May 2011


30 May 2011 03:06 pm

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Final resting place of Brigadier General William O. Darby, killed in action in World War ll.

“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton

It makes me cringe when people say “Happy Memorial Day,” because they are lumping this day of observance of those who have died for our freedom in with any other holiday of which they have a day off.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have fallen in service to our country.

It is so tiring to have to continually repeat this bit of fact to those who should know. The facebook generation is too busy celebrating themselves and anything and everything that distracts themselves from the reality of the world.

A few years back my husband was teaching algebra at a “Christian High School” and a conversation somehow started in which the students began to express themselves about what they would do if our country were invaded by an enemy. Would they be alarmed and want to defend themselves? Only three students out of a class of fifteen would be willing to take up arms and defend our country, our state, their city, their neighborhood, their home.

Not long after that conversation, my husband, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a retired full Colonel in the U.S. Army who served thirty years and earned three Masters Degrees in Business Administration, Mathematical Modeling and Teaching, was counseled to please refrain from speaking to the students about anything having to do with the military because certain parents who were on the Board of the school did not want their children to serve in the military and were afraid that my husband’s accounts of his service in the military and stories of his days at West Point and his mathematical tie-ins to the history of our country were becoming too compelling to their children.

Although my husband really enjoyed teaching his students, he began to sum up the countless demands made on him that year. There was the interference of parents who demanded that their children be given grades they didn’t deserve. There was the proscription against giving too much homework to the students because their extra-curricular activities were so much more important. And of course, my husbands’ former career seemed suspect.

In a climate like that, he resigned. One would think that military service would be honored in a Christian School but it wasn’t. Not really. This Christian School was not a Quaker School. It was a traditional Christian School. Many Christian parents for some reason seemed to believe that raising their children to be ministers or missionaries was pleasing to God but sending them to serve their country was not. Thank goodness that is not what American Christians believed in Revolutionary Days, or the Days of the Civil War or even the Days of World War ll.

But in the seventies the American people were throwing away tradition and the time-honored custom of observing Memorial Day on May 30th was lost. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War for many years the military was not welcomed into the American community. Former or retired members of the military are still not accepted in some institutions as they should be.

“Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.” — VFW 2002 Memorial Day address

21 May 2011 03:13 pm

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BiBi Netanyahu and Barry Soetoro in their early twenties

Image from Lucianne.com

President Obama was faced down by a leader yesterday in the White House when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed him in front of the world about the facts of life in the Middle East that Israel faces with its enemies on all its borders.

Obama’s declaration in his State Department address on Thursday that any future Israel/Palestine peace agreement should be based on the 1967 borders was delivered on the day before he was to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Perhaps this move didn’t work out as well as he expected.

Obama wasn’t dealing with a reporter from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC or CBS. He wasn’t even dealing with the Republican Congress.

Perhaps behind the closed doors of the White House, Obama threatened to do what he did the last time he met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House when he rudely left him high and dry to go have dinner with his family, refusing to do a presser with the prime minister.

This time it didn’t work.

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The community organizer, Barack Hussein Obama was rebuked by Benjamin Netanyahu - “soldier, diplomat and the ninth Prime Minister of the State of Israel,” for all the world to see.

Here is Jake Tapper’s take:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to think he needed to educate President Obama on some issues today, so in the Oval Office he described in some detail to the president a history of the refugee problem in the region dating back 63 years, as well as his view on the need for Israel to be able to defend itself in the context of thousands of years of Jewish suffering.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Netanyahu said to the president. “Because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.”

Netanyahu, whose father is a retired academic, offered the president repeated history lessons, saying Jews have “been around for almost 4,000 years. We have experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We’ve gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of — even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.”

Netanyahu said that “while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.”

In 1967, Netanyahu said, “Israel was all of 9 miles wide — half the width of the Washington Beltway… So we can’t go back to those indefensible lines, and we’re going to have to have a long-term military presence along the Jordan.”

