Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Long Beach Tea Party Infomercial

This wonderful man has made an infomericial for our Tea Party on the 4th of July. He makes phamphlets, business cards, and signs at Bring Home The Politicians. His name is Michael Norbury, and he is very gracious. I hope all my bothers and sisters of every background will take the time to stop by and perhaps stay a while. There is going to be so much, and I enjoy people so much. Here is the infomercial:



Great job! Thank you so much, Michael.

He has a petition that needs to be signed concerning something near and dear to my heart. Bring Home The Politicians! It's very interesting. Read it before you sign it. That's my standard adivce to everyone concerning everything you sign. Then I know you'll want to sign it.

He will also have available bumper stickers, t-shirts and the like at a later date, so keep going back to this site to find out when. We might want to buy some memoirs while we still can. After all, have you noticed how slow he reacted to the slaughter of peaceful civilians in Iran by their goverment and how quickly he denounced the Supreme Court of Honduras for holding to their democratic constitution? Need I say more?

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

Today I am having an open trackback courtesy of Linkfest. This means you can (track)post your best post here. Remember to link me to your article before you trackback. You don't have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day.

Spreading the good news with Woman Honor Thyself: Iran: Mousavi is NOT the Answer, The Pink Flamingo: When South Carolina Politicians Screw Around, Nuke Gingrich: Zero Tolerance WFFOT, and The World According to Carl: Toy Movies, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

Cross-posted @ TownHall, TCU, SGP (+2) and Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

President hails Iraq city withdrawal as 'important step'

by John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2009) – President Barack Obama hailed the completed withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraqi cities today as “an important step forward” and a testament to the commitment of American troops.

In accordance with the status of forces agreement between the United States and Iraq, only a contingent of U.S. trainers and advisors will remain as brigades and battalions depart the cities, where Iraqi forces now have primary authority.

Army Capt. Steven Kendall presents a partnership certificate to Iraqi Army Lt. Col. Hillal at a ceremony to mark what Iraqis are calling National Sovereignty Day in Majaar Al Kabir, Iraq, June 30, 2009. Following the ceremony, Kendall's unit vacated its combat outpost at a defunct sugar factory while Iraqi soldiers moved in.“Today, American troops have transferred control of all Iraqi cities and towns to Iraq's government and security forces,” Obama said, as an audience at the White House East Room applauded. “This is an important step forward, as a sovereign and united Iraq continues to take control of its own destiny.”

The move represents part of the U.S. strategy to responsibly end the war, said Obama, who has begun implementing the phased drawdown of U.S. combat brigades from Iraq to be completed by Aug. 31, 2010.

The president said Iraqis were rightly treating the day as a celebration, with news reports from Baghdad describing Iraqis marking the day with a military parade and Baghdad declaring a national holiday. Obama said that while the U.S. will remain an ally, today’s progress in Iraq comes with added responsibility.

“Iraq's future is in the hands of its own people,” he said. “And Iraq's leaders must now make some hard choices necessary to resolve key political questions, to advance opportunity, and to provide security for their towns and their cities.”

Obama said today’s bombing in Kirkuk, which reportedly killed as many as 41 people, underscores that violence in Iraq will continue and that “difficult days” loom. But he expressed confidence, however, that insurgent forces would fail.

“The future belongs to those who build, not those who destroy,” he said. “And today's transition is further proof that those who have tried to pull Iraq into the abyss of disunion and civil war are on the wrong side of history.”

The fact that Iraqis are celebrating today’s transfer of authority is a testament to the courage, capability and commitment of Americans who have served in Iraq, Obama said.

“Through tour after tour of duty, our troops have overcome every obstacle to extend this precious opportunity to the Iraqi people,” he said. “These women and men are not always in the headlines, but they're in our hearts and prayers, and we will forever honor their selfless service and sacrifice, as well as the service and sacrifice of their families.

“There is more work to be done, but we've made important progress in supporting a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq. And everyone who has served there, both in uniform as well as our civilians, deserves our thanks.”

Source: CENTCOM.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Afghan pilots closer to providing own air support

Combined Security Transition Command.

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 29, 2009) – After an absence of nearly a decade, the Afghan Mi-35 is again flying the skies of Afghanistan, thanks to pilots from the Afghan National Army Air Corps and the Czech Republic, military officials here said.

On May 27, Afghan Mi-35 attack helicopters fired 12.7 mm rounds and 57 mm rockets near Bagram Air Base. Each partnered Afghan and Czech Republic crew fired 200 rounds of ball ammunition and 16 rockets while practicing gunnery on the East River Range Complex. The practice session was the culmination of more than a year’s work to rebuild the Mi-35 program, which gives the Afghan National Army dedicated, armed aircraft for the first time in eight years.

Two MI-35 attack helicopters from the Afghan Army Air Corps launch on a gunnery training mission at Kabul International Airport May 27. This mission was the first time rockets have been flown by the Afghan Air Corps in more than 10 years and will eventually allow the Afghans to provide their own close-air support...The seven-hour training was supported by personnel and equipment from the ANAAC, the Czech Republic Operational Mentor and Liaison Team, Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan mentors and personnel from Task Force Thunder at Bagram Air Base. After the completion of the live-fire training, the lead pilot from the Czech team, Major Juracka, commented, “The Afghan shooting was perfect.”

The Czech team began ground training and limited flight training for Afghan Mi-35 crewmembers last summer. In January, Afghan Mi-35 training increased greatly with the arrival of six refurbished helicopters. Since then, the Czech team has completed assessments on nine pilots and added a more aggressive training program.

To date, the Afghan pilots have received training on pre-mission planning, contact maneuvers, emergency procedures, navigation, and presidential escort operations. After the completion of their gunnery tables, the Afghan pilots will receive training on pre-planned and close air support combat missions.

Future Mi-35 initiatives will put even more emphasis on independent Afghan training operations. The Afghan air corps is building its own arming points and is working on an initiative to complete all its Mi-35 live-fire training at Afghan facilities, while the Kabul Military Training Center is developing standardized Mi-35 live-fire training procedures. The air corps also is researching live-fire training locations throughout Afghanistan to better integrate the Mi-35 with the army. All of the efforts are aimed at decreasing the time for an Mi-35 training flight from seven to three hours, effectively doubling the amount of live-fire sorties that can be accomplished in a day.

