Truth Telling


30 Mar 2011 12:25 am

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“The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. Take joy!”

Fra Giovanni in 1513 in “Letter to a Friend”.

In the extreme north of the north of my home town are small, humble neighborhoods full of horses. I drive by this enchanting but poor neighborhood several times a week.

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One day recently I drove by the horse field and witnessed a foal struggling to stand up.

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With my deep apologies to Grizzly Moms and a “meh” toTiger Moms, I have to present another natural example of motherly love. While visiting the horse field I discovered the phenomenally fierce love of Mama Horses. The above photo captured this Mama horse charging after a horse that got too close to her baby.

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I find beauty everywhere I look for it. Lately it has been difficult to focus on it. The New Year started mildly enough but then the world seemed to go off track. The day that a madman shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords a Pandora’s Box of evil and hatred opened up.

All the hatred in the world can’t conquer love and goodness. I’ll just keep focusing on that.

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05 Sep 2010 11:18 pm

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This was the Frisco Train my great grandfather drove back when he was an engineer.

In this post I compare the nations’ electorate to a fifteen year old girl.

When I was a young teenager I spent a lot of time at the baseball fields. My brother played baseball and my Dad played fast-pitch softball. Our family was at the ballparks all summer long. That was convenient for me because I had a crush on a baseball player who played on one of my brother’s opposing teams. One summer night when I was fifteen my brother’s team was playing against my crush’s team. Several of my friends had come to the game with me. We were going between the ballparks to see the games. My Dad was also playing and the fast-pitch ball field was located at the end of the ballpark. Running through the ball fields was a train track which separated the field my brother was playing on from all the others.

The train was required to only go fifteen miles per hour through the ballparks and it was also required to blow its horn as a warning.

I’ve always loved trains, my great grandfather was an engineer for Frisco and always had a special whistle for my great grandmother to let her know when he was back in town. Hanging on the wall in my great grandparents bedroom was a certificate given to my great grandfather from the late President Truman and my great grandmother told me that it was awarded to my great grandfather because he had been the engineer who drove President Truman on his Whistle Stop tour.

When my siblings and I were little one of our biggest thrills was getting to ride on the miniature steam engine in Creekmore Park.

Hearing all the lore from my great grandmother and listening to the whistle of the train late at night in the summer when our windows were open made trains a fascinating and exotic mode of transportation for me.

So this particular night when I was fifteen I was watching my brother’s ballgame with my friends and I decided to go back to my Dad’s game to see how things were going. As my friends and I were climbing up the hill to the track I heard a cheer and turned around to see what was happening at my brother’s game. Apparently, I stopped right on the train track because all of a sudden there was a light in my face, stunning me. I couldn’t move. My friends had gone on across the track and must not have seen me standing there on the track with a train bearing down on me.

It happened pretty fast although to me it seemed to go on for quite some time. I don’t remember breathing or even thinking. Mind you, I was a very responsible young lady. I was the oldest child in my family and I felt a deep responsibility for my younger siblings. I was an in demand babysitter and yet, there I was, standing in the middle of a train track with a train heading right at me.

I couldn’t move.

Thankfully, the train stopped a few feet away from me. The engineer got off the train to check to see if I was okay.

I was okay. I looked down at the ball field and the game had stopped and everyone was looking at me.

Horrors.

I remember feeling relieved but very embarrassed. I never wanted the spotlight and there it was shining on me, simply because I was not paying attention to what I was doing. I had been too distracted by boys and friends and baseball. I was very lucky I was not killed.

Is that how Obama slipped into the White House?

Were Americans so busy with their lives that they only heard Obama’s message of Hope and Change subliminally? Could it be possible that working Americans, distracted with their busy lives and jobs depended on the news media to inform them about the Senator from Illinois and when nothing surfaced that made them change their minds the nations’ electorate made the easier choice, the media approved selection. That way, 52% of America’s voters could do something historical, and popular and feel good about themselves, thereby ignoring the rumble in the distance.

Many of us were alarmed by the man who revealed nothing about himself during the Presidential campaign and we tried to warn America, but to no avail.

I’m no longer a teenager and I react when I see danger coming my way so I will just say it like this:

America, a train has been blazing down the track against all things American’s treasure since January 20th, 2009. The engineer is Barack Obama, the conductors: Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

Will Americans keep standing on the track looking transfixed at the light or will they get off the track and do what they can to derail the devastation that has been wrought on our economy, our national security, and our standing in the world?

