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The Senate Family

The here-to-fore non-politically-ambitious Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has declared herself a candidate for the Senate seat-to-be-vacated upon the presumed departure of the Hildabeast for the State Department.
She seems to think it is hers for the taking. Because of her name.
New Yorkers, in a monumental act of logic, have decried Mrs. Schlossberg's lack of (political) experience and indeed her whole work ethic. As well they should.
But Mrs. Schlossberg isn't the only one who believes that a US Senate seat is a family entitlement. Her Uncle Teddy has proclaimed that when he dies, he wants his Senate seat to go to his wife, Victoria, so it can "stay in the family". Nevermind what the voters of Massacusetts might want. And Democrats believe that Ted Kaufman, Joe Biden's longtime aide, newly appointed to Joe Biden's vacant Senate seat, is merely holding it for Beau Biden, son of, you guessed it, until the 2010 elections.
We should be grateful that Obummer does not…

Fallen Hero: Major John Pryor, M.D.

I found this post on BlackFivewhich I have copied in part here.

The story of Major Pryor deserves telling as often as possible.

Major John P. Pryor was killed by enemy fire on Christmas.

Major Pryor was a surgeon, and not just any surgeon.
He was the leader of the University of Pennsylvania's trauma team, arguably one of the best in the nation, and was a combat surgeon who operated with frontline units. On September 11, 2001 he raced to Ground Zero to volunteer his services.

From the
Washington Post:
Despite what he acknowledged in an undated document left with family was the high personal cost of going to serve, for he felt that family and others did not fully support his decision, he went anyway as he felt it was the right thing to do. This time, he was with the 1st Medical Detachment, Forward Surgical Team in Mosul, Iraq when killed by shrapnel from a mortar round.

In an August 2007 articlepublished in The Washington Post, Pryor wrote:
"In Iraq, soldiers die for freedom, for hon…

Barky Obummer, Poser

President-Elect Barky Obummer visited Marines at Kaneohoe Bay during his Hawaiian vacation. He spent about an hour at the dining hall, shaking hands and posing for pictures. 

Sunlen Miller reports:

"As Obama entered the room, it was absent of the regular fanfare of cheering and clapping. The diners were polite, staying seated at their respective tables and waited for the president-elect to come to them to stand up."H/T: Gateway Pundit

It would have been nice if Barky could have found another hour to visit Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. Tripler is the largest military hospital in the Asian and Pacific Rim region.


Obummer's Xmas Message

The President-Elect, who has NOT been coronated, er inaugurated, yet ... has urged Americans "to put their shoulders to the grindstone".

I'm assuming that the Obummer family will join the rest of us at the grindstone as soon as their Xmas vacation at the $3500-a-day Hawaiian house is over.

Bah, Humbug vs Merry Xmas

Bah, Humbug: My computer died Christmas Eve morning.
Merry Xmas: Santa brought me a new Notebook.

Bah, Humbug: I have to learn all the new buttons and doodads, plus load all my data.
Merry Xmas: I backed up all my data, pictures, music, movies, etc just a few days before.

Bah Humbug: Tooth #3 had to have a rush RTC (root canal) one week before Xmas.
Merry Xmas: It was healed in time in enjoy a delicious Xmas dinner.

Bah, Humbug: My baby boy is in a far-away place this year.
Merry Xmas: As far-away places go, it could be worse; we got a phone call on Xmas Day; and his spirits are very good!

The Abominable Anthonys

This is not about Caylee, the murdered two-year-old whose skeletonized remains were found December 12th, 5 months after her grandmother reported her missing, 6 months after she actually went missing, but rather about George and Cindy Anthony, Caylee's grandparents.

I acknowledge their grief; they obviously loved the child very much.
I don't have much sympathy for anything else about these two.
Their behavior during the ordeal is disturbing, to say the least.
The Anthony mantra "You need to be out looking for our granddaughter!", was usually delivered from their front yard following confrontations with non-believers (those who suspected the child was not kidnapped). Although George did drive around with a huge billboard on a trailer, that's not exactly searching. Why he felt the need to do that when the local news coverage was non-stop and wider-reaching (and free), I don't know.

