Sunday, December 12, 2010

Don't let FACTS get in the way of a good DEMONIZATION

A really well written post, that again demonstrates that facts that don't support a pre-established narrative are cheerfully discarded by the professional Left.

"If this paragraph were a railroad man, it would be getting a gold watch for the loyal service it put in to the cause of liberal whining."

Love it. Read the whole deconstruction by Charlie Martin.

Don't let facts get in the way

Friday, December 10, 2010

Needed Some Motivation Today ....

What a strange, strange day.

Truly.

The boy king playing hooky so he could get to the kiddie's Christmas party and not invoke the wrath of the Bitter Half.

Slick Willie back in the groove, clutch player par excellence, fielding the tough questions from the press pool as the boy king's pinch hitter.

Is it 2012 yet?? (Please ?)

So, it was time to go to the way back machine and
play The Wolverines.

"Teleprompter this .... OTP".

One Term President




Yes, he really did say, "I'm gonna take off".
If only.
Pay attention to the body language.
It tells you all you need to know.

Even his true believers in the press room ask,
"Should he be a One Term President?"




Update:

Roger Simon asks, Should we gloat over Obama's childish behavior?

It's time to hold the LSM accountable for this.
They are the ones who did the "selecting".


Update#2

"After the snark".
Just a Grunt @ Jammie Wearing Fool voices some reasonable concerns about the final two years of Teh Won's Administration.

After the Snark

Which is why the R's need to starting asking some very tough questions come Jan 2011.

Including if America can afford to keep the boy king in his current sinecure.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tis The Season Of Giving ....

I've spoken often of the many wonderful charities out there that support our military:

Semper Fi Wounded Warriors
https://semperfifund.org/donate.php

Soldier's Angels
http://soldiersangels.org/donate.html

Fisher House
http://www.fisherhouse.org/donate/index.html

Wounded Warriors
https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=66&source=WEBSITE

But, another charity also very near and dear
to my heart is hosting a
DONATION CHALLENGE MATCHING GRANT
for the month of December only.

Until December 31st, for every dollar you donate to
OPERATION CAMP PURPLE
Newman's Own will match with a dollar donation, up to $100,000.00

This is a fabulous, FABULOUS program. It serves ALL children of ALL uniformed services. I really can not speak highly enough of this program!

Children are the forgotten and often pay the highest price when a Mom or Dad is deployed, and it would break your heart if you could see how stoic they are about it.

More info on this A+ Rated Charity:

http://www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/operation-purple/

Please consider hitting the donation page directly on their web page and giving a Christmas donation to this very worthwhile Charity. I know we all are facing tough times this year, budgets are strained, but even a small donation will make the difference:

http://www.militaryfamily.org/get-involved/giving-campaign/holiday.html


Thank You on behalf of our Wee Warriors.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pay it Forward ....

To all our brothers and sisters far from home:

We love you.
We miss you.
We pray daily for your safety.
We count the days until you return.
We will be here, waiting,
With open arms of joy, gratitude and relief.
And we are so.damn.proud.of.you.

Giving Thanks ....






Good News you won't hear anywhere else:

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/60486/central-helmand-commander-shares-success-with-general-senators



A Thanksgiving Story of My Own


I remember one time in particular when my husband called me from Iraq to say he was going outside the wire and he would be “incommunicado” for a few days (which ended up being a week because they got stranded in a sandstorm) but would call when they got back, and not to worry.

So of course, you know what that meant - I immediately began to worry. Couldn’t sleep at night, my nerves became extremely frayed due to anxiety, having to keep up appearances of calm for the outside world while turmoil raged within, while listening non-stop to the local media declare the war “lost” (Reid) and our friends called “cold blooded murderers” (Murtha).

I was in a chain restaurant with the kids, trying to keep busy and positive. Our youngest was in second grade. I was emotionally, physically and spiritually a husk.

I had with me my purse made out of recycled cammies that the wives sew and sell as a fundraiser for our Semper Fi Wounded Warrior fund.

Anyways, an older man stopped by our table and, pointing to the camo purse on the floor underneath my seat, asked our youngest if her Dad was in the military. She said, yes, he was in Iraq and would be gone for a year. He offered some words of encouragement, told her how brave she was, and how grateful he was that she had “lent” her Dad to the nation.

When the waiter came, instead of a check, he explained the older gentleman who had stopped by our table had paid our bill and left some Best Buy gift cards for the kids as his way to say thank you.

