Sunday, April 29, 2007

This one is just for the troops...

To all of you out there who read our blogs, you know you have our gratitude and our continuing support. Once in a while some knucklhead comes out with "if you want to show your support for our troops, why don't you do something besides paying lip service to it?" We are. We put your words out there for people to see them, to read them, to know what your thoughts are, your opinions, your feelings. We're proud of you, and of the job you are doing.

Well done.

For those of you who haven't seen this yet, there is a site with a petition for you to sign, those of you in uniform, that I'm going to pass along. It was mentioned in the Day by Day strip that we post here on the blog, so some of you may have gotten it there; for those of you who didn't, click here.

Again, I salute you as a veteran, and I KNOW I speak for our other contributors in saying God bless you all, and thank you for your service to our nation.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Friday, April 27, 2007

Gathering of Eagles update...27APR07

You know, I wonder if Gathering of Eagles would get FLACK like this if they had come out as a Leftinistra organization? Somehow, I very, VERY seriously doubt it...

The Final Word on GOE Finances

Posted: 26 Apr 2007 07:30 PM CDT

I am here, as part of the Gathering of Eagles leadership, to address–again–some underhanded and false accusations about the integrity of Gathering of Eagles as an organization, as well as the personal honor of its leaders.

Gathering of Eagles began as an event, a single stand by thousands who wanted to be heard. Early on, thousands of emails came in, literally begging us to never lose the momentum. Eagles themselves asked us how we could think of simply going home after the rally, back to our lives—back to silence. Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq cried out for continued support, even as they cheered our event. There was no way we could possibly say no.

As you know, there have been accusations leveled almost continuously since the rally. Men like Jere Beery and Gene Simes claim that Larry Bailey is somehow “anti-vet” because he chose not to involve GOE in a controversial political issue. What’s worse, Beery claims that we “helped ourselves” to the funds so generously donated to GOE by Americans all over the world.

“…[T]he ‘new’ GOE cut them selves’ in on the charity money,” claimed Jere Beery in an email to me yesterday. “Theoretically, any funds you are taking in NOW could be considered surplus to the expense of GOE-1 and rightfully belongs to charity. Apparently, someone at your end determined it would be OK to use the funds earmarked for charity to build the GOE. I take exception to that.” This statement is false and ridiculous, but I’ll deal with that in a minute.

Beery also says it should have taken us only $10,000 to pay for GOE 1.

“If I allow $10,000 for the stage, sound system, bleachers, extra tent, permits, clean up, and porta potties, that leaves $50,000,” he pontificates. “Can you provide me with a hint to where this money went? And at what point did GOE decide to change the ground rules and not send the entire surplus of funds raised to a charity as pledged?”

I realize that when Beery and Simes put on events, no one actually shows up, but to think that an event could be put on for 30,000 people on a $10,000 budget is insane. In fact, I’ll answer his first question now: Where did the money go? Exactly where we said it did.

All told, we raised a little over $62,000 and some change between when we first started taking donations and about 2 weeks ago, before the latest funds appeal. We had a little over $51,500 in expenses–almost $40,000 of that went to the rally itself. The rest was for online presence, press conferences, inventory in the GOE store, etc. We set aside all donations that have come in after the first event, to be put toward the second event and ongoing efforts, about $10,000. Once all bills were paid, that left us with a surplus of slightly over $200.

Now, I’ll answer his second question: “[A]t what point did GOE decide to change the ground rules and not send the entire surplus of funds raised to a charity as pledged?”

Here’s the simple answer: Never. We never “changed any rules.” We are excited about donating to Sew Much Comfort; so much so, in fact, that we will be making a $1000 donation in the next few days, in the name of Gathering of Eagles.

The facts don’t matter to Jere Beery, of course. A few moments ago, I received this email:

“I’m certain Sew Much Comfort is a great organization. And I know they are just blown away with the $201 donation. That equals out to less than 1/3 of 1 percent of 60,000 in DONATED funds. WOW! LUCKY THEM! You guys really went all out! Supporting your troops…?”

Like I said: facts don’t matter.

Mr. Beery claims that we had no right to apply donated funds to setting up the organization—that it all should have gone to the rally event or to charity. I disagree, and I stand by the GOE’s leadership decision to become more than a one-time flash in the pan, even though there were those who told us it couldn’t be done—and those who said GOE should stay as a single moment, instead of beginning a new age. Some even said we wouldn’t be needed after March 17th.

They were all wrong. It can be done, and it is being done, in cities and towns all over the country. In two short months we have become a force to be reckoned with, a vocal part of the majority of Americans who support our men and women in uniform. We have hundreds of volunteers, working in their own communities to bring back pride in our military and belief in what makes our nation great. We are answering people like Cindy Sheehan, matching her appearances and ensuring that she does not appear in public without her treason being answered. We are growing, and making it impossible for the media to continue to ignore the truth—that a large section of Americans support the troops AND their mission.

There is still so much to be done. Senators claim openly that the war is lost, Army deserters are being hailed as heroes by a cowardly and anti-American Left, recruiters are being banned from school after school, and our troops are being prosecuted for killing the enemy. There has never been in our history such a need for GOE to exist.

My having to defend accusations from disgruntled veterans like Jere Beery and Gene Simes is wrong. It is wrong because there are men dying in Iraq and Afghanistan as we speak, and there is a greater threat to our nation than the personal attacks these men have chosen to level against me and against Captain Bailey. It is wrong because there was no misconduct to answer for. There was no “fleecing,” there were no “illegal” tactics employed to raise money, and there was no misleading of the American people. In fact, the people involved with Gathering of Eagles are some of the most honorable, most open, most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They love their country above all else, and they would never dream of mishandling or “stealing” funds, as Mr. Beery and Mr. Simes have so gleefully insinuated, all the while claiming, of course, that they’re “just asking the hard questions.” The Eagles I work with also wouldn’t engage in the type of sexual remarks and inappropriate questioning that I’ve seen addressed to me, and about me, from Jere Beery.

We did the best we could with the funds for GOE 1, and we did it proudly and honestly. The people who give so valiantly of their time, their careers, their money, and their lives to ensure that Gathering of Eagles is a viable and effective organization did—and do—so at great disadvantage to themselves. I am proud of myself for the work I have done, and I am even more proud of my countrymen, who continue to answer the desperate call of sanity and patriotism every day in their communities as “Eagles,” a breed of American much needed in our time.

I will no longer answer questions about our finances, or about my integrity. Neither of them needs defending, and it only detracts from the mission at hand. I will, however, keep my word, and appear on Stardust Radio next week to answer, one last time, the “hard questions” that Mr. Beery and Mr. Simes have demanded that I address. Hopefully none of those will be about my anatomy or sex life.

Thank you for your continued support and for your faith in us. We will not let you down.

