By Larry Henry
The blue angel fish is sick. Michael is trying to save the creature by placing it in a separate tank with fish medicine in the water. This morning I found it swimming on its side trying to remain upright to breathe. The blue angel fish reminds me of my country.
Mao called the United States a paper tiger. Khrushchev said we would destroy ourselves from within. Both prophecies appear to be unfolding before our very eyes.
Why is America sick?
It just occurred to me that with Saudi Prince Bin Talal owning 7% of News Corporation stock, the largest amount after Murdoch's 12%, your backing for Obama's ill-conceived Syrian "incursion" is absolutely supportive of the official Saudi position on that conflict.
As you are well aware, the Saudis are pumping huge sums into that conflict on the side of the Syrian opposition. They also were reputed to have supplied Sarin gas to the rebels according to BBC reports back in May 2013.
Remembering the night you had the president of CAIR on your show, I finally put two and two together on your support for Obama and the Saudi side in the Syrian conflict.
What say you, Bill O'Reilly?
John P. Kuchta, Jr. - Virginia Beach, VA
by John P. Kuchta Jr.
Call it an occupational / hobby hazard, but writing an essay or two decrying the smashing of our constitutional rights seems to produce a lot of notes. I have sticky notes, notes on the back of bank envelopes, notes on junk mail, even the occasional note on the wall.
A funny thing began to happen here on 01 Sept 13 when I began to look at my notes from just last month.
There were the old notes of lies from the Obama administration lies about Fast and Furious and Benghazi; but, the newer notes were also there about the NSA snooping on all of us and the press corps, the IRS targeting of conservatives, James Clapper’s lies to Congress, Lois Lerner taking the Fifth Amendment and on and on and on.
Maybe I've been watching too many episodes of "Thrones;" but, what if Obama was able to avenge the deaths of all those gassed Syrians for whom he seems to have so much empathy by going mano a mano with Bashar Al Assad?
Obama could impress us all with the street fighting tactics he learned as a community organizer in Chicago. Yeah, a "Shootout at the OK Corral" would be the ego booster for which Obama yearns.
If Putin wants some of that action, Putin could tag team with Assad and Obama could tag.... Obama could tag with? He could tag with? OK, maybe the tag team idea falls apart since nobody would team with Obama.
We bring our ships home and allow the savages to continue eating each others hearts while averting WWIII.
If Obama survives, he could wade into Libya and take down those responsible for killing four Americans the night of 9/11/12. Oh, that's right. We go to war for dead Syrians, not dead Americans.
I think this idea has legs!
"Remember Benghazi and ALL the Traitors!"
John P. Kuchta Jr. - Virginia Beach
by Wally Erb, former chairman
Tidewater Libertarian Party
Let me be clear: For whatever reason, an individual has the right to free speech and support the candidate of their choice openly or in secret.
However, there is a self-imposed loyalty to an organization, in fact, to support the tenants of that organization, especially if one is in a leadership position. Such is the case of Mr. Robert Dean, Chair of the Tidewater Libertarian Party.
Dean voluntarily sought and accepted the Chairmanship on several occasions.
He has used his position to exploit his personal position in the media on several issues that were not expressly tenants of the Libertarian Party or the Party Platform.
During his tenure, he has failed to initiate a Libertarian candidate precinct organization nor establish support for any local candidate seeking nomination.
Of late, Dean has advertised in an on-line publication, Virginia News Source, (See Graphic above) support for the Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli. This is inappropriate for a person in party leadership, when through convention and procedure, a Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Robert Sarvis, has met all the qualifications to be placed on the General Election ballot alongside the other candidates.
Moreover, it is extremely distressing that a Libertarian Party official is supportive of a candidate that contemptuously disregards the Libertarian topmost tenant, Personal Liberties.
Again, let me reiterate; Dean is free to openly express his opinions. Likewise he is free to tender his resignation and free himself of the promise to support the Libertarian Party. However he cannot have it both ways and be honorable.
I recommend that Dean voluntarily tender his resignation as Chair, lest he be censured and involuntarily removed from office.
by Larry Henry - VNS Columnist
Ernie Pyle was the best known newspaper correspondent of World War Two. Half the world knew his name. They knew he was up there on the front lines with the infantry, the tankers, and the artillery crews. People back home wrote letters to his publishers.
They worried about Ernie, like they worried about their own sons and daughters. Folks loved Ernie Pyle, and prayed for his safe return home.
Ernie loved the infantry best of all. But he spent weeks and sometimes months at a time with every branch of our Armed Forces. He wrote about them not as dashing heroes but as plain and ordinary human beings, just like you and me. He wrote about the things they griped about, things they liked and appreciated their gallows humor, and the terrible hardships of war.
He wrote about sleeping on the hard ground out in the rain and snow. Ernie was right there with them. He wrote about being cold, and scared senseless in a foxhole with death howling overhead. Of weather so hot you could blister you hand on a gun barrel. He wrote about boredom and sheer terror, the wounded, and men killed in battle. Medics
and truck drivers, generals and mechanics. The dreams they had of going home someday. Their sweethearts and wives. Their hopes and ambitions. And their universal hatred of war.
This is the ending of an article Ernie Pyle wrote while stationed in Italy.
“Two men unleashed the body from the mule and lifted it off and lay it in the shadow beside the low stone wall. Other men took the other bodies off. Finally there were five, lying end to end in a long row alongside the road. You don’t cover up dead men in the combat zone. They just lie there in the shadows until somebody else comes after them.
