Obama always said that additional troops will help. Really?
Campaign aide Wendy Morigi said Obama is "not softening his criticism of the surge. We regularly update the Web site to reflect changes in current events." A comment on a question of why Obama removed the language of his website regarding the surge. At the time of this article, the surge was clearly working and the violence was going down.
"The surge is not working," Sen. Barack Obama
The night that President Bush announced his plan to add additional troops.
Clearly, President Obama did not "always" say that the additional troops would help. He was wrong. Admit it and move on.
Ms. King asked Beck to pray with her. I was very happy to hear that her and her cousin Martin were on the same plane back to Atlanta and sat with each other and spoke. I am glad to hear her choices are not affecting her family life, since Martin spoke at the rally with Sharpton.
Apparently Sarah Prayed on her own before the rally for about 30 minutes
Here is one of the reasons that it will be impossible to get an accurate count, we were packed this densely under the trees as well. I was sitting before this picture on the right.
I had wondered why Beck looked much thinner, he was wearing a bullet proof vest that day at the request of his wife. He normally has a belly sticking out.
This was during my favorite part of the day. The playing of Amazing Grace on the bag pipes
I couldn't see the screen from where I was sitting, so I am seeing this for the first time.
At least Howie Kurtz (who I actually have respect for, he normally will point out the hypocrisy of the left)stood up to this small-minded and stupid man. The reality is the left doesn't know what do with a mobilized right. The attacks are going to get bigger and come more often because we have become a mobilized force. I have a friend who was appearing on Fox News while Beck was in the studio. That man travels surrounded by security, why exactly is that? If he is the "terrorist" why would he need the security. Look at the tape of the rally on Saturday. Every time he moved around the stage, at least two different men in black suits moved with him. I don't think anyone on the right is threatening his life.
In the past you could always get the right to show up for a pro life rally and you had a good shot at getting a good number for gun rights. But, not for a whole lot else. We just didn't show up in the streets with signs. Beck is part of that change. Although, he is not the "founder" of the tea party movement. Many on the left don't realize it was Rick Santelli of CNBC that started that. Beck just saw the "tea" leaves and found a way to take that energy that was forming. All he did was tell us we were not alone, we did the rest.
I have been very sick since Wednesday morning, to the point that I was very worried that I wouldn't be able to attend the Beck rally yesterday. But, I "rallied" and made my way down to The District. I am ever so glad that I did. One of the reasons, besides having the experience for myself, was that I am able to have an opinion on the aftermath of the reactions.
Some have gone as far as saying Beck/Palin (Or maybe Palin/Beck) for 2012. Please, Beck has no shot at getting elected to public office. I certainly wouldn't vote for him. I think anyone who reads my blog knows that I adore him, but not as president. His TV show is awesome, so keep it up.
I, like many bloggers, keep any eye on how visitors make their way to my blog. One such way was:
GLENN BECK RALLY FREE BUSING AND BR...
the finish of the sentence is bribes. Seriously? Someone thinks that people needed to be bribed to go and see him? I recently read a post on another blog on a cruise that you can go on with Louis Farrakhan. While I admit I was left almost speechless while reading, it never occurred to me that people would need to bribed to go. We have people in our country that agree with him. Why?, I cannot tell you, but they do agree.
There is traffic on the lefty blogs about the busing be free. Again, seriously? That was an easy one to fact check. Beck had the available buses on his website for weeks. The costs were clearly marked. The entire rally cost me about $45. The only reason it cost that much was because I parked in a metered spot and got a ticket. I didn't realize that parking wasn't free on Saturday's. They changed that in some areas to close budget gaps in DC a few years back. Oh, well, I did the crime, I will pay the fine. It still ends being cheaper than had I parked in the Ronald Reagan Building as I usually do when I go downtown. But, I live locally so ain't no thing for me. But, I met someone yesterday that drove for seven days. Do they think that someone gave him a gas card and hotel fees?
I also read the write up in The Washington Post today. The factual errors were glaring and very easy for them to fix. One being that they were not sure if the $5.5 million raised for charity was before or after the costs. Now, I would have to go back and listen to that part of the speech again, but I am pretty sure he cleared that up. If not, he most definitely did on his show earlier in the week. The costs had long since been covered. That was the donation amount. A stunning amount of money that is being mostly over looked by the media.
