Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Captain Kangaroo passed away on January 23, 2004 as age 76 , which is odd, because he always looked to be 76. (DOB: 6/27/27) His death reminded me of the following story.
Some people have been a bit offended that the actor, Lee Marvin, is buried in a grave alongside 3 and 4 star generals at Arlington National Cemetery . His marker gives his name, rank (PVT) and service (USMC). Nothing else. Here's a guy who was only a famous movie star who served his time, why the heck does he rate burial with these guys? Well, following is the amazing answer:
I always liked Lee Marvin, but didn't know the extent of his Corps experiences.
In a time when many Hollywood stars served their country in the armed forces often in rear echelon posts where they were carefully protected, only to be trotted out to perform for the cameras in war bond promotions, Lee Marvin was a genuine hero. He won the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima . There is only one higher Naval award... the Medal Of Honor.
If that is a surprising comment on the true character of the man, he credits his sergeant with an even greater show of bravery.
Dialog from "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson": His guest was Lee Marvin. Johnny said, "Lee, I'll bet a lot of people are unaware that you were a Marine in the initial landing at Iwo Jima ...and that during the course of that action you earned the Navy Cross and were severely wounded."
"Yeah, yeah... I got shot square in the bottom and they gave me the Cross for securing a hot spot about halfway up Suribachi. Bad thing about getting shot up on a mountain is guys getting' shot hauling you down. But,Johnny, at Iwo I served under the bravest man I ever knew... We both got the cross the same day, but what he did for his Cross made mine look cheap in comparison. That dumb guy actually stood up on Red beach and directed his troops to move forward and get the hell off the beach. Bullets flying by, with mortar rounds landing everywhere and he stood there as the main target of gunfire so that he could get his men to safety. He did this on more than one occasion because his men's safety was more important than his own life.
That Sergeant and I have been lifelong friends. When they brought me off Suribachi we passed the Sergeant and he lit a smoke and passed it to me, lying on my belly on the litter and said, where'd they get you Lee?' Well Bob... if you make it home be fore me, tell Mom to sell the outhouse!"
Johnny, I'm not lying, Sergeant Keeshan was the bravest man I ever knew.
The Sergeant's name is Bob Keeshan. You and! the world know him as Captain Kangaroo."
On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat-proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long-sleeved sweater on TV, to cover the many tattoos on his forearm and biceps. He was a master in small arms and hand-to-hand combat, able to disarm or kill in a heartbeat.
After the war Mr. Rogers became an ordained Presbyterian minister and therefore a pacifist. Vowing to never harm another human and also dedicating the rest of his life to trying to help lead children on the right path in life. He hid away the tattoos and his past life and won our hearts with his quiet wit and charm.
America's real heroes don't flaunt what they did; they quietly go about their day-to-day lives, doing what they do best. They earned our respect and the freedoms that we all enjoy.
Look around and see if you can find one of those heroes in your midst.
Often, they are the ones you'd least suspect, but would most like to have on your side if anything ever happened.
Take the time to thank anyone that has fought for our freedom. With encouragement they could be the next Captain Kangaroo or Mr.Rogers
-- Francis Sean McHale
Found in their pdf file: (at the very bottom)
Total Respondents 1018 (unweighted)
Total Republicans 272
Total Democrats 409
Total Independents 337
(independents who vote Dem 236) (70%)
Knowing full well that Independents vote 70 to 80 % Democrat,that means 645 voted Democrat compared to 272 Republicans.
Sure seems a little stacked and biased to me!
But what should you expect from CBS? Fake but accurate ring any bells?
Friday, February 24, 2006
Woods, Singh, Mickelson, Toms, DiMarco, Wier all get to take the weekend off.
ABC and ESPN producers must have been cringing as each of their weekend heros were getting slayed by the lesser-known dragons, (with all due respect to Tommy Lehman and Davis Love lll).
"Most of our news reports on the bombed shrine and all the damage sustained physically and emotionally. The news further reports on sectarian attacks and demonstrations. While this is true and accurate what is not being reported is the calling for calm and cooperation by all Sunni & Shiite religious leaders (except the young Alsadar who remains a thorn). The demonstrations of national unity. The mullahs in Sunni & Shiite mosques calling for support for injured brothers and sisters, national calm. They do not report on the Shiites standing guard outside of Sunni mosques in the south. Etc...There are two sides to this incident. The side of revenge, anger and the much larger side of unity and support. This bombing in Samarah has brought more unity amongst Iraqis than any other incident since the stampede on the Kahdumiah bridge (when Felujans [mostly Sunni] donated blood for the wounded in Kahdumiah [mostly Shiite] in Baghdad). Iraqi political parties, community leaders, religious leaders, political leaders all are strongly condemning this bombing and asking for national support and help for the people of Samarah. This outpouring of compassion, support and help is what is not being reported. "
Why is this no suprise?
