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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Reminder: State of the Union Tonight

From the Inbox:
Dear NRCC Supporter,

I would like to remind you to watch President Bush’s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress this evening. His speech begins at 9:00pm Eastern time.

The President will address such important issues as healthcare, the economy and the war on terror. Please be sure to watch this very important speech about the status of our great nation.


Tom Reynolds, M.C.

P.S. We will post a link to the transcript of the President’s speech tonight. Please be sure to visit our website at for more information and news stories about the 2006 State of the Union speech
Sweet. I am a transcript-junkie. I'll be watching on FOX.

Flight 93 - The Movie

From the Inbox:
Last night my wife and I watched the A&E movie, Flight 93. Although it was hoked up a bit as Hollywood always does, it was a riveting reminder of what too many Americans have let fade from their memories. I recommend that you watch it when it is rebroadcast, either tonight or later in the week.

Here is my take.



Via the American Thinker

Flight 93 - the movie

My heart is heavy and my eyes misting in a most un-paratrooper-like manner, for I have just watched A&E’s presentation of the movie Flight 93, and I am filled with a whirling mixture of emotions: sadness first for the innocent lives lost: anger second for the horrible, fright-filled deaths inflicted upon blameless Americans by Islamic fanatics; but thirdly and most powerfully, a newly reinvigorated, soul-deep, cold resolve that my country must do whatever is in its power to defeat these Jihadists, to hunt them down in every rat hole corner of the world and to exterminate them without hesitation or mercy.

I’m an old warhorse now, too old to actually aim the weapon, to get one of those bastards in my sights, pull the trigger and grimly satisfied, claim the kill. But I tell you now, I am resolved to do everything in my power to enable those young warriors now in the field to accomplish what I would gladly do were it in my power. I would hope that others who view this film will share my sense of resurrected resentment and renewed resolve.

Although I have been a staunch supporter of the administration since 9/11, I, like many, have backslid a bit: my anger and sense of retribution somewhat mitigated by the misting effects of history on the events of 9/11. Like so many others, I have fallen into the habit of carping at the Republicans in Congress, forgetting that it is their majority presence that is the only thing that enables our government to relentlessly pursue these Jihadi bastards into their heartlands, the sole power that prevents cut and run, defeatist, weak-willed Democrats like Murtha, Kerry and Kennedy from disgracing our nation before the world.

Flight 93 also filled me with a sense of pride: there were Sheepdogs on that flight, the kind of Americans of whom I have written previously, who, in the face of fiery, explosive death, rose up and attacked the invading wolves with a brave ferocity that denied the predators their ultimate victim, the veritable fold of the flock, that great, symbolic White House or Capitol in Washington, DC. Yes, they were unable to save their immediate flock, but those stalwart Sheepdogs fought tooth and fang to protect the heart and soul of our national flock, icons of democracy whose destruction would have been a breathtaking victory for the terrorists and a dreadful blow to the American psyche.

Our debt to those gallant Sheepdogs will be forever unending.

Were it within my power, I would gather Murtha, Kerry, Kennedy and all of their weak-sister kin and force them to watch Flight 93 over and over until it might finally penetrate their partisan, politically besotted brains that this country is in a war for its very existence. But that is surely wishful thinking; for I am convinced that the only thing that is going to shock these liberal idiots into reality is to once again be witness to the constant replaying on their office television monitors of the horrific sight of a new terrorist strike. But this time, rather than twin crumbling towers, it will most likely be a dark, fulminating, mushroom cloud over one of America’s great cities.

Of course, if that great city is our capital, then the fools won’t be watching anything, will they?

Russ Vaughn 1/31/06

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ronald Reagan: Great American

Ronald Reagan was a Great American for many reasons. He embodied what makes America great and devoted his life to reminding us how great America really is.

Read his White House Biography.

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There were many great Presidents, but Ronald Reagan was a Great American.

Great Americans

I have decided to start a new section of my blog devoted to Great Americans. Great Americans will be added to the list as suggestions come in or as I see fit to add another name. Names will be added to the list in no particular order. This list will in no way, shape, or form be comprehensive.

