Every Friday at the Pentagon

I was not aware of this practice until now. I am pleased that it happens,
And am astounded that it does happen,
Given the political situation that exists in our government today.

It’s really heart breaking to know that we didn’t know this goes on every Friday, well at least I didn’t know.
Instead, I guess the media feels it’s more important to report on Hollywood stars as heroes.
I hope this article gives you a sense of pride for what our men and women are doing for us,
Every day, as they serve in the armed forces here and abroad.

IT HAPPENS EVERY FRIDAY! WERE YOU AWARE?

Mornings at the Pentagon
By JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY
McClatchy Newspapers

Over the last 12 months, 1,042 soldiers, Marines, sailors and Air Force personnel have given their lives in the terrible duty that is war.

Thousands more have come home on stretchers, horribly wounded and facing months or years in military hospitals.

This week, I’m turning my space over to a good friend and former roommate, Army Lt. Col.. Robert Bateman, who recently completed a yearlong tour of duty and is now back at the Pentagon.

Here’s Lt. Col. Bateman’s account of a little-known ceremony that fills the halls of the Army corridor of the Pentagon with cheers, applause and many tears every Friday morning. It first appeared on May 17 on the Weblog of media critic and pundit Eric Alterman at the Media Matters for America Website.

“It is 110 yards from the “E” ring to the “A” ring of the Pentagon. This section of the Pentagon is newly renovated; the floors shine, the hallway is broad, and the lighting is bright. At this instant the entire length of the corridor is packed with officers, a few sergeants and some civilians, all crammed tightly three and four deep against the walls. There are thousands here.

“This hallway, more than any other, is the `Army’ hallway. The G3 offices line one side, G2 the other, G8 is around the corner. All Army. Moderate conversations flow in a low buzz. Friends who may not have seen each other for a few weeks, or a few years, spot each other, cross the way and renew.

“Everyone shifts to ensure an open path remains down the center. The air conditioning system was not designed for this press of bodies in this area.

“The temperature is rising already. Nobody cares. “10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.

“A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private, or perhaps a private first class.

“Captains, majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little wilder, perhaps in private guilt for not having shared in the burden … Yet.

“Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause, but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The soldier’s chair is pushed by, I believe, a full colonel.

“Behind him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his peers, each private, corporal, or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer.

“11:00 hours: Twenty-four minutes of steady applause. My hands hurt, and I laugh to myself at how stupid that sounds in my own head. My hands hurt. Please! Shut up and clap. For twenty-four minutes, soldier after soldier has come down this hallway – 20, 25, 30.. Fifty-three legs come with them, and perhaps only 52 hands or arms, but down this hall came 30 solid hearts.

“They pass down this corridor of officers and applause, and then meet for a private lunch, at which they are the guests of honor, hosted by the generals. Some are wheeled along. Some insist upon getting out of their chairs, to march as best they can with their chin held up, down this hallway, through this most unique audience. Some are catching handshakes and smiling like a politician at a Fourth of July parade. More than a couple of them seem amazed and are smiling shyly.

“There are families with them as well: the 18-year-old war-bride pushing her 19-year-old husband’s wheelchair and not quite understanding why her husband is so affected by this, the boy she grew up with, now a man, who had never shed a tear is crying; the older immigrant Latino parents who have, perhaps more than their wounded mid-20s son, an appreciation for the emotion given on their son’s behalf. No man in that hallway, walking or clapping, is ashamed by the silent tears on more than a few cheeks. An Airborne Ranger wipes his eyes only to better see. A couple of the officers in this crowd have themselves been a part of this parade in the past.

“These are our men, broken in body they may be, but they are our brothers, and we welcome them home. This parade has gone on, every single Friday, all year long, for more than four years.

Did you know that? I didn’t.
Be a Patriot and send it on its way as you see fit.

Look at this Lady – Let us Never Forget!

http://www.snopes.com/politics/war/sendler.asp

Irene Sendler died on May 12, 2008 (aged 98) in Warsaw, Poland.

