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Guest Post from GroovyLady
Monday, May 28, 2007 1:42 AM

Short and to the point, but oh it says so much!!!! Thanks for sharing this GroovyLady.

For He loves us so much, he gave us his only Son to die for us so we could be free.

A soldier who dies in battle, regardless of his religion or lack thereof, is living proof of God's will for us to be free.

(anonymous) ;)


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Guest Post from Boaz
Monday, May 28, 2007 1:25 AM

Submitted by Boaz:


Memorial Day is the day I ponder why so many had to sacrifice and so many to die, just to allow everyone else the right to be free.
Free to say or do what they care to. The right to be as selfish or as magnanimous as they care to, to worship freely or to not.

It’s also the day I think more fondly of the guys I went to High School with (some of whom I didn’t care for much) who went to ‘ Nam and unlike myself, didn’t come back, or came back broken physically or mentally.

With that thought in hand, I keep in mind these days the Men and Women serving their country now. There are a group of them I know personally, and some I’ve never met, but that I know about. And at this point the one thing I can offer them is to never forget the sacrifice they are making and to never forget to pray for them daily. It sometimes doesn’t seem like much to me. But it is what I received when I needed it. And it is what I can do for those who need it now.

I don’t generally support the idea of being at war just for the hell of it. But there are times in the life of a nation when it necessary to wage battle against those who would do us harm and remove from us the Freedom to be the Nation we have chosen to be.

Now is such a time. Without the Men and Women who serve this Nation, that battle might already be over, and with an outcome not to our advantage.

Those who choose to stand in harms way to safeguard the nation of their birth deserve only accolades and the full support of the People they serve. The People after all are who they serve. A nation is just a pile of dirt with a border, without The People who make it what it is.

At this point in time, there are Men and Women who are fully deserving of our total support. Let this day be the day we remember why.



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Guest Post from Liberty Card
Sunday, May 27, 2007 1:14 PM

Submitted by Liberty Card

Memorial Day always reminds me of my adopted father.

He was the 10th of 10 children, and the only one of the brothers who joined the Marines when WWII started.

He was a humble man, and never spoke of how he earned his Silver Star or his Purple Heart, but at family gatherings, cousins would always whisper about him. My dad was a hero, he fought the Japanese on an Island called Tulagi.

He earned more than medals there, he also contracted malaria, which ended the war for him.

He taught me that this was the greatest nation on earth. We were heroes to the world, freeing untold millions from oppression and strife. He taught me to always be proud, and to never allow our nation, our people, or our flag to be sullied.

He drowned in a boating accident when I was 9, but he words stayed with me, and nothing I've seen in this land has caused me to believe that my dad was wrong about America.

People may say otherwise, but our accomplishments and our willingness to stand up to bullies belies their words.

God has blessed America. Let us give Him thanks, and pray that His blessings continue to rain down upon us.



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Guest Post from Lew
Sunday, May 27, 2007 1:09 PM

What Memorial Day Means To Me.

Submitted by Lew

Like many, I am a product of the post World War Two ‘baby boomer’ generation and grew up in the 1950’s, coming of age in the turbulent 1960’s. I grew up in what then was known as strong disciplined house. Today, it would be abusive. But, grew up I did.

My father and all of my uncles were Veterans of World War Two, Korea or both. None ever spoke ill of either war. All are gone now and took whatever experiences they had to their graves, rarely discussing what they saw or had to do.

I grew up with Memorial Day being a very exclusive day in that my father was the Post Commander of the North Miami, Florida, American Legion Post. We would be held out of school shortly before every Memorial Day to help the post raise money through their annual poppy sales. We attended every Memorial Day parade and were taught to place our hands over our hearts when the Flag was marched by.

Memorial Day was deeply instilled in me, but it never actually held any meaning, having not endured what those WW2 Veterans had and not having served our country yet.

Like too many, my Dad and I had a falling out in my mid-teens and at 18; I left without saying goodbye and on bad terms. Listening to the hippie crowd, I somewhat bought into the notion of ‘peace’ and ‘free love.’ I didn’t do the drugs, wild dress or ever receive any of this ‘free love’ I always heard about. A couple Memorial Days came and went as I ignored them, opting instead to enjoy a day off. After all, I hadn’t sacrificed anything and the day represented what my Dad stood for, therefore must be rejected, I felt.

