Happy Independence Day!

The U.S. Army Chorus performed The Battle Hymn of the Republic at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in April of 2013.

Here”s some Independence Day trivia to impress your friends with via The International Business Times:

What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?

Aug. 2, 1776.

How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July Fourth?

Two

Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July:

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary.

Which president was born on the Fourth of July?

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.

What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?

Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark  Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s. Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.

I did not know that. More at the link.

Another thing I did not know courtesy of Twitchy: : Wow, America is 2014 years old today!

There’s a bunch of people saying this. If it’s a joke, I don’t get it.

See Also:

The Conversation for some Independence Day Quotes From America’s Founding Fathers.

Newsbusters: For the Fourth, 5 Songs You May Not Know are Un-Patriotic

Memorial Day 2014

Remembering our fallen heroes who courageously served our country in the US armed forces – here’s an original Memorial Day anthem by Milwaukee’s own Glen Shulfer: America:

 

 

SEE ALSO:

Michelle Malkin: Memorial Day 2014: Land of the free because of the brave

Senator Ted Cruz: We Must Carry on the Torch of Freedom

Veterans Day 2013: Honoring America’s Heroes

This Veterans Day we honor the courage and dedication of all who have served our nation and defended our freedom.

The NRSC released a video message from some of our veterans in Congress:

Here is a heart-felt video message via the George W. Bush Presidential Center from former Commander in Chief G.W. Bush:

Senator Ted Cruz released the following message in honor of our nation’s veterans:

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the fighting between the Allies and Germany ceased. Today, we commemorate that moment by thanking our veterans who have continued the quest to preserve our peace and freedom.

We should all be proud of our country’s long tradition of service. General John J. Pershing eloquently expressed his thanks in a letter to the troops who helped win the “war to end all wars,” that is just as relevant now as it was then.

Pershing wrote, “By willing sacrifice of personal rights; by cheerful endurance of hardship and privation; by vigor, strength and indomitable will, made effective by thorough organization and cordial co-operation, you inspired the war-worn Allies with new life and turned the tide of threatened defeat into overwhelming victory.”

We are so fortunate that throughout history, millions of Americans have come forward to fight tyrants, fascists, communists, and terrorists to keep us free.

Still, we live in a violent world, where the freedoms we enjoy remain exceptional to millions of less fortunate forced to abide by brutal dictators, oppressive regimes, and cultures of intolerance.

The persistent threats of terrorism at home and abroad are reminders of how precious it is to be an American and how fiercely our rights must be protected.

We are blessed to live in a society where men and women continue to fight for our flag. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, more than 3 million Americans have volunteered to defend their country, knowing full well the risks they may face. More than 50,000 are serving in Afghanistan right now.

They, like millions of veterans before them, are willingly putting themselves in danger to keep us safe.

Thank you.

President Calvin Coolidge once said, “The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.” He was right.

Please join me on this Veterans Day in saying a prayer of thanks for our veterans. And, please find a veteran. Grab their hand. Look them in the eye and tell them, “Thank you for your service.”

We will never be able to express enough thanks for the troops, but they must always know they are treasured.

May God bless the veterans, may God bless all those who continue to protect our country, and may God bless the United States of America.

A friendly reminder:

#MillionVetMarch: Fed Up Vets – Remove Barrycades – Head For #SpiteHouse – Video – Live Streaming Coverage

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Pic Via Independent Journal

There is a lot of chatter on twitter and elsewhere this morning that the MSM is ignoring the massive Million Man March, this morning in Washington DC, but Fox News was there covering the demonstration for Fox and Friends – calling it a “big story out of DC, this morning.”

Weasel Zippers has live-streaming video, here.

This soggy demonstration started off in the hundreds, but now as of late morning had reached the thousands, and the protesters are now headed with their barrycades to the White House.

Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were in attendance…

The Truckers are there, too:

Vets carrying the barrycades to the White House:

SEE ALSO

Twitchy: ‘It belongs to the people!’ Sarah Palin and Sens. Cruz, Lee address Million Vets March [pics]

Twitchy: #1MVetMarch: Barrycades down! Spite House barricades no match for Million Vets March [photos]

Tea Party Command Center: Photos from the Million Vet March

Washington Times: UPDATED: “Million” vets are in DC to demand their monuments be opened

The Blaze: ‘WE ARE MARCHING TO THE WHITE HOUSE’ TO RETURN THE BARRICADES: ‘MILLION VET MARCH’ DESCENDS ON WASHINGTON

Live updates to follow…

At the White House, demonstrators chanted, “we the people” and “our house!”

Vets with bullhorns taunt Obama: “The world doesn’t like you! Even Putin doesn’t like you!”

The Blaze: ‘WE ARE MARCHING TO THE WHITE HOUSE’: ‘MILLION VET MARCH’ DESCENDS ON WASHINGTON, BARRICADES TORN DOWN

Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13

This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the  Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride  in our nation’s Capital.

