, and another $1 billion is reportedly sold through third parties.[8] It has recently been reported that Saddam Hussein has ordered Iraqi domestic businesses to show preference to German companies as a reward for Germany’s firm positive stand in rejecting the launching of a military attack against Iraq. It was also reported that over 101 German companies were present at the Baghdad Annual exposition.[9] During the 35th Annual Baghdad International Fair in November 2002, a German company signed a contract for $80 million for 5,000 cars and spare parts.[10] In 2002, DaimlerChrysler was awarded over $13 million in contracts for German trucks and spare parts.[11] German officials are investigating a German corporation accused of illegally channeling weapons to Iraq via Jordan. The equipment in question is used for boring the barrels of large cannons and is allegedly intended for Saddam Hussein’s Al Fao Supercannon project.[12] Russia According to the CIA World Factbook, Russia controls roughly 5.8 percent of Iraq’s annual imports.[13] Under the U.N. oil-for-food program, Russia’s total trade with Iraq was somewhere between $530 million and $1 billion for the six months ending in December of 2001.[14] According to the Russian Ambassador to Iraq, Vladimir Titorenko, new contracts worth another $200 million under the U.N. oil-for-food program are to be signed over the next three months.[15] Soviet-era debt of $7 billion through $8 billion was generated by arms sales to Iraq during the 1980&ndash;1988 Iran Iraq war.
Russia’s LUKoil negotiated a $4 billion, 23-year contract in 1997 to rehabilitate the 15 billion-barrel West Qurna field in southern Iraq. Work on the oil field was expected to commence upon cancellation of U.N. sanctions on Iraq. The deal is currently on hold.[16] In October 2001, Salvneft, a Russian Belarus company, negotiated a $52 million service contract to drill at the Tuba field in Southern Iraq.[17] In April 2001, Russia’s Zaruezhneft company received a service contract to drill in the Saddam, Kirkuk, and Bai Hassan fields to rehabilitate the fields and reduce water incursion. A future $40 billion Iraqi-Russian economic agreement, reportedly signed in 2002, would allow for extensive oil exploration opportunities throughout western Iraq.[18] The proposal calls for 67 new projects, over a 10-year time frame, to explore and further develop fields in southern Iraq and the Western Desert, including the Suba, Luhais, West Qurna, and Rumaila projects. Additional projects added to the deal include second-phase construction of a pipeline running from southern to northern Iraq, and extensive drilling and gas projects. Work on these projects would commence upon cancellation of sanctions.[19] Russia’s Gazprom company over the past few years has signed contracts worth $18 million to repair gas stations in Iraq.[20] The former Soviet Union was the premier supplier of Iraqi arms. From 1981 to 2001, Russia supplied Iraq with 50 percent of its arms.[21] China According to the CIA World Factbook, China controls roughly 5.8 percent of Iraq’s annual imports.[22] China National Oil Company, partnered with China North Industries Corp., negotiated a 22-year-long deal for future oil exploration in the Al Ahdab field in southern Iraq.[23] In recent years, the Chinese Aero-Technology Import-Export Company (CATIC) has been contracted to sell meteorological satellite and surface observation equipment to Iraq. This contract was approved by the U.N. oil-for-food program.[24] CATIC also won approval from the U.N. in July 2000 to sell $2 million worth of fiber optic cables. This and similar contracts approved were disguised as telecommunications gear. These cables can be used for secure data and communications links between national command and control centers and long-range search radar, targeting radar, and missile-launch units, according to U.S. officials. In addition, China National Electric Wire & Cable and China National Technical Import Telecommunications Equipment Company are believed to have sold Iraq $6 million and $15.5 million worth of communications equipment and other unspecified supplies, respectively.[25] According to a report from SIPRI, from 1981 to 2001, China was the
second largest supplier of weapons and arms to Iraq, supplying over 18 percent of Iraq’s weapons imports.[26]

 

 

I find difficult to fathom, but interesting and incredibly hypocritical that these so-called non-violent anti-war protesters are against a war with a madman extremist bent on destroying his neighbors and America, but they rail with hatred against their own country - our country and theirs that has a track record of shedding much blood in defense of the oppressed in the world. This is scary at best. It is not al-Qaida, Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden that I fear most, but the extremist left-wing Democrats and their ilk bent on destroying our country from within! They are our greatest foe. Also I'm told there are over seven (7) million Muslims in America. It only takes a very small percentage of them who wish to destroy us to carry it off. It is time to take America back! In the meantime God bless America!

 

 

 

AMEN!!!!!  Much truth in jest!!!bk

http://www.beetlebailey.com/images/flag.swf

 

 

There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in Europe. Their perception of us is we are too loud, too rich, too full of themselves and to quote the people of Britain during WW2 "over here" and "God" forbid, so much happier than those Europeans. This feeling, and it makes me nauseous, has reached such large proportions. This seems incredible and difficult for me to fathom. What does it take for America to prove (and why must we) that we have been the greatest ally and friend the worlds down-trodden and abused have ever had. A little over half a century ago, more than half a million young Americans died for our freedoms and the world’s! Have we forgotten so soon? Has the world also forgotten so soon the ordinary men, women and children from dozens of countries, not just Americans? These innocents were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so devoid of memory that we have also forgotten them already? Why do we now have the Hollywood cretins joining with the  anti-American alliance made up of easy to loath liberals, who blame the Americans for every ill in world. IF WE ARE THE WORLDS GREATEST SUPER POWER, AND I BELIEVE WE ARE, are there any who care to be honest differ with the fact that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11?  So can't we in all honesty remember America could have turned a large part of the world into a field of glass! The real sign of her strength is she didn't.

 

 

With so many of our teachers less than erudite this could spread here? Then we will have to change our way of reading and praying lest we offend the bastards that are trying to kill us! Wouldn't it be grate if they would change some of the things that offend us Christians? DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH!!!

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31352

 

 

 

I find it amazing it amazing that the PC crowd and the liberal cabal in our country has spent at least the last thirty years removing God out of our schools and government. Now as a nation, with many problems, we have collectively turned to God in memorial services, prayer vigils and have packed the houses of worship around this country. I am also very deeply disturbed to see there are people in this country, at this particular time, who feel it not PC or inappropriate to wear the flag on their lapel because they are on the news or in a public job. What about school officials who remove pro-American stickers so as not to offend foreignstudents? Since when do guest tell the host what he can and can't do? Well, I am not only offended but damn angry to hear these people call themselves Americans.   We will either pull together at this time of crisis, as our forefathers before us, or be relegated to carrying the shovels behind the elephants in the victory parade. God bless America.