Viet Nam had been building as I went through High School, graduating in 1966. A few I knew went in the Army and were sent over. A couple didn’t come back, but they weren’t close buddies, so it held no special meaning to me. I was working, making my own money and living on my own. Life was sweet, I thought.

Early in 1969 that was to change when my draft notice came in the mail. My cousin, an Army Captain at the time, had told me if I was drafted, I would be in the Infantry and sent to Viet Nam. To avoid that fate, I went down and enlisted before my induction date and since I asked for Aircraft Repair, ended up in Viet Nam before any from my Basic Training Unit who went Infantry, as I was placed in helicopters, the OH-6A Scout LOH (Loach).

From my background and years in the Boy Scouts, I adapted to the Army easily. I enjoyed flying in, repairing and maintaining the helicopters, even in Viet Nam. Shortly after being assigned to the unit I was, a helicopter crashed, killing both men on board and one that I had the tail rotor off of just two days earlier. Initial word was that it crashed due to tail rotor failure, the very part I had off. Enough was recovered to show that I did not do anything wrong, but it hit me hard that I could have had some share of responsibility.

In all, my unit lost 13 men while I was in it. Most where in the very helicopters I took care of, usually flying ‘low and slow.’ None were due to sloppy repairs but were shoot downs, other than the first two. 35 years later, I found out the crash was caused by a design flaw in the tail rotor and pilot error. But for 35 years, no one ever told me.

Since Viet Nam, after going through years of denial of my service, not acknowledging that what I did mattered, Memorial Day came back to me, just as my Dad had instilled in me. It is a very solemn day for me in that I recall those 13. ‘Scotty,’ the gunner who took a round in the thigh and blocked off his own spurting artery while the pilot flew faster than he should have getting him back to the Hospital in Qui Nhon, damaging the helicopter. How he was progressing well enough to be medevaced to Japan, only to have the artery start bleeding again while he was asleep on the flight and it went unseen due to wearing a body cast, only to die. I recall ‘Otis,” a young PFC who merely slid off the hood of a ‘Deuce and a half’ to drown in the river at An Khe. I recall the coldness I made myself feel when someone died, only to have that coldness turn to tears and a lump in my throat today.

I recall my best buddy, ‘Ron’ who was shot down shortly before his tour was ending, killing the gunner in the back seat, three months before his daughter was born. I recall hearing how ‘Ron’ pushed the pilot out of the burning helicopter only to see him flee the crash sight, leaving “Ron’ tangled in the wreckage to extricate himself. He too was medevaced to Japan before I could visit him in the hospital and we lost contact, hearing or knowing nothing of each other for over 30 years. We re-contacted a couple years ago and to my amazement, he was wondering and worrying about me.

What does Memorial Day mean to me? How can one aptly put it into words? I learned my Dad wasn’t as corny as I once thought, both of us patching things up after my first tour. It is a very solemn day to me, recalling not only the 13 I knew, but also the 58,000 that didn’t come back.

Today we have lost over 3,000 once again to another war. I grieve every time I read an article about a new death. At the same time, I thank God that people as that willingly places themselves between our enemies and us, to keep them from our shores.

John 15:13 tells us that greater love has no man that he give his life for his friends. Every one of these fallen heroes has shown that ‘greater love.’ The very least we can do is take a out few moments, one day out of 365, to thank God for sending them to us.


Viet Nam 69 -71


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Guest Post from solo
Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:49 AM

This one was too good not to post before going to bed! Thank you solo for sharing your heart with us. I still have at least 3 more to post. I love all the support and imput from the Good Guys!

Hello friends,

This is a particularly difficult time of year for me. Has been since my return from the brown rivers and the green jungles of Vietnam. My emotions are mixed and not easy to explain let alone talk about even now after all these years.

The overwhelming sadness mixed with a bit of guilt for having survived that stinky little war and happiness that I am still here is a guantlet. I look upon the faces of the young soldiers we have once again in harms way and wonder, was I ever that young?

Time has come full circle for me with one son already a veteran of the first war in Iraq and another perhaps heading that way for this one. I'll be honest and tell you that it scares me knowing my own flesh and blood will be over there, but I am not alone. I'm certain there are many of us with similar emotions.