There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented  to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.

While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.

Via Gateway Pundit:  “Unbelievable! Barack Obama brought out the German Shepherds today to threaten US veterans at the Vietnam Memorial.”

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Via William Jacobson, NBC’s affiliate in Washington, D.C. reports that police ordered tourists and Vietnam war veterans who were visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to leave the memorial at one point on Friday.

After one group of veterans went around the barricade, “the park ranger told them the wall was closed,”NBC’s Mark Seagraves reported. “Later another group of vets showed up and moved the barricades. At that point, the memorial filled with vets and tourists. That’s when police came and moved everyone out.”

Moreover, the Regime has seen fit to threaten priests with arrest if they minister on military bases during the shutdown.

There is a chronic shortage of active duty Catholic chaplains. While roughly 25% of the military is Catholic, Catholic priests make up only about 8% of the chaplain corps. That means approximately 275,000 men and women in uniform, and their families, are served by only 234 active-duty priests.

The temporary solution to this shortage is to provide GS and contract priests.   These men are employed by the government to ensure that a priest is available when an active duty Catholic Chaplain is not present.

With the government shutdown, many GS and contract priests who minister to Catholics on military bases worldwide are not permitted to work – not even to volunteer.  During the shutdown, it is illegal for them to minister on base and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.

Breitbart’s John Nolte is keeping a list of parks, monuments and more UNNECESSARILY SHUT DOWN BY OBAMA TO INFLICT PUBLIC PAIN.

America has had enough of this out and out thuggery.

A “Million Vet March On The Memorials” is being organized for October 13, 2013, at the war memorials in Washington D.C.

The group is calling all patriots to attend, via their facebook page:

We are all military brats, current and former military spouses and some veterans. We cannot express how utterly disappointed we were that our Greatest Generation were being used as political pawns in the ongoing government shutdown and budget crisis. This should never be the case.

We do not care what political leanings you may be; be it liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent or whatever. The actions of the U.S. government this week with regard to barricading and shutting down the World War II Memorial to veterans, that may or may not be on their last trip to Washington DC, is a despicable act of cowardice.

Veterans this week were unwillingly pitted as pawns in this crisis. We feel that this should never be the case. This is why we will go to Congress after the budget crisis and ask for a bill to be introduced that would prevent any member of the government from closing our memorials down to any American, except for maintenance purposes. In the meantime, we will have our March in Washington DC on October 13th! Our veterans deserve that!

Many in our group have decided that enough is enough. We are Americans. We are proud of our heritage and our service. As all of us were military brats and spouses, we have served in some form or another our entire lives. This is our way of life. We will not stand by and let the U.S. government dishonor the legacy of sacrifice of the generations before us. It is time to make a stand! We hope that you will join us in our peaceful protest against anti-American policies.

Via Maggie’s Notebook: TRuckers Ride Oct 11, 12, 13: No Freight Hauling, 3-Day Traffic Jam, Flags Flying – How You Can Help Locally, Where to Meet-Up:

As thousands of federal employees wonder where their next paycheck is coming from amid a government shutdown, around 3,000 truckers plan to descend on Washington, D.C., in an effort to shut it down further by not hauling freight for a whole weekend.

“The shutdown is actually a traffic jam,” former country music star and event organizer Zeeda Andrews told U.S. News. “This is a three-day traffic jam.”

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1. Trucker Earl Conlon is calling on all truckers in their State Capitals to Rally to the Capital to show support. We understand not everybody can afford the fuel to make the DC RIDE but this is a United effort.

Drivers that are working at least fly a flag and RIDE in Convoy formation while on the interstate. There will be Local TV from coast to coast filming this solidarity RIDE and event. It is up to the Truckers Of America to wake up the people as to the harsh regulations and UN-Constitutionals laws against our commerce and its people. We are brothers and sisters of the ROAD!

All truckers in this RIDE are directed to Earl Conlon, he is in charge, email:  huggyboo2u@hotmail.com.

2. Washington DC Capital on Constitution St. Show up Friday morning before the convoy gets there with signs concerning our constitution or in support of the RIDE, bring ole glory flags and show your patriotism. If some want to bring the 10 commandments to remind others of God’s Laws feel free to do so.

3. All Truckers, motorcycles, cars, pickup trucks tractors, RV’s that want to participate in this RIDE meet at the All American Truck Plaza off I-95 exit 98 across from amusement park. Most will show up the 10th. The event will start at 7:00 am October 11th.

4. Please dress your RIDE up with Constitutional related signs and or ole glory flags. Some people want to quote the 10 commandment and WE welcome Do what ever the spirit moves you to do.

5. People with Ham radios and Hand Held CB’s will be needed for communication. Harrisburg Pennsylvania  Truckers for their State will meet at The Wilco Truck Stop off I-81 exit 78.