The unburdened mules moved off to the olive orchard. The men in the road seemed reluctant to leave. They stood around, and gradually one by one you could sense them moving close to Capt. Waskow’s body. Not so much to look, I think, as to say something in finality, to him and to themselves.
I stood close by and I could hear. One soldier came and looked down and he said out loud, ‘Goddammit.’ That’s all he said, and then he walked away. Another one came. He said, ‘Goddammit to hell anyway.’ He looked down for a few moments, and then he turned and left.
Another man came; I think he was an officer. It was hard to tell officers from men in
the half-light, for all were bearded and grimy dirty. The man looked down into the dead captain’s face, and then he spoke to him, as though he were alive. He said: ‘I’m sorry, old man.’
Then a soldier came and stood beside the officer, and bent over, and he too spoke to his dead captain, not in a whisper but awfully tenderly, and he said: ‘I sure am sorry, sir.’
Then the first man squatted down, and he reached down and took the dead hand, and he sat there five full minutes, holding the dead hand in his own and looking intently into the dead face, and he never uttered a sound all the time he sat there.
And then finally he put the hand down, and reached and straightened the points of the captain’s shirt collar, and then he sort of rearranged the tattered edges of his uniform around the wound. And then he got up and walked away down the road in the moonlight, all alone.”
Contrast this tender war story with the belligerent bombardment we receive daily
from the cowardly American Left which hates our military, despises anyone who is an individual and does not endorse political correctness, attacks those of us who disagree with their Marxist philosophy, insists our Constitution is a “living document,” informs us one and all that we are victims unable to care for ourselves therefore we must be cared for by government, while telling us God is dead and the Bible is a fairy tale.
Ernie Pyle was killed by a Japanese machine gunner on the small island of Ie Shima just west of Okinawa, April 18, 1945. Four months later the war ended.
By Elizabeth de Medici
Rocky Mountain G.R.I.T.S (Girl Raised in the South)
It was a crazy day here in Farmington, New Mexico as the 12th annual charity golf classic was a resounding “hole in one” with more to than $30,000 being raised for three non-profit groups on Friday.
I was fortunate to follow a foursome made up of representatives of the Southwest Concrete Company which include Mark Morphis (Muphasa), his son Stuart Morphis (He Who Loves Trees), Ryan Donaldson (Where’s Waldo), and Daniel Huffine (Green Dude).
Admittedly, I do not know much about the game. I have always found myself bored with it all. But a round for charity – now that is an event to behold. My knowledge of the game came into question at about the third hole when Muphasa asked if I played golf. When I told him no, his reply was, “Good then. We’ll have a great day.”In fact, on one tee, He Who Loves Trees hit one. Muphasa watched closely saying, “Good job son. Looks like it’s right there.” Then all the sudden we all heard a ping type noise. Oops, hit a van. Next three players hit the same tree.“Lets go look for our balls boys,” said Muphasa. So we all went looking for golf balls. As the team passed one, I stopped and asked if the one I found was his. Muphasa said, “Yeah, you found my ball – or a ball.” That’s about the time I asked if you could just pick up any ball you find. I was politely informed that one rule in the game of golf is to finish with the same number of balls you showed up with – or even more.I learned even more rules as the day wore on:
– If you cannot get the ball in the hole, you have to shove it in with your own foot. Someone cannot shove it in for you with their own foot.
– Any and all languages are acceptable on a golf course.
– After a while you can actually differentiate the sound of a golf ball hitting a car, van, or roof top. If you don’t see it or hear it, the ball most likely hit a person.
I also had some questions:
– Is there a limit to the number of trees you are allowed to hit per round?
– Is there REALLY limit to the number of times you can hit the ball per hole?
Things I learned from Muphasa:
– If your shoot off a tee and sounds like it hits a roof, it could have just as easily been a hood of a car.
– If your ball hits a tree, that is not where you begin your next shot. You can just cut the tree down.
– Muphasa has the ability to ability to drown out any sound or any noise while teeing off. On one tee there was an owl screeching while he was practicing the shot. Apparently he never heard it. Just as he was to shoot, some kind of big winged bird flew by and let out a huge screech. It was like he never heard it – kind of like not seeing trees. We never found that ball.
– He also tried to give some of the younger players some good advice telling them that he had met a girl on the course once that was a personal ball washer.
I could not believe everyone working out there did not have a hard hat at the very least – maybe even a bullet proof vest.
On the “Hole in One” shot, any of them could have received a brand new SUV. But alas, on the first shot, one ball hit a tree (again), one hit a roof top and the other two were somewhere we could not find.
I can say that everyone had a great time, money was raised for good works to be done here in our own hometown of Farmington New Mexico, and San Juan Country Club were wonderful hosts.
Think about the fact that she was raised by (radical) Muslims. Mommy probably emails her daughter and tells her to praise Allah that Weiner doesn't come home and beat her.
The fact that Hitlary kept her REAL close should disqualify Hitlary from serious consideration for further office; and, may explain fully why Hitlary lied like hell to keep the real secret of Benghazi from ever being told!
John P. Kuchta Jr.,
This beautiful painted male bunting - captured at feeder in Kings Grant this week. Mary Reid Barrow, my bird expert in residence, said this is a little north of this species range. But we were happy to provide him some seeds and help him on his way
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