Another real big deal was why the people were there. Even right bloggers were asking the same question. My facebook friend Les and fellow blogger kinda thought it was too political. I made a comment that I didn't agree on the blog and we continued that conversation on facebook chat. The conclusion we came to is that Beck is no Reagan; but then, who is?
Were there people in that audience that was there for political reasons? Yes. You cannot deny that when you saw all the Gladsen flags. But, that was not the tenure of the rally itself. The only speaker that I thought put her foot right on the line was Sarah Palin. Even that was with one line of her speech. She was there to say thanks to wounded warriors and to a gold star mom. She is a military mom, she has to worry that her baby boy could get put into a situation that could get him injured or killed. That is a lot of stress for any mom. That makes her a person that can make those introductions AND it is well known that she is a woman of faith. Beck and Sarah seem to have a good working relationship and I am sure that it was beneficial to both of them to be there; regardless of what their own personal reasons may have been.
Another thing that is not really getting much press is the FACT that people walked through our crowd with the intention of provoking us. What exactly they thought we would do them is really beyond me. But, a couple walked through the crowd wearing Obama shirts. Now, I had to use the bathroom at one point during the height of the program and tried to make my way through the crowd to the ladies room. It was quite the adventure, after my little sidetrack with the reporter on the racism charge, I actually ended up using a porta potty in the middle of a field (Don't ask, I can't give you a logical reason of why they were there) about five blocks away. So, you cannot tell me that these people were not doing this to provoke. I was sitting relatively close to the stage and it was very densely packed with people. They also somehow found their way to a reporter and told them that they expected a different reaction? What reaction would that have been? An unruly mob that came to beat you up? It was no different than the man who was carrying this really large sign about how evil religion is and walking through the crowd. Again, provacation and nothing more. I could be wrong, but I don't think any of us went over to Sharpton's to do the same thing. I know that I have neither the time nor the inclination to go a rally for a belief that I am opposed to.
Now there were PETA people there dressed up in a vegatble costumes with signs saying TEA BAGGERS EAT ME. I don't get the connection, but they were in an open space and left the rest of us alone. So, while I don't get it, I don't have a problem with what they did, but the T shirt and sign people, get a life.
Another controversy apparently is that some lunatic thought it was awful that we cleaned up after ourselves. We should have left the garbage so the poor park employee could go and clean it up. Apparently we didn't think of the overtime someone could have made had we left it a mess. OMG!! What kind of twisted thinking is that?
We just put the garbage in bags, someone still has to go and collect them.
The Feds are BROKE. They can't afford any overtime.
I also have this feeling that would be something that is outsourced.
Sadly, some of what that rally was about is just plain overlooked by the media; Personal responsibility. Beck asked the people to look at themselves, make their lives more honest, and then demand it from our governmental officials. Who can argue with that? Does it really matter if you are on the right or left? Shouldn't we all want our government to be honest and transparent? Can't we at least agree on that? If not, we may have no chance to repair the damage. And damage we have.
I know why I was there. I LOVE Beck. I LOVE Sarah Palin. I admire Alveida King. I wanted to send a message. I am a person of faith. I enjoyed the thought that a high number would piss off Obie and Matthews. I was certain it would be a good time. And I was right, it was. But, the most important reason I was there, I will always stand up for our troops. Another thing that most people in this country should be able to agree upon.
I have this feeling I will be writing more on the reaction to Beck's interview today. I can already see some heads exploding about what he said, especially when it is taken out of context. Maybe I will be wrong, but I have this feeling it will be.
I just got home from the Beck rally, and I am exhausted. But, it was a great family day. Since I live locally this is easy for me. I scoped out the street closings beforehand, got up early and drove straight into the District and parked within a few minutes walk of the Lincoln Memorial.
The one bad part was that many people were left off at a Metro Station in Virginia and they couldn't handle the people. Many, like my friends Kerry and Joe, just gave up and took a taxi in. I am sure that cost a pretty penny as that has to be 20 miles or more. But, many did wait for the trains and missed the beginning of the program. Which is the section that Sarah Palin was in, so I am sure many were disappointed about that. As usual they underestimated the crowd at the beginning and stopped giving out unloading permits to buses. The metro didn't open early as it should have, as much would have been avoided. The metro lost a small fortune as many were given their fares for free.
