Monday, March 24, 2008

News: ACLJ, Vets4Freedom, video, bloggers, pics

Today's news includes a prayer request from ACLJ, press attention to the Vets For Freedom, movie, newspaper article, news about town by This Ain't Hell, But You Can See It From Here, Churchgoers attacked, and more. Let us begin.

The ACLJ (American Center for Law & Justice) has asked us to pray that four of the nine SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) will agree to hear the two cases before them. These cases are related to the Ten Commandments and their display. Here are their file numbers and briefs: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (No.07-665) and Duchesne City v. Summum (No. 07-690). This is scheduled to be heard for consideration on March 28, 2008. Thanks.

People who are regulars here already know this, but I shall bring new readers up-to-date. Vets For Freedom is a fine organization of Military personnel who have been touring the States. They started in San Diego, CA, and they shall end up in Washington, DC. on April 8, 2008, the same day General Petreaus is to report to Congress. They will be there to support him and their brothers at arms who are still in theatre. The media has finally began to take notice. Here are the beginnings of a few articles:

War vets: Finish the job.
The Arizona Republic.
Mar. 21, 2008 12:00 AM

Almost the entire, years-long debate over the American military's presence in Iraq has been waged as though the soldiers themselves were not in the room.

And, usually, for good reason . . . they weren't in the room. By and large, policy makers on both left and right rarely have thought to ask the very people who have served on the front lines for their opinion.

That has changed. Maybe nobody's asking, but the soldiers are telling, like it or not. [Continue reading.]
It's about time! Now for a video (you'll have to go over there): The Veteran's Network Reports on the National Heroes Tour, March 24, 2008. This is an awesome TV type video. You should check it out.

Here is one more article from Vets For Freedom. It is a rather a sad state of affairs, I'll bet almost anything they'd make way for Mr. Wright were he to have been the invited.

Forest Lake event canceled; too political.
Forest Lake High's principal said the decision was spurred by concerns that the presentation was more political than educational.
By ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune.
Last update: March 24, 2008 - 9:50 PM

A national tour featuring decorated veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won't be stopping at Forest Lake Area High School today as planned, after school leaders abruptly canceled the visit.

Steve Massey, the school principal, said the decision to cancel was prompted by concerns that the event was becoming political rather than educational and therefore was not suitable for a public school.

He said the school had received several phone calls from parents and others, some of whom indicated that they may stage a protest if the event took place.

"The event was structured to be an academic classroom discussion around military service. We thought we'd provide an opportunity for kids to learn about service in the context of our history classes," Massey said. "As the day progressed, it became clear that this was becoming a political event ... which would be inappropriate in a public setting.

"We decided to cancel," Massey said. Organizers of the National Heroes Tour then scrambled to relocate the event to the American Legion building in Forest Lake. The visit, which U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, had been scheduled to attend, is sponsored by Vets for Freedom, a national organization run by Pete Hegseth, a 1999 graduate of Forest Lake Area High School who served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq in 2005-06.

"I think it's extremely unfortunate that a school would bow to the political pressure of outside groups and not bring in a veterans organization," Hegseth said. "Are we saying that patriotism and duty and honor have no place in our public schools?" So far, the tour has visited one school, albeit a private school.

The stop in Forest Lake was supposed to involve about 150 social studies students and was going to be closed to the public but open to the media. But the last-minute venue change left Hegseth wondering how many people would actually show up today.

"I don't know if we'll have a crowd," he said. "We changed venues, but we don't have the ability to publicize it." He said he had talked with school officials ahead of time and assured them that the presenters would not make any political statements.

"We had a number of conversations at the beginning of this to make sure our message was in keeping with the traditions of a public school," Hegseth said.

"We have not endorsed a presidential candidate. We're not in the business of doing that." According to the Veterans for Freedom website, the national tour "is about supporting our troops, honoring their commitment and rallying the country to complete the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At this critical juncture in our country, we need Americans, lawmakers and the media to fully recognize -- and appreciate -- the sacrifice of our brave military and the dramatic success they have achieved, especially in Iraq with the new counterinsurgency strategy."

When asked whether the part about "rallying the country to complete the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan" could indeed be construed as political, Hegseth said that the group agreed not to advocate about the "progress made in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"It's Iraq and Afghan veterans talking about what they saw and what they did there, and about what it means to put on the uniform of your country," he said. The veterans started their bus tour in San Diego on March 14 and will end April 9 in New York City.
Allie Shah • 651-298-1550 A national tour featuring decorated veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won't be stopping at Forest Lake Area High School today as planned, after school leaders abruptly canceled the visit.

Steve Massey, the school principal, said the decision to cancel was prompted by concerns that the event was becoming political rather than educational and therefore was not suitable for a public school.

He said the school had received several phone calls from parents and others, some of whom indicated that they may stage a protest if the event took place.