6. All Bikers are directed to Belinda Bee.

7. If you would like to participate in the Overpasses to cheer on our Constitutional Riders or wave your Impeach Obama signs or any other signs please join your State group to get the information where they will be. The group will say closed but join because most will say that, after joining the page will open to you. http://overpassesforamerica.com/?page_id=39

8. If you would like to rally to your nearest Rest Area Brett Backman with The Modern American Revolution said he would work the Rest Areas and the Overpasses in this event. If you want to start a Rally in your area at a Rest Area please let us know and we will post it. On Facebook: Modern Revolution

9. Fred’s Restaurant in Wheelersburg, Ohio will be supporting the Truckers Ride for the Constitution. Truckers traveling to D.C. Oct. 11,12,and 13 th can stop by and receive a Free Personal Pan Pizza, chips and a 20 oz. drink. Plz share so we can get the word out. God Bless America! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Freds-Restaurant/186745074245

10. Stephanie King: feeding station, I-75 in Kentucky on Jelico Mountain.

It’s time for Americans to PROTEST LIKE EGYPTIANs.

UPDATE: 

US News: ‘Truckers for the Constitution’ Plan to Slow D.C. Beltway, Arrest Congressmen:

Trucker-specific grievances behind the protest include Environmental Protection Agency fuel efficiency standards and the high cost of diesel fuel. State and local anti-idling laws as well as insurance companies purportedly requiring technological updates are among the irritations, as is the perceived deterioration of Fourth Amendment rights protecting truckers’ cabs.

Whether or not the truckers pack a punch to D.C. area traffic depends on the number and intensity level of participants. A similar three-day protest in 2007, against illegal immigration and competition from Mexican truckers, did not spoil commutes as feared, the Washington Examiner reported. A Facebook page advertising the upcoming ride has close to 50,000 likes.

The funny thing about this article – it’s in an MSM rag – and virtually all the comments are supportive of the truckers and derisive of “Ovomit” as some call him. Where’s the left? Where’s the DOJ “blog squad” –  the Obama advocates who are paid to troll blogs? Did the government shutdown cut-off these nonessential government employees?

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Independence Day 2013

Happy 4th of July, everybody!

Here’s the Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra with a stellar rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic:

Okay, that gave me chills – well done Portland Ensign Choir and Orchestra!

Here’s a 4th of July message from Ted Cruz:

As we celebrate our declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, let’s keep in mind our Declaration of Independence rings as true today as it did 237 years ago.

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

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Memorial Day 2013

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This performance by the Shadow Theatre Group was done for Britain’s Got Talent, but the theme is a universal one, and very apropos for Memorial Day. Stay with it.

Senator Ted Cruz released the following video to pay tribute to the fallen men and women of the United States Armed Forces in recognition of Memorial Day.

I hope y’all will join me in remembering our nation’s fallen military men and servicewomen this Memorial Day.

Every day we live in freedom is a day purchased with their sacrifice and their blood.

As Charles M. Province so eloquently put it:

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

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

“It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

“It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

Like thousands of Americans before us, our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters have courageously fought to protect our freedoms.

Each of our hometowns has a hero—someone who has left the safe confines of their community to put on a military uniform and go to some far-off land to keep us safe.

Many of them came forward after our homeland was so tragically attacked on 9/11 and said, “I will put my life in danger so that others do not have to.”

They all knew the risk they were taking and chose to do it anyway. For us.

Honor them today. And, pray for comfort for their families who grieve for their loss. For those who have been lost fighting for our country.

We will never be able to express enough thanks for their sacrifice. But, we can promise that their sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten.

Thank you for listening. And God bless all of you.

Via Fox News: Riding with hero vets in W100K Mountain Bike Ride

Fifteen wounded warriors rode with President Bush this year for the Third Annual Bush Center W100K Wounded Warrior Mountain Bike Ride. It was the first time that the mountain bike ride took place on his pastoral ranch outside Crawford Texas, where 43 miles of trails have been built.

Several of the participants told me that they were deeply affected by President Bush’s ability to perform as one of them; spending hours as host talking and joking with them, leading the pack up the pristine wooded and rock-covered single-track trails.

This is the first time a former president has conducted an event of this kind; the first time since Lincoln that one has converted his feelings for the troops into an endeavor to promote  awareness and appreciate for the problems facing veterans.

The ride this year takes place over Memorial Day weekend, and I asked the warriors what it felt like to be alive when so many of their friends and comrades didn’t make it.

Rolling Thunder Rumbles Through Washington DC: 

The Washington Times reported:

There is no better name for an event that resonates with patriotism, deep loyalty and an authentic sense of mission: Rolling Thunder. Oh, yeah. Here they come. They’re rolling, and it is thunderous.

At least a half-million riders were expected for the 26th annual Ride for Freedom.

SEE ALSO:

PJ Media: Video: Allen West Interviews Gary Sinise at National Memorial Day Concert

Heroes Day Fun Run/Walk, Buckner MO Saturday May 18

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In an effort to raise  money to provide homes for homeless veterans, Heroes Coming Home, an organization based in Independence Missouri, is  having a Heroes Day Fun Run/Walk Saturday May 18.

