Terrorism should be defeated with love...and superior firepower...- Terry Ingle
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." --Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci - Marxist - teacher of Saul Alinsky

15 January, 2011

Send this one to the "Why bother" file...

I thought you would get a chuckle from this at Dunham's Sports expense. Some of the stores I frequent send me discount flyers and coupons. I received this via e-mail today. "WOW", I thought, 20 percent off of ANY regular priced item in the store...good deal. Then I looked at the fine print on the coupon. They could have saved themselves a lot of trouble by saying what I COULD buy with it. You will probably have to click on the picture in order to read it. I guess that's why they call it fine print. TI

12 January, 2011

This says it all...

Sarah Palin is without a doubt one of the most loved and hated people in politics today. Put me in the love column. She is everything a modern woman should be. After I read this article she wrote, I decided to reprint it in it's entirety. It's a bit long, but well worth the read. This is one classy lady.TI

Like millions of Americans I learned of the tragic events in Arizona on Saturday, and my heart broke for the innocent victims. No words can fill the hole left by the death of an innocent, but we do mourn for the victims’ families as we express our sympathy.

I agree with the sentiments shared yesterday at the beautiful Catholic mass held in honor of the victims. The mass will hopefully help begin a healing process for the families touched by this tragedy and for our country.

Our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and the passionate exchange and debate of ideas, is a light to the rest of the world. Congresswoman Giffords and her constituents were exercising their right to exchange ideas that day, to celebrate our Republic’s core values and peacefully assemble to petition our government. It’s inexcusable and incomprehensible why a single evil man took the lives of peaceful citizens that day.

There is a bittersweet irony that the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy. We saw that in Arizona. We saw the tenacity of those clinging to life, the compassion of those who kept the victims alive, and the heroism of those who overpowered a deranged gunman.

Like many, I’ve spent the past few days reflecting on what happened and praying for guidance. After this shocking tragedy, I listened at first puzzled, then with concern, and now with sadness, to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event.

President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.

Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.

There are those who claim political rhetoric is to blame for the despicable act of this deranged, apparently apolitical criminal. And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols? In an ideal world all discourse would be civil and all disagreements cordial. But our Founding Fathers knew they weren’t designing a system for perfect men and women. If men and women were angels, there would be no need for government. Our Founders’ genius was to design a system that helped settle the inevitable conflicts caused by our imperfect passions in civil ways. So, we must condemn violence if our Republic is to endure.

As I said while campaigning for others last March in Arizona during a very heated primary race, “We know violence isn’t the answer. When we ‘take up our arms’, we’re talking about our vote.” Yes, our debates are full of passion, but we settle our political differences respectfully at the ballot box – as we did just two months ago, and as our Republic enables us to do again in the next election, and the next. That’s who we are as Americans and how we were meant to be. Public discourse and debate isn’t a sign of crisis, but of our enduring strength. It is part of why America is exceptional.

No one should be deterred from speaking up and speaking out in peaceful dissent, and we certainly must not be deterred by those who embrace evil and call it good. And we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

Just days before she was shot, Congresswoman Giffords read the First Amendment on the floor of the House. It was a beautiful moment and more than simply “symbolic,” as some claim, to have the Constitution read by our Congress. I am confident she knew that reading our sacred charter of liberty was more than just “symbolic.” But less than a week after Congresswoman Giffords reaffirmed our protected freedoms, another member of Congress announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive.

It is in the hour when our values are challenged that we must remain resolved to protect those values. Recall how the events of 9-11 challenged our values and we had to fight the tendency to trade our freedoms for perceived security. And so it is today.

Let us honor those precious lives cut short in Tucson by praying for them and their families and by cherishing their memories. Let us pray for the full recovery of the wounded. And let us pray for our country. In times like this we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides. We need strength to not let the random acts of a criminal turn us against ourselves, or weaken our solid foundation, or provide a pretext to stifle debate.

America must be stronger than the evil we saw displayed last week. We are better than the mindless finger-pointing we endured in the wake of the tragedy. We will come out of this stronger and more united in our desire to peacefully engage in the great debates of our time, to respectfully embrace our differences in a positive manner, and to unite in the knowledge that, though our ideas may be different, we must all strive for a better future for our country. May God bless America.

