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Memorial Day May 30, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in 101st Fighting Keyboardists!, Why we fight.
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I just wanted to share a little of my Memorial Day experience.

My son recently joined a local branch of the Civil Air Patrol, and  volunteered to march in the Memorial Day parade held in a very small town in the area.

We got there 2 hours early, and I was glad to see that people were already lining up.  Granted, the downtown is only 2 blocks long, but those 2 blocks were packed.  Everybody had their flags, with the little ones in strollers particularly enjoying them.

The local American Legion Post was represented, and the WWII veterans stood proudly and saluted as the flag passed, beginning the parade.  These men truly were "the greatest generation", and it saddens me that soon their memories and experiences will be lost to succeeding generations.  I am proud to say my Dad is a WWII vet, and is still healthy in mind and body at the age of 90.  Love you, Dad.

The Police and Fire Departments marched next, the Ambulance Corps, then the Civil Air Patrol, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.

Once everyone lined up, the opening prayer was recited, and "Taps" was played in memory of those who gave their lives defending our freedoms, and securing freedom for others around the world. 

"God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" were sung by the crowd.  A few local politicians spoke, then a wreath was put at the memorial stone, and the closing prayer was said.

It was a beautiful ceremony, and I was just so proud to be American, I thought my heart would burst. 

Unfortunately, it seems that all we hear and see in the media are the negatives.  There were no T.V. cameras here, and no newspaper reporters. There were no protests, no issues with opening & closing prayers, "God Bless America" wasn't changed to "[Insert your diety of choice or choose none] sends good thoughts to America".  All we had in attendance were people who are proud of their country, and who wanted to say "Thank you" in a small way.

Thank you, to all those who serve in the military, and to those who have served.  Your sacrifices do not go unappreciated.

You want us to do what???? May 24, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Madness, The just plain stupid, Why we fight.
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From Different River:

Dismantle the Military!

— Different River @ 5:03 pm

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering banning Junior ROTC from San Francisco high schools because they think the military is “discriminatory.” And oh, yes, for one other reason as well:

Supporters such as [sophmore student Timothy] Twyman say the program helps students develop self-confidence and prepare for the working world, while opponents counter that it’s just an easy way for the military to get a foothold in public schools and encourage teens to enlist after they graduate.

[snip]

And one Supervisor has an even more, um, interesting reason for wanted to get rid of JROTC:

In February, Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval appeared on Fox’s “Hannity and Colmes” show and said, “The United States should not have a military. All in all, we would be in much, much, much better shape.”

Really??? We'd be in much better shape, Supervisor Sandoval? Why don't you extract your head from your a&& and face reality:

THIS IS WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING AGAINST.  People (and I use that term loosely, here) who dress their kids as suicide bombers for entertainment.  And you want us to dismantle the military?  Why?  Do you think the whole world will suddenly become a peaceful and loving place once the big, bad U.S. of A is disarmed?  That we'll all get together like the old Coke commercials, and "teach the world to sing?"

Tell you what – why don't you go over there and whine about disarming, ok? 'Cause I think we'd be in much, much better shape without you.

H/T to Knowledge is Power for the video

Protests over “The Da Vinci Code” May 18, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Madness.
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It was all over the news this morning – protests scheduled to take place at local movie theaters for Friday's opening of The Da Vinci Code. 

"Da Vinci Code" film to draw protests, vigils

By ERNIE GARCIA
elgarcia@lohud.com
THE JOURNAL NEWS
Jessica Kelter knows the prayer vigil she is organizing against "The Da Vinci Code" at the New City Cinema tomorrow and Sunday won't stop the theater from screening the film.
"I'm doing it to defend my faith," said Kelter, 23, a stay-at-home mom.Kelter's vigil will be one of several protests in the Lower Hudson Valley and among an estimated 1,000 nationwide tied to the release of the film, which is based on Dan Brown's best-selling novel. Starting tomorrow, when the film opens, Roman Catholics associated with the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property will recite the rosary, sing hymns and chant the litany of the saints to protest what the organization calls "Gnostic heresy." [emphasis mine-RW].

Reciting the rosary.  Singing hymns.  Chanting the litany of the saints.

Compare this to the protests over the Mohammed Cartoon protests:

 hslaybutcher hmassacre hell002

hbehead 2006_05_12t041113_450x327_us_religion_cartoons_qaeda Yet the ACLU will tell you that Christians are more dangerous than those members of the "religion of peace".  Or is that religion of pieces?

Wow – this sounds familiar May 15, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Uncategorized.
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From On Tap:

My husband sounds just like Angry-GOP-grassroot-voter. And he won't listen to reason either.

I humbly submit some angry voters may not be seeing the forest for the trees…

by: Jim Geraghty on May 12, 2006 – 9:20 am

Permit me to offer a meaner, less civil version of an argument I put forth on TKS recently:

Angry GOP grassroot voter: I’m mad as hell at the Republicans in office! They’re terrible on immigration and spending! I’m staying home this year to teach them a lesson!

Jim: You realize that there’s absolutely no chance that a Democratic-controlled Congress will seriously crack down on illegal immigration.

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that despite your dreams of a paralyzing gridlock, there’s almost no chance that a Democratic-controlled Congress would spend less than a Republican one?