The Mi-35’s combat radius permits it to conduct combat operations anywhere in the country. The aircraft’s unique design allows it to be used in attack, air assault or medical evacuation roles. It can be configured with a 12.7 mm Gatling type machine gun, 57 mm rocket pods, and the AT-6 Spiral Anti-tank guided missile. The helicopters typically fly with 1,470 rounds of ball ammunition, 128 rockets and two anti-tank missiles.

“The new capability is good for the Afghan National Army and for the country of Afghanistan,” Afghan Maj. Gen. Dawran, the air corps commander, said.

Source: CENTCOM.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Walls Closing In - Arghh!

I'm so sorry. I know I haven't been faithfully writing, but I have been very busy reading, answering e-mails, trying to get this Tea Party together, scheduling, calling Congress, the Senate, the White House, and our state legistors. There simply isn't enough time a day to get all of this done! I just wanted to give you a shout out to let you know you are not forgotten. I appreciate all of my readers. If you could just hang on for a day or two longer, I'll be back to writing. (It may take until after the 4th of July.)

Of course I do get the urge from out of the blue to write, so there may be something for you to read anyway. I will write about my progress. Oh, that reminds me. I have two musicians who've sent me their sounds and let me tell you, they are good. Very good. I'm going to be writing a post about them but until then, here are their websites: TheEagleAndTheLady by Allen Orchowski and Backbone Music USA - We Love Our Country! (the Spirit Driven Band). I hope you enjoy them! They want all Tea Party organizers to use them FREE at our Tea Party's. Give people their websites. Help them to get known. Please. Thank you.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Odierno: US troops out of Iraqi cities ahead of June 30 deadline

by Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (June 28, 2009) – The U.S. military will have no issues complying with the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which requires all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, the commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq said Sunday.

“We’ve already met the deadline. We’ve already moved out of the cities,” Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said from Baghdad during his appearance on Fox News Sunday. “We’ve been doing it slowly over the last eight months and the final units have moved out of the cities over the last several weeks.”

Iraqi national policemen in eastern Baghdad prepare to be responsible for their own security operations as U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq's urban areas.The general also appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union.” With U.S. troops out of Iraq’s cities, the burden for securing them falls to the Iraqi security forces. Those forces are up to the challenge, Odierno said. “We’ve seen incredible increases in their capacity and capability,” he said. “They have proven it in combat operations. They have proven their flexibility [and] adaptability.

“I am much more confident than I have ever been in the Iraq security forces,” he added.

Though the Iraqis will be responsible for maintaining security and stability in Iraq, the 131,000 U.S. troops remaining in country won’t be out of a job. They’ll continue to train, advise, and help enable the Iraqi forces.

In addition, they’ll also continue to conduct significant operations outside the cities, Odierno said. Any operations conducted, however, will be done with Iraqi approval.

“When we signed the security agreement, we agreed to abide by Iraqi sovereignty,” he said. “Everything we do today, and have been doing since the first of January, is transparent to the Iraqi government … but that does not limit our flexibility.”

Some are concerned about recent high-profile attacks targeting civilians near Nasiriyah, Baghdad and Kirkuk in the last week. The attacks are attributable to extremist elements trying to attract attention, Odierno said.

“We have not seen increased violence across the country,” he said. “These high-profile attacks … have brought the ire of Iraqi civilians against these terrorist groups. I believe it’ll make it much more difficult for them to continue to operate in side of Iraq over the long term.”

In fact, he added, in May and the first three weeks of June, Iraq had the lowest level of incidents on record.

Despite all the improvements made in local, provincial and federal governance, there are still many political issues that need to be addressed. Arab-Kurd, intra-Shiia and Sunni-Shiia tensions are all being worked on, Odierno said.

He hopes these issues, which could cause some instability, will be solved through politics and diplomacy, not violence.

As Iraq moves toward national elections in January, there was some question about the effect of the recent Iranian election and its aftermath on its neighbor.

Odierno said he thinks the situation in Iran will give Iraq, which just held what he called legitimate and credible provincial elections, more confidence in its government.

“They’re going to go through credible and legitimate elections here for their national leaders in January,” he said. “They will oversee those elections and they will have UN and international observers that will validate those elections. I think that will also encourage them to continue to move toward democracy.”

With everything seemingly moving in the right direction in Iraq, Odierno is confident that the Iraqi security forces are ready to step up and take responsibility for their country’s security and stability.

“I think this is the right time for us to turn responsibility over to the Iraqis,” he said.

He added the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will continue slowly and deliberately throughout this year, though enough forces will remain to ensure the success of the January elections.

Source: CENTCOM.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Iranians Rip Off Tyranny's Mask

SALIM MANSUR – SUN MEDIA.

The revulsion of Iranians for the political system that has imprisoned them for three decades was triggered by the disputed results of the June 12 election.

Once, however, the opposition took to the streets and the regime spilled blood to intimidate the people, it became transparently clear the revulsion a majority of Iranians are displaying is not over details of the rigged election. It is directed at the bloody-minded theocracy oppressing them, and its overthrow most Iranians want.

Those with the misfortune of living inside totalitarian regimes know – except for their apologists and the delusional lib-left crowd in the West – elections held by tyrants are fraudulent exercises in coercing what amounts to accepting rape as love.

Tyrants by nature and logic of their position are intolerant of dissent, and crush dissenters as apostates against the official doctrine.

In the Islamic Republic of Iran its founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, set the example of how to treat dissenters. Some were lucky as was Abolhassan Banisadr, the Republic’s first president, to escape alive to France; others met the fate of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, appointed foreign minister and executed in 1982 on charges of treason.

In 1989 before his death Khomeini demoted and placed under house arrest his designated successor, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, for questioning the direction in which the regime was headed. Ali Khamenei, a nonentity in the traditional Shiite religious hierarchy, was then appointed by Khomeini to succeed him and protect his totalitarian legacy.

Khomeini’s legacy, probably now irreparably broken, allowed constitutionally for the marginal role of electoral politics under supervision of the supreme religious leader. It can now only be held together for however long by brute force of the revolutionary guards loyal to the regime.

On the Friday after June 12 election, Ayatollah Khamenei came out in public to lead the main weekly prayer at the grounds of Tehran University. He gave notice to dissenters within the regime and the opposition on the street the election results stand, and questioning it any further could be tantamount to treason.

