Some Days Are GOOD!

Especially when one of the young people I know and am connected to on Facebook posts this! (And NO she is not in the military, nor is she a friend of my military son- she worked for me a few years ago.)

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to
apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how
some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our
JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when
DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.
Rusk responded,
“Does that include those who are buried here?”
DeGaule did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England ,
at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example
of ’empire building’ by George Bush.
He answered by saying,
“Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not
return.”You could have heard a pin drop.
There was a conference in France
where a number of international engineers
were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have
you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?”

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several
thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry
half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to
and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
how many does France have?” You could have heard a pin drop.
A U.S. Navy Admiral
was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a
large group of officers that included personnel from most of those
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks
but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn
many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it
that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
speaking French?”
Without hesitating,
the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the
Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you
wouldn’t have to speak German.”You could have heard a pin drop.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
in his carry on.”You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. “Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”The American said,
“The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.” “Impossible.
Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!”
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on
D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single
Frenchmen to show a passport to.” You could have heard a pin drop.


While The Band Played On……..

In case the news in your area has been too busy covering “THE WEDDING” just thought you would like to know that a nuke plant right here in the good old US of A had it’s power knocked out. The devastating storms and tornadoes that ripped through the south land here knocked the Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Power Plant out and onto

……..diesel backup power and into emergency and automatic cold shutdown.

Bill McCollum, the chief operating officer of Tennessee Valley Authority, said it may be weeks before power can be restored to all of the 300,000 customers whose power is supplied by the federal utility.

“With the level of damage we have, it will be — we hope it will be days until we get most of the customers back on, but it will be weeks before we’ve fully repaired all of the damage,” he said.

McCollum said the reactors, now being cooled by backup diesel power, are safe.

He said the spent fuel pools also are being cooled by backup diesel power and are safe.

Now where have we heard that before? Were we not told that there was nothing to worry about after the Tsunami that wiped out Fukishima?

Think it is irrelevant here?

Storms Knock out Alabama Nuclear Units and Power Lines

All three units at TVA’s 3,274-megawatt Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama tripped about 5:30 EDT (2230 GMT) after losing outside power to the plant, a spokesman for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said.

A TVA spokeswoman said the station’s backup power systems, including diesel generators, started and operated as designed. External power was restored quickly to the plant but diesel generators remained running Wednesday evening, she said.

The Browns Ferry units are among 23 U.S. reactors that are similar in design to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan where backup generators were swept away in the tsunami that followed the massive earthquake on March 11.

Nope, nothing to see here, move along! LOOK! Over there!

The MSM sucks. They should stop calling themselves “news” organizations and “journalists”- when all they really provide is infotainment. Bread and circuses.


Just damn sick of it- period. The looney leftists claim the ranting righties are trying to shove right wing values down our throats. Ok- great- this is America and everybody is entitled to an opinion. Those on the right claim the left is trying to drag the country into socialism. Well speaking as a moderate middle of the road college educated American I think BOTH sides are trying to shove their values down my throat. And I am sick of it.

The crazies on the edges just do not get it. Those of us stuck in the middle and getting squeezed don’t subscribe to either extreme. I value Roe v Wade – because it puts ownership of MY body in MY control. Hello? Anybody want to take a guess what would happen if certain fundies started screaming that vasectomies kill babies so no man is allowed to have one? Or that we should forcibly sterilize men who indiscriminately spread their seed and do not support the resulting spawn? Is there any argument out there that a man should not have control over all his parts????? That’s what Roe is to me- my body is MINE! Not the state’s, not the church, not my parent’s or husband’s.

And the Left- well they don’t get it either. Global warming? Cap and Tax? Obamacare? DO NOT WANT! So what do you call it when the left tries to force all those things on us? I call it FORCING THEIR VALUES down my throat. Same as the right.