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that putting Robert Byrd in charge of the appropriations committee to fight pork and earmarks is like putting Bill Clinton in charge of babysitting your hot teenage daughter?

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that the Democrats’ first order of business in the House would be impeaching Bush and Cheney simultaneously?

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that any future Supreme Court nominees until at least January 2009 would be whiny moderates who “grow” into liberals once they’re on the Court?

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that the proper stance in the war on terror and/or Iran under Speaker Pelosi is to put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye?

Angry GOP grassroot voter: Yes, but I’m really angry!

Jim: And you realize that you’re also kinda retarded.

Read the rest…

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The speech & reaction… May 15, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Guard the Borders.
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I don't know what people were expecting, but I'm surprised at the amount of anger coming from the conservative side tonight.

First off,  the extra security at the borders, with both National Guard and more Border Patrol agents, is a good first step.  Combine old-fashioned manpower with the high-tech (unmanned aircraft for surveillance) and you've helped staunch the flow.

Second, go after the employers who turn a blind eye to who they're hiring. I'd like to see them hit where it hurts-in the pockets, so it's not worth it to hire an illegal, when it'll cost them more in the long run.  Make it harder for employers to hire illegals, and there won't be the incentive for them to come over.

I also liked the emphasis he put on learning English.  Yes, most of us are descended from parents or grandparents who gave up everything for the opportunity to come here.  And they learned the language, and more importantly, made sure their children learned the language and became "Americanized".  The ":politically-correct" diversity dingbats lament that as a loss of culture, but the greatest society on earth, this one, was born of it. 

I'm not crazy about the guest-worker program – I think it'll be a nightmare to keep track of, but I understand the reasoning behind it.

I realize this didn't go far enough to please some people, but these are good first steps-we can't expect the last 30 or so years of  non-enforcement to be corrected overnight.  I just don't get the hysteria from several conservative bloggers – it's almost getting to the point where it's hard to tell whether I'm reading posts at the DemocraticUnderground or posts on my "must-read" blogroll.

There are, fortunately, cooler heads out there – The Anchoress, as usual, has nailed it.

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Oops… May 13, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in 101st Fighting Keyboardists!.
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I've deleted the blogroll for the 101st Fighting Keyboardists, but only because WordPress does not allow the javascript which would allow the full blogroll to be displayed as it's updated – I can only post (I think) a dozen or so, and there are so many more.

Please click on the 101st Fighting Keyboardists icon, and visit The Captain's Quarters – you'll find all the links there, and some great reading!

They just don’t understand it… May 12, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in The Unhinged Media.
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I was listening to WABC Radio this morning, and was struck by the incredulous tone of the reporter as she talked about the poll results that showed that most people support the surveillance of telephone records:

By GARY LANGER and DALIA SUSSMAN

May 12, 2006 — Americans by nearly a 2-1 ratio call the surveillance of telephone records an acceptable way for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, expressing broad unconcern even if their own calling patterns are scrutinized.

Lending support to the administration's defense of its anti-terrorism intelligence efforts, 63 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll say the secret program, disclosed Thursday by USA Today, is justified, while far fewer, 35 percent, call it unjustified.

Why is it so difficult for the media to believe that the majority of Americans support this?  I guess for the same reason they still can't accept the fact that President Bush won the 2000 election, and was re-elected in 2004 – they were wrong, and they don't like it.

After the letter that Ahm-a-dipwad sent, which is a declaration of war, I'm not surprised that the majority of Americans can see a threat that the media is too blind to see.

A new Shah for Iran? May 1, 2006

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Different River has posted an interview with Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah of Iran.  The overthrow of the Shah’s regime and the subsequent rise to power of the hard-line mullahtocracy is directly attributable to Jimmah-worst-president-in-U.S.-history-Carter – there is speculation that he tried to get financial favors for his friends, and when that didn’t work, he was determined to see the Shah removed from power. 

 Here’s a small excerpt, go read the whole thing at Different River for the rest and commentary:

Human Events has a fascinating interview with Reza Pahlavi, son of the late (and deposed) Shah of Iran. The Shah was deposed in 1979, in a revolution that brought the current Islamic/totalitarian regime to power. Here’s what he has to say:

Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah of Iran, told the editors of Human Events last week that in the next two to three months he hopes to finalize the organization of a movement aimed at overthrowing the Islamic regime in Tehran and replacing it with a democratic government.

He believes the cause is urgent because of the prospect that Iran may soon develop a nuclear weapon or the U.S. may use military force to preempt that. He hopes to offer a way out of this dilemma: a revolution sparked by massive civil disobedience in which the masses in the streets are backed by elements of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

Pahlavi, who lives in exile in the United States, said he has been in contact with elements of the Revolutionary Guard that would be willing to play such a role, and activists who could help spark the civil disobedience.

The interview is a must-read.  He goes on to talk about his views on Israel (he doesn’t see Israel as a threat to anyone) and his view that a new Iranian constitution must be based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Reading the interview, I am hopeful that there may be a solution to the situation in Iran.  However, if there really is a movement afoot to overthrow the current regime, what would be the purpose of publicizing it now?  I don’t believe that Ahmadinejad is going to soften his stance because of the threat of revolution, if that’s what they’re hoping by releasing it now.  If anything, I think that if he suspects there really is a plot to overthrow him in the works, he’ll just clamp down harder & become more unstable than he already is.

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