Planned Parenthood has been shut down in the Texas panhandle.
American Life League's (ALL) Stop Planned Parenthood, or Stopp International, says it took a long time, but their campaign against Planned Parenthood finally got some results. "For 12 years in the Texas panhandle, there has been a fight against Planned Parenthood," he notes. "Planned Parenthood, in 1997, operated 19 clinics in the Texas panhandle."
Then the state reduced funding for the organization, and pro-life workers also continued in their efforts to shut Planned Parenthood's doors. "And as of December 31, there will no longer be any Planned Parenthood offices in the Texas panhandle," Sedlak explains. "They will all be gone."
The two remaining clinics in Amarillo have disaffiliated with the national organization. Sedlak says other cities can accomplish the same goal if they are determined, and information on that is available on the Stopp website.
Abortion industry asks Obama for billions in funding
A major abortion provider wants taxpayers to fork over more money, even while the economy is down.
Over 50 pro-abortion groups have submitted a 55-page wish list called "Advancing Reproductive Rights and Health in a New Administration" to the incoming Obama administration. Jim Sedlak of American Life League's (ALL) Stop Planned Parenthood, or Stopp International, has tallied the cost.
"They want unfettered abortion. They want the government paying for all of its programs," he contends. "In fact, [if] you total up everything that they've asked Obama for, Planned Parenthood and their friends want the taxpayers to give them $4.6 billion next year."
According to an ALL press release, the document requests $700 million to fund Title X, $900 million for international "family planning" programs, and additional millions for STD and sex education programs. Putting it under a microscope, Sedlak says the request is shocking when there are people on the streets looking for an income.
"We have to remember that last year, Planned Parenthood got $356 million in government money and [got] $114 million in profit," he points out.
Sedlak suggests the wish list represents a request to support an agenda, rather than a genuine need.
Indiana Planned Parenthood under investigation
A probe is under way of an Indiana Planned Parenthood after an undercover video revealed alleged criminal actions.
Lila Rose of Live Action Films filmed visits to two Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics. She posed as a 13-year-old impregnated by a 31-year-old man. While at the clinic, she was advised on how to get an abortion without getting the boyfriend in trouble. The Indiana attorney general's office and one grand jury are now investigating.
"But we need to keep the pressure on the district attorney and the attorney general of Indiana," says Rose. "[W]e need to ensure that this investigation is thorough and it is not side blocked by anything that Planned Parenthood might put out in order to impede that investigation."
Planned Parenthood has said it will train staff at its Indiana clinics and conduct an internal probe. However, Rose adds that Planned Parenthood has widespread violations and lawlessness.
"Their paperwork needs to be investigated....the statistics of how many girls are being served by Planned Parenthood under the age of 14 and contrasted with how many situations of abuse are reported need to be looked into," she said.
According to Rose, those situations are not being reported to police, but the law requires Planned Parenthood to do so.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Cross posted from Pat Dollards. H/T to Knottie.
Below is a post that will go up on the Gathering of Eagles website later today. I am asking that each of you take a moment to read it and then follow your conscience. It’s time to stand up for this Marine. Thank you all for all the hard work you have done, and continue to do, on behalf of our brave men and women in uniform. Manchu.
THE HADITHA CASE IN BRIEF…
Eight Marines were originally charged Dec. 21, 2006, with crimes related to the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians during a bloody, door-to-door sweep in the town of Haditha. The deaths occurred after 1 Marine was killed and others were wounded by a roadside bomb Nov. 19, 2005. Evidence of a massacre never materialized, and the original reports by the news media, as well as slanderous comments by Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), have been thoroughly discredited.
Initially, four enlisted men were charged with unpremeditated murder, and four officers were accused of failing to properly investigate. To date, charges have been dismissed against six Marines, while one was found not guilty on all counts in courts-martial. In June 2008, a military judge dismissed charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, who was the battalion commander at the time, after finding the case was improperly influenced by an investigator. Prosecutors have sought a new trial and a decision is pending. The sole remaining defendant is the squad leader, Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, whose court-martial is not yet scheduled.
This Marine needs our help or he will become the sacrificial lamb. With only a couple of weeks left in the Bush Administration, I am asking that every one of you call the White House public comments line at 202-456-1111, fax the President at 202-456-2461 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask that Staff Sgt Wuterich be pardoned. Better yet, take five minutes from your day and do all three. As I have said many times before, if you ever wonder if our brave men and women in uniform would do the same for you, remember:
THEY ALREADY ARE.
We have proven we can shape policy with our collective voices. Now let’s prove that we can right wrongs. You have your marching orders troops. Let’s give Staff Sgt Wuterich the fire support he deserves. Manchu.
The Haditha residents here don’t consider the 2005 civilian killings a “massacre.” Instead, they call the slayings the “Haditha accident.”
Cross posted from Pat Dollards.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Taliban militants are beheading and burning their way through Pakistan’s picturesque Swat Valley, and residents say the insurgents now control most of the mountainous region outside the lawless tribal areas where jihadists thrive.
The deteriorating situation in the former tourist haven comes despite an army offensive that began in 2007 and an attempted peace deal. It is especially worrisome to Pakistani officials because the valley lies away from the areas where Al Qaeda and Taliban militants have traditionally operated and where the military is staging a separate offensive.
“You can’t imagine how bad it is,” said Muzaffar ul-Mulk, a federal lawmaker whose home in Swat was attacked by bomb-toting assailants in mid-December, weeks after he left. “It’s worse day by day.”
The Taliban activity in northwest Pakistan also comes as the country shifts forces east to the Indian border because of tensions over last month’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, potentially giving insurgents more space to maneuver along the Afghan frontier.
Militants began preying on Swat’s lush mountain ranges about two years ago, and it is now too dangerous for foreign and Pakistani journalists to visit. Interviews with residents, lawmakers and officials who have fled the region paint a dire picture.
A suicide blast killed 40 people Sunday at a polling station in Buner, an area bordering Swat that had been relatively peaceful. The attack underscored fears that even so-called “settled” regions presumptively under government control are increasingly unsafe.
