12 December 2009

Huntin’ The Country

 

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I’m a pro-gun, pro-life, pro- small business constitutionalist. I also understand the American heritage of outdoor management. Instead of passing job destroying legislation like cap and tax, we should remove the death tax and all capital gains taxes to remove barriers of land ownership and conservation within a family. Want to know the key to true “green” living?  Let the hunters and fishermen manage our wildlife and preserves. Get the government out of the land ownership business. To you and yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Just a friendly reminder

 

I trust you and yours will have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Just wanted to share this friendly reminder from last year’s campaign that our constitutional rights are still under attack by this administration.

29 November 2009

Foreclosure Support?

Ok, maybe I’m old fashioned, but isn’t foreclosure a way that banks protect themselves from defaulted loans? Like a quack doctor, Barry insists on treating the symptom rather than the underlying disease. In this case, the disease is unqualified, high risk borrowers who have no means nor the intentions of paying their mortgage on time.

Does the government desire to increase home ownership in America?

 

1. Cease and desist from any further bailout packages in ANY form.The government needs to quit robbing Peter to subsidize Paul’s irresponsible consumer behavior.

2. Discontinue efforts to fleece legitimate lending institutions from protecting its assets. Allow foreclosures on those who habitually default on their mortgage.

3. We need to end efforts by a fringe minority to redefine marriage based upon their mistaken and sinful norms. (31 out of 50 states rejected a voter organized referendum)

4. We need to discontinue the income tax deduction (if it hasn’t already ) for interest on mortgage payments. Many borrowers use the first year to boost their already inflated refund (children, Earned Income Tax Credit, etc.) and afterward, cease payment on mortgage.

5. To encourage homeownership within families, we need to eliminate the Capital Gains Tax.

6. Finally, we as Americans, need to understand that the problem begins with us. Yes, that’s right. We need to own up to the out of control habits we have let consume our lives and we need to start living within our means. That means, if you don’t have the cash, you don’t need to use the credit card. Or, PAY AS YOU GO. How can we expect our government to do it if we’re not willing to do it ourselves.

05 November 2009

Live Posts on Latest from Ft. Hood

I’m watching a live feed from Ft. Hood. I’ll post as I hear what comes out.

Fort Hood Shooting

Much love and prayers going out for Fort Hood and the community of Killeen, TX after the horrific shootings that took place there today. I’m stunned and this hits particularly close to home because I’m an associate member of the 1st Cavalry Division Association. Please pray for the members of the First Team and all other units stationed at Fort Hood.

 

I think President Obama said the right things right now, although there’s not much to say. Too early for any easy conclusions.

04 November 2009

Election 2009

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that a heavily favored Democrat incumbent was defeated by a transplanted Republican in the Washington County Board of Supervisors race. A large reason? A No vote on a proposed truck stop which would have brought jobs to an area of the county that needs them. Joe Straten defeated Jack McCrady by a scant 17 votes.  Straten, originally from Ohio, campaigned on the need for more industrial jobs in the county.

 

Well, we all know the results. We’ve all heard the analysis.

In my very humble opinion,  the GOP had the stronger ticket top to bottom and the Dems had a particularly weak ticket, particularly for Lt. Governor and AG. I honestly thought Creigh Deeds would wage a better and more effective campaign than what he did. While this could serve as a template for future elections for the GOP, I believe that we should take it for what it is, an election. Sure, the base is energized right now, but I believe that we’re seeing a repudiation of the Obama administration right now in 2009. Could this carry over into 2010? Sure, if the economy continues to tank and Obama and Pelosi continue to insist upon governing from the left.

The fact remains that Obama and his cronies can’t be happy about last nights results. Two Democrat controlled Governor’s Mansions went red. Shoot, a Republican even picked up a House of Delegates seat in an extremely safe Democrat district in Southwest Virginia so safe that former UMWA boss Jackie Stump held the 3rd district seat before Dan Bowling. It wasn’t just a victory, but Will Morefield beat Bowling with almost 58 percent of the vote. While McDonnell’s victory was not unforeseen, a GOP victory in a heavily union district is almost unheard of, especially since the man who won is only 25 years old. At least in Southwest Virginia, there is significant indication that not only did the GOP have the stronger ticket, but in fact, this election WAS a referendum on the Obama administration and its socialist policy aims.

The campaign is over. The work begins in earnest now as the transition teams begin to put the pieces together for the inauguration in January. I sincerely hope that the GOP ticket will govern with an eye toward a renewed sense of reclaiming what rightfully belongs at the state and local level. The BHC has this about Morefield:

As delegate, Morefield said his top priority will be standing up for his constituents’ 10th Amendment rights and making sure both the federal and state governments stay out the way of private business owners.

19 September 2009

Good Sense – at a crossroads

For all my friends at the ODBA, I’ve always enjoyed our dialogue, even when the subject matter was pretty confrontational. I’ve never been one to back away when my principles are at stake. I have been extremely busy with matters not related to the blog, politics, or even blogging in general.

I’m currently on a sort of sabbatical right now. Attending to things that are important even before this election and current events. I’m NOT quitting, and probably will be back soon. I’ve discovered as much as I am passionate about Constitutional government, I’m even more passionate for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and my call to vocational ministry. To this end, I’m my pastor’s ministry intern at church.

I will return and I will have definite opinions about new goings on.

06 August 2009

Alpha Natural Resources and MMM to attempt Bristol race

According to this snippet posted on Jayski.com

 

Morgan-McClure and Wimmer to run Bristol: Morgan-McClure Motorsports and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a leading U.S. coal producer, will join forces with driver Scott Wimmer for this year's Sharpie 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The one-race sponsorship announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter for both Abingdon, Va.-based organizations. Attempting to qualify the #4 entry for the Aug. 22 night race at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" signals a possible rebirth for MMM, which has been on an approximate two-year hiatus from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, it caps off a monumental week for Alpha, one in which the company completed a merger with Foundation Coal Holdings to become the nation's third-largest coal producer. MMM, founded in 1983, is a three-time winner of the season-opening Daytona 500 and boasts a successful history that includes 14 wins, 63 top-fives, 146 top-10s and 13 poles. "Our team, much like Alpha's owners, was born in coal country; and the first few years we were funded by dealerships that make their income by serving coal miners," says Tim Morgan, MMM's co-owner and president. "We couldn't be prouder to represent a progressive company like Alpha a recognized leader in producing coal to meet the nation's energy needs, with an outstanding reputation for being good stewards of the environment while taking care of their customers and employees." With the Foundation Coal merger, Alpha now operates more than 60 coal mines and 14 preparation plants, maintains one of the most expansive geographic footprints in the industry, and controls reserves of more than 2.3 billion tons of coal.

