D. Maria


Wednesday, February 28, 2007


YOU MUST WATCH and spread the word !

Brigitte Gabriel Part 1

Brigitte Gabriel Part 2

Brigitte Gabriel Part 3

Brigitte Gabriel Part 4

Brigitte Gabriel Part 5

Brigitte Gabriel Part 6

Brigitte Gabriel Part 7 (FINAL)

**Originally posted under: " Bridget Gabriel author BECAUSE THEY HATE, MUST SEE VIDEO " I updated this blog by correcting the spelling of her name and adding the 6 missing videos. PLEASE, we really need to spread the word before it's too late.**

You Ain't Gonna Touch This Wall

Look, boy, you're free to demonstrate,
March up and down this Mall;
But, son, I'm gonna set you straight,
You ain't gonna touch this Wall.

You shout and scream all you want,
On all that we'll give a pass;
But you try some Wall-defacing stunt,
And, son, I'm gonna kick your ass.

Let us make it clear, we've all come here
To defend our long-dead brothers;
And understand you ain't layin' a hand
On our Wall you leftie mothers.

Drag out that traitor, Hanoi Jane,
To screech at you pinks and commies,
And Cindy Sheehan to exploit her pain,
The Barnum of Gold Star Mommies.

And, son, you hear this loud and clear,
Don't you even think about spittin'
Less you want that smart mouth busted here,
And believe me, we're not sh*ttin'.

Let us make it clear, we've all come here
To defend our long-dead brothers;
And understand you ain't layin' a hand
On our Wall you leftie mothers.

Because of you losers we lose our wars,
Our warriors are left to bleed,
Cause of Jane and Cindy, these media whores
With their camera-craving creed.

So follow these traitors, these loser b*tches,
Let them lead you to your fall;
But I promise you, son, you're gonna need stitches,
You even get close to this Wall.

Let us make it clear, we've all come here
To defend our long-dead brothers;
And understand you ain't layin' a hand
On our Wall you leftie mothers.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

AMW: Expose Political Persecution of Border Patrol Agents

Democrat Hypocrisy on Iraq

Hillary Clinton's Opposing Statements on Iraq War

Democrat Hypocrisy on Iraq

Hillary's Vote for the Iraq War and Her "Roadmap" Scam

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Westboro Thinks Police should be their Private SECURITY!

The westboro baptist church brigade check mated by Sheriff.
This is them below too.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Torture At Guantanamo

United States Navy Recruiting Ad

Directed by: John Kerry
Produced by: The Democratic National Committee
Special thanks to: Nancy Pelosi & Michael Moore
Catering by: Rosie O'Donnell
Best grip: William J. Clinton

Do You Remember Judge Roy Moore from Alabama?

A friend sent me this and I thought it was worth sharing.

Some of you may be wondering what Judge Roy Moore has been doing since he was removed from the bench for refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom wall. Please read the poem he wrote. It's below his picture.

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The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore . Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama ! . The judge's poem sums it up quite well.

America the Beautiful,
or so you used to be.
Land of the Pilgrims' pride;
I'm glad they'll never see.

Babies piled in dumpster's,
Abortion on demand,
Oh, sweet land of liberty;
your house is on the sand.

Our children wander aimlessly
poisoned by cocaine
choosing to indulge their lusts,
when God has said abstain

>From sea to shining sea,
our Nation turns away
>From the teaching of God's love
and a need to always pray.

We've kept God in our temples,
how callous we have grown.
When earth is but His footstool,
and Heaven is His throne.

We've voted in a government
that's rotting at the core,
Appointing Godless Judges;
who throw reason out the door,

You think that God's not angry,
that our land's a moral slum?
How much longer will He wait
before His judgment comes?

How are we to face our God,
from Whom we cannot hide?
What then is left for us to do,
but stem this evil tide?

If we who are His children,
will humbly turn and pray;
Seek His holy face
and mend our evil way:

Then God will hear from Heaven;
and forgive us of our sins,
He'll heal our sickly land
and those who live within.

But, America the Beautiful,
if you don't - then you will see,
A sad but Holy God
withdraw His hand from Thee.

~~Judge Roy Moore~~

This says it all. May we all forward this message and offer our prayers for Judge Moore to be blessed and for America to wake up and realize what we need to do to keep OUR America the Beautiful.

Pass this on and let's lift Judge Moore up in prayer.
He has stood firm and needs our support.


Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Ultimate Smoothie Selector

Boost your brain, build muscle, and help your heart -- with a blender

Depending on what you toss in them, smoothies offer a wide range of immediate heart-saving, muscle-building, brain-juicing, mood-boosting benefits. We provide the building blocks and the blueprints -- all you need to do is liquefy.


The berries here aren't just super food for your brain; they offer an important cancer-fighting bonus.

1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 c fresh or frozen raspberries
1 c pineapple OJ
1/2 c low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c ice


Using all unsweetened fruit, this recipe delivers an antioxidant whallop without the sugar.

1/2 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries

1/2 cup frozen unsweetened strawberries

3/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1 cup soy milk or 1% milk


This low-calorie smoothie is a good source of fiber, phytochemicals, and antioxidants. Blueberries in particular contain compounds that can help prevent cataracts, cancer, constipation, and memory loss.

1/2 c orange juice

1 pint nonfat vanilla or peach frozen yogurt

2 1/2 c sliced peaches

3/4 fresh or frozen blueberries


This mix features the brawn-building power of protein from both peanut butter and whey.

2 Tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
1/3 c whey protein
1/2 c fat-free chocolate frozen yogurt
1 c fat-free milk


This smoothie is a muscle-rejuvenating, beta-carotene-filled, orange-colored wonder.

3 small ice cubes

2 apricots (sliced and pitted)

1/2 papaya (frozen in chunks)

1/2 mango (frozen in chunks)

1/2 cup carrots

1 tablespoon honey


The fiber from the fruit teams with the artery-protecting antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats of the peanut butter to keep your ticker tickin'.

1 banana
1/2 c raspberries
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 c nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt
1 c fat-free milk


This recipe helps produce wake-up chemicals in the brain.

1 c skim milk

2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate

1 c strawberries

1 kiwifruit


The yogurt aids digestion, while the mango and juice boost immune response.

1/2 c pitted cherries
1/2 c mango
1/2 c low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 c pineapple OJ
1 c ice


An all-fruit smoothie, packed with carbs to boost your serotonin levels. Add a handful of flaxseeds for an extra dose of mood-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 c fresh or frozen mango
1 c pineapple OJ
1 c ice


Less than a minute and you're drinking a better breakfast.

1 banana

1 peach (cut up)

1/4 c orange juice

1 c ice

Why use these ingredients?

Peanut butter

Packed with protein, manganese, and niacin, peanuts can help stave off heart disease and, when eaten in moderation, promote weight loss.