I’ve been hearing the rumble underfoot for months now.

12 May 2010 09:09 pm

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So today in America drawing the flag and writing the phrase, ‘God Bless America” is offensive?
We can draw Obama in art class but not the American flag that flies over the White House? I know it is forbidden to draw Mohammed but now the flag too?

What is left to draw? Flies?

Tracy Hathaway, of Salinas, CA, told FOX News Radio her 13-year-old daughter was ordered to stop drawing the American flag by an art teacher at Gavilan View Middle School.

“She had drawn the flag and was sketching the letters, ‘God bless America,’ when the teacher confronted her,” Hathaway told FOX. “She said, ‘You can’t draw that - that’s offensive.’

Unbelievable. Here’s more:

Mike Brusa, the superintendent of schools, told FOX in a written statement that he had contacted the principal and that the issue “was taken care of to their (the parent’s) satisfaction.”

“The school administration and the parents did not view this as significant enough to bring it to the superintendent’s office,” he wrote.

However, Hathaway said her daughter has yet to receive an apology – and in fact – the teacher told the girl that she should not have gotten her parents involved in the matter.

“My daughter felt like her rights were being trampled on – she was doing what she thought was right.” she said. “It’s disturbing. It really is disturbing. When I was in junior high we didn’t have a lot of the problems they are having now. We were allowed to speak our mind. It’s absolutely devastating for me. Last time I looked, this is America. This is still a free country.”

Deborah B. Sloan of American Thinker writes:

Our flag is a symbol of the principles on which America was founded; upon looking at it, one may reflexively recall the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”; it is a symbol of freedom, individual rights, self-sufficiency, capitalism and prosperity. Obama wants to dismantle and remake America. His sycophants, including this Gavilan Middle School teacher, know it.

I discovered the American Thinker piece at Lucianne.com. As always, the comment threads at Lucianne are illuminating. The following is a comment from a poster at Lucianne.

Reply 2 - Posted by: red1066, 5/12/2010 4:29:03 PM (No. 6514472)

I’ve never met any art teacher that was anything other than a leftist nutjob. I don’t think one can become an art teacher without first taking an oath of allegence to Lenin.

The above statement makes me sad, not because it does have a grain of truth to it but because so many art teachers in our country have bought into the whole “art is social justice” philosophy. I throw away most art publications from the National Art Educators Association because they are so decidedly leftist. Most of the issues celebrate the ugliest of “art” and are full of articles encouraging art teachers to engage their students in “democratic exchanges” that is, focusing the students on the inequities of life.

There is very little in the issues having to do with actually teaching students how to draw, paint, sculpt, etc. In many ways the National Art Education Association and others of its ilk encourage art teachers to “teach to the test” which is the complaint many American classroom teachers have via the No Child Left Behind Act.

The National PTA sponsors a nation wide annual Reflections Art Competition and each year the students are encouraged to illustrate a chosen “theme.”

Although most of the art winners merit their awards the students have a better chance of winning if they go with liberal ideas such as this one from 2009. (The theme for the art competition was “Wow.”) Here is another one. Read the students description of his art and weep.

My school district requires that I participate in the Reflections Competition. It is not a popular art contest with art teachers. I do have my students participate in local art competitions such as the following Patriotic Art Competition last fall. Yes, there was a theme but I found it spot on since teachers are supposed to help educate students about the history of our country and the importance of our flag. The following is art by my third graders. I didn’t tell them what to do. I gave them the art materials and asked them to create their idea of what a patriot is.

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and the desire for freedom in every heart

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Wonder if any art teachers ask their students to create art illustrating the Patrick Henry quote, “Give me liberty or give me death?”

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“Some people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. Marines don’t have that problem.” — Ronald Reagan

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“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” — Albert Einstein

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Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
~George M. Cohan

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“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!” — John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777

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“(W)e here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” — Abe Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address



14 Apr 2010 11:58 pm

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The wisteria is blooming all around. This year it is rampant and glorious.

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It blooms where it will, overtaking every hedge, bush and tree by twining their stems either clockwise or counter-clockwise round any available support. Some gardeners consider wisteria an invasive species in certain areas.

But I welcome it.

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Our wisteria rings around the yard, encircling the property. All of Nature seems to be singing loudly this Spring, the flowering bushes, the daffodils, the bridal wreath, and the birds in the trees.

