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June 24, 2008

Alert: MAF Web-o-thon for the Troops!

Filed under: Love, milblogs, Military Families, otb, Talon, Troops — Rosemary Welch @ 8:59 am

This Thursday there is going to be a wonderful 8 hours web-o-thon which will be streamlined live so that we may all participate in it. Move America Forward is doing a marvelous job of gathering everyone together, and I look forward to having each of you drop in for just a while.

The Eagles UP! and their blog, Talon, are also participating in this telethon. We would like to contribute to our men and women in the Armed Forces by sending them care packages. I know I do not want them to believe we have forgotten them or that they are unloved. No, not happening under my watch!

I love what Mike is going to do, starting June 18, 2008. He has started matching each donation by 10% of his own money. Isn’t he an angel? I think this is a wonderful idea. If you would like to help to help our Servemembers, please donate at the link for MAF at Eagles UP! so that we may help the amount blow the newspapers, congresspeople, and just everyone out of the pond.

As Melanie has reminded (again), we may think we are having a bad hair day, but can you imagine insignificant that would seem if we lived in Iraq, Iran, etc? How about the heat of 125-135 degrees with full gear on? Would you care to trade places? I know I’m very grateful to them for protecting our country, our lives, and their families and themselves. This is why we should be on the front lines caring for them. Because we want to.

The LiveStream will be located at UStream.TV. This will be on Thursday, June 26, and for more information please go here. Michelle Malkin will also be there, so we will have a double treat!

Here are a few articles that have been written and/or taken notice: The Sacramento Union: Special ‘Support the Troops’ Telethon June 26, The Radio Equalizer: A UNITED FRONT, Michelle Malkin: Six more days ’til the From the Frontlines web-a-thon, Radio & Records: More Support For All-Star Troop Benefit and HotAir: Hot Air TV alert: From the Frontlines web-a-thon, June 26.

The name of the Telethon is “From The Frontlines”.

On June 26, from 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific to 12midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific, Melanie and I will be anchoring a livestreamed, 8-hour fund-raising “web-a-thon” to send the largest number of care packages to our troops overseas in U.S. history. We’ve got a star-studded line-up participating in this effort to support our military, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dr Laura Schlessinger, Ollie North, Monica Crowley, Ann Coulter, Nancy Reagan, actor Kelsey Grammer, and Five for Fighting’s John Ondrasik. You’ll be able to tune it at Hot Air and on UStream, embed the broadcast on your own blogs, and even catch some of the show on your radio dial if you’re lucky to be in the listening area of a radio station partner. [Hat tip: Hot Air]

I pray I happen to have one of those radio stations which is close enough so I may be listen to it live! Wow! Have a great day.

PS. Melanie has already raised close to $250,000. We are trying to a goal of $500,000. Please help us. We want to show those *ahem* ‘people’ in Washington what it’s like to actually SUPPORT THE TROOPS. Thanks.

Cross-posted @ The Talon.

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June 6, 2008

I told you the Navy has brains!

Filed under: hospitals, Military, Military Families, Navy, NGAUS — Rosemary Welch @ 9:12 pm

This is a great article. This also comes from NGAUS, and it is about a new brain trauma center opening at one of our Naval sites. We are so amazing! Well, actually, they are so amazing! 😉

Ground Broken for Brain Trauma Center at Navy Hospital Site.

The first shovel of dirt was turned Thursday at the site of what will be the military’s premier institute for the study and care of psychological health and traumatic brain injuries. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was joined by other department officials, military leaders and several wounded service members to break ground for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Construction of the $70 million, 75,000-square-foot facility is being funded by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a nonprofit agency that raises funds to support military service members and families. Completion is planned for November 2009. The project mirrors the organization’s funding and construction last year of a physical rehabilitation facility, The Center for the Intrepid, at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

The facility will serve as the clinical research and educational arm of the Defense Department Center of Excellence for psychological health and TBI. It is a collaborative network of military, private and public health care and educational organizations linked to discover and promote the best practices in the care and treatment of psychological health and TBI.

Gates said the need for such a facility has “never been more pressing or more important.”

More changes will be made at the Bethesda campus as the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in nearby Washington, D.C., begins to close and relocate its services to the Navy hospital. That transition is to be completed by 2011 when the entire facility will be known as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

NGAUS Legislative Update June 6, 2008

Filed under: Military, Military Families, NGAUS — Rosemary Welch @ 9:04 pm

Below is the Legislative News from the NGAUS (National Guard). These are men who have retired, I think, that are trying to watch out for the warriors that have picked up where they left off. I will not give an opinion on what they are seeking except to say they are politically attuded. lol. Go ahead. Check it out. Remember to take some time today to remember D-Day. Thank you, and have a nice weekend.


Empowerment

Empowerment of the National Guard will help ensure that Guard leaders are able to actively participate in Defense Department decisions that will enhance the functions of the National Guard Bureau (NGB) and improve Federal-State military coordination during domestic response operations.

Empowerment legislation adopted in the FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act was a positive step forward. But, there is still work to be done.“Empowerment II” will continue to build on those historic improvements by

* Designating NGB, not DHS, the lead agency to develop civil support requirements
* Renaming the directors, Army and Air Guard to Vice Chief’s of NGB
* Providing adjutants general (TAG) joint duty credit for their experience in position
* Requiring DOD to report on joint duty credit for National Guard officers and enlisted members serving in Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ)
* Requiring a summary of joint duty courses available for reserve officers
* Establishing NORTHCOM and PACOM as responsible commands for military support to civilian authorities (MSCA)
* Requires a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NGB within six months of enactment
* Direction to the DOD to establish procedures for the nation’s governors to have “tactical control” (defined as command authority over assigned or attached forces or commands…that is limited to the detailed direction and control of movements or maneuvers within the operational area necessary to accomplish the mission) over the military forces , including Title 10 active forces, operating in their state during an emergency (exercised through the JFHQ)
* Designates that a National Guard officer will remain commander of Air Force North; while Guard officers shall become the Commander Army North, Commander or Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force (JTF) Alaska, JTF Civil Support, and JTF North.

The National Guard Empowerment and State-National Defense Integration Act of 2008 is the next logical step to ensure the National Guard fully develops its capabilities as first “military” responders during disasters such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, or Hurricane Katrina.

Contact your Senators and urge them to support the provisions of Empowerment (S.2760) for inclusion in the FY 2009 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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Retirement.

The House and Senate failed to include language in their respective NDAAs that would have retroactively applied to 9/11 the historic Reserve retirement pay eligibility language of the NDAA for 2008 (HR 5658, S. 2836). This means those deployed for service prior to January 28, 2008 will not benefit from new rules that became effective then, reducing the 60 year retirement pay eligibility age three months for each aggregate of 90 days of deployed service in support of a contingency operation.

If you want to change this, you must contact your representatives to insist that they act in your behalf. NGAUS supports the retroactivity efforts of HR 5658 and S. 2836.
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Gray Area Retiree TRICARE.