 

 

We are now going to have a rerun to look forward to. CBS is going to present the GREAT STAIN MAKER and Mr. grand loser. Talk about actors who don't know when to leave the stage. However, we shouldn't be hard on them, they both have wives who have secured a place at the big trough in Washington. As for watching - I pass!

 

 

Senator Murray, Resign –

 

Like all Americans, I was disturbed by your recent comments praising Osama bin Laden. They were offensive, hurtful and wrong. Worst of all, they do not appear to be isolated remarks.

I agree with Rep. Nethercutt, that to have a senator suggest that Osama bin Laden is a good guy and the U.S. hasn't done anything to help people is shocking, bizarre and uninformed; I have to wonder what country you've been living in since September 11th. Osama bin Laden didn't build roads, schools and day cares. He ran terrorist camps in Afghanistan that trained the killers who carried out the 9/11 attacks on America. It's the American people who lead the world in helping people of impoverished countries, not murderers like bin Laden.

You sent the message to those students that the United States somehow deserved or brought on the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is absolutely outrageous and despicable to imply that the American government should learn a lesson from the madman who murdered thousands of American citizens. With all due respect, (?) these statements prove that all cretins aren't in hiding!! The only one who should learn a lesson here is YOU. If you have any honor or respect for those Americans who lost their lives on 9/11, you should resign from the U.S. Senate IMMEDIATELY. 

 

 

Ten Commandments For A Good Southerner – Amen!

 

  1. Y'all shalt always remember your manners.
    2. Y'all shalt make no fuss over yourself.
    3. Y'all shalt not sass your momma.
    4. Y'all shalt always wonder what your daddy would think.
    5. Y'all shalt always talk the way you grew up.
    6. Y'all shalt tell no whoppers unless your are in a situation where you
    are expected to.
    7. Y'all shalt demonstrate your great faith by the way you drive.
    8. Y'all shalt always clean your plate.
    9. Y'all shalt hold kinfolk in high regard, regardless of what you
    really think of them.
    10. Y'all shalt always remember where you came from.

 

 

Now is the time when power must replace persuasion. The president must guard against letting prudence and patience turn into procrastination and indecision." INMHO those who advocate anything else, do not have Americas interest at heart. The have-nots of the world only wish to see the leader of the haves stumble and fall!

 

 

How do we survive? When will we get serious about the internal threats posed by all these people. Don't we have the ability or will to put them out of the country??? We could be wearing our stupidity award on the way to oblivion! ßk

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31351

 

 

Here is a piece of news that OUR press failed to report. This should help make your day. Please pay attention to the thoughts of some of the liberals as to what we should do about this.bk

http://times.hankooki.com/cgi-bin/hkiprn.cgi?pa=/lpage/nation/200303/kt2003030417272311970.htm&ur=times.hankooki.com&fo=print_kt.htm

 

 

"God help us"   BEAM ME UP!!!bk

 

http://www.chronicle.duke.edu/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/03/04/3e64a60d5f47d

 

 

From John  Maggiore -

 

The  anti-American  dribble  from these  movie  people  gives  us an opportunity to try to get this  started :

"When are  you  and  others in your  litter going  to  leave for  Iraq to  serve  as  'Human  Shields' ???

Talk is  cheap---let's  try to get  as many media  to  pick up on the idea that this must be the first  wave  of  shields  against  the  USA  They're  so  safe hiding behind  the  cover of the  Left Work TV networks.... let's  let them serve their side  as  we serve  ours...(I  especially note that  Harry  Belafonte is one of the mainstream anti-military. He got a DISHONORABLE discharge for punching a white naval officer in  WWII... now here's someone who represents  the party,
and the 43% who put  Clinton  in office....

 

 

Prayer Wheel

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us. Bless them

and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this
in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Amen."

 

Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier,
Prayer is the very best one.....

 

 

When you read this, remember these jackasses are enjoying all the fruits and benefits that this country affords. Even to the profoundly benighted like these ignoramuses. Being an actor should never be confused with being erudite! They are the living proof of how strong America is, if only to be able to survive the likes of them.Big Kahuna

http://palletmastersworkshop.com/jackass.html

 

 

From the Center For Reclaiming America

Just days ago I alerted you to the Center for Reclaiming America's new effort to expose the ACLU's radical agenda. I need your help. As I write, the ACLU is leading the charge on dozens of cases that undermine YOUR religious liberties and YOUR family.

Allow me to point out just three examples of the ACLU's attacks:

ACLU ATTACK #1

As unbelievable as it sounds, the ACLU is leading the effort to ensure that YOUR CHILDREN can view Internet pornography in your local public library!

It is totally outrageous. The ACLU is right now fighting a U.S. Supreme Court case to have the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) ruled unconstitutional, because it restricts funds to libraries that do not block pornography.

The ACLU wants to ensure your children's RIGHT to view pornography in your public library!

THE PETITION EXPOSING THE ACLU'S AGENDA:

http://www.cfra.info/33/petition.asp?RID=2792909

ACLU ATTACK #2

The ACLU also attacks pro-family and pro-America values in the court of public opinion. Right now, the ACLU is engaged in a massive campaign opposing Attorney General John Ashcroft's work to protect our nation from terrorist attacks.

The ACLU is running full-page ads in The New York Times as part of a $3.5 million initiative. This is just the latest charge the ACLU has leveled against the Attorney General, who has proven to be one of the strongest defenders of family values ever to serve in that position.

THE PETITION EXPOSING THE ACLU'S AGENDA:

http://www.cfra.info/33/petition.asp?RID=2792909


ACLU ATTACK #3

The ACLU is directly targeting the nature of the family, even to the point of forcing people of faith to accept and support homosexual and lesbian lifestyles.

For example, the ACLU took the lead in a case in Kentucky in which a Christian medical doctor was contesting a law that forced him to hire homosexual and lesbian workers -- even though this violated his personal religious beliefs.

