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June 22, 2008

Learn ‘Democrat Speak’

Filed under: congress, elections, otb, pols — Rosemary Welch @ 7:30 pm

This video is right on. It is about time someone in the Capitol buildings put sound and the written word to what has happened to the Democrat Party.

I’m looking forward, also, to the Republican smack-down! Hey, I’m fair. They both SUCK, IMHO. I’m just about ready to lay down our political arms and get together with the opposition to work on a plan to throw ALL of the bums out!

It is NOT just Repukians, but Dumb-a-Rats as well who have taken this country to the point where there is no more decency, the common man can no longer run for political office, once a rich guy gets into office-they stay there ’till they die, and it was never meant to be this way. I WANT MY FREEDOM BACK!

Libs, stop trying to control me, it won’t work. Repukes, don’t insult my intelligence. Come up with a plan of your own, and stop telling me how bad the other party is. YOU’RE NO BETTER when you do that. For crying out loud, grow up and grow a pair. Cajones, that is!

THAT’S Rosemary’s rant for the day (so far, lol).

Hat tip: Adam who found this over at Red State.

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June 19, 2008

One more time, WE ARE AT WAR

Filed under: congress, Constitution, global war, jihad/ists, otb, President, sen — Rosemary Welch @ 1:51 am

There is no dispute over whether or not we are at war in Afghanistan, but are we in a box while the enemy is allowed to roam freely including right into our courtrooms? Let’s take one more look at the ‘Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002’.


One Hundred Seventh Congress
of the
United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday, the twenty-third day of January, two thousand and two.

Joint Resolution

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

Whereas in 1990 in response to Iraq’s war of aggression against and illegal occupation of Kuwait, the United States forged a coalition of nations to liberate Kuwait and its people in order to defend the national security of the United States and enforce United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq;

Whereas after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Iraq entered into a United Nations sponsored cease-fire agreement pursuant to which Iraq unequivocally agreed, among other things, to eliminate its nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons programs and the means to deliver and develop them, and to end its support for international terrorism;

Whereas the efforts of international weapons inspectors, United States intelligence agencies, and Iraqi defectors led to the discovery that Iraq had large stockpiles of chemical weapons and a large scale biological weapons program, and that Iraq had an advanced nuclear weapons development program that was much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than intelligence reporting had previously indicated;

Whereas Iraq, in direct and flagrant violation of the cease-fire, attempted to thwart the efforts of weapons inspectors to identify and destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction stockpiles and development capabilities, which finally resulted in the withdrawal of inspectors from Iraq on October 31, 1998;

Whereas in Public Law 105-235 (August 14, 1998 NOT BUSH), Congress concluded that Iraq’s continuing weapons of mass destruction programs threatened vital United States interests and international peace and security, declared Iraq to be in `material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations’ and urged the President `to take appropriate action, in accordance with the Constitution and relevant laws of the United States, to bring Iraq into compliance with its international obligations’;

Whereas Iraq both poses a continuing threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region and remains in material and unacceptable breach of its international obligations by, among other things, continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability, actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability, and supporting and harboring terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq persists in violating resolution of the United Nations Security Council by continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population thereby threatening international peace and security in the region, by refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq, including an American serviceman, and by failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people;

Whereas the current Iraqi regime has demonstrated its continuing hostility toward, and willingness to attack, the United States, including by attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush and by firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces engaged in enforcing the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council;

Whereas members of al Qaida, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq;

Whereas Iraq continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations, including organizations that threaten the lives and safety of United States citizens;

Whereas the attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, underscored the gravity of the threat posed by the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by international terrorist organizations;