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a
Plumbing/Sewer specialist.
She had an ‘ulterior motive’.
She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews (being German).
Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried
and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger
kids).
She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi
soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto.
The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the
barking covered the kids/infants noises.
During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.
She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her
severely.
Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and
kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.
After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived
it and reunited the family.
Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster
family homes or adopted.
Last year Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was not selected.
President Obama won one year before becoming President for his work as a community organizer for ACORN and Al Gore won also — for a slide show on Global Warming.
In MEMORIAM – 63 YEARS LATER I’m doing my small part by forwarding this message. I hope you’ll consider doing the same…
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe
ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900
Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved
and humiliated!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to
be ‘a myth’. It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

Thomas Jefferson

At 5, began studying under his cousins tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence …
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States …
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nations size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello …
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine. At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence.
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. Thomas Jefferson
It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.  A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson
I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. Thomas Jefferson
My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.  Thomas Jefferson
The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. Thomas Jefferson
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson
To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.  If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

No Prayer

Jay Sekulow and his ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) is an organization that I have a high regard for. Just today he reported …

In less than two weeks, America will commemorate the sacrifice and heroism that resulted from the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history. Yet, Mayor Bloomberg has not invited any clergy – of any faith – and there will be no prayer at the official 9/11 10th anniversary memorial service in New York. No prayer?

In the days and weeks following 9/11 – and even during the chaos of that tragic day – thousands of Americans lifted up our nation and all those suffering in prayer. It is not appropriate to commemorate 9/11 without prayer.

The ACLJ is taking action, on behalf of thousands of Americans, demanding that Mayor Bloomberg include prayer at the 9/11 ceremony. But what if there was no ACLJ, no prayer on 9/11, no one fighting to protect the cross at Ground Zero or to prevent an Islamic mosque from going up on sacred ground?

If you would like to make a differenct and support the efforts of the ACLJ, simply click ACLJ.

So the NY Times Doesn’t Like “Preacher” Perry

I had a good laugh when reading both the NY Times and even further amused that my friend seemed impressed with the Times “facts” about Governor Perry. It’s interesting watching the mind games both sides play during the build up to the 2012 elections.

One can tell immediately I have very little respect for the alleged objectivity of the NY Times. They make no apology for loving everything left. However, don’t misunderstand me, they play a very significant and dominating roll in the media, but I will not endeavor to make their case, except to note they help conservatives realize clearly why they are conservatives.

I don’t think any of us would disagree that President Obama and his agenda is seen by the NY Times as something close to nirvana. So when you read a piece like this one cited, to a conservative it is recognized for what it is, a hit piece, although far less than what we will see if Governor Perry becomes the Republican nominee. If he becomes the torchbearer for the Republicans, you will see insufferable editorials about his flavor of “religion.” They will continue to cast him as some radical right wing T.V. Evangelist not worthy of the thinking public’s time or consideration. They will try to make a big deal out of this 30,000 prayer meeting recently held in Houston as though that’s a very bad thing. The truth is they will get more mileage from that Houston event than did Governor Perry.

The Times, to their credit, does mention a federal judge dismissing a lawsuit fiiled against Perry by a group of atheists who argued that his participation in the rally in his official capacity as governor violated the First Amendment’s requirement of separation of church and state. To their shame they write this article filled with innuendos as though the judge had not ruled. Let’s be clear, no one is suggesting the Times is stashed with a hutch of ignorant writers, but they are a little less than transparent when they go after groups who supported this prayer rally and then quote gay activists as their source and authority. The Times wrote,

“Others included gay activists who criticized Mr. Perry for supporting the American Family Association, which organized and financed the rally. The association is a conservative evangelical group based in Mississippi that is listed as an antigay hate group by the nonprofit Southern Poverty Laws Center.”

Now we know, the AFS is an antigay group and a hate group. How do we know that? Well, because some unknown group of gays said so, and that friend is objective reporting by the NY Times. Do I oppose the rights of homosexuals to express themselves? Of course not. What is appalling is how the Times accepts the word or opinion of any activist group as the Eleventh Commandment, seeking to influence or bind our minds by their proclamation of the “truth.” Let’s call this for what it is, an attempt of early political assignation and guilt by association.

The left always come back to the very tired and mistaken arguments seeking to couple the First Amendment with the phrase “separation of church and state.” While this article doesn’t specifically make that charge, the piece is cleverly written to impress the reader that Governor Perry and those who supported the prayer rally are guilty of just that, stepping over the boundary of their interpretation of separation of church and state. I doubt you will ever see articles from the NY Times making the same points against the President, Maxine Waters, John Kerry, and any others left of planet earth. The facts are, the religious clauses of the First Amendment don’t apply, nor do they make the point the Times is trying to suggest. The religious clauses only state:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

Let me do a side bar on the facts of our history. It is informative to note, neither the word “separation,” “church,” nor “state” is found in any part of the First Amendment. In fact, that phrase appears in no governmental founding document. Many recognize and use the phrase; very few know its source; yet it is important to understand its origins and its subsequent coupling with the First Amendment. While the phrase separation of church and state is not found in the U.S. Constitution, it is in the Old Russian constitution. How interesting.