Wimmer, who has experience in all of NASCAR's top three divisions the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series has collected 30 top-fives, 73 top-10s and one pole in his career. The 33-year-old Wausau, Wisc., native is currently 16th in the Nationwide Series point standings. For more info about Alpha Natural Resources see alphanr.com.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports)(8-6-2009)

First of all, I’m glad to see a coal company sponsor a team. Second, I’m glad that team is Morgan-McClure. MMM was born in coal country and I’m glad to see that Scott Wimmer and MMM did not burn any bridges.

05 August 2009

Gimme a break

Milwaukee Brewers’ Prince Fielder storms the Dodgers’ clubhouse? Gimme a break. Because he was hit by a pitch in retaliation?  I’ll remind readers of a quote by Tyrus Raymond Cobb:

 

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Baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It's no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It's a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.

Baseball is a man’s sport. The fact is if you’re going to stand over the inside of the plate, you better be ready to take a few for the team… and when you do, you handle it on the field and leave it on the field. These guys playing today are pansies…

04 August 2009

Obama General Hospital

Doug at Below the Beltway, has been on target on the Obamacare but I had to laugh at these logos

29 July 2009

Obamacare: State control versus individual autonomy

Doug, at Below the Beltway, has this insightful piece as to why most of us oppose Obamacare. I want to emphasize one particular portion:

It’s all about giving the state control over biggest part of our lives. That may not be the intent of the people who are advocating ObamaCare. In fact, for the most part, I think they have good intentions, but we know where that leads in the end.

Indeed.

NASA: Essential or waste of money?

Apparently Jerry at From on High believes it only has one useI’ve already proposed that NASA be eliminated or else establish a quantifiable and justifiable goal to achieve in the next 10 – 20 years. An example?  How about a manned mission to Mars within the next 15 years? Barring something such as that, scrap NASA and get out of the space game.

28 July 2009

Obama a citizen

Ok, while I don’t consider myself to be a “birther” I believe that it was key to be certain in order to maintain constitutional integrity. However, now that Obama’s citizenship has been confirmed, let’s move on and make this about ideas. Conservatives should know that we have the superior ideas and there is no need to bring gimmicks into the fray.

First, we know that government interference in health care will only lead to lesser quality  and rationing of care. Bureaucrats have less interest in our personal health than in their ability to “streamline” the process. This is ironic because there is no such thing when dealing with the federal government.

Second, we know that bailouts, in any form, are destructive and subsidize failure. The bailouts give no incentive for improved production and ethical management. To the contrary, bailouts do nothing but incentivize poor management. Solution: repay every red cent of the multi-billion dollar corporate welfare program to the taxpayer and slash entitlements.

Third, we know that Obama’s judicial philosophy is predicated upon race. Judge Sotomayor’s well publicized “wise Latina” remark is proof positive that racial discord will be hallmarks of the Obama judicial appointments. The rule of law has been replaced by La Raza… return our government to its constitutional mandated limits which starts with Judges who are dedicated to an originalist interpretation of the Constitution.

These are but three areas where conservatives have the superior ideas. Oh, wait, nothing is superior anymore, we don’t want the poor politicians to have low self esteem.  I say, throw the bums out.

27 July 2009

Sarah Palin

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is just that, former Governor of Alaska. While I did not view her as a candidate for 2012, it is evident that some in the mainstream media did. Considering the inordinate amount of coverage the Palin family received in the months AFTER the election, surely some in the media and other talking heads viewed her as a threat. Otherwise, why go after a flash in the pan? Perhaps it is because she represented a departure from politics as usual? That’s yet to be seen. Should be interesting to see what she does from here on out.

26 July 2009

Barry coming to Tri-Cities

Wonder if Slick Rick Boucher will make an appearance? Why even ask, of course he will.

Not that it really makes much difference. According to the BHC, the President will be participating in a “town-hall style” meeting at the Kroger’s on Midway with the employees there. His purpose? Talk up his disastrous health care reform legislation. Wonder if supporters will get the prime questions to ask? Go back to Washington, Mr. President. You’re at home there, not here in Southwest Virginia where people actually have common sense.

24 July 2009

Friday night laugh

If you need a quick laugh, check this out.

 

ChiSox pitcher achieves perfection

It has only happened 16 other times in baseball’s modern era (since 1900) but pitcher Mark Buehrle pitched a perfect game yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays. For those of you who don’t know what a perfect game is, a pitcher must face the minimum of 27 batters and not allow any of them to reach base, that means no hits, walks or hit batters. It means 27 up and 27 down. Buehrle goes into the record books with names like Catfish Hunter, Sandy Koufax, Don Larsen and of course, Cy Young. Congratulations to Mark Buehrle and the Chicago White Sox.

23 July 2009

Ron Paul: Right on the Money

This article from Ron Paul articulates the correct view of health care. In the market, health care is a good, not a right. Give this a read.

22 July 2009

Obama Blame Game

If you are interested at all in what ideas are being put forth by House Conservatives, I highly recommend bookmarking the Republican Study Committee website. From legislative bulletins to Money Monitors, this caucus of House Conservatives will provide ammunition against liberals and their agenda.

 

21 July 2009

Does AEP really know what’s going on?

Those of you who live in the Ninth District know that Rick Boucher is becoming vulnerable due to his vote on the National Energy Tax. However, Appalachian Electric Power is running ads commending Boucher for his “bold and innovative” stands.  There’s something fishy going on here. More than a year out from his re-election bid and there are already ads defending his vote. That’s ok because the numbers will tell the story. 

Jerry, Kilo and Adam will immediately recognize the need to throw the guy out of office.

20 July 2009

Did Bob Barr cost McCain?

The answer that Doug at Below The Beltway gives is a resounding NO!!! I agree. The most notable blogger to vote third party this past year was Ms. Leslie Carbone, who voted for Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate.

Friends, I voted for Bob Barr. I could not bring myself to vote for John McCain. His horrendous bill, McCain-Feingold infringes free political speech. John McCain, in my estimation, had his chance and couldn’t bring home the prize. Until the GOP nominates someone like Mike Pence, it has virtually no chance of regaining my vote. I fully intend on going Constitution Party.

18 July 2009

Why tour when your boss won’t listen

According to a press release issued by the Rural America Solutions Group, a subset of the House GOP, Barry’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will be in Danville,VA as part of a so-called listening tour through rural America. I repeat the question above. Why bother touring when your boss won’t listen to the voices in rural America.

With the passage of Waxman-Markey National Energy Tax in the House, Barack Obama is hell-bent on draining American’s wallets to promote George Soros’ agenda. Any fool can see that jobs will be lost if the Senate passes the bill in the same form as the House.

Thoughts from Cornfield County

Yes, sophisticated reader, I watched Hee Haw for years with my grandfather. I came across this little snippet. Wonder what Junior Samples would say about the Democrats now?