According to Amir Taheri – probably the most astute observer of Iranian politics writing in London’s Sunday Times – Khamenei’s June 19 speech meant the end of the marginal democratic charade as ‘Iran was transformed from an Islamic republic into an Islamic emirate.’

I have attended Friday prayer on the grounds of Tehran University where Khamenei spoke, and where regime loyalists gather to ritually chant ‘Marg bar (death to) Amrika (America).’ This chant barely resonates beyond loyalist gatherings.

It takes more than ordinary courage, however, for people in a totalitarian system to chant ‘Marg bar diktator (dictator)’ which has been resonating in streets and from rooftops across Iran this past week.

Khamenei put into play, perhaps unintentionally, the regime’s endgame. Ahmadinejad is exposed for what he is, Khamenei’s stick with which to discipline the internal quarrels of discontented elements within the regime.

But Khamenei without Khomeini’s stature – like Stalin after Lenin – can survive politically only as long as he commands his thugs with guns, and the military watches from a neutral distance.

There will be many more twists before this brutal regime dies, but die it must when most Iranians turned dissidents overcome their fear and do their version of storming the Bastille.

Hat tip: Winston.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Iranians To Regime: BEAT IT!

First I would like pass along my condolences for the families of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. May your loved one rest in peace, and may you find peace at this time of grief.

Now to Iran. I found this marvelous video over at Blackfive's (Uncle Jimbo posted it), and I just had to 'borrow' it. After all, he 'borrowed' it from Gateway Pundit who 'borrowed' it from...well, you get the idea.

This a video where someone has dubbed the song Beat It over the actual events. It is a collage put together by mydorood. These Iranians sure are creative. Check out what they've done.

BEAT IT YOU FANATICS!!! GET OUT OF MY LAND!

If for some reason you have any trouble with the embeded video, here is the link.

Feel free to share this video with all your Iranian friends as a sign of solidarity. Pray for the day when that regime actually does beat it so they may live free. God bless.

Source(s): Blackfive and Gateway Pundit.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ TownHall and Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Friday, June 26, 2009

American Indian Marine represents family, heritage in Corps

26 Jun 07
Sgt. Anthony Guas
2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD).

AL ASAD, Iraq - It is estimated that more than 12,000 Native Americans served in the United States military in World War I. There are more than 190,000 Native American military veterans; as the years continue to compile, so do the numbers of Native Americans in the military.

One of those Native Americans is Lance Cpl. Molly Sixkiller, an EA-6B Prowler electrician for Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1.

“I’m proud to be who I am, I’m proud to be a Sixkiller,” said the Phoenix, Ariz., native. “My mother is from Arizona and is all Navaho. My father is from Chicago, (Ill.) and is Pima, Papka and Cherokee, so I am all mixed up.”

Sixkiller began her journey with the Marine Corps when she enrolled in the delayed entry program Sept. 29, 2005.

“I wanted to be one of the first in my immediate family to join one of the services,” said Sixkiller. “I picked the Marine Corps because I had to join the best.”

Sometimes a decision like joining the military is not supported by family members, but that does not hold true for the Sixkillers.

“(My parents) are proud that I am in the Marine Corps and are very supportive,” said Sixkiller. “My little brother looks up to me and wants to join the Marine Corps as well. He should join very soon.”

Although she joined the Corps and is now many miles from her family, Sixkiller continues to participate in her family’s rich traditions.

“We do keep some traditions alive, it has dwindled down to very few things nowadays, but we have powwows,” explained Sixkiller. “They are basically get-togethers for family and friends that we know. We have our traditional moments, basically a big ceremony.”

Sixkiller’s pride in her heritage carries into everything that she does. Competing against the best in her squadron, Sixkiller proved to her command that she is an outstanding Marine by taking the VMAQ-1 Marine of the Quarter Board.

“It was a good feeling (to win), I get to go up on another board for meritorious corporal,” said Sixkiller. “I’m happy about getting the chance. There is a lot more responsibility and I’m ready to take it.”

For Sixkiller being an aircraft electrician is more than just a job, it is a career choice.

“I enjoy my job very much and plan on pursuing it as a career after,” said Sixkiller. “We do a lot of exterior and interior lighting and a lot of systems. Basically we deal with all the wires in the jet. I picked my job when I joined the Marine Corps, because I wanted to pursue this field.”

Sixkiller’s high level of motivation and dedication is something that is recognized by her peers and superiors throughout the squadron.

“She constantly displays excellent initiative,” said Staff Sgt. Shawn E. Tate, electronics shop staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge for VMAQ-1. “She is always the go-to person, if a plane lands she is out and on it. Any job that comes up, she is the first one on it.”

Not only is Sixkiller a hard-working Marine, she also interacts professionally and proficiently with her fellow Banshees.

She gets along with everyone very well, she is great at exchanging information,” said Tate, an Augusta, Ga., native. “She is like a sponge, learns everything really quick.”

Although her career is uncertain, Sixkiller is certain about plans for her immediate future.

“Right now it’s a little to soon to tell if I am staying in or not,” explained Sixkiller. “After (preparing for the boards) I plan to study more and get (more qualifications). I also plan to help the junior Marines, achieve some of the same goals.”

Although her name is uncommon and may draw more attention than Smith or Johnson, Sixkiller is proud of her heritage and willing to share her story with anyone.

“Sometimes I will be walking to chow or something and someone will walk by and look at my name twice, ‘Your name is Sixkiller? What’s your background?’ and I’ll tell them a little about myself,” explained Sixkiller. “I am proud, this is who I am.”

Photo - Lance Cpl. Molly Sixkiller, an EA-6B Prowler electrician for Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1, climbs up on one of the squadron’s aircraft to conduct a turnaround inspection after it returned from a flight, June 5.

Dissidents Turn To Israel For Help

It appears as if President Obama does not really care about womens' rights, freedom, Liberty, the 1st or 2nd (or any) Amendments, so Iranian dissidents have turned their eyes toward an unexpected neighbor. Israel. Here is an excerpt:
Iranian Dissident: Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters - Help Us!
by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

"Dear Israeli Brothers and Sisters," writes Iranian dissident Arash Irandoost, "Iran needs your help more than ever now. And we will be eternally grateful. Please help opposition television and radio stations which are blocked and being jammed by the Islamic Republic (Nokia and Siemens) resume broadcast to Iran. There is a total media blackout and Iranians inside Iran for the most part are not aware of their brave brothers and sisters fighting and losing their lives daily. And the unjust treatment and brutal massacre of the brave Iranians in the hands of the mullah's paid terrorist Hamas and Hizbullah gangs are not seen by the majority of the Iranians. Please help in any way you can to allow these stations resume broadcasting to Iran.

