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Since everything we have done and said before today has helped to shape us into who we are at this moment in time, I decide rather that merely delete this page, I would save it.   I have purposely made this page difficult to find, not out of any sense of embarrassment for it's content, but because it's time has passed.   For anyone who has discovered it, I hope you enjoy it.      

Like everything on this web site & in my business, the opinions on this page are my own.  You are welcome to disagree with me - I enjoy a good debate of ideas.  But if your purpose in contacting me is to whine or rant or express some zealot ideology or pursue an agenda - I really don't want to hear from you if you do.   Like all things in Life, try not to take this page, or yourself,  too seriously

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".  
Edmond Burke

Before, during & after Benghazi - Questions I'd like the answers to

Sept 11 - every year it is a fairly significant date to Americans and to those that hate us.  On that day in 2012 our consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by Islamic extremists.  That's a fact that is no longer in dispute.  And many of the other facts are slowly coming out, bit by bit.  If you haven't been following the story - you should be.  Here's a timeline on the attack if you need a refresher -


But even before the attack, there were several attacks, including a bombing - on that compound.  And yet security was NOT increased as it should have been, it was actually allowed to decrease.  Right now, in their own unique tunnel vision way, the Republicans are focused on the "who changed the talking points" that were used by Susan Rice on the Sunday talk shows.  they are looking for evidence of a cover-up.  I think that is not nearly as big a deal as some other, broader questions that show evidence of incompetence and dereliction of duty.


So here are the questions I have not heard answered that are far more important - 

Before 9/11/12

1. Who was the person that refused to increase security for the ambassador and the compound?

2. Why was the security detail that was already deployed in Benghazi reduced?

3.  What was Amb. Stevens doing in Benghazi on Sept. 11?

4.  Who is responsible for ignoring all the warning signs leading to the attack?


During the attack - which occurred in 2 stages.  First on the consulate, this lasted several hours and resulted in the killing of the ambassador and another person.   Then on the CIA annex a mile away, which also lasted several hours and resulted in the deaths of 2 Navy Seals.


5.  Who was the person that gave the "stand down" order to the miltary unit that wanted to go in an assist in a potential rescue or evacuation?

6.  Why were NO military assets or forces deployed or used during or immediately after the intial attack?  There has been testimony that a rapid deployment force was training nearby and could have been there inside of 4 hours - time enough to stop the 2nd attack IF they had been deployed immediately after the initial assault began.

7.  Where were Pres. Obama and Sec Clinton during the hours of this attack?  In the Situation Room?  On the phone with military leaders trying to rescue our people?  Or asleep - getting beaty rest for the big campaign event in Vegas on Sept. 12?  WHERE WERE THEY DURING THIS ATTACK?  TO WHOM DID THEY TALK TO?


After the attack and the lies began about what happened and what we knew, I have only 1 question -


8.  Who decided to push the obscure video and the "enraged mob" scenario as the explanation for the attack when they knew immediately after it was a coordinated attack by Ansar al Sharia?


For the longest time, this story has been ignored by 90% of the media.  Some light is finally being shined into the corners, but I fear they will once again get distracted and diverted and then derailed by an inability to see and focus on the real issues.  The real leadership failure occurred before and during the attack - investigate THAT, please.  Incompetence and indecision in times of crisis are the real test & measure of a leader and THAT is "what difference it makes", Hillary.


Yourself To Blame

Mayme White Miller

If things go bad for you
And make you a bit ashamed
Often you will find out that
You have yourself to blame

Swiftly we ran to mischief
And then the bad luck came
Why do we fault others?
We have ourselves to blame

Whatever happens to us,
Here is what we say
"Had it not been for so-and-so
Things wouldn't have gone that way."

And if you are short of friends,
I'll tell you what to do
Make an examination,
You'll find the faults in you...

Your the captain of your ship,
So agree with the same
If you travel downward
You have yourself to blame

This article was written almost three years ago.  Our school administrators  and politicians obviously haven't read it.

Our real problem is denial!
From Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
By Doug Wyllie

"How many kids have been killed by school fire in all of North America in the past 50 years? Kids killed ... school fire ... North America ... 50  years ... How many? Zero. That's right. Not one single kid has been killed by school fire anywhere in North America in the past half a century. Now, how many kids have been killed by school violence?"

So began an extraordinary daylong seminar presented by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a Pulitzer Prize nominated author, West Point psychology professor, and without a doubt the world's foremost expert on human aggression and violence. The event, hosted by the California Peace Officers Association, was held in the auditorium of a very large community church about 30 miles from San Francisco , and was attended by more than 250 police officers from around the region.

Grossman's talk spanned myriad topics of vital importance to law enforcement, such as the use of autogenic breathing, surviving gunshot wounds, dealing with survivor guilt following a gun battle, and others. But violence among and against children was how the day began, and so I'll focus on that issue here.

"In 1999," Grossman said, "school violence claimed what at the time was an all time record number of kids' lives. In that year there were 35 dead and a quarter of a million serious injuries due to violence in the school. How many killed by fire that year? Zero. But we hear people say, 'That's the year Columbine happened, that's an anomaly.' Well, in 2004 we had a new all
time record - 48 dead in the schools from violence. How many killed by fire that year? Zero.

Let's assign some grades. Put your teacher hat on and give out some grades. What kind of grade do you give the firefighter for keeping kids safe? An  'A,' right? Reluctantly, the cops give the firefighters an 'A,' right? Danged firefighters, they sleep 'till they're hungry and eat 'till they're tired. What grade do we get for keeping the kids safe from violence? Come on, what's our grade? Needs improvement, right?"

"Why can't we be like little Johnny Firefighter?" Grossman asked as he prowled the stage. "He's our A+ student!" He paused, briefly, and answered with a voice that blew through the hall like thunder, "Denial, denial,
Grossman commanded, "Look up at the ceiling! See all those sprinklers up there? They're hard to spot - they're painted black - but they're there.  While you're looking, look at the material the ceiling is made of. You know that that stuff was selected because it's fire-retardant. Now look over  there above the door - you see that fire exit sign? That's not just any fire exit sign - that's a 'battery-backup-when-the-world-ends-it-will-still-be-lit' fire exit sign."

Walking from the stage toward a nearby fire exit and exterior wall, Grossman slammed the palm of his hand against the wall and exclaimed, "Look at these wall boards! They were chosen because they're what?! Fireproof or fire retardant. There is not one stinking thing in this room that will burn!"

Pointing around the room as he spoke, Grossman continued, "But you've still got those fire sprinklers, those fire exit signs, fire hydrants outside, and fire trucks nearby! Are these fire guys crazy? Are these fire guys paranoid? No! This fire guy is our A+ student! Because this fire guy has redundant, overlapping layers of protection, not a single kid has been killed by school
fire in the last 50 years!
"But you try to prepare for violence - the thing much more likely to kill our kids in schools, the thing hundreds of times more likely to kill our kids in schools - and people think you're paranoid. They think you're crazy.  ...They're in denial."

The challenge for law enforcement agencies and officers, then, is to overcome not only the attacks taking place in schools, but to first overcome the denial in the minds of mayors, city councils, school administrators, and parents. Grossman said that agencies and officers, although facing an uphill  slog against the denial of the general public, must diligently work toward increasing understanding among the sheep that the wolves are coming for their children. Police officers must train and drill with teachers, not only  so responding officers are intimately familiar with the facilities, but so  that teachers know what they can do in the event of an attack.

"Come with me to the library at Columbine High School," Grossman said. "The  teacher in the library at Columbine High School spent her professional lifetime preparing for a fire, and we can all agree if there had been a fire in that library, that teacher would have instinctively, reflexively known what to do.

