The brave, wandering knight sat atop his gallant steed drifting through the thick forest. He sought not a battle, nor the glory one imagines, but the quiet of a soft green clearing. He’d been riding for days, or maybe weeks. He was no longer certain, but the fighting was done, for now, and he sought a moment’s repose.
By an all but hidden stream he camped. He fed and watered his horse, then he walked an unmarked perimeter to stretch his legs, weary from long days in the saddle, and hunt for something worthy of his hunger. He lay down and slept, after munching on a few berries. In his sleep, he dreamed.
On the trail of an escaped villain, he easily followed the trail of blood. The villain was wounded, how badly, he could not tell. Miles he followed the broken branches and footprints into the forest, but no villain did he find. He did happen upon an old campfire, though, with the carcass of an animal still on the spit. Not warm, but not there long enough for the wild things to apprehend it.
Off to one side of the camp was a ditch several inches deep that ran wit a thick liquid he at first thought was blood. “That’s not blood.” he whispered aloud, relieved to discover the same. “Just thick, muddy water that’s been poured away from the camp. It seems our villain was not alone here. Perhaps this was a meeting place.”
Determined, he broke the string of his thought with purpose. He dare not imagine a pack of villainous lions prowling across the landscape unchecked. “All this time I was wrong!” He cried out tot he heavens in mourning for those, his companions, whose lives had been forfeit. He stood quietly and gazed into the forest. Perhaps, he had dumbly stumbled upon his destiny. Perhaps, he, too, would meet up with others to share his burden lest he be another in the broken string of heroes bringing villains to justice.
Farewell beloved fairy tales. It’s been great fun for a spell but reality beckons with urgent cry. “Heroes needed. Gutless need not apply!”
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By Arnold Ahlert (Archive) · Sunday, March 25, 2012
The Left uses the killing of civilians in Afghanistan to attack the military and U.S.
Sergeant Robert Bales stands accused of murdering 16 Afghans, including 9 children. Many top American military officials, including Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, have intimated that even the death penalty “could be a consideration” should Bales be found guilty of the crime. On cue, the Left has used this tragic incident as an opportunity to impugn the entire military and the nation, claiming the killing is on par with My Lai and is representative of our servicemen and women generally.
CNN blogger Stephen Prothero exemplified this dementia perfectly in a recent piece titled “My Take: It takes a nation to make a massacre” in which he spells out who is really at fault. “It takes a country to make a man do these things, and we were his country,” writes Prothero. “We U.S. citizens voted for the presidents who sent him into combat and for the Congress that appropriated the money for our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” If Bales is found guilty? Prothero suggests that “each of the rest of us should spend a day sitting in front of our local jail. There we should confess to our respective gods ‘our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone’ (as the Book of Common Prayer puts it). Then we should write a letter to the wife and children of Sgt. Bales asking for their forgiveness too.”
Prothero then reflexively descends into one of the prevailing themes that inevitably emerges when an American soldier is accused war crimes: comparisons to Lieutenant William Calley and the massacre at My Lai that occurred during the Vietnam War. Calley’s crimes were indeed horrific, but Counterpunch writer Jeff Sparrow uses them, along with Neil Shea writing for Democracy Now, not merely to condemn Bales, but soldiers in general, who need “a protective layer of hatred to perform what [is] asked of them.” He then takes on America itself, which has ostensibly normalized “torture against (mostly Muslim) detainees; the construction of secret prisons to detain Muslim prisoners indefinitely without charges or trial; the routinisation of assassinations and other extrajudicial killings of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen; and, most of all, deaths of (by the most conservative reckoning) hundreds of thousands of people, most of them Muslim, in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere.”
His conclusion is that the war against Islamic terror has “created a new audience who wants to never leave the gun, an audience no longer shocked by atrocity but increasingly prepared to celebrate it.” Completely missing from Sparrow’s article, however, is a single word on the far greater — and continuing — atrocities committed by the Taliban and other jihadists across the world, which our military has sacrificed enormously to prevent.
Shea himself continues with another trope made popular during the Vietnam war: American soldiers straddle the border between sanity and psychosis. “I met up with a group of soldiers who were the first I had ever come across who made me feel pretty nervous about what I was going to see while I was with them,” he writes. “And I spent a few days with them and came to just really understand that they had gotten to the edge of violence, as we understand it, in Afghanistan, and they seemed ready and capable of doing some pretty bad things. I didn’t actually witness them do anything too terrible, but the way that they talked and the way that they acted toward Afghan civilians and animals and property in the country was sort of stunning to me…Many of these guys seemed like they had reached the end of their rope in terms of stability and controlling their aggression.” That’s a rather remarkable conclusion for a man who “didn’t actually witness” our troops doing anything wrong.
