Category: Country

The Murder of Jamiel Shaw II – A Young Man We Must All Know

By @Orangeone4

Originally Blogged – August 16, 2013

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Jamiel Shaw II, “Jas” to his family and “Wilshire” to his friends, was a young man I was never honored to meet but feel a deep sense of loss with his murder.  When I learned of this young man, stripped of his life by an illegal alien, I knew his story needed to be shared.

While Jamiel’s mother Army Sgt. Anita Shaw served for our great nation Iraq, she entrusted that this country would keep her son safe.  But that was not the case.  Instead he was murdered by an illegal alien on March 2, 2008 because the government failed him.  Just 17 years old, he was three houses from home when an illegal alien member of a local gang shot him and robbed the United States of this great young man.

No mother should have to bury her son.  No mother should have to fight for the US government to enforce its rule of law.  No mother should have to worry that her family will be at risk when she defends the freedom and liberty no other country in the world enjoys.

I am outraged that Jamiel is not with us today.  I am heartbroken that I will never meet this young man who worried about his mom’s safety while she served in Iraq.  I am incensed that it is the direct result of inaction by the elected officials and law enforcement agencies charged with securing our borders, deporting illegal aliens and protecting the sovereignty of this nation.  Nothing has improved since our country lost this great young man.

About the Murderer – Illegal Alien DREAMer

Jamiel’s killer is a DREAMer and would have been included in previous amnesty bills and Barack Obama’s illegal Executive Order on DACA.   The Shaw family believes Jas’ murder was a hate crime but the government disagreed.  Jas did NOT have a criminal record, was not in a gang database, was NEVER detained by ANY Law Enforcement Officer or any school police.

In stark comparison, the murderer was negligently released from jail back into an unknowing community 24 hours before he murdered Jas, was a known and documented gang member, had a long criminal history including prior gun charges (another illegal offense) yet was never deported.

Listen Up Legislators – You Work for Americans Not Illegal Aliens

I blame our government, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents alike.  I hold the former Administration responsible for their endless attempts at shoving through the “Dream Act” which encouraged more illegals to cross our borders and those already here to stay.

The current Administration and Congress are responsible for ignoring the increased violence and murder of our citizens by crafting yet another amnesty program that gifts citizenship to people who have entered our country illegally.  How many more citizens must be violated?  How many more lives must be lost?  How many more mothers and fathers must bury their children because politicians are focused on lobbyists, special interest groups, minority groups rather than the citizens of the United States of America?  How many more young men like Jamiel will be lost to America forever because of your inaction to protect US citizens from illegal alien invaders?

In particular I blame you Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL) for pushing a massive amnesty bill instead of focusing on border security and deportation of illegal aliens.

Through your direct actions you have told the Shaw family and the other families that have lost loved ones to the violence perpetrated by illegal aliens, the victims and family members of those robbed, burglarized, threatened, assaulted, molested, raped and murdered by illegal aliens, many of whose perpetrators have not been caught, convicted and sentenced to death but roam free within our borders to commit more crimes and lined up for their amnesty and citizenship gift because they have never been arrested and convicted that the crimes perpetrated against them are unworthy of your respect and that the criminal are entitled to rewards for their illegal behavior.

As for you John Boehner (R-OH), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), pimping a “kid’s act” to grant citizenship and amnesty to ‘children of illegal aliens’ brought to the United States is a slap in the face to US citizens.

Shame on you Rand Paul for referring to illegal aliens as undocumented citizens and promoting that giving them citizenship for their lawless behavior is fair.

You disgust me Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer.  Your responsibility and that of the entire House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and the President lies SOLELY with United States citizens, our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, not those of illegal aliens who themselves are in our country illegally.  Your actions demean Jamiel’s life and memories.