HR1685, introduced by Representative Robert Latta (R-OH) on June 4, 2008, would authorize all Gray Area Retirees and their families eligible to receive Reserve Retirement Pay at age 60 to purchase TRICARE Standard insurance (TRS) no later than October 1, 2009 at a premium equal to the full cost of coverage to DoD, to be determined by the Secretary of Defense on an actuarial basis.

Currently, the premium is calculated by a review of the Government Accounting Office (GAO) Report of December 2007, which reported that DoD is currently overcharging TRS beneficiaries 72% for individual plans and 45% for family plans. As the excessive premiums charged by DoD do not accurately reflect the actual cost of coverage, GAO recommended an Executive Order to correct the overcharging, which has not yet occurred. The House version of the NDAA proposes that TRS premiums be based on actual costs.

By statute, the premium DoD charges TRS beneficiaries is supposed to cover 28% of the actual cost of coverage incurred by DoD . Unfortunately, DoD in setting the premiums for TRS overestimated the actual cost of the coverage. If DoD had based the premium on actual costs, individuals would have been paying $566 a year or 47.17 a month for TRS instead of the $972 a year or $81.00 a month currently being charged. Families would have been paying $2,099 a year or $174.91 a month and not the $3,036 a year or $253 a month they currently are currently paying.

Under the Latta Bill, the Gray Area retirees would be paying the full cost of coverage incurred by DoD, not 28% of the cost that TRS beneficiaries and their families will continue to pay. If the bill passes and DoD accurately billed the Gray Area retirees the full current cost of coverage, this would translate to charges of $2,021.42 a year or $168.45 a month for individuals and $4,372.92 a year or $364.40 a month for families. NGAUS supports the Latta Bill, which directly addresses a prioritized resolution.
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GI Bill.

Virginia Senator Webb’s new GI Bill , S. 22, and its companion bill in the House, HR 5740, sponsored by Arizona Representative Mitchell, passed in both the House and Senate versions of the War Supplemental. The Webb bill would create a new education benefits program for post 9/11 combat veterans that would include both tuition assistance and monthly stipends. It would also provide National Guard and Reserve veterans with an aggregate 36 months of qualifying deployed service with educational benefits equal to those of active force veterans.

The Senate version of the War Supplemental had $10 billion of additional domestic spending, which the President promises to veto if it stays in the final version passed by Congress. NGAUS supports S. 22 and HR 5740.

It is important to note that the programs proposed by S.22 and HR 5740 would be in addition to the current Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB). In its recent mark, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs approved a proposal that would transfer administration of the MGIB to Title 38 from Title 10, something long sought by NGAUS. There are numerous other bills that would expand benefits under the existing MGIB,the most prominent of which is S. 2938 sponsored by Senators McCain, Graham, and Burr. In addition to increasing monthly benefit amounts, S.2938 would allow transferability of the benefits to dependents.
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Pre-Mob Dental and Medical.

In a NGAUS led effort, the Senate included a provision in Section 711 that would authorize each service secretary to provide full active duty medical and dental coverage for deploying members of the National Guard and Reserve, if the Secretary determines that it is necessary to ensure that the member meets applicable standards of readiness. This would statutorily authorize full pre-deployment medical and dental coverage to begin whenever the Secretary deemed necessary in advance of the currently authorized 90 day pre-deployment period for such coverage.
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Mental Health Outreach.

The House has passed a mental health care outreach bill, HR 2874, that would expand peer-to-peer programs, and authorize the Veterans Administration to treat members in rural areas isolated from VA facilities by contracting with local Community Mental Health Centers. The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs has passed S.2162, which would authorizes similar rural outreach treatment programs found in HR 2874, but would limit their scope to piloted programs in selected Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs). S.2162 would authorize Vet Centers to assist family members. S.38, which stalled in the Senate, is nearly identical to HR 2874 but would further authorize the VA to contract nationwide with Community Mental Health Centers to treat our members and their families for three years post deployment.

Please contact your Senators to voice your support for expanded mental health care outreach for our members and their families. NGAUS will continue to strongly support inclusion of the mental health outreach provisions of S.38 in any rural veterans’ mental health bill that Congress may pass this session.
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ANG Programs.

F-22

Both the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have included funds for advanced procurement even though the President’s Budget did not request the money. The Senate version allows the President to choose between using the funds to continue the F-22 production or shut the line down. NGAUS supports using these authorized funds to purchase additional F-22 aircraft and to field them to the Air National Guard in order to continue support of the Air Sovereignty Alert mission. Without a replacement for our aging fighter fleet the Air National Guard will face a degraded capability to protect our homeland from air attacks in the future.
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Maintenance Restructuring.

The FY2009 HASC Authorization bill includes language that prohibits the Air Force from consolidating Air National Guard with the Active Duty maintenance facilities without first obtaining consent from the National Guard Bureau. NGAUS supports this language and will urge the Conferees to include this language in the final National Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2010.
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Air Sovereignty Alert.

The FY2009 HASC Authorization bill includes an additional $34 million for the Air Sovereignty Alert mission above the President’s request, and language which would require the Secretary of Defense to provide an annual report on funding for all programs and activities for the ASA mission. In addition to this directive language, the bill also expresses a sense that the ASA mission should receive sufficient funding.

NGAUS strongly supports the House version of the ASA language and will continue to recommend that Congress include this language in the final National Defense Authorization Bill for FY 2010.
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ARNG Programs.

Full-Time Support

The Senate version of NDAA increases the number of ARNG AGR positions to 32,060 and MilTechs to 28,380, both 73% of the validated requirement using supplemental funding. In the House version, only the AGR positions have been increased, but the funds are provided in the base budget.
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NGREA.

The Senate did not authorize any funds for the National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account, but did put $391 million into the Army’s procurement accounts and specified it for ARNG equipment items. The House chose to authorize $800 million in the NGREA for Army Guard and Army Reserve equipment.
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Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA).

The Senate provided full funding in both Army and Air Force accounts for costs related to the Joint Cargo Aircraft. However, the House version of the bill supports the Army’s requirement for fixed-wing time-sensitive lift while directing the Air Force to re-examine putting C-130s into units currently designated to receive C-27s.
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C-17.

The FY2009 HASC Authorization has marked for 15 C-17s at a cost of $3.9B to fulfill the unfunded requirement on the Air Force’s list. The Senate Authorization bill does not include funding for additional C-17s. NGAUS supports the House version of the C-17 language and will ask the Conferees to cede to that language in order to continue the C-17 line and bring the new airlifters into the Air National Guard to replace older retiring aircraft in the inventory.
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War Supplemental.

The much anticipated and much needed war spending bill is still missing in action. The Senate passed its version last week but the House has not passed an equivalent. In the Senate bill, there is an additional $675M for ARNG NGREA as well as over $685M in O&M and over $1.36B for Personnel. The ANG also received $287M for O&M in addition to $72M for radio and targeting pod upgrades and $34M for AESA radars.

