Mystic Chords – Memorial Day 2010 – Fallen Into Shadow

Memorial Day was born in the wake of the American Civil War. Today, we pause to remember the fallen. Today the nation pauses to remember those who gave their lives that the nation may live.

Some of those we pause to honor today, fell long ago. Left to mourn is the nation and the descendants of their descendants.

For others the graves are freshly covered, with too little time for leaves of grass to grow upon their resting place.

Yesterday, 24 year old Marine Corporal Jacob C. Leicht of Texas joined the nation’s fallen as the 1,000th American serviceman killed in Afghanistan. Corporal Leicht was at the ramparts, as ordered. He was on duty. His commander in chief was on vacation in Chicago.

Marine Corporal Jacob C. Leicht was born on the Fourth of July. He had been injured in the line of duty before:

“The blast punched the dashboard radio into his face and broke his leg in two places.

Marine Cpl. Jacob C. Leicht didn’t survive his second encounter with a bomb this week. The death of the 24-year-old Texan born on the Fourth of July marks a grim milestone in the Afghanistan war.

Leicht, who spent two painful years recovering from the Iraq blast, was killed Thursday when he stepped on a land mine in Helmand province that ripped off his right arm. He had written letters from his hospital bed begging to be put back on the front lines, and died less than a month into that desperately sought second tour. [snip]

He said he always wanted to die for his country and be remembered,” said Jesse Leicht, his younger brother. “He didn’t want to die having a heart attack or just being an old man. He wanted to die for something.” [snip]

Leicht’s brothers told the AP that the military also told the family that his death put the toll at 1,000.

When military officers went to tell Leicht’s parents that their adopted son had died in combat, sheriff’s deputies had to help navigate them to the 130-acre family ranch tucked impossibly deep in the Texas Hill Country.

It was here that Jacob Leicht chopped thick cedar trees and hiked the rugged limestone peaks, growing up into an imposing 6-5, 200-pound Marine with a soft heart. He watched “Dora the Explorer” with his brother’s children and confided to family that he was troubled by the thought of young civilians being killed in battle.

But for Leicht, born in a Lemoore, Calif., Navy hospital, the battlefield was the destination. He threw away a college ROTC scholarship after just one semester because he feared it would lead away from the front lines.

“His greatest fear was that they would tell him he would have to sit at a desk for the rest of his life,” said Jonathan Leicht, his older brother.

When Jacob Leicht’s wish finally came true, it didn’t last long.[snip]

Nine days before his brother stepped on a bomb in Afghanistan, Jesse Leicht enlisted in the Marines. Using Facebook to reach a friend stationed at a base not far from his brother, Jesse asked the soldier a favor: If you see Jacob, let him know I signed up like him.”

“They say that time heals a broken heart, but time has stood still since we’ve been apart” sang Ray Charles. For those that have lost loved ones – time stands still. Memory and the present are one. Pain endures. The Mystic bonds of memory choke. The sacred and the profane merge. Love remains.



We wish for the families of those who have fallen that their pain will be eased somewhat by the gratitude of their countrymen.

Today, we take solace in readings from American history. While some steal valor and pretend to be heroes or to have served in the field of battle, some like Corporal Leicht are the genuine thing – a hero for our time. This used to be a land of great heroes and great leaders. Now, our leaders pretend to be Abraham Lincolns or pretend to care about the sufferings of ordinary Americans. Today the path to high office is pretense and inexperience and lack of accomplishment along with a TelePrompTer full of flowery yet empty words.

In his First Inaugural Address to the American people, Abraham Lincoln outlined the struggle the nation faced. In a very real sense, many of the conflicts Lincoln discussed in 1861 are echoed in the issues and struggles Americans face today. Some of course want to discard, like peanut shells, questions and issues the nation has struggled with from the very first. Those questions and issues however cannot be discarded because they are the genuine tensions built into our system of government. The deluded will accept with gulled senses a con man who puffs his chest and tells them these issues don’t matter. But these issues do matter. Lincoln knew they mattered, from the very first:

Abraham Lincoln
FIRST INAUGURAL ADDRESS
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 1861

The national upheaval of secession was a grim reality at Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. Jefferson Davis had been inaugurated as the President of the Confederacy two weeks earlier. The former Illinois Congressman had arrived in Washington by a secret route to avoid danger, and his movements were guarded by General Winfield Scott’s soldiers. Ignoring advice to the contrary, the President-elect rode with President Buchanan in an open carriage to the Capitol, where he took the oath of office on the East Portico. Chief Justice Roger Taney administered the executive oath for the seventh time. The Capitol itself was sheathed in scaffolding because the copper and wood “Bulfinch” dome was being replaced with a cast iron dome designed by Thomas U. Walter.

Fellow-Citizens of the United States:

In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President “before he enters on the execution of this office.”

I do not consider it necessary at present for me to discuss those matters of administration about which there is no special anxiety or excitement.

Apprehension seems to exist among the people of the Southern States that by the accession of a Republican Administration their property and their peace and personal security are to be endangered. There has never been any reasonable cause for such apprehension. Indeed, the most ample evidence to the contrary has all the while existed and been open to their inspection. It is found in nearly all the published speeches of him who now addresses you. I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that–

I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.

Those who nominated and elected me did so with full knowledge that I had made this and many similar declarations and had never recanted them; and more than this, they placed in the platform for my acceptance, and as a law to themselves and to me, the clear and emphatic resolution which I now read:

Resolved, That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depend; and we denounce the lawless invasion by armed force of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.

I now reiterate these sentiments, and in doing so I only press upon the public attention the most conclusive evidence of which the case is susceptible that the property, peace, and security of no section are to be in any wise endangered by the now incoming Administration. I add, too, that all the protection which, consistently with the Constitution and the laws, can be given will be cheerfully given to all the States when lawfully demanded, for whatever cause–as cheerfully to one section as to another.

There is much controversy about the delivering up of fugitives from service or labor. The clause I now read is as plainly written in the Constitution as any other of its provisions:

No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall in consequence of any law or regulation therein be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.

It is scarcely questioned that this provision was intended by those who made it for the reclaiming of what we call fugitive slaves; and the intention of the lawgiver is the law. All members of Congress swear their support to the whole Constitution–to this provision as much as to any other. To the proposition, then, that slaves whose cases come within the terms of this clause “shall be delivered up” their oaths are unanimous. Now, if they would make the effort in good temper, could they not with nearly equal unanimity frame and pass a law by means of which to keep good that unanimous oath?

There is some difference of opinion whether this clause should be enforced by national or by State authority, but surely that difference is not a very material one. If the slave is to be surrendered, it can be of but little consequence to him or to others by which authority it is done. And should anyone in any case be content that his oath shall go unkept on a merely unsubstantial controversy as to how it shall be kept?

Again: In any law upon this subject ought not all the safeguards of liberty known in civilized and humane jurisprudence to be introduced, so that a free man be not in any case surrendered as a slave? And might it not be well at the same time to provide by law for the enforcement of that clause in the Constitution which guarantees that “the citizens of each State shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States”?

I take the official oath to-day with no mental reservations and with no purpose to construe the Constitution or laws by any hypercritical rules; and while I do not choose now to specify particular acts of Congress as proper to be enforced, I do suggest that it will be much safer for all, both in official and private stations, to conform to and abide by all those acts which stand unrepealed than to violate any of them trusting to find impunity in having them held to be unconstitutional.

It is seventy-two years since the first inauguration of a President under our National Constitution. During that period fifteen different and greatly distinguished citizens have in succession administered the executive branch of the Government. They have conducted it through many perils, and generally with great success. Yet, with all this scope of precedent, I now enter upon the same task for the brief constitutional term of four years under great and peculiar difficulty. A disruption of the Federal Union, heretofore only menaced, is now formidably attempted.

I hold that in contemplation of universal law and of the Constitution the Union of these States is perpetual. Perpetuity is implied, if not expressed, in the fundamental law of all national governments. It is safe to assert that no government proper ever had a provision in its organic law for its own termination. Continue to execute all the express provisions of our National Constitution, and the Union will endure forever, it being impossible to destroy it except by some action not provided for in the instrument itself.

Again: If the United States be not a government proper, but an association of States in the nature of contract merely, can it, as a contract, be peaceably unmade by less than all the parties who made it? One party to a contract may violate it–break it, so to speak–but does it not require all to lawfully rescind it?

Descending from these general principles, we find the proposition that in legal contemplation the Union is perpetual confirmed by the history of the Union itself. The Union is much older than the Constitution. It was formed, in fact, by the Articles of Association in 1774. It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It was further matured, and the faith of all the then thirteen States expressly plighted and engaged that it should be perpetual, by the Articles of Confederation in 1778. And finally, in 1787, one of the declared objects for ordaining and establishing the Constitution was “to form a more perfect Union.”

But if destruction of the Union by one or by a part only of the States be lawfully possible, the Union is less perfect than before the Constitution, having lost the vital element of perpetuity.

It follows from these views that no State upon its own mere motion can lawfully get out of the Union; that resolves and ordinances to that effect are legally void, and that acts of violence within any State or States against the authority of the United States are insurrectionary or revolutionary, according to circumstances.

I therefore consider that in view of the Constitution and the laws the Union is unbroken, and to the extent of my ability, I shall take care, as the Constitution itself expressly enjoins upon me, that the laws of the Union be faithfully executed in all the States. Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part, and I shall perform it so far as practicable unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means or in some authoritative manner direct the contrary. I trust this will not be regarded as a menace, but only as the declared purpose of the Union that it will constitutionally defend and maintain itself.

In doing this there needs to be no bloodshed or violence, and there shall be none unless it be forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using of force against or among the people anywhere. Where hostility to the United States in any interior locality shall be so great and universal as to prevent competent resident citizens from holding the Federal offices, there will be no attempt to force obnoxious strangers among the people for that object. While the strict legal right may exist in the Government to enforce the exercise of these offices, the attempt to do so would be so irritating and so nearly impracticable withal that I deem it better to forego for the time the uses of such offices.

The mails, unless repelled, will continue to be furnished in all parts of the Union. So far as possible the people everywhere shall have that sense of perfect security which is most favorable to calm thought and reflection. The course here indicated will be followed unless current events and experience shall show a modification or change to be proper, and in every case and exigency my best discretion will be exercised, according to circumstances actually existing and with a view and a hope of a peaceful solution of the national troubles and the restoration of fraternal sympathies and affections.

That there are persons in one section or another who seek to destroy the Union at all events and are glad of any pretext to do it I will neither affirm nor deny; but if there be such, I need address no word to them. To those, however, who really love the Union may I not speak?

Before entering upon so grave a matter as the destruction of our national fabric, with all its benefits, its memories, and its hopes, would it not be wise to ascertain precisely why we do it? Will you hazard so desperate a step while there is any possibility that any portion of the ills you fly from have no real existence? Will you, while the certain ills you fly to are greater than all the real ones you fly from, will you risk the commission of so fearful a mistake?

All profess to be content in the Union if all constitutional rights can be maintained. Is it true, then, that any right plainly written in the Constitution has been denied? I think not. Happily, the human mind is so constituted that no party can reach to the audacity of doing this. Think, if you can, of a single instance in which a plainly written provision of the Constitution has ever been denied. If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might in a moral point of view justify revolution; certainly would if such right were a vital one. But such is not our case. All the vital rights of minorities and of individuals are so plainly assured to them by affirmations and negations, guaranties and prohibitions, in the Constitution that controversies never arise concerning them. But no organic law can ever be framed with a provision specifically applicable to every question which may occur in practical administration. No foresight can anticipate nor any document of reasonable length contain express provisions for all possible questions. Shall fugitives from labor be surrendered by national or by State authority? The Constitution does not expressly say. May Congress prohibit slavery in the Territories? The Constitution does not expressly say. Must Congress protect slavery in the Territories? The Constitution does not expressly say.

From questions of this class spring all our constitutional controversies, and we divide upon them into majorities and minorities. If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease. There is no other alternative, for continuing the Government is acquiescence on one side or the other. If a minority in such case will secede rather than acquiesce, they make a precedent which in turn will divide and ruin them, for a minority of their own will secede from them whenever a majority refuses to be controlled by such minority. For instance, why may not any portion of a new confederacy a year or two hence arbitrarily secede again, precisely as portions of the present Union now claim to secede from it? All who cherish disunion sentiments are now being educated to the exact temper of doing this.

Is there such perfect identity of interests among the States to compose a new union as to produce harmony only and prevent renewed secession?

Plainly the central idea of secession is the essence of anarchy. A majority held in restraint by constitutional checks and limitations, and always changing easily with deliberate changes of popular opinions and sentiments, is the only true sovereign of a free people. Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism. Unanimity is impossible. The rule of a minority, as a permanent arrangement, is wholly inadmissible; so that, rejecting the majority principle, anarchy or despotism in some form is all that is left.

