To All My Liberal Friends:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of all others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.
I hope each and everyone of you enjoy a peaceful and safe Thanksgiving with family and loved ones.
For a Thanksgiving message, I can think of none better than that expressed by one of America’s greatest Comedians and a true Patriot back in 1952, Red Skelton.
It is objectionable that a teacher would even think it a disciplinary matter for a student to say “bless you.” That is not teaching, it is imparting personal prejudices on young students.
Just another example of the intolerance of the “oh so tolerant” always demeaning others.
UPDATE: School Superintendent John Niederkorn spoke on the incident saying the teacher, Steve Cuckovich “thought the students were sneezing in dramatic fashion with the intent of disrupting class”
Niederkorn said, “It was brought to the District’s attention a few days ago that students were disciplined for being disruptive in class. The teacher believed that students were dramatically sneezing and responding in repetitive fashion “Bless You”. One of the concerns is the social convention of saying “Gesundheit”, “God Bless You”, or “Bless You” after someone sneezes. Of question is whether a series of these repeated remarks by several students constitutes freedom of speech or a classroom disruption and merits student discipline. Vacaville Unified’s Administration is continuing its investigation of this reported classroom disruption. We are reviewing the impact of this disruption and the student grading policy. Certainly a blessing by one individual to another after a sneeze is a welcomed acknowledgement of a social norm. Hopefully it is not abused as a disruption of classroom instructional activities.”
Wonder what happened with the recent NASA Satellite that returned to earth?
Relax, it’s just humor
There will be no political postings today. Instead, I will share a message received from Florida’s 14th District Congressman Connie Mack.
As many Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, and family, we remember the significance of the holiday and our troops fighting to maintain our freedom and independence. Our forefathers built the foundation of a democracy allowing every voice to be heard, and a chance at a better life. This Independence Day I hope you will join me in remembering our country and our freedom, and those fighting for America.
Enjoy your 4th of July all.
Please, be careful with your fireworks, especially around small children or if drinking.
Oh please, please, please.
Who was that loon in Portland crying about trees have rights too?
Matt Lindland’s “SportFight” Promotion At Spirit Mountain Casino (1/28/11)
By REES LLOYD
If you missed the free self-defense seminar held by Team Quest MMA and Fitness in Portland on Saturday (Jan. 22, 2011), you missed something good – good for you, good for your family and good for the community.
But the success of the effort may lead to more opportunities, according to Matt Lindland, Oregon’s Olympic Silver Medalist and Mixed Martial Arts Super-Star who co-founded Team Quest in Portland along with MMA legends Dan Henderson and Randy Couture.
“We are pleased at the response to our offer of a free self-defense seminar for the community, which we put on as a way of giving back to the community, and to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,” Lindland said. “People who participated are asking for more. We may now schedule more free seminars like this, or maybe shorter, focused self-defense training in half-hour sessions, maybe weekly.”
MMA is the fastest growing sport in America, and Team Quest has earned a national and international reputation as one of the best, most famed mixed martial arts training centers in the world. Created in the Gresham area of Portland, Team Quest now has training centers in Portland, Tualatin, and West Linn in Oregon; and, in California, Redding, Oceanside, and Temecula, CA, which is led by Team Quest co-founder Dan Henderson. [For more details, log on to www.teamquestmma.net.]
Tip of the hat to Michelle Malkin and Jimmy Kimmel
Authored and submitted by attorney Rees Lloyd
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln, amidst the ongoing internecine carnage of the Civil War, delivered his most famed speech, the now revered Gettysburg Address, at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The Battle of Gettysburg had raged July 1 through 3, 1863. It involved more than 170,000 Americans. Troops of the Union Army of the Potomac and of the Confederate Northern Army of Virginia fought one another there. More than 7,500 Americans died there. More Americans would die in the Civil War, some 650,000, than in any war in our history.
The Union victory at Gettysburg, after so many defeats, was seen as a turning point in the war. But both the war and Lincoln’s future were in grave doubt. Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. He had instituted the Draft, leading to “Draft Riots” in New York and other northern cities. Anti-war Democrats, called “Copperheads,” were calling for appeasement of the secessionist states, and for Lincoln’s defeat in the 1864 elections. Lincoln himself expressed his belief he would not remain in office long enough to preserve the American union.
Waiting on the bus to arrive, the growing crowd stood along NE Airport Way waving Fire Pelosi signs. We received many more waves, thumbs up and honks than we did single finger salutes.
The Tee Shirt says, “My daughter wears combat boots. She’s a U.S. marine.”
Michael Steele gave a very inspiring but short speech as did Delia Lopez. Jim Huffman made an appearance too.
September 22 is designated as “World Car Free Day” by foreign leftists, the World Carfree Network, who desire to
“showcase just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.”
Sam Kazman, general counsel for the Competitive Enterprise Institute counters by calling for people to “Protest World Car-Free Day — Take a Drive (Just for the Hell of It)!“
“The automobile has improved the lives of hundreds of millions of people in remarkable ways. It has taken the mobility once reserved for aristocrats and democratized it, immensely expanding the choices that average people have regarding where to live and work. Instead of pushing a misguided political agenda to reduce car use, we should be celebrating automobility.”
Loren Lomasky, University of Virginia philosophy professor noted in a study on the automobile, Autonomy and Automobility that
“the car is one of the three most liberating technologies ever developed.”
The left has successfully manipulated government and public opinion into denying many of our freedoms by protest. It’s our turn to stage protests to reinstate our freedoms that have been infringed upon by restrictive government policies.
So, some time during the day, just hop in your car September 22 and take a little drive. See the scenery, enjoy the view and celebrate the freedom we have to go where we wish, when we wish, while we still can.
With a multi-Billion dollar bridge including light rail being shoved down our throats in Clark County and Portland’s Mayor stating he would force us out of our cars, we must fight back if we wish to maintain our free movement.
Fortunately, Phil Davison, candidate for Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio isn’t running for any office locally. I have to admit, this is the most bizarre speech I can recall by any candidate of any party.
For some reason, he also lost the nomination he was seeking.
Hmmm, imagine that.
Ya’ll have fun this weekend, I’ll be in Southern Oregon camping with some fellow Viet Nam Vets that served in sister units and my unit, C Troop 7/17th Air Cav after I rotated out.
Comments left will be moderated Sunday evening or Monday morning, when I return.
Play nice and pray for our state and nation.
I hope everyone enjoys our Independence Day celebrations in your community. But please, remember, stay safe so you can enjoy next years as well.
Alcohol and driving do not mix nor does Alcohol and fireworks. Be sure before you set any off that they are a safe distance away from your home and people, especially small children.
It only takes a split second for an accident that will forever alter your or someone else’s life to happen.
Please be respectful of others after the public ceremonies this evening. You may be feeling good after you get home from the ceremony and public display of fireworks, but do we really need to hear them still going off at midnight and at 1 A.M.?
Not everybody has Monday off from work.
Above all, remember why we even celebrate the day and let’s hold our freedoms and liberties our forefathers fought and died for in higher regard. They are precious and unprecedented and we should not allow any politician to threaten them “for the collective good.”
Have a safe and happy 4th.