Calling all Knitters and Crocheters ~

Soldiers Angels is putting out a call for people who can knit, crochet, sew or quilt.

We have some exciting news!! We have a new project that we would like all of you to consider helping with. It will benefit so many honorable and deserving veterans and we need your help to accomplish this goal! If you are interested please pass this information along to friends & families – church groups – sewing circles – Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts etc….


Introducing Soldiers’ Angels Operation Hug-A-Hero – “Honoring Our Veterans One Stitch At A Time”

Patti has asked our crochet team to help provide holiday cheer to TWENTY THOUSAND Veterans nationwide this holiday season. These blankets can be crocheted – knitted – quilted or fleece tie blankets. Once you have your blanket completed please wrap them individually in Christmas wrapping and place a tag or card with them letting our Heroes know who made the item and that you are a member of Soldiers’ Angels Organization. We ask that you please hold your blankets and mail them out on or near December 1st.

Once you get a package ready please email Terri Hansen at:

shansenfamily(at)embarqmail(dot)com

and she will provide you with the address of the nearest VA facility. In the email please include the number of blankets and the sizing. If you have a creation for a female please indicate on the outside of the package that it is intended for a female recipient.

The sizes requested are – 36 x 45 for lap afghans and 45 x 60 for blankets. Please remember that when crocheting/knitting and looming sometimes the measurements are not exact…that is fine!! Our Heroes will love them even if they are not the exact size requested!!

We thank you so much for considering this project! We feel like this is a wonderful way to wrap our veterans with love and show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made on our and our country’s behalf!

I’ve been knitting up some lapghans myself and I’ll be delivering them to the VA Hospital near here, as soon as I find the box I packed them in for moving….

When I was visiting the Palo Alto VA Hospital in CA, I would go into a room and see an afghan or quilt that someone had sent to the vets there. Some were in patriotic colors and others had special colors. So, I would ask them about it and their faces would light up! Some said, “I don’t know who made it or sent it, but it’s really great!” Or they would tell me of a relative who made it for them special in their favorite team’s colors. One thing is for sure, it most always was on the bed or wheelchair. And it meant a lot to them. Young vets or older vets. They love to be remembered and appreciated.

And one other thing, this doesn’t have to be just a Christmas project. There are patients at VA Hospitals year round.

So get out your needles and start making a {{hug}}!

Update ~

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, my daughter is in the Army Veterinary Corps.  She’ll be heading to Lackland Air Force Base in a couple of weeks to do some work with the Working Military Dogs there.


The mission of the 341st Training Squadron is to provide trained military working dogs and handlers for the Department of Defense, other government agencies and allies through training, logistical, veterinary support and research and development for security efforts worldwide.

 

 I can’t wait to hear about it!  She’s very excited, though I don’t know if it’s so much working with dogs or getting out of Hinesville for awhile.  I imagine it’s a bit of both, knowing her.  (We’re in negotiations right now about a stray dog that has come into the clinic.  She says we must take the dog if a home can’t be found for her in a couple months.  I have a feeling she’ll be bringing a “guest” with her at Thanksgiving…)

So ~ for all you dog lovers out there, there’s a way you can support our K-9 units!

Soldiers Angels also has a K-9 support project.  You can find out all about it by going to this link:

War Dogs 

Today we have over 2000 K-9 teams on the frontlines of the Global War on Terror. Nutritious food, high protein treats, hydration units, booties, cooling vests and many other items are necessary for our dogs’ successful missions.

 

Noise Sensitivity Training

Photo by Rob Martinez
March 26, 2007

Sgt. James Adolfson, 18th Military Police Detachment, Canine Section, comforts military police dog J.R. who is taking part in noise training in the Engagement Skills 2000 trainer here. The training helps desensitize MP dogs to the loud noises of battle and prepares them for deployment.

 

 

Killed in Iraq, Dog Team Buried together 

 Cpl. Kory D. Wiens and his partner, Cooper

They are a special and important, hard working part of our military and they really like their treats!

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September 30, 2007. Tags: , , , . Troop Support, Veterans. Leave a comment.

MoveOn.org Thuggery

Go over to Michele Malkin’s blog and read this post and enjoy!