I do not forget the position assumed by some that constitutional questions are to be decided by the Supreme Court, nor do I deny that such decisions must be binding in any case upon the parties to a suit as to the object of that suit, while they are also entitled to very high respect and consideration in all parallel cases by all other departments of the Government. And while it is obviously possible that such decision may be erroneous in any given case, still the evil effect following it, being limited to that particular case, with the chance that it may be overruled and never become a precedent for other cases, can better be borne than could the evils of a different practice. At the same time, the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal. Nor is there in this view any assault upon the court or the judges. It is a duty from which they may not shrink to decide cases properly brought before them, and it is no fault of theirs if others seek to turn their decisions to political purposes.

One section of our country believes slavery is right and ought to be extended, while the other believes it is wrong and ought not to be extended. This is the only substantial dispute. The fugitive- slave clause of the Constitution and the law for the suppression of the foreign slave trade are each as well enforced, perhaps, as any law can ever be in a community where the moral sense of the people imperfectly supports the law itself. The great body of the people abide by the dry legal obligation in both cases, and a few break over in each. This, I think, can not be perfectly cured, and it would be worse in both cases after the separation of the sections than before. The foreign slave trade, now imperfectly suppressed, would be ultimately revived without restriction in one section, while fugitive slaves, now only partially surrendered, would not be surrendered at all by the other.

Physically speaking, we can not separate. We can not remove our respective sections from each other nor build an impassable wall between them. A husband and wife may be divorced and go out of the presence and beyond the reach of each other, but the different parts of our country can not do this. They can not but remain face to face, and intercourse, either amicable or hostile, must continue between them. Is it possible, then, to make that intercourse more advantageous or more satisfactory after separation than before? Can aliens make treaties easier than friends can make laws? Can treaties be more faithfully enforced between aliens than laws can among friends? Suppose you go to war, you can not fight always; and when, after much loss on both sides and no gain on either, you cease fighting, the identical old questions, as to terms of intercourse, are again upon you.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it. I can not be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous of having the National Constitution amended. While I make no recommendation of amendments, I fully recognize the rightful authority of the people over the whole subject, to be exercised in either of the modes prescribed in the instrument itself; and I should, under existing circumstances, favor rather than oppose a fair opportunity being afforded the people to act upon it. I will venture to add that to me the convention mode seems preferable, in that it allows amendments to originate with the people themselves, instead of only permitting them to take or reject propositions originated by others, not especially chosen for the purpose, and which might not be precisely such as they would wish to either accept or refuse. I understand a proposed amendment to the Constitution–which amendment, however, I have not seen–has passed Congress, to the effect that the Federal Government shall never interfere with the domestic institutions of the States, including that of persons held to service. To avoid misconstruction of what I have said, I depart from my purpose not to speak of particular amendments so far as to say that, holding such a provision to now be implied constitutional law, I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.

The Chief Magistrate derives all his authority from the people, and they have referred none upon him to fix terms for the separation of the States. The people themselves can do this if also they choose, but the Executive as such has nothing to do with it. His duty is to administer the present Government as it came to his hands and to transmit it unimpaired by him to his successor.

Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people? Is there any better or equal hope in the world? In our present differences, is either party without faith of being in the right? If the Almighty Ruler of Nations, with His eternal truth and justice, be on your side of the North, or on yours of the South, that truth and that justice will surely prevail by the judgment of this great tribunal of the American people.

By the frame of the Government under which we live this same people have wisely given their public servants but little power for mischief, and have with equal wisdom provided for the return of that little to their own hands at very short intervals. While the people retain their virtue and vigilance no Administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can very seriously injure the Government in the short space of four years.

My countrymen, one and all, think calmly and well upon this whole subject. Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time. If there be an object to hurry any of you in hot haste to a step which you would never take deliberately, that object will be frustrated by taking time; but no good object can be frustrated by it. Such of you as are now dissatisfied still have the old Constitution unimpaired, and, on the sensitive point, the laws of your own framing under it; while the new Administration will have no immediate power, if it would, to change either. If it were admitted that you who are dissatisfied hold the right side in the dispute, there still is no single good reason for precipitate action. Intelligence, patriotism, Christianity, and a firm reliance on Him who has never yet forsaken this favored land are still competent to adjust in the best way all our present difficulty.

In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow-countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The Government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors. You have no oath registered in heaven to destroy the Government, while I shall have the most solemn one to “preserve, protect, and defend it.”

I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

Civil War came to the United States. Four years of war later the President wore on his face the torment of the nation. There was no time to golf or play games for that American president. Four years of war later the majesty of accomplishments linked to majesty of words:

Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But in a larger sense we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.

It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Words had meaning when they came from the mouth of Abraham Lincoln. Soon after Gettysburg the war was won. As the war drew to a close, so did Lincoln’s life. Soon, Memorial Day would be born to commemorate the dead.



Abraham Lincoln had one last great speech to contribute to the chronicles of the nation. These were not words scratched together by misogynistic frat boys bent on tacking iconographic words onto iconographic words to produce a blizzard of mental images and the perfume of greatness to disguise meaningless defacement of historic words and documents. Lincoln’s words were forged in the fires of experience:

Abraham Lincoln
Second Inaugural Address
Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, March 4, 1865
Chief Justice Salmon Chase administered the oath of office.

Fellow-Countrymen:

At this second appearing to take the oath of the Presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly called forth on every point and phase of the great contest which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation, little that is new could be presented. The progress of our arms, upon which all else chiefly depends, is as well known to the public as to myself, and it is, I trust, reasonably satisfactory and encouraging to all. With high hope for the future, no prediction in regard to it is ventured.

On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war. All dreaded it, all sought to avert it. While the inaugural address was being delivered from this place, devoted altogether to saving the Union without war, urgent agents were in the city seeking to destroy it without war–seeking to dissolve the Union and divide effects by negotiation. Both parties deprecated war, but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive, and the other would accept war rather than let it perish, and the war came.

One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was somehow the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate, and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union even by war, while the Government claimed no right to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it. Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained. Neither anticipated that the cause of the conflict might cease with or even before the conflict itself should cease. Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes. “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.” If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

The Civil War ended and so did Abraham Lincoln’s life. The great poet of the age bade farewell:

Walt Whitman (1819–1892). Leaves of Grass.

When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d

1
WHEN lilacs last in the door-yard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d—and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

O ever-returning spring! trinity sure to me you bring;
Lilac blooming perennial, and drooping star in the west,
And thought of him I love.

2
O powerful, western, fallen star!
O shades of night! O moody, tearful night!
O great star disappear’d! O the black murk that hides the star!
O cruel hands that hold me powerless! O helpless soul of me!
O harsh surrounding cloud, that will not free my soul!

3
In the door-yard fronting an old farm-house, near the white-wash’d palings,
Stands the lilac bush, tall-growing, with heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
With many a pointed blossom, rising, delicate, with the perfume strong I love,
With every leaf a miracle……and from this bush in the door-yard,
With delicate-color’d blossoms, and heart-shaped leaves of rich green,
A sprig, with its flower, I break. [snip]

5
Over the breast of the spring, the land, amid cities,
Amid lanes, and through old woods, (where lately the violets peep’d from the ground, spotting the gray debris;)
Amid the grass in the fields each side of the lanes—passing the endless grass;
Passing the yellow-spear’d wheat, every grain from its shroud in the dark-brown fields uprising;
Passing the apple-tree blows of white and pink in the orchards;
Carrying a corpse to where it shall rest in the grave,
Night and day journeys a coffin.

6
Coffin that passes through lanes and streets,
Through day and night, with the great cloud darkening the land,
With the pomp of the inloop’d flags, with the cities draped in black,
With the show of the States themselves, as of crape-veil’d women, standing,
With processions long and winding, and the flambeaus of the night,
With the countless torches lit—with the silent sea of faces, and the unbared heads,
With the waiting depot, the arriving coffin, and the sombre faces,
With dirges through the night, with the thousand voices rising strong and solemn;
With all the mournful voices of the dirges, pour’d around the coffin,
The dim-lit churches and the shuddering organs—Where amid these you journey,
With the tolling, tolling bells’ perpetual clang;
Here! coffin that slowly passes,
I give you my sprig of lilac.

We give our sprig of lilac to the fallen on this Memorial Day 2010.



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  1. As Confloyd informed us earlier, this is the first major news of this Memorial Day:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/01/world/middleeast/01flotilla.html?hp

    The Israeli Navy attacked a flotilla carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists and thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza on Monday morning, news agencies reported, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 30.

    The warships first intercepted the aid flotilla shortly before midnight on Sunday, surprising the boats in international waters, according to activists on one vessel. Israel had vowed not to let the flotilla reach the shores of Gaza, where the Islamic militant group Hamas holds sway.

    Named the Freedom Flotilla, and led by the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement and a Turkish organization, Insani Yardim Vakfi, the convoy of six cargo and passenger boats is the most ambitious attempt yet to break Israel’s three-year blockade of Gaza.

    “Two people have been killed on board the Turkish boat and 30 or more were wounded,” said Mary Hughes Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Free Gaza Movement, speaking to the Reuters news agency. She said Israeli commandos had apparently “descended on the boat from helicopters and took it over.

    An Israeli television station reported the 10 deaths, according to Reuters, an account that was confirmed on Israeli Army Radio, according to Bloomberg News.

    Three Israeli Navy missile boats left the Haifa naval base in northern Israel a few minutes after 9 p.m. local time on Sunday, planning to intercept the flotilla. Israeli Radio reported three Israeli commandos had been lightly injured.

    After asking the captains of the boats to identify themselves, the navy told them they were approaching a blockaded area and asked them either to proceed to the Israeli port of Ashdod, north of Gaza, or to return to their countries of origin.

    The activists responded that they would continue toward their destination, Gaza.

    Speaking by satellite phone from the Challenger 1 boat, which has foreign legislators and other high-profile figures on board, a Free Gaza Movement leader, Huwaida Arraf, said: “We communicated to them clearly that we are unarmed civilians. We asked them not to use violence.”

    Earlier Sunday, Ms. Arraf said the boats would keep trying to move forward “until they either disable our boats or jump on board.”

    The Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement that if the flotilla members ignored warnings to stop and continued toward Gaza “they will be arrested, brought to Israel’s shores and transferred to the Ministry of Interior and the immigration authorities so they can be sent back to their country of origin.”

    “The security forces will take possession of the aid expected to be on board the flotilla,” the statement said, “and following a security check of the goods, the items will be transferred into the Gaza Strip.”

    In Ankara, the Turkish capital, local TV stations showed angry protesters confronting police officers outside the Israeli consulate on Monday morning.

  2. Haaretz has more:

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/at-least-10-activists-killed-as-israel-navy-opens-fire-on-gaza-aid-flotilla-1.293089

    Israel Navy troops opened fire on pro-Palestinian activists aboard a six-ship aid flotilla sailing for the Gaza Strip early Monday, killing at least 10 and wounding several others after the convoy ignored orders to turn back.

    NTV said between 10 and 15 people were killed, with over 60 wounded, after Israel Defense Forces vessels encountered the flotilla in international waters.

    The Israeli military said 10 activists were killed after its troops came under fire while intercepting the convoy.

    “Our initial findings show that at least 10 convoy participants were killed,” an army spokesman said.

    The military said in a statement: “Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade (of the Gaza Strip) … During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire.”

    The IDF earlier confirmed that two navy commandos had been wounded in fight, which apparently broke out after activists tried to sieze their weapons.

    According to the IDF, commandos who stormed the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara, the largest vessel in the convoy, encountered violent resistance from activists armed with sticks and knives.

    Activists attacked a commando with iron bars as he descended onto the ship from a helicopter, the army said. The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a “life-threatening situation”.

    Elite troops from Shayetet 13, a naval commando unit, boarded the protest boats at around 4:00 A.M. Earlier Monday, Al Jazeera reported that the Gaza aid flotilla had changed course to avoid a confrontation with Israeli warships.

    The Israeli naval vessels reportedly made contact earlier with the six-ship flotilla, which is carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid and supplies to Gaza.

    Some 700 pro-Palestinian activists are on the boats, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, European legislators and an elderly Holocaust survivor.

    The Israeli navy was operating under the assumption that the activists manning the boats would not heed their calls to turn around, and Israeli troops were prepared to board the ships and steer them away from the Gaza shores and toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

    Huwaida Arraf, one of the flotilla organizers, said the six-ship flotilla began the journey from international waters off the coast of Cyprus on Sunday afternoon after two days of delays. According to organizers, the flotilla was expected to reach Gaza, about 400 kilometers away, on Monday afternoon, and two more ships would follow in a second wave.