I will create a list of rules for submissions. I will add and remove rules as I see fit. I will also ignore the rules as I see fit.

I believe firmly that every soldier who has served our country honorably is a Great American. That being said, they will not be added to this list individually as a general rule because I already believe they are Great Americans and am open about that.

A person who does something heroic will, as a general rule, not make the list. There is a difference between being a great person or a great human being, and being a Great American. There is also a difference between doing a great or heroic thing and being a Great American. If I receive a suggestion for a Great American and I choose not to add them to the list, I may still do a post about that person
in recognition of that person.

Being an American who does something great will not as a general rule make them a Great American. Great scholars, inventors, athletes, artists, and others who are American, will not, as a general rule be added to the list.

Being a Great American involves having a keen understanding of what makes America Great and then acting on that. Great Americans have a philosophy in keeping with the American tradition and they work to uphold the American tradition.

The Founding Fathers were Great Americans. Most US Presidents were Great Americans.

The inclusion of one is not to the exclusion of another.

Big Brother Alert

Now class, raise your hands if you think this is a bad idea:
Iris Scanning For New Jersey Grade School

When a parent arrives to pick up their child at one of three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District, they'll need to look into a camera that will take a digital image of their iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school.
via here
I don't normally get uptight about government interference with our day-to-day lives, but this story raises the hair on the back of my neck. The US Department of Justice funding a program that will catalogue the iris images of any parent who wants to pick up their child from school is troubling, to say the very least. Why don't they take a finger print and DNA sample too? I mean this is for the safety of the children, right?

This is just one more reason to support school vouchers.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Bin Laden: Running Scared

The following is a transcript of the recently released Bin Laden tape.
My message to you is about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and how to end them. I did not intend to speak to you about this because this issue has already been decided. Only metal breaks metal, and our situation, thank God, is only getting better and better, while your situation is the opposite of that.

But I plan to speak about the repeated errors your President Bush has committed in comments on the results of your polls that show an overwhelming majority of you want the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. But he (Bush) has opposed this wish and said that withdrawing troops sends the wrong message to opponents, that it is better to fight them (bin Laden's followers) on their land than their fighting us (Americans) on our land.

I can reply to these errors by saying that war in Iraq is raging with no let-up, and operations in Afghanistan are escalating in our favor, thank God, and Pentagon figures show the number of your dead and wounded is increasing not to mention the massive material losses, the destruction of the soldiers' morale there and the rise in cases of suicide among them. So you can imagine the state of psychological breakdown that afflicts a soldier as he gathers the remains of his colleagues after they stepped on land mines that tore them apart. After this situation the soldier is caught between two hard options. He either refuses to leave his military camp on patrols and is therefore dogged by ruthless punishments enacted by the Vietnam Butcher (U.S. army) or he gets destroyed by the mines. This puts him under psychological pressure, fear and humiliation while his nation is ignorant of that (what is going on). The soldier has no solution except to commit suicide. That is a strong message to you, written by his soul, blood and pain, to save what can be saved from this hell. The solution is in your hands if you care about them (the soldiers).

The news of our brother mujahideen (holy warriors) is different from what the Pentagon publishes. They (the news of mujahideen) and what the media report is the truth of what is happening on the ground. And what deepens the doubt over the White House's information is the fact that it targets the media reporting the truth from the ground. And it has appeared lately, supported by documents, that the butcher of freedom in the world (Bush) had decided to bomb the headquarters of the Al-Jazeera in Qatar after bombing its offices in Kabul and Baghdad.

On another issue, jihad (holy war) is ongoing, thank God, despite all the oppressive measures adopted by the U.S Army and its agents (which is) to a point where there is no difference between this criminality and Saddam's criminality, as it has reached the degree of raping women and taking them as hostages instead of their husbands.

As for torturing men, they have used burning chemical acids and drills on their joints. And when they give up on (interrogating) them, they sometimes use the drills on their heads until they die. Read, if you will, the reports of the horrors in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons.