Nuts- they are all nuts. Here in the middle we do our best to keep our utility bills down. The more the left forces extreme environmentalism on the rest of us- the higher the bills go. THANKS FOR NOTHING! We have huge supplies of natural gas here in the USA- those of us in the middle would like to use it thank you very much. The left hates all fossil fuels and wants to force their radical environmentalism on us. The unregulated speculators in energy futures contribute to the ever rising price of basic utilities as well. Go to hell all of you! We in the middle want to be able to go to bed without unplugging every single thing in the house to keep the bill down. Those of us here where there are things like freezing temps and snow would like to keep the heat a tad higher than 62 during the day, would like to be able to sit in the living room without thermal underwear, a t-shirt, overshirt, hooded sweatshirt and blanket. And please don’t tell me about insulation and fancy new windows. Who the hell can afford it? And no it IS NOT my fellow citizen’s job to give up their hard earned money to weatherize my home. We put plastic over the windows and turn the heat down to 55 at night and thank God because it could be worse. A good old fashioned wood stove is looking better and better.

The left and right both use the poor- though in different ways. All those social safety nets? How many of the loony lefties or righteous righties have any clue what it is to be poor? One side peers down from their lofty Ivory Towers and the other from their Citadels of Corporatism and both are so high up they can not see. Tax payer funded welfare programs breed dependency. They trap the recipients in poverty. Where they can be used as a blunt weapon by both sides. Welfare Queens vs Social Justice. Both sides using the same issue as a stick to beat the base. Do I think society should have a method for helping those who have fallen on bad times? Sure- a temporary stop gap while the recipient is taught the skills to get up and out of wrenching poverty. Not a blank check that encourages indiscriminate procreation because the size of the benefits increase with every child. Oh- and a drug test should be mandatory when applying and at intervals thereafter while receiving benefits because drug dependency is destroying whole generations.

In my most humble opinion the left has ruined public education. Perhaps forever. Sorry people- but holding back the smartest children so those less intellectually gifted will not suffer a blow to their self esteem is crapola.  Excusing bad behavior in the classroom does not help the miscreant and certainly does a disservice to those who are well behaved. There are winners and losers and children need to learn it early. In the real world there are no awards for participation. Wonder why our math and science scores are so low? Maybe because we no longer have “divisions” where the smartest kids take more challenging classwork and the kids who are not the best at those subjects go to more basic math and science classes? (Oh- and where their self-esteem  does not suffer because they are grouped with others of similar ability.) We dumbed down the K-12 public education system in the name of social justice and what happened next? The colleges followed suit. Now look at our rankings in math and science compared to the rest of the world and tell me how those psychological leftist policies are working out for us. Why should we expect every child to go to college?

The right and religion. MMkay. STOP IT! This is America and people are free to worship or not as they please-. Be very very careful what you pray for- God might just give it to you.  The Left and religon- STOP IT! This is AMERICA and we are free to worship and believe as we desire. Oh and here’s a big one for you- sharia law has no place here. If folks want to live under sharia they can go to Iran or any of the other muslim theocratic societies. NOT HERE!

Immigration- another issue with which crazies from both sides beat their base. And one where I would bet most of us in the middle just want immigrants to follow the rules. We in the middle want our borders to be safe. We want the laws enforced. We want the Feds to do their job and close the border. We want the Feds to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY when states like Arizona step up and try to get it done. Oh- and what the hell is up with allowing foreign countries to join in lawsuits against the will of the citizens of a state? Excuse me? Go back to that part about sharia law. Same concept. Foreign laws should have no standing in the US. Do our citizens get the benefit of American law if they are caught breaking the law in Mexico or Iran or Sweden or anywhere else? NOT!

Left and right and the military. Well for those of you on the left who think our military spending is a waste I think you are deluded. Like your freedom? Thank a soldier. Support our troops- period. When the shit hits the fan our troops protect YOU as well. And for those of you on the right who use the military as a source of obscene wealth generation- SHAME ON YOU! The troops protect YOU as well. I understand the argument that there are countries that spend way less on their own defense because we protect them. Is the answer really to just close the bases and bring our troops home? Or is the answer to have our allies pick up a more equitable share of the cost?

