Friday, August 31, 2007

Excellent Job!

Timothy Matlack the "Fighting Quaker"_Rembrandt Peale

To the Senate Republican leadership,

Congratulations on an excellent job of leadership. Your recent actions concerning Senator Craig is precisely the type of decisive leadership that I and the grassroots Republican supporters that visit this site were looking for. It has to be very difficult to have to discipline a colleague you have known for many years but you know better than I that you are in a tough position and have to pull together and work together to regain the majority in the Senate. Senator Craig was wrong and his behavior was unbecoming of a United States Senator, he put himself into the bad situation and no one else. None of us like to see this kind of thing happen to anyone and it’s sad to watch the pain that the Senator’s family must be going through. The democrats are crying crocodile tears for the Senator now but those tears are only because they won’t be able to use this unfortunate situation against us as an effective attack in their talking points. Your decisive actions have cut that opportunity off from them. Thank you for providing us with some much needed confidence in the Senate Republican leadership.

Jennifer Gallagher

The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls

THE tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveller hastens toward the town
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
Darkness settles on the roofs and walls
But the sea, the sea in darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands
And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fed Up!

Samuel Adams_John Singleton Copley

I haven’t been posting too much lately on political issues mostly because I’m pretty fed up with the quality of people we have representing us. First, there is a whole political party that has put all of its chips on the defeat square for short term political gain and they take no heed to the long term effects of their shortsightedness. While this political party demoralizes our troops and points to every bomb and rocket attack as another signal that we are losing a difficult war. The democrat allies in the press refuse to print anything positive that is happening in Iraq but they have little hesitance in reporting false stories about our own troops. Yesterday the Iraqi government forged ahead with a new alliance among themselves and it appears the deadlock over many issues will be overcome. The press put it in the back pages of some papers and other major publications refused to even print this huge bit of progress. Now, one candidate for President has already floated an experimental balloon to see how her “I was always for the war’ speech will go. Those examples are the obvious and outright reasons for being fed up with our representatives.

There are some other reasons now that I’m going to get to that are going to sting a bit so go get some Bactine or Neosporin but it needs to be said. OK, here’s the deal. Just the other day a leading Republican Senator from Virginia came back from his visit from Iraq and said to the press; we should withdraw some troops from Iraq before Christmas to let the Iraqi government know we are serious about them getting their government in working order. The United States Senator from Virginia specified that we should withdraw approximately five thousand troops. That is quite the coincidence, the president had already made plans to bring home five thousand troops from Iraq around Christmas time as a reward for those that have fought so hard and have done such a good job. The president had not made those plans public yet when the senior Senator from Virginia made his remarks about using troop withdraws as a tool to make the Iraqis cooperate in making a working government. To me, that was a pretty underhanded and ineffective way to win accolades from the opposition party and their willing accomplices in the press.

Now, what really got me fired up this morning is the report about a certain Senator from Idaho that is just too unbelievable to fathom. It appears that this certain REPUBLICAN Senator from Idaho saw fit to play footsie in a public bathroom looking to have sex with another man in this public place. I don’t give two hoots what anyone decides to do in the privacy of their home with any consulting adult partner they choose, that is entirely their choice. For a United States Senator to be prowling a public bathroom in a major Airport to have sex with a man or woman is so reprehensible it is beyond all words. With the wheelbarrows full of money the Congress is taking from us everyday you’d think this Senator from Idaho would have enough sense to find a prostitute and keep it out of the public eye. Maybe an even better solution would be for the US Senator to have resigned and taken all of his ill gotten gains and go live on island somewhere with all the prostitutes he wants. It’s no different for the rest of them either, some way some how these people that have made themselves the ruling elite have lost their daggone minds and we’re paying for it.

I still support every man and woman that serves our country overseas and I will keep the pressure on my elected representatives to do the same. I will however work to see a change in the way my party and our Congress conduct themselves while they represent us, Democrat or Republican.

Correction: Yesterday I referred to the Senator as being from Iowa when I meant to type Idaho. That Senator's name is Larry Craig and he represents Idaho and not Iowa.

The Undiscovered Country

MAN has explored all countries and all lands,
And made his own the secrets of each clime.
Now, ere the world has fully reached its prime,
The oval earth lies compassed with steel bands;
The seas are slaves to ships that touch all strands,
And even the haughty elements sublime
And bold, yield him their secrets for all time,
And speed like lackeys forth at his commands.
Still, though he search from shore to distant shore,
And no strange realms, no unlocated plains
Are left for his attainment and control,
Yet is there one more kingdom to explore.
Go, know thyself, O man! there yet remains
The undiscovered country of thy soul!