I ask you elected officials: What about Jamiel’s dreams?  He loved life, was loved by many and lit up the world with his smile.  This talented Los Angeles High School athlete studied hard, played football, basketball, baseball and the piano.  He attended church, trusted in the Lord, and studied his bible, frequently discussing passages with his Aunt.  He was college bound with dreams of playing in the NFL!  I demand you elected officials tell the Shaw family why the murder of their son Jamiel doesn’t matter to you but amnesty for illegal aliens like the one that murdered him does.

And big corporate America, you are not without blame.  Your economic greed is unconscionable.  Hire American citizens, employ and train our youth; pay them a livable wage.

Action Items

Learn about and discover how you can help pass Jamiel’s law.  Jamiel’s Law  is a grassroots effort to target illegal alien gang members like the one that murdered Jamiel.  The statistics show that 80% or more of these illegal alien gangs, (18th street & ms13,etc.,), are living in the United States illegally. Law Enforcement is aware of this fact, as well as Local Politicians.

Follow Jamiel Shaw’s family on Twitter @gojamielslawgo. Retweet their tweets and help spread the word.  Tweet #Follow tweets for @gojamielslawgo frequently and ask your followers to do the same!

LIKE Jamiel Shaw’s family on FaceBook

Post this blog on your FaceBook and tweet it on Twitter!

Call your Senators and Representatives and tell them about Jamiel and how he lost his life.  Tell them to deport illegal aliens NOW.

Read more about Jamiel and his family’s achievements to deport illegal alien gangbangers here.

By @Orangeone4

 

UPDATED: RELEASED #FreeOurMarineInMexico Andrew #Tahmooressi

By @orangeone4

UPDATED 11/1/14

Andrew Tahmooressi has been released and is safely back in the United States of America!  Huge salute to all that tweeted, FAV’d and RT’d tweets to #FreeOurMarineinMexico!  God Bless you Andrew, God bless your family and God bless everyone who prayed for your release.  Special blessings for @iResistAll who tirelessly rallied for your release.

Please continue your prayers for Andrew’s recovery. #PTSD affects many of our military men and women but with God’s blessings and our compassion, he will find healing.  Follow Andrew’s mother on Twitter @ATahmooressi. Tweet your well-wishes and welcome home to our #Patriot and #Hero.

PRAYER VIGIL OCTOBER 12TH 7pm

Possible Prayers:

From @BeaconHill09

(Amen)

From @ABiCduckie

God Bless Andrew, give him faith and hope. Wrap him in your ever loving grace and let him know people are praying and hoping for the day he comes home. Give strength, wisdom and faith to those who are trying so hard to gain his release, Comfort and peace to his family. Give our leaders wisdom and compassion to work harder so Andrew can come home. Thank you Lord. Amen

URGENT!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you @iResistAll for creating a #Twibbon for Free Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi!  You sir are a Godsend.  Folks, please add Andrew’s #Twibbon to your Twitter and FaceBook accounts by going here.  Share the word far and wide, we MUST continue to fight for Andrew’s freedom.

UPDATES!

More support for the release of Andrew Tahmooressi!

Thank you Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04)

Thank you Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)!

Thank you Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-9 ) for asking to be added as co-sponsor of #HRes620!

Thank you @FreeTheMarine for tweeting the link to the House Foreign hearing!

Thank you Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)

Thank you Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5)

Original Story:

My #TweepThrob @iResistAll tirelessly fights to free Andrew!  PLEASE go to his List Of Twitter Accounts Of GOP Reps Not Supporting Hres620 To Free Sgt. Tahmooressi and TWEET them!

Background (from the Official Site for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi)

Sgt. Tahmooressi is currently being held in a Mexican Prison since March 31st 2014. Andrew was in San Diego receiving treatment for a recently diagnosed PTSD condition when he made a wrong turn and ended up at the Mexican border. He informed the border patrol agents he did not want to enter Mexico and that he had all his belongings with him including three personal firearms that are legally registered to him. Andrew placed a 911 call to seek help, but they informed him that if he already crossed into Mexico, they could not help him, and he was subsequently arrested on weapons charges and held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary. There, he was threatened by inmates, stripped and beaten repeatedly by guards, denied water, and chained to his cot for more than 30 days. He has since been moved to El Hongo prison in Tecarte.