17 July 2009

Random Thought

Ok, with the ‘09 statewide races occupying a large number of pixels, I have this one random and totally off the wall opinion for today. In my very humble opinion, Bob Barr is one of the most underrated politicians in the country today. After last year’s candidacy for the Libertarian Party for President, Barr continues to keep his name in print with his blog, The Barr Code on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website as well as regular columns in the print edition of the AJC.

Sam Church 1936 – 2009

Many readers may remember Sam Church as president of the UMWA during the late 70’s and early 80’s. Mr. Church was the predecessor to Richard Trumka. Mr. Church passed away this week at 72 years of age.  Godspeed Mr. Church.

16 July 2009

RSC Sunset Caucus

I’ve been paying attention to the Republican Study Committee and the legislation that its members have been proposing with some degree of satisfaction. The RSC bills itself as “The Caucus of House Conservatives.”  If you are like me, there are particular programs that you would like to see eliminated. The RSC Sunset Caucus exists to undertake that very objective. My personal program that I’d like to see done away with is NASA. For thirty plus years, it has done little to nothing to justify its expenditures. Please click the link above to make a recommendation as to a program you’d like to see eliminated.

14 July 2009

The Foundry

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Barry's elimination of the DC Opportunity Scholarship program is bad policy. Even the DC City Council recognizes that fact.
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Top Five College Football Coaches

As we start into the middle of July, the coaches’ whistles are starting to get warmed up and it won’t be long until two-a-days begin.  In that mindset, here are my top five college football coaches:

1. Paul “Bear” Bryant

2. Lou Holtz

3. Bo Schembechler

4. Woody Hayes

5. General Robert Neyland

12 July 2009

1st Cavalry Division – America’s First Team

I’m partial to the First Cavalry because of personal ties, but here’s a great video:

 

10 July 2009

Leslie Carbone: An American Patriot

I had to include this. Ms. Leslie Carbone, a friend, is an American patriot and a true conservative compatriot. Thanks Leslie!!!!

 

Bob Barr: Keep the Feds out of the BCS

As much as I love college football and would love to see a playoff system introduced, I agree with Mr. Barr that the Feds do not need to get involved. Why does the Federal government even feel the need to get involved? I think Orrin Hatch would do well to work on giving some of the taxpayers’ money back to us rather than create a new program that would cost more money in the long haul.

Boucher: Champion of coal or demagogue?

Considering his recent vote for Waxman-Markey, I’d say most clear thinking Americans would lean toward the latter, but that’s just my opinion, or is it? Here’s a brief round up of my blog brothers and sisters in the ODBA and their take on Rick’s betrayal of the industry that puts him in office.

Kilo (who has strong ties to coal) has this series of posts about Boucher’s betrayal: here, here and here

Jerry, at From on High blog, has this post that opens the salvo against Rick Boucher’s betrayal of coal miners in the Ninth and this revealing an example of the distrust and unhappiness that Boucher’s action is beginning to bring about.

Alton, at Eschew Obfuscation, has this  truthful look at the realities of 21st century strip mining. With very few exceptions any more, coal companies leave the sites better than when they found them.

And, at the risk of being egotistical, please take a look at my post concerning Waxman Markey and the Ninth District. The numbers are staggering.

Delusional?

Does Barack Obama really think that throwing away billions of American taxpayers’ hard earned dollars has done anything constructive? I suppose so according to this snippet. Coupled with the fact that the Waxman-Markey cap and tax regime that just passed the House, the question now becomes, does Barack Obama really know what he’s doing or is he just following George Soros’ instructions? (By the way, Move On believes the Waxman Markey bill does not go far enough.)

07 July 2009

Tennessee 2010

Although I am a resident of the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I still bear great interest in Tennessee politics. I have read with interest the announcements of Bill Haslam, mayor of Knoxville,Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Zach Wamp. I have had the pleasure to know Ron Ramsey and like him personally, and have heard good things about Bill Haslam. However, Good Sense will take an unusual opportunity to endorse Representative Zach Wamp for Governor of Tennessee.

The Gipper gets in the fight

The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76),has relieved the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and the Reagan Carrier Group has launched sorties in support of  Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. As an aside, the Ike has been in theater  since March of this year. Below is a picture of the Gipper:

Three quarter aircraft

 

The Ike is pictured below:

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06 July 2009

Waxman-Markey and the Ninth District

I am thankful for an organization like the Heritage Foundation that works tirelessly to inform the American citizenry about the need for conservative solutions to problems in America today. An example is this Web Memo from Heritage that crunches the estimated job loss numbers by Congressional district. It is not surprising that in our Commonwealth, Waxman-Markey will have the greatest negative impact on the Fightin’ Ninth District. I’ll outline the findings for the Ninth District:

 

1.) GSP Losses in 2012 = $646.53 million This is a staggering loss of the economy in an already struggling CD.  If the devastation to the Ninth’s economy were isolated, it might not be as bad, but the losses continue to pile up for the next twenty years or so.

2.) GSP Losses in 2012-2035 = $1.3 billion, yes billion. This is a tragic and devastating loss to a district that largely depends on coal as a source of income for the economy. Think this is bad? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

3.)  Personal Income Loss in 2012 - $592 million and this is in just 2012. It does not get better.

4.) Average Personal Income Loss 2012 –2035 = $342.9 million The good news just keeps on coming doesn’t it?

5.) Non-Farm Job Loss in 2012 – 5,483 I’m sorry but this district cannot afford job losses on this scale. Rick Boucher should be thrown out on his can for voting for this.

6.) Non-Farm Job Loss 2012-2035 – 3,439 per year.

 

This bill of goods that recently passed the house will drastically affect the quality of life in the Ninth District. As before, it is no surprise that Waxman-Markey has the greatest negative impact on the Ninth District. And for what? A very negligible decrease in carbon emissions over the life of this legislation. Rick Boucher, shame on you.

04 July 2009

National Energy Tax

I’ve been behind the eight ball as far as posting goes, but here is a short video from Heritage Foundation that explains what Waxman-Markey is:

29 June 2009

I’m back

Sorry to have been gone so long, but PC was sent off for repairs. I’ll be resuming regular blogging over the next few days.

09 June 2009

Washington County Sheriff up for US Marshal post

According to the BHC, Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman is in the running for the US Marshal for the Western District of Virginia. Many of you know that I wholeheartedly endorsed Sheriff Newman in his reelection bid for Sheriff. I have found Fred Newman to be competent, dedicated and focused on law enforcement in Washington County. During his tenure as sheriff, WCSO became the second regional law enforcement agency to achieve full accreditation and has recently began a mounted patrol unit. It would be an honor for Sheriff  Newman to be named US Marshal for the Western District of Virginia, but I would hate to see him have to step down as sheriff of Washington County.