Americans have traditionally been pro-Israel. We’ve seen the carnage that Arafat, Hamas, and The Palestinian Authority have wreaked on Israeli citizens. It is indeed, unusual for a Prime Minister of a foreign country to regretfully rebuke and instruct an American President in a news setting while in the White House but in many Americans’ views and in this American’s view in particular, Obama had it coming.

11 May 2011 08:50 pm

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Our lovely and oh, so cultured First Lady, Michelle Obama held a poetry event at the White House tonight. She invited the Rapper, “Common” to the event. N.J. Cops are outraged.

As well they should have been. The Rapper, Common grew up in the same church Michelle and Barack attended back in Chicago and those Jeremiah Wright chickens were roosting in the White House tonight.

Ten Detroit area students were invited to the event as well as the actor/poet, Steve Martin, and other contemporary poets.

No Cowboy Poets were in attendance. Neither were the poets Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Not even in spirit.

Although the White House claimed that Common was sidelined from the afternoon events, according to Facebook responses of those who watched the White House stream tonight, he was there and performed at the event.

President Obama welcomed the crowd to the White House with arguably the most poetic words he has ever uttered, “Hello, everybody. Please have a seat. Welcome to the White House. I am going to be brief, because on a night like tonight, my job is to get out of the way and let the professionals do their job.”

08 May 2011 10:22 am

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My Mother has always been there for all four of her sons and daughters. She spent her life teaching us to love each other.

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She once told me that she and my Dad didn’t really know what true love was until they had had their children.

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My Mother encouraged and helped all of us to be the best at whatever we chose to do. She read to us, had nightly prayers with us, taught us to shine our shoes, fold our clothes, take care of our pets, crack the eggs, put the bridle on the horse, and show us where middle C was on the piano.

She also pulled the horse out of the ditch when it was flooding, faced down the burro when he cornered her in the shed, killed a Water Moccasin that came up out of the ditch, chased me down with a switch when I needed a switching, comforted me all night long when I had a broken heart, watched over us when we had high fevers, protected us when a crazy man was stalking our home, took in our cousins for a year when their parents needed to leave to stay at the hospital in a distant city with their critically injured daughter. So much good our Mother has done in her life that it would require a book. (which might be a good idea)

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I know Mother must have been exhausted with so many little ones so close in age but I never saw it when I was a child. I didn’t realize it until I became a Mother myself and I was up all night with my own babies.

Mothers don’t cease being Mothers when their children grow up. They have their ways of keeping in touch. My Mother calls me everyday if I don’t call her first. She has learned how to use her cell phone but hasn’t yet perfected the use of voice mail. (or maybe she has)

When she leaves me a voice mail message, she pauses a little while, I hear all the static and sounds in the background and then, her voice, “This is your Mother,” then, after a while, maybe another word or two, then, click. Another variation, is, “It’s your Mother calling.”

There’s the love in the voice. Always the love.

Happy Mothers’ Day Mother.

I am blessed.

03 May 2011 01:04 am

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Sunday night when I heard that Usama Bin Laden had been killed I remembered President Bush’s words after September 11, 2001: “We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail.”

When our goldfish died we flushed them down the toilet.

So, after Usama Bin Laden was taken down in his million dollar compound by Navy SEALs his body was tossed in the sea.

Buh Bye, you Monster. You had ten years to run and hide and you spent your last few moments of life hiding behind a woman.

Isn’t that just special.

You filthy, bloody, jihadist cretin. You deserved much worse than what you and your evil minions did to three thousand innocent citizens on September 11th, 2001, you disgusting piece of satanic, flesh.

Oh, sorry. Eaten by sharks by now, you piece of dead flesh.

May your soul suffer eternal damnation.

And, thanks, President Obama. Well done. Letting the military kill people and break things can be cool and may even help you get re-elected.

But, not if I have anything to do with it.