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
The California Conservative has been blogging with gusto for quite a bit and like Patterico, CC keeps a keen eye on the "State of the State". ****
Expose the Left (formally "The Political Teen") is the new name for the best video blogger on the net.
I will enjoy not having to search my "favorites" to read these two fine websites.
side note: If you haven't read any of Dana Pico at Common Sense Political Thought , you just might be missing some excellent blogging. IMHO.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Chuck Schumer just said on Fox News (on the Big Story, with John Gibson) that he would take Haliburton over UAE if it was his choice.
2:20 PM 02/20/06
Sorry, no vidio yet............pending (but I'm sure I wasn't the only one to hear him say it)
Update: Michelle Malkin has the vidio up here or here
Joint Chiefs of Staff planners have produced a 27-page briefing on
the war on terror that seeks to explain how to win the "long war" and
says Islamic extremists may be supported by 12 million Muslims
Military planners worry that al Qaeda could win if "traditional allies prefer accommodation." Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the document states, "is absolutely committed to his cause. His religious ideology successfully attracts recruits. He has sufficient population base from which to protract the conflict. ... Even support of 1 percent of the Muslim population would equate to over 12 million 'enemies.' " The unclassified production, titled "Fighting the Long War -- Military Strategy for the War on Terrorism," is a component of the Pentagon's ongoing campaign to explain that a lengthy struggle requires patience from the American people and Congress. It holds up the 1930s as an example of how not to respond to extremism, noting Europe's appeasement of German dictator Adolf Hitler. "The consequences of inaction" in the 1930s, the briefing says, "Lives lost: 300,000; 70 million worldwide. ... War expenditures: $3.1 trillion ... 38 percent of GDP per year. [The Pentagon today is spending 3.8 percent of U.S. GDP.] U.S. reconstruction expenditures: $90 billion over four years." The briefing was prepared for Rear Adm. William D. Sullivan, vice director for strategic plans and policy within the Joint Staff, which is under Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman. Adm. Sullivan used it to deliver a lecture in January to a national security study group at Mississippi State University. "It is an effort, when asked, to explain why we are doing what we are doing from a military perspective to fight the long war," said Air Force Maj. Almarah Belk, spokeswoman for Gen. Pace. "We're not on a road show. We tailor it based on who requests the speaker, and a lot of the same core information could be used in other briefings." The Bush administration's effort to explain Iraq and the broader war includes more than briefings. On Friday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was in New York talking to the Council on Foreign Relations, and Gen. Pace addressed the National Press Club in the District. At the same time, President Bush was in Tampa, Fla., speaking on the war. Bin Laden, the Joint Staff paper says, wants to "expand the Muslim empire to historical significance." And Iraq "has become the focus of the enemy's effort. If they win in Iraq, they have a base from which to expand their terror. ... Extremists now have an Emirate in Iraq that serves as a base of operations from which they can revive the Caliphate [Islamic rule]. ... Baghdad becomes the capital of the Caliphate. The revived Caliphate now turns its attention to the destruction of Israel." Adm. Sullivan's briefing contains a map that shows the bin Laden-style caliphate conquering North and East Africa, the entire Middle East and Central and South Asia. This dire scenario can only happen if the U.S. is defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The United States cannot be defeated militarily," the briefing says, "the enemy knows this. But consider ... terror attacks weaken the world economy. Continued casualties weaken national resolve. Traditional allies prefer accommodation." The enemy has "inherent weaknesses," including "no military capacity to expand their fight beyond terrorist tactics." "Marginalizing an ideology requires patience and promoting reform from within," the briefing said. Although it is similar to the Cold War, the war on terror has a distinction. "We cannot discredit all of Islam as we did with communism," the document says. "It is a divine religion. We can only discredit the violent extremist." "Americans will commit to a 'long war' if ... they are confident our leaders know what they are doing."
I wrote a piece a few weeks back that was never published pointing out our supposed fate if we do not remain united in our resolve to stamp out terrorism worldwide. And by the term "united" I expressed that to mean a world consensus that the act of terrorism and suicide (homicidal) bombings must be shamed by those who remain sane in a search for peaceful solutions to a world torn by hatred ideologys that are bent on the extermination of whole society's.
