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While we are fighting the good fight against Congress and the president, we must never forget those who are far away from home fighting the good fight for our very lives. It is to them this tribute is sent.

Just in case the link goes wacky, you can watch it on YouTube.

Yes, they are my heroes. I pray they are yours as well. Have a blessed day.

Hat tip: Pastor Ed.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!


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Below you will find an article written by Radio Free Asia. This is the time of year they and we remember Tiananmen Square, 1989, when the Chinese government told its army to roll its tanks over the people, and they did so. What is it they were demanding of China? Freedom. Funny thing, ya know. Some people say others can’t handle it while sit in the majority of our country and try to take it away from us! It will be a cold day in hell…

(Go to www.rfa.org/english/news/special/june4/ for news, essays, and never before released videos and photos of the 1989 protests.)

Paint-Throwing at Mao’s Portrait Born of Frustration, 1989 Protester Says.

WASHINGTON—China has developed tremendously over the last two decades, but “in terms of political and democratic reforms” the system is unchanged, one of three men jailed for splattering paint on Chairman Mao Zedong’s portrait during the 1989 Tiananmen protests has told Radio Free Asia (RFA).

Yu Zhijian, who along with fellow paint-thrower Yu Dongyue was just granted U.S. asylum, described their high-profile May 23, 1989 act of vandalism as a product of frustration directed at the Chinese authorities and prompted by the failure of protest leaders to devise a response when Beijing declared martial law.

“Before we resorted to the violent behavior, we tried to communicate to the student leaders our assessment of the situation,” Yu Zhijian told RFA’s Mandarin service in his first interview since arriving in the United States in mid-May.

“We felt, as participants in the movement, that there should have been a plan in response to the martial law.”

“The day after we arrived in Beijing, we joined the crowd that tried to block the PLA [People’s Liberation Army] vehicles from entering the city. We talked to the students and ordinary citizens. I felt that they didn’t know where the movement was headed,” he said.

“As there wasn’t to be a ‘triumphant withdrawal,’ the leaders of the movement should have come up with relatively decisive responses. So we proposed three suggestions,” he said, including a nationwide strike and a takeover of several key buildings.

But on May 21, “when we brought our three suggestions to the Square we didn’t see any student leaders. So we gave our proposal to someone whose job was to maintain order at the Square…After that, the movement wasn’t headed in the direction that we had hoped,” he said.

Turned over to police.

And two days later, “We decided to smear Mao’s portrait with eggs containing paint. In our view, the rule by the Chinese Communists from 1949-89 was a Maoist dictatorship,” Yu said.

“The portrait of Mao Zedong symbolized the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party. We had hoped that our action would lead the participants of the movement to change course and bring the movement back from the brink of failure.”

The two childhood friends—along with a bus driver named Lu Decheng—hurled 30 eggs filled with paint at the portrait and were quickly seized by student protesters eager to distance themselves from the act and handed over to police.

Less than two weeks later, Chinese troops moved in on the protests with tanks and live ammunition, killing hundreds of people and prompting an international outcry. An official blackout on discussion of the crackdown remains in force, 20 years later.

“China has witnessed huge changes in the past 20 years. But in terms of political and democratic reforms, it is where it was 20 years ago. There has been no change whatsoever,” he said.

Mental health damaged.

Yu Dongyue¸ a former journalist and art critic, was convicted of sabotage and counter-revolutionary propaganda and handed a 20-year jail term. Lu received a 16-year jail term, and Yu Zhijian, a former teacher, drew a life sentence.

Lu and Yu Zhijian were paroled in 1998 but Yu Dongyue remained in custody because, officials said, he had never confessed to any wrongdoing. His sentence was cut by two years in 2000 and another 15 months in 2003.

Yu Dongyue is the longest-serving known political prisoner sentenced in connection with the 1989 crackdown. He spent several years in solitary confinement and was subjected to beatings and electric shocks, and friends and relatives say his mental health has suffered severely.

During an interview here, Yu Dongyue appeared vacant. He spoke haltingly and was unable to answer direct questions.

