If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.
If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.
If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.
If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
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Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!
"In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these." -- Paul Harvey
You can have anything you want in life if you just help enough other people get what they want. -- Zig Ziglar
"Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life." -- Joan Lunden
"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)
Now you are no longer a slave but God's own child. And since you are His child, everything He has belongs to you. (Galatians 4:7)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to receive a letter informing you that you were the heir to a vast fortune? Perhaps you have dreamed of inheriting a sprawling mansion filled with exquisite antiques. Or maybe your choice would be a gleaming sports car or a priceless art collection.
Most of us have fantasized about suddenly coming into a large amount of money. Yet each of us has received a letter promising an inheritance far more valuable and enduring than any material wealth.
This letter is the Bible. We are God's heirs, not because of our own righteousness, but because of His grace.
Chinese writer and minister Watchman Nee recounts a time when a new Christian came to see him. The man was deeply distressed. "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord," he complained. "I think I'm losing my salvation."
Nee replied, "Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir. You are God's heir because it is for you that He died."
As heirs, we have inherited God's riches and the promise of blessings. Because God is faithful we can stake our lives on an eternal inheritance.
Your View of God Really Matters …
You are God's heir. This truth is revolutionary. How will you let this truth affect your life today?
"The Patriot Post"
"[A] rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Marquis de Lafayette, 1823
"All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of superintending providence in our favor. ... Have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without His notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?" -- Benjamin Franklin
All this country needs is the GGR Party (God, Generals,and Republicans) - SGM Steve Jenkins
The Founding Fathers on Jesus, Christianity and the Bible
SIGNER OF THE DECLARATION; DIPLOMAT; PRINTER; SCIENTIST; SIGNER OF THE CONSTITUTION; GOVERNOR OF PENNSYLVANIA
As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.30
The body of Benjamin Franklin, printer, like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering and guilding, lies here, food for worms. Yet the work itself shall not be lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more beatiful edition, corrected and amended by the Author.31 (FRANKLIN’S EULOGY THAT HE WROTE FOR HIMSELF)
30. Benjamin Franklin, Works of Benjamin Franklin, John Bigelow, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904), p. 185, to Ezra Stiles, March 9, 1790.
31. Benjamin Franklin, Works of the Late Doctor Benjamin Franklin (Dublin: P. Wogan, P. Byrne, J. More, and W. Janes, 1793), p. 149.
Barack Obama Speech Reversals - People Fainting
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In stunning upset, Brown captures US Senate in Mass.
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Brown, flanked by his family, at his victory speech
By Matt Viser, Andrea Estes, and Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff
Republican Scott Brown pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Massachusetts political history tonight, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley to become the state's next United States senator and potentially derail President Obama's hopes for a health care overhaul.
The victory caps a dramatic surge in recent days as Brown, a state lawmaker from Wrentham once thought to have little chance of beating a popular attorney general, roared ahead of Coakley to become the first Republican senator elected from Massachusetts since 1972.
In a race that became the center of national attention, Brown's win is widely seen as a vote against the president's agenda from one of the most reliably Democratic states. And in a particularly ironic twist, Brown, in succeeding Edward M. Kennedy -- the late liberal lion who deemed health care "the cause of my life" -- may well be the 41st vote to prevent the Democratic-led plan from moving forward.
"Tonight, the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken,'' Brown told cheering supporters at the Park Plaza Hotel, who broke out into a chorus of "41, 41."
Brown said the first call I made was to Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late senator, and told her "his name would always command respect in the state of Massachusetts. ...
There’s no replacing a man like that but tonight, I honor the memory and I pledge to do my very best and try to be a worthy successor to the late Senator Kennedy.''
He added: "We ran a clean, issues-oriented, upbeat campaign and I wouldn't trade that for anything. "It was all of us against the machine. And tonight, we have shown everybody now that you are the machine."
Brown's speech also included some lighthearted moments.
He introduced his two college-age daughters, Ayla and Arianna, who featured prominently in his TV ads and at his campaign events. (At the start of his campaign, his daughter Ayla was probably better-known than her father as a semifinalist on American Idol.) He prompted blushing from his daughters and howls from the crowd when he announced, "Yes, in case for anybody who's watching across the country, they're both available."