Let's be perfectly clear that our enemies only goal is our elimination as a nation. "You will convert to Islam or die." Period. There are no negotiations or alternatives. Go rent, and watch the movie (Independence Day) where the world is invaded by aliens whose sole purpose is the extermination of our planet. Yes, this movie is an extreme punctuation of what is happening today, but the ideology is not that far apart from our enemies. And if they had the weapons of mass destruction, does any one believe they would not use them?
This sad reality is the state of the world now. Accommodation, and appeasement is not an alternative (in my view) at this time.
It is critical that our allies and our enemies know this.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The MSM is unhinged, a victim of its Bush hatred, which includes of course hatred of Cheney. The idea that failure to tell the White House press corps of a hunting accident for 14 hours is in anyway similar to leaving a woman to die in a submerged car while fleeing the scene or the cover-up of Watergate is just nuts.
And the American people know it.
What the Beltway gang seems not to understand is that most of America is laughing at them, not frowning at the Veep. There isn't a single fact we haven't been told, and we don't much care if the pampered poobahs of the press got a heads up after four or 14 hours.
Read Hugh's complete story here
(personnal side note: David Gregory is a pompous ass. )
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed "terrible abuses" against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment. Gore said Arabs had been "indiscriminately rounded up" and held in "unforgivable" conditions. The former vice president said the Bush administration was playing into al-Qaida's hands by routinely blocking Saudi visa applications.
"The thoughtless way in which visas are now handled, that is a mistake," Gore said during the Jiddah Economic Forum.
(via Michelle Malkin)
Gore photo source:
Many are recalling (and thanking God) that Clinton wasn't totally removed by the Senate---allowing Gore to become an incumbent president running in 2000. I (for one) would also send my many thanks to Ralph Nadar and his party. It sends shivers down my spine to think this man (now catering to a foreign power and lieing about it) could have been leading this nation after 9/11. It will be more interesting to see where the Democratic Party will stand with the traitorous bastard. This brings up memories of the Clinton/China funding connection. Does Gore now think that the United States electoral process emanates from foreign government approval? Al Gore needs a ride to the space-station, which I'm sure he built too.
"Earth to Al......... earth to Al, (never mind)
(filed under: Democrats who have committed political suicide)
Al Gore’s latest anti-American rant, the very one he delivered in Saudi Arabia, was funded in part by Osama bin Laden’s family: story
Saturday, February 11, 2006
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
A growing number of Congressional Republicans are expressing doubts about the N.S.A.'s domestic spying program.
The NYTs would have you believe that the whole Republican party is in an uproar over this with their headline, when there is actually only six who have stated they would like more information.
The gray-stained lady also (still) continues to call the program "domestic spying" which is total BS. The President and the Attorney General have both explained that the program is limited to calls coming from outside the U.S. (from known terrorist cells) into the U.S. That hardly sounds "domestic" to me, but the NYTs and it's left wing agenda, ( and its treasonous releasing of classified material) are spinning this with no regard for the safety of this nation.
Is the NYTs receiving phone calls from terrorist cells overseas and rejecting the notion that these calls may be tapped?
If ANYONE in this country is having a conversation with a known terrorist (who is hell bent on destroying this country), I want my President and the military to know about it. Period.
Giving extended oversight to any of these "concerned" politicians that may have another agenda other that the safety of this nation concerns me. The NSA program has already been severely damaged by the exposure, (thanks in most part by the NYTs) and the "publics right to know" has now been extended to the very terrorist we are fighting to prevent another attack on this country.
Imagine, if after another terrorist attack, a terrorist cell leader is captured and (without any form of torture) he brags that this could not have happened without the assistance of the NYT?
Would any of these concerned politicians haul the NYT into court and try them for treason? Or should we all just forgive them because they were more concerned for our civil liberties than the lives of thousands, (or even millions)? Does anyone think the New York Times has even considered this scenario, or if they even care?
If the New York Times is really concerned for the balance of power between the three branches of our government, they must now consider a "fourth" branch.........the terrorist.
Step #1 (personnel note to SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and the NYTs..........STFU!)
Step #2 (to concerned democrat and republican leaders; Get fully informed of the NSA program and then follow Step #1)
Friday, February 10, 2006
Do you think there was some thing missing at the Superbowl? Did anyone point out to ABC that there is a war being prosecuted? Did ABC, (in their infinate wisdom), forget our troops? One little blurp at the start of the game, and that was it?
Do you think anyone else noticed this omission?