The people were lined up as far as the eye could see. The Lincoln Memorial, for those who don't know, is away from Constitution Avenue by a few blocks, we were lined up from the reflecting pool all the way out to Constitution. Just a little directional stuff here, the National Mall runs from the Lincoln Memorial all the way down to the Capitol Building. Starting at the Virginia line, the Lincoln Memorial is first, then comes the reflecting pool, which then opens up to the WWII Memorial. There is a street in between the WWII and the Washington Monument. I heard that the crowd from the Beck rally made all the way across that street. That is also where Al Sharpton's rally "Recapture the Dream" is what I believe it was called. My friends who took a taxi in went by there, and told me that it was a very small crowd. But, I didn't see it for myself so I don't know.
I had an amazing seat. Which since I got there at 5:30am I should have. I didn't even need to look at the jumbotron, as I had a great view of the podium. The one issue was that once the people who were delayed finally showed up, so many people got in front of me that I had a hard time seeing. It sometimes really stinks being short.
I met some amazing people, as I always do at these events. The people behind me were from New York City of all places. The young couple next to me was from Washington State, with I what I believe to be the youngest attendee, their one month old daughter, Mia. A really cutie who was so well behaved. The couple sitting next to me drove seven days from San Francisco. The family in front of me was from Missouri. I also met people from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and saw a bus that had a sign from Alaska. Obviously, Beck drew people from all over the country.
The one bad piece of news that I did receive today was from the young couple who was sitting to my left are from Nevada. We got to talking about Harry Reid. Of course they don't want to see him be re-elected, but they are not jazzed about Sharon Angle, some of her views are just to Ron Paulian for their tastes. Not only that, none of their friends or neighbors are either. They told me that they are working on getting an Independent onto the ballot. We all know what that means, Harry Reid gets re-elected.
The photos are not very exciting, because I find the most interesting part is the inventiveness of the signs, and everyone listened. The only signs were from the counter protesters. One of which that said something about how evil religion is.
I really would like a left minded individual to explain to me, what exactly is so scary about what we did today. We prayed, we sang some hymns and The National Anthem, we listening to Amazing Grace on the Bagpipes and to some country music. Really, what is so scary about that? Look at those crazy radicals!!! How dare they? A boy scout of all things!!
Amazing Grace always gives me chills, but even more so when it is done on bagpipes. I know that I was not the only there who shed a few tears during this.
I did do something a little naughty today. I had to use the restroom and the porta potties were not really usable in very quick order. I decided to walk up to the memorial itself to use that bathroom. The media was interviewing some of the black people who were there and asking the same old boring questions about racism and The Tea Party. I couldn't help myself; I went up and put my arm around the guy (whom I have never met) and gave him a peck on the cheek and told the reporter that I love this man's courage for standing by his convictions. I looked at the reporter and said let the racism go, it is long since gotten old.
This is Military Man Joe, he has spent his entire adult life defending this country, Say Thanks Joe!!
As always, we cleaned up after ourselves.
And of course the Tea Party's Fave Michele Bachmann held a mini townhall to give us a chance to speak to her and ask her questions after the Beck rally ended. LOVE HER!!
I was supposed to go and meet the Hillbuzz Boys, but time ran out and I had to get home. I am sorry that I didn't get a chance to go over and meet them in Foggy Bottom. It would have been fun.
Oh, here is an ariel photo of the "thousands" that attended. Me and a few of my nearest and dearest: Really, it just me and my neighbors that showed up.
I don't know who took this photo, but I found it on facebook.
Very close friends of mine are having some major difficulties at the moment. He finally found a job after five months of unemployment and recently lost that job as well. Luckily while times were good, he over paid his mortgage because the plan had been to refinance. But, he is underwater and refinancing is going to be difficult at best, especially since he is not working full time.
They are moving in with friends who have extra space after renting his house furnished. We are crossing our fingers that the renters will take care of his stuff. He and his wife are going through major adjustments. She home schooled her kids, but now she had to get a job and the kids start a public school for the first time in their lives in a few weeks. They both are working part time as that is all they can find for the moment.
They have completely run out savings and the mortgage payments that they paid ahead have now run out. The rent that they are collecting will not pay the mortgage in full, it helps, but it is not everything that they need. They are just in major meltdown at the moment and the strains are showing in their marriage. The house is rented for six months and the friends agreed to let them stay for the duration of that time, but that will be gone in a blink of an eye, and then they will be right back to where they started unless he finds another job that pays as well as his first one.