But the wisteria is absolutely shouting this year. The year of wisteria…..and tea parties. The Tea Party movement has much in common with wisteria. When wisteria is mature it blooms everywhere, is very hardy and fast growing and will not be stopped unless cut down.

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May the Tea Party Movement continue to bloom and grow, to the highest of heights, bringing the people on until they encircle the old diseased woods of socialism and restore our freedom.

11 Sep 2009 12:13 pm

I awakened in the early hours this morning from a bad dream. Tears filled my eyes in that dark hour as I recalled the dream. It was full of grief and confusion and I found myself thinking of loved ones who have died recently. But as I was thinking of these greatly missed souls the thought came to me…today is September 11th.

A grief embedded deeply inside American hearts will never die as long as there are still threats of an attack from our enemies, Islamic terrorists. We have seen justice done through the war on terror and the war in Iraq, however.. Some 24,000 Islamic terrorists were killed in Iraq during the past eight years. Had they not been taken out there in Iraq would not many of them be here in our own land?

As I remembered that day, eight years ago, the dream quickly faded from my memory. I couldn’t recall the details at all but that is a blessing. But some nightmares need to be remembered clearly and the day the terrorists killed three thousand Americans is one such day.

So many people seem to have forgotten. That has to be the reason why the American electorate voted Barrack Obama into office. Obama made it clear throughout his short career as a senator that he did not support our war on terror and his many acts as president reveals him to be a weak horse, a paper tiger, a man who is afraid to confront our enemies. One of his first acts as president was to send the bust of Winston Churchill back to England. Apparently the great lion of Britain was no longer welcome in the White House.

Last night the most political of all presidents, Barrack Obama, proclaimed today, September 11th, 2009 as a day of service and remembrance.

Volunteerism has nothing to do with this day. Americans were busy going to work on that beautiful blue sky Tuesday eight years ago. We were at war with no country but the attack, an act of war, woke us up for a time.

Now America seems to be dozing during the days of the sandman, Obama. The nightmare still exists, however, and it lies in wait. Evil acts against our country may be in the planning stages as the president hems and haws. One day we may be able to sleep safely in our land with no thought or fear of the enemies inside and outside our broken down gates.

But now is no time for sleeping or dreaming. We need to remember September 11th, 2001 in all of its grief, confusion, agony and unity. The truth is a stronger bulwark for our nations future and for our national security.

29 Jul 2009 12:17 am

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This past week one of my husband’s best friends came to visit us. This friend is a former Army officer and for the past fifteen years a Dallas, Texas policeman. He was with us when Barack Obama claimed the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department acted stupidly when they investigated the break-in of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates home.

When I was a teenager I was at home alone one Saturday evening when my family was out shopping. I had been reading a book in my favorite chair in the living room when I heard someone outside on the porch. Thinking it was my family arriving home I didn’t take much notice. I just kept reading my book. After a while though, when they didn’t come in, I went to the window and peeked out. There, on the porch, was a hippy looking fellow with stringy long hair and a hooked nose. The man was a frightening looking creature and my heart started to pound. I closed the curtains quickly and picked up the phone but I was afraid that he had seen me.

I sat in the chair by the window, my heart pounding hard. I was afraid to move or make noise. Then I noticed that the front door wasn’t locked. I called the police and whispered to the dispatcher that someone was outside my door on the porch. There was just one lamp on in the room that I had been reading by. The sun had gone down and deep in that good book, I had neglected to turn on any lights. The dispatcher told me to get out of the house. I don’t know if that was good advice or not but when I looked out the window again the creepy character wasn’t there. But it was night-dark out there and our neighbor’s house wasn’t close. I would have to run through the yard and over an old bridge that had been built by a man who was called “Chief” because he was a native American in exchange for dinner at our neighbor’s restaurant. The trees were thick and anyone could be hiding behind them.

I decided to take the dispatcher’s advice. I figured that since I was a fast runner I could outrun the hippy. I burst out of the front door and high-tailed it over to my neighbor’s house. (I probably set a record) My neighbors had just arrived home. Mr. and Mrs. Porta were just getting out of their car and Ellen, my friend came out of the Porta house. About that time I could see the lights of a police car in our driveway. Mr. Porta and Ellen walked with me over to our yard. The police had gotten there within three minutes.

