Monday, May 21, 2007

S.1348 -- The 2007 "Death to America!" Act

This piece of legislative treason is the best evidence yet that our Congressional "Leaders" view US as slaves and serfs. This back-room bill declares U.S. citizenship to be irrelevant and virtually detrimental to those holding it. Legal, taxpaying, law abiding U.S. Citizens are the oppressors of those "unfortunate people who just want to work and keep their families together", and must be made to pay for the transgression of being prosperous.
Putrid bags of excrement who believe that YOU have no right to object to the rape and pillage of your hard earned wealth or your Constitutional rights.

It doesn't matter what the final bill looks like (or how heavy the stack of paper becomes). When the President signs the stinking mass it will dilute your voice in government and your ability to be self-determining by at least 30%. Don't believe the talking heads who envision 12-20 million new "legals" -- it will be more like 100 million in just a few short years.

The term "legal" will replace the once coveted status of "citizen". As a "legal" you will be granted all the rights, privileges and entitlements of "citizens", but without those annoying responsibilities. You don't need no steenking papers, you just need a real or forged "Z"-visa and voila!
  • Free education,

  • free primary care for you and your entire extended family at any American hospital's emergency room,

  • free Social Security benefits (yes, "legals" don't have to work as long as you and I to qualify and they can use fake records to "prove" that they contributed) that can be sent straight to your South-of-the-Border bank account,

  • voting rights (you betcha it's already happening)

  • free legal protection (the American Criminal Liberties Union is now accepting applications to become the first "legal" to hit the jackpot in a Sue-the-crap-out-of-"citizens" class action lawsuit).

  • Thousands of $$ in cash from the "Welfare by 1040" program when you file your tax return and claim 55 dependents. You'll get a 'refund' that dwarfs the amount withheld from your minimum wage salary!
The supposed penalties to be levied from Z-Visa applicants will never be imposed. Employers will not be fined or face criminal charges for hiring undocumented people any more than they are now. Everyone here, no matter how they got here, will be considered "legal" by virtue of standing on U.S. soil. There's no way Congress or the President will cut us any slack in their relentless punishment of the truly criminal class of "citizens".

What to do? You can bend over and take it like a European -or- write, call, email, fax your CongressCritters and demand that this "Amnesty" bill be shelved and that the laws already on the books be enforced.

Fellow "citizens", remember one thing: You have NOT commited any crime! Did you force people from other countries to come here illegally? Did you even invite them to come here? Is it your fault that it sucks to live everywhere else in the world? Well, maybe that is our fault -- we've worked damned hard to create and maintain the prosperity made possible by our Founding Fathers, but we owe the illegals NOTHING! They should try and fix their own crappy governments rather than destroy ours.

Don't let the autocrats in Washington throw open our borders and allow the world to treat our "citizens" as criminals who must continuously pay for the crime of being a U.S. Citizen.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

D.J. Dietz - You Will Never Be Forgotten

Please see this post at Semper Gratus!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Heroes in Need and Updates

First, an update: SPC Joshua Sparling is getting a promotion to Seargent this week, and has scheduled Nov. 15th for the amputation of his lower-right leg.

Josh in March of this year outside Walter Reed.

The amputation is a good thing! The poor guy has been in misery for nearly a year while the leg heals enough to support the upper part once he's fitted with a prosthetic. Below mid-calf is toast, but he's keeping a lot more of the leg now than if the Docs had amputated last year.

Second, a Soldier's family in need: Many of you may be readers of A Storm In Afghanistan and know the unbelievable trials and victories of a tremendously courageous family. The Stanley's are again facing a life-threatening illness and have decided to come home to the States.

The following email from Andrea Shea King was forwarded to me by super-troop supporter Mary*Ann, who has been a real friend and rock for Reid and his family.

Military Family Compassionate Auction The auction bidding will begin at 10 p.m. ET, Thursday night, 10/19.

Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, USAF (Ret.), Chief Operating Officer with the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is donating and will personally autograph a trio of his best selling books: "Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security"; "Dereliction of Duty - The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security"; and his most recent book "War Crimes - The Left's Campaign to Eliminate the Military and Lose the War on Terror", debuting in January '07.

Patterson was the senior ranking officer of the five military aides serving in the Clinton White House, and carried the "nuclear football" - the top secret briefcase containing the launch codes for America's nuclear weapons.

Constitutional Public Radio is honored to join Buzz Patterson in this benefit auction for Army Spc. Reid Stanley ("SC Eagle" at and his wife Ellicia, who is battling cancer of the brain, breast, and lungs. They have three young children. And mounting expenses.

SC Eagle writes at his website: "We have finally received word back from the military. Hospice care is not covered. Which means, any home care we provide Ellicia here will be out of our own pocket. This is going to be expensive. So, reluctantly, and humbly, we'd like to ask those of you who stop by... Please help. Anything will be appreciated. Ellicia will likely need home care as her mind shuts down. And she wants to be at home, not in a hospital... home, surrounded by our children." And military insurance doesn't cover that.

