The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar;
it shall never go out. - Leviticus 6.13
Much of the following is rendered here with permission and all with some liberty in presentation while in keeping with the spirit of the participants. Have a great read.
A respected friend recently recently posted to an Internet Group a great bit of Real Americana; noting, "I received this from a military friend who is a brother in Christ."
"Attached is a picture (it is a picture of President Bush running along side of Mike) of one of my best friends in the Army, Mike McNaughton. We were privates together in 1990-1994. He stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to visit the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run a mile that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he called Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week they went on the run, one mile with the president. Not something you'll see in the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank you to the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends was one of the greatest/best things I have seen in my life. It almost sounds like a corny email chain letter, but God bless him.
"CPT Justin P. Dodge, MD
Flight Surgeon, 1-2 AVN RGT
Medical Corps, U.S. Army"
Born To Run, Urban Legends Reference Pages, Politics - GWB & Hero: jpg of a Promise Kept
'Character is manifested in the great moments
Character is made in the small moments'
Another friend posted, "I don't know if anyone caught the Frontline program last night on PBS, but it painted GWB as some sort of religious right-wing radical who is trying to
make America into a Christian theocracy. He is limiting a woman's right to
have an abortion, plans on putting religious zealots as judges in the
federal courts, wants to force our children to say "under God" when stating
the pledge of allegence, believes it is morally wrong for people of the same
gender to get married and calls the poor oppressed terrorists "evil doers."
The man prays and reads the Bible every day and says that Jesus Christ is
the greatest influence in his life because "he changed my heart."
It is rather ironic that on this list he has been called "evil" and has been
compared to a demon. . ."
And another friend posted, 'It's messy being an American. We have to win the majority to an opinion before we can get action. A dictatorship takes less effort, but then you have to have a dedicated army, and that can get even messier. Not many Americans are willing to kill their fellow citizens to advance a political agenda. Considering the history of the world, I think I am glad for that.
Let's see now... Vote the way you buy a car. It isn't going to get you to heaven, because it isn't designed for that. But get one you can afford, that will give you some of the things you like. Be careful you don't get one that comes with payments you can't afford. And make sure you pay your taxes to enforce the traffic laws for the idiots who are out there.'
And yet another was good enough to post, 'I offer the following Article from World Magazine, May 15, for reflection:
' "Right and Wrong
"Angry conservatives should keep in mind what a Bush loss would mean
"By Gene Edward Veith
"AS MANY AS HALF A MILLION PRO-ABORTION fanatics marched on Washington on April 25 ("All the rage," May 8), screaming about their right to kill the
not-yet-born. In the crowd were "tarts" for choice, gays for choice, and
anarchists for choice. They marched alongside representatives of more
mainstream advocates of abortion: feminists, the National Education
Association, Democratic politicians.
"The monumental question in the next election is whether America wants to be
governed by these people.
"Some Christians and conservatives are waffling about whether to support the
reelection of President Bush. He is not conservative enough, they say. He is
running a deficit. He advocates too much big government. Even some
conservatives are thinking the war in Iraq might have been a mistake, that
we are getting bogged down in a quagmire, with some thinking we should be
even more forceful in dealing with terrorists, while others think our
current measures are endangering civil liberties.
"But such concerns, though often legitimate, pale before the cultural stakes
in this next election.
"Who do you want to select federal and Supreme Court judges? The Republicans,
in the courtly spirit of compromise that is so frustrating to many
conservatives, favor strict constructionists who tend to be pro-life, but
they say they will not impose any pro-life litmus test. John Kerry, on the
other hand, says that he will impose a litmus test, that he will appoint no
judges who are pro-life.
"And with that mentality, other things will follow. Democratic lawmakers are
supporting the destruction of human embryos for their stem cells. Put the
"progressives" in power and there will be no brake on other kinds of genetic
engineering and reproductive technology.
"If the progressives gain power, we will definitely have gay marriage. Sen.
Kerry says he personally opposes marriage for homosexuals, but his election
would mean a new cultural and political climate, and, given his allies and
his advisors and his court appointees, the sanction of homosexuality in
marriage laws will just be a matter of time.
"It is important too to look at the next step, where other countries are,
once homosexuals win the marriage debate. The next step in their quest to
make their sexual practices socially acceptable is to silence those who make
moral judgments against their lifestyle. Criticism of homosexuality is
already outlawed as "hate speech" in Scandinavia, and prosecutors
specifically target pastors who teach what the Bible says on the subject.
And now Canada - our neighbor to the north who, in many ways, seems so much
like us - has passed essentially the same law.
"No, Sen. Kerry and the Democratic lawmakers up for reelection are not
advocating this particular bill, but can anyone doubt that their election
would put us on this same trajectory?
