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Entries for December 2008

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Merry Christmas!

Dear Soldiers, Thank you so much for serving our country! I'm so grateful for you! I'm sorry that you're not home with your families, but it

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We are so Grateful for You

Mom of 4 in Kansas wants to let you all know we think of you every day. We are so grateful for your service and sacrifices. We know you and your

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Fabulous Roses for Christmas!

GUYS! Wanna be a hero?

Send your wife, your mom, or your best girl 50 beautiful roses for Christmas, for only $59! The deadline is December 18, so click the link below to order today!

These are beautiful long-stemmed roses grown in Ecuador, the world's second-largest exporter of roses. This offer has been arranged by personal friends of ours, so we can confidently vouch for the quality and value. One year I received 100 of these breathtaking roses for my birthday.

Most roses go from Ecuador to Miami by air, are stored in Miami and then shipped by truck until they sit in a store. They can be a week or more old when you see them (especially if you buy them in a grocery store). The roses you receive from this offer are cut and stored overnight, driven by refrigerated truck to Quito airport and flown to Miami to a special refrigerated Fedex facility, then flown to your Fedex destination for immediate delivery. They can be in your hands only four days after being cut! They should last about two weeks if you follow the included care instructions. You're lucky if you can keep florist roses for one week.

Our friends live in Ecuador half the year and have created a charitable foundation that owns a small hotel there. The proceeds from operation of the hotel are used to help the indigenous poor in the local town. They teach free English classes to the local children, and offer a free lending library of books in both Spanish and English.

For each order, our friends are donating $20 to the Land of the Sun Foundation (LOTS), to help the local population. As of 15 December, 3500 roses have been purchased, generating $1400 for LOTS. LOTS recently held a Christmas party for local children, distributing $500 worth of much- appreciated Christmas gifts to local children who have very little in the way of material goods but are rich in love and joy.

So your order of 50 roses makes two fantastic gifts, for just $59. Imagine the surprise of your wife, mother or girflfriend when she opens a FedEx package to find 50 premium roses, directly from the plantation where they were grown.

This would be an awesome gift for anyone, but imagine how much more special it would be from a deployed service member. And thanks to the internet, you can order these roses even if you're stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other far corners of the world.

It's not often you can make such a fabulous double gift for $59. And they come with a money-back guarantee. Click below for details.

Please share this with your friends ASAP (we apologize for the short lead time), and order yours today! And let them know we sent you -- there's nothing in it for us, we'd just like them to know you're one of our readers.

If you do order them, please drop us a note and let us know how much they were enjoyed.

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Holiday Messages for the Troops

We invite you to post holiday messages of support for our men and women in uniform. Let them know you remember and appreciate their service as you prepare to enjoy the holidays safely at home with your families. Tell them you appreciate them being far from their own families so that you can be with yours. We can never thank them enough for ensuring our continued freedom.

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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Today is Pearl Harbor Day.

I wonder how many (or how few) Americans who are not associated with the military in some way, or related to a WWII veteran, will even remember that this date marks a milestone in American history?

As a young naval officer, I had the profound honor and privilege to

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Christmas Wreaths at Arlington

In what must surely be the World's Longest Christmas Parade, the Patriot Guard Riders will once again escort a caravan of between 50 and 300 vehicles (depending on weather) transporting Christmas wreaths some 750 miles to Arlington National Cemetery. The caravan will be

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Obama's Birth Certificate Controversy Continues

The controversy over President-Elect Barack Obama's birth certificate continues. There is a new effort to force him to produce an authentic birth certificate for inspection before the electoral college votes on December 15, to prove that he, in fact, is eligible to be President, as a natural-born citizen of the United States.

If you would like to support this movement, here are two opportunities:

1) Click on the link below and sign the petition at World Net Daily to demand Obama produce a legal birth certificate.

2) Fax the White House, which supposedly has said that they will respond to the legal birth certificate issue if they get 3500 faxes before Friday. (Obviously, there's no way to verify this.) Here is the fax number (yes, it's really a White House fax number - we did verify that): 202-456-2461. In your fax demand a response.