Significantly, the ninety Founding Fathers who framed the First Amendment articulated a very clear intent. The debates surrounding the framing of the First Amendment spanned from June 7 through September 24, of 1789, and the records of those debates make unequivocally clear that the First Amendment’s purpose was to limit the federal government in two specific areas.

First, the federal government was prohibited from establishing a national denomination, whether Catholic, Anglican, Tree Huggers, or any other. Most of us realize this was the problem that plagued early Americans when they had been part of Great Britain. The British government could and did decree an official denomination (Church of England) to which all citizens must belong and support through government taxation. For those who refused would be punished. Our Founding Fathers sought to prevent that evil through what is now termed the First Amendments Establishment Clause (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . .”).

Secondly, the First Amendment barred the federal government from interfering with or limiting the people’s public religious expressions, e.g., the Houston Prayer rally. This part of the First Amendment is called the Free Exercise Clause (“ . . . Or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”). Because of the Free Exercise Clause, the federal government could not prohibit the people’s free exercise of religion, whether expressed in private or public. This would seem to protect the right of Governor Perry to speak where he chooses including churches without being declared a nut or subversive. It even extends that right to President Obama and the radical Maxine Waters. We currently have laws on the books at present that fly in the face of the Free Exercise Clause, laws that will be challenged even more so in the future.

The NY Time would do well to read our history with integrity and discover the facts concerning this issue. Unfortunately, as the pantheon of the left, they have made the decision to go with those that have revised our history to make it say what the Founders never intended. Significantly, both religion clauses of the First Amendment were to limit the federal government, not the people – that is, first, the government could not establish any national religious conformity, and second, the government could not stop public religious expressions but must protect them.

(I understand that the NY Times is not challenging the right of candidates to sponsor religious rallies, they know they would be shot out of the saddle by those who are informed if they did. However, they write in such a way to imply that candidates not consistent with their world view is either breaking the law or very ignorant.)

This is the extent of the First Amendment’s religion clauses; and not only does the phrase “separation of church and state” not appear in any part of that Amendment but significantly, according to the official records not one Framer ever mentioned that phrase throughout any of the official discussions on the First Amendment. It would seem that if “separation of church and state” had been the intent of the Founders, at least one of the ninety would have mentioned it, but not a single one did. Of even greater significance, the phrase appeared in a private letter written by President Thomas Jefferson more than thirteen years after the First Amendment was written.

Governor Perry as President would never have the right to force his religious views on a nation no matter what they may be, but he does have the right to express them as clearly as possible in or out of churches or anywhere else. Becoming the president (or any other elected office) does not and should not demand that a person abandon his/her brain, faith, and convictions when taking the oath of office.

Some of our citizens should be reminded once again what that oath is all about and that it is the Bible that a president places his hand on when taking that oath. If Romney were to become president, he certainly would not have the right to establish Mormonism as the privileged religion in America, but as president he should have the right to be clear about his beliefs and convictions even though I would not agree with most. If John Kerry had become president, or if Gingrich, Joe Biden, or any number of other Roman Catholics took that office, they would not have the right to make the Roman Catholic Church a church with special privileges and authority over all others in this nation, but they would certainly be free to express their beliefs and convictions without using their position to force legislation or law. That’s an opinion, which I believe is based on the intent of the founding father, not the revised cow dung being taught in our schools today, a national tragedy.

When an atheist or many members of the ACLU hear the name of God, Jesus Christ, prayer, Ten Commandments, they break out in “holy” hives and begin calling in their WMD, they’re national security creed, separation of church and state. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if these folk began to speak about the separation of Islam and state? This is proving to be far more threatening to our citizens than 30,000 Christians in Houston imploring and praising God.

Right now I don’t know who I would vote for in the Republican primary, and frankly I’m still a registered Republican so that I can have some small voice in replacing Obama and his administration. I am leaning toward Romney only because the men I prefer don’t have a real chance. Gingrich has the intellect and understands our history and I believe he offers more solutions than all the rest combined. I also like Rick Santorum, but neither he nor Newt Gingrich have a real chance (my personal view). I also like Herman Cain simply because he is not a part of the establishment and has the business background that recognizes the need for fiscal responsibility. Governor Chris Christie would be my number one choice if he were running. I also like John Bolton, former Ambassador to the U.N., but unfortunately he doesn’t have the money or machine to get it done.