Can I GET an amen?

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


First Amendment vs Political Correctness update

This was forwarded to me in email, and has been checked out to be true at


Hooray for Michigan State University

Tells Muslims to Leave Country Hooray for Michigan State University!

Well, what do we have here? Looks like a small case of some people being able to dish it out, but not take it.

Let's start at the top. The story begins at Michigan State University with a mechanical engineering professor named Indrek Wichman. Wichman sent an e-mail to the Muslim Student's Association. The e-mail was in response to the students' protest of the Danish cartoons that portrayed the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist. The group ha d complained the cartoons were "hate speech."

Enter Professor Wichman. In his e-mail, he said the following:

Dear Moslem Association: As a professor of Mechanical Engineering here at MSU I intend to protest your protest. I am offended not by cartoons, but by more mundane things like beheadings of civilians, cowardly attacks on public buildings, suicide murders, murders of Catholic priests (the latest in Turkey), burnings of Christian churches, the continued persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt, the imposition of Sharia law on non-Muslims, the rapes of Scandinavian girls and women (called "whores" in your culture), the murder of film directors in Holland, and the rioting and looting in Paris France. This is what offends me, a soft-spoken person and academic, and many, many of my colleagues. I counsel your dissatisfied, aggressive, brutal, and uncivilized slave-trading Moslems to be very aware of this as you proceed with your infantile "protests." If you do not like the values of the West - see the 1st Amendment - you are free to leave. I hope for God's sake that most of you choose that option. Please return to your ancestral homelands and build them up yourselves instead of troubling Americans.

Cordially, I. S. Wichman Professor of Mechanical Engineering

As you can imagine, the Muslim group at the university didn't like this too well. They're demanding that Wichman be reprimanded and mandatory diversity training for faculty and a seminar on hate and discrimination for freshman. Now the c hapter of CAIR has jumped into the fray. CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, apparently doesn't believe that the good professor had the right to express his opinion.

For its part, the university is standing its ground, saying the e-mail was private, and they don't intend to publicly condemn his remarks. That will probably change. Wichman says he never intended for his e-mail to be made public, and wouldn't have used the same strong language if he'd known it was going to get out.

How's the left going to handle this one? If you're in favor of the freedom of speech, as in the case of Ward Churchill, will the same protections be demanded for Indrek Wichman? I doubt it.

Send this to your friends, and ask them to do the same. Tell them to keep passing it around until the whole country gets it. We are in a war. This political correctness crap is getting old and killing us.

All I can say to this is HOOOWAH!

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Revisiting an oath

I'm not much of one for repeating myself. Never have been. It's a personal quirk.

That being said, I'm going to repost one of my first postings for this site because I think that there are several out there who have forgotten their oaths, words that didn't apply just for a period of time to be discarded and left behind, but an oath that follows some of us for the rest of our days.

Some of you know exactly what I mean by this. I'd dare say the Gathering of Eagles is a PRIME example of what I mean. They know full and well what I mean when I sign off with my signature "Once and Always..." Others seem to have FORGOTTEN the words that so many of us have spoken, the oath we made, and the honor to maintain that oath. For those of us who remember, we remember it and live it with pride. To those of you who seem to have lost your way, let me remind you, so that maybe, jussssssssttttttt maybe, you can remember what it means to have honor.

These are words, an oath, a commitment, that follow to the grave. And it goes like this:

I am an American fighting man. I serve in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender my men while they still have the means to resist. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause. I will never forget that I am an American fighting man, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

I first uttered these words over twenty years ago when I was sworn in to the armed services, the army being my choice, in Memphis, TN. As I look back, now, on the years in between and the things that have happened, I sit sometimes and I wonder what it was that prompted me to enlist in the armed forces, what motivated my thinking, and my acting upon said thought processes. In doing so, I’ve spoken to other veterans through the years, asking them the same questions that I asked of myself. The answers varied, of course, from individual to individual, some having been drafted and having found a home and a way of life that they could understand and appreciate, some of us, like me, volunteers in an era after the draft had long been done away with.

My own plans were to have retired from the army, however, thanks to the budget cuts enacted by the Graham-Rudman-Hollings Act; my plans were drastically changed as the army began eliminating some of us “big boys” who had gone into service under the maximum weight, LOST weight, and were discharged for being OVER weight after the Act went into effect. I won’t go into how that made me feel at the time, or the resentment I still feel over it now, because that isn’t the purpose of this piece. I was asked if I would write a piece on the heart and mind of the American soldier, and drawing from my own experiences and the conversations with others through the years, that’s what I’m going to attempt to do.

From as far back as I can remember, I wanted to be a soldier. I could not, and still can not, see the flag waving proudly and hear the national anthem being played without feeling a lump in my throat and my eyes misting at the heavy weight of what it means to me to be an American, and the pride that I have in our country and our way of life, along with the realization of the sacrifices made by others before me for us to have our rights today. I believed in the ideals of our country, our nation, from my earliest memories. My thoughts, my beliefs, where and still are that our way of life was and is to be defended and upheld, for ourselves, for our families and loved ones, for our children and our children’s children. I know that those are some deep thoughts for a child, but I was always a child of deep thought, a state that has followed me into my adult years. When I was younger, I had difficulty expressing my thoughts in the spoken word, again, a condition that sometimes gives me trouble still, but if I could sit down long enough to think, and to write, I could put forth my ideas in what could be, more or less, a comprehensive format for others to follow and understand what was on my mind.

I’m rambling.

The heart of the soldier is the heart of someone who is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of others. Most often, the most immediate thoughts are of those comrades in arms on the battlefield and loved ones back home when the soldier is confronted with the possibility of death. This doesn’t undermine the deep rooted belief of the soldier in ideals and principles worth fighting for, and in some cases, worth dying for. The belief that life should be lived freely is a common bond amongst those who enter the armed forces of our country, no matter if the service is entered for college money or for other reasons. Freedom, and the love of freedom, motivates the majority of us to commit our lives, or a portion of our lives, to our nation’s defense. Our very precepts were established by men willing to fight and die for a cause they believed in, a struggle to be free of an oppressive and overbearing government. Thomas Jefferson put these beliefs into words with the Declaration of Independence when he wrote them, stating “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…” The truth and meaning of these words, and the words preceding and following them, are just as applicable today as they were when our fledgling nation was in it’s infancy, when the thought of the United States was merely a concept, not a reality. The spirit of these words has been the driving force behind our nation’s military membership since the days before we WERE a nation, when we were still colonies under British rule fighting for independence.

We stand ready, soldiers past and present, to fight to defend our way of life, our freedom, our rights as citizens of this nation to live freely, to think freely, to believe, to live, to love, and to die as free men and women. The marines have a saying, “once a marine, always a marine.” I find this to be true of the majority of veterans in regards to their branches of service. I am as much a soldier today as I was when I was in uniform, ready and willing to fight and, if need be, die for the cause of freedom for my countrymen.