"And, please remember that we will remember, as you have remembered Cyrus the Great's treatment of you in your time of need," Irandoost concludes, signing his blogged call for help "Your Iranian Brothers and Sisters!" [Please read the whole article at Israel News.]
What is happening is atrocious, and the world remains silent. Is this how Hitler rose to power? I thought we swore, "Never again!"? Shall we sit here, comfortably, getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July? What does the 4th of July really mean to you if you can sit by and say nothing?

These are our brothers and sisters. Especially if you are a Christian. What can we do, you ask yourself or me? We can burn the phone lines down calling President Obama (1-202-456-1111) and let him know what you think of his silence! You can call your representatives (1-202-224-3121 or 225-3121, they both work) and encourage them to speak out for the dissidents in Iran. We can also encourage them to put the money back into the fund set up by the Republicans and some Democrats for the Iranian dissidents. We can help them with news through TV stations that the mullahs won't have the time to block, at least not all of them! We can also use the radio. Whatever ideas you have, share them.

Where are all the Muslims who rallied when you thought it possible that any type of book could be flushed down a toilet let alone a Koran? WHERE IS YOUR VOICE? Do you not see the horror? Or do you approve of it? How about it CAIR? Yes, I guess we know where you stand.

Let me tell you something, though. There were people protesting all across this nation. I did notice you. There were probably more of you than any TV station is about to admit, which leads me to question whether or not we truly do have a free press or just a lazy one? From New York City to California. From sea to shining sea. Yes, injustice was proclaimed by the PEOPLE, not by these so-called groups that claim to represent you. Please remember this the next time they start squaking. It's probably for their masters. Do you really want to please those dictators? I didn't think so.

Everyone stay safe, keep praying, keep protesting, and come to my Tea Party on the 4th of July at Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, California. We shall be having a moment of silence, and I will be wearing a green t-shirts. I will have green ribbons for you as well. You don't have to wear one. It's up to you. What is right is right, and it doesn't matter that it's not happening here. The truth is, it most certainly could. We must all be grateful. Have a nice day.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, TownHall, TCU Nation, SGP and Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kyrgyz parliament approves Manas Air Base agreement

by Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (June 25, 2009) – The Kyrgyz parliament Thursday ratified an agreement between the United States and Kyrgyzstan to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub that supplies troops in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman confirmed. The agreement must now go to Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev for signature.

Senior Airman Adam Leland marshals in a KC-135 Stratotanker to a stop earlier this month at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz parliament ratified an agreement June 25 that allows the United States military to keep using the base.“It’s not a done deal until the president signs it,” Whitman said. “Out of respect for their processes, we’ve been trying to give them the time and space to give this the consideration that it needs.”

The agreement provides for a transit center at Manas International Airport, operated by the United States, to provide logistical support to coalition forces in Afghanistan. About 15,000 troops and 500 tons of cargo move through the base every month, and the base’s importance has increased as more troops deploy into Afghanistan.

Officials said on background that the United States agreed to pay $60 million a year to use the base, up from $17.4 million under the previous arrangement.

Today’s vote, if approved by the president, reverses Kyrgyzstan’s previous decision to end the arrangement the United States and Kyrgyzstan entered three years ago that gave the U.S. annual renewal rights through July 2011. Kyrgyzstan’s foreign ministry notified the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek in February that it had six months to leave Manas.

“We think it's to our mutual benefit,” Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told Pentagon reporters yesterday in anticipation of the parliament’s vote. “They obviously have a great stake in what's happening in that region, as do we. And we look forward to continuing to work, with them to supply our troops in Afghanistan so that we can help with the overall security.”

Source: CENTCOM.

Founders' Daily Quote(s): 6/22-25/09

Monday, June 22, 2009.
"The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."

--James Wilson, Of the Study of Law in the United States, Circa, 1790

Try telling that most of these Senators. Yes, I do mean from both parties. I am really beginning to dislike party politics more than I dislike liver. Take that anyway you want. ;)

Tue. 6/23.
"[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution. But this doctrine is not deducible from any circumstance peculiar to the plan of convention, but from the general theory of a limited Constitution."

--Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81, 1788

Oh God, please grant us great thinkers such as he!

Wed. 6/24.
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free."

--John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions, 1787

But...but...but...I thought we were not a Christian Nation even though the Supreme Court of the United States said we are? Well, I'll be. Who'da thunk it? (Hint: Anyone with a thinking brain.)

Thu. 6/25.
"Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow."

--Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

Amazingly brilliant man.
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Here is another great essay from Mark Alexander:

Robert's Rules.
Mark Alexander,
From Patriot Post Vol. 09 No. 25; Published 25 June 2009

"Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve." --Benjamin Franklin

Anyone familiar with the procedures for deliberative assemblies will recognize "Robert's Rules of Order," a manual authored by a 19th-century Army officer and adopted as the standard for official proceedings. Of course, a discussion of parliamentary procedure would be an unwelcome and out-of-order topic for The Patriot, but there are some rules we should consider amid the endless bantering about how to treat jihadi detainees...[Read the whole article.]

Source: Patriot Post.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

U.S., Iraq closer to meeting deadlines

American Forces Press Service American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (June 24, 2009) – Iraqi and U.S. forces continued to make strides toward meeting the terms of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement in recent days with the transfer of a joint security station to Iraqi control and meetings that offered provincial leaders and female business owners an opportunity to pave the road ahead.

The security agreement calls for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraqi cities by June 30 and all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by 2011.

Army Col. Butch Kievenaar, commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, talks with a sheik from Iraq’s Basra province about civil action projects in a June 16 meeting at the Basra Operations Center.In Wasit province, U.S. forces handed over the responsibility of Joint Security Station Salaam, near Numaniyah, to the Iraqi army June 20. "We celebrate today to receive the JSS in Numaniyah in accordance with the security agreement between Iraq and the American government," said Brig. Gen. Abed Gabr Mazloum, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade commander.

