A little something to get you in the holiday spirit…
Today Vice President Joe Biden once more stepped in to try to negotiate some compromise between Democrats and Republicans in the ongoing budget and looming debt ceiling impasse. Meanwhile, the President of the United States hides from the public and his own words. What is truly disturbing is that no one seems concerned with the monumental lack of leadership from America’s 4th smartest president – Barrack Hussein Obama II.
With predictions of ruin and disaster coming from the left and the main-stream media, a possible government shutdown looms ahead.
It has been a year, but reposting what happened in Benghazi, Libya last year is vital. We have had lies, evasions, and revisions. What we (and the families of the fallen) have not had is the truth about what happened in Libya in 2012. Don’t back down. Get onto your Congress-critters to keep pushing for the truth.
I need not remind most readers of the importance (to Americans) of this date. Remembering dates like these serves to put where we are in perspective with where we’ve come from. But, with today’s “on demand” society, the significance of dates over the stream of history has been slipping away. Other cultures aren’t like this. We see the somber nod to history in some of the most violent acts in our modern times. Just look back at why the date of September 11 was chosen by the hijackers… September 11, 1565.
This 11th anniversary of the Islamic terrorist hijackings should keep us aware – even vigilant. But, what do we see in Cairo, Egypt today?
For those unfamiliar with the symbolism of Islam, there are two flags. The first is the Al-Liwaa. It is white and represents the leader of the faith over the Caliphate. The other is Al-Raya. It is black and harkens back to the time of Muhammad and his conquests. In modern times, jihadist and terrorist groups have brought the flag back and use it in pursuit of a global caliphate and the coming of the Mahdi – their judgement days. In either case, the inscription reads “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger/prophet.”
Lest we forget, the religious definition of Islam is submission. That is what these radicals intend for us to do – submit to their beliefs. By conversion or conquest, the means don’t matter.
Here is my answer to them:
The above is pronounced Lan Astaslem. It translates to “I will not submit”. And I mean it. A bunch of screaming Muslim fanatics will not deter me from the defense of our freedoms and our nation. They scream about intolerance and disrespect of their prophet in some movie that hasn’t even been made. Well, part of the price of respect for your beliefs is the reciprocal respect for mine. I will not submit to threats. I will not submit to violence. I will not submit my freedom for some measure of momentary peace or fleeting sense of safety. I. WILL. NOT. SUBMIT.
Perhaps today’s violent acts in Cairo seem small to spark such visceral outrage in me. But, I remember history. Not too many years in the past, this was the scene at another American embassy. This one in Tehran, Iran.
52 Hostages. 444 Days. 8 dead and 4 wounded servicemen. I wont forget.
I was first introduced to Lan Astaslem on Michelle Malkin’s blog. Her coverage of the importance of this date is not to be missed.
In a disturbing display of the negative influence the Obama administration is having over the institutions with the constitutional responsibility for protecting this nation, the U.S. military has blocked internet access to the websites of the Southern Baptist Convention. When trying to access the sites from a military base, service members and even chaplains are greeted with the message
“The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content”.
Other attempts have elicited the message
“Access Denied. You request was categorized by Blue Coat Web Filter as ‘Religion’”.
Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention told FOX News that
“This is outrageous, Southern Baptists make up a higher percentage of the all-volunteer military than in the general population… They need to unblock the website and find out who is responsible,”
FOX News has contacted the Department of Defense and was told by spokesman Lt. Col. Damien Pickart that
“The Department of Defense is not intentionally blocking access to this site. We are working diligently to investigate what might be causing access issues for some of our service members and to correct the situation as quickly as possible.”
Leaving aside that any half-decent IT department could instantly rectify an erroneously blocked site, this is just one more example of the Obama administration is increasing hostility towards traditional American values in general and Christianity in particular. Just a few weeks ago an Army Equal Opportunity training brief placed evangelical Christianity at the top of a list religious extremist groups that also included Catholicism, Al Qaeda, Hamas, the Ku Klux Klan, Sunni Muslims, and Nation of Islam. Further recent evidence of increasing alienation of Christians in the military include:
As former soldier, these developments disturb me greatly. Men and women of faith have fought and died to found and protect this nation. Their sacrifices and the freedoms of those still serving should not be dismissed and forgotten by those who worship at the altar of political correctness. Ephesians 6:10-17, says much to me in these times.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (NIV)
So, North Korea’s recent thermonuclear terrorist threats are just a continuation of their decades-long extortion of the rest of the world. They haven’t told us how much Kim Jong Un wants, but they will. The question I have is, how much will our Waffler-in-Chief give away after his inconsistent posturing and finger-pointing fail as a strategy?
So, while we wait for the air raid sirens (we don’t actually have any, sorry), here are some funnies I found over the weekend.
Every leader brings to the job the accumulation of his own very individual experience and education. We can never know or understand all of these nuances. However, sometimes during a crisis they will let down the veil behind which they hide their true natures. Sometimes it will come in one succinct statement.
(Seen on Facebook.)
I haven’t even browsed the previews of President Obama’s State of the Union address for tonight. However, I can with some certainty comment on what his stance regarding the 2nd Amendment and gun control will NOT be.
We have seen over the past week a large number of newspapers defect from President Obama. These are major papers that wholeheartedly endorsed “hope and change” in the 2008 election.
Now today, after the President took his victory lap of disaster struck New York and then scuttled back to his campaigning, even that city’s papers have turned on him. The New York Post not only endorsed Mitt Romney in today’s paper, the included a scathing review of the failures and disappointments of Obama’s last four years. They call it “Our choice for America’s future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president” and it is well worth the read.