Monthly Archives: November 2011

Gratitude

One of my deployed kids received a link to a blog in an email and shared the link and her reply with us. Below are excerpts from the blog, then her reply. (The URL to the full blog is at the end.)

In 1988, I was fortunate to be Cruise Director when the Royal Viking Star did what I believe turned out to be their last Pacific Memories Cruise. With General Rockefeller and several other honorary speakers on board we called at several historic islands like Guadalcanal, Okinawa and the much lesser known island Biak, Indonesia. That day in Biak was definitely one I’ll never forget!

The Battle of Biak was part of McArthur’s New Guinea campaign. There were strategic airfields on the island built by the interned local Indonesian population at Japanese gunpoint. The Americans finally broke through the Japanese defenses on June 22, 1944, captured its air strips and liberated the locals.

When our ship approached the island it was something not to be believed! Lining the coastline, many rows deep, were an estimated 10,000 locals. We learned later that many of these people traveled on foot, bike, horse, canoe and in the beds of trucks over the span of a couple days, from all parts of the island, to be there to catch a glimpse of the Americans who had liberated many of them and their relatives from their harsh occupiers.

At the end of the day, all the people who had lined the shore were still there. A bunch of us from the cruise ship jumped into the water to cool off. A bunch of locals joined us until we were surrounded with swimmers. When local swimmers approached me, I reached out to them with a “high five” and there were big smiles and laughter for a few unforgettable minutes!

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My kid shared her reply to the email with us:

Thank you for sharing this!! I loved it! I am so proud of our history and all those who came before me. I hope that we are living up to the standards that they set.

My mom’s friend Marianne, was 5 when Holland was liberated, and her first memory of “an American” was of an American Soldier who gave her a candy bar as they were liberating her town.

I met a man outside of Ft Hood who works in a restaurant that Soldiers frequent. He is so proud of his job serving the Soldiers because when he was a child in Kosovo, he said the American Soldiers saved him and his town from being destroyed. He credits the Army for saving his childhood.

It’s amazing to me what my brothers in arms have done, and I hope that one day, my children will be able to come to Iraq and Afghanistan and hear something similar. I hope that we leave a positive impression on the people here; that to me is what will end up measuring the worth of our work here.

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BLOG: http://www.sameshipdifferentday.com/2011/11/18/known-better/

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Lil Buzz Ancestor Found in Cro-Magnon Cave

Corporal K and Lil Buzz both inherited my hands. RE: images – The cave paintings are on curved surfaces, so I figured it was fair to distort my hand print to see if it fit. I did not alter the proportions of my print, merely used the “distort” tool on the corners of the image to see if my flat hand scan could reasonably be the same as the 3D cave paintings. Both fit perfectly!

I can’t help thinking our crooked pinky is somehow related to artistic talent. Corporal K is a gifted artist and, as young as he is, Lil Buzz has already done some finger paintings that are so beautiful, they really deserved framing … not just because we’re all deliriously in love with the little guy, but because they actually are good paintings! 🙂

Click to embiggen.

 

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Shepard Fairey

Click on images to embiggen.

Shepard Fairey is the artist who created the iconic “HOPE” portrait for Obama’s campaign in February 2008.

At the time, the Obama campaign officially declined to have any direct affiliation with the image, but Fairey reported that he originally put the word “PROGRESS” on the image and only changed it to HOPE after the Obama campaign asked him to do so. Obama also sent him a personal letter of thanks.

In August 2009, Fairey created a darker, moody image of Obama for Rolling Stone that clearly shows he’d lost a lot of his sunny enthusiasm for Obama.

In December 2010, when asked how he felt about having done the “HOPE” portrait of Obama and how “that hope was working out for him now?”, Fairey replied:

“You know, I’m proud of it as a piece of grassroots activism, but I’ll just leave it at that.”

Yes, Fairey is proud of his HOPE poster and his career as a Left-wing artist-activist who has made a living plagiarizing other people’s work.