    The flotilla was fully prepared for the different scenarios that might arise, and organizers were hopeful that Israeli authorities would do what’s right and not stop the convoy, one of the organizers said.

    “We fully intend to go to Gaza regardless of any intimidation or threats of violence against us,” Arraf said. “They are going to have to forcefully stop us.

    After nightfall, three Israeli navy missile boats left their base in Haifa, heading out to sea to confront the activists’ ships.

    Two hours later, Israel Radio broadcast a recording of one of the missile boats warning the flotilla not to approach Gaza.

    If you ignore this order and enter the blockaded area, the Israeli navy will be forced to take all the necessary measures in order to enforce this blockade,” the radio message continued.
    The flotilla, which includes three cargo ships and three passenger ships, is trying to draw attention to Israel’s three-year blockade of the Gaza Strip. The boats are carrying items that Israel bars from reaching Gaza, like cement and other building materials.

    The activists said they also were carrying hundreds of electric-powered wheelchairs, prefabricated homes and water purifiers.

    Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that after a security check, permitted humanitarian aid confiscated from the boats will be transferred to Gaza through authorized channels. However, Israel would not transfer items it has banned from Gaza under its blockade rules. Palmor said that for example, cement would be allowed only if it is tied to a specific project.

    This is the ninth time that the Free Gaza movement has tried to ship in humanitarian aid to Gaza since August 2008.

    Israel has let ships through five times, but has blocked them from entering Gaza waters since the three-week military offensive against Gaza’s Hamas rulers in January 2009. The flotilla bound for Gaza is the largest to date.

    The mission has experienced repeated delays, both due to mechanical problems and a decision by Cyprus to bar any boat from sailing from its shore to Gaza. The ban forced a group of European lawmakers to depart from the breakaway Turkish Cypriot northern part of the island late Saturday.

    Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade on Gaza after Hamas militants violently seized control of the seaside territory in June 2007.

    Israel says the measures are needed to prevent Hamas, which has fired thousands of rockets at Israel, from building up its arsenal. But United Nations officials and international aid groups say the blockade has been counterproductive, failing to weaken the Islamic militant group while devastating the local economy.

    Israel rejects claims of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, saying it allows more than enough food and medicine into the territory. The Israelis also point to the bustling smuggling industry along Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, which has managed to bring consumer goods, gasoline and livestock into the seaside strip.

    Israel has condemned the flotilla as a provocation and vowed to block it from reaching Gaza.
    Israeli military officials said they hoped to resolve the situation peacefully but are prepared for all scenarios. Naval commandos have been training for days in anticipation of the standoff. Military officials, speaking on condition of anonymity under official guidelines, said the forces would likely take over the boats under the cover of darkness.

    Palmor said foreigners on the ships would be sent back to their countries. Activists who did not willingly agree to be deported would be detained. A special detention facility had been set up in Ashdod.

  3. Admin: What a beautiful post! It is a sad one, especially when you look back at how many have died to make this country great and now we have the “boy pharoah” who could care less about our history or the people who died to make it free. The 1,000th man that died in Afganistan is so sad, I hope they stay and make it free there so he did not die in vain.

    Israel…….

  4. 1,000 lives lost, and this yaywho goes on vacation? Great post admin. It deserves print in the main stream media. All Americans, especially the lost souls that voted for this farce, should read it…..

  5. I thought the report said the “flotilla” was unarmed??? They fired on the Israeli army first.

    Turkey has declared an emergency meeting…and its prime minister is saying that Israel has violated international law! This is beyond ridiculous.

    Bibi is thinking about cancelling his trip to DC today because of the crisis…gee, this is what a REAL leader does…he doesnt go on vacation in the middle of a disaster. Some are saying this oil gusher will be the worst ecological disaster in history. The cap will cause a 20% increase in the amount of oil leaking…what if this measure fails…can we really afford 20% more of a leak???

  6. Reading todays post was a sad affair
    But if I have not said it recently I am in awe of admin.
    Thankyou for being here

  7. I have refined the rationale for 2012 even further:
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    HILLARY CLINTON—THE INDISPENSABLE LEADER

    Every four years the American People elect a president.

    In 2000 and 2004 we elected a candidate with a cowboy swagger and a sense of bravado. It didn’t work. In 2008, we made an even bigger mistake by electing a candidate who promised change but had no experience in an executive role. The result was an unmitigated disaster.

    Thus, the burning question is this: what kind of a leader do we need in 2012?

    The answer is simple. We need a bold experienced leader who can deliver realistic solutions to the daunting problems facing our nation. And, Hillary Clinton is the only candidate in either party who can provide that level of leadership.

    First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and problem solver at large–her credentials are second to none. They equate to competence. After a decade of failure, the margin of error is razor thin. Therefore, competence is sine qua non.

    When Mr. Obama took office he inherited serious problems. No one will deny that. But he knew this going in. Moreover, he was given certain tools to deal with the situation which other presidents never had, namely a supermajority in Congress, a big media that fell on its sword to promote him, and overwhelming public support.

    Nearly two years have passed since that fateful electoral decision. And, what do we find? Two things: first, a failure of leadership based on the wrong priorities, faulty execution and the lack of moral courage in a crisis situation. Second, a touch of evil based on his continuing association crime lords of the Chicago Machine and Wall Street.

    As a result, our nation is being looted and we find ourselves on the brink of one disaster after another.

    By contrast, Hillary Clinton is a true leader. Time and again Hillary has demonstrated that she has the very thing he lacks: the right priorities, the core competencies and the moral courage to pull this nation out of the death spiral which Obama and Bush have put us in. She alone is the indispensable leader.

    If the opportunity arises, then Hillary must seek the presidency in 2012. The needs of the nation require nothing less. And the rationale is obvious. Take a hard look at our deteriorating situation and then ask yourself two (2) critical questions: if not her then whom? If not 2012 then when? 2016 is far too late.

  8. I guess they’ve woke up Hillary, I doubt they disturbed the “one” with the news of the flotilla. It is escalating quickly according to the tweets. There are demonstration at the Israeli embassies almost everywhere according to tweeters.
    I guess we will hear more tomorrow, but I think this could get ugly because the ship that this happened on was Turkish and in international waters.

  9. wbboei
    May 31st, 2010 at 4:27 am
    I have refined the rationale for 2012 even further:
    ——————————————————
    HILLARY CLINTON—THE INDISPENSABLE LEADER

    From your lips to God’s ears….. I’ll buy the first bumper sticker.

  10. Marvelous job admin. A beautiful tribute. Here is one that always connected with me. It is long but worth reading. Justice Holmes knew about war first hand. He was a captain in the Massachusetts Volunteers, and was left for dead at Antitem. This particular speech was ostensibly for the veterans who served under his command and was delivered at a reunion 40 years later. But the real target was Teddy Roosevelt who thereafter appointed Holmes to the US Supreme Court, and the rest as they say is history, or in this case legal history. No judge before or since could write as well as Holmes/
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    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    THE SOLDIER’S FAITH

    Any day in Washington Street, when the throng is greatest and busiest, you may see a blind man playing a flute. I suppose that some one hears him. Perhaps also my pipe may reach the heart of some passer in the crowd.

    I once heard a man say, “Where Vanderbilt sits, there is the head of the table. I teach my son to be rich.” He said what many think. For although the generation born about 1840, and now governing the world, has fought two at least of the greatest wars in history, and has witnessed others, war is out of fashion, and the man who commands attention of his fellows is the man of wealth. Commerce is the great power. The aspirations of the world are those of commerce. Moralists and philosophers, following its lead, declare that war is wicked, foolish, and soon to disappear.

    The society for which many philanthropists, labor reformers, and men of fashion unite in longing is one in which they may be comfortable and may shine without much trouble or any danger. The unfortunately growing hatred of the poor for the rich seems to me to rest on the belief that money is the main thing (a belief in which the poor have been encouraged by the rich), more than on any other grievance. Most of my hearers would rather that their daughters or their sisters should marry a son of one of the great rich families than a regular army officer, were he as beautiful, brave, and gifted as Sir William Napier. I have heard the question asked whether our war was worth fighting, after all. There are many, poor and rich, who think that love of country is an old wife’s tale, to be replaced by interest in a labor union, or, under the name of cosmopolitanism, by a rootless self-seeking search for a place where the most enjoyment may be had at the least cost.

    Meantime we have learned the doctrine that evil means pain, and the revolt aginst pain in all its forms has grown more and more marked. From societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals up to socialism, we express in numberless ways the notion that suffering is a wrong which can be and ought to be prevented, and a whole literature of sympathy has sprung into being which points out in story and in verse how hard it is to be wounded in the battle of life, how terrible, how unjust it is that any one should fail.

    Even science has had its part in the tendencies which we observe. It has shaken established religion in the minds of very many. It has pursued analysis until at last this thrilling world of colors and passions and sounds has seemed fatally to resolve itself into one vast network of vibrations endlessly weaving an aimless web, and the rainbow flush of cathedral windows, which once to enraptured eyes appeared the very smile of God, fades slowly out into the pale irony of the void.

    And yet from vast orchestras still comes the music of mighty symphonies. Our painters even now are spreading along the walls of our Library glowing symbols of mysteries still real, and the hardly silenced cannon of the East proclaim once more that combat and pain still are the portion of man. For my own part, I believe that the struggle for life is the order of the world, at which it is vain to repine. I can imagine the burden changed in the way it is to be borne, but I cannot imagine that it ever will be lifted from men’s backs. I can imagine a future in which science shall have passed from the combative to the dogmatic stage, and shall have gained such catholic acceptance that it shall take control of life, and condemn at once with instant execution what now is left for nature to destroy. But we are far from such a future, and we cannot stop to amuse or to terrify ourselves with dreams. Now, at least, and perhaps as long as man dwells upon the globe, his destiny is battle, and he has to take the chances of war. If it is our business to fight, the book for the army is a war-song, not a hospital-sketch. It is not well for soldiers to think much about wounds. Sooner or later we shall fall; but meantime it is for us to fix our eyes upon the point to be stormed, and to get there if we can.

    Behind every scheme to make the world over, lies the question, What kind of world do you want? The ideals of the past for men have been drawn from war, as those for women have been drawn from motherhood. For all our prophecies, I doubt if we are ready to give up our inheritance. Who is there who would not like to be thought a gentleman? Yet what has that name been built on but the soldier’s choice of honor rather than life? To be a soldier or descended from soldiers, in time of peace to be ready to give one’s life rather than suffer disgrace, that is what the word has meant; and if we try to claim it at less cost than a splendid carelessness for life, we are trying to steal the good will without the responsibilities of the place. We will not dispute about tastes. The man of the future may want something different. But who of us could endure a world, although cut up into five-acre lots, and having no man upon it who was not well fed and well housed, without the divine folly of honor, without the senseless passion for knowledge outreaching the flaming bounds of the possible, without ideals the essence of which is that they can never be achieved? I do not know what is true.

    I do not know the meaning of the universe. But in the midst of doubt, in the collapse of creeds, there is one thing I do not doubt, that no man who lives in the same world with most of us can doubt, and that is that the faith is true and adorable which leads a soldier to throw away his life in obedience to a blindly accepted duty, in a cause which he little understands, in a plan of campaign of which he has little notion, under tactics of which he does not see the use.

    Most men who know battle know the cynic force with which the thoughts of common sense will assail them in times of stress; but they know that in their greatest moments faith has trampled those thoughts under foot. If you wait in line, suppose on Tremont Street Mall, ordered simply to wait and do nothing, and have watched the enemy bring their guns to bear upon you down a gentle slope like that of Beacon Street, have seen the puff of the firing, have felt the burst of the spherical case-shot as it came toward you, have heard and seen the shrieking fragments go tearing through your company, and have known that the next or the next shot carries your fate; if you have advanced in line and have seen ahead of you the spot you must pass where the rifle bullets are striking; if you have ridden at night at a walk toward the blue line of fire at the dead angle of Spottsylvania, where for twenty-four hours the soldiers were fighting on the two sides of an earthwork, and in the morning the dead and dying lay piled in a row six deep, and as you rode you heard the bullets splashing in the mud and earth about you; if you have been in the picket-line at night in a black and unknown wood, have heard the splat of the bullets upon the trees, and as you moved have felt your foot slip upon a dead man’s body; if you have had a blind fierce gallop against the enemy, with your blood up and a pace that left no time for fear –if, in short, as some, I hope many, who hear me, have known, you have known the vicissitudes of terror and triumph in war; you know that there is such a thing as the faith I spoke of. You know your own weakness and are modest; but you know that man has in him that unspeakable somewhat which makes him capable of miracle, able to lift himself by the might of his own soul, unaided, able to face anniliation for a blind belief.