The event will be held in  Buckner, Missouri from 8:45am to 3:00pm (rain or shine). Location: Heisler-Burns Park, 305 Park Avenue, Veterans Drive, Buckner, Missouri

There will be a 9am Presentation of the Colors by Young Marines Color Guard, proclamation by Hon. Dan Hickson, Mayor, Buckner, MO and welcome Remarks by Doug Friend, CEO, Heroes Coming Home. The race will start following the remarks.

Details: Information about the Heroes Day Fun Run/Walk can be found at http://heroesday.eventbrite.com/. In-person registration will be available starting at 8:45 am. There is no limit on the number of participants.T-shirts and wristbands are available for purchase on the day of the event.

Sponsorship: We are still seeking sponsors for this year’s event to cover other costs associated with the race. Current sponsors include: City of Buckner, Heisler-Burns Park Board, Brenda Ayers, Becca Blake Photography, Blue Springs Ford, bodywork by ted, Casey’s General Store-Buckner, Frontier Bag, Inc., Play Hard Think Pretty LLC, Rangel Distributing Company: Office Supplies and Furniture, Rita’s Hearing Aids, and Debra Webb. Special thanks to Tim and Beth Cline, Jeanie Tobin and Ian and Maria Scott.

Organization: Heroes Coming Home is a 501(c)(3) founded by Doug Friend, a once homeless Veteran who now serves as the organization’s CEO. It is dedicated to aiding less fortunate Veterans who have served their country diligently, faithfully, and honorably, who are homeless or classified as a homeless Veteran by the Veterans Administration definition and guidelines for homelessness. Its mission is to provide homes to help get our Veterans back on their feet and to begin living lives with a renewed sense of hope and purpose they have surely earned.

Special Operations Speaks to Bob Beckel: “Say it to my face”

ViaThe Right Planet::

From: Special Operations Speaks
Contact: Alex Rosenwald
To: Press
(571) 282-7954
Re: SOS memo to Bob Beckel
alex@politicalmedia.com

Special Operations Speaks to Bob Beckel:

Say it to my face.

Yesterday, Fox News’ “The Five” ran a segment on the military members who are taking action against President Barack Obama and his administration for their deliberate, continuing national-security leaks that are endangering the lives of the military men and women who serve and protect the United States of America. In that segment, liberal smear artist Bob Beckel defended the Obama White House’s intentional release of highly sensitive and highly classified security information:

“The idea to suggest that the President of the United States would leak intelligence information, jeopardizing people in the field is close to treason,” Beckel said. “If I were them – I assume they are out of the military now – they ought to take their benefits and go home.”

As honorably discharged and retired veterans of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Forces and their supporters, whose mission in forming Special Operations Speaks is to illuminate the failed operational security environment of the current presidential administration, we find Bob Beckel’s commentary slanderous, insulting and appalling.

Yes Bob, we are indeed “out” of military uniform, but as private citizens in civilian mufti, we are no less dedicated to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States than we were when we first swore to do so when we entered military service and then honorably served our nation. Bob, we are home and one of the “benefits” we enjoy, like you, is freedom of speech under the First Amendment of our sacred Constitution.

Me likey. There’s much more to read at the link.

My favorite part, right here:

On the plus side, Beckel’s comments, however, have only strengthened the resolve of Special Operations Speaks and like military groups who stand united in a mission to stop the White House leaks for personal political gain. To use Beckel’s own comparison, if Beckel was worried about the Swift Boats in 2004, then the combined efforts of Special Operations Speaks, OPSEC and other like-minded Special Operations fraternal organizations will seem like “Swiftboating on Steroids” during this critical 2012 presidential election. Be afraid Bob . . . be very afraid.

Oh yessss.

Yes, yes, yesssss.

Libs use the term “swiftboat” as a pejorative, but swiftboating  is one of the most honorable endeavors a veteran can ever engage in.

What it means, roughly, is to tell the truth about a self aggrandizing, anti-American Leftist.

And if anybody needs the truth told about them, it’s self-aggrandizing, America hating leftists.

Previously:

OPSEC Video: Obama’s Dishonorable Disclosures

SEE ALSO:

Uncle Jimbo of Blackfive: Obama attacks special operators for fronting him out:

Well Barry’s team never had any real respect for the knuckle-dragging troglodytes who he sent out to attempt to give him some tough guy cred and get him some campaign fodder by acting as cannon fodder. The reaction to this legitimate concern about our security shows the disdain they have.

Taking a direct shot at the leaders of OPSEC, an Obama campaign official lambasted the group’s accusations about national security leaks this morning. “No one in this group is in a position to speak with any authority on these issues and on what impact these leaks might have,” said the official, speaking on background, “and it’s clear they’ve resorted to making things up for purely political reasons.”

