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02 Oct 2011 11:38 am

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Our Banner in the Sky, painted by Frederick Church during the Civil War.

The Aurora Borealis shone down upon both the armies of the North and South at the Battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War, a very rare occurrence in the latitude of Virginia. On Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, a bitterly cold night, the Union Army had just suffered one of its worst defeats.

Shelby Foote, in his Civil War Trilogy, wrote of the spectacle:

“A mysterious refulgence, shot with fanwise shafts of varicolored light, predominantly reds and blues—first a glimmer, then a spreading glow, as if all the countryside between Fredericksburg and Washington were afire—filled a wide arc of the horizon beyond the Federal right…to one Southerner it seemed ‘that the heavens were hanging out banners and streamers and setting off fireworks in honor of our great victory.’”

In 1905 Elizabeth Lyle Saxon wrote in A Southern Woman’s War Time Reminiscenses ” It was near this time that the wonderful spectacle of the Aurora Borealis was seen in the Gulf States. The whole sky was a ruddy glow as if from an enormous conflagration, but marked by the darting rays peculiar to the Northern light. It caused much surprise, and aroused the fears even of those far from superstitious. I remember an intelligent old Scotch lady said to me, “Oh, child, it is a terrible omen; such lights never burn, save for kings’ and heroes’ deaths.”

It was not to be a victory for the South but a great tragedy for our nation in the loss of life; nearly 620,000 lives and over a million casualties. But out of the death and destruction came freedom for the slaves, and a victory for human worth and dignity. There would be, in time, a great reunification of all of the states but, no longer, would people consider their own state, as General Robert E. Lee once did, “their country.”

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God’s Windows had opened for a time on the night of December 14th, 1862 and human beings, being creatures of emotion, misinterpreted the meaning. The metaphysical meanderings of time have always intertwined great human events with cosmic and natural eruptions. Great men and women have emerged in dark times, when all of civilization seemed lost.

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Abraham Lincoln would have seemed an unlikely choice as the leader of the strife filled United States of America had he emerged in the days of Hollywood casting. He was born poor, had very little education and was from what we now call flyover country and yet he was elected President of the United States in 1860. Abraham Lincoln guided our country through the most devastating experience in its history. He was never to see the flowering of the spring of the reunion of the states; the conciliatory plans he had in mind for reconciliation with the South were cast away just six days after the surrender by Confederate commanding general Robert E. Lee when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Boothe in Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Throughout Lincoln’s presidency there was little peace to be found inside or outside of the White House. There was the death of his son, Willie, the anguish of his wife, Mary, the constant attacks of friends and foes and the failures of his generals.

Throughout his life he also believed in dreams and other enigmatic signs and portents. As he grew older, and especially after he became president and faced the soul-troubling responsibilities of the Civil War, he developed a profound religious sense, and he increasingly personified necessity as God. He came to look upon himself quite humbly as an “instrument of Providence” and to view all history as God’s enterprise. “In the present civil war,” he wrote in 1862, “it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party—and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to effect His purpose.”

Lincoln seemed to understand his place in the great stream of time. Just days before his death he spoke of foreboding dreams. Abraham Lincoln never graduated from high school, college, Harvard or Yale, (although those colleges did exist during his lifetime) but he is considered by most historians to be the greatest of all American Presidents.

“In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.”
–Annual Message to Congress, December 1, 1862

This exceptional nation produced exceptional men - and women who walked through hard and bitter times, not stopping when events seemed to present no victory, no solution, no relief. Abraham Lincoln, and the Founders before him saw the glorious light through the darkness that John Adams described in a letter to his wife, Abigail:

“The day is passed. The Fourth of July, 1776, will be a memorable epoch n the history of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to Almighty God. It ought to be solemnized with pomp, shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other, from this time forward forever. You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this declaration and support and defend these States; yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means, and that posterity will triumph, although you and I may rue, which I hope we shall not.’’

In this present time of darkness and gloom in which the American people are steeping like a teabag too long in a cup of now tepid water, the economy and culture rests on the edge of a cliff and the 2012 Presidential Election approaches, like a distant candle seen through a fog. There are now nine Republican candidates competing for the GOP nomination, and some Eastern Elite nervous Nelly Establishment types are urging one more Republican politician to enter the race to unseat Barack Obama.

Since 2009 we have watched our Liberty rapidly decline due to the passage of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank. The EPA and the NLRB have declared war on business, spending is out of control and Obama has hinted that he is tempted to bypass Congress altogether.

Enemies, foreign and domestic, are working day and night to weaken our nation while Obama prances about the country blaming its very citizens for its problems. He claims that America has lost its greatness because America is soft.

Soft?

It will take a Republican with incredible courage and backbone to unite the party and the independents behind him (or her) and withstand the barrage of attacks Obama and the media will gleefully inflict upon him. (or her) There will never be another Ronald Reagan but there are candidates who may possibly possess the remarkable personality traits and conservative principles that Reagan will forever be known for. Our Republican nominee will also need to understand (and become an expert on) the times of Abraham Lincoln. We are at a great divide in our nation. Lincoln more than understood that fact in his time and he counted the cost and led the Union without the assistance of pollsters. The United States of America is now on the line. We may never know it again as it once existed if it continues to be led by Barack Obama.

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Will God’s Windows open again? Will they be misinterpreted? Time is short. If we keep gazing up at the stars we could easily go to sleep. We are so close to the edge of the cliff if we begin to dream we might fall off. How far is the fall? Have we already fallen?

