olde_fashioned: (American courage -- Washington crossing)
THIS is just wrong, on so many levels...but even worse is the sneaky way of trying to enforce disarmament. And just for the sake of clarity, that means they take our guns away, kiddies...leaving us defenseless and at the mercy of evildoers.

Sound like fun?

If you do nothing else today, please read this, and then do something about it--even if it's as small as sharing it on your blog or passing the info on in an email. Every little bit counts. (And PRAY!)

United we stand.


NOTE: I don't have time for trolls; inflammatory comments WILL be deleted.

olde_fashioned: (American faith -- prayer at Valley Forge)
For the conservative members of my reader base, or those of you who are concerned about the idea of mandatory national health care, the fate of this country and our God-given right to liberty:

House Vote On ObamaCare Scheduled

The (Unfortunately Necessary) Disclaimer: I get unfriended by people every single time I post something religious, controversial, or political. If you're not familiar with my values and opinions by now, or if what I'm about to post is offensive to you, then that's fine. You're more than welcome to reply, but please be polite and respectful (of me, my God, my beliefs, as well as my other readers), and please don't leave me a melodramatic comment about how disgusting I am, quibbling over my tag usage, or making a dramatic exit as you defriend me in an enraged huff. Remember my profile was there BEFORE you friended me, and this is, after all, my blog. For the time being at least, I can still say what I want on it. ;-P
(Because my life is dramatic enough without any online nonsense!)


Now that I've gotten that little bit of disagreeable business out of the way, here are some bits and pieces from the above article. If you read nothing else please at least read these following excerpts:
"The Senate-passed version would allow the ATF to troll your confidential medical records"...

Guess this doesn't fit under "unlawful search and seizure"...Land of the Free, welcome to the Land of the Legal Loopholes! Let's just pry into everyone's personal records and make one big database out of all their information, because that's such a brilliant idea and of course that will keep it safe from all harm! *coughHACKERS?cough*


"The bill your Representative will be voting on still contains virtually all of the bribes that made the Senate version such a disgusting spectacle."

Oh wow, now I can totally rest assured that the economy will be on an upswing after this little gem passes. The government has done such a fantastic job with all our money, being so responsible and all! Let's just give them truckloads more, shall we? Because of course our always honest and ever-trustworthy elected officials know how to spend our hard-earned money much better than we do.


And this is most particularly alarming --
"...the bill [...] would increase the cost of private insurance [...] and require, under penalty of imprisonment, that you buy it.

If that doesn't scare people or at the very least raise a few eyebrows, then they're probably either already living in a nation with decreased freedoms, or may need to think about relocating to one such country, because obviously the hard-won liberty that has made this nation as great as it is aren't being valued by its citizens.


And of course I saved the best for last...

"...the will of the people, who according to the latest polls, overwhelmingly oppose this legislation..."

What ever happened to vox populi, vox dei?? Not that I personally believe that that's true from a religious standpoint, but from a political standpoint I most certainly do. So ask you, what is the point of having ELECTED officials (sans BHO's czars, of course. *sighs and shakes head* Thanks a lot, GWB, for setting such a delightful precedent of sidestepping the American people and trampling on the checks and balances!), if those very same individuals blatantly ignore the wishes of their constituents??? Let's flood them with emails, harass them with calls, and annoy them by expressing that God-given American right of freedom of speech! Click the appropriate link in the article linked above to do just that.

And what, has everyone forgotten how to spell the word RECALL? California did it to Gray Davis in 2003, so why can't we as a nation do it again with those heedless "employees" of We the People? Politicians are like children -- why would they dream of obeying, if we, like so many parents, are all bark and no bite?

Socialism sound like fun, anyone? I don't know about you but I for one don't want to go to jail simply because I committed the heinous crime of neglecting to buy health care for myself!! Jail is supposed to be for bad people -- you know, like murderers, rapists, and child molesters? Oh wait! I forgot! Those are the people we let out early for good behaviour -- it's those dangerous Martha Stewarts of this world that need to be locked up.

It's a funny world we live in.

olde_fashioned: (American -- Prayer at Valley Forge)
Wow, patriotism is a sin?

I wonder if the Founding Fathers ever thought they should have protected our right to display an American flag by putting it into writing.

Any bets that no one would have dared complain if this woman had decided to hang a gay rights flag instead of the always-evil and ever-dreaded American flag? It's such a symbol of tyranny and opression wherever you go!

I humbly submit that if having an American flag offends you so much, you go back to wherever you came from, or take the first flight out of the US.

What next?