There are those out there, still today, who despise us for what we are, what we do, what we stand for, calling us names, degrading us, despising us. That is their right, and their choice. As they make that choice, it would do well for them to remember this one key fact: they have those rights because American servicemen and women have served to ensure that those rights are preserved.

The words may have changed in recent years to become more “inclusive” and politically correct to “I am an American Soldier,” but the spirit still stands the same as the words I recited, with pride, over twenty years ago when I was sworn in to service. I was, and still am, an American fighting man…


Gathering of Eagles, fly high and fly proud. Those of you currently in service, my hat is off to you, you make those of us who give a damn proud, and we'll gladly stand behind you and beside you. The rest of you, the cut and run crowd, the surrender and retreat crowd? If you're a veteran and you've reread that oath and can't get yourself into a spot where you can get behind our younger generation, get the HELL out of the way, at the very least, instead of being a stumbling block on the path.


Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Gathering of Eagles update...22APR07

Preliminary AAR from Greensboro RallyApril 21st, 2007

Larry Bailey called in to report that there were approximately equal numbers of Eagles to protestors. The rally was well-attended by both the Patriot Guard and Rolling Thunder, and the Eagles had bullhorns in their designated area. Bailey says a fantastic time was had by all.

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From Channel 14 News in Greensboro:

Hundreds protest war in Iraq

4/22/2007 12:23 PM
By: Stephanie Stilwell

GREENSBORO, NC -- Hundreds of protestors from all over North Carolina took the streets in downtown Greensboro to voice their opposition to the war in Iraq. It started with a march and ended with a nationally known activist speaking to the crowd.

(Personal note: won't he be so PROUD of those beautiful little girls when they learn how to give the finger JUST LIKE DADDY?)

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“My brother was a disabled American Vietnam vet and he died.. So it's kind of personal for me I don't want another family to go through what we did and watching him spend 30 years dying from the wounds that he emotionally received in Vietnam,” said protestor Renita Courts.

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Organizers at the rally had a nationally known activist to help get their message across, Cindy Sheehan.


Those against Sheehan’s calls for the end of the war say, “I don't believe in what she is trying to say, Killing is not nice but it's either over there or here” said Dan Wyatt, an anti-protestor.

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These counter protestors said they remember when radical protestors affected policy in the '60s. They said that's not something they want to see again.

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Thanks to Yakfisher of Military Appreciation Day for the pictures found at photobucket .

Again, to Cindy Sheehan, I say you dishonor your son and his sacrifice for his country and for something he believed in. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Eagles, fly high, fly proud!

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man

[Update] -From GOE:

The Gathering of Eagles together with the Conservative Women’s Voice of UNC-Chapel Hill is proud to announce a pro-America event!

UNC and GOE will unite and Support our Troops, Support their mission, and Support the United States of America!

This event is NOT a counter-protest. This is our time to make our voices heard! This is our time to speak out, and let the world know that we are PROUD to be Americans, that we are PROUD of our military, that we are PROUD to live in the Land of the Free because of the Brave!

What the GOE along with Rolling Thunder and others did on March 17th was a spectacular beginning. We will show the world that we are here to stay! We will be the Silent Majority NO MORE!

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th, 2007
WHERE: Polk Place, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Come join us for live music and speakers, including Iraq war veterans and UNC students. Check back for more details on presenters and musician–coming soon!

Of course, the event is free and open to the public, so if you are in the area or plan to be, feel free to join us! We are still trying to raise money for the event as well. Please consider a contribution to the Gathering of Eagles, or directly to the Conservative Women’s Voice of UNC. For GoE contributions, see the sidebar on the right. For CWV contributions, contact Anthony Stevenson via CWV -at- unc -dot- edu.


Checks may be sent to Gathering of Eagles, Box 291; Chocowinity, NC 27817. They should be made payable to “GOE” and noted “For UNC Rally.”

Directions to UNC-CH can be found here: Information on parking
will be here available here soon, so check back for updates.

Polk Place is located off South Road on campus, next to the Wilson Library. An interactive campus map can be found here:

The Eagles Will Soar–Again!

[End Update]


Friday, April 20, 2007

Start the bans NOW! STOP THE INSANITY! And could someone pass the Tobasco Sauce, please?

My friends, I have decided that I am going to jump on the bandwagon here, early, a few days ahead of what I had planned on in making any kind of commentary whatsoever after the Virginia Tech shootings.

I'm stepping up to the plate (think baseball here, not the dinner table) and joining in in promoting the beginnings of immediate bannings, thanks to the wise words of a commenter on our site who goes by the handle DigitalTraveler. Without his inspired wisdom I wouldn't have seen the light that should have been so clear to me all along. To those of you over at RadioActive Liberty, I'm sorry, guys, but we're going to have to start with the source of your battle cry; bacon has got to go. Bacon has killed so many, many people through the years, sitting there in the meat section of the local grocery store, so unassuming looking as you pass by and peruse the different brands and cures. It has caused untold heartache in it's silent but deadly overuse and abuse. Heart disease and high blood pressure, oh the sadness that this evil product causes.

In fact, let's ban all pork. That's the answer. We have to remove pork from the hands of Americans before it causes more harm, more pain, more grief.

But wait.

We don't eat pork by itself, do we? A LOT of pork is consumed at breakfast, and so are a lot of...EGGS! YES! EGGS are evil, TOO. Full of cholesterol, usually SALTED to improve their taste...wait, SALT? SALT?!? HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE! We've got to get rid of salt, too.

Wow, I'm starting to feel really GOOD now, knowing that I'm serving my fellow man and pointing out how we need to BAN the evil salt, bacon, and eggs in order to SAVE humanity.

But wait. What about the utensils? One doesn't NORMALLY eat eggs with their fingers, right?

OH MY GOD we have to ban forks. Yes, forks have GOT to go. We can no longer sit idly by and allow forks to murder us. Something has to be done. Congress MUST be made aware of the clear and present danger that forks present to us on a daily basis. I wonder how many people a DAY across this country are killed by random acts of eating involving the use of forks. Why did you know that they even make plastic forks that can't be detected by metal detectors? THIS HAS GOT TO BE STOPPED.

I KNOW! We can ask Rosie O'Donnell to be our poster-girl on why utensils MUST BE BANNED!! Every cause NEEDS a celebrity behind it, right? We can get Rosie to tell us ALL about how forks, knives, and spoons have turned her into the hate filled, fallacy speaking, drivelling idiot she is today.

We must be cautious, however; the other side is SURE to bring out heavy hitters like Emeril Legasi, Alton Brown, and, steady men, steady...Rachel Ray. She in particular would be a DEVESTATING distraction to the men in our movement...