One of Poli Stew’s t-shirts that caused the cease and desist letters and my favorite of the originals:

The new and improved version:

(Buy this design here at The Poli Stew Cafe, a fundraiser for the National Military Family Association, Inc.) Quote:

“I guess to MoveOn, the First Amendment is only for the rich.”
~ Ed Padgett

I’m going to giggle about this for awhile…

September 29, 2007. Tags: , . Chuckles. 5 comments.

Parents of Children at War

I just found out that my daughter is going to reenlist in the Army.  That will mean 3 more  years of active duty.  Being that she is  in the Veterinary Corps, there’s less chance of her being deployed to the Middle East.   But as those of you who have family members in the military know, things can change in an instant.  So I live with the gnawing in my gut of potential deployment.  I am fortunate that it’s just that so far.   I’ve talked to many parents not so fortunate but who live 24/7 with the reality of their children in combat, many for multiple deployments.  Most all of whom I’ve talked to handle it with grace and courage.  They understand that their child is a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman, voluntarily so.  They understand what that means.

But that does not mean it’s easy, in any way, shape or form.

Cavmom has an exceptional and very personal post up that answers the question she gets from many first deployment parents:

“How do you stay sane while your son is deployed?”

Everyone should read it, not just military parents.   Your neighbor might just be one such parent.  Or the clerk at your grocery store.  Your mailperson.  Your car mechanic.  Your doctor.  Your insurance agent.  Your child’s teacher.

The non-military folks in this country are so detached from our military at this time, that most don’t have a clue as to what having a child in the military during wartime means.

As one soldier wrote on a wooden board:

“We’re at war. America is at the mall”.

It would behoove everyone to know that there are  parents sitting up at night in the kitchen wondering if their child is in harm’s way – after all, they haven’t heard from him or her in a couple of weeks.  (Military parents’ mantra is “No news is good news”.)  There are parents sleeping with their cellphone under their pillow.  Parents who every day, check their driveway for an official looking car as they come up their street after work.  Parents who put on that smile in public even though they just heard on the radio that another US soldier has been killed, not knowing if it’s their soldier.  They go to school functions for their other kids.  They go to church on Sunday.  They do the grocery shopping, pay the bills, send off care packages, and hold conversations with people who are totally insensitive and blast them with their political views.

So please read Cavmom’s post and send it on to as many people as you know.   She’s been through it more than once.

Then when you notice a military decal on a car, a Blue star banner in a window, a military flag in their front yard, say a prayer, not only for the soldier but also for his or her loved ones here at home who wait and pray 24/7.

And help them keep laughing.

Our kids are.

September 29, 2007. Tags: , , . military, Videos, War. 20 comments.

Finally!

Murtha has to testify in the defamation case brought by Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich and give a deposition.

The Justice department wanted this case dismissed (WRONG!):

The Justice Department wanted the case dismissed because Murtha was acting in his official role as a lawmaker. Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Henault said the comments were made as part of the debate over the war in Iraq.

But, says the judge ~

U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said the congressman might be right, but said she won’t know for sure unless Murtha explains himself. She did not set a date for Murtha’s testimony but said she would also require him to turn over documents related to his comments.

“You’re writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?” Collyer said, adding later, “How far can a congressman go and still be protected?”

On which page in the newspapers do you think this all will be?

(h/t Hot Air)

(edited for an oops! linked wrong post.)

Hey, Henry Waxman! Where’s your hearing on politicians defaming our troops??

Or are you too busy slamming the Bush administration as well as anything to do with the war on terror (for lack of a better name).


August 1, 2007
Chairman Waxman Holds Hearing Regarding the Tillman Fratricide
Chairman Waxman and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to examine what senior Defense Department officials knew about U.S. Army Corporal Patrick Tillman’s death by fratricide.
July 26, 2007
Chairman Waxman Examines Allegations of Waste, Fraud, and Abuse at the New U.S. Embassy in Iraq
Chairman Waxman and the Oversight Committee held a hearing to examine the performance of the State Department and its contractors in the construction of the new $600 million U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

July 19, 2007
Chairman Waxman Probes FEMA’s Response to Reports of Toxic Trailers
Chairman Waxman and the Oversight Committee held a hearing investigating formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers provided for victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes and FEMA’s response to these reports. The Committee heard from current residents occupying FEMA trailers, experts who are familiar with the health impact of formaldehyde, and FEMA Administrator Paulison.