04 Aug 2011 10:17 pm

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Historic Hospital Engulfed by Fire at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
Fort Smith, Arkansas was once called “hell on the border.”

The historic city fit that description once again yesterday as the temperature hit 115 degrees, breaking all records for heat.

Fort Smith breaks all-time heat record, currently: 115 degrees. The hottest temperature since record keeping started in late 1800s.

Yes, we Hobbits, we tea drinkers, we American citizens, have been spending this summer trying to keep our homes and yards from catching on fire while we were calling our representatives and senators in D.C. pleading with them, reasoning with them, to restore fiscal sanity to our country.

While minding the stores, the homes and the schools, going to work day in and day out, Tea Partiers were still keeping a watch on the doings in D.C. and working the phones and the blogs, wiping the sweat from our brows as we watched the corrupt doings in Washington D.C. We saw the threats of default for what they were. As a result, we can recognize a Satan Sandwich when we see it.

We are not at all impressed with the results of the Debt-ceiling deal and the name calling in the aftermath of it is deplorable.

The bumbling, Joe Biden blamed the results of the deal on the tea party and called conservative tea party members terrorists; Maureen Dowd tripped all over herself calling us cannibals, vampires and zombies; Martin Bashir of MSNBC had on an addiction expert, Dr. Stanton Peele, who proceeded to analyze the tea party as delusional and prone to violence. Tea Partiers want “to end life as we know it on this planet,” screeched Nancy Pelosi, even before the debt ceiling fiasco deal was sealed.

Democrats, if they haven’t already, surely must have gone over the bend, or on a bender.

Sarah Palin, wise woman that she is, might have said this during the Battle of the Bulge, “They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards,” which in reality is a quote of General Creighton Abrams Jr.

What Sarah said in response to Biden is just as rich: “”If we were really domestic terrorists, shoot, President Obama would be wanting to pal around with us, wouldn’t he?

Because we think spending is irresponsible and downright crazy we are called nuts!

Jonah Goldberg’s mild response to the calumnious remarks of the media liberals and democrats was most appropriate. It’s mild in comparison with their extreme remarks, that is. It also reminds me of World War ll, American Commander, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe who, when the Germans demanded that the Americans surrender Bastogne replied, “Nuts!” The Germans did not understand, so the Americans explained that “Nuts!” meant “go to Hell!” Jonah wrote, “Well, go to Hell. All of you.”

By the way, the Germans redoubled their efforts to destroy Bastogne and its “Besieged Bastards.” They did not succeed.

Hell on the Border in Arkansas is small change compared to the hellish deeds done by our so-called friends in Congress. Boehner and his fellow Republicans sat down with Reid, Pelosi, and Obama and signed a deal with them so our economy (supposedly) would not go into default. Obama won’t have to worry about paying the piper until after the 2012 election.

The economy is really on a roll now…..rolling right down to the bottom.

We will remember the hot summer of 2011 in November, 2012.

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Obama is done. The magic is gone. The words he utters these days are clumsy and lackluster, and he’s still blaming Bush.

“It’s been a long, tough year. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing we all have to remember is, as much good as we’ve done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we were inheriting so many challenges, that we’re not even halfway there yet,” he said.

Boehner is diminished. He stuck his neck out a mile for nothing.

A summer of severe drought  and heat has kept shoppers home.The jobs situation is getting worse in Arkansas as it is in the rest of the country.

The long hot summer still has long to go. Hell has been on our nation’s southern border for quite some time. The White House and the Justice Department and the Operation Gunwalker scandal may be playing six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

01 Nov 2009 08:38 pm

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It’s bad enough that the upstate New York GOP establishment considered Dede Scozzafava the best candidate for John McHugh’s old seat but now (predictably) they have big time egg on their face for not selecting an actual Republican to run.

Scozzafava got out of the NY District 23 congressional race this weekend because she is losing and like the vicious, worse-than-a-RINO that she truly is, Scozzafava is now urging her supporters to vote for the Democrat in the race. Oh yes, she still claims to be a Republican but we now know for sure what she really is.

Of course, many of us understood that Scozzafava was not a Republican before her withdrawal from the race.

Scozzafava is like many women in Congress (not all of course) who are very pliable to the current cultural milieu. They want the approval of their peers more than doing what is right. They get a thrill up their leg when Chuck Schumer comes calling.

And when they don’t get their way, they get vicious. Scozzafava is no statesman.

That’s why I would never put my trust in the moderate Democrats who are wavering over the health care bill. I’m not counting on Senators Blanche Lincoln or Mark Pryor to do the right thing. Given enough pressure from the Obama administration they will roll over and vote the way Obama wants.

Blanche Lincoln is running for re-election in Arkansas in 2010 and is polling terribly which is the only reason she is pretending to be concerned about the public option. Lincoln’s like Scozzafava in more ways than one.

The biggest winner in all of this, of course, is the great Sarah Palin who doesn’t cast her finger to the wind to decide what she believes. She was the first prominent Republican who endorsed Scozzafava’s conservative party opponent, Doug Hoffman and many other endorsements followed hers.

The biggest loser (sadly) is Newt Gingrich, who continued to defend his support of Scozzafava until she dropped out. Newt has hurt himself very badly in this escapade and contrasted with former governor Palin looks like a callous calculator.