I have a prediction to make at this point, regarding what I've said so far. In reading this, Conservatives are going to be laughing their asses off at the supreme ridiculousness of what I just said (um, other than that about Rachel Ray, insert wolf whistle here, and Rosie O'Donnell, insert gagging noise here), Liberals are going to be pissed as hell and think, rightfully, that they're being mocked for their lack of logic and thinking.

I'm going to save further comment on the gun side of the Virginia Tech story for now; I honestly hope that in reading this posting it will make EVERYONE stop for a moment and think how inappropriate it is to debate gun control YET AGAIN so soon after this tragedy. Those of you who follow our blogsite here know full and well that I'm a very firm Constitutionalist and a member of the NRA. Nuff said there. My hope is that people will see that there is a time and a place for every discussion and examination; right now is a time for trying to heal. We already know who is responsible, we're beginning to understand why. Guns aren't the why, mental stability is.

Remember the families of those who lost loved ones at Virginia Tech, keep them in your hearts, keep them in your prayers.

And to those of you over at RadioActive Liberty, all I have left to say to YOU, compadres, is BACON!

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Monday, April 16, 2007

Another Veteran Speaks Out

This was forwarded to me in my email, and I thought I'd pass it along. It speaks volumes.

Insight of a Sergeant Major
J.D. Pendry, CSM, U.S.Army (retired)

Jimmy Carter, you're the father of the Islamic Nazi movement. You threw the Shah under the bus, welcomed the Ayatollah home and then lacked the spine to confront the terrorists when they took our embassy and our people hostage. You're the Runner-in-Chief.

Bill Clinton, you played "ring around the Lewinsky" while the terrorists were at war with us. You got us into a fight with them in Somalia, and then you ran from it. Your weak-willed responses embolden the killers. Each time you failed to respond adequately they grew bolder, until 9/11.

John Kerry, dishonesty is your most prominent attribute. You lied about American Soldiers in Vietnam. Your military service, like your life, is more fiction than fact. You've accused our Soldiers of terrorizing women and in Iraq. You called Iraq "the wrong war, wrong place, wrong time"... the same words you used to describe Vietnam. You're a fake. You want to run from Iraq and abandon the Iraqis to murderers just as you did the Vietnamese. Iraq, like Vietnam, is another war that you were for, before you were against it.

John Murtha, you said our military was broken. You said we can't win militarily in Iraq. You accused United States Marines of cold-blooded murder without proof. And said we should re-deploy to Okinawa. Okinawa, John? And the Democrats call you their military expert. Are you sure you didn't suffer a traumatic brain injury while you were off building your war hero resume? You're a sad, pitiable, corrupt and washed up politician. You're not a Marine sir. You wouldn't amount to a pimple on a real Marine's ass. You're a phony and a disgrace. Run away John.

Dick Durbin, you accused our Soldiers at Guantanamo of being Nazis, tenders of Soviet style gulags and as bad as the regime of Pol Pot who murdered two million of his own people after your party abandoned South East Asia to the Communists. Now you want to abandon the Iraqis to the same fate. History was not a good teacher for you, was it? See Dick run.

Ted Kennedy, for days on end you held poster-sized pictures from Abu Grhaib in front of any available television camera. Al Jazeera quoted you saying that Iraq's torture chambers were open under new management. Did you see the news this week Teddy? The Islamic Nazis demonstrate real torture for you again. If you truly supported our troops, you'd show the world poster-sized pictures of that atrocity and demand the annihilation of it. Your legislation stripping support from the South Vietnamese which led to a communist victory there. You're a bloated fool bent on repeating the same historical blunder that turned freedom-seeking people over to homicidal, genocidal maniacs. To paraphrase John Murtha, all while sitting on your wide, gin-soaked rear-end in Washington.

Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Carl Levine, Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, Russ Feingold, Hillary Clinton, Pat Leahy, Chuck Schumer et al ad nauseam. Every time you stand in front of television cameras and broadcast to the Islamic Nazis that we went to war because our President lied. That the war is wrong and our Soldiers are torturers. That we should leave Iraq, you give the Islamic butchers - the same ones that tortured and mutilated American Soldiers - cause to think that we will run away again and all they have to do is hang on a little longer.

American news media, the New YorkTimes particularly. Each time you publish stories about national defense secrets and our intelligence gathering methods, you become one with the sub-human pieces of camel dung that torture and mutilate the bodies of American Soldiers. You can't strike up the courage to publish cartoons, but you can help Al Qaeda destroy my country. Actually, you are more dangerous to us than Al Qaeda is. Think about that each time you face Mecca to admire your Pulitzer.

You are America's axis of idiots. Your collective stupidity will destroy us. Self-serving politics and terrorist abetting news scoops are more important to you than our national security or the lives of innocent civilians and Soldiers. It bothers you that defending ourselves gets in the way of your elitist sport of politics and your ignorant editorializing. There is as much blood on your hands as is on the hands of murdering terrorists. Don't ever doubt that. Your frolics will only serve to extend this war as they extended Vietnam. If you want our Soldiers home, as you claim, knock off the crap and try supporting your country ahead of supporting your silly political aims and aiding our enemies. Yes, I'm questioning your patriotism. Your loyalty ends with -self. I'm also questioning why you're stealing air that decent Americans could be breathing. You don't deserve the protection of our men and women in uniform. You need to run away from this war and this country. Leave the war to the people who have the will to see it through and the country to people who are willing to defend it.

No Commander in Chief, you don't get off the hook either. Our country has two enemies. Those who want to destroy us from the outside and those who attempt it from within. Your Soldiers are dealing with the outside force. It's your obligation to support them by confronting the axis of idiots. America must hear it from you that these people are harming our country, abetting the enemy and endangering our safety. Well up a little anger please, and channel it toward the appropriate target. You must prosecute those who leak national security secrets to the media. You must prosecute those in the media who knowingly publish those secrets. Our Soldiers need you to confront the enemy that they cannot. They need you to do it now.

This is long but this retired CSM lets it all hang out! This should be sent to every person in the USA and that includes the President and the rest of our country's leaders...It's time we as Americans stood together!

WELL SAID, Sergeant Major.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man

This letter has also been cross posted at Miss Beth's Victory Dance, Take Our Country Back and Conservative Thoughts.

Please feel free to pass thing along.


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Gathering of Eagles update...14APR07

If this doesn't touch your heart, I don't know what will.

It's found here, but I'm posting it in it's entirety because it's such a powerful, moving piece.