Whereas Iraq’s demonstrated capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction, the risk that the current Iraqi regime will either employ those weapons to launch a surprise attack against the United States or its Armed Forces or provide them to international terrorists who would do so, and the extreme magnitude of harm that would result to the United States and its citizens from such an attack, combine to justify action by the United States to defend itself;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) authorizes the use of all necessary means to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 (1990) and subsequent relevant resolutions and to compel Iraq to cease certain activities that threaten international peace and security, including the development of weapons of mass destruction and refusal or obstruction of United Nations weapons inspections in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 (1991), repression of its civilian population in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 (1991), and threatening its neighbors or United Nations operations in Iraq in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 949 (1994);

Whereas in the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1), Congress has authorized the President `to use United States Armed Forces pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) in order to achieve implementation of Security Council Resolution 660, 661, 662, 664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674, and 677′;

Whereas in December 1991, Congress expressed its sense that it `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 as being consistent with the Authorization of Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1),’ that Iraq’s repression of its civilian population violates United Nations Security Council Resolution 688 and `constitutes a continuing threat to the peace, security, and stability of the Persian Gulf region,’ and that Congress, `supports the use of all necessary means to achieve the goals of United Nations Security Council Resolution 688′;

Whereas the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) expressed the sense of Congress that it should be the policy of the United States to support efforts to remove from power the current Iraqi regime and promote the emergence of a democratic government to replace that regime;

Whereas on September 12, 2002, President Bush committed the United States to `work with the United Nations Security Council to meet our common challenge’ posed by Iraq and to `work for the necessary resolutions,’ while also making clear that `the Security Council resolutions will be enforced, and the just demands of peace and security will be met, or action will be unavoidable‘;

Whereas the United States is determined to prosecute the war on terrorism and Iraq’s ongoing support for international terrorist groups combined with its development of weapons of mass destruction in direct violation of its obligations under the 1991 cease-fire and other United Nations Security Council resolutions make clear that it is in the national security interests of the United States and in furtherance of the war on terrorism that all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions be enforced, including through the use of force if necessary;

Whereas Congress has taken steps to pursue vigorously the war on terrorism through the provision of authorities and funding requested by the President to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President and Congress are determined to continue to take all appropriate actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such persons or organizations;

Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action in order to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States, as Congress recognized in the joint resolution on Authorization for Use of Military Force (Public Law 107-40); and

Whereas it is in the national security interests of the United States to restore international peace and security to the Persian Gulf region: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This joint resolution may be cited as the `Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002′.


The Congress of the United States supports the efforts by the President to–

(1) strictly enforce through the United Nations Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq and encourages him in those efforts; and

(2) obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.


(a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to–

(1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

(2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

(b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that–

(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

(2) acting pursuant to this joint resolution is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorist and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

(c) War Powers Resolution Requirements

(1) SPECIFIC STATUTORY AUTHORIZATION- Consistent with section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress declares that this section is intended to constitute specific statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of the War Powers Resolution.

(2) APPLICABILITY OF OTHER REQUIREMENTS- Nothing in this joint resolution supersedes any requirement of the War Powers Resolution.


(a) REPORTS- The President shall, at least once every 60 days, submit to the Congress a report on matters relevant to this joint resolution, including actions taken pursuant to the exercise of authority granted in section 3 and the status of planning for efforts that are expected to be required after such actions are completed, including those actions described in section 7 of the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338).

(b) SINGLE CONSOLIDATED REPORT- To the extent that the submission of any report described in subsection (a) coincides with the submission of any other report on matters relevant to this joint resolution otherwise required to be submitted to Congress pursuant to the reporting requirements of the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), all such reports may be submitted as a single consolidated report to the Congress.

(c) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION- To the extent that the information required by section 3 of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) is included in the report required by this section, such report shall be considered as meeting the requirements of section 3 of such resolution.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and
President of the Senate.


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Should you ever wish to look this up on your own, just use the ‘SHORT TITLE’ in the search and click “Search Multiple, Previous Congresses.” It is the 107th Congress, and it is the third link of the five that will appear.