The thing is…we need to stop Barack Obama in his mission to fundamentally transform the United States of America. We don’t need faux Republican representatives who, like Scozzafava, take calls from the likes of Chuck Schumer. We need to send bold conservatives who will fight the Obama transformation with conviction, courage and clarity. Politicians who deem it better to play along with instead of confronting Obama’s radical changes need to be sent home.

Sissy Willis shows us how it can be done.

26 Apr 2009 12:44 pm

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We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven’t had any tea for a week…
The bottom is out of the Universe.
~Rudyard Kipling

Tea should be taken in solitude. ~C.S. Lewis

All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes. ~George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea”

A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards. ~A.A. Milne

Spring is always the best season for Tea Parties.

I’ve been out of it for a while, but expect to get back to normal blogging in the next few weeks. Americans need to keep holding stronger and more demanding tea parties. It’s true that tea is good for solitude but our nation needs to keep drinking some strong, coffee and do what we have always traditionally done with tea.

Sissy Willis expresses her thoughts on why she is a tea party woman. Hear her Roar!

And, yes, woman need to take up the cause in honor of great women like Abigail Adams.

Forget Oprah. Abby has always been where it’s at.

11 Feb 2009 10:01 pm

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I don’t spend as much time on hold as I have in the past because I just don’t have the patience to sit and waste my time, waiting on the phone. I’ve usually had a pen near me when I’ve been on the phone for whatever reason so I can doodle or keep notes but since I can’t stand being put on hold anymore I don’t doodle as much, so I suppose you could say with me, it’s a lost art.

But, I have spent some excruciatingly, frustrating time recently calling my representatives and senators about the porkulus bill. (the little good it’s done us) The only positive response I received was from our one lone Republican congressman who voted against it.

Unfortunately, our Senators are Democrats and both voted for it. I’m going to do everything I can to see that Blanche Lincoln, who is up for re-election in 2010, is defeated. When Mark Pryor, who just won re-election this past November, is up again, I won’t be forgetting.

Instead of being put on hold, when I called Congress, most of the time the phones were either busy or the messages were full. Congress has to know the American people are against this egregious act of generational theft but they don’t care. Yes, Senator Schumer, we do care.

We have to make them care. I’ve always been good at breaking windows and dumping tea when it comes to something I feel strongly about so I am up for Michelle Malkin’s idea. Hat tip: Ed Driscoll

28 Jan 2009 10:04 pm

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It has been eight days since the much ballyhooed inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. The Wide Awake Cafe has kept the coffee locked up tightly in the canisters on the back shelves of the store. No froth, no cream, no lattes, and not even any weak tea has been offered while this proprietor has been hiding and watching the new administration march forward to the brave new world that was promised to us by the One.

After one week, has the One lost his aura of majestic Oneness?

What is in the privy council of this prince, Obama? What kind of treasure trove of artifacts will we find after eight days?

I’ve been studying the deep history of the first eight days of the Era of Obama and so far, the Hope and Change that we have all been promised has been much more like the Gloomy shades of a Tim Burton movie. Obama’s cast the great Rush Limbaugh as his evil nemesis. Nancy Pelosi’s been put in her place, Biden’s had a few forelocks plucked and some Republicans, in the senate, in their desire to please the great Obama seem to want to belong to another party altogether, say the Wannabe tribe.

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Never before in my lifetime (except perhaps the presidency of Jimmy Carter) has there been such a dour outlook coming out of the White House but at 12:01 pm on January 20th there was no mistaking who was in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Obama started out in office by peddling fear of the future to the American people. Not fear of foreign attack, but fear of loss of jobs. In most, if not all of his news conferences in the past eight days, the president has promoted a list of new job losses, using this as fodder for his massive 800 billion dollar stimulus plan. (all 1,588-pages of the big pieces of pork that he calls economic stimulus)

The news media, of course, plays along with the president, they get the talking points every morning. And when the press doesn’t cooperate with Obama, he lets them have it.

Obama’s pressing hard to pass the stimulus bill quickly (before people read the small print) declaring “we don’t have a moment to spare.”

Everything you ever want to know (or don’t want to know) about the stimulus is at Read the Stimulus. Hat tip: Powerline

That’s some deep reading.

Surprisingly, Republicans are holding on to their wallets and are not supporting the great Obama in his quest to take America over the edge into socialism even though he has invited them over to the White House for cocktails tonight.

What will they be putting in the drinks? After giving such a resounding NO to Obama congressional Republicans may want to take along some food tasters. Not one Republican in the House voted for the Democrat Crap Sandwich. The GOP actually stood up and said no. This will be a stand that will sting the O in the Oval. The privy will not be pleased. Nevertheless, this must be done for the sake of our country and our children and generations to come.

Dick Morris wrote the following on January 20th…

But in the name of a largely unsuccessful effort to end the Depression, Roosevelt passed crucial and permanent reforms that have dominated our lives ever since, including Social Security, the creation of the Securities and Exchange Commission, unionization under the Wagner Act, the federal minimum wage and a host of other fundamental changes.

Obama’s record will be similar, although less wise and more destructive. He will begin by passing every program for which liberals have lusted for decades, from alternative-energy sources to school renovations, infrastructure repairs and technology enhancements. These are all good programs, but they normally would be stretched out for years. But freed of any constraint on the deficit — indeed, empowered by a mandate to raise it as high as possible — Obama will do them all rather quickly.

