HDR 89(1): Flag Pins And Freedom

My Pin....Just Like Sarah's!

ALOHA, ALL! “Happy Independence Day” said the clerk at the airport gift shop.  “Thank you,” I replied.  Since it was Fourth of July it wasn’t an unusual greeting.  Except I was in Scotland.  Maybe it was my Sarah Palin-like flag pin that prompted her words, but I was impressed nonetheless.  I was also struck by how she said Independence Day and not Fourth of July.  Perhaps Europeans tend to be more conscious of how precious self-rule truly is?  I connected through London’s Heathrow airport where I visited another duty-free shop.  “I like your pin!”  This time it was a young man who greeted me. He explained how he had never been to America but always wanted to go.  His dream is to go to New York and to experience “America’s greatness.”  Wow…how many people here realize how privileged they are to live in the greatest country in the world?  In spite of how Barack 0bama may think American exceptionalism is the same as how the Brits or Greeks think of themselves, many – if not most – of the world’s people still consider America “that shining city on the hill.”  Ronald Reagan would be pleased.  Heritage Foundation:  What Makes America Exceptional?

Speaking of Reagan v. 0bama:  The Siena College Research Center recently ranked US Presidents.  They picked 0bama higher than Reagan (15th v. 18th.)  Apparently, this was a group of “presidential scholars,” showing yet again that you can be a “scholar” yet be incredibly stupid.  I wonder if they were on the Nobel Peace Prize committee?  Bottom Scholars

Born On The 4th Of July.  Andrew Breitbart of Big Government fame has started a new site called Big Peace.  Fittingly, it was launched on Independence Day.  Breitbart says “Because I am not a foreign policy or military expert, I needed to create a core editorial unit that represented the highest-end understanding of policy while at the same time bringing, at a time of war, a “boots-on-the-ground” perspective….I have noticed that the amount of reporters and media outlets covering national security and the war has dwindled and skepticism over American military commitment has waned now that there isn’t a Bush or a Republican in charge. The war beat is getting short shrift. Big Peace was created to fill this void and to provide biased coverage.”  Right on!!

It’s Getting Hot In Here. Could 0bama have looked any more uncomfortable or less sincere?  He tried to make it appear that he and Bibi were BFFs at the White House on Tuesday.  Give me a break:  0bama, Netanyahu Patch Up Differences, At Least In Public I’m guessing Bibi told Barry to bug out of his business in Gaza and he would make nice so 0bama and the Dems could hang on the the American Jewish vote.  Wake up, people!

To Mediocrity And Beyond.  0bama has not only decimated NASA, it has now come to light that he has given the NASA Administrator the directive to “…reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science.”  Make them feel good???  And why was the NASA Administrator doing an interview for Al Jazeera TV?  Makes you wonder if there are similar directives 0bama has mandated for more government agencies.   Here’s the perspective of a former astronaut, Bobby Eberle:  Space, The Final Frontier – For Muslim Relations? (Sidenote:  I must admit that I have given 0bama the benefit of the doubt regarding his religious tendencies.  No more.  I now firmly believe he is a Muslim and always has been.)

LOL!!!!! This hilarious new video from conservative animators at PolitiZoid parodies The Talking Heads and skewers the Obama administration’s laxity concerning BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in progress.  The Talking Feds – Same As It Ever Was

Progressive = Socialist.  Excellent article from Accuracy In Media on the new rise of socialism under the guise of progressivism.  This first in a series discusses Kagan, who is socialist to the core.  BTW, I am  making a conscious effort to not say “liberal” anymore and use “progressive” instead.  We need to unmask the so-called progressive who, in reality, are promoting regressive policies!  A Socialist On The High Court?

This Is A Priority? Do you remember how in his State of The Union Address 0bama said he was going to make jobs his 31 priority?  I do….I have a way of remembering certain things 😉  Guess what?  Friday’s Unemployment Data:  The Worst Private Sector June In Decades

Beyond Absurd. Did you see J. Christian Adams on the news Tuesday?  If you don’t watch Fox News, probably not.  Mr. Adams is the DOJ official who resigned to protest the racism, perjury, and obstruction of justice surrounding the DOJ’s dropping of the election day 2008 voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party:  Former DOJ Official Charges Racism Drove DOJ To Kill Black Panther Voter Intimidation Case

Beyond Beyond Absurd. Iran is a member in good standing of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.  And they are preparing to stone a woman to death for supposed infidelity:  Campaign for Woman Facing Death by Stoning Yet another reason why the UN is irrelevant…and why Iran is an extremely dangerous threat to freedom not just in the Middle East but around the world.