Fat-free milk

All the calcium and protein, none of the fat.


The huge amounts of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, in blueberries have been shown to slow brain decline and reverse memory loss.

Low-fat vanilla yogurt

A cache of calcium and digestion-aiding probiotics in every scoop.


An antioxidant powerhouse bursting with fiber, manganese, and vitamin C, these berries will keep your heart and brain in top shape.

Fat-free chocolate frozen yogurt

Calcium, phosphorus, and none of the guilt.

Pineapple-orange juice

OJ has vitamin C, and pineapples contain bromelain, a cancer-inhibiting, inflammation-reducing enzyme.


In addition to their vitamin C and fiber content, cherries have been linked to reducing arthritis pain.


Heavy on potassium, fiber, and vitamin B6, bananas do wonders for your heart and provide good carbs to keep you full and energized.

Whey protein

Its essential amino acids help pack on the muscle -- making whey the best friend of athletes and gym rats.

Frozen mangoes

To their stock of vitamins A and C, mangoes add a healthy dose of beta-carotene, which helps prevent cancer and promotes healthy skin.


A little H2O never hurt anyone.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Shift Happens

Bill O'Reilly vs Donahue

She's An American Soldier

Ex-porn star on you-tube...powerful words

Terrorist Fake Propaganda Photo Wins Award

Absolutely pathetic. Awarding staged photos used for terrorist propaganda.

(Hat Tip Gateway Pundit)

Remember this faked photo?:

It just won first place in Picture of the Year International's photo contest. Apparently staged photographs qualify.

Email POYi here: info@poyi.org
Email POYi Director here: ShawRF@missouri.edu

This famous photograph wasn't even considered:

A U.S. Soldier comforts a dying child after insurgent "freedom fighters" detonated a suicide car bomb.

So You Want To Be A Marine?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Tribute to American Troops (VIDEO)

Iranian Student Activist Takes a Turn For the Worse

From Gateway Pundit:

Iranian student activist Ahmad Batebi suffers a second stroke...

It was known back in December that Ahmad Batebi, the imprisoned student leader in the infamous Ward 209 of Evin Prison, was being detained in the most unspeakable condition; his family, after visiting him in prison, described the status of his health to be extremely worrisome.

Following the sad news from Sunday, Iranian bloggers today are reporting that Ahmad Batebi has suffered a second stroke at Evin Prison...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Live by FAITH !

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Faith from Hebrews, Bible

Have Faith Angel

What is unseen becomes seen
What has been lost shall be found,
The past ends for a new life, a new future begins
Trials may come our way but victory will prevail.
For Faith is the bringing from the darkness to light.

For the burning fire within us shall be calmed
The storms of life once unforgiving shall be stopped,
The fresh ocean breeze fills the air around
And the winds of Hope shall fill our lungs.
For Faith in God helps us face overwhelming odds.

So as we age year by year and move on
We'll sow seeds of Love to those unloved,
A wall seemingly impossible shall be climbed.
A broken Heart once lifeless now beats with joy
The blessings from above pours down upon our souls,
And a mountain once thought unmovable is moved
For Faith is the bringing from the darkness to light.

Faith is the word of God.
Faith is believing in the fullness of God's grace.
Faith works through the unfailing love of God.
Faith lights the way giving us direction when we're lost.
Faith gives us much hope, peace, and strength for tomorrow...
For Faith is the bringing from darkness into the light !
Faith is the sunshine we remember through our darkest hour.
Faith gives us strength to our hearts when we need it the most.
Faith is the song in our Hearts that helps us through our storms all year long...



When you come to the edge of all the light you have,
and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown,
faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on,
or you will be taught how to fly.
(~ Patrick Overton ~)

" What you see is evidence of what you believe.
Believe it and you'll see it."

" For those who believe, No proof is necessary.
For those who don't believe, No proof is possible."

" Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking
and sings while it is still dark."

" Faith works miracles. At least it allows time for them."

" A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; A great faith will bring heaven to your soul." (Charles Spurgeon.)

" Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." (Helen Keller.)

" Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

" Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking." (Kahlil Gibran.)

" Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." (Mary McLeod Bethune.)

" Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith." (Henry Ward Beecher)

" Faith is putting all your eggs in God's basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch." (Ramona C. Carroll)

" Trust the Lord your God with all your Heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

" Be joyful because you have hope. Be patient when trouble comes, and pray at all times." (Romans 12:12)

" Let God's promises shine on your problems."

The Lord says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you." (Psalm 32:8 NLT)

" Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." (Colossians 3:15 NIV)

" The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever." (Psalm 121:8 NLT)

" For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39 KJV)

" Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us." (Romans 8:35,37 KJV)

" For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation." (Psalm 100:5 NLT)

" The unfailing love of the Lord never ends!" (Lamentations 3:22 NLT)

" As does the sun shine, so too does the rain fall...and yet, the sun still shines behind the clouds. "

" The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him." (Nahum 1:7 NASB)

" If I ride the morning winds to the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me." (Psalm 139:9)

" Lord Jesus, when I look at Your cross I know that You care for me as you wept endlessly, died so that I may live, and showed me what true Love is all about."

Faith Gods Promise. YES LORD JESUS!

(About seeing what is not there…)

(Colossians 1:16) For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (NIV)

When we look into a microscope built with a glass lens, we can see worlds and kingdoms we cannot see with our naked eye. When we use an electron microscope we can see worlds and kingdoms we cannot see even with a lens microscope. Every day we move about in unseen microscopic natural worlds and natural kingdoms we cannot see. Every day we move about in supernatural worlds and supernatural kingdoms we cannot see. Every day we move about in a supernatural world filled with great angels who look over us. Every day we move about in a supernatural world held in the palm of God’s hand. Every day we move about in a supernatural world where streams of healing love pour down over us. To see the supernatural world we must use faith. To see the supernatural world we cannot see with our physical eyes, we must first see Jesus. When we first see Jesus, He is good and kind to us and He gives us the supernatural sight to see His supernatural worlds, kingdoms, and realms that make up our invisible reality. When we are troubled, we need to see more than just the trouble. When we are troubled, we need to see Jesus standing next to us placing His hands upon our troubles. When we are worried or anxious, we need to see more than what causes us to feel worry or anxiety. When we are worried or anxious, we need to see Jesus standing next to us placing His hands upon what worries us.