The ACLU won -- and now a federal court has officially placed the "rights" of homosexuals and lesbians ABOVE your religious liberties.  All thanks to the ACLU!

This may be one of the most important initiatives we have ever undertaken.

Please respond today so I can include you among the "Charter" signers of this petition.

Remember, I want to rally 100,000 citizens by March 31 for a major delivery to leaders and the media.

Thanks for your help.

D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Founder, CENTER FOR RECLAIMAING AMERICA

P.S. Once you sign, I need your help to rally as many citizens across the country as possible. But first, be sure to sign the petition and help me expose the ACLU's agenda!

P.P.S. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the ACLU's case to keep our libraries open to Internet pornography next month.
Please help me rally citizens to take a stand.

TO EXPOSE THE ACLU'S DESTRUCTIVE AGENDA.
CLICK HERE:
http://www.cfra.info/33/petition.asp?RID=2792909

SPECIAL WEBSITE ON THE ACLU'S HIDDEN AGENDA.
CLICK HERE:

http://www.reclaimamerica.org/Pages/ACLU/ACLUhome.html

The CENTER FOR RECLAIMING AMERICA, established by Dr. D. James Kennedy, is an outreach of Coral Ridge Ministries to inform the American public and motivate Christians to defend and implement the biblical principles on which our country was founded. The CENTER provides non-partisan, non-denominational information, training, and support to all those interested in impacting the culture and renewing the vision set forth by our Founding Fathers.

Questions? cfra@crministries.org

 

 

Read This!!!!
Jim Neugent is a coach in Childress, Texas. He is also a member of a Bluegrass Band - Jim writes:
My name is Jim Neugent. I wrote to ABC (on-line) concerning a program called "THE PRACTICE." In last nights episode, one of the lawyer's mothers decided she is gay and wanted her son to go to court and help her get a marriage license so she could marry her 'partner.' ! I sent the following letter to ABC yesterdayand really did not expect a reply, but I did get one.

My original message was:
ABC is obsessed (or should I say abscessed) with the subject of homosexuality.  I will no longer watch any of your attempts to convince the world that homosexuality is OK. THE PRACTICE can be a fairly good show, but last night's program was so typical of your agenda. You picked the 'dufus' of the office tobe the one who was against the idea of his mother being gay and made him look like a whiner because he had convictions. This type of mentality calls people like me a "gay basher." Read the first chapter of Romans (that's in the Bible) and see what the apostle Paul had to say about it.... He, God and Jesus were all 'gay bashers'. What if she'd fallen in love with her cocker spaniel? Is that an alternative lifestyle? (By the way, the Bible speaks against that, too.)
--Jim Neugent

Here is ABC's reply from the ABC on-line webmaster:

How about getting your nose out of the Bible (which is ONLY a book of stories compiled by MANY different writers hundreds of years ago) and read the declaration of independence (what our nation is built on), where it says "All Men are Created equal," and try treating them that way for a change! Or better yet, try thinking for yourself and stop using an archaic book of stories as your lame crutch for your existence. You are in minority in this country and your boycott will not affect us or our freedom of statement.

Jim Neugent's second response to ABC:
Thanks for your reply. From your harsh reply, evidently I hit a nerve. I will share it with all with whom I come in contact. Hopefully, the Arkansas Democrat Newspaper will include it in one of their columns and I will be praying for you.
- -Jim Neugent

Note: Wouldn't the enemy just love it if people stopped using the Bible for a crutch? Please resend this to everyone in your mailbox.
-- Thanks, Jim Neugent

I wonder if the person from ABC considered how many people would read this and get real sick to their stomach, I thought Peter Jennings was enough!
 This is one we should definitely pass on. ßk

 

 

After you read this you may agree with me. There are a number of people administering the law that should be put away before the crooks!!!!

PS IMHO it's too bad that the crook wasn't killed. The homeowner should work on his aim!!!! BK

 

ISSUE:  Who should go to jail -- home invaders, or homeowners?

According to the New York Times, Mr. Ronald Dixon of Brooklyn, NY, "was upstairs, in bed, when he heard a noise in the hallway. Half asleep, he opened his eyes and saw a man at the top of the stairs heading toward the bedroom of Mr. Dixon's 2-year-old son, Kyle. That was enough for the father. He grabbed a 9-millimeter pistol that he kept in a closet, walked toward the man and asked what he was doing there. This man, Mr. Dixon said, ran at him, screaming. That's when he pulled the trigger. He shot the intruder twice, wounding him seriously but not mortally."

Now, 27-year-old Mr. Dixon is your basic "straight arrow," a Navy veteran who works two jobs -- 80 hours a week -- as a computer specialist to provide for his family, including two small children. The man accused of being the intruder, Ivan Thompson, 40, is a career criminal with a long record of burglaries and other crimes. If convicted this time, he could be locked away for a long, long time.

Case closed, right? Not quite.

Mr. Dixon had purchased his gun legally when he lived in Florida. He had just recently moved to Brooklyn, and was smack dab in the middle of running through all the hoops and jumping through all the rings -- and there are a LOT of them -- to get his gun registered in New York.

But the registration process wasn't yet complete when he used his gun to defend his family. And Mr. Dixon lives in a borough whose district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, "considers the prosecution of illegal-gun charges a supreme virtue. Mr. Hynes wants Mr. Dixon to do jail time... If convicted of the misdemeanor charge against him, Mr. Dixon could get as much as a year. Mr. Hynes is offering a plea bargain that would involve four weekends, tops, on Rikers Island."

You read that right. Mr. Dixon is facing up to a year on RIKERS ISLAND if he doesn't accept the "plea bargain" from District Attorney Hynes and plead GUILTY on a gun possession charge, for a gun he had purchased legally and was in the process of making legal in New York. And if he's found guilty, his permanent record could keep him from obtaining work in his field.

We just don't think that's right.

ACTION ITEM:  The Brooklyn DA is elected to that position, from what we understand. As an elected official, he is obligated to listen to what voters have to say. So, we've set up a way for you to easily communicate with him.

