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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Let Us Rebuild Our Symbols of Freedom - A Poem by Bug

Let Us Rebuild Our Symbols of Freedom
Written by Jill Star (aka Bug)
September 25, 2007

Symbols of freedom
come from places unexpected.
From moments of sorrow or pain,
from shock and disbelief...
found deep inside the human mind.

How can we remain strong,
if we do not rebuild.
How can we show our resolve,
our determination,
and our undaunted desire
to be free of terrorists -
if we do not rebuild.

They take from us what "they" feel
is our reason for existence.
It was not the buildings,
nor the planes.
It was not the money,
nor the challenge to our pride.
It was the audacity -
the audacity to take
the lives of those we love,
of those we knew not;
of those whose heroic names
go down in history -
from that dreadful day called 911...
to the fight for our freedom
still going strong today.

There will be no more trusting
of men who demand,
nor men who feel we are weak.
We are not weak -
but we are a country of uncertainty;
uncertain of whom to trust,
uncertain of how far to go,
and uncertain of our foothold
in the world.

We are powerful
but we are now more careful.
We are caring
but we are now suspicious.
We are empathetic
but we are not sympathetic.
Those who took from us
the lives of our citizens...
want a holy war -
a war to end days -
a war to bring about their own prophecies.

We have prophecies of our own,
but we do not hasten them.
We do not wish them to happen sooner.
We do no kill...
in order to gain favor with our god.
Our country is great
but our citizens can not agree;
and our leaders find, ironically,
that they can not please us all.

Symbols of freedom
come from places unexpected -
from moments of sorrow or pain...
Let us rebuild -
Let us take back what is ours -
Let us find comfort in our lives once more.

Written by Jill Star (aka Bug)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ahmadinejad's Holy War

What frightens me?

Not terrorism... not terrorist... but those who let terrorists and murders into our country to speak on a platform and then... said terrorist is actually applauded. What frightens me more is not what will come tomorrow but what will come years from now when those applauding fools let our country sink into the depths of hell.

Ahmadinejad is trying to bring about the end of days... to bring so much horror and terror into the world that we're forced into his own holy war. He hates homosexuals and stones them along with women... and yet... women and homosexuals have the inability to be smart and NOT applaud him. I am a woman... I will not give him a moment in front of my face.

And the hypocrite actually wants to meet with family members of 911 victims. Oh yes... I would say yes if he wanted to meet with me and someone I loved were dead due to his ideals... and I would warn anyone in advance that if he met with me, he would also meet with hostility. Being polite to a murderer is unnecessary.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

More Men Like Petraeus... less like "no namers" at moveon

What are the democrats and Lefties so upset about? Lets take a look (read the two posts before this one to get a better view).

Ever notice how those who have no name to the rest of the world have to attack those whose name stands out in the minds and hearts of others? Usually, great accomplishment in a person's life brings that person recognition and, in some cases, fame. If you don't have the time or talent to actually DO SOMETHING with your life to get that same spot light... what better way to get it shining directly in your face than to attack someone already there? You won't get it if you praise them or send fan mail... nope... you have to bring them down and bury them alive.

Petraeus calls for gradual drawdown

He would pull some troops out of Iraq now and reach pre-'surge' levels next summer.
By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 11, 2007

WASHINGTON -- -- Delivering a much-anticipated assessment of the military buildup in Iraq, America's top commander there, citing improvements in security, recommended Monday that the U.S. start withdrawing some troops later this month but not return to pre-"surge" levels until next summer at the earliest.

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said he would send home a force of about 2,200 Marines this month, and he recommended that an Army brigade of about 3,500 return home in December. But Petraeus advised keeping the remainder of the buildup forces -- four brigades and two Marine battalions -- in Iraq through July.
LINK: Click for the ENTIRE article GO HERE

An Open Mind For A New Army

I found this article today... it's worth reading. It's two years old, I realize, but history is still history even if it's personal history.

USNews and World Report

An Open Mind For A New Army
By Julian E. Barnes


I have an image of David Petraeus burned in my mind. It was just days after Baghdad had fallen to American forces, and Petraeus, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division, had joined other leaders of the division at a memorial service for two soldiers who had just been killed.