"SC Eagle", stationed in Germany, was deployed to Afghanistan, and now faces another, more personal war, one with Ellicia's life in the balance.

Patterson will autograph each book with a personal message to the top bidder.

Sure to make a thoughtful and personal Christmas gift for that special military guy or gal or your favorite veteran, the three-book set will be a historic keepsake for years to come, and help a military family in their time of need.
I'll put the link to the auction up when I get it, but in the meantime please go to Reid's site and put a few $$ in the kitty.

Third, a new arrival from Iraq:
Cody Gainey arrived Wednesday. His wife, Heather, came in Thursday. Friday afternoon mom Lynn and father Tom arrived along with his sister, Aubrey.

Sister Aubrey is a Tampa Bay Buccaneer Cheerleader.

Hooooeeeee!Guess who's going to be the most popular guy on the ward?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

"These guys will try anything"

The title says it all - taken from a quote in the August 23rd edition of San Luis Obispo Tribune about an event organized by and, and worked by volunteer/supporter/friend of milblogs/very nice lady - Donna, Los Osos.

"There are a few things that you do in your lifetime that you will remember forever," said Grover Beach resident Modeana Lamphier, a member of the Pismo Beach Longboarder's Club, referring to her time in the water with the veteran Andy Soule.
"It was so much more than teaching some people how to surf," Lamphier said. "These guys will try anything. For them it's all about pushing their limits to find out what they can do; maybe not even what they can do, because they can do anything, but more about finding a way to adapt so that they can do it."
To set the stage, I'll steal some content from Blackfive's post Amputee Surfers - Follow Up. This was part of an AAR sent by volunteer Glenn Norberg.
The mission: To give some amputee soldiers and marines a chance to surf.
The outcome: A stoke beyond all belief. and teamed up in Pismo Beach, CA August 16-20 to give a bunch of amputee soldiers and marines the opportunity to surf. For 4-5 hours a day they learned to surf thanks to a small army of fortunate volounteers. Whether they had day [sic] two, one or no legs to stand on, the vets gave it their all. Local coverage was huge - the whole surf community was in on it. Even CNN, and National Geographic showed up.

The Tribune article has an incredible slideshow of the guys and even one of Donna!

Donna jumping for joy! Click the pic to see the slideshow of heroes in action.

Donna threw herself into this project after reading this over at Capt. Z's (who got it from Some Soldier's Mom). When it was over, she sent me the following AAR from her perspective.

(The pictures were taken by Desiree Cobb who documented the whole production.)
The troops flew in last week (Tuesday) and left yesterday afternoon. It was so odd how I got involved. Captain Z had put a little blurb on his blog about a month ago about a surf trip, so I checked it out. I think it just said “Help these guys out” and linked “” (My husband is a golfer and surfer) Well, the event was going to be in Pismo Beach which is 10 miles away from me! So I emailed Operation Comfort to see if I could help. She gave me the contact person here who was working on it. He is a local amputee surfer, who I’m sure thought I was a crazy person at first.
Mike Owens going for it
I have been helping in the planning for about a month. I cannot even explain how amazing this week was. And everyone involved has the same reaction. The guys kept thanking us, and we kept thanking them. They are so amazing. It ended up getting a lot of press coverage locally, and even National Geographic, the AP, and CNN were also there.

The whole time I was working on this I woke up every day thanking God I was allowed to be a part of it. Then when the guys (and one girl, Stephanie!) got here, I was almost in a constant state of adrenaline rush. Not only or these the most courageous people I have ever been around, they are also the most fun! I wish I had a tape recorder all the time.

Navy, Marines and Army chow down
One story..I took the guys out one night to a bar in San Luis Obispo (actually they took me..I was the Mom making sure guys got home safe). Little old Irish dive bar in downtown called McCarthy’s. It was packed, and here we come… wheelchair, amputee troops, and surfers. Luckily a big group leaves just as we get there. great quote that night - when the guys were checking out a rather tall, striking girl, Sgt. Michael Owens (Marine) said "Once we figured out she wasn't a man, she was hot!" I also love the quote on the KEYT news clip from Pedro Castillo (also a Marine) "Last thing I wanted to see for a while was the sand!"

Later the bartenders all figure out who they all were (because of the press) and were thanking me for bringing them there, and thanking the guys…They were local celebrities! Owner wants me to give him copies of the pictures taken in the bar so they can make a display with their story and pictures. People all over Pismo beach knew who they were… I have so many stories like that! It made me appreciate my area more. Lately we have had so many limo-liberals move here I have been sort of soured. No more! The guys went away knowing California LOVES them!.