So left and right- I think you are BOTH trying to shove your values down our throats. We in the middle just want to work and live and follow the law. We want to go to church, or not, we want our children to learn reading and writing and arithmetic. We want to help our neighbors but we do not want our wealth seized to entrap our neighbors in poverty. We fly the Flag proudly. We support our troops. We love our country. For those of the religious right take a long hard look at the theocratic countries and know this- WE DO NOT WANT! For the far left loons take a long hard look at the old Soviet Union and China and know this- WE DO NOT WANT!

And we have a message for you- we will keep that pendulum swinging both sides in and out of power until the extremists left and right are gone and we get back to the middle.





Boy Scouts Can’t Vote (Yet!)

Obama chooses not to appear at the Boy Scout Jamboree. People are surprised. Why? The campaigner in chief chose to make an appearance on Harpies r Us in a (fingers crossed) vain attempt at luring back voters who are abandoning him as fast as snow melts in July.

Obama Won’t Speak In-Person at Boy Scouts’ 100th Anniversary Celebration But Will Appear on ABC TV’s ‘The View’

Bob Dries, chairman of national news and media at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree – a gathering that happens every four years and attracts thousands of scouts from around the world – told that the organization was told on Monday that the president had scheduling conflicts and would not be speaking in-person at the week-long event.

The BSA had scheduled its Wednesday arena program to include remarks by the president at 11 a.m. in front of the more than 45,000 scouts who will be in attendance.


In a statement about his appearance on the “The View,” ABC said it would be “the first time in history a sitting United States president has visited a daytime talk show.”

In an e-mail, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told The New York Times that Obama’s appearance on “The View” had been “contemplated for several weeks because the president was scheduled to be in New York City for a fund-raiser,” and that the appearance “was nailed down early last week.

How disrespectful! They notified the Boy Scouts on Monday? The Harpies R Us show is on five days a week all year is it not? The Jamboree is- like Presidential elections – every four years.

I am not surprised though- the Boy Scouts – for the most part- (unless their names are stolen by ACORN) are not yet registered to vote. No need for the fraud to talk to little non-voters.Besides, all those American Flag, Pledging Allegiance and the ideals of duty to God and country probably give the fraud the hives.

I noted that the SecDef spoke to the Scouts. So they recognize the Scouts are Patriots in Training.

For the curious here is a refresher- the Boy Scout Oath

Boy Scout Oath or Promise

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

OK- Right there in the first clause- that word “HONOR” leaves Obama out already. Duty to God? Not. (Unless we are talking that Islamofascist woman hating one.) Duty to Country? Well- that is another blog post or two or two thousand- he hates our country.

How about the Boy Scout Law

Boy Scout Law

A Scout is:

  • Trustworthy,
  • Loyal,
  • Helpful,
  • Friendly,
  • Courteous,
  • Kind,
  • Obedient,
  • Cheerful,
  • Thrifty,
  • Brave,
  • Clean,
  • and Reverent.

It’s Flag Day

Did you remember? Because I am sure the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave did not- and if he did- it just pissed him off.

For your listening pleasure- and because it was SO nice to find a teacher had taught this to her second graders! Sing along- you know you want to!

And because we all know some idiot that has no clue- use this to explain things!

Flag Etiquette

STANDARDS of RESPECTThe Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:

  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
  • The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard
  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.
  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.
  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.

When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Note: Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th. Many Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and Girl Scout Troops retire flags regularly as well. Contact your local American Legion Hall or Scout Troop to inquire about the availability of this service.

May she ever wave, oer the land of the FREE and the home of the brave!

And the Marine in this video did not have it quite right- there are FOUR verses! This is worth a listen! God Bless America! And Bless all our service members- remember- freedom is NEVER free!