I immediately burst into tears, and I am ashamed to say, had a complete breakdown in absolute gratitude to his kindness and caring. It meant so much that someone really cared, a complete stranger, when I was feeling I was fighting it all alone and the load was feeling pretty heavy.

That was years ago, and I am finding it hard to type because it’s getting dusty in here.

You never know when someone is going to need the emotional boost that an Act of Kindness will provide. It wasn’t paying the check, or the gift cards, it was knowing he really meant what he said and we had his support. I will always, always remember that man, and it breaks my heart I never got to say Thank you.

This time of year, I carry a few Gift cards in my purse, so I can render a random act of thanks.

Pay it forward.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

My Rebuttal to a Progressive who Admonished Me to Play Nice ....

The following rebuttal is mine alone. I do not speak for my husband, for my friends, for my children, but solely for myself.

I am tired of being told to sit down and shut up.

I am tired of being told what I can and can not say.

What is “acceptable”, while my ideas and values are mocked and trampled.

Enough. I have had enough.

I remained stoic when your acolytes spit on my car and called my husband a “baby killer” when I crossed through your phalanx at Walter Reed to take my children for medical care. I refused to respond as you smashed your fists into the hood of my car, destroyed my mirrors with bottles and keyed my doors in California, my children mute and terrified as you screamed your hate and bile.

I remained calm the day after 9/11 when the progressives in my office, in typical overwrought hyperbole of your side, were shrieking about “TANKS IN THE STREETS”, when in fact it was nothing more than two National Guardsman, fresh-face boys of about 19, stationed at an intersection, armed with whistles and a Humvee, deployed as extra eyes and ears two blocks from the White House.

I stayed silent when your leadership called my friends and my husbands' colleagues “Cold Blooded Killers” and judged them guilty in the court of media opinion.

I turned the other cheek when your liberal propaganda outfits refused to report on the humanitarian success stories in Iraq and Afghanistan, but delighted in the roll call of the lost as a way to bludgeon and demoralize our military.

I stopped listening to CNN and MSNBC when they openly reported lies about Marines in OIF – I know-- my husband was one of them.

I began paying attention to FOX news when only they – Oliver North, Bill Hemmer and like-minded conservatives like G. Gordon Liddy, had the courage to travel into the most dangerous parts of the battlespace to actually report on the successes of the surge, rather than filing reports that affirmed the narrative of the LSM from behind the Jersey barriers of the Green Zone.

I have been silent long enough. I have bent, I have yielded, I have endured slander, dishonesty, ad hominem attacks and actual physical threats.

Anger is a powerful motivator.

I began to push back. The first time was when I decided to counter demonstrate against the Code Pink harridans who had set up shop outside the Pvt Bolio gate at the Defense Language Institute on November 18, 2007 to ostensibly run a “Torture Teach-In” and to demonize and excoriate our troops.

Approaching them first with logic, facts and civility didn't work.
I explained that the School of Americas isn't even on the west coast (it's on the east coast), and has nothing to do with the mission of DLI.

That pertinent fact was “irrelevant” and dismissed.

I then patiently explained that the SOA does not teach “torture”, and that policy is in contravention to the doctrine of our military forces.

I was called a liar.

I tried a third time to explain that my husband had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq where he was an advisor to the Iraqi army, and he had specifically advised them against torture as a method of intelligence gathering and intimidation.

I was called naïve.

So, you see, I have had multiple first hand encounters where it has been obvious that your side is intellectually lazy, refuses to do their own research, and dismisses facts that don't fit with the pre-established narrative.

I then disengaged, but not before telling them I was personally very proud of my husband, and the thousands of other men and women in uniform, who chose to defend their right to conduct protests, (even fallacious ones) against US policy and the military, but asked simply that they honor that by being at least honest with their facts and information.

No acknowledgment.

My girlfriends and I then retreated to my home where we elected to play by their rules and stage a protest against their encampment and Islamofascist “love-in”. We tried very hard to channel our best moonbattery, but it was difficult, since we were still tethered to reality.

Some of our signage included:

I will never be a Dhimmi.
Hands off my clitoris.
Got Freedom – Thank a Vet!
My husband fights for your right to protest!

We staged ourselves on the sidewalk on Lighthouse Avenue, with our backs to Camp Pink(o), and facing the oncoming traffic.

We got honks, cheers, chuckles, and a plethora of thumbs-up out of the windows of passing cars.
In very liberal, deep blue Monterey.

The Pinkies were very pleased with this turn of events, and started to cheer as well when cars gave us an energetic “toot-toot” of approval.

