Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Man who posed as Marine hero sentenced to tend military graves

For pretending that he was a decorated U.S. military veteran, 59-year-old Reggie L. Buddle of Puyallup must tend to the graves of those who really were.



Reggie L. Buddle of Puyallup, standing in the khaki shirt, during the 2006 opening ceremony for the Washington State Senate.

U.S. Magistrate Kelly Arnold in U.S. District Court in Tacoma on Monday sentenced the counterfeit Vietnam vet to two years' probation and 500 hours laboring at Tahoma National Cemetery for posing as a decorated U.S. Marine captain and military chaplain in 2005 and 2006.

Buddle, who never was in the Marine Corps, pleaded guilty in April to unlawful wearing of U.S. military medals and decorations. That followed an investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Read entire article:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/325655_fakevet31.html?source=rss

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Clyburn: Positive Report by Petraeus Could Split House Democrats on War

By Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza
Washington Post Staff Writer and Washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Monday, July 30, 2007; 6:26 PM



House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that a strongly positive report on progress on Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus likely would split Democrats in the House and impede his party's efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.

Clyburn, in an interview with the washingtonpost.com video program PostTalk, said Democrats might be wise to wait for the Petraeus report, scheduled to be delivered in September, before charting next steps in their year-long struggle with President Bush over the direction of U.S. strategy.

Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com

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"Murtha" : Is that a French name?

This week's issue of Insight has superb stories. Our cover piece already has the national media buzzing. Insight has learned that Rep. John Murtha, staunch anti-war critic and close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has inserted an earmark into a bill allocating $1 million to an organization that does not exist--that's right, does not exist. This may be unprecedented in the history of Congress. More importantly, it calls into question the Democrats' commitment to cleaning up the "culture of corruption" in Washington and ending the abuse of pork-barrel spending. Why did Murtha do it? What was the name of the non-existent organization? How are Republicans reacting to this blatant corruption and abuse of power? Go to www.insightmag.com to read the full story!

I'll bet you ten-to-one that Congress's modern-day Benedict Arnold earmarked that $1 million to build a "White Flag" manufacturing company somewhere within his District...

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Retired General Censured in Tillman Case

By RICHARD LARDNER and ERICA WERNER

(AP) Army Secretary Pete Geren briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Tuesday, July 31, 2007, regarding the...


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army on Tuesday censured a retired three-star general for a "perfect storm of mistakes, misjudgments and a failure of leadership" after the 2004 friendly-fire death in Afghanistan of Army Ranger Pat Tillman.

Army Secretary Pete Geren asked an Army review panel to decide whether Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger should also have his rank reduced.

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http://apnews.myway.com/article/20070731/D8QNQK900.html

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The Surge In Iraq Is Working !!!

More outstanding news - two previous critics of Operation Iraqi Freedom have just returned from Iraq and written a new report, "A War We Just Might Win."

Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, of the liberal-oriented Brookings Institute,wrote a piece in the New York Times that has opponents of the mission in Iraq in a state of shock and dismay:

"Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration's miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily "victory" but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with."

As the media has reported today, this sets the stage for a major showdown inWashington, D.C. on September 15th when the report on "the surge" by Gen. David Petraeus is to be delivered to Congress.

CALL TO ACTION:

We hope this news reinforces how vitally important it is for you to help support the giant "Fight for Victory Tour" by Move America Forward that willtake place across this nation from September 3 - September 15. We are proud to be working with pro-troop organizations around the nation to make this effort asuccess.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Support The Troops Rally In Washington September 15th

This notice comes from my buddies at "Eagles Up!"

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The anti-American left has announced their plans to descend on our nation's capital in September to help their terrorist allies overseas on the political front in Congress.

September is going to be the mother of all battles. The left is going all out to bring about the defeat of America in the war on terror. Their immediate goal is to pressure Congress into giving up on the Iraq front so that their terrorist allies have a safe haven in which to wage war on America and our allies in the Middle East.

They believe public opinion is on their side. And why shouldn't they? Nearly everytime they rear their ugly heads, too many patriotic Americans allow them to spread their propaganda unanswered.

The anti-American left is counting on you to stay home in September and pretend that if you ignore them they will go away and they won't get any attention from the media or Congress. That strategy has worked quite well for them over the past few years as they have captured Congress and gotten nothing but fawning coverage in the press while most of us acted like we're too good to stand up for our troops against them.