The ceremony marked the turnover of the last security station in the province where soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, worked in partnership with Iraqi security forces. The soldiers of the battalion’s Battery A have controlled the station since August.

"I am proud of Alpha 2-20 for their partnership with both the Iraqi police and Iraqi army while they were here at JSS Salaam. You have prepared your [Iraqi security forces] brothers well," said Army Col. Dick Francey, 41st Fires Brigade commander.

Two other facilities in Wasit province will be handed over to Iraqi security forces this month -- JSS Aziziyah and Combat Outpost Summers.

Elsewhere, Army Col. Butch Kievenaar, commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, met with sheiks from Basra province June 16 at the province’s Basra Operations Center. The meeting focused on the security agreement and the way ahead. The commander touched on the closure of several bases, and how the closures pertain to the June 30 deadline.

"We are turning over this month two locations. They both will be handed over to the police before the end of the month," he said. Two other locations will continue to have a U.S. presence to train Iraqi security forces at the request of provincial leaders, he said.

The commander also highlighted the brigade's civic action initiatives aimed at improving quality of life. "Currently, we have 103 projects ongoing in the city of Basra,” he noted.

The sheiks raised issues concerning agriculture, power and water distribution, and the continuation of projects once U.S. forces depart. Kievenaar said he is determined to keep the lines of communication open with the sheiks. "What we are trying to do is open up communications between all of the tribal leaders and our forces so that there are no secrets and we are sharing information to provide an avenue to resolve any issues," he explained.

The security agreement also took center stage at a June 20 women’s business seminar in Baghdad, coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division. About 30 Iraqi businesswomen attended the half-day event, part of a continuing series of meetings under the Women's Advocate Initiative.

"Our goal is to encourage and support Iraqi businesswomen to be more involved in the execution and management of construction and in nonconstruction projects," Richard Hancock, division’s director of programs, told the audience.

The focus of the initiative was changed from construction projects to ongoing sustainment as building activities wind down in accordance with the security agreement, division officials said. Andy Scharein, a program manager in the division’s operations and maintenance section, encouraged the audience with the potential value of sustainment contracts.

"Normally, [operations and maintenance] is where a lot of money can be made, because a construction project may last a year and a half while building a facility, but for 10, 20 or 30 years or more, that facility will need to be cared for," Scharein said. "And 5 to 10 percent of what that facility cost is generally what we think it takes to take care of it. So, over time, it [means] stable employment and good money to be able to do these kinds of efforts."

Mohamad Husam, deputy program manager for the division’s operations, maintenance and sustainment program, presented a history of the division’s experience with 133 primary health care centers constructed across Iraq, and how maintaining them could mean business opportunities for Iraqi women. To jump-start that process, the division has committed to performing maintenance on 17 of the completed primary health care centers, which could be good news for women-owned businesses.

Four Iraqi businesswomen briefed the audience about the success of their projects arranged through division contracts. Hancock noted these projects were operations, maintenance and capacity development work for primary health care centers. "In fact, 50 percent of contracts for primary health care facilities were won by women-owned businesses," Hancock said.

The women's business program began in 2005, and so far has directed $500 million to Iraqi businesswomen who perform service or construction contracts for various coalition forces and agencies operating in the country.

Source: CENTCOM.

Tea Party: When & Where

For those who e-mail me:
It's so nice to hear from you. I've written a post of sorts so I don't forget anything while I let you know what we have planned so far. After all the speakers (so far there is Dianne Lenning and myself) are finished speaking, I would like to hand the bullhorn over to the people who've shown up. Give everyone 5 minutes to speak whatever is on their mind. If you have any ideas that you don't see here, please feel free to share them with me. Until then, take care and may God bless your family and you.
This is for the Iranian people, not any of the leaders. Only those who choose peace and regime change. I pray for all to change their minds away from violence and toward peace.The Tea Party is going to be held inside Bixby Park this time. I've been giving the address 130 Cherry Ave, but we are going to actually be inside the park. Do you know where the bandshell is? It's sort of a stage over by Junipero Street. You should able to recognize us. My brother is also going to have signs up with arrows. Wheh!

It starts at 12 noon. If you could bring some chairs (folding, lawn, etc.), that would be great. That is, if you want to sit. It does last until 3 pm or so. I have 1 speaker (besides myself) confirmed, Candidate for School Superintendent Diane Lenning, and I was hoping everyone (or most of us) would like to have an opportunity to say a few words. After all, it is our Freedom Day! Independence. What a beautiful thing. Now if we could only get it back...

Here is the basic information I have up all over the place:

9 Principles 12 Values Unite or Die!When: Noon-3pm, Saturday, July 4th.
Where: Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA. Then we'll move over to the stage hub around 11:50am.
Map: Click here.
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Contact: E-mail Rosemary.

Website: Rosemary's Thoughts.

Live Free or Die Trying!

There will be music, the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, a reading of the Declaration of Independence with some additions, balloons (maybe you could blow up some red, white and blue balloons?), and bring a flag or two. If you would like a $2 Taxed Enough Already (TEA) button, let me know. I have ordered 50 of them. If there are going to be people that want one, I will have to order more.

We are still need of cameras and videos. Please bring them, even if you think someone else is going to. We could use all the pictures and tapings we can get. The last time, I was asked to write an article, and it was published! Oh, please don't forget to sign in. This way, I will know how many people actually attended. It was very difficult last time, because I received many different estimates. Please write legibly. Some of you have atrociout penmanship. LOL.

It is not required for you to leave your email address or phone number but if you do, I'd really want to put it with the rest of the Tea Party participants. This way I can thank you for attending and keep in touch until the next one on September 12, 2009. Hey, I cannot make it to Washington, but that doesn't mean we can't party! ;)

Feel free to come up with some of your own ideas. We are also protesting our state's gov't in Sacramento! They're talking about raising taxes again after they raised taxes, then tried to fool us into raises taxes on ourselves but was vehemently trounced, and now they want to raise taxes agains? PEOPLE ARE RUNNING OUT OF THIS STATE! We have to let them know this cannot, will not, stand.

We are looking forward to seeing you. Until then, keep your chin up, stiff upper lip, and have a wonderful day.

Sincerely,

Rosemary

PS. This is a good Conservative social network that I belong to: Smart Girl Politics where I have posted this event: America's Freedom-Long Beach Tea Party. God bless everyone!