In typical Leftie-Hypocrite fashion, Fairey sneers at those who want their rights protected from his depredations, then turns around and demands his rights be protected for the same behavior.

Remember the video “Occupy Toronto” that I posted a few days ago?

https://polination.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/occupy-toronto/

It was long (16 minutes), so maybe all y’all didn’t listen to the end where there was an interesting discussion of the hypocrisy of the Occupiers with regard to police and private property. In short, the handful of Occupiers who were actually in the Toronto tent city at 4 a.m. got seriously riled when Levant tried to unzip one of the empty tents. (Levant’s crew had a heat imaging camera, so knew which of the tents had people inside.)

The Occupiers said Levant was violating the personal property rights of the tents’ owners. Levant said he was merely opening an empty tent that had been left on public property, and besides, didn’t the Occupiers (who were, after all, squatting on public property without a permit) claim to not believe in private property?

This got the Occupiers angry and they proceeded to menace Levant and his crew and threaten to call the cops if they didn’t leave. These were the same people who had called cops “pigs”, thrown things at them and demanded they leave the tent city alone. Then one of them got all up in Levant’s face and snatched his prescription eyeglasses right off his face and ran away with them.

So let me think … empty tent, no touchy … prescription glasses occupying face of owner, fair game?? Remind you any of Shepard Fairey? Me, too.

Color me unsurprised that Fairey is so supportive of the “grassroots” Occupy movement (which Levant says is being funded by unions) that he has produced a POSTER (for which I’m guessing he’ll expect the courts to protect his exclusive right to all profit from sales).

This time, Fairey’s chosen a Guy Fawkes mask for the face, so I’m guessing he won’t be experiencing a repeat of the AP lawsuit. Apart from that, I find this new image interesting for a couple of reasons.

One, I think it demonstrates a real ambivalence about Obama. “We are the 99%” (which they’re not, duh) is inside an Obama campaign button, but the message says “Mr. President we HOPE you’re on our side.” Hmm.

(Gallup shows 24% support. See https://polination.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/gallup-poll-occupy-gets-the-yawn-vote/)

Poor broken-winged Far-Left birdies who thought Obama was the Messiah who would usher in the perfect Left-wing society where they got to have whatever they wanted whenever they wanted it.  One might go so far as to wonder aloud at how foolish they are to continue clinging bitterly to their rainbowy, unicorn-strewn Ø dream.

I was also intrigued by Fairey’s use of Guy Fawkes for the face of “Occupy.” It got me curious who Guy Fawkes really was. Here’s what I found:

Guy Fawkes (1570 – 1606) was a Catholic convert in Protestant England who learned warfare fighting on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers and then tried to use that knowledge to assassinate the English Protestant monarch, King James I, and put a Catholic on the throne.

He was captured by the King’s men and tortured until he confessed and named his co-conspirators. The man who supervised the torture reported, Fawkes “told us that since he undertook this action he did every day pray to God he might perform that which might be for the advancement of the Catholic Faith and saving his own soul.”

On January 31, 1606, Fawkes and three of his co-conspirators were publicly hanged, drawn and quartered. And, as was the custom of the times, their body parts were distributed to “the four corners of the kingdom”, to be displayed as a warning to other would-be traitors.

Since the day of Fawkes’ arrest and the “the joyful day” of the King’s “deliverance” from assassination – November 5th – Brits have celebrated with fireworks and bonfires. Although there were a number of co-conspirators, Guy Fawkes is the one everyone remembers and November 5 is known as Guy Fawkes Day. Celebrations traditionally include the ceremonial bonfire burning of a Guy Fawkes effigy during the fireworks display, though sometimes individual groups will substitute someone else they despise, such as the Pope or Margaret Thatcher.

Do I need to elaborate on all the ways it is just WEIRD that THIS is the guy Fairey chose for the “Occupy” face? I didn’t think so.

It kinda reminds me of the way these same ignorant morons revere Che Guevera. They don’t know any more about who Guy Fawkes really was than they do about who Che Guevera really was.