Another side bar. I predict that Marco Rubio will be elected president in either 2016 or 2020. If Obama wins in 2012, then Ruibio will win in 2016, if a Republican wins in 2012 and runs through two terms, then I believe Rubio will win in 2020. This young man has brains, substance of conviction, and the ability to communicate. By 2016 he will have far greater experience than President Obama when he came into office.

Back to the NY Times piece. Fortunately they are preaching to the crowd. Conservatives look at a piece like this and find they disagree with most of what the Times presents as the Holy Grail. I’m not going through this piece line by line, but just a couple of things to note.

First, I think the left is just going to have to accept that Christians will not be timid or intimidated from expressing their faith, and the expression of that faith is not to be confused with any separation of church and state issue. The Times said, “The prayers were given in Jesus Christ’s name, and the many musical performers sang of Christian themes of repentance and salvation.” My, my, isn’t that a tragedy. The left may not like it, but this was not a state sanctioned event. It was a prayer event that was attended predominately by Christians even though people of other or no faith were welcomed. It’s true, when Christians gather you will hear the name of Christ and hear themes like repentance and salvation, service and commitment. You might even hear something said about love. This Times piece demonstrates once again just how ignorant they are of Christianity. The Times made one point that I find agreement with – Perry should not have used his official stationery even though the judge ruled that Governor Perry’s participation in the rally didn’t violate any separation of church and state issue.

The Times effort to cast the governor as some kind of preacher simply because he has spoken in several Texas congregations is disingenuous. Have you ever seriously followed black candidates or clergy? If not you would find it enlightening to visit a high profile black congregation. According to the left’s interpretation of separation of church and state, there is little if any separation between church and state in the black community. And I don’t have a problem with this since I don’t believe that the separation of church and state was ever intended as presented by those on the left. I rather admire their ability to make their case from within the context of faith. Black churches are filled with politicians speaking to their constituents. They break every law when it comes to their support of black candidate and causes, laws in my judgment that ought not to exist. I don’t agree with these laws since they violate the intent of the First Amendment. Governor Perry could speak in half the churches in Texas and not come close to the practice of Black Caucus members. (When Maxine Waters was going after the Tea Party on Aug. 23, she was doing so at a black church in Miami, as reported by the Miami Herald)

The NY Times is disingenuous when it goes after a white presidential candidate who is expressing his faith, but they smile or ignore Black clergy and politicians supporting Black candidates and causes from their pulpits. Let’s either enforce the very poor laws or eliminate them in order to make the playing field level. To be fair, Maxine Waters ought not be allowed to parse every political “fact” in whatever way she chooses while Governor Perry is castigated for praising God. The NY Times knows and plays the double standard to perfection.

The NY Times slamming Governor Perry as a “preacher” or speaker at many Texas congregations is laughable and the Times knows it, but as usual they are not interested in facts, they are simply trying to smear a candidate that they recognize is a real threat to Obama and his ideology and their own world-view. Listen to Rev Wright and his Black Liberation Theology and then tell me that Governor Perry or any other candidate doesn’t have a right to address folk in the pew. Please, spare me; Rev. Wright is a politician first and a preacher second. In the Black community this is par for the course. Check out the Congressional Black Caucus and see how many of them are ordained clergy. Do the names Jesse Jackson (presidential candidate) or Al Sharpton (one time Democratic nominee for president) ring a bell?

When Obama was running, he spoke in large Back churches all over the country. He was even on a national TV program with Pastor Rick Warren, the senior minister of Saddleback Church. The Times loved the national exposure with America’s leading cleric. They were happy for Obama to make his point on abortion and other issues in a very religious setting. Don’t know what happened to the NY Times view on separation of church and state during that episode. The NY times is living by the double standard once again.

Can you imagine what the Times would have written if Mike Huckaby had stayed in the race? Now there’s a guy who was a real preacher who eventually became a very significant governor before prime time.

I have a friend who said he suspects that Governor Perry’s mixing of church and state would probably make his campaign much tougher. I believe he is absolutely correct, but only because of what those on the left do to the First Amendment. But that isn’t the real issue. If Romney becomes the candidate there will be slams against his Mormon faith much like there was when Kennedy was running in the 60’s. The big question then was, how could a committed Catholic be the president of the U.S. without turning the country into the offspring of the Roman Catholic Church. The real intent is to make candidates say or do something that was never intended or at best distorted, and why do they do this? If they can make a candidate look like a fool, then it becomes less difficult to make their fool look actually bright and electable. And who really cares about the facts if we advance our agenda?