Additional background information can be found in this great Politichicks.com blog.

Free #Tahmooressi Tweetfest

Monday’s on Twitter are all abuzz with a massive tweetfest to pressure the Administration to seek the release of our Marine, Andrew Tahmooressi.  Below are a sample of tweets from recent and ongoing efforts.

This tweet is absolutely spot-on!

Follow His Family and Supporters

If you are on Twitter, PLEASE #Follow @USMC_Family. Also follow their great advice and RT tweets in their Timeline. It is time that we pressure Congress to secure the release of an American.  If you are on FaceBook, please include this link to the Official Site for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi http://www.freetahmooressi.com/

Support HRes. 620 and HRes. 612

House Resolutions #620 and #612 were introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) on June 11, 2014. There are currently 81 co-sponsors of this BI-PARTISAN legislation.

HRes. 620 summary is as follows:

Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) the government of Mexico should release U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi and provide for his return to the United States so he can receive appropriate medical assistance, and (2) the President should utilize the full powers and authorities of his office to secure Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release.

The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 11, 2014 and referred to the House Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who subsequently referred to the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on September 8, 2014.  The bill is scheduled for _____________

HRes. 612 summary is as follows:

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Mexico should forthwith repatriate Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi from Mexican prison(s) and expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President of the United States should take actions to impose sanctions on Mexico until such time as Sgt. Tahmooressi is released.

Sean Hannity mentions in his tweet below, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday October 1.  Can you believe this is during recess?  His question is paramount, will they return to uphold their responsibility to protect America and seek the release of Andrew Tahmooressi?

I believe it is important to list EACH of the 81 co-sponsors of both HRes. 620 and HRes. 621 and have done so here.  Please be sure to thank each of them! If your Representative IS NOT on this list, call their D.C. and local offices and REQUEST they co-sponsor this vital set of legislation!.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5) Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL-2) Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA-8) Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC-3) Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL-23)
Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX-24) Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA-42) Rep. John Barrow (D-GA-12)
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL-5) Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-4) Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH-1)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6) Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL-6) Rep. Theodore Deutch (D-FL-21)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY-11) Rep. Pete Gallego (D-TX-23)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ-4) Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3)
Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS-1) Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID-1) Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL-26)
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL-6) Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) Rep. Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA-4)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS-4) Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3) Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA-51)
Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL-2) Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC-11) Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA-7)
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1) Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-CA-35)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL-1)
Rep. Stephen Lee Fincher (R-TN-8) Rep. David Jolly (R-FL-13)
Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV-3) Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL-19)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12) Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL-18)
Rep. Lee Terry (RE-NE-2) Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA-9)
Rep. Charles Bostany, Jr. (R-LA-3) Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC-3)
Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-GA-10) Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA-5)
Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA-8) Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA-39)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS-1) Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-1)
Rep. Randy Weber, Sr. (R-TX-14) Rep. Eric Crawford (R-AR-1)
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL-4) Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA-48) Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC-4)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA-10) Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT-1)
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX-22) Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE-3) Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI-7)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK-4) Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX-36)
Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-TN-2) Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA-5)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2) Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-4)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN-6)
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX-8) Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL-10)

Holocaust Remembrance Day

UPDATED!

LIVE from Poland – March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau 9:00 am ET

By @orangeone4

Today @fourcornersusa1 honors those who endured the most deplorable actions imaginable through a series of tweets from the IDF (@IDFspokesperson) and others.

Be sure to click on the tweet link to read her full story.

From one of my dearest tweeps.  If you are on Twitter, @DrMartyFox is a must #follow.

Prime Minister Netanyahu (@Netanyahu) opened the annual memorial day with a stern warning

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the country’s annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust by issuing a stern warning Sunday to the world to learn the lessons of the past and prevent another Holocaust.

At the opening ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Netanyahu linked the Nazi genocide to Iran’s suspected drive to acquire nuclear bombs and its leaders’ repeated references to the destruction of Israel and its denial of the Holocaust. Netanyahu said that just like before World War II, there were those in the world today who refused to face uncomfortable truths.” Read full coverage here.