“As you can see, his mental condition is awful, just awful,” Yu Zhijian said. “Yu Dongyue spent 17 years in prison. When he was released he was a shadow of his former self. My heart ached when I saw him.”

Lu was granted asylum in Canada in 2006. Yu Dongyue and Yu Zhijian fled China through Thailand and were granted U.S. asylum last month.

Neither man would discuss the route they took to escape China, but Yu Zhijian notably cited Chinese-born human rights activist Harry Wu and his Laogai Foundation, for their assistance.

Asked how he regarded the 20th anniversary on Thursday of the June 4, 1989 crackdown, he replied:

“My heart is heavy with memories of June 4th. These memories will never be erased from my mind. It is a topic that pains me to bring up, especially when the June 4th anniversary is upon us. I am unable to sleep or eat. My mind is in turmoil. The movement 20 years ago was a noble one and it changed our lives.”

“The participants were not limited to university students. The general public—in the millions—also took part in it. In our hometown in Hunan, even the peasants stopped working in the fields. They were glued to the television. They were inspired by the patriotism and democratic spirit of the students.”

Original reporting by He Ping for RFA’s Mandarin service. Translated by RFA Mandarin service director Jennifer Chou. Written and produced in English by Sarah Jackson-Han.

Radio Free Asia is a private, nonprofit corporation broadcasting and publishing online news, information, and commentary in nine East Asian languages to listeners who do not have access to full and free news media. RFA’s broadcasts seek to promote the rights of freedom of opinion and expression, including the freedom to “seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” RFA is funded by an annual grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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I have been writing about the Islam fascists for many years now, but I believe this Mother carries a message better than I am able. Listen to her words, try to understand the betrayal she is enduring, and then decide which side of the issue (as if there is a side) you belong.

Cavuto – Cole Victim’s Mother Declines Obama Invitation.

God bless you, Diane, for your sacrifice to our country. I pray this embarrassing decision is corrected pronto. Be strong, you are not alone.

Hat tip: Nuke’s.

Seventeen US Sailors were murdered in that bombing.
Picture courtesy of Little Green Footballs.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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Calling all Vets For Freedom members and suporters: Go to his site and give! They are working on his website as I type, but let me tell you a little something about this Medal of Honor nominee while you donate what you can and support him in anyway you are able.

His website is www.Bellavia2008.com, and this is one man you would truly like to know.

Dear Vets for Freedom members:

David Bellavia, Vets for Freedom co-founder, member of our Board of Advisors, and now a candidate for Congress in New York’s 26th Congressional District, resigned from our Board of Advisors Monday due to his candidacy. David will continue to be a member of the organization

David Bellavia is a great American, who served this country courageously on the battlefield in Iraq, receiving the Silver Star and a nomination for the Medal of Honor. But his service didn’t stop there. Here at home, David co-founded Vets for Freedom, as well as a local organization in his hometown of Buffalo, New York for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Vets for Freedom wishes David luck in what will be a difficult battle for a contested seat, and we are grateful for the voice he continues to give veterans here at home and those serving abroad. Please make sure to visit www.Bellavia2008.com to find out more information.

Give ’em Hell David,

Pete Hegseth
Executive Director
Vets for Freedom.

This is wonderful news for Congress! Let’s get donating. Let’s show them we’re not all talk. If they put up a candidate we can vote for, we become very enthusiastic!

I just want to add one thing that is somewhat off this topic. I did my Wednesday Hero yesterday but over here at the Vets for Freedom Blog, they have another person is also deserving of our attention. The title of the post is, “Honoring Marine CPL Jason Dunham.” This was a remarkable man who truly loved his team and his country. This is a MUST READ post. Would you like a taste? Okay:

A few days ago, I posted the tribute to Medal of Honor recipient SFC Paul Ray Smith by LTG William B. Caldwell, IV. Much like my efforts with They Have Names, LTG Caldwell wants to make sure that these brave warriors are not forgotten. As I noted to some after my trip to DC, most of the anti-war people that I spoke with talked about the Abu Ghraib disaster. Many of them could even give you name of either Granger or England. I would often ask them if they knew who SFC Paul Ray Smith was. “Was he the squad leader?” No. Do you know who CPL Jason Dunham was. “No, but it sounds familiar.” It should. What about Lt. Michael Murphy? “No.” Well, the same day I was in Washington, Petty Officer Michael Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

LTG Caldwell has written another poignant oratory about Marine CPL Dunham, who died of his wounds four years ago yesterday. While the rest of America was concerned with who was more “bitter”, we remember the passing of a true American hero. What follows is a must read letter for all Americans! Due to ceremonies to commemerate the occasion and updates to ASP, we were forced to present this a day late. [Continue reading.]