You might also want to send a copy of your fax to the Republican National Committee, at 202-863-8820, and the Justice Department, Office of the Attorney General, at 202-307-6777.

If anything is going to be done about this issue, it should be done before the electoral college votes.

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"Any Service Member" Mail Cannot Be Delivered

As the holidays approach, you may be encouraged to send cards to "Any Service Member" or "Recovering Service Member" for our wounded warriors recovering at Walter Reed Army Hospital and the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland. Please don't do this. Here's why:

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America, the Blessing

I love America.

Since my fourth-grade social studies class, when I first remember being exposed to the customs, mores and governments of other nations, I have never once wanted to

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A Patriot Perspective on Thanksgiving 2008

In the aftermath of a momentous election, an election sure to change the course of our nation, it is tempting [for Patriots] to despair. On this Thanksgiving, though, let us resist that powerful temptation and instead take stock of

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As we pause to count our blessings on this Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are especially grateful for the selfless service of our men and women in uniform as they stand watch around the world today and every day, preserving our freedom to celebrate with our families. Their families, who don't raise their right hands to take an oath or wear a uniform, also serve, and we are grateful for their sacrifices that enable their loved ones to serve. We wish them all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

We pray for the safe return of those service members to their families at the successful completion of their mission.

We'd like to share with you a beautiful Thanksgiving tribute, published by the Military Support Group of the Connection Pointe Christian Church of Brownsburg, Indiana.

After you've watched it, and wiped the tears, please come back and click on the link below to post your own message of thanks to the troops on this Thanksgiving.

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Kay writes: Thank you for the sacrifice you make for me and all Americans. My prayer for each of you is that God will watch over you, and bring you

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Military Family Appreciation Week

Military Family Appreciation Week is November 21-28. In fact, the entire month of November is Military Family Appreciation Month. We think it

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The Road to Socialism

A reader writes: I am a 47-year-old business man and am scared to death of our future. We now have a black socialistic-minded president that has

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I Support the Troops But Not the War - BS!

You Can't Handle the Truth. During the past seven years, a new phrase has worked its way into the lexicon of the left-- I support the troops, but

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Words aren't adequate...but that's all we have.

Reid wrote: You people of our armed forces are TRUE HEROES! You represent what this country is all about - BRAVERY and FREEDOM. FIGHT THE GOOD

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You Are The Greatest

Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country and keep us safe. Also, acknowledgment to your families and their sacrifices every day that

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Beware - BBB Warns Grandparents

Scammers pose as grandchildren to dupe unsuspecting grandparents

The Better Business Bureau is warning senior citizens to be aware of an emerging telephone scam that is preying on grandparents nationwide. BBB has recently received reports about grandparents from California to New Hampshire who thought they were aiding their grandchildren by

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Marine Corps Founded by Man of Peace

A belated Happy Birthday to our Marine brethren. The U.S. Marine Corps celebrated its 233rd birthday on November 10. Semper Fi.

It seems a bit ironic that the United States Marines Corps, traditionally known as America's fiercest fighting force, was founded by a

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Veterans Day 2008

"Ninety years ago today, the guns fell silent in Europe. World War I – the 'war to end all wars' – was over. Almost five million Americans served during that first modern, mechanized war. Our last living link with them, 107-year-old Army veteran Frank Buckles, observes this Veterans Day at his farm in West Virginia.

"It is important, on Veterans Day, for all Americans to

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An Important Lesson for Veterans Day

Little Rock teacher Martha Cothren uses some unorthodox teaching methods to teach a valuable lesson we should all remember this Veterans Day. You see, on the first day of school, Mrs. Cothren removed all the desks from her classroom. When her students filed in, they looked around and asked, "Where

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Ann Coulter on the new President-elect

"For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president."
--Ann Coulter

Time for Patriots to Speak Up

BG Cash wrote: Occasionally, I receive an email that I agree with so totally, I want to pass to everyone on my list. This is one of those emails. I

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This Morning

Kathy writes: Friends In the last 10 hours, two friends called me. One was ecstatic. The other very worried. One friend supported Barrack Obama.