"But the thing most likely to kill her kids - the thing hundreds of times more likely to kill her kids, the teacher didn't have a clue what to do. She should have put those kids in the librarian's office but she didn't know that. So she did the worst thing possible - she tried to secure her kids in an un-securable location. She told the kids to hide in the library - a library that has plate glass windows for walls. It's an aquarium, it's a fish bowl. She told the kids to hide in a fishbowl. What did those killers see? They saw targets. They saw fish in a fish bowl."

Grossman said that if the school administrators at Columbine had spent a fraction of the money they'd spent preparing for fire doing lock down drills and talking with local law enforcers about the violent dangers they face, the outcome that day may have been different.

Rhetorically he asked the assembled cops, "If somebody had spent five minutes telling that teacher what to do, do you think lives would have been saved at Columbine?"

"Never call an unarmed man 'security'," Grossman said. "Call him 'run-like-hell-when-the-man-with-the-gun-shows-up' but never call an unarmed man security.

"Imagine if someone said, 'I want a trained fire professional on site. I want a fire hat, I want a fire uniform, I want a fire badge. But! No fire extinguishers in this building. No fire hoses. The hat, the badge, the uniform - that will keep us safe - but we have no need for fire extinguishers.' Well, that would be insane. It is equally insane, delusional, legally liable, to say, 'I want a trained security professional on site. I want a security hat, I want a security uniform, and I want a security badge, but I don't want a gun.' It's not the hat, the uniform, or the badge. It's the tools in the hands of a trained professional that keeps us safe.

"Our problem is not money," said Grossman. "It is denial."

Grossman said (and most cops agree) that many of the most important things we can do to protect our kids would cost us nothing or next-to-nothing.

Let's contemplate the following outline and summary of Dave Grossman's "Five D's."

1. Denial - Denial is the enemy and it has no survival value.

2. Deter - Put police officers in schools, because with just one officer assigned to a school, the probability of a mass murder in that school drops to almost zero

3. Detect - We're talking about plain old fashioned police work here. The ultimate achievement for law enforcement is the crime that didn't happen, so giving teachers and administrators regular access to cops is paramount.

4. Delay - Various simple mechanisms can be used by teachers and cops to put time and distance between the killers and the kids.
     a. Ensure that the school/classroom have just a single point of entry.  Simply locking the back door helps create a hard target.
      b. Conduct your active shooter drills within (and in partnership with) the schools in your city so teachers know how to respond, and know what it looks like when you do your response.

5. Destroy - Police officers and agencies should consider the following: 
     a. Carry off duty. No one would tell a firefighter who has a fire  extinguisher in his trunk that he's crazy or paranoid.
      b. Equip every cop in America with a patrol rifle. One chief of police, upon getting rifles for all his officers once said, "If an active killer strikes in my town, the response time will be measured in feet per second."
      c. Put smoke grenades in the trunk of every cop car in America . Any infantryman who needs to attack across open terrain or perform a rescue under fire deploys a smoke grenade. A fire extinguisher will do a decent job in some cases, but a smoke grenade is designed to perform the function.
     d. Have a "go-to-war bag" filled with lots of loaded magazines and supplies for tactical combat casualty care.
     e. Use helicopters. Somewhere in your county you probably have one or more  of the following: medevac, media, private, national guard, coast guard rotors.
     f. Employ the crew-served, continuous-feed, weapon you already have available to you (a fire hose) by integrating the fire service into your active shooter training. It is virtually impossible for a killer to put  well-placed shots on target while also being blasted with water at 300 pounds per square inch. 
     g. Armed citizens can help. Think United 93. Whatever your personal take on  gun control, it is all but certain that a killer set on killing is more likely to attack a target where the citizens are unarmed, rather than one where they are likely to encounter an armed citizen response.

Today we must not only prepare for juvenile mass murder, something that had never happened in human history until only recently, but we also must prepare for the external threat. Islamist fanatics have slaughtered children in their own religion - they have killed wantonly, mercilessly, and without regard for repercussion or regret of any kind. What do you think they'd think of killing our kids?

"Eight years ago they came and killed 3,000 of our citizens. Do we know what they're going to do next? No! But one thing they've done in every country is in schools," Grossman said.

The latest al Qaeda charter states that "children are noble targets" and Osama bin Laden himself has said that " Russia is a preview for what we will do to America "

What happened in Russia that we need to be concerned with in this context?  In the town of Beslan on September 1, 2004 - the very day on which children  across that country merrily make their return to school after the long summer break - radical Islamist terrorists from Chechnya took more than 1,000 teachers, mothers, and children hostage. When the three-day siege was
over, more than 300 hostages had been killed, more than half of whom were children.   "If I could tackle every American and make them read one book to help them  understand the terrorist's plan, it would be Terror at Beslan by John Giduck. Beslan was just a dress rehearsal for what they're planning to do to the United States ," he said.

As a country and as a culture, the level of protection Americans afford our kids against violence is nothing near what we do to protect them from fire.

Grossman is correct: Denial is the enemy. We must prepare for violence like the firefighter prepares for fire. And we must do that today!

March 8. 2013
The Dance of the Hypocrites             or
The Progressive Dodge and Weave

I'm a bit confused ~ let me see if I understand the Progressive positions on some of these hot topics correctly –

Enhanced interrogation of known terrorists to get information – bad
Unmanned drones kill Americans suspected of terrorist activity – good.

20 school children killed by a kook with a gun – very bad
Killing thousands of children before they are born – good.

Selling guns to law abiding American citizens – bad
The government selling thousands of guns to known Mexican cartel members – good

Cutting funding to welfare programs and school lunches – bad
Eliminating a hot breakfast for soldiers in war zones – good

George W. Bush – bad
Hugo Chavez – good

Giving tax breaks to BIG OIL companies who create millions of US jobs – bad
Giving the same tax breaks to Apple, Microsoft and GE who ship millions of jobs overseas – good

Consuming oil products – bad
Flying across the country to protest oil companies – good.

Amassing a 17 trillion dollar national debt – good
Reducing the planned increase in spending by 2% - very bad

Smoking cigarettes – very bad
Smoking pot – good

Drug testing employees at private companies who pay taxes – good
Drug testing welfare recipients and Federal workers who live off those taxes - bad.

Obamacare for the people who pay taxes – good
Obamacare for the Senators, Congressmen and Federal workers – bad

Occupy Wall Street and college campus protesters exercising their 1st Amendment right – good
Tea Party protests and conservative talk radio doing the same – very bad.

Unemployment at 5% and gasoline under $2 a gal with a Republican president – bad
Unemployment at 8% and gasoline over $4 a gal with a Democrat president – good

Showing a photo ID to enter a Federal building, get on a plane or buy Sudephed – good
Showing a photo ID to vote – bad

Background checks on citizens who wan to buy a gun – good
Background checks to make sure you ARE a citizen – bad

Conservatives and Christians being tolerant of others beliefs and practices – good
Progressives and atheists being tolerant of conservatives & Christians beliefs – bad

Have I got that about right - Did I clear that up at all?