July 10, 2007
Chairman Waxman Holds Hearing on Surgeon General’s Vital Mission
Chairman Waxman and the Oversight Committee held a hearing focusing on the importance of the Surgeon General’s Office, the need to preserve the Surgeon General’s independence, and recent limitations on the Surgeon General’s ability to carry out his public health education mission.

June 28, 2007
Chairman Waxman Holds Hearing Investigating DoD Waste, Fraud, and Abuse at Ramstein AFB
Chairman Waxman and the Oversight Committee held a hearing entitled “Waste, Fraud, and Abuse at K-Town: How Mismanagement Has Derailed DOD’s Largest Single Facility Construction Project.” The hearing reviewed the preliminary findings of a Government Accountability Office investigation into the construction of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center, a hotel and retail facility being built on the grounds of the Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

May 14, 2007
Rep. Waxman Delivers a Speech on Federal Contracting

Rep. Waxman highlighted the government’s increasing reliance on private contractors and the need for more oversight and accountability to protect against waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer money in a speech to the Center for American Progress.

March 16, 2007
Hearing Examines Exposure of Covert CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson’s Identity
Oversight Committee Chairman Waxman held a hearing on whether White House officials followed appropriate procedures for safeguarding the identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson. At the hearing, the Committee received testimony from Ms. Wilson and other experts regarding the disclosure and internal White House security procedures for protecting her identity from disclosure and responding to the leak after it occurred.

That’s just the past six months! There’s many more listed. I’m all for accountability ~ lord knows this Congress sure could use some. But, I don’t know, just seems kind of one sided to me.

Your tax dollars at work!

September 28, 2007. Tags: , , . Anti-Military, Politics. Leave a comment.

Our Voices Are Being Heard

From ConcreteBob:

Rep John Carter (R) TX press conference on the desecration of the Vietnam Memorial Wall:

Watch videos here and here.

text of Rep Ted Poe’s statement on the floor of the House on 20 September 2007

HON. TED POE OF TEXAS
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Thursday, September 20, 2007

Madam Speaker, “I do not believe that the men who served in uniform in Vietnam have been given the credit they deserve. It was a difficult war against an unorthodox enemy.”
These are the words of General Westmoreland in the war where “all gave some and some gave all.” But the disrespect continues. Now, despicable vandals have desecrated the sacred black granite Vietnam Wall. An oily, slimy, greasy substance was smeared over the Wall and the walkway. The Park Service is attempting to remove the damage, but the monument desecraters run free.
This monument bears the name of 56,000 warriors. They answered the call for America and they died in their youth. I grew up with friends whose names are on that wall.
The unpatriotic, cowardly, abusing criminals should be tracked down, prosecuted, and put in jail somewhere off the shores of America, maybe Guantanamo Bay.
It has been said that “Vietnam was a war that asked everything of a few and nothing of most in America.” Now America must be resolved to capture these outlaws and restore dignity to those who died for the rest of us.
And that’s just the way it is.

TX Rep John Carter (R-Tx):

Resolution Draft:

110TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION H. RES.
Condemning the actions of September 7, 2007, resulting in damage to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Mr. CARTER submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on ……

RESOLUTION
Condemning the actions of 7 September 2007, resulting in damage to the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.

Whereas the Vietnam Veterans Memorial serves as a memorial to the 2,700,000 men and women in the United
States Armed Forces who served in the designated war zone during the Vietnam Era;

Whereas 58,256 men and women died while serving in South  East Asia or as a result of their wounds or a service-connected disability;

Whereas on Friday evening, September 7, 2007, the United States Park Police reported being notified of a light, oily,
and unidentified substance that was spilled over portions of some of the names, panels, and paving stones of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial;

Whereas at least 14 of the 140 inscribed panels of the Memorial Wall were damaged; and

Whereas the National Park Service has determined that the damage was the result of an act of vandalism:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved,

That the House of Representatives condemns all attacks upon the memory of veterans and their service to the United States, as exemplified by the incident of vandalism of 7 September 2007.

September 28, 2007. Tags: , , , . military, Troop Support. Leave a comment.

Esam Omeish Update

at LGF:

Video: MAS Leader Dropped from VA Immigration Commission

From Fox News’ Big Story, here’s Rich Lowry on the case of Dr. Esam Omeish, head of the Muslim Brotherhood front group calling itself the Muslim American Society.