Go to the site below to send an editable pre-written message to DA Charles J. Hynes, letting him know what you think of prosecuting upstanding law-abiding citizens who try to protect their families:

 http://www.conservativealerts.com/030103.htm
<a href="http://www.conservativealerts.com/030103.htm"> AOL GO HERE </a>

Or give Mr. Hynes a call at 718-250-2000 (718-250-2025 after hours and weekends).

NOTE:  This isn't a "gun control" issue; this is a FAMILY PROTECTION issue. Be sure to forward this email to everyone you know who wants to see *real* justice prevail in this case. Thank you!

 

 

 

Tough question! Is there an answer?

 

This was forwarded to me.  Not sure of it's accuracy - but it's a great idea.



General "Black Jack" Pershing was born September 13th, 1860 near Laclede, MS. he died July 15th, 1948 in Washington, D.C.

Highlights of his life include:

1891 Professor of Military Science and Tactics University of Nebraska
1898 Serves in the Spanish-American War
1901 Awarded rank of Captain
1906 Promoted to rank of Brigadier General
1909 Military Governor of Moro Province, Philippines
1916 Made Major General
1919 Promoted to General of the Armies
1921 Appointed Chief of Staff
1924 Retires from active duty Education West Point.

Just before World War I, there were a number of terrorist attacks on the United States forces in the Philippines by Muslim extremists. So General Pershing captured 50 terrorists and had them tied to posts for execution. He then had his men bring in two pigs and slaughter them in front of the, now horrified, terrorists.

Muslims detest pork because they believe pigs are filthy animals.  Some of them simply refuse to eat it, while others won't even touch pigs at all, nor any of their by-products. To them, eating or touching a pig, its meat, its blood, etc., is to be instantly barred from paradise (and those virgins) and doomed to hell.

The soldiers then soaked their bullets in the pigs blood, and proceeded to execute 49 of the terrorists by firing squad. The soldiers then dug a big hole, dumped in the terrorist's bodies and covered them in pig blood, entrails, etc.

They let the 50th man go.  And for the next forty-two years, there was not a single Muslim extremist attack anywhere in the world.

Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq? The question is, where do we find another Black Jack Pershing?

 

 

This might be a thought to put into practice. Our men and women need to know we are behind them. This is what we should say to Almighty God :

"Father, in the precious name of your son we ask you to turn our feet from the many paths of dissension, confusion, bickering and bless us with a unity of purpose". We must overcome an enemy fervently yearning to destroy us and all that we represent.........

 

 

My response to all of this vitriolic, gut wrenching anti-Americanism and lack of support for U.S. policy, and the decision being made by our President is this. We could and should take the billions we are spending to prepare for war and the blackmail money given to pay off Turkey and others and use it instead to rid ourselves of dependency on Middle East oil. The tree huggers in our society may have a hissy fit, but we could then use the money to develop oil and gas reserves in the United States, Mexico and South America and searching for alternate energy sources. We could spend it on missile defense and homeland security. The troops that
we have all over the world, including those building roads in places like Haiti and protection of Europe (there over fifty years). We should bring out troops home and let the Middle East and Europe fend for themselves, they have been on the American teat long enough. Perhaps then a greater appreciation for what the United States has done for all these places and the world would be would be realized. It would be very interesting to see how they manage without the meddling, pushy Americans. Could they do it? Let the America bashers try!  

 

 

I WILL SEE IT! bk

http://www.lewrockwell.com/dmccarthy/dmccarthy44.html

 

 

How does this grab you all? It makes me do what I'm doing RAISE my voice against such a misguided plan. WON'T YOU ALL DO THE SAME? GET ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO RAISE HELL ALSO! Thanks for your help.

 

http://www.thelibertycommittee.org/update02.26.03.htm

 

 

Don’t Believe What You Hear From the Spinning Press!

 

Parliament Isn't Revolting
Belying claims that Prime Minister Tony Blair is in trouble, Britain's House of Commons yesterday gave his Iraq policy a strong vote of support. "Lawmakers by a vote of 434-124 approved a government-sponsored motion which backed the prime minister's efforts to resolve the crisis through the United Nations and called on Iraq 'to recognize this as its final opportunity' to disarm," the Associated Press reports from London.
Another motion, stating that "the case for military action against Iraq [is] as yet unproven," was voted down, 393-199.
Blair won these votes with the support of 77.8% and 66.4% of parliamentarians, respectively. That's a pretty convincing margin, but look how the left-wing media spin the story:
"Britain's Blair Suffers Parliament Revolt Over Iraq"--Reuters
"Blair Suffers Huge Revolt on Iraq"--CNN
"Revolt of the Backbenchers: Blair suffers biggest rebellion as 121 Labour MPs vote against war"-

 

 

Great Moments in Public Education?
Hundreds of black students in St. Petersburg, Fla., "will be bused out of their neighborhoods, leaving behind new schools that are only two-thirds full," the St. Petersburg Times reports. The reason? "Under an agreement with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the district agreed to prevent any school from having more than 42 percent black students for four years."

 

It will be tough to blame this idiocy on white racism!

 

 

Do you miss Bill?
How about the new highway named for Clinton in his home state of Arkansas?
It's a little crooked, and it has a long yellow streak down the center.  Be careful if you drive on it, it's a little slick...

Manufacturers announced today that they will be stocking America's shelves this week with "Clinton Soup; to honor one of the nation's most distinguished men". It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water.

Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line to honor Bill Clinton. The Dodge Drafter will begin production in Canada this year. They had to pull that car out of production after initial test results showed that the little white lines on the road kept disappearing all the time....sniff...

When Clinton was asked what he thought about foreign affairs, he replied: "I don't know, I never had one."

American Indians have nicknamed Bill Clinton "Walking Eagle" because he is so full of crap he can't fly.

Clinton lacks only three things to become one of America's finest leaders: integrity, vision, and wisdom.

Clinton was doing the work of three men: Moe, Larry, and Curly.

Revised judicial oath: "I solemnly swear to tell the truth, as I know it; the whole truth, as I believe it to be; and nothing but what I think you need to know."

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. Both should be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

And how about the 'Clinton Dry cleaners' franchises and their new slogan? "Don't let a little stain ruin your day!"

 

 

PLEASE JOIN ME.bk

http://www.patriotpetitions.us/

 

 

My oak in front of the house is holding a yellow ribbon for grandson Nick!  Might not be a bad idea to have everyone have one for all the families that have men and women over there. What say you?

http://www.wtv-zone.com/BVD/usa/MyYellowRibbon.gif

 

 

If You Have Doubts That a Good Part Of The World Is Nuts!!!