Then we turned around to face them and showed them our signs.

Some moments in time are priceless. That is one I will cherish for a long time. The look of the faces of the Camp Pink(o) will be forever etched in my mind.

The Left likes to use what they believe to be witty signage (although I am not sure how BUSHCHIMPHITLER qualifies as “witty”), props and sheer numbers of die hard believers and rent-a-students to validate the “justness” of their cause-du-jour and to manufacture a sense of widespread support for their “issue”.

So we took your tools and began to employ them against you. And you don't like it very much. Except we don't have to pay anyone to come to our rallies, and that just infuriates you further.

I don't “do” protests, because I think the time and resources are better employed elsewhere. I also don't do sarcasm and contempt well either, because I prefer to discuss facts and measurable outcomes, but you have framed the terms of the engagement, and I am learning as fast as I can.

Contrary to your false accusations against the genesis of the Tea Party, I began protesting the bailouts before Obama was selected and around the time that McCain had elected to suspend his campaign in order to rush back to Washington to sell us all out.

I went to the big April 15th rally with a “violent” sign forged from pink posterboard which simply stated, “Give all of Congress Pink Slips”. Frightening imagery, I know.

I went to the first 9/12 rally in DC, which you did your best to disrupt by shutting down the orange metro line and turning away buses, and which your scribes and stenographers diminished and which the White House refused to acknowledge. We weren't deterred. We were there. We knew the size of the crowd – and more importantly – the fastness of their determination. A sleeping giant had been awakened.

I went to 8-28 and to the following 9-12 rally. I began commenting on blogs, writing letters to the editor, and showing up for Tea Party strategy sessions.

I donated money to outlier Tea Party candidates who were mocked by the “all knowing” media and had been dismissed by the Establishment. Some of them actually won. They are the hired mercenaries of the Tea Party. Do not underestimate or misunderstand their mission and their support. They are on the front lines in the upcoming battle of ideas and the direction of our nation.

No where in the history of civilization has the welfare state succeeded over the long term. From Plato to Thatcher, warnings about the propensity for the professional politicians to expand the looting of the public treasury and to debase the currency as a mechanism for retaining power has been well documented and a rallying cry for sound money and conservative principles.

I challenge you to name one state where it has survived longer than two generations, for it is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme predicated on the willingness of our youth to voluntarily shackle themselves.

You have seized the public schools and the universities and conducted a purge of any non-compliant conservatives; a massive re-education for the faculty was in order. You believe you can turn our children against us. Unfortunately for you, all it takes is one look at their first paycheck as working adults for them to question the validity of your wealth redistributive economic policies. Homeschooling, constitutionally upheld, is on the rise; Ron Paul now fills college auditoriums, while the Won struggles to fill them without piggybacking on the coat tails of a free pop concert.

Your side knows you can not prevail on the battlefield of open and honest ideas, so you retreat behind the fortification of expanded regulation, unelected czars who rule by decree and diktat, and a boy-king who is being urged by the janissaries to complete the transformation to a totalarian state by executive orders.

Except, that to emplace your policies and “vision” requires the consent of the people. You can not hire enough guards, build enough prisons, operate enough courts to entrap and control the whole population of these (for-now) united states. It only takes a small percentage of dissenters, non-conformists and cascading acts of strategic civil disobedience to bring your entire command-and-control crashing all around you. Decapitating by legal and tax retributive means, a few titular heads of the resistance, will only serve to strengthen and embolden the diffuse movement. Look back at how the Solidarity movement was organized and how it ultimately prevailed before you declare Victory.

Your side has chosen to engage in a low-level, asymmetric campaign for decades. Deceit, dishonesty and exploiting the mechanisms of state have been your weapons.

Unfortunately for you, you can no longer hide and your methods have been revealed and exposed for what they are. The Fabian operational concepts are only successful when they are hidden and cloaked in disingenuous “narrative”. Thousands now are aware of, and have read, Alinsky and his fellow socialists and have formulated a counter strategy.

At first, your team mocked and lied and delighted in debasing our ideals and beliefs. Why wouldn't you feel confident? It had worked so well in the past, and you had the stenography class to support you.

Then you lowered yourselves even further by deriding anyone not in agreement with your viewpoint as “low information voters”. Given what we know now about the mortgage fraud, the chicanery of the stimulus, the hidden deceptions of Obamacare … who, pray tell, is the “low information” voter?

You were jubilant November, 2008. You strutted, you crowed, you reveled. Newsweek triumphantly declared, “We are all Socialists Now!”.