They opened a trust fund: "Help Find Caylee". Twice. The original fund had b…

Faster Than Instantly

One of our local television reporters *cough*Steve Barrett*cough* , reporting from the scene where the remains of murdered child Caylee Anthony were found, said that the crowd of on-lookers "appeared instantly, some being there even faster".
Faster than an instant?

Even though there apparently is a unit of time faster than an instant (a quinstant), people not living in a star trek universe do not travel this way.

Except for the local news.


The Latest Radical Chic

It seems to me that something is very wrong in this country when the so-called Best Defense goes to those who are trying to destroy it rather than to those who are trying to defend it.
Within the ranks of our leading law schools, law firms and legal centers, it would be hard to find a cause more popularthan the detainees of Guantanamo Bay. Every lawyer wants his own detainee or detainee group. The result is that dozens of the world's most dangerous men now have their own legal Dream Teams.
- Op-Ed from WSJ: Gitmo Lawyers Are the Latest in Radical Chic

H/T: The Jawa Report

So It Begins

Hope and Change?
Nope.
Same old politics as usual.
President-elect Barack Obama's staff has declined to respond to even basic questions about an internal investigation into what conversations Obama's aides and advisers may have had with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Didn't take long, did it?


Soldiers' Angels Need Some Angels!

The good folks at Soldier's Angels have sent lots of packages to our troops for Christmas, and they have lots more to send, but, alas, no more funds for postage.

Please, please, go HERE and help them out!


H/T: The Jawa Report


Xmas Lights

You have to give the guy points for attitude.



Abbey, Meredith, and the US Post Office

I was sorting through some old e-mail that I had saved and came across a "Dear God" letter.

Now, I'm not a religious person, but I don't have a problem with people who are, except for those In-your-face-believe-as-I-do-or-die-fanatics, but I digress.

Since the news these days is full of people doing horrible things to other people, I thought it might be the right time for a post about the kindness of strangers.

Have a clean sleeve handy.

POSTAL SERVICE COMES THROUGH

Our 14-year-old dog, Abbey died last month.
The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter, Meredith, was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey.

She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take special care of our dog, Abbey? She died yesterday and is in heaven. We miss her very much. We are happy that you let us have her as our dog even th…

Not Forgotten: Pearl Harbor

On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning the attack on a Sunday, Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo hoped to catch the entire fleet at Pearl Harbor, but the aircraft carriers and one of the battleships were not in port.
When it was over, the U.S. losses were: US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA USMC: 109 KIA, 69 WIA Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA TOTAL: 2,403 KIA, 1,178 WIA. Battleships at Pearl Harbor, December 7th: USS Arizona - Total loss when a bomb hit her magazine; 1,177 lost USS Oklahoma - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor; 429 lost USS California - Sunk at her berth. USS West Virginia - Sunk at her berth. USS Nevada - Beached to prevent sinking. USS Pennsylvania - Light damage USS Maryland - Light damage USS Tennessee - Light damage USS Utah - Sunk The USS Arizona: The USS Arizona sank in nine minutes and burned for over two days. There were 1.4 million …

Chutzpah: Flagrant Boldness

And in LOLspeak, they haz it!
Barky Obummer, who raised MILLIONS of dollars during his campaign, is asking his vast list of donors for MORE money to pay off Hillary Clinton's "massive" campaign debt.
Obama asks donors to pay Clinton campaign debt

In other words these two personal millionaires are sticking it to the American people. Again. Get used to it.

Is This Guy Kidding?

William Ayers, UNREPENTANT DOMESTIC TERRORIST, is now calling himself an 'extreme vandal'.

"We did carry out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism ..."Symbolic?
You set bombs off in public places.
And you would have blown up US soldiers and civilians at Ft. Dix in 1970 if the bombs intended for them hadn't detonated early, killing the 3 'extreme vandals' who happened to be assembling them. Recovered in the rubble were four 12″ pipe-bombs filled with dynamite, using roof nails as shrapnel designed to add lethality to the blast, and more than 50 sticks of dynamite, some of it fused in eight-stick bundles that could level entire buildings.