" Act in Faith "


Trusting God doesn't alter our circumstances. Perfect trust in Him changes us. It doesn't make life all rosy and beautiful and neat and lovely and financially secure and comfortable. But trust that is rooted in an abiding faith in God makes all that real in us-secure, relaxed, and calm against all odds.
You know one of the most encouraging things about faith? It pleases God infact,

" Without faith it is impossible to please Him." (Hebrew 11:6)

That's why I want to encourage you: Walk by faith ! Not by sight. Stop this plagued biting of nails and weariness of worry that you encourage within the tests come. Relax ! Learn to say, "Lord, this is Your battle.Everything is in Your hands. This is Your need that You've allowed me to trust You for. And I'm waiting patiently for You to do it. I'm willing to wait as long as necessary for You to do the impossible."

When God sees this kind of faith He smiles in return and responds, "I'm, ready to support you. Give Me that need! Cast it on Me!" He stands ready to "support those whose Heart is completely His." (2 Chronicles 16:9).
These are the kind of people God is searching for: People who act in faith. People whose lives are being turned right side up through perfect trust.

" In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)


" How God works through suffering."

(Something to think about)

In 2 Corinthians chapter one, three reasons are given for suffering. Admittedly, there may be dozens of other reasons, but here are three specific reasons God allows suffering/trials:

* that we might have the capacity to enter into others' sorrow and affliction;

* that we might learn what it means to depend on Him;

* that we might learn to give thanks in everything.

Specific pain enables us to comfort others specifically. If you lose your child, God uses you in the life of a mother as she endures the loss of her child. If you've struggled through the dark tunnel of divorce, no one understands as you do when a friend tells you a spouse has just walked out the door. If you suffer from a a mental or physical disability. God will use your life to be an inspiration to others who are in the same situation. Infact so God's glory may shine through. In the midst of every hardship or trial we as His beloved children may endure in this life. Our pain, tears, and struggles will not go in vain.For God knows our needs and our Hearts.In His perfect timing God's grace, mercy, and His faithfulness will prevail.I've gone through many storms in my life.With depression, drugs, addictions, loneliness, health problems, and temptations of the world.Leading to lost hope, suicidal tendencies, and my faith in God was pretty much non-existent.But through prayer, friends, studying His word in the bible, letting go of my will for His will, and embracing the truth in my Heart.God's unfailing Love, peace, strength, wisdom, and His guidance renewed my burdened Heart and soul.Every day my faith and trust in Him grew.As I thank Him , worshipped Him, and praised Him even in my darkest days and nights.I rejoiced with Joy and did not let Satan overcome my thoughts with His lies.For the Lord is my shepherd, redeemer, and my Savior...Every tear that feel from my eyes God counted them all and wiped my tears away ! I will never be perfect or sin free.But my Hope for tomorrow is in the Lord.My strength comes from Him.Forgiven and washed in the blood of Christ Jesus.I now live a new life in Christ, sharing His Love to others, helping the needy, and being a light of hope to a lost world.Learning to be more like Jesus in character and in my Heart !!!


(A Little Wisdom) 4 Life ...

Remember some of these simple rules :

1.Free your Heart from hatred.
2.Free your mind from worries.
3.Live simply.Be thankful.
4.Give more.Expect less.
5.Have faith.Have Hope.
6.Trust God.Love God
7.Follow your Heart.
8.Believe in yourself.
9.Love others like yourself.
10.Be honest.Live with integrity.
11.Spend time with God.Pray alot.

No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending. God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way...

" God's Promise "

God never promised
A life without pain,
Laughter without tears
Or sun without rain.
But He did promise
Strength for the day,
Comfort for the tears
And light for the way,
And for all who believe
In His Heaven above
He rewards their faith
In His everlasting love...

May you my friend always feel the sunshine
And take a little time to taste the rain.
May your Heart towards others be true & caring
And may you always be the same.
May your soul be filled with kindness
And the seeds of Love you planted will soon grow.
May you seek God's truth,grace, and beauty
And when faith is in Him, His blessings will overflow...

P.S. I hope the the message of this bulletin touched your Heart today.May God's peace, wisdom, comfort, and guidance abide in your Hearts..God is Love and Love never fails.Keep your faith & trust in God always.He is faithful and in control of our lives.I Love Y'all friends so very much.My prayers are with you and your families.I don't have much to give but my Heart !!!

Be Blessed & take care !

Peace, Love and Sunshine

God's your strength for the journey

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US Special Forces Hoo-Yahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

222 Reasons to love the Marines Corps

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* United States Marine Corps Birthday: 10 NOVEMBER 1775 *

1) Best haircut. Hands down. You can't have a bad hair day with a high and tight. And you spend less on shampoo.

2) Dress blues. They're the coolest uniforms in any military worldwide.

3) Bloused trousers. Another distinctive Marine look that sets the proudest service members apart.

4) The rest of the Marine sea bag. From the Alphas to the camouflage utilities, uniforms just look better on a Marine than any other service member.

5) Marines don't wear dungarees.

6) Most respect I. When the Marines pulled out of Haiti and Somalia, the media reported the U.S. military was pulling out -- as if tens of thousands of Army troops weren't still in the country. Now that's respect.

7) Most respect II. When the Corps came back to Haiti after 60 years, an old man on the Cap-Haitien beach said ``Welcome back!''

8) Toughest mascot. The Marine Corps' is a bulldog. The Navy's: a goat.

9) Esprit de Corps. Even if you can't spell it or pronounce it, the Marine Corps has it in spades. One example: When sailors get tattoos, they do it to express their individuality, and their choices range from Betty Boop and Mickey Mouse to raging sea serpents. When Marines get tattoos, they do it to express their solidarity, and choose bull dogs, ``death before dishonor, '' and ``USMC.''

10) Best war monument: Iwo Jima

11) The Marines invade, then go home. The Army has to do the occupying.

12) The silent drill team. Just watching them ply their trade makes you want to wear dress blues.

13) Status. Sailors live and work on ships. Marines go for cruises -- then hit the shore.

14) Best fast attack vehicles: LAVs.

15) Best fighting knife: Ka-Bar.

16) Best duty assignments: Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.

17) Worst duty assignments: Okinawa, Kaneohe Bay, Camp Pendleton, Diego Garcia, Moscow, North Carolina. Plus any ship at sea.

18) Most exotic duty assignments: Kuala Lumpur, The White House.

19) Best phone number. Call 1-800-MARINES and you've got the Corps. And if you're a civilian with the character to be a Marine, a recruiter there will be happy to sign you up.

20) Toughest DI's. (Drill Instructors). They're so tough that when the Navy wants to train its officers, who do they call? 1-800-MARINES.

21) Toughest boot camp. When San Diego was still training Navy recruits, legend has it that recruits occasionally would jump the fence and accidentally land in Marine boot camp. The Marines would keep them a couple of days, and when the recruits were sent back, they were ready to be sailors!

22) Best motivational cries: Ooh-rah! - Attack! - Kill!

23) Best emblem: Eagle, Globe and Anchor. (Air, Land and Sea)

24) Best campaign covers: The Smokey Bear hat.