This is as far as I’m going. I have told you, I written about it, and I have debated until I am blue in the face. Don’t get me wrong, I really do like the color blue. Just not on me! 😉

If you have any questions, please refer them to the text of the Authorization for War. Oh, and by the way, BUSH DID NOT LIE. Read it, will ya? Good grief.

As for the rest of the world, are you aware there is a global jihad? A very active one at that. If you do not agree, why are you reading my site? It is mostly about the war! I don’t understand you people, but you are entitled to hide your heads in the sand. You would think, however, that you could show just a little kindness to the MARINES, SAILORS, SOLDIERS, NATIONAL GUARDSMEN/WOMEN, and all the other people who have sacrificed so much while you did so little to protect your rights to do what is it you do.

Did I just go off on a rant? Sorry about that. Out here in California, there is too much going on and it’s HOT! Have a nice day.

PS. If we are so hated all over the world, why are our allies electing Conservatives? Hmm. Interesting wouldn’t you say? Sha-zam!

PSS. Please read A NEWT ONE’s post below. He will explain to you who the enemy is, and why we are fighting them with (not) all we’ve got. One day we shall let loose, and that will be the day all hell breaks loose. You’d better make up your mind which side of this war you are on now, while you still have time…tick…tick…tick…

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June 13, 2008

What’s Happening in Congress?

Filed under: congress, NGAUS — Rosemary Welch @ 10:50 pm

War Supplemental Still Delayed.

The fiscal 2008 War Supplemental will not be considered in the House of Representatives until next week at the earliest. Priority has been placed on regular year appropriations bills over the war supplemental that will fund the ongoing actions in the war on terror and our service-members deployed in support of these operations overseas. Due to the recent delays and the possibility of further delays in passing the war funds through Congress, the Pentagon has begun working on guidelines for employee furloughs. The Pentagon will begin by borrowing money between the services but will be forced to begin employee furloughs if the supplemental is not passed soon.

June 6, 2008

Congress forces Pentagon to go into financial crisis

Filed under: congress, DoD, money, NGAUS, sen — Rosemary Welch @ 9:15 pm

This really ticks me off. Congress has known for over, oh-I don’t know, 7 years that we are at war, and that costs money. They know when the budgets are due. They were told this was going to happen, and they went on vacation instead of solving this issue. Grrrrr. This is news from NGAUS. I’ll let them take over from here.

Pentagon Cost Overruns at “Crisis” Point, Senator Says at Hearing.

A Government Accountability Office report saying Pentagon weapons programs are far over their budgeted costs has raised the hackles of the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said at a hearing this week the cost overruns have “reached crisis proportions” and cited the GAO report as proof. Levin also said he would propose a law creating an independent director of cost assessment at the Pentagon. [Wonderful. Another layer of beaurocracy? Fool.]

The GAO report said cost overruns and delays of Pentagon weapons programs are getting worse. In 2000, the cost overrun for 75 major programs was $42 billion, or 27 percent, with an average delay of initial delivery of 16 months. By 2007, with 95 major programs on the list, cost inflation had swollen to $295 billion, or 40 percent over early estimates, and the average delay had increased to 21 months. [You can do the math for cost adjustment? How about trying to adjust those figures for a freakin’ war?]

The Pentagon’s top procurement officer, John J. Young Jr., said he would need more time to study Levin’s idea of an additional position at the Pentagon to keep an eye on costs. He said he was looking for more ways to save money when buying weapons. Levin said there is a need for stronger evaluation of whether contractors were making unrealistic promises to get a program started, ensuring cost overruns and delays later. “It’s going to take a fundamental change in the structure and the culture of the acquisition system to address that problem,” Levin said. Levin cited the Air Force’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Its cost has grown by nearly 40 percent. [Yes, that’s about the average you came up with. What else is new? How about your education programs? Arts programs? Staffers? Protection? Flying all over the world? Do you think, per chance, that these are some expenses that can be cut? How about welfare? Grrr.]

May 23, 2008

Update: We did it again! No H-2B visas!

