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May Their Memory Be A Blessing

The Israelis know how to do this correctly.

On the Israeli Memorial Day at 11 AM a siren is sounded for two minutes and the entire country comes to a halt.

People stop whatever they are doing; cars stop on highways and the vehicles empty out for two minutes of silence to honor the fallen.

I remember back when Decoration Day as my mother referred to it was always on May 30, and not conveniently placed on the last Monday in May to create a three day weekend inaugurating summer.

There was always a parade with drum and bugle corps, bands, twirlers, close order drill teams and veterans, marching from city hall to the church, where there was a cemetery  for veterans of the Civil War, and the ceremonies were capped with speeches and a lone bugle sounding taps.

When I was in the high school band I got to be in the parade in my blue uniform with its epaulets, piping, and silver buttons, that would be the envy of any Fifth Avenue doorman.

It was a time when the day was celebrated  in towns across the country this way and not running to buy up bedding or furniture at cut rate sale prices.

It all seemed to come crashing down around eleventh grade when a substantial number of band mates refused to participate because honoring the dead in their minds glorified war and they couldn’t support anything harmful to Vietnamese children or water buffaloes.

Suffice it to say there weren’t enough of us to field a team and I was back to observer status.

In spite of all of that, it was still a time when the rights of felons and communists did not garner precedent over We The People.

So this weekend in the midst of flipping burgers or stuffing another set of towels into the shopping cart, stop for one lousy stinking minute, and remain silent for those who died, and most likely died horribly, defending our nation.

Jesus may have died for your past sins but the American serviceman and woman continue to die for you to be able to keep sinning.

Happy Memorial Day

 

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From WND:

‘Economic elites and organized groups have substantial independent impact on policy’

Back in the "day"... that would buy a couple of kilos of Green Nepalese Temple Balls!... Now a days it'll only get you a congressional vote... Isn't inflation a bitch!?

Back in the “day”… that would buy a couple of kilos of Green Nepalese Temple Balls!… Nowadays it’ll only get you a congressional vote… Isn’t inflation a bitch!?

President Lincoln’s declared “government of the people, by the people, for the people” may be in danger of perishing from the earth after all.

A recent study by professors Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin I. Page found that the U.S. now resembles more of an oligarchy than a democratic republic.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

The author of a recent commentary about oligarchy in the 21st century, Matthew Continetti, of the Free Beacon, might even suggest that last phrase be repeated.

“Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

“What we are in danger of losing because of the ‘extreme inequality in terms of political influence and the production of knowledge and information’ are the classical liberal values of negative freedom, of religious liberty, of equality before the law, of free markets,” he wrote.

“The inequality of income our bipartisan ruling class sanctimoniously condemns is the very tool it uses to shore up the inequalities of power and communication from which it benefits. Affluent, self-righteous, self-seeking, self-possessed, triumphalist, out of touch, hostile to dissent – this is what oligarchy looks like in the 21st century,” he wrote.

The study looked at 1,779 policy issues and found that, “The probability of policy change is nearly the same (around 0.3) whether a tiny minority or a large majority of average citizens favor a proposed policy change. By contrast – again with other actors held constant – a proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favor) is adopted only about 18 percent of the time, while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favor) is adopted about 45 percent of the time.” (more…)

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Sorry, Obama, you’re not the first black president. You’re simply our first gay Muslim Arab president—and an illegal one to boot.

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, “The Great Emancipator,” was Melungeon.

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The Legend of a Mountain Girl and her Baby

By Helen Campbell

I’ve listened to discussions, watched the History Channel on television and read books that claim the sixteenth president of the United States of America; Abraham Lincoln was of Melungeon ancestry.

It is generally accepted by most Melungeons researchers that Lincoln’s Melungeon ancestry comes through the linage [sic: lineage] of his mother, Nancy Hanks. He inherited a dark complexion, course, black hair, and grey eyes, all of which is [sic:are] consistent with the physical features of the Melungeons. Judging from a  Picture of Nancy Hanks Lincoln (drawn by Lloyd Ostendorf), Lincoln does resemble his mother. Abraham Lincoln also inherited color blindness. One day he told his mother that he could not see things like other people.

The word Melungeon is a controversy in itself but the truth is finally emerging after centuries of silence by an oppressed people known as the Melungeons. Over the past two decades scholars such as archeologists, linguists, anthropologists, genealogist, historians and even scientists have taken on the task of piecing this unsolved Melungeon puzzle together. I know you are probably asking yourself, what on earth is a Melungeon? I’ve been there and asked that very same question too. (more…)

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For a guy who pimped himself as another Lincoln he sure forgot Abe’s axiom about fooling the people.

by Rich Lowry | New York Post

Barack Obama used to call himself a “hopemonger,” mocking skeptics who thought the young presidential candidate was entirely too hopeful. No one would accuse him of that anymore. President Obama has done more than anyone else during the last two years to destroy trust in Washington.

His administration is the latest in a series of blows to the credibility of the system. First, there were the Bush administration failures in Hurricane Katrina and Iraq. Then, the financial collapse. Finally, a president who got elected promising a new, bipartisan way of doing business and a pragmatic approach to governance, who has catered to his base in a mad rush to expand government. (more…)

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