Well, these fine people did. (check the comments at the bottom of this linked post)
Shame on you, ABC.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Can some one tell me where there is a Democrat in the Congress or the Senate that is calling for the renewal of the Patriot Act?
Can some one show me one memo, letter, or email sent by a Democrat to the President of the United States thanking him for the painstaking daily work he does protecting this country from another terrorist attack?
Can any one show me where there is one Democrat who is in support of Americans keeping more of what they earn by making the tax-cut permanent?
Can some one show me where there is one plan from a Democrat for Social Security reform, knowing full well that (as the plan stands now), there will be no money left for our children when they retire?
Can some one show me where there is one Democrat who has a plan or is proposing legislation to get Americans off the dependency of foreign oil?
Can some one show me a Democrat organization that fully supports our armed forces who have sacrificed so much to liberate two nations from tyranny and marginalize a terrorist organization (Al-Qaeda) that still wants to destroy our way of life?
Can some one show me where one Democrat has made a statement that the control for power in this government is not as important as the safety, security, and prosperity of this great nation?
Now I know that there are many in the Democratic Party who can tell me how to tear down, rip apart, and marginalize every "show me" I have stated here. The Democratic Party has perfected the art of finding a way to desecrate the direction this country is heading. A Conservative Christian is the scum of the earth in their eyes. The Bush-Bashers on the extreme left are so consumed with their hatred for the Conservative Republican Party, they refuse to see anything positive or remotely have an idea how to solve what they hate so much. Does this nation, (indeed the world) have serious problems to solve? You bet! Will the Democratic party sit down in a bi-partisan way with Republicans and work together to try to solve these problems? Don't count your taxes on it! Is their quest to regain power more important than the prosperity of this nation? If yes is the answer, I have just one more question.
Where's your plan?
note: If any one plans on commenting on this post, I will most likely delete all post that does not (at least) start with some form of a solution. I'm sick and tired of the "Blame Bush for all our woes" society. It's a pathetic excuse for not having solutions and ideas our forfathers posessed.
Update: Wow! now that's results. Seems the very afternoon following this post the U.S. Senate has come to an agreement to get the Patriot Act re-authorized. Pure co-incidence. Story linked here
Saturday, February 04, 2006
"But it is almost a cliché to remark that we live in a time of accelerating change.Events once measured against a lifetime are compressed into a decade or even a year. Space and time and distance have been both stretched and shrunk and yesterday is but a preview of tomorrow.
Yet with all the change, some things remain the same. Our goal, for example, of promoting the well being of our people within a more just and perfect union – you will note I said promote not provide."
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Posted by Sean Osborne on 2006/1/31 12:10:48
A more complete understanding of the issues facing the United States, the EU and Israel, as well as other nations and organizations in the world (such as the UN Security Council and the IAEA) in dealing with Iran must be based upon a more complete assessment of the theological group which has achieved preeminence within the Islamic Republic of Iran. The current President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad has long been a member of this group, as is his close spiritual advisor Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi. The sect or belief system to which they belong is known as “Hojjatieh”.
The “Hojjatieh” is widely unknown to most people in the West. I will attempt to address this short coming with this article. The origin of this group begins with its Iranian cleric founder, Ayatollah Mahmud Halabi sometime in the 1950’s. Ayatollah Halabi founded this group as the “Anjoman-e Zedd-e Baha-iyat” which means “The Anti-Baha’i Society”. The agenda of this group at the time was purely proprietary within the realm of Shi’a Islam – that is to say a desire within Iranian Shi’a to oppress or suppress the Islamic Baha’a faith and their potential claims concerning the Islamic al-Mahdi (ie: the Islamic messiah or anointed one). This is a messianic theme heavily borrowed from Judeo-Christian roots with the addition of Mohammedean-Islamic thought and various hadiths.
At the time of the Islamic revolution and the over-throw of the Peacock Throne of Shah Reza Pahlavi in Iran in 1979, the “Anjoman” were heavily involved in the revolution led by the formerly exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Anjoman members existed within many different groups within Iranian society and professional disciplines. One student member, the current President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, was deeply involved in the hostile takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran.
This good political fortune of the Anjoman would not last however. In 1983 Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the group to disband due to one of their basic tenets at the time being opposition to Khomeini’s basis for rule, the “Velayat-e-Faqih”, or rule by clerical jurisprudent, which is roughly akin to the infallibility doctrine found in some Christian beliefs. Khomeini’s primary objection to them was the Anjoman’s view that a purely Islamic government in Iran would delay the arrival of al-Mahdi. As with most of Islam there is a central theme being that the 12th Imam, Abul-Qassem Mohammed, who disappeared in 941 would reappear at the “end of time” and usher in an era of global Islamic justice… the long awaited global Islamic Caliphate.