 

Click on the title to read the rest and watch the video.

 

I can’t get behind all of (Fox’s political analyst) Rich Lowry’s points. I hold Gov. Kaine responsible for knowing who he appoints to any position.

Have to say I’m losing more trust in Fox New’s “fair and balanced” declaration lately. Seems to be less and less reporting on the reality of the Jihadists and more on the appeasing the Muslim point of view. I could be wrong – I don’t watch any of the cable news on a regular basis. I’m a CSPAN-er, myself. As I’ve said before, I’d rather hear it directly out of the horse’s tookus than some talking head’s interpretation.

September 28, 2007. Tags: , , . Good news. Leave a comment.

Owned by MoveOn.org ~

And no friends of the military or our country.

From Gathering of Eagles:

BLUNT: HOUSE FINALLY GOES ON RECORD IN SUPPORT OF GEN. PETRAEUS, MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM

Posted: 26 Sep 2007 07:28 PM CDT

WASHINGTON – House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement this afternoon after the House overwhelmingly approved a resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms” MoveOn.org’s personal attacks on General David Petraeus, as well as honoring “all members of the Armed Forces,” and their families, for “serving in harm’s way.” Seventy-nine Democrats voted against it.

“It’s been more than two weeks since the Republican Leader introduced a resolution condemning MoveOn’s personal smear campaign against Gen. Petraeus, and nearly a week since the Senate passed its own version and the House majority leader told me he had no intention of allowing a similar vote in our chamber.

“Today, we took matters into our own hands, forcing the House to take up a resolution repudiating these personal attacks, and reaffirming our support for and gratefulness to the men and women serving our country in harm’s way.

“Given the chance, more than three-quarters of the House went on record today in support of our Armed Forces, and in recognition of the extreme sacrifices they and their families make for our country on daily basis. My only disappointment is that a message as important and clear-cut as this couldn’t attract the support of every member of this chamber.”

NOTE: The House Committee on Foreign Affairs took up a similar resolution earlier in the day, returning a vote of 23-13 in favor of quashing the Petraeus resolution and preventing it from even being considered in committee. Many of those members voting in the affirmative came down differently on the issue when presented with the matter on the House floor.

Commentary on the motion by Chris Hill, Gathering of Eagles National Director for Operations:

The motion recognized the service of General Petraeus, as well as all other members of the Armed Forces and civilian personnel serving in harm’s way, as well as their families. It also condemned in the strongest possible terms the personal attacks made by the advocacy group MoveOn.org impugning the integrity and professionalism of General Petraeus.

79 Democrats opposed the resolution. Their names are below. If your member of Congress is listed below, call and ask them why they refuse to support our men and women in uniform. Ask them if this is what they mean when they say “I support the troops.” These 79 members of Congress had the chance to publicly support the troops, or support their cash cow MoveOn.org. They chose the latter. This is why we have to turn out in the streets. This is why we have to stalk the halls of Congress. This is why our mission to support our men and women in uniform hinges on each and every one of us. When elected officials will not even disavow a repugnant ad put out by an anti-American organization it is time for us, the Gathering of Eagles and our fellow patriots in other organizations, to remind them that they work for us.

The 79 members of Congress listed below sided with those who call our brave warriors war criminals. They sided with those who call the commanding general in Iraq a traitor. In short, they decided that it was better to have funds from an organization that believes in destroying our American way of life, than it was to stand up for those who have so bravely stood up for all of us. If this sounds eerily familiar to many of you it should. It is the same model used by the anti-American movement 40 years ago. Our men and women in uniform are under attack. The memorials to our war dead are under attack. Our very way of life is under attack, and it starts with these 79. Don’t let them get away with it again. Manchu.