The 3,500-square-mile Swat Valley lies less than 100 miles from the capital, Islamabad.
A senior government official said he feared there could be a spillover effect if the government lost control of Swat and allowed the insurgency to infect other areas. Like nearly everyone interviewed, the official requested anonymity for fear of reprisal by militants.
Officials estimate that up to a third of Swat’s 1.5 million people have left the area. Salah-ud-Din, who oversees relief efforts in Swat for the International Committee of the Red Cross, estimated that 80 percent of the valley is now under Taliban control.
Swat’s militants are led by Maulana Fazlullah, a cleric who rose to prominence through radio broadcasts demanding the imposition of a harsh brand of Islamic law. His appeal tapped into widespread frustration with the area’s inefficient judicial system.
Most of the insurgents are easy to spot with long hair, beards, rifles, camouflage vests and running shoes. They number at most 2,000, according to people who were interviewed.
In some places, just a handful of insurgents can control a village. They rule by fear: beheading government sympathizers, blowing up bridges and demanding women wear all-encompassing burqas.
They have also set up a parallel administration with courts, taxes, patrols and checkpoints, according to lawmakers and officials. And they are suspected of burning scores of girls’ schools.
In mid-December, Taliban fighters killed a young member of a Sufi-influenced Muslim group who had tried to raise a militia against them. The militants later dug up Pir Samiullah’s corpse and hung it for two days in a village square — partly to prove to his followers that he was not a superhuman saint, a security official said on condition of anonymity.
A lawmaker and the senior Swat government official said business and landowners had been told to give two-thirds of their income to the militants. Some local media reported last week that the militants have pronounced a ban on female education effective in mid-January.
Several people interviewed said the regional government made a mistake in May when it struck a peace deal with the militants. The agreement fell apart within two months but let the insurgents regroup.
The Swat insurgency also includes Afghan and other fighters from outside the valley, security officials said.
Any movement of Pakistani troops from the Swat Valley and tribal areas to the Indian border will concern the United States and other Western countries, which want Pakistan to focus on the al-Qaida threat near Afghanistan.
On Friday, Pakistani intelligence officials said thousands of troops were being shifted toward the border with India, which blames Pakistani militants for terrorist attacks in Mumbai last month that killed 164 people. But there has been no sign yet of a major buildup near India.
“The terrorists’ aim in Mumbai was precisely this — to get the Pakistani army to withdraw from the western border and mount operations on the east,” said Ahmed Rashid, a journalist and author who has written extensively about militancy in the region.
“The terrorists are not going to be sitting still. They are not going to be adhering to any sort of cease-fire while the army takes on the Indian threat. They are going to occupy the vacuum the army will create.”
Residents and officials from the Swat Valley were critical of the army offensive there, saying troops appeared to be confined to their posts and often killed civilians when firing artillery at suspected militant targets.
The military has deployed some 100,000 troops through the northwest.
A government official familiar with security issues estimated that some 10,000 paramilitary and army troops had killed 300 to 400 militants in Swat since 2007, while about 130 troops were killed. Authorities have not released details of civilian casualties, and it was unclear if they were even being tallied.
The official, who insisted on anonymity because of the issue’s sensitivity, disputed assertions that militants had overrun the valley, but said a spotty supply line was hampering operations. He said the army had to man some Swat police stations because the police force there had been decimated by desertions and militant killings.
A Swat militant boasted that “we are doing our activities wherever we want, and the army is confined to their living places.”
“They cannot move independently like us,” said the man, who was reached over the phone and gave his name as Muzaffarul Haq. He claimed the Swat militants had no Al Qaeda or foreign connections, but that they supported all groups that shared the goal of imposing Islamic law.
“With the grace of Allah, there is no dearth of funds, weapons or rations,” he said. “Our women are providing cooked food for those who are struggling in Allah’s path. Our children are getting prepared for jihad.”
Related post here.
Illinois Governor Blagojevich just announced that he was required and thus was going to make a nomination for the vacant Senate seat. Roland Burris, the former Attorney General of Illinois, is Blagojevich's nominee.
Senate Democrats have said they will not allow a Blagojevich nominee to be seated and the state of Illinois may not even certify the selection.
This soap opera continues to dominate headlines. Poor guy seems like a pawn in a game that is way bigger than he is.
Live Action Releases New Video Asking:
Does Planned Parenthood of Indiana Under-report Abortions?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12/30 Press Release: Planned Parenthood Fears Outside Scrutiny - Chooses Closely Linked Group to Implement 'Reform'
Contact: Lila Rose, email@example.com, 408-497-3982
December 30th, LOS ANGELES – Lila Rose, 20-year old president of Live Action, responds to a public statement made by Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum in defense of her organization after investigative videos shot in Bloomington and Indianapolis clinics showed the criminal cover up of statutory rape. Rose calls for Planned Parenthood of Indiana to publicly release the number of reports Planned Parenthood of Indiana has made to Child Protective Services in conjunction with the number of minors to whom they have provided STD testing, abortion counseling, pregnancy testing, and birth control.
In an open letter to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Rose says that comparing these two statistics will begin to give the public a more accurate picture of the extent to which Planned Parenthood fails to report adult-child sexual relationships. The letter outlines the two paths Rose believes Cockrum can choose. "Planned Parenthood of Indiana may either opt for transparency in service to the rule of law, or choose to continue in the same secrecy that has already caused deep public distrust and summoned a state investigation."
Rose questions the abortion provider's commitment to reform in light of new information uncovered by Live Action. Live Action revealed today that Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, the group selected by Planned Parenthood for internal reforms, has close ties with Planned Parenthood. Prevent Child Abuse of Indiana's lead "prevention specialist," Carol Pool, worked for Planned Parenthood of Indiana for thirteen years as an "educator" who gave sex education workshops.
FULL PRESS RELEASE: http://liveactionfilms.org/newsroom 123008_planned_parenthood_fears_scrutiny.html
Schools Have Links to Extremists
We frequently refer you to what is happening in Great Britain because there we have a road map of what is coming to the United States, if we fail to act or choose to act as Great Britain has acted over the past 30 years. Seldom in life do we get the opportunity to
see so clearly what does not work so that we can avoid replicating what does not work.