Filed under: Amnesty, congress, illegal aliens, sen, victory — Rosemary Welch @ 9:43 pm

I have just received the great news that all the phone calls we have made to our Congressional people have caused them to strip not only the Ag Jobs amnesty bill from the Defense supplemental, but we have also stripped the additional guest worker program! I am so proud of all of you for taking the time to call any congressman and senator whom you could through to yesterday. They must have had a very busy day with those phones, because I kept getting busy signals and hang-ups! No matter. We did it!

From now on we know that they are going to try to pass this amnesty bill, so we must not tire. We must not rest. We must be ready at a moments notice to shut down congress! We’ve done it before, and we’ve done it this time…twice. We must continue to watch them.

NumbersUSA has been keeping up to date. You may think about getting on their email list. You may also wish to put them on your sidebar so you can keep yourself informed.

Great job, friends. I know that you feel as I do. I just want the laws that already on the books to be followed, employers to be imprisoned, criminals to do their time and then be immediately deported, and allow the good people who are waiting while doing things the proper way a speedy process. Why should they have to wait 10 years, while someone who breaks our laws gets all the benefits of a citizen – including voting – without being deported forever. Banned from ever setting foot in this country again.

Is this too harsh? Our ForeFathers did not believe so. There are several diseases that we had gotten rid of that our now a health concern. You may not like it, but it is done both for the benefit of the USA citizens and the alien.

Do you have a problem with the word alien? If I were to go on a trip to London, I would be alien to that country. All it means is that it is not my native land. So get a grip, okay? Otherwise, I don’t care if you’re upset because only unreasonable people or illegal aliens (sometimes with both qualities) are upset so easily. Let me ask you something. Can you get so upset wherever it is you’re trying to escape? Uh huh.


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May 7, 2008

Arms dealer charged by US AG, caught in Thailand

Filed under: Asia, congress, farc, SA, sen, terrorists/ism, Trade, weapons — Rosemary Welch @ 7:34 pm

So. You think it’s a bad idea to allow Americans to trade with Columbia duty free, while they already have this privelege? What do you think about the arms that are being sold to FARC to kill Americans and law abiding citizens of Columbia? This all has to do with CAFTA which is being held up in Congress.

I do not understand your reasoning. Maybe you could enlighten me? If our countries could trade with each other on a level playing field, more jobs would stay here because it cost less if the companies stayed here. They would no longer have to pay the duty they have to pay now. This would mean they could hire more people, buy more equipment, etc. with the money saved by not having to fork over big bucks just to sell their goods. BTW, only the big companies are able to do this now. Think about how prosperous it would be for our small and middle sized companies.

Why am I bringing up trade when the topic is weapons being sold to kill Americans? Think about the economy. If we increase our economy, so do they. The better their economy, the better they will be able to protect themselves and us. Here is article from CNN

Indictment: Arms dealer offered weapons to kill Americans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. government has charged an international arms dealer with conspiring to sell a rebel group millions of dollars in weapons “to be used to kill Americans in Colombia,” federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Viktor Bout, who was recently captured in Thailand, had agreed to sell the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) surface-to-air missiles, armor-piercing rocket launchers, “ultralight” airplanes, unmanned aerial vehicles, and other weapons, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

There was no immediate public response from Bout, who remains in custody in Thailand.

Federal authorities unsealed an indictment charging Bout with four terrorism offenses: conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, conspiracy to kill U.S. officers or employees, conspiracy to acquire and use an anti-aircraft missile, and conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

FARC is designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Justice Department officials said they are seeking Bout’s extradition to the United States.

The indictment alleges that Bout made agreements with FARC between November 2007 and March of this year.

In their news release, federal prosecutors said Bout agreed to sell weapons “to two confidential sources” working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, who had “represented that they were acquiring these weapons for the FARC, with the specific understanding that the weapons were to be used to attack United States helicopters in Colombia.”

The news release also refers to a “covertly recorded meeting in Thailand on March 6, 2008.”