More survivors relayed by the IDF:

Other very moving tweets for we must NEVER forget:

Grab your tissues before reading this tweet link:

More tweets from the IDF:

Recognition In the United States

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

“Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. Holocaust remembrance week is April 27–May 4, 2014. The theme designated by the Museum for the 2014 observance is Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses.”  Learn more from the Museum here.

Czech Embassy in Washington DC

On April 28th, the Holocaust Remembrance Day will be commemorated in concert.

The Czech Embassy presents “Phoenix from the Ashes: Terezín in Words and Music“, a free concert honoring composers and writers at Terezín (Theresienstadt) concentration camp, to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day April 28.

Read the remainder of The Examiner article here.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The International Day of Remembrance was established as January 27th.  From the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“President Shimon Peres released the following special statement to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day from Israel’s President Peres:

“The Holocaust is a great warning to us all. We shall never forget our sisters and brothers. We have to ensure that it is not repeated and to ensure that we never go back to the days when humans behaved as beasts. Forgetfulness is a menace, we must remember and remember to love and respect everyone no matter the color of their skin or the origin of their birth. Moses taught us that every human being was made in the image of the Lord, no one has the right to take that away.

We have a duty to remember the past but also to improve the future. This is not just a memorial day but a call to us all to move ahead, never forgetting the past but never losing hope in the future. Let us not be satisfied by condemning the Holocaust but rather join our hearts and hands to ensure that we live in a world where another Holocaust is impossible. Let God remind us of this duty, this call to remember and to hope.”

And from Prime Minister Netanyahu (@Netanyahu) :

“Even today, when there is broad agreement that the Holocaust should have been prevented, the world is not crying out in the face of a regime that calls for our destruction and even receives with open arms the man who represents it. In the face of a state that openly calls for the destruction of the state of the Jews, everyone clears their throat in the face of the smiles. The attitude toward the State of Israel is not proportionate to the issues that are on the agenda. It also shows us that in the harassment of Jews there is thousands of years of continuity to the phenomenon of anti-Semitism.

Last week the Knesset witnessed one of the most important speeches that have ever been made within its walls. In this speech, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that the singling out of the State of Israel is extreme and disproportionate by any reasonable standard, that it also undermines the foundations of Western civilization which is supposed to fight for both our rights and those of others. Against the attempt to deny the legitimacy of the state of the Jews, we must fight for and demand our rights.”

Watch the related video here.

Concentration Camp Locations – Liberation Map from the USHMM – Never Forget

 

Concentration camp liberation

If you think you know the names of the majority of Nazi concentration camps, you don’t.  View the list compiled by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise here.   Note they say the list is still incomplete.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Troy Middleton, commanding general of the XVIII Corps, Third US Army, tour the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Ohrdruf, Germany, April 12, 1945. — National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Troy Middleton, commanding general of the XVIII Corps, Third US Army, tour the newly liberated Ohrdruf concentration camp. Ohrdruf, Germany, April 12, 1945.
— National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.

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Remarkable Men

By @orangeone4

Men of conviction, courage and dedication to the freedoms men and women have lost their lives to defend.

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Associate Justice Clarence Thomas

Whoa, when CNN publishes an article written by a nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Writers Group with a brazen headline: “Clarence Thomas is right about race” it is time for the Earth to stop revolving.

For over one-quarter of a century I have admired Clarence Thomas, an associate Justice sitting on the United States Supreme Court.  Thomas is a man of principle, has lived his life according to his faith, the laws of this country, worked hard to complete his education and achieve his goals. His recent statement at a Florida college has garnered a lot of attention.

My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school,’ Thomas told the audience. ‘To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white (Catholic) school. Rarely did the issue of race come up.’

‘The worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites. (emphasis added)  The absolute worst I have ever been treated,’ the 65-year-old justice said. ‘The worst things that have been done to me, the worst things that have been said about me, are by northern liberal elites, not by the people of Savannah, Georgia,’ his hometown.