In a heartfelt concession speech just Brown spoke, Coakley thanked her supporters, saying she "will not forget the fierce determination with which we approached this – not just again about this campaign, about the things we believed in, we still believe in, and we will still fight for on and after tonight.
"Although our campaign ends tonight, we know that our mission continues and our work goes on,'' she said at the Sheraton Boston. "I am heartbroken at the result and I know that you are also, but I know that you will get up together and continue this fight even with this result tonight.''
She ended by pointing to the words of the late Kennedy: "The work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on."
With 99 percent of precincts reporting late tonight, Brown had 52 percent and Coakley had 47 percent.
Coakley, after cruising to an easy victory in the primary, began the general election race with seemingly every advantage -- from name recognition and fund-raising ability, to a lopsided advantage in voter registration and the backing of the state's Democratic establishment. What's more, she had been plotting a race for US Senate for years.
But Brown marched ahead in the two weeks following the holidays, channeling populist anger at Democratic policies in Washington and capitalizing on Coakley's relatively low-key campaigning. He also benefited from an influx of out-of-state activists and excitement among Massachusetts conservatives, who saw a rare chance at sending a Republican to higher office.
Coakley's loss is particularly dispiriting for the many women who were energized about the prospect of the state's first woman senator.
Brown seeks to be sworn in as soon as possible, although the exact timing remained uncertain. Before the results were announced, Secretary of State William F. Galvin said if the margin of victory were high, he would send unofficial results right away to the Secretary of the US Senate, who has the authority to decide whether to swear in the winner immediately.
It was the first-ever statewide special election for US Senate after the Massachusetts state Legislature changed the law in 2004 to allow voters to elect a new senator in the event of a vacancy. Previously, the governor appointed a successor.
House and Senate lawmakers again changed the law last year to allow the governor to make an interim appointment.
US Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr., a Democrat, will stay in the office until Brown is sworn in.
Over the past two weeks, the contest between Coakley and Brown took on national implications, drawing outside groups that deluged voters with a flurry of TV ads, automated phone calls, mailers, and e-mails, many of them negative.
Brown's campaign courted voters with folksy ads from his kitchen and his GMC pick-up truck. On the campaign trail, he frequently wore a barn jacket over his coat and tie, and made a point to compliment people on their dogs. He often seemed taken aback by his newfound popularity after weeks of stumping at sparsely-attended events in bars, diners, and train stations. He attempted to shake every hand, regardless of the size of the growing crowds.
In a matter of weeks, Brown transformed from an obscure state senator to a giant-killer in the Republican Party. in both Washington and Massachusetts. Even as he eschewed the Republican label at times, he reinvigorated the GOP base and has provided national Republicans with a template for campaigns in the 2010 midterm elections. He will also almost certainly be seen now as a rising star in the party., rivaling former Governor Mitt Romney as the most popular Republican from Massachusetts.
On issues, Brown tapped into a wellspring of voter anger over both state tax increases and corruption on Beacon Hill as he cast Coakley as an insider beholden to the Democratic establishment. And while Brown was embraced by right-wing groups – including activists opposed to gay marriage and abortion – he walked a fine line trying to portray himself as a social moderate.
At the polls earlier today, Brown supporters said they were angered by how Coakley ran her campaign, and at the course of the health care debate on Capitol Hill.
“She basically took the election for granted, and her ads were misleading,'' said Tim Macinta, a 34-year-old software developer from Somerville who voted for Brown. "It wasn’t so much a vote for Brown as a vote against Coakley…I didn’t care for Coakley’s entitled attitude.”
After Kennedy’s death in August, Coakley was the first to announce her candidacy and was the front-runner from the start. As attorney general, she had high name recognition and was the only candidate who had ever run in a statewide election. She piled up endorsements from every corner of the state and her three male Democratic primary opponents never put a dent in her seeming invincibility.