Nevermind, I don't think I want to know. *headhands*

Woman Upset After American Flag Taken Down At Work

MANSFIELD (CBS 11 News)


Is it okay to show your patriotism at the office?

For one Arlington woman, the answer was "no" after she hung an American flag in her office just before the Memorial Day weekend.

Debbie McLucas is one of four hospital supervisors at Kindred Hospital in Mansfield. Last week, she hung a three-by-five foot American flag in the office she shares with the other supervisors.

When McLucas came to work Friday, her boss told her another supervisor had found her flag offensive. "I was just totally speechless. I was like, 'You're kidding me,'" McLucas said.

McLucas' husband and sons are former military men. Her daughter is currently serving in Iraq as a combat medic.

Stifling a cry, McLucas said, "I just wonder if all those young men and women over there are really doing this for nothing."

McLucas said the supervisor who complained has been in the United States for 14 years and is formerly from Africa. McLucas said that supervisor took down the flag herself.

"The flag and the pole had been placed on the floor," McLucas said. But McLucas also said hospital higher-ups had told her some patients' families and visitors had also complained.

"I was told it wouldn't matter if it was only one person," she said. "It would have to come down."

McLucas said hospital bosses told her as far as patriotism was concerned, the flag flying outside the hospital building would have to suffice.

"I find it very frightening because if I can't display my flag," McLucas asked, "whatother freedoms will I lose before all is said and done?"


Read the rest of the story HERE.

olde_fashioned: (America the beautiful (a))
...I love our Navy!!! ♥

If I was this guy, I think I'd be hugging every US Navy man in sight!! :-D

Hostage captain rescued; Navy snipers kill 3 pirates

More behind cut... )
olde_fashioned: (baby prayers)
Shamelessly stolen from my brother's blog and shared here because this is something serious that I think all Americans need to know about.

Do you want a foreign court system or the UN telling you how you can raise your own children? )
olde_fashioned: (American -- Prayer at Valley Forge)
Twenty random icons, all with the unifying theme of Americana and patriotism. Mostly September 11th in nature, with a few of George Washington and Teddy Roosevelt thrown in for good measure, because politics just ain't what it used to be.

As always, never alter or steal my graphics, comment, credit, and enjoy!

Teasers:
1 2 3

I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free )
olde_fashioned: (America the beautiful (a))
I received this in an email from my grandma, who, as some of you might remember, grew up during World War II and was the daughter of a Naval hero. If indeed true then this is one amazing story. If you've already read this it bears rereading, and if you've never heard this before then you're in for a treat, because this is wonderful and very moving. You have to read it all, because the last line is the one that gets you.

statue of the flag raising at iwo jima

Six Boys and Thirteen Hands )
olde_fashioned: (American -- Prayer at Valley Forge)
With all its faults, America is a great and wonderful nation. Whether or not some choose to acknowledge it, God has blessed us with great wealth and great freedom. We might not always deserve the bounty of blessings this country enables us to enjoy, but we can always be grateful for them.

We, therefore, ought to remember. Remember those who went before us, those who suffered and endured for the sake of those who would come after them, people they would never even know. We are those people.

We the people...



A little present for my readers. ;-)

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!



God Bless the U.S.A.
If tomorrow all the things were gone I’d worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I’d thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
‘Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there’s pride in every American heart,
and it’s time to stand and say:

I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.


~ By Lee Greenwood
olde_fashioned: (cowboy -- book cover roundup)
Hallelujah!! Praise be to God.

Supreme Court strikes down gun ban



And I love the sign in this pic!! ^^ ;-D

Note: Please don't comment if you're looking for an argument, debate, or otherwise negative remark. Comments will be screened and deleted if necessary. Thank you.
olde_fashioned: (America the beautiful (a))
I received this in a forward from my grandma, and I could not resist sharing it here for Flag Day. You really have to hear this one.

Click here, and turn on your speakers! )
olde_fashioned: (America the beautiful (a))
The US Supreme Court is hearing a case regarding our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. Those of you who are concerned at potentially losing one of our rights that should be inalienable, please, please pray that the judges will make the right decision.

"The issue has polarized judges, politicians and the public for decades: do the Second Amendment's 27 words bestow gun ownership as an individual right, or a collective one -- aimed at the civic responsibilities of state militias -- and therefore subject perhaps to strict government regulation."

Read the rest of the article HERE

I for one believe in Original Intent -- surely the Founding Fathers did not believe that we only have a right to possess weapons if we're in a civilian militia! This is a pathetic attempt to disarm the masses, and violate our Constitutional rights! The Bible says that God answers prayer, and hopefully in this instance it will avert a potentially disastrous decision.