I live in the north and my dear blogger friend @Belle_River lives in the south. Our lifetime experiences are consistent with Justice Thomas’ statement!  I was an adult during Thomas’ confirmation hearings and watched the complete coverage.  To say it was a witch-hunt greatly minimizes the outright discrimination I witnessed.  It was utterly shameful and has resonated with me since.

Senator Tim Scott

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From the moment I first heard this man speak, I knew our country was blessed with a United States Senator that will forever demonstrate his wisdom, life experiences and faith in our Lord.

Read FourCornersUSA feature blog on Senator Scott here.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Thanks to two of my favorite tweeps, I now know who Usain Bolt is and the striking respect this man has for the United States.  Be sure to watch the video clips! Can you name his country?

Have a Coke and a Multicultural Smile

Two Sundays ago on February 2, the Seattle Seahawks battered the Denver Broncos to claim Super Bowl XLVIII. Much was said about the game afterwards: the play; the athletes on show, Russell Wilson; Peyton Manning and many other things than a Brit could care for. Whilst lacking as a spectacle, it still managed to be the fifth-rated Super Bowl in history, and apparently averaged over 115 million viewers. That is incredible.

However, continuing what seems to be a trend in recent years with the Super Bowl, a television commercial stole the limelight of the occasion. And unless you’ve been stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere, with nothing to eat or drink but turtles and bird blood since last year, you will know which advert I am speaking of. Its the Coke one, Mr Alvarenga. (Glad to have you back.) The rest of us will also know that many took to twitter immediately after the advert to vent their outrage.

“#SpeakAmerican” and “#BoycottCoke” were trending on the social network soon after the ad. The overwhelming verdict of many seems to have been best articulated by one SteveB who tweeted: “Don’t you love how Coke has turned our National Anthem into EVERYONE else’s? #BoycottCoke” Nevermind that this was a widespread and popular sentiment, the usual suspects were soon out, up in arms, portraying the popular reaction as racist and xenophobic. I will not name these outlets. They deserve no serious attention, except to be recognised vaguely as extant.

Now I myself did not watch Super Bowl forty-eight, not least because in my time zone, you could only view it at ungodly hours of the morning. But even if I had watched, I doubt I would have seen the same adverts American viewers could see. Nonetheless, on hearing of the controversy the day after, I seized the nearest computer and searched away on the internet.

I have to say, having seen the ad and listened to commentaries concerning it, I was stunned at the dearth of understanding of its real significance. In my humble opinion, I think many Americans have missed the Coca Cola Company’s true intentions behind the advert.

I have panned free podcasts of all the big names in US talk radio and I’m yet to find one opinion that has a similar understanding of the advert to which I have. Perhaps it’s because I’m cleverer than most. However, I somehow doubt that is the reason; being reared here in socialist Britannia must have stunted more than a few of my brain cells, I’m certain. Still, I have a few more than Piers Morgan. Everyone does.

But all that aside, consider this America. Your nation is in the throes of a battle to make its government do what it is sworn by law and morality to do, protect America’s borders. Yet day to day we hear of one Republican or another begging, yes, begging, the Obama administration to enforce the immigration laws before an amnesty bill is considered. The gun of lawlessness is held to the American people’s head and the demand that millions of lawbreakers be granted reprieve is incessantly barked from Washington. Week after week, one member of the Democrat party comes out trying to convince Americans that if only they could grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, then the nation would prove herself no longer racist, leaving many asking rather confoundedly: “What was 2008 and 2012 about then?”

And so, it is with this contextual backdrop in view that Coca Cola decide not to issue an advert with their epitomical, cheesy eighties song, “I’d like to buy the world a coke” sang in different languages, but instead they choose a song with the patriotic resonance of ‘America the Beautiful’ and throw it to the wood chipper of multiculturalism in front of an American audience during one of the most American of occasions.