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THE SATURDAY GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

FLASH!!!!
WINTER FESTIVAL TREE MURDERED AND BODY DRAGGED TO WHITE HUT FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY

http://www.breitbart.tv/white-house-christmas-tree-arrives/

157 AIR FORCE MAJORS TERMINATED WITHOUT RETIREMENT BENEFITS
Not only do the liberal pricks lack the guts to defend our country,they seem to delight in pissing on those who do.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/11/157_air_force_majors_terminated_without_retirement_benefits.html

OBAMA TURNS TO BIDEN FOR HELP IN THREE KEY STATES
You know you’re in trouble when you depend on a pompous gasbag who opens his mouth to change feet and steps on his own weiner as a matter of rote.
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BIDEN_2012?SITE=CAANR&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

HAPPY SATURDAY!!

THE NEW TAMMANY HALL
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203716204577016092542307600.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

HOLDER’S DEPARTMENT OF RETRIBUTION
Sadly,he’ll pay no price for any of it.
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/11/holders_dept_of_retribution.html

THIS KID IS 10 YEARS OLD!

MR. TINGLES:THE NATIONAL MEDIA LEANS A LITTLE TO THE LEFT
If it leaned any farther it would fall as flat as your ratings,bonehead.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/chris-matthews-the-national-media-leans-a-little-to-the-left/

TRY THESE:

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, “You stay here; I’ll go on a head.”

13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said, “Keep off the Grass.”

15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

17. A backward poet writes inverse.

18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.

19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine .

21. A vulture boards an airplane carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, “I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.”

22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, “Dam!”

23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.

24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One said, “I’ve lost my electron.” The other said, “Are you sure?” The first replied, “Yes, I’m positive.”

25. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends in the hope at least one of the puns would make one laugh. No pun in ten did.
h/t:IOTW

OCCUBAGGERS CAN’T STOP S.F. SHOPPERS
I said before the OWS pukes couldn’t stand up to crazed shopaholics
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/26/BAK41M4FV0.DTL

THE COMING EVICTION OF OCCUPY LA AN EXERCISE IN GROVELING
You can’t appease your enemy
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/11/the_coming_eviction_of_occupy_la_an_exercise_in_groveling.html

GOP FIELD RUNNING AGAINST THE MEDIA
The left doesn’t stand a chance in a fair fight–never has,never will
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/195467-republicans-running-against-the-media

OBAMA PLAYS GOLF FOR THE 30TH TIME THIS YEAR
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/11/25/obama-plays-golf-30th-time-year/

OBAMA TO TAKE IN BASKETBALL GAMES TODAY
Glad to see he can take a little time away from focusing like a laser on jobs for the American people
http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/11/26/basketball-day-obama/

ARE PROGRESSIVES FOR THE LITTLE GUY?
http://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2011/11/26/are_progressives_for_the_little_guy

INCRIMINATING TIMELINE:DEMOCRATS PUNT ON FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/elisabethmeinecke/2011/11/25/incriminating_timeline_democrats_punt_on_fiscal_responsibility

THE BEST LEADERS MONEY CAN BUY
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/the_best_leaders_that_money_can_buy.html

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We simply want a president

I’ve been really bothered by the spate of “Obama is going to win” columns I’ve seen sprinkled around the internet … on conservative sites! Sheesh. Who are these people who want to convince us our cause is hopeless? Huh? Democrat operatives? I mean, really.

What’s the point of nay-saying EVERY Republican candidate 12 MONTHS before the election?!

At this point in November of 2007, the top “shoe-in” contenders for 2008 were Hilary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. And look what happened the first week in December.

So what does THAT say?

And do we remember the uninspiring, fence-sitter these “conservatives can’t win” people on Left and Right gave us in 2008? There’s a reason for the “I voted for Palin” bumper stickers.

Anyway, the article below speaks powerfully to the nay sayers. We need to listen!

