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It’s About Freedom

row-of-us-dollar-signsArthur Brooks, at  The Wall Street Journal suggests that there’s a bit of a culture war going on about the future of capitalism.  The headline suggests that “The Real Culture War Is Over Capitalism “

There is a major cultural schism developing in America. But it’s not over abortion, same-sex marriage or home schooling, as important as these issues are. The new divide centers on free enterprise — the principle at the core of American culture.

I dare suggest Brooks in this quote, has this exactly backward.  He’s pointing at a symptom and labeling at the root cause. Not that I blame him, really.  It’s been so long since we’ve dealt with things on the level of principle that even the more learned among …

I’m Puzzled That Barack’s Puzzled

Odd, that someone of Obama’s education and political experience is “puzzled” that anything he has to say would not elicit some reaction.  Worse yet, after taking such a strong position on Iraq and providing such a specific plan to withdraw troops (still on his web site today):

Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or

A Little History

Kind of a busy day today… but I was moved by reading Peggy Noonan’s column in the Wall Street Journal today.  She provides a vivid memory of one man’s heroic experience during the attack on Omaha Beach.

I can’t help but think of all of those who died that day for the sake of freedom.  Many knew they were running into a slaughterhouse. Yet they ran, and died.

I can’t begin to express the pain and appreciation my heart feels.

And I feel the same for each person that dies today for the same freedom.  And for each that is willing to put their life ahead of mine.  That sacrifice is very real.

I will not forget what you do.…

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The World Continues To Unwind – The Supreme Court Extends US Rights To The World

In other news, the Supreme Court has now gone too far. Sister Toldjah:

Quote of the day: “The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today.”

That was Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissent on the USSC ruling today that Gitmo detainees have habeas corpus rights.

Lyle Denniston analyzes the ruling here.

Captain Ed sums up USSC’s decision:

This will probably derail the hearings that had just begun at Gitmo for six members of the 9/11 conspiracy. By granting the unlawful combatants habeas corpus, the court has now eliminated the main reason for the military tribunal system – and for that matter, Gitmo itself. If the detainees can access American courts, they may as well be held

Welcome to Memorial Day

Revolutionary_War_MilitiamenSince 1775, over a million men and women have given their lives in service to the United States of America, that we may be able to live in the freedom we enjoy today. War is an awful thing, but it has been absolutely necessary to secure our freedoms.

George_WashingtonRag-tag militias fought, some reluctantly and for reasons they did not understand, to secure colonial independence from Great Britain. The leadership, cunning and inspiration of George Washington helped provide critical victories and maintain a semblance of order to the Continental Army through hard battles and a harsh weather through 1776.

1812 brought Britain’s attempt to retake the colonies, but we stood undeterred and continued to fight for our right to be independent and free. The Texas Revolution …

Sadr, doing Iran’s bidding, but for how long?

Karl at Protein Wisdom:

With the Iraqi Army defeating Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Basra, the L.A. Times has moved on to tell its readers how terrible things might get in Najaf. Buried in the middle of the piece, however, is a bit about the battle for Basra:

This time, the grand ayatollahs have declined to aid the incendiary cleric.

Three days into the Basra campaign, Grand Ayatollah Najafi issued a fatwa, or religious opinion or edict, that declared the Iraqi government as the only force in the country with the right to bear arms.

His son, Sheik Ali Najafi, left little doubt that the clergy had backed the Iraqi army operations.

“We see this as a positive improvement. . . . The people

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Silver Star Goes To Woman Serving In Afghanistan

Silver StarFor shielding her injured comrades and treating them while under fire, a woman medic in the 82nd Army Airborne Division will be awarded the Silver Star. Spc. Monica Lin Brown, a 19-year-old from Texas, is will receive the award for showing valor by saving the lives of 5 other soldiers after a road-side bomb attack left them injured and insurgents opened fire on the group as they moved about 500 yards away from the fighting. Only one other women has received the Silver Star for actions since World War II.

It’s getting close to the time that we admit that women can indeed fight alongside men, and can handle the stress and challenges of front-line duty. The actions in Afghanistan and Iraq have made …

Obama: Not Scary!

 In response to Hillary’s ridiculous ad asking “Who do you want answering the Red Phone at 3:00 AM”,  Obama provides this beauty:

I will never see the threat of terrorism as a way to scare up votes, because it’s a threat that should rally the country around our common enemies. That is the judgment we need at 3:00 a.m., and that’s the judgment that I am running for as president of the United States of America.

Um, is it just me, or did that first sentence make no proper sense? If I read it right, he’s saying he doesn’t want to use terrorism to “scare” people into doing what he wants… and that’s sort of noble (but unrealistic), and in the next breath says …

Mitt Romney Has Left The Building – What Now?

I’m impressed with Mitt’s decision. According to Fox News, he said:

“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator (Hillary) Clinton or (Barack) Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”

I’m not as torn up about this as I was with Fred’s departure, but it has definitely put us in the position of facing the inevitable starting to have the necessary discussions.

The questions now are:

  1. When will Huckabee step aside?
  2. Can the Republican Party actually succeed with McCain as the candidate?
  3. When can I stop

The Surge Worked!

In a WSJ commentary this morning, John McCain and Joe Lieberman reflect on the anniversary of Bush’s announcement to implement the 2007 Iraq Troop Surge, and made an excellent case for the surge and for continued managed presence in Iraq, and for dependency on General Petraeus’ skills to reduce the troop levels appropriately in the near future:

Every American should feel a debt of gratitude to Gen. Petraeus and the great American troops fighting under him for us. This gratitude is due not simply for the extraordinary progress they have accomplished in Iraq, but for what they have taught us about ourselves.

If the mismanagement of the Iraq war from 2003 to 2006 exposed our government’s capacity for incompetence, Gen. Petraeus’ leadership this past year, …

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