 

In Lebanon, men are legally allowed to have sex with animals, but the animals must be female. Having sexual relations with a male animal is punishable by death.
(Like THAT makes sense.)
 
In Bahrain, a male doctor may legally examine a woman's genitals, but is prohibited from looking directly at them during the examination. He may only see their reflection in a mirror.
(Do they look different reversed?)
 
Muslims are banned from looking at the genitals of a corpse. This also applies to undertakers; the sex organs of the deceased must be covered with a brick or piece of wood at all times.
(A brick??)
 
The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
(Much worse than "going blind!")
 
There are men in Guam whose full-time job is to travel the countryside and deflower young virgins, who pay them for the privilege of having sex for the first time... Reason: under Guam law, it is expressly forbidden for virgins to marry.
(Let's just think for a minute; is there any job anywhere else in the world that even comes close to this?)

In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband's lover, on the other hand, may be killed in any manner desired.
(Ah! Justice!)
 
Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England - but only in tropical fish stores.
(But of course!)
 
In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens, her mother must be in the room to witness the act.
(Makes one shudder at the thought.)
 
In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, it is illegal for a man to have sex with a woman and her daughter at the same time.
(I presume this was a big enough problem that they had to pass this law?)

In Maryland, it is illegal to sell condoms from vending machines with one exception: prophylactics may be dispensed from a vending machine only "in places where alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises."
(Is this a great country or what?)
 
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
(Who volunteers for this stuff?)
 
Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
(Is that why Flipper was always smiling?)
 
The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
(Guess I need to start exercising it more)
 
The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
(From drinking little bottles of...? -- did the govt. pay for this research??)

Butterflies taste with their feet.
 
An ostrich's eye is bigger than it's brain.
(I know some people like that.)
 
Starfish don't have brains.
(I know some people like that too)
 
Richard Millhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second?
William Jefferson Clinton.
 

And, the best for last.....
Turtles can breathe through their butts. 
(Do you think they have bad breath?)
:-o) ßk

 

 

In Our Name: A Statement of Justice
A petition in support of the sovereignty and defense of the United States

You have, undoubtedly, heard about the well-funded "anti-war" petition "Not In Our Name" and the ad campaign "Win Without War" paid for by a coterie of celebrity and academic Leftists and their front organizations.  They are objecting, ostensibly, to the U.S. campaign against terrorism following the unprecedented attack on our countrymen September 11, 2001.  This cadre of self-styled geopolitical mavens (Gloria Steinem, "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, Jesse Jackson, Martin Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Ed Asner, Rabbi Michael Lerner, et al.) is using the current threat from Iraq to do what they do best -- evoke anti-American sentiment and incite anti-American action across our great nation.

Indeed, the publicity of these celebrity campaigns in the Washington Post and New York Times have spawned anti-American and anti-military protests across the nation.

In rebuttal to these Leftists, Patriot Petitions has launched a counter-offensive petition -- "In Our Name: A Statement of Justice" -- calling on all Americans to stand up for the sovereignty of our nation, as well as the right -- and obligation -- of these United States to take the war on terrorism to the shores of terrorist aggressors and their state sponsors.  If we don't fight them on their soil, we will surely be fighting them on our soil.  While military intervention is certainly not desirable and may not be inevitable on all of the "Axis of Evil" terrorist fronts, if war is all that stands between terrorists and our families, so be it.  It is just and necessary to call to account every entity that poses a clear and present danger to the security of the United States and our heritage of liberty, our countrymen and our posterity.

Patriot Petitions invites you to stand and be counted in defense of our national sovereignty by supporting our Commander-in-Chief and military forces in harm's way, defending imminent threats to our homeland.  Join fellow Patriots who have signed "In Our Name: A Statement of Justice."

Link to -- http://www.PatriotPetitions.com/inourname
(If you don't have Web access, please send a blank e-mail to sign-inourname@PatriotPetitions.US  Each e-mail sent to this address will be counted as your signature for the petition.)

"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

 --Samuel Adams

 

 

My Feelings To a T

 

YES, I'M A BAD AMERICAN
by George Carlin
I Am Your Worst Nightmare. I am a BAD American. I am George Carlin. I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some mid level governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican! I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way, damn it!
I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.
I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything, you don't work for!
I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, try to do it in English. And if you are a citizen of the United States start speaking the language.
I think fireworks should be legal on the 4th of July.
I think that being a student doesn't give you any more enlightenment than working at Blockbuster. In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put your pansy ass through 4 years plus, of college, you haven't begun to be enlightened.
I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.
My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and whoever canceled Jerry Springer.
I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor. 
I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time arguing about it.
I think global warming is a big lie. Where are all those experts now, when I'm freezing my ass off during these long winters and paying, paying, paying?
I've never owned a slave, or was a slave, I didn't wander forty years In the desert after getting chased out of Egypt. I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks and neither have you! So, shut-the-Hell-up already.
I want to know which church is it exactly where the Reverend Jesse Jackson practices, which branch of the Government he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution.
Can I get an AMEN on that one?

I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you're running from them. I also think they have the right to pull your ass over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.
I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.
I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me crap or trying to guilt me into making "donations" to their cause.  These people should be targets.
I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents, a married man and woman.
I believe if she has her lips on your Willie, it's sex, and this applies even if you are President of the United States.
And what the hell is going on with gas prices... again?
If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American. If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know. We need our country back!
God only grants us a short time on this earth. Let us treat each other well, and with all the love we would wish for ourselves.

God Bless and keep you safe!

 

 

"I think every nation has a right to establish that form of government, under which it conceives it may live most happy; provided it infracts no right, or is not dangerous to others...." --George Washington

Bk " Forget the coming war for a moment. Allow me to be Devil’s Advocate - when did it become our right to tell everyone in the world how to conduct their internal affairs?" However if we are going to do this, shouldn't we be damn sure that the country or countries involved, are going to do us harm? If this is in the affirmative then we should proceed to KICK THEIR ASS!  NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT. This thought comes from a man with a loved grandson over in Iraq. Big Kahuna

 

 

There is no doubt in my mind that Saddam thinks he has gained an edge. When he looks at TV and is greeted with the sight of all those benighted jackasses parading and protesting, most of them for causes they know nothing about. He must be tempted to do a jig! The most obvious, at least to me, are all the signs blaming America for all the problems in the world. When you think about it the rest of the world must be in sad shape to have a country like America be called the leader of the free world, or they wrong? I am sure that these marches are commie inspired!