At least Shea was somewhat restrained. Benjamin Busch’s Daily Beast article on the issue warns that the murders allegedly committed by Bales allow “for the possibility that any one of us could go insane at any time, and that every veteran poisoned by their combat experience could be on edge for life.” He too takes Americans as a whole to task, noting that our “national disinterest” in “distant events” is unsurprising because “we are a people known more and more for our selfish distractions than for our awareness.”
The article continues to recount numerous odious journalistic rantings against our living heroes in uniform as he builds his case of the Left’s hatred of our Military. Clearly, the liberal media and those they venerate look down their noses at all those who daily put their lives on the line, the First-Responders, the Border Guard, and all 5 branches of our uniformed military.
Such odious characterizations of our nation and our soldiers are malicious nonsense. That so many detractors use William Calley as a basis of comparison to Robert Bales inadvertently reveals the overwhelming integrity of America’s fighting forces: one must reach 41 years into the past to find a soldier to whom Bales can be compared. As for the larger context, the “widespread” atrocities attributed to Vietnam troops by the left actually totaled slightly more than one-hundredth of one percent of the number of soldiers who served there.
Furthermore, the psycho-soldier meme, or the claim that virtually every American soldier suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), or simply teeters on the edge of psychosis, is also undone by the reality that out of the more than one-half million soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan only one has committed an alleged massacre in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
What about the idea that multiple tours caused Bales to commit the atrocity? While it is likely his defense lawyer may employ that reasoning in an effort to get Bales acquitted, there are 51,270 soldiers, active duty, reserve and retired, who, like Bales, have been on four or more deployments, and another 81,000 with three deployments. All of them have somehow managed to avoid committing mass murder, no doubt to the consternation of those so quick to paint an isolated incident with the broadest of broad brushes.
As long as threats to America’s national security exist, America’s fighting forces will be called upon to defend the nation. And as the American left’s long history of smearing American soldiers indicates, they will spare no effort to portray those fighting forces a horde of bloodthirsty barbarians, barely clinging to sanity, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority our troops have performed with courage and valor. Their current poster boy is Sergeant Robert Bales, one of the precious few bad apples among literally millions of men and women who have served our nation with honor. That the American left chooses to focus on the exception rather than the rule reveals far more about them and their pernicious agenda than it does the American military.
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We need another wave of Patriotism to sweep across our land as it did after 9/11. Every car, truck, and home had an American flag flying proudly from it. People understood America’s greatness was not in her Towers but in the people who built the towers and cleaned the towers and worked in the towers and dreamed of a safer tomorrow, but did not back down from the ugliness of human hatred. To accuse our military of returning that hatred is not only unjust, but ignorant!
The Orchestrated War on Women
It was the left-field debate question on contraception that left everyone wondering what George Stephanopoulos was up to. The issue mushroomed mysteriously and became an unimportant issue (really, nothing more than a distraction) in the Presidential campaign, particularly of Sen. Rick Santorum, whose socially Conservative stands caused juvenile journalists to repeatedly bombard him with these questions rather than the truly vital issues we face as a nation. Next came one Sandra Fluke … about whom we have all learned much too much! And it’s the REPUBLICANS attacking women???
Truly, it is time for BOTH political parties to redefine themselves or die, but when we hear Congressional Women degrading their own gender, by telling lie upon lie, it is time to do some investigation.
So my first question is: Is reproductive healthcare a right guaranteed under the Constitution?
Answer: NO! There is NO provision in the US Constitution for any healthcare mandate to the people.
So, uh, what’s going on then with all the hubbub over contraception and reproductive rights?
Answer: President Obama knows …
But the thing that astounds me the most is the glorifying of promiscuity among women as evidence of … FREEDOM? Really? I’m sorry, but that is a really whacked concept of FREEDOM! Of all the myriad issues, ideas, and evidences possible, this is the one the Liberals choose? Do we honestly believe the majority, or even a significant number of today’s American women think of Freedom in terms of sexual promiscuity? As far as I’m concerned, the government has no business in my bedroom … my kitchen … my livingroom … or any other room of MY house!