A Call For America to Stand -April 13th, 2007
by Gold Star Mother Debbie Lee

This letter is a call to action to the silent majority in America. It is a dangerous time in the history of our country and we can no longer quietly sit back on our apathetic rears and hope that someone else will speak for us, or that someone else will make a difference. Many Americans have listened to the lies of the liberal media and have adopted a defeated attitude that they can’t make a difference. I just completed a “These Colors Don’t Run” tour with Move America Forward that conducted rallies in 25 cities across America and ended in Washington DC, on the 17th of March. We joined forces with the Gathering of Eagles to protect our Memorials and let our troops and our President know that we support them and “have their backs covered.” I heard the heartbeat of America and we are fed up and ready to make a difference.

I joined the caravan in honor of my son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy Seal killed in Iraq on 8-2-06. He was willing to endure the rigorous “buds” training, “hell week” with maybe 5 hours of sleep for the entire week, endurance runs, rock portage, and the most intense training in special forces to be a Navy Seal. “One of the elite of the elite,” as his Commander in Chief told me. Did he endure all of this to sit on his tushy in his lazyboy and complain about how our world is going to “hell in a handbasket.” No! He was willing to take a stand and make a difference, to actively protect me and every American citizen, to defend this land that he loved against an attack from terrorists that killed over 3000 Americans in one day. He was willing to go Ramadi, the “hell hole” of Iraq and endure 120 degree temperatures while wearing 50 lbs of body armor and carrying an additional 100 lbs of weapons, ammo and equipment. He was willing to endure sleepless nights and months away from his family and friends. He was willing to stand in the direct line of fire and sacrifice his life to save his brothers at arms, and to continue to provide a safe place for you and I to live. Many people have commented to me, “the terrorists took your son’s life that day.” The terrorists didn’t “take” my sons life, Marc willingly “gave” his life. You see Marc recognized and believed that someone had laid down their life for him. As a single parent, raising 3 small children became overwhelming at times, and I didn’t have all of the answers. At times I didn’t have any of the answers. When my children would come to me with tough decisions to be made, I knew I didn’t know everything, but I had learned that I did know the one who did. God promises to be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless and my children had often heard me tell them to ”Go ask your Father.” They knew that meant to spend some time with their Heavenly Father. They knew that He loved them so much he had sent his son who willingly ”gave” his life so that they could spend an eternity with Christ. Marc was confident in where his final destination would be. Marc was just following in His Daddy’s footsteps when he gave his life for you and I. Jesus Christ and the American GI are the only ones I know who were willingly to die for us. Shouldn’t we be willing to live for them?

The media, Hollywood and the liberal’s want us to believe that we are failing in Iraq. They have made it their “political agenda” to change the world, they want the spotlight, they want to be in control. They want it to be “all about them,” and are trying to figure out how they can use this for their gain. Look at Nancy Pelosi, she makes a “publicity” trip to Syria despite Whitehouse objections. Then, she acts as though she is representing the Nation that told her not to go and promises President Assad that there is an alternative Democratic foreign policy. Talk about political agenda! Only the President has that constitutional authority! Sounds like treason to me and grounds for an impeachment. How self centered and ridiculous is that! Isn’t this about HERE AND NOW! We must remain united and not let the Nancy Pelosi’s and Cindy Sheehan’s speak for the minority of America! This war is about defending America and telling the terrorists “not on my watch.” It is also about setting free a nation that is ruled by fear and daily violence. A nation that has been raped, tortured, beaten, killed and suppressed by the evil tyrants and dictators who do it in the name of “Allah.” A nation who longs for the freedom America can help provide them with.

My son told me amazing stories of the difference we are making over there. I saw pictures of Marc in the Iraqi homes being embraced by the Father, with Iraqi children sitting on Marc’s lap. I have heard first hand of the hospitals that were being cleaned up, schools being built, water systems restored. Our technology is such that when the insurgents are found in a building we can take down just that building and leave the ones next door intact. Just this month I was briefed and saw amazing statistics about the difference in the last year on the number of Iraqi Army soldiers who have been trained and are staying, the major decrease in IED”S. Nobody wants to be in Iraq forever. I know that every time I hear of another family that is dealing with the loss of a son, daughter, husband, wife, Mother or Father, that I cry knowing the loss they are dealing with. Knowing the deep pain. I don’t want any more lives lost and that’s why we are there to stop the killing of innocent people in America and The Middle East. Sadaam killed over one million people. Do we just bury our heads in the sand and let these Terrorists continue? Do we wait for them to attack America again? Do we value American lives over the lives in third world countries? Do we think we are better than everyone else? Is our attitude send somebody else’s son, but not mine.

I am proud of both of my sons and my son-in-law who all were in the military on 9/11 and were willing to defend our country and make the needed sacrifices so that you, can be reading this letter. I am proud of all of our Vets who have stood up for what is right and honorable. Now is the time for each one of us to be willing to stand and live for them, to live for our country, and live for our God. After all isn’t this America that was founded as one nation under God? It’s time to rise up and make our voices be heard! We need to wake up the silent majority and become the Vocal majority! Do some research yourself and find out the truth. Refuse to watch the liberal lying media! Tell them you won’t be watching and why! Write to your Congressional leaders and your Senators, hold them accountable and let them know they can be voted out. Thank and support the ones who are representing and speaking for you. Register and Vote! Write letters to the editor, attend rallies supporting our troops and the War on Terror. Be confident and bold and share your opinions. Do our troops hide from what they believe in? No, they take every opportunity to make a difference and it’s time we do the same. Thank every serviceman or woman you see, they have sacrificed much! They are the true heroes! Send them cards, and care packages, support their families, and pray for them, our nation and ask God to give us the victory!

Thank you for joining with me to reclaim America!

A Very Proud Mother and American!

Debbie Lee

My Mighty Warrior

Marc Alan Lee

3-20-78 to 8-2-06

THIS is a Mother who honors her son...

Madame, I salute you and your family. Our nation owes you, and your family, a debt of gratitude.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Friday, April 13, 2007

Imus: a commentary

Unless you've been hiding under a rock the past couple of weeks, then you know exactly what I'm talking about when I mention Don Imus. Without going into all the details yet again, the consequences of what was said on the Imus show have been the loss of both his radio show and the MSNBC simulcast of it. Probably a just decision, all things considered, but let's take a look at a few things from a broader point of view.

What Don Imus said on his nationally syndicated program was wrong. You'll get no argument from me that he should have said what was said about the Rutgers basketball players. Did he have the RIGHT to say what he said? If one looks at the Constitution, according to the First Amendment, yes, he was well within his rights to say whatever he chose to say. Should he have said it? No. Free speech means you have the right to say something, personal responsibility calls for self-censorship in NOT saying things of a hateful and vile nature. Imus is 66 years old. He should have known better. That being said, he has been allowed to make disparaging comments about others for long enough that I'm sure he didn't see any big deal in opening his mouth and inserting his foot one more time.