Deeds Wins

Although it will be a barn burner of a campaign, Creigh Deeds will be facing Bob McDonnell in the general election to determine Virginia’s next governor.

Although the conservative hack in me would have liked to have campaigned against THE talking head of the Clinton years, I have to admit that Virginia Democrats did the smart and prudent thing by selecting Senator Deeds. I’ve maintained that he was the most serious and credible of the three candidates and he does not carry the baggage that McAuliffe and Moran does. This sets up a rematch from 4 years ago in which McDonnell defeated Deeds by only a very slim margin.

This election will be difficult by any stretch of the imagination. McDonnell has poll numbers that are consistently high and he has the advantage of being a seasoned winner on the statewide ticket. Congratulations to Senator Deeds.

06 June 2009

A Little Fun pt.2

Ladies, don’t want to leave you out of the fun.

A little fun

Since its Saturday night this one’s for the men going out on the town tonight.  Although I don’t party anymore, keep it safe and between the lines. Yes, that includes my liberal friends too!!!

05 June 2009

Wow, I’m underwhelmed

This is what the staff of the House Judiciary Committee is paid to do? This is 487 pages of leftist pabulum that seems more at home in a Che Guevara documentary than it does in an official document of the United States government. I know this has been out for a while, but I’m starting to read it and I have to be honest, this report is pejorative and contains little substantive contribution to any conversation about the Bush presidency.  At the very least, a less pejorative title would be in order.

04 June 2009

A plug for a friend

Ms. Leslie Carbone, a blogging friend and writer extraordinaire, will be releasing her book, Slaying Leviathan: The Moral Case for Tax Reform this month. I will be placing my order soon and I’d recommend that you, dear reader, do so as well. She’s one of the conservative movements rising stars and one of Virginia’s best bloggers. Go help her out and buy her book. You’ll benefit from the experience. That is all.

The Big O: Giving Away the Farm

UPDATE: Erick at Red State,has this take on the Spender-in-Chief’s speech in Cairo. It appears that I’m not the only one who thinks this speech is an open door to attack the United States.

 

In his much ballyhooed speech in Egypt, BHO laid the frame for what? International peace? Nope. Rapprochement with Muslims? Yes and no. What he mainly accomplished was a rhetorical message of, “Come attack us again, you can take the farm.”   Don’t believe me? Hear now, the Obamessiah:

In a gesture to the Islamic world, Obama conceded at the beginning of his remarks that tension "has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations."

"And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear," said the president, who recalled hearing prayer calls of "azaan" at dawn and dusk while living in Indonesia as a boy.

Colonialism? That smacks of communist propaganda does it not? Suddenly BHO is a Cold War veteran speaking with authority on the issue? Please. His responsibility to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam? Oh, here’s the truth, our President is an apologist for Islam.There is every indication that Obama will give the farm away to appease the radical elements of Islam. Oh, but he flip flops even within his own speech:

At the same time, he said the same principle must apply in reverse. "Just as Muslims do not fit a crude stereotype, America is not the crude stereotype of a self-interested empire."

Like many on the extreme left, the President does not even have the courage to stand on his convictions. This speech will only embolden those radical elements of Hamas, Al Qaeda and others who would strike at the very heart of the United States.  I’m embarrassed to say this, but this guy is an amateur.

02 June 2009

Deeds on outside looking in?

Since the beginning of the year, I have maintained that if the Democrats were smart, they’d nominate Creigh Deeds for Governor. Deeds has long standing ties to Virginia, he’s the only one with rural ties and does not come with the baggage of being the talking head of the Clinton administration or being Jimbo Moran’s brother. Apparently, some in the DPVA take issue with his “conservative values” stance back from his AG campaign. Creigh Deeds is the ONLY Democrat I could remotely stomach as governor. For no other reason than he does in fact have long standing ties to our Commonwealth and he hails from a rural region of the state.

Lowell, at Blue Virginia, believes that T-Mac has the better shot at beating McDonnell. His reasoning is sound, although I don’t agree with his conclusion.

In this case, I honestly don't believe that either Creigh or Terry is a better man than the other one or clearly more electable against Bob McDonnell. In fact, neither Creigh or Terry will have an easy race against McDonnell, although I certainly believe we can beat that guy if we have the resources to let people know who he really is. (Emphasis mine)

Lowell and I usually don’t agree about anything, but I do agree that neither Deeds nor McAuliffe will have an easy race against McDonnell. In fact, the entire Democrat ticket will have a competitive race on its hands. The fact remains that Bob needs to define himself before the Dems get the chance. He’s got a winning platform and a strong ticket.

Buy FORD, not Government Motors

If you’re in the market for a new car, or pre-owned vehicle, buy a Ford, not a Government Motors vehicle and definitely not a Chrysler Fiat.  Whatever you do, support your local Ford dealer, support Ford Racing teams, support the Ford Motor Company.

01 June 2009

What is the TN GOP doing?

First we have a bill to fine saggy pants, and now this?  I can sort of understand bringing a bill to allow concealed carry in bars (although I don’t agree with it), but saggy pants and horse meat? I would encourage the TN GOP to rethink its strategy and tactics. If this is going to be representative of the Republican agenda, maybe Kent Williams should not be Speaker of the House. At least with Jimmy Naifeh, you knew what you were getting.

31 May 2009

Senseless and Cowardly

UPDATE: More condemnation from the pro-life community continues to pour in after Dr. George Tiller was murdered Sunday in his church. Dr. Albert Mohler, one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading thinkers and ardent pro-lifer, had this to say:

We have no right to take the law into our own hands in an act of criminal violence.  We are not given the right to take this power into our own hands, for God has granted this power to governing authorities.  The horror of abortion cannot be rightly confronted, much less corrected, by means of violence and acts outside the law and lawful means of remedy.  This is not merely a legal technicality -- it is a vital test of the morality of the pro-life movement.

The Family Foundation today publicly denounced the murder of Dr. Tiller in Kansas. This act of senseless violence is in no way representative of the vast majority of pro-life Americans who seek the end of abortion. Below is the text of The Family Foundation’s release:

Victoria Cobb, President

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Information Alert: Statement on Murder of Dr. George Tiller

The Family Foundation of Virginia denounces the act of unimaginable cowardice perpetrated today in Kansas. Whatever person or persons involved in the seemingly premeditated murder of George Tiller at a church service should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The murder of Dr. Tiller betrays not only the principle of God to value all human life but also the true purpose and intent of the vast majority of Americans who seek to end the destruction of unborn human life. We seek to protect all human life because we believe that all persons are created with the image of God. The sanctity of human life must be protected, but only through vigorous, legal efforts in state houses and court rooms.