Making stuff up for purely political reasons, Really? Seriously that is your response, to call them liars? And to do so anonymously? Well that part makes sense, the odds of a gutless, spineless political tool standing up and calling those guys, us guys and other folks who are in a position to make those claims, liars is pretty slim. The Swift Boat reference is actually pretty legitimate, though. The ads that former comrades of John Kerry put out accurately portrayed Kerry as a glory hound punk who spent four months in Vietnam, picked up three extremely sketchy Purple Hearts, shot a bunch of reenactments of his exploits for home movies, and then headed out long before his tour was up to try to become the reincarnation of JFK. So Swift Drone away on the mighty Osama Slayer’s wafer-thin resume and phone book thick record of using it for his own aggrandizement.

Foreign Policy: Anti-Obama Navy SEAL leader: I’m a Birther

President Barack Obama is a socialist, was raised by communists, and wasn’t born in the United States, according to the former Navy SEAL who founded the group Special Operations Speaks (SOS), which aims to portray Obama as anti-military in this election season.

Earlier this week, a different group of former Navy SEALS calling themselves the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund rolled out its campaign to criticize Obama for leaking national security information and taking what it believes as undue credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. That group claims to be non-political.

But the founder of SOS, a similar group with the same mission and the same tactics, says he has no problem admitting that he is against Obama’s politics, personality, and believes that America’s current president is lying about his origins.

“I have to admit that I’m a Birther,” said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. “If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is.”

Bailey, who is part of the leadership of SOS’s effort to mobilize thousands to take to the streets to denounce Obama’s treatment of the military through an SOS project called Operation Street Corner, doesn’t only believe that the president is a foreigner. He also believes that he is not actually the son of Barack Obama, Sr. Bailey trumpeted the conspiracy theory that the president is actually the love child of Ann Dunham and writer Frank Marshall Davis.

I didn’t catch the part where Baily said Obama was born outside of the United States. I think Josh Rogin, the author of that Foreign Policy piece was inferring that. What Baily said was he doesn’t believe Obama  was born where he says he was born.

UPI: McRaven: Bin Laden raid was ‘historic’:

The admiral commands 66,000 Special Forces from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, including some 7,000 deployed in Afghanistan, CNN said. He also declined to tell persistent audience members details of the military drone campaign in Pakistan that has killed top al-Qaida and Taliban leaders.

“We are never happy when leaks occur and we go to very great lengths to protect our sources and methods,” he said. “Sooner or later it [leaks] is going to cost people their lives, or it is going to cost us our national security.”

UPDATE:
Like clockwork – who didn’t see this coming after what Baily said?
Now Swift-boat victim #1 enters the fray:

President Barack Obama‘s aides and allies are trying to undermine an emerging campaign by former soldiers who are slamming the White House for what they see as a willingness to betray the nation’s secrets in exchange for publicity.

His aides released a plea from Sen. John Kerry late Friday, urging supporters to ignore the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund’s hard-hitting criticisms. OPSEC is military jargon for operational security.

Not because anything OPSEC is alleging about the leaks is wrong, mind you – they’ve got a new angle….

Kerry’s email was accompanied by a second message from Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt.

With the subject line “Forwarded Without Comment,” LaBolt’s message consisted of article which said the head of a different group of veterans — not the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund — believes Obama was born outside the United States.

Okay, not only is Baily not part of OPSEC, he never said Obama was born outside of the United States.

The article, published in Foreign Policy, quoted Larry Bailey, who founded the unrelated Special Operations Speaks organization, saying “I have to admit that I’m a Birther.”

LaBolt’s effort to associate the birther movement with the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund is likely intended to mute the impact of the group’s charges.

Democrats have chosen to be sensitive to criticism from veterans because they blame a veterans groups for derailing Sen. Kerry’s 2004 run for the presidency.

“Seeing the new outrageous attacks made against President Obama from a shadowy Republican-allied veterans group called OPSEC, which take issue with the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, remind me all too well of the notorious ‘Swift Boat’ attacks I faced in the 2004 campaign,” Kerry’s email declared.

That group of veterans, “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,” said then that Kerry exaggerated his Vietnam combat activities; Kerry’s supporters tried to refute the group’ charges. After he lost to President George W. Bush, they angrily declared that their new neologism — “swiftboated” — should be used to describe people who are unfairly criticized.

Nyet, comrades. Swiftboated should be used to describe commie scum who have  had the truth told about them.
Carry on, men.
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Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July, everyone. I hope you all enjoy your picnics, BBQs and fireworks today. And just to needle hand wringing liberal buzzkills, enjoy especially the fireworks.

Bill Bigelow of the radical teacher organization Rethinking Schools, wrote that we need to “rethink” the 4th of July. This “progressive” teacher has declared war on fireworks.

The Fourth of July “…provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Last year, the fire department here [Portland, OR] reported 172 fires sparked by toy missiles, defective firecrackers, and other items of explosive revelry.”