A policeman took my description of the man and told me I might have to pick him out of a lineup later on that night. About that time my family arrived home and learned the news. My Dad discovered that the stringy haired hippy had stolen his tool chest and his tools that he had left on the front porch. He had been working on something earlier in the day and instead of putting the tools up he had left them out.

Later on that night someone in the the police department called us and told my Dad that they had the stringy haired hippy in custody. He was on his way to prison for breaking and entering and drug charges in a few weeks and they wanted to know if we wanted to prefer charges. My Dad told them that he would think about it and would call them back. He called my Uncle Max, a retired Pinkerton agent. The police had told my Dad the name of the criminal and he discussed the matter with my Uncle. My Uncle contacted the man’s mother and explained to her what had happened. He told her that since her son was already on his way to prison he didn’t need anymore time tacked on to that. He suggested that since we knew he had the tool chest and the tools if someone would return them there would be no charges.

I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to go down to the police station and see the guy in a lineup.

The next day was Sunday, so all of us went to church except for Daddy. When we arrived home Daddy told us that he had been in the backyard working and heard something in the front yard. He walked around the house and saw the tool chest sitting in the driveway right next to the street. All the tools were there. Thanks to good police work and my Uncle Max, the retired Pinkerton agent, all was well that ended well.

Throughout my life my encounters with law enforcement have always been positive. Of course there were the speeding tickets I received when we lived in Pennsylvania. I spent many weekends driving from Carlisle, PA to Washington PA where my oldest daughter attended college and there was a speed trap along the Pennsylvania Turnpike around the Breezewood exit. After receiving two tickets in one day at that trap I learned to drive the speed limit. Still, the policemen were cordial and professional. I fear I offended one when I remarked that he looked like Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber. He told me that he didn’t know who Jeff Daniels was. I should have mentioned Jeff Daniels’ performance in Gettysburg, one of my favorite movies.

My experience with law enforcement when I was a teenager gave me a great respect for police. My husband’s friend Mike’s dedicated work as a policeman has given me an insight into the job of law enforcement. Most police, like those in the military have an aspiration to serve our country.

So it’s disappointing but not surprising that Obama decided to take the part of his friend, Professor Gates over that of the law enforcement officer, Cambridge Police Department sergeant James Crowley when asked his opinion of the incident by a Chicago reporter during his press conference.

Obama reveals with every passing day that his promises of a post-racial presidency were merely a media and campaign invention. After all, Obama is our chief law enforcement officer. His uninformed and ignorant remarks have set off a whirlwind of animosity and accusations of racism on both sides of the divide.

Obama’s refusal to admit he was wrong and give Sgt. Crowley a clear cut apology will come back to bite him in the future. His “teachable moment” backfired, in my view. Instead of stressing the importance of law enforcement and the good it does in protecting communities, the community organizer, Barack Obama instructed most Americans that he is more interested in helping his elitist crony than in standing up for those who truly do support and serve.

That portends badly for the rest of Obama’s health care program and his other socialistic endeavors. He’s alienated a lot of people who now know his true colors….and they aren’t red, white and blue.

22 Jun 2009 05:05 pm

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Life has been hectic lately but I must take time to express my support for the Iranian protesters who are risking their lives and their treasure on the streets of Iran.

Some have already lost their lives.

After all, those of us who live freely think nothing of our abilities to get out in our cars to shop, visit family, go to work, go to the church of our choice and simply live our hectic (and in some cases, unexamined) lives.

This is not the lifestyle of those who live in Iran and hasn’t been for thirty years. A very inept and passive president helped to arrange that debacle and it appears that another Democrat president is also embracing passivism.

It appears that making tough decisions on foreign policy makes Obama squeamish. So far, regarding the chaos in Iran, he has chosen not to choose. Hat tip: Sissy Willis

Had Barack Obama not sided with the evil regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from the first, the revolution would be on sturdier legs today.

Obama’s hesitation to speak out strongly in support of the Iranian people demonstrates that he is not a strong leader and/or that he agrees with the Iranian despots. His own administration is not all that open after all and attempts to quash any and all dissent within our country (and investigations of Obama cronies) are ongoing.


Warning. Heartbreaking.

The Gateway Pundit has more news and links.

Welcome Bookworm Room readers!

04 Mar 2009 01:21 am

“He’ll only break your Heart.” What an apt title for this thoughtful summary of the past six weeks of madness of the Obama Administration.