“Militant feminists have long considered progressive playwright George Bernard Shaw as one of their own. Perhaps Shaw is the only man of letters worthy of inclusion in the sisterhood of writers ranging from George Sand to Germaine Greer, Adrienne Rich, and Gloria Steinem.“Pygmalion‘s professor of phonetics, Henry Higgins, at first blush is the archetype of the dominant male manipulator of class-repressed women, using a man’s socio-economic ascendancy to transform a woman into his own image. But by the end of the play, Eliza, the flower-monger, has turned the tables, declaring her independence, having manipulated the good professor by taking from him only what she needed — the opportunity for the right time and place in asserting her own personality, intellect, and ambition.
“Feminist stage and screen critics have not been as kind to Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady, the movie musical version of Pygmalion. L & L’s professor Higgins, portrayed to perfection by Rex Harrison, is vilified as a misogynist, a belittling and demeaning bully masquerading as a clever wit.
“In a tantalizing irony, My Fair Lady‘s most male chauvinistic interlude, “Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man?”– wistfully chanted by Higgins to his pliant and agreeable pal Col Pickering — has been the ultimate ambition expropriated by feminists and their liberal brethren since Betty Friedan published her Feminine Mystique in 1963.
Why can’t a woman be more like a man?
Why do they do ev’rything their mothers do?
Why don’t they grow up- well, like their father instead?
“Initially, feminists demanded independence and equality in the pursuit of intellectual status and economic power. More recently, the feminist agenda has championed the sexual revolución, mainstreaming promiscuity as equal opportunity for women. Why should men enjoy indiscriminate sex with impunity, while women are unfairly oppressed and shackled to the realities of reproductive biology and its consequences? [re: Sandra Fluke & the contraception issue]
“Feminism and liberal progressivism have descended from aspirational socio-eco-politics, having secured suffrage and economic equality, into self-loathing rage against tyranny of the womb. Feminist partisans, now embedded throughout the Democrat Party, have seized medical technology and biochemistry to regulate ovaries and hormones in creating a hybrid species — females who want reproductive parity with men while denying biological reality and dismissing the traditions of the monogamous family. Democrats have made shameless shilling over sexual politics into an art form, relentlessly discouraging childbearing while relishing the destruction of the family unit, pressing their ideology against other women who are repelled by the fruits of the feminist elites’ revolución.“The War on Women is the sisterhood’s “War on the Womb.” The layers of sexual identity were confused when Freud described, rather crudely, the phenomenon of penis envy in pubescent girls. Whatever its defects, Freud’s theory at least tried to isolate the psychology of resentment when females first discover they’ve been dealt a genetic code that is missing something and also carries an “extra weight.” To wit, the 1993 collection of essays by Susan Bordo Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. That extra weight is the womb.
“We know the federal government is a willing and transparent facilitator in the War on the Womb. As widely reported, while appearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius brazenly argued that a reduction in U.S. pregnancies will offset the costs for employers and insurers as they comply with the new mandate requiring all health care plans to cover sterilizations, contraception, and abortifacient drugs. “The reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for the cost of contraception,” and the estimated cost will go “down[,] not up.”
“The argument appears to be that population control, via an assault on the womb, is a cost measure, having nothing to do with convenience, lifestyle, power, or ideology.
“Feminists aren’t fools. They’re not about to give up their power over life now that they can regulate it using whatever means technology has available with no ethical restraints — while government mandates that someone else pay for exercsing this power.
“Sexual organs are a distraction. Biochemistry resolves such distractions, neutralizing ovaries, preventing its most crippling disease — called pregnancy — prescribing the perfect hormonal inequilibrium where self-absorption triumphs over life….. READ MORE
1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker. [Redefine rape? yes, to include Muslim women]
2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.” [sounds like psycho-babble to me. "Victims" of rape are still victims - even if they try to change the language. They are victims first of rape then of the legal system, in most cases!]
3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.) [The Bill proposes a re-definition of "justifiable homicide" to include physicians who provide abortions under prescribed conditions. The same bill also requires a 72 hour waiting period between counseling and an abortion procedure.]
4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids. [The current system rewards food-stamp dependent women per child, which encourages more mouths to feed instead of better adult living standards and responsibility. I know, it's probably racist in intent!]
5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. [The call of her next of kin, spouse, or designated desicion maker - NOT the government!] ……….. read more
If parents would teach their little boys AND girls ….
- to love themselves as they are and appreciate their differences
- to respect their parents, their elders, and other people in authority
- to respect every human being the same
Maybe, just maybe American society might regain some balance, strength, and integrity!