"Other overt attacks on Christian belief are on the horizon from
"progressive" ideologues. Not only the gay radicals but the pro-abortion
radicals want to exalt their vices into virtues, and secure privileges that
put them beyond criticism. Jim Doyle, the governor of Wisconsin and a Kerry
kingpin, has just vetoed a "conscience clause" that would have allowed
doctors and other healthcare professionals to refuse to perform abortions.
The pro-abortionists want to require Christian doctors to perform abortions.
"The left is enjoying a renaissance, of sorts, a resurgence of those
nostalgic days in the 1960s and 1970s of self-righteousness and revolution.
The Vietnam War days are back in vogue, and protest marches, teach-ins, and
"direct-action" tactics have become cool again with our cultural elite. The
veterans and leaders of the old anti-war movement have come out of hiding,
and we are on the verge of electing one of them to the presidency.
"The war and the economy are important, of course, but they are merely
problems in the here and now. In the long term, they represent only moments
in the history of this country. In the larger history of Western
civilization, they shrink in significance. The direction of our culture - even
the survival of any kind of recognizable American civilization - is of far
greater importance." '
And while all this is going on, we are fighting, or preparing to fight this Global War on Terror, and what have we to put up with from the Democratic Party? Nothing, but all kinds of noise with only one aim, and that being to advance the potential political advantage of the Democratic Party - at anyone's and everyone's expense ... Witness recent and continuing "Bush Bashing" Senator, Senior Senator, mind you, Ted Kennedy and his cohort members in the House, led by Democratic Party House Minority Whip, Nancy Pelosi attacking the President of the United States and Commander in Chief - and this during a state of declared war - with accusations that the Commander in Chief is “incompetent” and that he lacked the “judgment, experience or knowledge to make good decisions." - And this, on national broadcast media, that is, in the very ears of our enemies. These people and their ilk no longer listen to their own colleagues in Congress nor to we, the electorate. They have become, as they are now called
, "Domestic Enemies" of the United States. Enemies whose self-interest comes first - before the good of the Nation and before honestly representing the will of the people. Their oath of office they have cast to the ground, which oath they once before us all stood and, hand over heart swore of their own free will, "... I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."
Isn't it funny, that peculiarly in America, taking public office requires the taking of an oath of loyalty not to a man, nor to an office, but before God and man, to a document, a writing, a shadow of an even greater Writing, which sets forth our unique distinction as a people of God, under God and for His glory free and blessed with the fruits of liberty - it is to this the oath is taken and it is this very thing which all our enemies hate, both foreign and domestic - our freedom and, yes, our freedom's source, under God - our very selves.
So, here we are, in the first rounds of this renewed clash of civilizations, this struggle for survival yet played far from our doorstep, mostly, and which draws nearer each passing day and do we check our weapons and spot our lookouts and eye each other, steady each other against the coming storm of blood and violence? No, we do not. We continue to feather our nests and jockey for position and rip and tear at each other on the public stage for the whole world to see - and our enemies are cast down and weakened - with laughter. Then they get up and dust themselves off, nodding to one another, confident, now, how right they are in their assessment of their enemy - that's us, y'know - we of the fat ass - and move in closer, "To The Slaughter" singing in their hearts, dancing on their lips, glittering in their eyes and glistening from their blades.
What is really bothersome to a growing number of Americans is how more and more outspoken and how more and more vicious - hysterical, almost, are the attacks from the Left - for the Democratic Party is now frankly, The "Left and Loving It", anymore, anyway... As if they are revving themselves up for a rush at the White House in a modern reenactment of the October Revolution of 1917 - you know, when the nice, Liberal good guys tried to change things and, once they had done all the heavy lifting, found themselves shot dead by the smaller cadre of "Progressives", the real bad guys in their midst - when the menshiviks got deaded by the bolsheviks - Lenin and Company. Yeah, yeah, it didn't seem to work - after seventy plus years and how many tens of millions of their own killed by them dead, the Wall did come down - But, wasn't that because it was no longer needed - that we had moved so far their way, it had become superfluous and a hindrance to our further advance Left? And who says they have given up? Remember "Dialectical Materialism"? the Leninist doctrine that teaches to 'do anything, say anything, be anything, so long as you take over the world'?... Remember, then Soviet Premier Gorbachov may have thrown rocks at Stalin, already long dead, but yearly he very respectfully and publicly, under the unblinking eye of the world media, did place a very large wreath of roses at the tomb of Lenin...And today he has offices in the Presidio in San Francisco, "working on World Peace". Meanwhile, Islam is rising, again. Dennis Prager said, "Liberalism is felt, not thought." We'll be just as dead.
Just a reminder, folks, it wasn't always quite that way with the Democratic Party - with all that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt did, good or bad, he did also say, "Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals; all the standards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves." Ah, yes, that backbone thing, again. I have a hunch we are gonna need it, and soon.