But it is not his spending that will transform our political system, it is his tax and welfare policies. In the name of short-term stimulus, he will give every American family (who makes less than $200,000) a welfare check of $1,000 euphemistically called a refundable tax credit. And he will so sharply cut taxes on the middle class and the poor that the number of Americans who pay no federal income tax will rise from the current one-third of all households to more than half. In the process, he will create a permanent electoral majority that does not pay taxes, but counts on ever-expanding welfare checks from the government. The dependency on the dole, formerly limited in pre-Clinton days to 14 million women and children on Aid to Families with Dependent Children, will now grow to a clear majority of the American population.

There have been the myths of one sort or another before the election, but what is the reality of the man who’s first call to a foreign official from the Oval office was to Palestinian President Abbas; his first foreign interview was given to Al Arabiya, the Arabic-language satellite news channel; one of his first actions was to issue an executive order to close Guantanamo within a year. Where to house the terror detainees apparently hasn’t been decided. Sixty-two detainees released from the U.S. Navy base prison in Cuba are believed to have rejoined the fight against America so should Congressman John Murtha get his wish to house the detainees in his district in Pennsylvania we will see how well his constituents take that bit of news. So far, they’ve voted for him no matter what, despite the long list of verbal abuse he’s heaped on them so what’s a few homicidal jihadis in the mix?

Just eight days into his presidency, Obama’s soft approach to diplomacy has brought a strong reaction from Iran. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanded today that Obama apologize for sixty years of crimes committed against Iran by the United States.

The hardline leader also called on Washington to withdraw its troops from across the world as a proof of Mr Obama’s commitment to change.

“You were standing against the Iranian people in the past 60 years,” Mr Ahmadinejad said during an address in the western region of Khermenshah that was broadcast by state television.

“Those who speak of change must apologise to the Iranian people and try to repair their past bad acts and the crimes they committed against Iran.”

As to the troops, he said he expected two kinds of “deep and fundamental” change.

So Obama still thinks he can negotiate with this mad man? His administration has been drafting a letter to Iran since November?

And yet, he told the Republicans to get in line because he won.

Republicans, moderates and of course, the news media were praising Obama’s appointments to the cabinet during the transition and the Republicans, at least, had some faint hope that things would turn out better than they are in truth turning out to be. We are in for a fight as the Republicans in elected office are finding out.

Eight days of silence to watch the many reversals of Bush administration policies which kept our country safe and the despicable reversal of the Mexico City policy. The Obama administration is reversing former President George W. Bush’s climate change policies in order to allow states to raise fuel efficiency standards. How will this schizophrenic policy assist the auto industry as it struggles to get out of the red?

Eight days in, it’s not looking good. President Obama tried to walk through a window at the White House today.

20 Jan 2009 02:04 am

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Where do I start with this very sad missive that I feel must be stated for once and for all with my own limited means of expression? President George W. Bush will be leaving the White House tomorrow and believe it or not, he will be missed, if not immediately, within twenty months of this day. That he has been ripped to shreds by the political elite who knew what they were doing has been quite obvious since the 2000 election. That he has been treated with profound disrespect by Barack Obama throughout the presidential election and especially the transition is quite apparent.

That President George W. Bush has borne all of this with grace is crystal clear.

That the man who will become our next president tomorrow is just a man, has not been made clear by the no longer objective media. Barack Obama is not Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Christ although some in the American punditocracy seems to believe he is. He could possibly be the Pied Piper.

That Obama is now a cult like leader is a frightening truth.

That Obamamania has become an obsession has been obvious for quite some time.

Because when it comes to Obama, hyperbole seems to be the rule, not the exception.

His charms seem tough to resist, even for some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

“He walks into a room and you want to follow him somewhere, anywhere,” George Clooney told talk show host Charlie Rose.

“I’ll do whatever he says to do,” actress Halle Berry said to the Philadelphia Daily News. “I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.”

Welcome to the cult of Barack Obama.

Not that the singer Bruce Springsteen’s utterances matter much at all but he launched an attack on President Bush yesterday in an interview which was published just as he was singing at the ‘We Are One’ concert on the mall celebrating the inauguration.

The Born to Run singer said that the US was now “suffering the consequences” of eight years of rule by a “very radical group of people” who had attempted to undermine the country’s democratic values.

Describing President Bush’s period in power as a “nightmare” for most Americans, the songwriter said: “We had a historically blind administration who didn’t take consideration of the past; thousands of thousands of people died, lives were ruined and terrible, terrible things occurred because there was no sense of real history, no sense that the past is living and real.”

In a rare interview, Springsteen said that President-Elect Barack Obama’s election represented the triumph of the values and spirit he had attempted to capture in his music.

That we no longer have an objective national media is more than plain to see.

Even some members of the media, trained to be “objective” and to withhold their own emotions while reporting, were lip synching the lyrics as Bono wowed the crowd, on the day before MLK Day, with a rendition of U2’s “(Pride) In the Name of Love.”

People were incredibly friendly, except, of course, for the one photographer in the media section who brought a stepping stool so he could tower over the other journalists.

The fanfare of it all struck me immediately after I got off the Metro train in the morning. As some left the station, they chanted, O-BA-MA! And then there were the streets littered with Obama merchandise.

One woman quickly showed me the small selection of Obama candy bars that she was selling.

“You can’t eat them, though,” she said. “They’re a collector’s item.” (I did end up buying one for $2, but only because I was hungry.)

The list goes on: Obama buttons, picture frames, even a set of playing cards.