Matthias Reynolds, like a kindly Dr. Marcus Welby, gently explains to those taken in by Barack Obama’s two year campaign of Hopenchange that this president is just not really into us, the America we’ve known for the past two hundred thirty years. Obama wants to construct a better, smarter, more socialistic Amerika, one which redistributes the wealth (as many of us warned he would) and is done with fighting the war on terror. We have no enemies, from without, according to Obama, our chief enemy is that big mouth entertainer Rush Limbaugh, who is telling the truth too loudly and too well, so must be stopped.

Matthias Reynolds writes:

Beyond the money issue, what about our personal safety? We are at war. The ghosts of three thousand murdered souls still roam the streets of Lower Manhattan and seven years later their dust is still kicked up by the late winter wind. They were annihilated by people who want us dead; but it seems that your beau feels that the war Islamic Fundamentalists have declared on our family, on our home, is not worthy of public recognition. Why else would his first speech to Congress not mention terrorism in a meaningful way? Why else would Janet Napalitano decline to mention terrorism in her first address to the House Homeland Security Committee? Wasn’t her department created to protect us in the wake of 9/11? Do they really think that choosing to ignore this problem will make it go away? Isn’t that the sort of thinking, or lack thereof, that has exacted such a heavy toll on the family?

So far, Obama’s had the help of a willing media to carry his water, although they’re sloshing it more clumsily across the airwaves with every passing day. It must be getting tedious to report the falling away of another Obama-ite as with Jim Cramer’s statement today that the Obama “agenda is destroying the life savings of millions of Americans.”

I never thought it would be merely six weeks before Americans would start looking back wistfully to the moral and sane days of the George W. Bush administration but it is already beginning to happen. In this post I predicted that it would happen within twenty months. How wrong I was. But perhaps not. This is just the beginning of the spiraling down of our country. How will it look twenty months from now?

09 Feb 2009 02:37 am

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (not shown) read to children during their visit to the Capitial City Public Charter School to meet with the 2nd Grade Class and read the book ‘The Moon Over Star’ at the school in Washington DC., USA, 03 February 2009. EPA/GARY FABIANO / POOL

Approaching the keyboard in the age of Obama is becoming ever more dicey. What with dealing with the winter of our own discontent, disinfectants, and distress, there’s a slow realization that the dystopian society some of us suspected before the election might be the true construct behind the flashing neon lights of Hope and Change is indeed the audacious aim of Barack Obama and it’s beginning to unfold.

A scary time made even more scary by our Horror Story Teller in Chief, Scary Barry.

I’ve always been skeptical of the pushy car salesmen who insist that a car I am mildly interested in must be purchased immediately because there are so many buyers in line, there are no more like it, the price will go up tomorrow, etc…. but this is what we have been getting from Empire Obama re the Stimulus Plan.

If the rotting fish/lard/pork bill is not passed with all its earmarks and goodies the seas will rise, and we will be in for catastrophic times, according to Barrack Obama.

Things haven’t been going so well for Barack and Michelle in the White House, it seems, since most of the Obama cabinet selections have been found unworthy in one way or another. The day Tom Daschle had to bow out of the post of secretary of Health and Human Services due to tax troubles the Obamas took off to a charter school in Washington D.C. where they told the second graders they were ‘tired of being in the White House.’

Such an inspirational couple.

The escapist pair read The Moon over Star to the delighted and useful children all in order to divert attention from the bad news of the day which, truth be told, was all of Barack Obama’s making.

Obama’s impaired judgement in his selection of tax cheats, lobbyists and sleaze artists has hit full mass and even the puppy dog press has been forced to cover his mess of a presidency.

It’s bad enough that Obama and his Democrat Party are promising the country the trillion dollar pork sandwich will be good for the economy even though support for the stimulus is sinking, the rabbit eared Obama cannot take the heat of the criticism of the package and had a snit-fit at the Democrat Retreat in Williamsburg, Va.

Unsurprisingly, the writers at Newsweek have seen the rising socialism and have shrugged their shoulders.

We Are All Socialists Now

As the Obama administration presses the largest fiscal bill in American history, caps the salaries of executives at institutions receiving federal aid at $500,000 and introduces a new plan to rescue the banking industry, the unemployment rate is at its highest in 16 years. The Dow has slumped to 1998 levels, and last year mortgage foreclosures rose 81 percent.