These views should make all of you, enamored with Iraq sympathizers, very happy.( is it ok to wonder why so many of you idiots don't try and emigrate to that social Shangri La, that you seem to hold in such high esteem?) These protest have only added fuel to the fire, making Saddam stand and say "Look the world is with us, NOT America." You fools must be commended. Saddam couldn't have planned it better. Our troops must be aware, and God willing they are, that its only that crowd of cretins and their ilk marching, that hold these views. NOT THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS!! This may not be PC but "GOD BLESS AMERICA"...

 

 

This is worth the read – BK

 

Recently, I saw a bumper sticker with a Confederate flag on it, with a black X drawn through the flag and a caption below which read "You lost--Get over it!" Over the years I have heard that exact same sentiment expressed verbally quite often. My wife and I frequently attend Civil War shows in various places, where I usually rent a table and seek to promote my quarterly newsletter, "The Copperhead Chronicle."  I usually hang a Confederate flag of some sort on the front of the table
and wear my Confederate uniform so as to leave no doubt where I stand.  Most folks are friendly, even most of the Northerners who disagree with me (lest anyone misunderstand, I was born and raised in the North) but on occasion someone will walk by, and, with open hostility, spout something like "The war's over. Why don't you people get over it."

Often, my Southern friends have been asked this question, and one of them gave what I considered to be a very good answer. He stated: "If it were only the war we lost, it wouldn't be that big a deal. But the North didn't only win the war, it sought to destroy our culture afterwards and that is what we can't forget." Having read some of the history of what was euphemistically termed "reconstruction" that took place after the war was over, I can hardly disagree with my friend's sentiment. The North did, indeed, brazenly attempt to destroy the culture of the Old South. That they didn't quite succeed wasn't their fault, for they surely gave it the old college try.

 

Historian Otto Scott, in his newsletter "Compass" has made several observations about "reconstruction" that you will not find in any of the "history" books. In commenting about the Yankee attitude toward the South he has stated: "The pre-War New England attitude toward the South was that it was 'Egypt'--a land of oppression, in which blacks were enslaved as were the ancient Hebrews. The Abolitionist cadres regarded the postwar South as a dark land that had to be brought into the light of the New England religion. The Army was sent by the Abolitionist Congress to occupy and help to completely change the South's culture in every aspect. It's leaders were to be cast down, it's social patterns upended, even its pleasures altered. The region of racetracks and fast horses, of whiskey distilling, of mint juleps and gambling, fancy balls and dancing, of intellectual Calvinism...were to be relegated to the dead past in favor of New England exaggerations about Puritanism, morality, Bunker Hill and Unitarian literacy." The "New England religion" Scott referred to was Unitarianism--Christ denying Unitarianism--and it was to be imported into the South in an attempt to destroy the "dead orthodoxy" of Calvinism. Anyone who thinks this War did not have theological implications has not read history. Scott observed of the "New England religion" that it "was polished in stages into authoritarian socialism..."

 

We labor under this today. It has been renamed "democracy" and we are living under the misapprehension that this is still a "free" country. In referring to the Northern elite, Scott said that: "Its attack upon the South, therefore, adopted a tone of moral superiority from the 1830s onward...Emancipation was not enough. Equality was demanded." Of course the blacks living in the North were not to be the recipients of any of this "equality" only those in the South. Yankee hypocrisy felt that blacks should, and must, vote in the South (as long as they voted Republican), and that whites should be disenfranchised, but, not in their back yards in the North!

 

That Yankee "Apostle of hate" Thaddeus Stevens once made the remark that if the blacks he saw in Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) were a true example of all blacks everywhere, then they were not fit to vote--yet he wanted them voting in the Southern states--just not in Pennsylvania where he lived! Scott's contention, and the contention of my friend in the South, are correct. After the war, the Northern armies and hoards of government school teachers from the North descended upon the South like a swarm of locusts, determined to drag the South, kicking and screaming, into the "modern era." Of course to do this, you had to instill in Southern
children what author John Chodes has called "respect for national authority."

 

Part of this "respect" entailed teaching Southern children to be ashamed of what their fathers, uncles, and older brothers had fought for. Part of it was the promotion of New England writers and poets in the newly formed government schools in the South, so that future Southern students read poems, history, and "literature" written by Unitarians instead of Southern writers. Much of this cultural genocide has worked. Many Southern folks today are really ashamed of their heritage, or they make milquetoast remarks like "I just love my Southern heritage, but then, it's really for the best that we lost the war." Why??? Was the "Union" preserved? A "Union" was preserved, but not the original one. That died in 1865. What has been "preserved" is what Otto Scott referred to as "authoritarian socialism." That's what we've got today, folks. The South lost the war, its culture has been under attack for decades now, and North and South, we all live under "authoritarian socialism" or, at best, some form of fascism, where we are deluded into thinking we really own what we have, while the feds tell us what we can and can't do with it, and when. The winners do, indeed, write the 'history" books. "Reconstruction" worked well enough in the South that, in one form or another, we now have it
nationwide--and it's working so well now that most of us don't even realize it!

 

Ain't government education wonderful? Singing DIXIE at the moment.ßk

 

 

This is so they will be in shape to worry about the taxpayers.:-o)  By the way it's our money, but we have no right to know how much our princes and princesses spend on themselves. Their desire for perks seems to know no bounds. bk

 

February 21, 2003


We, as a nation, hit the national debt limit of $6.4 trillion yesterday.  Just last June, Congress raised the national debt limit from $5.95 trillion to the present $6.4 trillion and it will likely raise the debt limit again within the next week. 

