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Thanksgiving, God and Joe American

 

My father-in-law passed away peacefully in his sleep last week.  He was 92 and the original American piece of work.  He had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He never wanted much, just his own way.

Joseph, was a product of the end of the first world war.  He was second generation Italian on one side, and on another had an ancestor that fought in the Civil War.  Being a history and genealogy junkie, I liked to feed him tidbits of research on his background.  Tidbits that helped strengthened his belief in his family’s foundation and confident in its  accomplishments.   He thought that it was so great that there existed an historical map of his lifetime through these tidbits, a picture of the ship from the 1800s where parts of his family had come back and forth from Italy,  the census from 1910, and his Navy discharge papers that were long lost  after his service in the South Pacific in WWII.

He was a small handsome Italian guy, blonde with blue eyes; just a regular Joe.

His history was very important to him.  It helped him know that he didn’t arrive on this earth alone.  He talked always of his city of Philadelphia, where he was born and raised and where he raised his own.  He talked of how such and such a thing ended up where, who built it and who tore it down.

He was brought to this place by the grace of God through his ancestors from places which were not nearly as prosperous as the one they were headed for.  America.  Relatives worked all means of dirty, skilled and semi-skilled jobs.    He was so proud of them.

In recent years we have been reprimanded,  warned not to be haughty over the success of the American dream and the infrastructure built by average Americans that built the strongest economy in the world.  We were told, “No, you didn’t build that”.

The American dream has almost NOTHING to do with money or entitlement.   It is uniquely American in that any average Joe, who keeps his shoulder to the wheel, and has the drive, can provide a nice living for his family and extended family.  A family history did NOTHING to hold him back.  Because his grandfather was a shoemaker, it didn’t mean he couldn’t be an electrician or a plumber or a doctor or whatever it took to thrive given his determination and abilities.   Class has nothing to do with anything in America.  Only those who wish to hold on to power or wealth and try to keep you poor and dependent will tell you that it does.

Petty Officer Joe American was buried with full ceremony and honors for his rank, with taps and a shot gun salute and the entire nine yards of military tribute.  His rank  not given due to his lineage or royalty as would have been true in Europe.  It was earned.  He was an American, a classic product of the blessed and noble American experiment wrought from the European Enlightenment.

On this Thanksgiving Day, thank God first of course, but then also thank Joe and all of his fellow veterans and family who gave us what we have and shame on those who seek to diminish it.

Mark Levin supports LT Michael Behenna

Freedom Radio and THE SHREW are huge Mark Levin fans. We are proud to call ourselves one of his infamous “back benchers” and we do a hell of a job. Although we have been all over the case of wrongly incarcerated Lt. Michael Behenna for some time, there is NOTHING like the sway of THE GREAT ONE!

Mark briefly summarizes this disgraceful injustice and presents for the defense.

Listen to this short but perfect Mark Levin clip below:

The Oppression of Our Military Heroes by Our Tyrant-in-Chief

Oppression: noun, prolonged cruel or unjust treatment or control: the state of being subject to such treatment or control

Just days ago, Gateway Pundit published a story which infuriated this SHREW. Being away from the studio, I passed the info along to my colleagues at Freedom Radio and THE SHREW Tim Sumner and Anna Bee. The following is an excerpt from that article:

“A determination of incompetency will prohibit you (veteran) from purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L. No. 103-159, as implemented at 18 United States Code 924 (a)(2)”

Tim Sumner, co-founder of 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America did a little digging. The following audio is an excerpt from a discussion on our very own THE SHREW:

Just how widespread is THIS atrocity?

Note: Atrocity: noun, an extremely wicked or cruel act.

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The Fate of a Nation

Michael Behenna’s civilian hearing for appeal took place yesterday in DC. I was privileged to attend thanks to the thoughtfulness of my hosts Bev Perlson of the Band of Mothers and Jean Morris and her husband James.

We are there to support Michael Behenna, a young Lieutenant being wrongly incarcerated in Leavenworth for killing an Al Queda terrorist. We are there to support the Behenna family and all of the families of all the patriot soldiers being held in Leavenworth. If not for their willingness to serve, they wouldn’t be there. Their families were prepared for many outcomes for their sons as a result of their service, but being a number in prison was surely not one of them.

Learn more about Michael Behenna’s story here.

As we go through the security screening in the courthouse lobby where a man’s fate will be decided, I pray. As we walk up the stairs to the anteroom of the courtroom, I pray. As we gaze into the hopeful but anxious eyes of the family members, as we greet each other, I pray. I pray for Michaels spirit and that of his fiancee Shannon and of course for everyone who loves him.

Yet each conversation held between family and friend at this meeting is in itself a prayer, a prayer that our hopes for Michaels freedom will not only be heard, but that we will see his smiling face out and among the free people he has sacrificed so much to protect.

So many appeals have been denied in the military court, for reasons that mere mortal citizens cannot fathom, dare we believe that this time, in civilian court, reason and righteousness might prevail? We are united in our fear of believing that it might be so, lest Michael’s hopes be dashed again.

The courtroom is full but quiet and orderly, the military on the right and the family and friends on the left. The imposing government architecture does its job reminding us of our place in the world, or at least in this court. The atmosphere is positive yet still.

As the trial begins, we are all frustrated by the acoustics of the marble-encased room. We can hear the judges questions, but not the responses of the attorneys. The family and friends of Michael are so well versed in the details of the shooting, that it almost doesn’t matter. In a strange way, hearing only the judges questions helps concentrate our minds as to where their prudence might be taking them. We sit hanging to their every word, every pause, every nuance as we struggle to be objective observers in a way that can never be.