The main sticking point in the House is that the cost of increasing veterans’ education benefits is not offset by spending cuts elsewhere, something that concerns a group of balanced-budget Democrats. The current effort is to remove much of the domestic spending included in the House version in an attempt to avoid President Bush vetoing the legislation, but no progress has been made.
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We Goofed!
Write To Congress Update
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The legislative staff would like to apologize for the discrepancy in reporting the number of letters sent to Congress by our top states. The mistake has been corrected, and we are striving to provide all of our members with current, up-to-date numbers. Again, please accept our apologies and as always, your letters to Congress are essential in NAGUS’ mission to represent the National Guard and Reserves.

Messages sent:

This Year — 21,242
This Week — 438

Top 5 States:

1. Tennessee — 4,510
2. Georgia — 4,326
3. Mississippi — 1,199
4. Texas — 938
5. Oklahoma — 662

Our 2008 Goal: 54,000 messages. Only 32,758 messages to go!
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Legislative Staff
Richard Green, Legislative Director
Pete Duffy, Deputy Director
Chris DeBatt, Army Programs
Emily Breitbach, Air Programs
Bernie Phelps, Senior Analyst
Dixie Ross, Legislative Analyst

June 3, 2008

‘Why We Serve’

Filed under: DoD, Military, Military Families, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 9:21 pm

When I was younger, I tried to join the Navy because I needed to learn discipline, I needed order in my life. I knew I was headed down the wrong path. Unfortunately, my prior eye operation kept me out of the Navy, but there are so many people who have shared their stories with us and I believe they should be told all over the web. Why? Because we will not hear it in the press.

Why We Serve is a speakers outreach program intended to re-connect the men and women of the United States Armed Forces with those they serve: The American people.

One of these special people who shares his experience with us is Captain Doug Traversa, who has a blog named Afghanistan Without A Clue (AWAC). Here is an excerpt from his statement:

My path to military service and my current assignment in Afghanistan is rather unusual, but it just shows that those of us defending our country are as different and unique as the general populous. When I was growing up, joining the military did not seem so far-fetched. My father was an Air Force officer, and I was a huge military buff most of my childhood through high school and college. I studied World War II, built models from the period, and memorized all sorts of military trivia.

*snip*

It all started about a year ago. The Air Force was going to be filling Army positions in both Iraq and Afghanistan. That meant that not only would we be deployed for a year, we would have to go to Army Combat Skills Training first. We would be wearing body armor, carrying weapons, and going into harm’s way. You can’t imagine how shocking this was to us in the Air Force. We didn’t do that sort of thing. We did our fighting from airplanes, and those who didn’t fly were stationed well behind enemy lines at air bases. Now we were being thrown into the Army. Yikes! This was scary. I was certainly afraid. In fact, my current boss, Maj Apple, is filling a slot that was turned down by six previous majors. By that I mean they decided to get out of the Air Force rather than do this job. These are guys with 12-15 years of service, and they got out. I don’t say this to insult them, just to show how frightening it was. [Continue reading.]

Doug is very good and decent man. I was on this side of the war while he was on the dangerous side, he wrote in his blog everyday, and he made many friends while he was there. Many Afghanistani friends, as well. He is now home with his sweet wife and darling children along with the abused dogs he continues to adopt until they are ready to be adopted by a satisfactory home.

This is just one of our many heroes who have decided to join the ‘Why We Serve’ team. They speak around the country–not about their mission or the Department of Defense–so that we here in the States may have a deeper understanding of our fighting men and women. Why do they serve? There are as many reasons as there are soldiers! Go ahead. Go read about them. Then write about them. Spread the word.

[The article written about Doug was written February 6, 2007.]

You may also find a site for ‘Why We Serve’ at Why We Serve – U.S. Department of Defense Official Website.

Cross-posted @ Talon.

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April 28, 2008

New Eagles UP! blog: Talon

Filed under: Bloggers, milblogs, Military, Military Families, News, otb, support — Rosemary Welch @ 3:28 am

Tomorrow (Monday, April 28, 2008) is the scheduled day for the opening of a blog for Eagles UP! I have been asked if I would like to participate, and I jumped at the opportunity to support our troops and write news that is seldom heard or read.

The name of this site is the Talon. It is a very nice looking site! Mike did a fine job creating it. There are a few contributors already, and they are:

Monday – Rurik.
Tuesday – Rosemary and Concrete Bob.
Wednesday – Wednesday Hero and John Lilyea.
Thursday – Cao and Dave Jeffers.
Friday – Ron Winter.

I am deeply honored to be writing with such a fine group of men and women. For example, David Jeffers is the father of Eddie Jeffers, author of the following:

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Hope Rides Alone.
USA Sgt. Eddie Jeffers, USA (Iraq)

February 1, 2007

I stare out into the darkness from my post, and I watch the city burn to the ground. I smell the familiar smells, I walk through the familiar rubble, and I look at the frightened faces that watch me pass down the streets of their neighborhoods. My nerves hardly rest; my hands are steady on a device that has been given to me from my government for the purpose of taking the lives of others.

I sweat, and I am tired. My back aches from the loads I carry. Young American boys look to me to direct them in a manner that will someday allow them to see their families again…and yet, I too, am just a boy….my age not but a few years more than that of the ones I lead. I am stressed, I am scared, and I am paranoid…because death is everywhere. It waits for me, it calls to me from around street corners and windows, and it is always there.

There are the demons that follow me, and tempt me into thoughts and actions that are not my own…but that are necessary for survival. I’ve made compromises with my humanity. And I am not alone in this. Miles from me are my brethren in this world, who walk in the same streets… who feel the same things, whether they admit to it or not.

And to think, I volunteered for this…

And I am ignorant to the rest of the world…or so I thought.

But even thousands of miles away, in Ramadi, Iraq, the cries and screams and complaints of the ungrateful reach me. In a year, I will be thrust back into society from a life and mentality that doesn’t fit your average man. And then, I will be alone. And then, I will walk down the streets of America, and see the yellow ribbon stickers on the cars of the same people who compare our President to Hitler.

I will watch the television and watch the Cindy Sheehans, and the Al Frankens, and the rest of the ignorant sheep of America spout off their mouths about a subject they know nothing about. It is their right, however, and it is a right that is defended by hundreds of thousands of boys and girls scattered across the world, far from home. I use the word boys and girls, because that’s what they are. In the Army, the average age of the infantryman is nineteen years old. The average rank of soldiers killed in action is Private First Class.