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Back to Work

After having been shut down for too many years, the powers that be finally grew a brain and now the "Riverines" are back. Now it's back to work securing the river systems that the insurgents use to move explosives and other war materials. Good hunting my brothers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Boys go after Mean ole Joe Biden

Gosh, Joe Biden just can't stop being a jerk.

After watching this crazy stuff is it any wonder the Republicans don't want a You Tube debate?

Monday, August 20, 2007

Last Laugh

Karl Rove

It was just last week that Presidential adviser Karl Rove announced that he was going to resign from the staff of the President. Mr. Rove gave the obligatory reasons of wanting to spend more time with his family as the reason for leaving. I’m sure that has something to do with his leaving but that is pretty much a canned and standard answer to questions about leaving the type of position Mr. Rove held.

Now that Mr. Rove has announced his resignation the left-wing pundits and journalist that sell themselves to be kind, considerate and compassionate have practically lost their minds with their display of hate and scorn for this man. Karl Rove was an astute political adviser to the President and he does not deserve the hate the left-wing journalists and political pundits have assigned to every story they write concerning Mr. Rove. Mr. Rove is guilty of calling up the Republican base to come out to support the President in tough times when that support was needed. That is a fair and smart way to handle things and the left-wing loses its collective mind when the conservative base comes out because the left knows they have nothing that can counter the conservative base. The base I am speaking of is the Christian conservatives, second amendment supporters, fiscal conservatives and a majority of the veteran community.

Over the past weekend I didn’t have much time to listen to or watch the political pundit shows I normally watch but I did see a few so-called mainstream newscasts on the telly. The newsreaders voices and body language were dripping with hate and scorn for this man that has been a trusted adviser to our President for so many years. Mr. Rove is not demonic nor is he an evil man; he is just a man if not a very intelligent man at that. Karl Rove was able to beat the liberals and they still can’t get over it. I think he has the last laugh on them

I really have no strong opinions about Mr. Rove, he is a man and I treat him as I would any other. I do think the left-wing is quite ridiculous and childish with their hate for this man.

An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog

GOOD people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song,
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.
In Islington there was a man,
Of whom the world might say,
That still a godly race he ran,
Whene'er he went to pray.
A kind and gentle heart he had,
To comfort friends and foes;
The naked every day he clad,
When he put on his clothes.
And in that town a dog was found,
As many dogs there be,
Both mongrel, puppy, whelp, and hound,
And curs of low degree.
This dog and man at first were friends;
But when a pique began,
The dog, to gain his private ends,
Went mad, and bit the man.
Around from all the neighboring streets
The wond'ring neighbors ran,
And swore the dog had lost his wits,
To bite so good a man.
The wound it seem'd both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad,
They swore the man would die.
But soon a wonder came to light,
That show'd the rogues they lied:
The man recover'd of the bite --
The dog it was that died.

Oliver Goldsmith

Friday, August 10, 2007

Conservative Philly Bloggers

George Washington presides over signing the US Constitution at the Pennslyvania State House September 17, 1787

Thursday evening a small group of Conservative bloggers from in and around Philadelphia met at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to be a part of the live broadcast of the Hugh Hewitt Radio Talk Show. Our friend Skye from Midnight Blue and Ancora Imparo invited a few fellow bloggers to meet at the show so conservatives could get together and plot the demise of liberals the world over. It was great fun and our small group of bloggers that visit each other's blogs regularly finally got to meet face to face after missing each other at the Gathering of Eagles in Washington DC back in March. Our group included Monica from Grizzly Mama , Patrick from The City Troll ,Skye and me. We met some other very nice conservatives from the area, listened to and participated in Hugh Hewitt’s live broadcast. Some of the audience including the City Troll had the opportunity to make some on air comments and ask questions for Mr. Hewitt to answer. It wasn’t easy for me to get there through rush hour traffic but it was well worth the trip to meet some very nice people and make some good friends.

Hugh Hewitt

Skye, The City Troll, Hugh and Monica share a laugh

Skye, Jennifer and Monica

Sunday, August 05, 2007

A Long Way to Go!