However, the Anjoman were not politically untuned and quickly changed their name to the Arabicized “Hojjatiyya” (Farsi: Hojjatieh) which is the short version of a longer name meaning “Allah’s proof over his creation”. Many of the Hojjatieh were then absorbed by the Iranian Islamic Coalition Society (Jamiyat-e Motalifih-e Islami) where they remained in relative obscurity on the periphery of real power within the regime until very recently.The election of Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, the former mayor of Tehran, to the presidency of Iran is as much a domestic political power-play as it is a calculated grab for power by the many Hojjatieh adherents within the Iranian government. Their influence was never assessed by outside observers to be strong enough to effect the landslide victory (62% of the vote) of Ahmadi-Nejad over the longtime Iranian government official and ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
Understanding this new Iranian leadership means understanding how Hojjatieh have reformed from their former position regarding an Islamic government in Iran. This is best captured by Ahmadi-Nejad’s spiritual mentor Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi who said, “It doesn’t matter what the people think. The people are ignorant sheep”. Ahmadi-Nejad also evidenced this poltical transformation of Hojjatieh by stating that the main continuing mission of the Iranian revolution is to “pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam… We should define economic, cultural and political policies based upon the policy (Islamic eschatological theology) of Imam Mahdi’s return".
This is a Hojjatieh validation of Khomeini’s “Velayat-e-Faqih” or rule by Shi’a clerical jurisprudence, the school of thought of the Iranian revolutionary old guard elite, the so-called “in crowd” of an elite 80 some-odd clerics who dictate Iranian national policy. In other words, Iran is an Islamic dictatorship maintained by a very small circle of Shi’a clerics wielding the absolute power of coercive force of arms. To the Western mind and world-view this realistically equates to Iran being an Islamo-fascist dictatorship in hot pursuit of nuclear weaponry.
This brings us to the crux of the current issue of Iran being judged by the IAEA and being sent before the UN Security Council because of their nuclear weapons program. We will now learn why many leaders in the West find the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran to be absolutely unthinkable. According to an Iranian expatriate known as Azarmehr, these Hojjatieh holding the reigns of power in Iran “believe he (Imam Mahdi) will reappear again when the world has become full of oppression and tyranny.” Azarhehr goes on to say that the “Hojjatieh… actually believe in the spread of tyranny and oppression” as a means to hasten to the return of the Imam Mahdi. “If you stand in the way of tyranny and oppression then you delay the coming of the Lord of All Ages.” This taken in consideration with the overall context of statements from the Iranian government regarding the existence of Israel, and holocaust denial (Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad) and the Iranian plan for “the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization” is critical to our national survival and preparations for military action against this Iranian regime.
The recent crash of an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps falcon jet in northwestern Iran resulted in the deaths of the elite command corps of Iran’s IRGC. The new IRGC Air Force Commander is Brigadier General Hossein Salami. He is the architect of Iranian asymmetrical warfare doctrine. General Salami is in lock-step with the current Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (who is ultimately responsible for the ascension of Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad to the presidency) and his Chief Advisor, Hassan Abbasi. Hassan Abassi is the originator of Iranian plans for war with the US, the West and Israel. Both are adherents, along with President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad of the Hojjatieh ideology making them hard-core Shi’a Islamic apocalyptics.
Execution of the Iranian War Plan:
Attack the US and the UK with massive waves of suicide bombers. These attacks will be followed by massive use of Iranian missile borne WMD.
Recruitment to fill the ranks of these suicide bomber brigades began in 2004. The basis is a continuation and modification of the suicide missions launched by thousands of Iranian teenagers across the minefields of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980's. However, these suicide brigades will not be stepping on mines this time around in a war with western enemies, but carrying explosives strapped to their bodies as they attack CONUS and elsewhere.
It has been widely published that Hassan Abbasi is on record as saying: "There are 29 sensitive sites in the US and the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them... Iran's missiles are now ready to strike Western targets, and as soon as the instructions arrive from Ali Khamenei, we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations."
These attacks will come against the US and the UK. In fact, they will target the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel because as Abbasi has said these nations "are all the children of the same mother" meaning the United Kingdom.
This is part of Abbasi's announced strategic plan created "for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization" as well as the core Hojjatieh desire of “preparing the way of Imam Mahdi” through tyranny and oppression.