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sad

There are two cartoons today that capture the mood of many. For those of you who've been somewhere in the woods for the past week or so, President Obama has released those Chinese terrorists from Gitmo to go to Bermuda on our dime. Yup. They're living the life of luxury that 2996 of our fellow citizens never had the opportunity to do because these scumbags murdered them on September 11, 2001. Even if it wasn't them personally, they're with the monsters who did. Here are the cartoons. They speak for themselves.


Hat tip: Michael Ramirez and nbradfield.

This next cartoon is an oldie but relevant.


Hat tip: Chris (from Day by Day).

If you cannot read the writings, please click on the picture. I've added their links for you. Have a nice day. I'm sure it will be nicer than the one they're having in Iran, but then again, they're fighting for freedom and Liberty. What are you fighting for again? Sad.

Update: I have a commenter who thinks I either forgot to do the research or didn't care to the research. Well, I did not realize I had to research cartoons! Well, here we go.
The detainees were captured in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2001, but the Pentagon determined last year that they were not "enemy combatants." [Continue reading the Washington Post.]
I remember this case, if that matters. These are not men who were not innocent. The tribunals, which were unconstitutionally halted by the courts, could not hear this hear this case. After being captured since 2001 (ring a bell anyone?), they were determined not to be a threat anymore.

These are Chinese Muslims. What were they doing in Afghanistan? Why were they fighting against us if not to be part of al Qaida? There are several scumbags we've released that return right back to the battlefield. I am of the mind that I would rather be on the side of caution. If someone else would prefer to be on the side of letting them all go so we can hit again, they have a right to that opinion. Just don't live next door to me! There's your update.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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Afghan border efforts showing signs of success

by Gerry Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (June 23, 2009) – Afghan, Pakistani and coalition military operations designed to restrict militants’ movements and eliminate safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have accomplished visible gains, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Afghanistan said Tuesday.

The continuation of Operation Lionheart border-interdiction operations that began last year has made “it difficult for the enemy to function,” Army Col. John M. Spiszer, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team assigned to the 1st Infantry Division, told Pentagon reporters during a satellite-carried news conference.

An Afghan border policeman scans his sector in Paktika province, Afghanistan, last month.Spiszer’s forces comprise Task Force Duke posted in Regional Command East in northeastern Afghanistan. The task force conducts counterinsurgency, reconstruction and humanitarian operations in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Konar and Laghman provinces that are located near or along the border with Pakistan.

“I believe we are showing great signs of success with this within the central Konar region, especially,” Spiszer said.

The colonel praised the labors of his more than 5,300 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in helping Afghan forces provide security and stability across Task Force Duke’s area of responsibility. He also saluted the efforts of Afghan and Pakistani troops in interdicting militant infiltration routes along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

“Our soldiers also conducted numerous patrols and ambush operations to engage enemy fighters moving along infiltration routes” in Konar province near the border, Spiszer said.

The security situation in his area of operations is mixed, Spiszer said. Enemy activity has decreased in the dangerous Korengal Valley, he noted, while the overall number of “security incidents” has increased as a result of increased contact with the enemy.

The enemy has been pushed away from populated areas into less-populated mountainous regions, Spiszer said, following counterinsurgency strategy.

“You can interdict the border. You can position yourself in between the enemy and the populace,” Spiszer pointed out. Meanwhile, he said, Afghan forces are performing the bulk of security duties in Nangarhar province.

Afghan forces also are performing most of the security mission to protect Highway 7, an important supply road that runs through Nangarhar and Laghman provinces, Spiszer said.

Also, he said, Task Force Duke has obligated $102 million in commander’s emergency response program money to fund the improvement of more than 500 miles of roads and the construction of 97 schools.

“Roads are providing security, micro-commerce and access to services,” Spiszer explained, while the building of schools “leads the people to a better future and helps us moderate extremist influences.”

In April, Spiszer’s soldiers helped earthquake-stricken Afghans living in Nangarhar province. That quake, he said, destroyed more than 200 homes and left thousands of Afghans homeless. The U.S. Air Force-manned provincial reconstruction team in the area responded to the emergency by delivering relief supplies such as water, beans, rice, flour and blankets to residents in need.

And, an agribusiness team from Kansas, Spiszer noted, is helping Afghan farmers in Laghman province with agriculture and livestock development.

Additionally, he said, a military police battalion from Fort Carson, Colo., is partnering with Afghan police serving across the four provinces and 50 districts within his purview.

And, all of these counterinsurgency, reconstruction and humanitarian efforts are helping the Afghan people to gain “faith in their government and hope for their future,” Spiszer said.

Source: CENTCOM.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Portuguese Navy thwarts pirate attack

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1

NRP CORTE-REAL, Gulf of Aden (June 22, 2009) – A NATO operation conducted by the Portuguese frigate NRP Corte-Real resulted in the disruption of an attempted pirate attack and the boarding of a confirmed pirate vessel, leading to the seizure and disposal of weapons as well as the disruption of the pirates’ ability to conduct further attacks.

Portuguese Navy Special Forces intercept a skiff filled with eight Somali pirates threatening a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden June 22.Monday at about 10 a.m. local time, a skiff filled with eight Somali pirates armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 assault rifles were caught in a high-speed chase by NATO’s Portuguese warship NRP Corte-Real after attacking the Singapore-flagged MV Maersk Phoenix.

“We are under a pirate attack, we are under fire,” MV Maersk Phoenix broadcasted for assistance as it traveled west through the world’s most dangerous shipping lane, 145 nautical miles north-northeast of Boossaso, Somalia.

NRP Corte-Real, the closest NATO vessel, was escorting a Pakistani flagged severe-risk vessel and had to hand it over to a nearby Coalition Turkish warship before rendering assistance.

After a half-hour, high-speed pursuit, the Portuguese frigate intercepted the pirate skiff and boarded her. Warning shots, first into the air and then across the skiff’s bow, were fired as loudhailers commanded the Somalis to stop.

The boarding operation by Portuguese Navy Special Forces was conducted using one RHIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) with standoff support from NRP Corte-Real. After a detailed search, four AK-47 rifles, one RPG launcher with three grenades, several ammunition magazines and two ladders were found on board.

Source: CENTCOM.

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GOP stages coup to takeover NY Senate.

Have a blessed day!