In order to keep the Big Picture in view, let us look back to just a month or so ago and slice out just a sliver of what was happening as reported by some brave souls in the media. First is an editorial from the Sunday, 4 April 2004 edition of a newspaper located in Florida's panhandle. And then, a report then just off the wire from Indonesia.
Up Against Fanaticism By Phil Lucas
, Executive Editor, Panama City New Herald
If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and
gender diversity but not diversity of thought or if you think there is an
acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages,
and take the children, too. This piece is not for you.
We published pictures Thursday of burnt American corpses hanging from an
Iraqi bridge behind a mob of grinning Muslims. Some readers didn't like it.
Mothers said it frightened their children. A woman who works with Muslim
physicians thought it might offend or endanger them.
Well, we sure don't want to frighten, offend or endanger anybody, do we?
That's just too much diversity to handle. I mean, somebody might get hurt.
We could fill the newspaper every morning with mobs of fanatical Muslims.
They can't get along with their neighbors on much of the planet:
France, Chechnya, Bosnia, Indonesia, Spain, Morocco, India, Tunisia,
Somalia, etc. etc. etc. Can anybody name three ongoing world conflicts in
which Muslims are not involved? Today, where there is war, there are
We might quibble about who started what conflicts, but look at the sheer
number of them.
One thing is sure. Muslim killers started the one we are in now when they
slaughtered more that 3,000 people, including fellow Muslims, in New York
Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state and reckless appeaser
who helped get us into this mess, said last week Muslims still resent the
Crusades. Well, Madam Albright, if Westerners were not such a forgiving
people, we might resent them too.
Let's recap the Crusades. Muslims invaded Europe, and when they reached
sufficient numbers, they imposed their intolerant religion upon Westerners
by force. Christian monarchs drove them back and took the battle to their
homeland. The fight lasted a couple of centuries, and we bottled them up
for 1,000 years.
Now, a millennium later, Muslims have expanded forth again. Ask France.
Ask England. Ask Manhattan. Two-and-a-half years ago fanatical Muslims
laid siege to us. We woke up to the obvious. Our president announced it
would be a very long war, then took the battle to the Islamic homeland.
Let's consider the concept of a "long war." Last time it was 200 years,
give or take. Anybody catch Lord of the Rings? You know, the good part,
the part that wasn't fiction, the part that drew us to the books and movies
because it was the truest part: the titanic struggle between good and evil,
between freedom and enslavement, between the individual and the state,
between the celebration of life and the worshipping of death.
That's the fight we are in, and it never ends. It just has peaks and
There may be a silent majority of peaceful Muslims - some live here - but
that did not save 3,000 people in the World Trade Center, the million gassed
and butchered in the Middle East, the tens of thousands slain in Eastern
Europe and Asia, the hundreds blown to bits in the West Bank and Spain, or
the four Americans shot, burned and hung like sausage over the Euphrates as
a fanatical minority of Muslims did the joyful dance of death.
Maybe we are so tolerant, we are so bent on "diversity," we are so
nonjudgmental, we are so wrapped up in our six-packs and ballgames that our
brains have drained to our bulbous behinds. Maybe we're so addled on
Ritalin we wouldn't know which end of a gun to hold. Maybe we need a new
drug advertised on TV every three minutes, one that would help us grow a
It doesn't take a Darwin to figure out that in this world the smartest, the
fastest, the strongest, and the most committed always win. No exceptions.
Look at your spouse and children. Look at yourself in the mirror. Then
look at the pictures from the paper last Thursday. You better look at them.
Those are the people out to kill you.
Who do you think will win? You? Or them? Think you can take your ball
and go home and they will leave you alone? Read a little history. Start
with last week, last month, last year, and every other year back for half a
century. Then go back a thousand years. Nobody hides from this fight.
Like it or not, that's the way it was and that's the way it is. But many
Americans don't get it. That's why we published those pictures.
If they jarred you off the sofa, if they offended you, if they scared your
children and sent you into a rage at mass murderers or heartless editors,
then I say, it's a start.
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
FAITH UNDER FIRE - Muslim mobs burn Christian homes Attack began at 3 a.m.,
continued until all were destroyed Posted: April 28, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern
Muslim militants in eastern Indonesia burned down several hundred homes in
an overnight attack on a mainly Christian area where 26 people were killed
in three days of fighting.
The attacks on Christians in Maluku province, once known as the Spice
Islands, continues with no end in sight, according to the Washington,
D.C.-based human rights group International Christian Concern.
Laskar Jihad warriors
On Monday, several hundred homes of Christians were burned down in the Tanah
Lapang Kecil and Batugantung neighborhoods of Ambon, the provincial capital.
The attack began at about 3 a.m. and continued into the afternoon hours
until all of the homes were destroyed, ICC said.