Extreme Vandalism?
This must be the politically correct term for domestic terrorism.

According to Merriam-Webster's OnLine dictionary:
Terrorism - violent or destructive acts (as Bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate populations or government.

"I was cast in the “unrepentant terrorist” role.."You w…

What Really Stinks

“In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol."

Senator Harry Reid (NV/D), ever the eloquent class act (NOT), insulted millions of Americans whose tax dollars not only paid for the brand-new, very expensive, Capitol Visitors' Center - also pay his salary.

Here's the video clip from Breitbart

What really stinks in the Capitol are the 100 asses in the Senate and the 435 asses in the House.

Big Bad ... Disney

A leading Catholic cleric has accused Disney of corrupting children and encouraging greed.

Christopher Jamison, the Abbot of Worth in West Sussex, warns that "society is in danger of losing its soul because of growing consumerism and the decline of religion".

As to the 'losing its soul' remark, I refer the Abbot to recent news from Mumbai. I seriously doubt that any of those terrorists were corrupted by anything related to Mickey Mouse. No, something much more sinister and evil corrupted their souls.

As to the 'decline of religion' remark, perhaps the Abbot is concerned that people are spending their money with Disney rather than tithing to the Church.

Thanksgiving 2008

Joe Heller says it all:



Semper Shameful

Apparently if you serve your country in uniform for 25 years and if your son is killed while serving his country in uniform, your 1st Amendment rights are forfeit.Jesse Nieto, a 25-year Marine veteran and father of one of the 17 sailors killed in the 2000 USS Cole terrorism attack, has been banned from driving his truck when visiting his son's grave at the Arlington National Cemetery.The reason?Because of displaying this “offensive material":

In fact, his truck has been banned from all federal installations until the "offensive" decals are removed. And who issued this order?
The Base Magistrate, Camp Lejeune.Because of 'complaints'.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, commented: “The banning of these decals is political correctness run amuck in the military. Our troops are being killed by Islamic terrorists, 9/11 was caused by Islamic terrorists, these terrorists want to destroy America, the Islamic countries persecute C…

Thank You, Too...War Dogs

Not Forgotten: Our Veterans

A VETERAN is someone who, at one point in one's life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America" for an amount of "up to and including my life".

That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

- Author Unknown



It is the Soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer who gives us freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and who's coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brien

Happy 233rd, Marines

LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. over at the Rottweiler Empire has the list of

233 reasons to love the Corps.

My personal reasons are: husband and son.





Fallen Hero: LCpl Christopher Aldesperger

November 10, 2004

Fallujah, Iraq
Operation al Fajr

On 10 November 2004, Kilo 3/5 began clearing houses in a pre-dawn Operation. They encountered only “minor resistance” until the last house. Like most houses in Fallujah, it had a walled compound around the house and an outdoor stairway leading to the roof."As the Marines breached the compounds gate, the insurgents sprang a “Chechen Ambush”, in which they hoped to wound the initial Marines and then kill the corpsman and other Marines who rushed to their aid. Lance Cpl. Erick Hodges was immediately hit by a hail of bullets, killing him instantly. Navy Corpsman Alonso Rogero was hit in the stomach while Lance Cpl. Ryan Sunnerville was hit in the leg. Hopping on one leg L/Cpl. Sunnerville pushed forward under a barrage of hand grenades, engaging the insurgents with his M-16 at a range of less than 20 yards.PFC Christopher Aldesperger rushed forward, engaging a concealed machine gun position while he helped Rogero and Sunnerville to the …

Michelle Obama, First Lady-To Be

From the mouth of America's next First Lady:
"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more."> NF: Let's start with your six-figure income and million-dollar house.
"For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.
> NF: But not for the successes of our space program, the end of the Cold War, or Iraqi independence.

I hope that you are proud of your country, if only for the second time in your adult life, for electing your husband who has accomplished nothing memorable until now to be POTUS. <

Diantha Harris, Social Progressive Activist

This is what American children are being exposed to in a so-called 'learning environment' .