Looking at Billy Penn from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
(click on pictures to enlarge)

I am a native Philadelphian and I have something to say about the way the City of Philadelphia has gone so far from being the great city it once was when I lived there. I was actually born in Delaware County Pennsylvania not more than a mile or two from the Philadelphia border but my parent's first home was on 57th street in West Philadelphia and that’s were we lived until I was about three years old. My Father then moved us to just south of the city to a section of Delaware County called Folcroft. We lived there for about two years and then moved to Broomall, Pennsylvania and that’s where I grew up. My Mother and Father lived there for the rest of their lives. The town is located 14 miles due west of “Billy Penn” which is the statue of William Penn that stands atop Philadelphia’s City Hall. Any time I wanted a look at Philadelphia and Billy Penn all I had to do was walk to the corner of our street and look straight down West Chester Pike and there he was standing there looking over the city.

When I was growing up during the 1960’s there were some tumultuous times going on. There was the assassination of JKF, the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. With all the other cities in the United States on fire Philadelphia was relatively safe and riots just did not happen. This can be attributed to one man and his idea of law and order. That man was Frank L. Rizzo. That name evokes a lot of emotion in segments of Philadelphia even today because of his standards of keeping a tight control on crime and the criminal element. If you were a criminal you hated Frank Rizzo but if you were a law abiding citizen trying to go about your every day business and keeping your neighborhood free of crime you loved Frank Rizzo.

"Big Bambino" Frank L. Rizzo Sr.

Frank Rizzo was a beat cop, a motorcycle cop, a Police Commissioner and then a two term Mayor. You either loved Frank Rizzo or you hated him depending on what side of the law you decided to be on. This isn’t about how well he preformed his job as an administrator or what kind of personality he had when dealing with the press, Frank Rizzo had his faults but being soft on crime wasn’t one of them. When I went away to the Navy and I met people from other parts of the country I used to brag “I’m from Philly and Frank Rizzo is our mayor. God bless you Frank and may you rest in peace. Frank Rizzo died in 1991 of a heart attack and the city of Philadelphia is in dire need of another Frank Rizzo. Frank’s son is now a City Councilman and he’s a good man but he’s not his Father.

Today in Philadelphia there have been over two hundred murders so far this year. It is heading for a record and the summer is only half over. The current crop of bumbling idiots they call government officials are letting this crime wave become out of hand and have done precious little to come up with any solutions. One ridiculous notion that keeps coming up is; it is the fault of the availabilty of guns that is causing so many young black men to murder each other. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The availability of firearms is the same throughout the state of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia is the only place where they are killing each other at such a tremendous rate. Everyone wants to gloss over the reasons why all of these murders are happening and the politicians dance the political correctness dance but the truth of the matter is as plain as the corrupt dollars hanging out of the Philadelphia politician’s pants pockets.

The root cause of the problem of so many murders can be directly related to the out of wedlock birth rate and the single parent homes that are so prevalent in many neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The statistics back this up and I am not the only one to point this out. It is completely overlooked and no one seems to want to do a damn thing about it because it is a hard problem and a whole culture has to be changed. The politicians think if they come up with phony solutions that are seemingly a quick fix and affect the people’s rights that obey all the laws and are responsible citizens they will be able to muddle through until their term expires or make new promises for the next election.

The next mayor will be former democrat City Councilman Michael Nutter because Republicans have completely abandoned the city of Philadelphia leaving it to one party rule. I say to Mr. Nutter, if he wants to solve his crime problem he needs to hire more police, cut the business and wage taxes to bring businesses back to Philadelphia so the next generation will have jobs. Mr. Nutter also has to make it a priority to bear down to teach the young children and their parents they have to be responsible for their actions and they have to be responsible for their child’s education at the public schools. After all, the ones that are murdering each other haven’t been held responsible for anything in their life and life itself has become so cheap to them. Most of all we will not tolerate you blaming the rest of us for the problems you and your party have created in Philadelphia. It’s not like people are coming into the city and killing the citizens and then leaving.

Philadelphia's next democrat Mayor_ Michael Nutter

I for one would like to see a renaissance of the city because I grew up there and still visit there and find Philadelphia can be a wonderful place. I don’t hold much hope though when I hear politicians suggesting solutions of taking my rights away from me instead of them taking control of their own house like Frank L. Rizzo did!

George Washington atop his horse on Eakins Circle looking down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Twilight

Update: While browsing through the "City Section" of the the Sunday Phildelphia Inquirer I found an article about a fabulous collection of Philadelphia historical photos


THERE is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
Can circumvent or hinder or control
The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;
All things give way before it, soon or late.
What obstacle can stay the mighty force
Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each well-born soul must win what it deserves.
Let the fool prate of luck. The fortunate
Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
Whose slightest action or inaction serves
The one great aim.
Why, even Death stands still,
And waits an hour sometimes for such a will.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox