Speaker Boehner, install a select committee on Benghazi now!

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Written by Allen West:

I’ve joined family members of the victims of the Benghazi terrorist attack and more than 70 fellow conservative and military leaders in sending a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he install a select committee to once and for all get the answers and the truth regarding the tragic events of September 11, 2012.

There is widespread support for a select committee to get to the bottom of disturbing questions surrounding the attack, as H.Res. 36 has 178 cosponsors. Yet Speaker of the House John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor refuse to bring it to the House floor for a vote. You have to wonder, is there something they know that they prefer not come to light?

We can no longer accept silence, obfuscation and inaction on this subject.

You can read the letter here.   Please feel free to download and circulate it widely.
Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2014/01/speaker-boehner-install-select-committee-benghazi-now/#ohQWqyezBBqHESex.99

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2 years after death, woman gets her Christmas Wish for family

Have tissues ready and a few minutes to compose yourself afterward: Man receives letter from dying wife 2 years later. The letter — and a wish — was to be given to him only after he’d found love again. Prior to her death, Brenda Schmitz had made arrangements with a friend to deliver the letter to radio station KSTZ in Des Moines, Iowa. Brenda had always been touched by the “Star” 102.5 Christmas Wish program that a Des Moines radio station runs each year.

The station takes submissions of Christmas Wishes and consults with local partners to grant some of them.

“About a week and half ago we got a letter in the mail,” Scott Allen said Friday night. He’s the brand manager at the station, KSTZ “Star” 102.5 FM. “We’ve been doing the Christmas Wish program for 20-plus years. We’ve never received a wish like this, ever.”

Brenda Schmitz, in an undated photos. (star1025.com)

Brenda Schmitz, in an undated photo. (star1025.com)

Dated Aug. 3, 2011, Brenda Schmitz’s letter lists three wishes.

“I have a wish for David and the boys and the woman and her family if she has kids also,” she wrote. “I want them to know I love them very much and they always feel safe in a world of pain.” David and Brenda had four sons: Carter, Josh, Justin and Max.

Station officials told David Schmitz on Thursday that they were granting a Christmas Wish for him. But he didn’t know about Brenda’s letter until he was in the studio and on the air — hearing host Colleen Kelly read his wife’s words.

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Me and My House Will Serve the Lord and Not Watch A&E

Steven Ruffatto

Steven Ruffatto Asst. Professor
Criminal Justice at Harrisburg Area Community College 

Dear A&E,

Thank you for bringing us a show that was family friendly and fun to watch. I greatly appreciated the fact that my Christian family could watch a Christian family on TV as opposed to much of the garbage that is reality TV. Unfortunately, you have done a disservice to Phil Robertson as well as the Christian AND non-Christian fans of Duck Dynasty.

Freedom of speech means that we are all free to speak what we believe. The Supreme Court does restrict some speech. In fact they specifically address such speech that may cause panic or physical injury. The example they give is that someone cannot scream “fire” in a crowded movie theater when there is no fire.

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Phil Roberson in his “I Am Second” video. (Source: I Am Second screen shot)

Why, because it would cause a panic and people would get hurt. Did Phil Robertson’s speech meet this criteria set forth by the Supreme Court? No, it did not. The only people who panicked were the A&E executives that decided to pull Phil from the show.

Phil Robertson spoke what he knew to be true according to the Bible. Does that ruffle some peoples feathers because it goes against what they want to do? Yes it does.

The members of GLAAD are free to speak out against Christianity and those that believe in the Bible. How is that speech any different than Phil’s?

Under the U.S. Constitution they both have a right to express their thoughts and opinions. So why is Phil being punished for expressing his opinions? Why are you punishing Phil Robertson for being a Christian? This was not an incident of homophobia or hate speech.

Me and My House Will Serve the Lord and Not Watch A&E

This 2012 photo released by A&E shows, from left, Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson, Si Robertson and Willie Robertson from the A&E series, “Duck Dynasty.” The A&E channel says “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is off the show indefinitely after condemning gays as sinners in a magazine interview. In a statement Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, A&E said it was extremely disappointed to read Robertson’s comments in GQ magazine. (AP Photo/A&E, Zach Dilgard)

Homosexuality is clearly defined as a sin in the Bible just as other sins are listed. Stating it as a sin does not make someone anti-gay. Phil even stated, “we should love God and each other.”