The bottom line is that Britain’s approach to dealing with the threat of radical Islam, no matter how well-intentioned, is proving to be an abject failure. Britain’s politically correct attempts to appease and accommodate Islamic militancy, in the hopes of mitigating
radicalism and terrorism, are not only failing to mitigate those threats, they are accelerating them.
For instance, two different polls released over the past few years reveal that Britain’s Muslim population is increasingly clamoring for the imposition of Shariah law – which is now officially recognized in numerous cities across the country. These polls also reveal that second-generation Muslims, the children of the immigrants who came to Britain, are likely to be more radical than their parents.
The latest evidence of the failure of Britain’s approach is revealed in the commentary below.
As dangerous as Islamic terrorism is, to focus on that threat to the exclusion of the many ways that “cultural jihad” is being advanced in the West and here in America, is in itself dangerous. What will America be like in 30 years if we have 2,000 Islamic schools and
madrassas in this country, a majority of which have links to extremists, teach extremist doctrines, and isolate their students from the world at large?
This is what the chilling study referred to below has found in Britain. This is cultural jihad at work. We are watching the transformation of Britain take place before our very eyes.
If we fail to act…or if we choose to act as Britain has…we are next.
Rest assured ACT! for America will do everything we can to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Exclusive: over 60 per cent of Britain's Muslim schools have extremist links, says draft report
Exclusive: over 60 per cent of Britain's Muslim schools have extremist links, says draft report
Posted By: Damian Thompson at Dec 17, 2008 at 13:05:37 [General]
Britain's Muslim schools have been sharply criticised in a controversial draft report commissioned by a leading think tank which suggests that over 60 per cent of them are linked to potentially dangerous Islamic fundamentalists.
An early version of the report, entitled When Worlds Collide, alleges that of the 133 Muslim primary and secondary schools it surveyed, 82 (61.6 per cent) have connections or direct affiliations to fundamentalists. The 133 schools are in the private sector but supposedly subject to Ofsted inspection.
The report also claims that some of these schools teach "repugnant" beliefs about the wickedness of Western society and Jews.
The claims in the report, written by Denis MacEoin in response to a commission from Civitas, will provoke ritual cries of "Islamophobia" from the Muslim Council of Britain and fellow travellers such as Koran Armstrong. MacEoin has been careful to back up his claims
with evidence - in particular, screen captures of links to Islamic hate-mongers, including supporters of Al-Qaeda.
Civitas, however, is not prepared to endorse MacEoin's 61.6 per cent figure, which will not appear in the published version of When Worlds Collide. A spokesman for Civitas explains: "We want to concentrate on claims that are absolutely robust, rather than complicated material, some of it in Arabic, that might unjustly damage someone's reputation."
Perhaps the most alarming finding of the draft I've seen is that so many of these schools (including ones with no connections to political extremism) are bricking up their pupils behind a wall of Koranic injunctions and Sharia law.
The schools known as Darul Ulooms, which base their curriculum on a seventeenth-century Indian teaching system, include very few secular subjects, claims the report. It says: "Their aim is not to prepare pupils for life in the wider world, but to give them the tools for a more limited existence inside the Muslim enclaves."
The consequences for bright Muslim British girls are absolutely dire. Lively intellects are being destroyed and brilliant careers cut off before they can begin. To quote the report again:
“Every year, an incalculable number of Muslim teenagers and young women are lost to the wider world that informs their citizenship.”
The numbers are increasing fast, and there is confusion over how many schools exist. The growth of non-Muslim schools, says MacEoin, is “hugely overshadowed by a rapidly growing sector of Muslim institutions. These now number 127 [sic] full-time schools and an estimated 700 part-time madrassas for intense religious instruction [and that doesn’t include the Darul Uloom seminaries] … Many recreate in the UK the style and content of schooling that can be found in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.” Great.
And all this is happening with the implicit consent of the Government, Ofsted – and Christian leaders, who bang on about the threat to “faith schools” (and, in the case of R. Williams, the virtues of Sharia) while shielding their eyes from the evidence that many Muslim faith schools are poisonously anti-Christian.
I've seen many of the extremely damaging screen grabs on which MacEoin bases his claims. Memo to the Muslim Council of Britain: start lining up irate spokesmen now.
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Monday, December 29, 2008
From One Jerusalem.
This week Hamas enacted a Sharia (Islamic Law) criminal code for the Palestinian Authority which legalizes crucifying enemies of Islam. You can't make these things up. The ancient barbarity of crucification is brought back to life on the same week as British television broadcasts a "Christmas message" from the radical Islamic President of Iran.
You know that the situation is rapidly deteriorating when Israel's dovish President Peres, publicly asks Barack Obama to put off negotiating with Iran. Even Peres knows that there can be a down-side to negotiations. And negotiating with enemies who are bent on destroying you will probably strengthen their resolve to carry out their warped doomsday plan. (For the record, the other day Iran hanged eight men and a woman for supposedly plotting against the Islamic Republic.)
The need for moral clarity has never been greater. Poll after poll in Israel shows that a clear majority of Israelis want action, including military action, to stop the bombardment of their communities. Will the Israeli government reflect the will of the people? Will the world acknowledge Israel's need to stop the attacks against their people?
In addition to talk about negotiating with the enemy, we have the government of Israel procrastinating about whether or not it should take military action against Hamas which keeps shooting missiles into Israel. (And today, a missile misfired and killed two Palestinian school girls. Did you notice that the international community did not condemn this outrage?)
The stakes in the current Israeli elections are great and One Jerusalem will continue its in-depth coverage of the campaigns. Please excuse us if you feel there are too many reports on polls: The fact is Israel is a poll crazy society.
Related story; FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU
PA leader 'begged' Israel to hit Hamas.
To world, however, Abbas condemns Gaza strikes as 'barbaric,' 'unnecessary'
By Doug Giles, Townhall.com columnist.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The economic times we are living in are rougher and scarier than Rosie just before getting bikini waxed. With our national cash crisis comes a bazillion other ancillary spiritual and physical spin-off problems. As a columnist, talk show host and minister I’m now getting my inbox inundated with emails asking me how to spiritually field this mucked up mess we’re mired in (that’s how bad it is . . . people are asking me for advice).
