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Tomorrow, while celebrating with friends and giving thanks for all that He has given, please…don’t drink and drive.

This video is the message America needs to see, but the alcohol lobby won’t allow you to see. So, I present it here:

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Thank you to all of our veterans for your sacrifice. I and our country will never forget you!!

Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. Although many people confuse Veteran’s Day with Memorial Day, they are distinctly different in many ways. One thing is for certain…it causes a great problem for me. First a little history, then we’ll get to my problem.

At the end of World War I, prior to the signing of the peace treaty at Versailles, fighting ceased when an armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first official commemoration of Armistice Day. After some changing dates and different laws recognizing this day, President Ford signed into law the return of Veteran’s Day to its original day of November 11th, with said law going into effect in 1978. Now to my problem, for which I have no solution.

Veteran’s Day always falls on November 11, regardless of the day of the week. This year it’s on Thursday. Although some schools will be closed, many will be opened. Schools choose to stay open because of legal requirements that force them to teach a certain number of days, and giving up a Christmas vacation day or summer vacation day to take off on Veteran’s Day is something that most teachers’ unions won’t tolerate. Never mind our veterans, this is the union we’re talking about and we all know how important they are.
Most government offices will be closed. Presumably it’s so the employees can attend Veteran’s Day celebrations in cities nationwide. In reality, the government employees union better known as the AFL-CIO, has used its leverage over the years to bargain the government for a certain number of paid holidays, and Veteran’s Day is one of them. It matters not the significance of the day, what matters is the time off. How they spend that time off is not mandated, so don’t be looking for the AFL-CIO to be marching in a parade near you.

Private business has chosen a unique way to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Knowing that many people will be off from work that day with presumably nothing to do, most retail outlets will have special sale fliers, hoping to fill their stores with shoppers looking for bargains. I’d like to think that some of those bargain hunters will be visiting the local veteran’s hospital with some of their cheaply acquired booty, bringing cheer to all the patients that need some.

Looking around, one would think that the people who have profited most by the sacrifice of veterans would observe this special day. Since banks are closed on Veterans Day, my first reaction is to jump for joy that someone in the private sector recognizes those sacrifices. But a closer look reveals that the New York Stock Exchange is still open. The excuse they use is that we have to consider the global markets and our global trading partners, forgetting that most of our global trading partners are not marching the goose step down Main Street because of the sacrifices our veterans made during World War II.

If you think you’ve guessed my problem, you’re probably wrong. I’m not demanding that people change their ways and celebrate Veteran’s Day in a manner which I and many other may prescribe. I’m not demanding that the stock market close, government employees attend a parade near you, or stores stop offering sales and shoppers stop shopping. I’m not demanding that peoples of foreign nations stop to recognize the contributions of our veterans to their freedoms, or that the world stop rotating on its axis because it’s Veteran’s Day. I’m not asking for anything like that.

My problem is this: Tomorrow, I will tell all the veterans I know how thankful I am for their service. I will tell them how thankful I am for the freedoms which we all share. I will tell them how much their sacrifices mean to me. For some of them, I will simply say “Thank you”. In saying that, I feel as though I am falling horribly short of what is owed for their sacrifices. Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, and entire communities have sacrificed their sons and daughters for my freedoms. Those sons and daughters of our nation have given their all, at a cost that I cannot fathom, much less measure.

How is a man of modest means such as myself to repay such great acts of service to one’s country by so many people? How do I make it known to these fine Americans how much I appreciate what they have done for me and my family? How do I pay this debt of gratitude? I have no answer.

I hope that tomorrow, Veteran’s Day, will bring peace and happiness to all of our veterans. I hope that this day will be celebrated by many. And at the least, I hope that all veterans everywhere will accept my most gracious thanks for all they have done, because my thanks is all I have to offer.

Go smirk on the unemployment line!