Before the service, I had overheard the battalion sergeant major reprimand a noncommissioned officer who had been shaken deeply by the deaths. His face was reddened with emotion, and that reaction, the sergeant major told him, was unacceptable. "Your soldiers need to see a stone face," the major told the NCO. Emotion is distracting; safety depends on soldiers staying focused on their jobs. Still, it seemed an inhuman command.

The exchange was still playing through my mind as my eyes scanned the seats at the service and found Petraeus. He wore the stone face; even in this tragic moment, he exuded calm and control. Yet the sadness, too, was unmistakable. It was clear in the way his eyes wrinkled at the corners and his mouth tugged downward. This was not the pure stoicism of the sergeant major. Here, I thought, was a man who knew leaders must inspire confidence but who also knew that human feelings cannot be denied.

It's exactly this sort of paradox that animates the work and leadership of Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, the American commander who for the past 15 months led the training of the new Iraqi security forces. Petraeus is one of the most fascinating people in the United States Army. With a Ph.D. from Princeton University, he is often referred to as the military's warrior-scholar. He has drawn deeply from his dual backgrounds to create a leadership style that is at once of a piece with military tradition, yet is at the same time innovative.

The armed services are among the few institutions in this country that focus relentlessly on developing leaders and improving leadership. The military's fiercely hierarchical structure is designed to identify the best leaders at each level and push them upward. Officers are expected to mentor those below them, and soldiers must periodically return to school to study how to better lead.

Smarter soldiers. In his 27 months in Iraq, Petraeus has been asked to lead a division into battle, to oversee the reconstruction and governance of Iraq's third-largest city, and to build up, from virtually nothing, Iraq's Army and police force. As Petraeus's varied roles show, Iraq has deeply challenged the soldiers who serve there, sometimes forcing them to perform duties far different from those they trained for. As a result, the Army has come to believe that teaching its soldiers how to think is as important as teaching them how to fight. "There is a very clear recognition of the importance of fostering flexibility and adaptability in leaders," says Petraeus.

Petraeus has been at the forefront of this evolution in thinking; indeed, there are few more flexible leaders in the military today. The general credits the Army's field training for teaching him to be a creative commander. But his adaptive thinking also comes from his work outside the military. At Princeton, where he earned his advanced degree in international relations, he had a chance to interact with exceptional scholars, many of whom had a very different view of the world and of human nature. The resulting debates provided insights and lessons that could be applied to the modern battlefield. "The truth is not found in any one school of thought, and arguably it's found in discussion among them," he says. "This is a flexibility of mind that really helps you when you are in ambiguous, tough situations."
LINK to the ENTIRE article: GO HERE

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I will never visit the hypocritical Moveon.org

My Vow: I will never visit Moveon.org - those who publish and push it are the equivalent of a mischievous, malicious "fake" friend that turns on a dime to leave a "friend" in the dust.

My thoughts: If General Petraeus had testified to the benefit of the Left and the Democrats, they would have praised him and held him up on a pedestal. I think it's foolish of the democrats to sit by and not come to his aide and it will, in the long run, only prove to show how hypocritical and one-sided they are no matter who goes against them.

It's much like Bob being Jim's best friend and doing anything for him... UNLESS... Jim does not have the exact same beliefs and ideals; and when it's proved that he does not... the "fake" friend, Bob, turns his back on his friend and whips around lunging a knife into Jim's back. This is what the Democrats and the Left seem to do more and more... "if you're not one of us... then you are our enemy".


News today:

CNN - President Bush today condemned the recent MoveOn.org advertisement that described Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as General "Betray-Us," voicing disappointment that leading Democrats had not denounced it as well.

USA Today — The Senate voted Thursday to condemn an advertisement by the liberal anti-war group MoveOn.org that accused the top military commander in Iraq of betrayal. The 72-25 vote condemned the full-page ad that appeared in The New York Times last week as Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Iraq, testified on Capitol Hill. The ad was headlined: "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? Cooking the books for the White House."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

911: Six Years and Counting

Thoughts in 2005

Thoughts today:

I'm baffled why we don't have a memorial where the Twin Towers once stood... or new buildings in their place. I don't understand why our borders still stand wide open and some of our citizens want us to forget what happened six years ago by abandoning the fight against terrorism.