“Get your Obama playing cards–where George Bush is the joker in every deck!” shouted the street vendor.

That we have very few individuals with courage in the Republican party is clearly observable.

That the conservative pundits we used to trust have bought into the Obama magic.

They want to see him succeed. At what one would ask?

On this Martin Luther King holiday I was taking a longer time to wake this morning. Not jumping out of bed to make coffee, just dreaming and coming to wakefulness slowly. First, praying for my family, then contemplating the day, and watching the light filter in the room.

Then, I remembered Martin Luther King’s profound statement about his dream that his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

That dream seems to have come true in the election of Barack Obama.

Yes, I will pray for President Barack Obama in this respect…that he will soberly undertake the mantle of leadership of our nation and the free world. That he will consider that the national and economic security of our country should go hand in glove. Is this too much to ask?

We will see.

Hope and change are symbolic words, not policy deliverables as some Americans will be expecting once Obama takes over the reins of government but these words are supposedly what Obama told his wife, Michelle that he hoped to offer America when he was inaugurated. This is pretty thin gruel. There is nothing there that speaks of strong character, deep insight, or even of a deep love of anything. There has been no on-the-knees-Apostle Paul, sacrificial moment, “here I am Lord, send me.”

There is such a striking difference in the way this inauguration is being covered by the media and the celebrities that are flocking to it. One would think there was never a September 11th, or a war on terror. The holiday from history begins.

But what of the ripping to shreds of George W. Bush? It still continues and if Nancy Pelosi and her compatriots in congress have their way, it will continue while they tax and spend and spend and tax. The media will give them cover on the evening news by covering the testimony of the show trial.

It’s been this way since 2000. As Sissy Willis writes: to trash Bush was to belong.

What I’ve been getting to in this missive is a dream I had back in 1998. First of all, some background. I am a Christian and a Southern Baptist. I look askance at psychics and fortune tellers and all that.

But in my life I have had a few dreams that have come true. Just a few.

In the late winter of 1999 I became aware of George W. Bush because of the news that the previous November he had won his second gubernatorial race in Texas by a record 69%. Bill Clinton had just come through the impeachment with the senate voting to let him off.

One night I dreamed that George W. Bush was standing alone in the middle of a boxing ring seemingly the winner of a fierce fight and there was a sort of fogginess around him mixed with a golden aura. He seemed to have on a golden robe and a serene and yet determined look on his face. I awoke with a start. A thought came to me right away, “he will be the next president.”

I remembered that dream throughout the presidential primaries and even bought a book to learn more about him. When it looked like Gore was going to win the election after the networks called Florida for him I was pretty dejected and decided to go to bed (we were living in Germany) but I remembered the dream and knew that it would come true.

I remembered the catcalls from many in the media about President Bush’s Christian faith and statements that he had made about being called to a purpose that they had twisted, implying that Bush felt that he was called by God to be president. All sorts of calumnies like this were hurled at President Bush.

When one thinks what he did face just eight months in to his presidency, standing up against the most vile of all evil that our nation has ever had to face and yet for that he has received nothing but vilification from those who should have known better. They do know better but for political purposes they have chosen not to acknowledge that fact.

I’ve often wondered if I were the only one who could see the spiritual side of the fight that President Bush has had to endure in his sacrificial presidency to protect and defend our nation but no, there are some who do. Taking a step back from politics is helpful for one to see the other aspects of the job of a commander in chief.

Paul Kengor in the American Thinker writes of the sacrificial Presidency of President Bush and compares it to Aslan at the Stone Table in the movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

My mind, however, for several years now, has raced back to another movie when I think about George W. Bush — actually, a scene in the movie, based on a scene in a book by the same name. These final days of the Bush presidency seem an apt time to share it.

The scene is from C. S. Lewis’s classic, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” It takes place when the Christ figure, the lion, Aslan, is led like a lamb to the slaughter at the Stone Table, where he is killed by the White Witch and every ugly hobgoblin of the netherworld. Aslan knows this is what he must endure for the larger good. Lewis described it this way:

A great crowd of people were standing all round the Stone Table and though the moon was shining many of them carried torches which burned with evil-looking red flames and black smoke. But such people! Ogres with monstrous teeth, and wolves, and bull-headed men….

A howl and a gibber of dismay went up from the creatures when they first saw the great Lion pacing toward them…. Then [the Witch] recovered herself and gave a wild, fierce laugh. “The fool!” she cried. “The fool has come. Bind him fast…. Bind him I say!”

The Hags made a dart at him and shrieked with triumph when they found that he made no resistance at all….

And they surged round Aslan, jeering at him…. But he never moved. And this seemed to enrage all that rabble. Everyone was at him now….

At last [the Witch] drew near. She stood by Aslan’s head. Her face was working and twitching with passion, but his head looked up at the sky, still quiet, neither angry nor afraid, but a little sad. Then, just before she gave the blow, she stooped down and said in a quivering voice, “And now, who has won? Fool….”

She plunged the knife. It was finished.

The movie portrays this bracing scene vividly and unforgettably. It needs to be seen to be appreciated.

The rest of Kengor’s piece needs to be read in order to be appreciated.

The Americans who watched President Bush standing on that pile of rubble in 2001 boldly telling the world that those who knocked down the buildings would be hearing from us soon were touched by his strength and determination. (we know this because of his overwhelmingly high poll numbers) Now, at the end of his presidency, as we see the progress that our military has made, the Iraq war won, a Democracy in the Middle East being built, AlQaeda weakened and still on the run, to counter all this success, it took many malicious mouths and a determined daily drubbing by the media to knock down President Bush’s popularity but still, he leaves office as serene and determined as he entered it.

