Thursday, September 15, 2005

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

Well, the ACLU is at it again. Preaching and promoting anti-Americanism. Yesterday a Federal Judge determined that children should not say the Pledge of allegiance in classrooms due to the phrase "under God" which violates a child's Constitutional rights to not have religion forced upon them. I am outraged, to say the least, along with millions of others. As you all know I have 4 children and if they are not raised in classrooms to say the Pledge every day, we are doing our children a disservice and harming them. Harming them from learning from the very beginning of their American lives how to be a patriot.

Now, I'm going to get crass here but I don't care. Number one, if these so-called "atheists" don't like the way our school systems are run, get the hell out!! Leave! Here's another option, every hear of "Home Schooling"? Take your atheist children out of school and teach them at home.

Another thing, they better not let their children look at our legal tender. because it says "In God We Trust'. So what next, ACLU, are you going try to convince the Federal Reserve to change our money? You don't like our money, don't use it, don't spend it. Of course, I'm sure you have no problem earning it!

It's bad enough our children aren't allowed to have "Christmas" parties in the classrooms anymore, they are now "holiday" parties. My children don't sing Christmas Carols or put on Christmas plays…. it has to be "holiday festival songs and plays". I understand we are a melting pot and all religions should be recognized. I'm not a racist.

What I am, though, is a Mother who is raising my children under the Constitution. To be good American's and part of that is learning the Pledge, National Anthem, what moments of silence are for. I've said it before and I'll say it again, this Country was founded under Christian/Judea ideals. Who the hell are these people to try and change that? Oh, it's the ACLU, taking on the American way.

If it comes down to it, and the Federal Judge in my district opted to disallow the Pledge, this Mom would show the ACLU that I will NOT follow the rules. I will walk with my children, into school and MAKE them say the Pledge. Whether I get arrested or they get suspended, I will NEVER let the ACLU or a few radicals tell me how to raise my children as Americans. Furthermore, if this enters into my school district, I will sue the government for violating MY constitutional rights. (I'll get into what the Constitution really says about this in my next post….I'm researching so that I can write it verbatim).

…One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!~The Pledge of allegiance

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

PUT ME IN COACH

As I mentioned in a previous post, on September 11, I brought small American flags for each of the children on my sons baseball team as well as larger flags for all of the adults. When I knew all of the children were in their dugout, I walked over and handed each of the children a flag. They all looked at me as I was passing them out with curious eyes. After I knew they each had one, I said to all of them, "You all know what the date is today.. it is September 11. Does everyone know the importance of this day?" I was afraid to ask the question for fear some wouldn't know and start asking questions that I wouldn't want to answer for their parent's. Amazingly, they all shook their heads with a big yes. All the children stood up, little flags in hands and started singing The National Anthem! I didn't start them on it or prompt them, they did it on their own, holding their hands over their heart. Wow, talk about a tear jerking moment! Too bad, I didn't have my camera in my hand at that moment!! I leaned over to my son and I whispered in his ear, "What are you playing this game for?" He said quietly, "The U.S.A." "Yes, " I whispered back, "and for every hit you get, every play you make you think of it." He shook he head and smiled. Then he said, "Mom, I'm pitching today, too." "Yeah, I know and every strike-out you get I'm going to yell something to you." I winked at him. I looked at all kids and said, "C'mon Angels, 'Lets Roll'!!!!" I don't think they really knew what those words really meant.

I walked back to my folding chair and pulled out all the larger flags handing one bundle each to my other son and daughter. They wanted to pass them out to all the adults on our team. Each of the adults smiled and knew exactly why they were getting them. I was dressed in my "Never Forget 9-11-01, United We Stand" t-shirt, my dog-tags, patriotic bracelet and a cap. My cap says, "Camp Speicher, Iraq".

The first batter was my son Colin. He get up to home plate and stood with his professional stance and the first pitch came in. WHACK!!!!!!! I jumped up from my seat and started screaming to him as he rounded first, "GO BABY… GO TO SECOND…..!!!!!!" He rounded second, and I screamed even louder, "COME ON COLIN, GO KEEP GOING…. GO TO THIRD!!!" hit third plate and he looked over at me, and I screamed, 'COME HOME, BABY, COME HOME TO MOM…. SLIDE, HONEY, SLIDE!!!!!!" He slid into home plate… SAFE!!!! HOME RUN!!!! He brushed himself off, as I was leaning against the fence and he gave me a big smile and peace sign, I yelled, "THAT'S MY BOY!" He pushed his arm up into the air and yelled "U.S.A!!!" I yelled, "YEAH, BABY!" I ran over to the dugout, passing all the parents and after he was done fisting all his team-mates (I've learned that high fives are out, punching fists together is they way they do it now), I stuck out my fist to him and said, "You rock, dude!"