25) Separate heads for enlisted and officers. Everywhere else, officers and enlisted use the same pot.

26) The only official, congressionally sanctioned hymn for any of the services: ``The Marines' Hymn.''

From the Halls of Montezuma
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of
United States Marine.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job --
United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded by
United States Marines!!! OOOHrah.''

27) Best slogan I: ``Once a Marine, always a Marine''

28) Best slogan II: ``Tell that to the Marines''

29) Best slogan III: ``Send in the Marines.''

30) Best slogan IV: "First to Go, Last To Know."

31) Best slogan V: "Marines can do lot with a little and everything with nothing."

32) Best nicknames I: Jarhead

33) Best nicknames II: Leatherneck

34) Best nicknames III: Devil Dog. Trivia question: Where did this term come from? Answer: The German Army in World War I, whose soldiers' greatest fear was running up against the toughest American fighting men, the Marines. They called them "teufelhunden, " or Devil Dog.

35) Most remarkable airplane: The Harrier. No other service's jets can take off and land on a dime.

36) Most dangerous airplane: The Harrier. Not a simple science, but luckily more of a danger to the enemy than to Marine aviators.

37) You're a Marine. Not a soldier or a troop.

38) That's Marines, with a capital M.

39) Tradition! The Corps is older than the U.S. Republic itself! (Birthday - 10 November 1775).

40) Marines symbolize: Discipline, courage, honor, commitment, valor, patriotism, military virtue.

41) Best recruiting gimmick I: Those darn Knights-in-Shining-Armor commercials.

42) Best recruiting gimmick II: ``We're looking for a few good men.'' OK, they left out women. The Corps is looking for a few good women, too.

43) Best recruiting gimmick III: ``If you have the mettle to be a Marine.''

44) The Commandant's House. It's the oldest occupied residence in Washington, D.C.

45) Chesty Puller. You gotta love a service that has heroes with names like that.

46) Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote I): His official portrait, in cammies.

47) Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote II): He drank from a four-star canteen cup.

48) Former Commandant and Mud Marine Al Gray (Anecdote III): Business leaders are so impressed with his ethic and style, they're using his Fleet Marine Force Manual 1, ``Warfighting, '' to hone their skills for boardroom battles.

49) Unity. Every Marine is a Rifleman.

50) The Marine Air-Ground Task Force. Marines Attack by Land, by Air and from Sea -- simultaneously.

51) The ``Docs, '' -- Marines' corpsmen-in-arms. They're sailors, but they're as tough as Marines.

52) Mud. You wanna see pure joy? Look at a group of Marines after a mud fight.

53) Starch. Clean 'em up, put 'em in starched cammies, and they look sharp.

54) Poetry in motion. They're weapons, not g-u-n-s. And if you don't know the pithy verse that explains that, don't ask us. We blush to tell.

55) Point of the spear, out in front, kicking down the door. What the Marines do best.

56) Marine spouses. God love 'em. They have it then worst of any of the service spouses. They endure six-month deployments and one- and two-year unaccompanied tours. The ones who survive a career are as tough as the Marines they married.

57) Marine kids. God loves them more. They know the meaning of duty, honor and country at too young an age.

58) The Air Force. Aren't you glad you're not an airman? They're pampered, yet they still find time to whine.

59) The Army. They get all the best equipment first and Marines still do it better.

60) The Navy. Give them credit. They have it almost as tough as Marines. But who wants to be a limo service?

61) The Coast Guard. Tell the truth: If you couldn't be a Marine, would you be a Coastie? In those powder blue uniforms? Not on your life!

62) CH-46. Say a Hail Mary and climb aboard. Nobody makes 'em anymore, but Marine ingenuity keeps 'em flying. And with a safety record that's nothing short of a miracle.

63) The Close Combat Manual.

64) Leadership I. In the Corps, E-3s and E-4s get to do more than most E-6s in other branches.

65) Leadership II. Every Marine above the rank of corporal can tell you what it takes to be a leader. It's spelled out clearly and drilled in relentlessly. And it pays off under fire.

66) Leadership III. Corporate America could -- and does -- learn from the Corps' leadership curriculum. All Marines who enter the private sector take those lessons with them.

67) Combat correspondents. They're journalists in the Navy, but in the Corps, the job is combat correspondent, thank you very much.

68) Marines do more with less, and they like it that way.

69) Amphibians one and all. Like the Army, Marines have tanks and armored vehicles. But theirs not only fight . . . they swim.

70) Air power. When the grunts look to the sky for support, they see Marine pilots, not zoomies.

71) Style. Nothing beats the canopy of sabres during a full dress Marine wedding.

72) Wetting-down parties. No one celebrates promotions with more flair and admiration.

73) Mess etiquette. Enter covered and drinks are on you.

74) Mess night I. Those who make the most pay the most.

75) Mess night II. ``1775 Rum Punch'' -- four parts dark rum, two parts lime juice, one part pure maple syrup. Grenadine to taste.

76) Non-Comms (Non-Commissioned Officers) rate their own ceremonial sword!

77) Fighting style I. When the U.S. went into Haiti, Army soldiers sought cover behind their rucksacks. Marines DUG IN!

78) Fighting style II. When the Air Force deploys, they carry their Samsonite bags on luggage carriers and stay in hotels. When Marines deploy, it's two seabags and your weapons. And a tent in the bush.

79) Fighting style III. Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper weights.

80) No smiling in official portraits. All business.

81) Terminology. In the Corps it's a ``fighting'' hole not a ``fox'' hole. Fox holes are for people who want to hide. Fighting holes are for people who want to fight.

82) The "people's own" Marine Corps Marathon.

83) When asked by the press, an overseas Marine doesn't say ``I don't know what my mission is, '' ``I don't know why I'm here'' and ``I don't like it here.'' He knows. It's his calling.

84) The ``Stumps.'' The combat center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., is a huge sandbox in California's desert. It's where Marines go to play warrior any time of the year.

85) Best environmental motto: ``We're looking out for a few good species.'' They may be charging the beach, but Marines are taking care not to step on endangered critters.

86) Image. Marines get real network coverage, not the kind you need a gridiron and an academy to get.

87) AH-1W Super Cobra gunships. They are lean, mean fighting machines.

88) The ONLY combined arms force. You want joint-ness? The Marine Corps has been joint for decades, with its own air force, ground-pounders and Navy in one.

89) When the President cares enough to order in the very best, who's he gonna call? The Marines.

90) First in, first out. Marines bust in first so the Army can do its job.

91) When it absolutely, positively has to be destroyed overnight, the number may as well be 9-1-1. Send in the Marines!

92) Boss' night. Every so often, the NCOs or staff NCOs buy the drinks for their charges at their club. Can't beat that!

93) Physical fitness. You've seen portly chiefs, but there are no fat Marines.

94) Everyone's a Marine -- officer and non-commissioned.

95) Actor who should have been a Marine: John Wayne.

96) Former Marine who shouldn't be an actor: John Wayne Bobbitt.

97) .50 caliber sniper rifles! OOOHRAH.

98) Most stickers spotted on America's highways on car bumpers and windows.

99) The Summer Evening Parade.

100) ``The President's Own, '' the Marine Corps Band. John Philip Sousa, the world famous band master, was the first leader of the band.

101) Value for your tax dollar. The Corps does it all for less -- just 6 cents of every dollar spent on defense goes to the Marines.

102) Best motto, Semper Fidelis, always faithful. That's Latin, by the way.

103) Best twist on the best motto. Semper Gumby, always flexible. Yeah, he was green, too.

104) Best slogan I. ``Nobody ever drowned in sweat.''

105) Best slogan II. ``Marines go where others fear to tread.''

106) Best self description. Gungy

107) First in orbit. No, that's not another gunny losing his temper. John Glenn, that clean Marine, was the first human to orbit Earth. He was also a former U.S. Senator.

108) Marines are first on foot and right of the line. Marines form at the place of honor in any naval formation. The Secretary of the Navy bestowed that honor in 1876.

109) When the President climbs into a helicopter, he flies Marine One.

110) Most prestigious helo squadron. HMX-1, the president's fleet.

111) When the Navy needed someone to guard its ships, sailors and nuclear devices, they called on Marines.

112) Best personalized license plate I: ``1775.'' It's on the commandant's car.

113) Best personalized license plate II: ``SM OF MC, '' Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Harold Overstreet's four-wheel drive Chevy Blazer truck.

114) The Chief of Naval Operations rides in a Lincoln Town Car. Commandant Gen. Carl E. Mundy Jr. rode in a sporty Chrysler LHS sedan.

115) When the nation goes to war, the press covers the Marine Corps. During the Gulf War, there were more than 90, 000 Marines in the region of a total force of 650, 000. But the Corps outpaced the Army, 293 to 271, in articles about the ground war in four major newspapers. As journalist and author John Fialka put it: ``If the PR rivalry between the two services . . . had been a basketball game, the score would have been Marines 149, Army 10.''

116) Best Heroes I: Smedley D. Butler. With a name like Smedley, he had to be tough, in self-defense. The Army rejected him, but by lying about his age, he got a commission from the Marine Corps in 1898, at age 16. From the Philippines to Haiti, he was an expert in suppressing revolution. His blunt style was pure Marine, and probably cost him a job as Philadelphia's public safety director after his first retirement and a bid for the Senate after his second.

117) Best Heroes II: Chesty Puller. It's more than the name. He started in the Corps with a reserve commission and was released in the drawdown after World War I. He then enlisted as a corporal, served in Haiti and received his second commission in 1924. He retired in 1955 a lieutenant general, the most decorated Marine in history, and probably the most colorful as well.

118) Best Heroes III: Lewis Puller Jr., Chesty's son. He joined to follow in his father's footsteps, lost both legs in battle, and went on to become a Pulitzer Prizewinning author. He ended his own life, and he's sorely missed.

119) Best Heroes IV: ``Manila John'' Basilone. A true gunfighter from the word go. The first enlisted Marine in World War II to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Won it for his heroic efforts on Guadal Canal. Later killed on Iwo Jima, and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

120) All the Marines who won the Congressional Medals of Honor. There are 293 in all.

121) Best greeting. Semper Fi, Mac!

122) Best show of pride. After the 1982 Beirut Bombing, Marine Corps Commandant P.X. Kelly visited a wounded Marine in the hospital to present his Purple Heart. Covered by tubes and unable to speak, the Marine simply asked for pad and pen. On it he wrote: ``Semper Fi.''

123) Best recruiting station: Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, 1775. It's a bar, no less.

124) Only armed force with a beer named in its honor: Tun Tavern Beer.

125) Best description: Soldiers of the Sea.

126) Best slang for a Navy ship: LHA -- Luxury Hotel Afloat.

127) Best Marine quote from the Gulf War: ``I sure hope the Iraqis are good lovers, because they sure can't fight.''

128) Best acronyms I: The MEU (SOC). Say it out loud and it says what it means. Sock it to 'em.

129) Best acronyms II: SPIE rigging. It stands for Special Insertion, Extraction. It's what they do when they're saving the day.

130) Hollywood loves Marines. A few examples:

131) ``Sands of Iwo Jima.''

132) ``The Wind and the Lion.''

133) ``Heartbreak Ridge.''

134) ``The Flying Leathernecks.''

135) ``The D.I.''

136) ``Death Before Dishonor''

137) "Siege of Fire Base Gloria"

138) "What Price Glory"

139) "The Boys in Company C"

140) And television loves Marines:

141) ``Baa Baa Black Sheep''

142) ``Major Dad''

143) Scarlet stripe on NCO and officer trousers. They're not just sharp, they serve a point: The stripes represent blood shed in battle.

144) The Book of Remembrance. Stored at the post chapel at Quantico, it lists the name, rank and date of death of all Marines and sailors who served with Marines and who gave their life in Vietnam.

145) Famous proverb. A young recruit asked the D.I., ``Sergeant, who carries the flag in battle?'' The reply: ``Son, every Marine carries the flag in battle.''

146) The highest-ranking active-duty woman in the services wears THREE STARS!! She's LtGen. Carol A. Mutter, USMC.

147) Notable quotable I. ``A ship without Marines is like a coat without buttons.'' -- Adm. David G. Farragut.

148) Notable quotable II. When the Marines found themselves surrounded by Chinese troops near the ``Frozen Chosin'' during the Korean War, a Marine officer summed it up for his men. ``Good. Now I can shoot in all directions.''

149) Notable quotable III. ``Uncommon valor was a common virtue.'' -- Adm. Chester Nimitz, leader of Pacific forces in World War II.

150) Notable quotable IV. ``Retreat . . . Hell! We just got here.'' -- Col. Wendell ``Whispering Buck'' Neville, fighting in France during World War I.

151) Notable quotable V. ``Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?'' -- Sgt. Dan Daly, World War I.

152) Notable quotable VI. ``The raising of the flag on Mount Surabachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.'' -- James Forrestal, who was then secretary of the Navy.

153) Fleet submission I. ``My 10-year-old is proud when he's teased about his mother wearing combat boots'' - anonymous Marine mother.

154) Fleet submission II. ``Marine Corps spirit and purpose define American resolve and intent.'' -- Carrol Childers, a civilian employee at Quantico's Amphibious Warfare School.

155) Leadership. The Corps trains its leaders young and expects a lot out of them. And, gosh darn it, they get what they ask for.

156) Fleet submission III. ``Those hard-charging NCOs that have done so much with so little for so long.'' -- Capt. James Lopez, Quantico, Va.

157) Fleet submission IV. ``The smell of gunpowder in the morning on the rifle range.'' -- Cpl. Bradley Cameron, Quantico.

158) Fleet submission V. ``It's my life.'' -- GS-8 Diane Pierce.

159) Fleet submission VI. ``The feeling of belonging. Whenever you go, there will always be someone you know, someone with something in common and someone willing to lend a hand'' -- anonymous Marine.

160) Fleet submission VII. ``The Corps is the world's biggest fraternity. All our present and past members are, and always be, members of the Semper Fi fraternity. And unlike other fraternities, ours is open to women.'' -- CWO Mark Roulette.

161) Fleet submission VIII. ``Knowing when you're in need, a Marine will be there.'' -- SSgt. Cheryl Oban, Quantico.

162) Hollywood loves Marines. (Part II: Marines who went to Hollywood).

163) Don Adams.

164) Charlton Heston.

165) Bob Keeshan (Capt. Kangaroo).

166) Lee Marvin.

167) Steve McQueen.

168) Burt Reynolds.

169) George C. Scott.

170) Gene Hackman.

171) Tax advantages I. VHA & BAQ -- your housing allowances -- are tax-free.

172) Tax advantages II. You don't pay tax at the exchange either.

173) Fleet submission IX. ``It is a family.'' -- anonymous Marine.

174) Fleet submission X. ``It teaches us to be strong people both mentally and physically.'' -- Cpl. Maria Retan, Quantico, Va.

175) Fleet submission XI. ``I love the Marine Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: Pride, honor, integrity and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past. After I have done what I can for the Corps, I can say that I was a Marine'' -- Cpl. Jeff Sornij.

176) Fleet submission XII. ``The pride of going home on leave, putting on the dress blues and everyone knowing you're a member of the world's finest fighting force.'' -- Sgt. Chase Gilbert, Laurel Bay, S.C.

177) Up-to-date fashions at overseas Exchanges.

178) Global presence, global reach. As the Hymn notes, so spread out are Marines around the globe that some can watch the sun set while others are watching it rise.

179) Respect. The State Department chose Marines, not soldiers, to protect our embassies.

180) Good taste in gifts. Wanna know how much a Marine missed his family during a deployment? Check out the china and toys in his seabag on the return trip, and then look at his credit card bill.

181) Marines are winners. Consider, for example:

182) Tarawa.

183) Saipan.

184) Guadal Canal.

185) Tripoli.

186) Belleau Wood.

187) Chosin Reservoir.

188) Hue City.

189) Peleliu.

190) Leyte Gulf.

191) Guam.

192) Tinian.

193) Iwo Jima.

194) Okinawa.

195) Khe Sahn.

196) Wake Island.

197) Haiti.

198) Somalia.

199) Dominican Republic.

200) Bosnia-Herzegovina.

201) Kosovo.

202) East Timor.

203) Kuwait

204) Chapultipec

205) Guantanamo Bay

206) Vera Cruz

207) New Orleans (1815)

208) Nicaragua

209) Fort Fisher

210) Bahamas

211) The Officer's Sam Browne Belt.

212) Top Guns: Marine Snipers. One shot, one kill, one thousand yards.

213) Top Guns II: Marine Corps wrestlers and boxers. They don't use weapons, and they don't need them, they are regular medallists at the Olympic Games.

214) The Marines take care of their own. On the battlefield, nobody's left behind -- dead or alive -- and the home front is always secure.

215) Commitment and devotion. ``You gotta love it, '' says Col. Richard D. Stearns, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. ``Just liking it won't get you through the day.''

216) Image. ``I'm inspired by the integrity of Marines: uplifted by the pride, focus, discipline, flexibility and motivation to do the right thing in the best way. I'm honored that, by service to the country, they are serving citizens like me. All this, and they are fun colleagues and co-workers.'' -- Jean Forrest, civilian instructional systems specialist, Marine Corps Institute.

217) The Birthday Ball I: The cake.

218) The Birthday Ball II: Remembering all those Marines who gave their life for their service and their country.

219) The Birthday Ball III: Seeing who's the oldest and youngest Marine in your unit.

220) The Birthday Ball IV: The Beer, Steaks and Lobster served at the Chow Hall every 10 November - Worldwide.

221) The MARINES are the only branch of the United States Military that can be DEPLOYED to a "HOT ZONE" * Without * Congressional approval. Short and sweet, the President has 90 days to use the MARINES without approval from Congress. Hence the famous slogan; "First to Go, Last To Know."

222) The Ultimate solution when Diplomacy Fails: The United States Marine Corps

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Monday, February 19, 2007

My Vietnam

Vietnam Flashback

Dedicated To Our Soldiers

Dedication to our soldiers.

Global Warming a hoax?

Fight for Womens' Rights

Who Are Cops?

We're the people that you may see every day and night. We're the people that you depend on one way or another. We're working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

When you and your children pass us in the store and you can't control them, you make them afraid of us. You tell them if they don't behave, you'll tell us to "get them". My friend we are not monsters. We don't want them to be afraid of us. We want them to know that we're their friends, and they can trust us.

Do you know who we are?

Sometimes, we have to play the role of lawyers, judges, psychiatrists, reporters, medics, marriage counselors, investigators, firefighters, and many times, just be a good listener. Those are just a few of the skills that we must be able to utilize at any moment in the performance of our job. We're constantly scrutinized by the media and you, the public. We're bashed by you. If one of us makes a mistake it sometimes makes the local news, and possibly even the national and world news.

Many of you are more interested in what a few of us do wrong, than what most of us do right. You forget that we are not perfect. We're human and we do make mistakes.

Have you ever made a mistake?

We have the same emotions that you do. If something is funny, we laugh. If something is sad, we cry. When repeat offenders are released from prison and placed back into society to rape, rob and murder again, we get angry just like you. We wonder why they are put back out also. We suffer from the same problems that some of you do. Some of us at this very moment are thinking about committing suicide. Some of us already have. Some of us, if not most, have marital problems. Some are alcoholics, and yes, some of us even have problems with drugs. Again, we are just like you.

We're of every race, sex, religion, nationality and even sexual preference known to mankind, yet, if we strike back to defend ourselves, we're called racist and prejudiced.

Do you know who we are?

Most of you have no idea what we go through every day and night. You have no idea what kind of decisions we must make in a split second. Decisions that may forever change someone's life, family or future. Decisions that a jury will have hours or days to decide whether we were correct or not.

Many people would love to cause us pain, injury or even death. Some wish we didn't exist at all. We're cursed, ridiculed, shot at, cut, beaten, ambushed and murdered in cold blood by some. Would you ever imagine that we're here for those people also? Would you believe that we are the only thing that stands between you and them?