March 8, 2013

Here's an interesting topic for discussion at your Super Bowl party or the next time you have friends together and want to start a heated discussion - "the consistency of one's beliefs".
I listened as a majority of Democrat Senators, and likely a majority of their supporters, were horrified at the senseless murder of 20 children at the Sandy Hook school.  "We must pass more gun control laws to stop this violence against our innocent children" was their rallying cry.  I was equally horrified - how could anyone kill defenseless children like that? 
Then it occurred to me - these are same Senators and supporters that are NOT horrified at the senseless murder of more than a million defenseless children every year.  They do not look to pass new laws that would stop THIS slaughter - in fact they fight to allow it to continue.   What is the difference between the children at Sandy Hook and the 1.4 million "other children".  The 1.4 million had not yet had a chance at life outside the womb.   The same Senators that justify legalized abortion as a "woman's right to choose" and scream at the sanctity of the Right to Privacy (a right NOT mentioned in the Bill of Rights, btw) are the same ones that seek to deny my right of self defense guaranteed to me by the same Bill of Rights. 
Consistency.  If you believe the lives of 5 year olds are precious -why are the lives of 5 month old yet-to-be born children  LESS precious?  If you use the Bill of Rights as the argument that a "woman's right to privacy shall not be infringed", then you should support the Bill of Rights as it relates to my " right to bear arms shall not be infringed".  Consistency of belief.  Is it only horrific murder if the children get to go to school first?   How can you support abortion and be horrified at the murder of 20 children............ at the same time?  Where is the logic in that?  And you either support the Bill of Rights and it's application for everyone or you don't - it's not an al-a-carte menu where you pick and choose the rights you want and decide how to apply them. 
Make no mistake, this is not an anti-abortion rant or a pro-gun argument.  I just think if you believe something, then you should be consistent throughout your philosophy. I believe in the Rule of Law and I follow it.  As much as I disagree - abortion is the rule of law and a woman has a right to choose to terminate the life of her unborn or cherish it.  That's how the 9 Supremes decided it.   But how can you support the death of 1.4 million unborn children by abortion and still be shocked at the murder of 20?  There is a lack of consistency in that logic.
Personally, I believe in Life and defending it with equal or greater force when needed. And I am equally disgusted at the senseless killing of 1.4 million unborn children as I am at  the 20 in NJ or the college kids murdered at Virginia Tech or the movie viewers in Aurora, CO.  Death at the hand of another is wrong, period.  But if confronted by someone with a gun and I have mine own - I choose to live. Be consistent.  

Beware of phony arguments and carefully worded proposals                 Jan 13, 2013

Over and over I have heard those on the anti-gun side of this issue quote the statistic "over 40% of guns are sold with no background check".  I heard it on FNC's Chris Wallace's show again today.  And not Mr. Wallace or anyone else questions that statement or it's factual basis.  Will someone PLEASE ask the next person who regurgitates that phony statistic where they got that information?  It cannot be an FBI statistic, since they would have no way of knowing how many background checks they did not run.  It cannot refer to illegal gun sales since they are obviously NOT RECORDED.  As a reasonable knowledgeable gun owner, the only thing I can think it can refer to is the sale of antique weapons.  Antique dealers must record the sale, but are not required to ship the gun to an FFL dealer nor run a background check.  But antique gun sales cannot account for 40% of gun sales  - so where is this statistic coming from?  And antique guns are seldom ( if EVER ) used in the sort of "mass shooting sprees" that we all want to stop.
The entire "closing the gun show loophole" is a phony argument.  Any FFL dealer at a gun show MUST run a background check on any gun sold at a gun show.  The proposal of running background checks for every sale would effectively stop all private sales.  I could not give a gun to my son or daughter or pass my collection to my grand kids or sell a gun to fellow hunter - I have no way of running a background check as a private citizen.  This is one of those dangerous and carefully worded proposals the sounds good on the surface, but if you look at it's true effect on lawful gun owners, it would be devastating.  And the criminals and insane among us - they could care less what laws get passed - they won't follow them anyway.
I felt this is an important point to get across to the non shooting general public , but I do not have the audience or megaphone that some do.  If I am in error, please correct my statements with actual facts.  But if I am correct, please raise this point with everyone and anyone you can.  There are many fronts in this attack and if any of us sit by and do nothing, we will surrender our right to bear arms.................followed by our freedom in short order. 

Dec 21, 2012

Real, Workable Solutions to prevent future gun related tragedies
Written in the after-math of the Sandy Hook, NJ school shooting

As everyone looks to add new & stronger gun legislation to attempt to prevent future mass homicides such as what happened in CT a week ago, I thought some honest at realistic, simple workable ideas might be better than continuing to institute upgraded versions of failed policies. 
First - Can we all admit that "gun free zones" actually create a safe shooting gallery for the criminally insane?  Leaving people unable to defend themselves from someone with a gun intent on killing for the sake of killing - is in itself criminal.  This is a fantasy solution concocted by idealistic fools.   And can we admit that the laws surrounding the LEGAL sale of guns to LAW ABIDING citizens does NOTHING to prevent criminals & crazies from buying illegal guns?  How about we try something new? 

A.  Every business or public institution who wishes it's visitors to be "gun free" - must have at least 1 armed "protection officer" trained and approved in police tactics of gun handling and use.  This would be a great job for retired or returning military or retired police officers.  If you are going to strip me of my right to defend myself - then you have to provide that defense for me. If a mall has 100 stores, then there should be 100 armed " Protection Officers" at the doors and patrolling the floor.  Not for stopping shoplifters, not for breaking up fights - for prevention of mass murder.  Schools should have at least 1 administrator or staff trained and armed per 100 students OR hire Protection Officers as well.   Guns for staff could be kept in a secured lock boxes in the office and in classrooms - inaccessible to kids, but quickly accessible by staff if needed.  Let's take protection of our kids seriously.

B.  Mandatory 20 year sentence for use of a gun in any crime - including illegally carrying a concealed weapon, or possession of a gun by a felon.  This is not-plea-bargainable, not served concurrently with any other sentence and not reducible for "good behavior"  - it's on top of the sentence for what ever crime he is convicted of.  And if a thug is somehow able to "beat the rap" on his initial crime - he could still get 20 years for carrying a gun illegally.

C.  Mandatory death sentence for any person convicted of a homicide with a gun during  the commission of a crime in any state. If you want to get tough on gun violence - then let's get tough on those that use guns for violent means.  No age restrictions, no drawn out appeals - death by firing squad within 90 days of the conviction.  There must be irrefutable multiple eye-witness testimony and or DNA evidence.   That should send a message that even a criminal will understand - we've had enough.

D.  Create a Federal Concealed Carry Permit.  This permit would allow a trained private citizen to carry his personal weapon anywhere, in any state.   Anyone wishing to apply would undergo a thorough background check, be fingerprinted, pass a police weapons course in proper use of lethal force tactics and register any weapon he/she plans to carry.  This would also allow us to eliminate the TSA and put those people to work screening baggage and packages loaded on planes.

E.  Add 1 more question to the long from we already fill out when buying a gun -
"Is there anyone with mental disease or defect living on the premises, or with access to the home, that may be able to gain access to your weapon" ? 
If the answer is YES - then a separate set of requirements for locking and storage should be required for these people - i.e - a gun safe with a combination lock - not a key lock , individual trigger locks for each gun in addition to the gun safe, lockable ammunition storage, etc.  Failure to answer truthfully would be a felony. This is the only thing that may have prevented the tragedy in CT.
So before you tell me I'm just another right-wing gun nut - tell me what new, workable solutions you have.  Or why my ideas wouldn't work.  They are simple, practical, functional, low cost & would create jobs.  And I know for those reasons - they would never get serious attention.  But maybe it's time we consider ways we can actually stop these crimes - not just create more rules that only law abiding citizens will follow.  Let's create REAL security - I'm sick of the phony illusion of security so many are content with.

 June 28, 2011

A cure for Airplane security and our freedom

Since the TSA has never caught a single potential terrorist, or stopped an in-flight attempt by a terrorist - I think there's a simple solution to having security on an aircraft and still maintaining our freedom and dignity.

1.  Put all the TSA workers to work screening every bag and piece of cargo that goes into the belly of a plane. Currently only about 1/2 of all cargo is screened.  This is where the real unseen danger lies.

2. Have every passenger go thru a metal detector and have carry-on bags screened for weapons ONLY. This should be done at curb-side - before you even enter the terminal.