So Bigelow is concerned about public safety. Fair enough. But there’s more:

“Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London found recently that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan alone have killed more than 200 people, including at least 60 children. And, of course, the U.S. war in Afghanistan drags on and on. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to the real wars half a world away.”

I bet you didn’t realize you were engaging in a “pretend war” when you handed your kid a sparkler on the 4th of July. Well, now you do know, you shameless propagandist for the military industrial complex, you.

Now, back to reality –Concerned Vets for America has released a new video just in Time for July 4th: New CVA Video Celebrates Freedom:

Starting last week, we asked our friends and fans on Facebook to answer the question, what does freedom mean to you? The list has grown to hundreds of responses, with more being added—log in to our Facebook page to see what people are saying, and to add your own comments!

In honor of Wednesday’s July 4th holiday marking the anniversary of our nation’s independence, Concerned Veterans for America has prepared the following web video that deals with the same question:

The Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama is hosting a 4th of July Defeat Obama Telethon is airing LIVE from 1:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific / 4:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern.

Confirmed guests for the event include,  Herman Cain, Congresswoman Sandy Adams, Sheriff Joe Arpai, Janine Turner, Dick Morris, Phyllis SchlaflyWayne Allyn Root, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher aka (Joe The Plumber), Melanie Morgan, Jim Labriola, Jackie Mason, Alveda King, Amy Kremer, Joe MillerDr. Gina Loudon, Jedediah Bila, Judi McLeod, Dan Riehl, Debbie Lee – Gold Star Mom, Victoria Jackson, Deroy Murdock, Pamela Geller, Jason Mattera, Teri Christoph, Pat Dollard, Tabitha Hale, Ali Akbar, and more.

On the radio they’ll be broadcasting LIVE from the studios of News/Talk 720 AM in Las Vegas and the online stream can be heard from your computer.  Just go to: www.KDWN.com

On Television the Telethon will be broadcast live in Las Vegas on Vegas TV 25 – Cable 14, and from Pahrump on KPVM TV 46.3

The video stream of the telecast can be seen online via UStream.tv at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/july-4-defeat-obama-telethon

Here’s a round-up of patriotic reads for your 4th of July from around the blogoshere:

Rasmussen: 64% Rate Fourth of July As One of America’s Most Important Holidays

Only a Viewpoint: The 4th of July

Koch’s Tour: Happy Birthday, America!

Stacy on the Right: What the ObamaTax ruling means on Independence Day

Gateway Pundit: Happy Independence Day 2012! …Don’t Forget Your American Flag

The Other McCain: Fourth Of July Message From A Leader

Rusty Weiss for The Daily Caller: Air Force Vet starts the long road home

Atlas Shrugs: Happy Fabulous Fourth!

The Jersey Texan: Happy Birthday America!

Coney Island Kindergartner Sings “God Bless The USA” on Fox and Friends

Luz Lozada, the outspoken mother of a Kindergartner at PS90 in NYC, visited FNC’s Brian Kilmeade and shared the story of how her son, Daniel Mitchell (along with the rest of the graduating Kindergarten class) was banned by the Principal Greta Hawkins, from singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”. She is the same mom who was interviewed in the New York Post article over the weekend:

The song was sung by fifth graders, last year, and “Everybody applauded and whistled,” the mom said. “They gave it a standing ovation.”

Instead the kiddies will be singing a Justin Bieber song -  “Baby”, a song about teenage love featuring lyrics such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”

Lozada’s son Daniel’s rendition of the song “God Bless the USA” will bring tears to the eyes of sentimental Americans, and I suspect eye-rolls from lefties:

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You know what that was for me? It was the polar opposite of the feeling I got when I saw Rev. Wright in action at TUCC for the first time, bellowing, “G*d damn America!” and “the US of KKKA”, with the whole congregation whooping and hollering in approval. That brought tears to my eyes, too – but they were tears of horror, and…despair. The racial divide was much larger than I ever realized, and I wondered if there was any hope for reconciliation between the races when such monstrous race baiting was going on — in houses of worship, yet.

This sweet child’s innocent rendition of a patriotic ditty is the antidote to such despair.

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Coney Island Principal Bars Kindergartners From Singing “God Bless the USA”

A Coney Island principal is refusing to  let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their upcoming graduation ceremony, sparking fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

The New York Post reports:

Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”

But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.

She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.

The first reason given, “We don’t want to offend other cultures,”  didn’t wash because the multicultural school is filled with immigrants from Pakistan, Mexico and Ecuador, and they “love it,” according to one of the disappointed moms, Luz Lozada.

The song was sung by fifth graders, last year, and “Everybody applauded and whistled,” the mom said. “They gave it a standing ovation.”

A teacher agreed: “It makes them a little goosebumpy and teary-eyed. I’ve never come across anyone who felt it insulted their culture.”

So a second excuse was given:

Department of Education spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti gave The Post an explanation staffers said they never heard — that Hawkins found the lyrics “too grown up” for 5-year-olds.

