July 2007


05 Jul 2007 01:56 pm

An email from Iraq…..

Today we all got phone cards from Bill O’ Reilly and AT&T. That’s pretty nice of them. Even if I disagree with him sometimes, that’s the first I’ve seen from some big name. Oh, get this, a Major from the higher brigade was in here talking to my boss and said he was on a flight a while ago and noticed people getting kicked off for some sort of super expensive looking luggage. The Major said he was thinking “Who’s this asshole?”, he looked on the luggage and found out it was Sen McCain, hah pretty interesting.

Thank you Bill O’Reilly. Being able to call home is a big morale booster for the troops.

As for Senator McCain’s bumping some troops off his flight, that unfortunately happens sometimes. I’ll give him Kudos for visiting the troops but perhaps he should have packed his stuff in duffle bags and backpacks.

Senator McCain was in Iraq for the Multi-National Force-Iraq Reenlistment, Naturalization and Independence Day Ceremony July 4, 2007, at Camp Victory, Iraq.

His address was quite stirring…..

“I know it’s not possible for even the most grateful nation to compensate you in kind for the measure of devotion that you have with great personal sacrifice given our country,” McCain said. “We have incurred a debt to you that we can never repay in full. We can offer you only the small tribute of our humility.”

The senator said that when a nation goes to war, a million tragedies ensue. War is a terrible thing, but McCain said it is not the worst thing.

“You know that - you who have endured the dangers and deprivations of war so that the worst thing would not befall us, so that America might be secure in our freedom,” he said. “As you know, the war in which you have fought has divided the American people. But it has divided no American in their admiration for you. We all honor you.”

05 Jul 2007 01:51 am


One of our families’ favorite 4th of July traditions is to watch the musical 1776. The movie has stood the test of time. It’s interesting that our nations founders signed the Declaration when the Revolutionary War was going very badly and yet, they committed themselves to Independence.

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In 1976 my husband and sister performed in our community symphony performance of 1776. My husband acted the role of John Dickinson, the thorn in John Adams’ side and the one representative who refused to sign the Declaration. My sister, Lucy played Martha Jefferson.

04 Jul 2007 02:45 pm

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New U.S. Citizens/Freedom Men

The above soldiers are now new citizens of our country. They are pictured with my favorite Sgt. Major in a ceremony held recently at a base in Kuwait. Congratulations to these fine men and to our country for being the Home of the Brave and Land of the Free. That immigrants from all over the world are seeking to serve our country in the Armed Forces before they even become citizens is a testament to our exceptional land.

And what a land it is.

When my husband and I were stationed overseas for the first time in the late 70’s I became extremely homesick with a bad case of culture shock. Everything seemed different to me. The architecture, the food, the language, and the German people themselves seemed slightly threatening to me. It seemed that my values were challenged. We lived nearby a Jewish cemetery where many if not most of the gravestones were desecrated.

I wondered how a people who had surrendered thirty years before to America and her allies in World War ll could still harbor such a fierce hatred of the Jews. Our long occupation in Germany had finally brought a democratic government to the land but the hearts of some were still in darkness.

I eventually learned to appreciate some of the German culture but after three years was very relieved to return home. While flying into our country and landing in Tulsa, Oklahoma I looked out of the window of the airplane and noticed the flatness of the countryside and the shoebox like homes. The beautiful farmland of Germany and the quaint architecture seemed much more picturesque but viewing the precious land of my home from the plane brought tears of thankfulness to my eyes.

My first experience overseas taught me how lucky I was to be born an American.

I was home. The land was wide and the heart was full. The eyes were full of tears.

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When Abigail Adams, along with her daughter, Nabby, traveled to Paris in 1784 to join her husband, John at his diplomatic post she had very similar reactions. Abigail lived for eight months with John, her son, John Quincy and daughter, Nabby in Paris and then moved to London, England where she lived for three years. She filled the role of wife of the first United States Minister to the Kingdom of Great Britain; a role that prepared her very well for her future as the second First Lady of the United States. Abigail, however, found the ways and culture of the British and the French lacking in values and attitude. In a letter to Thomas Jefferson she wrote,

“If the manners of the people were as pure as their air, no one would have reason for discontent.”

Abigail went on a tour to Bath and she called the architecture “noble” and “magnificent” but was shocked by the indolence of the people. “A glittering star” was all that seemed to matter, Abigail wrote. She was struck by the fact that character seemed unimportant to the British people. In reaction to this exposure to “the gay, the indolent, the curious, the gambler, the fortune-hunter and even the thoughtless girl from the country, who went out of wantonness,” she reflected,

What is the chief end of man? is a subject well worth the investigation of every rational human being. What, indeed is life, or its enjoyments, without settled principle, laudable purposes, mental exertions and internal comfort, that sunshine of the soul; and how are these to be acquired in a hurry and tumult of the world?

President John Adams and his wife, Abigail are still among the citizens I look to for love of country and the certainty that America is still the one nation in the world where freedom is our highest calling. The phrase, Home Free really means something here. Our land is worth fighting for.

John Adams wrote the following to Abigail….

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that 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 God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. 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 Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not. (The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

President Ronald Reagan in his farewell address….

I’ve been thinking a bit at that window. I’ve been reflecting on what the past eight years have meant and mean. And the image that comes to mind like a refrain is a nautical one–a small story about a big ship, and a refugee and a sailor. It was back in the early ’80s, at the height of the boat people. And the sailor was hard at work on the carrier Midway, which was patrolling the South China Sea. The sailor, like most American servicemen, was young, smart, and fiercely observant. The crew spied on the horizon a leaky little boat. And crammed inside were refugees from Indochina hoping to get to America. The Midway sent a small launch to bring them to the ship and safety. As the refugees made their way through the choppy seas, one spied the sailor on deck and stood up and called out to him. He yelled, “Hello, American sailor. Hello, freedom man.”

A small moment with a big meaning, a moment the sailor, who wrote it in a letter, couldn’t get out of his mind. And when I saw it, neither could I. Because that’s what it was to be an American in the 1980s. We stood, again, for freedom. I know we always have, but in the past few years the world again, and in a way, we ourselves rediscovered it.

Today in Iraq and Afghanistan we have many “Freedom men and women” working to insure that our nation remains free from the tyranny of Islamic terror and domination. Most of them are celebrating this day not with fireworks but by continuing to guard the freedoms this blogger holds very dear.

Happy Independence Day!

Take time to support the troops. Hat tip: Instapundit

Lorie Byrd at Wizbang posts an essay by a friend about the reasons she loves America.

Scott Johnson at Powerline writes about the eternal meaning of Independence Day.

Sisu celebrates the day with manly men.

01 Jul 2007 02:34 pm

Michael Yon has a must read on the savage practices of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. They killed an entire village, including the livestock and the children. This is a hard post to read but it is essential reading for anyone who has even an ounce of sympathy for Islamic terrorists.

Warning. The graphic photos are shocking and heartbreaking.

Yon provides a new insight into the much maligned (sometimes deservedly so) Iraqi police. When a soldier offered a glass of water to one of the terrorist suspects it enraged an Iraqi policeman. What would that policeman think of the Leahys and Schumers in our American Senate who offer much more than victuals and drink to these savage murderers of innocents?

Meanwhile in Londonistan the new government is seemingly shocked that savages are still trying to kill them.

UPDATE: Michael Ledeen at The Corner has much more.

01 Jul 2007 12:45 pm

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Sabby’s observing a lazy summer day.

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So is Captain.

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