After her 19-point primary victory last month, she seemed to have found the formula for success that had eluded previous women – including gubernatorial bids by former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey and former treasurer Shannon O’Brien – and previous attorneys general, including Thomas F. Reilly and Scott Harshbarger.
But as she stayed off the airwaves and shied away from meet-and-greet politicking, Brown gained notice by running TV ads comparing himself to President John F. Kennedy and defining himself as the champion of independent-minded voters.
Still, with an undistinguished legislative record, Brown always seemed an unlikely candidate to succeed the legendary Edward M. Kennedy to become the first Republican US Senator from Massachusetts since Edward Brooke III, who held the seat from 1967 to 1979. The seat that Kennedy had held, however, had been controlled by the Kennedy family since 1952, when John F. Kennedy won election.
Hope & Change... in the People's Victory
Posted by Laura Ingraham
Don't let anyone convince you that Scott Brown's victory in Mass. isn't anything but monumental. This is a body blow to the Obamelosimanuel agenda and a repudiation of the course on which the President has put our nation. At the same time, beware those Republicans who claim this victory as theirs. Until a few weeks ago the RNC wasn't even really dialed into what was happening in Massachusetts. It wasn't so long ago when certain GOP elites were quietly turning their noses up at the raw raucous energy of the tea parties. Make no mistake about it--were it not for talk radio and the tea party/townhall events of last summer, healthcare would have passed long ago and you probably would have never heard of Scott Brown. He saw an opportunity, respected the will of the people and ran a great campaign--a classic American success story. Now it's time to roll up our sleeves and take back our power from the other political frauds who are destroying what we love about America. Congressmen Barney Frank, John Murtha, Luis Gutierrez, Jim McDermott, Sheila Jackson Lee (just to name a few) should all be forced to find new work in this glorious Obama economy. Congrats to Sen. Scott Brown and to all of you across the country who helped him.
Health Care in the Balance as Ground Shifts Under Obama
One year ago, President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address at the foot of the Capitol, laid out an agenda of “big plans” for his administration, and chided “cynics” who “fail to understand that the ground has shifted beneath them.” One year later, as voters head to the ballot box in Massachusetts, it seems that the ground very well may have shifted under President Obama.
And that ground shift might spell trouble for the President’s health care magnum opus.
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll released yesterday, President Obama’s approval ratings have “plummeted to 50%, down from 64% after he took office,” giving him an average 57% approval rating for the year and placing Obama “nearly last in the ranking of former presidents’ first-year job approval averages.”
Why the dissatisfaction? For President Obama, “big plans” meant a year of “big government” in the form of the nationalization of private corporations, hundreds of billions of dollars in new federal spending and a massive government takeover of health care. Those liberal policies haven’t sat well with a majority of Americans.
The Washington Post reports that “By 58 percent to 38 percent, Americans said they prefer smaller government and fewer services to larger government with more services.” As the Post reports, that’s 15 percent more people favoring smaller government over larger government since Sen. Obama won the Democratic nomination in June 2008.
Those anti-big-government sentiments could put the kibosh on President Obama’s hallmark health care legislation if today’s special election for the late Edward Kennedy’s Senate seat doesn’t go the President's way. Make no mistake, the Massachusetts election is very much about national issues – and President Obama’s liberal agenda. Health care came to dominate the Massachusetts race, and Republican candidate Scott Brown has made no bones about being the deciding vote to block Democrats' health care reform legislation.
A Brown victory would be a game-changer in the Democratic Congress’ efforts to pass health care legislation. And that’s a distinct possibility, given the latest Politico/InsideAdvantage poll that puts Brown up over Democrat Martha Coakley by a 52-43 margin. Politico reports:
“A defeat by Martha Coakley for the seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy would be embarrassing for the party — and potentially debilitating, since Democrats will lose their filibuster-proof, 60-vote hold on the Senate.”
With so much on the line, it’s no wonder that President Obama swooped-in to support Coakley in a last-minute get-out-the-vote effort, but it’s questionable whether his Sunday campaign stop or his TV ad on her behalf will be enough to get her across the finish line. In fact, Democrats are already circling the horses in anticipation of a defeat in the Bay State.