“With the unsealing of this indictment, we are one step closer to ensuring Bout has delivered his last load of high-powered weaponry and armed his final terrorist,” DEA Acting Administrator Michele M. Loenhart said in the news release.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey last month singled out Bout as a leading example of a new breed of organized crime leaders who operate across international boundaries to amass wealth without regard to political ideology.

“Viktor Bout has long been considered by the international community as one of the world’s most prolific arms traffickers,” U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said in the news release Tuesday.

Bout’s assets in the United States were frozen in 2004 after he allegedly shipped weapons to Liberia in violation of U.S. government restrictions.

Nice guy, eh? Come on, Senate. Do your job and pass that Free Trade Agreement with Columbia. Can you at least do this? You haven’t done much of anything else. God, I can’t wait to hear the cries about how we’re treating this creep. Yes, politics does make strange bedbellows. What do terrorist and Senators make?

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April 30, 2008

Flight 93 Blogburst 4.30.08

Filed under: aircraft/drops/flights, blogburst, congress, Heroes, petition — Rosemary Welch @ 8:42 pm

Congressman Ramstad comes out in opposition to the Flight 93 memorial.

Congressman Jim Ramstad (R-MN) gave a House speech this month supporting Mr. Burnett’s opposition to the crescent design. The speech is entered in the Congressional Record here, along with supporting statements from Tom Burnett Sr. (father of murdered Flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Jr.).
Blogburst logo, no accident
That makes two Congressmen now who have come out publicly against the crescent memorial. (Tom Tancredo took the lead last November, asking the Park Service to choose a completely new design.)

News coverage revs up confrontation at this Saturday’s public meeting

Ramstad’s speech, and our ongoing petition drive, netted a full width banner headline on the front page of the Somerset Daily American, with the story continuing full width on an inside page as well. This high profile local news coverage should make for an interesting Memorial Project meeting at the Somerset County Courthouse this Saturday. Several critics will be speaking during the public comment period, and the first batch of petitions will be delivered in bulk (over 5000 signatures to date, 4700 online and 500 on paper).

The Daily American article includes lots of powerful language from Mr. Burnett and other critics of the crescent design, along with some remarkably disingenuous evasions from the usual defenders. Most egregious is Patrick White, vice president of Families of Flight 93, who tries to pretend that the criticisms of the design are all about Mr. Burnett trying to get an undemocratic “do over” after failing to stop the Crescent of Embrace design when he served on the design competition jury.

While on the jury, Mr. Burnett only complained about the giant Islamic shaped crescent and the minaret-like Tower of Voices . No one on the jury, including Mr. Burnett, knew anything about the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent; or about the placementof the 9/11 date in the exact position of the star on an Islamic crescent and star flag; or about the 44 glass blocks on the flight path; or about the fact that the Tower of Voices turns out to be a year-round accurate Islamic prayer-time sundial.

Not that the jury is beyond reproach. It was bizarre for these family members and design professionals to plant a bare naked crescent and star flag on the graves of our murdered heroes, but given everything that the jurors did NOT know, this configuration at least COULD have been an accident. What came out after the design was selected is absolute proof of terrorist memorializing intent, with every Islamic and terrorist memorializing feature being repeated in the Tower of Voices portion of the memorial.

One example is the 38 Memorial Groves. (There were supposed to be 40.) By itself, it is merely suspicious that the arc of 38 groves can be seen as a set of 19 nested crescents: one for each 9/11 hijacker. But architect Paul Murdoch proves this terrorist memorializing intent by surrounding the Tower of Voices with a second set of 19 nested crescents. And on it goes. EVERYTHING gets repeated in the Tower of Voices , and the 93 foot tall Islamic sundial is itself a very precise structure that could NEVER occur by accident.

Patrick White wants to dodge all this by pretending that the controversy is about the initial jury decision, instead of the ensuing blindness to voluminous evidence of terrorist memorializing intent. No one exemplifies this willful blindness better than Patrick White himself.