President Bush is a good man. He served our country with honor. He doesn’t deserve the malicious treatment he has received.

Still, we will see who has won. Fool….

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16 Jan 2009 07:55 pm

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The Captain of the Ship of State has kept the nation sailing safely through deep and troubling waters these past eight years. Yesterday as President George W. Bush prepared to deliver his farewell address to the nation there came the shocking news that a commuter plane had crashed into the Hudson River in New York City.

My first thoughts were, “Oh, no, not another terrorist attack!” After all, eight months in President Bush’s first term two planes flying in New York’s air space caused great destruction on September 11th, 2001 and just as Bush was about to say farewell some seven plus years later, here was a plane that could possibly be doing the same thing.

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Then came the news that it wasn’t a small plane that had plunged into the icy waters of the Hudson River, it was a US Airways jet with 155 souls aboard.

Then we learned that the plane was still afloat and encircled by many ferries, and other boats as people were literally standing on the wings.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:2

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Reporting from New York – After a stricken US Airways jet made an extraordinary emergency landing in the Hudson River on Thursday, a flotilla of commuter ferries, water taxis and other boats plucked all 155 passengers and crew — many shivering as they stood on the plane’s wings — to safety in as little as five minutes.

Once the plane was down, the ferries and other boats immediately went into action.

“Hurry up, guys! Man overboard!” shouted Vince Lombardi, the captain of the ferry Thomas Jefferson. Lombardi and his crew were among the first at the scene and rescued 56 people, he said. “They were shouting ‘I’m cold, I’m cold.’ “

As we have since learned, all the passengers on the plane were brought safely out of the water. They were cold and wet but alive. They were survivers, many have since declared, of a miracle.

The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger lll, a USAF veteran, has over 40 years of flying experience. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, (B.S.), Purdue University (M.S.) and the University of Northern Colorado (M.A.). He was a speaker on two panels at the High Reliability Organizations (HRO) 2007 International Conference in Deauville, France May 29-31, 2007. He has just been named a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Even more providentially, Sullenberger heads up an aviation safety firm, is an expert in Catastrophic Risk Management and a certified glider pilot.

Sullenberger glided his plane safely into the water.

Last night President Bush delivered his farewell speech and although the news media covered it, most news organizations quickly went back to fulltime coverage of the miracle on the Hudson River. I found it ironic that not one commentator made note of the curious timing or place or circumstances of the crash landing or the fact that the pilot, an Air Force veteran was the right man in the right place at the right time which in the early days just after 911 was also how President Bush was being described by the likes of Howard Fineman and others in the liberal media.

No one made any connections.

How quickly Americans have forgotten.

In his piece, The 9/11 Presidency, Phillip Klein writes the following:

But while most of America has moved on from that horrific Tuesday morning, the occupant of the White House could not.

“As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9-11,” President Bush said in Thursday night’s farewell address. “But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.”

This threat against our nation became President Bush’s overwhelming focus after September 11th, 2001. He would defend the American people and our American way of freedom. He would do it against opposition from Democrats and even from some in his own party. President Bush chose principle over popularity. He did keep the American people safe. We will land safely on January 20th, 2009 with Captain George W. Bush at the helm.

Thank you President Bush for taking America on this safe journey these past eight years. The time seems to have flown and while I know that it is time for your term to end I am very sorry to see you leave. Our nation has been blessed to have such an honorable and good man leading it. I am sincerely sorry that there are so many Americans who don’t realize the good that you have done or the many sacrifices that you and others have made in the name of national security.

Some day history will tell the world about the greatness of the man, George W. Bush. Our great grandchildren will one day read about the tens of millions of people who now live in a democracy because of your belief that the desire for freedom resides in every human heart. The detractors who hounded you these past eight years will be forgotten because their words were full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, as we knew all along.

Come Tuesday, January 20th, at 11:30 a.m. EST, Captain Sullenberger’s advice to the passengers on Flight 1549 moments before they crash landed into the Hudson River may be prophetic advice for all of America, “Brace for impact.”

07 Dec 2008 02:29 pm

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The Fort Smith Times Record (which would later become known as The Southwest Times Record) had the prophetic headline back in 1969.

My father was never a fan of Richard Milhous Nixon but he was part of the silent majority who voted for him in 1968. For art’s sake however, my Dad found Nixon’s visage a fascinating challenge to carve.

Ever since Nixon’s anti-communist days the media have had their longest and sharpest knives out after the man, and they arguably have spent more hours and more ink from the years of the era of Nixon and beyond, viciously carving into the character and presidency of Richard M. Nixon than any other investigative project except Iran-Contra.

The media thought they had Nixon before the Checkers speech, but the man came back. He served as President Eisenhower’s vice president. But he lost in the 1960 presidential election to John F. Kennedy. After Nixon lost the race for Governor of California to Pat Brown by 300,000 votes he made this emotional statement, “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.”

Nixon seemed out in 1962 but he moved his family to New York City, worked as a senior partner in a law firm, made some low key speeches, supported some congressional candidates, wrote an important foreign policy piece about Asia in Foreign Affairs and when 1968 rolled around, he was in, again.

