Category Archives: Patriotism

Mike Rowe speaks out

Mike Rowe ridiculed Massachusetts’s Hampshire College for its decision to remove the U.S. flag from campus because it instilled students with “fear.”

A better option, Rowe suggested, might be “simply educating them about the undeniable fact that no country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty than this one.”

Seems reasonable to me.  But some had issues with his exercise of free speech and Rowe responded in detail to one, Susanne McDaniel‎, in particular.

McDaniel wrote:

“How did you become so blindly patriotic? First of all, the college you were referencing in your rant about the American flag is a private college and doesn’t receive federal funding. However…the very essence of freedom in this country is our right to speak out against the flag, which is a mere symbol.

“If you take away that right, then we have lost all freedom. You really need to take a civics course, Mike Rowe. I used to like you; but, you have really become very annoying to me in recent years. I thought you were more intelligent. But, I guess appearances aren’t everything.”

Rowe responded:

“I’ve never thought of myself as ‘blindly patriotic,’ but I am a fan of the United States, the founding fathers, and the men and women who have served on my behalf. I also confess to feeling lucky to live here.

“Having said that, I think you’re correct about the flag; it’s only a symbol. So too is the Crucifix. And the middle finger. And the Swastika. And the compressed chunks of carbon that millions wear on their ring fingers as expressions of timeless love and eternal devotion…

“But if you really believe our flag is nothing but a ‘mere symbol,’ equally suitable for flying or burning, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable if the people you work with suddenly started coming to the office in pointy white hats fashioned from bedsheets? Would that be a problem for you? Or how about The Rainbow Flag, favored by the LGBTQ community? Would it be OK if people started burning that? If not, why not? I mean, it’s only a symbol, right?”

“The thing about ‘mere symbols’ Susanne, is that they represent ‘mere ideas,’ and ‘mere ideas’ are the backbone of ‘mere humanity.’ In the case of the flag, we’re talking about ideas that are wrapped into the Constitution — a document that separates us from every other country on the planet.

“Mere ideas are the reason people fight and die. Mere ideas are the reason we’re allowed to speak freely, protest publicly, bear arms, and burn the very symbol that represents those very freedoms. I didn’t suggest that you or anyone else be denied your right to fly or burn whatever flag you wish. What I failed to do, is quietly accept behavior I don’t care for. Which, if I’m not mistaken, is the same compulsion that motivates others to publicly express themselves in whatever ways they choose.”

FYI: Hampshire College is flying the American flag on campus again.



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Patriotic Video of the Year?

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Honoring Our Veterans

This is the solemn remembrance of all who serve or have served in defense of this country. It was first called Armistice Day and was designated so because the First World War ended on 11/11/18. The Armistice was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. No, I didn’t Google it, I already knew it. I am among the fortunate who were educated back when teachers taught and classrooms weren’t incubators for mind-numbed robots.

This is the day we honor our warriors, like Grunt’s son and Chrissy’s warrior princesses. I would like to recognize anyone who lurks here that has family serving. You have our undying gratitude for your strength, your courage, and your devotion to your country. I have always maintained that the left hates the military because they cannot comprehend a sense of duty and loyalty to something so precious people are willing to risk life and limb to preserve it. It’s called “guts.” They don’t understand it and never will.

Happy Birthday To The United States Marine Corps… 241 Years Of Proud Service
This is a tribute to the original gang of badasses

A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps: Each year on or around 10 November, Marines gather in groups large and small to celebrate our history, honor the memory of those who have gone before us, and rekindle the bond that unites all generations of Marines. Marines, we are part of something bigger than any of us could imagine. Whether you fought in the battles of World War I, in the Pacific during World War II, in Korea or Vietnam, in Desert Shield or Desert Storm, or in the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan—or you are just starting out on your Marine Corps journey—we are all part of an elite family of warriors. For the rest of your life, the first term people use to describe you will be “Marine.”

This Veterans Day, start fixing the Veterans Administration
Just in time for Veterans Day, when we honor those who served their country in uniform, the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has unearthed another scandal.

This time, it’s that scheduling staff at a clinic in southern Arizona systematically zeroed out patient wait times for thousands of appointments to make it look like goals were being met.
Veterans Day would be a hollow and meaningless celebration if America didn’t value its veterans enough to keep its promises to them, no matter how many politicians or bureaucrats have to be thrown out to make this happen.

As I was typing this it occurred to me. This is the 241st birthday of the Marines. What better gift could we have given them than a commander-in-chief they can be proud of? Someone who appreciates their sacrifice and would not betray them the way the last one did. It is hard to imagine what it was like to obey the commands of someone who has little but contempt for you and what you do. May Almighty God keep you in His arms.



That’s all I have to say about that.

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Enjoy This Easter; The Apocalypse Clock Is Counting Down Faster Than the US Debt Counter After Yesterday

Gruntington Post, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, Good Friday, 2016 – We keep making history here in the Good Ol’ USA, whether we want to or not.  Last Christmas, the Detroit Chapter of the Satanic Temple made history by conducting the first Satanic ceremony on the State Capitol steps in Lansing, Michigan under the black flag of the Satanic USA, apparently.  And this Good Friday, they made some more history by conducting a “Sanctions of the Cross” demonstration in front of a Planned Parenthood to protest legislative restrictions on baby sacrifice.

As Samantha Allen of The Daily Beast put it: “It was a showdown that can only be described as biblical: The Satanic Temple of Detroit versus the Pro-Life Action League outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic on Good Friday.”