"The event was structured to be an academic classroom discussion around military service. We thought we'd provide an opportunity for kids to learn about service in the context of our history classes," Massey said. "As the day progressed, it became clear that this was becoming a political event ... which would be inappropriate in a public setting.

"We decided to cancel," Massey said. Organizers of the National Heroes Tour then scrambled to relocate the event to the American Legion building in Forest Lake. The visit, which U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, had been scheduled to attend, is sponsored by Vets for Freedom, a national organization run by Pete Hegseth, a 1999 graduate of Forest Lake Area High School who served with the 101st Airborne in Iraq in 2005-06.

"I think it's extremely unfortunate that a school would bow to the political pressure of outside groups and not bring in a veterans organization," Hegseth said. "Are we saying that patriotism and duty and honor have no place in our public schools?" So far, the tour has visited one school, albeit a private school.

The stop in Forest Lake was supposed to involve about 150 social studies students and was going to be closed to the public but open to the media. But the last-minute venue change left Hegseth wondering how many people would actually show up today.

"I don't know if we'll have a crowd," he said. "We changed venues, but we don't have the ability to publicize it." He said he had talked with school officials ahead of time and assured them that the presenters would not make any political statements.

"We had a number of conversations at the beginning of this to make sure our message was in keeping with the traditions of a public school," Hegseth said.

"We have not endorsed a presidential candidate. We're not in the business of doing that." According to the Veterans for Freedom website, the national tour "is about supporting our troops, honoring their commitment and rallying the country to complete the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

At this critical juncture in our country, we need Americans, lawmakers and the media to fully recognize -- and appreciate -- the sacrifice of our brave military and the dramatic success they have achieved, especially in Iraq with the new counterinsurgency strategy."

When asked whether the part about "rallying the country to complete the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan" could indeed be construed as political, Hegseth said that the group agreed not to advocate about the "progress made in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"It's Iraq and Afghan veterans talking about what they saw and what they did there, and about what it means to put on the uniform of your country," he said. The veterans started their bus tour in San Diego on March 14 and will end April 9 in New York City.
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I copied the whole article, because these articles have a funny way of disappearing. Yes, it is quite odd how they do that. They have the stones to put them out there in the first place. They should have the stones to carry through with their invitation. Political my arse.

Please go over to their site to check on the progress and successes of their tour and if you can, please make a donation of any amount to help them. If you know any Iraq/Afghanistan Vets, let them about this site. They are always looking for more members. Right now they have stations in 44 states and 21,000 members. They are all focused on getting their message out, "LET THEM WIN", and they are also trying to help their brothers and sisters at arms. Thanks.

I also have some links from some articles over at This ain't Hell, but you can see it from here. Berserkers attack Easter Mass and blogger is about a groups of idiots who thought that attacking a Church on Easter Day was a cool thing to do. It is also covered by The Chickenhawk Express, Gateway Pundit, and Scott at Flopping Aces. Midnight Blue was attacked by these animals, and the report of her attack is over at the Free Republic. In case you are wondering, yes, these were war-protesters. Please check out these (new) sites articles. They are each unique, and they are all well written. They did a very good job on this situation whereas I am about to blow my top. Thank you Chickenhawk Express, Gateway Pundit, Scott, Michelle, and Hot Air.

Update: Uh-oh, Michele Malkin is on it. They’re in for it now.

Update: Hot Air has the latest and video on the Chicago felons.

Such peaceful people, eh?

Next he has written about Preaching to the choir. Would you like to guess which choir? Why it's Otis Moss! Wright's replacement, but not to worry. They all sing the same tune, and Obama refuses to leave this racist church. Hmm. I guess that answers all I need to know about someone who claims a desire to unite the citizens of the United States. Would that be only the black people, by any chance? Did he actually state which country he wants to unite? (John has written a very article about the above article. Go check it out.)

Now for the story I was searching for so that we can end on a good note: Counterprotest in Berkeley. Everyone (except me) has a very good post about this event. Please check out some of the pictures and articles. He has several links. It is always good to know we still outnumber the freaks! Have a great day. ;)

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

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 at Linkfest and other sites: Adam's Blog: Post of the Day for March 24, 2008, Adam's Blog: Hillary’s Whopper, 123beta: Her Lips Are Moving, The Virtuous Republic: Obama Changes his Story Again and Defends Wright in the Process, Stageleft:. Life on the left side: So Thats What It Looks Like, Right Truth: CAIR trains FBI agents.

Posts that have trackbacked to this post:
1. Beagle Scout: Irony the Christ killer: Christ Who deposed Irony.
2. Democrat = Socialist: OUR INSIGNIFICANCE.
3. Blue Star Chronicles: Why Can’t People Just LEAVE KWAME ALONE!!!!
4. Blue Star Chronicles: Portland Protesters Call for the Murder of Your So.
5. Blue Star Chronicles: Marine Mom Adopts Platoon.
6. 123beta: Windows Hack.
7. Eric's Writing Corner: Life on the Sea. Digg! Digg!

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