I wonder how many people truly know that we are living in a country filled with giants? I’m so grateful to them for all they do, even if they never make the papers. They do make it possible for those who do make the papers to do their work. God bless each and every one of their families, friends, and them.

Update: Um. I. Did. Something. Stupid. What? I called them Freedom For Vets, instead of Vets For Freedom. D’oh! I have since corrected this matter, but I’ve trackbacked with it the wrong name. My sincerest apologies.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest and other sites:

Outside the Beltway: ABC News Debate Focuses on ‘News’.
Diary of the Mad Pigeon: Thursday Open Roost.
The Random Yak: When Greed Meets … Well, Greed.
Wake Up America: The Forgotten Children of FLDS Polygamist Group, The Lost Boys.
Woman Honor Thyself: “Asian” and Multiculturalism..uh huh.
Adam’s Blog: Post of the Day for April 17, 2008.
Maggie’s Notebook: Who and What are the Palestinians?
Blue Star Chronicles: Mitt Romney is Funny.
Pirate’s Cove: TTLF: Mitt’s Top Ten.
A NEWT ONE: Cultural Jihad: It’s Not My Fault.
Right Voices: PinocchioBama: “I Suggested that we should talk to our enemies and not just our friends, including Iran, including Syria.” and “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas”.
D equals S: The Battle for America Must Begin at the Local Level.
Wolf Pangloss: When is Tag Not Tag? Updated.
Thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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Posts that have trackbacked to this post:

1. Wolf Pangloss: Buchenwald and Yale.
Mr. Dubost, the prosecutor from France, interviewed the witness Bachalowsky during the Nuremberg Trials.
* Mr. Dubost (French prosecutor): Could you please tell us about the tattooed skin?
* Witness Bachalowsky: Yes…
2. Adam’s Blog: Obama and the Pope.
Podcast Show Notes: David Oatney and Hatton Humphrey join me as we discuss the Pope’s Visit and Obama’s Debate Performance. Related Stories: Pro-Abortion Senate holds up resolution honoring the Pope. The Pope meets with and comforts vi…
3. A NEWT ONE: War News: We Have Lost The War.
Well? This is the end. The mightiest military known to man has been defeated. All the funding. All the training. All the dedication. All for nothing. Well, perhaps not all for nothing but, to what end? Where do we go from here, pray tell? We have los…
4. Nuke Gingrich: Blogbreakus interruptus.
We interrupt this Blog Break to bring you this special post: …
5. The Amboy Times: Antisemitism in the Hadith and the Koran.
A must read over at Dhimmi by Andrew Bostom. Antisemitism in the Hadith and Early Muslim Biographies of Muhammad: Motifs and ManifestationsA hadith that was widespread relates that during his agony the prophet cursed the Jews and Christians who had…
6. Maggie’s Notebook: The Meat: Jeremiah Wright Publishes CAIR Founder’s.
What the media are not reporting: (1) Pastor Wright’s affinity for and support of Musa Abu Marzook, a Hamas co-founder and leader, and (2) Marzook’s connection to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and CAIR’s documented connection to …
7. Right Truth: Ohio Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Students’ View, and other attacks on Christianity.
Ohio Teacher Refuses to Remove Bible From Students’ View, Fox MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — An Ohio middle school teacher says he won’t obey an order to remove a Bible from view of students. John Freshwater said Wednesday he agreed to…
8. Maggie’s Notebook: Barack Obama’s Father – Why it Matters.
Presidential candidate, Barack Obama campaigned with Raila Odinga in 2006 in Kenya,…. What can Sen. Obama be thinking of Odinga’s pursuits to enslave the people of the REPUBLIC of Kenya within Islam – under Shariah law?…