The troops handled everything so amazing. They had cameras and microphones in their face so much with all the media attention, all the while learning to surf and even golfing one day! They surfed Wed/Thurs/Friday from 7:00am – 12:00. Saturday, they were in a surf contest, in the “Veterans” division. It was unbelievable and so much emotion for everyone. Of course I tried to suck it up and not embarrass them. These are some of the most courageous people I have ever met. The guy who organized this (Rodney Roller) is really a simple, humble, surfer-dude. He had such a heart for the troops, and just wanted them to get stoked! And they did! Went home to Texas with great surfer lingo. I’ve got so many stories I’ve got to write them down. (GN: Yes please!).

We had an Associated Press guy with us. He was there when they first flew in and stayed the whole time. At first, of course, the guys are suspicious and very cautious. After a few days, they started to get used to him. Well “Oscar” (that’s his name) went to McCarthy’s with us. When I went to take a carload home to Pismo Beach, Oscar asked if he could ride with me. Well I already had a full Yukon, but the very back was free. He asked if he could just lie in the back.

Now, it’s late and we have been going strong since 7:00 AM. The guys are talking and joking away, and about ¾ of the way home, I holler out “Oscar, you OK back there?” Well, one of the guys (Dan) says “who’s Oscar?” Another of the guys says…you know…“Paparazzi”. The guys called Oscar “Paparazzi” the whole time. You should have seen that poor kid grimace! It was a hoot. They liked Oscar, and he even crashed in their rooms a couple of nights.

Ok..I've got two more things you will appreciate. Did you read the email that was posted from Charles Doty on the Tribune site (it was under the slide show photos)? I was sitting right next to Chang when that was read at dinner!! I couldn't look at him! I was so close to losing it already because they were leaving the next day. It was really special when it was read. Chang is a really quiet guy, and so wonderful. We have already emailed each other. My husband and he really got along. Chang did really well with the golf too. He is a double amputee and I think he was in a tank that got hit.

Champ Andy SouleAlso, Andy, who is also a double amputee and is shown at the award photo winning first...well they forgot to say that he surfed doing a handstand!!! Did it twice in the contest! He is probably one of the strongest guys I have ever seen.
Go to Captain Z’s site and look at his old posts to see the one I saw. It explains the event so you’ll understand the history. I can’t write like you. Well, got to go home now. I missed a bunch of work last week, but it was worth it!

Thanks for spreading the word...I am so proud of these guys! They really broke the ice for other guys. Can you imagine going to war, getting injured, getting used to a new body, and then learning one on the hardest sports,...all in front of strangers and a bunch of cameras! They are amazing! They want to do it every year now. Some of the guys are going to help us plan the next one, which will be great. We want to start now raising money for next year.

Semper gratus,

I dunno, girl - you've got a pretty good way of expressing yourself and telling this story! I can't add to your incredible generousity or add anything to this beautiful event. It's already making me sniffly again!

Thank YOU for letting me post about these heroes and some really special troop supporters!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hey! Look Over Here!

I mean, please change your link to the new site Semper Gratus!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Mark of the Beast Redux

First its SiteMeter messing with my head, now TTLB. Check this out.

I know I said I wouldn't post here anymore, but this was just too kewl.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

I've had enough, too!

Twice this week I've tried to get on to write a post and both times Blogger has been down. I'm not bashing Blogger 'cause it is free after all and you get what you pay for, but I'm not going to post here anymore.

My new home is Semper Gratus! It's pretty bare right now, but I hope to transfer all the posts from here-to-there eventually. Thank you for bearing with me during the transition.

Have a Happy Dead Terrorist Day!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A Loooooong Weekend

Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is one of two tracks the Woodbridge Kart Club races on each season (the other being Summit Point Raceway in West "By God" Virginia). It is the Ritz-Carlton of road courses offering an immaculately maintained, challenging and thrilling track along with the best state-of-the-art facilities. For a little less than half the value of William Jefferson's (D-Louisiana) freezer contents, you too can spend an action-packed weekend in Danville, VA!

A view from the flag stand at racers gridding.

We normally drop the green flag from the pits with the karts starting from a dead stop. At the insistence of a bunch of whiny sprinters, the Club reluctantly agreed to try a "rolling start" for 6 of the 14 groups that raced over this weekend. It actually turned out pretty cool and I managed to get some shots of the starts.

Each race group contains two or more classes that are similar in speed and kart configuration. The classes run the gamut from Briggs powered Cadet Karts driven by 8 to 12 year olds (new for this year) to twin-250cc Gearbox "Honest! I was going so fast I couldn't see the red flag" speed demons.

Mandatory Drivers' meeting before each group goes out.

Each kart is equipped with a transponder that emits a unique signal which is picked up by the electronic scoring system as the kart crosses the "loop" buried under the asphalt at the Start/Finish line. The drivers provide the transponder number along with their driver profile data in the registration process.