You can see other photos at the Daily Beast, depicting their leader, Jex Blackheart or Jinx Blackmore or whatever her/his name is, staring at the camera wearing a crown of thorns and carrying a cross.  I’d prefer not to reproduce them here, thank you.  Talk about “cultural appropriation,” huh?  You’d think all the social justice snowflakes in Ann Arbor would be all over this, wouldn’t you?


Read more excellent snark about these historic events at The Other McCain.


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MASCOT UPDATE: Veterans Day at Buzz Kids’ school

Mama Buzz snapped 2 pics at the Buzz Kids’ school. I’m really happy they’re in a good place, but the fact that these photos warrant a blog … instead of being common place … makes me really sad.

2015_11 12 Vet Day at Buzz School a

2015_11 12 Vet Day at Buzz school b

Mama Buzz says they also say the Pledge of Allegiance. 🙂

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Honor and the Fading Flag

2015_07 20 Angela's HONOR bookmark

Honor and the Fading Flag by Angelaisms

Since the first time I heard it, I’ve always been fond of Ronald Reagan’s admonition to not be “pale pastels, but bold colors that make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all the issues.” I’ve never liked pastels – they’re too demure, and they wash out my complexion when I wear them.

Our nation’s flag is comprised of bold colors, befitting a nation that, for the bulk of its more than two hundred years of existence, has been a courageous and confident advocate for the cause of the smallest minority there is – that of the individual. While the bulk of the world has insisted, to some degree or another, that who and what you are born is the strongest determining factor in your life, we declare without hesitation that it is not the circumstances of your birth but rather what you choose to do with your life that decides your destiny.

Or at least, we used to.

The last seven years have not been an abrupt about face in terms of American policy, but rather an intensification and acceleration of policies that were put in place a hundred years ago. The tree of Progressive ideology was not planted in recent years; it just seems that way with the abundance of fruit it has borne in that time. Those principles which have served as the ideological foundation of this nation have come under attack with a fury that few could have imagined possible just ten years ago. America’s enemies, both internal and external, are coalescing and gaining strength – they’ve smelled the blood in the water, and are moving in for the kill.

The increasingly united shrieking coming from the midst of that madding crowd is telling Americans to sit down, shut up, blend in. Conform. Fade away. Those who don’t comply risk becoming the primary focus of that whirlwind, which will not rest till it has utterly consumed the offender – at which point it moves on to its next victim. Many are unwilling to put themselves in such a vulnerable position, so they do their best to sit down. Shut up. Blend in. And the colors of America begin to fade.

It is in difficult times that the character of a people is revealed, and these are difficult times. They will only get harder. But there is always hope. The fact that parts of America have begun to fade does not change the veracity of those bold ideas on which she was built – we are, each of us, who we choose to be, no matter our surrounding circumstances. We don’t have to fade. The fact of the existence of the God-given honor and dignity of the individual was woven into the fabric of this people from the beginning; the only thing the shrinking of our countrymen or the encroaching shadows can do is throw it into sharper relief. But only if we choose to remain true. We are not, nor were we ever meant to be, pale pastels.

We must remain bold. We must remain true. For in so doing, we will not only bear the standard to which the wise and honest may repair – we will become it.

Essay and HONOR bookmark by Angelaisms. You can purchase her cross-stich bookmark pattern @

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Let freedom ring

God bless America

These two videos are MUST VIEWS.

What Makes America Different? [5:32]
Outsiders tend to be the best judge of character, and Nick Adams, a best-selling Australian author and political commentator, gives an outsider’s view of the USA.

Newsroom Rebuttal: America Is Not The Greatest Country In the World? [12:54]
Steve Crowder delivers a thorough slap down and rebuttal to Jeff Daniels’ viral anti-America Newsroom scene.


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Progressive agenda: Make patriotism a dirty word

Degrade the military and disrespect the flag … it’s all part and parcel in the Prog’s plan to dismantle the United States of America and fold us into a one world government run by the United Nations.

Now and then - Selma

On March 3, 2015, the University of California at Irvine student government association voted 6-4-2 to remove Old Glory from a campus lobby. Over the weekend, the executive leadership of student government vetoed the move.  Now a group of professors has publicly expressed solidarity with the students who think the flag sucks and should be banned.

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Criticizing POTUS

Democrats are having kittens over Rudy Giuliani’s remark that Obama doesn’t love the United States because he “doesn’t express a great love of this country” and criticizes the United States at home and abroad.  “President Obama was brought up in an atmosphere in which he was taught to be a critic of America. That is a distinction with prior American presidents.”

The irony challenged Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tweeted this:


Puh-leeze!  Do these people have NO memories?!  I am reminded of the old saying, “Those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.”  I think it should have an addendum, “Those who can’t remember their own history are doomed to look like idiots.”

People who know Wasserman Schultz have told Politico that when Obama was giving her the cold shoulder and she got worried he’d replace her as DNC Chair, she rallied her supporters to let him know that such a move would prove he was anti-woman and anti-Jew.

And then there’s Fancy Nancy, who broke the age-old rule about keeping partisan political squabbles inside our borders.  It used to be that pols believed in presenting a united American front on issues of foreign policy, particularly when we had troops in harm’s way.  But that was before the current crop of America haters got control of the DemocRAT party.

2004 Pelosi rips Bush

Below is a MUST VIEW video.  It gave me goosebumps!

12-year old black political activist says, “President Obama, you don’t love America” [3:01]

Oh how I wish the First Black President of the United States had been someone of this kid’s caliber and not that unspeakable sack of ……….. squatting in the White House amongst the memories of men whose shoes he was never fit to shine.



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Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord

Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord

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