According to news reports, government buildings have been abandoned and
taken over by unidentified snipers using the rooftops to scout victims,
including several policemen who have been killed in the past few days.
Maluku, which has been about half Christian and half Muslim, came under
attack between 1999 and 2002 from a radical Islamic group called Laskar
Jihad, or Army of Holy Warriors, which aimed to make Indonesia an Islamic
As WorldNetDaily reported last year, the group has continued to operate
despite formally announcing it had disbanded.
Many of its members have joined the al-Qaida-linked terror network Jemaah
Islamiah, blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and last year's suicide attack
on the Marriott Hotel in Jakarta.
According to the Australian Associated Press, the latest violence began when
members of the region's small Christian separatist Republic of South Maluku
marched through Ambon to mark the 54th anniversary of a failed independence
Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, with more than 180
million. A minority supports the radical Islamic parties that share the aim
of converting the nation into an Islamic state, analysts say.
In response to the march, the AAP said, Muslim gangs torched houses and
churches, and set fire to a local Christian University and United Nations
Several people also were hacked to death with machetes by the mobs, AAP
reported, before hundreds of troops from Jakarta arrived to try to quell the
Under Indonesia's former leader in the 1970s and 1980s, Suharto, Muslims
were sent to Maluku to dilute the secessionist movement.
The separatist leaders called for international intervention to stop the
fighting while Christian leaders in Jakarta appealed to the central
The leader of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, Habib Husein al-Hubsyi,
threatened earlier this week to send 7,000 holy warriors to the province.
As we commemorate the old Decoration Day, and this Memorial Day 2004 - and do remember our heroic dead laid to rest, while we yet live - let us pray they died for something yet worth fighting for - and, in turn, resolve with our own lives to make it so, always and for ever.
Decoration Day, 1908.
Let us meet where the soldier boys lay,
Let us bring forth Old Glory once more,
Let us tell of the valor today
That was shown in the battles of yore;
Let us meet where the trenches were deep,
In the woodland on mountain or hill,
Where the sons of Old Glory now sleep,
Though the cannon and musket are still.
Let us meet, yes, with reverent hearts
While a remnant remains with us yet,
Let us tell, though the tear often starts,
Of the days we should never forget;
Of the soldier who kissed the hot tears
From the cheeks 0f a maiden, that burned,
Of the maiden that waited long years
For a soldier that never returned.
Let us tell of the prison walls dumb,
Where the wounded and sick called in vain
For a mother with water to come
And cool off a feverish brain;
Let us tell of the vigil at night,
Of marches through mud and the rain,
Of the charge at the dawn's early light
When thousands and thousands were slain.
Ah, yes; we will tell it today,
That the youth 'neath Old Glory may hear;
On each grave a fond token we'll lay
For the heroes we love and revere.
For so long as Old Glory shall wave,
Yes, so long as our hearts shall beat true,
We will honor the true and the brave
Who fought for the Red, White and Blue.
- Ed Blair.
(Boston: The Gorham Press. 1914)
This poem, published in the Jackson, Mississippi, Clarion-Ledger , was written by Ellen E. Hebron of Vicksburg in honor of her brother Jeremiah Ellington (Company K, 18th Mississippi Infantry), who died during the war. Because it is dated on April 26, 1894, it is assumed that it was written for Decoration Day 1894.
"Thanks, as always, to Jeff Giambrone from the Old Court House Museum in Vicksburg for finding this poem and passing it along."
Decoration Day, 1894
by Ellen E. Hebron
They are firing the cannon now -
Will it bring me back my dead?
Will it raise my soldier-brother's form,
And restore his spirit fled?
In far Virginia's soil
He sleeps the "last long sleep,"
While I, his sister so bereft,
His memory e'er shall keep.
Fair was his youthful brow,
Tender his loving eye,
Loyal his heart to his native South,
When he bade his home good-bye!
High were his hopes of life,
Nobel his soul sincere -
O! mocking dream of the "long ago,"
So sudden his early bier!
They are strewing the flowers now -
O! my darling brave and true!
Can they crown with joy your pallid brow
As we fondly used to do?
When your voice like a bugle-call
To patriot duty came;
And your laugh like a rippling summer stream
Intensified the flame.
Of love three sisters bore
For an only brother's form -
Alas! Alas! that he should die
So early 'mid the storm.
I shall meet you yet again!
Bright in my soul your worth
Shall blossom and blossom on through years,
'Till I bid adieu to earth.
Sweet be thy soldier-rest;
Happy thy christian bed;
Loyal and true thy manly breast -
My brother is not dead!
In Flanders Fields
written in 1915 by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Flanders, in the north of France, was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the World War I. One of the few things said to have survived the bloodshed was the poppy. John McCrea, a Canadian doctor serving on the battlefield, wrote this poem after treating the battle wounded and burying the dead.