Even though we are falling deeper into the dungeon of debt, we can find comfort in knowing that our U.S. senators will be relaxing in a new, luxurious health spa
equipped with steam rooms and saunas, massage and sleeping rooms, and top-quality workout equipment.  The new spa is open to U.S. senators only.  The cost of this new facility to the taxpayers is a secret.  The full story, as reported by The Hill on February 12, 2003, can be read at http://www.thehill.com/news/021303/luxury.aspx

As we fall deeper into debt, we can also take comfort in knowing that an increasing number of bureaucrats in Washington have the latest Inside-the-Beltway status
symbol: personal protective details.  The cost to the taxpayers is unknown.  The full story, as reported by WorldNetDaily on February 15, 2003 can be read at
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31030

You might have missed these items.  As always, you can express your opinion to your congressional delegation by using "Write to Congress" at
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org

Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee
http://www.thelibertycommittee.org

 

 

This is a most scary but hghly poss. scenario,IMHO.bk

http://wnd.com/news/printer-friendly.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31164

 

 

I sent this thought to the WSJ. What say you guys? bk

 

Re: The Turkish Bazaar

Comment:
It all depends on whose ox is being gored - in business at which we Americans seem to excel? What the Turks are doing is getting the best deal up front! They have seen us fail to keep promises, as made in the past. So this is a form of CYTA! If we were as shrewd as we give ourselves credit for, this would have been done before the fact. Bottom line is don't need anyone too much and let them be aware of it.

 

 

When Stan Lee created Spiderman, there was no PC Thought Police. Years later, the PC Thought Police had their death grip on the gonads of the entertainment world, so Lee created the PC answer to the all-white-uptight-suburbanite webslinger. Enter Daredevil, the angst-ridden-ghetto-dweller who also happens to be blind. That's right; a blind superhero. This is not to say that I don't think a blind person can be heroic, but I don't know why Stan just didn't complete the
politically correct picture while he was "blinded" by PC'ness and also make Daredevil an Eskimo lesbian with a "substance abuse problem" in a wheelchair.

Bk " with a gay guy pushing the chair"

 

 

Government urges under-16s to experiment with oral sex By Glen Owen, Education Correspondent
A GOVERNMENT-backed course is encouraging pupils under 16 to experiment with oral sex, as part of a drive to cut rates of teenage pregnancy. Family campaigners believe that the course, called A Pause, is having the reverse effect by exciting the sexual interest of children. The scheme, which has been pioneered by Exeter University and is backed by the Departments of Health and Education, trains teachers to discuss various pre-sex "stopping points" with under-age teenagers. It aims to reduce promiscuity by encouraging pupils to discover "levels of intimacy", including oral sex, instead of full sexual intercourse.

More than 100,000 children are now taking the course at one in every thirty secondary schools. It forms part of efforts to tackle Britain's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in Western Europe. Robert Whelan, director of the Family Education Trust, said he hoped that the Sexual Offences Bill, currently going through the House of Lords, would lead to the course being banned. A provision in the Bill would make it an offence for anyone to "arrange or facilitate the commission of a child sex offence". He said: "I don't think anyone believes that teaching pupils about oral sex will stop them having full sex - it is more likely to make them want to try it, and it doesn't protect them from sexually transmitted diseases."

John Rees, programme manager for A Pause, said that he was keen to teach children that "it is acceptable simply to hold hands" and to discover different levels of intimacy. "We make it clear that there are many ways to manage relationships - that it doesn't all have to be about full sex," he said. He added that he was "very worried" that the Bill would end the scheme.

Lynda Brine, a teacher from a Doncaster comprehensive who recently attended a training day for the course, says in today's Times Educational Supplement that she was primed to deal with detailed questions about oral and anal sex. "I was amazed. Are these really the sort of questions to which we as a profession should be responding?" she writes.  "There was no framework for talking about responsibility or the emotional side of relationships. By following this course, I feel that
teachers are implicitly supporting under-age sexual activity."

 

 

OH! what grand altruistic people our politicians are  with OUR money. A pox on both houses!! ßk

 

February 20 1903
                              
Exiles Make Plans to Rebuild Iraq


Groups of professionals are engaged in a U.S.-backed effort to shore up the country after Hussein's ouster.......By Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- On the morning after the fall of Saddam Hussein, the hard work would begin.

Ali Al-Attar is ready to lend a hand. The 39-year-old family practice physician has joined with more than 200 other Iraqi exiles to prepare for potential postwar crises, from cholera outbreaks to chemical weapons exposure. If given the opportunity, he will go back to help put those plans into action.

"I have everything here, but I miss something important," he said. "I believe some part of me is still there. I'd like to go and fetch it." These exiled Iraqi academics, professionals and technocrats, mostly Americans, have embarked on a novel experiment in nation-building. Organized and financed by the State Department,

(Just what we need the Rag Heads now want to return with money, "OUR MONEY"

to rebuild a country that they left,ut we will finace their return and supposed rebuild with our tax money, Yea Sure !!!!!), participants in the Future of Iraq project are attempting to address the myriad challenges of rebuilding a country many of them have not visited in decades.

"The idea was to develop cadres of experts that would be available for a post-Saddam world, as advisors to a new government," said Middle East Institute Vice President David Mack, a former State Department official who helped launch the $5-million project. "It's never been done before." (BS we rebuilt every other Country that we have been in.....hell, they can use their own oil money.)

For the most part, these are not the noisy opposition leaders whose public feuds have rattled U.S. officials and alienated many Iraqis. In fact, some officials hope that these experts will coalesce into a network capable of providing more effective guidance than the opposition leaders who seem more concerned with acquiring power than with empowering other Iraqis.

"These are the best of the best of the Iraqi exiles in their specialties and their expertise," said Al-Attar, who was expelled from Iraq at the age of 17. (Probably for stealing huh ??)

In 1980, Al-Attar arrived home from high school in Baghdad to find three of President Hussein's secret police officers waiting for him. He was bused across the desert and dumped at the Iranian border, along with members of 400 other prominent Shiite Muslim families whose loyalty was questioned by Hussein's regime.

They walked for hours to reach the nearest town. Al-Attar helped set up tents in a refugee camp where the temperature breached 110 by day and fell below freezing at night. Some of the outcasts fell ill. Some died. Some never left. "I know people who were as affluent as we were, but they lost everything," he said. "They are still living in a tent in Iran. It ruined their lives."