The medias’ long national nightmare began again. All along, Republicans had remembered Richard Nixon. They embraced him and supported him and nominated him as their candidate in 1968.

This Nixon-media hate fest became a low rated media event many Americans thought little of. In fact, in many cases Richard Nixon benefitted from the negative coverage because, although there were only three networks during that time, Americans could see through the media filters. The Silent Majority was aroused and Nixon deployed his Southern Strategy.

The American people weren’t having any of it in 1968 and 1972 and the Dan Rathers, and the Woodwards and Bernsteins became the media’s revenge. The sins and human inadequacies of the man pale in comparison to some presidents of the past but that was not important to these journalists who in this specific case of Nixonian Derangement Syndrome could only see the tiny mote in the eye of Nixon and ignored the giant beam in their own.

It had to be done, you see.

After all, Nixon despised communists. He believed Whittaker Chambers.

He disliked all the wrong people.

The beat goes on today. One would think the fifty year Nixonian hate fest would finally die a natural death. It’s as if the media and Hollywood have a secret tribal ritual whereby, in order to prove their manhood, the participants take on the pen, the camera and the shovel to dig into archival material, in a search for anything at all that hasn’t been uncovered that they can use to pound Richard M. Nixon deeper and deeper into the earth.

Ron Howard, in his new film, Frost/Nixon has made from all accounts a well received attempt to remind the world at large, again, in this new generation, of the venal sins of Richard M. Nixon and perhaps, for Howard, an entrée into that exclusive Society of the Manhood of the Haters of Nixon. (SMHN)

It’s odd that this secret organization seems to have no female members for some unknown reason.

Too much emotion ruled the heart of the man with the intellect of a titan. At the height of his popularity with the American people Nixon was still fighting his interior war with his enemies in the media. The press couldn’t give up their vendetta with him and Nixon would not dispel his feelings of bitterness towards his real enemies.

When Richard Nixon won re-election overwhelmingly in 1972 he was haunted by his enemies in the press, the Democrat Party and the anti-war movement. He approved some criminal activities to investigate the Democrats and the anti-war activists and there were tapes which proved it.

Yes, Nixon was disgraced. He left office as a failed American president. The man went away for a while and began to write.

He emerged later as a private citizen. The nearly twenty extraordinary years Richard Nixon spent as a private American citizen and elder statesman were perhaps as valuable as those which preceded. From the books, the travels, the time spent with senior American leaders, the conversations with the press, and the talk with David Frost, Richard Nixon managed his comeback with grace.

His death on April 22nd of 1994 and his state funeral in Yorba Linda, California had all of America and much of the world standing silent in honor of his complex but valuable presidency and life.

Ron Howard’s movie has some invented conversations which imply that Nixon was drunk in an important scene (a plastered president, so to speak) so of course, the viewers who attend movies for a history lesson will believe it, which is sad.

The media has hopes of presenting the Frost/Nixon film as a metaphor for President Bush’s time in office. They plan to paint Nixon’s face onto George W. Bush’s without benefit of any historical evidence.

At a recent screening of the film in Washington D.C. sponsored by the National Geographic Society Headquarters (who know something about tribal rituals) Ron Howard, Peter Morgan, James Reston Jr. and historian Robert Dallek were discussing the similarities of the presidencies of Nixon and Bush and were challenged by their notions by Fox News’ Chris Wallace who spoke truth to power…..

But then “FOX News Sunday” host Chris Wallace, braving the liberal wind, asked a question, which was actually more of an accusation. “To compare George W. Bush to Richard Nixon is to trivialize Nixon’s crimes and is a disservice to Bush,” Wallace said. Recalling that 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, and noting that there hadn’t been any attacks on U.S. soil since, Wallace suggested that something had been done right. That’s why, he said, “we are all sitting here tonight so comfortably”—and not afraid of another terrorist attack. Moreover, Wallace said, “Richard Nixon’s crimes were committed solely for his own political gain, whereas George W. Bush was trying to protect the American people.” To suggest otherwise, Wallace insisted, “was a grave misrepresentation of history, then and now.” And, amazingly, Wallace received a smattering of applause.

Seemingly not wanting to get into a fight with the TV newsman, Dallek answered that we knew full well of Nixon’s criminality because of the Watergate tapes, but that no similar documentary record existed yet for Bush. Only when such information comes out, Dallek suggested, would the full horror of Bush’s presidency become visible. Which, of course, proved Wallace’s point: It was not fair to equate proven facts about Nixon with mere allegations about Bush.

“You make suppositions on no facts whatsoever,” Wallace concluded.

“Do you read The New York Times?” Dallek countered. That might not have been the strongest comeback ever, but it worked just fine with this audience. And with that, the Q & A session resumed its liberal course for the rest of the evening.

Suppositions on no facts whatsoever” are accusatory but apt words from a newsman who is free from the entanglements of that exclusive society who have spent their lives dissecting the political corpse of Richard M. Nixon because of his political ideology. What’s past is prologue with this particular group.

Next on the list for the Daniel Schorrs of the world and their journalistic acolytes?

President George W. Bush.

They couldn’t do it to Reagan but they will attempt to Nixonize the 43rd president.

09 Nov 2008 04:43 pm

The thoughts below might seem cranky, yes. A little over the top, yes. One might think the proprietor of Wide Awake Cafe has succumbed to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

But perhaps not.