I am relieved that the panel of 5 judges seem to have their questions lasered on the cruxes of the matter at hand. They know exactly where to place their legal scalpels. I am relieved that they seem to drill in on the many flaws in the governments case. The judges questions appear to support the belief in the quite unusual and specifically American concept that is the burden of the government to prove its case, not the burden of the accused to prove his innocence.

The questions of the judges are wise, and provoking, focusing on matters of the law. They frequently send both the government and the civilian attorneys scrambling for precise references. I find comfort that through the precision of their disciplined and relentless approach to the dissection of the conduct of Michaels trial, that they will see through the flawed government conviction of a patriot and set him free.

Lets all pray that justice will be done as Michael is set free and faith in our justice system can be as well.

Ryan and Hamilton Rock Freedom Radio

Freedom Radio Rocks accepted world views every week with news on national security and the military that the MSM & Faux News just can’t seem to fit in between trampolining bears, skate boarding boston terriers, Dick Morris and those madcap Kardashians.

This Wednesday at 10 AM EST, Freedom Radio‘s Tim Sumner of 911 Families of Safe and Strong America and Pat Carfagno of Freedom Radio welcome Col. Frank Ryan USMC retired.

Col. Frank Ryan served approximately 33 years both in active and reserved duty in the marines.

His most recent tour of active duty being in 2005 at the tender age of 53 where he served on Tommy Franks staff in Iraq. His specialty being economic warfare . He is a successful business man, President of F.X.Ryan and CPA with an MBA, who has helped a remarkable 181 out of 187 clients sty out of bankruptcy.

Needless to say, business is booming.

Pat and Colonel Ryan will discuss the economy, politics and of course the latest on the Haditha trials. See Col. Ryans latest article at American Thinker, “A Generation Losing Hope; the Shattering of the American Dream”.

Tim Sumner welcomes back Heidi Hamilton who has faithfully been in attendance observing the Haditha related trials. Heidi returns to discuss the trial of Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the last of the 8 Haditha marines, the plea deal, sentencing and the implications of both.

Hey Jack Murtha? Hot enough for ya?

Join us, everyone. We report only the facts as they are, so there is no decision to make. Its a Shemp Smith free zone.

Freedom Radio Welcomes Nat Helm on the Last Haditha Marine Story

Nat Helms who is reporting on as an onsite attendee at the trial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich on Defend Our Marines will be joining us on Freedom Radio on Wednesday Jan 11 at 10 AM EST.

Freedom Radio’s producer and cohost Tim Sumner co-founder of 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America has been doing yeoman’s work on gathering the information on this subject and reporting on it on his site as well, will also play a major part in reporting on this story on Freedom Radio.

Jury Seated in Last ‘Haditha’ Marine Trial
by Tim Sumner
The North County Times reported on Friday’s progress in the court-martial of the last U.S. Marine to stand trial in connection with the November 19, 2005 civilian deaths in Haditha, Iraq:

An eight-member jury was seated at Camp Pendleton on Friday to decide the fate of a staff sergeant charged with war crimes in the deaths of 24 Iraqi civilians during the height of the conflict.

The jury of four officers and four enlisted men will hear opening statements on Monday in the trial of 31-year-old Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich.

Wuterich is accused of being responsible for 19 of the 24 Iraqi deaths that came after his Kilo Company squad from the base’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, searched for the people responsible for a roadside bombing that killed one Marine and injured two others on Nov. 19, 2005, in the city of Haditha.

Wuterich has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter, assault and dereliction of duty for failing to follow the rules of engagement stemming from the more than 6-year-old incident. He faces a prison sentence of up to 150 years if convicted of all the charges.

Controversy surrounding the prosecution and its unpopularity within the ranks of the Marine Corps was evident at the close of Friday’s proceedings when the lead prosecutor, Maj. Nicholas Gannon, told the military judge that all his witnesses were reluctant to aid the government.

“I can’t think of a single witness that I would say is desirable of being helpful to the United States,” Gannon said.

Join us every Wednesday, LIVE at Freedom Radio 10 AM EST, to hear the news the MSM is unfit to print.

Timmerman on Iran and Russell on Haditha Rock Freedom Radio

Freedom radio welcomes Mr. Ken Timmerman back to our Wednesday Jan 4th 10 AM Show. In 1995 Ken Timmerman with a group of Iranian patriots and with Peter Rodman and Joshua Muravchik, established the Foundation for Democracy in Iran(FDI) .

Today, he is helping families of the victims of the September 11 attacks prepare a class action law suit against the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, because of its direct, material involvement in the al Qaeda plot to attack America, a story he detailed in Countdown to Crisis and in several news stories that can be found here. We will discuss this case along with other current events related to Iran with Mr. Timmerman on Freedom Radio.

Best-selling author Kenneth R. Timmerman has spent his career investigating the dark side of national security. His work can be found at Front Page Magazine and at the Daily Caller. His latest book “St. Peter’s Bones” can be found here.

Over the past three decades he has interviewed dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, covered numerous Middle East wars and false-hope peace treaties, interviewed suicide bombers, debriefed defectors from Iranian intelligence organizatons, and covered the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Russell also joins us to discuss his op-ed in response to the Tribune-Democrat’s Chip Minemyer’s ‘Murtha was right’ commentary and the last ‘Haditha’ Marine trial of SSgt Frank Wuterich that will begin Thursday, January 5. LTC Russell retired after 29 years in the Army (active and reserves), served in Iraq and the Balkins, and was inside the Pentagon on 9/11. Russell ran against the late John Murtha for U.S. Congress in PA-12.

Co-hosting the show will be Tim Sumner, co-founder of 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America and The Liberty Alliance.

Dusty Stuff in the Throttlebottom Attic

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