The game went on and Colin got on to the pitchers mound in the 4th inning. I stood again, (I can't sit when he's pitching… I get too hyped). First pitch… STEEEERIKE ONE! "YEAH, BABY, GET IT RIGHT IN THERE, RIGHT FOR THE CATCHERS GLOVE!!!" Second pitch…..STEEEERIKE TWO! "THAT'S RIGHT, COLIN! DO THAT AGAIN! DEEP BREATHE!" Third pitch…..STEERIKE THREE…..YOU'RE OUT!!" As I promised, I yelled to him, "FIRST OUT….ARMY!!!" The next hitter came up and the same thing happened…."SECOND OUT….MARINES!!!!" Third hitter…….a little roller to first and…..OUT! "THIRD STRIKE…..NAVY! THREE UP, THREE DOWN….AIR FORCE!!!" Mom was damn proud!

After that, I was kind of pacing around and one of the parents asked me, "Are you in the military?" "No, why?" I asked. "Well, what's with the "Camp Speicher" cap?" he asked. I could see several parents were staring at me waiting for my reply. I explained, "Well, I supported a Platoon of Army Reservists and I became especially close to a Sergeant. They were based in Camp Speicher in Iraq and he sent me this cap, along with other OIF stuff." "Oh, what does Speicher stand for?" Another parent asked me. I have to say I was now getting pissed. How could you not know who Speicher is? What do you live under a frickin' rock? Don't you pay attention to the news? To our military? What are you an idiot? (deep breathe, Pamela…. deep breathe…) "Well, Speicher is the last name of a man. His full name is Lt. Commander Michael "Scott" Speicher. He was shot down in Iraq during Desert Storm. He is still listed as MIA. If you're interested in the details of his story go to a website called, Free Scott Speicher dot org. Anyway, he is not forgotten and the base name in dedicated to him." They all looked at me and just got nodding of heads and the "Oh… Oh, okays"

As I got back to my chair, a woman walked over to me and said, "Do you have a family member in the Marines?" "No, but I have a lot of Marine veteran friends and Marines that I send care packages to. Why?" "Well, she said, I noticed you have a 'Marine Peacekeeper' bumper sticker on your van." "Oh, I got that from a friend of mine who is a VietNam Marine veteran." I said. "Well," she said, "My husband is in the Navy National Guard here in Illinois. He's at his 2-week training session now over at Great Lakes." I looked at her and said, "Oh wow. That's is great. Please tell him that we're all grateful to him and to you, too. I am always grateful to the families of our military personnel." She smiled at me and said, "Thank you, nobody has ever said that to me. Oh, and thank you for the flag."

In the end, my sons team lost the baseball game, and my husband, who manages the team, was a little disappointed because it was hotter than Hades out and the kids played really hard. Me? I wasn't disappointed at all. My son made me proud, I was able to bring awareness to some people about our brave airman, Speicher, and thank a woman for her sacrifice. So whether we won or lost the game, I was "ready to play!"

HERE'S MY BOY!!!

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ANOTHER STEP FOR THE IRAQI PEOPLE

Whoever criticizes the progress of the global war on Terrorism in Iraq, needs to take a look at the every day happenings in Iraq. As published in a Washington Post article today, it is indicated that informants are deciding the fate of Iraqi detainees. The 10-day old invasion of Tall Afar began with thousands of Iraqi and American troops storming the city including U.S. jets bombing the city. The article goes on to say that an Iraqi masked teenager perused the crowd of detainees giving the signal of thumbs up (if it was a bad guy) or thumbs down (if he was cleared). The U.S. has begun using these "informants" as a method to assist them in determining the terrorists blending into the population. Some of those assisting are family members who were killed by the insurgents and said "they wanted to purge them from their neighborhoods".

I find this as another step toward allowing the Iraqi people to determine the fate of their own people. This is only part of the intended goal of turning more and more of the control of Iraq over to the Iraqi people. Each day there is progress being made, every step counts and every step should be recognized. I also believe the Iraqi citizens deserve some credit, here. They realize the risk they are taking by helping the Coalition, not only for themselves, but their families. They do understand is that if they don't step up and fight for their own neighborhoods and country, the longer the threat remains.

"The liberty of the individual is the greatest thing of all, it is on this and on this alone that the true will of the people can develop".~Alexander Ivanovich Herzen

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Sunday, September 11, 2005

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Today is a Holy day for me. Last year, on this day, I did a late night excursion and placed little American flags in every yard in my neighborhood with a sticker wrapped around it that said, "Never Forget". This year, I just plain ran out of time. My mission to remind other of what this day represents is not forgotten. So, today, my son has a baseball game. I'll be handing out little flags to all the children on our team and to all the parents. What can be more American than baseball and American flags. After all, in little league, the children don't sing the National Anthem before their games so holding little flags in their little hands can be a way for them to privately honor this day. I'll post pix when I get home later!

We must all remember and honor the victims of September 11, 2001. We must pray for the families of the victims of 9-11 that they have found peace and if not, that they find it. We must also honor our heroes who helped save lives and those who gave their own on that fateful day in our history.

Let it be known to all of our heroes serving our Country in the War on Terror, that I am grateful for the 4 years of a terrorist free America. It is due to all of you and this Mom will NOT ever let other forget your sacrifices or your mission.

God bless America… United We Stand!!!

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sear!~Katherine Lee Bates, America the Beautiful

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