Those of you who have sat on the sidelines have one last chance to redeem yourselves. If you allow this Congress to succumb to the anti-American left and betray our troops in the field, will you be able to live yourself or look those troops in the eyes should they make it home alive?

Those of you who have stood with us before know that this one is for all the marbles and will do what you have to do to be there.

This September is a time for sacrifice on the homefront. Not of blood, but of time, money and effort. Our troops have the blood part covered.

Read the entire article:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1872216/posts

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

War Crimes by Buzz Patterson

WAR CRIMES: The Left's Campaign to Destroy Our Military and Lose the War on Terror (Crown Forum, on sale June 26, 2007)

The jaw-dropping new book from New York Times bestselling author Robert "Buzz" Patterson, unmasks the many individuals and institutions make up the Left's insidious Fifth Column and how they accomplish their goals, including:

The Left has declared war. For decades liberals have tried to emasculate the armed forces; now, in the War on Terror, this war of attrition has become a full-fledged attack on America.

Through poignant interviews with hundreds of frustrated soldiers, sailors, and airmen-including many on the ground in Iraq-Lt. Col. Patterson reveals the alarming degree to which the military's burden has increased by the slanderous accusations against them, the defeatist attitude back home, and the outright revulsion for their mission on the part of the people they are fighting for.

Such erosion of America's resolve is exactly what the terrorists had hoped for. They know they can not beat the United States militarily. They can win only if Americans becomes so demoralized that they run from the fight. Unfortunately, liberals in America are working overtime to make this happen.

In War Crimes, Lt. Col. Patterson unveils, in disturbing detail, the Left's well-coordinated and well-financed campaign to sabotage their own military-through the media, on campuses, in popular culture, and in Washington.

"Great civilizations don't collapse because foreign enemies breach the fortress walls-great civilizations die because they rot from within," warns Lt. Col. Patterson. War Crimes should serve as a stark reminder of exactly what is at stake in this global war on terrorism: the survival of Western civilization. We cannot let the American Left undermine this critical mission.

By letting the American troops speak for themselves, Lt. Col. Patterson provides a stirring tribute to the guts and glory of America's fighting forces.

This is Buzz's finest writing yet and I strongly recommend it to everyone who loves America and is sick and tired of the "Blame America First" crowd!

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THE SIN OF TAXES

It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others.


St. Francis of Assisi
Admonitions To The Bretheren

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Move America Forward "Fight For Victory Tour"

Move America Forward "Fight For Victory Tour" comes to Indianapolis September 12, 2007 !!!!!


(Day 10) Wednesday Sept 12 2007

Leave Chicago, IL 8:00 AM

Indianapolis, IN Rally Start 1:00 PM

Cincinnati, OH Rally Start 4:30 PM

Columbus, OH Rally 6:30 PM 1 HR

Arrive Columbus, OH Hotel 7:45 PM

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Move America Forward's "FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR"

Supporters of Operation Iraqi Freedom will conduct a nationwide caravan along with more than 2-dozen rallies calling for continued support of U.S. troops based in Iraq in the days leading up to General David Petraeus September 15th report to Congress.

From September 3, 2007 through September 15, 2007 the nation’s largest grassroots, pro-troop organization, Move America Forward will lead thousands of supporters in a cross-country effort called the “FIGHT FOR VICTORY TOUR.”




An inspirational pro-troop video has caught fire on the Internet and has become one of the most-viewed such message online in the past 24 hours.

You can see the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIq3mr6oIYE

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Palladium-Item Views On Illegal Aliens Debunked

I couldn't help but chuckle when I read Our View, "Immigration light v. heat" in the Palladium-Item on July 25th. Even more amusing was the analysis you sited was undertaken by Kristin Butcher, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Rutgers University criminologist Anne Morrison Peale.

Now let's take a look at the figures provided by the National Institute of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, the New York State Senate, Florida's Office of Governor, and California's Office of Governor:

Criminal aliens-non-citizens who commit crimes-are a growing threat to public safety and national security, as well as a drain on our scarce criminal justice resources. In 1980, our federal and state prisons housed fewer than 9,000 criminal aliens. By the end of 1999, these same prisons housed over 68,000 criminal aliens.1 Today, criminal aliens account for over 29 percent of prisoners in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities and a higher share of all federal prison inmates.2 These prisoners represent the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population. Over the past five years, an average of more than 72,000 aliens have been arrested annually on drug charges alone.