    From the beginning, to us, children of the North, life has seemed a place hung about by dark mists, out of which comes the pale shine of dragon’s scales and the cry of fighting men, and the sound of swords. Beowolf, Milton, Durer, Rembrandt, Schopenhauer, Turner, Tennyson, from the first war song of the race to the stall-fed poetry of modern English drawing rooms, all have had the same vision, and all have had a glimpse of a light to be followed. “The end of wordly life awaits us all. Let him who may, gain honor ere death. That is best for a warrior when he is dead.” So spoke Beowolf a thousand years ago.

    Not of the sunlight,
    Not of the moonlight,
    Not of the starlight!
    O Young Mariner,
    Down to the haven.
    Call your companions,
    Launch your vessel,
    And crowd your canvas.
    And, ere it vanishes
    Over the margin,
    After it, follow it,
    Follow the Gleam.

    So sang Tennyson in the voice of the dying Merlin.

    When I went to the war I thought that soldiers were old men. I remembered a picture of the revolutionary soldier which some of you may have seen, representing a white-haired man with his flint-lock slung across his back. I remembered one or two examples of revolutionary soldiers whom I have met, and I took no account of the lapse of time. It was not long after, in winter quarters, as I was listening to some of the sentimental songs in vogue, such as–

    Farewell, Mother, you may never
    See your darling boy again,

    that it came over me that the army was made up of what I should now call very young men. I dare say that my illusion has been shared by some of those now present, as they have looked at us upon whose heads the white shadows have begun to fall. But the truth is that war is the business of youth and early middle age. You who called this assemblage together, not we, would be the soldiers of another war, if we should have one, and we speak to you as the dying Merlin did in the verse which I have just quoted. Would that the blind man’s pipe might be transformed by Merlin’s magic, to make you hear the bugles as once we heard them beneath the morning stars! For you it is that now is sung the Song of the Sword:–

    The War-Thing, the Comrade,
    Father of Honor,
    And Giver of kingship,
    The fame-smith, the song master.
    Priest (saith the Lord)
    Of his marriage with victory

    Clear singing, clean slicing;
    Sweet spoken, soft finishing;
    Making death beautiful
    Life but a coin
    To be staked in a pastime
    Whose playing is more
    Than the transfer of being;
    Arch-anarch, chief builder,
    Prince and evangelist,
    I am the Will of God:
    I am the Sword.

    War, when you are at it, is horrible and dull. It is only when time has passed that you see that its message was divine. I hope it may be long before we are called again to sit at that master’s feet. But some teacher of the kind we all need. In this snug, over-safe corner of the world we need it, that we may realize that our comfortable routine is no eternal necessity of things, but merely a little space of calm in the midst of the tempestuous untamed streaming of the world, and in order that we may be ready for danger. We need it in this time of individualist negations, with its literature of French and American humor, revolting at discipline, loving flesh-pots, and denying that anything is worthy of reverence–in order that we may remember all that buffoons forget. We need it everywhere and at all times. For high and dangerous action teaches us to believe as right beyond dispute things for which our doubting minds are slow to find words of proof. Out of heroism grows faith in the worth of heroism. The proof comes later, and even may never come. Therefore I rejoice at every dangerous sport which I see pursued. The students at Heidelberg, with their sword-slashed faces, inspire me with sincere respect. I gaze with delight upon our polo players. If once in a while in our rough riding a neck is broken, I regard it, not as a waste, but as a price well paid for the breeding of a race fit for headship and command.

    We do not save our traditions, in our country. The regiments whose battle-flags were not large enough to hold the names of the battles they had fought vanished with the surrender of Lee, although their memories inherited would have made heroes for a century. It is the more necessary to learn the lesson afresh from perils newly sought, and perhaps it is not vain for us to tell the new generation what we learned in our day, and what we still believe. That the joy of life is living, is to put out all one’s powers as far as they will go; that the measure of power is obstacles overcome; to ride boldly at what is in front of you, be it fence or enemy; to pray, not for comfort, but for combat; to keep the soldier’s faith against the doubts of civil life, more besetting and harder to overcome than all the misgivings of the battlefield, and to remember that duty is not to be proved in the evil day, but then to be obeyed unquestioning; to love glory more than the temptations of wallowing ease, but to know that one’s final judge and only rival is oneself: with all our failures in act and thought, these things we learned from noble enemies in Virginia or Georgia or on the Mississippi, thirty years ago; these things we believe to be true.

    “Life is not lost”, said she,
    “for which is bought Endless renown.”

    We learned also, and we still believe, that love of country is not yet an idle name.

    Deare countrey! O how dearly deare
    Ought thy rememberance, and perpetuall band
    Be to thy foster child, that from thy hand
    Did commun breath and nouriture receave!
    How brutish is it not to understand
    How much to her we owe, that all us gave;
    That much to her we owe, that all us gave;
    That gave unto us all, whatever good we have!

    As for us, our days of combat are over. Our swords are rust. Our guns will thunder no more. The vultures that once wheeled over our heads must be buried with their prey. Whatever of glory must be won in the council or the closet, never again in the field. I do not repine. We have shared the incommunicable experience of war; we have felt, we still feel, the passion of life to its top.

    Three years ago died the old colonel of my regiment, the Twentieth Massachusetts. [Web note: Col. William Raymond Lee] He gave the regiment its soul. No man could falter who heard his “Forward, Twentieth!” I went to his funeral. From a side door of the church a body of little choir- boys came in alike a flight of careless doves. At the same time the doors opened at the front, and up the main aisle advanced his coffin, followed by the few grey heads who stood for the men of the Twentieth, the rank and file whom he had loved, and whom he led for the last time. The church was empty. No one remembered the old man whom we were burying, no one save those next to him, and us. And I said to myself, The Twentieth has shrunk to a skeleton, a ghost, a memory, a forgotten name which we other old men alone keep in our hearts. And then I thought: It is right. It is as the colonel would have it. This also is part of the soldier’s faith: Having known great things, to be content with silence. Just then there fell into my hands a little song sung by a warlike people on the Danube, which seemed to me fit for a soldier’s last word, another song of the sword, but a song of the sword in its scabbard, a song of oblivion and peace.

    A soldier has been buried on the battlefield.

    And when the wind in the tree-tops roared,
    The soldier asked from the deep dark grave:
    “Did the banner flutter then?”
    “Not so, my hero,” the wind replied.
    “The fight is done, but the banner won,
    Thy comrades of old have borne it hence,
    Have borne it in triumph hence.”
    Then the soldier spake from the deep dark grave:
    “I am content.”

    Then he heareth the lovers laughing pass,
    and the soldier asks once more:
    “Are these not the voices of them that love,
    That love–and remember me?”
    “Not so, my hero,” the lovers say,
    “We are those that remember not;
    For the spring has come and the earth has smiled,
    And the dead must be forgot.”
    Then the soldier spake from the deep dark grave:
    “I am content.”

    [Link here to Holmes’ 1884 Memorial Day speech:”In our Youths Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire”]

  11. TheRock
    May 31st, 2010 at 4:56 am
    wbboei
    May 31st, 2010 at 4:27 am
    I have refined the rationale for 2012 even further:
    ——————————————————
    HILLARY CLINTON—THE INDISPENSABLE LEADER

    From your lips to God’s ears….. I’ll buy the first bumper sticker.
    —————————–
    And when the time comes, I will buy the second.

  12. Admin.
    Your post for this Memorial Day 2010 took me where I needed and wanted to go. A thank you is not enough, but it’s all I have to give.

  13. JanH, I have been waiting for your post about the Israel flotillagate? This could be bad, I understand Israeli diplomats have been summoned to Turkey and there are protests worldwide in front of Israeli embassies!

  14. Some of the sites I visited right after it happened was very disturbing…lots of Iraeli hate out there.

  15. We are at a crutial time in our history and future.I gave my services when I was called to duty in 1941 and willingly.Today at 92 I can only watch and pray that this empty suit and headed Otrauma must be removed from office ASAP.It is now in your hands young people.He must not be permitted to go on into his second disasterous year in thr OO.Hillary is ready and waiting.There is no one more qualified to lead us out of this morass by this gutless jackass.There must be a move to draft her into the salvation process for our precious democracy.Please ALL disregard the media and fight for his impeachment NOW.To think that we

    “We could have Should have Must have Hillary” THe greatest woman of your Generation

    This is great Memorial Day because of the awareness that our country needs to be freed of this enemy within.

    Peace to all ABM90

  16. Hillary at work.

    Travel Diary: A Visit to the Shanghai Expo

    Posted: 31 May 2010 03:03 AM PDT

    Interactive Travel Map | Text the Secretary | Trip Page

    About the Author: Jose H. Villarreal serves as Commissioner General of the United States of America Pavilion in Shanghai.

    This has been a great few weeks for us here at the USA Pavilion. We have welcomed over 700,000 guests as well as delegations and dignitaries from around the world. But, it was especially exciting to welcome Secretary Clinton to the Expo on May 22.

    Saturday morning I greeted her and entered the show where a group of Chinese elementary school students met her alongside the Chinese guests who had lined up to see the pavilion. Everyone instantly recognized her and started snapping pictures — it was like the red carpet at a movie premier. For me, it was great to watch the excitement and enthusiasm of the Chinese crowd.

    Later in the evening, I had the distinct honor of hosting the Secretary and many of our sponsors for dinner at the USA Pavilion. When the Secretary arrived, she took pictures with our Student Ambassadors, a group of 77 Mandarin Chinese speaking college students from across the United States. After each student ambassador introduced themselves to her, the Secretary thanked them for their work and commitment to the pavilion.

    We made our way to the dinner which included over 150 dignitaries, sponsors, and friends of the USA Pavilion. As I stood at the podium thanking the audience for their support, I could not help but reflect on how far we have come in such a short time. Secretary Clinton, in particular, had a pivotal role in establishing US presence at the Shanghai World Expo, and it is because of her that more than six million guests will experience the USA Pavilion between now and the end of Expo on October 31, 2010. I could not have asked for a better visit.

  17. confloyd,

    My opinion is obviously one-sided, but given the ongoing bombing from Gaza again as well as the smuggling of weapons through forbidden tunnels that both Israel and Egypt are against, not to mention the arming by Russia, the U.S. and Iran of Israel’s enemies, I personally believe that the flottilla even being put together in the first place was a deliberate taunting action towards Israel.

    Why on earth wouldn’t Israel want to examine the cargo’s content given the flotilla’s destination??? It would have been one extra stop and then the flotilla would have been free to deliver their cargo to Gaza. Why on earth wouldn’t Israel’s military respond if they were being fired upon???

    This is just a convenient excuse to gang up on Israel again. The removal of Turkey’s ambassador from Israel was just waiting to happen. Abbas declaring that it’s negotiation for peace partner is the U.S. and not Israel is also a slap in Israel’s face. There will be no recognition of Israel and there will be no separate state for the Palestinians without bloodshed and possibly full out war. Already riots have broken out by Arab Israelis and Palestinians.

    Another provocation waiting for retalliation is the fact that more Arab Israelis have once again been given eviction notices for illegally building in East Jerusalem. That will cause more violence. Never mind that Israel is fully within it’s rights to take this action.

    The choice of which side the U.S. will stand by is what really matters now.

  18. What a beautiful Memorial Day tribute Admin,
    words from a real leader, stories about real heroes and the perfect song for all those lost.

  19. Here’s another memorable video:
    Ayla Brown – “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the Boston Pops
    Originally aired 07/04/06
    www dot youtube.com/watch?v=1U5SGSr6kXY

  20. Abbas declaring that it’s negotiation for peace partner is the U.S. and not Israel shows that he is nothing more than a puppet. Bibi offered to engage in direct negotiations after conferring with France therefore it is reasonable to assume that this has support within the European community. If Bambi were on the up and up, he would not stand in the way of direct negotiations. On the contrary he would let them proceed and see whether any progress could be made; After all, the indirect negotiations led by the Obama Administration have been in a state of suspended animation for over a year. To me this is further proof that Bambi is not on the side of Israel, and that all he is looking for is a cheap headline. If they care about Israel then Jews in this country had better wake up and not be seduced by his charm offensive. The devil manipulated mortals with charm, and so does Obama. That is the lesson everyone should be aware of by now certainly. I am sure that Bambi or someone in does his bidding would argue that these negotiations are part of a larger puzzle which involves Iran, China, Russia et. al. The counter argument however is that is Israel and the PLO can reach their own accord then that is one less problem for the US to worry about, and one less part of the larger puzzle which can cause everything else to come unravelled. Again, Abbas is nothing more than a puppet and Obama is the problem.