And I say that, despite all the barbaric methods, they have not broken the fierceness of the resistance. The mujahideen, thank God, are increasing in number and strength - so much so that reports point to the ultimate failure and defeat of the unlucky quartet of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz. Declaring this defeat is just a matter of time, depending partly on how much the American people know of the size of this tragedy. The sensible people realize that Bush does not have a plan to make his alleged victory in Iraq come true.

And if you compare the small number of dead on the day that Bush announced the end of major operations in that fake, ridiculous show aboard the aircraft carrier with the tenfold number of dead and wounded who were killed in the smaller operations, you would know the truth of what I say. This is that Bush and his administration do not have the will or the ability to get out of Iraq for their own private, suspect reasons.

And so to return to the issue, I say that results of polls please those who are sensible, and Bush's opposition to them is a mistake. The reality shows that the war against America and its allies has not been limited to Iraq as he (Bush) claims. Iraq has become a point of attraction and restorer of (our) energies. At the same time, the mujahideen (holy warriors), with God's grace, have managed repeatedly to penetrate all security measures adopted by the unjust allied countries. The proof of that is the explosions you have seen in the capitals of the European nations who are in this aggressive coalition. The delay in similar operations happening in America has not been because of failure to break through your security measures. The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your homes the minute they are through (with preparations), with God's permission.

Based on what has been said, this shows the errors of Bush's statement - the one that slipped from him - which is at the heart of polls calling for withdrawing the troops. It is better that we (Americans) don't fight Muslims on their lands and that they don't fight us on ours.

We don't mind offering you a long-term truce on fair conditions that we adhere to. We are a nation that God has forbidden to lie and cheat. So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce so we can build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war. There is no shame in this solution, which prevents the wasting of billions of dollars that have gone to those with influence and merchants of war in America who have supported Bush's election campaign with billions of dollars - which lets us understand the insistence by Bush and his gang to carry on with war.

If you (Americans) are sincere in your desire for peace and security, we have answered you. And if Bush decides to carry on with his lies and oppression, then it would be useful for you to read the book "Rogue State," which states in its introduction: "If I were president, I would stop the attacks on the United States: First I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all."

Finally, I say that war will go either in our favor or yours. If it is the former, it means your loss and your shame forever, and it is headed in this course. If it is the latter, read history! We are people who do not stand for injustice and we will seek revenge all our lives. The nights and days will not pass without us taking vengeance like on Sept. 11, God permitting. Your minds will be troubled and your lives embittered. As for us, we have nothing to lose. A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain. You have occupied our lands, offended our honor and dignity and let out our blood and stolen our money and destroyed our houses and played with our security and we will give you the same treatment.

You have tried to prevent us from leading a dignified life, but you will not be able to prevent us from a dignified death. Failing to carry out jihad, which is called for in our religion, is a sin. The best death to us is under the shadows of swords. Don't let your strength and modern arms fool you. They win a few battles but lose the war. Patience and steadfastness are much better. We were patient in fighting the Soviet Union with simple weapons for 10 years and we bled their economy and now they are nothing.

In that there is a lesson for you.
I will respond to this on a later date, in the mean time I did want to post the transcript. The main thing I took away from this is that Bin Laden realizes he is losing his war and the offer of a truce is a desperate act in the hopes that we will allow him to regroup and rebuild so that he can continue his unholy war.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett calls Republicans 'Terrorists'

From the Inbox:
Dear Friend,

In all my years as your Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, I've never been as appalled and disgusted with the Democrats as I am right now.

Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett accused the overwhelming majority of Ohio Republicans of being "un-American" because we voted to support a constitutional amendment to prohibit gay marriage. And he continued
"The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that in my opinion aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world. The challenge is for the rest of us moderate Americans and citizens of the world to put down the fork and spoon, turn off the TV, and participate in the process and try to push back on these radical nuts - and they are nuts."
This kind of insulting and divisive hate talk from the Ohio Democrat Party's most recent congressional candidate and current U.S. Senate candidate is shocking.