*NOTE: All emphasis, either italics or bold lettering, is done by blogsensebybarb
** Please note that the website for “Top 10 Shocking Attacks…” is moveon.org, is but one agency of international financier George Soros, from which it has received millions of dollars. Soros, who calls the United States a danger to world peace and blames Israel for anti-Semitism, wants to subordinate the United States to the United Nations or some other international government.
It’s easy to forget sometimes when we’re throwing around astronomical numbers and statistics that the economic policies of the White House have all but crippled America. We know the unemployment rate released by the government is substantially lower than the REAL figure, but it is difficult to fathom that some cities have made it illegal to help those hardest hit. Why restrict people who want to help others? This is how it should work!
With all the hoopla going on in our mixed up, corrupt world, it is easy to become downhearted. WE are of many faiths, many denominations and creeds, but this much I can say with great confidence: Jesus will return one day for His Church, His Bride. No one knows when. No one knows exactly how this will occur. It seems like a wannabe fairy tale, but it is true.
Many have tried to determine exactly when this event will occur, but every prediction thus far, has obviously been incorrect. There are currently rumors of cataclysmic events being forecast by the Mayan Calendar since it ends in 2012. I suggest to your perusal Matt 24, and while scholars and theologians disagree on the meaning and timing of some of these events, the most important things to understand are:
- God is supreme, AND He is more interested in your life than your comfort.
- Denominations and specific religious organizations will fall away like every other thing MAN has built. Only what is built on the ROCK, i.e. Jesus will stand. Jesus is not returning for a harem. There is only one Bride, and she incorporates all who have donned the name of Christ and received His life-giving sacrifice.
- It is God who raises up and God who puts down kingdoms and nations. While we must certainly do our part and participate in our Republic by educating ourselves on the issues and candidates and voting accordingly, it is God who determines the outcome for His purpose.
We live in uncertain times. Maybe every generation feels this is so, but with the Middle East in turmoil, Europe in economic collapse, and the USA hanging over the precipice, it is a great time to know no matter what happens, there is a Mighty God Who, for some mysterious reason, loves each one of us enough to rescue us from ourselves.
1. Made Recess appointments Article II Sec. 2 (the recess can only be a maximum 3 day recess as prescribed under Article 1 Sec. 5, can’t he wait!)
2. Declared War on Libya w/o Congressional approval provision for 60 days if an attack on US land or forces. Article I Sec. 8
3. Overthrew State governments with Stimulus Package-1607(b): “If funds provided to any State in any division of this Act are not accepted for use by the Governor, then acceptance by the State legislature, by means of the adoption of a concurrent resolution, shall be sufficient to provide funding to such State.”
4. GM bailout only congress has any authority with money
5. ?ObamaCare?-Supreme Court is currently doing the ruling
6. Matheson affair Bribery w/ judge appointments Article II Sec. 4 states he is worthy of impeachment
7. The war in Libya with no authorization by Congress, and when they didn’t agree he decided to go against his legal advisors anyway (Constitutional Lawyer that he is NOT).
8. Fast and Furious illegal gun running.
9. Bringing a lawsuit against AZ through the UN.
10. Holding an office in the UN at that same time he is President.
11. Defense of Marriage act.
12. His association with the Muslim Brotherhood and other terrorist organizations.
13. Leaks to Hollywood of vital information regarding raid on bin Laden.
14. Failure to protect our citizens on the border.
15. Campaigning from the White House is illegal.
And that is just off the top of my head. He is so illegal it is sickening! Need more?
“Some may already be familiar with the image featured above. For those who aren’t, it is painting titled “The Forgotten Man” which features President Obama trampling on the Constitution while an astonished James Madison pleads with him to stop. To the side, a man sits on a park bench in the throes of depression while 43 presidents look on. The painting, which uses discarded dollar bills and scraps of paper with individual constitutional amendments scrawled onto them…
“He explained that the man on the park bench “represents every man, woman, and child who is an American“ and who ”hopes to find the American dream of happiness and prosperity.” The artist added, “But now because of unconstitutional acts imposed on the American people by our government we stand on the precipice of disasters.” ……. From the Blaze
“The artists’ work can be found at McNaughton Fine Art (though the site appeared to be down, at least temporarily on Friday evening) and on his Facebook Page. A search of McNaughton’s postings on Facebook reveal a number of paintings with strong political and religious themes including another provocative work released in October 2011 titled “Wake Up America.”