Abercrombie (HI) *
Ackerman(NY)
Allen(MA)
Baldwin(WI) *
Becerra(CA) *
Berman(CA)
Blumenauer(OR)
Brown, Corrine(FL) *
Capuano(MA) *
Castor(FL)
Clarke(NY) *
Clay(MISSOURI) *
Cohen(TN) *
Conyers(MICH) *
Crowley(NY)
Davis (IL) *
DeGette(COL)
Ellison(MINN) *
Filner(CA) *
Frank (MA) *
Green, Al(TX)
Grijalva(AZ) *
Gutierrez(FL) *
Hastings (FL)
Hinchey(NY) *
Hirono (HI)
Holt(NJ) *
Honda(NJ) *
Inslee(WA)
Jackson-Lee (TX)   *
Jefferson(LA)
Johnson (GA)
Jones (OH)
Kilpatrick(MI) *
Kucinich(OH) *
Lee(CA) *
Lewis (GA) *
Lofgren, Zoe(CA)
Markey(MA)
Matsui(CA)
McDermott (WA) *
McGovern(MA) *
Meek (FL)
Michaud(ME)
Miller (NC)
Miller, George(CA)  *
Moore (WI) *
Moran (VA) *
Nadler(NY)
Neal (MA) *
Olver(MA) *
Pallone(NJ) *
Payne (NJ) *
Price (NC)
Rush(IL) *
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez, Linda T. (CA) *
Schakowsky(IL) *
Scott (VA) *
Serrano(NY) *
Sherman(CA)
Slaughter(NY)
Solis(CA) *
Stark(CA) *
Tierney(MA) *
Towns(NY) *
Van Hollen(MD)
Velázquez(NY) *
Wasserman Schultz(FL)
Waters(CA) *
Watson(CA) *
Watt (NC) – MY REP
Waxman (CA)
Weiner(NY)
Wexler(FL)
Woolsey(CA) *
Wynn(MO) *
Yarmuth (KY)

~~~~~~~~~

I have added an asterisk next to the names of those who belong to the Out of Iraq Caucus.

46 out of 79.  More than half.

From Discover The Networks:

  • Caucus of 73 Democratic members of the House of Representatives who seek a swift withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq
  • 42 members of this Caucus are also members of the Progressive Caucus

On June 16, 2005, forty-one Democratic members of the House of Representatives formally established the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus (OICC), an entity dedicated to agitating for a swift withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Iraqi theater of war — alleging that the American invasion in 2003 had been launched on the pretext of lies and deliberately manipulated intelligence. The nominal co-founders of OICC were Maxine Waters (who chairs the organization), Lynn Woolsey, John Conyers, Charles Rangel, Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, William Delahunt, and John R. Lewis.

As of September 2006, OICC’s membership had grown to 73 House members, all Democrats. Forty-two of those 73 members also belonged to the Progressive Caucus, the Democratic Party’s socialist wing.

Announcing OICC’s formation on June 21, 2005, Maxine Waters charged that nearly 2,000 U.S. soldiers had already lost their lives fighting on behalf of lies the Bush administration had told them. “Many of them went to serve because they thought that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11,” said Waters. “But, of course, we know now that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for 9/11, and many of the soldiers know that now. … We all know now there were no weapons of mass destruction.” Waters then quoted Cindy Sheehan‘s assertion that “The leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry-picked intelligence.”

At the same June 21, 2005 event:

(a) Representative Barbara Lee said, “We know that the administration misled the American people and the world that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We knew that then.”

(b) Lynn Woolsey accused the Bush administration of sending soldiers “to do a job that was not necessary. … There is no excuse for the United States to have started a war in Iraq.” It would be vital, she added, for America to “work with the international world, get them all involved, so we can be doing the right thing for Iraq and the Iraqi people who are also being destroyed by this war.”

(c) Charles Rangel derided the very system by which the U.S. military’s ranks had been filled, suggesting that recruits came disproportionately not “from communities that chief executive officers live in,” but rather from “where the hopeless are in terms of unemployment.” Accusing the U.S. of “rattling swords in North Korea” and “threatening Syria and Iran,” Rangel recommended the softer approach of “go[ing] to the international community … and persuad[ing] those countries that terrorism is not just an American problem, it is an international problem, and with mutual respect, sit down and talk with them to see how we can bring peace to the Middle East.”

Here is how the eight co-founders of OICC have voted on some of the most crucial national-security matters of recent years:

  • On September 29, 2006, seven of the eight voted NO to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, a bill authorizing military commissions to try unlawful enemy combatants charged with war crimes and acts of terrorism. (John Lewis did not cast a ballot on this bill.)
  • On September 28, 2006, all except Lewis (who again cast no ballot) voted NO to the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, a bill authorizing the government to use electronic surveillance to investigate potential terrorists.
  • On September 21, 2006, all eight voted NO to the Immigration Law Enforcement Act, which affirmed the authority of state and local police to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