Note: This was in Fayetteville (near Fort Bragg), not Asheville.
Thanks to the Tundra Tabloid

UpdateYou'll notice that when asked why he's supporting Obama, the (black) boy responds, "I'd like a black president", the so-called 'educator' says nothing about the racist remark. Just imagine if one of the kids supporting McCain had replied "because he's white".

Had this person's child been 'educated' in this manner, she'd be all up in somebody's ass.

And, unfortunately, there are many more teachers, should I say 'political agenda activists' -or- social progressive agents, just like her, shaping your children's minds with their poison.

America's Historic Disaster

Oh. My. Goodness.
I have a new hero.

From iowahawk, blogger extraordinaire:

Election Analysis: America Can Take Pride In This Historic, Inspirational Disaster
Although I have not always been the most outspoken advocate of President-Elect Barack Obama, today I would like to congratulate him and add my voice to the millions of fellow citizens who are celebrating his historic and frightening election victory. I don't care whether you are a conservative or a liberal -- when you saw this inspiring young African-American rise to our nation's highest office I hope you felt the same sense of patriotic pride that I experienced, no matter how hard you were hyperventilating with deep existential dread. Yes, I know there are probably other African-Americans much better qualified and prepared for the presidency. Much, much better qualified. Hundreds, easily, if not thousands, and without any troubling ties to radical lunatics and Chicago mobsters. Gary Coleman comes to mind. But let&#…

Change is Coming

The candidate of Change who promised "Change We Can Believe In", then Changed that slogan to "Change We Need" is now in position to Change Our Lives.

Changes like:nationalizing health care, unilaterally disarming our nuclear weapons, pushing the Global Poverty Act, appointing judges (that are left of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, passing legislation banning handguns, greatly increasing federal spending by euphemistically disguising it as a stimulus package, or increasing taxes on producers and expanding "redistribution" Changes like:
imposing limitations on private executive salaries, empowering labor unions, further nationalizing public education with the leftist indoctrination agenda of the National Education Association, further opening our borders, ratifying the Kyoto climate change treaty, abandoning Israel, retreating and surrendering in Iraq, dramatically reducing the defense budget, and possibly reinstating the draft in the name of racial equity.…

Good Onya, Michael

Journalistic ethics aren't a lost cause quite yet:

Media's Presidential Bias and Decline
By Michael S. Malone
Oct. 24, 2008 "The traditional media are playing a very, very dangerous game -- with their readers, with the Constitution and with their own fates. The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling. And over the last few months I've found myself slowly moving from shaking my head at the obvious one-sided reporting, to actually shouting at the screen of my television and my laptop computer.
But worst of all, for the last couple weeks, I've begun -- for the first time in my adult life -- to be embarrassed to admit what I do for a living. A few days ago, when asked by a new acquaintance what I did for a living, I replied that I was "a writer," because I couldn't bring myself to admit to a stranger that I'm a journalist." Read the rest HERE

As my Aussie friend would say: &qu…

White Guilt, Black Racism & Obama

Another blogger whose way with words is far superior to mine:

Conservative Beach Girl
... I'll ask the question: Should Obama get a free pass on judgments in character matters BECAUSE he has black skin?
The answer is NO. He who would be president of the United States must walk the gauntlet all others have walked - bloodied and unbowed - before him.

Affirmative action does not reach as far as the presidency...

Should Obama not be crowned the president, his wife will say, "The ugly white man did it."

But she will be wrong; she will have no farther to look for the cause of his defeat than to herself, to Jeremiah Wright, to William Ayers, and to Tony Rezko along with Louis Farrakhan and most prominently, she must face the ugly truth that his defeat will have been brought about by Obama himself.

It is time for white Americans to get over the spoons full of "white guilt" that have been the gruel served cold to us since our infancy for acts of slavery perpetrated upon …

A Guy Named Joe

From an on-line newsgroup:
Let's See ---- A Guy named Joe, who happens to be a plumber withambitions for a bigger business, questioned and challenged a Guy named Barack, who happens to be running for President of the USA/Leader of the Free World.

And within 24 hours the Media has given us more information about Joe's life than they've given us about Barack's life in the past 18 months.