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton (I refuse to refer to these men as "Reverend" for reasons that I'll get into in a few minutes) led a widely publicized campaign this past couple of weeks to have Imus removed from the airwaves. They used their influence and their energies to stir up an outcry of outrage that eventually led to Imus' dismissal from his contracts with CBS and MSNBC. In watching this spectacle unfold the past couple of weeks, several questions have come to my mind.

Where has the outrage been by Sharpton and Jackson, both proclaiming to be ministers, at Rosie O'Donnell in her hateful talk against Christians and against our nation on "The View?" O'Donnell shows absolutely no remorse in her comments, continues to spout off unchecked, and continues to show her ignorance in making statements about the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. All you have to do is look in the papers or in the news online to see that these detainees have gained weight during their detention, have been given copies of the Koran to read, allowed time to pray, and are even being allowed and encouraged to partake in sports, baseball in particular. Yet the great and all knowing Rosie lashes out at every occasion to tell how badly these people, who request the Harry Potter books in high numbers from the library at Gitmo, are being denied decent treatment.

Where is the outrage of Jackson and Sharpton at the hip-hop and rap industry in THEIR constant abusive language against women, against whites, against law enforcement? Where is their outcry against numerous black comedians when they cut down whites and other races? I've literally turned off Martin Lawrence and Dave Chappell, among others, for their racist and bigoted comments while doing their stand up routines.

Jackson and Sharpton are not without their own racist pasts, either. Jackson has referred to Jews as "Hymie's," Sharpton has referred to Jews as "Diamond Merchants." These are the words of people who would throw condemnations at another? And yet these two men are allowed to make their own apoligies for their statements and to continue on in their self appointed positions of being civic leaders? Where is the forgiveness for Don Imus in his situation? I'll tell you where; the Lady Rutgers basketball team. The very targets of the hateful comments have had the grace, dignity, and self-respect to vocalize their acceptance of Imus' apology. Will we see Sharpton and Jackson do the same? I seriously doubt it.

A double standard definitely exists in this country. It's ok for one group of people to be hateful and biased, bigoted and racist, but not for others. As to my refusal to refer to these two men as Reverend? I grew up in the church. I know what the duties and responsibilities of a man of God are. They are supposed to be the ones to promote healing, the ones to promote peace, the ones to be advocates, not instigators. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. promoted a message of unity and brotherhood. Jesse Jackson was WITH King when he was assassinated, which must mean that King thought that Jackson would be someone to carry on the message of unity and equality. As I see it, that has been the polar OPPOSITE of what Jackson has done in the years since. No, I will not refer to these two men as "Reverend" when their actions don't show that they deserve it.

And before anyone comes out with "he's just a white boy with a gripe about this whole thing," let me play my own "race card" here. Six hundred years ago, SOME of my ancestors on this continent had no idea what a white man even looked like. In the 1800's a great number of them where rounded up and herded from the southeast out into the Oklahoma territory. I may be a mixed breed, and may not look as Cherokee as others, but I'm damned proud of my heritage, and AS a mixed breed, I know that there's a difference between being someone promoting unity, and someone continuing to drive a wedge into a situation of disharmony that already exists.

The Trail of Tears, the Holocaust...two reasons I suppose that I've always been a Zionist, and have adopted the words of the Jew of "Never Again" as my own, as well.

Maybe this is something these two self-proclaimed religions and civic "leaders" should think about in their advancing years, instead of propagating more hatred.

Just the rambling thoughts of one who is...

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


American Nazis: the Bastardization of Free Speech

How many of you out there have kids? Have they ever done anything that was beyond the bounds of your intentions with their freedoms? We've already discussed the Imus thing today (and for the past two weeks, ai ai ai ai ai) and determined that while Don Imus had the RIGHT to say the things he said, should he have said them?

NOT going to digress here. Before I continue, hat tip to Captain's Quarters for this one:

On April 20, 2007, the American National Socialist Workers Party of Roanoke, VA—a neo-Nazi group—plans to march through the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati. The city initially issued a permit to the group for its march, but the permit was soon revoked and prohibitions were added by city officials limiting the group’s demonstration to a three-block area. Believing their constitutional rights to free speech and free assembly have been violated, the ACLU of Ohio will be defending the demonstrators.

Read the rest of it here.

Here is the thing. The Nazi party was banned in Europe at the end of World War II during denazification. Nazism resulted in the deaths of over 6 million Jews in Europe in an attempt at genocide( the Holocaust, for those of you who need a little reeducation on the subject). Nazism has a proven track record of promoting hatred, violence, and death. There is nothing noble for which the ideology stands. Their message is one of superiority of one "master race" rather than the proven power of the individual.

Does a city government have the responsibility to maintain peace and order within it's boundaries? Yes. Given the proven track record of the Nazi party, and they can try to water the name down by taking it to it's root "National Socialist" all they want to but a pig is still a pig no matter if you try to call it Sophie, the town of Cincinnati, Ohio was well within it's legal rights to take the steps that it has taken.

I know I'm not with a majority on this one, as it falls under the "free speech" category. I honestly think that these groups deliberatly do things like this in an attempt to push the envelope and undermine the intentions of the First Amendment. As I said regarding Don Imus, Freedom of Speech carries with it the responsibility of self-control. Freedom of Speech does NOT expressly give a group or an individual the right to incite hatred or violence. Freedom of Speech was designed to ensure that individuals could speak their minds without fear of the government arresting them for their words. It was not, never has been, a free license to promote hatred and bigotry.

As I've said before on this site, I was a soldier in our nations armed forces. Our very task was the protection of the citizenry of this country to live freely under the guarantees of the Constitution. This ensures the rights of all people, even the left, to speak their minds. Promoting hatred, promoting racism, in my mind, are not "speaking your mind." In MY mind, promoting these things are acts of sedition against our people, and against our government, a government which was established BY the people, OF the people, and FOR the people. Not just one group of people.

Contact the ACLJ today to encourage them to fight the ACLU on this.

We cannot allow the re rise of Nazism. Too many have been murdered on its altar already.

Never again.

NEVER again.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man

What others are saying about this:

When the Nazis Came to Skokie

ACLU To Defend Nazis Again

Free Speech In Cincinnati

Stop on it at Stop the ACLU for more on this.


Monday, April 9, 2007

Two front war: GOE update

You know, it's a damned shame that we're having to fight the war on two fronts: the actual "hot" war in the Middle East where our troops are deployed, and the "cultural" war here on the homefront that is being fought by veterans and others who have the COMMON FREAKING SENSE to support what our troops are doing.

Takes a lot to "get" to me, but this did. All I can say is outstanding...

If that doesn't get to you, you need to find somewhere else to live; you aren't an American, in my book. And I don't give a DAMN for any comeback smart assed remarks from the usual suspects on this one, either. If that doesn't hit home with you deep down inside, go get a visa to be elsewhere. We'll be happy to help you pack.