  • On September 14, 2006, all except Delahunt voted NO to the Security Fence Act, a bill calling for the construction of 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • On June 29, 2006, all eight voted NO to an Intelligence and Law Enforcement Resolution, “supporting intelligence and law enforcement programs to track terrorists and terrorist finances,” and “condemning the disclosure and publication of classified information that impairs the international fight against terrorism and needlessly exposes Americans to the threat of further terror attacks by revealing a crucial method by which terrorists are traced through their finances.”
  • On June 16, 2006, all eight voted NO to a Global War on Terror Resolution, which stated that it was not in the interest of American security to set an arbitrary date for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, and which committed the U.S. to the “completion of the mission to create a sovereign, free, secure and united Iraq.”
  • On December 16, 2005, all eight voted NO to a Border Security bill calling for the construction of 700 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border; requiring the Secretary of Homeland Security to upgrade border surveillance and control; establishing an employment eligibility verification system forbidding the hiring of illegal aliens; facilitating the deportation of illegals; and earmarking $250 million annually to help state and local police agencies assist federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
  • On July 21, 2005, all eight voted NO to the USA PATRIOT and Terrorism Prevention Reauthorization Act , whose purpose was to extend the authority of the FBI to conduct “roving wiretaps” and access certain business records through December 31, 2009, and to make the remaining provisions of the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Fully 71 of OICC’s 73 members voted NO to this same bill. The other two caucus members did not vote for it because they were forbidden: Donna M. Christensen and Eleanor Holmes Norton are non-voting Delegates from the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia, respectively.)
  • On February 10, 2005, all eight OICC co-founders voted NO to the Real ID Act, which was aimed at preventing people from abusing the state driver’s license process to obtain false identification.
  • On May 18, 2004, all except Rangel (who did not cast a ballot) voted NO to the Homeland Security Department Authorization Act, a bill that would require hospitals to provide information on undocumented immigrants seeking emergency medical care; would make employers of some illegals financially responsible for the medical treatment of the latter; and would facilitate the deportation of illegals.
  • On October 24, 2001, six of the eight voted NO to the USA PATRIOT Act; Rangel and Delahunt voted in favor of the measure.
  • On October 12, 2001, all eight voted NO to the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, a bill whose provisions would be incorporated into the USA PATRIOT Act twelve days later.
  • On April 18, 1996, the four OICC co-founders who were members of Congress at that time all voted NO to the Comprehensive Terrorism Prevention Act, which sought to prohibit fundraising by terrorist groups in the U.S. and to facilitate the process of deporting illegal aliens and suspected terrorists.
  • On March 14, 1996, the four OICC co-founders who were members of Congress at that time all voted NO to an Antiterrorism Bill whose intent was to give the government greater leeway in investigating, prosecuting, and punishing terrorists.

Of OICC’s 73 members, 29 were signatories to a May 14, 2005 letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling for a special prosecutor to investigate claims that “high-ranking officials within the Bush Administration [had] violated the War Crimes Act … or the Anti-Torture Act … by allowing the use of torture techniques banned by domestic and international law at recognized and secret detention sites in Iraq, Afghanistan Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.”

OICC has been lauded by the antiwar group Code Pink for Peace. In July 2006, Lynn Woolsey, to demonstrate her Caucus’s support for Code Pink’s “Troops Home Fast” national hunger strike, announced that she would refrain from eating for one day as a symbol of her antiwar convictions.

In early January 2007, Maxine Waters participated in two briefing sessions with leaders of several antiwar groups including United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ), which is headed by the pro-Castro communist Leslie Cagan. The first meeting was organized by UFPJ; Waters initiated the second for input into how OICC ought to proceed.For further info on the “anti-war” groups, go here.  Just go there to see just how many there are and see how many are fronts for Socialist and Communist organizations.

Maxine Waters friends:  (and you wonder why I moved out of California…)

Sorry, you lose ~

September 28, 2007. Tags: , , , . Anti-Military, Politics. 4 comments.

Holy Shari’a!

This will not do!!

From LGF:

Leader of Muslim Brotherhood Front Group appointed By VA Governor 

The Democratic governor of Virginia, Timothy M. Kaine, has appointed Dr. Esam Omeish to the Virginia Commission on Immigration: Valley delegate challenges Kaine appointee to immigration panel.