We've been there, we know what war is and what it does to young people, now it's their time. I only wish I could do it for them but this worn out old body says "nope...you ain't going".
The memories of fallen comrades is a very personal and private thing with me as Snooper stated. I weep for them and I remember.

Oh I wasn't out there slogging through the mud and the jungle. I didn't walk point or set up LP's at O'dark-thirty and I didn't walk patrols through "Indian Country", but I was there, bringing the gear and the beer from the rear to our Marine buddies. We saw the war sometimes from a distance, sometimes up close and personal. We were large slow moving targets hauling tons of HE to feed the weapons of our comrades and we were targets of "Charlie" who was very ingenious at finding ways to kill us.

On the Wall in Washington, DC are 22 names of buddies that gave their all. Buddies who will be forever young. To this day I have yet to visit there, perhaps I will before I join them.
The Wall is sacred ground to me, a place to honor, a place to pray, a place to remember and above all a place to protect for our posterity.
A part of me resides there in spirit remembering those who gave everything they had.

I have no words worth repeating here for protesters, the anit-war crowd, the fat cats in DC who would sell us out on a whim.

"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know."

We remember. We will always remember those who went before us and those that are there now. May God bless them.

God Bless America



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Guest Post from Cassy
Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:34 PM

I have at least 3 more to post later on. I hope you are enjoying these!!

Pastor Ed

Memorial Day and what it means to me.

Submitted by Cassy

This is a sacred day to Honor the memory of our fallen Servicemembers.
Our Beloved Veterans and the Veterans that are no longer with us that
fought for our Country and sacrificed alot.

My heart aches because of how this Blessed day is turning out to be a
what? A day that makes kids know that summer is coming, BBQ's.
The People are forgetting the ones that sacrificed their lives for our

The media is partly to blame for this, it's either the beginning of summer, a store sales, etc. They don't tell anyone why we're having Memorial Day.

Kids have no idea why we have Parades, have Memorial Ceremonies, put
Flags on the graves of Fallen US Armed Forces.

Patriotism & American values have become neglected.

And people have taken our Armed Forces for granted. America don't only
have to wake up but they need to visit A VA Cemetary, or any Cemetary
where we have Veterans.

It's important to Honor the memory of those who died defending our
Country. And stop being ashamed of our Country, our Armed Forces, Veterans,
our Flag, & it's people.

I am ashamed of the ones in Washington, DC.

God Bless our Patriots who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

May God Bless America. Our Armed Forces and our Veterans.



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Guest Post from Snooper
Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:55 PM

Greetings fellow fun seekers...

I don't want anyone to get the wrong idea nor think I have lost my marbles...

Of all the Holidays, I, at one time, loved this one coming up the most and, yes, even better than Christmas. However, today, in this time of despicable tirades of the Socialists among us, and with the commercialization of such a "holiday", it sickens me beyond belief.

Remembering Fallen Comrades In Arms is a private thing to me, to be shared with others that know and understand.

Remembering those I carried out, and those that carried me...remembering those that followed me, and those I followed, very few can relate.

I hear the Empty Words from the Senaterrorists in DC, the Lack of Representatives in The House and I am not proud to call them Our Leaders, for they know NOT how to Lead We The People.

There is a majority of "them" that are sincere. It is the remaining that I despise, nay, loathe...perhaps hate them for their cowardice "under fire". Playing Lip Service to the fallen is much worse than paying no homage at all.

I weep for my lads that died. I weep for the lads that lived through thick and thicker. I weep for the parts of me that have died and my soul cries out for vengeance.

Rise Ye Silent Ones and Fight For That Which Is Right or Die The Losers' Death of Vanity.

God Bless America

Submitted by: Snooper



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Guest Post from Miss Beth
Saturday, May 26, 2007 9:44 PM

This is the first time I've ever adopted a soldier; furthermore, it's the first time I've ever been politically active. I've had relatives in all branches of the service, from "mere" grunts to high ranking officials. As far as I know, they all lived to tell their tales, from WWI through present day. The earlier soldiers in my family were also immigrants who had adopted and assimilated into AMERICA and were proud to fly the AMERICAN flag and fight as an AMERICAN. I have friends who are service men and was, at one time, engaged to a serviceman. My brother, with a 60% disability, is trying to re-up in a support position as we speak.

