May 2010


30 May 2010 10:35 pm

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My Uncle Max was a tailgunner in the Pacific in World War ll. He got a Dear John letter during the war and wrote to my Dad asking him to be kind to his ex-wife. That was the kind of man he was.

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My Father-in-law was a pilot in World War ll.

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My Uncle Ed was in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes in World War Two.

All three men came home safely from the war, and raised families. None of them spoke of the war until they were much older.

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Butch on the right flexing his muscles with my cousin, Gary in happier days.

My cousin, Jeanne’s boyfriend, Roger Dale Cecil (Butch) was a marine killed in Vietnam. I still remember the anguish of those days when letters he had written were delivered after we had attended his funeral.

None of these men will be with us tomorrow as we celebrate the many freedoms we enjoy on Memorial Day.

Neither will the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines killed in the War on Terror, the Gulf War, the Korean War and other conflicts.

Here is a list of just a few soldiers who laid down their lives in recent years.

Spc. Erich Smallwood

Maj. Andrew Olmsted

Army Spc. Dustin Fisher

Sgt. Buddy James Hughie

Sgt. Michael James Stokely

President Bush spoke these stirring words about our fallen heroes on May 27th, 2007 and we should cherish them in these worrisome times as we will not hear them from the current president.

On this Day of Memory, we mourn brave citizens who laid their lives down for our freedom. They lived and died as Americans. May we always honor them. May we always embrace them. And may we always be faithful to who they were and what they fought for.

Michelle Malkin has a thought provoking tribute to those who are missing among us.

Thanks to Lucianne on Facebook for the title.

Sissy Willis has a Memorial Day Salute.

26 May 2010 07:37 am

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From Drudge…disgusting news.

A small Syrian-backed terrorist group in Gaza said its activists blew up a donkey cart laden with explosives close to the border with Israel on Tuesday, killing the animal but causing no human casualties.

Abu Ghassan, spokesman for the terrorist group, said more than 200 kilograms of dynamite were heaped on the animal-drawn cart. He added that the explosives were detonated 60 meters from the concrete security barrier that separates the territory from Israel.

Coming soon to a mosque near Ground Zero? Or a church camp in any state in the Union?

Earlier this week, masked gunmen from an Islamist group torched a UN-run summer camp for children and teens in Gaza.

The head of UNRWA in Gaza, John Ging, said the assailants tied up the guard, burned tents and vandalized bathrooms at the campgrounds. UN officials said the attackers left behind three bullets and a note threatening to kill Ging and others unless the UN cancels its activities for some 250,000 Gaza children.

Two days before the incident, the previously unknown “The Free of the Homeland” group issued a statement criticizing the camp’s organizer, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), for “teaching schoolgirls fitness, dancing and immorality.”

25 May 2010 06:47 am

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21 May 2010 07:19 am

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The color is good but the bodice looks too tight and the sparkly belt is out of place. As always the Washington Post gives Michelle Obama sighs and oohs and ahhs.

It’s doubtful that Michelle sampled the Chocolate-Cajeta Tart

17 May 2010 07:29 am

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My Dad drew Bugs Bunny in the fresh cement in front of his antique shop years ago. I just noticed it the other day. So much for my powers of observation.

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



11 May 2010 11:39 pm

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Just Biden their time at the White House until their friends in the media set the nations’ heads straight about Obama’s choice of Elena Kagan, the super friendly and fun new Supreme Court nominee. There is not much of a paper trail for the nominee which might explain the focus on her great personality. It’s as if Barack and friends were trying to convince the nation to take Kagan out on a date. She plays basketball (or maybe she plays the basketball?) she plays a mean straight (or maybe it’s two of a kind) and she loves to go to Halloween parties.

The White House would certainly have us believe that Kagan is not vapid and hollow even though she used those words to describe the Supreme Court nomination process of Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

However, the White House has thus far provided little meat (or potatoes) to the biography of nominee, Kagan. It’s as though the Gates to the brain trust are Locked. Just ask the reporters who questioned Robert Gibbs about a White House produced interview of Kagan posted today on the White House website.

We know that Kagan didn’t want military recruiters anywhere near her beloved Harvard but when she was challenged before the Supreme Court, she lost. Perhaps that is why she was selected by Obama to be the nations’ solicitor general. (I’m being Sebelius)

After all, Obama doesn’t even know how to pronounce corpsman. It appears from the dearth of a paper trail that Kagan has been grooming herself for the court for years. So what if she’s had a few photo ops with military members? Sometimes the elite do have to mix with their perceived enemies. But the attempt of the clueless president to paper over Kagan’s bias against our nations’ military fools no one except reporters. It makes no Rahm or reason.

It’s all about perception.

I read in the Wall Street Journal that Ms. Kagan had mixed grades as Dean of the Harvard Law School. To her credit, she was inclusive with conservative speakers and law faculty. She even had praise for the Federalist Society. But, according to the article Kagan was given more credit than she deserves for adding more conservatives to the law faculty. The credit should be given to her predecessor, Robert Clark, dean for 14 years.

On the other hand, there are all the goodies Kagan provided for Harvard Law, a skating rink, a renovated gym, even tampons in the bathroom!

Here is more about Kagan’s Harvard Law days as Dean.

Then there is Kagan’s “Socialism Thesis.” Not much of a blip in the news but very revealing. Even though there is much to be learned about Elena Kagan the Washington liberal fog machine blows on.

Will we see Republicans in the Senate ask Kagan the questions she thought should have been asked of Justices Breyer and Ginsburg?

Not bloody likely.