A Fine Rebuttal!

I received this in an e-mail from my niece. It says it all and I hope it goes to as many inboxes as possible! My thanks to the composer of this fine letter.


This is a very good letter to the editor. This woman made some good points..

For some reason, people have difficulty structuring their arguments when arguing against supporting the currently proposed immigration revisions. This lady made the argument pretty simple. NOT printed in theOrange County Paper……………….

Newspapers simply won’t publish letters to the editor which they either deem politically incorrect (read below) or which does not agree with the philosophy they’re pushing on the public. This woman wrote a great letter to the editor that should have been published; but, with your help it will get published via cyberspace!


“David LaBonte”

My wife, Rosemary, wrote a wonderful letter to the editor of the OC Register which, of course, was not printed. So, I decided to “print” it myself by sending it out on the Internet. Pass it along if you feel so inclined. Written in response to a series of letters to the editor in theOrange County Register:

Dear Editor:

So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statue of Liberty because the people now in question aren’t being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.

Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today’s American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground. They made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home.

They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.

Most of their children came of age when World War II broke out.

My father fought along side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany , Italy , France and Japan . None

of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were Americans fighting Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan . They were defending the United States of America as one people.

When we liberated France , no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German American or the Irish American. The people of France saw only Americans. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up

another country’s flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here. These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be an American. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.

And here we are with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee of being faithful to their mother country. I’m sorry, that’s not what being an American is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900’s deserve better than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.

And for that suggestion about taking down the Statue of Liberty , it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill. I wouldn’t start talking about dismantling the United States just yet.


Rosemary LaBonte


I sincerely hope this letter gets read by millions of people all across the nation.

A Message from Our Troops

for Kickin’ Ass

for the Non-Military

Make sure you read #13

Dear Civilians, ‘We know that the current state of
affairs in our great nation has many civilians up in arms and excited to join
the military.

For those of you who can’t join, you can still lend a
hand. Here are a few of the areas where we would like your

1. The next time you
see any adults talking (or wearing a hat) during the playing of the National
Anthem – kick their ass.

2.. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the
American Flag in protest – kick their ass.

3. Regardless of the rank they
held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all veterans. If
you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these
veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second.  Enlighten
them on the many sacrifices these veterans made to make this Nation great. Then
hold them down while a disabled veteran kicks their ass.

4. If you were never in the military, DO NOT
pretend that you were.  Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle
Fatigues, telling others that you used to be ‘Special Forces’.

Collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were
seven years old, now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass

5. Next time you come
across an *Air Force* member, do not ask them, ‘Do you fly a jet?’ Not everyone
in the Air Force is a pilot.  Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking
(children are exempt).

6. If you witness someone calling the *US Coast Guard*
‘non-military’, inform them of their mistake – and kick their

7. Next time Old Glory
(the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage
to her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly thank the military member
or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her – of course, failure to do either of
those could earn you a severe ass-kicking.

9. ‘Your mama wears combat boots’ never made sense
to me – stop saying it!  If she did, she would most likely be a vet and
therefore would kick your ass!

10. ‘Flyboy’ (*Air Force*), ‘Jarhead’ (*Marines*),
‘Grunt’ (*Army*), ‘Squid’ (*Navy*), ‘Puddle Jumpers’ (*Coast Guard*), etc., are
terms of endearment we use describing each other.  Unless you are a service
member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them. Using them could get
your ass kicked..

11. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a
member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every
Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends,
please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines
and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families. Thank God
for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our
Country would get it’s ass kicked.

12. ‘It’s the Veteran, not the reporter, who has
given us the freedom of the press.’

‘It’s the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the
freedom of speech.’

‘It’s the Veteran, not the community organizer, who
gives us the freedom to demonstrate.’

‘It’s the Military who salutes the flag, who serves
beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the
protester to burn the flag.’


13. If you ever see anyone singing the national anthem
in Spanish – KICK THEIR ASS.