Today will be a time for families to get together, have cookouts, maybe go boating on a nearby lake.  Many will have to go to work today as they would any other Monday.  

Originally known as Decoration Day when flags and maybe flowers were put on the graves of those who gave their lives in the defense of freedom, Memorial Day is set aside so that we may pay special tribute to our Armed Forces personnel that died on the battlefield so that we could keep on living in a country where we enjoy so much freedom that many others in other parts of the world can only dream about.

Whatever will be happening with each of you today, take a few moments to remember what this day symbolizes.  Many have fought and died to preserve our way of life.  We must not forget their families either.  Their sacrifice goes on every day as they must go through life without their loved one.

Let us also honor those who are serving, and those who have served, that are still living.  The sacrifice begins as soon as the proverbial dotted line is signed and is far greater than most of us realize. Anytime you see a veteran of a past war, or a soldier, Airman, Marine, Sailor, or someone in the Coast Guard, take a moment to thank them for their service.  It’s always appreciated and is so precious little for all they do.

As I have said many times before, this is a debt we can never repay.



Former President Ronald Reagan once said that these were the nine most terrifying words in the English language.  As you already know, tornadoes tore through the Southeastern United States on April 27th leaving behind huge areas of devastation and hundreds dead.
In Bartow County, Georgia, local churches immediately sprung into action, some that had lost their buildings, with relief efforts.  There was a massive outpouring from the community in the way of donations.  Distribution and collection centers were set up and started operating with about twenty-four to forty-eight hours.  I helped this past Friday and Saturday with loading supplies and taking them into one of the hardest hit areas of Bartow County, and had the opportunity to speak with a Cartersville Firefighter who was overseeing one of the collection/distribution sites.  He said that they had been overwhelmed with donations.  The building was full of food, water, and other supplies, and a serving line had been set up for the tornado victims to come and have a hot meal.  One of the area ministries had a cooker set up there, and had another one at one of the other sites cooking food.  Keep in mind this was only two days later.  The firefighter sent us to another location that needed what our church had brought.  Donations kept pouring in from our area and from other communities too.  People were on Facebook offering housing to tornado victims, and a Facebook PAGE was set up to share information about relief efforts.

Now enter FEMA this past Monday, five days after the storm.  
By the way, where are all of President Bush’s critics who railed on him for it taking four days for them to get into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?  I have not heard a one of them say one word about five days this time, and all of our interstate highways and secondary highways were open the entire time.  Just a thought.

Anyway, Monday night I started seeing Facebook posts from volunteers who were still at area churches that were set up as collection/distribution points saying that FEMA had come in and shut down the distribution of relief supplies, including food, to the tornado victims.  You read that right, shut down the distribution.  Notice it was just the churches. I don’t hear any “separation of church and state” complaints here.  ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, comments?  Didn’t think so. I wonder if FEMA would have been so eager to stop an Islamic mosque.  Somehow, I don’t think so. 

The reason FEMA gave was to ensure that supplies were distributed “fairly and evenly.”  Fairly and evenly??  No two victims have the same needs.  One family might need food only, another clothing only, another both, and another everything including toiletries, and so on.  The tornadoes didn’t distribute the damage “fairly and evenly.” From what I have seen, victims are being honest and taking only what they need. Some do not need much, others need a lot.  Everybody doesn’t all need the same things. Badly needed supplies were there and distribution started almost immediately after the storm with volunteers walking into some areas inaccessible by vehicle to get to victims.  But FEMA had a problem with this.  I believe that it was because aid had come in so fast without any help from the government, but from the people.

One person posted the telephone numbers to FOX 5 NEWS in Atlanta and 11 ALIVE NEWS, also in Atlanta, urging people to call them and let them know what was going on.  People did.  I was one of several commenters who told them to continue their relief efforts as FEMA did not have the authority to stop them as individuals, churches, or any other charitable organization. I made the same comment on all the posts I could find on the community Facebook page and people’s individual sites to get the word out the only way to stop government from overstepping its boundaries was to stand up to them. A short time later, 11 Alive News told one caller the same thing.