We call on all Virginians to pray for the Tiller family and all those who will be affected by this tragedy.

I condemn this act of cowardice as murder and call on my fellow pro-life activists to do the same. My prayers and condolences to the Tiller family.

30 May 2009

Rick Boucher – Out of Touch

I’ll include the entire email regarding this meeting with Rick Boucher and his belief in the murder of the pre-born. I know the men involved with this program, Fighting for Life in the Ninth, and they are all men of integrity and humility.

Reflections on the Meeting with

Congressman Boucher

As many of you are aware, we were able to secure a meeting with Congressman Rick Boucher this past Tuesday (May 26, 2009). The nature of the meeting was primarily to address the issue of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) and the congressman's support of this bill. Unfortunately, the meeting did not go as we had hoped. Mr. Boucher was very clear as it pertained to his stance on the abortion issue. Sadly, it is a stance that a godly minded individual cannot support. He made it abundantly clear that he is a pro-abortion congressman and one that is committed to upholding and defending the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade (the 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the United States).  He gave no denials as to his 100% pro-abortion voting record and also offered no apologies for it. This is something we deeply regret. The Scriptures clearly define life as beginning at the moment of conception (Exo. 21:22-23; Jer. 1:5; Luke 1:41, as well as others). Aborti on then is the taking of life after it has begun.  This is a position that the congressman made clear he will not accept.

In all actuality, Mr. Boucher did not really want to address the abortion issue at all, but rather his attention was on one aspect of FOCA. It has been the contention of Fighting for Life in the 9th(FFL9) that one of the risks of FOCA is that it could potentially open the door for lawsuits to be filed against hospitals and health care workers that refuse to perform abortion services. Mr. Boucher expressed that he opposes and would oppose such measures and was concerned that he had been misrepresented on this particular point. It is not the goal of FFL9 to misrepresent anyone. Where we regret that Mr. Boucher feels this way we do not believe this has been the case. Mr. Boucher acknowledged that FOCA needed more specific language in order to protect health care workers and hospitals. Where we respect and agree with the congressman's position that federal funding should not be cut from those who refuse abortion services, one has to wonder if there is no risk for such happening if FOCA were to be passed (as the congressman asserted early in the meeting), why then is there a need for more specific language? If there is more specific language needed, does that not imply then that the potential is therefor such consequences?

In addition, the congressman attempted to lead us to believe that FFL9 is the only group making such an assertion as to the implications of FOCA. This is not true. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also been very outspoken on this very issue. This is significant because not only has the USCCB performed extensive legal analysis but it also expresses the official view of the Catholic Church (something the congressman expressed was different from FFL9's interpretation of FOCA). Notice the following statement: "The combined impact of these various provisions is likely the invalidation of a broad range of state laws if challenged under FOCA, including. . .laws protecting the conscience rights of doctors, nurses and hospitals, if those create even minimal delay or inconvenience in obtaining an abortion or treat abortion differently than other medical procedures" (http://www.usccb.org/prolife/issues/ FOCA/analysis.pdf).  Clearly, FFL9 i s not the only group concerned about FOCA's potential consequences.

This issue on health care workers and hospitals was the main thrust of the meeting due to the fact that the congressman was uninterested in having serious dialogue on abortion itself. We regret that more time could not be spent on this issue in particular. Again, it is not the goal of FFL9 to misrepresent anyone, only to present the facts as we (and others) understand them. I hope that through our conversation we have motivated the congressman to take steps to provide protection for health care workers and hospitals, but we would still oppose FOCA. The godly minded individual must oppose any measure that would further and expand abortions in this nation (which is what FOCA will do if re-introduced and passed).

Certainly, we wish the meeting would have gone differently but the battle is not lost. We must keep pressing forward.  It is clear where Congressman Boucher stands and that he needs to be reminded that he is to represent the views of the 9th district of Virginia, not his own personal feelings. As Americans we are guaranteed by our Constitution the right to hold an opinion; however, it is the opinion of the Almighty God that matters most. It is His will that we must strive to keep promoting in an age of godlessness. It does seem at times that we are fighting an uphill battle, but let us be motivated by the words of the great Apostle Paul when he wrote: "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" (Gal.6:9).

Another reason that Rick Boucher does not deserve to represent the Ninth District of Virginia. The only reason why he continues to do so is that he is in the back pocket of Cecil “I Own Rick Boucher” Roberts and the UMWA. These creeps only care about lining their own pockets, not the hard working men and women they purport to represent. Shame on you Rick Boucher, shame on you indeed for believing in the murder of innocent life.

Obama – The Next Stalin?

H/T to the Examiner:

According to this post on the OFFICIAL White House website blog, he could be. Speech seeking to influence direction of the Administration and others on the so-called Recovery Act will be subject to new restrictions.

Following OMB’s review, the Administration has decided to make a number of changes to the rules that we think make them even tougher on special interests and more focused on merits-based decision making.


First, we will expand the restriction on oral communications to cover all persons, not just federally registered lobbyists.  For the first time, we will reach contacts not only by registered lobbyists but also by unregistered ones, as well as anyone else exerting influence on the process.  We concluded this was necessary under the unique circumstances of the stimulus program.

If you are opposed to the Recovery act and you are a citizen, your First Amendment rights are being curtailed by Executive Fiat. In other words, he’s being a little baby about this. Too much opposition?  “I’ll just change the rules.”  This man is dangerous and makes no bones about it, he’ll not be satisfied until the Constitution is in shreds and he can make the government “in his own image.” 

NOTE: FBI, DHS, and whatever other law enforcement agency who reads this site, take NOTE: I WILL NOT SIT DOWN, I WILL NOT SHUT UP, I WILL NOT BACK OFF AND I WILL NOT LET ONE MAN TELL ME WHAT I CAN TALK ABOUT.

I will bloody well write about what I want to write about. Let’s see them come stop me.

Iacocca losing pension

 

 

Chrysler CEO Robert Nardelli told a U.S. bankruptcy court on Thursday that Iacocca's pension would be among the obligations Chrysler will no longer have to pay if it gets bankruptcy court approval to sell itself to a "New Chrysler" to be owned by its union, the U.S. and Canadian governments and Fiat SpA (FIA.MI).

Well, I won’t be buying Chrysler or Government Motors. Looks like Ford will be getting my business for a while. While some may see the restructuring of Chrysler as a God send, I say its a load of crap. Don’t believe me, how many of us could see this coming with the advent of Government Motors.

 

Meanwhile, the Kool-Aid is starting to take effect. The American people have started to lose all sense of reality, caught up in the hope and change that the Spender-in-Chief has sold them. You suckers!!!!