To drive by our local cemetary where our war dead are buried is an awesome site and I never tire of seeing the white crosses and all the flags on the graves. Did I also mention I'm a complete and total flag freak? I'm so in love with our country, our flag and those beautiful colors.

Knowing those who have gone before gave their all for me has inspired me to be more "instigatory" in my own actions. Where before I wouldn't speak up for fear of offending someone, I NOW speak up hoping I do. I mounted my flag today in a very special place. I have two muslim families that live across the street from me, behind high wooden fences. This weekend, there's a lot of activity there. I PURPOSELY hung my flag where it would be EXTREMELY visible to them and what country they are in.

Those who came before and those serving now gave ME the freedom to fly that flag with pride and to say what I choose, even if it does offend someone. They died for my freedom to worship as I choose, to raise my children as I choose, to pursue my education, drive a car, dress as I choose, visit those I choose--even though I'm female.

THEY died for ME. They are SERVING NOW for ME. And all of us together, to keep this the greatest nation on earth.

Those that came before, those serving now are greater than any congressman, greater than any businessman, greater than any leader of any country--because THEY are the only ones willing to fight and die for their country, willing to sacrifice for the freedom of others. They are--ARE--the greatest heroes.

Submitted by: Miss Beth:



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Keep on Remembering!!!
Saturday, May 26, 2007 4:07 PM

More from the PPT website on Memorial Day. There will be plenty more Memorial Day posts all weekend.

Portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson courtesy of the White House.

“On this hallowed ground, heroic deeds were performed and eloquent words were spoken a century ago. We, the living, have not forgotten--and the world will never forget--the deeds or the words of Gettysburg. We honor them now as we join on this Memorial Day of 1963 in a prayer for permanent peace of the world and fulfillment of our hopes for universal freedom and justice. We are called to honor our own words of reverent prayer with resolution in the deeds we must perform to preserve peace and the hope of freedom.”

--Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, May 30, 1963


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More on Memorial Day
Saturday, May 26, 2007 12:27 AM

My good friend Cassy asked me to post this here.....

........so for Cassy and all our troops and veterans:


"[G]ather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless
mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime.... [L]et us
in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those
whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's
gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General
John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

Memorial Day is reserved by American Patriots as a day to honor the
service and sacrifice of fallen men and women who donned our Armed
Forces uniforms with honor. We at The Patriot pay our humble
respects to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice as members of the
U.S. Armed Forces. We will remember you always.

Accordingly, this tribute is in honor of our fallen American
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen.

One appropriate way to recognize fallen veterans and their families
is to join with others and help place flags on the graves of fallen
Patriots at your nearest National Cemetery (generally done the
Saturday before Memorial Day).

Please join Patriots honoring Memorial Day across our great nation
on Monday by observing a minute of silence at 1500 local time for
remembrance and prayer. Flags should be flown at half-staff until
noon, local time (http://PatriotPost.US/histdocs/flag/ ). Please
give a personal word of gratitude and comfort to surviving family
members who grieve for a beloved warrior fallen in battlefields
defending our cherished liberties.

General George Patton insisted, "It is foolish and wrong to mourn
the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

Founding Patriot John Adams said: "I am well aware of the toil and
blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration,
and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can
see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is
worth more than all the means...." Indeed it is!

Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way
around the world, and for their families -- especially families of
those, who have given their life in defense of American liberty,
while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis!

Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot's editors and staff.

(For The Patriot's tribute to our Armed Forces, see "To Support and
Defend ... So Help Me God." at http://PatriotPost.US/libertas.asp )


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My Men: Reagan and Bush
Friday, May 25, 2007 1:35 PM

Both articles below courtesy of The Presidential Prayer Team. Why not take a minute and join my prayer team there by going to www.pptambassador.org/team153 and from there click on the link to adopt-a-troop to pray for as well. I can't think of a better way of putting your faith into action.

President Bush expresses his appreciation for America’s war dead at the cemetery at Normandy, France. Photo courtesy of the White House.

On so very many occasions since September 11, 2001, our nation has been called by our President to prayer. We prayed immediately following that day; we prayed on its anniversary, we prayed as our troops went off to war. And now, again, President Bush is calling our nation to prayer—in observance of a long national tradition.