What happened next was exactly what should have happened.  Late Monday night, volunteers were posting that they did indeed make a stand, stood up to FEMA, and continued with giving out and delivering supplies to the victims.  The churches did not shut down, but continued with their efforts.  

Yesterday morning, a FEMA representative approached one of the volunteers and told her that FEMA was not involved because the community had pulled together so well and they were going to go help (there’s one of those scary words again!) others.  Here’s the government-speak translation of that statement: “We The People stood up to us knowing we had no legal authority to stop them from helping the victims, so we’re outta here.”

This is the way it’s done.  In present-day America, we all need to be educated about our Constitutional rights, what the Constitution says about the limits of Federal government authority, and know what the government can and cannot do.  The government schools cannot be depended on for this.  Research it for yourself and learn it.  This knowledge might be necessary at a moment’s notice at any time.  Who would have ever thought that such information would be needed in the middle of a disaster area, at a church providing aid to disaster victims?  It can happen anywhere, and the only way to stop it is to stand up to them.  Government many times depends on people not knowing and will say and do things they are not permitted to do, but many will stand by and let them do it because they are the government, and must know what they are doing.

It was awesome to see people who not only knew otherwise, but had the backbone to not back down.  One person who had posted a lot of this on her Facebook wall replied to my comment which was very similar to the preceding: “I agree with you 100%…we def stood our ground…operation will cont as normal…thank you.”

Well done folks!  Now the work of helping our neighbors can go on smoothly.


This is an awesome video I saw on the TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK last night.  It is so moving I wanted to share it.  


. . . at least in Dearborn, Michigan.  Here is a well written post from the blog ANSWERING MUSLIMS.  For background on this, see my post, THE TRAMPLING OF FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.  Here’s the story:

Sharia Judge Michael J. Callahan Nullifies the Fourth Amendment Rights of Christians in Michigan

Michigan’s war against the Constitutional rights of Christians has reached its peak.

In every state in this country, with one exception, a police officer cannot seize a person or her property without probable cause (a reasonable belief that a person has committed a crime).


Today, Judge Michael J. Callahan ruled that the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does not apply to Christians in the state of Michigan. If a Christian visits Michigan, she may be detained, seized, arrested, and thrown in jail based on no evidence whatsoever.


At last year’s Arab Festival in Dearborn, Corporal Brian Kapanowski approached Negeen Mayel and ordered her to turn off her video camera. Since Negeen hadn’t been accused of committing any crime, she was under no legal obligation to obey his order (and, let’s face it, he was only ordering her to stop filming so she wouldn’t catch our unlawful arrests on tape). When Negeen didn’t immediately turn off her camera, and instead asked why she was being questioned, Corporal Kapanowski grabbed her, seized her camera (which police then kept for more than three weeks), dragged her out of the tent, arrested her, threw her in jail, and charged her with two crimes.


Obviously, in any court that honors the Constitutional rights of citizens, Kapanowski would be in trouble. It turns out, however, that Dearborn courts have as much contempt for the Constitution as Dearborn police. Before the trial even began, Dearborn Judge Mark Somers ruled that Corporal Kapanowski had probable cause to arrest Negeen, even though she hadn’t been accused of any criminal activity.


Do not miss the implications of this ruling. According to Judge Somers, in the City of Dearborn, police have probable cause to arrest Christians, even if the Christians haven’t been accused of a crime. This means that any Dearborn police officer may arrest any Christian, simply because he feels like it.


Since we realized we weren’t going to get justice in Dearborn, we were hopeful that the appeals court would have more respect for our fundamental rights as American citizens. Our hopes were dashed today when Judge Callahan ruled that police may indeed arrest a Christian who hasn’t been accused of a crime.


Amazingly, people act like we’re crazy when we say that Dearborn is being influenced by Sharia. But the facts speak for themselves. Christians are rapidly becoming second-class citizens in Michigan, and anyone who speaks up is quickly labeled an “Islamophobe.” The saddest part of this is that non-Muslims are the ones who are doing the difficult work of destroying the Constitution. Mayor John O’Reilly, City Prosecutors William “Sharia Bill” DeBiasi and Debra Walling, Corporal Kapanowski, Sergeant Mrowka, Chief Haddad, Judge Somers, and now Judge Callahan are all trying desperately to undermine the U.S. Constitution.