  21. wbboei,

    I’m a little confused. Did you mean to say: “To me this is further proof that Bambi is not on the side of Israel?”

  22. The caveat would be you cannot play baseball with a dishonest empire behind the plate, you cannot find justice in a courtroom with a dishonest judge on the bench, and Israel cannot find a just and lasting peace with Obama brokering the negotiations. It is just that simple–and obvious. Why? Because the man himself is corrupt and biased. His declarations to the contrary notwithstanding.

  23. oops…ignore my last comment.

    Sorry wbboei, I was reading an article on bibi at the same time and transposed bambi and bibi.

    Excellent analysis by you.

  24. I’m a little confused. Did you mean to say: “To me this is further proof that Bambi is not on the side of Israel?”
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    Yes. I meant to say it and I think I did. (See above).

    In other words, if Obama had given Abass the green light to negotiate with Israel that would have happened. I am quite sure that Bambi told him that this was a ploy and not to fall for it. But it is not a ploy. Also, Abbas fancies the idea of having a dishonest broker in the middle of the process. This gives him leverage and two sugar daddies. In the final analysis Israel and the Palestians must find their own modus vivendi. They will have to live with the consequences with what is negotiated. The should not be precluded from negotiating face to face with each other so megalomaniacal Bambi can have a headline.

  25. Iran seizes on Gaza ship raid for new Israel tirade
    By Farhad Pouladi (AFP) – 3 hours ago

    TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship on Monday was an “inhuman” act that brought Tehran’s archfoe “closer than ever to its end.”

    The Iranian foreign ministry called on Arab and Muslim nations to stand united in protesting against the raid.

    “The inhuman action of the Zionist regime against the Palestinian people and preventing the humanitarian aid from reaching Gazans does not show this regime’s strength, but is a sign of its weakness, and all this brings this sinister and fake regime closer than ever to its end,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

    The hardliner, who has previously sparked anger around the world for saying that Israel was “doomed to be wiped off the map,” said Monday’s attack was an “insult to human dignity.”

    “Today, it is clearly evident that the Palestinian issue is not an Arab or Islamic one, but a world issue. Today, the reason for creating and imposing of the Zionist regime has become evident to all,” he said.

    “The creation of this fake regime is not only to control the Middle East, but the whole world. Therefore, supporting Palestinian people is like supporting the peace and freedom of all nations.”

    Iran and Israel have been bitterly opposed since the 1979 revolution but relations have worsened under Ahmadinejad who has even called the Holocaust a “myth.”

    Up to 19 people died when Israeli forces stormed the flotilla of aid-carrying ships bound for Gaza at dawn on Monday in international waters off the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, Israeli television reported.

    The bloody ending to the high-profile mission to deliver supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip plunged Israel into a diplomatic crisis and widespread protests against the Jewish state.

    The Iranian foreign ministry condemned the Israeli “crime” and urged the UN Security Council and the Organisation of Islamic Conference to take immediate action against the “Zionist regime.”

    “This incident shows the criminal and war-mongering identity of this regime,” the ministry said in a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

    “This attack has happened… while Gaza is under an inhuman blockade contrary to all international rules. The attack is an example of marine terrorism. We want all Arab and Muslim nations to take a unified stance and want Western nations to end their double standards.”

    Later in Tehran, dozens of people pelted stones at the UN office chanting: “Death to Israel,” and: “This savage regime of Israel must be wiped out.”

    They also burnt the Israeli flag and tore up pictures of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an AFP photographer said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jukHP9n1qcu7sKizs3_DmNLkNcfw

  26. God bless all those that have served, are currently serving and who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. God bless America.

  27. The Flotila chose to be confrontational with IDF fores. THe brave commando’s had no choice but to act in self defense and these are the tragic consequences. The whole idea of the Flotila was confrontational and they wanted to create a scene for the international community to condem Israel-I guess trhye got want they wanted.

  28. Obama pays his respects to America’s war dead at a Chicago-area cemetery and Vice President Biden takes part in wreath-laying ceremony in Arlington as U.S. honors fallen heroes on Memorial Day.

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    Barry probably stopped by the local cemetery on his way to the bball courts, and Joe took the time and care to do what the President should have done.

    http://www.foxnews.com/

  29. Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman in one post – that’ll up your thinking skills for the day, if you let it. 🙂

    Beautiful post. Thanks, admin.

  30. ABM90: my friend, happy Memorial Day to you my friend. I was struck by the wisdom of what you said in the above post, namely that the future of this country is in the hands of young people. That is true of every generation because as the cliche goes they are the future. And they deserve their turn at this and making the hard decisions about where we really want to go in the future.

    You and I can rail about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, but those instruments mean nothing whatsoever to the Obama people who are keen to build a new society in their image, and to serve the interests of global capitalists whose apparent goal is to tear down borders and create a vast trading block to counter to the growing influence of China.

    The cynical part of me says: the liberal democracy we believe in no longer exists and they forgot to tell the American People. . Much of the explanation for this can be found in the writings of Chris Hedges-an honest man of the left, and in the doctrine of inverted totalitarianism which I posted by you can google. But then I look at you and all the others who have served our country in the past and I realize that the Obama and his manipulators have underestimated us.

    It frustrates me to no end when I see people who should be allies in preserving the heritage of this nation conjure up false conflicts with each other based on incremental differences in philosophy. It is too much like the late middle ages when Christians slaughter Christiana over doctrinal differences, or Sunis slaughter Shiites for the same reasons. In doing do they miss the overaching truth which is that the real battle is betweeen those who want to tear down our system and those who want to preserve and improve it. As far as the elites are concerned we are all just buffalo soldiers.

    Young people have a huge stake in all this whether they realize it or not. They must decide whether the traditions of this nation are worth preserving or whether the artificial world of celebrity conjured up by Madison Street interests financed by Soros et al holds more allure. We cannot tell them the truth. They must disoover it for themselves. And it will be their truth not ours. Let us hope the two are not in conflict.

    I am not a Rod Stewart fan myself. Far from it. But the words of this song–Still I Look To Find A Reason and the following video shed important light on the cognitive dissonance of bot, who must either confront the fact that Obama is a god that failed, or else go on pretending in which case dire consequences are all but certain. Yesterday, I saw a car with Obama stickers plastered on it and a big bunting which said proud of my president. They no longer lock up people who are mentally ill. They give them valium. Sometimes they let them drive. In other cases they allow them to host the Ed Schultz show.

    If I listened long enough to you
    I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true
    Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
    Still I look to find a reason to believe

    Someone like you makes it hard to live without
    somebody else
    Someone like you makes it easy to give
    never think about myself

    If I gave you time to change my mind
    I’d find a way just to leave the past behind
    Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried
    Still I look to find a reason to believe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrjePH49Aq0

    Happy Memorial Day my friend.

  31. Wbboei-good post . Rod was good when he was with the “Fasces” but really has been awful for the laswt few decades.

  32. Rod was good when he was with the “Fasces
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    I believe you Jbstonsfan. Happy Memorial Day.

  33. Obama pays his respects to America’s war dead at a Chicago-area cemetery
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    The dead people in the Chicago cemetery are an important part of the Obama base. They can be relied upon to vote for him and every other candidate put forth by the Daley Machine. History records that these loyalists played an outcome determinative role in the 1960 election, so it is only right that he honor them. If I were John Kass, I would go to that cemetery and be curious to see who else is there with him, other than the usual suspects.

  34. There is no legitimate reason for Obama to leave the Gulf which is immersed in an environmental disaster to which he personally contributed by the lack of a timely response, and to ignore the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery while two wars are raging and we just lost our 100th man in Afghanistan, so he could rush home to Chicago where the Blago trial is about to commence under the pretense of a vacation.

    The operative word in that long sentence is “legitimate”.

  35. The following is from a link I found in the comments section of Hillbuzz today. Hardly surprising, imo.

    Design by BKeyser: http://www.cafepress.com/RTKArtistry

    The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) is a mainly subscription news site ($7/month for “individual reader” subscribers) that claims to provide news ”from deep inside the Washington beltway.” Its editor is Wayne Madsen, a former US Navy officer, Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, with an impressive c.v.   

    On May 24, 2010, WMR had a blockbuster report for subscribers only, which claims that Obama is a long-time member of a gay man’s club in Chicago, of which his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is also a member.
     
    I first saw this story 3 days ago on Rense.com in an article titled “Madsen Is Vindicating Larry Sinclair.” [Note: Sinclair is a gay man who claims he had 2 sexual encounters with Obama in Chicago.] The article had a short excerpt from the WMR. I did not post it here on Fellowship at the time because I wanted to think about it.
     
    I went back to Rense for the article today, but when I clicked “Obama’s Gay Club,” the article is no longer there, no doubt because its excerpt from WMR violated WMR’s pay-for-view policy. Instead, clicking “Obama’s Gay Club” brought me to the website of the man’s bath house club referenced in the WMR article – Man’s Country club in Chicago. Located at 5015 N. Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60640 (phone: 773-878-2069), the club describes itself as:
    “a private membership club for men 18 years and older. Man’s Country Chicago is a clean, safe place to hang out, meet guys who share the same interests as you, socialize, make friends, watch porn and play! Man’s Country Chicago / Where real men meet.”  

    The club’s motto “Play hard, Play safe” and logo (below right) leave little doubt that it’s a gay club. If you still have doubts, take a look at the club’s “Photos” page, with 8 photos of “the hottest dancers in Chicago” — all men, such as this one (below left):

       

    Fortunately, thanks to alert Fellowship member Tina, the entire WMR article is now posted on The JagHunter blog. Here it is!  

    Obama and Emanuel: Members of same gay bath house in Chicago

    President Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of the same gay bath house in uptown Chicago, according to informed sources in Chicago’s gay community, as well as veteran political sources in the city.  

    The bath house, Man’s Country, caters to older white men and it has been in business for some 30 years and is known as one of uptown Chicago’s “grand old bathhouses.” WMR was told by sources who are familiar with the bath house that it provides one-year “lifetime” memberships to paying customers and that the club’s computerized files and pre-computer paper files, include membership information for both Obama and Emanuel. The data is as anonymized as possible for confidentiality purposes. However, sources close to “Man’s Country” believe the U.S. Secret Service has purged the computer and filing cabinet files of the membership data on Obama and Emanuel.  

    Members of Man’s Country are also issued club identification cards. WMR learned that Obama and Emanuel possessed the ID cards, which were required for entry.  

    Obama began frequenting Man’s Country in the mid-1990s, during the time he transitioned from a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School to his election as an Illinois State Senator in 1996. Emanuel, reportedly joined Man’s Country after he left the Clinton White Hosue and moved back to Chicago in 1998, joining the investment firm of Wasserstein Perella and maintaining his membership during his 2002 campaign for the U.S. 5th District House seat vacated by Rod Blagojevich, who was elected governor.  

    Man’s Country appears to be a “one stop shopping” center for gay men. The club’s website advertises steam rooms, “fantasy rooms,” bed rooms, male strippers, adult movies, and lockers.  

    However, Man’s Country was not the only location for Obama’s predatory gay sex activities. The Chicago gay community is aware that Obama often made contacts with younger men at his famous “pick-up basketball” games. It was at these “pick up” matches where Obama first met Emanuel and a young Democratic campaign worker and senior bank vice president named Alexi Giannoulias. Currently running for Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Roland Burris, Giannoulias successfully ran for Illinois Treasurer in 2006 after being drafted for the run by Chicago’s Democratic machine.  

    The Blagojevich trial: “Sex, Lies, and Audio tapes” — Fitzgerald’s US Attorney’s Office part of White House cover-up of gay sex in the Second City  

    Giannoulias was a vice president and senior loan officer for his father’s bank, Broadway Bank, from 2002 to 2006. Broadway Bank made real estate loans to Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the chief of Rezmar Corporation. On May 13, 2008, Rezko was found guilty, after being indicted by a grand jury at the behest of the U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois Patrick J. Fitzgerald, of six counts of wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud, two counts of corrupt solicitation, and two counts of money laundering. Rezko has been in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center at Van Buren and Clark in Chicago since June 2008. However, Rezko has not yet been officially sentenced to a federal prison. A Syrian-American, Rezko is considered to be a flight risk, even though his one-time fortune of $50 million has been reduced to zero.  

    One Republican politician in Chicago told WMR that Rezko will be a prime witness for Blagojevich’s defense. “Figure it this way, Rezko’s been in solitary confinement in the city jail since June 0f 2008 . . . if he is released to appear at Blagojevich’s trial as the primary witness, everyone expects him to squeal like a pig,” said the Republican politico.  