Last year I was sad and finally felt the pain of loss of all those killed during the invasion of our country... all those killed during the further protection of our country.

This year I am just angry... angry at those who use politics to hold us back and cause more and more people to die. If our military were actually allowed to FIGHT in this war rather than be afraid to pull a trigger for fear of being put in jail by their own country, then perhaps we could end this war and terrorism would be defeated.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bin Laden and his century long plot

If Bin Laden only wanted the spot light, he would have sprung up long before now and very often.

To generalize... many Americans (and citizens of other countries... but I'll focus on America) don't know how to think long-term. We think about one year out... and some people only about a month out. We may plan in advance for vacations or Christmas presents or whose house we're going to for Thanksgiving. We may even plan out what new tree we want to plant in our yard and realize we have to do it in the fall to have any results the next spring; or even two years from the planting.

But for the most part, we just don't look much further out than a year... or maybe even two years. It's hard enough at times to get people to put money into their savings or retirement plan because we want what we want right now. We don't want to save for five years to be able to finally buy a computer or new clothes or a new car or a house... we want it right now.

So it's hard to fathom that other people actually plan things or plot things out for YEARS into the future. It's hard to understand that there are people... groups of people... citizens of other countries or even cults who plan things out for their life and the lives of their children and grandchildren.

I do not believe for an instant that Bin Laden or any other terrorist was just sitting around one day and said "hey... lets blow up the Twin Towers next week". No... it was planned and plotted for months... for years in advance.

So Bin suddenly showing up and saying "hey... here I am and we might do something bad again" is not a spontaneous act or small warning. These "people" have plans and plots against us and some of them are scheduled out for years. It could be that it was in the works that they would blow things up on 9-11-01 and then six years later they would do something else. I picture a time-line filled with schedules of terrorism throughout the world.

I'm not sure what Bin's thoughts were when he decided to come out with another tape. Does he really think Americans will say "gee... this guy is serious... I guess I'll convert to Islam like he told me to because if I don't, the big bad man will attack us again". We don't respond well to threats or slavery.

How do I feel after hearing his words? Angry and full of disbelief that this man actually thinks we're going to throw in the towel and fall to our knees. Why should we... because he may attack us again?

My concern is that our leaders don't feel the same way I do. Oh... I'm sure Bush feels that way, but what about Congress? There are too many who want us to abandon this cause to rid the world of terrorism and retreat to our warm, cozy homes.

Okay... you're right... I am not on the front lines fighting; but I support ANYONE who fights for our freedom and free choice.

Red Memoir: Updated... go here!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Senator Larry Craig To Resign

David Drake: Larry Craig To Resign

My response to David's post:

1. If he is guilty and pled guilty, then he should have resigned because breaking the law is not a good example for others to follow.

2. If he is NOT guilty and still pled guilty, then he may or may not have resigned. It's hard to continue when others think you're guilty. You spend all your time trying to defend yourself and then no one looks at the good you have done... he did good for Idaho.

So it's hard to say... in the end, FOR HIM, perhaps resigning was best so he could salvage his marriage and fight any legal battles against the aligations.

For the state and for the nation... I don't think resigning was necessarily the best thing because he was a good Senator... we just don't know if he was a good person.

But look at Bill "sex with anything" Clinton... you don't have to be a good person for people to like you. Hell... every gay man in the nation should be standing up for Craig right now; stains on a dress... stains on another man's pants... what's the difference? :o)

David's response:

I like your take on it Bug, especially your point #2 and the sentences after that: "So it's hard to say... in the end, FOR HIM, perhaps resigning was best so he could salvage his marriage and fight any legal battles against the aligations."

I'm glad it's over and now the Republicans can continue on with apologizing and perhaps resigning for other things they are not guilty of doing. If they keep going down this road, pretty soon we won't have to worry about them for they will all have stepped down from office rather than fighting.


In the end... I agree with my original thought and David's... resigning was probably best for his own personal life.

What angers me is that he is guilty and branded before he's proved to be guilty. I know he looks guilty because he pled guilty... and that right there is probably enough. But I heard the tapes and it sounds to me that he could be innocent or just stupid.

I don't know... maybe he is guilty... but there's doubt in my mind so I can't say for sure.
May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~