Perhaps as an oversight, expecting Colorado’s Denver Broncos to win the day, Coke thought what a prescient and relevant song this would have been to use for their advert, the significance of which would only be known to the most knowledgeable viewers, the inspiration for the hymn being Colorado Springs. But what could have been no oversight was the Babelisation of one of America’s most beautiful anthems.

You see, Coca Cola was one of several corporations who sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner and minority leader Pelosi, last year September, urging both to assent to immigration reform speedily, as reported here by the Washington Examiner. And at the same time they did this, they were laying off American workers. Is it then merely coincidence that the same company follows such an act up with a commercial aimed at portraying some Dystopian Utopian version of America using an olla podrida version of a great American anthem? Note that the very second language used in the ad is Spanish. Reader, more so than in politics, in advertising, nothing happens by accident. In fact, in the Coca Cola advert, both converge almost perfectly in deliberate seamlessness.

For those who do not understand why such a ploy might have proved as offensive as it did, I ask: Off the top of your head, which of the founding fathers were from Germany? Which were from Holland? Which were from England or Spain or France? I wouldn’t expect you to know that by rote, because it doesn’t matter. Not really. Wherever they were from, once they stepped ashore your great land, soon or immediately thereafter, they adopted English as their native language, so that all you know of them today is that they were Americans.

Language unites a people. But it can also balkanise. I don’t believe any American would have complained if all of those diverse faces were shown with a unifying theme: “America the Beautiful” and not “America el Hermoso”. Yes, Alec Baldwin might still have mouthed off a few choice words on seeing the gay couple in the ad, but who would be paying attention? A nation may have many different skin tones, but more than one language and it struggles to remain one nation. Here, I point you to one of your most popular media personalities’ immortal expressions: “Borders, Language and Culture.”

But Coke know all this. And in my view they also knew the advert wouldn’t be unifying but divisive. But what better way to enmesh into the American subconscious the notion that immigration reform – good, border control – racist?

To me it seems corporations like Coke have sounded the battle cry; they’ve drawn the lines in the sand. They intend to show you, the American consumer, who really owns the country. And by Coke, it isn’t you!

The question is: What are you going to do about it?

Will the Tea Party allow crony corporations like Coca Cola to lobby their way to lawlessness? I hope not. As I write, I take comfort from the fact that the momentum behind such efforts is waning. But all Coke needs is for conservatives and patriots to let up. Please do no such thing.

As a British conservative and admirer of the Tea Party, I am heartened by the fact that Americans have finally found a palate for that O’ so delightful beverage. So I heartily urge: Bottoms up America; Less Coke, More Tea!

Mary Gauguin

This Leviathan Is Morbidly Obese

I was watching coverage of the Senate hearings this week when Senator Ted Cruz said something to the AG that made me want to research, document and share this.

Cruz asked a question of Eric Holder where he noted the number of employees in the DOJ to be – wait for it – 117,000. I stopped dead in my tracks, because I knew. The DOJ is far from the largest agency of government, law enforcement arm included. So I looked.

As of 2012 year end, there were/are over 1.8 million, full time, permanent federal government employees. Add in temporary and part time and the number climbs to over 2.1 million people that you and I are paying to tax, regulate and judge us.

If you’re thinking that’s not too bad considering the size of the military, the number does not include uniformed military personal. And yes, that means the uniforms in the Pentagon. Only civilian military employees are included.

Think of it this way. There is 1 Federal Employee for every 14.4 citizens, or roughly, every 3-4 American families. Is this the republic our founders envisioned? Doubtful. Their intent was to heed John Locke’s warnings and prevent the Leviathan from reaching adulthood.

I’ve got bad news. This Leviathan is not just fully grown. It’s morbidly obese!

Blessed Be Unto The Lord: Merry Christmas

Military Christmas image

On this Christmas Day, let us pray for the women and men deployed and separated from their loved ones.

Pray for our soldiers and sailors now serving throughout the world and for the recovery of those wounded in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pray for an awareness of Christ in the lives of our military.