Patrick White denies the Mecca orientation in public while admitting it in private

At the July 2007 Memorial Project meeting, a critic of the crescent design engaged Mr. White in private conversation, asking how he could be unconcerned about the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent. White’s reply was to suggest that this orientation cannot be seen as a tribute to Islam because the inexactness of it would be “disrespectful to Islam.” (The crescent points 1.8° north of Mecca , ±.1°.)

But this isn’t what White was telling the public. That same week, Patrick White told the press that all of the claims about Islamic symbolism had been thoroughly investigated and been found to be untrue and “preposterous.” In private, White was acknowledging the almost exact Mecca orientation of the crescent and making excuses for it, while issuing sweeping denials in public.

He is still doing the same thing. He KNOWS that the giant crescent points almost exactly to Mecca , yet claims that such “assumptions,” have been “repeatedly shown-to-be-false.” In fact, not a single factual claim about what is in the design has ever been rebutted. If the crescent did not point to Mecca , it would be trivially easy to demonstrate. This is a simple geometric claim. But all the Memorial Project has ever offered is unsupported denials, denials that they acknowledge in private to be FALSE.

Patrick White’s dishonest attack on Tom Burnett

The jury process is irrelevant. No one is criticizing it. The jurors bear no responsibility for hidden Islamic and terrorist-memorializing features that they knew nothing about when they chose the crescent design. If it were not for two ugly bits of misinformation, put forward by Patrick White in his effort to make the jury process the issue, there would be no reason to mention the jury process at all. Both of White’s falsehoods are aimed at discrediting Tom Burnett Sr.

1. In the Daily American article (half way down) White claims that Mr. Burnett: “gave his consent to support what the majority picked.”

Mr. Burnett was incensed in 2005 when the Memorial Project announced that the jurors had united behind the majority choice. Without ever consulting with Mr. Burnett, the Memorial Project wrote in their jury report that: “By consensus the Stage Two jury forwards this section of the Flight 93 memorial to the partner [Paul Murdoch] with the full and unqualified support of each juror.” Tom has been trying to correct the record ever since, and Patrick White OUGHT to know it.

2. White also claims that: “No one agreed then with Mr. Burnett’s preferred choice for a final design.”

“To the contrary” says Mr. Burnett, “the vote not unanimous; it was 9 to 6.” Five people were with Mr. Burnett in rejecting the crescent design. This on a jury made up of 8 design professionals and 7 family members. It could even be that a majority of family members opposed the Crescent of Embrace. Tom requested the vote tally in a formal letter to the Memorial Project which was never answered. Now Patrick White throws the vote tally in Tom’s face, and completely misrepresents it.

3. Bonus badness. White claims that: “Jurors gave all of Mr. Burnett’s concerns a complete airing.”

In fact, the design professionals on the jury tried to shut Mr. Burnett up. Tom Sokolowski, director of Pittsburgh ‘s Andy Warhol Museum called Mr. Burnett “asinine” just for noticing that the crescent is a traditional symbol of Islam. This overt hostility to Mr. Burnett’s concerns is not what most of us would call “a complete airing.”

So no, the jury process is not the issue here, but if it were, it couldn’t stand up to scrutiny either.

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April 18, 2008

Bellavia4NY’s 26th Dist4Cong: Plus Heroes

Filed under: congress, otb, pols, Remember, Someone You Should Know, VfF, vote — Rosemary Welch @ 12:17 am

Calling all Vets For Freedom members and suporters: Go to his site and give! They are working on his website as I type, but let me tell you a little something about this Medal of Honor nominee while you donate what you can and support him in anyway you are able.

His website is, and this is one man you would truly like to know.