All of this is unfolding in an economy that can no longer be understood, even in passing, as the Great Society vs. the Gipper. Whether we like it or not—or even whether many people have thought much about it or not—the numbers clearly suggest that we are headed in a more European direction. A decade ago U.S. government spending was 34.3 percent of GDP, compared with 48.2 percent in the euro zone—a roughly 14-point gap, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. In 2010 U.S. spending is expected to be 39.9 percent of GDP, compared with 47.1 percent in the euro zone—a gap of less than 8 points. As entitlement spending rises over the next decade, we will become even more French.

Perhaps this is the reason why most of the Republicans in Congress are fighting against the stimulus.

But what of the things that matter without as well as within our nation? Not only have there been troubling foreign policy changes… Obama directed that charges be dropped against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the U.S.S. Cole bombing mastermind; in addition, the NSC will be restructured to be more like SpongeBob SquarePants.

The new structure, to be outlined in a presidential directive and a detailed implementation document by Jones, will expand the NSC’s reach far beyond the range of traditional foreign policy issues and turn it into a much more elastic body, with Cabinet and departmental seats at the table — historically occupied only by the secretaries of defense and state — determined on an issue-by-issue basis. Jones said the directive will probably be completed this week.

Melanie Phillips, possibly the wisest woman in Britain writes here about what she suspects is the true aim of the Obama presidency.

I have argued before however that, given Obama’s radical roots in the neo-Marxist, nihilist politics of Saul Alinsky, it is the undermining of America’s fundamental values that is likely to be this President’s most strategically important goal. I have also suggested that, since this agenda is promoted through stealth politics which gull the credulous middle-classes while destroying the ground upon which they are standing, his second-tier appointments should be closely scrutinised.

And here’s a humdinger. Obama has picked a man called David Ogden to be deputy Attorney-General. Ogden has made his legal career from representing pornographers, trying to defeat child protection legislation and undermining family values. As FoxNews reported this week, he once represented a group of library directors arguing against the Children’s Internet Protection Act, which ordered libraries and schools receiving funding for the Internet to restrict access to obscene sites. And on behalf of several media groups, he successfully argued against a child pornography law that required publishers to verify and document the age of their models, which would have ensured these models were at least 18.

Two + two = five?

The Dystopian world of Barack Obama approaches. His allies in Congress are calling for the fairness doctrine to Hush Rush and everyone else who opposes Obama’s policies. For the first time ever ‘the director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official.’ The centralization of power continues in the empire of Obama.

Perhaps there is still hope that there will be a change from all this doom and gloom rhetoric the new president has been piling on his fellow Americans. It’s not likely, the man is 47 years old and his character is pretty much formed for better or worse by now. He’s moved into the job of president with very heavy steps. Still, the two weeks of mistakes, embarrassments and temper tantrums are pretty breath taking.

President Obama is not unlike another leader who led at another time in history, King Ethelred the Unready.

Of all the kings in English history, Ethelred II has perhaps the worst reputation. By the end of his reign, he’d managed to lose almost all of England to Viking Invaders.

To fully appreciate the story of Ethelred II, it is important to go back to the reign of his father, King Edgar. Edgar was the great-grandson of King Alfred the Great, and it was during Edgar’s reign that, for the first time since before Alfred, all of England was united under one king. The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of England was at its height, seemingly free from dangers, internal or external. And thus, King Edgar was given the nickname “the Peaceful.” It was a much better nickname than would be given to his son.

Ethelred was born around the year 968, the younger of two sons of Edgar. Unfortunately, for England, the two sons came from different mothers, and from the moment of Edgar’s death in 975, a power struggle ensued. The struggle ended with the murder of Ethelred’s half-brother, Edward. In 978 Ethelred was crowned king of England at age 10.

It should come as no surprise that someone who was granted so much authority at such a young age might suffer from a lack of wisdom in how to wield that power. In fact, Ethelred’s reign was characterized by his inability to control or maintain the loyalty of his subjects.

Still, while the unity of England was slowly unwinding from within, the country faced a new threat from outside the island. In the early years of Ethelred’s reign, the Vikings returned. At first, they made small raids along the coast, but as the years passed their boldness grew. Their raids became bigger, more brutal, and struck deeper into the heart of England. Try as he might, Ethelred could organize no effective military resistance to the invaders. So instead, Ethelred took to paying them to go away. These payments were given the polite word of Danegeld, but in reality were nothing more or less than extortion.