Eagles, well done.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Sunday, April 8, 2007

Having the intestinal fortitude to call it like it is...

If you've ever followed Fred Thompson at all through the years, you know he's not a man with any qualms about speaking his mind, and calling things as he sees them.

The past three weeks, the world watched anxiously as events unfolded in the Iranian capture of fifteen British sailors and marines. Mr. Thompson has some very, very apt words to say at RedState about that situation, which while seemingly resolved now, leaves the world with the question of, regarding Iran, "what will they do now?"

The Pirates of Tehran

Oil prices fell. The stock market rose. Video images of smiling British soldiers with Iranian President Ahmadinejad were everywhere. So were pictures of the 15 freed hostages embracing family members back home. The relief over the return of the Brits was so tremendous; you could almost hear birds singing.

Maybe it's because military action won't be needed or maybe it's just because the ordeal won't drag on and on, but the world is breathing easier now. A lot of folks are happy. The problem, as I see it, is that Ahmadinejad seems to be the happiest.

And why shouldn't he be? He has shown the world that his forces can kidnap British citizens, subject them to brutal psychological tactics to coerce phony confessions, finagle the release of a high-ranking Iranian terror coordinator in Iraq, utterly trash the Geneva conventions and suffer absolutely no consequences.

The UN Security Council summoned its vaunted multilateral greatness to issue a swift statement of sincere uneasiness. The EU, which has pressured Britain to rely on Europeans for mutual defense instead of the US, wouldn't even discuss economic sanctions that might disrupt their holidays. Even NATO was AWOL.

Please do keep reading . . .

Tony Blair doesn't appear to be in much of a mood for celebrating. I don't know how he could be, given the troubling spectacle of British soldiers shake the hand of their kidnapper as a condition of release. In the old days, they would have kissed his ring -- but wearing Iranian suits and carrying swag more appropriate to a Hollywood awards ceremony may have been as embarrassing. Ironically, Blair's options are fewer by the day as his own party moves to mothball the British fleet, once the fear of pirates and tyrants the world over.

Some in the West seem part of Iran's propaganda war; claiming that the release of the hostages was a victory that proves the Iranian dictatorship can be reasoned with. To misrepresent unpunished piracy as a victory is as Orwellian as the congressional mandate banning use of the term "the global war on terror." What are we — Reuters?

Ahmadinejad must be particularly pleased to see "deep thinking" journalists making the case that American actions in Iraq were the true cause of the kidnappings. To believe this, all you have to do is ignore the history of the Iranian Revolution, which has been in the extortion business ever since it took power. Between the 1979 American embassy crisis in Tehran and the seizure of Israeli soldiers last year by Iran's Hezbollah proxies, there have been more than a hundred other examples.

If you include the imprisonment of pro-Democracy dissidents and non-Shi'a Muslim minorities within Iran, the number reaches easily into the tens of thousands. The dwindling and persecuted Christian population of Iran, I suspect, found little joy in Ahmadinejad's explanation that he was freeing his victims as an "Easter gift."

It is critical that we see this incident as part of a long pattern of behavior -- that will continue as long as the current leadership is in power. More importantly, it will escalate unimaginably if Iran achieves nuclear status, and with it the ability to hold millions rather than individuals hostage.

I have no idea if Ahmadinejad and those who put him in power really believe the Shi'a Twelver doctrine that they can spur the messiah to return by triggering Armageddon. You have to admit, though, that the possibility that they look forward to entering paradise as martyrs would make them a whole lot scarier as a nuclear power than the USSR ever was.

There is hope, though. The Iranian people are not an anti-Western horde. They're an educated and freedom-loving people for the most part, and reformers there have been begging us for support and sanctions that would weaken the ruling theocracy. Instead, they've just seen the Iranian dictatorship successfully bully the West into impotent submission. This is not a good thing.

We need to understand this and use every means at our disposal, starting with serious and painful international sanctions, to prevent Iran's rulers from becoming the nuclear-armed blackmailers they want to be. Unfortunately, we are hearing demands that we abandon the people of the Middle East who have stood up to Islamo-fascism because they believed us when we said we would support them.

If we retreat precipitously, the price for that betrayal will be paid first in blood and freedom by the Iranian people, the Kurds, the Afghanis, the secular Lebanese, the moderates in Pakistan and the Iraqis themselves. And America's word may never be trusted again.

Right now, the pirate Ahmadinejad is clearly more confident about the outcome of the Global War on Terror than we are. That ought to give us pause.

Damned right it should. The Iranians have already announced that they have every intention of doing it again when they have the chance.

Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings
By Gethin Chamberlain, Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman, Sunday Telegraph

Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity.

The bullish reaction from Teheran will reinforce the fears of western diplomats and military officials that more kidnap attempts may be planned.

The British handling of the crisis has been regarded with some concern in Washington, and a Pentagon defence official told The Sunday Telegraph: "The fear now is that this could be the first of many. If the Brits don't change their rules of engagement, the Iranians could take more hostages almost at will.

"Iran has come out of this looking reasonable. If I were the Iranians, I would keep playing the same game. They have very successfully muddied the waters and bought themselves some more time. And in parts of the Middle East they will be seen as the good guys. They could do it time and again if they wanted to."

Americans also expressed dismay that the British had suspended boarding operations in the Gulf while its tactics are reassessed.

Yeah, the Iranians really learned a hard lesson from all of this, didn't they?

WAKE UP, AMERICA! And WAKE UP, GREAT BRITAIN as well. NATO, take a stand, dammit, that's what you were created for.

I know it's easy to armchair quarterback things, but when people who STUDY politics and political strategies are saying this, and when the Iranians themselves are saying that they're going to continue, I think that's a pretty damned clear indication that THE IRANIANS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE unless they're stopped. We have to stop pussy-footing around with them and hold them accountable for their criminal activity. Enough is enough.

Mr. Thompson, your country needs you. Right now the blogsite is not taking an official stand in supporting a candidate, but my support, especially as a fellow Tennessean, is for Fred Thompson for President of the United States.

Has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Eagles are Gathering in North Carolina

The "Flash in the Pan" is flashing again. I said the other day that we, the veterans of the United States armed forces, are tired of sitting quietly. We will be heard. And it seems that people are interested in what we have to say...

UNC-Chapel Hill to Host Pro-America Rally with GOE

The Gathering of Eagles together with the Conservative Women’s Voice of UNC-Chapel Hill is proud to announce a pro-America event!

UNC and GOE will unite and Support our Troops, Support their mission, and Support the United States of America!

This event is NOT a counter-protest. This is our time to make our voices heard! This is our time to speak out, and let the world know that we are PROUD to be Americans, that we are PROUD of our military, that we are PROUD to live in the Land of the Free because of the Brave!