My view is that when one reads a piece like this in the Times you see it for what it is, a hack job. With Obama’s polling numbers in free fall, with our national debt now somewhere between the moon and Mercury, with the housing market collapsed, with unemployment at near record highs (never have we had such high unemployment for such a long period), with both the Stimulus, Tarp and Cash for Clunkers programs complete failures, where do the progressives turn to praise Obama’s Hope and Change? It is difficult to find a nation building accomplishment that President Obama can claim in his 30 months of office. Some declare that his national health care program is a massive achievement, and others will say it’s the program that will either bury us all or be overturned by the Supreme Court. With a record like this to run from, the left is scrambling for those promised building blocks of hope and change, and since they can’t be found, what are they to do?

Well, to answer the question, they move from Bush blaming to their next poster child, Governor Perry. They seek to cast him as some crazy right wing Preacher Perry, who believes in God and actually prays for Divine guidance. And this is bad? That rhetoric stirs up their base and sells newspapers to many people that don’t have a whole lot of time for God in their lives. And besides, what leading “intellectual” newspaper among the world’s prestigious newspapers want to talk about the fact that Texas has created more non government jobs than the rest of the U.S. combined? That could have been news worthy instead of publishing all the Obama talking points which were designed to help one understand why Governor Perry shouldn’t get the credit for all those jobs.

In 2016 China will surpass us as the strongest economic power in the world. The Bureau of Labor  Statistics is reporting that our unemployment rate continues at 9.1%. This coupled with illegal’s overwhelming our borders and culture, causes thoughtful people is ask, is this the best the NY Times can do? When they insist on attack reporting, it isn’t because there isn’t a major news event to report on, it has more to do with discrediting any who poses a threat to their world-view.

America is, in spite of the President’s opinion, a Christian nation. What that means is America was founded upon Christian principles and moral integrity. Have we moved from that place where we could expect God’s continued direction and blessing? Unfortunately the answer is yes. Until we return to the resolve of our Founders, we will flounder. Our first president’s faith, and commitment are memorialized in the fabric of this nation and when we stand at the base of his monument, which looks into the face of God, we are reminded why this nation is the greatest to ever grace this planet.

On top of the Washington monument in Washington D.C. which stands at 555 feet, you will find two words Laus Deo 5.125 inches high. Perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles, which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! Two words unknown by most but placed with purpose at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possible mean? Very simply, they say ‘Praise be to God!’

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy bible presented by the bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ‘One Nation, Under God.’

George Washington’s prayer for America awes me. If you have not read it, here is your unique opportunity. He sounds like he might have been very comfortable at the recent Houston prayer rally attended by Governor Perry.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection, that he would incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government, to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field, and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.”

Laus Deo!

Florida Leading the Way

It looks like many older Floridians; people who helped make America great, are getting fed up with the politically incorrect crowd when it comes to welfare.

Florida is the first state – kudos for Florida.

Florida is the first state that is now going to require drug testing for welfare! Some people are crying this is unconstitutional, but clearly they have no knowledge of the constitution. But being a fair-minded person, I’ll ask the question, how is this unconstitutional? Since the constitution doesn’t address this issue, it’s correct to point these non-constitutionalists in another direction.

Many of us who work have had to pass a drug test in order to have a J-O-B that supports those on welfare. Let’s provide Welfare to those who need it and remove it from those who refuse to look for work. That act alone would make a serious dent in our national deficit. It’s like taking food out of the mouths of the Chinese.

Why Are American Taxpayers Sending More Than $60 Million A Year to Convicted Palestinian Terrorists…and Another $790 Million to A Palestinian Group That Doesn’t Support US?

Article in FLAME
In these times of U.S. budget crisis, it certainly makes sense to look for waste and misappropriations of U.S. tax dollars.  Since the U.S. now spends nearly a billion dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority, it behooves us to take a close look at where that money is going . . . and to what purpose.

Let’s look at some quick facts about how the U.S. is supporting the Palestinian Authority (and its new partner, the terror group Hamas):

In 2009, the U.S. contributed $268 million in U.S. taxpayer funds to the notorious United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians (UNRWA)—about 27% of the agency’s total budget.  Unless stopped, the U.S. is likely again to spend that much in 2011.  The U.S. has doubled its contributions to UNRWA since Hamas took over Gaza in 2007, and the U.S. is now the single largest donor to UNRWA.