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Here is an early edition of today’s blogburst for Flight 93. As usual, it is written by Alec. Help us to spread the word by joining! 😉

World Net Daily has a very informative article today about our petition to investigate the Flight 93 memorial. It includes excerpts from Tom Burnett’s letter to the American people; it includes information about the fraudulent Park Service investigation (where an Islamic scholar said not to worry about the half mile wide Mecca oriented crescent because nobody has ever seen a mihrab anywhere near this BIG before); and it reviews the four specific complaints highlighted in the petition (the giant crescent, the Mecca orientation, the Islamic sundial and the 44 blocks).
Blogburst logo, no accident
Those last four links are to graphics that Tom Burnett is going to have on poster-boards when he addresses a Republican convention in Wisconsin at the end of the month. World Net Daily is looking to add video content these days so Tom is going to try to get video of his speech that we can edit down to five minutes of highlights for WND.

The first place we will be delivering the petitions is to the Memorial Project’s public meeting on May 3rd in Somerset PA. It looks like we are going to have quite a few signatures, both from the electronic petition (zooming towards 2000 already), and from the paper petitions (now circulating on the ground in PA).

At least one state legislator from Pennsylvania has signed the petition, and a Congressman has expressed interest in entering the whole thing into the congressional record. That would be a second Congressman coming out publicly against the memorial. (Tom Tancredo asked the Park Service last fall to scrap the crescent design entirely.)

Will any of the big radio radio voices wake up to the evidence that al Qaeda accepted our open invitation to the ENTIRE WORLD to enter our design competition? All they have to do is look at the FACTS.

To join our blogbursts, email Cao (caoilfhionn1 at gmail dot com) with your blog’s url.

Posts I’ve trackbacked to:

Beagle Scout: What is victory in Iraq?
123beta: The Bitch Is Back.
Wolf Pangloss: Paglia on Hillary’s Girly Men.
Wolf Pangloss: Was the Iraq War in 2003 legal?

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Below is a message from this Marine in his own words:

A fellow Marine and I wrote, and I recorded a song titled “Not Ready To End The Fight.” This song was inspired by the fact that I, like many Americans, don’t particularly appreciate the underlying message behind the Dixie Chicks’ song “Not Ready To Make Nice.” While I did like the underlying music from song, the lyrics’ just didn’t sit well with me, many of my colleagues and other Americans. After being urged on by friends, family, and colleagues I decided to record “Not Ready To End The Fight” to make a point, criticize, comment and answer the Dixie Chicks song and all the other Hollywood stars that constantly overestimate my interest in their personal politics and their level of competence in foreign policy and about how our Country should be run and how they imply they know what is better for this Country than our elected officials.

I know there are very complicated issues that must be considered when undertaking a war. I certainly don’t pretend to have the solutions to any foreign policy issues. I also know that smart people can look at the same set of facts and events and often reach different conclusions. That is probably a good thing! So anyone who characterizes these very complicated terrorism and war issues as very easy-and-simple need to try to at least try to see the other side of the issue… no matter what side you are on.

I am just an ordinary “country boy” who feels like I need to speak up about my personal opinions, experiences, and exercise my freedom of speech! I am 23, a husband, a father, a full time Marine and part time musician. I am not a celebrity or politician, nor do I know any. My wife and I are hardworking, religious, family oriented, patriotic Americans. We each were born and reared in small-town Louisiana. I grew up in Eunice, Louisiana. I also have family in Texas. My wife, newborn son, and I live in the Washington, D.C. area where I am presently stationed. We are blessed with large supportive families.

To make a contribution to the Country and the war effort, I joined the Marine Corps upon my graduation from high school. I have served in combat in both Afghanistan and Iraq with extraordinarily unselfish and brave Americans.

Thanks to everyone who strongly supports the military and our mission! Your prayers and appreciation make our job gratifying!