Dear Vets for Freedom members:

David Bellavia, Vets for Freedom co-founder, member of our Board of Advisors, and now a candidate for Congress in New York’s 26th Congressional District, resigned from our Board of Advisors Monday due to his candidacy. David will continue to be a member of the organization

David Bellavia is a great American, who served this country courageously on the battlefield in Iraq, receiving the Silver Star and a nomination for the Medal of Honor. But his service didn’t stop there. Here at home, David co-founded Vets for Freedom, as well as a local organization in his hometown of Buffalo, New York for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Vets for Freedom wishes David luck in what will be a difficult battle for a contested seat, and we are grateful for the voice he continues to give veterans here at home and those serving abroad. Please make sure to visit to find out more information.

Give ’em Hell David,

Pete Hegseth
Executive Director
Vets for Freedom.

This is wonderful news for Congress! Let’s get donating. Let’s show them we’re not all talk. If they put up a candidate we can vote for, we become very enthusiastic!

I just want to add one thing that is somewhat off this topic. I did my Wednesday Hero yesterday but over here at the Vets for Freedom Blog, they have another person is also deserving of our attention. The title of the post is, “Honoring Marine CPL Jason Dunham.” This was a remarkable man who truly loved his team and his country. This is a MUST READ post. Would you like a taste? Okay:

A few days ago, I posted the tribute to Medal of Honor recipient SFC Paul Ray Smith by LTG William B. Caldwell, IV. Much like my efforts with They Have Names, LTG Caldwell wants to make sure that these brave warriors are not forgotten. As I noted to some after my trip to DC, most of the anti-war people that I spoke with talked about the Abu Ghraib disaster. Many of them could even give you name of either Granger or England. I would often ask them if they knew who SFC Paul Ray Smith was. “Was he the squad leader?” No. Do you know who CPL Jason Dunham was. “No, but it sounds familiar.” It should. What about Lt. Michael Murphy? “No.” Well, the same day I was in Washington, Petty Officer Michael Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

LTG Caldwell has written another poignant oratory about Marine CPL Dunham, who died of his wounds four years ago yesterday. While the rest of America was concerned with who was more “bitter”, we remember the passing of a true American hero. What follows is a must read letter for all Americans! Due to ceremonies to commemerate the occasion and updates to ASP, we were forced to present this a day late. [Continue reading.]

I wonder how many people truly know that we are living in a country filled with giants? I’m so grateful to them for all they do, even if they never make the papers. They do make it possible for those who do make the papers to do their work. God bless each and every one of their families, friends, and them.

Update: Um. I. Did. Something. Stupid. What? I called them Freedom For Vets, instead of Vets For Freedom. D’oh! I have since corrected this matter, but I’ve trackbacked with it the wrong name. My sincerest apologies.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

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Maggie’s Notebook: Who and What are the Palestinians?
Blue Star Chronicles: Mitt Romney is Funny.
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A NEWT ONE: Cultural Jihad: It’s Not My Fault.
Right Voices: PinocchioBama: “I Suggested that we should talk to our enemies and not just our friends, including Iran, including Syria.” and “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas”.
D equals S: The Battle for America Must Begin at the Local Level.
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April 13, 2008

Iraqis want to establish national sovereignty

Filed under: congress, econ, Military, sen, Troops — Rosemary Welch @ 5:16 pm

by Gerry Gilmore

WASHINGTON (April 9, 2008) — The Iraqi government wants to establish itself as an independent entity that one day can stand on its own feet without U.S. assistance, the top U.S. military officer in Iraq testified before the House Armed Services Committee here today. “They want to do that as much as we do,” Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, told House panel members. Senior Iraqi governmental leaders are placing themselves “under enormous personal pressure and collective pressure of the various political elements in Iraq to increasingly exercise their sovereignty,” Petraeus said.

In fact, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent decision to send Iraqi troops into Basra and other parts of southern Iraq to put down violence perpetrated by illegal militias represents the Iraqis’ desire to attend to their internal affairs, Petraeus pointed out. “That was not something that we pushed him to do,” Petraeus said. “That was something that they wanted to do.”