MSNBC suspended “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann Friday after the news that he donated to three Democratic candidates. MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement, “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

Standards? Did he say, “Standards”? That’s laughable. MSNBC no more has standards about journalism then Larry Flint has about entertainment. It’s no secret that MSNBC no longer reports news but rather engages in liberal political aggrandizing at the behest of the Democratic Party. MSNBC wouldn’t know journalism if it slapped them in the face, because they long-ago gave up on journalism and entered the opinion business.

This all stems from a Politico report today that says Olbermann gave the maximum individual donation of $2,400 to three candidates in Tuesday’s election: Arizona Reps. Gabrielle Giffords and Raul Grijalva and Senate hopeful Jack Conway, who lost in Kentucky to Republican Rand Paul. Thanks to Politico for pointing that out, because otherwise MSNBC management, who buries their head in the political sand like an Ostrich in a windstorm, would never had said a word about it. The shameless promotion of the liberal left by this no-talent organization goes without saying.

The biggest hypocrite of them all is Olbermann himself. In August, Olbermann flapped his gums about the issue of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch giving $1 million to the Republican Governors Association. “Fox News has put its money where its mouth is,” Olbermann said. He again belched out more liberal rhetoric about this donation in October, wondering aloud during an interview if there was “a legislative response to the idea that there is a national cable news outlet that goes beyond having a point of view and actually starts to shill for partisan causes and actually starts to donate to partisan groups of one party.”

I don’t know Olbermann….is there?

“Boy, you gots to sit in the back”.  If you’re from the south, that message may conjure up images of an era when racial segregation was the norm. Whites and blacks had separate water fountains, separate seating, and separate schools. Whites and blacks were treated not as equals under the law, but as separate entities. If you’re black and you lived in the south during that time period, you would take offense today if someone today told you to sit in the back. 

But that’s just what President Obama did. As our President is campaigning around the country, trying to save what is left of the left, he decided that when it comes to Washington politics, all those promises he made about bi-partisanship are now moot points (he lied). He so eloquently stated, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.” 

 I could understand this statement if he had a segregation axe to grind, but that man no more understands the sacrifices of southern blacks in the sixties than a ten year old understands the sacrifices of our soldiers in WW2. Being raised born to a white mother and being raised in both Kenya (his birth home) and the United States by his wealth grandmother, I find it quite ironic that he would use such a statement. 

This President is not about uniting. He is about dividing and conquering. All of his promises of eliminating partisanship in Washington carry the same weight as a cop dressed in riot gear, holding a fire hose, promising not to hit any of those peace marchers in Alabama in the sixties. Obama has every intention of releasing the dogs of war on his own country, and continues to demonstrate that every day. 

On a brighter note, those from his own party are starting to segregate him. It has become a badge of shame for any politician in the Democrat Party to be associated with Obama. All along the campaign trail, Obama has been shunned by those seeking re-election. But now, ladies and gentlemen, a bold Democrat steps forward and tells it like it is.  

Democrat Frank Caprio, running for the Governor’s mansion in Rhode Island, proudly stated that Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it”. 

That’s not all he can shove, Mr. Caprio.

Finally, the voices of reason are starting to over-shadow the voices of scam artists of the likes of AL Gore. Gore, the former Vice President who hopes to profit from the global warming scam, has so many people convinced that climate change is man-made that scientists are even affected by the huge sums of money involved.

However, I am happy to report that in this world of corrupt Washington politicians and university professors that are only interested in the huge profits they will reap from this scam, along comes a scholar with integrity to renew my faith in American learning institutions.  His name is Professor Emeritus Hal Lewis of USC, Santa Barbara.

Professor Lewis, a 67-year member of the American Physical Society (kind of like the AMA for physicists), has decided to tender his resignation from the group, based on his perceptions that this group’s integrity has been compromised by the money flowing from the global warming scam.

The following is the letter he wrote, first reported by My Telegraph in the U.K.

Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis

From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society

6 October 2010

Dear Curt:

When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).

Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate

2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.

5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.


Hal, I raise a glass to you. You can explain why the glass wants to fall back to earth later…for now, nice job. I salute you.

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