Poor old Ethelred was only a young boy when he became king. President Obama is 47 years old.

Our country will be lucky indeed if Danegeld is all we will be paying in the next four years with Obama at the helm.

22 Nov 2008 08:00 am

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The Iraq War is over and we have won. Really.

America has won.

Zombie Time Declares it.

We have won the war even though there is nothing to be found about this fabulous news at MSNBC or ABC News or CBS News or CNN or even Fox News.

Here is the Google news results page if you enter “the war in Iraq is won.”

Not much, huh?

One has to scroll down eight links to a Blogger News Network link which reads Psst…the war is won

Everything else on the google page is essentially anti-military, anti-Bush or pro-Democrat. That’s the way it’s gone since a few months after the War in Iraq began.

But still, after all that, the Iraq war is essentially won.

Abraham Lincoln, our nations’ sixteenth president and one of our very greatest is being pegged by the media as an Obama look-a-like as they play pin the tail on the Democrat donkey just elected.

Lincoln, a president who spent all of his time in office dealing with the tragedy of a divided nation, and the bloody carnage of a Civil War, suffered deep anguish throughout his days in the White House, along with personal family tragedies and so much extreme hatred from so many regions of our country that it eventually led to his assassination.

The medias’ outrageous attempt to cast Barack Obama in the pantheon of Abraham Lincoln is ridiculous.

That Obama’s election is an historic first is true but everything else is for future historians to analyze and write about, not for todays’ reporters to wax poetic. Obama’s only just visited the White House, he hasn’t moved in yet.

The eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome suffered gladly in some quarters of the media and the Democrat party has caused such deterioration that they are to the point that they would rather deny victory than admit the truth that the Commander in Chief and the troops have won the war.

This has to have taken a toll on President Bush but you’d never know it from his gracious public appearances.

Let’s roll back.

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“I hear you, America hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon.” ~ President George W. Bush

Remember him? The man who warned our enemies in the days just after September 11th that they would soon hear from us?

They did hear from us.

And now one theater in the war on terror is wrapped up.

Iraq is won.

Where are the ticker-tape parades Sissy Willis asks? The media which is now consumed in an all out search for a grandious presidential comparison to Barack Obama (who after all hasn’t accomplished anything of note as of yet except being elected president) can’t seem to take time to report this fantastic news.

Could it be that since Iraq is won and the Commander in Chief is still President Bush the media are waiting until Obama takes the oath of office in January before they declare that the war is really and truly won? Will Obama get on Air Force One and plant some pebbles on a beach somewhere in Iraq? The man who did nothing but try to lose that war?

“THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:” Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. “There’s nothing going on. I’m with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I’m with haven’t fired their weapons on this tour and they’ve been here eight months. And the place we’re at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there’s nothing going on. I’ve been walking my feet off and haven’t seen anything.”

November 22nd, 2008 will be celebrated in many quarters as Victory in Iraq Day. Our family will be celebrating as we had not one, but two family members who were deployed to Iraq and thankfully, came home safely from the war victorious then and victorious now.

All of our troops, living and dead deserve the credit for this wonderful and very hard work.

The Anchoress wasn’t afraid to say it: President Bush was right.

I will say it again. President Bush was right. He was steadfast. He didn’t quit. He listened to the Generals. He listened to John McCain. He may have even gotten Osama. Some of us suspected it back in 2002.

President Bush honors and continues to honor our troops and our country despite the slings, arrows and missiles aimed at him. Someday history will acknowledge that he was right although I fear that none of us will be around to see it.

But that’s okay. May the blooming of Iraq continue.

All good things take time. One day there will be histories written of the steadfast men and women who left home and hearth for deployments sometimes extended longer than expected but they kept at it, sometimes grumbling but always faithfully doing their duty, and achieving their mission. This generation, many of them the grandchildren of the Greatest Generation may have learned something from their grandparents.

May God Bless these amazing young Americans. May God Bless our Troops. May God continue to Bless and Keep those who are still in harms’ way.

May America Honor All of Them.

Soldiers will always be my heroes.

As we celebrate our victory we must remember those who gave their all in the fight. The following are just a few of the band of brothers and sisters….