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Re-distributing Your Wealth

On my way to lunch recently, I passed a homeless guy with a sign that read "Vote Obama; I need the money." I laughed.

In the restaurant, my server had on an "Obama 08" tie. Again I laughed. Just imagine the coincidence.

When the bill came, I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Barack-Obama-redistribution-of-wealth concept.

He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need — the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I've decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful.

At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment, I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient "deserved" (or needed) money more.

I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

A. Hart
Forest Park
Published in the Chicago Tribune

Ed. note: It's also a much easier concept to swallow when it's someone else's wealth you're planning to re-distribute!

'Tis the Season for Charitable Giving

This is a repeat of an earlier caution:

As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period, you will no doubt receive increasing solicitations from all sorts of charities asking for your help, especially in the current economic climate.

According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, U.S. military members, postal workers, and other federal employees are among the most generous givers in the U.S. That makes us even more proud of you. Not only do you give so much in your service to our nation, for which you receive paltry pay, you also give up some of that pay to help others not as fortunate.

We want to remind you, however, that all charities are not created equal.

So we're reminding you, before you make ANY charitable donations,

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All About Ice Cream

It's all about the Ice Cream ..... The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade in 2000. The presidential election

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Obama - No Surprises

Prioleau writes: Things Fall Apart Well, it's all over but the taxin'. The Chosen One has been chosen, and America is in for some big changes.

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Free Wedding Gowns for Military Brides!

In honor of Veterans' Day, bridal shops across the country are showing their appreciation of our troops by holding special bridal-gown giveaways for brides on active duty or brides whose grooms are on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

To be eligible, you must be engaged, be on active duty in the military, or have a fiance on active duty in either Iraq or Afghanistan. All military brides must show proper ID, copy of deployment papers, orders or other qualifying proof.

A certain number of dresses have been selected by each participating shop, and will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. For a list of participating bridal shops and dates and times of their individual events, click on the link below.

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Start your own economic recovery

In these uncertain economic times, we all need to do everything we can to create a stable financial situation for our family. One way to do that is to

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A Large Serving of Crow

Kyle-Anne writes: My Large Crow Has Been Ordered. A few months back I postulated that a McCain landslide was in the making. I went on a few radio

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The Race Card Trumps

Joe writes: The 2008 election just proved that black Christians will kick their Christian beliefs to the curb to vote in a black man (or half-black

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End of Days

A reader writes: I don't think everyone realized that voting Obama has now created a super power with the Democrats. They now own the senate,

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Big Brother Obama

Have no doubt - Big Brother Obama is keeping an eye on you. And if you step out of line, you might get a visit from the Secret Service, or an Obama "truth squad." Can this thugocracy actually be

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Think before you vote

Ellen writes: I think Obama should win the election because I know he will make a change and that's what this country needs right now. He has made a

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Concerned writes: Two words..........VOTE

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Presidential Associations

Ernest writes: In response to your allegations of associations between presidential nominees and unsavory characters, our sitting president's family

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Another Free Pass for Obama

How many of you heard about the cost of Barack Obama's two trips to Hawaii, once for vacation in August (which caused him to refuse a request for a military townhall in Texas), and again last week to visit his ailing grandmother?

Seems that those trips, in a private chartered 757, cost his campaign more than $400,000 EACH, for purely personal trips. He did no campaigning on either trip.

Yet no one in the mainstream media mentioned his waste of more than five times the cost of Palin's wardrobe (which she won't even keep) for purely personal benefit.

Surely you remember the flap about Sarah Palin's campaign wardrobe, for which the RNC allegedly paid $150,000? That was picked up by all the major news outlets. The New York Times ran it on page 1. The media lambasted the RNC for extravagance, and for wasting campaign contributions on such trivia.

Yet none of them mentioned Obama's wasteful extravagance of more than five times that amount! And many people are trying to claim that there's been no media bias in this campaign.