We see things that would horrify most of you. Things that you may think only exist in large cities. That's a common misconception. We see death, broken bones, dismembered bodies, and cut throats. The list is too long to really go on. These things are everywhere. A lot of the things that you see only on TV or at the movies are all too real to us.

We see innocent little children that have no choice but to live in dirty, smelly, roach infested homes because their parents would rather sit on their butts and live on welfare in a government funded housing complex, or a house that is not fit for human habitat, than to get out and get a job. Parents that would rather spend more, if not all of their money getting high on drugs, than
taking care of their children, and raising them in a clean environment. Some of the parents are only children themselves.

As I said before, we're human and have feelings. It hurts knowing that these children may never get to see and do things that other children with loving, caring, hardworking parents are doing. I wonder if any of them will ever get to see that magical wonderland called Disney World.

Yet our job is one that looks appealing to some of you. Especially when you see us stopped for lunch. We've heard some of you say things like "I wish I had a job that would pay me to sit around and eat." Of course you don't think that the very next minute we may be fighting for our lives, or yours.

When you see us riding down the road, and you, not knowing where we're going, or what we're about to face say "I wish I could get paid to ride around all day and write tickets". My friend, I wish that was all we had to do.

Do you know who we are? I think you do.

You don't see us ride through your neighborhoods late at night trying to protect you, your family and property from the thieves who could care less about how long and hard you worked for everything you own. You may not know this, but they are roaming your neighborhood at night too while you are fast asleep. They're looking for anything of value that is easy to get. Things that you carelessly leave unsecured or laying in your yard. No neighborhood is completely safe.

When something is taken from you, you call us. Some of you will complain and wonder where we were when your property was taken. The sad, but true story is that we are extremely out numbered by the bad guys. We can't be everywhere at once and they know that. I wish there were more of us.

You should know who we are by now.

If you don't you will soon.

Now the types of crime and people that I have mentioned aren't the only ones that we come in contact with. We also come into contact with you, the citizen that never does anything wrong. We're all to familiar with you and the remarks that you make when our paths meet for whatever reason. Whether it is running a stop sign, a red light, speeding, or DUI.

If we had a dime for every time we heard you say "I pay taxes! Why don't you leave me alone and go get the drug dealer standing on the corner"? "There are people out there doing worse than me!" Or the famous "I pay your salary!" We would be rich!

We know that those of you that make an honest living do pay taxes. So do we!

If we concentrated only on the drug dealers, how many innocent people would be injured or killed if we were to ignore the people that travel extremely too fast, or the people who get behind the wheel while intoxicated? That number now is too high and is still climbing. I can't help but wonder how many lives we have saved by stopping the speeders and the drunks. Could one life have been yours or one of your family members?

We know that there are people doing much worse than you, but the bottom line is, there are many laws that must be enforced, from minor traffic violations all the way to hard-core crimes such as rape and murder.

To the remark "I pay your salary". All I can say is, "Well, we're doing our job".

If for some reason you still don't know who we are, we are the Police Officers, Sheriff's Deputies, State Troopers, State Police, FBI and everything in between.

We are many but we are still too few!

As I said in the beginning, we are ALWAYS here for you. If you need us, call. Even if you don't, you don't have to be afraid of us. Remember that we are on your side. You can talk to us anytime you see us sitting on the side of the road, or in a parking lot, or walking in a store. If some of you would just get to know us, I think you would find out what I've tried to explain. That we are just like you. We just have a different job.

Mexicans Didn't Build America

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Osama Obama


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love's Own Language

By Dorothy Snyder

It had been a long, tiring day caring for my husband who suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and when he spit the pill out, I was upset and said in an unkind voice, "Why did you do that?"

I got down on the floor to look for the pill and heard him softly say, "But that's what you told me to do, isn't it?"

I began to cry. How could I have been so cross with him when he had done exactly what he understood me to say? The doctor had told me that he might begin processing language in reverse; that his "yes" could be "no" and a "no" could be "yes." Obviously, when I asked him to swallow the pill he had understood me to say just the opposite.

When he saw me crying, he reached out to me. "Don't cry. Come here," which caused me to cry even harder. Moving over by his wheelchair, I put my head on his knee and he patted my shoulder.

Although he didn't understand my asking him to swallow the pill, he did understand my distress and pain and in spite of all the confusion and damage the disease had done to his mind, his love caused him to reach out to comfort me.

Eventually the disease left him unable to speak except for an occasional word here and there. And even when he could not express in words what he was thinking, in his own way he still communicated. When I did something to make him more comfortable, he would look at me with a soft expression in his eyes, acknowledging what I had done. When I straightened the bedclothes or changed his gown, he would take hold of my hand and caress it.

These gestures spoke to me as eloquently as if he had spoken out loud, proving where there is love, there will never be an insurmountable language barrier.

Salute (VIDEO)


St. Valentine

Patron of Love, Young People, Happy Marriages

Valentine was a holy priest in Rome, who, with St. Marius and his family, assisted the martyrs in the persecution under Claudius II. He was apprehended, and sent by the emperor to the prefect of Rome, who, on finding all his promises to make him renounce his faith in effectual, commended him to be beaten with clubs, and afterwards, to be beheaded, which was executed on February 14, about the year 270. Pope Julius I is said to have built a church near Ponte Mole to he memory, which for a long time gave name to the gate now called Porta del Popolo, formerly, Porta Valetini. The greatest part of his relics are now in the church of St. Praxedes. His name is celebrated as that of an illustrious martyr in the sacramentary of St. Gregory, the Roman Missal of Thomasius, in the calendar of F. Fronto and that of Allatius, in Bede, Usuard, Ado, Notker and all other martyrologies on this day. To abolish the heathens lewd superstitious custom of boys drawing the names of girls, in honor of their goddess Februata Juno, on the fifteenth of this month, several zealous pastors substituted the names of saints in billets given on this day.

The Origin of St. Valentine

The origin of St. Valentine, and how many St. Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. Other historians hold that St. Valentine was a temple priest jailed for defiance during the reign of Claudius. Whoever he was, Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14th as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

The first representation of Saint Valentine appeared in a The Nuremberg Chronicle, a great illustrated book printed in 1493. [Additional evidence that Valentine was a real person: archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine.] Alongside a woodcut portrait of him, text states that Valentinus was a Roman priest martyred during the reign of Claudius the Goth [Claudius II]. Since he was caught marrying Christian couples and aiding any Christians who were being persecuted under Emperor Claudius in Rome [when helping them was considered a crime], Valentinus was arrested and imprisoned. Claudius took a liking to this prisoner -- until Valentinus made a strategic error: he tried to convert the Emperor -- whereupon this priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stoned; when that didn't do it, he was beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate [circa 269].