                                   Some Have Doubts

Interviews with more than a dozen Future of Iraq participants reveal that some harbor doubts (as they well should), about the depth of the Bush administration's commitment to their plans, particularly their insistence on a representative democracy. But most say they remain enthusiastic about the project.

 

They note that all but a few of the 16 working groups are tackling problems that would confront Iraq no matter what form a new government might take.

"I have spent hundreds of hours on this," said Feisal Istrabadi, a Chicago attorney ( Now you know this too is about linning the Pocket). "I've done so not because of some notion that if I keep putting one foot in front of the other, there's going to be democracy in Iraq. I've done it because this is Iraq's best hope. There's no other game in town."

Foreign policy experts generally agree that the legacy of any U.S. military action would depend in part on the involvement of Iraqis in the postwar decision-making process. "If we've learned anything from the Balkans, it's that top-down solutions — just add water and George Washington will spring up on his horse — are probably not the way to go," said policy analyst John Hulsman at the conservative Heritage Foundation. "In the long run, a bottom-up approach is really the only way you can make this work."

                       In Iraq, the view from the bottom is not pretty.

Nijyar H. Shemdin, a native of northern Iraq who left the region in 1975 after a failed Kurdish uprising, realized how bad things had become when he returned in 1994 to bury his mother next to his father's grave in the city of Zakhu.

Garbage trucks could not collect trash because their tires were worn out. Fire engines were idled because of a lack of spare parts. Ambulances could not make their runs, streets were riddled with potholes, water mains were broken and the electrical system had been disconnected from the national grid.( All this sounds like a personal problem).

"It was the Iraqi government's way of saying, 'We don't want you,' " said Shemdin, the Kurdistan regional government's representative in Washington. "It was pathetic."

Hatem Mukhlis, an emergency room surgeon in Binghamton, N.Y., knows what the initial priorities would be: blood supplies and intravenous fluids. Antiseptics and antibiotics. Clean food and purified water. Sewage and water treatment repairs.

Mukhlis is participating with Al-Attar on the public health working group. The surgeon too is willing to go to Iraq to take part in the reconstruction and help unite the population.

"My family name is well known, and I am well connected with Iraq as a whole," said Mukhlis, whose grandfather fought to free Iraq from Ottoman and British rule and whose father served as a military officer, ambassador and member of parliament.

Mukhlis has a dream. He wants to build a monument honoring victims of government oppression, something that lists their names like the black granite wall in Washington honoring Vietnam veterans.

It would be located near Iraq's infamous Abu Ghraib prison. That's where Mukhlis' father, Jasim, was executed in 1993, along with an uncle and a cousin. "I want parks and flowers and grass and fountains and names on a monument," he said. "I envision a place for Iraqis to have fun and remember and pray for those who have died."(are you feeling the shaft yet ?)

Los Angeles attorney Sermid Al-Sarraf got an early glimpse of where things were headed under Hussein. In 1978, Al-Sarraf said, classmate Uday Hussein shot and killed another young Iraqi in what was reportedly a drunken brawl. Uday's father, Saddam Hussein, was Iraq's vice president at the time.

Instead of holding the young man accountable, Al-Sarraf said, the government expanded Uday's contingent of bodyguards and began transporting his desk to and from school to prevent possible sabotage.

"It was clear the guy was a criminal at 14," Al-Sarraf said. "There was no issue of him being brought to trial. It was total impunity."

Al-Sarraf's interest in human rights led to his participation in the transitional justice working group. The panel has drafted guidelines for determining which officials of Iraq's ruling Baath Party should face prosecution for their actions.

"Iraqis are not familiar with questioning authority," he said. "They're not used to a law that encompasses everyone, where everyone is accountable. Those elements need to be written into everything from the constitution to the penal code."

Rubar S. Sandi, who founded the U.S.-Iraq Business Council, wants to use his expertise as an international investment banker(the plot thickens) to recruit American companies and capital to rebuild Iraq. But first, he said, Iraq must get its financial house in order.

 

One of Sandi's big concerns is Iraq's currency, the dinar. Before the 1991 Persian Gulf War, a dinar was officially worth about $3. It has since plunged as low as 3,000 dinars to the dollar. Not only that, every dinar printed in Iraq bears the likeness of the president.

"That's just not going to work," said Sandi, a Kurd who left Iraq after a failed 1974 uprising.

He wants to replace the dinars with a new currency, perhaps honoring famous Iraqi writers, artists, scholars and politicians.

                                        Unfinished Business

Muhammad Ali Zainy was finishing his PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in 1980 when two nephews, a young doctor and a dental student, were executed by Hussein's government for joining an Islamic opposition group.

Zainy returned to Baghdad and became a top advisor to the Iraqi oil minister. Over the next two years, however, he became increasingly fearful for himself, his wife and four children.

"You're constantly worried you must have said something that didn't please the government, and they would come to your house at 3 o'clock in the morning and sweep you and your family away to prison in your pajamas," he said. (with the newer Patriotic Billm that can happen here.)

In 1982, Zainy sent his wife and children to London. When the government sent him to Vienna several weeks later to represent Iraq at an OPEC conference, he hopped on another flight and defected.

Zainy works at the Center for Global Energy Studies in London. He is a member of the oil and energy working group, which is devising plans to keep Iraq's wells and refineries operating during and after a military offensive.

Azzam Alwash fled Iraq after he was told in 1978 that he would have to join a student organization affiliated with the Baath Party to receive a scholarship. Now 44, he is a principal in Pacific Soils Engineering in Tustin, Calif.

As a member of the water, agriculture and environment working group, he is promoting a truly monumental reclamation project: restoring the vast marshes between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in southern Iraq.

The swampy area was drained in the 1990s because it had become a refuge for Shiite opposition groups. The marshes gradually dried up, leaving behind a thick layer of salt and pollutants.

Alwash, who as a child traversed the area in a boat with his father, has spent several years researching Iraq's environmental debacle. With his wife, Suzie, a geologist, he has developed a plan for restoring the marshes and hopes to see it adopted if the U.S. succeeds in toppling Hussein. (The Greenies will love him.)

Like Al-Attar, he would like to put his professional expertise to work in Iraq. But as long as Hussein remains in power, there is no chance of that happening.

"I'm on the black list," he said. "I could go back, but it would be