3.  Give every passenger with a current Concealed Carry Permit and current or retired  members of the US military and law enforcement a TASER as they board the plane.  Since all in-flight attack attempts since 9/11  have been stopped by passengers, I say give them the tools to prevent any future ones.  We trust these same people to carry lethal weapons when they are NOT on a plane, I think we can trust them with a less-than lethal weapon in flight - call them Air Deputies.

4.  The flight attendants would give instructions on when to use the TASERs - along with the instructions on seat belts and oxygen masks.  Any passenger attempting to light his shoe or crotch on fire or rushing the cockpit or otherwise threatening the flight crew would get zapped by the nearest  Deputy or 2 or 3, thus allowing the flight to continue on to it's original destination without the need to turn around and remove the offender.  If he gets up - ZAP him again!

5.  All TASERs would be turned in as you de-plane.  Thank you for flying, have a good day.
Now tell me that wouldn't make flying safer, easier and allow us to maintain our freedom and, at the same time,  put a little fear into the terrorists for a change.  

February 8, 2011
The Star Spangled Banner - full version

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
’t is the star-spangled banner: o, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov’d homes and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us as a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: in God is our trust
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Jan. 10, 2009 - The True Nature of Islam

My daughter is currently in Afghanistan looking directly at the evil we may all have to face one day.   If you think it can't knock on your own door one day - this speech might wake you up -

Here is the speech of Geert Wilders, chairman Party for Freedom, the Netherlands, at the Four Seasons, New York, introducing an Alliance of Patriots and announcing the Facing Jihad Conference in Jerusalem .

The speech was sponsored by the Hudson Institute on September 25.   It is somewhat lengthy
, but if you value your freedom at all - it's worth the time it takes to read it.

Dear friends,
Thank you very much for inviting me.  Great to be at the Four Seasons.  I come from a country that has one season only: a rainy season that starts January 1st and ends December 31st.  When we have three sunny days in a row, the government declares a national emergency.  So Four Seasons, that's new to me.

It's great to be in New York .  When I see the skyscrapers and office buildings, I think of what Ayn Rand said: "The sky over New York and the will of man made visible." Of course.  Without the Dutch you would have been nowhere, still figuring out how to buy this island from the Indians.  But we are glad we did it for you.  And, frankly, you did a far better job than we possibly could have done.

I come to America with a mission.  All is not well in the old world.  There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic.  We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe .  This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West..  The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe .  In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe ?

Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.  My short lecture consists of 4 parts.

First I will describe the situation on the ground in Europe .  Then, I will say a few things about Islam.  Thirdly, if you are still here, I will talk a little bit about the movie you just saw.  To close I will tell you about a meeting in Jerusalem.

The Europe you know is changing.  You have probably seen the landmarks.  The Eiffel Tower and Trafalgar Square and Rome's ancient buildings and maybe the canals of Amsterdam .  They are still there.  And they still look very much the same as they did a hundred years ago.

But in all of these cities, sometimes a few blocks away from your tourist destination, there is another world, a world very few visitors see and one that does not appear in your tourist guidebook.  It is the world of the parallel society created by Muslim mass-migration.  All throughout Europe a new reality is rising: entire Muslim neighborhoods where very few indigenous people reside or are even seen.  And if they are, they might regret it.  This goes for the police as well.  It's the world of head scarves, where women walk around in figureless tents, with baby strollers and a group of children.  Their husbands, or slaveholders if you prefer, walk three steps ahead.  With mosques on many street corners.  The shops have signs you and I cannot read.  You will be hard-pressed to find any economic activity.  These are Muslim ghettos controlled by religious fanatics.  These are Muslin neighborhoods, and they are mushrooming in every city across Europe .  These are the building-blocks for territorial control of increasingly larger portions of Europe , street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, city by city.

There are now thousands of mosques throughout Europe .  With larger congregations than there are in churches.  And in every European city there are plans to build super-mosques that will dwarf every church in the region.
Clearly, the signal is: we rule.

Many European cities are already one-quarter Muslim: just take Amsterdam , Marseille and Malmo in Sweden .  In many cities the majority of the under-18 population is Muslim.  Paris is now surrounded by a ring of Muslim neighborhoods.  Mohammed is the most popular name among boys in many cities.  In some elementary schools in Amsterdam the farm can no longer be mentioned, because that would also mean mentioning the pig, and that would be an insult to Muslims.  Many state schools in Belgium and Denmark only serve halal food to all pupils.  In once-tolerant Amsterdam gays are beaten up almost exclusively by Muslims.  Non-Muslim women routinely hear "whore, whore".  Satellite dishes are not pointed to local TV stations, but to stations in the country of origin.  In France school teachers are advised to avoid authors deemed offensive to Muslims, including Voltaire and Diderot; the same is increasingly true of Darwin .  The history of the Holocaust can in many cases no longer be taught because of Muslim sensitivity.  In England sharia courts are now officially part of the British legal system.  Many neighborhoods in France are no-go areas for women without head scarves.  Last week a man almost died after being beaten up by Muslims in Brussels, because he was drinking during the Ramadan.  Jews are fleeing France in record numbers, on the run for the worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II.  French is now commonly spoken on the streets of Tel Aviv and Netanya, Israel .  I could go on forever with stories like this.  Stories about Islamization.

A total of fifty-four million Muslims now live in Europe .  San Diego University recently calculated that a staggering 25 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim just 12 years from now.  Bernhard Lewis has predicted a Muslim majority by the end of this century.

Now these are just numbers.  And the numbers would not be threatening if the Muslim-immigrants had a strong desire to assimilate.  But there are few signs of that.  The Pew Research Center reported that half of French Muslims see their loyalty to Islam as greater than their loyalty to France .  One-third of French Muslims do not object to suicide attacks.  The British Centre for Social Cohesion reported that one-third of British Muslim students are in favor of a worldwide caliphate.  A Dutch study reported that half of Dutch Muslims admit they "understand" the 9/11 attacks.
Muslims demand what they call 'respect'.  And this is how we give them respect.  Our elites are willing to give in.

To give up.  In my own country we have gone from calls by one cabinet member to turn Muslim holidays into official state holidays, to statements by another cabinet member, that Islam is part of Dutch culture, to an affirmation by the Christian-Democratic attorney general that he is willing to accept sharia in the Netherlands if there is a Muslim majority.  We have cabinet members with passports from Morocco and Turkey .

Muslim demands are supported by unlawful behavior, ranging from petty crimes and random violence, for example against ambulance workers and bus drivers, to small-scale riots.  Paris has seen its uprising in the low-income suburbs, the banlieus.  Some prefer to see these as isolated incidents, but I call it a Muslim intifada.  I call the perpetrators "settlers".  Because that is what they are.  They do not come to integrate into our societies, they come to integrate our society into their Dar-al-Islam.  Therefore, they are settlers.

Much of this street violence I mentioned is directed exclusively against non-Muslims, forcing many native people to leave their neighborhoods, their cities, their countries.

Politicians shy away from taking a stand against this creeping sharia.  They believe in the equality of all cultures. Moreover, on a mundane level, Muslims are now a swing vote not to be ignored.

Our many problems with Islam cannot be explained by poverty, repression or the European colonial past, as the Left claims.  Nor does it have anything to do with Palestinians or American troops in Iraq .  The problem is Islam itself

Allow me to give you a brief Islam 101.  The first thing you need to know about Islam is the importance of the book of the Quran.  The Quran is Allah's personal word, revealed by an angel to Mohammed, the prophet.  This is where the trouble starts.  Every word in the Quran is Allah's word and therefore not open to discussion or interpretation.  It is valid for every Muslim and for all times.  Therefore, there is no such a thing as moderate Islam.  Sure, there are a lot of moderate Muslims.  But a moderate Islam is non-existent.