United States military forces are supporting Iraqi government operations aimed at defeating insurgents and criminals who seek to destabilize the country for their own purposes, Petraeus said. Assisting the new Iraqi government is like teaching a young child how to ride a bicycle, Petraeus observed, noting the United States is “trying to support it as much as we can, while keeping as light a hand on the bicycle seat as possible.”

Several Iraqi provinces, like Basra province in the south, where some outbreaks of violence occurred recently, contain few U.S. military forces or even none at all, Petraeus pointed out. “In the bulk of those southern provinces, Iraqi forces proved up to the task,” the four-star general said.

The United States is reducing its troop presence in Iraq, Petraeus said, noting 15 brigades will remain in Iraq after the surge forces are redeployed at the end of July. Asked if U.S. troop strength in Iraq could be further reduced after July, Petraeus responded that he and other senior U.S. commanders plan to review security and local governance conditions. “We are thinning out very substantially right now,” Petraeus remarked, noting the impending departure of the surge forces will reduce the U.S. military footprint in Iraq by one-quarter. Petraeus said he can foresee possible additional U.S. force reductions in Iraq beyond the remaining 15 brigades.

“We have a number of months and a number of substantial actions to take before then, but we already are identifying areas that we think are likely candidates for [additional troop reductions],” Petraeus said.

Iraq also is achieving economic progress, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, who accompanied Petraeus at the hearing, reported to panel members. “The Council of Ministers yesterday passed a support program for development in Mosul, Baghdad and Basra,” Crocker said, noting the legislative package contains $350 million for reconstruction and job creation in those areas. Economic development in Iraq “is an ongoing process,” Crocker said, noting the country suffers from both unemployment and underemployment. “In conditions of better security, you are going to see more economic activity,” Crocker predicted.

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April 8, 2008

Vets For Freedom Go To Washington

Filed under: congress, otb, press con, SecDef, sen, Vets, VfF, victory — Rosemary Welch @ 3:45 am

Today is Monday, but I happen to know they reached DC yesterday. Pretty good time, eh? They sure did have many thrilling experiences along the way, starting with San Diego, CA. Here is what they have to say in an e-mail today:

Dear Vets for Freedom members:

For the past three weeks, the National Heroes Tour took the message of the success in Iraq straight to the American people. From San Antonio to Saint Paul to South Carolina, we engaged crowds large and small, and spoke with over 200 media outlets, reaching over 20 million people through local television and radio.

With just 3% of news coverage in the mainstream media committed to Iraq, we bypassed national media all together, and it worked. Local media outlets were very receptive to “ground truth,” and our veterans were able to provide it. Any way you slice it, the National Heroes Tour has been an overwhelming success.

But it’s not over yet. Tomorrow we bring our message to Congress, when over 400 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans descend on Capitol Hill for “Vets on the Hill.” Our guys will enjoy breakfast with the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Richard Myers, before heading to Capitol Hill for a bi-partisan press conference with two-dozen members of Congress, including Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsay Graham.

After the press conference, Vets for Freedom will flood the halls of Congress with a sea of warriors, armed with first-hand experience, facts about the incredible progress in Iraq, and a passion for nothing short of victory, Their stories are “taking points” that no one can refute—and members of Congress, on both sides of the aisle, will hear from them.

Our message is simple: Let them win! and listen to General David Petraeus. He was right in September, and has the best pulse on events in Iraq. Congress would be wise to heed his advice.

Commence Movement to Contact,

Pete Hegseth
Executive Director
Vets for Freedom

I agree wholeheartedly! LET THEM WIN! You people in Congress (believe it or not, that’s what they are and all that they are) had better listen to General Petraeus. If you were so intelligent, you would have his job. But you DON’T! There is a reason for that. WE WANT TO LIVE! He is the only thing standing between the enemy+congress and us. We will be on his side. If you don’t believe us, we will remember how you treated him the next time it comes to vote on your behaviour. *hah*

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

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