Except for one thing. You misunderstood the battlespace. You failed to recognize the numbers who stayed home rather than vote for a progressive RINO like McCain. You misread the temperment of the people, who wanted an end to the theft, the lies, the spending, the corruption and the deceit. Instead, you doubled down.

The people went underground. Everyday work folk, alarmed at the rising tide of tyranny and the rhetoric of hate, weary of the false accusations and the lies, joined the libertarian and conservatives and forged an underground resistance. The town halls in that raucous summer were not an aberration – they are the new norm. Get used to it.

Word spread – from uncensored blogs, to private e-mails and forwarded commentary, meet-ups large and small, the resistance grew and strengthened. There were gatherings of the clans across the nation. The movement began to grown organically, a leadership structure evolved, and a long term plan developed.

“Burn down the House”.

Yes, in your world, graphic or martial imagery is only to be exploited by the Left.

“We bring a gun”
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2008/06/14/obama-if-they-bring-a-knife-to-the-fight-we-bring-a-gun/

“Get in their faces”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4

Oh yes, your side “went there”. Not only was there no outcry about the “violent imagery”, there were claps and cheers of agreement. You framed the imagery. Own it.

“Retreat and Reload”and “Burn down the house”. Get used to it. Don't think for a moment you've earned the right to open your mouth in protest.

Here's some more martial imagery for you.

Yes, we will burn down the house of Progressive Democrats and lay waste to the entire construct of the welfare state. It will be a long, decades-long battle, but we will prevail because we learned the consequences of not teaching our young ourselves. We delegated that to you, and that was our first mistake. We assumed you were honest brokers, but now we know better.

Carthago delenda est.

I accept that's the intellectually lazy response, but I have to work with what you can understand.

My preference is more of a “Thucydides account of the no-mercy overthrow of the oligarchs at Corcyra” type of historical reference.

Either way, I am confident you can deduce the “tone”of my rebuttal.

Realizing that you are losing your grip on the public schools, that the youth that propelled the boy-king to victory have abandoned you, that the bitter, blue collar white workers are now Tea Party grandmas and grandpas, that you have lost control of the federal checkbook and the legislative calendar,

now you want to petition for peace?

now you cry out for civility and consensus?

I have a message for you:

Go. To. Hell.

When you retreat back to the comfort and safety of your salon filled with like-minded Hopeium addicts, perhaps you can rouse them from their stupor long enough to send them this message.

We don't want civility.
We don't want to “play nice”.
We don't want to “compromise” with you.

From coffee shops to soccer fields and everywhere in between, the message has been clear.

Draw a line in the sand.

Those who we have sent to Washington this January who yield will be removed from the field and replaced. Make no mistake about it.

We came to you with ideas and a sincere intent to find common ground.

Our emissaries were told,

“I won”.

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2009/01/23/obama-to-gop-i-won/

We tried to engage you and bring alternative solutions to the health care crisis. We met in good faith at Blair House. Our concerns and our emissaries were rudely dismissed.

So, this is our message to you:

The scorched earth policy is in effect.

A court of accounting will be convened.

Fix bayonets.



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Update:

Sent to me via e-mail from an Infantry officer:

“The bayonet charge remains one of the most frightening acts an enemy can face and there is nothing better to prepare your men for battle than issuing the order to fix bayonets," said a senior Army officer.”

Source: Evans, Roger D. C., and Stephens, Frederick J., The Bayonet: An Evolution and History (Milton Keynes, 1985).

Thanks! - Fix Bayonets, Indeed !


Update #2:
Thank you to Prof Jacobson for linking me as "Post of the Day".
I'm humbled, sir.
http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/

Wow! Instalanche! Was only kidding that an Instalanche would make my day. Now I can rightfully claim that more than 3 people read my blog ;)
It seems to have hit a nerve. Thank you, Prof Reynolds!
http://pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/110212/

Sunday, October 31, 2010

An Outsider's View of the 10-30 Colbert/Stewart "Restoring Sanity" Rally in DC

Today I went in to DC to work for an event. I did not go to DC for the rally, but my work ended up taking me to the area around the rally. Today was a busy event day in DC – the Stewart/Colbert rally, the Marine Corps Marathon (which is being run tomorrow) and the Washington International Horse Show, being held at the Verizon Center.

I exited the Metro Center to meet my group for orientation just as the rally was breaking up. The first thing that I noticed was how loud and rude most of the participants leaving the rally were. The only way I can describe it is to state there was an atmosphere of "Imperial smugness" in the air. Lots of people wearing Ivy league T-shirts and caps (Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, etc) and T-shirts stating “Educated, Not Ignorant” (ha-ha, take THAT peasants!)