The Quran calls for hatred, violence, submission, murder, and terrorism.  The Quran calls for Muslims to kill non-Muslims, to terrorize non-Muslims and to fulfill their duty to wage war: violent jihad.  Jihad is a duty for every Muslim, Islam is to rule the world by the sword.  The Quran is clearly anti-Semitic, describing Jews as monkeys and pigs.

The second thing you need to know is the importance of Mohammed the prophet.  His behavior is an example to all Muslims and cannot be criticized.  Now, if Mohammed had been a man of peace, let us say like Ghandi and Mother Theresa wrapped in one, there would be no problem.  But Mohammed was a warlord, a mass murderer, a pedophile, and had several marriages at the same time.  Islamic tradition tells us how he fought in battles, how he had his enemies murdered and even had prisoners of war executed.  Mohammed himself slaughtered the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayza.  He advised on matters of slavery, but never advised to liberate slaves.  Islam has no other morality than the advancement of Islam.  If it is good for Islam, it is good.  If it is bad for Islam, it is bad. There is no gray area or other side.

Quran as Allah's own word and Mohammed as the perfect man are the two most important facets of Islam.  Let no one fool you about Islam being a religion.  Sure, it has a god, and a here-after, and 72 virgins.  But in its essence Islam is a political ideology.  It is a system that lays down detailed rules for society and the life of every person.

Islam wants to dictate every aspect of life.  Islam means 'submission'.  Islam is not compatible with freedom and democracy, because what it strives for is sharia.  If you want to compare Islam to anything, compare it to communism or national-socialism, these are all totalitarian ideologies.

This is what you need to know about Islam, in order to understand what is going on in Europe .  For millions of Muslims the Quran and the life of Mohammed are not 14 centuries old, but are an everyday reality, an ideal, that guide every aspect of their lives.  Now you know why Winston Churchill called Islam "the most retrograde force in the world", and why he compared Mein Kampf to the Quran. Which brings me to my movie, Fitna.

I am a lawmaker, and not a movie maker.  But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam.  The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism but is in reality jihad.  I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.

Now, from the day the plan for my movie was made public, it caused quite a stir, in the Netherlands and throughout Europe .  First, there was a political storm, with government leaders, across the continent in sheer panic.  The Netherlands was put under a heightened terror alert, because of possible attacks or a revolt by our Muslim population.  The Dutch branch of the Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir declared that the Netherlands was due for an attack. 

Internationally, there was a series of incidents.  The Taliban threatened to organize additional attacks against Dutch troops in Afghanistan, and a website linked to Al Qaeda published the message that I ought to be killed, while various muftis in the Middle East stated that I would be responsible for all the bloodshed after the screening of the movie.  In Afghanistan and Pakistan the Dutch flag was burned on several occasions.  Dolls representing me were also burned.  The Indonesian President announced that I will never be admitted into Indonesia again, while the UN Secretary General and the European Union issued cowardly statements in the same vein as those made by the Dutch Government.  I could go on and on.  It was an absolute disgrace, a sell-out.

A plethora of legal troubles also followed, and have not ended yet.  Currently the state of Jordan is litigating against me.  Only last week there were renewed security agency reports about a heightened terror alert for the Netherlands because of Fitna.

Now, I would like to say a few things about Israel .  Because, very soon, we will get together in its capital.  The best way for a politician in Europe to lose votes is to say something positive about Israel .  The public has wholeheartedly accepted the Palestinian narrative, and sees Israel as the aggressor.  I, however, will continue to speak up for Israel .  I see defending Israel as a matter of principle.  I have lived in this country and visited it dozens of times.  I support Israel .  First, because it is the Jewish homeland after two thousand years of exile up to and including Auschwitz, second because it is a democracy, and third because Israel is our first line of defense.

Samuel Huntington writes it so aptly: "Islam has bloody borders".  Israel is located precisely on that border.  This tiny country is situated on the fault line of jihad, frustrating Islam's territorial advance.  Israel is facing the front lines of jihad, like Kashmir, Kosovo, the Philippines, Southern Thailand, Darfur in Sudan, Lebanon, and Aceh in Indonesia .  Israel is simply in the way.  The same way West-Berlin was during the Cold War.

The war against Israel is not a war against Israel .  It is a war against the West.  It is jihad.  Israel is simply receiving the blows that are meant for all of us.  If there would have been no Israel, Islamic imperialism would have found other venues to release its energy and its desire for conquest.  Thanks to Israeli parents who send their children to the army and lay awake at night, parents in Europe and America can sleep well and dream, unaware of the dangers looming.

Many in Europe argue in favor of abandoning Israel in order to address the grievances of our Muslim minorities. But if Israel were, God forbid, to go down, it would not bring any solace to the West.  It would not mean our Muslim minorities would all of a sudden change their behavior, and accept our values.  On the contrary, the end of Israel would give enormous encouragement to the forces of Islam.  They would, and rightly so, see the demise of Israel as proof that the West is weak, and doomed.  The end of Israel would not mean the end of our problems with Islam, but only the beginning.  It would mean the start of the final battle for world domination.  If they can get Israel , they can get everything.  Therefore, it is not that the West has a stake in Israel .  It is Israel.  It is very difficult to be an optimist in the face of the growing Islamization of Europe .  All the tides are against us.

On all fronts we are losing.  Demographically the momentum is with Islam.  Muslim immigration is even a source of pride within ruling liberal parties.  Academia, the arts, the media, trade unions, the churches, the business world, the entire political establishment have all converted to the suicidal theory of multiculturalism.  So-called journalists volunteer to label any and all critics of Islamization as a 'right-wing extremists' or 'racists'.  The entire establishment has sided with our enemy.  Leftists, liberals and Christian-Democrats are now all in bed with Islam.

This is the most painful thing to see: the betrayal by our elites.  At this moment in Europe's history, our elites are supposed to lead us.  To stand up for centuries of civilization.  To defend our heritage.  To honor our eternal Judeo-Christian values that made Europe what it is today.  But there are very few signs of hope to be seen at the governmental level.  Sarkozy, Merkel, Brown, Berlusconi; in private, they probably know how grave the situation is.  But when the little red light goes on, they stare into the camera and tell us that Islam is a religion of peace, and we should all try to get along nicely and sing Kumbaya.  They willingly participate in, what President Reagan so aptly called: "the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom." If there is hope in Europe , it comes from the people, not from the elites.  Change can only come from a grass-roots level.  It has to come from the citizens themselves.  Yet these patriots will have to take on the entire political, legal and media establishment.

Over the past years there have been some small, but encouraging, signs of a rebirth of the original European spirit.  Maybe the elites turn their backs on freedom, the public does not.  In my country, the Netherlands , 60 percent of the population now sees the mass immigration of Muslims as the number one policy mistake since World War II.  And another 60 percent sees Islam as the biggest threat to our national identity.  I don't think the public opinion in Holland is very different from other European countries.
Patriotic parties that oppose jihad are growing, against all odds.  My own party debuted two years ago, with five percent of the vote.  Now it stands at ten percent in the polls..  The same is true of all military-minded parties in Europe .  They are fighting the liberal establishment, and are gaining footholds on the political arena, one voter at the time.

Now, for the first time, these patriotic parties will come together and exchange experiences.  It may be the start of something big.  Something that might change the map of Europe for decades to come.  It might also be Europe's last chance.

This December a conference will take place in Jerusalem .  Thanks to Professor Aryeh Eldad, a member of Knesset, we will be able to watch Fitna in the Knesset building and discuss the jihad.  We are organizing this event in Israel to emphasize the fact that we are all in the same boat together, and that Israel is part of our common heritage. Those attending will be a select audience.  No racist organizations will be allowed.  And we will only admit parties that are solidly democratic. This conference will be the start of an Alliance of European patriots.  This Alliance will serve as the backbone for all organizations and political parties that oppose jihad and Islamization.  For this Alliance I seek your support.