28 May 2009

Sotomayor

Here’s a nice summation of what each nominee should be entitled to:

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom elaborated on the former governor's comments, saying that Romney thinks it's premature to discuss the filibuster.


"Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair, thorough and civil confirmation process," Fehrnstrom said. "At the end of that process, senators will decide for themselves how to vote on her nomination."

While I agree with Governor Romney on this, realistically, the ball is in the Obama administration’s court. While not overwhelmed with her judicial knowledge, the pick could have been much worse. Give Judge Sotomayor the fair, thorough and civil confirmation process, but don’t just hand the seat over to her.

27 May 2009

Intriguing editorial from KTN

Even for the Kingsport Times-News, this editorial is hawkish regarding the recent developments in North Korea. I agree with most of it, but I found it a little positive, even for the Times-News. Here’s a pretty powerful portion:

In response to that outrageously provocative act, President Obama told journalists assembled in the White House Rose Garden that the United States would work with allies around the world to “stand up to” North Korea. After that, the president made a brief visit to Arlington National Cemetery and then traveled to Ft. Belvoir where he played golf for the balance of the day.

It has been one of the treasured tropes of the left in general and of President Obama in particular that among President George W. Bush’s many faults was his deep disdain for diplomacy.

Unfair and untrue as that criticism has always been, North Korea’s escalating missile launches and this week’s underground nuclear test call that easy condemnation into further question.

It also makes all the self-congratulatory back-patting by the Obama administration over its supposedly more enlightened approach to U.S. foreign policy look not only premature but downright delusional.

If it wasn’t clear to President Obama during the campaign or in the days immediately after he took office, it should be exceedingly apparent now that diplomacy is meaningless unless it is backed up by the willingness to use force. As Will Rogers once famously phrased it, “Diplomacy consists of saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

 

Friends, if you live in the SWVA/Northeast TN region, or even if you don’t, you owe it to yourself to either subscribe to the KTN or to read it daily online. The editorial section is superb considering its market.

26 May 2009

The Maestro is at it again!!!

Fishersville Mike, that is. I’d wager that not many people that Elvis has an opinion on China. Well, here it is courtesy of the Maestro!!! Yes, he’s the same one who brought us Sourland’s latest and even more from Sourland.

An addendum to the previous post

JR, at Bearing drift, has this about cap and trade. Go check it out.

Coal – It’s what’s for US

At least that’s what one would think Rick Boucher and Cecil “I Own Rick Boucher” Roberts would believe. After all, a vast portion of the Ninth District is “Coal Country.” Apparently not, according to this release by Roberts’ UMWA. I’ll restate the question I previously asked: How does cap and tax protect good paying coal jobs? Answer: It doesn’t. Capping carbon emissions and then allowing trade allowances for these credits will do nothing but enact a National Energy Tax and thus seriously threaten the coal industry. That’s the whole point behind the Waxman-Markey bill. They want to tax coal out of usage in the United States. What does that leave? Hundreds of miners out of work with no prospects for jobs that pay equally as well.

What benefits would the United States gain environmentally under a cap and trade system? Little to none according to the Heritage Foundation:

 

Waxman-Markey Bill: Dumb and Dumber

  • Waxman-Markey Global Warming Tax: The cap-and-trade tax proposed by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) is disguised as environmental legislation when it would have little impact on global temperatures. In fact, it is a massive energy tax that promises soaring household energy bills, major job losses, income cuts, and a sharp left turn toward big government.
    • And It Keeps Getting Worse: The original draft of Waxman-Markey was so bad for the economy that moderate Democrats demanded it be changed. The new version, believe it or not, is much worse. Compared to no cap and trade, real GDP losses increase an additional $2 trillion, from $7.4 trillion to $9.6 trillion
    • And Why Is It Getting Worse? Attempts to reduce costs to consumers in the current bill do ease some near-term economic pains, but because "pollution permits" are handed out as subsidies, debt is driven up, interest rates increase, and businesses significantly reduce the investments that drive the overall economy, resulting in a more costly bill.
    • Green Jobs Are a Myth; Real Job Losses Are Not: For every "green job" created, others are wiped out. Compared to no cap and trade, average unemployment increases in the new bill an additional 261,000 jobs, from 844,000 lost jobs to 1,105,000 lost jobs in the current version
  • Your Family Will Pay: Waxman-Markey will raise electricity rates 90% after adjusting for inflation, gas prices 74%, natural gas prices 55%, and an average family's annual energy bill by at least $1,500.

And What Do We Get After We Tax the Weather?

  • The Ultimate Outsourcing: India and China have repeatedly said they would not match U.S. environmental goals in order to protect their economies. Cap and trade will merely move manufacturing jobs to China and India.
  • Environmental Status Quo: All of the outrageous costs associated with this bill may at best result in 0.2 degree drop in temperature by the end of the century, and most likely even less.
  • Massive Corruption: The New York Times reports that cap and trade "is almost perfectly designed for the buying and selling of political support through the granting of valuable emissions permits to favor specific industries and even specific congressional districts" (May 20, 2009).
  • An Alternative That Supports American Taxpayers: Instead of appeasing a radical environmental agenda, President Obama should give us access to all energy sources, including domestic oil production, nuclear energy, coal, and new renewable fuels. Instead of new taxes, the President should aim to lower gas and electricity prices. When government impediments are lifted, America's energy entrepreneurs can develop innovative and market-driven solutions to our energy needs.

The problem is that Cecil Roberts and the UMWA are sweeping Boucher's support of Waxman-Markey under the rug. I posted about this, but no seems to be paying attention, I know you all read stuff, but the complicity here is staggering considering Roberts' rhetoric. The question we ought to be asking Roberts, Boucher and the UMWA, is how does cap and tax protect good paying coal jobs? Boucher's song and dance routine about being middle of the road is getting him nowhere. We've all seen the protest at his DC office and the arrests that followed. Being middle of the road does nothing but get you hit by a tractor and trailer.He should stick with being liberal, he's better at it.

SWVA Delegation to Richmond, not optimistic

Senators Bill Wampler, Jr. and Phillip Puckett are taking a wait and see attitude as to whether further budget cuts will be needed.

 

State Sen. William Wampler Jr., R-Bristol, was in Richmond Thursday with the Senate Finance Committee dealing with the latest notch to get bored into the state’s tightening belt.

“I think the most disturbing point is, all revenue trends are worse than what the governor briefed us on during (this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly),” Wampler said.

“We continue to see a slide in sales tax collections and quarterly income tax estimates.

Well, I think Senator Wampler has understated the situation. He’s in a panic mode without trying to appear in a panic mode. The fact of the matter remains that this “porkulus” package has done little or nothing to ease the fiscal crunch that many are feeling right now. What it has done is expand the scope of federal government intrusion and oversight into matters that are properly left to the state governments. Common sense will tell you if people aren’t spending, sales tax revenues will be below estimates.

