Monday, January 21, 2008
Bravo, Barack Obama! American flag pins are for idiots an editoral by Bill Maher is the host of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." that explains the lefts rationale for this patriotic symbol boycott and attack.
This is where the blind/empty patriotism rehrotic comes from.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
In a democracy, the president works for us, as an American citizen, I believe I have every right to get an explanation on Obama's affilation to Islam.
Everybody has read or heard about that email was circulating around a couple months ago claiming Barack is a "radical Muslim." Snopes, an urban myth fact checker, did a could job debunking some of the rumors spread about Barack's affiliation to "radical Islam" but it also lays out some very intersting facts about the Obama family tree's connection to Islam for example :
*His father, Barack Hussein Obama, was rasied Muslim in Kenya
*Obama's older 1/2 brother, Malik Obama, still lives in Kenyan and is a Muslim
*When he was two, his mother remarried another Muslim named Lolo Soetoro.
*He then lived in Indonesia for 5 years. Although he did not attend a "Madrass" he did attend schools that were primarily Muslim, many American's don't realize that Indonesia is the world largest Muslim country-home to some of the most extreme Islamic Radicalist Terrorist today.
Why do I have to dig this up myself? Why hasn't Barak come out with this to set the record straight? Is he trying to deceive us?
Barack Obama and Israel A blogger compiles a list showing a consistent pattern of Barack Obama's career consistently aligning himself with people who are anti-Israel advocates.
Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s Minister’s Close Ties To Louis Farrakhan Barack Obama’s minister, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago honored Louis Frarakhan, one of the most anti-american, anti-semantic, racist, and homophobic citizens our country has, and a lifetime achievement award.
“Online Politics 101: The Tools and Tactics of Online Political Advocacy” gathers the e.politics how-to articles into one conveniently packaged (and free) publication. Each chapter contains a link to the live version on epolitics.com with updates and related materials. Makes a great party favor!
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Source: ePolitics.com: a website that is "dissecting the craft of online politics, advocacy and political marketing"
Internet activism (also known as electronic advocacy, cyberactivism, and online organizing) is the use of communication technologies such as e-mail, web sites, and podcasts for various forms of activism to enable faster communications by citizen movements and deliver a message to a large audience. These Internet technologies are used for cause-related fundraising, lobbying, volunteering, community building, and organizing.
Monday, January 14, 2008
"One last quick question, and this is just kind of a lighter note, you don't have an American flag pin on, is this a fashion statement? Those have been on politicians since September 12, 2001?" -local Iowa TV station KCRG"
"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for I think true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest, instead I'm gonna try to tell the American people what I believe what will make this country great and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."
For more information see: ABC News: Barack Obama Drops U.S. Flag Pin
See also Bill Mahr's Blind Patriotism Arguement that gives his commentary on the incident
Sunday, January 13, 2008
From their site: http://www.familiesunitedmission.com/
Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are a grassroots coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families including some with loved ones in harm's way, Veterans, and Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their efforts to make America safer by allowing them to complete their mission.
Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission provides a means for our Gold Star Families, who have lost loved ones in the defense of our nation, to find solace in each other’s company, and know that many others share their love, admiration and support for our armed forces. We want all the friends and families of our troops to know that we share their vision of finishing the incredibly vital task at hand and look forward to welcoming them home when the inevitable victory is achieved.
Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission has four basic principles. They are:
- The United States was attacked. On September 11, 2001, our nation was victim to an unprovoked attack by al-Qaeda terrorists. This horrific assault was the capstone of a series of al-Qaeda terrorist attacks on our country: the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Towers, the 1998 bombing of our U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. Our President and government leaders were right to defend our nation by aggressively pursuing the terrorists who took refuge in Afghanistan and Iraq.
- Our troops want to finish the job. Our all-volunteer Armed Services are comprised of brave men and women who believe in their mission, trust in their leadership, and strongly want to finish the job in Afghanistan and Iraq before leaving - and that means leaving behind self-governing democracies that can defend themselves.