Esam Omeish is a name LGF readers may recognize; he’s the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s primary front group in the United States, the Muslim American Society.

A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration.

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group’s president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth.

The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said. “It is unfortunate that the Governor would choose the leader of an organization such as this to represent many the freedom-loving Muslim citizens of Virginia on this important commission,” Gilbert said.

“While the Muslim American Society claims to be the innocent face of peaceful Islam in America, their history and teachings tell a much different story. Unfortunately, it is a story about which all Americans have become much too familiar — that of the promotion of a global Islamic state. The questionable origin and teachings of this group should give the Governor some serious concerns about his recent appointment. Even though this organization has a savvy public relations machine, the public face that it projects may disguise some very troubling hidden intentions.”

The Investigative Project has more information on the subversive Islamic supremacist group calling itself the Muslim American Society.Jihad Watch has more.

Here’s Gov. Kaine’s speech on September 11, 2007:

Kevin Hall

RICHMONDGovernor Timothy M. Kaine released the following statement on today’s sixth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks in Arlington, New York City, and Pennsylvania:

“Today marks the sixth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

“I join all Virginians in honoring those who lost their lives that day, and urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to reflect on the daily service and sacrifice of our first responders, firefighters, police officers, and members of our armed forces

“Let us use this sixth anniversary of 9/11 as a time to set a new priority to commit ourselves to offer service to others. The America that we know, and the Commonwealth that was attacked six years ago, is at its best and shines its brightest when we each give of ourselves in service to others.”

In addition, Governor Kaine has ordered that U.S. and Commonwealth of Virginia flags be flown at half-staff throughout Virginia until sunset today in observance of Patriot Day 2007.

I don’t think he understands what happened 6 years ago…

I just sent him an email.  I’ll be interested in his response.

Some things just should not be tolerated!

September 27, 2007. Tags: , , . terrorist, Videos. 2 comments.

San Francisco ~

Ah! City of love, tolerance and diversity!

Unless you wear a military uniform.

Marines Denied Permission to Film Commercial 

By Dan Noyes

New York said “yes,” but we said “no.” Why were the U.S. Marines denied permission to film a recruiting commercial on the streets of San Francisco?

San Francisco is, once again, the center of a controversy over how city leaders treat the U.S. military. This time, it involves an elite group of Marines who wanted to film a recruitment commercial in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11.

The tension has been building in the two weeks since the city turned away members of the Silent Drill Platoon, and it boiled over Monday afternoon at a meeting of the San Francisco Film Commission.

The U.S. Marine Silent Drill Platoon performed Monday morning in New York’s Times Square. They filmed part of a recruitment commercial through the start of the morning rush hour — something they could not do in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11…

Read the rest here.  Be sure to watch the video there.

Go  Captain Greg Corrales!!

And they sited “traffic concerns” as being their reason.

I notice that they have no problem with the monthly event known as “Critical Mass, where hundreds of bicyclists tie up traffic at commute time to enlighten motorists about the evils of automobiles, or something.  Or demonstration, especially against the war.
But no Marines!

Of course, this is nothing new for San Francisco.

Remember these, posted at Michele Malkin:

Blue Angels coverage

San Francisco hates the troops

Navy to San Francisco: See ya, haters!

Intolerant San Francisco and JROTC

San Francisco kills JROTC program

Yep, a lot of love, tolerance and diversity happening there…

September 27, 2007. Anti-Military. Leave a comment.

Good Stuff

I was going to do another post on all the good that our military is doing recently, but the guy is going to be delivering our wood here pretty soon (of course it’s going to be close to 90 today with a zillion degree humidity ~ ah well, it will give me time to stack it) and my kitchen is upside down as I emptied the last of the boxes last night and the rugs came so I need to get those put down.

So, I’m just going to direct you to:

A Soldier’s Mind

A Soldier’s Perspective

And

Hope Rides Eternal over at Tanker Brothers

Just click and start reading.  Lots of Good Stuff!
If only our frickin’ politicians would read more milblogs.

I’m going to go and take some ibuprofen now.

September 26, 2007. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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