People like Cindy Sheehan are ignorant. Not just to this war, but to the results of their idiotic ramblings, or at least I hope they are. They don’t realize its effects on this war. In this war, there are no Geneva Conventions, no cease fires. Medics and Chaplains are not spared from the enemy’s brutality because it’s against the rules. I can only imagine the horrors a military Chaplain would experience at the hands of the enemy. The enemy slinks in the shadows and fights a coward’s war against us. It is effective though, as many men and women have died since the start of this war. And the memory of their service to America is tainted by the inconsiderate remarks on our nation’s news outlets. And every day, the enemy changes…only now, the enemy is becoming something new. The enemy is transitioning from the Muslim extremists to Americans. The enemy is becoming the very people whom we defend with our lives. And they do not realize it. But in denouncing our actions, denouncing our leaders, denouncing the war we live and fight, they are isolating the military from society… and they are becoming our enemy.

Democrats and peace activists like to toss the word “quagmire” around and compare this war to Vietnam. In a way they are right, this war is becoming like Vietnam. Not the actual war, but in the isolation of country and military. America is not a nation at war; they are a nation with its military at war. Like it or not, we are here, some of us for our second, or third times; some even for their fourth and so on. Americans are so concerned now with politics, that it is interfering with our war.

Terrorists cut the heads off of American citizens on the internet…and there is no outrage, but an American soldier kills an Iraqi in the midst of battle, and there are investigations, and sometimes soldiers are even jailed…for doing their job.

It is absolutely sickening to me to think our country has come to this. Why are we so obsessed with the bad news? Why will people stop at nothing to be against this war, no matter how much evidence of the good we’ve done is thrown in their face? When is the last time CNN or MSNBC or CBS reported the opening of schools and hospitals in Iraq? Or the leaders of terror cells being detained or killed? It’s all happening, but people will not let up their hatred of President Bush. They will ignore the good news, because it just might show people that Bush was right.

America has lost its will to fight. It has lost its will to defend what is right and just in the world. The crazy thing of it all is that the American people have not even been asked to sacrifice a single thing. It’s not like World War II, where people rationed food and turned in cars to be made into metal for tanks. The American people have not been asked to sacrifice anything. Unless you are in the military or the family member of a servicemember, its life as usual…the war doesn’t affect you.

But it affects us. And when it is over and the troops come home and they try to piece together what’s left of them after their service…where will the detractors be then? Where will the Cindy Sheehans be to comfort and talk to soldiers and help them sort out the last couple years of their lives, most of which have been spent dodging death and wading through the deaths of their friends? They will be where they always are, somewhere far away, where the horrors of the world can’t touch them. Somewhere where they can complain about things they will never experience in their lifetime; things that the young men and women of America have willingly taken upon their shoulders.

We are the hope of the Iraqi people. They want what everyone else wants in life: safety, security, somewhere to call home. They want a country that is safe to raise their children in. Not a place where their children will be abducted, raped and murdered if they do not comply with the terrorists demands. They want to live on, rebuild and prosper. And America has given them the opportunity, but only if we stay true to the cause and see it to its end. But the country must unite in this endeavor…we cannot place the burden on our military alone. We must all stand up and fight, whether in uniform or not. And supporting us is more than sticking yellow ribbon stickers on your cars. It’s supporting our President, our troops and our cause.

Right now, the burden is all on the American soldiers. Right now, hope rides alone. But it can change, it must change. Because there is only failure and darkness ahead for us as a country, as a people, if it doesn’t.

Let’s stop all the political nonsense, let’s stop all the bickering, let’s stop all the bad news and let’s stand and fight!Isn’t that what America is about anyway?

Sergeant Eddie Jeffers is a US Army Infantryman serving in Ramadi, Iraq.

From The New Media Journal.us.

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Hat tip: Gazing at the Flag.

I’m not even going to pretend I can top that, so I will stick with what I do best. This is going to be a wonderful way for us to show our support and share the news and the truth with those who seek it. We must remember, we are fighting a war on many fronts. One of those fronts is right here at home. Rurik has tackled one aspect of that in his post for Monday, “The Edinboro Abuses.” He has done a wonderful job expressing what many of us are feeling. Good job, Rurik. 😉

I’m not sure, but they may still be seeking contributors. Please visit the site, and have a wonderful day! BTW, if you come across a Marine, a Soldier, a Sailor, or someone else in the service of our wonderful country, please remember to shake their hand and thank them for all the sacrifices the made to keep us free. Yes, remember…

The following is ‘borrowed’ from Maggie’s Notebook. She does it so well! 😉

Welcome to Open Trackback Weekend and Linkfest Haven. I’ll will manually add your trackbacks, with excerpts if available, to this page as they come in. Be patient: some trackbacks mysteriously travel the entire blogosphere before they arrive.

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“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”

Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Az).
Ronald Reagan was a Goldwater speechwriter in the 1964 campaign.

Hat tip: Quote from Ronald Reagan came from The Blue State Conservatives.

Posts I’ve trackposted to at Linkfest and other sites:

Salt and Light: Talon Blog.
Right Truth: ESCAPE FROM A BROOKLYN MOSQUE.
The Yankee Sailor: Tuesday Open Post.
third world county: Black Racism as an Employment Opportunity.

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Posts that have trackbacked to this post:

1. The Amboy Times: Anatomy of Surrender.
Just in case you missed this over at Hot Air or Dhimmi Watch. Bruce Bawer’s latest article examines the cultural jihad.What has not been widely recognized is that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie intro…
2. Woman Honor Thyself: FAT-wa on Barbie?
Perhaps a preventive strike against a declared genocidal Iran, might actually be a bit of a blow to world terrorism and just might significantly reduce our problems with the terrorist state of Syria, the Hezbullies and Ham-ASS.
Ya think? …
3. Planck’s Constant: Barbie Conquers Iran.
…without coercion, people will always choose to be like Americans. If Muslims were free to abandon their faith without fear of being whipped, tortured, burned and killed, and were exposed to American culture, in short order, Islam would cease to exist…
4. A NEWT ONE: War News: Muqtada al-Sadr and al-Qaeda?
Really. Who would have thought such a thing as that? The Democrats, when the label “Liberal” became anathema – no pun intended – they had to change it to “Progressive” to at least pretend that they were trying to “progress”. Progress towards what…
5. Right Truth: The problem is ignorance, as Obama turns tail and denies Rev. Wright and his church.
As I type this, Barack Obama is on television denouncing his ‘old uncle’, his 20 year spiritual adviser and mentor. Seems Obama’s political advisers got through to him, advised him his campaign was in the crapper thanks to Rev. Jeremiah…

April 21, 2008

Texas Two-Step…The Wrong Way

Filed under: lies, Military Families, otb, Prayers, school — Rosemary Welch @ 12:40 am

There’s been a dance of sorts going on in a town in Texas, and I do not like it. No, not one bit! A son got suspended from school for two days for answering a phone call from his father who is in Iraq risking his life. This may have been his last call ever. So why did they suspend him?

Zero Tolerance of cell phones in school. For those of you who agree that the rules are the rules, check this out. Master Sgt. Morris Hill personally spoke with the vice-principle to clear it with the school so that he could call his two sons, Joshua and Brandon, so he could call them. See, the only time he could call was during school. This is why he thought he had taken care of this situation.