If GLAAD and the LGBT community expect everyone to be tolerant of their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices, they too must be tolerant of Bible believing Christians, their views, opinions, and lifestyle choices. For A&E to succumb to the pressures of “political correctness” speaks volumes about your true concerns.

However, I would remind you that tolerance is a two-way street.

At this point what is needed is a clarification about your programming and your ant-Christian stance. If you are truly an anti-Christian station, which the move to pull Phil from the show based on his Christian beliefs reveals you to be, please be up front about it. You will most likely lose viewers based on this incident.

However, do not for a minute believe that you are losing viewers because of Phil’s comments. You will lose viewers due to your reaction to his comments.

Therefore, without clarification from A&E that you support Christians and Christian beliefs as much as you support GLAAD and the LGBT community, then  “As for Me and My House We Will No Longer Support or Watch A&E.”

Respectfully,

Steven D. Ruffatto


Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.

I’d really like to hear your thoughts. To me, this goes way beyond a TV show or family. It’s about political correctness trumping freedom of speech. What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

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Mark Levin: If You Lay One Hand On WWII Vets, I’ll Bring Half A Million People There!

wwIImemorial-300x218On his radio show last night Mark Levin tells Barack Obama that if his administration “lays one damned hand on one of those World War II Veterans at that memorial, I’ll bring half a million people to that memorial!” Levin said Americans from all over the country will “march on Washington against your tyranny.”

MARK LEVIN: I’m going to tell you folks something. I want to say this loud and clear to the people on Capitol Hill who are listening, to this administration — you lay one damn hand on one of those World War II vets at that memorial, I’ll bring half a million people to that damn memorial! You got that?

I’m sitting here stewing thinking about this. Playing these damn games? You will ignite a movement in this country like you’ve never seen before. The biker patriot army, veterans from all over the country — every single war and battle in this country. Republican, Democrat, Independent, whatever.

I’ll be damned if one president, with his feet up on the desk in the Oval Office, with his smirk on his face, looking at his golf cart. I’ll be damned if this president or anybody else is going to shutdown that World War II memorial. Period.

These men are in their 80s and 90s. So let me repeat. You lay one hand on one of those men and arrest them for going to their memorial, which they fought for, which was not paid by you, damn it. It was paid by the American people.

We will come out of every town and city in this nation. We will come out of every county and both coasts, both borders, and we will march on Washington against your tyranny. You’ve been warned. You have been warned.

Oh, shut down the government. Shove it! Stop playing games with the American people. You know, we’re not all losers. We’re not all on the public dole. We’re not all enthralled with Obama and the cult of personality. We’re tired of being lectured to, we’re tired of being put down.

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Leonard Pitts Addresses 9/11 Terrorists (September 12, 2001)

I’ve reposted this article by Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts, year after year, since it first appeared in the Miami Herald on September 12, 2001. These are words we should never forget….

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It’s my job to have something to say. They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which

troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

 You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward’s attack on our World Trade Center, our

Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.


Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome

family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless.

We’re frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae — a singer’s revealing dress, a ball team’s misfortune, a cartoon mouse.  

We’re wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. 

 We are fundamentally decent, though — peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it.
And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people — you, perhaps — think that any or all of this makes us weak. You’re mistaken.
We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.

Yes, we’re in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock.

We’re still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn’t a

special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn’t the plot development from a Tom Clancy

novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your

attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and,

probably, the history of the world. You’ve bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there’s a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson

Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone

brought us such abrupt and monumental pain.

When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force.
When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

 I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me.
It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

 In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen

and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms.
We’ll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.

You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our character is seldom

understood by people who don’t know us well. On this day, the family’s bickering is put on hold.

As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.


So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us?
It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that’s the case, consider the message received.

And take this message in exchange: You don’t know my people. You don’t know what we’re capable of.
You don’t know what you just started. But you’re about to learn.

Copyright 2001 the Miami Herald.

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The War On Words Continues – 50 Banned Words from NYC School’s Standardized Tests

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The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests.