Pay No Attention To That Screeching Warning Signal.  On second thought, let’s just turn it off.  It turns out the obama administration was warned by a Federal Appeals Court in Washington DC “that the government was unprepared for a major spill at sea, relying on an “irrational” environmental analysis of the risks of offshore drilling. ”  But 0bama had his minions pressure the Court to “revisit” it’s decision, and so they reversed it.  Time to impeach this incompetent fool!  WSJ Report Says 0bama Could Have Prevented Gulf Spill Disaster

Tale Of A Whale. It’s been sitting in the Gulf for about a week now.  The “A Whale” is the world’s largest oil skimmer and it’s waiting to clean up the Gulf.  But I guess we need to make sure it actually works first.  Are you kidding me???  How about we start using it – we can tell pretty quickly if it works.  Oh yeah – the EPA needs to check the water it will pump back into the Gulf.  GIVE ME A BREAK!!  Do they actually think that water will be worse than what’s in there now?  Hopes Ride On Giant Oil Skimmer In Gulf Of Mexico

BREAKING NEWS: 0bama DOJ to Sue Arizona. We knew it was going to happen, and frankly I say BRING.  IT.  ON!!!  Justice Department Files Suit Against Arizona You gotta love Holder’s reasons – that the AZ law would “divert federal resources” and initiate a “patchwork” of laws in other states.  Divert federal resources?  Aren’t they supposed to be using resources to enforce the law and protect us from illegals?  I love Brewer’s response:  she pointed out “the irony” of suing Arizona for its immigration enforcement law but ignoring cities and other local governments whose “patchwork local ‘sanctuary’ policies instruct the police not to cooperate with federal immigration officials.”  Meanwhile, my friend Stacy sent me this comparison between California and Arizona. Rings so true it’s not even funny:

California –

The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out, bites the Governor and attacks his dog.

1. The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is only doing what is natural.

2. He calls animal control. Animal control captures coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.

3. He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases.

4. The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.

5. The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is free of dangerous animals.

6. The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness” program for residents of the area.

7. The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.

8. The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack somehow and for letting the Governor attempt to intervene.

9. Additional cost to state of California: $75,000 to hire and train a new security agent with additional special training re: the nature of coyotes.

10. PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files suit against the state.

Arizona –

The Governor of Arizona is jogging with her dog along a nature trail. A coyote jumps out and attacks her dog.

1. The Governor shoots the coyote with her State-issued pistol and keeps jogging. The Governor has spent $0.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.

2. The Buzzards eat the dead coyote.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why California is broke.

WOO HOO!!!! Says it all, doesn’t it????

Final Thought:  “Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave/O’er the land of the free…and the home of the brave?”  Francis Scott Key
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7 responses to “HDR 89(1): Flag Pins And Freedom”

  1. Ralph says :

    BTW, anyone who would rate 0bama, a sitting president with less than 2 years in office, above Reagan isn’t a ‘scholar’. They are propagandists, period.

  2. Ralph says :

    You were in Scotland!? Did you have a wee bit of haggis while there or a Younger’s Tartan? Ah . . . Scotland, land of my ancestors. I loved my time there. The Scots are a friendly lot, except towards those ‘stiff upper lip’ haughty Brits. Alas, the best blood of Scotland fled that island generations ago. I love your HDR, Giliar. God Bless . . . . and Happy Independence Day to you.

    • giliar says :

      Ralph – I was in Scotland and I did have a very small taste of haggis. YIKES!! For all you who don’t know what haggis is, here’s a brief description: Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach. There are also meat-free recipes for vegetarians.

      OK…..now that you know, I agree with you Ralph that the Scottish people are the nicest people I have met anywhere! Once I could figure out what they were saying – LOL! And thanks so much for your kind comments about the HDR!!

  3. steve says :

    It is a true story – The Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, shot a coyote that was after his dog. There was some outcry from the PETA types but, being Texas, the complaints did not last long. Amazing how few problems there are when people take care of themselves. Steve

  4. giliar says :

    Hi Jan – I did see the interview but not the movie yet. I definitely want to see it! And I can see how it could be either a TX or AZ story. Both states are freedom-loving! Thanks for your support 🙂

  5. jan hollstein, rdh ;> says :

    I heard it was a true story but it was the Gov. of TX…either way…I like it ;>
    Thanks for your work on this ….looks & works great!
    Did you see the Hannity interview with the Director & Producer of the documentary ‘Generation Zero’…terrific…you gotta see that film ;>
    Hugs;> jan~

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