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tehran Today 6/21/09

This is a link to a video of what is happening in Tehran today. It is not as graphic as some others I've heard about. I can only say that because I cannot bear to watch them.

Here are some articles:
پخش زنده برنامه های تلويزيونی فائزه هاشمی آزاد شد "ده کشته" و "یکصد زخمی" در درگیری های دیروز تهران چه کسانی پس از اعلام نتایج انتخابات بازداشت شده اند؟ درخواست موسوی از مردم حین درگیری های تهران
Oh my. You don't read Farsi, do you? How about this? Try the Google Translator. Remember to copy the text you want to translate, then click on Google translator.

If you would like to add this to your blog, here is the code: /* ---( )--- */ (Put the HTML back together first.) I can't get it work for me so if you can, please let me know how you did it. ;)

Here is the link to the article and video from BBC news. I like the way the protesters back down the monsters who are doing the killing. Animals.

UPDATE: This just in from Winston. The title of this is "Iran Street Clashes Despite 'Several Deaths'", but I call it "Afraid No More!" (Video by MiddleEastNews. from SkyNews tv.)


If there is a problem with this video, please watch this over at YouTube. ('Bout time they stopped censoring, eh?)

Do you think maybe they've been watching too many American news reports? Agh. So what! They have had it with their oppressors, and I'm glad. Let us pray for their safety, success, freedom, Liberty, and sense of responsibility. Let them truly enter the community of the world with peace. Amen.

PS. If you disagree, I don't care. I understand the risks. What if someone worse comes along, right? I do not believe they will stand for it. Not after being oppressed for 30 years. Ask the Iraqis.

PSS. I do care. What I meant by what I said is that I've been following Iran for many years now, and I've also been praying for them. Are you aware there are over one million Christians in Iran and several Jews? Yes. This is a fact. So do I care about the Muslims? Not the ones who are doing all the murdering but yes, I do. God did not make just some of us. When He sent His Son to earth as our Saviour, He sent Him for everyone. Not just you and me. We should all care. That's all.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Founders' Daily Quote(s): 6/15-6/19/09

Monday, June 15, 2009.
"Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit."

--James Madison, Federalist No. 51, February 8, 1788

We are determined to continue the fight for Liberty dear, sweet, precious Liberty.

Tue. 6/16.
"It is the duty of every good citizen to use all the opportunities which occur to him, for preserving documents relating to the history of our country."

--Thomas Jefferson, letter to Hugh P. Taylor, October 4, 1823

Yes, I agree, but what shall be done when such documents of our birth are prohibited by our educational systems and those of other governments are taught such communism with all its ills?

Wed. 6/17.
"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country."

--Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

They are censored, and I doubt if their parents even know it. I want to cry.

Thu. 6/18.
"As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight."

--Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

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Fri. 6/19.
"The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. ... How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers?"

--John Adams, Diary, June 2, 1778

Would anyone (I dare you) care to argue with me why it is better for a woman to have children without fathers or for homosexuals to be allowed to adopt children? Take your best shot, you will still lose. Why? Is it because I believe they are not capable? No, that is not the reason. The reason being a child needs both a female and a male role model to grow into the moral fabric of society. Are they all the best? Don't ask such insulting questions! No one is the best! In the child's eye is what matters. We adults need to stop being so selfish as to what we WANT and think about what a child NEEDS. There's a big difference most of the time.
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Source: Patriot Post.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pres. Reagan Warns Against 'Govt Health Care'

I am always moved when I hear his voice, probably because he speaks rationally, passionately, informatively, and plainly. Where have all the wise men gone? Congress chases them away! No good men or women want to go through the junk it takes to run for office let alone serve.

That being said, I want you to listen to this video. As you listen, really listen. Then I want you to ask yourself, "Do I have what it takes to be a good servant of the people?" Make up your mind soon, because time is running out. We need good men and women to throw these bums out!


If for some reason the video is not working properly, here is the YouTube link.

Hat tip: Adam's Blog from Twitter. Have a nice day.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Talon, TCU, SGP and Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Iran: EU Listens, Why Won't Obama?

This is a moving video, that is, if you have a heart, if you cherish Liberty, if you demand freedom and justice, if you hate tyrants. I guess I answered my own question. *sigh*

پارلمان اروپا علیه احمدی نژاد<
(پارلمان اروپا علیه احمدی نژاد رای داد( Video with english translation) دیروز سه شنبه 16 ژوئن ساعت 2 تا 3 بعدازظهر مرجان ساتراپی و محسن مخملباف در نشست رسمی پارلمان اروپا در شهر)وکسل به عنوان سفرا...

Hat tip: A friend from TweetChat. If the video link doesn't work, go to YouTube and watch it there.

Do not use names on #iranelection, and change your profile before going to TweetChat. Also, change your Avitar to the color green. If you know how to do this, PLZ let me know so I can do that as well. *blush*

I have a question I would like you to ponder. Why is it that Europe, the last people to recognize evil when it's right in front of their faces, has the tenacity and fortitude to invite Marjan Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbef in front of their parliament while our president is determined "not to take sides"? Have we all gone mad?

For the sake of clarity, I stand with the Iranian people and against the Iranian regime. Nuf said. Please send up some prayers for our brothers and sisters in Iran. If we all stand together, we can bring down this regime, bring freedom, dignity, Liberty, human rights and justice to the Iranian people without ever firing a shot. Would that be the sweetest victory of all? Have a nice evening.

Don't forget to check out the latest on Winston's site and his Twitter. Very good reporting and updated frequently. (Yes, I've been busy trying to read his posts, Twitter, TweetChat, e-mails, fixing my computer, and getting ready for the July 4th Tea Party. If you have sent me a question or an e-mail, please be patient. I have not forgotten you.)

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Iranians Betrayed by Obama Administration

Today the riots are continuing. It is fierce. Soon there will be cracks in the upper-class echelon of mullahs, ministries, and even the ayatollah will shake in his boots. GOOD. It's about time. Now if only America had a leader...
By: Kenneth R. Timmerman

More than 1.5 million protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Monday, marking the largest anti-regime demonstration Iran has seen since the final days of the shah in early 1979.

Seven people were killed by anti-riot police and roving bands of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad supporters. Many of those supporters shielded their faces from surveillance videos that plainclothes police were shooting.