The Hill reports that Democrats are “eyeing a parliamentary maneuver to sidestep the Senate’s filibuster rules to pass healthcare if they lose their supermajority.” And Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Monday, "Let's remove all doubt, we will have healthcare one way or another."
Likewise, Republican leadership are expecting Democrats to pull out the stops to pass health care reform in the event of a Brown victory. "It's pretty clear that they're going to use every trick imaginable ... to shove this down the throats of the American people," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said on Monday.
Heritage’s Director of U.S. Senate Relations, Brian Darling, explains that if Brown wins today, Democrats will have two options:
“One would be for the House to take up and pass Obamacare with reconciliation being used as a technical corrections mechanism to allow Democrats to avoid a filibuster in the Senate. Option two would be to drop Obamacare and finally understand that the American people want Congress to scrap this version of health care reform and start over.”
The first option might give President Obama a much-needed legislative victory for his January 27 State of the Union address, but dropping Obamacare and starting over from scratch would be a victory for the American people. The question is whether President Obama understands – or cares – that the ground has shifted beneath his feet, too.
Soldiers See Through Walls
Army News Service|by Matthew Hickman
SAN ANTONIO - Entering a building and clearing rooms may become much safer for Soldiers in combat as Army scientists continue to develop Sense-Through-the-Wall technology to increase situational awareness.
Research, Development and Engineering Command technicians demonstrated Sense-Through-the-Wall radar imaging and many other high-tech gadgets at the Army Strong Zone outside the Alamodome during the buildup to the 2010 All-American Bowl.
The Army Strong Zone gave visitors a glimpse of career opportunities and futuristic Army equipment and vehicles.
The radar imaging device emits an electromagnetic wave that penetrates physical barriers. The wave records Doppler movements and sends information to the receiver antenna. The imager then displays the range and general direction of all targets for the Soldier.
Officials said the technology may be useful in urban areas where many of today's battles occur. Building clearing procedures take a priority in city streets and back alleys. A device that would allow Soldiers to recon a house and determine enemy locations would certainly save lives.
Learn more about the latest military technology on Defense Tech.
"This is giving Soldiers more awareness," said John Cua, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, Fort Monmouth, N.J. "They have an extra piece of information to use in room clearance missions that would help them make the right decision."
The technology has been in continuous development for 10 years, but the device has entered into a bidding process and Cua said testing continues to go well.
"We have contacted Battle Labs at Fort Benning, Georgia. We gave them this equipment and asked them how they could integrate this technology into their strategies," he said.
Although the bidding process has started, RDECOM continues to make improvements to the device, and Cua said Soldiers shouldn't treat it like a silver bullet.
"The Soldiers obviously want an increased range and we're definitely trying to get the equipment lighter," he said. "We don't want to burden the Soldiers with a piece of heavy equipment that replaces another piece of equipment that could save lives."
The device is user friendly and it takes less than two days of new equipment training before Soldiers become effective at using the technology. The graphic user interface is easy to read, and Cua said the feedback has been very positive.
"Soldiers would love to have this capability at hand," he said. "If it's something that would help save their own lives and others then they're definitely welcoming it."
"The e-mail Bag"
Nancy Pelosi and Father O'Malley
Father O'Malley rose from his bed. It was a fine spring day in his new Washington, D.C. parish. He walked to the window of his bedroom to get a deep breath of air and to see the beautiful day outside.
He then noticed there was a jackass lying dead in the middle of his front lawn. He promptly made a phone call. The conversation went like this:
"Good morning. This is Speaker Pelosi. How might I help you?"
"And the best of the day te yerself. This is Father O'Malley at St.Brigid's. There's a jackass lying dead in me front lawn. Would ye be so kind as to send a couple o'yer lads to take care of the matter?"
Speaker Pelosi, considering herself to be quite a wit, replied, "Father, it was always my impression that you people took care of last rites!"
There was silence on the line for a moment, and Father O'Malley replied:
"Aye, that's certainly true, but we are also obliged to first notify the next of kin."