Thanks to a diligent press corps, we now know about Joe's professional licensing status, his income tax situation, his employment history, his domestic squabbles, his voting record, everything associated with his personal identity; his education. It's probably been reported somewhere whether he wears boxers or briefs.

Thanks to a lazy press corps we still don't know:

what grades Obama made in college;
how he got into Harvard;
when he met Bill "the bomber" Ayers;
when he stopped doing illegal drugs;
his medical history;
whether he still smokes cigarettes;

t…

Fallen Hero: Spec. Stephen Fortunado

H/T to Wake Up America

This was a blog entry on Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato's blog, dated Aug. 30, 2008, and was sent to the Boston Globe by his mother, Elizabeth "Betty" Crawford.

From Boston Globe:If I may … I'd like to say something....Just to get it out there so it is clear. To all the pampered and protected Americans who feel it is their duty to inform me that I am not fighting for their freedom, and that i am a pawn in Bush's agenda of greed and oil acquisition: Noted, and [expletive deleted] You.

I am not a robot. i am not blind or ignorant to the state of the world or the implications of the "war on terrorism." i know that our leaders have made mistakes in the handling of a very sensitive situation, but do not for one second think that you can make me lose faith in what we, meaning America's sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers in uniform are doing. I am doing my part in fighting a very real enemy of the United States, i.e. Taliban,…

Fallen Hero: Cpl Justin Cooper

Marine Cpl. Justin Cooper of Eupora, Mississippi, was killed in combat in Afghanistan on May 18, 2008.

He was 22 years old.
Cpl. Cooper’s father, Alan Cooper, said he was told by Marine officials that his son died after he was shot in the chest, just above his body armor, during a fire fight.Being a Marine was something Cooper had always dreamed about, his father said.After he graduated from Eupora High School in 2004, Justin Cooper attended Holmes Community College for one semester before enlisting in the Marines.
It was Christmas Eve when he told his father he was going to be a Marine.He served two tours in Iraq, rising quickly through the ranks. Alan Cooper said he was told his son was one of the best scout snipers the Marines had seen in decades.

Requiescat In Pace, Marine

Mocking Michelle

Pat Buchanan asks, "What if SNL mocked Michelle Obama?"

Well, the answer is easy.

They won't because:

# 1 she's married to the Obamessiah, therefore Untouchable.

# 2 there would be a huge outcry from the Looney Left about hate crimes.

# 3 it would violate the media double standard.

# 4 there's nothing funny about her.


Dogs of War: Cooper

From Army Times:

The first military working dog team killed in action together since the beginning of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were laid to rest together July 18, 2007.

Cpl. Kory D. Wiens, 20, of the 94th Mine Dog
Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, 1st Engineer Brigade of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and his partner, Cooper, a Labrador Retriever, were killed July 6 by an IED while on patrol in Muhammad Sath, Iraq.

The cremated remains of Kory and Cooper were buried together in Wiens’ hometown of Dallas, OR, at the request of his family.

Hans Freimarck, the military working dog coordinator for the Army Dog Program said he didn’t know the last time a canine team was killed together, but Wiens and Cooper were the first for operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Requietum En Pacem, Soldiers

Vote For Josh!!

Highlights from Joel Mowbray'spost at Townhall:

"When Josh Mandel got a call from the Marines last year asking him to return voluntarily to Iraq, he had much more to contemplate than when he first enlisted in 2000. He had just been elected to the Ohio state legislature. He ultimately decided to serve a second tour in Iraq in Iraq “because I didn’t join the Marine Corps to say no when my country called,” Mr. Mandel explains. ... Now he has been forced to deal with the politics of that decision. The opponent in his tough re-election fight, trial attorney Bob Belovich, is attacking Mr. Mandel’s service, arguing that he abandoned voters. Mr. Belovich’s wife, Barbara, acknowledged in an interview for this column that she has told voters that Mr. Mandel “went AWOL” by fighting in Iraq. > NF: I find it interesting that when Hilary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama left their Senate seats empty for two years to pursue personal political ambition they were not accused of being AW…