    In 2005, Rezko reportedly engaged in a complicated real estate “flip” through which his wife Rita and Obama agreed to split an empty lot adjoining a home that Obama bought in Chicago’s Kenwood district. The deal saw Obama buy the home for $1.65 million, which was $300,00 below market value. Obama then bought a strip of the adjoining property from Mrs. Rezko, a speculative deal that stood to make Obama a handsome profit. Since Rezko’s conviction, the property has has reportedly gone into bankruptcy. Giannoulias’s Broadway Bank was seized by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on April 23, 2010, reportedly as Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner was on his way to Chicago to present the bank with a bailout check. Geithner quickly changed his plans.  

    Giannoulias, Broadway’s then-senior loan officer, has denied being involved in the decision to loan money to Rezko.  

    Last month, Blagojevich’s trial judge, U.S. District Court judge James Zagel, a crony of former Illinois Republican Governor Jim Thompson, ruled that all 500 hours of phone calls intercepted and taped by Fitzgerald could not be played during Blagojevich’s trial as demanded by Blagojevich and his defense lawyers. Blagojevich demanded that Fitzgerald “show up in court and explain to everybody . . . why you don’t want those tapes that you made played in court.”  

    WMR has learned that the tapes may contain salty references Obama’s and Emanuel’s private lives.  

    WMR attempted to interview Blagojevich’s senior defense lawyer Sam Adam to no avail but other informed sources told us that the tapes, if played, would highlight the corruption of not only Obama, Emanuel, and other member of Obama’s Chicago “brain trust” but also Fitzgerald himself. WMR was told that Fitzgerald’s tactics have included providing sex and drugs to imprisoned felons to get them to provide perjured testimony at federal trials.  

    It is exactly the type of federal prosecutorial misconduct by Fitzgerald that former Republican Governor said was used by state prosecutors when he commuted the death sentences of Illinois’s death row population. Ryan was indicted by Fitzgerald for fraud and he is currently serving out a federal prison sentence.  

    Blagojevich’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 3 and Fitzgerald’s main interest is to keep the trial focused on Blagojevich, especially after he managed to “flip” Blagojevich’s former chief of staff John Harris to testify against the impeached and ousted governor. WMR learned from informed sources that one lawyer on Harris’s defense team is involved in a gay partner scandal that was discovered by the attorney’s wife.  

    Some of the wiretaps may reveal that it was not Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime friend and current White House policy adviser who was Obama’s top candidate to fill his U.S. Senate seat, but the young 32-year old “pick up basketball” friend of Obama, Giannoulias, then serving his second year as state Treasurer. However, Obama has avoided campaigning for Giannoulias in Illinois and there are indications that the president has “thrown Giannoulias under the bus,” according to some Democratic political circles in Chicago.  

    Mutiple Chicago sources report that Republicans who see Giannoulias’s Obama connections as providing an edge in his Senate race this year should not celebrate prematurely. Giannoulias’s GOP opponent, U.S. Representative Mark Kirk, a Naval Reserve intelligence officer, has also been identified as a closeted gay man. Kirk divorced his wife last year after an eight-year marriage. They had no children.  

    In addition, U.S. Representative Aaron Shock, who took over the House seat vacated by Obama’s Republican Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, is, according to Chicago Boy’s Town sources, a habitué of Minibar, a noted gay bar in Chicago’s gay district. For an extremely young first term member of the House, observers were surprised when GOP Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia named Shock as a Deputy Minority Whip.  

      

    Man’s Country, one of Chicago’s “grand old bathhouses” and located at 5015 North Clark Street in Chicago’s “Boystown,” was a frequent hangout for State Senator Obama and Rahm Emanuel  

    Sources in Chicago’s gay community report that Obama was attracted to Man’s Country’s older white clientele because he generally enjoys being fellated by older white men. Obama would regularly be seen at Man’s Country on Wednesdays.  

    Obama reportedly has never engaged in reciprocal activity. The sources also confirm the allegations made during the 2008 campaign by Larry Sinclair, a Chicago visitor who revealed that in 1999 he engaged in such oral sex activity and crack cocaine use with then-State senator Obama on two occasions, once in the back of a Chicago limousine operated by Five Star Limousine Service, and the other at a Chicago area motel, the Comfort Suites in Gurnee, Illinois.  

    After revealing details of the encounter at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Sinclair was arrested by Washington Metropolitan Police on a fugitive warrant issued by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, the son of Obama’s vice presidential running mate, Senator Joe Biden. Sinclair was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft of money orders, however, the state of Delaware declined prosecution. Beau Biden later declined to run for his father’s old Senate seat because of his duties to prosecute a major pedophilia case involving Lewes, Delaware pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley. There are reports that Biden’s office helped to cover up Bradley’s activities, including failing to authorize search warants for Bradley’s office and computer.  

    Chicago’s “DLC” — not the Democratic Leadership Council but the “Down Low Club” — a gay matchmaking service  

    WMR spoke to several well-placed sources in Chicago who reported that Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of Obama’s former church of 20 years, Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) on Chicago’s south side, ran what was essentially a matchmaking service for gay married black professional members of the church, including lawyers and businessmen, particularly those with children. The matchmaking club was called the “Down Low Club” but references to it over the phone and email simply referred to the group with the code phrase “DLC.” The ruse, according to our sources, was to make anyone who was eavesdropping on the communications believe that the references were to the Democratic Leadership Council, also known as the DLC.  

    The gay DLC’s services were intended to keep ensure TUCC’s gay members avoided posting solicitations on web services like Craig’s List and refrain from cruising gay bars. The strategy was to protect them from getting busted and being “outed.”  

    Among the members of the gay “DLC” were Obama and TUCC’s choir director, Donald Young, an openly gay man who reportedly had a sexual relationship with Obama. Two other gay members of the church were Larry Bland and Nate Spencer. Young and Bland were brutally murdered, execution style, in late 2007. Bland was murdered on November 17, 2007 and Young on December 24, 2007. The latter was killed by multiple gunshot wounds. Spencer reportedly died on December 26, 2007, official cause of death: “septicemia, pneumonia, and HIV.”  

    “DLC” members often went on camping trips arranged by TUCC. Wright reportedly was the head of the “DLC” matchmaking services and ensured that its members protected each other.  

    The “DLC’s” clientele included Obama and other gay members of TUCC, including, reportedly Young, Bland, and Spencer. Fox 32 Chicago reported that Bland’s mother, Josephine Bland, was so upset at her son inviting men into their home as a result of contacting them through gay web sites like “Adam4Adam,” she moved out.  

    The gay community in Chicago knows to keep away from the TUCC and “DLC” stories because of the “creepiness” of the operation and the suspicious deaths of the three TUCC gay black men.  

    Although Obama protected his alternate life style through the secretiveness of the “DLC,” he was not so careful when he proclaimed he was a state senator while frolicking at Man’s Country in uptown Chicago.  

    Love: Obama’s personal trainer  

    Reggie Love, a former Duke basketball and football player and unsuccessful National Basketball hopeful, currently serves as Obama’s personal trainer and White House “special assistant” — he has been called Obama’s “body man” — who receives a salary of $104,000 a year. Love is also reportedly one of Obama’s regular gay sex partners. Love joined Obama’s Senate staff in a senior staff position in 2006.  

    Media General’s tabloid, the National Enquirer, proffered a story last year about Michelle Obama being furious about the relationship between her husband and his “body man.” TheEnquirer’s sister tabloid, The Globe, later floated a story about Obama having a relationship with a Democratic campaign official named Vera Baker. WMR has been told that this relationship was a clever ruse to throw off speculation about Obama’s actual past sex partners. Baker has apparently left the United States for relatively more obscurity in Martinique. Media General’s tabloids have scooped the mainstream media on sex scandals involving Bill Clinton and Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky, Tiger Woods, and John Edwards and Rielle Hunter.  

    WMR’s Chicago sources believe the Secret Service records of presidential candidate Obama’s activities in Chicago would show that Obama regularly arrived at Love’s Chicago residence at 9:00 am and departed at 9:15 am. Sources told WMR that while 15 minutes is much too short for a personal training exercise, it is ample time for fellatio.  

    Bill Frist, “Brokeback Mountain,” and Obama  

    In 2006, after Obama became the junior senator from Illinois, WMR’s sources in the Congressional Black Caucus reported that there were persistent rumors of gay trysts between Obama and then-GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. The allegations at the time seemed unbelievable.  

    However, based on Obama’s penchant for receiving fellatio from older white men, a column written by The Washington Post’s “In the Loop” columnist Al Kamen on April 7, 2006, some four months into Obama’s Senate term, may have expanded relevance. Kamen reported he received an invitation to attend Frist’s “5th Annual VOLPAC ’06 Weekend” in Nashville from April 21st to 23rd and that the invitation card required one to “unbuckle the cowboy’s pants and look inside to see what this was all about.” Kamen opined that the invitation seemed “a bit too ‘Brokeback Mountain.’”  

    The invitation advertised that the shindig would feature “one-of-a-kind music and special friends,” although Kamen said there was no indication what made the “friends” so “special.” Kamen then wrote, “The back of the card shows the cowboy from behind with a red flowered handkerchief sticking out of his right pocket. Wait a minute — wasn’t there something about how this used to be some kind of code in the gay community years ago? A way to signal each other in crowded, noisy bars? So we checked the GayCityUSA.com’s Hanky Codes. Sure enough, there it was in the chart explaining what they mean: red hanky in right pocket. Oh, dear.”  

      

    Rumors about Obama and Frist ran amok in Congressional Black Caucus circles in 2006.  

    Although Frist ran on the pledge of only serving two terms, he became Senate Majority Leader with all the perks of the office. WMR’s sources in Chicago’s gay community revealed that Frist’s Majority Leader predecessor, Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, was also known to seek the services of male prostitutes. Frist, who said he planned to run for President in 2006, decided against a run for the White House and also declined a run for Tennessee governor in 2010.  

    With the rumor mill running at full speed in 2006, it is obvious why Frist abandoned politics so quickly for the medical business. Frist later endorsed Obama’s health care proposals. A year later, when GOP Senator Larry Craig was arrested while soliciting for sex in a men’s toilet stall at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, he changed his mind about immediately resigning his Senate seat. Knowing about his colleagues’ behavior, he dug in his heels and completed his term in January 2009.  

    Rahm the “Sugar Daddy”  

    Obama’s chief of staff Emanuel, who won a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet but turned it down to attend college, is married and, like Obama, has children, in Emanuel’s case, a son and two daughters.  

    However, Emanuel, who is 50, also travel frequently with a male companion, a wealthy Chicago real estate developer, some five to six years his senior. WMR has learned from Chicago’s gay community as well as political sources that Emanuel and his friend have gone together on a trip to India, skiing vacations, and soon plan a vacation in Florida, sans Mrs. Emanuel and the kids.  

    In Chicago’s gay community, Emanuel is known as “sugar daddy,” promising young men with perks and lucrative positions if they sleep with him. On occasion, Emanuel has been with older men, such as his travel companion, but his preference is young, according to WMR’s sources. Emanuel also often uses bicycling and basketball venues to make his approaches. Being an Emanuel “basketball buddy” is a key to professional success.  

    WMR spoke to one member of the gay community in Chicago who had first hand knowledge of one of Emanuel’s bed partners, an older man who runs a non-profit symphony organization.  

    Obama’s other sex partners  

    WMR has previously reported on Obama’s past trysts with Alabama Democratic U.S. Representative Artur Davis, a current primary candidate for governor of Alabama. Although not in the same class, Obama and Davis attended Harvard Law School during an overlap of their attendance at the law school.  

    The information on Davis and Obama was gathered by opposition researchers for former Alabama Representative Earl Hilliard, who Davis defeated in the 2002 Democratic primary. Recently, WMR was informed by sources in Alabama that Attorney General Eric Holder traveled three days ago to Alabama to inform Davis that if he loses his primary race, he would be nominated by Obama to fill the job of U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, a position still held by Bush-appointee Leura Canary, one of the main prosecutors of convicted and jailed former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman.  

    Chicago sources also informed WMR of another past gay partner of Obama, Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick.  

    Men who have reportedly had sexual relations with Barack Obama  
    Donald Young, TUCC Choir director 
    Larry Sinclair, gay escort 
    Reggie Love, White House presidential assistant and Obama’s “body man” 
    Artur Davis, US Representative from Alabama and gubernatorial candidate 
    Bill Frist, former GOP Senate Majority Leader 
    Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts
     
    The Clear and Present Blackmail Threat   

    Leading secret alternate life styles, Obama and his chief of staff provide classic blackmail threats. Considering Obama’s choice for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, who is reputedly a semi-open lesbian, the question must be posed how much Obama’s and Emanuel’s own covert life styles led to the decision to nominate Kagan, someone with no experience on a judicial bench.   Similarly, the fact that so much is known about Obama’s and Emanuel’s trysts in Chicago begs another important question. If politicians, gay community activists, and journalists in the Windy City are aware of Obama’s and Emanuel’s highly blackmailable gay life styles, the same can certainly hold true for the executives of one of Chicago’s corporate headquarters — that of BP America’s Production Operations.  