It tells me the Democrats have no shame.

But everything I know about Ohio politics and our Democrat adversaries tells me that their worst is yet to come.

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I am posting this only to help spread the word about what an imbecile Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett is... likening the GOP leadership to terrorists. Awful! Shameful.

I add to this a stern warning to Bob Bennett... using the moronic utterings of a Democrat to rally the troops and solicit contributions is fine. Likening the moronic utterings of a Democrat to hate speech is NOT.

Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett said something offensive and stupid; but it did not in any way, shape, or form constitute hate speech. The liberal and causal use of the term cheapens the meaning. Lets say what we mean and mean what we say.

Learn more about this story here and here

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Another Excellent Article

It's the Demography, Stupid
The real reason the West is in danger of extinction.

Wednesday, January 4, 2006 12:01 a.m. EST

Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries.

Read More
I had nearly forgotten about Mark Steyn... I should check into getting on a Mark Steyn mailing list. The man is pure genius. PURE GENIUS. I think the planet owes this man a statue. He is that good.

Hat Tip: Kellipundit

Monday, January 09, 2006

Spring Cleaning

I've been doing some spring cleaning... yeah, yeah... I know. It's only January, but the temps have resembled spring nearly half of the winter. Must be global warming (heh). Expect to see a lot of blogs nixed from the site. Expect to see me checking out GOOD sites for quaility info... maybe.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Interesting Article: TWS

From the Inbox:
The former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials.

Jeffery S. Blanco
AKA Louisiana Conservative
Interesting read... thanks Jeff. It seems a lot like there is some damning information in that material as well. We ought to be careful about wishing for the release of those documents. If in the 50,000 documents there were 49,999 documents that were pure gold for the conservatives and for Bush's Administration and only one document that was damning to Bush, I think we all know which one we would be reading about in the NYT and in all the other newspapers across the country.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Insert Plug Here

I don't normally indulge shameless plug requests; however, if my posting of this link can in some way help promote the humanitarian work of our military, then I guess it can't hurt.
You have a great blog!

I'm a soldier who was lucky enough to get mobilized with the Army National
Guard to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and some friends and I have
started a blog, Camp Katrina, that highlights stories about the humanitarian
efforts of the U.S. Military.

Our blog has been getting a bit of attention lately and I was wondering if
you would like to exchange links to help generate more traffic for both of
us. You can visit Camp Katrina at

I hope you like it and I hope you can help me spread the good word about the
humanitarian work of our military!


Spc. Phil Van Treuren
Ohio Army National Guard
JAG Corps

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Time To Fire Up Ye Olde Waffle Machine

Seems John waffles Kerry is looking to run in 2008. Good.

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Monday, January 02, 2006

Clinton Embraces Islam

Need a laugh?

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Force Multipliers

Force Multipliers
Wikipedia: force multiplier-a military term referring to a factor that dramatically increases (hence multiplies) the combat-effectiveness of a given military force.

In Iraq an IED explodes,
An American soldier dies,
But that blast will grow as the media blow
It up before our eyes.
And trumpet to the watching world,
These fifth column falsifiers,
Like sheep they bleat we face defeat,
Our foe’s force multipliers.

Osama and his minions know,
In combat they can’t beat us;
So they hope and pray will come a day,
Our own media will defeat us.
Ignoring all the good we’ve done,
Liberals focus on the gore,
On losses mounting and body counting,
To prove we’ve lost this war.

They disgraced us once in Vietnam,
So now these leftists feel,
That again they’ll win with media spin,
And make America kneel.
But defeatists aren’t the only ones,
Learned lessons from the past;
Back then we swore we’d lose no more,
This time we’re standing fast.

The Internet’s exposed them,
As elitist media liars;
They stand unclothed and widely loathed,
Our foe’s force multipliers.
Some day when all our troops return,
With Iraq on freedom’s path,
The liberal elite who sought defeat,
May face some Righteous wrath.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

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