Another dubious excuse, given the fact that a flirty Justin Bieber song about teen romance, “Baby,” was deemed a fine selection for the show.
Hawkins had no problem with 5-year-olds singing lines such as, “Are we an item? Girl, quit playing.”
See, now — I would have a problem with that. Not God bless the USA.
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Let’s cut the chase, shall we? The reason Hawkins and Scaperotti have a problem with the song is because of its unapologetic patriotism and association with Republican Presidents and wars.
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It was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Reagan and  Nancy Reagan in attendance, and  gained even greater prominence during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, under President HW Bush. It’s popularity became greater still after the September 11, 2001 attacks and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, under President GW. Bush.
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Always remember, leftists are totalitarians at heart. No diversity of thought and opinion allowed. The acceptance of a conservativish song that glorifies patriotism, constitutes a thought-crime as far as these people are concerned.
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I have no doubt in my mind that both Hawkins and Scaperotti would have had no problems at all with these same kindergartners singing an ode to Barack Hussein Obama (“mmmm mmmm mmmm!”)
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But a song associated with {{{Republicans}}} — no thank you. Tough luck, kiddies.

MORE:

A couple more things about the principal, mentioned at the very end of the article:

School insiders say Hawkins tried to end the school’s tradition of reciting the pledge each morning,  a couple years ago but staff objected.

The song uproar comes amid tensions. Hawkins has been called a tyrant and bully by some staffers.

The DOE reprimanded her in 2010 after teachers complained she called the school “racist” and declared: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!
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Hat tip: Brian B.

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Memorial Day Tributes and Observances (Video)

Here are the best of the Memorial Day videos I’ve been collecting over the past week. These are moving  tributes to those who sacrificed all.

Let’s remember their sacrifice and courage, today and everyday.

The first video is actually neither a tribute or an observance – it’s a Memorial Day Challenge.
Ryan’s Story:

#DoMore this Memorial Day. Help get 50,000 views to show WWII vets we care. Share now: http://on.fb.me/JnEaAf …and then thank a WWII vet on Facebook:http://on.fb.me/JHONys

This one via The Right Scoop showed up in my in box just this morning, sent by Brian B:

Congressman Allen West speaks at the Boynton Beach Memorial Day Observance May 27, 2012:

Continuing where West left off: No Greater Love:

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
Musical Selections from:
“Simple Gifts” (instrumental) from Appalachian Spring, by Aaron Copland, 1944
“Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland, 1942
“Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan, by John Williams, 1998

Memorial Day Tributes 2012:

These are montages of stirring war photos coupled with soaring music:

Not feeling any hesitation to call these men heroes…

USAA’s 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony:

Courage to Persevere is the theme of USAA’s 2012 Memorial Day program. Highlights include J.R. Martinez, motivational speaker and champion of Dancing with the Stars, Season 13; singer Angie Johnson, a contestant on The Voice and former Tops in Blue performer; and country music artist Russ Murphy.

Over an hour long, this one starts with former Marine SSgt  Tim Chambers’ 10th Rolling Thunder vigil…

See Also:

Hot Air: Video: MSNBC observes Memorial Day:

….for another *ahem* point of view.

Yesterday, MSNBC and its host Chris Hayes called that recognition warmongering in an incoherent, rambling statement that will haunt the channel and its host for a very long time…

Human Events: Forgotten: Why has Bowe Bergdahl languished as a POW for nearly 3 years?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), himself a former POW, told Human Events he has followed the captured soldier’s plight with interest.

“We’ve had briefings from the intelligence community; we’ve been doing everything we can to try to see what can be done,” McCain said. “I know that the men and women who are serving in the military are willing to do anything to rescue him. I’ve had briefings from the intelligence people, and they tell me it’s their highest priority.”

But notably absent from the discussion has been any commitment from President Obama that the country will not leave its own behind. After refusing interviews for nearly three years, Bergdahl’s parents briefly broke their silence earlier this month.

Not even a Hallmark card

“(President Obama) has never contacted us,” Sgt. Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, told the New York Times in a May 13 story. “We haven’t gotten a Hallmark card, we haven’t gotten a note signed by an aide, nothing. Is it because he thinks we’re not Democrats?”

A year ago, Robert Bergdahl, the sergeant’s father, tried to communicate with his son’s captors directly via YouTube, thanking them for keeping him alive and pleading for his safe return.

“We’ve been quiet in public, but we haven’t been quiet behind the scenes,” Robert Bergdahl said in the video, addressing his son. “You are not forgotten. You are not forgotten.”

CNN: The toll of war now includes more amputees:

They are a small group, the quadruple amputee combat vets — just five of them.

There are also 40 triple amputees. When they come home, they have their own set of issues, but many face the problems of every wounded vet. They start their new lives together.