The protesters included some unlikely participants: 16 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps officers pledged to join the people’s movement, according to initial reports from Tehran. That signaled that the once-solid support of the guard corps for Ahmadinejad is beginning to crack.

The 16 officers were arrested after meeting secretly with top regular army officers on Monday night. [Continue reading.]
Prayers are needed for these people. I can't stand Mousavi, but I am not supporting him. I am supporting the Iranian people. Please stand together with the rest of us who know that it is time the Iranian people tasted freedom by their own choice. Thank you.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's Thoughts. Rosemary's News and Ideas.

Monday, June 15, 2009

McChrystal assumes command in Afghanistan

ISAF Public Information Office

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 15, 2009) - Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal arrived in Afghanistan Sunday to assume command of the International Security Assistance Force.

McChrystal will lead the international community's efforts to bring security to Afghanistan, in partnership with Afghan national security forces, to create the conditions for governance, reconstruction and development to flourish.

McChrystal commented that intelligence-driven precision operations, subordinate to efforts protecting development projects and Afghanistan's population, will win the support of the Afghan people. "The measure of effectiveness will not be [the number of] enemy killed, it will be the number of Afghans shielded from violence," he said.

McChrystal entered the Army in 1976, graduating with a Bachelors Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also holds Masters degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and in International Relations from the Salve Regina University. He is also a Senior Service College Fellow of Harvard University and a Military Fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.

During his early career, McChrystal served in Airborne, Special Forces, and Ranger units. After command and staff courses, he saw service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Operations Command and regimental appointments.

He then served as assistant divisional commander (operations) of the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps, including duty in Afghanistan as the COS of Combined Joint Task Force-180 on Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002.

McChrystal was the vice director for operations on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., before assuming command of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C. He has just left his position as the director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., to assume command here at HQ ISAF.

ISAF was created in accordance with the Bonn Conference in December 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime. NATO took command of ISAF in August 2003 and is NATO's first mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area ISAF operates under a United Nations mandate to support, and at the invitation of, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and works in close cooperation with the International Community, Non-Governmental Organizations and Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, ISAF consists of approximately 65,000 troops from 42 countries, including non-NATO members

Source: CENTCOM.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's Thoughts. Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Videos: Reason Magazine

The reason I subscribe to Reason Magazine is because they speak plainly. You know, common sense. The way you and I speak. Reaon Magazine's Matt Welch was interviewed on Fox News today about the budget disaster in California, and the rest of the USA is following lock, stock and barrel except for a few states. Texas being one of those states who knows better. Where is Former President George W. Bush from? (I couldn't resist.)

If the video is not working, try this link.

Do you remember the discussions (arguements) we had over the DC voucher system? Reason Editor in Chief Matt Welch on DC Opportunity Scholarship Program. What's up with that, President Obama?

While I was checking for these links, I happened upon this song. Just to give you a little boost and a taste of nostalgia, may I present the RightBrothers.

The link for this song is above in their name.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary's News and Ideas. Digg! Digg!

War For Peace Inside Iran?

Background: The last sham election was boycotted by many people, so there was a low turnout. Possibly 20%, but I do not remember. Since Ahmadinejad 'won', the people of Iran have suffered greatly, especially the young and the women. He has strictly enforced Sharia law, no women can leave the house without their head covered, no alcohol, no music, no dancing, no affection in public ie. holding hands etc, no disrespect (speaking the truth about Ahmadinejad) about Ahmadinejad or the 'Supreme Leader', and many more rules. Also, many people in Iran believe (know) the only vote that counts, yes it is only one, is that of 'Supreme Leader' Khomenei. All other votes do not count, so elections in Iran are not as we know them here. They are a sham to appease the appeasable.

That being said, Ahmadinejad did not win this election. Do I have the facts, the ballots? No, I do not. Have I seen the documentation? No, I haven't. So how can I make such a statement? I am an American and we have a little thing called "FREE SPEECH" which, unfortunately, many people take for granted. They do not understand how rare God-given rights are. This way, governments cannot take these rights away, because they are not the ones from whence they came.

Back to the point. It was reported that 70%+ of the people showed up to vote on June 12, 2009. Would that many people show up to vote for someone they do not like? Would they show up for the same-old same-old, or would they show up for change? That is why I believe Moussavi won. When you refer to the first paragraph, would you vote for that? Neither would many Iranians, although some would I imagine. The mullahs (think of union bosses) and the intimidated.

There is an Iranian blogger who I follow, and he has written much about this. There are now riots in the streets, 20,000 people at last estimate, and the phone services have been cut off to the outside world. Please read these two articles of his: Infighting and Clashing. You may also follow him at Twitter: Winston80. That is what I will be doing shortly.

After you read those two articles, you may understand why I titled this post, 'war for peace inside Iran?'. The police (militias) have orders to shoot to kill the protesters. DO YOU NOW BELIEVE YOU ARE LUCKY AS ALL GET-OUT TO LIVE HERE? Can you imagine if President Bush gave those orders? I would have changed sides in an instant flat. No kidding. Government didn't give us the right to free speech, God did. Anyway, let me back off this rant.

Iranians protesting against election results 2009 - Part 02
by PasargadNewsAgency, June 13, 2009.

Hat tip: Winston. [The script in this video is giving me some trouble, so here is the link at YouTube so you can see it.]

I am very worried for the Iranian people right now. They are in grave danger. If you are a believing person (in God), please send up your prayers for these protesters and Iran along with me. There are many Christians in Iran, and they are our brothers and sisters in Christ. There are also Jewish people in Iran who are suffering very much. There are even people in Iran who do not believe in anything at all because of what they see. How can they believe when all they see is evil, desperation, hunger, etc? Pray for them as well to know God. Many organizations are sending Bibles and praying with them and for them. Thank you.

PS. Winston has written another post while I was writing this one. The title of it is Iran on Fire. Then Michael Ledeen: The Iranian Circus III and MSNBC are also covering this now. (Michael has been covering this for decades.)

The chanting you hear in that video above is the Iranian people saying, "Death to the Dictator!" [Update: Today, the 14, they are chanting 'We Want Freedom' as well!] They are even fighting with the police to get their friends back from their custody. This time, the air is different. The people are no longer afraid of the police, and the IRG and other militias have not shown up so far. Could this be the beginning of the end of the cruelty Iran has suffered by its own politicians? Time will tell, my dear friends. Let us pray.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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