So, if anyone has any extra money I have added a pay pal account to help raise some money for some really good people who are just in a bad way at the moment and need some help. I have done all that I can, but thought that this may be one more way for me to help them out. I am sure that they will be mortified to know that I did this, but hey, these are unusual circumstances and I am a big believer in pay it forward. At different times in my life I had to get help. It can happen to almost anyone. Even small amounts will add up over time. I am going to repost this from time to time.
I want to say thanks in advance to anyone that can help out some very decent people who just found themselves in a bad situation that is no fault of their own.
It is a measure of the corruption of liberal thought and the collapse of its self-confidence that, finding itself so widely repudiated, it resorts reflexively to the cheapest race-baiting (in a colorful variety of forms). Indeed, how can one reason with a nation of pitchfork-wielding mobs brimming with "antipathy toward people who aren't like them" -- blacks, Hispanics, gays and Muslims -- a nation that is, as Michelle Obama once put it succinctly, "just downright mean"?
The Democrats are going to get beaten badly in November. Not just because the economy is ailing. And not just because Obama over-read his mandate in governing too far left. But because a comeuppance is due the arrogant elites whose undisguised contempt for the great unwashed prevents them from conceding a modicum of serious thought to those who dare oppose them.
Renee is a novice when it comes to politics, she decided to get into it to take a stand after attending one of Bob Etheridge's townhall on Obamacare. Her being a nurse and married to a doctor, she is very well versed on what is wrong with the healthcare system in this country and knows that Obamacare will not take care of those problems. She is also a Sunday school teacher at her local church and is on the board of her local Chamber of Commerce.
I have been very sick for the past few days and slept most of the day away today and yesterday, so now I am wide awake. I decided to stretch my legs and check out what was going on at the Lincoln Memorial.
The banner above the picture says Restoring Honor, but it was too dark to get a good picture.
The one thing that I noticed was that there was not nearly enough porta-potties. One of the policeman I spoke to told me that they should be adding more. I certainly hope so, otherwise we need to not drink anything. The weather is going to be perfect. It is supposed to be in the mid 80's with very low humidity, which is unusual for this time of the year. The policeman also told me they are expecting 500,000 people. He also told me that both Constitution and Independence will be closed, through 18th Street. If you are planning on driving in (probably not the best of ideas), but you can park behind the State Department past E street. That won't be too bad of a walk. The metro doesn't open until 7 AM and only three trains per hour on the weekends. The closest stop will be Smithosian (Orange Line), or getting off at the White House (I think that is Vermont) won't be too far of a walk either.
The area seems to have be a great deal of security, so everyone should be perfectly safe.
A belief in the written constitution. The belief that we are responsible for ourselves and for our families. The belief that we are allowed to fail. The belief in a strong national defense are a few of the things that make me just a conservative girl.
"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini
"I say this not to the teachers, but to their unions: If education were a war, you would be losing it. If it were a business, you would be driving it into bankruptcy. If it were a patient, it would be dying." Bob Dole
Yes, House Republicans have been in power for 5 hours and they have not passed their entire agenda. The New York Times things they should be canned and Democrats put back in charge. Don Surber
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"So I say huzzah to the 112th congress for reading the Constitution, for acting like it matters. It does. The Constitution may not be sacred, but the sacred has no better friend than the Constitution." Pat Archibold
"53% of Democrats have a postive view of socialism. 100% of republicans think those 53% are morons." Mark Levin
"Corrupt the young. Get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness." First plank of the communist strategy for revolution - confiscated in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1919
"If you believe this isn't going to cost the government anything, you are likely to see leprechauns riding on unicorns with pots of gold circling the capitol" Rep. Devin Nunes, CA-21 on healthcare "reform".
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views". William F. Buckley, Jr.
"The Republicans were laughing and waving the American flag, and I thought that was ourtrageous behavior" Maxine Waters
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened." Norman Thomas
I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress. Frederick Douglas
Don't go around saying that the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Mark Twain
I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves. Harriet Tubman
But I think the most important thing I have figured out was how not to lose hope even when things are bad and it feels like it won't get better. It will get better. You just have to keep working at it and moving forward. Homeless & Conservative
The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. Vladimer Lenin
There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. F.A. Hayek