And practically no one seems to care.


Many Dearborn residents are offended when people say that Sharia is taking hold in their city. But until the City of Dearborn starts showing some degree of respect for the rights of non-Muslims, until Christians are free to discuss their faith without being arrested, until the Fourth Amendment actually protects teenage girls from illegal search and seizure, the accusations are going to continue.


For a complete summary of the events in Dearborn, with video footage, click here.


(NOTE: I have referred to the “Constitutional rights of Christians.” Since certain readers love to misrepresent and distort what I say, let me go ahead and state clearly that I do not believe, never have believed, and never will believe that only Christians should have Constitutional rights. All U.S. citizens, regardless of race or religion, are protected by the Constitution. Indeed, I would be just as opposed to police violating the civil rights of a Muslim or an atheist as I would a Christian. But in this case, it’s the rights of Christians that are being violated, so that’s the topic of the post.)



This has got to be one of the most absurd cases of liberalism gone wild I have ever seen. Now, American citizens are restricted as to where they can sing the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem. This happened in none other than the nation’s capitol.

Posted by Lady Liberty on Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 7:16 AM

This is just sickening. The crackpots in Washington DC won’t even let kids sing the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial. What happened to our country?

Fascinating, isn’t it, how our government determines which laws it will enforce?

(Via Fox News)

A group of high school students attending a conservative leadership conference in Washington, D.C. said they were ordered by a security guard to stop singing the national anthem during a June 25 visit to the Lincoln Memorial.

“They told them to stop singing,” said Evan Gassman, a spokesman for the Young America’s Foundation. “I was taken aback. You wouldn’t expect a display of national patriotism to be censored.”

U.S. Park Police confirmed that the students were in violation of federal law and their impromptu performance constituted a demonstration in an area that must remain “completely content neutral.”

“The area they were standing in and singing is an area that is restricted for this type of activity,” said Sgt. David Schlosser. “The United States Park Police is absolutely content-neutral when it comes to any sort of demonstrations in these areas.”

Schlosser explained that performances, regardless of content, are banned to “maintain a contemplative and reverent area for the Lincoln Memorial, for the other guests and visitors.”


“They really did not provide the students a reason,” said Gassman. Balcomb, who is a high school senior, said they didn’t intend on creating a ruckus – they just wanted to show their patriotism.

“It’s not like we sounded great or anything,” he said.

“We just wanted to pay respect to our nation – in our capital.”

Schlosser, who commended the students on their musical ability, said the students were not cited and to his knowledge no report was filed.

“We need to make certain that all other visitors that don’t want to be a part of that or just choose to be tourists are able to do so in the same light that probably President Lincoln wanted – which is completely content neutral,” he said.

So, Sgt. David Schlosser, tell me, how would President Lincoln probably feel about flag burning?

UPDATE: Reader Mark D. sent this:

My daughter and I visited the Lincoln Memorial two weekends ago. While exiting the area a couple of Park Cops were hassling a videographer for no good reason. Only explanation was that he had no permit to use a professional grade camera. They were threatening to write him up. My daughter started taking pictures and only then did they relent. We have the pics if you would like them. More details too. Hate typing on this thing.

What is going on here?

What President Lincoln would have wanted???? The Park Police could use a history lesson like the rest of Washington could. President Lincoln, had he been present, I think would have stopped, stood reverently while they sang, and applauded them with kind words. He would certainly have NOT allowed a group of teenagers to be censored like that while expressing their love for their country.

As one of the high school seniors said, all they wanted to do was pay their respects to our country. Unbelieveable. These young people, first time in Washington, got a small taste of the absurdity that prevails there.

My hats off to these students. After being told they could not sing their national anthem in their country, these young people had the backbone to stand up and sing it anyway. The Park Police backed down. Could it possibly had anything to do with the fact that other visitors who happened to be there joined them in the singing? Just a small example of what freedom-loving people standing up to government oppression can do.