Pray for our military families dealing with the separation of their loved ones and for those whose loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This is a must-watch from A Capella group Pentatonix: Little Drummer Boy:

The USAF Band Holiday Flash Mob at the National Air and Space Museum

Christmas Flash Mob in a Food Court

Renewed Faith from WestJet (@WestJet)

If you have not yet heard of WestJet (@WestJet) out of Canada, take a peek at how they wished their passengers Merry Christmas!

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Updated: Media in Depth: What the duck, indeed!

Phil Robertson

Update:  From @ABC

The only accurate summary of the coverage on Phil Robertson’s unfortunate interview with GQ is: it’s all over the place. And it is not exactly what, or from where, you would expect.

As I was preparing this post, this post from Forbes about how Phil’s PR team let him down was released. I had a side splitting laugh at this one. As if Phil Robertson, or Duck Commander for that matter, would have a PR team to rival GLAAD or A&E. If so, a little advice for you guys, the right thing to do would have been to turn the interview down flat. And here is why…

First, Phil was totally set up by GQ
If you haven’t read the actual article from GQ, do! There is only one reason GQ would want to speak with Phil about his religious views. They knew what they were after, and they got it. If the PR team let Phil down, it was by giving GQ a full day of unfettered access. There were many great choices through which Phil could have born his soul, and this was the least desirable.

Anyone in PR probably knew immediately, within a few paragraphs, and even the author admits, this was a very long day of Phil talking. The author describes Phil’s conversation style in many ways, including proselytizing, and pulls a handful of extremely controversial quotes from what was hours of conversation.

If there is anything I have learned in this business – a reporter prints what he/she wants. If you talk long enough, they will get it. In case you missed it before – GQ went to Louisiana to get something. It may have taken most of a day, but they got it.

Pure hysteria ensued
Almost immediately after the the issue hit the newstands, GLAAD issued a press release condemning the comments – a few quotes pulled into the GQ interview – and acting as if his comments were just about them. Jeremy Hooper actually pointed out on the Kelly File that “none of us are free from consequences”. Interesting that these groups are only interested in consequences for those that oppose their lifestyle on Biblical principle. All others seem to get a pass.

As usual Huffington Post takes the cake
What may have been the most melodramatic, biased and hate inciting article of all came, of course, compliments of the Huffington Post. This is like a game of broken telephone. A few controversial quotes taken from hours of dialogue, or monologue, requoted even further out of context and peppered with biased opinion. Now that’s real journalism, huh?

Some fairness locally
But at least you can count on your local media, sometimes, to be somewhat fair and balanced about things. The local Shreveport paper put some perspective to the debate. And a North Carolina Fox affiliate obtained some perspective from Franklin Graham of what Phil may have been attempting to convey, in the hours that he spent with GQ.

That is, as long as your locale wasn’t LA. Regionally, local outlet seemed to be chasing the demographic closest to them. I guess you can’t blame them. It all boils down to business in the end.

Total lack of understanding – Jim Crow Controversy
Then the media really started to show their total lack of understand of southerners, Christians and especially the combination. Phil is being vilified because he actually remembers a time when black and white did not hate one another. Quite the contrary, out in the sticks, we actually got along, loved each other, and still do. What the elites in Washington, New York and LA do not understand, is that what Phil said, in some corners of the south, was actually true. By 1950 blacks and whites worked the fields together, did business together, and even broke bread together. No, this was not the case everywhere, and conditions were bad for many, but that doesn’t make Phil’s statement false. There is not an ounce of so-called ‘white privilege’ in Phil Robertson, and he has no reason to misrepresent his perception of life. He made no reference to Jim Crow, and just because the timing overlapped, it is inaccurate and biased for the media to apply that meaning to his words. But Phil’s truth does not fit the victim narrative, and that is vested interest if I’ve ever seen one.

The appropriate response – one very unlikely source
The most appropriate responses probably came from Greg Gutfeld and TMZ (the most unlikely of all). Their take? A&E knew exactly what they were getting, made tons of money off of it for four years, and to feign shock and outrage – or even just disappointment – now is at best disingenuous and at worse pandering.