This endeavor may be crucial to America and to the West.  America may hold fast to the dream that, thanks to its location, it is safe from jihad and shaira.  But seven years ago to the day, there was still smoke rising from ground zero, following the attacks that forever shattered that dream.  Yet there is a danger even greater danger than terrorist attacks, the scenario of America as the last man standing.  The lights may go out in Europe faster than you can imagine.  An Islamic Europe means a Europe without freedom and democracy, an economic wasteland, an intellectual nightmare, and a loss of military might for America - as its allies will turn into enemies, enemies with atomic bombs.  With an Islamic Europe, it would be up to America alone to preserve the heritage of Rome , Athens and Jerusalem .

Dear friends, liberty is the most precious of gifts.  My generation never had to fight for this freedom, it was offered to us on a silver platter, by people who fought for it with their lives.  All throughout Europe American cemeteries remind us of the young boys who never made it home, and whose memory we cherish.  My generation does not own this freedom; we are merely its custodians.  We can only hand over this hard won liberty to Europe 's children in the same state in which it was offered to us.  We cannot strike a deal with mullahs and imams.  Future generations would never forgive us.  We cannot squander our liberties.  We simply do not have the right to do so.

This is not the first time our civilization is under threat.  We have seen dangers before.  We have been betrayed by our elites before.  They have sided with our enemies before.  And yet, then, freedom prevailed. These are not times in which to take lessons from appeasement, capitulation, giving away, giving up or giving in.  These are not times in which to draw lessons from Mr.  Chamberlain.  These are times calling us to draw lessons from Mr.  Churchill and the words he spoke in 1942:

"Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might

For more reading, facts about Islam and it's true mission OR if you are not sufficiently scared of Islam by now - Check out this website - The Religion of Peace

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Jan 10. 2009 - commentary on the 2008 deer season
Time for a Hunter Strike?  
Let's have our version of deer herd control - I call it "Pick-a-Season"

I enjoy hunting for deer every fall, with both  the bow and gun.  I am fortunate to have a friend nearby that allows me hunt on his property, so I can make it into the woods most every weekend.  This past year I saw fewer deer than ever and found more deer bones scattered in the woods than in any previous year I can remember.  A rapidly growing coyote population coupled with a lot of snow and cold played a large role in higher winter kill deer than in past years.  This same experience hs been shared by a vast number of my clients.   You would think the lower deer kill numbers would be enough to maybe bring an end to Earn-a-buck regulations - but based on the following memorandum, it may not be even considering the end of EAB.
Read the following link - DNR Memorandum  

The author calls for a boycott of the 2009 Gun Deer Season.  I personally boycotted the Archery Saeson for several years after the EAB regulations were enacted.  EAB rules are even more unfair to bow hunters than they are to gun hunters since we are more restricted by range and shot angle than gun hunters are.  Many of you may recall  me advocatting for this boycott with my clients.  My feeling was that in prder to get the DNR to actually start to listen to the hunters, we needed to restrict the amount of money we give them.  That meant not buying a deer license, or ammunition.   Perhaps this is a the year we can finally get some momemtum for such a Hunter Strike.  Here's my suggestion to regain control of the deer herd we are paying to control -

Pick-A-Season (PAS) - if you are a deer hunter that normally hunts both
 archery and gun seasons - then hunt only 1 season.  Pick one, either one, but also restrict your spending on ammuniton, arrows, etc. - since a portionof that spending also goes to fund the DNR.  If you normally hunt either archer season or guns season only  - then find something elso to do.  Go duck hunting, do some fall fishing, go grouse hunting, shoot trap or archery for fun.  A large drop in the sale of deer licenses is the ONLY way to get the attention tof the DNR and remind them who pays the bills and whose deer herd it REALLY is. So far, this winter is another bad one - with lots of snow and frigid temps - another high mortality winter kill is likely.  So this year, when the deer season rolls around - remember to PAS and maybe we can  start to see a few more deer in the woods ag

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March 7, '08
The Upcoming Election
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm watching the upcoming election with a great amount of trepidation.  On the one hand, we have  an experienced , decorated military man, but with no real economic  experience and who promises to follow the path blazed by Bush the Lesser.  A path that has failed to secure our borders, allowed millions of jobs to move to China, watched the value of our dollar go down the drain,  grew the Federal budget deficit and wasted billions of dollars in Iraq.   On the other hand, we have a candidate whose main qualification seems to be that he is black and another candidate whose  sole qualification is that she's a woman with a well known last name.  Neither  has ever served in the military,  been a governor or leader of any kind, ran a business or even  worked in the private sector.  So we have a choice between "more of the same" and "God knows what" !    

And even more scary than the sad choice that they offer is watching the selection process the Democrats  devised for selecting a party nominee.  This is the the party of "Count every vote and every vote counts" - remember that?   Apparently, that only applies if you live in any state but MI and FL.  (Personally, I don't think that Floridians should ever be allowed to vote again after the debacle they caused in the 2000 election, but that's another story.)  I mean, this is the party that wants to lead us out of Iraq and come up with a economic plan to save our country and they are bickering over how to arrive at a winner for the  primary elections.  People in FL and MI want to have a "do-over" for their primary.  I thought "do-overs" stopped after 3rd grade.    Is this the "change" they keep talking about?   Looks a lot to me like more of the same  back stabbing and in-fighting that we've had in Washington, DC for decades.

If we really want a change, I suggest that we vote all the incumbents out of Congress.  

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Feb. 16, 2008  
Celebrity Worship

The recent passing of actor Heath Ledger, along with the media obsession of the not-so-long-ago death of Anna Nicole Smith, the public failings of the once adored Brittany Spears and others has given me the drive to go ahead and put thought to web page.  I am curious why the news media feels that anyone associated with the entertainment industry should be the topic of fascination for our lives.  Or why the death or disgraces of a public personality should be the topic of endless blather from "news" people.  Do people other than me find this stuff interesting?  Does anyone (other than family & friends) REALLY give a crap that a TV or movie actor, singer, politician, sports figure or reporter has been arrested, died, hospitalized, wounded, or video taped eating a cheeseburger off the floor?  Is anyone's life so shallow and meaningless that they take pleasure in watching the public self destruction of  someone else?   And what real contribution to improving our human existence has this person made?

It's no wonder that other cultures and nations see Americans as self obsessed and materialistic.  It is, after all, the face we show to the world.  We don't value the wisdom of our aged citizens, but strive to remain forever young.  We don't value our our own history, but rewrite it to suit the latest politically correct thoughts.  Instead, we place a value on anything "new" and discard that which is out of fashion.  Too often we define success by how much we accumulate, not by how kind or generous we are to those in need.   We value appearances over substance.  And we'll quickly accept a well told lie as "the truth", because it distracts us from looking for the real truth within ourselves.      


Things that make you think a little:

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January.   In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the  month of January.That's just one American city , about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq.

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II.

b. Germany never attacked us; Japan did.  From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ... an average of 112,500 per year.

c. 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 18,334 per year.

d. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962.  Vietnam never attacked us.

e. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire.  From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost ... an average of 5,800 per year.

f. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent.  Bosnia never attacked us.  And he never did come up with an "exit strategy" - we still have troops there.  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.

g. In the years since terrorists attacked us , President Bush  has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

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 for 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 Ted 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 Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military morale is high!
The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

But Wait . there's more!

Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel do what they do for a living. This exchange between Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one man's explanation of why men and women in the armed services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn): "How can you run for Senate when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):
"I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps. I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions. My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my checkbook, Howard; it was my life on the line. It was not a nine-to-five job, where I took time off to take the daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other a veteran's hospital and look those men ...with their mangled bodies .. in the eye, and tell THEM they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to the widows and Orphans of Ed White, Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee... and you look those kids in the eye and tell them that their DADS didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day and you stand in Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch those waving flags.