Congress passed a law on May 11, 1950 that instituted Memorial Day, and it was intended to be a national day of prayer for peace. These words from the White House Memorial Day Proclamation make clear the intent:

Section 169g. Memorial Day as day of prayer for permanent peace--
“The President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each May 30, Memorial Day, by praying, each in accordance with his religious faith, for permanent peace; designating a period during such day in which all the people of the United States may unite in prayer for a permanent peace; calling upon all the people of the United States to unite in prayer at such time; and calling upon the newspapers, radio stations, and all other mediums of information to join in observing such day and period of prayer.”

During a week when violence has erupted on several fronts, prayers for peace are as important as ever. Regardless of views on the war, Americans can agree on the longing for peace and the importance of praying for it on Memorial Day and always.



President Ronald Reagan

Our pledge and our prayer this day are those of free men and free women who know that all we hold dear must constantly be built up, fostered, revered, and guarded vigilantly from those in every age who seek its destruction. We know, as have our nation's defenders down through the years, that there can never be peace without its essential elements of liberty, justice, and independence.

Those true and only building blocks of peace were the lone and lasting cause and hope and prayer that lighted the way of those whom we honor and remember this Memorial Day. To keep faith with our hallowed dead, let us be sure, and very sure, today and every day of our lives, that we keep their cause, their hope, their prayer, forever our country's own.

In recognition of those brave Americans to whom we pay tribute today, the Congress, by joint resolution approved May 11, 1950 (64 Stat. 158), has requested the President to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period when the people of the United States might unite in prayer.
--Ronald Reagan, May 20, 1988


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A Feel Good Story and a Call to Action
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 4:48 PM

My good friend Snooper got an unexpected online hug from a surprising source. Please go to this link and see why, and while you are there, take action on the story itself!


Now my feel good story that included an unexpected hug, and how no amount of money can buy these blessings from above.

There are four children from a family who attend our church. I pick them up in the church van, and they attend with no adult supervision (that could be an entire story there, but that's for another place and time).

"Ronnie" is the 2nd oldest of this group. He is a tough guy type, that have behavior problems and can be a real "pain in the behind".

However, Ronnie is really a very intelligent 6th grade boy. When you get past the rough exterior, you find a kind, smart, loving boy who could really use some love.

Several years ago, before I ever knew this family, Ronnie's father committed suicide. Since that point in time, many men have come and gone from his life. Most weren't very good role models and none of them "loved" Ronnie the way Ronnie needs it.

Last year on Father's Day, I dropped Ronnie and his siblings off last after church was over. Ronnie was the last one to get off the van, and he started for the house but then stopped and turned around and came back to where I was closing the van door.

I wasn't sure what was going to take place, but I could have never expected what actually happened. Ronnie looked me in the eyes and said "Pastor Ed, Happy Father's Day" and then I got one of the most meaningful hugs I have ever received in my entire life.

Ok pastor, now that you are done with the story, why do you post it here when it doesn't have anything to do with those who will be reading it?

Here is why --- the name of my blog is "Do the RIGHT Thing". When you do, your reward may not be anything or it may be a "hug", but as I'm sure Snooper will tell you about his hug, I wouldn't take a million dollars for mine!

Just keep on , and on, and on doing the RIGHT thing!!!!!

God is Good!

Pastor Ed


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Don't Forget The Little Things in Life
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 1:27 AM

Sometimes it is easy to be so driven to keep up the good fight for "God, Country and Family" that we overlook some of the small things in life that really do matter.

Tonight my youngest daughter and I went to a high school girl's softball game. My daughter's two friends (twins) were playing for what was my high school's arch enemy and cross town rival. However, I promised these two girls I would come see them play and I needed to keep my word.

These two girls have grown up with a single mother. The girls are mixed up about a lot of things in life (one of them told my daughter that she hated the President, but when my daughter asked her why, she couldn't come up with a reason), but hey who isn't a little mixed up.

I love these two girls with all my heart (and I really haven't known them very long). They are among the many reasons I do what I do with this blog.

When I got home tonight, I received word that a wonderful man who has been a great friend to me since I've been in the ministry will be having his second leg amputated on Thursday.

In the course of world events, this won't even make the newspaper. But it IS a big deal - to him, to his family, to our town, to his church family and to me!

So what is it you are rambling on here about tonight (this morning) preacher????

It's this - don't be so busy and locked in on what our "mission" is that you miss the "small things" in life.