We’re Not Electing a Messiah By R. Clayton Strang – November 25, 2011

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/were_not_electing_a_messiah.html

H/t Pistol Pete

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NOT photoshopped

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GALLUP Poll: Occupy gets the YAWN vote

Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2034298830056011884BbVCAH

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Occupy Toronto

Very illuminating! If you have the time, listen to the end.

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Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in an argument that is bad enough to negate the value of the conclusion.

They get used a lot by the Left because, as we here all know, the Left can’t defend their policies for real.

Too often, we let them get away with it. And I say it’s time we stopped. Not only do we have the facts on our side, but also Americans really HATE being taken for suckers.

Whenever we can expose the Left’s attempts to manipulate the audience, we will both win the debate and shift the audience away from allegiance to the schmucks who tried to con them.

It’s very win-win.

There are a lot of logical fallacies. I’ve spent most of today researching and … well, I’m whipped!

So you will all have to just HOLD YOUR BREATH another day (or two, I have company coming tomorrow).

I’ll try to make it worth the wait 🙂

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THE BLACK FRIDAY GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete
First let me express my gratitude to have a friend like Chrissy whose enormous talent never ceases to amaze me.

BLACK FRIDAY MADNESS

WE’RE NOT ELECTING A MESSIAH
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/were_not_electing_a_messiah.html

STEALING AS POLICY–FROM THE IRON CURTAIN TO ROBERT BYRD
http://pjmedia.com/blog/stealing-as-policy-from-the-iron-curtain-to-robert-byrd/

BOOK REVIEW: ‘THROW THEM ALL OUT’
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/22/legislators-and-honest-graft/

WHY REPUBLICANS DON’T WANT TO RAISE TAXES
http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/23/why-republicans-dont-want-to-raise-taxes/

GOP SEES OPPORTUNITY TO BEAT OBAMA WITH PENTAGON CUTS
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/195439-gop-sees-opportunity-to-beatnobama-with-pentagon-cuts

THIS IS PRETTY CUTE;PERRY AS PEPPERMINT PATTY AND ROMNEY AS LINUS

ACORN SLIMEBALL:TEA PARTY OUT-ORGANIZED OWS
http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/24/left-wing-organizing-kingpin-tea-partiers-out-organized-occupy-wall-street/

HOW TO MAKE AN OCCUPIER’S HEAD EXPLODE
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/11/how_to_make_an_occupiers_head_explode.html

THESE ARE THE 13 BEST SALES ON BLACK FRIDAY
For those brave/foolish enough to sally forth,girded with elbow pads and credit cards into the maelstrom.
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/these-are-the-13-best-sales-on-black-friday/

SPENDING WARS
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/spending_wars.html

OCCUBAGGERS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING BY SPITTING ON COPS
It takes more self-control than I could ever muster to be a cop and put up with this scum.

OCCUPY WHINE OF THE DAY
http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/46844

CONSERVATISM 101 FOR THOSE NOT PAYING ATTENTION
http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/11/conservatism_101_for_those_not_paying_attention.html

BYE BYE BIDEN?
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204630904577056462756242968.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_BelowLEFTSecond

PIE-PALOOZA AT WHITE HOUSE THANKSGIVING
The only pie not served was Humble Pie.
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/11/pie-polooza-at-white-house-thanksgiving/

OBAMA STEERS CLEAR OF DEFICIT PANEL FAILURE
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/nov/24/obama-steers-clear-of-deficit-panel-failure/

THE NORQUIST MYTH
James Clyburn was on with Don&Roma the other day and all he could do was blame Norquist for the super committee’s failure.Dems always need a straw man to blame because nothing is EVER their fault.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/284052/norquist-myth-charles-krauthammer

NOT PHOTOSHOPPED:BEAM OF LIGHT FALLS ON FALLEN SOLDIERS’ MIRACLE DOG
You’ve got to see this
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/11/not-photoshopped-beam-of-light-shines-on-fallen-soldiers-miracle-dog/

PEPPER-SPRAYING TAXPAYERS
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/print/284064

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