You stand there, and you think about this nation, and you tell ME that those people
didn't have a job? What about you?"

For those who don't remember .. During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney
representing the Communist Party in the USA. Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.

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A Brief and Condensed History of Islamic Terrorism

March 14, 2008
Due to numerous requests, I have updated and improved the History of Terrorism quiz.
This is merely a condensed version of the most horrific events perpetrated by radical Islamists. 

April 23, 2013 -
Unfortunately, another update is required. 
Islamic terrorists have carried out more than 20, 742 deadly attacks since Sept. 11, 2001.  For a complete list of all the killing done by Islamist radicals in each year, go to ~  It should scare the crap out of you.

Please pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test. The events are actual cuts from past history. They actually happened!!!

 1.1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by
   a. Superman
   b. Jay Leno
   c. Harry Potter
Sirhan Sirhan - a Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
    a. Olga Corbett
    b. Sitting Bull
    c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40 from Palestine.

3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
   a. Lost Norwegians
   b. Elvis
   c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
   d. Iranian students who were Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

4.  During the 1980's a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
    a. John Dillinger
   b. The King of Sweden
   c. The Boy Scouts
   d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

5.  In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
   a. A pizza delivery boy
   b. Pee Wee Herman
   c. Geraldo Rivera
   d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

 6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
    a. The Smurfs
    b. Davy Jones
    c. The Little Mermaid
    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

7.   In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
    a. Captain Kidd
    b. Charles Lindberg
    c. Mother Teresa
   d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

8.  In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
    a. Scooby Doo
    b. The Tooth Fairy
    c. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
   d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

9.  In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
    a. Richard Simmons
    b Grandma Moses
    c. Michael Jordan
   d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

10.  In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
    a. Mr. Rogers
    b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill' s women problems
    c. The World Wrestling Federation
   d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

11.  10/12/00 - Suicide bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The ship was refueling at the port city of Aden in Yemen when attacked. A boat filled with explosives got near the Cole and exploded, producing a large hole in the ship. 17 US sailors were killed and 37 were injured. Bin Laden released a videotape, claiming the attack was carried out by:
     a.  Monty Python’s Flying Circus
     b.  Disgruntled former US Postal employees
     c.  Rogue members of the Knight’s Templar
     d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

12.  On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers in a field in Shanksville, PA.  Almost 3000 people were killed in these attacks carried out by:
    a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
    b. The Supreme Court of Florida
    c. Mr Bean
    d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

13.  In 2002 the United States went to war in Afghanistan against:
    a. Enron
    b. The Lutheran Church
    c. The NFL
    d. The Taliban - Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

14. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
     a. Bonnie and Clyde
     b. Captain Kangaroo
     c. Billy Graham
    d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

15. 2004 - Spain Railway bombings killing almost 200 people were committed by -
      a.  members of the Chicago Bears football team
      b.  a group of French tourists forced to wait in line
      c.  SpongeBob and his friends
     d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
16. July 7, 2005 - 37 people died in 3 explosions on London subway lines and 1 on a bus from bombs planted by:
      a.  Martha Stewart, Don Rumsfield and Dick Cheney
      b.  the X men
      c.  Dr. Phil, Jerry Springer and Jesse Jackson
      d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
17.  October 1, 2005 - Bombings in Indonesia  -  At about 7:00PM, in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia and Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia, suicide bombers simultaneously detonated three improvised devices (IEDs) at three restaurants (one in Kuta, two in Jambaran Bay), killing at least 26 civilians visiting from several countries. No group claimed responsibility, although it was believed to have carried out by:
      a.  A group of radical US Congressmen and Senators on a fact finding mission
      b.  4 out of 5 Canadian Dental Association members.
      c.  Harry Potter and his band of hormone crazed juvenile wizards.
      d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

18.  July 23, 2005 - Bombings in Egypt -  assailants simultaneously attacked three locations in the resort city. One vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) exploded after crashing into the Ghazala Gardens Hotel, a second VBIED exploded in front of a coffee shop in the Old Market, and an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in a parking area near Naema Bay, killing 88 civilians & wounding approximately 127 others.  These attacks were done by:
     a.  Unemployed British construction workers
     b.  The crew from Saturday Night Live
     c.   Swedish college students on spring break.
     d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

19.  February 20, 2006  - Protests against the publication and republication of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in “unflattering ways” have taken place in nations, both Muslim and secular, around the world. So far around thirty people have died in violent demonstrations.  The cartoons were published in a Danish newspaper in Sept. of 2005 and then in British newspapers.   These protests and calls for the beheading of the Danish newspaper editor and the creators of the cartoons were carried out by:
     a.  Howard Dean and the Democratic party
     b.  Jerry Falwell and the Moral majority
     c.  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers while on their European tour
     d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

20.   Aug.10, 2006 - British police foil a plot to blow-up 10 airliners over the Atlantic by:
      a.  Christian fundamentalists upset by the movie, "The Da Vinci Code"
      b.  Hassidic Jews that were denied a Kosher meal on a previous flight
      c.  The French soccer team
      d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

21.  Throughout history, including the 2 recent wars in Iraq, more Muslim people of all ages have been killed by which of the following groups:
      a.  The Great Satan and it’s army of military crusaders
      b.   Orthodox Jews and the Israeli Army,
      c.  The Ku Klux Klan and the Southern Baptist Christian Conservative movement,
      d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
22.  On November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood near Killeen, TX, a single gunman killed 13 unarmed soldiers and over 30 others were injured.  The person responsible for this mass murder was:
a.  President Obama
b.  Eric Holder - US Attorney General
c.  Janet Napolitano - Sec. of Homeland Security
d.  Maj. Nidal Hasan, a Muslim male between the ages of 17 and 40 and    self-proclaimed Soldier of Allah.

23.  In Peshawa, Pakistan on Nov.  11, 2009, 34 people are blown to bits by a car bomb along a crowded city street lined with shops. Women and children are among the dead and another 104 are injured. The group that claimed responsibility for this cowardly action was:
a.   The Boston Pops
b.   The NRA
c.   Doctors Without Borders
d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

24.  October 31, 2010 in Baghdad, Iraq - Forty-four church members and two young priests are slaughtered when a group of men invade a Christian church, shooting members and tossing grenades into the congregation. Seven policemen are also killed.  This group was:
a.   Unemployed French mimes
b.   Shriners and other Mason's
c.   Former members of the Mickey Mouse club

d.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40 who called themselves  - The Islamic State of Iraq Fedayeen

25.  Over 100 people are blown to bits in a powerful truck bombing on October 4, 2011 in Mogadishu, Somalia.   Many victims were students - an additional 122 were severely injured.  Those who took credit for the bombing were:
a.   Members of the Longhaul Truckers Union
b.   MSNBC Anchors trying to generate a story and viewers
c.   The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

d.   Islamic fundamentalists - a.k.a.  Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

26.  In May of 2012, a group toss bombs and fire into a cattle market in Nigeria, massacring about sixty innocents and injuring another 29.  In the same month, an attack in Syria was carried out on eight Sunni houses, slaughtering 108 people, including forty-nine children.  While these attacks were carried out by different groups, members comprising both groups were:
a.   Girls from South Beach filming another Girls Gone Wild video
b.   Washed up has-been Hollywood actors
c.   Pots smoking Rastafarians

d.   Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

27.  September 11, 2012 - The American diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on  by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the  consulate building.    A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different diplomatic compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured.  This attack was carried out by:
a.   Bloggers from Des Moines
b.   The Pope's entourage
c.   People protesting a video they had never seen.

d.   Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

  April 15, 2013 - 2 bombs explode at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing 3 people including an 8 year old boy and injuring over 200 others.   These bombs were planted by:
a.  Mitt Romney and disgruntled GOP sympathizers from MA.
b.  The Boston Red Sox bat boys
c.   A small group of Civil War Re-enactors
d.   2 brothers, both Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40

29.  April 22, 2013 - Canadian officials working with the FBI foiled a plot to blow up a bridge while a commuter train traveling from New York to Toronto was on it.   The plan was the idea of 2 non-Canadian citizens who were :
a.   A pair of transexuals from Key West on vacation in Toronto
b.   Members of AARP upset about the Canadian Heath Care plan
c.   2 French-Canadians with dementia
d.   Muslim male extremists between the ages of 17 and 40


Nope, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?