What follows is my attempt to Dr. Phil you folks thru this crap-laden crunch we’re currently getting crushed by with seven hard learned lessons about God and life from the last 25 years of getting my butt kicked.
*Note to rabid atheists: This column (to become a book under the same title) is written to the heaven bound Christian who is currently going through hell. Yeah . . . it’s not for you. You might want to read Thus Spake Zarathustra or something for encouragement.
Here are seven observations and exhortations to help us keep plowing through tough times.
1. Jesus Promised Pain.
Jesus said in His first YouTube lecture, the Sermon on the Mount, that “storms” are coming to everyone, Christian or not. Note: Jesus didn’t say if storms come, but when they come. I know it sucks, but that’s reality. At least He gives us a heads up, eh? Also, Jesus didn’t forewarn us of tame storms on the horizon but “squalls” so violent that if you aren’t well founded on His word that your house could be destroyed. How we have built our lives is revealed in the storm.
2. Are You Gonna Cowboy Up or Lay There and Bleed?
Modern evangelicals by and large are an emasculated group of Nancies who make mountains out of molehills. We aren’t like our scriptural forefathers who were hardy and rowdy, tough followers of a rugged God. We are wussies pastored by wussies who grumble and complain when something pinches our flesh. This is a problem because demons love warfare, the flesh is incorrigible, and God’s demands are high and holy—and we love Pepsi. To get through hell the first thing the believer has got to do is shut up, suck it up and grow a pair.
3. It’s About Character, Stupid.
People have said over the years that there are two things you never want to see made, and that would be laws and sausage. I’d like to add a third to that list, namely Christians. Watching God process a believer from a dweeb to dynamite is about as fun as watching Blagojevich blow dry his hair. God’s not in the least bit interested in your carnal comfort but in His crafted character reflected in your life. Y’know . . . who you are at your core, who you are when no one sees, the habits of your heart, all that stuff that gets avoided by the modern feel good pulpits nowadays. Being originally from West Texas and growing up around a lot of cows and crops, I learned at an early age that cow crap helps make plants grow. God allowing the poop to hit the fan in our lives is the only way to produce the fruit He likes.
4. Don’t Blame God if You Brought This On.
I created most of the hell in my life that I have had to go through. I’d love to blame others—even God—but if I have to be honest, I spawned most of the monsters that I have had to deal with. Yep, my rebellious nature, my past hatred for God and His ways, and my innate stupidity has blown through the checks and balances of the Word of God, the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and the communion of the saints and has landed me facedown in the mud. There is no way I can fault God or the devil for 99.9% of the stuff that has happened in my life. What about you?
5. Solomon Says, “Relax.”
Solomon states in the book of Ecclesiastes that one of the keys to surviving the brutalities of life is to relax . . . chill . . . drink some wine . . . and have a good laugh. When one begins to go through the meat grinder of life, the first thing to vanish is joy. Joy is serious business because according to God, without it we’re oh so lame. You and I won’t be able to stand against difficulties without getting happy in God. Yep, without the gravity-defying virtue of joy cranking through our spirits we won’t be able to pray the fuzz off a peach. Fickle and vapid Christians disobey the command to rejoice in all things, and God means all things—this entails all non-yippee stuff. Consequently, they don’t transcend their transient trials, and God has no other recourse but to send them around the mountain again until they learn the power of laughing their butt off in the face of adversity.
6. The “Gift” of Hell.
Y’know, I hate to bring the Bible into this, but according to the book of James, the Christian is commanded to view trials as a gift. A gift? Please. Go sell crazy somewhere else, thus says the narcissistic saint of the new millennium. The postmodern, puny dwarf Christians only regard as gifts that which further augments their immediate wants and needs. To have something come into their life that would rock their self love boat is seen not as a gift but as a curse. However, according to God, that which is meant for evil can be turned into good if you realize that this little pain in the butt has come into your life to test your faith, purge your heart and reveal God’s mighty power. Joseph’s road to the throne was routed through prison, twice. He didn’t whine, cry, or become a Buddhist but rather embraced the gift of going through hell and subsequently was eventually exalted. How are you doing?
7. Once You’ve Made it Through “Hell”, Don’t Become a Jerk.
God exhorted Israel to remember that they used to be slaves in Egypt. It’s prudent for the believer and profitable to the church for the person who has weathered storms not to become an insensitive jerk but rather a sensei who shows others how to navigate life’s tricky streams. And don’t get too comfortable or cocky just because you’re currently out of this storm because the NOAA weather system says another tropical storm is brewing out in the gulf, if you know what I mean . . .
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Many years ago, Christ was born on this very special day,
but this is just the beginning, now listen to what I have to say.
He grew up to serve His Father, in every way He could,
and He died for our sins on a cross that was made of wood.
He walked on water because GOD gave Him the power,
He fed thousands with bread that was not made from flour.
He brought Lazarus back from the dead, he was His friend,
when all that knew Lazarus said his life had come to a end.
So let us from now on, serve our LORD every way we can,
and show our faith is on the rock, and not on shifting sand.
Written by Don Louderback
This show was scheduled earlier today after many conversations with several people yesterday, last night and early this morning. Feel free to tune in on BTR (link here).
I, for one, know exactly what it is like being far away from home in a distant and hostile land and after the GREAT success of the Chandlers Watch, Buffman and Wrench and Do The Right Thing Christmas Shows for The Troops, what could be more appropriate than to hold a special show
specifically for New Years?
I spoke with that crazy guy Loki and he said we should go for it so here it is!
It's time for Barack Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanuel, to resign, and you can sign the petition calling for Rahm Emmanuel to resign - HERE.The Obama administration has told lie after lie about their involvement in the corruption scandal concerning Illinois Democrat Governor Rod Blagojevich's alleged efforts to sell off the U.S. Senate seat held by Obama.