Senator Phillip Puckett is taking much the same approach as Senator Wampler:

State Sen. Phillip Puckett, D-Lebanon, said May and June revenue numbers will be crucial to knowing where to go into the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

“These last two months will probably determine if we have to make any serious cuts, and we will probably have to do that before June 30,” Puckett said, in order to balance the budget by the end of the current fiscal year.

We’ll see.

25 May 2009

Kilo – The philosopher

Quoting Pericles, Kilo makes an appropriate post on Memorial Day.

Liberty University – For The Record

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. released this statement regarding the College Democrats at LU.

Here’s the pertinent information:

 

The University has not banned Democrats from campus. Nor has the Democrat club been banned from meeting. And, never has the University or its’ officials said that a person cannot be a Christian and a Democrat. Sorry for those who want to run with these titillating soundbites, but these are the facts.

The students who formed the Democrat club last October are good students. They are pro-life and believe in traditional marriage. They can continue to meet on campus. The only thing that has changed came about as part of a University-wide review of all student organizations for official recognition status. Official recognition carries with it the benefit of using the University name and funds. While this group will not be an officially recognized club, it may still meet on campus.

The McAuliffe campaign has made it appear as if the Dems were the only group under review. Spin? How about outright misrepresentation. If all campus groups were under review, then the Lefties don’t have a leg to stand on. As yet, I’ve not seen an official release from the group itself, only the Democrat Party of Virginia, the DNC and the McAuliffe campaign.

 

While the students in the college Democrat club are pro-life and support traditional marriage, the constitution of the club pledged support to advance the Democratic platform and candidates. The 2008 Democratic platform has taken an extreme turn to the left on social issues. For the first time it supports federal funding of abortion and repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a law passed overwhelmingly by a bi-partisan Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton. Liberty University will not lend its’ name or financial support to undermine marriage or to promote abortion. (as is its right as a private university) (italics mine)

If it is about Free Speech as many bloggers have claimed, why doesn’t the DNC or the Democrat Party of Virginia speak out against the pro-life and pro-marriage stance the LU group espouses?  It is about partisan politics and, in my opinion, the effort to deflect growing criticism of his campaign by Terry McAuliffe. The Democrats have seen the same polls as everyone else. They know that all THREE of their candidates trail Bob McDonnell in recent polls.

Stars and Stripes: D-Day Vet honors comrades

This article is well worth the read on this Memorial Day. It appears in the latest issue of Stars and Stripes. This is a short post, but go read the article.

UVa – Wise to begin ROTC program

This is a great step for the Wise County college. Once known as Clinch Valley College, the Cavaliers will begin offering the ROTC program under the auspices of the current program at East Tennessee State University.

While at ETSU, I had the opportunity to tour the ROTC barracks and their training facilities. Both are impressive and will enable the UVa – Wise program to get a foothold into the ROTC world. Congratulations to the UVa – Wise Cavaliers for this positive step forward.

24 May 2009

Tessie

My fellow Red Sox Nation compatriots will know exactly what I’m talking about. I love the original Tessie, but this is awesome too!!!!

1st Cav Division – Helping rebuild Iraq

It is always important to note that men of war are among some of the most generous and gentle people to walk the planet. This release from the 1st Cavalry Division PAO demonstrates the difference these 8th Cavalry Regt’ troopers are making; one community at a time.

 

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, travelled to Hawijah in Kirkuk province to deliver micro-grants May 2.


According to Staff Sgt. Jared Wiegand, a Fort Wayne, Ind. native, and pay agent with 1st Bn., 8th Cav Regt., the micro-grant amounts ranged from $1,500 to $2,500. The amounts were determined based on services and equipment local shop owners requested.

Excellent Read

If you don’t already read it, I’d suggest that you begin to read “Stars and Stripes” the newspaper for today’s military. An electronic version of the actual paper is provided for download and the site offers different sections for each edition. I read it as I would my local paper. I write this to point out that there are other news media out there other than the big box, mainstream media.

23 May 2009

“The Voice” 1934 - 2009

It’s a shame when such a legend as Vern Gosdin can pass away and not one single country music channel takes much notice. Hits like, Set ‘Em Up Joe and Chiseled in Stone to gospel stand-bys like Jesus, Hold My Hand are solid gold. This is my blog, and I’m going to say something that contemporary “country” music lovers will not want to hear. Billy Currington, Keith Urban and others like them couldn’t even carry Vern Gosdin’s mike stand.  There are only a handful who are in the same mold and I can count them on one hand.

RIP Vern “The Voice” Gosdin

Cecil Roberts - Clueless

In this press release, Cecil “I Own Rick Boucher” Roberts comes to the Feckless One’s defense citing “protections” in the Waxman bill. How does cap and tax protect coal jobs Mr. Roberts?

 

“Coal is America’s most abundant energy resource. We have more coal than any nation on earth. As the debate over climate change has evolved over the past two decades, we have not only insisted on the preservation of coal mining jobs, but argued as well for the essential part that coal plays in sustaining our national economy and ensuring our independence from foreign oil.

“While we still have concerns about this legislation, it contains many items that Rep. Boucher and others worked hard to attain and which we support, including over $100 billion to advance and deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

The fact of the matter remains that cap and tax will create a huge bureaucracy to handle the trade of “allowance” in carbon emissions and will effectively create a National Energy Tax which will discourage the use of coal and other sources of energy which are readily available to us now. This cap and tax system, by Obama’s own admission, will cause electricity rates to “skyrocket.” Don’t believe me? Hear now the Spender-in-Chief:

This is simply about partisan politics and the fact that Rick Boucher is owned and funded by Roberts and the UMWA.  I suggest that Mr. Roberts read HR 2300, the American Energy Innovation Act to see the right approach to energy solutions for the United States. Until he does, he remains clueless as to what Americans really want.

Patrick Henry wins district baseball title

My alma mater, Patrick Henry, claimed its first district baseball tournament title since 1991, my senior year. Congratulations to the Rebels for bringing home the Hogoheegee District title.

Game On

 

NOTE: It will be interesting to see how Cecil Roberts and his buddies at the UMWA come down on this.

Rick Boucher’s support of the jobs killer bill that purports to reduce carbon emissions most likely now has cost him his seat in 2010. When Krystle first posted on this, I was skeptical. However, I now believe Rick Boucher’s betrayal of the coal industry has just cost him his seat. He’s getting hammered from the left AND the right and he’s doing nothing but killing good paying coal jobs in Southwest Virginia. Jerry points out that even the White House knows Boucher is vulnerable now. GAME ON in the Ninth District.