The odd part is that the father had apparently made an arrangement in advance with the assistant principal to allow his sons to receive calls from him. “He had spoken with Mr. Fletcher,” said Pat Hill, the boys’ mother. “He thought there was an agreement understood that if he called either Joshua or Brandon at school, that everything was fine.”

“If this would have been the last phone call from my husband, and he’s in trouble for it and then has to deal with something happening to his dad that would be even harder,” Mrs. Hill added. “These schools have to stop and realize, especially when you are in a military community, we support our soldiers, we support our troops. What about them when they are in Iraq trying to reach their family?”

Mrs. Hill is trying to get the suspension removed from her son’s record, but the school says the matter is closed. Whether or not you support the United States’ actions overseas, you’ve got to understand that the soldiers are doing their job and that they and their families are still people — people who care very much about each other and have a need to stay in contact. It seems to me that the school could be more understanding on that point.

Folks, it is now in our hands. Here is the toll free number to call your Congressmen and Senators and express your concern. Remember to be polite but firm. This cannot be the law of the land when it comes to our Military families. It’s just WRONG! That number is 1-866-340-9281.

Please spread this message. Write about it on your own site. I want this to reach as many people as possible. It should not matter whether you are for or a’gin the war. What should matter is this family and fairness. How can we trust our principles when they straight out lie to us? This could be YOUR child.

Thank you for reading this. Now please write about it, e-mail it, digg it, and make those phone calls. Those of you that pray, please put on your best prayer suits and pray that his record is cleaned and military families everywhere are treated better. Thank you, and God bless our Military Families!

Copperas Cove
High School
400 S. 25th Street
Copperas Cove, Tx, 76522
Phone: 254- 547-2534
Fax 254- 547-9870

This is where you can reach the school. Click here to send an e-mail message:

Carol Saxenian – Principal.
Jimmy Shuck – Associate Principal
Richard Fletcher – Assistant Principal
Genie Jhingoor – Assistant Principal
Cynthia Kostroun – Assistant Principal

Thanks.

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GOE’s Roger Sinasohn: Parent Dish.
Maggie’s Notebook: Barack Obama’s Father – Why it Matters.
Conservative Cat: Having a Really Good Time with Umbrellas at a Football Game.
Blue Star Chronicles: United States Army Chorus Performs the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
The World According To Carl: PhotoHunt 106: Thirteen (13).
Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.
Big Dog’s Webblog: Obama Laments Distraction but not His.
Right Truth: Is World Net Daily a reliable source of information?
Pirate’s Cove: Climate That Hasn’t Changed In 10 Years Threatens Predators And Prey.
Planck’s Constant: Muslims Want World to adopt Mecca time.
Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Earth Day – Environmental Benefits and Unintended Consequences.
Grandinite: China’s Christians Pay The Price.
Anarchology.org: Student Gets Suspended for Answering Call from Iraq! (VIDEO)
, This is a site I came across while digging this post. I have no idea what it’s about.

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April 9, 2008

Vets4Freedom, Gen. Petraeus, and USN Monsoor MOH

Filed under: Bloggers, dead, medals, milblogs, Military, Military Families, otb — Rosemary Welch @ 11:54 am

Vets For Freedom was covered by many bloggers, but I have one the best posts which has the speeches, many pics, and witty humor. I also have the transcript prior to Gen. Petraeus’ meeting with the goons. Let us not forgot forget, EVER, US Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor, Medal of Honor recipient, posthumously.

The Vets For Freedom was covered by Jonn at This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here, and the title of his post is Vets for Freedom Rally for troops. He did a remarkable job capturing these amazing Veterans and other people such a lowly senators. Seriously, they couldn’t hold a candle to these gents. There are many photos, videos, and thoughts. Please, check it out. They also went into the pit (the capitol) to speak with our representatives and senators about what is really happening on the ground over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Did I mention these are Vets from recent wars as well? Yes, and they deserve a read!

The transcript of General Petraeus’ opening statement to the fools is made available by Blackfive’s site. Gosh, I should always read something first. This is Uncle Jimbo’s dream come true transcript. Yes, that means this is one they would like to put into the good General’s mouth. Well, it appears that most of the speech could have been by General Petraeus with a few exceptions. Read at your own risk, if you don’t understand humor. lol. Advance copy of Petraeus’ testimony to Congress.

Now to come to a serious topic. Mike Monsoor. US Navy SEAL. HERO. He received the Medal of Honor today, posthumously. Blackfive has a very heart-felt and meaningful post for his friend. Yes, they were friends. I believe they became friends through e-mails, but still in all, they were friends. I know he did one of his ‘Someone You Should Know‘ shows about him. There are also a couple videos with tributes for Mike from some pretty special people. Some of the pictures are contributed from the family of Mike Monsoor. Here is President Bush honoring Mike. They just don’t make them like him too often…

Not to be outdone posting about USN Mike Monsoor, Stop the ACLU has noticed that the press has NOT noticed (at the time of sending this e-mail). Jay has written his own post, and he has encouraged us to do so as well. There is also a video on his post. Let Mike not go unforgotten. Thank you.

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.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to:

This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here: Vets for Freedom Rally for troops.
Blackfive: Advance copy of Petraeus’ testimony to Congress.
Blackfive: US Navy Seal Mike Monsoor – Awarded the Medal of Honor.
Stop the ACLU: In Honor of Michael Monsoor.

Blue Star Chronicles: China: Beijing Olympic Torch Relay is Great Succes.
Blue Star Chronicles: Christopher Traverse Survives Wilderness Thanks to Survivorman.
Beagle Scout: What is victory in Iraq?
123beta: The Bitch Is Back.
Right Voices: Obama Not Through With Troubles From Pastor Wright.