Days after the November election, Obama's campaign manager, David Axelrod, admitted that Obama and Blagojevich had discussions about who Blagojevich should appoint to replace him. You can see the video with this admission here:
But as soon as the announcement came that federal prosecutors had been investigating Blagojevich over allegations of corruption in selling the U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, Obama's camp suddenly claimed that Axelrod had gotten his facts wrong about whether Obama and Blagojevich had schemed about who should be selected.Yet, Barack Obama and his aides were telling the media that he and his administration would have a "hands off" approach towards the selection of Obama's successor.
And Rahm Emmanuel specifically denied he engaged in negotiations with Governor Blagojevich about Obama's Senate seat.But again, Obama's camp was caught lying about their involvement, because wiretaps reveal, and have forced Obama to now admit, that his chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel has discussed not just once but on several occassions who should get the Senate.
Emmanuel not only originally told Blagojevich he should pick Obama's first-choice, Valerie Jarrett, but then later gave Blagojevich a list of names of individuals who would be acceptable for Blagojevich to pick.In fact, Emmanuel began negotiating with Blagojevich about Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate during the weekend before the 2008 election had even taken place. The seat was not even yet open, Obama had not yet even won, and Rahm Emmanuel and Rod Blagojevich were already engaged in a power play to determine who would be given this Senate seat, and what might be paid/delivered/given for getting this seat.
This is not how our government should work. Our representatives are elected by the people, work for the people, and answer to the people. We expect that when a vacancy occurs that our elected representatives will select the best person to represent the people, not that Democrats will engage in horsetrading to cement their fixation for political power.
It's time for Rahm Emmanuel to resign - immediately. He is a disgrace and has no business serving as Chief of Staff in the White House.Join the campaign by the Our Country Deserves Better Committee to demand Rahm Emmanuel's resignation by signing the "Rahm Emmanuel Must Resign Petition" here:
And forward this on to your friends and ask them to sign and foward to their friends as well!
Friday, December 26, 2008
When we are born,
GOD gives us all a new cup,
it is our decision,
what we put in while we grow up.
We can honor our father
which is living up above,
and fill it more each day we live,
with a lot of love.
We do that when
we treat everyone as a friend,
GOD will help us,
so the wrongs in life will mend.
GOD does not want
our cup to be just half full,
He wants the cup
that He gave us to over flow.
So let us start with today,
while we go forward,
by talking to our GOD,
and following His word.
Written by Don Louderback
AT GUANTANAMO BAY
American troops treat them better than
they are treated, while liberal politicians
keep demanding more rights for the accused
It disturbed me to see how well the terrorists are being treated, and then have to put up with liberal politicians attacking our troops. As one of the soldiers said to me, "It makes us sick when people tell lies about what we do. We are proud to represent America and we do NOTHING to shame our command in chief or the American people." Well, we are more than happy to tell the truth to the American people, which is a job the mainstream media has largely neglected.
CAPTION: Posing with Kylie Williams, Debbie Lee and a fabulous Gitmo MP
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The worst comment from an American politician came from Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Here is what he said:
"If I ... didn't tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners [At Guantanamo] in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets In their gulags, or some mad regime, Pol Pot, or others that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners." (PBS' "The Newshour," 6/17/05)In reality, the terrorists have better accommodations than our troops. They live in air conditioned state-of-the art new buildings; they have more recreation time than American school children; they get prayer rugs and Qurans, which no non-Muslim U.S. soldier can even touch. They get six different menus to choose from; among their offerings are Baked Tandouri Chicken Breast, Mustard-Dill Baked Fish, Lyonnaise Rice, and Fish Amandine. I don't remember seeing that on the menu at Nazi concentration camps or in Soviet gulags. I doubt Pol Pot offered them in the killing fields of Cambodia.
CAPTION: Liberal U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin
have been critical of U.S. troops at Guantanamo Bay.
Or, how about this comment in the Congressional Record by Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy:
"Now that may sound like an experience from some oppressive and authoritarian regime, something that may have happened under the Taliban, something that Saddam Hussein might have ordered or in the fiction of Kafka." (Congressional Record, 9/28/06, p. S10356)
It is just disgusting what some American politicians are willing to say to appeal to the far left anti-military crowd in the United States. When terrorists decided to smash their TV and the TV room because a Palmolive soap commercial came on that revealed a woman's arm, what do you think our response was? Yes, we got them a new flat screen TV - although this time it is encased in hard Plexiglas so they couldn't destroy it again. Let me put it to you this way: if you children destroyed your family TV because they were mad about something, how long would it take for you to buy them a new one? Or, is a better question, how long will it be before they turn 21 and can buy their own?
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“On the Eleventh Day of Christmas, Our Soldiers Gave to Us . . .
Safety from Terrorists !!!”
Memorial for fallen buddies, our heroes
Caption: Troops in Afghanistan remember the 9/11 attacks
Move America Forward marks the Days of Christmas by highlighting some of the gifts our soldiers, Marines, airmen, coasties, sailors have given us since the beginning of our great country.
American troops all volunteer. They give their lives to protect you and me. They sacrifice in extreme ways. So today, on the Eleventh Day of Christmas, MAF salutes them for their work keeping America safe from terrorists.
WITH A CARE PACKAGE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Most important, you can write your own personal note to an individual military man or woman in Iraq or Afghanistan. Your personal comments will go with the care package. Our troops can get lonely during the holidays. They are thousands of miles away from their families and their homes in America. Your personal note will lift their spirits during the holidays.
Our men and women today, and during every war, have continued to defend our security. We have to continue to defend and support them. There is no better way than by sending a care package of goodies that they will really appreciate.
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Cross posted from Pat Dollards.
A Refugee Family’s First U.S. Christmas
By Humberto Fontova
When Cuban refugees by the thousands landed amidst “gun and religion-clinging people” with ingrained “antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” the potential for trouble was enormous. When young southern Americans just starting the travails (and joys) of careers and families suddenly found masses of excitable foreign-tongued, octopus-eating strangers applying for jobs besides them, working besides them, worshiping besides them, moving in next door–the potential for trouble was enormous.