- Democracy abroad is necessary for our security at home. Democracy can and will work in the Middle East. Iraqis and Afghans want to govern themselves and their twin successes will serve as the keystone for a more democratic, more peaceful world.
- We will not be safe until the terrorists are defeated. If we do not finish the job in Afghanistan and Iraq, terrorists will be strengthened and will eventually bring the fight to us here in the United States.
3. Promote our service members' good work. Actively work to get the good news out by participating in media interviews and writing guest opinions; joining others at events to highlight the accomplishments of our soldiers; and sponsoring advertisements to ensure that the public knows everything our military is doing to defend us and to help people abroad.
Although anyone can join Families United who believes in our four principles, our organization expressly seeks to recruit War on Terror veterans, Blue Star and Gold Star families, all Armed Service veterans and Veteran Service Organizations, and community leaders and organizations.
On January 30th, 2005 Iraq held their first election. Of the 14 million eligible voters, 8,550,571 Iraqis voted - a 58 % voter turn out. (a higher voter turnout than then United States has)
To read more about that historical date see wikipedia's entry on Iraqi legislative election, January 2005
This slideshow is dedicated to the Gold Star Families in Michigan
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Here are a few to give a try:
Friday, January 4, 2008
And I thought the movie "Flags of our Fathers" de-glorified American patriotism of that cultural moment.
Look closely to see if you get it.
via digg story source http://www.scaryideas.com/print/5232/
Reminds me of when I was in Iraq, Jan 2005, during the first free elections. As an Infantry officer I was organizing elections. Where were they? One car bomb in 2004 and they scrambled out of there like cowards.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
MSN - Your Vote '08
Yahoo - Election '08 Dashboard
Google - U.S. Elecetion '08 Section
Fox News - You Decide '08
CNN - Election Center '08
Digg the Candidates
Face the Candidates from Youtube
Wikipedia Entry to read: United States presidential election, 2008
And don't forget you can search for each candidates official campaign site.
Primary & Caucus Dates:
January 3 Iowa
January 5 Wyoming
January 8 New Hampshire
January 15 Michigan
January 19 Nevada, South Carolina
January 29 Florida
February 1 Maine
February 5 Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado , Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah
(Super Tuesday when half of the populations of the US has held their primaries)
February 12 District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
February 19 Hawaii, Washington, Wisconsin
March 4 Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont
March 11 Mississippi
April 22 Pennsylvania
May 6 Indiana, North Carolina
May 13 Nebraska, West Virginia
May 20 Kentucky, Oregon
June 3 Montana, South Dakota
September 26 - First Presidential Debate at the University of Mississippi on domestic policy.
October 2 - Vice Presidential Debate at Washington University will be on domestic and foreign policy.
October 7 - Second Presidential Debate at Belmont University will be in a town meeting format and include any issues raised by members of that audience.
October 15 - Third Presidential Debate at Hofstra University on foreign policy.
I stumbled upon TheReligionofPeace.com. It is a site that counts and tracks the latest terrorist attacks.
IraqBodyCount.net keeps a running count of how many Iraqi civilians have been murdered by terrorist and accidentally killed by U.S. Forces.
I have also added one of their widgets in my sidebar.
*The officer workers that choose to jump instead of burn.
*The first responders that were trapped alive under the rumble
*The wives of the police officers wondering if her husband is ok.
*The fire fighters morning the lost of the friends.
*The rescue workers that refusing to give up.
It's amazing that only 2,974 innocent civilians were murdered that day and we can thank those first responders.
I recommend soldiers watch before shipping off to war. I recommend military family members watch while their loved ones are off at war. I recommend voters watch before heading to the polls. Look it's not the best film, it's not fun to watch, and everyone knows the story. We don't want to think about that day, but we should.
Our soldiers are doing their job over seas but on the homefront we need more big name directors like Stone and actors Cage to tell their stories and help Americans remember and stay united as we continue to fight our enemies. Why aren't there more movies like this?
"You kept me alive"