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1. Beagle Scout: What is victory in Iraq?
Think Progress quotes Robert Wexler (D-FL) And if I will, when Mr. Burton asks for a definition of what is failure, we get a litany of items. But when Mr. Ackerman asks what’s the definition of victory, we get little. Please tell us, general, wh…
2. 123beta: The Bitch Is Back.
Elton John raises 2.5M for Shrillery…”I’ve always been a Hillary supporter,” John, 61, said before launching into his 1970 breakthrough hits, “Your Song” and “Border Song.” “There is no one more qua…
3. Wolf Pangloss: Paglia on Hillary’s Girly Men.
Hillarious
April 9, 2008 | I would like to get your feedback on the subject of those who end up in Hillary’s orbit. Can you conceive of a strong, leader-type male ever working under her? An alpha, if you will. And if the answer is no, then w…
4. Wolf Pangloss: Was the Iraq War in 2003 legal?
A Jacksonian covers the bases with his usual thoroughness.
Conclusion: Yes.
Explanation: Desert Storm 1 was a war undertaken to drive Iraq out of Kuwait. After Saddam Hussein asked for a ceasefire the war was in truce, but it was not over. The truce …
5. A NEWT ONE: War News: Vets On The Hill 4/8/08 PART 1.
Yesterday on 08 APR 08, a group of men and women – Patriots – both currently serving in the United States Armed Services and those of service past, gathered in a Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, VA. The Gathering began – per orders – at 0…
6. Tilting at Windmill Farms: Help Me Win!
Please go vote for me! Enter the Make Ur Lolcat Famous Contest. Help me win and I promise I’ll get back to more inane political commentary! Actually I’ll get back to it soon anyway, if I can get five minutes when I’m not having to…
7. Potbelly Stove: Absolut Malarkey.
Cultural insensitivity reached new heights when the makers of Absolut vodka, a Swedish company, ran an ad in Mexico which shows the U.S.-Mexico border as it was pre-1848…
8. Blue Star Chronicles: Soldiers Support …. Obama?
ABC news sent a reporter deep into the danger zones of Iraq to find out who American Soldiers are going to vote for for President. The reporter came away with some shocking sentiments from the Soldiers. For instance, she found out that Soldiers think…
9. Blue Star Chronicles: President Bush Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor to Michael Monsoor (Video).
I just caught the tail end of the award ceremony of President Bush awarding the Medal of Honor to Petty Officer Michael Monsoor. The President had a difficult time maintaining his composure. So did I…
10. Blue Star Chronicles: Jimmy Carter Continues His Love Affair With Hamas.
Would someone PLEASE tell Jimmy Carter that he’s not the President anymore??? What is wrong with him? I’m embarrassed for him and I’m not even kin to him. I originally posted the cartoon above in January 2006, so this isn’t new behavior on this …

April 3, 2008

Wednesday’s Hero: Captain Daniel J. Burkhart

Filed under: children, Heroes, Military Families, otb, SW Asia — Rosemary Welch @ 9:21 am

Captain Daniel J. Burkhart is this week’s Wednesday Hero. He is deployed to Afghanistan to train the Afghan Border Patrol. (Be nice if we could have some, but that’s a different article.) Here is a little about him.

He is a Captain in US Army, 2/358, who is from West Springfield. He has been awarded the Bronze Star for doing an excellent job while over in Afghanistan, and also for going above and beyond the call of duty.

He has been going to the refugees camps which are little more than mud huts that look as though they had been trampled on so he could help them in their needs, yet he feels as though he receives more from them in return. He brings them gifts from the people here at home send to him, including his Mom who is a big fan of his.

His hope is that when they grow up, they will remember the kindness of the US Military. In this hope, he is solemnly aware of the influence of the Taliban and their teachings. Maybe, just maybe, the hatred of the Taliban will be so at odds with what they know as a fact. If this happens, then the Taliban will be rejected.

He will, in the long run, be very grateful to return home to his new wife and child. They have only been together 27 out of the 40 months of their marriage. He was able to take leave when his daughter was born, but he had to leave six days after. This was one of the hardest things he has ever done. The children in Afghanistan, however, kept reminding of him of how much we in America are blessed. This is a good thing. I have a feeling he will miss these children, too, when he returns home. Read more about him here:

Hometown: West Springfield, MA.
Awarded: Bronze Star
Stories: West Springfield story.
Download this hero’s story: Right click and “Save Target As…” to download.

I realize today is Thursday, but I did not want to pass this Hero by. I was up late last night due to technical difficulties, but at least I took the opportunity to introduce to you this Hero. Have a wonderfully blessed day.

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

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Cao’s Blog: Thursday OTB.
A Newt One- Don’t miss this show!: Wonderful Mystery Guest Lined For Friday!
Right Truth: Real Life Experience.
Conservative Cat.
The Yankee Sailor: Thursday Open Post.
D=S: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME?
Leaning Straight Up: Checking Hell’s temperature, as the 9th Circuit Court Upholds Ten Commandments display.
Maggie’s Notebook: Haditha Marines – One Still Facing Trial.
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4. Stageleft: Life on the left side: Yeah, That’s Appropriate.
5. Diary of the Mad Pigeon: Free Speech, or Violent Overtones?
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8. Conservative Cat: Out Cold Without a Comment Script.
9. Right Voices: There Goes the Mainstream Media Again: Ignorance, Misrepresentation, or Lying?
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12. Leaning Straight Up: KVI today: Ken Schram thinks your kids are wimps.
13. Nuke Gingrich: Imagination and inspiration. What’s next.

March 12, 2008

News: Pakistan, Vets4Freedom, MAF, CAIR, ACLU, Flight 93

Filed under: aclu, blogburst, Bloggers, milblogs, Military, Military Families, STACLU, SW Asia — Rosemary Welch @ 11:06 pm

Today’s list of news items may seem lengthy, but I just keep getting more news as type! Some of these news items will be only a link, while others will be the complete story. Take the Vets For Freedom post. This one will always get full coverage. 😉

Starting with Pakistan: As we know, there were elections held in Pakistan last month and since then, very little has been said (to the best of the USA media, anyway). Today I came across this article on The Wall Street Journal, Opinion section by the name of Pakistan’s Progress. It discusses the state of Pakistan a month after the election. There are also questions and proposed solutions and suggestions. It’s a good read.

Next we have one of my favorites in which Vets For Freedom are going to kick-off a fabulous, three week journal that will be starting in San Diego, CA, and ending (for this Tour) in Washington, DC, on April 8, 2008.

Dear Vets for Freedom members:

The National Heroes Tour is upon us! Kicking off this Friday from the deck of the USS Midway in San Diego, our heroes will be touring the United States thanking veterans and families for their service and sacrifice. Our non-partisan message will highlight the military’s commitment to success in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the incredible progress being made under General David Petraeus.

It has never been more important to ensure our fellow Americans understand what is happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. The surge is working, and political and economic progress is occurring; yet mainstream media is failing to tell the story. Our Tour will highlight local veterans and inform your community, local lawmakers, and media about the incredible bravery and sacrifice of our troops, and the progress our Soldiers and Marines are achieving.

As you can imagine, a Tour such as this, combined with our Vets on the Hill event on April 8, costs a significant amount of money. To help support the Tour, we’ve commissioned an Official Heroes Tour T-shirt and Tour Coin that are available when you make a donation to Vets for Freedom. The T-shirt is available for a donation of $25, and for a donation of $50, you get both the T-shirt and Coin. As always, your donations go directly to supporting Vets for Freedom’s mission of ensuring that our troops have the support they need to continue to fight the Global War on Terror.

With sectarian killings down 90%, suicide bombings down nearly 70%, and Iraqis passing key national legislation, it’s about time that everyone in Congress recognizes the success in Iraq; and that a safe, secure and free Iraq is critical to America’s long term security. Join us on April 8 as we help educate our representatives. The trip is 100% paid for by the organization, and will only require you to take one day off of work.

Our brave troops need our support, let’s do everything we can here to “Let them Win!

Move out and draw fire!

Pete Hegseth

Next we have Move America Forward. Do you remember the disgusting behavior of the city council of Berkeley? Well, get a load of this!