Semper Fi! – David Thibodeaux

Dear David Thibodeaux, Sir, Thank you for your service and all the sacrifices your families have made for us. We shall be eternally grateful. God bless you.

Update: I made a horrible error. I forgot to tell you I ‘borrowed’ this from Political Pistachio. (Hat tip and all that.)

Posts I’ve trackbacked to:

Wolf Pangloss: A strong and disturbing link between severe child abuse and non-traditional family environments, Right Truth: Duty and the Responsibility of Citizenship — The Basis for a Strong Nation part 4, Woman Honor Thyself: MemorY..ah yes I remember that… …, Wolf Pangloss: 26% of teen girls have a sexually transmitted disease: digging into the numbers, Shadowscope: Green Thumb Sunday.

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1. The Uncooperative Blogger: Internet Independent Conservative Talk Radio.
2. Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Is the Earth still warming?
3. Wolf Pangloss: Minneapolis-St. Paul Radicals plan to have tasers just in time for Republican National Convention.
4. Woman Honor Thyself: That’s HoT!..NOT.
5. Wolf Pangloss: Obama, Wright, and now Emil Jones.

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I slept through the debate last night and as I hear, I didn’t miss all that much. Could someone please explain to me why Ron Paul-who has not won one primary-is still in the debates? Oh, and a vote for the Huckster is a vote for McCain. IMHO.

Let’s get down to the meat of the topic. I was over at Stop the ACLU, and they covered the debate for us. So did several others, and there are links to their sites. Here are some interesting ones:

Stop the ACLU: Focus Group Says Romney and Huckabee Score, Stop the ACLU: McCain Lies About Romney, Ace of Spades HQ: Debate Open ThreadUpdate: Romney Vs. McCain On Who Flinched Less In War’s Darkest Hour– Advantage, Surpisingly Enough, Seems To Be…Romney, Sublog: Hot Air: Hot Air » Blog Archive » McCain considered benchmarks in January 2007, Sublog: The GOP Front-Runner?, Macsmind: Thoughts on the Debate – Romney wins, McCain’s an ass, Captain’s Quarters: GOP Debate: Live Blog And Wrap-Up Show (Update: Romney Wins), Bill’s Bites: 2008.01.31 Politics and National Defense Roundup…, Blog-o-Fascists: McCain Lying On Tape, Webloggin: Update: Is McCain Anti-Business? Anderson Cooper: Moderator, Debater or Simply a Liberal Hack? and Stop the ACLU: McCain Wouldn’t Vote for His Own Immigration Bill.

I find this last one very disturbing, since just the other day he said he would sign the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill. Oh my, that sure is some straight-talking for ya, eh? And they wonder why we do NOT trust them…

There are also several video versions so that you can decide for yourself. I choose not to waste my time, but that’s just me. Maybe I will later, but I’m just upset right now. We cannot a Juan McCain…

PS: I do not wish to give anyone the impression that I support Romney, because I do not. Now you can see my dilemna. I know enough him to make me sick. What a choice. Why is it that the largest state in the union gets stuck with the nuts? Oh well. I guess it’s to each their own. Just remember the most important thing. It is not your damn pocket. It is our men and women who are in harms way protecting your selfish butts from having your throat slit. Or have you forgotten already?

This is a place where you can trackback your posts all day and night long. Just make sure you include a link back to here when you do so. NO porn. Have a great day. 😉

Posts I’ve trackbacked to at Linkfest:

Stix Blog, Pirate’s Cove: WTW: The Maverick Pulls It Out On Tuesday, The World According to Carl: Saturday Evening Humor, Woman Honor Thyself: Skyscraper near Ground ZerO, 123beta: McCain vs. Clinton?, Point Five: Study: Few Keyboards Actually Destroyed By Coffee, Stageleft: I Agree With Huckabee, third world county: T-13; 2.03: Thirteen Health Benefits of… Coffee.

Here are some others I have trackbacked to:

Stop the ACLU: Focus Group Says Romney and Huckabee Score, McCain Lies About Romney, McCain Wouldn’t Vote for His Own Immigration Bill, Matt Sanchez: White Men Need Not Apply–Democrats. This one is very funny.

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