22 May 2009

Poor Little Lefties

They’ve got their britches in a bunch because a private university chose not to recognize an organization which is contrary to the mission statement and religious views of the university. Boo hoo!!! What about the First Amendment rights as applied to Congressman Tom Tancredo (and other conservatives) who was almost assaulted on the University of North Carolina’s campus? Here’s the video, judge for yourself. For the record, each time a conservative group is recognized on public university campuses, they experience “free speech” in the form of vandalism of privately funded conservative newspapers.

 

 

And just so no one will accuse me of being a Fox soldier, here’s coverage from CNN:

 

Memorial Day

Before I go any further with this post, I wish to clarify that Memorial Day is not about D’s and R’s, it is about A’s as in Americans. Neither side has monopoly on remembrance and men who were D’s and men who were R’s all made sacrifices on battlefields around the world.

That said, it’s good to see Kilo posting again. Missed ya bro!!! You might find this story interesting. Go check his post and the underlying story.

Boucher is protested

H/T to Article XI:

 

Looks like the Feckless One is getting hammered from both sides. I have no sympathy for these idiots who disrupt public business, but I find it amusing that our Congressman is protested by environmental groups when he supports Waxman’s horrible legislation.

As to the protesters, come to Buchanan or Dickenson Counties and try that. You’d be run out and tarred and feathered. These idiots don’t realize that coal drives the electricity they use to blog by, it drives the electricity that heats their water when they shower. Idiots!!!

These type of protests accomplish nothing but a criminal record and bad press for your cause. You want to protest? Fine. Find a place where no public proceedings will be interrupted. As to Congressman Boucher, I hope he realizes that coal UMWA is what is keeping him in office. He sells out again, he may be out of a job come 2010.

21 May 2009

Memorial Day 2009

In case I don’t blog the next few days, please be mindful that this weekend and the following Monday is more than just the first holiday of the summer. We should all give thanks and pay respects to the graves of fallen veterans. Take time to place flowers on veterans markers at your local cemetery, that’s what I’m going to do.

Thank you Mr. Boucher – pt. 1

NOTE: I forgot to mention that the Armistice did NOT end the state of war that exists between Pyongyang and Seoul. To this day, a formal state of war continues to exist between North and South and the US continues to lead the UN Force Command on the Korean Peninsula.

 

Well, I finally received a response from Mr. Boucher’s office regarding my question on the UN Korean Medal. I appreciate it. However, do you want to know what that response is comprised of? A print off of the Wikipedia article on the Medal and a print off of the Army information article from the Army website. That’s it. Not even a reply letter. Ok, I understand the dates are in place, but here’s my argument:

 

1.) The United States intervened on the Korean peninsula at the request of the United Nations in Security Council Resolutions 2.A.3.84 which reads in part:

 

The Security Council,
Having determined that the armed attack upon the Republic of Korea by forces from North Korea constitutes a breach of the peace,
having recommended that Member s of the United Nations furnish such assistance to the Republic of Korea as may be necessary to repel the armed attack and to restore international peace and security in the area,
1. Welcomes the prompt and vigorous support which Governments and peoples of the United Nations have given to its resolutions 82 (1950) and 83 (1950) of 25 and 27 June 1950 to assist the Republic of Korea in defending itself against armed attack and thus to restore international peace and security in the area;
2. Notes that Member s of the United Nations have transmitted to the United Nations offers of assistance for the Republic of Korea;
3. Recommends that all Member s providing military forces and other assistance pursuant to the aforesaid Security Council resolutions make such forces and other assistance available to a unified command under the United States of America ;
4. Requests the United States to designate the commander of such forces;
5. Authorizes the unified command at its discretion to use the United Nations flag in the course of operations against North Korean forces concurrently with the flags of the various nations participating;
6. Requests the United States to provide the Security Council with reports as appropriate on the course of action taken under the unified command.  (The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, Website, 11 September 2005)

The United States was specifically asked to appoint a commander of the United Nations Forces Command in Korea. There is photographic proof that the UN Flag still flies on US installations in Korea and have done so since the Armistice. I personally have photographic evidence that the UN flag was flown in an official capacity as the visit by then President Eisenhower in 1960.

 

UNKorea2 

Please note the UN flag that is flown beside the Union Jack of Great Britain. Also note the different countries in the review. This photo was taken by my father in the Spring or Summer of 1960 before he shipped back Stateside. Don’t believe that Ike was there? Ok, here’s more:

IkeKorea2

General Eisenhower is noted in red circle, note the salute from the General. Also note, the Secret Service agents noted in blue. The size of this assembly precludes the possibility that a lower ranking official was making the visit.

The point to this exhibition is to show that the United States forces were part of the UN Command force directed to maintain the integrity of the DMZ after the Armistice. By the way, there have been numerous incursions by the North into the DMZ well AFTER the signing of the Armistice. I’ll continue with my disdain for Mr. Boucher’s office later.

8th Cav Regiment MOH Recipient

This Second Lieutenant served in the very same company that my father served with in Korea. Had Dad decided to reenlist, it is likely, though not certain, that he would have been in the same platoon as this fine officer. Had he reenlisted, he would have received a promotion to Sergeant and would most assuredly have seen action in the first wave of troops to Vietnam.

 

Courtesy of the 8th US Cavalry Regiment Association derived from:

http://www.history.army.mil/moh.html

 

*LEISY, ROBERT RONALD
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. place and date: Phuoc Long province,
Republic of Vietnam, 2 December 1969. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 1 March 1945, Stockton,Calif.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. Leisy, Infantry, Company B, distinguished
himself while serving as platoon leader during a reconnaissance mission. One of his patrols became heavily engaged by fire from a numerically superior enemy force
located in a well-entrenched bunker complex. As 2d Lt. Leisy deployed the remainder of his platoon to rescue the beleaguered patrol, the platoon also came under intense enemy fire from the front and both flanks. In complete disregard for his safety, 2d Lt. Leisy moved from position to position deploying his men to effectively engage the enemy. Accompanied by his radio operator he moved to the front and spotted an enemy sniper in a tree in the act of firing a rocket-propelled
grenade at them. Realizing there was neither time to escape the grenade nor shout a warning, 2d Lt. Leisy unhesitatingly, and with full knowledge of the consequences, shielded the radio operator with his body and absorbed the full impact of the explosion.

This valorous act saved the life of the radio operator and protected other men of his platoon who were nearby from serious injury. Despite his mortal
wounds, 2d Lt. Leisy calmly and confidently continued to direct the
platoon's fire. When medical aid arrived, 2d Lt. Leisy valiantly refused
attention until the other seriously wounded were treated. His display of
extraordinary courage and exemplary devotion to duty provided the inspiration and leadership that enabled his platoon to successfully withdraw without further casualties. 2d Lt. Leisy's gallantry at the cost of his life are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.