Move America Forward will be making a major announcement this Friday, March 14, 2008.

The announcement concerns disturbing information we’ve collected after extensive research into the work of anti-war/anti-military activists.

We will be posting a report to our website: www.MoveAmericaForward.org.

In addition, we will be providing details for the news media at a 9:30 AM news conference at the historic National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Please check the MAF website on Friday, and when the details are up, help us spread the word on this important information.

Thanks so much!

Mary Pearson
Deputy Executive Director, Move America Forward

I highly recommend you stay close. These people are true patriots, and they are doing for us that which we would be hard pressed to do. Thank you, everyonne at Move America Forward.

Now to jump into the outrageous. This is not one of the blogbursts, but it ought to be!

Clinton Appointed Judge Sides With CAIR Against Michael Savage.
by Jay @ 5:36 pm on March 12, 2008.

CAIR can’t stand criticism of Islam or free speech. They launched an attack on radio talkshow host Michael Savage pressuring advertisers to stop advertising on his show. Savage was unwilling to play dhimmi with them, so he took them to court. (background here.)

Surprise! Now a lefty judge has sided with CAIR!

A Clinton-appointed judge in California is siding with the Council on Islamic-American Relations in a lawsuit by radio talk-show host Michael Savage.

Judge Susan Illston has issued a terse one-page ruling in the case in which she granted a defense motion for judgment on the pleadings with “leave to amend.” Although it was released only today, it was dated Friday, apparently finalized shortly after she held a hearing on the issues at hand.

Savage promised he would immediately take the case to the next level, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which he described as “an even more liberal court – if you can believe it – the most frequently overturned court in the United States of America.”

“What I may try to do is have the case removed from California, because I cannot get a fair trial,” Savage said on tonight’s program. “I may remove it to Alabama, for example, where maybe I could get a fair trial – maybe where there’s still America. It certainly doesn’t exist here in California.”

The San Francisco-based talker originally accused the Islamic organization of copyright violations but later amended the action to include allegations the group “has consistently sought to silence opponents of violent terror through economic blackmail, frivolous but costly lawsuits, threats of lawsuits and abuses of the legal system.”

The action in U.S. District Court in Northern California also accused CAIR of using extortion, threats, abuse of the court system and obtaining money via interstate commerce under false and fraudulent circumstances – calling it a “political vehicle of international terrorism” and even linking the group with support of al-Qaida.

The federal government, in fact, recently named CAIR, based in Washington, D.C., as an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged scheme to funnel $12 million to the terrorist group Hamas.

The lawsuit was the subject of court hearing on Friday, and according to a report from the Associated Press, Illston said she was “leaning toward tossing out” the action.

She did say she was considering allowing Savage’s lawyer to submit a revised complaint to keep the case alive, the report said.

Savage’s attorney Daniel Horowitz said the copyright claim was valid because CAIR used Savage’s material “for purely commercial purposes,” but the judge said she found free speech arguments persuasive.

More here->>>.

I hope he appeals it as long as it takes to put a dent in this dangerous organization.

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I’m going to have to wait until I cool off for a while before I can address this. I know what I would say at this moment, and James 3:1-18 forbids it! That’s my defense, and I’m sticking to it.

Now for another action by the ACLU:

Since New York Governor Eliot Spitzer brought the topic into the national discussion, I thought it would be interesting to dust off this oldy but goody. I know that some more libertarian leaning people actually agree with the ACLU on this, but I don’t. It will be interesting to watch the debate in the comments.

Keep in mind that all laws are based on some moral code. That code isn’t necessarily that of any one specific religion, but a reflection of the collective morals of the community and general public. It is my belief that issues like this one should be decided at the state level by the representatives of the people.

Also keep in mind that even in States where prostitution is legal it is regulated. The ACLU believe it should be unregulated. I think this is the most retarded and absolutist position that the ACLU has on this one. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want someone being pimped on the same corner my kid catches the school bus.

Not only have the ACLU argued before a federal appeals court that having a ban on federal funds to organizations that promote commercial sex work inhibits free speech, but they even advocate the legalization of unregulated prostitution themselves.

The ACLU’s Policy 211 is straightforward. “The ACLU supports the decriminalization of prostitution and opposes state regulation of prostitution”. They base their argument on several points, including that existing laws are discrimination against women, and the right of individual privacy. They argue that what two consenting adults in private do is their own business. However, when you also oppose zoning laws, and regulation you can hardly argue that prostitution is a private business.

As for it being a privacy issue, it seems a contradiction to me when they also state that the “public” solicitation of prostitution is “entitled to the protection of the First Amendment”. “It’s not just the bedroom that the ACLU wishes to make off-limits to public censure, but also the local street corner, presumably even if that corner is regularly used by school children crossing the street.” Source.

And what good would it do for women’s rights to decriminalize this? One could argue that women should not be punished for their own exploitation. But how does decriminalizing pimps, buyers, procurers, brothels or other sex establishments offer any solution to this? Decriminalization would do nothing but expand the sex industry and send a message to society that it is acceptable. And a system unregulated would do nothing for women’s health, and would only promote the spread disease.

They don’t belive in zoning laws, and do believe in fully legalalized, and unregulated prostitution. So there wouldn’t be any law that could keep a prostitution house from being a certain distance from your neighborhood, your Church, or your child’s preschool. This is especially disturbing when they think child pornography distribution and possession should be legal, and fight for convicted child molesters to live across the street from elementary schools and parks.

This is just one of many in a very long list of extremist positions of the ACLU.

Source: Stop the ACLU: ACLU Supports Legalized Unregulated Prostitution.

Next we have the Flight 93 Blogburst. This one is very near to my heart, no matter what it says. I was born in Pennsylvania. I grew up in New York State. I lived in New York City, Hell’s Kitchen. Don’t tell to get over it. I never will. ‘Nuf said.

Joementum!

Blogburst logo, no accident
Alec Rawls did a 45 minute interview with Washington D.C talk-radio host Joe Ardinger Saturday night (3-8-08, Segment 3).

“It rips,” says Alec. “We exposed a lot of the terrorist memorializing parts of the Flight 93 Memorial, and went over the clear proofs of intent that architect Paul Murdoch included in the design.”

Joe’s interests: “Ghosts, UFO’s, The Lizard People from The Hollow Earth, Politics, True Crime, Conspiracies, you get the idea…” If he wants outlandish, the truth about the Flight 93 Memorial is tops, which could just make Joe the man for the Job.

Alec knows nothing about the Lizard People, or Joe’s politics, but this issue ought to transcend all domestic divides, and for Joe it certainly does. “Very fun interview,” says Alec: “Joe is a great host, and he says he wants to keep after this.”

That’s excellent. Thank you Joemericans!

(If Joe’s 3-8-08 Segment 3 link ever disappears, there is a backup copy here.)

To join our blogbursts, email Cao (caoilfhionn1 at gmail dot com) with your blog’s url.

