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September 12, 2013 – Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on PENTAGON ATTACK (FOR RELEASE)America by Islamist militants.  Twelve years ago I stood just blocks from the White House and witnessed the attack on the Pentagon.  I thought I would die on that day; it was the most frightening thing I have ever experienced, one I will never forget.

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Some say that this is history, over, a bad day that we should overcome.  I disagree.  I have seen Americans slip back into an ignorant bliss of daily life, forgetting the tragedies that happened and could still happen.  We ARE NOT safer now than before the attack.  We are merely more alert on some levels, but not all.

Unlike the Israelis, we are not a prepared people for attack – this for several reasons:

  • While we are under constant attack, it is not witnessed on a daily basis by our populace.
  • Our government does not want us to focus on the possibilities of attack and continues to ply us with ridiculous procedures that do nothing.
  • Because our country is so large, as a people we do not “feel” the pain of loss as acutely as a smaller area.  This is why New York City and Washington, D.C. react to the memory of September 11, 2001 differently than the rest of America.
  • Americans have become a pampered bunch; we no longer realize, moreover appreciate, the sacrifices that must be made in order to live in a country that is free from a tyrannical government.
  • We have become a fickle society that concerns itself with trivial details, entertainment and sports, rather than excellence, pride and self-sufficiency.

When the reels of past images roll on television stations across our land Pennsylvaniatoday, do not sigh with boredom.  Do not change the channel searching for something more entertaining.  Stop and take a moment, just a moment to consider that an attack like that of September 11, 2001 WILL happen again, it is merely a matter of time.  The only variable is us – how will we react?  What will we have learned? What will we teach our children in order to help them protect themselves?

Americans must remember this horrific day so that we can stay vigilant against threats to our nation, our people and our way of life.

May God lead us; may God help us; may God bless America.

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Obama’s indifference to Islamists attacks on US installations around the world is sickening.  While families, friends and colleagues mourn the loss of those killed in these hateful attacks, The White House seems to be running on auto-pilot.

I am outraged!  Americans serving overseas in various embassies, consulates, etc. are being targeted, attacked and murdered by Islamist terrorists.

From WCBM TalkRadio: Clinton Refused To Allow Marines To Cover Embassy, Hired Unarmed Locals

What is the Obama administration doing?

What is the State Department doing?

What is the U.S. Congress doing? 

Apparently, not too damn much!

Reuters reported on Saturday, 15 September 2011 at 4:47 PM that the Sudanese government has now REFUSED to allow a platoon of U.S. Marines to enter the country to protect our ambassadorial interests and citizens.  The Associated Press reported that 4 U.S. troops were killed in a THIRD insider attack on NATO / American forces in Afghanistan over the weekend.   This is in addition to the attacks on our embassies in Egypt, Libya and Yemen which resulted in the death of our Ambassador to Libya and 3 key security personnel. 

The White House website has no mention of these new attacks.

Mobs in Kuwait, Sept 15, 2012

Meanwhile, violent protests by Islamists have erupted at other US consulates and embassies in Tunisia, Morocco, Bangladesh, Germany and Kuwait.  Kuwait of all places! According to the AP report, Kuwaitis surrounded our embassy shouting, “Allah Akbar” and “USA Stop The Bullshit!” after we saved that country from the tyranny of Sadam Hussein and his army’s raping and pillaging of their entire little piece of Middle East turf.

The White House website has no mention of these attacks either.

Both The White House and the State Department do have statements explaining their evacuation of our Middle East embassies, etc. and have posted warnings for Americans in the region.  Gee, thanks! At least that’s more warning than they gave the poor ambassador and his entourage after being alerted to credible threats and a possible attack on the consulate on September 11th.

What more has to happen before we publicly admit that we are in a war with Islam? 

How many more Americans, British and other NATO personnel must die before Americans realize that NOTHING we do in terms of “good faith” efforts, humanitarian aid, and especially FINANCIAL AID will ever change the Muslim view of the West? 

As the President of these United States and as the Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces, Obama should have made a prime-time Presidential address to the nation and the world regarding his outrage at these acts of war.  But… he didn’t.  He met the airplane bringing home the bodies of the slain and made a speech saying…

Photo courtesy of The White House

“…This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and protest in many different countries. I have made it clear that the United States has a profound respect for people of all faiths. We stand for religious freedom. And we reject the denigration of any religion – including Islam.

(yada, yada, yada – then)

“Most of all, we must reaffirm that we will carry on the work of our fallen heroes.

“I know the images on our televisions are disturbing. But let us never forget that for every angry mob, there are millions who yearn for the freedom, and dignity, and hope that our flag represents. That is the cause of America – the ideals that took root in our founding; the opportunity that drew so many to our shores; and the awesome progress that we have promoted all across the globe.

(More yada, yada, yada)

“So with their memory to guide us, we will carry forward the work of making our country stronger, our citizens safer, and the world a better and more hopeful place. Thank you.”

No God be with these men and their families, or God be with our servicemen and women all around the world, and no God Bless America.  Just “Thank You.”

Pitiful leadership.  And that is…Why It Matters.

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By now you will have heard of the enourmous tragedies that have struck Japan.  On Friday, March 11 an earthquake struck just 80 miles off the eastern coast of Japan near the city of Sendai, Honshu.   The earthquake, originally designated an 8.9 on the Ritcher Scale has been reassessed and upgraded to a 9.0, making it the fourth largest quake in recorded world history and the largest earthquake to ever hit Japan.  More than 150 aftershocks registering 5.0 or higher have occurred since the initial event.

The size of this quake created a tsunami which crashed into Japan with a wall of water more than 30 feet high.  The tsunami’s devastating power has erased huge sections of development, sweeping complete villages out to sea and destroying vital infrastructure. 

Perhaps the deadliest part of this crisi has yet to happen.  As of today, three of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants have experienced explosions causing unstable cores, beginning meltdowns, and leaking radiation.  The effect of a complete meltdown would devastate large areas of land, leaving them uninhabitable; additionally the physical affects on human life would be horrendous.

No official death toll can be assessed by the Japanese authorities, however they expect more than 10,000 losses. 

My heart aches for the people of Japan and for those who have lost loved ones.  I urge you to pray for the people of Japan and to contribute to the American Red Cross or other emergency agencies to assist in its almost impossible task of rescue and recovery.  For a list of reputable agencies, click here.

Scenes from beautiful Japan

 

Chile Shaken by Enormous Quake

Posted: March 1, 2010 by April Watkins in Chile, Earthquakes, Tragedy
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Damage in Chile

An enourmous quake [rated 8.8] has hit the South American country of Chile near Concepcion.  The death toll is nearing 1,000.  The search for the missing has begun. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti and the many rescue workers, military personnel, and human aid and assistance helpers in the tiny nation to help in the aftermath of the earthquake disaster.  

Haiti in Ruins

Let us hope and pray that Haiti can rise from this catastrophe and become stronger as a people; that they can come together to rebuild their country with a stronger more stable government; and that they can begin to build a society that is free of corruption and crime, so that Haitians can live in peace and safety.  

Rescuing People Buried Alive by Rubble

Please contact the charity or relief fund of your choice to donate money for the purchase of water, food, medicine, etc. for the people of Haiti. 

The Huffington Post (yes, I do read the opposing side’s views) has compiled a great list of relief organizations for donations.  From their website: 

The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747 

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund(more…)