Incarceration of criminal aliens cost an estimated $624 million to state prisons (1999) and $891 million to federal prisons (2002), according to the most recent available figure from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Our Teeming Shore,” New York State Senate Committee on Cities, Sen. Frank Padavan, Chr., “The Unfair Burden: Immigration’s Impact on Florida,” Executive Office of the Governor, and “California’s Illegal Immigration Costs: A Call for Federal Leadership,” Office of the Governor:

The New York State Senate Committee on Cities estimates that the annual criminal justice costs for criminal aliens in New York is $270 million. The Committee has called for a national moratorium on immigration to help alleviate this problem.3 According to the Illinois Governor’s Office, Illinois spends over $40 million just on the incarceration of criminal aliens. The cost to Florida’s judicial and correction system for criminal aliens was $73 million in 1993. 4 In 1988, there were 5,500 illegal immigrants in California’s prisons. By fiscal year 1994- 1995, that is estimated to have increased to more than 18,000 illegal immigrants in state prisons-a three-fold increase. California taxpayers have spent over a billion dollars in the last five years to keep these convicted felons in prison, and the FY 9495 cost of incarcerating these offenders exceeded $375 million.5 The federal government has begun to reimburse heavily alien-impacted states for some of the costs of illegal alien prisoners in their state prisons. For 1996, Congress appropriated $300 million for this program.

Too often, criminal aliens are not identified in local and state jails, the INS is not informed of their presence, detention facilities are not available when they are released, they fail to report for deportation, or they return to the United States after deportation. In March 2000, Congress made public Department of Justice statistics showing that, over the previous five years, the INS had released over 35,000 criminal aliens instead of deporting them. Over 11,000 of those released went on to commit serious crimes, over 1,800 of which were violent ones (including 98 homicides, 142 sexual assaults, and 44 kidnappings). In 2001, thanks to a decision by the Supreme Court, the INS was forced to release into our society over 3,000 criminal aliens (who collectively had been convicted of 125 homicides, 387 sex offenses, and 772 assault charges).6

But why confuse Liberal arguments with the facts?


Federation for American Immigration Reform

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Other aliens not included in this total include immigrants who have become U.S. citizens (not included in the federal prison data), aliens being held for trial and some awaiting deportation but not convicted in the United States, e.g., the Cuban Marielitos.

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National Institute of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, June 2003.

3.
“Our Teeming Shore,” New York State Senate Committee on Cities, Sen. Frank Padavan, Chr.; Jan. 1994.

4.
“The Unfair Burden: Immigration’s Impact on Florida,” Executive Office of the Governor; March 1994.

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“California’s Illegal Immigration Costs: A Call for Federal Leadership,” Office of the Governor; 1994.

6.
Zadvydas v. Davis (U.S. 2001).

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

FREE RAMOS AND COMPEAN NOW !

Next Wednesday or Thursday, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo will offer an amendment on the House floor to the Department of Justice appropriations bill to prohibit the government from spending any money to keep Ramos or Compean incarcerated.

As always, Tom Tancredo fights to the end for principles he believes in. If his amendment passes the House and the Senate, they would have to let the agents go free. This is another way to get them out of jail instead of waiting for a presidential pardon or commutation.

Congressman Tancredo need has requested our immediately help to build a solid base of support for his amendment among the members of the House. Yes, everyone is extremely busy, but this warrants our immediate attention and action. This effort could grow legs quickly and solid support in the House will be helpful when it reaches the looney bin (Senate). The amendment does not have a number yet so it should be referred to as the Dept. of Justice Appropriations Bill amendment which will free Ramos and Compean.

It is imperative that we immediately contact ALL members of the House to tell them that we want and expect their strong support for Congressman Tancredo's amendment. Passage of this amendment by the House, and subsequently by the Senate, will free the agents. A "No" vote on this amendment by any Congressman can only mean that they are malicious also, and they want the agents to remain in prison. We need to make sure they understand that a "No" vote WILL BE a serious election issue in 2008. We will not forget!

Please pass this on to your entire email list. If you have an easy to use directory which saves time contacting Congressmen, please include it. Here is one way to make contact: http://www.webslingerz.com/jhoffman/congress-email.html

The Senate wanted to bring 20 million illegal aliens "out of the shadows. They failed!! Instead, they brought millions of us patriots out of the shadows. Let's keep our momentum going here.




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