What the GOE along with Rolling Thunder and others did on March 17th was a spectacular beginning. We will show the world that we are here to stay! We will be the Silent Majority NO MORE!

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th, 2007
WHERE: Polk Place, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Come join us for live music and speakers, including Iraq war veterans and UNC students. Check back for more details on presenters and musician–coming soon!

Of course, the event is free and open to the public, so if you are in the area or plan to be, feel free to join us! We are still trying to raise money for the event as well. Please consider a contribution to the Gathering of Eagles, or directly to the Conservative Women’s Voice of UNC. For GoE contributions, see the sidebar on the right. For CWV contributions, contact Anthony Stevenson via CWV -at- unc -dot- edu.


Checks may be sent to Gathering of Eagles, Box 291; Chocowinity, NC 27817. They should be made payable to “GOE” and noted “For UNC Rally.”

Directions to UNC-CH can be found here: Information on parking
will be here available here soon, so check back for updates.

Polk Place is located off South Road on campus, next to the Wilson Library. An interactive campus map can be found here:

The Eagles Will Soar–Again!

Can I get another WHOOWAAHH?

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man


Tuesday, April 3, 2007

What did you learn in school today, Sally?

I'm going to start this out with three quotes, three little statements, made by a historical figure not too long ago, historically speaking. While reading what follows the quotes, I want you to keep firmly in mind each quote, and at the end, I'll tell you who said them. No fair peeking ahead, either, it spoils the surprise...

"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future."

"How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think."

Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction."

I think, personally, that that last one is the most poignant in regards to what we're going to discuss here today. As I've mentioned before, I was a teacher for a time, circumstances led me back down the path of communications contracting. I fit in well with my colleagues in education, that is to say, I fit in as well as any square peg ever fits into a round hole. Most of the people that I met were, suffice to say, quite liberal, many very left leaning, and mostly democrats. And I have to say, many of them were (are) very snobbish (read elitist)...

I'll let ya'll decide from here.

Banning Legos
And building a world where “all structures will be standard sizes.”

By John J. Miller

Perhaps you’ve heard about the schools that have banned tag. Or dodgeball. Or stories about pigs.

If so, you won’t be surprised to hear that the Hilltop Children’s Center in Seattle has banned Legos.

A pair of teachers at the center, which provides afterschool activities for elementary-school kids, recently described their policy in a Rethinking Schools cover story called “Why We Banned Legos.”

It has something to do with “social justice learning.”

My vision of social justice for children of elementary-school age is as follows: If you’re tagged, you’re it; if the ball hits you, you’re out; and pig stories are fun, especially when told over microwaveable hot dogs.

But I try to keep an open mind, so I read the article on why Hilltop banned Legos.

As most aficionados know, Legos are made by a Danish company. The company name comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means play well. “Lego became a national treasure and one of the strongest brands in the toy industry,” wrote The Economist last year. “Its colorful bricks are sold in over 130 countries: everyone on earth has, on average, 52 of them.”

"NO, little Johnny, you can't build any more castles, because didn't you know that Knights and Chivarly are not sensitive concepts to people who don't believe in what Knights stand for?"

Here's one the dinosaur media isn't covering at all...

Hostage drill at NJ school features mock 'Christian terrorists'

The head of a national, Texas-based pro-family group says a recent hostage drill at a New Jersey high school, which portrayed conservative Christians as terrorists, is reflective of a dangerous philosophy that has become prevalent in many parts of America, where it is having negative effects on education.

A local paper reports that a drill at Burlington Township High School in New Jersey involved police portraying mock gunmen, described as "members of a right-wing fundamentalist group called the 'New Crusaders' who don't believe in the separation of church and state." The fake gunmen were said to have been "seeking justice because the daughter of one [member] had been expelled for praying before class."

Historian and constitutional expert David Barton is president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that distributes historical, legal, and statistical information and helps citizens become active in their local schools and communities. He says the stereotyping used in the high school's drill is an accurate indicator of what is being taught in public schools in the Northeast region of the country.

Commentary on my thoughts on THAT one after THIS one, which in my mind, as a historian, is tantamount to heresy and sacrilege...

Teachers drop the Holocaust to avoid offending Muslims

Schools are dropping the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils, a Government backed study has revealed.

It found some teachers are reluctant to cover the atrocity for fear of upsetting students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial.

There is also resistance to tackling the 11th century Crusades - where Christians fought Muslim armies for control of Jerusalem - because lessons often contradict what is taught in local mosques.

The findings have prompted claims that some schools are using history 'as a vehicle for promoting political correctness'.

Yes, by all means, let's not offend the Muslims. By the way, have you heard the one about the priest, the rabbi, and the Southern Baptist preacher...

Are our schools trying to instill liberal values on our children? Are they subtly brainwashing our children? Are they teaching them things that go against what the children's families believe? Here's one more, just in case those past three aren't enough evidence of what's going on in our schools today...

District gags 14-year-olds after 'gay' indoctrination
'Confidentiality' promise requires students 'not to tell their parents'

By Bob Unruh
© 2007

Officials at Deerfield High School in Deerfield, Ill., have ordered their 14-year-old freshman class into a "gay" indoctrination seminar, after having them sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to tell their parents.

"This is unbelievable," said Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues for Concerned Women for America. "It's not enough that students at Deerfield High are being exposed to improper and offensive material relative to unhealthy and high-risk homosexual behavior, but they've essentially been told by teachers to lie to their parents about it."

In what CWA called a "shocking and brazen act of government abuse of parental rights," the school's officials required the 14-year-olds to attend a "Gay Straight Alliance Network" panel discussion led by "gay" and "lesbian" upperclassmen during a "freshman advisory" class which "secretively featured inappropriate discussions of a sexual nature in promotion of high-risk homosexual behaviors."

FIND OUT what your kids are being taught in school. There is NO LEGALLY BINDING DOCUMENT that a child under the age of eighteen can sign that will hold them to a non-disclosure agreement. Take the cue of the atheist, call your school board's hand on brainwashing our children. If it is a clear cut violation of your constitutional rights and your beliefs as Christians or Jews, or if you THINK it is, contact the ACLJ, NOT the ACLU. They are leading the fight in the courts to oppose the ACLU in their attempts to undermine the American structure.

Oh, and those three quotes at the beginning of this posting? Those were the words of a man who used hatred and mistrust as his tools to rise to power and become one of the most dangerous men who ever lived, one who was responsible for the deaths of millions. Some considered him to be a madman, I'm not so sure. The insane generally don't rise to lead their nation and to inspire a following that nearly conquers an entire continent, the driven do that.

Who said those things?

You know him as Adolf Hitler...

Nuff said? I think so.

Once and Always, an American Fighting Man