So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winning and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone because we don't want to be accused of profiling.    

And on a related note:

It is a matter of history that when Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the Nazi death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect: "Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the track of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened"

Now we hear that the UK has removed The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it "offended" the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it. 
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This is  a memorial, in memory of the 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, & 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated while the German and Russian peoples looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be "a myth," it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center "never happened" because it offends some Muslim in the U.S.. ??????

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 Andy Rooney said on 60 minutes a few weeks back:

 I like big cars, big boats, big motorcycles, big houses and big campfires.  I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some governmental stooge with a bad comb-over who wants to give it away to crack addicts for squirting out babies.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts! ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?

I  think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except  numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America. Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

I have the right "NOT" to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.

When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the Law of Probability.

I know what sex is, and there are not varying degrees of it. If I received sex from one of my subordinates in my office, it wouldn't be a private matter or my personal business. I would be "FIRED" immediately!

I believe that if you are selling me a milk shake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!  My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.

I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry self if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I feel much safer letting a machine with no political affiliation recount votes when needed. I know what the definition of lying is.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.

 We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor. I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television. That doesn't stop you from watching them.

 I believe a self-righteous liberal or conservative with a cause is more dangerous than a Hell's Angel with an attitude.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building. Ask your buddy that invented the Internet to help you.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say "NO!"

"I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness." I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.

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10/02/2002 - Author Uknown    -      I think everyone on this planet needs to read this.
There are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand. 

First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being 
a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. 

As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, 
called the "American Way" has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions 
of men and women who have sought freedom. 

Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill,  San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam... 

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. 

Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society -- learn our language!" 

"In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan -- it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on 
our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is clearly documented throughout our history. 

If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. 

God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor 
His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him. 

We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate 
Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and 
barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. 

As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. 

If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider 
a move to another part of this planet. 

The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. 

We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things 
where you came from. Like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle. 

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom: 


Another thing: To those who do complain about the usage of words like 'God' and 'American' and speaking the language of our great nation, TRY GOING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY AND SPEAK AGAINST WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE. YOU WILL MORE THAN LIKELY END UP JAILED OR EVEN KILLED. 

In America, you take your right to complain for granted. 

The more patriotism that is removed from where our children are taught, the less our children will learn about what it is to be an American and our nation's spirit will slowly be killed. 

Keep patriotism alive. 

If you agree, pass this onto other Americans! 

It is time to take a stand! 
God Bless America and our Military and Veterans!


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And another one worth reading

 This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.

America: The Good Neighbor.
 Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television Commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record

  "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.  None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
  When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
  I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?  If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon - not once, but several times - and safely home again.
  You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to
 look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most
 of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
  When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who  rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.   I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
  Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
 Stand proud, America! Wear it proudly!!


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Personal Responsibility

     Frankly, I am sick to death of all the whiners in the world who want to blame their problems and their actions on anybody and anything but themselves.  According  to the psychologists, the lawyers, the Government & Rev. Jesse Jackson,  everything is somebody else's fault.  Pick up a gun & shoot someone & it's the gun's fault, or the parent's fault or the school's fault.  If only we had safer guns, with trigger locks and metal detectors at school - maybe all these shootings could be prevented.  If we just  explained everything in 3 languages with big letters, maybe all the people in Florida would have voted for Gore.   If we could just find good paying jobs and free housing for every uneducated drop-out and drug addict that can barely mumble a few words of  English, the world would be a better place.  If we had more warning stickers on EVERYTHING maybe no one would ever get injured by anything, ever again.  Maybe, but I doubt it. Have you read all the stickers on a ladder lately?  Then you'll read about somebody who fell of their ladder, broke their toe, sued for 10 million dollars and now every step ladder in the world has to have another sticker.  This is great for the companies that make stickers & warning labels and instructions on how to use your toaster.  Plug it in, put bread in it and push the lever down.  How dumb do we have to be to have 12 page instruction booklet AND a warning label telling us not to put it in water while plugged in???? 
    Sometimes, shit happens.  Sometimes, it's your own damn fault.  If you smoke cigarettes for 40 years and end up with lung cancer, it's your own damn fault.  Don't sue the tobacco companies - they were just supplying the demand.  Nobody stuck them in your mouth and made you inhale, you dumb ass.  (and yes, I do)  If you spill hot coffee in your lap while your driving & burn yourself or cut off you fingers with a lawnmower because you picked it up & tried to trim the hedges,  ...IT'S YOUR OWN STUPID FAULT!    When was the last time you heard somebody say, "I'm sorry, that was my  fault"?  I wonder if there will EVER be a time you hear a jury say "Your Honor, while what happened to the plaintiff was tragic, he is a MORON, and it was his own fault!"  What is so hard about that concept? 


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7/5/01United Way - NO WAY!  Support the BSA directly

    I am encouraging everyone to boycott the United Way an to no longer donate to this homosexual loving, socialist group.   I was greatly disappointed to learn that the United Way will withhold funding from the Boy Scouts of America here in the Fox Valley because the Scouts had a won a court decision that allowed them to keep gay men from becoming Scout Leaders.  I see this as an attempt to force the BSA into accepting the PC agenda of the United Way.   Didn't the leader of United Way resign a few years back - something about embezzlement??  Who is the United Way to hold up the flag for Moral Values?    Ask yourself, would you want your 11-18 year old son at a week long camp with a gay man as his role model & guardian???  As an Eagle Scout myself, I feel the Scouts should be entitled to decide for themselves the criteria for the men who play a key role in shaping these boys into adults.  If a person is gay, that's his own business & I am not in favor of persecuting them for it.  However, I am also entitled to my own opinions on what is right & wrong & what is natural & what is perverse.  A person needs to believe and follow the rules set forth by an organization to be a member & to become a leader of that group.  The Scouts have an oath that lays out the moral foundation of the group and they should be entitled to exclude those people that refuse to follow that oath.  In addition to teaching  teamwork, outdoor & leadership skills, part of the purpose of the scouts is to teach  young men good moral values.  To do that you need leaders that share your own moral values.  Let this man start his own group of gay scouts for gay parents who don't mind if their kids are taught by an admitted homosexual. 
    The BSA has a tremendous value in helping boys stay on the right path as they move into adulthood.  The values & skills I learned there, and from the men who volunteered their time to teach me,  played a large role in who I am today.  Let's keep our young men on the "straight" &  narrow.  Support the Boy Scouts in your area directly and tell the United Way to take their politicly correct agenda and stick it .

Update - 4/05/02 - After receiving a hostile e-mail from a gay man about my opinion, I did a little editing.  My point in this article was not to offend gays, but to express my displeasure at the United Way's decision to ignore the ruling by the Supreme Court and withhold funding for the Scouts based on their idea of "moral" correctness.  I see this as polictically correct extortion.   My question to you all is this - Are we entitled to decided for ourselves the type of people we want teaching our children ethics & morality?  The Supreme Court said yes.  I don't want an admitted poacher teaching my child about hunting or  a wife beater teaching them how to deal with women.  You have a right to choose your own lifestyle and I have a right to say I don't want it taught to my child.  To read "David's" e-mail & my reply - click here.

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