Neo Neocon writes in Pajamas Media:

First some definitions. When we talk about ODS, or Obama Derangement Syndrome, we are obviously referencing its precursor, BDS — Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Neither phenomenon consists of mere dislike of the policies of the person in question. That’s allowed. One can even distrust the person or think he is lying, if there is evidence for it.

Neo Neocon continues:

That’s the important part: evidence from behavior in the present. Although we are all emotionally driven in our lives — and there’s nothing wrong with that; who would want to be surrounded by Star Trekian Spocks? — at certain times and places there’s a need to put emotions on the back burner and attempt to evaluate things in the cold harsh light of reason.

Yes, there are reasons to fear that Obama has a far left agenda, based on his history, some of his own statements, and his associations. There are even reasons to believe that whether he does or doesn’t have such an agenda himself, he will lack the inclination (or perhaps the backbone) to stop the far left agenda of those with the power to pass bills — in other words, the hugely Democratic Congress and its leaders Reid and Pelosi.

This is an uncertain time. One now sees the news media second guessing themselves as they digest the election and the fact that their favorite, Barack Obama was indeed, elected.

Now they are discussing how little is really known about Barack Obama and what is really going to shake out with the economy and taxes and Wall Street.

The fact that so little is known about Barack Obama is of course, due to the lack of curiosity of that very same media.

It’s still quite apparent that to the media, their man, Barack Obama can and will do no wrong.

During the unending presidential campaign one item that stood out in plain sight but was never questioned by any American reporter was the fact that the daughters of Barack Obama were not given Christmas gifts by their parents.

Not one gift.

Does that mean there was no tree in the home of Barack and Michelle Obama? After all, one would think that if there were a tree in the home that it would have been incredibly cruel to the children if there were not at least two gifts under the tree on Christmas morn for the daughters.

No stockings at least? No lumps of coal?

What does this portend for our nations’ celebration of Christmas?

Will Christmas still be a National Holiday?

Will the next four years be an era of four seasons but never Christmas?

Although People Magazine let slip the news about the Obama’s cultural lifestyle in their lovingly portrayed puff piece the national news media ignored it.

Politico’s Mike Allen delivered a soft pat on the back to Obama.

However, the Brits noticed and ran with it.

In a magazine interview Obama and his wife Michelle revealed that one of their steadfast house rules is not giving Christmas or birthday presents to Malia, 10, and Sasha, seven.

The couple explained that they spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and want to “teach some limits”. Santa Claus is still permitted to deliver seasonal gifts however.

The girls are also given an allowance of just $1 (50p) a week for performing household chores, according to People magazine. Those chores include making their own bed, setting and clearing the dinner table and putting themselves to bed by 8.30pm.

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

So Santa is still in the mix. Gives us some hope I suppose. But only seasonally. Not at Christmas.

Still unsettling, given the slip of the tongue a nervous Obama had in a George Stephanopoulos interview earlier this summer while speaking about his “Muslim faith.” The ever helpful George immediately corrected him and of course, everyone in the media gave Obama a pass.

So, yes, Virginia there may still be some hope. But not so for many of the adults in this country who could see beyond the slogans of hope and change.

But God is still in His Heaven. (Just don’t tell Christopher)

One Hitchens brother sees through the swooning of the 53% and the media.

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

The very sober conclusion to Peter Hitchen’s article needs to be read over and over by those who still love our country and want it to remain free.

I was in Washington DC the night of the election. America’s beautiful capital has a sad secret. It is perhaps the most racially divided city in the world, with 15th Street – which runs due north from the White House – the unofficial frontier between black and white. But, like so much of America, it also now has a new division, and one which is in many ways much more important. I had attended an election-night party in a smart and liberal white area, but was staying the night less than a mile away on the edge of a suburb where Spanish is spoken as much as English, plus a smattering of tongues from such places as Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan.

As I walked, I crossed another of Washington’s secret frontiers. There had been a few white people blowing car horns and shouting, as the result became clear. But among the Mexicans, Salvadorans and the other Third World nationalities, there was something like ecstasy.

They grasped the real significance of this moment. They knew it meant that America had finally switched sides in a global cultural war. Forget the Cold War, or even the Iraq War. The United States, having for the most part a deeply conservative people, had until now just about stood out against many of the mistakes which have ruined so much of the rest of the world.

Suspicious of welfare addiction, feeble justice and high taxes, totally committed to preserving its own national sovereignty, unabashedly Christian in a world part secular and part Muslim, suspicious of the Great Global Warming panic, it was unique.

These strengths had been fading for some time, mainly due to poorly controlled mass immigration and to the march of political correctness. They had also been weakened by the failure of America’s conservative party – the Republicans – to fight on the cultural and moral fronts.

They preferred to posture on the world stage. Scared of confronting Left-wing teachers and sexual revolutionaries at home, they could order soldiers to be brave on their behalf in far-off deserts. And now the US, like Britain before it, has begun the long slow descent into the Third World. How sad. Where now is our last best hope on Earth?

The question remains, is it already too late? Will we, the conservative Republicans, the 46%, after all the disappointments of the 2008 campaign and the ups and downs of the past eight years make the decision to give up and go the way of the Whigs?

Will we forget Sarah Palin, and let the smearers of the left in the Republican Party have their way? Will we start to rebuild our party with solid, conservative economic and social Reagan principles? Or will we merely attempt to ugh, rebrand ourselves?

Or will we simply go to sleep?

Or, worse, than that, will this be the replacement for Christmas?

If so, the Third World will be our destiny. Christmas will never be the same.

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