Note: I am screening comments on this post. If you want to comment with either an agreeing or disagreeing opinion, then that is more than fine with me, only I am tired of getting loud-mouthed trolls trying to start fires and fights. I'm not trying to suppress anyone's freedom of speech, just trying to save myself a headache.
olde_fashioned: (American -- Prayer at Valley Forge)
What's next?

This is absolutely apalling. Do you want the government telling you how to raise your child? California's liberal courts have just ruled that "parents possess no constitutional right to homeschool their children." This is disgusting, maddening, but it is also scary. Our God-given and supposedly inalienable rights are being chipped away at, little by little.

The scope of this decision by the appellate court is breathtaking. It not only attacks traditional home schooling, but it also calls into question home schooling through charter schools and teaching children at home via independant study through public and private schools," stated Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute. "If not reversed, the parents of more than 166,000 students currently receiving an education at home will be subject to criminal sanctions," he continued.

[CLICK HERE to read more]

The wonderful HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) is doing everything they can to change this ruling, and to get it unpublished, which would mean it cannot be used as a law by other courts.

They are also getting up a petition, and we need all the signatures we can get! Please take a few minutes and sign it HERE.
olde_fashioned: (turquoise -- lady liberty)
I received this in an email, forwarded, from PrestonSpeed Publications, (who amongst other things, put out G.A. Henty novels) and I feel it is fitting and proper to share it here.

My great-grandfather was in the Navy, and my grandmother lived at Pearl Harbor before the war. They had been transferred elsewhere by the fateful day, but if they hadn't, bombs, striking their house, would have assuredly killed her, and an entire branch of my family (including my mother, brother, and self) would not be here today. It's sobering to think of what could have happened...

A Day That Will Live In Infamy )
olde_fashioned: (turquoise -- lady liberty)
It's been six years. Do you remember where you were when you heard? What you were doing, how you felt? Do you remember watching the television in horror, perhaps even crying, wondering what kind of monster would do this, how could a loving God let this happen?

Read the rest of the entry )
olde_fashioned: (turquoise -- lady liberty)

The Ultimate Sacrifice


THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

.
graves at Arlington National Cemetery
olde_fashioned: (America the beautiful (a))
Those of us who are blessed enough to live in America (or similar free countries), and still have our religious freedoms should be counting our blessings right now. Our fellow Christians around the world are being persecuted and even tortured for their beliefs, and most of the time we aren't even fully aware of it, thanks to the liberal media's dislike of touching upon anything "politically incorrect" or "religious". How many of us don't even think twice about being able to attend church freely -- or don't even attend at all -- when so many others are risking their very lives just to be able to read the Bible?

And now, even the rights of American citizens are being violated in other countries, and once again in China by the God-hating Chinese government. (If we're not careful who we elect as our leaders, we will very soon be in the same boat!) If we as a nation are so fond of sticking our big nose into other countries' business, why oh why are we not doing something about this atrocity being committed in China????? )
olde_fashioned: (American Flag)
I found this on someone else's blog...you know who you are. ;-) Thank you very much.

Unfortunately the author remains unknown at present, but this is certainly a wonderful, moving piece. It almost made me cry.

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.

In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts...

To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,

I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at ' Pearl on a day in December,"

Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."

My dad stood his watch in the jungles of ' Nam ',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.

I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.

I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother...

Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.

Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."


To our soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, I do remember you, and I pray for you, but most importantly, I thank you. Words just cannot express.

Red Fridays

Dec. 5th, 2006 08:04 am
olde_fashioned: (turquoise -- lady liberty)
I received this in an email. I think it's wonderful. So wonderful in fact, that I just had to post it here. I will definitely be wearing red on Fridays.

God Bless America, and pray for our Troops.

-----------------

Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, I noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After we boarded our flight, I turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from me), and inquired if he was heading home.

No, he responded.

Heading out I asked?

No. I'm escorting a soldier home.

Going to pick him up?

No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq I'm taking him home to his family.

The realization of what he had been asked to do hit me like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't now the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days. I turned back to him, extended my hand, and said, Thank you. Thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.

Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family.
I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."

Without a sound, all went as requested. I noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made me realize that I am proud to be an American.

So here's a public Thank You to our military Men and Women for what you do so we can live the way we do.

Red Fridays.

Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday.
The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.

Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that ... every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar, will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked "What can we do to make things better for you?" is ..."We need your support and your prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE -- THEN SEND THIS ON.

IF YOU COULDN'T CARE LESS -- THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON.

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