    Throw in the intelligence agencies of America’s allies, friends, enemies, and the situation becomes a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.  

    ***End of article from JagHunter blog***  

    Obama is leaving today for an extended Memorial Day weekend vacation in Chicago, returning to Washington, D.C. on Monday. No doubt it is a mere coincidence that the Man’s Country club will have a special event during the weekend: an International Mr. Leather 2010 contest!  

    If you live in Chicago and find yourself in Man’s Country this weekend, be sure to say “hi” to the Commander Teabagger-in-Chief!  

    ~Eowyn

  36. Thank you, US military! You all do us PROUD!p

    Now a remembrance to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

    You did your duty and heeded the call,
    You put on a uniform to protect us all,
    You served with dignity and with pride,
    You served with valor ’til that day you died,
    Though your loved ones hoped and prayed for your safe return,
    Their hopes and prayers were replaced by tears that forever burn,
    My words are meant to ackowledge their loss during their
    time of grief and sorrow, 
    And also to celebrate your life today, and on all the days that follow,
    My respect for you and your service is always within,
    So I forever honor your sacrifice and service as a proud American,
    Though I know this thought could never repay you nor your loved ones too,
    I still must thank you, thank you, thank you, and say a prayer for all of you,
    God lessen the burdens of those who were left behind,
    And keep their dear departed on our collective mind,
    Let them all know that we really do care, 
    And by doing this, may it lessen the sorrows they bare. 
      
     
         

  37. I worked all night, so I don’t know what has happened in Israel as far as has it been condemned by Obama?? What has Hillary said about the incident? Has anything else happened?

    I watched the Israel Ambassador on CNN and Rick Sanchez, its clear the networks are on the side of the flotillas.

    I am also seeing that CNN is saying that EXXON Valdez was a worse disaster…they are in covering for BP mode…I am so sick of the freaking Media!

  38. Barak talks to Clinton, US national security advisor

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Advisor James Jones on Monday in the backdrop of the IDF raid on the Gaza sail. He also spoke with the Turkish foreign minister for the fourth time this week.

    During the phone conversations, Barak outlined the legal basis for the Navy’s operation and stressed that the responsibility for the violent clash lays solely on the hands of the sail’s organizers and not the soldiers, who were only defending themselves.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3897047,00.html

  39. The following is from a link I found in the comments section of Hillbuzz today. Hardly surprising, imo
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    If it is true then it has the potential to bring down the government. Shades of the Profumo/Keeler Affair in the early 1960s, and the brief tenure of Mr. Justice Fortas on this side of the pond during that same era.

  40. These jackasses at the Washinton Post lie through their teeth. A kiss and make up exercise this meeting on Tuesday? How about a frank discussion of strategic commonalities and differences. Kiss and make up. If that is what this asshole reporter thinks this was about, then how does he explain the end run around Obama which Bibi was forced to pursue. Kiss and make up? Is that how deeply he understands what is going on. This man needs to be fired for putting out that kind of mindless and materially misleading tripe.

  41. wbboei,

    It also doesn’t explain why bambi and his buddies have scrambled to get back in Bibi’s and American Jews good graces.

  42. The reason I object to this crap is because it is a transparent attempt to cover up what really occurred as if it was a simple lovers spat. If that is all it was–and is, then do you really believe that Ed Kotch would have accused Obama of what he accused him of? WashPo is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Administration and therefore a purveyor of lies not truth

  43. Yes Jan. Bambis unfailing preoccupation is to blame America first, and to blame Israel first. This has been manifest ever since the dog whistle in the Cairo speech. He cannot be trusted.

  44. I will guarantee you this much. Those words kiss and make up did not originate with that reporter. They were conjured up by Obamites sitting in a conference room with a frank luntz dictionary in hand racking what brains they have in an effort to put a brave face on what has occured, knowing full well that this reporter would use whatever words they wanted because he is nothing more than a whore. No professionalism, no idependent judgment, just a mouthpiece for the Administation. At one time Reston has that reputation and others have since, eg judith miller. But now it is done without guile or subltety and they think we do not know what is happening. As Kipling said:

    But Tommy aint no bloom’n fool
    You bet that Tommy sees

  45. That reporter missed his calling. He should be writing the script for Leave It To Beaver episodes. As a matter of fact, that statement could apply to most of big media. There is the real world and there is the virtual world. These people live with Bambi in the virtual world.

  46. nomobama
    May 31st, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    The following is from a link I found in the comments section of Hillbuzz today.
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    I have heard of Sinclair and the boys at Barry’s church that were murdered, but the rest is new to me.

    Ift Barry leads a double life, it might be one reason MO always looks so angry.

    Barack, non of this would surprise me, especially since all his ‘history’ has been scrubbed of the nets.

  47. Admin:

    Beautiful post accompanied by soulfull music..(Unchained Melody) Thank you for posting-
    __________________

    JanH-

    I believe when the Israeli commandos boarded the Palestinian boat they were attacked with anything the Palestinians could lay their hands on- They may not have used AK47s but an axe or a bat can do just much damage when used as a weapon against another human..

  48. Thank you Mrs. Smith.

    I believe that the enemies of Israel planned othis flottilla project right from the start with this in mind.

    All the world is now protesting against Israel, more and more hate the Jewish people by the day.

    I worry that this was just the excuse to start another huge war, only this time it will be all the terrorist nations against Israel at once.

  49. I have no feel for the political factions on the Council of Foreign Relations except to say that there are certain factions which are more favorably disposed toward Israel than others. If that is true then it is reasonable to assume that the Kissinger faction supports Israel, and the Brezinsky faction which includes Soros does not. If you study the Mafia families you realize that the names you recognize now are not the original ones. Like the Genovese family was formerly the Luciano family, the Bonano family was formerly the Maranzano family, the Columbo family was formerly the Profaci family, the Lucchese family was formerly the Gaitano family and the Gambino family was formerly the Anastasia family. So Lord knows what name the Brzenzski faction goes by today. But you can bet your bottom dollar they are still in the same racket/

  50. Where does Hillary fit in that political menagie? Well, Henry Kissinger has said he is a big Hillary Clinton fan. That should tell you something.

  51. wbboei,

    Your comments today have done a lot to make me feel better. Thank you for your astute analysis.

  52. The laugh for the day is the Drudge headline: “The Gods Are Angry”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100531/us_nm/us_obama_memorialday

    ELWOOD, Illinois (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s Memorial Day observance was stopped in its tracks on Monday by a torrential downpour accompanied by bolts of lightning and booming thunder.

    Obama thrilled the crowd at Abraham Lincoln National Ceremony by appearing under an umbrella as the rain poured down. But he did not deliver his prepared remarks honoring troops who died fighting for the United States.

    Instead he urged the crowd to seek shelter.

    “We don’t want to endanger anyone, particularly the children, in the audience. A little bit of rain doesn’t hurt anybody, but we don’t want anybody struck by lightning,” he said from the podium, the storm so loud his words could barely be heard through the amplifiers.

    As it became obvious that the storm was not going to ease, aides said Obama would not make his speech. Instead, he climbed onto buses where the crowds had taken shelter to greet the drenched members of the public.

    Obama was able before the storm to quietly lay a wreath at another part of the cemetery, and then stood, his head bowed, as a bugler played “Taps.”

    The president last year marked Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington, where most presidents have laid wreaths on the national holiday. But this year he visited the cemetery about 50 miles southwest of Chicago, where he has been spending the long holiday weekend at his family home with his wife and daughters.

    Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremonies at Arlington in Obama’s stead.

    After the aborted event at the cemetery, Obama drove back toward Chicago, where he stopped to visit with families of troops and veterans being treated at a Veterans’ Hospital just outside the city.

    Aides said Obama met with families, including many children, posed for pictures, toured the facility and ate a bratwurst and baked beans that had been made for a Memorial Day barbeque.

    Obama spoke at a Memorial Day ceremony in Elwood in 2005, when he was an Illinois senator.

    Even the almighty is sick of listening to the Boob.

  53. http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/israel-navy-commandos-gaza-flotilla-activists-tried-to-lynch-us-1.293089

    Activists on board a six-ship flotilla carrying aid to the Gaza Strip tried to lynch the Israel Navy commandos who boarded their Turkish-flagged boat early Monday, Israel Defense Forces sources told Haaretz on Monday afternoon. At least nine people were killed and several more were wounded in the fighting that erupted aboard one of the ships.

    The IDF confirmed that at least seven Navy commandos had been wounded, two of them seriously, in a fight which apparently broke out after activists tried to seize their weapons.

    The commandos, who intercepted the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara after it ignored orders to turn back from its course to Gaza, said they had encountered violent resistance from activists armed with sticks and knives. According to the commandos, the activists threw one of the soldiers from the upper deck to the lower after they boarded. The organizers of the flotilla said the troops opened fire first.

    An Israeli military spokesman said some of the commandos were equipped with paintball guns but the non-lethal weapons were not enough against activists who charged in with batons.

    “They had pistols with live ammunition as back-up, to defend themselves,” he said. The IDF said it had confiscated two pistols from the boat.

    One of the commandos told reporters he descended by rope from a helicopter onto one of the six ships in the convoy and was immediately attacked by a group of people waiting for them.

    “They beat us with metal sticks and knives,” he said. “There was live fire at some point against us.”

    A Reuters cameraman on the Israel Navy ship Kidon, sailing close to the convoy, said IDF commanders monitoring the operation were surprised by the strong resistance put up by the pro-Palestinian activists.

    One of the commandos said some of the soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and a several were tossed from the top deck to a lower deck, forcing them to jump into the sea to escape.

    “They jumped me, hit me with clubs and bottles and stole my rifle,” one of the commandos said. “I pulled out my pistol and had no choice but to shoot.”

    The soldiers said they were forced to open fire after the activists struck one of their comrades in the head and trampled on him. A senior IDF field commander ordered the soldiers then to respond with fire, a decision which the commandos said received full backing the military echelon.

    The IDF said its rules of engagement allowed troops to open fire in what it called a “life-threatening situation”.

    “Navy fighters took control of six ships that tried to violate the naval blockade [of the Gaza Strip],” said a statement from the IDF. “During the takeover, the soldiers encountered serious physical violence by the protesters, who attacked them with live fire.”

    Elite troops from Shayetet 13, a naval commando unit, boarded the protest boats at around 4:00 A.M. Al Jazeera reported Monday morning that the Gaza aid flotilla had changed course to avoid a confrontation with Israeli warships.

    Some 700 pro-Palestinian activists were on the boats, including 1976 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire of Northern Ireland, European legislators. The boats were carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid and supplies to Gaza.

    The Israel Navy had been operating under the assumption that the activists manning the boats would not heed their calls to turn around, and Israeli troops had been prepared to board the ships to steer them away from the Gaza shores toward the Israeli port city of Ashdod.

    Huwaida Arraf, one of the flotilla organizers, said the conv9oy began the journey from international waters off the coast of Cyprus on Sunday afternoon, after two days of delays. According to organizers, the flotilla had been expected to reach Gaza, about 400 kilometers away, on Monday afternoon, and two more ships had been expected to follow in a second wave.

  54. Thank you Admin for the videos which clearly show why IDF had to use lethal force. So called peqce Flotila’s don’t savagely attack army personel when encountedred but typical resort to civil disobedience.

  55. #
    JanH
    May 31st, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Smith.

    I believe that the enemies of Israel planned othis flottilla project right from the start with this in mind.

    All the world is now protesting against Israel, more and more hate the Jewish people by the day.

    I worry that this was just the excuse to start another huge war, only this time it will be all the terrorist nations against Israel at once.
    ____________________________

    Ah, well then, there it is- videos speak louder than words.

    This incident was most likely orchestrated by one of Obama’s most vicious henchman, Emanuel.

    When Hillary gathers all the information she needs she will handle this situation quickly putting it on hold sending everyone involved to their corners. I think she will work to discourage other nations stirring up additional incendiary language and risk having this incident explode exponentially.

    An incident like this could/will be a hallmark moment for Hillary-

  56. The IDF acted with great restraint as they had every right to shoot all of those whom were trying to kill the soldiers boarding ….After Cast Lead the IDF cannot show any weakness towards those seeking to threaten Israel’s secuirty. This was a good wake up call for those who think Israel is weak…

  57. Turkey , once the only Muslim “friend”( and I use that term very loosely) has been moving towards radical Islam for the past 2 yrs….Turkey , of all nations, should defer judging others before they look at their own atrocities.