What does UNRWA do?  It makes cash handouts that keep hundreds of millions of descendants of Arab refugees in the West Bank and Gaza on the dole.  It also funds a variety of social welfare programs and educational programs that teach Palestinian children they will one day “reconquer” the land of Israel.  In short, much of this money enables groups like Hamas to continue waging their war for Israel’s destruction.
This year, the Obama Administration has requested almost $600 million more direct aid to the Palestinians (in addition to the UNRWA grant), bringing the total U.S. contribution to more than $850 million.  This despite the facts that:

• The Palestinians have steadfastly refused for the past two years to heed President Obama’s call for them to participate in direct peace talks with Israel,

• The Palestinian Authority has made clear it will “never” accept a Jewish state in Palestine,

• The Palestinian Authority has just signed a merger deal with the Gaza-based terror group Hamas to form a unity government,

• The Palestinians intend to press the United Nations unilaterally to declare a Palestinian State, even though President Obama has begged them not to take this step, and the fact that

• The Palestinians spend some $60 million a year of this bounty to support Palestinian prisoners convicted by Israel of terrorist acts.

Is this really a worthwhile use of U.S. taxpayer money?  We at FLAME question this priority, especially since the Palestinian Authority and Hamas act more like enemies of the U.S. than friends.  No wonder the U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee decided a few weeks ago to cut U.S. assistance to international organizations—including the U.N.—by 25%.  This would be a welcome first step—but amazingly, the House bill is predicted to face stiff opposition in the Senate.

If you’re not already convinced that U.S. dollars sent to the Palestinians are a bad investment, please spend five minutes reviewing this week’s Hotline article—a report prepared by Palestinian Media Watch for the U.S. Congress. This report, which details how the Palestinian Authority uses its funds to glorify suicide bombers and pay salaries to terrorist prisoners in Israeli jails, should not only convince you, but likely will make you very angry!   In fact, as you’ll see, this use of U.S. funds is clearly illegal under U.S. law!

US Helps Pay PA Terrorists Who Murdered Americans!

by Gil Ronen
Every single Palestinian Authority terrorist held in an Israeli jail receives a monthly salary from the PA.  Terrorists who committed the most heinous crimes – and therefore received longer sentences – receive the most money, according to a report in Israeli paper Yisrael Hayom.

Citing a report received by a senior government official in Jerusalem, the paper says that the terrorists’ salaries are paid from the PA’s “public budget,” which accounts for about 3.5 percent of its total budget.

The PA treasury receives cash from two main sources: the US pays about 50 percent of the money, and the rest is mostly from European Union member nations.

Prisoners who were jailed for periods of up to five years receive 1,400 to 2,000 NIS per month.  However, terrorists serving 10 to 15 years receive 6,000 shekels, the ones serving 15 to 20 years receive 10,000 shekels, and those serving 20 to 30 years get 12,000 shekels. These are people who planned, directed and took part in the intentional sadistic slaughter of civilian men, women and children, at point blank range.

Since some of the victims of PA terror are American citizens, the information means that US taxpayers pay monthly salaries to the people who murdered their fellow citizens.  The latest US citizen who was a victim of PA terror is Ben Yosef Livnat, who was gunned down in Shechem.

The terrorists’ wives and children receive additional cash, and prisoners with Israel citizenship get a bonus.

Israel’s Minister of National Infrastruture Says It Is Time To Cancel the Oslo Accords!

By Maayana Miskin (Arutz Sheva News
The time has come for Israel to cancel the Oslo Accords, Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau told Arutz Sheva. The “absurd” accords should be canceled both because of the Palestinian Authority’s plan to seek unilateral statehood, and because they are harmful, he said.  “These agreements were absurd and grave, and did serious damage to Israel’s security,” he argued.

“No less importantly, they paved the way to give legitimacy to the existence of a Palestinian people and to the argument that they deserve a state in Judea and Samaria, the cradle of our society.  These accords turned the leader of a terrorist gang, Yasser Arafat, into a supposed cultured leader worthy of joining the society of nations,” he continued.  When Israel gives legitimacy to the PA, “the organization that was established with the position that we turned them into poor refugees,” it then struggles to present any alternative view, he said.

Israel must inform the PA that going to the United Nations to seek recognition of a unilaterally declared PA state will mean an end to any and all agreements reached between Israel and the PA until that point, Landau stated.  In addition, “They must be informed that Israel will declare sovereignty over large territories in the national consensus, like Area C and the settlement blocs,” he said.  “The reality created will be new and different.”