Saints are not supposed to rest in peace; they're expected to keep busy: to perform miracles, to intercede. Being in jail or dead is no excuse for non-performance of the supernatural. One legend says, while awaiting his execution, Valentinus restored the sight of his jailer's blind daughter. Another legend says, on the eve of his death, he penned a farewell note to the jailer's daughter, signing it, "From your Valentine."

St. Valentine was a Priest, martyred in 269 at Rome and was buried on the Flaminian Way. He is the Patron Saint of affianced couples, bee keepers, engaged couples, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travellers, young people. He is represented in pictures with birds and roses.

I'm A Marine Now

If I ever go to war Mom, Please don't be afraid.
There are some things I must do, To keep the promise that I made.
I'm sure there will be some heartache, And I know that you'll cry tears,
But your son is a Marine now, Mom, There is nothing you should fear.

If I ever go to war Dad, I know that you'll be strong.
But you won't have to worry, Cause you taught me right from wrong.
You kept me firmly on the ground, yet still taught me how to fly.
Your son is a Marine now Dad, I love you OORAAH, Even if I die.

If I ever go to war Bro, There are some things I want to say.
You've always had my back, and I know it's my time to repay.
You'll always be my daybreak, through all of life's dark clouds,
Your brother is a Marine now, Bro, I promise I'll make you proud.

If I ever go to war Sis, don't you worry bout me,
I always looked out for you, but I can't do that anymore,
Cause I'm a big bro to all in America.
I love you so much and you know that, Your brother is a Marine now Sis,
So wipe your eyes, I'll be fine even if I die.

If I ever go to war my Friends, We'll never be apart,
Though we may not meet again, I'll hold you in my heart.
Remember all the times we had, Don't let your memories cease,
Your friend is a Marine now, Dear Friend, And I'll die to bring you peace.

And when I go to heaven, And see that pearly gate,
I'll gladly decline entrance, Then stand my post and wait.
I'm sorry Sir I can't come in, I'm sort of in a bind,
You see I'm still a Marine Sir, So I can't leave them behind.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

New Music Video From The Dixie Chicks

All My Children's 20th Anniversary (1990)

Terrorism Justified?

After 6 Years of President George W. Bush (VIDEO)

This video speaks for itself (found via US Marine Corps Veteran Curt at Flopping Aces):

Stop Hillary

Monday, February 12, 2007

As the Violence Rises in Iraq ~ Let Us All Pray

Forever Charmed

Laura Bush's Carrot Muffins


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup canola or sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Line 12 muffin molds with paper cup liners. Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl. In a mixing bowl, place the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar together and whisk. Stir in flour mixture until combined then stir in carrots and pecans. Fill cups three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes, then invert them into a rack.
Yields 12 muffins

Iraq War & abortion


Sunday, February 11, 2007

An ECard To My Friends

Bad Ass Army Video

Saturday, February 10, 2007

5 Yoga Moves for Hotter Sex

Want to put a little zest back in bed? Try these yoga moves to help you liven things up.

The Big O in Om: Yoga for Hotter Sex

Enlightenment is great and all, but doing yoga will also pay off in a very immediate, extremely earthy way: in the sack.

In ancient times yogis practiced celibacy so that all of their energy could be directed toward spiritual advancement. Makes you wonder: How could these supposedly wise guys have gotten it so wrong?

Today yoga lovers are finding that more time on the mat means more--and steamier--time spent reveling in their newly toned bodies. "My practice has definitely made its way into my bedroom," says 33-year-old Jessica Scadron, a marketing manager from the San Francisco area. Scadron, who has practiced Vinyasa-style yoga for about 8 years, says it's increased her flexibility and heightened her sensitivity to touch. (All this, by the way, without any of those Tantric contortions you may have heard of.) To take a walk on yoga's carnal side, add these moves to your routine. Or just do them by themselves to turn up the heat.

Flex Time Is Sex Time

Having more flexible muscles and joints definitely helps in assuming those compromising positions. Opening your hips in particular gives you a wider range of motion in your nether regions, allowing for more direct stimulation in just the right spots. After all, one micro-movement in missionary is sometimes all it takes to ring the bell.

Sex Rx: Bound Angle
In a seated position, bring the soles of your feet together, put your hands on your ankles, allow your knees to relax toward the floor, and hinge forward at the hips as far as is comfortable. Hold for 10 to 15 complete breaths (inhales and exhales).

Power Up the Pelvis

Strengthening one key muscle helps you engage and lift the pelvic floor, bringing you more sensation and control during those hot times.

Sex Rx: Root Lock

You may also hear this referred to by its Sanskrit name, Mula Bandha. Seated or standing, contract and then release the pubococcygeus muscle located between the pubic bone and the tailbone, as if you wanted to stop the flow of urine. You can even do this at your desk, say, 10 times at three workday intervals.

Sex Goddesses Go the Distance

Shake-the-headboard sex is hard work. "The better shape you are in, the more pleasure you have and the longer you can do it," says Kimberly Fowler, owner of Yoga and Spinning Studio in Venice, California.

Sex Rx: Yoga Pushups

Start in the pushup position, arms extended. Engage your abs as you lower your body slowly toward the floor. Stop when your torso is about 2 to 3 inches away. Keeping elbows in, hold there for five breaths, then lower to the floor. Repeat three times at first and build up to five.

Charge Up the Bed Batteries

A killer day at work can leave you too beat to boogie. But a few minutes of nonstrenuous yoga when you get home can mean one less night with Netflix and one more erotic evening entwined with your sweetie.

Sex Rx: Legs Up the Wall
Change into some yoga-friendly clothes. Lie on your back with one hip touching a wall. Swing your legs up and turn your body so you face the wall, legs resting against it from heels to butt, arms at your sides. Bring your awareness to your breath and focus on it for 5 minutes. This position allows more oxygen-rich blood to flow from your lower body back up to the heart and the brain, so you'll get up reenergized, refocused, and ready to rumble.

Breath of Desire
While most poses help prepare you for a libidinous rendezvous, this breathing exercise can actually heighten your pleasure in flagrante.

Sex Rx: Breath of Fire
While you're in the act, take rapid, forceful, and rhythmic breaths through your nose with your mouth closed. Don't worry if your partner thinks you're hyperventilating; he'll forget all about it when you reach a spine-tingling climax (and no doubt take credit for your fulfillment).

Double Your Pleasure

Practicing with your man is like foreplay, says Jacquie Noelle Greaux, creator of the Better Sex Through Yoga video series. "You start to breathe together, sweat together, and move together. It gets your energy synched up." Some mat work might make him more sex-imaginative as well. "Yoga sparks creativity," Fowler says. "Women don't want bang-boom from a man, they want an explorer--and yoga invites you to explore."