  58. #
    jbstonesfan
    May 31st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    ‘This was a good wake up call for those who think Israel is weak…’
    _____________________

    I agree- they now know Israel is prepared for anything and will react in kind.

  59. How anyone could think that the commandos while sliding down that rope could defend themselves against axes and iron poles is just ridiculous. Yes the Israeli’s had guns, but if you’ve just been axes or stabbed or hit on the head, you can’t get to your gun in time.

    I am sick of this Israeli hate…

  60. Aids claim that what fell from the sky on the heads of Obama and his entourage at that Chicago cemetery was rain. Informed sources who spoke on condition of anonymity however assure us it was bat shit. Even the vampire bats are unhappy with him. They have friends and relatives in the gulf.

  61. Well, I am going to bed as I have 4 days of daytime work this week…the new jobs are working out well…I can imagine the sheet is about to hit the fan tomorrow….too many things going on and Obama is under a huge amount of stress…his lies are catching up with him. He can’t have secret meeting without someone reporting it.
    He’s got the Oil of Mexico now, gay man’s club, blago, sestak and ISRAEL! This is too much for a 9 to 5 fake Potus. He will crack!

  62. I guess the United Arab Emirates contacted Obama personally at the early stage of the crisis. For some inexplicable reason he turned them down. Had he accepted their help we could have mitigated this disaster. This is not a failure of leadership. It is much worse that that. It an abdication of leadership. And before he abdicates he refuses to let others do so. Here is the leadership equation:

    Obama + Crisis = Preemption + No Action = Disaster + Blame Others

  63. Admin, I don’t know if we are related or what, but I had the same reaction to te gold curtains, and the tremedous downpour that you had. If he had gone to Arlington, it was a beautiful sunny day.

    Our local channel has done their usual job of bad reporting. They claimed that the support for the medical bill passed is getting better because: NO ONE IS CLAMMERING FOR ITS REPEAL. They did not cite where they got their information. It does not occur to them that people are waiting until the climate changes in the legislative bodies in November. Wh clammer for repeal, if you cannot effect that. That does not mean they don’t want it. To not state a source is really poor reporting.

    Oh, today is primary day in NM. If Susanna Martinez gets the Rep bid, it will be a tough fight here for the Dem. This saddens me, as she was a strong HRC supporter. As I have stated before, the HRC supporters are going down with the O supporters. I guess that is the price they have to pay. I personnel don’t think it is called for. However, it is obvious that the Rep candidate has lost her lead her large lead over Martinez in the last few weeks. I hope this changes.

  64. Arabs don’t want 2 states

    Facts speak for themselves: Arabs don’t accept vision of two sovereign states

    Dan Calic

    Twenty five years after the British gave away 76% of the land they promised as a homeland for the Jewish people the United Nations voted to partition the remaining 24% into two states, one Arab, one Jewish. This gave the Jews a mere 12% of what they were originally promised. Nevertheless, the Jews said “yes” to the deal.

    The Arab answer was an ominous “no.” One day after Israel declared independence the Arabs attacked intending to destroy it.

    Arab-Israeli Conflict

    Yet here we are more than 60 years later and we are led to believe the answer to the conflict is another two-state “solution,” albeit with the land sacrifices coming from only one side – Israel.

    And what are the Arabs offering? In a word, nothing. Unless you consider their vague promises and poor track record on curbing terror as enough.

    The repeated Arab failure to live up to promises of curbing terror forced Israel to take the matter into its own hands by constructing the security barrier. This has proven to be a highly effective deterrent, saving untold innocent lives. Since its construction terror attacks from these areas have been all but eliminated.

    Another matter Israel took upon itself was a voluntary withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. The “thank you” it received was approximately 8,000 rocket and mortar attacks until it finally had to take action against Hamas in Jan. ’09.

    Does Hamas support a two-state solution? Group leader Khaled Mashaal said “has not and will not recognize Israel.” Hamas’ charter calls for Israel’s destruction. This puts them in the “no” column. Mahmoud Abbas is already on record refusing to accept Israel as a Jewish state. His party’s constitution likewise calls for the destruction of Israel. This puts Fatah in the “no” column.

    So who supports a two-state solution?

    In spite of undeniable evidence to the contrary, the prevailing opinion of President Obama and most western leaders is that Abbas supports a two-state solution. But is this really the case?

    Abbas creating new rules

    The facts speak for themselves: He is on record denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem, saying “I challenge this claim is so.” His demands include making Jerusalem the capital of “Palestine,” thus all Jewish connection to the holy Old City would vanish, leaving Jews without access to their two holiest sites, Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

    His precise quote when asked if he would accept Israel as a Jewish state was “I do not accept it.”

    He attends mosques where vitriolic sermons are spoken, blaming the Jews for all the Muslim’s problems, suggesting the only course of action is “jihad” against the “Zionist entity.” He routinely attends events where the map of Israel is completely covered by a Palestinian flag. He names public squares after suicide bombers who murdered innocent Israeli civilians.

    His continued demand the so-called “refugees” be allowed to flood into Israel, would eliminate its Jewish majority. Yet isn’t the intent of a two-state solution based on two distinct sovereign states, one of which is Jewish?

    Former Israeli PM Ehud Barack was willing to give up over 90% of Judea/Samaria and divide Jerusalem in 2000 at the Camp David ll negotiations.

    The Arab answer? “No.”

    Under PM Ehud Olmert, Israel offered approximately 98% of Judea/Samaria, land swaps and a divided Jerusalem. Abbas dismissed Olmert’s offer, yet he recently told US Envoy George Mitchell, “the points agreed upon with Olmert are agreements with the government of Israel.” Apparently, he’s creating his own rules of diplomatic negotiations now.

    While Presidents Bush, Obama and many other world leaders have endorsed a two-state solution, what these same leaders don’t appear to understand is that key Arab players don’t. Some believe Abbas might accept a two-state solution, but only as a first step toward the ultimate elimination of Israel.

    Lest we forget a key reason why Hamas and Fatah have been at odds with each other, and what motivated Hamas to violently take over Gaza in 2007: Namely, Fatah’s talks with Israel, which in the mind of Hamas leaders suggests Fatah has given “legitimacy” to Israel. This is completely unacceptable to Hamas to the point of being blasphemous.

    The only two-state “solution” the Muslims may truly endorse is one state controlled by Fatah and the other by Hamas…once Israel has been eliminated.

    http://www.worldjewishdaily.com/toolbar.html?4t=extlink&4u=http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3897437,00.html

  65. NMF @ 9:58 am:It does not occur to them that people are waiting until the climate changes in the legislative bodies in November
    —-
    Exactly. With that healthcare vote, we became thoroughly convinced that they were tone deaf, their heels were dug in, and since they’d been stonewalling their own minimally since Jan 2008, there was nothing more to be said until November 2nd 2010.

  66. Addendum to 10:23 comment:
    Monday, May 31, 2010
    The latest weekly Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey on the recently passed national health care bill finds that 60% of U.S. voters now want to see it repealed. That’s down three points from a week ago but is the second straight week to find support for repeal of the bill at 60% or above. Prior to the past two weeks, weekly polling since the law was passed in March had shown support for repeal ranging from 54% to 58%

    www dot rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/march_2010/health_care_law

  67. holdthemaccountable

    That is probably the source they are looking at, but failed to quote the source.

  68. I understand the United Arab Emirates contacted Obama personally at the early stage of the crisis AND OFFERED TO SEND TANKERS TO THE GULF TO MITIGATE THE POLLUTION PROBLEM. For some inexplicable reason OBAMA TURNED THEM DOWN. . . . . .

    UNBELIEVABLE . . . . . BUT APPARENTLY TRUE?

    If that report is accurate, then it makes you wonder whether he was hoping the situation would grow worse so he would have another crisis to exploit under the now familiar mantra–NEVER LET A GOOD CRISIS GO TO WASTE. The only other explanation possible is he went brain dead. Are we really sure he is off the coke. He would have been better off asking Reggie Love.

    Had he accepted their help we could have mitigated this disaster. This is not a failure of leadership. It is much worse that that. It an abdication of leadership. But not only does he abdicate his own leadership role, he prevents others from acting to save the day.

    That same pattern can be seen in dealing with the immigration crisis. And yet other states which are not on the border pass similar legislation to dead with the same problem on a lesser scale and he does nothing to stop them. One is the corrupt state of Illinois and the other is Massachusetts. Those are blue states, whereas Arizona is a red state. That is the only salient difference that I can see. And if that is true then it lends credence that he is playing politics with the gulf crisis as well.

    The biggest disaster we have is his presumed leadership, and the inability of half the country to see it.

    Here then is the Obama leadership equation in its simplest form:

    Obama + Crisis = Preemption + No Action = Disaster + Blame Others = Media Adulation = Want Help? Show Me The Money

  69. ^^ From JanH’s link (if you don’t mind Jan)

    “Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters ahead of a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Turkey was disappointed with the Obama administration’s response to the raid.”

    [snip]

    “In a sign of the sensitivity of the raid on U.S.-Turkish relations, the State Department closed coverage of the meeting to the press. It had previously scheduled a photo opportunity, a venue in which reporters probably would have tried to ask questions.”

    —-

    Good Luck to you today, Hillary, my thoughts will be with you. If there is anyone who can salvage this situation, it’s you. Remind Turkey of how you helped them when their Turkey-Armenia peace accord was about to fall apart. Show Turkey, just like you did in that situation, that cooler heads need to prevail.

  70. How ironic that the Clintons are still together, and presumably will be till death parts them, and the Gores are not. Wow …

  71. #
    Paula
    June 1st, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    How ironic that the Clintons are still together, and presumably will be till death parts them, and the Gores are not. Wow …
    _____________________________

    My first thought when I heard about the split. Could it be Tipster knows the Truth about Gore? How he collaborated with Soros and refuses to come clean on ClimateGate? Tipper always scrambled for higher ground. She did especially after the Impeachment when Bill and Hillary offered their help to the Gores during the campaign. And with great, public, disdain, the Gores rebuked them because they (Tipper) felt they were bad role models forever tainted by the scandal and it could rub off on them.

    Now look at Al- all dressed in black, as the environment’s, Johnny Crash. All alone up there with his self sustaining mega-watt city…. er- Green energy home and Tipper’s no where to be found (in the extreme).

  72. NMF: That is probably the source they are looking at, but failed to quote the source.
    ———–
    Because a close-enough inspection of those Rasmussen numbers does not support their conclusion.
    Spinmeisters all.

  73. I’m still annoyed at Gore for ostracizing Bill in 2000. It’s one thing to be personally angry at him, which I certainly understand, but to run away from the Clinton-Gore record was politically stupid.

  74. Paula
    June 1st, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    The white washed sepulcher dressed in black-

    Gore always was a hypocrite. We just never knew to what degree.

  75. http://realclearpolitics.blogs.time.com/2010/06/01/republicans-jump-out-to-historic-lead-in-gallup-generic-ballot/

    Gallup’s generic polling shows the number of voters saying that they would vote for Republicans rising three points from last week, while the number saying they will vote for Democrats dropped four points. The 49%-43% lead for the Republicans is the largest that the pollster has ever recorded for the party. Moreover, Democratic enthusiasm for voting this fall fell a point, while enthusiasm among Republicans stayed about fifteen points higher. This indicates an even wider lead for Republicans once Gallup imposes a likely voter screen this fall.

    There’s any number of reasons for this: the public’s perception of Obama’s response to the oil spill, the shaky stock market performance last week, continued concern about the economy and spending. The bottom line is that, despite what is perceived as an underperformance for the Republicans in PA-12 a couple of weeks ago, there are still plenty of Democrats in trouble for this November.

  76. I know that this post is a day late and a dollar short but I was so moved by this that I had to respond. There is no excuse for a sitting president (from whatever political party) not to participate in the Memorial Day proceedings at Arlington National Cemetary. Obummer sent his clueless minion Bidet to the ceremony instead as if that really means anything. It’s not like Biden has any clue what it means to serve in the military (and no, dear baby Beau really can’t give Daddy an idea).

    As the wife of someone who serves, I have no respect for our leadership. I know people have their disagreements with former president Bush about many things, but I felt like he cared. I don’t think it was an act unlike the currently unbelieveable shuck and jive routine we’re getting from Obummer.

    These are dark times and I don’t think many Americans understand how much military families suffer… from the constant absences of their military spouses and family members, from the discrimination and outright disrespect of the larger civilian community, and the overwhelming emotional toll that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken. I’d rather that people in Washington come clean and just say they don’t give a damn about veterans and active duty military members rather than spout words they neither mean or take much meaning from.

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