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Barack Obama's Stealth Socialism

There's been a lot of talk lately about Obama's socialist ideas. In this multi-part series, Investor's Business Daily, takes a look at Barack Obama's Stealth Socialism. This is recently updated, so even if you've read it before, check to see if it's been updated since you were there.

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Last Call!

Here's your last chance to share your thoughts and opinions about the election! Tell us who you're voting for and why.

And regardless of your choice, VOTE!

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Election Wrap-Up - Nobama!

Tomorrow, you have the privilege to vote for the next President of the United States.

Before you do, check out our election wrap-up, where we provide you with a

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Actual Results are in - NOBAMA!!!!!!!!!

Tim writes: OK...McCain is crazy and Obama is evil. What a terrible situation. It is much better to have a crazy person surrounded by a decent

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Conspiracy of Silence

The mainstream media's conspiracy of silence with regard to Barack Obama's background and shady connections has reached epidemic proportions, with frightening consequences for the democratic process in this country. It has become so obvious that no one can deny it, and yet

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Barack Obama's Crowd Appeal

Barack Obama's crowd appeal is unprecedented in American politics --
What's behind it?

In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, Fouad Ajami, Director of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University, writes that "the masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of

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More on Willliam Ayers and Obama

We know that as members of the military, you get why Obama's connection with confessed terrorist William Ayers matters. What we don't understand is why the rest of America doesn't get it.

If you care about their connection, this may be of interest to you.

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Obama's Record on Promises

Every American voter who is considering voting for Barack Obama should read this article, published in the Evening Standard in the UK, about Barack Obama and his promises.

Obama visited Kenya with great fanfare after being elected a U.S. Senator, and became an instant folk hero. The village that was home to his father even renamed their school after the Senator. He made promises to help support the school, which was in serious need of basic upgrades, like running water.

What happened to his promise to "spread the wealth" in his ancestral village? As of today, they're still waiting for that "support" he promised them.

And if you vote for him, you'll be left wondering what happened to the promises he made to you. Here's a hint: Remember that tax plan that was going to cut taxes for anyone making less than $250,000 a year? Then it was $200,000. Then Joe Biden said $150,000. Today Bill Richardson said it was $120,000. And before they're done, you'll find that promise simply evaporated.

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Another Radical Obama Connection

Obama and Alinsky - Yet another radical connection

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year, you've surely heard of Barack Obama's radical connections with the likes of race-baiting, America-hating Reverend Jeremiah Wright and unrepentant terrorists William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, and probably Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan.

Another radical connection you may not have heard of is Saul Alinsky, called the "father of

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Harvard Trial Lawyer for McCain

This Harvard-educated lawyer, who fits the profile of an Obama supporter, explains why he's voting for John McCain. His reasoning makes good sense to us, and we think it will make good sense to you as well.

As he explains, electing a President is essentially a hiring decision. If you were hiring a lawyer to represent you in a death penalty case where your life was on the line, which candidate would you hire?

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Founder's Views on Balance of Power

Our founding fathers were especially careful to create a government that had a system of checks and balances, so that no one branch of government had any more power than another, and each would keep an eye on attempted usurpation of power by the others.

Should Barack Obama be elected President next week, we will have both the executive and legislative branches of our government controlled by liberal Democrats. And eventually the judicial branch as well, because the next president will likely appoint more than one new Supreme Court Justice. That leaves NO branch of government to keep the others in balance. It would leave our entire government controlled by liberal Democrats.

That should cause a reason for concern, and we urge voters who are still undecided between the two candidates at this point to consider voting for the systems of checks and balances that has worked well for our country for more than 200 years.

"I acknowledge, in the ordinary course of government, that the exposition of the laws and Constitution devolves upon the judicial.

"But I beg to know upon what principle it can be contended that any one department draws from the Constitution greater powers than another in marking out the limits of the powers of the several departments."

-- James Madison
(speech in the Congress of the United States, 17 June 1789)

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