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"...Shall Not Perish From This Earth."

It has been a tough news weekend for the United States.

I've been blocking out news coverage today and cringing every time I hear a partisan or pundit prognosticate about the decline of America, or our supposed shuffle closer to doomsday.

My heart breaks hard every time I think about the selfless men and women we lost in Afghanistan this weekend. Brothers and sisters alike, it seems almost trivial to sit here tonight and type--a freedom they have won for me--while so many are facing grim realities and long, tense moments of combat half a world away.

On Living With Idiots, Or, An Open Letter To Islam

Dear Islam,

You know, it seems like every time I write a letter I have to begin by apologizing for not having written in so long, and that’s the case again today.

We only get a few days of real summer up here every year, and I was out having fun at golf tournaments and doing a bit of climbing around the local hills—and you know, I do love doing a bit of nothing at all from time to time—but while I was away, things have gotten even crazier than usual around here...and I’m sorry to say, you’ve been on the pointy end of the crazy stick, which is something that never should have happened.

Things have been so nutty that you’re probably thinking America has something against Islam—in fact, you might be wondering if we have something against our own Constitution.

Well, we don’t, most of us, and I’ll take a few minutes today to help y’all understand just what is going on in this country.

Who here has questions about what is really important in America?

What is really important to us here on BlueNC?

My take?

1. That we get a comprehensive health care plan for every citizen in the U.S. to be able to realize health care benefits that are not based on your ability to pay or on what is best for the providers.

2. That regardless of race, sexual orientation, religious belief, political belief...male or female..etc...we ALL have the exact same rights and priveleges as outlined in the constitution.

3. That everyone in this country should be offered the ability to obtain a first class education.

4. That service in the military should be offered to every qualified citizen of the U.S. regardless of sexual orientation, race, creed, religion or political belief.

I am sure there are more things to offer up in this regard and I encourage anyone and everyone to contribute to this line of thought here.

These are what rests heavy on my heart. Yours may be different and I'd LOVE to hear what you all have to say on this.

"Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations"

The House Judiciary Committee today, Friday, July 25th, will put Impeachment squarely back "on the table" and restored to its prominent place in our Constitution.

Wednesday 07/25/2008 - 10:00 AM
2141 Rayburn House Office Building
Full Committee
By Direction of the Chairman

Senator Clinton in Indiana

Speech from the campaign. Lets America Apologize

Thought you all might be interested in this duo of sites I found. almost has a thousand "apologies" and is full of both American and international opinion, some of which is really well written, some of which is just plain funny. There is a link on that site to, the counterpart for those NOT sorry (obviously) and wishing to express that. Both of these are a revealing cross-section of the American state. Check them out if you have a sec, and add to either if you feel so inclined.

Picture of the Year: Bringing a Soldier Home and the Reason for RED FRIDAYS

(Dear Reader, this is not my story. I am merely passing it on and proud to do so. Brenda)

Bringing a Soldier Home

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 know 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.

America Can Stand Down in Iraq and Win

America Can Stand Down in Iraq and Win
January 31, 2007
By Marshall Adame

In a recent water cooler discussion about Iraq, I suggested that America needs to remove the primary combat forces from Iraq and concentrate on training, government capacity building and providing logistical support and material capacity to the Iraqi Provincial Governments and certain commercial enterprises which contribute to the nations commerce and infrastructure i.e., railroads, airports, ports, electricity, etc.

The provincial governments in Iraq, however married to tribal and religious traditions, are the real governments in Iraq. The central government in Baghdad is paralyzed by sectarian bickering, graft, corruption, absence of its elected members (many have left the country), infighting and strife. The welfare of the country, as a whole, is far removed from any real debates occurring at the central government level. My suggestion, that we could remove our troops, was met by what seems the standard reply to remarks like the ones I had just made. “Man, do you have any idea how much blood will be spilled if we pulled out our combat troops?” A legitimate question from anyone who does not understand the Arab mindset. My answer being “Not as much blood as is being spilled today”.

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