November 30, 2008

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.

November 13, 2008

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 Christians, and now the military is victimizing a father whose son was killed by Islamic terrorists while serving our nation.”

“I suspect the next thing the Marine command will want to do is eliminate the Marine’s Hymn since the phrase ‘to the shores of Tripoli’ celebrates the Marine victory over Islamic forces in the Barbary Coast War and the Battle of Derne.”

More HERE.

How soon will it be before this decal is banned?

November 11, 2008

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

November 10, 2008

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 only cover available, the stairwell to the roof. Once secure in the relative safety of the rooftop, Aldesperger single-handedly held off insurgents storming the stairway. With blood streaming down his shrapnel peppered face, he watching in silent rage while insurgents peppered the lifeless body of L/Cpl. Hodges with bullets, including two head shots. When one insurgent rushed forward to grab Hodges weapon, Aldesperger dropped him with one round.

Unable to engage the machine gun position under his feet which was pinning down the Marines, PFC Aldesperger, using the 40 mm M-203 grenade launcher, blasted a hole in the floor through which he could return fire on the MG position. The insurgents half-heartedly returned fire and fled, allowing the Marines outside the courtyard to stage an assault. Four insurgents attempted to flee into the courtyard. PFC Aldesperger dropped each with a single shot. They joined 11 other dead insurgents inside the building, all killed by PFC Aldesperger’s M-16 fire through the improvised hole he had made in the floor.

The building had in fact been a central command and control post and Col. Patrick Malay, 3/5’s battalion commander, estimated that if it had not been subdued quickly, primarily due to PFC. Aldesperger’s actions, it may have thrown off the entire Fallujah timetable.

Once L/Cpl Hodges body had been recovered, the buildings walls were breached by an LVPT7 amphibious assault vehicle. PFC Aldesperger insisted on being the first in to ensure the only hajis left inside were dead.

At a company formation on Thanksgiving weekend, PFC Aldesperger was meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal for his actions on the Marine Corps Birthday. He was also nominated for the Medal of Honor.

Less than two weeks later L/Cpl. Aldesperger was killed in a sudden fusillade of bullets as he approached a house. Hit by multiple rounds in his body armor, the impact had spun him around, exposing his unprotected side. A single round had penetrated to his heart.

In April 2007 Lance Corporal Christopher Aldesperger’s family were presented a posthumous Navy Cross for his heroic actions of November 10, 2004 in Fallujah."

LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

Requiescat In Pace, Marine

November 08, 2008

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. <

November 07, 2008

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

You'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's not let that distract us from the fact that Mr. Obama's election represents a profound, positive milestone in our country's struggle to overcome its long legacy of racial divisions and bigotry. It reminds us of how far we've come, and it's something everyone in our nation should celebrate in whatever little time we now have left.

Less than fifty years ago, African-Americans were barred from public universities, restaurants, and even drinking fountains in many parts of the country. On Tuesday we came together and transcended that shameful legacy, electing an African-American to the country's top job -- which, in fact, appears to be his first actual job. Certainly, it doesn't mean that racism has disappeared in America, but it is an undeniable mark of progress that a majority of voters no longer consider skin color nor a dangerously gullible naivete as a barrier to the presidency.

It's also heartening to realize that as president Mr. Obama will soon be working hand-in-hand with a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard like Senator Robert Byrd to craft the incoherent and destructive programs that will plunge the American economy into a nightmare of full-blown sustained depression. As Vice President-Elect Joe Biden has repeatedly warned, there will be difficult times ahead and the programs will not always be popular, or even sane. But as we look out over the wreckage of bankrupt coal companies, nationalized banks, and hyperinflation, we can always look back with sustained pride on the great National Reconciliation of 2008. Call me an optimist, but I like to think when America's breadlines erupt into riots it will be because of our shared starvation, not the differences in our color.

It's obvious that this newfound pride is not confined to Americans alone. All across the world, Mr. Obama's election has helped mend America's tattered image as a racist, violent cowboy, willing to retaliate with bombs at the slightest provocation. The huge outpouring of international support following the election shows that America can still win new friendships while rebuilding its old ones, and provides Mr. Obama with unprecedented diplomatic leverage over our remaining enemies. When Russian tanks start pouring into eastern Europe and Iranian missiles begin raining down on Jerusalem, their leaders will know they will be facing a man who not only conquered America's racial divide but the hearts of the entire Cannes film community. And those Al Qaeda terrorists plotting a dirty nuke or chemical attack on San Francisco face a stark new reality: while they may no longer need to worry about US Marines, they are looking down the barrel of a strongly worded diplomatic condemnation by a Europe fully united in their deep sympathy for surviving Americans.

So for now, let's put politics aside and celebrate this historic milestone. In his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial 45 years ago, Dr. King said "I have a dream that one day my children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

Let us now take pride that (on) Tuesday we Americans proved that neither thing matters anymore.

November 06, 2008

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.

Changes like:

nationalizing our private 401(k) funds, abusing governmental power to target and investigate dissent from ordinary "Joes," and implementing the Fairness Doctrine to shut down political dissent from his talk radio critics.

Oh, yes, Change is coming.

H/T: David Limbaugh -
Expect Fewer Liberties

November 01, 2008

Good Onya, Michael

Journalistic ethics aren't a lost cause quite yet:

Media's Presidential Bias and Decline

By Michael S. Malone

"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: "Good Onya, Michael", for having the courage and the honesty to write it like it is.