- Sarah Palin

09 January, 2011

Now HERE'S some vitriolic rhetoric for ya...

"I think the vitriolic rhetoric that we hear day in and day out from people in the radio business and some people in the TV business and what (we) see on TV and how our youngsters are being raised, that this has not become the nice United States of America that most of us grew up in. And I think it's time that we do the soul-searching,"
Pima County, Ariz., Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

"I think the sheriff was right," said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., when he was on CBS' "Face the Nation."
"Bob, when you and I grew up, we grew up listening to essentially three major news outlets: NBC, ABC, and of course, CBS. We listened to people like Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid, and Huntley-Brinkley, and they saw their job as to inform us of the facts and we would make a conclusion," Hoyer said. "Far too many broadcasts now and so many outlets have the intent of inciting, and inciting people to opposition, to anger, to thinking the other side is less than moral. And I think that is a context in which somebody who is mentally unbalanced can somehow feel justified in taking this kind of action. And I think we need to all take cognizance of that and be aware that what we say can, in fact, have consequences."

Typical liberal response...Inciting people to opposition???? To anger??? Evidently we are to never oppose those with whom we disagree or be angry with what they are trying to impose upon us. Inciting also implies that we are not smart enough to know when to oppose and that we need someone to tell us when we should get mad and disagree.

So who is responsible for the terrible shootings that took place yesterday in Arizona? This idiot mentioned talk radio and TV, so let's start there. I listen regularly to Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly, Ingraham, Limbaugh, Coulter, Gallagher as well as a few others and I have yet to hear ANY of them say anything about shooting political leaders that we disagree with. I DO hear spirited debate, challenges, accusations and even some name-calling, but I have never heard ANYONE that I listen to espouse violence. I do hear a lot about personal responsibility, and accepting the consequences for our own actions. I hear a lot about the Constitution and our first amendment right to free speech.
I guess we can't blame them.

OK, how about guns? After all, it was a 9mm Glock that killed those people wasn't it? A weapon that is small enough to be concealed until needed. Hmmm...could it be the extended magazine that was able to hold thirty rounds? What about the gun manufacturer? How about the sporting goods store that sold the weapon?...But wait...they had to call the FBI for a background check and he was cleared for purchase...well...he had no priors, so nothing would have come up. Since millions of Americans, including me carry a gun regularly, and the murder rates are actually going DOWN, it seems unlikely that we can blame the weapon.

How about the Safeway store where the meet-and-greet was held. They MUST be responsible, after all, this was a public official, where was the police protection?? THAT'S IT...the police, it's their fault! They should have known something like this was going to happen, after all, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was a controversial politician, so they should have a cop following her around 24/7 right? Where was Sheriff Clarence Dupnik when she needed him?

I'm just thinking...Should we, maybe, just blame the scumbag who pulled the trigger? After all, he is connected to various hate groups. He does read books like Mein Kompf. He does have a history of showing signs of being a bit unhinged and ranting meaninglessly in some of his writings. He did make a choice to telegraph his feelings on Twitter and Facebook. He did make a choice to load a gun and with intent, go to the Safeway and kill people at random. He alone made the choice to do this and act out whatever was going on in his twisted mind.

As we follow this in the weeks and months to come, listen to who REALLY uses the hatespeach. I guarantee to you it will be the left. There will be murmurings of the Fairness Doctrine, gun control, high cap magazines, controlling the content of the internet (but only for the right), and anything else these idiots can think of to deflect responsibility and play the blame-game.

In my opinion, we may need extreme measures to defend ourselves some day, I hope that won't happen, and we are not there yet. Only when marshal law is declared, and the Constitution suspended will there be a need to fight back by every means at our disposal. Until then we have due process, elections, and the law of the Constitution. Everyone on both sides of the isle should be able to feel safe to do their jobs without threats and fear and we should have the freedoms assured to us by our Fathers to debate, argue, and oppose.

I have a feeling that this won't be over for quite a while and this incident will be the soapbox that the left will stand on to shout far and wide their hatred for conservatives and why we should be contained. My only consolation is that they won't be taken seriously by the majority of thinking Americans. In fact, it will further expose the left for the desperate liars they really are. TI