Let your spouse know you love him/her (or whoever you are closest to if you don't have a spouse).

Spend a few (or more) extra minutes with your kids. Give them a hug and make sure the KNOW that they are loved.

Be an encourager to someone (wink to Susan)! That's why I went to the softball game tonight and it was more than worth the ten bucks it cost me to get my daughter and I in the gate!

Let a friend know how special they are (wink to Cassy). My good friend here in my Indiana town will be losing his only leg and will now be wheel chair bound. He is special even if he won't make CNN or Fox News!

Most of all, make sure that your relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ is where it should be. What good will it do to win wars, elections, etc. etc. etc. if you lose your soul.

Well, now that I'm finished preaching to myself, if you would like to take my advice - go right ahead. It's free and there's no strings attached.

God loves you and so do I,

Pastor Ed


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Monday, May 21, 2007 6:18 PM

I meant to plug a couple of items in my post today, but decided to go ahead with a separate post to do so.

1) Today's post came from OneNewsNow.com or http://www.onenewsnow.com/

Your Latest News from a Christian perspective
Whether it's a story about prayer in public schools, workplace restrictions on Christians or battles for biblical truth within our denominations, the American Family News Network (AFN) is here to tell you what the newsmakers are saying.

AFN is a national Christian news service that exists to present the day's news from a Christian perspective. We not only feature the latest breaking stories from across the United States and around the world, but also news of the challenges facing Christians in today's society.

At OneNewsNow.com, you will get your news from reporters you can trust to give the latest news without the liberal bias that characterizes so much of the "mainstream" media.

2) I also want to plug my good friend "Snooper's" blog site: Take Our Country Back at http://takeourcountryback.townhall.com/ . He is a military veteran (a "spook" for those who can relate to that), and his views are tough and to the point. To say he is passionate about our country would be the biggest understatement I've made lately! Be prepared, he will call liberals "trolls" and "moonbats". He has no patience for those who don't believe in Christian Conservative ideals. He tells it like it is and with some recent developments in his life, his career as a blogger may be moving on to the national scene. I'm proud to call him my friend and my Christian Brother!


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We Had Better Wake Up
Monday, May 21, 2007 6:00 PM

For those who think that America will never be a battleground again, I hope that this bit of news will wake you up a little.

And for those who think "Pastor, you need to be a little more tolerant", I would remind you that when God sent Joshua and the Israelites into the "Promised Land" - He did so with the instructions to totally wipe out and remove those who were currently residing in this land promised to the descendants of Abraham. Let me remind you that Jesus was not tolerant when He gave the ONLY way to the Father was through His Son Jesus! (That means Mohammed is not in that picture at all).

If we continue to be "blind" and "silent" let me remind you what happened when the Israelites didn't follow through with God's intructions above - CAPTIVITY!


Muslim paramilitary compounds springing up around America

Chad Groening
May 21, 2007

A U.S. defense analyst and author says Americans should be very concerned about some radical Muslim paramilitary compounds that have sprung up around the country and that are surrounded with "No Trespassing" signs.

Greg Copley, president of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), says the compounds are often populated with former U.S. convicts who were converted to Islam in prison. These convicts, he contends, are connected to a Pakistani organization.

"Islamberg in New York, Ahmedabad in Virginia, and Holy Islamville in South Carolina, and so on are places which have been formed largely by Jamaat ul-Fuqra," Copley notes, "which is a fundamentalist jihadist movement, which has been involved in terrorist activity and supporting terrorist activity."

The U.S. government has been monitoring the organization's activities, the ISSA official says. "The U.S. government, for example, claimed that ul-Fuqra members were involved in more than a dozen bombings and arson attacks during the 1980s and 1990s," he points out, and that members were "possibly responsible for a couple dozen homicides, and possibly linked to the murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was killed in Pakistan."

Jamaat ul-Fuqra, which means "community of the impoverished," recruits converts from the U.S. prison system, the defense analyst says. "They're a very big international group," he asserts. "They do have connections to fundamentalist groups in Pakistan."

There is also evidence that ul-Fuqra may have been linked to shoe-bomber Richard Reid, Copley adds. He says he believes U.S. authorities should thoroughly investigate and keep a watch on the activities of these Muslim compounds that are located in America but connected to a Pakistani jihadist movement.