In our case especially. In 1961 we landed in New Orleans, deepest darkest Dixie, Red America with a vengeance. Worse, the city then hosted a huge NASA project, attracting blue collar workers from surrounding states, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi. Here’s backwoods states synonymous with hate and murderous bigotry–and here’s the social class most prone to it.
After all, Peter Fonda says Easy Rider was gunned down here. Oliver Stone says JFK’s murder was hatched here. Obama, no doubt, contemplates the place with a shudder. Showcasing it’s villainy is a long-time fetish of Hollywood screenwriters and casters. We’d be lucky to get a welcome with mere tar and feathers. Firebombs and nooses were more likely.
My father was one of Castro’s tens of thousands of political prisoners at the time, listening to the gallant Che’s firing squads every dawn, wondering when his turn would come. My mother wondered too, but she didn’t much time to indulge in things like despair. She was alone in a strange country, penniless and friendless, with three kids to somehow feed, shelter and school. Two nephews were also under a death sentence after fighting to the last bullet at the Bay of Pigs. (Actually, we had it relatively easy. Most Cuban refugee families can relate stuff ten times as hair-raising and heartbreaking.)
But a knock on the door in those early days and a burly stranger visible through the window wasn’t exactly comforting. We hadn’t been living in the humble apartment complex for long when it came. We peeked through the window…..”AHHH!! Is that a WHITE HOOD?!!
No, it’s Mrs Jeffrey from next door with her bleached blond bouffant.
“And what’s she carrying?… AAAHHH!! Is that a shotgun?! A rope?! A bomb?!”
No. It’s a basket of fried chicken. And that’s Mr. Jeffrey behind her. He’s coming to offer help translating that job application.
The Jeffreys were originally from Texas. To Obama’s campaign staff the place probably denotes religious nuts in Waco and sadistic yahoos dragging people to their death behind pick-up trucks. To us it’s Mrs. Jeffrey with her big basket of food, and more importantly, with her big Texas smile. A few days later she’d take my mother shopping with her. Next day she’d console her during another sob-fest.
Mr. Jeffrey was a WWII vet and knew some Spanish. I’ll never forget him sitting next to my mother, swerving from fiery rage to silent sympathy while apologizing to her in a heavy Texas twang for JFK’s Bay of Pigs backstab- as if it was his doing, as if he hadn’t done enough for others’ freedom already!
But as Mr. Jeffrey saw it, that was HIS flag on those ships off the Cuban coast. in April 1961, HIS flag on the planes overhead. And HIS President who gave them the order to scram as Cuban patriots fought to the last bullet. Mr. Jeffrey had seen his flag go up over Manila. Dozens of his buddies who helped carry it fell along the way. He saw what that fluttering canvas meant to the delirious crowds who screamed and wept and cheered, knowing that freedom was at hand. The thought of it ordered to betray a freedom fight enraged and sickened him.
Next day, another knock……”AAHH!!…. Something’s on FIRE outside! Is that a burning CROSS?!
No it’s Mr Simpson’s Bar-B-cue. He always liked a BIG fire. ( Remember Eddie Murphy’s early skit about his uncle Gus Bar-B-Cueing? “Now THAT’S a FIRE!” )
That always reminded me of our upstairs neighbor Mr Simpson’s fire. It’s Mrs Simpson at the door, asking us over—in that hilarious (to us) Southern drawl–to share in that mountain of chicken and burgers they’re scorching. The Simpson’s hailed from Birmingham. To Obama’s Team, no doubt, that’s exclusively the land of Bull Connor and fire hoses and nothing more. Next day Mrs Simpson knocks again, to offer us terrified children another ride to that strange school where nobody understands us ( “bilingual education” my a**! We learned English in two months precisely because it didn’t exist). Mrs Simpson was also holding a shopping bag.
What’s in that bag? Well, Mom’s tearing up again, but these tears look different….ah, some clothes outgrown by the Simpson children, for us. (No way Mami! I ain’t wearing that!) And looks like a new blouse for her.
Next day and here comes Mrs. Boudreaux from across the street. She’s a local, from the land of - shriek and shudder! - David Duke, to the Obama Team. To us she was a perpetually cheerful woman with fuzzy slippers and a HUGE-bottom (Cubans always notice this) who’s bringing a big pot of Gumbo and a phone number of a friend who might have a job for Mom..
They came almost every day. And this was in the very gizzard of the “bigoted” and “hate-filled” South. When you’ve just fled a Stalinist hell with the clothes on your back, when you find yourself in a strange land, penniless and not knowing the language, when nights are a sleepless, mind-churning marathon of worries: “did uncle Pepe fall to the firing squad this dawn? Is cousin Manolo still in hiding? Where’s the next meal coming from? - how on earth will we pay for the kids schooling?” with all this going on, that stuff helps, believe me. ( I speak here for my parent’s generation. I was seven years old. Seemed like a Disney adventure to me.)
Later in the suburbs another family became even more special. Years before, the lady had worked at a local plant riveting the hulls on the famous Higgins boats, designed in New Orleans for Oil companies to traverse the shallow coastal marshes, then tweaked for work on such as Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima
These were “the boats that won WWII,” according to Ike. One such boat carried her fiancé to shore at Salerno, another at Omaha Beach. He clambered out of yet another Higgins boat after crossing the Rhine, where a burst from a German machine gun riddled his legs.
Almost 40 years later I watched him limping up the aisle, grimacing slightly with each step. Then he broke into a huge smile– while handing me his daughter as a bride.
The Christmas Eve before his passing 10 years ago I complained about my wife’s oyster dressing; “a bit dry,” I huffed.
“I think it’s delicious, honey!” he quickly turned to his daughter. “Sure beats my Christmas eve feast in 1944.”
That night, made expansive in these usually mum matters by the wine, we learned his 1944 feast had consisted of frozen C-rations and the setting was a quaint little Belgian town named Bastogne. This was the first time his own daughter heard of his role in the very epicenter of a little dust-up later known as the Battle of the Bulge. Here’s a trademark, I’ve noticed, of relatives of genuine combat veterans. Sure, we thrill at the newsreels on the History Channel. Those on the spot would rather forget that “thrill.”