I walked from Metro Center towards Gallery Place in Chinatown, as the Metro was closed due to overcapacity.

Attendees of the rally were making NO effort to follow traffic signals or stay on the sidewalks; 7th St NW was essentially shut down as crowds just walked up the middle of the street, taking their time, any traffic be damned. It was unbelievable, the arrogance. Trash was everywhere.

After orientation, I then walked through Gallery Place on my way towards the Capitol where I was to set up my station, walking past the Verizon center, which is hosting the annual Horse Show. I love horses; everyone in our family rides, and this is an event I usually attend. Anyways, as I was walking south on 6th St NW, more attendees from the rally were walking north, being loud and obnoxious. Many made attempts to try and spook the horses who were being shuttled from the staging area outside on 6th St to the arena. It was a disgusting display of childishness. It angered me.

I arrived at my station facing Penn Ave by the Capitol. The first thing I noticed in direct contrast to the Restoring Honor rally was the amount of trash. There was trash everywhere. In the park where I was stationed, large groups of people would sit down and rest with their signs and water bottles, and then get up to leave … leaving their signs, trash and water bottles behind them without even a glance back. I thought back to all those attendees on 8-28 who had honored the National Mall by taking their trash out with them.

The second thought that struck me was how rude and loud the rally goers were, again in direct contrast to the Beck attendees. Pushing, shoving .. I got run into by a stroller and bike on more than one occasion, elbowed and shoved too many times to count. I overheard several loud conversations about how great it was that they (the attendees) had gotten a “free” trip to DC. According to attendees from NYC I spoke to, there were over 250 buses from NYC (with dozens of people aboard), shipped here and paid for by Arianna Huffington. The buses were staged at RFK Stadium, hence the overcapacity and then later shutdown of the red line. DC got much quieter once the buses to NYC departed.

In front of the Canadian embassy, I also ran into a group of gay men from Toronto who had attended the rally and were being used as photo-props by the media and older Liberals attending the rally. (Everybody wanted their picture taken with them and their signs). Their signs had huge Canadian flags, and basically claimed Canada was the paragon of tolerance and virtue because gay marriage was legal. I got into a discussion with them, as they live in a part of Toronto near where I grew up, and the discussion turned to politics. I explained my conversion from social democrat who was approached about running for MP by Jack Layton as a standard bearer for the NDP to a staunch anarcho-capitalist/Libertarian married to a very conservative, strict Constitutionalist Marine. When they started talking to me about my “conversion”, they clearly became uncomfortable, esp when we talked about failed social policies, unsustainable entitlement programs and the Left's historical animosity towards free markets and entrepeneurship. Anyways, they told me that a number of Lefty-type groups had subsidized their buses to DC, as it was only $56 roundtrip from Toronto – DC pp for the trip, and that they were used as props front and center for advocacy groups at the rally. This is a clear example of how the Left operates and tried to manage the media message.

The third thought which pointed out the difference between the Beck rally and the Stewart rally, besides the mood, tenor and trash, were the signs. The signs I saw at the Stewart rally were rude, obnoxious and accusatory. Lots of foul language, and demonizing of Republicans and Tea Party members, using language and imagery I won’t repeat here. There were also a lot of signs demanding the legalization of marijuana, and demanding that people learn to "love muslims". Several signs, “So what if Obama’s muslim”, and “I’m muslim, so you better learn to love me”, and many, “America isn’t just white and Christian”. And “f&ck h8ters” with pictures of Palin, Cantor, etc. ???? Not only were there many signs demanding legalization of marijuana, I can assure you there was a great amount of usage of the “special herb” as well. Again – a definite contrast to the quiet, respectful crowd of 8-28.

At my perch in John Marshall plaza near the Canadian embassy, facing Penn Ave, I had a good viewpoint to observe behavior and the crowd dynamics. I was working a check point for a scavenger hunt/race and handing out labeled candy as one of the “tokens” that teams had to retrieve once they reached my station to prove they had figured out the clue and arrived at the checkpoint. The number of Stewart rally-goers who came up to me and demanded candy was un-bee-levable!, and their conduct was beyond childish.

“I want candy” (late 20-ish man).

“I’m sorry, the candy is for a race. I only have enough for each team member. I can’t give it out to the public”.

“I just want one piece.”

“I can’t help you.”

“But I have low blood sugar. It’s only one piece.”