The fear is that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests.

The word “dinosaur” made the hit list because dinosaurs suggest evolution which creationists might not like. Halloween is targeted because it suggests paganism; a “birthday” might not be happy to all because it isn’t celebrated by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

“They’re going to meet people from all walks of life and they’re going to have to learn to adjust.” One NYC parent stated.

Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. “Poverty” is also on the forbidden list. That’s something Sy Fliegal with the Center for Educational Innovation calls ridiculous. “The Petersons take a vacation for five days in their Mercedes … so what? You think our kids are going to be offended because they don’t have a Mercedes? You think our kids are going to say ‘I’m offended; how could they ask me a question about a Mercedes? I don’t have a Mercedes!’” “It’s all of life! I don’t know how they figure out what not to put on the list. Every aspect of life is on the list.” Fliegal said.

In a throwback to “Footloose,” the word “dancing” is also taboo. However, there is good news for kids that like “ballet”: The city made an exception for this form of dance.
Also banned are references to “divorce” and “disease,” because kids taking the tests may have relatives or parents who split from spouses or are ill.

Even some students think banning these words from periodic assessment tests is ridiculous.
“If you don’t celebrate one thing you might have a friend that does it. So I don’t see why people would find it offensive,” Curtis High School Sophomore Jamella Lewis told Diamond. Jamella has more common sense in her Sophomore mind than the NYC Board of Education – combined.

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the DOE is simply giving guidance to the test developers.
“So we’re not an outlier in being politically correct. This is just making sure that test makers are sensitive in the development of their tests,” Walcott said Monday He also says, “New York City’s list is longer because its student body is so diverse.”

Let me get this straight. On one hand, the school system states that the list is so long because the NYC student body is so diverse, yet they want to do away with the very things that make the entire city -no, the entire country so diverse. Of course, now that makes so much more sense.

Now they’re not talking about just young children. These word bans would be at every level of standardized testing, including middle and high school.
Do they truly believe these kids live in a closet?

Wait until these overly sensitive kids grow up and out into the real world.. won’t they be in for a surprise. How about preparing kids for the real world, a world that does include swimming pools, meth heads, unemployment and birthdays?

What they’re effectively doing is raising a generation of emotionally crippled adults that won’t know how to cope with the harshness of reality – i.e. the real world.

Here is the complete list of words that are up for execution (whoops, can I say that?):

Abusephysical, sexual, emotional, or psychological (So much for questions on health)

Alcoholbeer and liquor, tobacco, or drugs (I wonder if the word hooch is acceptable?)

Birthday celebrations and birthdays  (Because no one was born on any particular day -ever. )

Bodily functions (Ahh.. the dreaded fart)

Cancer – and other diseases (Too scary. So much for health and science testing)

Catastrophes/disasters – tsunamis and hurricanes (It may give the kiddos that have never heard of them nightmares)

Celebrities (Ok, they got me there. I wouldn’t want to discuss most celebrities either. Now don’t get your feelings hurt, I did say MOST, not all.)

Children dealing with serious issues (Kids can only handle unicorns and rainbows)

Cigarettes – and other smoking paraphernalia (Because they may give you cancer and that’s another banned word)

Computers in the home – acceptable in a school or library setting (Little Suzie had to walk to the library to use the computer, because they don’t have one at home, just three Obama phones)

Crime (Never happens in NYC, so why even mention it?)

Death and disease (Might as well ban it. You can’t use cancer or crime)

Divorce (How dare the system make the kids with parents feel guilty about the kids with just a baby daddy?)

Evolution (We can’t let kids think there may be different points of view)

Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes (There can’t be haves and have nots – just ask any liberal)

Gambling involving money (Hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas -right?)

Halloween (Damn those Pagan rituals.. or maybe someone will get their feelings hurt when the Great Pumpkin doesn’t come to visit?)

Homelessness  (Those aren’t homeless people in NYC, they’re sidewalk warmers – is that more an acceptable term?)

Homes with swimming pools (See Above – the Have and the Have Nots)

Hunting ( I was sad when the hunter killed Bambi’s mom too, but I got over it)

Junk food ( I had 3 Oreos. Billy took 2.  How many fingers did Billy have left after I chased him down and caught him? )

In-depth discussions of sports that require prior knowledge (What..Seriously? No mention of Obama Golf? Oh the humanity!)