Weeks later my eyes popped as my mother-in-law pulled out an old satchel and displayed a Screaming Eagle shoulder patch and some medals I identified as a Bronze star, a Silver Star with Oak Leaf Clusters and many others. The Purple Hearts I had expected from his forehead scars and limp.
As one whose family was almost suffocated by them, I’m here to say that the arms of those “gun and religion-clinging folks” with a vicious “antipathy for those unlike them”" opened damn wide for these foreigners. And the embrace from Hollywood’s favorite caricature of “intolerance” and “xenophobia” and “hate” on these weird octopus-eating strangers was plenty tight and plenty warm.
We landed in the South, but I’ve heard compatriots relate similar stories literally “from sea to shining sea.”
Nobody called them “the Greatest Generation” back then. I guess the perspective wasn’t there in the 60’s But thousands of then-destitute Cubans recall them as as “el pueblo que nos abrio los brazos” (The people who opened their arms to us.)
Posted by Dean at 10:59 AM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas, and Happy Birthday Jesus!!!
We love you and thank each of you who support us.
God bless you and God bless America!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
PoliTICKians know nothing about the free market economy. If Econ 101 was being rewritten today, that statement would be on the inside front cover. Or the sub-title perhaps, if the author was interested in truth in marketing.
When a poliTICKian tells me to turn left, I will normally go right. If they tell me to speed up I will slow down. etc.etc...
So now we have poliTICKians who created the current economic meltdown telling us they need to fix the problem by taking more of our money and in effect socializing private businesses in much the same way Hugo Chavez has and continues to do in Venezuela.
The amazingly obvious connection to the two circumstances seems to escape even the poliTICKians on the Right side of the aisle, which leads me to believe they may be on the right, but they are definitely wrong.
More taxes, (to provide a stimulus), more government intervention, (to safeguard the industries) and more corporate handouts (bailouts) to ensure workers don't lose jobs at companies which are failing because they are failures at standing up to over regulation and consistently bow down to the union thuggery at the national and local level.
When the poliTICKian tells me to turn left, I go right.
The answers are simple and obvious to me.
Re: The Big Three Automakers
Instead of bailouts for companies which are failing, let them fail. The assets of the company aren't going anywhere, they will just change hands.
Instead of protecting workers jobs who work for companies which are failing, let them lose the jobs and find something useful to do instead.
Instead of continuing a failing business model, start over from the beginning without the union thuggery which gives GM a workforce of 96,000 [+/-] and nearly 1,000,000 receiving retirement benefits. Just another Ponzi scheme doomed to failure and ratified as a failure in 2006 when the Federal Government chose the route of the “Pension Protection Act of 2006” signed by the Moderate Democrat President Jorge W Bushez.
Losing the current business model will allow GM at lest to lose all of the $70 per hour employees instead of a few of them.
The housing market is equally simple. (background)
The housing market problem began with the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)of 1977. The CRA wasn't a terrible idea in itself, it was just wrongheaded from the beginning. Instead of encouraging people to work hard and save enough for a down payment, it relaxed the rules for home ownership and brought in people who might otherwise not qualify for home ownership. Again not a horrible idea, just wrongheaded.
Liberal Soft hardheadedness at work.
The clencher came though with the 110th congress and the Socialist Democrat agenda of "homes for all". Socialist Democrat Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank both were in the drivers seat for that fiasco, with the willing help of Nancy "The Red" Pelosi and Dirty Harry "Gimme Land" Reid.
When that disaster hit the fan, and the sub-prime market collapsed as it had to do someday, everyone with a recent mortgage based on hype inflated prices took a hit. The number of homeowners who are "underwater" (meaning they owe more than the home is worth) ballooned nearly overnight and lending institutions began to fail.
Answer: The poliTICKians tell me to turn Left, I turn Right.
The Federal Reserve (not the government) is lowering interest rates to spur lending (and also lower the Adjustable Rate Mortgage rates.)
The real answer is to raise interest rates again, let those who can't afford to own a home lose the house and sell it or give it back to the bank or lender. The lender in turn lowers the cost of the home to a rational price and sells it. On paper, some have lost a fortune in equity, but the equity was never really there in the first place except as a function of the housing boom brought about by government intervnetion paid for by the Federal Reserve and the governemtn borrowing money (mostly from China) through the sale of Governement bonds.
The equity loss is the loss of a mirage, a whisper of wind in the trees, a pile of plain old paper. The assets aren't gone, they just change hands. And just like the failing business model, the housing market is able to recover because the artificially low interest rates are gone and only those with good credit who can actually apy back the loans can now buy a house. Just like it's been since before the Socialist Democrat Social Engineering Experiment in Housing began in 1977.
* The bottom line in all of the answers will be for the Government to step back from the problem and allow the market to correct itself.
* The likelihood of that happening even if Mitt Romney had been elected was close to zip, zero, nada.
* For it to happen with the Fuddmeister Liberal Democrat McCain in office was a lightly negative number.
* For a market correction to occur with a full blown Marxist/Socialist BHObama in office is beyond the realm of consideration.
My belief system tells me the odds of the Rapture occurring while the BHObama is in office is more likely to happen than a true Free Market Response.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Reserve Christmas Service Pews for Paying Congregants,
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
– Germans who attend church only on high holidays such as Christmas should not be allowed to take pew space from regular church members, two politicians are insisting.
Seating room at the popular Christmas Eve services should be reserved for those who pay church taxes, Thomas Volk of the ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Martin Lindner of the Free Democrats told the Bild
“I’m in favor of having church services on December 24 open only for people who pay church tax,” said Volk.
“Those who pay church taxes shouldn’t be like idiots locked out of their own churches during important services,” Lindner said. “Congregation members should be allowed to reserve seats ahead of non-members.”
Protestant and Catholic Church budgets in Germany are largely covered by taxes paid by all members of the respective churches, deducted automatically by the state. The right of recognized churches to tax members is enshrined in the constitution. Germans may opt out, but to do so they must also officially relinquish their membership.