The race director gives the signal: One Minute to Flag!

The Club saves all the driver/kart data in an MS Access db so the racers and registration workers don't have to re-enter everything each weekend, just the classes. This data is then sent race-by-race via our wireless intranet to the scoring computers.

The Pace Car: a Mercedes-Benz Kompressor provided by sponsor American Service Center proceeds to pit-out.

As part of the new "rolling start" change, the classes involved were also allowed to partake in qualifying sessions on Friday night. Qualifying for grid positions is SOP for short track racing, but it's never done (to my limited knowledge) in enduro racing (on long road courses/super speedways). You start from the position in which you registered - first come, first served.

The gridman sends karts out after the pace car.

This new wrinkle meant that the starting line-up for all the classes in 6 groups had to be re-ordered from the qualifying sessions prior to sending the race data to scoring.

Race Director Brandon Taylor cuts 'em lose!

I mention all this technical stuff because I spent 12 hours each day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as well as four hours Thursday night in Registration covering for the two paid workers who didn't show up. I only got to pop out and start TweetiePie in the first of his three races (the one he WON! Yippee!) and to take some pics of the rolling starts.

A few drivers refuse to lift and try taking turn 2 five wide on the first lap. The result: Doh! a few drivers sit out the rest of the race watching from the grass.

So, I didn't get to relax and play "pit-babe", I didn't get to blog from the track, I didn't take anywhere near enough pictures of family, friends and karts. I did spend three and a half days with a few hundred of the best people on the planet.

Note to self: If I start racing again, I won't be so apt to "volunteer" my entire weekend away from the team.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Escape from the Beltway

I'm spending this Memorial Day weekend 200+ miles away from D.C. but it may as well be light years. Beautiful southern Virginia - northern NC area. Racing. Friends and family. World class track and facilities. Racing. Booze. Springtime. Racing.

Did I mention racing?

Virginia International Raceway!!!

This is the only track I know of that has free wireless. God Bless the Old Dominion! I'll be reporting a little of what's happening for anyone interested and I'll be remembering all weekend just who it is that makes it possible for me to enjoy this wonderful activity in freedom and safety.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus

And he resides in Maryland! From today's Washington Times comes this wonderful holiday gift:

More aliens seek driver's licenses in Maryland

Since March, the average weekly number of driver's license applications by immigrants and illegal aliens has nearly doubled in Maryland, where legal residency is not required of applicants, according to the state Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

The number of out-of-country license applications, or those for noncitizens, has surged from an average of 946 a week to 1,800 a week since March, MVA spokesman Buel Young said.

...Local immigrants say illegal aliens are contributing to Maryland's surge in license applications by flocking to the state when their visas expire or by using the Maryland addresses of relatives.

"I heard that it's easier [to get licenses] here because in other states you need documents, but here it's not required," said 16-year-old Marcela, a Salvadoran immigrant who lives in Silver Spring and did not want to give her last name.
Antonio Lopez, a Guatemalan immigrant living in Hyattsville, said it is common for illegals to come to Maryland to apply for a license because a green card or Social Security card isn't required.

Cameroonian immigrant Nelson Manga, 35, who is obtaining his green card, said it depends on what a license will be used for. "Some people want to use it to identify themselves as permanent residents. That's not right," he said.

When I moved to this Socialist utopia, I was turned away from the MVA because I had nothing but my Virginia drivers license, Social Security card, government photo id, etc. as way of identification. "You must bring an original birth certificate and/or current passport!" Fortunately for me, I was born in D.C. and would not have to travel to some distant state to get the precious document. Unfortunately, I was born in D.C. and would have to wrestle the precious paperwork from the grip of surely, resentful public employees.
"Our task at the MVA is to determine whether someone is in fact who they say they are, so we require proof of age, identity and Maryland residency," Mr. Young said. "If someone provides proper documentation such as bills or lease agreements establishing residency, we must accept it," the MVA spokesman said. "Because proof of legal presence is not required in Maryland, we do not ask if you're here legally or not."
WTF? I could have saved myself a whole lotta time and effort by simply showing up with a phony lease agreement that I filled out in the parking lot. Instead, I followed the stupid rules and they took away my middle name 'cause is wasn't on my birth certificate!
A suit filed last year by CASA [de Maryland] against the MVA claims the agency, among other things, makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. "The MVA has for a long time been known for putting up extensive barriers for anyone not born in the United States," Miss Propeack said. "Instead of looking at the totality of what people are submitting and telling them what to do, they're doing it piecemeal, pointing out another problem each time people come back."

Lenny Campello, a Cuban immigrant, said illegals shouldn't be able to get licenses at all.

But Miss Propeack said illegals will continue to drive without licenses.
Well, isn't that special! What do you bet that all these immigrants of dubious legality also left the building with a brand new voter registration card to boot? Feliz Navidad!