Loss of employment (Interesting how welfare isn’t on the banned list)

Nuclear weapons ( Question 2: Who said, “We seek the total elimination one day of :: banned word:: from the face of the Earth.”
1. Ronald Reagan 2. Ahmadinejad  3. Kim Jong Un)

Occult topics -i.e. fortune-telling ( I guess the non-Gypsy kids wouldn’t get it)

Parapsychology ( I guess any mention of Ivy League Duke University’s Parapsychology Department is out of the question – literally)

Politics (and that’s where low information voters come from)

Pornography (On a school test? Who does that anyway?)

Poverty (Why give kids the silly idea that with an education and a good work ethic, they may be able to get themselves out of a lifetime of it? That would be just silly.)

Rap Music (Anyone remember The Sugar Hill Gang? I said a hip hop the hippie the hippie to the hip hip hop, a you dont stop…)

Religion ( I don’t think I saw Atheism on the list. Imagine no religion… I wonder if you can.. )

Religious holidays and festivals -including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan (Is Festivus safe?)

Rock-and-Roll  (So you ban the word Rock and Roll, but not Justin Beiber?)

Running away (I wonder how that would go on a test – Johnny ran away from CPS 10 times. The police brought him back 2 times. How many times did Johnny escape?)

Sex (Storks bring babies and I’m not seeing abortion on the list of banned words)

Slavery (Riddle me this Batman – On a standardized test, how do you test knowledge of world history without mentioning slavery?)

Terrorism (They’re not terrorist, they’re freedom fighters!)

Television and video games (How about – Television and video games, turn them off and go outside)

Traumatic material – including material that may be particularly upsetting such as animal shelters
(I always found leftist particularly upsetting, yet they still exist)

Vermin – rats and roaches (Try living in NYC and not mention them. Good luck with that.)

Violence (Kumbya my Lord.. Kumbya…)

War and bloodshed (You’re kidding me – No questions about War for Oil?)

Weapons – guns, knives, etc. (Well so much for teaching the 2nd Amendment. I’m surprised the word Constitution isn’t banned -yet)

Witchcraft, sorcery, etc. (Sorry Harry Potter, no more Quidditch for you)

Oh please, they just want to promote an everyone is equal, utopian society where no one has more or less than anybody else, and if they do, it’s not fair. It’s good to share the wealth- you know spread it around. So let’s start indoctrinating the kids – get them while their young.

What do you think about the war on words? Let me know in the comments below 

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Prosecutors: Fort Hood mass murderer was on jihad

Undated photo of terrorist, Maj. Nidal Hasan

Undated photo of terrorist, Maj. Nidal Hasan

Why is motive not an element in this trial? What kind of murder trial doesn’t discuss motive? Is it not an element in the trial because it shows how much the Obama administration has been lying to the American people about this jihad attack? “Prosecutors: Hasan was on jihad,” by Sig Christenson for MySa.com, August 2 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

FORT HOOD — Prosecutors Friday likened Maj. Nidal Hasanto a suicide bomber, saying he carefully researched the issue of going on jihad before an attack that left 13 people dead and 32 wounded, all but two of them soldiers.

It was the first time the government has made the allegation or cited evidence that would support the claim that Hasan sought to martyr himself at the end of the massacre.

“We believe that just like a suicide bomber, Major Hasan had no intention of leaving 5/11 alive,” Col. Steve Henricks, one of three prosecutors, said, referring to the day of the attack.

An American born of Palestinian immigrants, Hasan has told a court here that he was the gunman in the Nov. 5, 2009 rampage, and that he hoped to stop U.S. soldiers from killing Taliban insurgents, their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and innocent Afghan women and children.

The day is often called “5/11” in the Fort Hood community.

Prosecutors have charged Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder. He faces another 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the worst shooting of its kind at an American military installation.

Until now, the prosecution has avoided stating a motive, but on Friday asked the judge, Col. Tara Osborn, to allow them to present witnesses and evidence that would show Hasan not only studied jihad but argued for it while pursing a master’s degree, and that he claimed U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not justified.
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