As is the case elsewhere in Western Europe, church attendance in Germany is in decline. A Berlin newspaper, Tagesspiegel, reports that an average of just 17,000 people attend Protestant churches in the capital on most Sundays, while Christmas Eve 2007 saw almost 250,000 flock to services. Some 3.4 million people live within
the Berlin city limits.
Past years have seen reported incidents of scuffling, as people elbow their way to seats before churches fill up.
After incidents at the Berlin Cathedral in 2006, the Protestant church – the city’s biggest – introduced a system of handing out free passes to members, guaranteeing them one of the approximately 1,650 seats.
This week’s proposal brought a sharp retort from church leaders, the Protestant Press Service reported.
The suggestion that only church tax payers be allowed to attend Christmas services was nonsense, said Ulrich Fischer, bishop of an evangelical Protestant church in Baden.
He noted that, according to the biblical account, the angels who brought news of Jesus’ birth to shepherds and encouraged them to visit the newborn messiah did not ask whether they had paid their temple tax.
Some commentators wondered how the suggestion would be enforced – whether aspiring church attendees would be expected to show their tax returns at the door.
The Deutsche Welle broadcaster remarked that Volk and Lindner seem “to have completely lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas.”
“The politicians may want to apply their market-oriented theories where they really belong, and look for a solution to overcrowded shopping malls instead,” it said. newspaper on Tuesday.
By Charlene Israel
CBN NewsDecember 23, 2008
Three Ohio women have launched a unique campaign urging people to say "Merry Christmas" more and "Happy Holidays" less. It's their attempt to keep Christ in Christmas.
Three women took a leap of faith and did something about it after they had grown tired of hearing the phrase "Happy Holidays."
"I don't know why it's politically incorrect to say 'Merry Christmas,'" said Joanne Brown. "I want to keep Christ in this. This is what it's all about. This is his birthday."
Last year, the three raised money to buy billboard space to convey the real reason for season. The messages read, 'It's OK to say Merry Christmas' and 'I miss hearing you say Merry Christmas.' Both billboards were signed by Jesus.
The idea caught on and donations poured in, allowing the women to post a total of four billboards last year.
"We prayed for one and we had hoped that we would get one billboard, and we actually ended up with the four," Brown explained.
This year, the three women have raised even more money, sponsoring ten red and white "Merry Christmas' billboards.
"[The] comments and the letters we've received have been extremely supportive," said Pat See. "The money that's come in has told us that a lot of people agree with the message."
The ladies hope to reach at least 135,000 people a day with the billboard.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Christmas for the Troops!
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Do The Right Thing Radio announces
The Do The Right Thing Radio show will be part of a six hour event to spread Christmas cheer to our beloved soldiers and Marines overseas.
• Monday December 22nd, 2008 starting at 7 pm Eastern/4pm Pacific
• with Buffman and Wrench and Chandler's Watch radio shows
• Broadcasting from 4pm to 6pm Pacific time
• Our guests will include Rep. Duncan Hunter (Cpt. USMC Res.), Tim Colceri from Full Metal Jacket and Babylon 5, Kevyn Major Howard of Full Metal Jacket and Fueled By The Fallen, and Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live!
We will be teaming up with the Buffman and Wrench show and Do The Right Thing radio show to entertain our military men and women in Iraq, Afghanistan and any of our military who will not be home with family this holiday season. The show will include music, guest and reading messages to and from the troops.We have a special email address set up for the troops to email a message to their families that will be read over the air (internet).
(All emails will be deleted after the messages are saved.)
Celebrity guest thus far are:
Congressman-elect Duncan Hunter ----------Veteran of OIF and OEF
Tim Colceri ----------The psycho door gunner from Full Metal Jacket
Kevyn Major Howard--“Rafterman” from Full Metal Jacket and Founder of Fueled by the Fallen
Evan Sayet---------- Comedian and Political Speaker
Victoria Jackson----------Comedian and actress (SNL)
Plus: Dr Blogstein, The RumbleJetts, Soldier's Angels, Kaye Johnston from the Sugar Plums, Paul Maurtuano "Paula Abdul Stalker Song", Slidawg and the Ramblin Rednecks, International Comedian David Naster, Dr Danger American Stuntman, Debra J Smith of Informing Christians, and many more!
Chandler Watch Radio Show
Buffman and Wrench Show
Do The Right Thing Show
Cross posted from Snooper's Take Our Country Back.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thanks to Howie from Chandler's Watch for scheduling the following guests for our portion of the show. We also should have 2 or 3 more guests to announce prior to the beginning of the show.
8:00/10:00/11:00 -- Do the Right Thing Begins
8:15/10:15/11:15 -- Bill Roggio from The Long War Journal http://www.longwarjournal.org/
8:40/10:40/11:40 -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (waiting for conformation)
9:00/11:00/12:00 -- Kevyn Major Howard
Full Metal Jacket & founder of Fueled by the Fallen www.fueledbythefallen.org
9:15/11:15/12:15 -- Beverly Perlson
Mother of a proud member of 82nd Airborne and founder of Band of Mothers www.thebandofmothers.com
9:30/11:30/12:30 Pat Dollard
H/T to Snooper at Take Our Country Back.
"'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
and to see who in this home did live.
I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stocking by the mantle, just boots filled with sand,
on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands.
With medals and badges, awards of all kinds,
a sober thought came through my mind.
For this house was different, it was dark and dreary.
I found the home of a soldier, once I could see clearly.
The soldier lay sleeping, silent, alone,
Curled up on the floor of this one bedroom home.
The face was so gentle, the room in disorder
not how I pictured a United States soldier.
Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
Curled up on a poncho, the floor for a bed?
I realize the families I saw this night,
owed their lives to these soldiers who are willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
and grownups would celebrate a bright Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each month of the year
because of soldiers like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone
on a cold Christmas Eve in a land far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The soldier awakened and I heard a rough voice,
"Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
I fight for freedom, I don't ask for more,
My life is my God, my Country, my Corps."
The soldier rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent and still
and we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
this guardian of honor so willing to fight.
Then the soldier rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
whispered: "Carry on Santa, it's Christmas Day, all is secure."
One look at my watch, and I knew he was right,
"Merry Christmas my friend, and to all a good night."