I hope you have an opportunity to listen to this. It sounds very interesting. lol. Have a good evening. Blogger is going to cut me off in about 30 minutes to do repairs. See ya when I can!

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Woman Honor Thyself: IDF Avenges Deaths of Mercaz Harav, Right Truth: Mulsim Ironies, Conservative Cat: Notes from Ferdy – Boulder City Official Loses Mind, Proposes Anti-Cat Legislation, Tilting At Windmill Farms: Truth Hurts?, Right Voices: Reid: “As we look back in history, the Founding Fathers would be cringing to hear people talking about earmarks” (That’s funny!), The Yankee Sailor: Wednesday Open Post, Blue Star Chronicles: The Blind Boys of Alabama – Amazing Grace, Cao’s Blog: Wednesday OTB, and Leaning Straight Up: Geraldine Ferraro says something blatantly obvious and all hell breaks loose, with many thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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1. Blue Star Chronicles: The British Don’t Like American Accents.
2. Blue Star Chronicles: Geert Wilders and the Islamization of Europe.
3. Blue Star Chronicles: Hey There Khalilah.
4. Faultline USA: Jon Stewart Seeks Anti-Obama Dupes.
5. Blue Star Chronicles: Obama Could Put an End to Destructive Racial Politics if He Had the Courage.
6. Diary of the Mad Pigeon: A Message, and a Farewell (for now).

March 4, 2008

Vets for Freedom Update: 3.4.08

Filed under: milblogs, Military, Military Families, otb, support, Vets — Rosemary Welch @ 10:58 pm

Vets for Freedom has a very good website for which you can visit to keep up to date with what is happening with them and the world. They also have a blog in which Pete Hegseth, Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, is blogging from the streets of Iraq! I will list the most recent posts, but I implore you to add them to your site.

This is a list of the news:

A Surge To Help Afghanistan – Sen. Joeseph Lieberman: The Washington Post, 03/04/2008
Betrayed by State – Owen West: New York Post, 02/29/2008
A Neighborhood, Reborn – Pete Hegseth: National Review Online, 02/28/2008
Lessons on the Long War – Pete Hegseth: National Review Online, 02/26/2008
Two Winnable Wars – Anthony H. Cordesman: The Washington Post, 02/24/2008

This next list is of the posts which Pete has written:

Iraq Summer 2 – The Revenge: The Massive New Anti-War Effort And What You Can Do To Stop It by Josh Levy, 03/04/2008; Guest VFF.
Back in Iraq: Sons of Iraq, 03/01/2008; Pete Hegseth (NRO Posts)
Back in Iraq: A Neighborhood, Reborn, 02/28/2008; Pete Hegseth (NRO Posts)
Back in Iraq: Lessons on the Long War, 02/26/2008; Pete Hegseth (NRO Posts)
Back in Iraq: Fewer Bodies on the Ground, 02/24/2008; Pete Hegseth (NRO Posts)

They are also having a gathering of Veterans all over America to encourage us to keep up the fight here at home so they can finish the job they were sent to do. Become a part of this movement. Here are some of the details:

Join Vets for Freedom on March 14 at 6:30 pm for the National Heroes Tour Kickoff Concert Hosted by Oscar Winner Jon Voight on the deck of the historic USS Midway in San Diego.

*This tribute to the men and women of the United States Military will include performances by Skydiving Innovations, a high performance jump team comprised of former Navy SEALs and Special Forces*

*F-18 Fighters are scheduled to flyover courtesty of the United State Navy*

*Stay and enjoy the American Hitmen. A San Deigo band comprised of United States Marines*

The Heroes Tour will include appearances by:

COL Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient and former POW.

David Bellavia, Medal of Honor nominee and Silver Star Recipient. Author of the war memoir, House to House.

Marcus Luttrell, Navy SEAL and author of the best selling book, Lone Survivor.

Steve Russell, the batallion commander who led the capture of Saddam Hussein.

**The entertainment and food will be free from 6:30 to 10 pm**

For More Information: www.vetsforfreedom.org.

This is going to be a fantastic tour, so please join up if you can. The sooner, the better! Have a great day.

PS. Just in case you are wondering, yes, I did forget to leave the URL for their site. Oops! Here it is: Vets for Freedom.org.

Update: Here is another I’ve received, and I believe it coincides with this post (if not overlaps). I will post the whole letter, even though a few of the links are already posted. This is awesome, and you should read it! 😉

Vets for Freedom members,

On Sunday I returned from Baghdad, where I reported on the situation on the ground. I had the honor of walking the streets with our brave troops, and without hesitation can report: Baghdad has been transformed. The progress we have talked about for months is real and dramatic.

I was on the ground in Baghdad for 5 days, and did not hear a hostile shot fired or hear one single explosion. It was completely different from when I was there in 2005, when gunshots and explosion were background noise.

I invite you to read my dispatches from the front, all of which can be found at National Review Online. I wrote about the lack of media attention,* the need for anti-war leaders to face the reality of Iraq,* my first hand observations on patrol in “A Neighborhood, Reborn,”* and the grassroots Iraqi surge that has taken place with the “Sons of Iraq.”*

More than anything else, the trip underscored the need for veterans of this generation to communicate the need to succeed in Iraq. Thankfully, we have planned an excellent way to do it-our National Heroes Tour and Vets on the Hill.

The National Heroes Tour is gathering incredible momentum. Events are being added daily and the media are very interested in covering our stories. CLICK HERE to see the schedule, which now includes Navy Seals jumping onto the deck on the USS Midway in San Diego for the kick-off event. We hope you’ll join us on the Tour.

Also, our Vets on the Hill event on April 8 is growing quickly. Over 300 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have already signed up. CLICK HERE to join us, and visit Washington, DC free-of-charge to meet with your Member of Congress and with your fellow veterans.

Special thanks to 1-4 Cavalry and 2-4 Infantry, the units who hosted me during my Baghdad visit. It was an honor to watch them operate first hand, and see how they have transformed the streets of Baghdad. Now it’s our job to tell their stories.

Move out and Draw Fire.

Pete Hegseth
Executive Director
Vets for Freedom.

You guys and gals are awesome, and I admire and thank you all. God bless your families and you for your sacrifices given for our country. We are truly blessed.

* indicates that those posts are located at NRO, while the same post above is located at Vets for Freedom.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites:

Woman Honor Thyself: Geert Wilders: ChampioN of ChampionS, Pirate’s Cove: TLF: Hamas Fights On, Inspired By “God”, The Pink Flamingo: The Arrogance of Barack Obama’s Campaign, third world county: Thought for Today, Pursuing Holiness: CBS’ Healthcare Full Court Press, The World According to Carl: Two Hot Sauces: Iceman’s VooDoo Joose & Bandana’s Serious Habanero Pepper Sauce, The Yankee Sailor: Tuesday Open Post, and Shadowscope: Seattle Eco-Terrorism Investigation, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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1. Beagle Scout: Gary Gygax, RIP.
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