“When you are out on the battlefield, you don’t realize how many amputees there are because you are not there and you don’t see them,” Nicely said. “But when you are in the hospital and see all the amputations. … But it’s like one big support group. It doesn’t matter whether you are a quad or missing one leg, it doesn’t matter, everybody is in it together and it’s like one big family in there.”

UPDATE II:

In contrast to Obama’s long-winded, self-congratulatory Memorial Day speech, here’s Mitt’s simple message of thanks to our fallen heroes:

Linked by Darleen at Protein Wisdom, thanks!

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Saturday Movie Matinee:The Best of the ‘Standing Up For Religious Freedom’ Rally Speeches

Yesterday, at nearly 200 rallies across the nation,  thousands of pro-life advocates  rallied for religious freedom  and against the Obama mandate that requires employers to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.

The rally in Washington, D.C. was so large organizers had problems getting the entire crowd in one picture.

Every single one of these speeches is worth listening to.

Star Parker gave a rousing speech at Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, Washington DC:

Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and speaker at today’s event in DC, explained the untenable choice the mandate forces non-exempt religious employers to make: “Bow your knee, pay a fine, or close your business.”

Congressman Joe Walsh was on fire at the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally at the Federal Plaza in Chicago:

Walsh addressed an audience of 2500 individuals about preparing to go to jail while defending our religious freedom, which is clearly violated by Barack Hussein Obama’s heinously criminal, unconstitutional HHS Mandate!

At the Kansas City rally, a gentleman from Life Front, gave a rousing speech, quoting Patrick Henry: “237 years ago today – March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke these words”:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally, Howell, MI – AFLC’s Robert Muise Speech:

AFLC Co-Founder & Senior Counsel Robert Muise was honored to give a speech at the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally at the county courthouse in Howell, Michigan on March 23, 2012. He discussed Obama’s attack on religious freedom and the legal action AFLC is taking to stop it.

Fr. John Speech at Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally, Winston-Salem, NC:

Michele Wetteland Inspired Attendees Of The Fort Worth Religious Freedom Rally:

Orlando Stand Up for Religious Freedom – Liberty Counsel:

Pastor and lawyer for Liberty Counsel speaks at the “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” rally March 23, 2012 outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Orlando.

Religious Freedom Rally Phoenix-Dr. & Reverend C.T. Wright:

Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally – Flint, MI,  3/23/11:

Stand Up For Religious Freedom – Nashville Rally – Dr. Richard Land:

Stand Up For Religious Freedom, Buffalo:

About 1,000 people rallied in front of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo on Mar. 23, 2012, supporting religious freedom and opposing the HHS mandate. In this video, Cheryl Calire, director of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., reads a statement on behalf of Bishop Edward U. Kmiec.

Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally In Pittsburgh, PA:

http://www.40daysforlife.com 40 Days for Life national director David Bereit speaks to the Stand Up For Religious Freedom rally in Pittsburgh, PA, challenging the large crowd to stand up against the Obama administration’s egregious HHS Mandate.

KC ‘Stand Up For Religious Freedom’ Rally – 3/23/2012

Today  is the dreaded  second anniversary of the passage of the Obamacare Hydra, and at 12:00 noon in over 130 cities across the nation, crowds of concerned citizens rallied  to Stand Up For Religious Freedom and Stop the HHS Mandate”.

I went to the rally in at the U.S. District Courthouse at 500 State ave in KC,  where a crowd of about 200 people were assembled.

They started off the rally with a rosary:

The crowd showed its love for America:


This gentleman from Life Front, gave a rousing speech, quoting Patrick Henry:

“237 years ago today – March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke these words”:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

After the rally, an organizer thanked the assembled cops for putting up with us.

If you were unable to go to one of today’s rally’s, there’s still next Tuesday’s AFP “Hand’s off my Healthcare rallies in Washington DC, and Jefferson City, MO.

You can also: SIGN THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION’S, “REPEAL OBAMACARE” PETITION, TODAY!

UPDATE:

LifeNews: Thousands of Pro-Life Advocates Rally for Religious Freedom

Thousands of pro-life Americans took to nearly 200 local rallies in cities and towns across the country to stand up for religious freedom and against the Obama mandate that requires employers to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.

The rally in Washington, D.C. was so large organizers had problems getting the entire crowd in one picture.

The Daily Caller: Rep. Walsh on Obamacare: ‘We have to be prepared to go to jail’:

Republican Rep. Joe Walsh told supporters that they have to be prepared to go to prison in order to protect the freedoms and liberties they now enjoy.

Walsh’s five-minute speech, delivered at a rally for religious liberty at Federal Plaza in Chicago, evoked a Braveheart-like response as the crowd chanted, “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” upon its completion.

“We have to be prepared to go to jail. Are we prepared?” Walsh asked rhetorically.

The crowd responded with a boisterous, “Yes!”

Nearly a thousand people braved a steady rain in the Windy City to attend the rally.
UPDATE II:
How the President commemorated the 2nd year anniversary of his monstrosity, via Twitchy:
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