Spc. Erich Smallwood

Maj. Andrew Olmsted

Army Spc. Dustin Fisher

Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

Sgt. Michael James Stokely

The Long Gray Line’s Final Roll Call

Here is the Stars and Stripes’ Honoring Valor Site

Here are my fellow bloggers who are today marching in a virtual ticker-tape parade celebrating Iraq Victory Day. Take a trip to see each one.

Gateway Pundit

Blackfive

Little Green Footballs

Rantburg

sisu

Because No One Asked

Dog Opus Blog

Oh No, Another Conservative Blog

Who Is John Galt?

Gathering of Eagles (national)

Gathering of Eagles New York

Gathering of Eagles North Carolina

Stop the ACLU

The Surfing Conservative

Civilian Irregular Information Defense Group

The Foxhole

Lighthouse on the Right

Arming Liberty

Uncle Sam Ate My Baby

Down Is Up

Foreign and Domestic

WOT Daily

The Blog of Record

Serr8d’s Cutting Edge

Army Wife: Rants from Ft. Livingroom

Hamilton, Madison, and Jay

Rochester Conservative

The Daily Blogster

I Call BS!

Macker’s World

Something should go here, maybe later

Nice Deb

The Bronze Blog

AZresident

The Irascible Chef

Sharp Right Turn

TigerHawk

Tman In Tennessee

Thunder Pig

Sith by Sithwest

OutOfTheBlue

Anti-CAIR

Marooned in Marin

Thoughts Enroute

More Weight

Anti-Strib

The Jack Knows

Red State Rumblings

High Plains Blogger

Air Force Pundit

Fallback LGF

Liberty for USA

Diary of a Madman

The Rumbler Report

D.C. Thornton

Lock and Load

Fat Angie

Gegenkritik

Oedipal Beatdown

Conservative Action Network

A Herd of Turtles

Penny’s Potpurri

Sayyad al Wahabiyya

Brain-Surgery With Spoons

American Syndicalist Party

Broadsides

Public Secrets

Freedomplow

Toxic Taxation

Berman Post

HumbleInfidel

The Inquisition

Pax Parabellum

CrossFit Camp Pendleton

Freedom Watch

American Truths

Destination OBX

Fearless Dream

Theodore’s World

The Cool Blue Blog

Life With Monkeys

Woody’s Place

Wild Weazel

The Atheist Conservative

King’s Right Site

We are the Grizzwolds

redc1c4

Instapundit

Confederate Yankee

The Jawa Report

Ed Driscoll

Facebook group for Victory in Iraq Day

Barking Moonbat Early Warning System

Exurban League

Noblesse Oblige

Protein Wisdom Pub

Black & Right

Johnson County Republican Party

Winefred’s Well

Still Unbounded

The Liberty Boys

Atlanta ROFTers

Tennesseefree.com

This is Scooter Country

The Crescent Moon

From My Position…On the Way!

Letters to a Dying Dream

Blogs for Victory

RealChoice

EagleSpeak

HXC Christian.com

Conservative Diggs

zomblog

Erica Marceau

Pirate’s Cove

Let’s Get It Right

Cmblake6’s Weblog

What Bubba Knows

RightwingSparkle

NavyWife

Psycmeister’s Ice Palace!

Stable of Zionist Hore #2

Conservative in Seattle

Karridine Delivers

LifeoftheMind

ahavafriend

Zim’s View

I Am, Therefore I Think

Patriot Missive

USS Neverdock

Dan Cirucci

The Conservative Contessa

The Four Rs

Wake up America

The C-Square

Sarge Charlie

Red-Hot Right

Echoes in Eternity

American Infidel

buckferkeley

supporting the troops

One Model Place

The Dumber Ox

The Lightning News

BackyardConservative

2nd Exposure

DailyAviator

Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

Comics Pundit

No Clever Pseudonym

Free Frank Warner

The Digital Hairshirt

The Blue Pelican

Krigsblogg

Nothing But the Facts

Gegenstimme

Environmental Republican

Irons in the Fire

no blood for sauerkraut!

The Individualizer

TechnoChitlins

Nebulous Continuum

Take Our Country Back

The Conservative Radical

Zion Beckons

Antihippies

Soldiers’ Angels Germany

Paul Ibrahim

jweaks on Squidoo

Marie’s Two Cents

The Other Club

The Anchoress

Beyond the Veil

Michigan Taxes Too Much

Once More Into the Breach

When you finish this parade know this, we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave chiefly because of the sacrifice of our valiant military of the past, the present and the future.

God bless you, the reader.

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