And after all that…
Jan 21 – In what seems to be a Bizarre Back peddle one can only assume was the result of a pre-season, pre-marathon promotional push by A&E, attempting to ease out of the controversy and into the new season. And sources at A&E tell The Huffington Post that they expect the series and Phil to be back. Really? YAWN!

Media Brief: A Plea of Guilty

Like most things from the left, it’s been a slow creep, but lately has been building to a crescendo.

In late 2012, just before the elections, the mainstream press began, slowly, to admit there was was a left leaning bias or ‘genuine affection’ for Obama.

But the recent tsunami started in August, when New York Times Editor, Margaret Sullivan, admitted her paper’s liberal bias.

Then in October, there was a jaw dropping admission by none other than Chris Matthews, Democrat politician turned TV personality, that even he gets pressure from producers and the network to ‘lean left’.

And yesterday, the crescendo. A Politico panel of journalists reached a consensus. There is a general liberal bias in the media.

Thanks Politico. Appreciate the heads up!

Updated: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Update #1

From Breitbart

From Senator Ted Cruz

From @USSARIZONA

Original Blog

When I was very young, maybe 5, my maternal grandmother told me the story of my 3 uncles, all at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked. At 5, I had no clue what it meant. But nearly every year, on this day and others, she told me that story. As I got older and began to grasp the meaning, I also started to ask questions. I learned that George McConnell was stationed on the base there, and 2 of his brothers were in port. Those 2 brothers lived through the Japanese attack, because, like many others, they had received shore leave that day – to visit older brother George. In later years, each time Grace, a nurse, told me this story she made sure to emphasize those that did not make it home. Today we remember those men and women. And I thank God for Grace McConnell Murray, who taught me to revere this day, and why. – Lu Esposito

On this day 72 years ago, December 7, 1941, our great country was attacked by the Empire of Japan. More than 2,400 were killed and 1,100 wounded in Pearl Harbor.  We must remember.  Traditionally,  old Glory is flown at half-staff until sunset in honor of those who died.  See a full list of those who perished here.

Pearl Harbor list

Four of our Navy battleships were sunk and four more were damaged.  In addition, three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer were damaged or sunk.

On December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan.  Watch his speech.

Why Was Pearl Harbor Attacked?

“The Japanese dreamed of an Empire in Asia and began their quest in early 1931. They overran Manchuria and established it as a state, which they named Manchukuo. Moving into China, the Japanese were initially successful, but ultimately encountered the resistance of the Chinese, under the government Chiang Kai-shek. A crisis arose in 1937, when Japan launched a major offensive in an effort to reduce China into submission.”  Read more about the Attack, learn about the Commanders of the Pacific Fleet, why the U.S. was unprepared, and the two waves of attack (air and sea) here.

More History From Timeanddate.com:

“On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the American Army and Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack came as a surprise to the American Army and Navy and lead to great losses of life and equipment. More than 2000 American citizens were killed and more than 1000 were injured. The Americans also lost a large proportion of their battle ships and nearly 200 aircraft that were stationed in the Pacific region. More than 60 Japanese servicemen were killed, injured or captured. The Japanese Navy also lost five midget submarines and 29 aircraft.

The Japanese military had hoped that the attack on Pearl Harbor would prevent the United States of America from increasing her influence in the Pacific. However, the events in Pearl Harbor actually led to the escalation of World War II. The day after the attack, the United States declared war on Japan and so entered World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt in a speech to Congress stated that the bombing of Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy”. Shortly afterwards, Germany also declared war on the United States. In the months that followed the attack, the slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” swept the United States and radio stations repeatedly played a song of the same name.

In 1991, which marked the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States Congress established the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal. This is also known as the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal and can be awarded to any veteran of the United States military who were present in or around Pearl Harbor during the attack by the Japanese military. The medal can be awarded to civilians, who were killed or injured in the attack.”

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