At this point, I was frustrated as he wouldn’t give up. He didn’t need a piece of candy, it was a game, and he thought he would hector and harass me into giving in to him – a grown man, begging for a piece of candy.

I then turned to him, and said in a loud voice, “How typical of a liberal – always looking to mooch something from someone”. Heads turned. He laughed and said, “You’re right”, and walked away.

Just then, a team arrived and I apologized to them for the outburst. They laughed and said – Hey, you’re right. We agree – we’re the Young Republicans from (university name redacted).

At about this time, some young ladies who had been working as staff at the rally approached me and started up a conversation. Quickly, the convo turned to Obama, the birth certificate issue, debasement of the currency, Obamacare, the national debt, why capitalism is great, laissez faire markets, Austrian economics, etc. The young people voluntarily stayed around for 1 ½ – 2 hours to chat and debate. A youngish black recent grad who had been working the event stated, “Why don’t we know this? You’re making clear statements based on fact, and without any malicious intent. It’s clear to me your opposition to Obama is based on his policies and track record, and has nothing to do with his skin color!”. They all talked about even though they knew they were going to have to pay withholdings, had no idea THAT MUCH would be taken out of their paychecks. As one put it, I have no problem paying taxes, but I am upset that so much waste goes on, and I have nothing to show for it. We still have the same social problems we had 15 years ago.

Many of these young people worked for "non profit advocacy groups" and it was clear although they idealistically liked the "Mission statement" of their organization, they were becoming frustrated that no real results/meaningful change in their clients lives were being seen. We chatted about that, and I discussed some of the meaningful, privately funded, small-scale, local projects that I had worked on in the past, and had made positive impact in the lives of those who chose to take advantage of that. As I stated, "Change only comes if and when your clients are committed to change. You can throw as much money and support at it as you want, but unless THEY choose to change the direction of their lives, it will never happen".

They agreed that this was what they were seeing in their own "advocacy" work.

We also talked specifically about Obama, the "community organizer" and their disappointment with the "Hope and Change" agenda. I then asked them a question -- you voted to elect someone to the highest office in the land, to lead us out of this huge financial and moral morass we are in. We needed the best the country had to offer. Obama stated his experience as a "community organizer" in the south side of Chicago, and worked there for several years. How are the residents there doing now?

Absolute silence. I could see they were thinking. Deeply.

Bingo! The young lady who started asking about government waste and corruption wanted to know more about what was really going on. This young girl “got” it. So I dug around in my purse, and wrote out some links for her to look up– including shadowstats, mises.org and Hillbuzz – and told her, (channeling Glenn Beck) – don’t believe me, do your own research!

These young people that gathered around me and wanted to get into debate were polite, respectful and thoughtful. They understand that they are going to be burdened with unsustainable debt. They are beginning to understand that Obama and the Democratic policies are smoke and mirrors. I hope that they do go and do their own research. As I explained to them today – You went to the Stewart-Colbert rally to be entertained. Stay away from Democratic bread and circuses, and do your homework independent of the MSM.

And the Stewart-Colbert rally was heavily commercialized in comparison to the 9-12 and 8-28 rallies. Lots of swag handed out by Yahoo! & other corps, clearly was a political and Dem GOTV effort.

To recap:

* the SC attendees were far more smug, rude and obnoxious than the Beck attendees.
* The signs at the SC rally were rude, bad language and accusatory and nasty.
* The SC attendees left a trail of detritus behind them, including discarded water bottles and signs on the Metro cars.
* My sense is that the majority of people were bused in, on completely free or heavily subsidized transport, including the busload of gay married men from Toronto used a props.
* The rally felt like a gathering of grievances and disaffected people, not a motivational rally.
* Young people are concerned about their future and are waking up.
* Even adults at the rally (including a grown 50+ year old man) tried to mooch candy from a stranger, and whined and complained when told they couldn’t have a freebie. It was ridiculous, but completely captured the mood and attitude of the day.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

There's Something About Sarah .....

I've just returned from Des Moines and am collecting my thoughts. The trip to Des Moines wasn't at all what I had anticipated or expected, and I have to reframe for myself what really happened vs. what I wanted to happen.

I also thought about continuing to delete and close the blog, and returning to posting on the bulletin boards, but a few people who don't have access to the military list serves asked me to keep blogging. I'll continue to send out fact-based summaries for the bulletin boards, but I'll try to flesh out my impressions for the blog.

Thanks for all your support and kind words, and your interest in what a little ol' housewife in the 'burbs has to say. ;)